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Field of battle between the British
Enter, from one side, LUCIUS, IACHIMO, and
the Roman Army; from the other side, the
and disarmeth IACHIMO, and then leaves him. lach. The heaviness and guilt within my
The battle continues ; the Britons fly; CYMBELINE is taken : then enter,
to his rescue, BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS. Bel. Stand, stand! We have the advantage
of the ground: The lane is guarded : nothing routs us but The villany of our fears.
Gui. Arv. S
Stand, stand, and fight ! 4. carl, churl.
12. lane, narrow defile.
Re-enter POSTHUMUS, and seconds the Britons :
they rescue CYMBELINE, and exeunt. Then
re-enter Lucius, and IACHIMO, with IMOGEN. Luc, Away, boy, from the troops, and save
thyself; For friends kill friends, and the disorder's such As war were hoodwink’d. lach.
'Tis their fresh supplies. Luc. It is a day turn'd strangely: or betimes Let's re-inforce, or fly.
Another part of the field.
Enter POSTHUMUS and a British Lord.
Lord. Camest thou from where they made the
stand ? Post.
damm'd With dead men hurt behind, and cowards living To die with lengthen'd shame. 8. Lolling the tongue ; a mark of bloodthirstiness in wild beasts.
Where was this lane ? Post. Close by the battle, ditch'd, and wallid
with turf; Which gave advantage to an ancient soldier, An honest one, I warrant; who deserved So long a breeding as his white beard came to, In doing this for 's country : athwart the lane, He, with two striplings-lads more like to run The country base than to commit such slaughter; With faces fit for masks, or rather fairer Than those for preservation cased, or shame,Made good the passage ; cried to those that fled, * Our Britain's harts die flying, not our men : To darkness fleet souls that fly backwards. Stand ; Or we are Romans and will give you that Like beasts which you shun beastly, and may
turn'd A distaff to a lance, gilded pale looks, Part shame, part spirit renew'd; that some,
The country base, the 30. the file, the whole force. game of prisoner's base. 22. those, i.e. ladies' faces,
32. charming, prevailing as
by a charm. masked for the sake of their complexion or to avoid exposure. 34. gilded, flushed.
The 27. beastly, beastlike.
word was idiomatically used for 28. But to look, merely by 'to make red,' especially with looking
blood or wine.
But by example-0, a sin in war,
cowards, Like fragments in hard voyages, became The life o' the need : having found the back-door
This was strange chance:
Post. Nay, do not wonder at it: you are made
Lord. Nay, be not angry, sir.
43. they; Theobald's excellent preserved us in the emergency. correction of Ff the. The bold
51. mortal bugs, deadly use of apposition is one of the terrors. marks of Shakespeare's latest 53. Nay, do not wonder at it: style.
you are made, etc., i.e. the deed 44. fragments, remnants of was only wonderful in the food.
eyes of weaklings who could do 44. became the life o' the need, nothing but wonder.
’Lack, to what end ?
Farewell ; you're angry.
lord ! O noble misery,
him : For being now a favourer to the Briton, No more a Briton, I have resumed again
I came in : fight I will no more, But yield me to the veriest hind that shall Once touch my shoulder. Great the slaughter is Here made by the Roman; great the answer be Britons must take. For me, my ransom 's death; Bo On either side I come to spend my breath; Which neither here I'll keep nor bear again, But end it by some means for Imogen.
Enter two British Captains and Soldiers. First Cap. Great Jupiter be praised! Lucius
is taken. Tis thought the old man and his sons were angels.
75. No more a Briton ; i.e. at heart, resumes the Roman side, Posthumus, though still a Briton and perhaps the Roman dress.