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It shall be so: Boys, we 'll go dress our hunt.-Fair youth, come in : Discourse is heavy, fasting; when we have supp'd, We 'll mannerly demand thee of thy story, So far as thou wilt speak it. Gui.
Pray, draw near. Arv. The night to the owl, and morn to the lark, less,
welcome. Imo. Thanks, sir. Arv.
I pray, draw near. [Exeunt.
Tri. Is Lucius general of the forces ?
With those legions
Of such a licence, I believe, there is no example either in the works of Shakspeare, or of any other author. Steevens. 5 That since the cominon men are now in action 'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians;
And that &c.] These facts are historical. Stecvens.
and to you the tribunes,
His absolute commission.] He commands the commission to be given to you. So we say, I ordered the materials to the workmen.
Of their despatch.
We will discharge our duty. (Exeunt.
ACT IV..... SCENE I.
The Forest, near the Cave.
Clo. I am near to the place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapped it truly. How fit his garments serve me! Why should his mistress, who was made by him that made the tailor, not be fit too? the rather (saving reverence of the word) for? ’tis said, a woman's fitness comes by fits. Therein I must play the workman. I dare speak it to myself (for it is not vain-glory, for a man and his glass to confer; in his own chamber, I mean,) the lines of my body are as well drawn as his; no less young, more strong, not beneath him in fortunes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conversant in general services, and more remarkable in single oppositions :8 yet this imperseverant' thing loves him in my despite. What mortality iş! Posthumus, thy head, which now is growing upon thy shoulders, shall within this hour be off; thy mistress enforced; thy garments cut to pieces before thy face:1 and all this
--for -] i. e. because. Steevens.
in single oppositions:] In single combat. So, in King Henry IV, P. 1:
“ In single opposition, hand to hand,
“ In changing hardiment with great Glendower." An opposite was in Shakspeare the common phrase for an adversary, or antagonist. See Vol. XI, p. 192, n. 2. Malone.
-imperseverant - ] Thus the former editions. Sir Thomas Hanmer reads—ill-perseverant. Johnson.
Imperseverant may mean no more than perseverant, like imbo. somed, impassioned, immasked. Steevens.
before thy face:) Posthumus was to have his head struck off, and then his garments cut to pieces before his face! We should read her face, i. e. Imogen's: done to despite her, who had said, she esteemed Posthumus's garment above the person of Cloten. Warburton.
done, spurn her home to her father ;' who may, haply, be a little angry for my so rough usage: but my mother, having power of his testiness, shall turn all into my commendations. My horse is tied up safe : Out, sword, and to a sore purpose! Fortune, put them into my hand! This is the very description of their meeting-place; and the fellow dares not deceive me.
Before the Cave.
ARVIRAGUS, and (MOGEN.
cave; We'll come to you after hunting. Arv.
Brother, stay here: [To Imo.
So man and man should be;
Gui. Go you to hunting, I 'll abide with him.
Imo. So sick I am not;-yet I am not well:
Shakspeare, who in The Winter's Tale, makes a Clown say: “If thou 'lt see a thing to talk on after thou art dead,” would not scruple to give the expression in the text to so fantastick a character as Cloten. The garments of Posthumus might indeed be cut to pieces before his face, though his head were off; no one, however, but Cloten, would consider this circumstance as any aggravation of the insult. Malone.
-spurn her home to her father ;] Cl ten seems to delight in rehearsing to himself his brutal intentions; for all this he has already said in a former scene: “ -- and when my lust hath dined, -to the court I'll knock her back, foot her home again.” Steevens. 3 Stick to your journal course : the breach of custom
Is breach of all.] Keep your daily course uninterrupted; if the stated plan of life is once broken, nothing follows but confusion.
Since I can reason of it. Pray you, trust me here:
I love thee; I have spoke it:
What? how? how?
( noble strain! [Aside.
You health.—So please you, sir.5 Imo. [aside] These are kind creatures. Gods, what
lies I have heard !
4 How much the quantity,] I readAs much the quantity.
Johnson. Surely the present reading has exactly the same meaning. How much soever the mass of my affection to my father may be, so much precisely is my love for thee : and as much as my filial love weighs, so much also weighs my affection for thee. Malone.
So please you, sir. ] I cannot relish this courtly phrase from the mouth of Arviragus.It should rather, I think, begin Imogen's speech. Tyrwhitt.
6 The imperious seas -] Imperious was used by Shakspeare for imperial. Malone.
I could not stir him:7
Arv. Thus did he answer me: yet said, hereafter
To the field, to the field:-
Arv. We'll not be long away.
Pray, be not sick,
Well, or ill,
And so shalt be ever.' [Exit Imo.
How angel-like he sings!
7 I could not stir him:] Not move him to tell his story.
Fohnson. gentle, but unfortunate;] Gentle, is well-born, of birth above the vulgar. Fohnson. Rather, of rank above the vulgar. So, in King Henry V:
be he ne'er so vile, “This day shall gentle his condition.” Steevens. 9 And so shall be ever.
r.] The adverb-so, was supplied by Sir Thomas Hanmer for the sake of metre. Steevens. 1 Imo. Well, or ill.
I am bound to you.
This youth, howe’er distress’d, &c.] These speeches are improperly distributed between Imogen and Belarius; and I flatter myself that every reader of attention will approve of my amending the passage, and dividing them in the following manner:
İmo. Well, or ill,
Bel. This youth, howe'er distress’d, &c. M. Mason. And shalt be ever.] That is, you shall ever receive from me the same kindness that you do at present: you shall thus only be bound to me for ever. Malone.
? Gui. But his neat cookery! &c.] Only the first four words of this speech are given in the old copy to Guiderius: The name of Arviragus is prefixed to the remainder, as well as to the next speech. The correction was made by Mr. Steevens. Malone. VOL. XVI.