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Hath cut her throat already.--No, 'tis slander;
Imo. False to his bed! What is it, to be false ?
Pis. Alas, good lady!
Imo. I false i Thy conscience witness :-Iachimo, Thou didst accuse him of incontinency; Thou then look’dst like a villain ; now, methinks, Thy favour's good enough.—Some jay of Italy, Whose mother was her painting, hath betray'd him : Poor I am stale, a garment out of fashion ; And, for I am richer than to hang by the walls, I must be ripp'd : to pieces with me!-0, Men's vows are women's traitors! All good seeming, By thy reyolt, О husband, shall be thought Put on for villainy ; not born, where't grows; But worn, a bait for ladies. Pis.
Good madam, hear me: Imo. True honest men being heard, like false . . Æneas,
7- states,] Persons of highest rank.
8 Whose mother was her painting,] Some jay of Italy, made by art; the creature, not of nature, but of painting. In this sense painting may not be improperly termed her mother.
9 And, for I am richer than to hang by the walls, - I must be ripp'd :) To hang by the walls, does not mean, to be converted into hangings for a room, but to be hung up, as useless among the neglected contents of a wardrobe.
Were, in his time, thought false : and Sinon's weeping
Hence, vile instrument! Thou shalt not damn my hand. Imo.
Why, I must die ; And if I do not by thy hand, thou art No servant of thy master's : Against self-slaughter There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak hand. Come, here's my
heart; Something's afore't:-Soft, soft; we'll no defence ; Obedient as the scabbard.What is here? The scriptures of the loyal Leonatus, All turn'd to heresy ? Away, away, Corrupters of my faith! you shall no more Be stomachers to my heart! Thus may poor fools Believe false teachers : Though those that are be
tray'd Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor
· Wilt lay the leaven on all proper men; &c.] i. e. says Mr. Upton, “ wilt infect and corrupt their good name, (like sour dough that leaveneth the whole mass,) and wilt render them suspected.”
* That cravens my weak hand.] i. e. makes me a coward.
Stands in worse case of woe.
O gracious lady,
Do't, and to bed then.
But to win time
Talk thy tongue weary ; speak: I have heard, I am a strumpet; and mine ear, Therein false struck, can take no greater wound,
3 That now thou tir’st on,] A hawk is said to tire upon that which she pecks; from tirer, French. *4 To be unbent,] To have thy bow unbent, alluding to a hunter.
Nor tent to bottom that. But speak.
Not so, neither:
Imo. Some Roman courtezan.
No, on my life:
Why, good fellow, What shall I do the while? Where bide? How live? Or in my life what comfort, when I am Dead to my husband ? Pis:
If you'll back to the court, Imo. No court, no father; nor no more ado With that harsh, noble, simple, nothing: That Cloten, whose love-suit hath been to me As fearful as a siege. Pis.
If not at court, Then not in Britain must you bide. Imo.
Where then ? Hath Britain all the sun that shines ? Day, night, Are they not but in Britain ? I'the world's volume Our Britain seems as of it, but not in it; In a great pool, a swan's nest; Prythee, think There's livers out of Britain. · Pis.
I am most glad You think of other place. The embassador, Lucius the Roman, comes to Milford-Haven
To-morrow; Now, if you could wear a mind
O, for such means !
Well then, here's the point:
Nay, be brief;
First, make yourself but like one.
s As quarrellous as the weasel :] This character of the weasel is not warranted by naturalists. Weasels, however, were formerly kept in houses instead of cats, for the purpose of killing vermin.