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Cym. Thus far; and so farewell.

Thanks, royal sir.
My emperor hath wrote; I must from hence ;
And am right sorry, that I must report ye
My master's enemy.

Our subjects, sir,
Will not endure his yoke ; and for ourself
To show less sovereignty than they, must needs
Appear unkinglike.

So, sir, I desire of you
A conduct over land, to Milford-Haven.
Madam, all joy befal your grace, and you!

Cym. My lords, you are appointed for that
The due of honour in no point omit:-
So, farewell, noble Lucius.

Your hand, my lord.

Clo. Receive it friendly: but from this time forth
I wear it as your enemy.

Sir, the event
Is yet to name the winner; Fare you well.

Cym. Leave not the worthy Lucius, good my
Till he have cross'd the Severn. - Happiness !

[Exeunt Lucius and Lords. VOL. IX.



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Queen. He goes hence frowning : but it honours.

us, That we have given him cause. Clo. .

'Tis all the better; Your valiant Britons have their wishes in' it.

Cym. Lucius hath wrote already to the emperor How it goes here. It fits us therefore, ripely, Our chariots and our horsemen be in readiness: The powers that he already hath in Gallia , Will soon be drawn to head, from whence he moves His war for Britain. Queen.

'Tis not sleepy business ; But must be look'd to speedily, and strongly.

Cym. Our expectation that it would be thus,
Hath made us forward. But, my gentle queen,
Where is our daughter? She hath not appear'd
Before the Roman, nor to us hath tender'd
The duty of the day : She looks us like
A thing more made of malice, than of duty:
We have noted it. Call her before us; for
We have been too slight in sufferance.

[Exit an Attendant. Queen.

Royal sir, Since the exíle of Posthumus, most retir'd Hath her life been; the cure whereof, my lord, 'Tis time must do. 'Beseech your majesty, Forbear sharp speeches to her : she's a lady So tender of rebukes, that words are strokes, And strokes death to her.

Re-enter an Attendant.


Where is she, sir? How Can her contempt be answer'd ? Atten.

Please you, sir, Her chambers are all lock'd; and there's no answer That will be given to the loud'st of noise we make.

Queen. My lord, when last I went to visit her, She pray'd me to excuse her keeping close;

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Whereto constrain'd by her infirmity,
She should that duty leave unpaid to you,
Which daily she was bound to proffer: this
She wish'd me to make kdown; but our great court
Made me to blame in memory.
Сут. .

Her doors lock'd ? Not seen of late? Grant, heavens, that, which I


Prove false!

[E.cit. Queen. Son, I say, follow the king.

Clo. That man of hers, Pisanio, her old servant, I have not seen these two days. Queen.

Go, look after.

[Exit CLOTEN. Pisanio, thou that stand’st so for Posthumus! He hath a drug of mine : I pray, his absence Proceed by swallowing that; for he believes It is a thing most precious.

But for her,
Where is she gone? Haply, despair hath seiz'd

Or, wing'd with fervour of her love, she's flown
To her desir’d Pósthúmus : Gone she is
To death, or to dishonour; and my end
Can make good use of either : She being down,
I have the placing of the British crown.

Re-enter CLOTEN.

How now, my son ?
Clo. .

'Tis certain she is fled : Go in, and cheer the king ; he rages; none Dare

come about him. Queen.

All the better : May This night forestall him of the coming day !

[Exit Queen. Clo. I love, and hate her: for she’s fair and

royal; And that she hath all courtly parts more exquisite

Than lady, ladies, woman ® ; from every one
The best she hath, and she, of all compounded,
Outsells them all : I love her therefore ; But,
Disdaining me, and throwing favours on
The low Posthumus, slanders so her judgment,
That what's else rare, is chok’d; and, in that point,
I will conclude to hate her, nay, indeed,
To be reveng'd upon her. For, when fools


Shall - Who is here? What! are you packing,

Come hither: Ah, you precious pandar! Villain,
Where is thy lady! In a word; or else
Thou art straightway with the fiends.

O, good my lord !
Clo. Where is thy lady? or, by Jupiter
I will not ask again. Close villain,
I'll have this secret from thy heart, or rip
Thy heart to find it. Is she with Posthumus ?
From whose so many weights of baseness cannot
A dram of worth be drawn.

Alas, my lord,
How can she be with him ? When was she miss'd?
He is in Rome.
Clo. .

Where is she, sir ? Come nearer ;
No further halting : satisfy me home,
What is become of her ?

Pis. O, my all-worthy lord !

All-worthy villain!
Discover where thy mistress is, at once,
At the next word, — No more of worthy lord,
Speak, or thy silence on the instant is.
Thy condemnation and thy death.

Then, sir,

8 Than any lady, than all ladies, than all womankind.

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This paper is the history of my knowledge
Touching her flight. [Presenting a Letter.

Let's see't: I will pursue her
Even to Augustus' throne.

Or this, or perish.
She's far enough; and what he learns by this, Aside.
May prove his travel, not her danger.

Pis. I'll write to my lord she's dead. O Imogen,
Safe may'st thou wander, safe return again! [ Aside.

Clo. Sirrah, is this letter true ?

Şir, as I think.
Clo. It is Posthumus' hand; I know't. Sirrah,
if thou would'st not be a villain, but do me true
service; undergo those employments, wherein I
should have cause to use thee, with a serious in-
dustry, -that is, what villainy soe'er I bid thee do,
to perform it, directly and truly, I would think
thee an honest man: thou shouldest neither want
my means for thy relief, nor my voice for thy pre-
Pis. Well, my good lord.

Clo. Wilt thou serve me? For since patiently
and constantly thou hast stuck to the bare fortune
of that beggar Posthumus, thou canst not in the
course of gratitude but be a diligent follower of
mine. Wilt thou serve me?
Pis. Sir, I will
Clo. Give me thy hand, here's my purse. Hast
any of thy late master's garments in thy possession?

Pis. I have, my lord, at my lodging, the same
suit he wore when he took leave of my lady and






Pis. I shall, my

Clo. The first service thou dost me, fetch that
suit hither: let it be thy first service; go.

Clo. Meet thee at Milford-Haven: I forgot to
ask him one thing; I'll remember't anon: Even
there thou villain, Posthumus, will I kill thee. - I

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