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What kind of man he is. 2 Gent.
. I honour him Even out of your report. But, 'pray you, tell me, Is she sole child to the king? i Gent.
His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, I’ the swathing clothes the other, from their nursery Were stolen; and to this hour, no guess in know
ledge Which way they went. 2 Gent.
How long is this ago? i Gent. Some twenty years. 2 Gent. That a king's children should be so con
vey'd! So slackly guarded! And the search šo slow, That could not trace them! i Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange,
2 Gent. I do well believe you.
Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and IMOGEN.
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
Please your highness,
You know the peril:
[Exit Queen. Imo.
O Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant Can tickle where she wounds !-My dearest husband, I something fear my father's wrath; but nothing, (Always resery'd my holy duty,)? what His rage can do on me: You must be gone; And I shall here abide the hourly shot Of angry eyes; not comforted to live, But that there is this jewel in the world, That I may see again.. Post.
My queen! my mistress! O, lady, weep no more; lest I give cause To be suspected of more tenderness Than doth become a man! I will remain The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth. My residence in Rome at one Philario's; Who to my father was a friend, to me Known but by letter: thither write, my queen, And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send, Though ink be made of gall.
Be brief, I pray you:
? (Always resero'd my holy duty,)] I say I do not fear my fa. ther, so far as I may say it without breach of duty.
If the king come, I shall incur I know not
Should we be taking leave
Imo. Nay, stay a little:
How! how! another?
[Putting on the Ring.
... [Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. Imo.
O, the gods! When shall we see again? !;
& And sear up-] i. e. close up.
9 While sense can keep it on.] i. e. while sense can maintain its operations; while sense continues to have its usual power. To keep on signifies to continue in a state of action.
a manacle-] A manacle properly means what we now call a hand-cuff.
Enter Cymbeline and Lords. Post.
Alack, the king!
The gods protect you!
· [Exit. Imo. There cannot be a pinch in death More sharp than this is. :
Cym. . . O disloyal thing, in
I beseech you, sir,
Past grace? obedience?
grace. Cym. That might'st have had the sole son of my
queen! Imo. O bless'd, that I might not! I chose an eagle, And did avoid a puttock.3 Cym. Thou took'st a beggar; would'st have made
my throne A seat for baseness. Imo.
No; I rather added A lustre to it.
e a touch more rare
Subdues all pangs, all fears.] i.e. a more exquisite feeling ; a superior sensation. s a puttock.] A puttock is a mean degenerate species of hawk, too worthless to deserve training.
Cym. O thou vile one!
What!-art thou mad! · Imo. Almost, sir: Heaven restore me!--'Would
. Thou foolish thing! They were again together you have done
FTo the Queen. Not after our command. Away with her, And pen her up.
Queen. 'Beseech your patience:-Peace, Dear lady daughter, peace;-Sweet sovereign, Leave us to ourselves; and make yourself some
comfort.' Out of your best advice.s Cym.
i Nay, let her languish A drop of blood a day; and, being aged, Die of this folly!
Enter PisaniO.. Queen. Fye!—you must give way: Here is your servant.--How now, sir? What news?
- overbuys me Almost the sum he pays.) So small is my value, and so great is his, that in the purchase he has made (for which he paid himself,) for much the greater part, and nearly the whole, of what he has given, he has nothing in return. The most minute portion of his worth would be too high a price for the wife he has acquired.
- your best advice.] i. e, consideration, reflection.