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Britain. A Room in Cymbeline's Palace.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and CORNELIUS. Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather
those flowers; Make haste: Who has the note of them? 1 Lady.
I, madam. Queen. Despatch.
[Exeunt Ladies, Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay: here they are, madam :
[Presenting a small Box. But I beseech your grace, (without offence ; My conscience bids me ask;) wherefore you have Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, Which are the movers of a languishing death; But, though slow, deadly? Queen.
I do wonder, doctor, Thou ask'st me such a question: Have I not been Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn'd me how To make perfumes? distil? preserve? yea, so, That our great king himself doth woo me oft For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, (Unless thou think'st me devilish,) is't not meet That I did amplify my judgment in Other conclusions?' I will try the forces Of these thy compounds on such creatures as We count not worth the hanging, (but none human,) To try the vigour of them, and apply Allayments to their act; and by them gather Their several virtues, and effects. Cor.
Your highness Shall from this practice but make hard your heart :
s Other conclusions ?) Other experiments.
Besides, the seeing these effects will be
0, content thee.
Enter PISANIO. Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him [ Aside. Will I first work: he's for his master, And enemy to my son.—How now, Pisanio ? Doctor, your service for this time is ended ; Take your own way. Cor.
I do suspect you, madam ; But you shall do no harm.
[ Aside. Queen.
Hark thee, a word.
[To Pisanio. Cor. [Aside.] I do not like her. She doth think,
No further service, doctor,
I humbly take
[Exit. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou ? Dost thou
think, in time She will not quench;o and let instructions enter
Where folly now possesses? Do thou work ;
fortunes all lie speechless, and his name
[The Queen drops a Box: Pisanio takes it up. So much as but to
to prop him?—Thou tak’st up Thou know'st not what; but take it for thy labour : It is a thing I made, which hath the king Five times redeem'd from death: I do not know What is more cordial :--Nay, I prythee, take it; It is an earnest of a further good That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how The case stands with her; do't, as from thyself. Think what a chance thou changest on;' but think Thou hast thy mistress still; to boot, my son, Who shall take notice of thee : I'll move the king To any shape of thy preferment, such As thou'lt desire; and then myself, I chiefly, That set thee on to this desert, am bound To load thy merit richly. Call my women: Think on my words. [Exit Pisa.)–A sly and con
stant knave; Not to be shak'd : the agent for his master; And the remembrancer of her, to hold
to shift his being,] To change his abode.
that leans?] That inclines towards its fall. 9 Think what a chance thou changest on ;] i, e. think with what a fair prospect of mending your fortunes you now change your pre. sent service.
The hand fast to her lord.--I have given him that,
Re-enter PISANIO, and Ladies.
And shall do:
Another Room in the same.
Imo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false;
Enter PISANIO and LACHIMO.
Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome; Comes from
lord with letters.
Of liegers for her sweet ;] A lieger ambassador is one that resides in a foreign court to promote his master's interest.
Change you, madam? The worthy Leonatus is in safety, And greets your highness dearly.
[Presents a Letter, Imo.
Thanks, good sir: You are kindly welcome. lach. All of her, that is out of door, most rich!
[ Aside. If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare, She is alone the Arabian bird; and I Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend! Arm me, audacity, from head to foot! Or, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight; Rather, directly fly,
Imo. [Reads.] He is one of the noblest note, to whose kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect upon him accordingly, as you value
So far I read aloud:
Thanks, fairest lady.--
What makes your admiration? Jach. It cannot be i'the eye; for apes and monkeys, 'Twixt two such shes, would chatter this Contein with mows the other: Nor i'the judgments For idiots, in this case of favour, would