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The princely blood flows in his cheek, he sweats,
Enter Pisanio and IMOGEN.
4- I stole these babes;] Shakspeare seems to intend Belarius for a good character, yet he makes him forget the injury which he has done to the young princes, whom he has robbed of a kingdom only to rob their father of heirs.--The latter part of this soliloquy is very inartificial, there being no particular reason why Belarius should now tell to himself what he could not know better by telling it. Johnson.
From the inward of thee? One, but painted thus,
1. hand! ... i i ...
he's at some hard point.-Speak, man; thy
- tongue seni May take off some extremity, which to read Would be even mortal to me. .
Pis.... i i i. Please you, read; And you shall find me, wretched man, a thing' The most disdain'd of fortune.
Imo. [Reads.] Thy mistress, Pisanio, hath played the strumpet in my bed; the testimonies whereof lie bleeding in me, I speak not out of weak surmises; from proof as strong as my grief, and as certain as I expect my revenge. That part, thou, Pisanio, mūst act for me, if thy faith be not tainted with the breach of hers. Let thine own hands take away her life: I shall give thee opportunities at Milford-Haven: she hath my letter for the purpose: Where, if thou fear to strike, and to make me certain it is done, thou art the pandar to her dishonour, and equally to me disloyal.
Pis. What shall I need to draw my sword? the suci paper. .
haviour-] This word, as often as it occurs in Shakspeare, should not be printed as an abbreviation of behaviour. Haviour was a word commonly used in his time.
drug-duínn'd-] This is another allusion to Italian poisons.
Hath-cut her throat already,No, 'tis slander; .
Imo. False to his bed! What is it, to be false?
i nature, in
Pis. Alas, good lady!
Imo. I false? 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,8 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 !-O, Men's vows are women's traitors! All good seeming, By thy revolt, 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
1- states,] Persons of highest rank.
& 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 weep
Hence, vile instrument !
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
in . heart; Something's afore't:-Soft, soft; we'll no defence; Obedient as the scabbard.What is here?... The scriptures of the loyal Leonatus, vt All turn'd to heresy? Away, away, Corrupters of my faith! you shall no more ... Be stomachers to my heart! Thus inay poor fools Believe false teachers : Though those that are be
tray'd ... ? Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor ..
I 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 hund.] i. e, makes me a coward.
Stands in worse case of woe. niin pieni?
Pis. ... O gracious lady, ";
. Do't, and to bed then. Pis. I'll wake mine eye-balls blind first. Imo.!
Wherefore then Didst undertake it? Why hast thou abus'd ... So many miles, with a pretence? this place? Mine action, and thine own? our horses' labour? The time inviting thee? the perturb'd court, For my being absent; whereunto I never Purpose return? Why hast thou gone so far," To be unbent,4 when thou hast ta'en thy stand, The elected deer before thee?
Pis. con noii 'But to win time? To lose so bad employment: in the which :: 29 I have considerd of a course; Good lady, Hear me with patience.. Imo.
. Talk thy tongue weary; speak: I have heard, I am á 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." * To be unbent, ] To have thy bow unbent, alluding to an hunter,