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And question'dst every fail: if heihould write,
And I not have it, 'twere 3 paper lost
As offerM mercy is*. What was the last
That he spike to thee f

Pis. 'Twas, • His queen, his queen!'

Inn. Then w.w'd his handkerchief t

Pis. And kiss'd it, madam.

Ima. Senseless linen! happier therein than I !— AnJ that was all?

Pis. No, madam; for so long
As he could make me with this eye, or ear,
Distinguish him from others, he did keep
The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,
Still waving, as the fits and stirs of his mind
Could best express how slow his foul sail'd on,
How swiff his ship.

sim. Thou shouldst have made him
As littla as a crow, or less, ere left
I To after-eve him.

Pis. Madam, so I did.

Imc I would have broke mine eye-string crack'd them, but To look upon him; till the diminution Of space1 had |x>inted him sharp as my needle: Nay, follow'd him, 'till he had melted from ■Tlie smallness of a gnat lo air i and then [nio, Have tum'd mine eye, and wept.—But, good PilaWhen shall we hear from him?

Pis. Be assur'd, madam, With his next vantage 3.

J mo. 1 did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to fay: ere I could tell him, How I would think 011 him, at certain hours, Such thoughts, and such; or I could make him swear,

The she's of Italy should not betray shim, Mine interest, and his honour; or have charg'd At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, To encounter me with orisons, for then ■ I am in heaven for him; or ere I could Give him that parting kiss, which 1 had set Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north, Shakes all our buds from growing.

Enter a Lady.

Lady. The queen, madam, Desires your highness' company. [pateh'd.—

Imo. Those things I bid you do, get theni disI will attend the queen.

Pis. Madam, I shall. [Exturi.



jln dfmmmmt im PWarWs H:*sr. Etttfr PbitarHt /•"•&*», and a Ers'.zh-ta*. lath. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain: he was then of a crescent note j expected t» prove so worthy, as since he has been allowed the name of: but 1 could then tafi look'd on him without the help of admirjtion; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by hi: side, and I to peruse him by items.

Phi!. You spe^ik of him when he was less furnish'd, than now he is, with that which snakes4 him both without and within.

F'rjtcb. 1 have seen him in France: we hfJ very many there, could beliold tlie sun with as firm eyes as he.

lath. This matter of marrying his king's daughter (wherein he must be weigh'd rather by her value, than his own) words him, I douht not, a great deal from the matter *.

French. And then his banishment. Iuib. Ay, and the approbations of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours 6, are wonderfully to extend liim j he it but to fortify her judgment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, Ik is to sojourn wuh you ?— How creeps acquaintance?

Phil. His lather and 1 were soldiers toeellier; to whom 1 have been often bound for no less than my life:

Enter Pofthumul. Here comes, the Briton : Let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your knowing, to a stranger of his quality. 1 beseech you all, he better known to this gentleman; whom I command to you, as a noble friend of mine :— How worthy lie is, I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than lioiy him in his own, hearing.

French. Sir, we tuva known together in Orleans.

PcJ). Since when 1 have been debtor to you for amnesics, which 1 will be ever to pay, and yet pay still.

French. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness; I was glad I did atone > my countryman and yon . it had been pity, you should have been pot together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so flight aud trivial a nature.

Pits. By your pardon, sir, I was then a young traveller; rather shunn d to go even with what I heard, than in my every action to be guided by others' experiences': but, upon my mended judgmeut, (if I ottend not to fay it is mended! my quarrel was not altogether slight.


take for my direction the experience of others, more than iuch intelligence as I had gathered myself.


French. 'Faitli, yes, to be put to the arbitre- [her go back, even to the yielding .j had I admittance, and opportunity to friend. Post. No,-no. . .-• . Iacbi I dare, thereupon, pawn the moiety of my estate to your ring; which, in my opinion, o'er-values it something: But I make my wager rather against your confidence, than her reputation: and, to bar your offence herein too, I durst attempt it against any lady in the world.

Post. You are a great deal abus'd J in too bold a persuasion; and I doubt not you sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt. _ lack. Whit's that? Post. A repulse: Though your attempt, as you call it, deserves more; a punishment too.

Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this: it came in too suddenly j let it die as it was born, and, 1 pray you, be better acquainted.

Inch. 'Would I had put my estate, and my neighbour's, on the approbation 4 of what 1 have spoke.

Pi/?. What lady wouM you chuse to assail? lack. Yours ) who in constancy, y<iu think, stands so safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, thit, commend me to the court where your lady is, with no more advantage tlun the opportunity of a second conference, and I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so rei'erv'd.

Post. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring I hold dear as my finger j 'tis part of it.

Inch. You are a friend, and therein the wiser S. If you buy ladies' flesh at a mdlion a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting: But, 1 see, you have some religion in you, tlut you fear.

Post. This is but a custom in your tongue: you bear a graver purpose, I hope.

Iuch. I am the master of my speeches; and would undergo what's spoken, I swear.

Post. Will you ?—I shall but lend my diamond 'till your return :—Let there be covenants drawn |j>etween us: My midress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking: I dare you to this match: here's my ring.

Phil. 1 will have it no lay. . -■

loch. By the gods, it is one :—If I bring you no sufficient testimony that 1 have enjoy'd the dearest b'xlily part of your mistress, my ten thou-* sand duc3ts are youfi; so is your diamond too >

rnent of swords; and by such two, that would, by all likelynoonV have confounded one the other, or have fallen both. ., ^ ,"

Licb. Can we* with manners, asle what was the difference.' . - - ■

French. Safely, I think: '.twas a contention in puhlick, which may, without contradiction) suffer tiie reportIt was much like au argument that fell out last night, where each of us fell in praise of our country mistreifes: This gentleman at thjt, time vouching, (and upon warrant of bloody affirmation) liis to he more fair, virtuous, wile, ch.iite, constant-qualified, and less attemptible, than any the rareit of our ladies in France. . lack. That lady is not now living s or this gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out . Poji. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind.

Inch. You must not so far prefer lier 'fore ours of Italy.

1 'oft. Being so far provok'd as I was in France, 1 would abate her nothing j though I profess myself Jier adorer, not her friend.

I.ich. As fair, and as good, (a kind of liand-inhaud comparison) had been something too fair, aud too good, for any lady in Britany. If she went before others 1 have seen, as that diamond of yours out-lustres many I liave beheld, I could not believe she excelled many: but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady. [stone.

Post. 1 prais'd her, as I rated her; so do 1 my

Iach. What do yuu esteem it at?

Post. More than the world enjoys.

I.:ch. Either your unparagon'd mistress is dead, ir (he's out-priz'd by a trifle.

Pest. You are mistaken: the one may be sold, or given; if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or merit for the gift: tlie other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods.

Iach. Which the gods have given you?

Pop. Which, by their graces, I will keep.

Jicb. You.may wear her in title yours: but, you know, Orange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Yimr ring may be stolen too: so, of your brace of uupiizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and tiie other casual: a cunning thief, or a lhat-way-:icconiplish'd courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.

Post. Your Italy contains none so accomplished If I come oft, and leave her in filth honour as

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Cymrcline* s Palace.

Enter Queen, Ladies, and Corn-Hut.

Queen. Whiles yet the dew's on ground, gather those flowers; Make haste: Who hss the note of them? I Lady. I, madam.

Sheen. Dispatch.— [Exeunt Ladies.

Now, master doctor; have you brought those drugs? [madam:

Cor. Pleaseth your highness, ay : here they are, But I beseech your grace, (without oftence; My conscience bids me ask) wherefore you have Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds, Which are the mover* of a languishing death; But, though slow, deadly?

y^ucen. 1 wonder, doctor, Thou ask'st me such a question: Have I not been Thy pupil long? Hast thou not learn'd me how To rrlake perfumes? distill r preserve? yea, so That our great king himself doth woo me oft For my confections.' Having thus far proceeded, (Unless thou think'it me devilish) is't not meet That I did amplify my judgment in Other conclusions1? 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 Altayments to their act; and by them gather Their several virtues, and effects.

Cor. Your highness Shall from this practice but make hard your heart: Kesides, the feeing these effects will be Both noisome and infectious.

Queen. O, content thee.

Enter Pifario. Here comes a flattering rascal; upon him [slfide. Will 1 fust 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.- [A/idc.

Qurcn. Hark Ihee, a word.— [Ti P'simo.

Cor. [/lfd-.~\ 1 do not like her. She doth think, she has

Strange lingering poisons: I do know her spirit,

And will not trust one of her malice with

A drug of such damn'd nature: Those she has,

Will stupify and dull tlie fense a while: [dogs;

Which first, perchance, she'll prove on cats, and

Then afterward up higher: but there is

No danger in vvliat shew of death it makes.

More than the locking up the spirits a time.

To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd

With a mcll false effect; and I the truer,

So to be false with her.

Queen. No further service, doctor, Until I send for thee.

Cor. I humbly take my leave. [£*if.

Queen. Weeps stie still, fay'it thou? Dost thou think, in time She will not quench; and let instructions enter Where folly now possesses? Do thou work: When thou shalt bring me word, she loves my foe, I'll tell thee, on the instant, thou art then As great as is thy master: greater; for His fortunes all lie speechless, and his name Is .it last t;nsp: Return he cannot, nor Continue w here he is: to shift his being Is to exchange one misery with another; And every day, that comes, comes to decay A day's work in him: What shalt thou expect, To be depender on a thing that leans 3 } Who cannot be new built; nor has no friends,

[The Queen drops a phial: Pisanio takes it up* So much as but to prop him ?—Thou tak'it up Thou know'st not wliat; but tske it for thy labour: It is a thing I make, which hath the king Five times redeem'd from death; I do not know What is more cordial:—Nay, I pr'ythee, take it < It is an earnest of a further good That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how The cafe stands with her; do't, as from tlryl'ch". Think what a chance thou changest on4; but thiak 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'It desire; and then myself, I chiefly, That set thee on to this desei t, am bound To load thy merit richly. Call my women .

[Exit PifarU.

Think on mv words.—A sly, and constant knave;
■Not to be shak'd: the agent for his master;
And the remembrancer of her, to hold
The hand last to her lord.—I have given him that,
Which, if he take, shall quite unpeople her
Of leigers, s for her sweet; and which she, after,
Except she bend her humour, shall be assur'd

Rt'Wter Pilattio, and Lad'.ts.
To taste of too.—So, so;—well done, well done:
The violet:, cowslips, and the primroses,
Bear to my closet:—Fare thee well, Pisanio;
Think on my wor ds. [Exeunt Queen, and Indies.

Pis. And shall do: But when to my good lord I prove untrue, I'll choke myself: there's all I'll do for you. [Exit.

s That is, other experiment'. 2 i. e. to change hit abode. 3 i. e. that incline! towards its fall. * The meaning is, Think with what a lair prospect of mending your fortunes you now change your tirrfient srrvirc," 5 A Ici^ci ambassador Is one that resides at a foreign court lo promote his uiaikr's interest.


Imogen's Apartment.
Enter Imogen,
tmo. A father cruel, and a step-dame false;
A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,
That lath her husband banish'd;—O, that husband!
My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated
Vexations of it! Had 1 been thief-stolen,
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Is the desire that's glorious: Blessed be these,
How mean soe'er, that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort'.—Who may this be?
Fie I

Enter Pisanio, and Iachimo.

Pis. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome
Comes from my lord with letters.

Iacb. Change you, madam?
The worthy Lennacus is in safety,
And greet? your highness dearly. [Gives a letter.

Imo. Thanks, good sir {
You are kindly welcome.

Iacb. All of her, that is out of door, most rich!
If she be furnisli'd with a mind so rare, [Aside.
She is alone the Arabian bird; and I
Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend!
Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!
Dr, like the Parthian, I shall flying fight 5
Rather directly fly.

Imogen reads.
—" He is one of the noblest note, to whose
'kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect
'upon him accordingly, as you value your trust.


k> far I read aloud:
{ut even the very middle of my heart
s warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully.—
sou are as welcome, worthy sir, as I
lave words to bid you j and (hall find it so,
1 all tliat I can do.
Iacb. Thanks, fairest lady.
vrhat! are men mad? Hath nature given them
eyes [Aside,
o fee this vaulted arch, and the rich crop
f sea and land *, which can distinguish 'twixt
he fiery orbs above, and the twinn'd stones
pon the number'd beach 3? and can we not
irtition make with spectacles so precious
wixt fair and foul }
Imo. Wliat makes your admiration?
Iacb. It cannot be i' the eye; for apes and

'Twixt two such she's, would chatter this way, and
Contemn with mows the ottier: Nor i' the judg.
ment j

For idiots, in this case of favour, would
Be wisely definite: Nor i' the appetite;
Sluttery, to such neat excellence oppos'd,
Should make desire vomit emptiness,
Not so allur'd to feed *.

Imo. What is the matter, trow f,
Iacb. The cloyed will,
(That satiate yet unsatisfied desire,
That tub both fill'd and running) ravening first
The lamb, longs after for the garbage.

Imo. What, dear sir,
Thus raps you? Are you well?

Iacb. Thanks, madam; well:—'Beseech you,
sir, [To Pifanio.

Desire my man's abode where I did leave him:
He's strange s, and peevish.

Pi/. I was going, sir,
To give him welcome. [seech you f

Imo. Continues well my lord? His health, 'be-
Iacb. Well, madam.

Imo. Is he dispos'd to mirth? I hope, he is.
Iacb. Exceeding pleasant; none a stranger tiler*
So merry and so gamesome: he is call'd
The Briton reveller.

Imo. When he was here,
He did incline to sadness j and oft-times
Not knowing why.

Iacb. 1 never saw him sad.
There is a Frenchman his companion, one
An eminent monsieur, that, it seems, much love*
A Gallian girl at home; he furnaces
The thick sighs from him; whiles the jolly Briton
(Your lord, I mean) laughs from's free lungs,
cries 1 " O! [knows
"Can 1T17 sides hold, to think, that man,—wh»
"By history, report, or his own proof,

What woman is, yea, what (he cannot chuse
But mutt be,—will his free hours languilh
For assur'd bondage?"

Imo. Will my lord fay so? [laughter.
Iacb. Ay, madam; with his eyes in stood with
It is a recreation to be by, [know,
And hear him mock the Frenchman: But, heavens
Some men are much to blame.

Imo. Not he, I hope. [him might

Iacb. Not he: But yet heaven's bounty towards Be us'd more thankfully. In himself, much; In you,—which I account his, beyond ail talents,—

« That is, according to Warburton, " who are beholden only to the seasons for their support d nourishment; so that, if those be kindly, such have no more to care for or deiirc." * Tie p offca and land means the productions of either element. 3 Dr. Johnson fays, " he knows not 11 how to regulate this passage. Number'd is perhaps numerous. Twinn'd JUnes lie docs not undcrid. Tininn'd shells, or pairs of Jheiis, a'every common." Mr. Stccvcat adds, that the pebbles the sea-shore are so much of the same size and shape, that twinn'd may meau a* like'as twins, . Farmer thinks we may read the umbered, theJkaded beach. * Dr. Johnson explains this pafe thus: " Iachimo, in this counterfeited rapture, has (hewn how the e\es and I\k judgment would ennine in favour of Imogen, comparing her with the present mistress of Pollhumus, and proceeds ty, that appetite too would give the fame suffrage. Dcjire, fays he, when it approachcdyiWsfry, cons'dered it in comparison withsuch neat excellence, would not only bt not so allured to jeed, but, cA with, a sit of loathing, would vomit emptiness, would seel the convulsions of diigult, though, att unfed, it had nothing to eject." s Strange here seems to signifyJky or buckuimd.

Mnmi Whilst

Whilst I am bound to wonder, I am bound
To pity too.

lmr>. What do you pity, sir?
Iacb. Two creatures, heartily.
Imo. Am I one, sir?
Tou look on me; what wreck discern you in me,
Deserves your pity?

Iacb. Lamentable! What!
To hide me ftvm the radiant fun, and solace
t the dungeon by a snuff?

Imo. I pray you, sir,
Deliver with more openness your answers
To my demands. Why do you pity me?
Iacb. That others do,

1 was about to fay, enjoy your But

It is an office of the gnds to venge it,
Not mine to speak on*c.

Imo. You do seem to know
Something of me, or what concerns me: Pray you,
(Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more
Than to be sure they do: For certainties
tither are past remedies; or, timely knowing
The remedy then bom) discover to me
What both you spur and stop *.

lacb. Had I this cheek
To bathe my lips upon; this hand, whose touch,
W hose every touch, would force the feeler's foul
To the oath of loyalty; this object, which
Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye,
Fixing it only here: should I (damn'd then)
Slaver with lips as common as the stairs
Thit mount the Capitol j join gripes with hands
Made hard with hourly falshood (falshood, as
With labour); then lie peeping in an eye,
Base and unlustrous as the smoky light
Thai's fed with stinking tallow; it were fit,
That all the plagues of hell should at one time
Encounter such revolt.

Imo. My lord; I fear,
Has forgot Britain.

Iacb. And himself. Not L
Inclin'd to this intelligence, pronounce
The beggary os' his change; but 'tis your graces
That from my mutest conscience, to my tongue,
Charms this report out.

hm. Let me hear no more. [heart
Iacb. O dearest foul! your cause doth strike my
With pity that doth make me sick. A lady
So fair, and fasten'd to an empery [ner'd
Would make the greatest king double! to be part-
Wi;h tomboys*, hir'd with that self-exhibition
Which your own coffers yield >! with difeas'd ven

That play with all infirmities for gold [stuff,
Which rottenness can lend nature! such boil'd
As well might poison poison! Be reveng'd i
Or she, that bore you, was no queen, and you
Recoil from your great stock.

Imo. Reveng'd!
How should 1 be reveng'd? If this be true,

(As I have such a heart, that both mine
Must mit in haste abuse) if it be true,
How should I be reveng'd?

Iacb. Should he make me
Live like Diana's priest, betwixt cold I
Whiles he is vaulting variable ramps,
In your despight, upon your purse? Revenge it.
I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure;
More noble than that runagate to your bed;
And will continue fast to your affection,
Still close, as lure.

Imo. What ho, Pisanio!
Iacb. Let me my service tender on your lips.
Imo. Away !—1 do condemn mine ears, that

So long attended thee.—If thou wert honourable,

Thou would'st have told this tale for virtue, not
For such an end thou seek'st; as base, as strange.
Thou wrong'st a gentleman, wlio is as far
From thy report, as thou from honour; and
Solicit'lt here a lady, that disdains
Thee and the devil alike :—What ho, Pisanio !—
The king my father shall be made acquainted
Of thy assault: if he shall think it fit,
A saucy stranger, in his court, to mart
As in a Romish stew, and to expound
His beastly mind to us; he hath a court
He little cares for, and a daughter whom

He not respects at all. What ho, Pisanio!

Iacb. O happy Leonatus! I may fay j
The credit, that thy lady hath of thee,
Deserves thy trust: and thy molt perfect goodness
Her alfur'd credit!—Blessed live you long 1
A lady to the worthiest fir, that ever
Country call'd his! and you his mistress, ontY
For the most worthiest tit! Give me your parcte
I have spoke this, to know if your affiance
Were, deeply rooted; and fh-dl make your lord.
That which he is, new o'er: And he is one
The truest manner'd; such a holy witch,
That he encliants societies unto liim:
Half all men's hearts are his.
Imo. You make amends.
Iacb. He fits 'mongst men, like a descended god:
He hath a kind of honour sets him oft.
More than a mortal seeming. Be not angry,
Most mijhty princess, that I have adventur'd
To try your taking of a false report; which hath
Honoiu 'd with confirmatit n your great judgment
In the election of a sir so rare,
Which yon know, cannot err: The love 1 bear him
Made me to fan you thus; but the gods made you,
Unlike all others* diasfiess. Pray, your pardoi:.
Imo. All's well, sir: Take my power i' the

court for yours.
Iacb. My humble thanks. I had almost forgo*
To intreat your grace but in a small request,
And yet of moment too, for it concerns
Y our lord; myself, .-aid other noble friends,
Are partners in the business.

'Ratlier, timely know*. * What it is that at once incites you to speak, and restrains you from it. 3 Empiry is a word signifying sovereign command; now obsolete. * A masculine, forvirdsirl i» still called t tmb»y. 5 Gross strumpets, hired with the vtry penfien. whiJi yen allow your husband.

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