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Whom thou didst banish; and (which more, may
grieve thee, As it doth me, a nobler sir ne'er liv'd "Twixt sky and ground. Wilt thou hear more, my
That paragon, thy daughter,
strength : I had rather thou should'st live while nature will, Than die ere I hear more: strive, man, and speak.
Iach. Upon a time, (unhappy was the clock That struck the hour!) it was in Rome, (accurs’d The mansion where!) 'twas at a feast, (O 'would Our viands had been poison'd! or, at least, Those which I heav'd to head !) the good Posthumus, (What should I say? he was too good, to be Where ill men were ; and was the best of all Among'st the rar’st of good ones,) sitting sadly, Hearing us praise our loves of Italy For beauty that made barren the swellid boast Of him that best could speak: for feature, laming The shrine of Venus, or straight-pight Minerva, Postures beyond brief nature; for condition, A shop of all the qualities that man Loves woman for; besides, that hook of wiving, Fairness which strikes the eye:
I stand on fire: Come to the matter. Iach.
All too soon I shall, Unless thou would'st grieve quickly.—This Posthu
mus, (Most like a noble lord in love, and one
Quail to remember,] To quail is to sink into dejection
That had a royal lover,) took his hint ;
Nay, nay, to the purpose. Iach. Your daughter's chastity-There it begins, He spake of her as Diano had hot dreams, And she alone were cold: Whereat, I, wretch ! Made scruple of his praise; and wager'd with him Pieces of gold, 'gainst this which then he wore Upon his honour'd finger, to attain In suit the place of his bed, and win this ring By hers and mine adultery : he, true knight, No lesset of her honour confident Than I did truly find her, stakes this ring; And would so, had it been a carbuncle Of Phoebus' wheel; and might so safely, had it Been all the worth of his car. Away to Britain Post I in this design: Well may you, sir, Remember me at court, where I was taught Of your chaste daughter the wide difference ”Twixt amorous and villainous. Being thus quench'd Of hope, not longing, mine Italian brain 'Gan in your duller Britain operate Most vilely; for my vantage, excellent ; And, to be brief, my practice so prevail'd, That I return'd with simular proof enough To make the noble Leonatus mad, By wounding his belief in her renown With tokens thus, and thus ; averring notes
as Dian--] i. e."as if Dian.
averring notes-] Such marks of the chamber and pictures, as averred or confirmed my report.
Of chamber-hanging pictures, this her bracelet,
Ay, so thou dost,
[Coming forward. Italian fiend !
-Ah me, most credulous fool,
Peace, my lord; hear, hear
page, There lie thy part.
[Striking her : she falls. Pis.
O, gentlemen, help, help Mine, and your mistress :-0, my lord Posthumus!
5 Some upright justicer!] Justicer is used by Shakspeare thrice in King Lear. The most ancient law books have justicers of the peace, as frequently as justices of the peace.
- and she herself.] That is,-She was not only the temple of virtue, but virtue herself.
You ne'er kill'd Imogen till now :-Help, help!
Does the world go round?
Wake, my mistress !
How fares my mistress? Imo. O, get thee from my sight; Thou gav'st me poison : dangerous fellow, hence ! Breathe not where princes are. Cym.
The tune of Imogen!
Cym. New matter still?
It poison'd me.
O Gods !
What's this, Cornelius?
7-these staggers-] This wild and delirious perturbation. Staggers is the horse's apoplexy.
Imo. Most like I did, for I was dead.
This is sure, Fidele. Ime. Why did you throw your wedded lady from Think, that you are upon a rock ;8 and now Throw me again.
[Embracing him. Post.
Hang there like fruit, my soul, Till the tree die !
Сут, . How now, my flesh, my child? What, mak'st thou me a dullardo in this acts Wilt thou not speak to me? Imo.
Your blessing, sir.
[Kneeling Bel. Though you did love this youth, I blame
You had a motive for't.
[To GUIDERIUS and ARVIRAGUS, Сут. .
My tears, that fall,
I am sorry fort, my lord.
My lord, Now fear is from me, I'll speak troth. Lord Cloten, Upon my lady's missing, came to me With his sword drawn; foam'd at the mouth, and
: Think, that you are upon a rock 1] In this speech, or in the answer, there is little meaning: Perhaps, she would say, -Cons sider such another act as equally fatal to me with precipitation from a rock, and now let me see whether
will repeat it. - a dullard-] In this place means a person stupidly un.concerned. VOL, VIII.