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He serv'd with glory and admir'd success:
sion of Britain, he agreed to pay an annual tribute to Rome. After his death, Tenantius, Lud's younger son (his elder brother Androgeus having fled to Rome) was established on the throne, of which they had been unjustly deprived by their uncle. \ ACcording to some authorities, Tenantius quietly paid the tribute stipulated by Cassibelan; according to others, he refused to pay it, and warred with the Romans. Shakspeare supposes the latter to be the truth.
Liv'd in court, (Which rare it is to do,) most prais'd, most lov’d:) This encomium is high and artful. To be at once in any great degree loved and praised, is truly rare. Johnson.
* A glass that feated them;] A glass that formed them; a model by the contemplation and inspection of which they formed their manners. Feat Minsheu interprets, fine, neat, brave.
to his mistress,] means as to his mistress.
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? 1 Gent.
His only child. He had two sons, (if this be worth your hearing, , Mark it,) the eldest of them at three years old, l' 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 so slow, That could not trace them! 1 Gent.
Howsoe'er 'tis strange, Or that the negligence may well be laugh'd at, Yet is it true, sir. 2 Gent. I do well believe
you. i Gent. We must forbear: Here comes the queen, and princess.
Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Imogen.
I will be known your advocate: marry, yet
your highness, I will from hence to-day. Queen.
You know the peril:-
of barr'd affections; though the king Hath charg'd you should not speak together.
[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 reserv'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 reseru'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
but riding forth to air yourself,
How! how! another?
[Putting on the Ring.
[Putting a Bracelet on her Arm. Imo.
O, the gods! When shall we see again?
8 And sear up-] i. e.
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!
O disloyal thing,
I beseech you, sir,
Past grace? obedience? Imo. Past hope, and in despair; that way, past
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.
Cym. Thou took’st a beggar; would’st have made
A seat for baseness.
No; I rather added
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.