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To whom being going, almost spent with hunger,
Í am fallen in this offence.

Bel. Pr’ythee, fair youth,
Think us no churls; nor measure our good minds
By this rude place we live in. Well encounter'd !
'Tis almost night: you shall have better cheer
Ere you depart; and thanks to stay and eat it,
Boys, bid him welcome.

Guid. Were you a woman, youth,
I should woo hard, but be your * groom. In honesty
I bid for you, as I'd buy.

Arv. I'll make't my comfort,
He is a man ; I'll love him as my brother :
And such a welcome as I'd give to him,
After long absence, such is yours :-Most welcome!
Be sprightly, for you fall ʼmongst friends.

Ima. 'Mongst friends!
If brothers ?-'Would it had been so, that they
Had been my father's fons! then had

! my prize Been less ; ? and so more equal ballasting

[Afideo To thee, Pofthumus.

Bel. He wrings at some distress.
Guid. 'Would, I could free't!

Aru. Or I; whate'er it be,
What pain it cost, what danger! Gods !
Bel. Hark, boys.

Imo. Great men,
That had a court no bigger than this cave,
That did attend themselves, and had the virtue


in bonefly I bid for you, as I'd buy.)-I only proffer the terms I would purchase you upon.

? and so more equal ballafting)—then should I not have funk him by my overweight. ---Price-balancing,

Which their own conscience feald them, *(laying by
That nothing gift of differing multitudes)
Could not out-peer these twain. Pardon me, gods !
I'd change my sex to be companion with them,
Since Leonatus falfe

Bel. It shall be fo:
Boys, we'll go dress our hunt.–Fair youth, come in :
Discourse is heavy, fasting; when we have suppid,
We'll mannerly demand thee of thy story,
So far as thou wilt speak it.

Guid. Pray, draw near.
Arv. The night to the owl, and morn to the lark, less

Imo. Thanks, fir.
Arv. I pray, draw near.


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Enter two Roman Senators, and Tribunes.
1 Sen. This is the tenor of the emperor's writ;
That fince the common men are now in action
'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians;
And that the legions now in Gallia are
Full weak to undertake our wars against
The fallen-off Britons; that we do incite

gentry to this business : He creates
Lucius pro-consul: and to you the tribunes,
For this immediate levy, he commands
His absolute commission. Long live Cæsar!

" (lasing by, &c.]-disregarding that worthless tribute, fame, or popular applause; the court, which the lifting vulgar pay: out-peer) -exceed, surpaís.

c Leonate is false. d be commands]-orders to be given-commends to your care. VOL. III. P


Tri. Is Lucius general of the forces ?
2 Sen. Ay.
Tri. Remaining now in Gallia ?

i Sen. With those legions
Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy
Must be supplyant: The words of your commission
Will tie you to the numbers, and the time
Of their dispatch.
Tri. We will discharge our duty.




The Forest, near the Cave.

Enter Cloten.

I am near to the place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapp'd it truly. How fit his garments serve me! Why should his mistress, who was made by him that made the taylor, not be fit too? the rather (saving reverence of the word) for, 'is said, a woman's fitness comes by fits. Therein I must play the workman, I dare speak it to myself, (for it is not vain-glory, for a man and his glass to confer; in his own chamber, I mean) the lines of my body are as well drawn as his; no less young, more strong, not beneath him in fortunes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conversant in general services, and more remarkable · in single oppositions : yet this imperseverant thing loves him in my despight. What mortality is! Posthumus, thy head, which is now growing upon thy Thoulders, shall within this hour be off; thy mistress en

in fingle oppositions : ]—duels. imperseverant)-perlevering, obstinate,


forced; thy garments cut to pieces before & her face: and all this done, spurn her home to her father ; who may, haply, be a little angry for my so rough usage: but my mother, having power of his testiness, shall turn all into my commendations. My horse is tyd up safe: Out, sword, and to a fore purpose! Fortune, put them into my hand! This is the very description of their meetingplace; and the fellow dares not deceive me. [Exit.

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Enter Belarius, Guiderius, Arviragus, and Imogen.
Bel. You are not well : remain here in the cave;
We'll come to you after hunting.
Arv. Brother, stay here :

[To Imogen. Are we not brothers ?

Imo. So man and man should be ;
But clay and clay differs in dignity,
Whose duft is both alike. I am very sick.

Guid. Go you to hunting, I'll abide with him.

Imo. So sick I am not; yet I am not well:
But not iso citizen a wanton, as
To seem to die, ere sick: So please you, leave me ;
Stick to your * journal course: the breach of custom
Is breach of all. I am ill; but your being by me
Cannot amend me : Society is no comfort
To one not sociable: I am not very sick,
Since I can reason of it. Pray you, trust me here :
I'll rob none but myself; and let me die,
Stealing so poorly.

to Se fick I am not ;]as to prevent your sport.
To citizen a canton,-10 cowardly a coxcomb. kjournal]-daily.


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Guid. I love thee; I have spoke it :
As much the quantity, the weight as much,
As I do love


Bel. What? how? how ?

Arv. If it be sin to say so, sir, I yoke me
In my good brother's fault: I know not why,
I love this youth; and I have heard you say,
Love's reason's without reason: the bier at door,
And a demand who is’t shall die, I'd say,
My father, not this youth.

Bel. O noble strain !
O worthiness of nature ! breed of greatness !
Cowards father cowards, and base things fire base :
Nature hath meal, and bran; contempt, and grace. .
I am not their father ; yet who this should be,
* Doth miracle itself, lov'd before me.
'Tis the ninth hour o'the morn.

Arv. Brother, farewell.
Imo. I wish ye sport.
Arv. You health. So please you, sir.
Imo. [Aside.] These are kind creatures. . Gods, what

lies I have heard !
Our courtiers say, all's savage, but at court:
• Experience, O, thou disprov'st report !
The imperious seas breed monsters; for the dish,
Poor tributary rivers as sweet fish.
I am sick ftill; heart-fick : -Pisanio,
I'll now taste of thy drug.

Guid. I could not p stir him :
He said, he was gentle, but unfortunate;
Dishonestly afflicted, but yet honest.

| How.

m Dorb miracle it felf,]—Is truly marvellous. * So please you, fir.]-To Belarius, implying his readiness to attend him.

Experience, O, how tbou disproof report! P fir bim:]-move, prevail on him to tell his story, to disclose aimself.

4 gentle,]-well born.

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