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On Common Friendships.

Be such a gosling to obey instinct; but stand, Oh, world, thy slippery turns ! Friends now As if a man were author of himself, fast sworn,

And knew no other kin. Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,

Relenting Tenderness. Whose bours, whose bed, whose meal, and

Like a dull actor now, exercise,

I have forgot my part, and I am out, Are still together, who twin, 'twere, in love,

Even to a full disgrace. Best of my flesh, Unseparable, shall within this hour,

Forgive my tyranny; but do not say, On a dissension of a doit, break out

For that, forgive our Romans.-0, a kiss, To bitterest enmity. So fellest foes,

Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge! Whose passions and whose plots have broke Now, by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss their sleep

I carried from thee, dear; and my true lip To take the one the other, by some chance, Hath virgin'd it e'er since. You gods! I prate, Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear And the inost noble mother of the world friends,

Leave unsaluted : sink, my knee, i'th' earth; And interjoin their issues.

Of thy deep duty more impression show
Martial Friendship.

Than that of common sons.
Let me twine

Mine arms about that body, where against

The noble sister of Publicola, My grained ash an hundred times hath brok The moon of Rome; chaste as the icicle, And scarr’d the moon with splinters ! here i That's curded by the frost from purest snow, 'I he anvil of my sword ; and do contest [clip And hangs on Dian's temple. As botly and as nobly with thy love,

Coriolanus's Prayer for his Son. As ever in ambitious strength I did

-The god of soldiers, Contend against thy valor. Know thou first, With the consent of supreme Jove, inform I lov'd the maid I married, never man

Thy thoughts with nobleness, that thou mayst Sigh'd truer breath ; but that I see thee here,

prove Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt heart, To shame invulnerable, and stick i' the wars Than when I first my wedded mistress saw Like a great sea-mark, standing every flaw, Bestride my threshold. Why, thou Mars ! | And saving those that eye thee! tell thee

Coriolunus's Mother's pathetic Speech to him. We have a power on foot; and I had purpose

-Think with thyself, Once more to hew thy target from thy brawn, How more unfortunate than all living women Or lose my arm for't i thou hast beat me out Are we come hither : since that thy sight, Twelve several times; and I have nightly since which should Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me; Make our eyes flow with joy, hearts dance We have been down together in my sleep,

with comforts,

[sorrow : Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat, Constrains them weep, and shake with fear and And wak'd half-dead with nothing.

Making the mother, wife, and child, to see

The son, the husband, and the father, tearing The Season of Solicitation. He was not taken well'; he had not din'd :

His country's bowels out.

And to poor we The veins unfilld, our blood is cold, and then Our prayers to the gods, which is a comfort

Thine enmity's most capital : thou barr'st us We pout upon the morning, are unapt That all but we enjoy. To give or to forgive; but when we have stuffd

-We must find These pipes and these conveyances of our blood, An evident calamity, though we had. [thou With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls Than in our priest-like fasts: therefore I'll Must, as a foreign recreant, be led

Our wish, which side should win : for either Till he be dieted to my request. [watch him with manacles along our streets; or else Obstinate Resolution.

Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin ; My wife comes foremost ; then the honor'd And bear the palm, for having bravely shed mould

Thy wife and children's blood. For myself, son, Wherein this trunk was fram'd, and in her I purpose not to wait on furtune, till [thee, hand


These wars determine: if I cannot persuade The grand-child to her blood-But, out, af- Rather to show a noble grace to both parts, All bond and privilege of nature, break!

Than seek the end of one, thou shalt no sooner Let it be virtuous to be obstinate :- [eyes,

March to assault thy country, than to tread What is that curt'sy worth ? or those dove's (Trust to't thou shalt not) on thy mother's Which can make gods forsworn! I melt, and That brought thee to this world. (womb, am not


Peace after a Siege. Of stronger earth than others !-my mother Ne'er through an arch so hurried the blown As if Olympus to a mole-bill should


[hark you ; In supplication nod; and my young boy As the recomforted through the gates. Why Hath an aspect of intercession, wbich The trumpets, sackbuts, psalteries, and fifes, Great nature cries, deny not.---Let the Volsces Tabors, and cymbals, and the shouting Romans, Plough Rome, and barrow Italy; I'll never Make the sun dance.



Froin fairies, and the tempters of the night,
Guard me, beseech ye!


Parting Lovers.

Iachimo rises

from the Trunk.

Imo. Thou shouldst have made him

Iach. The crickets sing, and man's, o'er-

labor'd sense

As little as a crow, or less, ere left
To after-eye him.

Repairs itself by rest : our Tarquin thus
Pis. Madain, so I did.

Did softly press the rushes, ere he waken'd
Imo. I would have broke my eye-strings : How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! fresh lily!

The chastity he wounded. Cytherea,

crack'd 'em, but

And whiter than the sheets! That I might

To look upon him: till the diminution


Of space had pointed him as sharp as my needle: But kiss; one kiss !-Rubies unparagon'd
Nay, follow'd him, till he had melied from How dearly they do 't!—Tis her breathing that
The smallness of a gnat to air : and then
Hare turn'd mine eye and wept. But, good

Perfumes the chamber thus; the flame o' the

When shall we hear from him? [Pisanio,


Bows towards her ;
Pis. Be assur'd, madam,

and would under-peep her
With his next vantage.

Tò see th' inclosed lights, now canopied [lids
Imo. I did not take my leave of him, but had Under these windows: white and azure, lac'd

With blue of heaven's own tinct--but my de-
Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him,
How I would think of him, at certain hours,
Such thoughts, and such ; or I would make Such, and such, pictures ; there the window :

To note the chamber :- I will write all down.

him swear,


The shes of Italy should not betray
Mine interest, and his honor; or have chargd Why, such, and such :—and the contents o'

Th' adornment of her bed ;-the arras, figures,



At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at mid- Ah, but some natural notes about her body,

the story,

To encounter me with orisons, for then

Above ten thousand meaner moveables,

I am in heaven for him; or ere I could

Would testify t'enrich mine inventory:

Give him that parting kiss, which I had set

Betwist two charming words, comes in my And be' her sense but as a monument,

O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her!


And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,

Thus in a chapel lying! Come off, come off;

Shakes all our buds from growing.

(Taking off her bracelet.

As slippery, as the Gordian knot was hard !

The Baseness of Falsehood to a Wife.

"Tis mine: and this will witness outwardly,

Since doubting things go ill, often hurts more To the madding of her lord. On her left breast

As strongly as the conscience does within,

Than to be sure they do: for certainties

Either are past remedies ; or, timely knowing, i' bottom of a cowslip: Here 's a voucher,

A mole cinque spotted, like the crimson drops

The remedy then born, discover to me

Stronger than ever law could make: this secret

What both you spar and stop.

Will force him think I have pick'd the lock

lach. Had I this cheek


and ta'en

[what end?

To bathe my lips upon : this hand, whose The treasure of her honor. No more.—To

Whose every touch would force the feeler's Why should I write this down, that's rivetted,


Screw'd to my memory? She had been reading

To the oath of loyalty ; this object, which


Takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye,

The tale of Tereus; here the leaf'sturn'd down,
Fixing it only here: should I (damn'd thren)

Where Philomel gave up; I have enough:
Slaver with lips as common as the stairs

To the trunk again, and shut the spring of it.
That mount the capitol, join gripes with hands Swift, swift

, you dragons of the night! that

Made hard with hourly falshood (as


With labor), then lie peeping in an eye, May bear the raven's eye: I lodge in fear;
Base and uplustrous as the smoky light

Though this a heavenly angel, hell is here.
That's fed with stinking tallow: it were fit,

[He goes into the 'I'runk; the Scene closes.

That all the plagues of hell should at one time


Encounter such revolt.

"Tis gold


Imogen's Bed-chamber; in one part of it a

Which buys admittance : oft it doth: yea, and

Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up

large Trunk.

Their deer to the stand o' the stealer : and 'ris

Imogen is discovered reading.



Mine eyes are weak: Which makes the truc man kill'd, and saves
Fold down the leaf where I have left: To bed : the thief:
Take not away the taper, leave it burning; Nay sometime hangs both thief and true man: .
And if thou canst awake by four o' th' clock, What can it not do, and undo?
I prythee call me --Sleep hath seiz'd me wholly.

A Satire on Women,

[Exit Lady. Is there no way for men to be, but women
To your protection I commend me, gods ! Must be half-workers? We are all bastards;

geance !

bows you

And that most venerable man, which I That run i' the clock's behalf. But this is Did call my father, was I know not where

foolery. When I was stamp'd; some coiner with his Go bid my woman feign a sickness ; say, (sently tools

She 'll home t' her father: and provide me preMade nie a counterfeit: yet my mother seem's A riding suit; no costlier than would fit The Diin o'that time; so doth my wife A franklin's housewife. The nonpareil of this.-0, vengeance! ven- Pis. Madam, you 're best consider.

Imo. I see before me, man, nor here, nor here, Me of my lawful pleasure she restrain'd, , Nor what ensues; but have a fog in them, And pray'd me, oft, forbearance; did it with That I cannot look through. A way I pr’ythee, A pudency so rosy, the sweet view on 't Do as I bid thee : there's no more to say; Might well have warm’d old Saturn ;—that I Accessible is none but Milford way. thought her

A Forest, with a Cave, in Wales. As chaste as unsumn'd snow.

Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus. ... Could I find out


Bel. A goodly day not to keep house, with The woman's part in me!-for there's no mo- such

[gate That tends to vice in man, but I affirm Whose roof's as low as ours. Stoop, boys; this It is the woman's part : be it lying, note it, Instructs you how t'adore the heavens! and The woman's, flattering, hers; deceiving, hers;

[narchs Lust, and rank thoughts, hers, hers; revenges, To morning's holy office. The gates of mohers;

[dain, Are arch'd so high that giants may jet through Ambitions, covetings, change of prides, dis- And keep their impious turbans on, without Nice-longings, slanders, inutability: Good-morrow to the sun-Hail thou fair All faults that name, nay, that hell knows, heaven! why, hers;

We house i' the rock, yet use thee not so hardly In part, or all; but, rather, all: for even to vice As prouder livers do. They are not constant, but are changing still, Guid. Hail, heaven! One vice, but of a minute old, for one

Arv. Hail, heaven!

[yon hill :
Not half so old as that. I'll write against thein, Bel. Now for our mountain sport : up to
Detest them, curse them :-yet'tis greater skill | Your legs are young! I 'll tread these Aats.
In a true hate, to pray they have their will :

The very devils cannot plague them better. When you above perceive me like a crow,

"That it is place which lessens, and sets off. A Wife's Impatience to meet her Husband.

And you may then revolve what tales I've told O, for a horse with wings!-Hear'st thou, you, Pisanio?

Of courts, of princes, of the tricks in war : He is at Milford-Haven : read, and tell me This service is not service, so being done, How far 'tis thither. If one of mean affairs But being so allow'd : To apprehend thus, May plod it in a week, why may not I Draws us a profit from all things we see; Glide thither in a day? Then, true Pisanio, And often, to our comfort, shall we find (Who long'st, like me, to see thy lord, who The sharded beetle in a safer hold long'st

Than is the full-wing’d eagle. O, this life O, let me 'bate--but not like me:-yet longost, Is pobler, than attending for a check ; But in a fainter kind :-0, not like me; Richer, than doing nothing for a bauble! For mine's beyond beyond)---say, and speak Prouder, than rustling in unpaid-for silk : thick,

Such gain the cap of him that makes them fine, (Love's counsellor should fill the bores of Yet keeps his book uncross'd; no life to ours. 'hearing

Guid. Out of your proof you speak; we, poor To the smothering of the sense)- how far it is unfledg d, To this same blessed Milford: And, by th’ way Have never wing’d from view oʻthe nest; nor Tell me how Wales was made so happy, as

know not T" inherit such a haven: But first of all, What air 's from home. Haply, this life is best How may we steal from hence; and for the gap If quiet life be best; sweeter to you, That we shall make in time, from our hence. That have a sharper known; well correspond. going,

(hence? With your stiff age ; but, unto us, it is (ing And our return, t'excuse : but first, how get A cell’of ignorance; travelling a-bed ; Why should excuse be born, or e'er begot? A prison for a debtor that not dares We'll talk of that hereafter : Prythee, speak, To stride a limit. How many score of miles may we well ríde Arv. What should we speak of 'Twixt hour and hour?

When we are as old as you?' when we shall hear Pis. One score, 'twixt sun and sun, The rain and wind beat dark December, how, Madam, 's enough for you; and too much too. In this our pinching cave, shall we discourse Imo. Why, one that rode to his execution, The freezing hours away? We have seen noman,

thing: Could never go so slow: I have heard of riding We are beastly; subtle as the fox, for prey : wagers,

Like warlike as the wolf, for what we eat : Where horses have been uimbler than the sand Our valor is, to chase what flies; our cage

We make a quire, as doth the prison'd bird,

Slander. And sing our bondage freely.

-No, 'tis slander, Bel. How you speak!

Whose edge is sharper than the sword: whose Did you but know the city's usuries, [court, tongue,

[breath And felt them knowingly: the heart o' the Out-venoms all the worms of Nile : whose As hard to leave, as keep ; whose top to climb Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie Is certain falling, or so slipp ry, that

All corners of the world : Kings, queens, and The fear's as bad as falling; the toil of the war,

states, A pain that only seems to seek out danger Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave, I the name of fame, and honor : which dies This viperous slander enters. i the search;

A Wife's Innocency. And hath as oft a sland'rous epitaph,

False to his bed? What is it io be false? As record of fair act; nay, many times To lie in watch there, and to think on him ? Doth ill deserve, by doing well; what's worse, To weep 'twixt clock and clock ?-If sleep Most eurt'sy at the censure: 0, boys, this story charge nature, The world may read in me: my body's mark'To break it with a fearful dream of him, With Roman swords; and my report was once and cry myself awake? That’s false to 's bed? First with the best of note: Cyinbeline lov'd me, And when a soldier was the theme, my name

Woman in Man's Dress. Was not far off: then was I as a tree

You must forget to be a woman; change Whose boughs did bend with fruit: but, in (The handmaids of all women, or more truly

Command into obedience; fear and niceness one night, A storm, or robbery, call it what you will,

Woman its pretty self), to a waggish courage, Shook down my mellow hangings, nay, my As quarrellous as the weazel: nay, you must

Ready in gibes, quick-answer'd, saucy and And left me bare to weather. [leaves, Gaid. Uncertain favor!

that rarest treasure of your cheek,


[you oft) But that iwo villains, whose false oaths pre- Of common kissing Titan ; and forget Bel. My fault being nothing, (as I have told Exposing it (but O, the harder heart!

Alack, no remedy!) to the greedy touch sail'd Before my perfect honor, swore to Cymbeline, You made great Juno angry.

Your laborsome and dainty trims, wherein I was confederate with the Romans : so Follow'd my banishment; and, this twenty

The Forest and Cave. years,


Enter Imogen in Boy's Clothes. This rock; and these demesnes, have been my Imo. I see, a man's life is a tedious one: Where I have liv'd at honest freedom; paid I've tir'd myself; and for two nights together More pious debts to heaven,

than in all (tains; Have made the ground my bed. I should be sick, The fore-end of my time. But up to the moun- But that my resolution helps me.

e.- Milford, This is not hunter's language : he that strikes When from the mountain-top Pisanio show'd The venison first, shall be the lord oʻth' feast; thee, To him the other two shall minister; Thou wast within a ken. O, Jove! I think, And we will fear no poison, which attends Foupdations fly the wretched : such, I mean, la place of greater state.

Where they should be reliev'd. Two beggars The Force of Nature.

told me, How hard it is, to hide the sparks of nature! I could not miss my way: will poor

folks lie These boys know liule, they are sons to th' king; That have afflictions on them; knowing 'tis Nor Cymbeline dreams that they are alive. A punishment, or trial ? Yes: no wonder, They think they 're mine: and though traind when rich ones scarce tell true. To lapse in up thus meanly

fulness I the cave, wherein they bow, their thoughts Is sorer than to lie for need; and falsehood do hit

Is worse in kinys than beggars.--My dear lord ! The roofs of palaces; and nature prompts them, Thou art one o' the false ones : now I think on In simple and low things, to prince it, much thee, Beyond the trick of others. This Polydore, My hunger 's gone ; but even before I was, The heir of Cymbeline and Britain, whom Ai point to sink for food.-But what is this? The king his father call'd Guiderius, Jove !

[Seeing the Cave. When on my three-foot stool I sit, and tell Here is a path to it :-'tis some savage hold; The warlike feats I've done, his spirits fly out I were best not call; I dare not call: yet famine, Into my story: say—thus mine enemy fell; Ere clean it o'erthrow nature, makes it valiant. And thus I set my font on his neck ;-even then Plenty and peace breed cowards : hardness ever The princely blood flows in his cheek, he Of hardiness is mother. sweats, [posture

Lalour. Strains his young nerves, and puts himself in

-Weariness That acts my words. The younger brother, Can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth Cadwal,

Finds the down pillow hard. (Once, Arviragus) in as like a figure (more

Harmless Innocence. Strikes life into my speech, and shows much Imo. Good inasters, harm me not: His own conceiving.

Before I entered here, I call'd ; and thought


To have begg'd, or bought, what I have took : Guid. Why, he but sleeps : good troth,

If he be gone, he'll make his grave a bed; I have stolen nought; nor would not, though With female fairies will his tomb be haunted, I had found

(meat : And worms will not come to thee. Gold strew'd o'th'floor. Here's money for my

Arv. With fairest flowers, I would have left it on the board, so soon While summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele, As I had made my meal; and parted I'll sweeten thy sad grave: thou shalt not lack With prayers for the provider.

The flow'r that's like thy face, pale primrose; Guid. Money, youth?

Arv. All gold and silver rather turn to dirt! The azur'd hare-bell, like thy veins; no, nor As 'tis no better reckond, but of those The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Who worship dirty gods.

Out-sweetend not thy breath; the ruddock Braggart.

not I

would To whom? to thee? What art thou? 'Have With charitable bill (O bill sore shaming An arm as big as thine ? a heart as big?

Those rich-left heirs, that let their fathers le Thy words, I grant, are bigger; for I wear not Without a monument!) bring thee all this ; My dagger in my mouth.

-Yea, and furr'd moss besides, when flow'rs are
To winter-ground thy corse

-Being scarce made up, Bel. Great griefs, i see,

see, med'cine the less : mean, to man, he had not apprehension

for Cloten Of roaring terrors; for defect of judgment Is of the cure of fear.

Is quite forgot. He was a queen's son, boys ;

And, though he came our enemy, remember Inborn Royalty

He was paid for that: though mean and mighty 0, thou goddess,

rotting Thou divine nature, how thyself thou blazon'st Together have one dust ; yet reverence. In these two princely boys! They are as gentle (That angel of the world) doth make distinction As zephyrs, blowing below the violet,

Of place 'tween high and low. Our foe was
Not wagging his sweet head; and yet as rough princely;
Their royal blood enchaf'd, as the rud'st wind, And though you took his life, as being our foe,
That by the top doth take the mountain pine, Yet bury him as a prince.
And make him
stoop to the vale. 'Tis wonderful

Guid. Pray you fetch him hither.
That an invisible instinct should frame them Thersites' body is as good as Ajax,
To royalty unlearn'd; honor untaught; When neither are alive.
Civility not seen from other; valor,

Funereal Dirge.
That wildly grows in them, but yields a crop,
As if it had been sow'd!

Guid. Fear no more the heat o' the sun,

Nor the furious winter's rages; Enter Arviragus, with Imogen as dead, bearing her in his Arms.

Thou thy worldly task hast done, Bel. Look, here he comes,

Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages :

Golden lads and girls all must,
And brings the dire occasion in his arms,
Of what we blame him for!

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Arv. The bird is dead

Arv. Fear no more the frown o' the great, That we have made so much on. I had rather

Thou art past the tyrant's stroke; Have skipp'd from sixteen years of age to sixty,

Care no more to clothe and eat;

To thee the reed is as the oak:
To have turn'd my leaping time into a crutch,
Than have seen this.

The sceptre, learning, physic, must

All follow this, and come to dust.
Guid. O, sweetest, fairest lily!
My brother wears thee not the one half so well, Arv. Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone ;

Guid. Fear no more the lighıning fash,
As when thou grew'st thyself.
Bel. O, melancholy !

Guid. Fear not slander, censure rash;
Who ever yet could sound thy bottom? find

Arv. Thou hast finish'd joy and moan. The ooze, io show what coast thy sluggish crare

Imogen awaking. Might eas'liest harbor in? Thou blessed thing! Yes, Sir, to Milford-Haven ; which is the Jove knows what_man thou mightst have made; but I,

I thank you by yond' bush ? pray how fær Thou diedst, a most rare boy, of melancholy! thither? How found you him?

'Ods pitikins !--can it be six miles yet? Aru. Stark, as you see,

I have gone all night-'faith, I 'll lie down and Thus smiling, as some fly had tickled slumber, sleep: Not as death's dart, being laugh'd at: his right But soft! no bedfellow: -20 gods and goddesses ! Reposing on a cushion. [cheek

[Seeing the body. Guid. Where?

These flow'rs are like the pleasures of the world; Arv. O'the floor :

[put This bloody man, the careon't. I hope I dream; His arms thas leagued : I thought he slept; and For, so, I thought I was a cave-keeper, My clouted brogues from off iny feet, whose And cook to honest creatures : but 'tis not so : Answer'd my steps too loud. [rudeness / 'Twas but a bolt of nothing, shot at nothing


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