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would these garments were come. a time, that she held the very garment of Posthumus in more respect than my noble and natural person, together with the adornment of my qualities. With that suit upon my back, will I ravish her: First kill him, and in her eyes; there shall she see my valour, which will then be a torment to her contempt. She hath despised me rejoicingly, and I'll
Re-enter PISANIO, with the Clothes. Be those the garments ?
Pis. Ay, my noble lord.
Clo. How long is't since she went to MilfordHaven?
Pis. She can scarce be there yet.
Clo. Bring this apparel to my chamber; that is the second thing that I have commanded thee: the third is, that thou shalt be a voluntary mute to my design. Be but duteous, and true preferment shall tender itself to thee, My revenge is now at Milford; 'Would I had wings to follow it! Come, and be true.
[Exit. Pis. Thou bidd'st me to my loss : for, true to
thee, Were to prove false, which I will never be, To him that is most true. And find not her whom thou pursu'st. Flow, flow, You heavenly blessings, on her! This fool's speed Be cross'd with slowness; labour be his meed!
To Milford go,
Before the Cave of BELARIUS.
Enter IMOGEN, in Boy's Clothes.
breeds cowards; hardness ever Of hardiness is mother. - Ho! who's here? If any thing that's civil, speak; if savage, Take, or lend. - Ho!- No answer ? then I'll enter. Best draw my sword: : and if mine
enemy But fear the sword like me, he'll scarcely look on't. Such a foe, good heavens! [She goes into the Cave.
Enter BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS.
Bel. You, Polydore, have prov'd best woodman,
Are master of the feast : Cadwal, and I,
I am thoroughly weary. Aru. I am weak with toil, yet strong in appetite. Gui. There is cold meat i'the cave; we'll browze
on that, Whilst what we have kill'd be cook'd. Bel.
Stay; come not in :
What's the matter, sir?
Imo. Good masters, harm me not: Before I enter'd here, I call’d; and thought To have begg'd, or bought, what I have took : Good
troth, I have stolen nought; nor would not, though I had
found Gold strew'd o'the floor. Here's
my meat : I would have left it on the board, so soon As I had made my meal; and parted With
prayers for the provider.
As 'tis no better reckon'd, but of those
I see you are angry:
fault, I should
Whither bound ?
What is your name?
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. Gui.
Were you a woman, youth, I should woo hard, but be your groom.-In honesty, I bid for you, as I'd buy. Aru.
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 'mongst friends. Imo.
'Mongst friends If brothers ? -'Would it had been
that they Had been my father's sons ! then had my } Aside.
He wrings at some distress.
Or I; whate'er it be, What pain it cost, what danger! Gods !
2 In, for into.
[Whispering. Imo. Great men, That had a court no bigger than this cave, That did attend themselves, and had the virtue Which their own conscience seald them, (laying by That nothing gift of differing 3 multitudes,) Could not out-peer these twain. Pardon me, gods ! I'd change my sex to be companion with them, Since Leonatus false. Bel.
It shall be so: go
dress our hunt. - Fair youth, come
Pray, draw near.
Enter Two Senators and Tribunes.
1 Sen. This is the tenour of the emperor's writ; That since 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 The gentry to this business : He creates Lucius pro-consul : and to you the tribunes,