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Iach. Would I had put my estate and my neighbour's, on th' approbation of what I have spoke.

Pot. What lady would you chuse to affail?

Iacb. Yours; who in constancy you think stands so fafe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, that commend me to the Court where your Lady is, with no more advantage than the opportunity of a second conference, I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserv'd.

Poft. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring í hold dear as my finger, 'tis part of it.

Tach. You are afraid,' and therein the wiser ; if you buy ladies Aesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from cainting. But I see you have some religion in you, that you fear, .

Pot. This is but a custom in your tongue ; you bear a graver purpose, I hope.

Iach. I am the master of my speeches, and would undergo what's spoken, I swear. Poft. Will you? I shall but lend my diamond 'till

your return; let there be covenants drawn between us. My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thoughts. I dare you to this match'; here's my ring.

Pbil. I will have it no lay.

lach. By the Gods, it is one. If I bring you sufficient'testimony that I have enjoy'd the dearest bodily part

of your mistress, my ten thousand ducats are ? / mine so is your diamond too: if I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in; she your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours; provided I have your commendation, for my more free entertainment.

Post. I embrace these conditions ; let us have articles betwixt us; only thus far you shall aoswer ; if you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to under

stand 9 a Friend, . . . old edit. Theob. emend. i you not sufficient . . . old edit. Warb. emend. 2 yours . . . old edit, Warb. emend.

stand you have prevailid, I am no further your enemy, The is not worth our debate. If she remain unseduc'd, you not making it appear otherwise ; for your ill opinion, and th' assault you have made to her chastity, you shall answer me with your sword.

lach. Your hand, a covenant, we will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain, left the bargain should catch cold, and starve. I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded.

Poft. Agreed. [Exeunt Pofthumus and lachimo.
French. Will this hold, think you?

Pbil. Signior lachimo will not from it.
Pray let us follow 'em.

[Exeunt.

S CE N E VII.

Cymbeline's Palace in Britain.
Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius with a vial.
Queen. WHile yet the dew's on ground gather those
Make hafte. Who has the note of them?

Lady. I, Madam.
Queen. Dispatch.

[Exeunt Ladies, Now, master doctor, have you brought those drugs ?

Cor. Pleaseth your Highness, ay; here they are, Madam;
But I beseech your Grace without offence
(My conscience bids me ask) wherefore you have
Commanded of me these most pois'nous compounds?
Which are the movers of a languishing death;
But though flow, deadly.

Queen. I do wonder, doctor,
Thou ask ft me such a questions have I not been
Thy pupil long? hast thou not learn'd me how
To make perfumes ? distil ? preserve ? yea so,
That our great King himself doth woo me oft
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For my confections? having thus far proceeded,
Unless thou think'st me dev’lish, is't not meet
That I did amplifie my judgment in
Other conclusions? I will try the forces
Of these thy compounds on such creatures as
We count not worth the hanging, but none human ;
To try the vigour of them, and apply
Allayments to their act, and by them gather
Their sey'ral virtues, and effects.

Cor. Your Highness
Shall from this practice but make hard your heart;
Besides, the seeing these effects will be
Both noysome and infectious.

Queen. O, content thee.

Enter Pifanio.
Here comes a flatt'ring rascal, upon him [-Aside.
Will I first work; he's for his master's sake
An enemy to my son. How now, Pifanio ?
Doctor, your service for this time is ended,
Take your own way.
Cor. I do suspect you, Madam.

[Afide.
But you shall do no harm.
Queen. Hark thee a word.

[To Pifanio.
Cor. I do not like her. She doth think she has
Strange lingøring poisons; I do know her spirit,
And will not trust one of her malice with
A drug of such damn'd nature. 3/ That 'she has
Will stupifie and dull the fense a while;
Which first perchance she'll prove on cats and dogs,
Then afterward up higher ; but there is
No danger in what shew of death it makes,
More than the locking up the spirits a time,
To be more fresh, reviving. She is fool'd
With a most false effect; and I the truer,
So to be false with her,

Queen.

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Queen. No further service,
Doctor, until I 41 send.
Cor. 5/I take my leave.

[Exit. Queen. Weeps she still, fay'st thou? dost thou think

in time
She will not quench, and let instructions enter
Where folly now poffefses ? do thou work;
When thou shalt bring me word she loves my son,
I'll tell thee on the instant, thou art then
As great as is thy master ; greater ; for
His fortunes all lye speechless, and his name
Is at last gasp. Return he cannot, nor
Continue where he is: to shift his being,
Is to exchange one misery with another;
And every day that comes, comes to decay
A day's work in him. What fhalt thou expect
To be depender on a thing that leans,
Who cannot be new built, and has no friends,
So much as but to prop him? Thou tak'tt up

[Pifanio looking on the viai.
Thou know'st not what ; but take it for thy labour ;
It is a thing I make, which hath the King
Five times redeemed from death; I do not know
What is more cordial. Nay, I pr’ythee take it,
It is an earnest of a further good
That I mean to thee. Tell thy mistress how
The case stands with her ; do't as from thy felf:
Think what a change thou chancest on, but think
Thou haft chy mistress still ; to boot, my son,
Who shall take notice of thee. I'll move the King
To any shape of thy preferment, such
As thou'lt defire; and then myself, I chiefly
That set thee on to this desert, am bound
To load thy merit richly. Call my women

[Exit Pifanio.
Think on my words. A fly and constant knave,
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Not to be shak'd; the agent for his master,
And the remembrancer of her to hold
The hand fast to her Lord. I've giv'n him that,
Which if he take, shall quite unpeople her
Of leigers for her sweet ; and which she after
(Except she bend her humour) shall be assur'd
To taste of too.

Enter Pisanio, and Ladies. So, so; well done, well done ; The violets, cowslips, and the prim-roses, Bear to my closet; fare thee well, Pisanio, Think on my words. [Exeunt Queen and Ladies.

Pif. 7/I shall do fo: But when to my good Lord I prove untrue, I'll choak my self; there's all I'll do for you. (Exit.

S C Ε Ν Ε VIII.

Imogen's Apartment.

Enter Imogen alone.
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Father cruel, and a stepdame false,

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That hath her husband banilh'd - O, that husband!
My supream crown of grief and those repeated
Vexations of it had I been thief-stoln,
As my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Is the 8 / degree that's glorious. Bless'd be those,
How mean foe'er, that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort. Who may this be? fie!

Enter Pifanio, and Iachimo.
Pif. Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome
Comes from my Lord with letters.

Iack. 7 And ihall do: & desire

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