Imatges de pàgina

French. Sir, we have been known together in Ora leans.

Poft. Şince when I have been debtor to you for courtelies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay ftill., a cool !

French. Sirs you o'er-rate my poor kindness; I was glad I did atone my Countryman and you ; it had been pity, you fhould have been put together with so morial a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of fo Night and trivial a nature.

Pojt. By your pardon, Sir, I was then a young trai veller : rather sun'd, to go even with what I heard, cisthan in my every action to be guided by others expe

riences; but upon my mended judgment, (if I offend znot to say, iç is mended,) my quarrel was not altogether slight.

French. Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of . [words i and by, such two, that would by all likelyfushood have confounded one the other, or have faln 11's eti

lach. Can we with manners ask, what was the difference?

French. Safely, I think, 'twas a contention in publick, which may without contradiction fuffer the re- port. It was much like an argument that fell out last

night, where each of us fell in praise of our Country zo miltreffes :u{This Gentleman at that time vouching,

(and upon warrant of bloody affirmation,) his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chast, constant, qualified, ; and less attemptable than any the rarest of our Ladies in France. med

lach. That Lady is not now living; or this Gentleman's opinion, by this, worn out. Pojt. She holds her virtue ftill, and I my mind.

. Tách! You must not so far prefer her, 'fore our's of Italy. CYD:)) duwé par v digilis

Poft. Being so far proyok'd, as I was in France, I would abate her i nothing ; tho? I profess my self her adorer; not her friend.

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Iacb.- A's fair, and as good, a kind of hand-in-hand comparison, had been something too fair and too good for any Lady in Britany. If she went before others I have seen, as that diamond of yours our-lusters many I have beheld, I could not believe, she excelled many; but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you the Lady.

Poft. I prais'd her, as I rated her; so do I my stone.
Iach. What do you esteem it at?
Post. More than the world enjoys.

lach. Either your unparagon'd "Mistress is dead, or she's out-priz?d by a trifle.

Post. You are mistaken ; the one may be sold or given, if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or merit for the gift. The other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the Gods.

fach. Which the Gods have given you:
Poft. Which, by their graces, I will keep.

Iach. You may wear her in title yours ; but, you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your ring may be stoln too ; fo of your brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail and the other casual. A cunning thief, or a that-way-accomplish'd courtier, would hazard the winning both of firit and last.

Poft. Your Italý, contains none fo accomplish'd a Courtier to convince the honour of my mistress ; if in the holding or loss of that, you-term her frail; I do nothing doubt, you have store of thieves, notwithstanding I fear not my ring. Phil. Let us leave here, Gentlemen.

Poft. Sir, with all my heart. This worthy Signior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.

Iach. With five times so much conversation, I should get ground of your fair Mistress; make her go - back, even to the yielding: hád I admittance, and opportunity to friend.

Post. No, no.


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lach. I dare thereupon pawn the moiety of my estate to your ring, which, in my opinion, o'er-values it something : but I make my wager rather against your confidence, than her reputation : And to bar your offence herein too, i durst attempt it against any Lady in the world.

Poft. You are a great deal abus'd in too bold a perswafion; and, I doubt not, you'd sustain what you're worthy of, by your attempt.

Iach. What's That?

Poft. A repulse; though your attempt, as you call it, deferves more; a punishment too.

Phil. Gentlemen, enough of this ; it came in too suddenly, let it die as it was born; and, I pray you, be better acquainted.

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

Poft. What Lady would you chuse to assail?

Iach. Yours; who in constancy, you think, stands fo safe. 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 opportänity of a second conference, I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine so reserv’d.

Pof. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: (7) my ring I hold dear as my finger, 'tis part of it.

Tach. You are afraid, and therein the wiser ; if you buy ladies flesh at a million a dram, you cannot preserve it from tainting. But, I fee, you have some Re



ligion in

you, that

(7) Poft.

my Ring I hold dear as my Finger, 'tis part of it.

Iach.] You are a Friend, and therein the wiser.] I am sure, lashimo talks like none of the wifeft, in this kind of Reasoning. But what Ideas, in the Name of Nonsense, could the Editors entertain of Pofthumus being a Friend, because he would not venture to wager his Ring ? I correct, with Certainty ;

You are afraid, and therein the wiser.
What Iachimo says, in the Close of his Speech, determines This to have
been our Poet's Reading,
But, I fee, you have some Religion in you, that you fear,
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Poft. my ring

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

lach. I am the master of my speeches, and would undergo what's spoken, I swear.

Post. Will you? I shall bur lend my diamond 'till your Return; let there be covenants drawn between us. My Mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking. I dare you to this match; here's Phil. I will have it no Lay.

Tach. By the Gods, it is one. If I bring you not sufficient testimony that I have enjoy'd the dearest bodily part of your Mistress, my ten thousand ducats are yours : 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.

Poft. I embrace these conditions ; let us have articles betwixt us; only, thus far you shall answer ; if you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevaild, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our debate. If the remain unseduc'd, you not making it appear otherwise ; for

your ill opinion, and th' assault you have made to her chaltity, you shall answer '

me with your sword. Tach. Your hand, a covenant ; we will have these things fer down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britaine, left the bargain should catch cold, and starve. I will fetch my gold, and have our two waPoft. Agreed.

Exeunt Posth. and Iachimo. French. Will this hold, think you?

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


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SCENE changes to Cymbeline's Palace in


dam ;

Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius with a Viol. Queen. W Hile yet the dew's on ground, gather Make haste. Who has the note of them?

I Lady. I, Madam.
Queen. Dispatch.

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

Cor. Pleaseth your Highness, ay; here they are, MaBut 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'st me such a question; have I not been
Thy Pupil long? haft thou not learn'd me how
To make perfumes? diftil? preserve? yea, so,
That our great King himself doth woo me oft
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 aci; and by them gather
Their sev'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,

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