Cymbeline


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Queen, Posthumus, and Innogen


QUEEN

No, be assured you shall not find me, daughter,

After the slander of most stepmothers,

Evil-eyed unto you. You're my prisoner, but

Your gaoler shall deliver you the keys

That lock up your restraint. For you Posthumus,
restraint (n.) 1 captivity, imprisonment, confinement

So soon as I can win th' offended king,
win (v.) 2 win over, prevail upon

I will be known your advocate: marry, yet

The fire of rage is in him, and 'twere good

You leaned unto his sentence, with what patience
lean unto (v.) accept, be well-disposed towards

Your wisdom may inform you.
inform (v.) 3 invest with, inspire in, impart to


POSTHUMUS

                         Please your highness,

I will from hence today.


QUEEN

                         You know the peril.

I'll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying
fetch (v.) 2 take, perform, make

The pangs of barred affections, though the king

Hath charged you should not speak together.

Exit


INNOGEN

                                                         O

Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false
tyrant (n.) 1 pitiless ruffian, cruel villain

Can tickle where she wounds! My dearest husband,
tickle (v.) 4 flatter, gratify, please

I something fear my father's wrath, but nothing –
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count

Always reserved my holy duty – what

His rage can do on me. You must be gone,

And I shall here abide the hourly shot
hourly (adj.) 1 continual, constant, regular
shot (n.) 3 darting, shooting; or: wound, pain

Of angry eyes: not comforted to live,

But that there is this jewel in the world

That I may see again.


POSTHUMUS

                         My queen, my mistress:

O lady, weep no more, lest I give cause

To be suspected of more tenderness

Than doth become a man. I will remain
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

The loyal'st husband that did e'er plight troth.

My residence in Rome, at one Philario's,

Who to my father was a friend, to me

Known but by letter; thither write, my queen,

And with mine eyes I'll drink the words you send,

Though ink be made of gall.

Enter Queen
gall (n.) 6 bitter substance exuded by oak-trees


QUEEN

                         Be brief, I pray you:

If the king come, I shall incur I know not

How much of his displeasure: (aside) yet I'll move him

To walk this way: I never do him wrong

But he does buy my injuries, to be friends:

Pays dear for my offences.

Exit


POSTHUMUS

                         Should we be taking leave

As long a term as yet we have to live,

The loathness to depart would grow. Adieu!
depart (v.) separate, part company, take leave of one another


INNOGEN

Nay, stay a little:

Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
air (v.) 1 exercise, take the air, provide with fresh air

Such parting were too petty. Look here, love;
petty (adj.) 1 small, weak, inadequate, insignificant

This diamond was my mother's; take it, heart;
heart (n.) 4 [term of endearment] sweetheart, beloved, love See Topics: Address forms

But keep it till you woo another wife,

When Innogen is dead.


POSTHUMUS

                         How, how? Another?

You gentle gods, give me but this I have,

And sear up my embracements from a next
embracement (n.) embrace, clasping, hug
sear up (v.) wrap up in a shroud, seal up

With bonds of death! Remain, remain thou here,

(putting on the ring)

While sense can keep it on: And sweetest, fairest,
sense (n.) 3 feeling, sensibility, capacity to feel

As I my poor self did exchange for you

To your so infinite loss; so in our trifles

I still win of you. For my sake wear this,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
win (v.) 1 gain advantage [over], get the better [of]

It is a manacle of love, I'll place it

Upon this fairest prisoner.

(putting a bracelet on her arm)


INNOGEN

                         O the gods!

When shall we see again?

Enter Cymbeline and Lords
see (v.) 1 meet, see each other


POSTHUMUS

                         Alack, the king!


CYMBELINE

Thou basest thing, avoid hence, from my sight!
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count

If after this command thou fraught the court
fraught (v.) burden, weigh down, encumber

With thy unworthiness, thou diest. Away!

Thou'rt poison to my blood.


POSTHUMUS

                         The gods protect you,

And bless the good remainders of the court!
remainder (n.) 3 rest, remaining people

I am gone.

Exit
pinch (n.) 1 pain, pang, torment


INNOGEN

                         There cannot be a pinch in death

More sharp than this is.


CYMBELINE

                         O disloyal thing,

That shouldst repair my youth, thou heap'st
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

A year's age on me!


INNOGEN

                         I beseech you sir,

Harm not yourself with your vexation,

I am senseless of your wrath; a touch more rare
rare (adj.) 3 profound, special, exquisite
senseless (adj.) 2 unconscious, insensible, oblivious
touch (n.) 8 depth of feeling, mental pain, pang

Subdues all pangs, all fears.
grace (n.) 3 personal duty, sense of propriety


CYMBELINE

                         Past grace? Obedience?


INNOGEN

Past hope, and in despair, that way past grace.
grace (n.) 8 means of salvation, divine favour


CYMBELINE

That mightst have had the sole son of my queen!


INNOGEN

O blessed, that I might not! I chose an eagle,

And did avoid a puttock.
puttock (n.) kite; greedy scavenger


CYMBELINE

Thou took'st a beggar, wouldst have made my throne

A seat for baseness.


INNOGEN

                         No, I rather added

A lustre to it.


CYMBELINE

                         O thou vile one!


INNOGEN

                                                         Sir,

It is your fault that I have loved Posthumus:

You bred him as my playfellow, and he is

A man worth any woman: overbuys me
overbuy (v.) exceed in worth, pay too much for

Almost the sum he pays.


CYMBELINE

                         What? Art thou mad?


INNOGEN

Almost, sir: heaven restore me! Would I were

A neat-herd's daughter, and my Leonatus
neat-herd (n.) cowherd, cattleman

Our neighbour-shepherd's son!


CYMBELINE

                         Thou foolish thing! –

Enter Queen

They were again together: you have done

Not after our command. Away with her,

And pen her up.


QUEEN

                         Beseech your patience. Peace

Dear lady daughter, peace! – Sweet sovereign,

Leave us to ourselves, and make yourself some comfort

Out of your best advice.
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation


CYMBELINE

                         Nay, let her languish

A drop of blood a day, and being aged

Die of this folly.

Exeunt Cymbeline and Lords


QUEEN

                         Fie! You must give way.

Enter Pisanio

Here is your servant. How now, sir? What news?


PISANIO

My lord your son drew on my master.
draw (v.) 10 draw a sword


QUEEN

                         Ha?

No harm I trust is done?


PISANIO

                         There might have been,

But that my master rather played than fought

And had no help of anger: they were parted

By gentlemen at hand.


QUEEN

                         I am very glad on't.


INNOGEN

Your son's my father's friend, he takes his part
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party

To draw upon an exile. O brave sir!
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

I would they were in Afric both together,
Afric (n.) Africa

Myself by with a needle, that I might prick

The goer-back. Why came you from your master?


PISANIO

On his command: he would not suffer me
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

To bring him to the haven: left these notes
haven (n.) harbour, port
note (n.) 6 instruction, indication, direction

Of what commands I should be subject to,

When't pleased you to employ me.


QUEEN

                         This hath been

Your faithful servant: I dare lay mine honour
lay (v.) 12 wager, stake, bet

He will remain so.


PISANIO

                         I humbly thank your highness.


QUEEN

Pray, walk awhile.


INNOGEN

About some half-hour hence, pray you, speak with me;

You shall – at least – go see my lord aboard.

For this time leave me.

Exeunt

 
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