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Innogen in her bed, and a Lady


Who's there? My woman Helen?


                         Please you, madam.


What hour is it?


                         Almost midnight, madam.


I have read three hours then: mine eyes are weak,

Fold down the leaf where I have left: to bed.

Take not away the taper, leave it burning:
taper (n.) candle

And if thou canst awake by four o'th' clock,

I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly.

Exit Lady

To your protection I commend me, gods,
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over

From fairies and the tempters of the night,
fairy (n.) 2 malignant spirit [as well as its modern sense]

Guard me, beseech ye!

Sleeps. Iachimo comes from the trunk
over-laboured (adj.) overworked, overburdened, exhausted by work
sense (n.) 1 senses, sensation, organs of sense


The crickets sing, and man's o'er-laboured sense

Repairs itself by rest. Our Tarquin thus
repair (v.) 2 restore, renew, revive

Did softly press the rushes, ere he wakened

The chastity he wounded. Cytherea,

How bravely thou becom'st thy bed! Fresh lily,
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently

And whiter than the sheets! That I might touch!

But kiss, one kiss! Rubies unparagoned,
rubies (n.) lips [red as rubies]
unparagoned (adj.) unsurpassable, matchless, not able to be excelled

How dearly they do't: 'tis her breathing that
dearly (adv.) 2 beautifully, exquisitely, wonderfully

Perfumes the chamber thus: the flame o'th' taper
taper (n.) candle

Bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids,
under-peep (v.) peep from under

To see th' enclosed lights, now canopied
canopy (v.) curtain, veil, cover [as if by a canopy]
light (n.) 5 (plural) eyes

Under these windows, white and azure laced
azure, azured (adj.) coloured blue, bright blue [as of an uncloudy sky]
window (n.) 2 (plural) eyelids

With blue of heaven's own tinct. But my design.
design (n.) 2 scheme, plan, plot
tinct (n.) 1 colour, hue, tint

To note the chamber: I will write all down:

Such, and such pictures: there the window, such

Th' adornment of her bed; the arras, figures,
arras (n.) tapestry hanging

Why, such, and such; and the contents o'th' story.
story (n.) 3 narrative shown in the arras tapestry

Ah, but some natural notes about her body
natural (adj.) 2 personal, formed by nature
note (n.) 3 characteristic, trait, distinctive feature

Above ten thousand meaner moveables
mean (adj.) 3 unworthy, insignificant, unimportant
movable, moveable (n.) (plural) personal possessions, private effects, pieces of property

Would testify, t' enrich mine inventory.

O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her,
ape (n.) 1 mimic, imitator, impersonator
dull (adv.) heavily, deeply

And be her sense but as a monument,
monument (n.) 4 effigy, carved figure, statue
sense (n.) 3 feeling, sensibility, capacity to feel

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

(taking off her bracelet)
Gordian knot apparently unsolvable problem, extreme difficulty

As slippery as the Gordian knot was hard.

'Tis mine, and this will witness outwardly,

As strongly as the conscience does within,
conscience (n.) 1 internal reflection, inner voice, inmost thought

To th' madding of her lord. On her left breast
madding (n.) maddening, incensing, provocation

A mole cinque-spotted: like the crimson drops
cinque-spotted (adj.) having five spots

I'th' bottom of a cowslip. Here's a voucher,
voucher (n.) 1 piece of evidence, circumstance

Stronger than ever law could make; this secret

Will force him think I have picked the lock, and ta'en

The treasure of her honour. No more: to what end?

Why should I write this down, that's riveted,

Screwed to my memory? She hath been reading late,

The tale of Tereus, here the leaf's turned down

Where Philomel gave up. I have enough:
give up (v.) give in, yield, succumb

To th' trunk again, and shut the spring of it.
spring (n.) 3 closing device, locking mechanism

Swift, swift, you dragons of the night, that dawning

May bare the raven's eye! I lodge in fear;

Though this a heavenly angel, hell is here.

Clock strikes

One, two, three: time, time!

Goes into the trunk. The scene closes

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