Enter Cloten and Lords
Your lordship is the most patient man in loss,
the most coldest that ever turned up ace.
It would make any man cold to lose.
But not every man patient after the noble temper
of your lordship. You are most hot and furious
when you win.
Winning will put any man into courage. If I could
get this foolish Innogen, I should have gold enough.
It's almost morning, is't not?
Day, my lord.
I would this music would come: I am advised to give
her music a mornings, they say it will penetrate.
pierce the feelings, touch the heart [also: sexual innuendo]
Come on, tune: if you can penetrate her with your
fingering, so: we'll try with tongue too: if none will
do, let her remain: but I'll never give o'er. First, a
very excellent good-conceited thing; after, a wonderful
sweet air, with admirable rich words to it, and
then let her consider.
Hark, hark, the lark at heaven's gate sings,
And Phoebus gins arise,
His steeds to water at those springs
On chaliced flowers that lies;
And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their golden eyes;
With every thing that pretty is, my lady sweet arise:
So get you gone: if this penetrate, I will consider
your music the better: if it do not, it is a vice in her
ears, which horse-hairs, and calves'-guts, nor the
voice of unpaved eunuch to boot, can never amend.
Here comes the king.
I am glad I was up so late, for that's the reason I was
up so early: he cannot choose but take this service I
have done fatherly.
Enter Cymbeline and Queen
Good morrow to your majesty, and to my gracious
Attend you here the door of our stern daughter?
Will she not forth?
I have assailed her with musics, but she vouchsafes
assail (v.) 2
approach with offers of love, woo with vigour, attempt to seduce
The exile of her minion is too new,
She hath not yet forgot him, some more time
Must wear the print of his remembrance on't,
And then she's yours.
You are most bound to th' king,
Who lets go by no vantages that may
Prefer you to his daughter: frame yourself
To orderly solicits, and be friended
With aptness of the season: make denials
Increase your services: so seem, as if
You were inspired to do those duties which
You tender to her: that you in all obey her,
Save when command to your dismission tends,
And therein you are senseless.
Senseless? Not so.
Enter a Messenger
So like you, sir, ambassadors from Rome;
The one is Caius Lucius.
A worthy fellow,
Albeit he comes on angry purpose now;
But that's no fault of his: we must receive him
According to the honour of his sender,
And towards himself, his goodness forespent on us,
We must extend our notice. Our dear son,
When you have given good morning to your mistress,
Attend the queen and us; we shall have need
T' employ you towards this Roman. Come, our queen.
Exeunt all but Cloten
If she be up, I'll speak with her: if not,
Let her lie still, and dream. By your leave, ho!
I Know her women are about her: what
If I do line one of their hands? 'Tis gold
Which buys admittance – oft it doth – yea, and makes
Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up
Their deer to th' stand o'th' stealer: and 'tis gold
Which makes the true-man killed, and saves the thief:
Nay, sometime hangs both thief, and true-man: what
Can it not do, and undo? I will make
One of her women lawyer to me, for
I yet not understand the case myself.
By your leave.
Enter a Lady
Who's there that knocks?
Yes, and a gentlewoman's son.
Than some whose tailors are as dear as yours
Can justly boast of. What's your lordship's pleasure?
Your lady's person, is she ready?
To keep her chamber.
There is gold for you,
Sell me your good report.
How, my good name? Or to report of you
What I shall think is good? The princess!
Good morrow, fairest: sister, your sweet hand.
Good morrow, sir. You lay out too much pains
For purchasing but trouble: the thanks I give
Is telling you that I am poor of thanks,
And scarce can spare them.
Still I swear I love you.
If you but said so, 'twere as deep with me:
If you swear still, your recompense is still
That I regard it not.
This is no answer.
But that you shall not say I yield being silent,
I would not speak. I pray you spare me: 'faith
I shall unfold equal discourtesy
To your best kindness: one of your great knowing
Should learn – being taught – forbearance.
To leave you in your madness, 'twere my sin,
I will not.
Fools are not mad folks.
Do you call me fool?
As I am mad I do:
If you'll be patient, I'll no more be mad,
That cures us both. I am much sorry, sir,
You put me to forget a lady's manners,
By being so verbal: and learn now, for all,
That I, which know my heart, do here pronounce,
By th' very truth of it, I care not for you,
And am so near the lack of charity –
To accuse myself – I hate you: which I had rather
You felt than make't my boast.
You sin against
Obedience, which you owe your father; for
The contract you pretend with that base wretch,
One bred of alms, and fostered with cold dishes,
With scraps o'th' court, it is no contract, none;
And though it be allowed in meaner parties –
Yet who than he more mean? – to knit their souls –
On whom there is no more dependency
But brats and beggary – in self-figured knot,
Yet you are curbed from that enlargement, by
The consequence o'th' crown, and must not foil
The precious note of it; with a base slave,
A hilding for a livery, a squire's cloth,
A pantler; not so eminent.
Wert thou the son of Jupiter, and no more
But what thou art besides, thou wert too base
To be his groom: thou wert dignified enough,
Even to the point of envy, if 'twere made
Comparative for your virtues to be styled
The under-hangman of his kingdom; and hated
For being preferred so well.
The south-fog rot him!
He never can meet more mischance than come
To be but named of thee. His mean'st garment,
That ever hath but clipped his body, is dearer
In my respect, than all the hairs above thee,
Were they all made such men. How now, Pisanio!
‘ His garment!’ Now, the devil –
To Dorothy my woman hie thee presently.
I am sprited with a fool,
Frighted, and angered worse. Go bid my woman
Search for a jewel, that too casually
Hath left mine arm: it was thy master's. 'Shrew me,
If I would lose it for a revenue
Of any king's in Europe! I do think
I saw't this morning: confident I am.
Last night 'twas on mine arm; I kissed it:
I hope it be not gone to tell my lord
That I kiss aught but he.
'Twill not be lost.
I hope so: go and search.
You have abused me:
‘ His meanest garment!’
Ay, I said so, sir:
If you will make't an action, call witness to't.
I will inform your father.
Your mother too:
She's my good lady; and will conceive, I hope,
But the worst of me. So, I leave you, sir,
To th' worst of discontent.
I'll be revenged:
‘ His mean'st garment!’ Well.