Cymbeline


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Act I
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Enter Cymbeline, Queen, Cloten, Lucius, and Lords


CYMBELINE

Thus far, and so farewell.


LUCIUS

                         Thanks, royal sir:

My emperor hath wrote, I must from hence,

And am right sorry that I must report ye

My master's enemy.


CYMBELINE

                         Our subjects, sir,

Will not endure his yoke; and for ourself

To show less sovereignty than they, must needs
sovereignty (n.) 2 royal dignity, kingly authority

Appear unkinglike.
unkinglike (adj.) not regal, not befitting a king


LUCIUS

                         So, sir: I desire of you

A conduct over land, to Milford-Haven.
conduct (n.) 5 escort, attendant, guide

Madam, all joy befal your grace, and you!


CYMBELINE

My lords, you are appointed for that office:
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

The due of honour in no point omit.
due (n.) 1 appropriate ritual, propriety

So farewell, noble Lucius.


LUCIUS

                         Your hand, my lord.


CLOTEN

Receive it friendly: but from this time forth

I wear it as your enemy.
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence


LUCIUS

                         Sir, the event

Is yet to name the winner. Fare you well.


CYMBELINE

Leave not the worthy Lucius, good my lords,

Till he have crossed the Severn. Happiness!

Exeunt Lucius and Lords


QUEEN

He goes hence frowning: but it honours us

That we have given him cause.


CLOTEN

                         'Tis all the better,

Your valiant Britons have their wishes in it.


CYMBELINE

Lucius hath wrote already to the emperor

How it goes here. It fits us therefore ripely
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]
ripely (adv.) immediately, quickly; or: with full development

Our chariots and our horsemen be in readiness:

The powers that he already hath in Gallia
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

Will soon be drawn to head, from whence he moves
draw to head bring to full strength, deploy, mobilize

His war for Britain.


QUEEN

                         'Tis not sleepy business,

But must be looked to speedily, and strongly.


CYMBELINE

Our expectation that it would be thus

Hath made us forward. But, my gentle queen,
forward (adj.) 2 prepared, at an advanced stage of readiness
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Where is our daughter? She hath not appeared

Before the Roman, nor to us hath tendered
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present

The duty of the day. She looks us like
look (v.) 6 face, turn towards

A thing more made of malice than of duty,

We have noted it. Call her before us, for

We have been too slight in sufferance.

Exit an Attendant
slight (adj.) 3 weak, foolish, unwise
sufferance (n.) 2 endurance, forbearance, patience


QUEEN

                         Royal sir,

Since the exile of Posthumus, most retired
retired (adj.) 1 withdrawn, secluded, cloistered

Hath her life been: the cure whereof, my lord,

'Tis time must do. Beseech your majesty,

Forbear sharp speeches to her. She's a lady
forbear (v.) 2 leave alone, avoid, stay away [from] See Topics: Frequency count

So tender of rebukes that words are strokes,
tender (adj.) 5 sensitive [to], easily hurt [by]

And strokes death to her.

Enter Attendant


CYMBELINE

                         Where is she, sir? How

Can her contempt be answered?
answer (v.) 14 account for, justify, defend


ATTENDANT

                         Please you, sir,

Her chambers are all locked, and there's no answer

That will be given to th' loud of noise we make.
loud (n.) loudness, volume


QUEEN

My lord, when last I went to visit her,

She prayed me to excuse her keeping close,
close (adj.) 2 private, secluded, sequestered

Whereto constrained by her infirmity,
constrain (v.) 1 force, compel, oblige
infirmity (n.) 2 indisposition, illness, malady

She should that duty leave unpaid to you

Which daily she was bound to proffer: this
bound (adj.) 1 obliged, indebted, under an obligation

She wished me to make known: but our great court
court (n.) 1 assembly, court occasion

Made me to blame in memory.


CYMBELINE

                         Her doors locked?

Not seen of late? Grant heavens, that which I fear

Prove false!
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken

Exit


QUEEN

Son, I say, follow the king.


CLOTEN

That man of hers, Pisanio, her old servant,

I have not seen these two days.


QUEEN

                         Go, look after:

Exit Cloten

Pisanio, thou that stand'st so for Posthumus –
stand for (v.) 1 defend, uphold, protect, support

He hath a drug of mine: I pray his absence

Proceed by swallowing that. For he believes
proceed (v.) 4 result, arise, come from

It is a thing most precious. But for her,

Where is she gone? Haply, despair hath seized her:
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

Or, winged with fervour of her love, she's flown

To her desired Posthumus: gone she is,

To death, or to dishonour, and my end
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design

Can make good use of either. She being down,

I have the placing of the British crown.

Enter Cloten

How now, my son?


CLOTEN

                         'Tis certain she is fled:

Go in and cheer the king, he rages, none

Dare come about him.


QUEEN

                          (aside) All the better: may

This night forestall him of the coming day!
forestall (v.) 2 deprive, bar, deny

Exit


CLOTEN

I love, and hate her: for she's fair and royal,

And that she hath all courtly parts more exquisite
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]

Than lady, ladies, woman, from every one

The best she hath, and she of all compounded
compounded (adj.) blended, mingled, combined, made up

Outsells them all. I love her therefore, but
outsell (v.) exceed in value, surpass

Disdaining me, and throwing favours on

The low Posthumus, slanders so her judgement
slander (v.) misuse, disgrace, bring into disrepute

That what's else rare is choked: and in that point
choke (v.) 1 smother, suffocate, stifle
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

I will conclude to hate her, nay indeed,

To be revenged upon her. For, when fools

Shall –

Enter Pisanio
pack (v.) 2 plot, scheme, intrigue

                         Who is here? What, are you packing, sirrah?

Come hither: ah, you precious pandar! Villain,
pander, pandar (n.) pimp, procurer, go-between

Where is thy lady? In a word, or else

Thou art straightway with the fiends.


PISANIO

                         O, good my lord!


CLOTEN

Where is thy lady? Or, by Jupiter –

I will not ask again. Close villain,
close (adj.) 5 secretive, tight-lipped, uncommunicative

I'll have this secret from thy heart, or rip

Thy heart to find it. Is she with Posthumus?

From whose so many weights of baseness cannot
baseness (n.) 3 cowardice, degenerateness, degradation

A dram of worth be drawn.
dram (n.) 1 tiny amount, small quantity


PISANIO

                         Alas, my lord,

How can she be with him? When was she missed?

He is in Rome.
near (adv.) 2 to the point, to the purpose


CLOTEN

                         Where is she, sir? Come nearer:

No farther halting: satisfy me home,
halting (n.) hesitation, wavering, faltering
home (adv.) 1 fully, thoroughly, unsparingly
satisfy (v.) 1 provide with information, reassure, convince

What is become of her?


PISANIO

O, my all-worthy lord!
all-worthy (adj.) wholly excellent


CLOTEN

                         All-worthy villain!

Discover where thy mistress is, at once,
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count

At the next word: no more of ‘ worthy lord!’

Speak, or thy silence on the instant is

Thy condemnation and thy death.


PISANIO

                         Then, sir:

This paper is the history of my knowledge

Touching her flight.

(presenting a letter)
touching (prep.) concerning


CLOTEN

                         Let's see't: I will pursue her

Even to Augustus' throne.


PISANIO

(aside)

                         Or this, or perish.

She's far enough, and what he learns by this

May prove his travel, not her danger.


CLOTEN

                         Hum!


PISANIO

(aside)

I'll write to my lord she's dead: O Innogen,

Safe mayst thou wander, safe return again!


CLOTEN

Sirrah, is this letter true?


PISANIO

Sir, as I think.


CLOTEN

It is Posthumus' hand, I know't. Sirrah, if thou

wouldst not be a villain, but do me true service,

undergo those employments wherein I should have
employment (n.) 1 task, service, commission
undergo (v.) 1 undertake, carry out, perform

cause to use thee with a serious industry, that is,
industry (n.) 2 diligence, earnestness, steady application

what villainy soe'er I bid thee do, to perform it,

directly and truly, I would think thee an honest
directly (adv.) 2 straightforwardly, rightly, without evasion
truly (adv.) 1 faithfully, loyally, constantly

man: thou shouldst neither want my means for thy
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

relief, nor my voice for thy preferment.
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion
relief (n.) 1 assistance, help, aid
voice (n.) 2 support, approval, good word


PISANIO

Well, my good lord.


CLOTEN

Wilt thou serve me? For since patiently and constantly
constantly (adv.) 2 resolutely, steadfastly, steadily

thou hast stuck to the bare fortune of that

beggar Posthumus, thou canst not in the course of
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure

gratitude but be a diligent follower of mine. Wilt

thou serve me?


PISANIO

Sir, I will.


CLOTEN

Give me thy hand, here's my purse. Hast any of thy

late master's garments in thy possession?


PISANIO

I have my lord, at my lodging the same suit he wore
suit (n.) 4 clothing, dress, garb

when he took leave of my lady and mistress.


CLOTEN

The first service thou dost me, fetch that suit

hither, let it be thy first service, go.


PISANIO

I shall, my lord.

Exit


CLOTEN

Meet thee at Milford-Haven! – I forgot to ask him

one thing, I'll remember't anon – even there, thou
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count

villain Posthumus, will I kill thee. I would these

garments were come. She said upon a time – the bitterness

of it I now belch from my heart – that she
belch (v.) give vent to, discharge, emit

held the very garment of Posthumus in more respect
respect (n.) 3 regard, admiration, favour, opinion

than my noble and natural person; together with
natural (adj.) 2 personal, formed by nature

the adornment of my qualities. With that suit upon
quality (n.) 2 accomplishment, capacity, ability

my back, will I ravish her: first kill him, and in her

eyes; there shall she see my valour, which will then

be a torment to her contempt. He on the ground,

my speech of insultment ended on his dead body,
insultment (n.) insult, contempt, derision

and when my lust hath dined – which, as I say, to

vex her I will execute in the clothes that she so

praised – to the court I'll knock her back, foot her
foot (v.) 4 kick, boot

home again. She hath despised me rejoicingly, and
rejoicingly (adv.) in an exulting manner, with delight

I'll be merry in my revenge.

Enter Pisanio, with the clothes

Be those the garments?


PISANIO

Ay, my noble lord.


CLOTEN

How long is't since she went to Milford-Haven?


PISANIO

She can scarce be there yet.
scarce (adv.) 1 scarcely, hardly, barely, only just


CLOTEN

Bring this apparel to my chamber, that is the second
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

thing that I have commanded thee. The third is,

that thou wilt be a voluntary mute to my design.
design (n.) 1 undertaking, purpose, enterprise

Be but duteous, and true preferment shall tender
duteous (adj.) dutiful, obedient, of allegiance
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present
true (adj.) 11 true to one's promise, faithful to one's undertaking

itself to thee. My revenge is now at Milford: would

I had wings to follow it! Come, and be true.
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance

Exit


PISANIO

Thou bid'st me to my loss: for true to thee
loss (n.) 2 ruin, detriment, deprivation [of honour]

Were to prove false, which I will never be,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful

To him that is most true. To Milford go,

And find not her whom thou pursuest. Flow, flow,

You heavenly blessings, on her! This fool's speed
speed (n.) 3 fate, lot, fortune

Be crossed with slowness; labour be his meed!
cross (v.) 1 prevent, thwart, forestall
meed (n.) 1 reward, prize, recompense

Exit

 
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