Cymbeline


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Act I
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Enter Innogen, in boy's clothes


INNOGEN

I see a man's life is a tedious one,

I have tired myself: and for two nights together
tire (v.) 3 exhaust, tire out; or: attire, clothe

Have made the ground my bed. I should be sick,

But that my resolution helps me: Milford,
help (v.) restore, succour, cure

When from the mountain-top Pisanio showed thee,

Thou wast within a ken. O Jove! I think
ken (n.) range of sight, view, visible distance

Foundations fly the wretched: such, I mean,
foundation (n.) charitable institution

Where they should be relieved. Two beggars told me

I could not miss my way. Will poor folks lie,

That have afflictions on them, knowing 'tis

A punishment or trial? Yes; no wonder,
trial (n.) 1 action of testing, putting to the proof

When rich ones scarce tell true. To lapse in fulness
fulness (n.) prosperity, affluence, situation of plenty
lapse (v.) 1 do wrong, sin, transgress
scarce (adv.) 1 scarcely, hardly, barely, only just

Is sorer than to lie for need: and falsehood
sore (adj.) 1 severe, harsh, heavy

Is worse in kings than beggars. My dear lord,

Thou art one o'th' false ones! Now I think on thee,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

My hunger's gone; but even before, I was
before (adv.) 3 just now, a little while ago

At point to sink, for food. – But what is this?
point, at just about, on the point [of]

Here is a path to't: 'tis some savage hold:
hold (n.) 4 shelter, refuge, sanctuary

I were best not call; I dare not call: yet famine,

Ere clean it o'erthrow Nature, makes it valiant.
clean (adv.) totally, absolutely, utterly

Plenty and peace breeds cowards: hardness ever
hardness (n.) 1 hardship, adversity, harsh situation

Of hardiness is mother. Ho! Who's here?
hardiness (n.) boldness, daring, audacity, courage

If any thing that's civil, speak: if savage,
civil (adj.) 1 civilized, cultured, refined

Take, or lend. Ho! No answer? Then I'll enter.
lend (v.) give, grant, bestow [on]

Best draw my sword; and if mine enemy

But fear the sword like me, he'll scarcely look on't.

Such a foe, good heavens!

Exit, to the cave

 
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