Act I
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Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus
woodman (n.) hunter, huntsman


You, Polydore, have proved best woodman, and

Are master of the feast: Cadwal and I

Will play the cook and servant, 'tis our match:
match (n.) 1 bargain, contract, agreement

The sweat and industry would dry and die,
industry (n.) 1 toil, labour, exertion

But for the end it works to. Come, our stomachs
end (n.) 2 outcome, result, issue

Will make what's homely savoury: weariness
homely (adj.) 1 plain, simple, ordinary

Can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth
flint (n.) 1 type of hard stone, flintstone
resty (adj.) lazy, sluggish

Finds the down-pillow hard. Now peace be here,
down-pillow (n.) pillow made of soft feathers

Poor house, that keep'st thyself!
keep (v.) 5 look after, watch over, maintain
throughly (adv.) thoroughly, fully, completely


                         I am throughly weary.


I am weak with toil, yet strong in appetite.


There is cold meat i'th' cave, we'll browse on that,
browse (v.) feed upon, nibble at, eat [as animals]

Whilst what we have killed be cooked.


(Looking into the cave)

                         Stay, come not in:

But that it eats our victuals, I should think
victual (n.) (usually plural) provisions, supplies, food and drink

Here were a fairy.


                         What's the matter, sir?


By Jupiter, an angel! Or, if not,

An earthly paragon! Behold divineness
divineness (n.) divinity, perfection, supreme excellence

No elder than a boy!

Enter Innogen


Good masters, harm me not:

Before I entered here, I called, and thought

To have begged or bought what I have took: good troth,

I have stolen nought, nor would not, though I had found

Gold strewed i'th' floor. Here's money for my meat,
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment

I would have left it on the board, so soon
board (n.) 2 table

As I had made my meal; and parted
make (v.) 16 eat, finish, complete
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit

With pray'rs for the provider.


                         Money, youth?


All gold and silver rather turn to dirt,

As 'tis no better reckoned, but of those

Who worship dirty gods.
dirty (adj.) repulsive, hateful, abominable


                         I see you're angry:

Know, if you kill me for my fault, I should

Have died had I not made it.


                         Whither bound?


To Milford-Haven.


What's your name?


Fidele, sir: I have a kinsman who

Is bound for Italy; he embarked at Milford;

To whom being going, almost spent with hunger,

I am fallen in this offence.


                         Prithee, fair youth,

Think us no churls: nor measure our good minds
churl (n.) 1 peasant, serf, rustic

By this rude place we live in. Well encountered!
rude (adj.) 4 uncivilized, uncultivated, unrefined

'Tis almost night, you shall have better cheer
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink

Ere you depart; and thanks to stay and eat it:

Boys, bid him welcome.


                         Were you a woman, youth,

I should woo hard, but be your groom in honesty:
groom (n.) 3 bridegroom
hard (adv.) 2 earnestly, vigorously, energetically
honesty (n.) 2 honour, integrity, uprightness

I bid for you as I do buy.


                         I'll make't my comfort

He is a man, I'll love him as my brother:

And such a welcome as I'd give to him –

After long absence – such is yours. Most welcome!

Be sprightly, for you fall 'mongst friends.
sprightly, spritely (adj.) 1 cheerful, light-hearted, bright


                         'Mongst friends?

If brothers: (aside) would it had been so, that they

Had been my father's sons, then had my prize
prize (n.) 1 value, worth, esteem

Been less, and so more equal ballasting
ballasting (n.) weight [in rank], balance, sway

To thee, Posthumus.
wring (v.) 1 writhe, struggle, twist [as if in pain]


                         He wrings at some distress.


Would I could free't!
free (v.) 2 remove, get rid of, relieve


                         Or I, whate'er it be,

What pain it cost, what danger! Gods!


                         Hark, boys.



Great men,

That had a court no bigger than this cave,

That did attend themselves, and had the virtue
attend (v.) 3 serve at court, wait on royalty

Which their own conscience sealed them, laying by
lay by (v.) 1 lay aside, set aside, disregard
seal (v.) 1 confirm, ratify, approve

That nothing-gift of differing multitudes,
nothing-gift (n.) gift of no value

Could not out-peer these twain. Pardon me, gods!
outpeer (v.) surpass, outrival, exceed

I'ld change my sex to be companion with them,

Since Leonatus false.
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count


                         It shall be so:

Boys, we'll go dress our hunt. Fair youth, come in;
dress (v.) 1 prepare, make ready
hunt (n.) game, quarry that has been killed

Discourse is heavy, fasting: when we have supped
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
heavy (adj.) 11 difficult, hard, laborious
sup (v.) 1 have supper See Topics: Frequency count

We'll mannerly demand thee of thy story,
demand (v.) 1 request to tell, question, ask [about]
mannerly (adv.) politely, courteously, with good manners

So far as thou wilt speak it.


                         Pray, draw near.


The night to th' owl and morn to th' lark less welcome.
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count


Thanks, sir.


I pray, draw near.


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