Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Belarius, Guiderius, Arviragus, and Innogen from the cave


(to Innogen)

You are not well: remain here in the cave,

We'll come to you after hunting.


(to Innogen)

                          Brother, stay here:

Are we not brothers?


                         So man and man should be;

But clay and clay differs in dignity,

Whose dust is both alike. I am very sick.


Go you to hunting, I'll abide with him.


So sick I am not, yet I am not well:

But not so citizen a wanton as
citizen (adj.) city-bred, city-mannered
wanton (n.) 6 spoilt child, pampered baby, weakling

To seem to die ere sick: so please you, leave me,

Stick to your journal course: the breach of custom
course (n.) 2 habit, custom, practise, normal procedure
journal (adj.) daily, diurnal, routine

Is breach of all. I am ill, but your being by me

Cannot amend me. Society is no comfort
amend (v.) 1 cure, heal, improve
society (n.) 1 companionship, fellowship, association

To one not sociable: I am not very sick,

Since I can reason of it: pray you, trust me here,
reason (v.) 2 argue rationally [about], debate the pros and cons [of]

I'll rob none but myself, and let me die,

Stealing so poorly.


                         I love thee: I have spoke it,

How much the quantity, the weight as much,

As I do love my father.


                         What? How? How?


If it be sin to say so, sir, I yoke me
yoke (v.) 1 associate, link, join, couple

In my good brother's fault: I know not why

I love this youth, and I have heard you say,

Love's reason's without reason. The bier at door,

And a demand who is't shall die, I'ld say

‘ My father, not this youth.’


strain (n.) 1 quality, character, disposition

                         O noble strain!

O worthiness of nature! Breed of greatness!
breed (n.) 1 lineage, inheritance, stock

Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base;
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count

Nature hath meal, and bran; contempt, and grace.
bran (n.) husk, inedible part of grain
meal (n.) flour, edible part of grain

I'm not their father, yet who this should be,

Doth miracle itself, loved before me. –
miracle (v.) make a wonder of, show miraculous

'Tis the ninth hour o'th' morn.
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count


                         Brother, farewell.


I wish ye sport.
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count


                         You health. – So please you, sir.


field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

These are kind creatures. Gods, what lies I have heard!

Our courtiers say all's savage but at court;

Experience, O, thou disprov'st report!

Th' emperious seas breed monsters; for the dish
imperious, emperious (adj.) imperial, majestic, sovereign

Poor tributary rivers as sweet fish:

I am sick still, heart-sick; Pisanio,

I'll now taste of thy drug.
stir (v.) 1 move, rouse, excite


                         I could not stir him:

He said he was gentle, but unfortunate;
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

Dishonestly afflicted, but yet honest.
dishonestly (adv.) treacherously


Thus did he answer me: yet said, hereafter

I might know more.


                         To th' field, to th' field!

We'll leave you for this time, go in, and rest.


We'll not be long away.


                         Pray be not sick,

For you must be our housewife.


                         Well, or ill,

I am bound to you.


                         And shalt be ever.

Exit Innogen, to the cave
bound (adj.) 1 obliged, indebted, under an obligation

This youth, howe'er distressed, appears he hath had
distressed (adj.) afflicted with hardships, troubled with difficulties

Good ancestors.


                         How angel-like he sings!


But his neat cookery! He cut our roots in characters,
character (n.) 4 letter, letter-shape, graphic symbol
neat (adj.) 2 dainty, elegant, tasty

And sauced our broths, as Juno had been sick,
sauce (v.) 1 spice, season, flavour

And he her dieter.
dieter (n.) dietician, nutritionist, feeder
yoke (v.) 1 associate, link, join, couple


                         Nobly he yokes

A smiling with a sigh; as if the sigh

Was that it was, for not being such a smile;

The smile mocking the sigh, that it would fly

From so divine a temple, to commix
commix (v.) mix together, mingle, combine

With winds that sailors rail at.
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count


                         I do note

That grief and patience, rooted in him both,

Mingle their spurs together.
spur (n.) 2 root of a tree, main root


                         Grow, patience!

And let the stinking-elder, grief, untwine

His perishing root, with the increasing vine!
perishing (adj.) deadly, destructive, malignant


It is great morning. Come, away! – Who's there?
great (adj.) 4 high, full

Enter Cloten
runagate (n.) 1 runaway, vagabond, fugitive


I cannot find those runagates, that villain

Hath mocked me. I am faint.


                         ‘ Those runagates!’

Means he not us? I partly know him, 'tis
partly (adv.) slightly, in some measure, a little

Cloten, the son o'th' queen. I fear some ambush:

I saw him not these many years, and yet

I know 'tis he; we are held as outlaws: hence!
hold (v.) 10 consider, regard, esteem, value [as]


He is but one: you, and my brother search

What companies are near: pray you, away,
company (n.) 2 group of followers, band of retainers

Let me alone with him.

Exeunt Belarius and Arviragus


                         Soft, what are you

That fly me thus? Some villain mountaineers?
mountaineer (n.) [often contemptuous] mountain-dweller, native of the mountains
villain (adj.) lowly, boorish, base

I have heard of such. What slave art thou?
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain


                         A thing

More slavish did I ne'er than answering

A slave without a knock.


                         Thou art a robber,

A law-breaker, a villain: yield thee, thief.


To who? To thee? What art thou? Have not I

An arm as big as thine? A heart as big?

Thy words I grant are bigger: for I wear not

My dagger in my mouth. Say what thou art:

Why I should yield to thee.
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count


                         Thou villain base,

Know'st me not by my clothes?


                         No, nor thy tailor, rascal,

Who is thy grandfather: he made those clothes,

Which – as it seems – make thee.
precious (adj.) out-and-out, worthless, good-for-nothing
varlet (n.) 1 knave, rogue, rascal, ruffian


                         Thou precious varlet,

My tailor made them not.


                         Hence, then, and thank

The man that gave them thee. Thou art some fool,

I am loath to beat thee.
injurious (adj.) 2 insulting, slanderous, offensive
thief (n.) villain, scoundrel, rogue, wretch


                         Thou injurious thief,

Hear but my name, and tremble.


                         What's thy name?


Cloten, thou villain.


Cloten, thou double villain, be thy name,

I cannot tremble at it, were it Toad, or Adder, Spider,

'Twould move me sooner.


                         To thy further fear,

Nay, to thy mere confusion, thou shalt know

I am son to th' queen.
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count


                         I am sorry for't: not seeming

So worthy as thy birth.


                         Art not afeard?
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared See Topics: Frequency count


Those that I reverence, those I fear: the wise:

At fools I laugh: not fear them.


                         Die the death:

When I have slain thee with my proper hand,
proper (adj.) 2 very, own

I'll follow those that even now fled hence:

And on the gates of Lud's town set your heads:

Yield, rustic mountaineer.
mountaineer (n.) [often contemptuous] mountain-dweller, native of the mountains

Exeunt, fighting

Enter Belarius and Arviragus
abroad (adv.) 2 around, about, on the move
company (n.) 2 group of followers, band of retainers


No company's abroad?


None in the world: you did mistake him sure.


I cannot tell: long is it since I saw him,

But time hath nothing blurred those lines of favour
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
line (n.) 5 lineament, distinctive feature

Which then he wore: the snatches in his voice,
snatch (n.) 3 catch, hesitation, jerkiness

And burst of speaking were as his: I am absolute
absolute (adj.) 2 certain, definite, positive

'Twas very Cloten.
very (adj.) 2 true, real, genuine


                         In this place we left them;

I wish my brother make good time with him,
time (n.) 13 use of time, experience, occasion
wish (v.) 1 hope, desire

You say he is so fell.
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage
scarce (adv.) 1 scarcely, hardly, barely, only just


                         Being scarce made up,

I mean, to man, he had not apprehension
apprehension (n.) 2 conception, grasping by the mind, awareness
man (n.) 2 manhood, maturity, adulthood

Of roaring terrors: for the defect of judgement

Is oft the cause of fear. But, see, thy brother.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Guiderius, with Cloten's head


This Cloten was a fool, an empty purse,

There was no money in't: not Hercules

Could have knocked out his brains, for he had none:

Yet I not doing this, the fool had borne

My head, as I do his.


                         What hast thou done?


I am perfect what: cut off one Cloten's head,
perfect (adj.) 2 certain, definite, positive

Son to the queen – after his own report –

Who called me traitor, mountaineer, and swore,
mountaineer (n.) [often contemptuous] mountain-dweller, native of the mountains

With his own single hand he'ld take us in,

Displace our heads where – thank the gods! – they grow,

And set them on Lud's town.
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down See Topics: Frequency count


                         We are all undone.


Why, worthy father, what have we to lose,

But that he swore to take, our lives? The law

Protects not us, then why should we be tender,
tender (adj.) 4 meek, submissive, spineless

To let an arrogant piece of flesh threat us,
threat (v.) threaten

Play judge, and executioner, all himself,

For we do fear the law? What company
company (n.) 2 group of followers, band of retainers

Discover you abroad?
abroad (adv.) 2 around, about, on the move
discover (v.) 5 spy, spot, make out


                         No single soul

Can we set eye on; but in all safe reason
safe (adj.) 3 sound, sensible, level-headed

He must have some attendants. Though his honour

Was nothing but mutation, ay, and that
mutation (n.) changeableness, instability, vacillation

From one bad thing to worse, not frenzy, not

Absolute madness could so far have raved,

To bring him here alone: although perhaps

It may be heard at court that such as we

Cave here, hunt here, are outlaws, and in time
cave (v.) live in caves

May make some stronger head, the which he hearing –
head (n.) 1 fighting force, army, body of troops

As it is like him – might break out, and swear

He'ld fetch us in, yet is't not probable

To come alone, either he so undertaking,

Or they so suffering: then on good ground we fear,
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

If we do fear this body hath a tail

More perilous than the head.


                         Let ordinance
ordinance (n.) 2 providence, divine will, what is ordained

Come as the gods foresay it: howsoe'er,
foresay (v.) predict, foretell

My brother hath done well.
mind (n.) 1 inclination, desire, wish


                         I had no mind

To hunt this day: the boy Fidele's sickness

Did make my way long forth.
way (n.) 2 journey, expedition, outing


                         With his own sword,

Which he did wave against my throat, I have ta'en

His head from him: I'll throw't into the creek

Behind our rock, and let it to the sea,

And tell the fishes he's the queen's son, Cloten.

That's all I reck.

reck (v.) regard, heed, care [for]


                         I fear 'twill be revenged:

Would, Polydore, thou hadst not done't: though valour

Becomes thee well enough.
become (v.) 3 put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to


                         Would I had done't:

So the revenge alone pursued me! Polydore,

I love thee brotherly, but envy much

Thou hast robbed me of this deed: I would revenges,

That possible strength might meet, would seek us through
meet (v.) 1 fight with, meet in battle
seek through (v.) try, test, put to trial

And put us to our answer.
answer (n.) 4 retaliation, armed response


                         Well, 'tis done:

We'll hunt no more today, nor seek for danger

Where there's no profit. I prithee, to our rock,

You and Fidele play the cooks: I'll stay

Till hasty Polydore return, and bring him
hasty (adj.) rash, impetuous, impulsive
presently (adv.) 2 after a short time, soon, before long

To dinner presently.


                         Poor sick Fidele!

I'll willingly to him; to gain his colour
gain (v.) restore, regain, improve

I'd let a parish of such Clotens blood,
let blood 1 slaughter, kill, massacre

And praise myself for charity.



                         O thou goddess,

Thou divine Nature; thou thyself thou blazon'st
blazon (v.) proclaim, display [as in a coat of arms]

In these two princely boys: they are as gentle
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

As zephyrs blowing below the violet,
zephyr (n.) mild breeze, gentle wind [especially from the west]

Not wagging his sweet head; and yet, as rough –
wag (v.) 3 move, stir, rouse

Their royal blood enchafed – as the rud'st wind
enchafe (v.) heat, excite, anger
rude (adj.) 3 [of wind or water] stormy, turbulent, harsh

That by the top doth take the mountain pine

And make him stoop to th' vale. 'Tis wonder

That an invisible instinct should frame them
frame (v.) 2 adapt, adjust, shape, accommodate

To royalty unlearn'd, honour untaught,
royalty (n.) 2 regal quality, majestic character, lordliness
untaught (adj.) 2 natural, spontaneous

Civility not seen from other, valour

That wildly grows in them, but yields a crop
wildly (adv.) naturally, without cultivation

As if it had been sowed. Yet still it's strange

What Cloten's being here to us portends,
portend (v.) mean, signify, import

Or what his death will bring us.

Enter Guiderius


                         Where's my brother?

I have sent Cloten's clotpoll down the stream,

In embassy to his mother; his body's hostage

For his return.

(Solemn music)
ingenious (adj.) 4 skilfully constructed, cleverly invented


                         My ingenious instrument –

Hark, Polydore – it sounds: but what occasion
occasion (n.) 2 ground, reason, cause, matter

Hath Cadwal now to give it motion? Hark!


Is he at home?


                         He went hence even now.


What does he mean? Since death of my dear'st mother

It did not speak before. All solemn things

Should answer solemn accidents. The matter?
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening
answer (v.) 10 live up to, correspond to, be equal to
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament

Triumphs for nothing, and lamenting toys,
ape (n.) 2 fool, idiot, jackass
toy (n.) 1 whim, caprice, trifling matter

Is jollity for apes, and grief for boys.

Is Cadwal mad?

Enter Arviragus with Innogen, dead, bearing her

in his arms


                         Look, here he comes,

And brings the dire occasion in his arms

Of what we blame him for!


                         The bird is dead

That we have made so much on. I had rather

Have skipped from sixteen years of age to sixty:

To have turned my leaping time into a crutch,

Than have seen this.


                         O sweetest, fairest lily:

My brother wears thee not the one half so well

As when thou grew'st thyself.


                         O melancholy,

Who ever yet could sound thy bottom, find
bottom (n.) 4 depths
find (v.) 2 search through, sift, probe
sound (v.) 2 find out, ascertain, sound out

The ooze, to show what coast thy sluggish care
care (n.) 5 sorrow, grief, trouble
crare (n.) small trading boat

Might'st easil'est harbour in? Thou blessed thing,

Jove knows what man thou mightst have made: but I,

Thou diedst a most rare boy, of melancholy.
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

How found you him?
stark (adj.) rigid, stiff [as in death]


                         Stark, as you see:

Thus smiling, as some fly had tickled slumber,

Not as death's dart, being laughed at: his right cheek
dart (n.) arrow; or: light spear

Reposing on a cushion.




                                                         O'th' floor;

His arms thus leagued, I thought he slept, and put
league (v.) 2 join, link, intertwine

My clouted brogues from off my feet, whose rudeness
brogue (n.) poor person's roughly made shoe
clouted (adj.) metal-studded, hobnailed
rudeness (n.) 3 roughness, coarse state

Answered my steps too loud.
answer (v.) 1 answer back, make a rejoinder


                         Why, he but sleeps:

If he be gone, he'll make his grave a bed:

With female fairies will his tomb be haunted,

And worms will not come to thee.


                         With fairest flowers

Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele,

I'll sweeten thy sad grave: thou shalt not lack

The flower that's like thy face, pale primrose, nor

The azured harebell, like thy veins: no, nor
azure, azured (adj.) coloured blue, bright blue [as of an uncloudy sky]

The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander,

Out-sweetened not thy breath: the ruddock would
outsweeten (v.) exceed in sweetness
ruddock (n.) robin, redbreast

With charitable bill – O bill, sore shaming
sore (adv.) 1 seriously, greatly, very much

Those rich-left heirs, that let their fathers lie
rich-left (adj.) richly endowed, left well-off

Without a monument! – bring thee all this;

Yea, and furred moss besides. When flowers are none,

To winter-ground thy corse –
corse (n.) corpse, dead body See Topics: Frequency count
winter-ground (v.) [of plants] cover so as to protect from winter harshness


                         Prithee, have done,

And do not play in wench-like words with that
wench-like (adj.) girlish, womanish, effeminate

Which is so serious. Let us bury him,

And not protract with admiration what
admiration (n.) 1 amazement, astonishment, wonder
protract (v.) delay, defer, put off, defer

Is now due debt. To th' grave!


                         Say, where shall's lay him?


By good Euriphile, our mother.


                         Be't so:

And let us, Polydore, though now our voices

Have got the mannish crack, sing him to th' ground,
crack (n.) 2 broken voice quality
mannish (adj.) 1 of a man, adult, mature

As once to our mother: use like note and words,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count
note (n.) 11 melody, tune, music, song

Save that Euriphile must be Fidele.



I cannot sing: I'll weep, and word it with thee;
word (v.) 1 speak, utter, say

For notes of sorrow out of tune are worse
note (n.) 11 melody, tune, music, song

Than priests and fanes that lie.
fane (n.) 2 oracle, temple-voice


                         We'll speak it then.


Great griefs, I see, medicine the less; for Cloten
medicine (v.) cure, heal, relieve

Is quite forgot. He was a queen's son, boys,

And though he came our enemy, remember,

He was paid for that: though mean and mighty, rotting

Together, have one dust, yet reverence –
reverence (n.) 2 profound respect, esteem

That angel of the world – doth make distinction

Of place 'tween high, and low. Our foe was princely,
place (n.) 1 position, post, office, rank See Topics: Frequency count

And though you took his life, as being our foe,

Yet bury him, as a prince.


                         Pray you, fetch him hither,

Thersites' body is as good as Ajax',

When neither are alive.


                         If you'll go fetch him,

We'll say our song the whilst. – Brother, begin.
whilst, the in the meantime, meanwhile

Exit Belarius


Nay, Cadwal, we must lay his head to the east,

My father hath a reason for't.


                         'Tis true.


Come on then, and remove him.


                         So, begin.



Fear no more the heat o'th' sun,

Nor the furious winter's rages,

Thou thy worldly task has done,

Home art gone and ta'en thy wages.

Golden lads and girls all must,

As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.


Fear no more the frown o'th' great,

Thou art past the tyrant's stroke,

Care no more to clothe and eat,

To thee the reed is as the oak:

The sceptre, learning, physic, must
physic (n.) 2 knowledge of the human body, medical science

All follow this and come to dust.


Fear no more the lightning-flash.


Nor th' all-dreaded thunder-stone.
thunder-stone (n.) thunderbolt


Fear not slander, censure rash.


Thou hast finished joy and moan.


All lovers young, all lovers must

Consign to thee and come to dust.
consign to (v.) 2 comply in the same way as, submit to the same condition as


No exorciser harm thee!
exorciser (n.) spirit-raiser, one who conjures spirits


Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
charm (v.) 1 work magic [on], bewitch, enchant


Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
forbear (v.) 2 leave alone, avoid, stay away [from] See Topics: Frequency count
unlaid (adj.) not driven out by an exorcist, not prevented from walking


Nothing ill come near thee!
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count


Quiet consummation have,
consummation (n.) 1 fitting end, crowning fulfilment [of life]

And renowned be thy grave!

Enter Belarius with the body of Cloten
obsequy (n.) funeral rite, burial ceremony


We have done our obsequies: come, lay him down.


Here's a few flowers, but 'bout midnight more:

The herbs that have on them cold dew o'th' night

Are strewings fitt'st for graves: upon their faces.
strewing (n.) (plural) things to be scattered

You were as flowers, now withered: even so

These herblets shall, which we upon you strew.
herblet (n.) little herb
strow (v.) strew, scatter

Come on, away, apart upon our knees:

The ground that gave them first has them again:

Their pleasures here are past, so is their pain.

Exeunt Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus



Yes sir, to Milford-Haven, which is the way?

I thank you: by yond bush? Pray, how far thither?

'Ods pittikins: can it be six mile yet?
pittikins (n.) [diminutive form] dear pity See Topics: Swearing

I have gone all night: faith, I'll lie down and sleep.
go (v.) 1 walk, travel on foot

But, soft! No bedfellow! O gods and goddesses!

seeing the body of Cloten

These flowers are like the pleasures of the world;

This bloody man, the care on't. I hope I dream:
care (n.) 5 sorrow, grief, trouble

For so I thought I was a cave-keeper,
cave-keeper (n.) cave-dweller

And cook to honest creatures. But 'tis not so:

'Twas but a bolt of nothing, shot at nothing,
bolt (n.) 1 [short and thick, crossbow] arrow

Which the brain makes of fumes. Our very eyes
fume (n.) 1 harmful vapour [rising from the stomach to the brain]

Are sometimes like our judgements, blind. Good faith,

I tremble still with fear: but if there be

Yet left in heaven as small a drop of pity

As a wren's eye, feared gods, a part of it!

The dream's here still: even when I wake it is

Without me, as within me: not imagined, felt.

A headless man? The garments of Posthumus?

I know the shape of's leg: this is his hand:

His foot Mercurial: his Martial thigh:

The brawns of Hercules: but his Jovial face –
brawn (n.) 1 muscle, fleshy part of the body
jovial (adj.) majestic, like Jove [Jupiter]

Murder in heaven! How – ? 'Tis gone. Pisanio,

All curses madded Hecuba gave the Greeks,
madded (adj.) maddened

And mine to boot, be darted on thee! Thou,
boot, to in addition, as well See Topics: Swearing
dart (v.) hurl like an arrow

Conspired with that irregulous devil, Cloten,
irregulous (adj.) unruly, lawless, uncontrollable

Hast here cut off my lord. To write, and read

Be henceforth treacherous! Damned Pisanio

Hath with his forged letters – damned Pisanio –

From this most bravest vessel of the world
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

Struck the main-top! O Posthumus, alas,
main-top (n.) top of a ship's mainmast See Topics: Roman history

Where is thy head? Where's that? Ay me! Where's that?

Pisanio might have killed thee at the heart,

And left this head on. How should this be, Pisanio?

'Tis he and Cloten: malice and lucre in them
lucre (n.) 2 profit, financial gain

Have laid this woe here. O, 'tis pregnant, pregnant!
lay (v.) 9 bring down, inflict
pregnant (adj.) 2 obvious, clear, evident

The drug he gave me, which he said was precious

And cordial to me, have I not found it
cordial (adj.) reviving, invigorating, restorative

Murd'rous to th' senses? That confirms it home:
home (adv.) 1 fully, thoroughly, unsparingly

This is Pisanio's deed, and Cloten – O!

Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood,

That we the horrider may seem to those
horrid (adj.) horrifying, frightful, terrifying

Which chance to find us. O, my lord! My lord!

(falls on the body)

Enter Lucius, Captains, and a Soothsayer


To them, the legions garrisoned in Gallia,

After your will have crossed the sea, attending
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count

You here at Milford-Haven, with your ships:

They are in readiness.


                         But what from Rome?


The senate hath stirred up the confiners
confiner (n.) inhabitant, dweller, resident

And gentlemen of Italy, most willing spirits,

That promise noble service: and they come

Under the conduct of bold Iachimo,
conduct (n.) 1 leadership, command

Siena's brother.


                         When expect you them?


With the next benefit o'th' wind.
benefit (n.) 1 agency, help, means
forwardness (n.) state of readiness, preparedness, zeal


                         This forwardness

Makes our hopes fair. Command our present numbers

Be mustered; bid the captains look to't. Now sir,

What have you dreamed of late of this war's purpose?
late, of recently, a little while ago
purpose (n.) 3 outcome, result, end


Last night the very gods showed me a vision –

I fast, and prayed for their intelligence – thus:
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication

I saw Jove's bird, the Roman eagle, winged

From the spongy south to this part of the west,
spongy, spungy (adj.) 1 rainy, damp, soggy, moisture-filled

There vanished in the sunbeams, which portends –
portend (v.) mean, signify, import

Unless my sins abuse my divination –
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat

Success to th' Roman host.
host (n.) 1 army, armed multitude


                         Dream often so,

And never false. Soft ho, what trunk is here?
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken

Without his top? The ruin speaks that sometime
top (n.) 2 head

It was a worthy building. How? A page?

Or dead, or sleeping on him? But dead rather:

For nature doth abhor to make his bed
abhor (v.) 1 loathe, abominate, regard with disgust
nature (n.) 3 human nature

With the defunct, or sleep upon the dead.
defunct (n.) dead person, deceased

Let's see the boy's face.


                         He's alive, my lord.


He'll then instruct us of this body. Young one,

Inform us of thy fortunes, for it seems

They crave to be demanded. Who is this
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require
demand (v.) 1 request to tell, question, ask [about]

Thou mak'st thy bloody pillow? Or who was he

That – otherwise than noble Nature did –

Hath altered that good picture? What's thy interest

In this sad wreck? How came't? Who is't?

What art thou?


                         I am nothing; or if not,

Nothing to be were better. This was my master,

A very valiant Briton, and a good,

That here by mountaineers lies slain. Alas!
mountaineer (n.) [often contemptuous] mountain-dweller, native of the mountains

There is no more such masters: I may wander

From east to occident, cry out for service,
service (n.) 2 employment, situation as a servant

Try many, all good: serve truly: never

Find such another master.


                         'Lack, good youth!

Thou mov'st no less with thy complaining than
complaining (n.) 2 lamentation, sorrowing, mourning
move (v.) 1 arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]

Thy master in bleeding: say his name, good friend.


Richard du Champ: (aside) if I do lie, and do

No harm by it, though the gods hear, I hope

They'll pardon it. Say you, sir?


                         Thy name?


                                                         Fidele, sir.


Thou dost approve thyself the very same:
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate

Thy name well fits thy faith; thy faith thy name:

Wilt take thy chance with me? I will not say

Thou shalt be so well mastered, but be sure

No less beloved. The Roman emperor's letters

Sent by a consul to me should not sooner

Than thine own worth prefer thee: go with me.
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend


I'll follow, sir. But first, an't please the gods,

I'll hide my master from the flies, as deep

As these poor pickaxes can dig: and when

With wild wood-leaves and weeds I ha' strewed his grave

And on it said a century of prayers –
century (n.) 1 hundred

Such as I can – twice o'er, I'll weep and sigh,
can (v.) 1 be skilled [in], have ability [in]

And leaving so his service, follow you,

So please you entertain me.
entertain (v.) 5 hire, employ, maintain, take into service


                         Ay, good youth;

And rather father thee than master thee.

My friends,

The boy hath taught us manly duties: let us

Find out the prettiest daisied plot we can,

And make him with our pikes and partisans
partisan (n.) weapon with a long handle and a broad head, sometimes with a projection at the side See Topics: Weapons

A grave: come, arm him. Boy, he is preferred
arm (v.) 4 take into one's arms, lift up
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend

By thee to us, and he shall be interred

As soldiers can. Be cheerful, wipe thine eyes:

Some falls are means the happier to arise.


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