Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus


The noise is round about us.


                         Let us from it.


What pleasure, sir, we find in life, to lock it

From action and adventure.


                         Nay, what hope

Have we in hiding us? This way, the Romans

Must or for Britons slay us or receive us
receive (v.) 3 take in, admit, recruit

For barbarous and unnatural revolts
revolt (n.) 3 rebel, revolutionary, malcontent

During their use, and slay us after.
use (n.) 2 activity, practice, enterprise



We'll higher to the mountains, there secure us.
secure (v.) 1 keep safe, protect, guard

To the king's party there's no going: newness

Of Cloten's death – we being not known, not mustered
muster (v.) 2 recruit, enlist, enroll

Among the bands – may drive us to a render
band (n.) 3 body of men, troop
render (n.) 1 account, declaration, admission

Where we have lived, and so extort from's that

Which we have done, whose answer would be death
answer (n.) 3 recompense, requital, response

Drawn on with torture.
doubt (n.) 2 danger, risk, fear
draw on (v.) 2 bring on, produce


                         This is, sir, a doubt

In such a time nothing becoming you,
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count
nothing (adv.) not at all, in any / no way

Nor satisfying us.


                         It is not likely

That when they hear the Roman horses neigh,

Behold their quartered fires; have both their eyes
quartered (adj.) 2 belonging to quarters, of an encampment

And ears so cloyed importantly as now,
cloyed (adj.) 2 clogged, crammed, stuffed
importantly (adv.) with matters of importance

That they will waste their time upon our note,
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard

To know from whence we are.


                         O, I am known

Of many in the army: many years –

Though Cloten then but young – you see, not wore him

From my remembrance. And besides, the king
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Hath not deserved my service nor your loves,

Who find in my exile the want of breeding,
breeding (n.) 2 education, proper training
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

The certainty of this hard life, aye hopeless
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity
certainty (n.) 2 inevitability, inescapable fact
hopeless (adj.) 1 despairing, without hope

To have the courtesy your cradle promised,
cradle (n.) 3 birth, infancy

But to be still hot Summer's tanlings, and
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
tanling (n.) sun-tanned child

The shrinking slaves of Winter.
shrinking (adj.) shivering, shuddering, wincing with cold


                         Than be so,

Better to cease to be. Pray, sir, to th' army:

I and my brother are not known; yourself

So out of thought, and thereto so o'ergrown,
overgrown (adj.) covered with growth [i.e. hair]

Cannot be questioned.


                         By this sun that shines

I'll thither: what thing is't that I never
thing, what what a thing

Did see man die, scarce ever looked on blood,

But that of coward hares, hot goats, and venison!
hot (adj.) 3 lecherous, lustful, hot-blooded

Never bestrid a horse, save one that had
bestride (v.) 2 mount, ride, sit upon

A rider like myself, who ne'er wore rowel,
rowel (n.) small sharp wheel at the end of a spur

Nor iron on his heel! I am ashamed

To look upon the holy sun, to have

The benefit of his blest beams, remaining

So long a poor unknown.


                         By heavens, I'll go,

If you will bless me, sir, and give me leave,

I'll take the better care: but if you will not,

The hazard therefore due fall on me by
hazard (n.) 1 risk, peril, danger

The hands of Romans!


                         So say I, amen.


No reason I – since of your lives you set

So slight a valuation – should reserve
valuation (n.) appreciation of merit, estimation of worth

My cracked one to more care. Have with you, boys!
cracked (adj.) 1 deteriorated, decayed, flawed

If in your country wars you chance to die,

That is my bed too, lads, and there I'll lie.

Lead, lead. The time seems long, their blood thinks scorn
scorn, think disdain, despise, consider it beneath one's dignity

Till it fly out and show them princes born.


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