Cymbeline


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Enter Posthumus alone


POSTHUMUS

Yea, bloody cloth, I'll keep thee: for I wished

Thou shouldst be coloured thus. You married ones,
colour (v.) 3 dye, stain a new colour

If each of you should take this course, how many
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

Must murder wives much better than themselves

For wrying but a little? O Pisanio,
wry (v.) err, lapse, go wrong

Every good servant does not all commands:

No bond, but to do just ones. Gods, if you
bond (n.) 2 duty, commitment, obligation

Should have ta'en vengeance on my faults, I never

Had lived to put on this: so had you saved
put on (v.) 1 instigate, provoke, incite

The noble Innogen, to repent, and struck

Me, wretch, more worth your vengeance. But alack,

You snatch some hence for little faults; that's love,

To have them fall no more: you some permit
fall (v.) 6 sin, trespass, commit wrong

To second ills with ills, each elder worse,
elder (n.) 2 later one, more advanced one
second (v.) 1 support, assist, reinforce

And make them dread it, to the doers' thrift.
dread (v.) fear, anticipate in fear, be anxious about
thrift (n.) profit, advantage, gain

But Innogen is your own, do your best wills,

And make me blest to obey. I am brought hither

Among th' Italian gentry, and to fight

Against my lady's kingdom: 'tis enough

That, Britain, I have killed thy mistress: peace,

I'll give no wound to thee: therefore, good heavens,

Hear patiently my purpose. I'll disrobe me
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Of these Italian weeds, and suit myself
suit (v.) 1 dress, clothe, equip
weed (n.) 1 (plural) garments, dress, clothes

As does a Briton peasant: so I'll fight

Against the part I come with: so I'll die
part (n.) 2 side, camp, party

For thee, O Innogen, even for whom my life

Is, every breath, a death: and thus, unknown,

Pitied, nor hated, to the face of peril

Myself I'll dedicate. Let me make men know

More valour in me than my habits show.
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

Gods, put the strength o'th' Leonati in me!

To shame the guise o'th' world, I will begin,
guise (n.) way, custom, practice

The fashion less without, and more within.

Exit

 
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