Cymbeline


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Enter Lucius, Iachimo, and the Roman Army at one door: and the

Briton Army at another: Leonatus Posthumus following, like a

poor soldier. They march over, and go out. Then enter again, in

skirmish, Iachimo and Posthumus: he vanquisheth and disarmeth

Iachimo, and then leaves him


IACHIMO

The heaviness and guilt within my bosom

Takes off my manhood: I have belied a lady,
belie (v.) 1 slander, tell lies about

The princess of this country; and the air on't

Revengingly enfeebles me, or could this carl,
carl, carle (n.) [disparaging] churl, peasant, low fellow
revengingly (adv.) by way of revenge, in retaliation

A very drudge of Nature's, have subdued me

In my profession? Knighthoods and honours, borne

As I wear mine, are titles but of scorn.

If that thy gentry, Britain, go before
go before (v.) 2 surpass, outdo, be superior to

This lout, as he exceeds our lords, the odds
odds (n. plural) 5 probability, likelihood, odds-on

Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.

Exit

The battle continues, the Britons fly, Cymbeline is taken: then enter

to his rescue, Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus


BELARIUS

Stand, stand. We have th' advantage of the ground;

The lane is guarded: nothing routs us but
lane (n.) path, passage, way

The villany of our fears.


GUIDERIUS and ARVIRAGUS

                         Stand, stand, and fight!

Enter Posthumus, and seconds the Britons. They rescue Cymbeline

and exeunt. Then enter Lucius, Iachimo, and Innogen


LUCIUS

Away, boy, from the troops, and save thyself:
second (v.) 1 support, assist, reinforce

For friends kill friends, and the disorder's such

As war were hoodwinked.
hoodwinked (adj.) blindfolded, made unable to see
supply (n.) reinforcement(s), support, relief


IACHIMO

                         'Tis their fresh supplies.


LUCIUS

It is a day turned strangely: or betimes
betimes (adv.) 4 at once, forthwith, right now

Let's reinforce, or fly.
reinforce (v.) obtain reinforcements

Exeunt

 
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