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Is bound for Italy: he embark'd at Milford;
To whom being going, almost spent with hunger,
I am fall'n in this offence.
Bel. Pr'ythee, fair youth,
Think us no churls, nor measure our good minds
Gui. Were you a woman, youth,
I should woo hard but be your groom. — In honesty, I bid for you as I do buy.
Arv. I'll make 't my comfort,
He is a man: I'll love him as my brother;
Into. 'Mongst friends,
If brothers. — [Aside.'] Would it had been so, that
Bel. He wrings at some distress.
Gui. Would I could free 't!
Arv. Or I; whate'er it be,
What pain it cost, what danger. Gods!
Bel. Hark, boys.
Imo. Great men, That had a court no bigger than this cave, That did attend themselves, and had the virtue Which their own conscience seal'd them, (laying by That nothing-gift of differing multitudes,) Could not out-peer these twain. Pardon me, gods!
I'd change my sex to be companion with them,
Bel. It shall be so.
Boys, we'll go dress our hunt. — Fair youth, come in:
Gui. Pray, draw near.
Arv. The night to th? owl, and morn to th' lark, less welcome.
Imo. Thanks, sir.
Arv. I pray, draw near. [Exeunt.
Enter two Senators and Tribunes.
1 Senator. This is the tenour of the Emperor's
2 Sen. Ay. Tri. Remaining now in Gallia?
1 Sen. With those legions
Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy
Must be suppliant: the words of your commission
Tri. We will discharge our duty.
Scene I. — Wales. The Forest near the Cave of Belarius.
AM near to th' place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapp'd it truly. How fit his garments serve me! Why should his mistress, who was made by him that made the tailor, not be fit too? the rather (saving reverence of the word) for 'tis said, a woman's fitness comes by fits. Therein I must play the workman. I dare speak it to myself, (for it is not vain-glory for a man and his glass to confer — in his own chamber, I mean,) the lines of my body are as well-drawn as his; no less young, more strong, not beneath him in fortunes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conversant in general services, and more remarkable in single oppositions: yet this imperceiverant thing loves him in my despite. What mortality is! Posthumus, thy head, which now is growing upon thy shoulders, shall within this hour be off, thy mistress enforced, thy garments cut to pieces before thy face; and all this done, spurn her home to her father, who may, happely, be a little angry for my so rough usage, but my mother, having power of his testiness, shall turn all into my commendations. My horse is tied up safe: out, sword, and to a sore purpose! Fortune, put them into my hand! This is the very description of their meeting-place; and the fellow dares not deceive me. [Exit,
Before the Cave of Belarius.
Enter, from the cave, Belarius, Guiderius, ArYiragus, and Imogen.
Bel. You are not well: [to Imogen.] remain here in the cave; We'll come to you after hunting.
Arv. Brother, stay here:
[To Imogen. Are we not brothers?
Imo. So man and man should be;
But clay and clay differs in dignity,
Gui. Go you to hunting; I'll abide with him.
Imo. So sick I am not, — yet I am not well;
To seem to die ere sick. So please you, leave me;
Qui. I love thee; I have spoke it:
How much the quantity, the weight as much,
Bel. What! how? how?
Arv. If it be sin to say so, sir, I yoke me
Bel. [Aside.'} 0 noble strain!
0 worthiness of nature! breed of greatness! Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base: Nature hath meal and bran; contempt and grace.
1 am not their father; yet who this should be, Doth miracle itself, lov'd before me. —
'Tis the ninth hour o' th' morn.
Arv. Brother, farewell.
Imo. I wish ye sport.
Arv. You health. -— So please you, sir.
Imo. \_Aside.~] 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' imperious seas breed monsters; for the dish, Poor tributary rivers as sweet fish. I am sick still; heart-sick. — Pisanio, I'll now taste of thy drug. [Swallows some.
Gui. [Apart to Arv.] I could not stir him:
He said he was gentle, but unfortunate;
Arv. Thus did he answer me; yet said, hereafter I might know more.
Bel. To th' field, to th' field ! —
We'll leave you for this time; go in, and rest.
Arv. WV11 not be long away.