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To greet your lord with writing, do't to-night:
Imo. I will write.
SCENE I.—Court before Cymbeline's Palace.
Enter CLOTEN, and Two Lords. Clo. Was there ever man had such luck! when I kissed the jack upon an up-cast, to be hit away! I had a hundred pound on't : And then a whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him, and might not spend them at my pleasure.
i Lord. What got he by that? You have broke his pate with your bowl.
2 Lord. If his wit had been like him that broke it, it would have ran all out.
[Aside. Clo. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths : Ha?
2 Lord. No, my lord; nor [Aside.] crop the ears of them.
Clo. Whoreson dog !-I give him satisfaction ? 'Would, he had been one of my rank !
2 Lord. To have smelt like a fool. [Aside,
Clo. I am not more vexed at any thing in the earth,-A pox on't ! I had rather not be so noble as I am; they dare not fight with me, because of the queen my mother : every jack-slave hath his belly-full of fighting, and I must go up and down like a cock that nobody can match.
and I not knohimself, and km Aside.
2 Lord. You are a cock and capon too; and you crow, cock, with your comb on.
[Aside. Clo. Sayest thou ?
į Lord. It is not fit, your lordship should undertake every companion that you give offence to.
Clo. No, I know that: but it is fit, I should commit offence to my inferiors.
2 Lord. Ay, it is fit for your lordship only. Clo. Why, so I say.
1 Lord. Did you hear of a stranger that's come to court to-night?
Clo. A stranger ! and I not know on't !
2 Lord. He's a strange fellow himself, and knows it not.
i Lord. There's an Italian come; and, 'tis thought, one of Leonatus' friends.
Clo. Leonatus! a banished rascal ; and he's another, whatsoever he be. Who told you of this stranger ?
i Lord. One of your lordship's pages.
Clo. Is it fit, I went to look upon him? Is there no derogation in't ?
i Lord. You cannot derogate, my lord. Clo. Not easily, I think.
2 Lord. You are a fool granted ; therefore your issues being foolish, do not derogate.
[Aside. Clo. Come, I'll go see this Italian : What I have lost to-day at bowls, I'll win to-night of him. Come, go. 2 Lord. I'll attend your lordship.
[Exeunt Cloten and First Lord. That such a crafty devil as is his mother Should yield the world this ass! a woman, that Bears all down with her brain; and this her son
Cannot take two from twenty for his heart,
SCENE II.- A Bed-chamber; in one Part of it a
IMOGEN reading in her Bed ; a Lady attending,
[Exit Lady. To your protection I commend me, gods! From fairies, and the tempters of the night,
Guard me, beseech ye !
[Sleeps. Iachimo, from the Trunk. Iach. The crickets sing, and man's o'er-laboured
[Taking off her Bracelet. As slippery, as the Gordian knot was hard !--'Tis mine; and this will witness outwardly, As strongly as the conscience does within, To the madding of her lord. On her left breast