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SCENE I.-Britain. A Room of State in Cymbeline's


Enter CYMBELINE, Queen, Cloten, and Lords, at one door; and at another, Caius Lucius, and Attendants.

Cym. Now say, what would Augustus Cæsar with us?

Luc. When Julius Cæsar (whose remembrance yet Lives in men's eyes; and will to ears, and tongues, Be theme, and hearing ever,) was in this Britain, And conquer'd it, Cassibelan, thine uncle, (Famous in Cæsar's praises, no whit less Than in his feats deserving it,) for him, And his succession, granted Rome a tribute, Yearly three thousand pounds; which by thee lately Is left untender'd.

Queen. And, to kill the marvel,
Shall be so ever.

Clo. There be many Cæsars,
Ere such another Julius. Britain is
A world by itself; and we will nothing pay,
For wearing our own noses.

Queen. That opportunity,
Which then they had to take from us, to resume
We have again.-Remember, sir, my liege,
The kings your ancestors; together with
The natural bravery of your isle; which stands
As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in

With rocks unscaleable, and roaring waters;
With sands, that will not bear your enemies' boats,
But suck them up to the top-mast. A kind of conquest
Cæsar made here; but made not here his brag
Of, came, and saw, and overcame : with shame
(The first that ever touch'd him,) he was carried
From off our coast, twice beaten; and his shipping,
(Poor ignorant baubles !) on our terrible seas,
Like egg-shells mov'd upon their surges, crack'd
As easily 'gainst our rocks: For joy whereof,
The fam’d Cassibelan, who was once at point
(0, giglot fortune!) to master Cæsar's sword,
Made Lud's town with rejoicing fires bright,
And Britons strut with courage.

Clo. Come, there's no more tribute to be paid : Our kingdom is stronger than it was at that time; and, as I said, there is no more such Cæsars; other of them may have crooked noses; but, to owe such straight arms, none.

Cym. Son, let your mother end.

Clo. We have yet many among us can gripe as hard as Cassibelan: I do not say, I am one; but I have a hand.--Why tribute? why should we pay tribute ? If Cæsar can hide the sun from us with a blanket, or put the moon in his pocket, we will pay him tribute for light; else, sir, no more tribute, pray you now.

Cym. You must know, Till the injurious Romans did extort This tribute from us, we were free: Cæsar's ambition, (Which swell’d so much, that it did almost stretch The sides o'the world,) against all colour, here Did put the yoke upon us; which to shake off,

Becomes a warlike people, whom we reckon
Ourselves to be. We do say then to Cæsar,
Our ancestor was that Mulmutius, which
Ordain'd our laws; (whose use the sword of Cæsar
Hath too much mangled; whose repair, and franchise,
Shall, by the power we hold, be our good deed,
Though Rome be therefore angry ;) Mulmutius,
Who was the first of Britain, which did put
His brows within a golden crown, and callid
Himself a king.

Luc. I am sorry, Cymbeline,
That I am to pronounce Augustus Cæsar
(Cæsar, that hath more kings his servants, than
Thyself domestic officers,) thine enemy:
Receive it from me, then :-War, and confusion,
In Cæsar's name pronounce I'gainst thee: look
For fury not to be resisted :—Thus defied,
I thank thee for myself.

Cym. Thou art welcoine, Caius.
Thy Cæsar knighted me; my youth I spent
Much under him ; of him I gather'd honour; ..
Which he, to seek of me again, perforce,
Behoves me keep at utterance; I am perfect,
That the Pannonians and Dalmatians, for
Their liberties, are now in arms: a precedent
Which, not to read, would show the Britons cold:
So Cæsar shall not find them.

Luc. Let proof speak.

Clo. His majesty bids you welcome. Make pastime with us a day, or two, longer : If you seek us afterwards in other terms, you shall find us in our salt-water girdle: if you beat us out of it, it is yours; if you fall in the adventure, our crows shall fare the better for you; and there's an end.

Luc. So, sir.

Cym. I know your master's pleasure, and he mine : All the remain is, welcome.


SCENE II.-Another Room in the same.

Enter Pisanio. Pis. How! of adultery? Wherefore write you not What monster's her accuser ?--- Leonatus ! 0, master! what a strange infection Is fallen into thy ear? What false Italian (As poisonous tongue’d, as handed,) hath prevaild On thy too ready hearing ?---Disloyal ? No: She's punish'd for her truth; and undergoes,, More goddess-like than wife-like, such assaults As would take in some virtue.---O, my master ! Thy mind to her is now as low, as were Thy fortunes.---How! that I should murder her? Upon the love, and truth, and vows, which I Have made to thy command ?---I, her:---her blood ? If it be so to do good service, never Let me be counted serviceable. How look I, That I should seem to lack humanity, So much as this fact comes too? Do't: the letter

[Reading. That I have sent her, by her own command Shall give thee opportunity :---O damn’d paper ! Black as the ink that's on thee! Senseless bauble,

Art thou a feodary for this act, and look'st
So virgin-like without? Lo, here she comes.

I an ignorant in what I am commanded.

lino. How now, Pisanio?
Pis. Madam, here is a letter from my lord.

Imo. Who? thy lord ? that is my lord ? Leonatus?
O, learn’d indeed were that astronomer,
That knew the stars, as I his characters;
He'd lay the future open.---You good gods,
Let what is here contain’d relish of love,
Of my lord's health, of his content ---yet not,
That we two are asunder, let that grieve him,---
(Some griefs are med’cinable ;) that is one of them,
For it doth physic love ;---of his content,
All but in that !---Good wax, thy leave :---Bless'd be,
You bees, that make these locks of counsel ! Lovers,
And inen in dangerous bonds, pray not alike;
Though forieiters you cast in prison, yet
Yon clasp young Cupid's tables.---Good news, gods !

. [Reads. Justice, and your father's wrath, should he take me in his dominion, could not be so cruel to me, as you, O the dearest of creatures, would not even renew me with your eyes. Take notice, that I am in Cambria, at MilfordHaven : What your own love will, out of this, advise you, follow. So, he wishes you all happiness, that remains loyal to his vow, and your, increasing in love,

LEONATUS PostHUMUS. O, for a horse with wings !---Hear'st thou, Pisanio? He is at Milford-Haven : Read, and tell me

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