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Pisanio. 'Twas “ His
!" Imog. Then wav'd his handkerchief? Pisanio. And kiss'd it, madam.
Imog. Senseless linen ! happier therein than I!
Pisanio. No, madam ; for so long
Imog. Thou shouldst have made him
Pisanio. Madam, so I did.
Pisanio. Be assur'd, madam, With his next vantage.
Imog. I did not take my leave of him, but had Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him, How I would think on him, at certain hours, Such thoughts, and such ; or I could make him swear The shes of Italy should not betray Mine interest, and his honour; or have chargʻd him, At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight, To encounter me with orisons, for then I am in heaven for him ; or, ere I could Give him that parting kiss, which I had set Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father, And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Shakes all our buds from growing.-See, the queenThose things I bid you do, get them despatch'd. [Exit. Pisanio. Madam, I shall.
Enter Queen, meeting CORNELIUS.
[Gives the Queen a Phial. But I beseech your grace, without offence, My conscience bids me ask, wherefore
have Commanded of me these most poisonous compounds?
Queen. I do wonder, doctor,
Corn. [Aside.] I do suspect you, madam;
shall do no harm.
With a most false effect; and I the truer,
[Erit. Queen. Weeps she still, say'st thou? Dost thou
think, in time
fortunes all lie speechless, and his name
[The Queen drops the Phial; Pisanio takes
Thou tak’st up
Pisanio. And shall do ;
Posthumus: Sweet Imogen, what thou endur'st the while, Betwixt a father by thy step-dame govern'd; A mother hourly coining plots; a wooer, More hateful than the foul expulsion is Of thy dear husband- -Heaven keep unshaken That temple, thy fair mind, that thou may'st stand T enjoy thy banish'd lord, and this great land !
An Apartment in Philario's House.
PHILARIO, with a Letter, IACHIMO, and Lewis,
discovered. Iach. Believe it, sir: I have seen him in Britain : he was then of à crescent note; expected to prove so worthy, as since he hath been allowed the name of: but I could then have looked on him without the help of admiration; though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items,
Phil. You speak of him when he was less furnished, than now he is,
Lewis. I have seen him in France; we had very many there, could behold the sun with as firm eyes
Iach. This matter of marrying his king's daughter, (wherein he must be weighed rather by her value than his own,) words him, I doubt not, a great deal from the matter.
Lewis. And then his banishment,
Iach. Ay, and the approbation of those, that weep this lamentable divorce, under her colours, are wonderfully to extend him; be it but to fortify her judg. ment, which else an easy battery might lay flat, for taking a beggar without more quality. But how comes it, he is to sojourn with you? How creeps acquaintance?
Phil. His father and I were soldiers together; to whom I have been often bound for no less than my life. Here comes the Briton: let him be so entertained amongst you, as suits, with gentlemen of your knowing, to a stranger of his quality.
-I beseech you all, be better known to this gentleman; whom I commend to you, as a noble friend of mine: how worthy he is, I will leave to appear hereaf:er, rather than story him in his own hearing.
Lewis. Sir, we have known together in Orleans.
Post. Since when I have been debtor to you for courtesies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay still.
Lewis. Sir, you o'er-rate my poor kindness: I was glad I did atone my countryman and you ; it had been pity, you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose, as then each bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.
Post. By your pardon, sir,-1 was then a young traveller; but, upon my mended judgment, (if I of