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And such a welcome as I'd give to him,
'Mongst friends If brothers ?--'Would it had been so, that?
He wrings at some distress,
Or I; whate'er it be,
It shall be so :
Pray, draw near.
i Sen. This is the tenour of the emperor's writ; That since the common men are now in action 'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians ; And that the legions now in Gallia are Full weak to undertake our wars against The fallen off Britons; that we do incite The gentry to this business : He creates Lucius pro-consul : and to you the tribunes, For this immediate levy, he commands His absolute commission. Long live Cæsar!
Tri. Is Lucius general of the forces ? 2 Sen.
Ay, Tri. Remaining now in Gallia ? 1 Sen.
With those legions Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy Must be supplyant: The words of your commission Will tie you to the numbers, and the time Of their despatch. Tri. We will discharge our duty.
Clo. I am near to the place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapped 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) fors '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 fortnnes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conyersant in general services, and more remarkable in single oppositions :6 yet this imperseverant 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 : whọ may, haply, 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. 5i.e. Because.
6 In single combat,
Before the Cave.
Enter, from the Cave, BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS,
ARVIRAGUS, and IMOGEN. Bel. You are not well : [To IMOGEN.] remain
here in the cave ; We'll come to you after hunting, Aro.
Brother, stay here :
[To IMOGEN, Are we not brothers ? Imo.
So man and man should be ; But clay and clay differs in dignity, Whose dust is both alike. I am very sick.
Gui. Go you to hunting, I'll abide with him,
Imo. So sick I am not ;---yet I am not well:
I love thee; I have spoke it:
What? how ? how?
7 Keep your daily course,
Arv. If it be sin to say so, sir, I yoke me
O noble strain! [Aside.
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! The imperious 8 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. Gui.
I could not stir him : He said, he was gentle, 9 but unfortunate ; Dishonestly afflicted, but yet honest.
Arv. Thus did he answer me: yet said, hereafter I might know more. Bel.
To the field, to the field :We'll leave you for this time ; go in, and rest.