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Cymbeline: Act I, Scene 3

Cymbeline
Act I, Scene 3

Britain. A room in Cymbeline’s palace.

  1. Enter Imogen and Pisanio.

Imogen

1 - 5
  1. I would thou grew’st unto the shores o’ th’ haven,
  2. And questionedst every sail. If he should write
  3. And I not have it, ’twere a paper lost
  4. As offer’d mercy is. What was the last
  5. That he spake to thee?

Pisanio

6
  1.                        It was his queen, his queen!

Imogen

7
  1. Then wav’d his handkerchief?

Pisanio

8
  1.                              And kiss’d it, madam.

Imogen

9 - 10
  1. Senseless linen, happier therein than I!
  2. And that was all?

Pisanio

11 - 17
  1.                   No, madam; for so long
  2. As he could make me with this eye or ear
  3. Distinguish him from others, he did keep
  4. The deck, with glove or hat or handkerchief
  5. Still waving, as the fits and stirs of ’s mind
  6. Could best express how slow his soul sail’d on,
  7. How swift his ship.

Imogen

18 - 20
  1.                     Thou shouldst have made him
  2. As little as a crow, or less, ere left
  3. To after-eye him.

Pisanio

21
  1.                   Madam, so I did.

Imogen

22 - 28
  1. I would have broke mine eye-strings, crack’d them, but
  2. To look upon him, till the diminution
  3. Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle;
  4. Nay, followed him till he had melted from
  5. The smallness of a gnat to air, and then
  6. Have turn’d mine eye and wept. But, good Pisanio,
  7. When shall we hear from him?

Pisanio

29 - 30
  1.                              Be assur’d, madam,
  2. With his next vantage.

Imogen

31 - 43
  1. I did not take my leave of him, but had
  2. Most pretty things to say. Ere I could tell him
  3. How I would think on him at certain hours
  4. Such thoughts and such; or I could make him swear
  5. The shes of Italy should not betray
  6. Mine interest and his honor; or have charg’d him,
  7. At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
  8. T’ encounter me with orisons, for then
  9. I am in heaven for him; or ere I could
  10. Give him that parting kiss which I had set
  11. Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father,
  12. And like the tyrannous breathing of the north
  13. Shakes all our buds from growing.
  1. Enter Helen.

Helen

44 - 45
  1.                                   The Queen, madam,
  2. Desires your Highness’ company.

Imogen

46 - 47
  1. Those things I bid you do, get them dispatch’d,
  2. I will attend the Queen.

Pisanio

48
  1.                          Madam, I shall.
  1. Exeunt.
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