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Cymbeline: Act 4, Scene 3

Cymbeline
Act 4, Scene 3

Britain. A room in Cymbeline’s palace.

  1. Enter Cymbeline, Lords, and Pisanio with Attendants.

Cymbeline

2 - 14
  1. Again; and bring me word how ’tis with her.
  2. Exit an Attendant.
  3. A fever with the absence of her son;
  4. A madness, of which her life’s in danger. Heavens,
  5. How deeply you at once do touch me! Imogen,
  6. The great part of my comfort, gone; my queen
  7. Upon a desperate bed, and in a time
  8. When fearful wars point at me; her son gone,
  9. So needful for this present! It strikes me, past
  10. The hope of comfort. But for thee, fellow,
  11. Who needs must know of her departure, and
  12. Dost seem so ignorant, we’ll enforce it from thee
  13. By a sharp torture.

Pisanio

15 - 19
  1.                     Sir, my life is yours,
  2. I humbly set it at your will; but, for my mistress,
  3. I nothing know where she remains, why gone,
  4. Nor when she purposes return. Beseech your Highness,
  5. Hold me your loyal servant.

First Lord

20 - 25
  1.                             Good my liege,
  2. The day that she was missing he was here;
  3. I dare be bound he’s true and shall perform
  4. All parts of his subjection loyally. For Cloten,
  5. There wants no diligence in seeking him,
  6. And will, no doubt, be found.

Cymbeline

26 - 29
  1.                               The time is troublesome.
  2. To Pisanio.
  3. We’ll slip you for a season, but our jealousy
  4. Does yet depend.

First Lord

30 - 33
  1.                  So please your Majesty,
  2. The Roman legions, all from Gallia drawn,
  3. Are landed on your coast, with a supply
  4. Of Roman gentlemen, by the Senate sent.

Cymbeline

34 - 35
  1. Now for the counsel of my son and queen!
  2. I am amaz’d with matter.

First Lord

36 - 40
  1.                          Good my liege,
  2. Your preparation can affront no less
  3. Than what you hear of. Come more, for more you’re ready;
  4. The want is but to put those pow’rs in motion
  5. That long to move.

Cymbeline

41 - 44
  1.                    I thank you. Let’s withdraw,
  2. And meet the time as it seeks us. We fear not
  3. What can from Italy annoy us, but
  4. We grieve at chances here. Away!
  1. Exeunt all but Pisanio.

Pisanio

46 - 56
  1. I heard no letter from my master since
  2. I wrote him Imogen was slain. ’Tis strange.
  3. Nor hear I from my mistress, who did promise
  4. To yield me often tidings. Neither know I
  5. What is betide to Cloten, but remain
  6. Perplex’d in all. The heavens still must work.
  7. Wherein I am false, I am honest; not true, to be true.
  8. These present wars shall find I love my country,
  9. Even to the note o’ th’ King, or I’ll fall in them.
  10. All other doubts, by time let them be clear’d,
  11. Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d.
  1. Exit.
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