3 If any thing that's civil, speak ; if favage,
Take 'or't end-ho! no answer? then I'll enter,
Best draw my sword; and if mine enemy
But fear the sword like me, he'll scarcely look on't.
Grant such a foe, good heav'ns!

[She goes into the Cave.
Enter Belarius, Guiderius, and Arviragus.
Bel. You, Paladour, have prov'd best woodman, and
Are master of the feast; Cadwal and I
Will play the cook, and servant ; 'tis our match:
The lweat of industry would dry, and die,
But for the end it works to. Come, our stomachs
Will make what's homely favoury; weariness
Can snore upon the flint, when resty Noth
Finds the down pillow hard. Now peace be here,
Poor house, that keep'st thyself!

Guid. I'm thoroughly weary.
Arv. I'm weak with toil, yet strong in appetite.
Guid. There is cold meat i' the cave, we'll brouze

on that,
Whilst what, we've kill'd, be cook'd.
Bel. Stay, come not in

[Looking in. “ But that it eats our victuals, I should think, " It were a Fairy

Guid. What's the matter, Sir?
3 If any thing that's civil, -). civil, for human creature.

If any thing that's civil, Speak; if savage,

Take OR LEND. -] She is in doubt, whether this cave be the habitation of a man or beast. If it be the former, the bids him /peak; if the latter, that is, the den of a favage beast, what then ? Take or lend We should read,

Take 'OR'T END. i. e. take my life ere famine end ic. Or was commonly used for

agrees to all that went before. But the Oxford Editor cuts the knot ;

Take, or yield food says he. As if it was possible so plain a sentence should ever have been blundered into Take or lend.


ere; this

Bel. By Jupiter, an angel! or, if not, An earthly Paragon. Behold divineness No elder than a boy.

Enter Imogen: Imo. “ Good masters harm me not; “ Before I enter'd here, I call'd; and thought “ T' have begg'd, or bought, what I have took:

good troth, " I have stoln nought, nor would not, though I'd found “ Gold strew'd i th' foor. Here's mony for my

meat; " I would have left ic on the board, fo foon “ As I had made my meal, and parted then ce “ With prayers for the provider.

Guid. Mony, youth?

Arv. “ All gold and silver rather turn to dirt! “ As 'tis no better reckon'd, but of those “ Who worship dirty Gods.

Imo. " I fee, you're angry :
“ Know, if you kill me for my fault, I should
“ Have dy'd, had I not made it.

Bel. Whither bound?
Imo. To Milford-Haven.
Bel. What's your name?

Imo. Fidele, Sir; I have a kinsman, who
Is bound for Italy : he embark'd at Milford ;
To whom being going, almost spent with hunger,
I'm faln in this offence.

Bel. Prythee, fair youth,
Think us no churls, nor measure our good minds
By this rude place we live in. Well encounter'dl.
'Tis almost night, you shall have better cheer
Ere you depart, and thanks to stay and eat it.
Boys, bid him welcome.

Guid. Were you a woman, youth, I should wooe hard, but be your groom in honesty ; VOL. VII,


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I bid for you, as I do buy.

Arv. I'll make't my comfort, He is a man: I'll love him as my brother: And such a welcome as I'd give to him, After long absence, such is yours. Most welcome! Be sprightly, for you fall ’mongst friends.

Imo. Mongst friends,
If brothers ;-'Would it had been so, that they
Had been my father's sons! (a)chen had my price Afide.
Been lefs, and so more equal ballancing
To thee, Posthumus.

Bel. He wrings at some distress.
Guid. 'Would I could free's!

Arv, Or I, whate'er it be,
What pain it cost, what danger, Gods!
Bel. Hark, boys.

Imo. Great men,
That had a court no bigger than this cave,
That did attend themselves, and had the virtue
Which their own conscience seald them ; laying by
That nothing-gift of defering multitudes,
Could not out-peer these twain-Pardon me, Gods!
l'd change my sex to be companion with them,
Since Leonatus is false.

Bel. It shall be so:
Boys, we'll go dress our Hunt. Fair youth, come in;
Discourse is heavy, fafting; when we've fupp'd,
We'll mannerly demand thee of thy story,
So far as thou wilt speak.

Guid, I pray, draw near.
Arv. The night to th' owl, and morn to th' lark,

less welcome!
Two. Thanks, Sir.
Arv. I pray, draw near.

[Exeunt. 4-defering] Spelt right by Mr, Theobald.

[(a) then had my price----more equal ballancing. Oxford Editor-Vulg. then had my frize----more equal ballafting. )


i Sen. That since the common men are now in


Changes to ROME.
Enter two Roman Senators, and Tribunes.

HIS is the tenor of the Emperor's Writ;

'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians,
And that the legions now in Gallia are
Full weak to undertake our war against
The fall’n-off Britons; that we do incite
The gentry to this business. He creates
Lucius Pro-consul; s and to you, the tribunes
For this immediate levy, he commends
His absolute commission. Long live Cæfar!

Tri. Is Lucius Gen'ral of the Forces ?
2 Sen. Ay
Tri. Remaining now in Gallia ?

i Sen. With those legions
Which I have spoke of, whereunto your Levy
Must be suppliant. The words of your commission
Will tie you to the numbers and the time
Of their dispatch.

Tri. We will discharge our duty. (Exeunt. 5

- And to you, the tribunes For this immediate levy, he commands

His absolute commission.] Commands his commiffion is such a phrase as Shakespear would hardly have us’d. I have ventur'd to substitute ;

-he commends His absolute commision. į. e. he recommends the care of making this levy to you; and gives you an absolute commission for io duing.

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The Forest in Wales.

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Enter Cloten alone. AM near to th' place where they should meet, if

Pisanio have mapp'd it truly. How fit his gar. ments 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,) because, '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 fortunes, beyond him in the advantage of the time, above him in birth, alike conversant in general services and more remarkable in single oppolitions ; yet this (a) ill perseverant thing loves him in my despight. What mortality is! Poftbumus, thy head, which is now growing upon thy shoulders, shall within this hour be off, thy mistress enforc'd, thy garments cut to pieces " before her face; and all this done, spurn her home to her father, who may, happily, be a little angry for my so rough usage; but my mother, having power of his testiness, shall turn all into my commendacions. My horse is ty'd up safe : out, sword, and to a fore purpose! fortune put them into my hand ; this is the very description of

I before THY face,] Pofthumus was to have his head itruck off, and then his garments cut to pieces before his face ; we should read, HER face. i. e. Imogen's, done to despite her, who had said, the esteem'a Pofthumus's garment above the person of Cloten. f(a) ill perseverant, Oxford Editor --- Vulg. imperfeverant.]

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