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3 If any thing that's civil, speak ; if favage,
[She goes into the Cave.
Guid. I'm thoroughly weary.
[Looking in. “ But that it eats our victuals, I should think, " It were a Fairy
Guid. What's the matter, Sir?
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.
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 :
Bel. Whither bound?
Imo. Fidele, Sir; I have a kinsman, who
Bel. Prythee, fair youth,
Guid. Were you a woman, youth, I should wooe hard, but be your groom in honesty ; VOL. VII,
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,
Bel. He wrings at some distress.
Arv, Or I, whate'er it be,
Bel. It shall be so:
Guid, 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
SC E N E VIII.
Changes to ROME.
HIS is the tenor of the Emperor's Writ;
Tri. Is Lucius Gen'ral of the Forces ?
i Sen. With those legions
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.
A C T IV.
The Forest in Wales.
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.]