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|ACT I SCENE III ||A room in Cymbeline's palace.|| |
| ||Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO.|| |
|IMOGEN ||I would thou grew'st unto the shores o' the haven,|| |
| ||And question'dst every sail: if he should write|| |
| ||And not have it, 'twere a paper lost,|| |
| ||As offer'd mercy is. What was the last|
| ||That he spake to thee?|| |
|PISANIO ||It was, "His queen, his queen!"|| |
|IMOGEN ||Then waved his handkerchief?|| |
|PISANIO ||And kiss'd it, madam.|
|IMOGEN ||Senseless Linen! happier therein than I!|
| ||And that was all?|| |
|PISANIO ||No, madam; for so long|| |
| ||As he could make me with this eye or ear|| |
| ||Distinguish him from others, he did keep|| 10|
| ||The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,|
| ||Still waving, as the fits and stirs of's mind|| |
| ||Could best express how slow his soul sail'd on,|| |
| ||How swift his ship.|| |
|IMOGEN ||Thou shouldst have made him|| |
| ||As little as a crow, or less, ere left|
| ||To after-eye him.|| |
|PISANIO ||Madam, so I did.|| |
|IMOGEN ||I would have broke mine eye-strings; crack'd them, but|| |
| ||To look upon him, till the diminution|| |
| ||Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle,|
| ||Nay, follow'd him, till he had melted from|| 20|
| ||The smallness of a gnat to air, and then|| |
| ||Have turn'd mine eye and wept. But, good Pisanio,|| |
| ||When shall we hear from him?|| |
|PISANIO ||Be assured, madam,|| 30|
| ||With his next vantage.|| |
|IMOGEN ||I did not take my leave of him, but had|| |
| ||Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him|| |
| ||How I would think on him at certain hours|| |
| ||Such thoughts and such, or I could make him swear|
| ||The shes of Italy should not betray|| |
| ||Mine interest and his honour, or have charged him,|| 30|
| ||At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,|| |
| ||To encounter me with orisons, for then|| |
| ||I am in heaven for him; or ere I could|
| ||Give him that parting kiss which I had set|| |
| ||Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father|| |
| ||And like the tyrannous breathing of the north|| |
| ||Shakes all our buds from growing.|| |
| ||Enter a Lady.|| |
|Lady ||The queen, madam,|
| ||Desires your highness' company.|| |
|IMOGEN ||Those things I bid you do, get them dispatch'd.|| |
| ||I will attend the queen.|| |
|PISANIO ||Madam, I shall.|| |
| ||[ Exeunt. || |
Cymbeline, Act 1, Scene 4
Explanatory Notes for Act 1, Scene 3
From Cymbeline. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press.
3, 4. "The loss of that paper would prove as fatal to her, as the loss of a pardon to a condemned criminal" -- Steevens.
9, 10. this; emphasised by the gesture of pointing; the Folios have his, due probably to he (twice) and him, occurring in the two lines.
24. With his next vantage, at the earliest opportunity.
29. shes, women; cf. I. 6. 39, and As You Like It, III. 2. 9, 10:
"Run, run, Orlando; carve on every tree
So he = 'man,' e.g. in Romeo and Juliet, V. 1. 66, 67:
The fair, the chaste and unexpressive she."
"Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law
32. encounter me, meet me reciprocally.
Is death to any he that utters them."
33. I am in heaven for him; "my solicitations ascend to heaven on his behalf" -- Steevens.
35. charming, which should act like a charm, i.e. in protecting him, e.g. 'fare well!'
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline. Ed. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press, 1899. Shakespeare Online. 10 Dec. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/cymbel_1_3.html >.
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