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Cymbeline: Act 1 Scene 3
Scene III A room in Cymbeline's palace.
- [Enter IMOGEN and PISANIO]
- 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?
- It was his queen, his queen!
- Then waved his handkerchief?
- And kiss'd it, madam.
- Senseless Linen! happier therein than I!
- And that was all?
- No, madam; for so long
- As he could make me with this eye or ear
- Distinguish him from others, he did keep
- 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.
- Thou shouldst have made him
- As little as a crow, or less, ere left
- To after-eye him.
- Madam, so I did.
- 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
- 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?
- Be assured, madam,
- With his next vantage.
- 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,
- 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]
- The queen, madam,
- Desires your highness' company.
- Those things I bid you do, get them dispatch'd.
- I will attend the queen.
- Madam, I shall.
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