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Cymbeline: Act 5 Scene 1
Scene I Britain. The Roman camp.
- [Enter POSTHUMUS, with a bloody handkerchief]
- POSTHUMUS LEONATUS
- Yea, bloody cloth, I'll keep thee, for I wish'd
- Thou shouldst be colour'd thus. You married ones,
- If each of you should take this course, how many
- Must murder wives much better than themselves
- For wrying but a little! O Pisanio!
- Every good servant does not all commands:
- No bond but to do just ones. Gods! if you
- Should have ta'en vengeance on my faults, I never
- Had lived to put on this: so had you saved
- The noble Imogen to repent, and struck
- Me, wretch more worth your vengeance. But, alack,
- You snatch some hence for little faults; that's love,
- To have them fall no more: you some permit
- To second ills with ills, each elder worse,
- And make them dread it, to the doers' thrift.
- But Imogen is your own: do your best wills,
- And make me blest to obey! I am brought hither
- Among the Italian gentry, and to fight
- Against my lady's kingdom: 'tis enough
- That, Britain, I have kill'd thy mistress; peace!
- I'll give no wound to thee. Therefore, good heavens,
- Hear patiently my purpose: I'll disrobe me
- Of these Italian weeds and suit myself
- As does a Briton peasant: so I'll fight
- Against the part I come with; so I'll die
- For thee, O Imogen, even for whom my life
- Is every breath a death; and thus, unknown,
- Pitied nor hated, to the face of peril
- Myself I'll dedicate. Let me make men know
- More valour in me than my habits show.
- Gods, put the strength o' the Leonati in me!
- To shame the guise o' the world, I will begin
- The fashion, less without and more within.
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