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|ACT IV SCENE IV ||Wales: before the cave of BELARIUS.|| |
| ||Enter BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS|| |
|GUIDERIUS ||The noise is round about us.|| |
|BELARIUS ||Let us from it.|| |
|ARVIRAGUS ||What pleasure, sir, find we in life, to lock it|| |
| ||From action and adventure?|
|GUIDERIUS ||Nay, what hope|| |
| ||Have we in hiding us? This way, the Romans|| |
| ||Must or for Britons slay us, or receive us|| |
| ||For barbarous and unnatural revolts|| |
| ||During their use, and slay us after.|
|BELARIUS ||Sons,|| |
| ||We'll higher to the mountains; there secure us.|| |
| ||To the king's party there's no going: newness|| |
| ||Of Cloten's death--we being not known, not muster'd|| 10|
| ||Among the bands--may drive us to a render|
| ||Where we have lived, and so extort from's that|| |
| ||Which we have done, whose answer would be death|| |
| ||Drawn on with torture.|| |
|GUIDERIUS ||This is, sir, a doubt|| |
| ||In such a time nothing becoming you,|
| ||Nor satisfying us.|| |
|ARVIRAGUS ||It is not likely|| |
| ||That when they hear the Roman horses neigh,|| |
| ||Behold their quarter'd fires, have both their eyes|| |
| ||And ears so cloy'd importantly as now,|
| ||That they will waste their time upon our note,|| 20|
| ||To know from whence we are.|| |
|BELARIUS ||O, I am known|| |
| ||Of many in the army: many years,|| |
| ||Though Cloten then but young, you see, not wore him|
| ||From my remembrance. And, besides, the king|| |
| ||Hath not deserved my service nor your loves;|| |
| ||Who find in my exile the want of breeding,|| |
| ||The certainty of this hard life; aye hopeless|| |
| ||To have the courtesy your cradle promised,|
| ||But to be still hot summer's tanlings and|| |
| ||The shrinking slaves of winter.|| |
|GUIDERIUS ||Than be so|| 30|
| ||Better to cease to be. Pray, sir, to the army:|| |
| ||I and my brother are not known; yourself|
| ||So out of thought, and thereto so o'ergrown,|| |
| ||Cannot be question'd.|| |
|ARVIRAGUS ||By this sun that shines,|| |
| ||I'll thither: what thing is it that I never|| |
| ||Did see man die! scarce ever look'd on blood,|
| ||But that of coward hares, hot goats, and venison!|| |
| ||Never bestrid a horse, save one that had|| |
| ||A rider like myself, who ne'er wore rowel|| |
| ||Nor iron on his heel! I am ashamed|| 40|
| ||To look upon the holy sun, to have|
| ||The benefit of his blest beams, remaining|| |
| ||So long a poor unknown.|| |
|GUIDERIUS ||By heavens, I'll go:|| |
| ||If you will bless me, sir, and give me leave,|| |
| ||I'll take the better care, but if you will not,|
| ||The hazard therefore due fall on me by|| |
| ||The hands of Romans!|| |
|ARVIRAGUS ||So say I amen.|| |
|BELARIUS ||No reason I, since of your lives you set|| |
| ||So slight a valuation, should reserve|
| ||My crack'd one to more care. Have with you, boys!|| 50|
| ||If in your country wars you chance to die,|| |
| ||That is my bed too, lads, an there I'll lie:|| |
| ||Lead, lead.|| |
| ||[ Aside ]|| |
| ||The time seems long; their blood|
| ||thinks scorn,|| |
| ||Till it fly out and show them princes born.|| |
| ||[ Exeunt. || |
Cymbeline, Act 5, Scene 1
Explanatory Notes for Act 4, Scene 4
From Cymbeline. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press.
6. revolts, rebels (i.e. to Cymbeline).
7-14. Belarius has his own reasons for keeping out of the way;
cf. 21-24. a render, an account.
13. whose answer. "The retaliation of the death of Cloten would
be death" -- Johnson.
18. their quarter'd fires; "fires in the respective quarters of the Roman army" -- Steevens. A camp-scene like Henry V. Prologue IV. (on the eve of Agincourt).
19. importantly, importunately; see Glossary.
27. The certainty; "the certain consequence of this hard life" -- Malone. Perhaps 'the certain continuance.' (F.)
33. o'ergrown, i.e. with hair, beard. This seems to me the key to V. 5. 319, where age = 'aged appearance.'
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_4_4.html >.
How to cite the sidebar:
Mabillard, Amanda. Notes on Shakespeare. Shakespeare Online. 10 Dec. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/cymbel_4_4.html >.
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