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|ACT V SCENE II || A Field of battle between the British and Roman camps.|| |
| ||Enter, from one side, LUCIUS, IACHIMO, and the Roman Army: from the other side, the British Army; POSTHUMUS LEONATUS following, like a poor soldier. They march over and go out. Then enter again, in skirmish, IACHIMO and POSTHUMUS LEONATUS he vanquisheth and disarmeth IACHIMO and then leaves him.|| |
|IACHIMO ||The heaviness and guilt within my bosom|| |
| ||Takes off my manhood: I have belied a lady,|| |
| ||The princess of this country, and the air on't|| |
| ||Revengingly enfeebles me; or could this carl,|
| ||A very drudge of nature's, have subdued me|| |
| ||In my profession? Knighthoods and honours, borne|| |
| ||As I wear mine, are titles but of scorn.|| |
| ||If that thy gentry, Britain, go before|| |
| ||This lout as he exceeds our lords, the odds|
| ||Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.|| 10|
| ||[ Exit. || |
| || The battle continues; the Britons fly ; CYMBELINE is taken: then enter, to his rescue, BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS.|| |
|BELARIUS ||Stand, stand! We have the advantage of the ground;|| |
| ||The lane is guarded: nothing routs us but|| |
| ||The villany of our fears.|| |
| ||| Stand, stand, and fight!|| |
|ARVIRAGUS ||||| |
| ||Re-enter POSTHUMUS, and seconds the Britons: they rescue CYMBELINE, and exeunt. Then re-enter LUCIUS, and IACHIMO, with IMOGEN.|| |
|CAIUS LUCIUS ||Away, boy, from the troops, and save thyself;|| |
| ||For friends kill friends, and the disorder's such|| |
| ||As war were hoodwink'd.|| 20|
|IACHIMO ||'Tis their fresh supplies.|| |
|CAIUS LUCIUS ||It is a day turn'd strangely: or betimes|| |
| ||Let's reinforce, or fly.|| |
| ||[ Exeunt. || |
Cymbeline, Act 5, Scene 3
Explanatory Notes for Act 5, Scene 2
From Cymbeline. A.W. Verity. Cambridge, University Press.
4. carl, churl, peasant.
16. hoodwink'd, blind-folded.
18. re-inforce; perhaps 'renew the attack.'
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_5_2.html >.
How to cite the sidebar:
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