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Enter Innogen and Pisanio
grow unto (v.) cling to, stick to, be one with
haven (n.) harbour, port


I would thou grew'st unto the shores o'th' haven,

And question'dst every sail: if he should write,

And I not have it, 'twere a paper lost

As offered mercy is. What was the last

That he spake to thee?


                         It was, his queen, his queen!


Then waved his handkerchief?


                         And kissed it, madam.


Senseless linen, happier therein than I!
senseless (adj.) 1 lacking human sensation, incapable of feeling

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
keep (v.) 7 stay on, remain on

The deck, with glove, or hat, or handkerchief,

Still waving, as the fits and stirs of's mind
fit (n.) 4 conflict, beating, turmoil
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count
stir (n.) 2 movement, motion, agitation

Could best express how slow his soul sailed on,

How swift his ship.
make (v.) 14 make out, discern, detect


                         Thou shouldst have made him

As little as a crow, or less, ere left

To after-eye him.
after-eye (v.) gaze after, follow with the eye


                         Madam, so I did.


I would have broke mine eye-strings, cracked them, but
eye-strings (n.) muscles of the eye [thought to break at the point when a dear sight is lost]

To look upon him, till the diminution

Of space had pointed him sharp as my needle:

Nay, followed him, till he had melted from

The smallness of a gnat, to air: and then

Have turned mine eye, and wept. But, good Pisanio,

When shall we hear from him?


                         Be assured, madam,

With his next vantage.
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity


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
she (n.) lady, woman, girl

Mine interest, and his honour; or have charged him,
interest (n.) 1 valid claim [on], rights of possession [to]

At the sixth hour of morn, at noon, at midnight,
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

T' encounter me with orisons, for then
orison (n.) prayer, plea

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,
charming (adj.) 2 acting as charms, protecting from evil

And like the tyrannous breathing of the north.
breathing (n.) 4 blowing, exhalation, blast
north (n.) north wind

Shakes all our buds from growing.

Enter a lady


                         The queen, madam,

Desires your highness' company.


Those things I bid you do, get them dispatched. –
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

I will attend the queen.


                         Madam, I shall.

attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

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