Cymbeline


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Enter in state, Cymbeline, Queen, Cloten, and Lords at

one door, and at another, Caius Lucius and Attendants


CYMBELINE

Now say, what would Augustus Caesar with us?


LUCIUS

When Julius Caesar – whose remembrance yet
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Lives in men's eyes, and will to ears and tongues

Be theme and hearing ever – was in this Britain
hearing (n.) news, report, spectacle

And conquered it, Cassibelan, thine uncle –

Famous in Caesar's praises, no whit less

Than in his feats deserving it – for him,

And his succession, granted Rome a tribute,
succession (n.) 4 successors, heirs

Yearly three thousand pounds; which – by thee – lately

Is left untendered.
marvel (n.) astonishment, amazement, surprise
untendered (adj.) unpaid, not offered, outstanding


QUEEN

                         And, to kill the marvel,

Shall be so ever.


CLOTEN

There be many Caesars ere such another Julius:

Britain's a world by itself, and we will nothing pay

for wearing our own noses.


QUEEN

That opportunity,

Which then they had to take from's, to resume

We have again. Remember, sir, my liege,

The kings your ancestors, together with

The natural bravery of your isle, which stands
bravery (n.) 5 defiant character, threatening appearance

As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in
pale in (v.) fence in, hem in, enclose
rib (v.) enclose [as if with ribs]

With rocks unscaleable and roaring waters,

With sands that will not bear your enemies' boats,

But suck them up to th' topmast. A kind of conquest

Caesar made here, but made not here his brag

Of ‘ Came, and saw, and, overcame:’ with shame –

The first that ever touched him – he was carried

From off our coast, twice beaten: and his shipping –

Poor ignorant baubles! – on our terrible seas,
bauble (n.) 1 toy, plaything

Like egg-shells moved upon their surges, cracked

As easily 'gainst our rocks. For joy whereof

The famed Cassibelan, who was once at point –
point, at / at a in readiness, prepared, armed

O giglot fortune! – to master Caesar's sword,
giglot (adj.) whore-like, fickle, giddy

Made Lud's town with rejoicing-fires bright,

And Britons strut with courage.


CLOTEN

Come, there's no more tribute to be paid: our kingdom

is stronger than it was at that time: and – as I

said – there is no moe such Caesars, other of them may
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

have crooked noses, but to owe such straight arms,
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count
straight (adj.) strong, muscular, strapping

none.


CYMBELINE

Son, let your mother end.


CLOTEN

We have yet many among us can gripe as hard as
gripe (n.) 1 grip, hold, grasp

Cassibelan: I do not say I am one: but I have a hand.

Why tribute? Why should we pay tribute? If Caesar

can hide the sun from us with a blanket, or put the

moon in his pocket, we will pay him tribute for light:

else, sir, no more tribute, pray you now.


CYMBELINE

You must know,

Till the injurious Romans did extort
injurious (adj.) 1 causing injury, harmful, offending, unjust

This tribute from us, we were free. Caesar's ambition,

Which swelled so much that it did almost stretch

The sides o'th' world, against all colour here
colour (n.) 1 pretext, pretence
colour (n.) 2 good ground, convincing reason, excuse
side (n.) frame, compass, limit

Did put the yoke upon's; which to shake off

Becomes a warlike people, whom we reckon
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

Ourselves to be.


CLOTEN and LORDS

                         We do.


CYMBELINE

                                                         Say then to Caesar,

Our ancestor was that Mulmutius which

Ordained our laws, whose use the sword of Caesar

Hath too much mangled; whose repair, and franchise,
franchise (n.) 2 free exercise, freedom to implement
repair (n.) 1 restoration, renewal, recovery

Shall – by the power we hold – be our good deed,
power (n.) 4 force, strength, might

Though Rome be therefore angry. Mulmutius made our laws,

Who was the first of Britain which did put

His brows within a golden crown, and called
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Himself a king.


LUCIUS

                         I am sorry, Cymbeline,

That I am to pronounce Augustus Caesar –

Caesar, that hath moe kings his servants than

Thyself domestic officers – thine enemy:

Receive it from me, then. War and confusion
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin

In Caesar's name pronounce I 'gainst thee: look

For fury, not to be resisted. Thus defied,

I thank thee for myself.


CYMBELINE

                         Thou art welcome, Caius.

Thy Caesar knighted me; my youth I spent

Much under him; of him I gathered honour,

Which he to seek of me again, perforce,
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

Behoves me keep at utterance. I am perfect
perfect (adj.) 2 certain, definite, positive
utterance, at to the uttermost, to the very last, at any cost

That the Pannonians and Dalmatians for

Their liberties are now in arms: a precedent

Which not to read would show the Britons cold:
cold (adj.) 7 hopeless, apathetic, miserable
read (v.) 1 interpret, discern, make something of

So Caesar shall not find them.
proof (n.) 6 result, outcome, upshot


LUCIUS

                         Let proof speak.


CLOTEN

His majesty bids you welcome. Make pastime with

us a day or two, or longer: if you seek us afterwards

in other terms, you shall find us in our salt-water

girdle: if you beat us out of it, it is yours: if you fall in

the adventure, our crows shall fare the better for you:
adventure (n.) 1 venture, enterprise, issue, hazard
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

and there's an end.


LUCIUS

So, sir.


CYMBELINE

I know your master's pleasure, and he mine:

All the remain is ‘ Welcome.’
remain (n.) remainder, rest

Exeunt

 
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