Act 1 - Scene 6
The same. Another room in the palace.
A father cruel, and a step-dame false;
A foolish suitor to a wedded lady,
That hath her husband banish'd;O,
My supreme crown of grief! and those repeated
Vexations of it! Had I been thief-stol'n,
my two brothers, happy! but most miserable
Is the desire that's glorious: blest be those,
How mean soe'er,
that have their honest wills,
Which seasons comfort. Who may this be? Fie!
Enter PISANIO and IACHIMO
Madam, a noble gentleman of Rome,
Comes from my lord with letters.
Change you, madam?
The worthy Leonatus is in safety
And greets your highness dearly.
Presents a letter
Thanks, good sir:
You're kindly welcome.
[Aside] All of her that is out of door most rich!
If she be furnish'd with a mind so rare,
She is alone the
Arabian bird, and I
Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend!
Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!
like the Parthian, I shall flying fight;
Rather directly fly.
[Reads] 'He is one of the noblest note, to whose
kindnesses I am most infinitely tied. Reflect upon
accordingly, as you value your trust
So far I read aloud:
But even the very middle of my heart
warm'd by the rest, and takes it thankfully.
You are as welcome, worthy sir, as I
Have words to bid you,
and shall find it so
In all that I can do.
Thanks, fairest lady.
What, are men mad? Hath nature given them eyes
To see this vaulted arch, and the
Of sea and land, which can distinguish 'twixt
The fiery orbs above and the twinn'd stones
the number'd beach? and can we not
Partition make with spectacles so precious
'Twixt fair and foul?
What makes your admiration?
It cannot be i' the eye, for apes and monkeys
'Twixt two such shes would chatter this way and
with mows the other; nor i' the judgment,
For idiots in this case of favour would
Be wisely definite; nor i' the
Sluttery to such neat excellence opposed
Should make desire vomit emptiness,
Not so allured to
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