Act 3 - Scene 1
Britain. A hall in Cymbeline's palace.
Enter in state, CYMBELINE, QUEEN, CLOTEN, and Lords at one door, and at another, CAIUS LUCIUS
Now say, what would Augustus Caesar with us?
When Julius Caesar, whose remembrance yet
Lives in men's eyes and will to ears and tongues
and hearing ever, was in this Britain
And conquer'd it, Cassibelan, thine uncle,
Famous in Caesar's praises,
no whit less
Than in his feats deserving itfor him
And his succession granted Rome a tribute,
thousand pounds, which by thee lately
Is left untender'd.
And, to kill the marvel,
Shall be so ever.
There be many Caesars,
Ere such another Julius. Britain is
A world by itself; and we will nothing pay
wearing our own noses.
Which then they had to take from 's, to resume
We have again. Remember, sir, my liege,
kings your ancestors, together with
The natural bravery of your isle, which stands
As Neptune's park,
ribbed and paled in
With rocks unscalable and roaring waters,
With sands that will not bear your enemies' boats,
suck them up to the topmast. A kind of conquest
Caesar made here; but made not here his brag
Of 'Came' and
'saw' and 'overcame: ' with shame
That first that ever touch'd himhe was carried
From off our coast, twice
beaten; and his shipping
Poor ignorant baubles! upon our terrible seas,
Like egg-shells moved upon their
As easily 'gainst our rocks: for joy whereof
The famed Cassibelan, who was once at point
giglot fortune!to master Caesar's sword,
Made Lud's town with rejoicing fires bright
And Britons strut with
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 have crook'd noses, but to owe such
Son, let your mother end.
We have yet many among us can gripe as hard as
Cassibelan: I do not say I am one; but I have a
Why tribute? why should we pay tribute? If
Caesar can hide the sun from us with a blanket, or
moon in his pocket, we will pay him tribute
for light; else, sir, no more tribute, pray you now.
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