Act 3 - Scene 6
Wales. Before the cave of Belarius.
Enter IMOGEN, in boy's clothes
I see a man's life is a tedious one:
I have tired myself, and for two nights together
Have made the ground
my bed. I should be sick,
But that my resolution helps me. Milford,
When from the mountain-top Pisanio
Thou wast within a ken: O Jove! I think
Foundations fly the wretched; such, I mean,
they should be relieved. Two beggars told me
I could not miss my way: will poor folks lie,
That have afflictions
on them, knowing 'tis
A punishment or trial? Yes; no wonder,
When rich ones scarce tell true. To lapse in
Is sorer than to lie for need, and falsehood
Is worse in kings than beggars. My dear lord!
one o' the false ones. Now I think on thee,
My hunger's gone; but even before, I was
At point to sink for
food. But what is this?
Here is a path to't: 'tis some savage hold:
I were best not to call; I dare not call:
Ere clean it o'erthrow nature, makes it valiant,
Plenty and peace breeds cowards: hardness ever
hardiness is mother. Ho! who's here?
If any thing that's civil, speak; if savage,
Take or lend. Ho! No answer?
Then I'll enter.
Best draw my sword: and if mine enemy
But fear the sword like me, he'll scarcely look
Such a foe, good heavens!
Exit, to the cave
Enter BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS
You, Polydote, have proved best woodman and
Are master of the feast: Cadwal and I
Will play the cook
and servant; 'tis our match:
The sweat of industry would dry and die,
But for the end it works to. Come; our
Will make what's homely savoury: weariness
Can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth
down pillow hard. Now peace be here,
Poor house, that keep'st thyself!
I am thoroughly weary.
I am weak with toil, yet strong in appetite.
There is cold meat i' the cave; we'll browse on that,
Whilst what we have kill'd be cook'd.
[Looking into the cave]
Stay; come not in.
But that it eats our victuals, I should think
Here were a fairy.
What's the matter, sir?
By Jupiter, an angel! or, if not,
An earthly paragon! Behold divineness
No elder than a boy!
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