With horror, madly dying, like her life,
Which, being cruel to the world, concluded
Most cruel to herself.
What she confess'd
I will report, so please you: these her women
Can trip me, if I err; who with wet cheeks
present when she finish'd.
First, she confess'd she never loved you, only
Affected greatness got by you, not you:
Married your royalty,
was wife to your place;
Abhorr'd your person.
She alone knew this;
And, but she spoke it dying, I would not
Believe her lips in opening it. Proceed.
Your daughter, whom she bore in hand to love
With such integrity, she did confess
Was as a scorpion to
her sight; whose life,
But that her flight prevented it, she had
Ta'en off by poison.
O most delicate fiend!
Who is 't can read a woman? Is there more?
More, sir, and worse. She did confess she had
For you a mortal mineral; which, being took,
Should by the
minute feed on life and lingering
By inches waste you: in which time she purposed,
By watching, weeping,
tendance, kissing, to
O'ercome you with her show, and in time,
When she had fitted you with her craft, to
Her son into the adoption of the crown:
But, failing of her end by his strange absence,
desperate; open'd, in despite
Of heaven and men, her purposes; repented
The evils she hatch'd were not
Heard you all this, her women?
We did, so please your highness.
Were not in fault, for she was beautiful;
Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart,
thought her like her seeming; it had
To have mistrusted her: yet, O my daughter!
That it was
folly in me, thou mayst say,
And prove it in thy feeling. Heaven mend all!
Enter LUCIUS, IACHIMO, the Soothsayer, and other Roman Prisoners, guarded; POSTHUMUS LEONATUS
behind, and IMOGEN
Thou comest not, Caius, now for tribute that
The Britons have razed out, though with the loss
Of many a
bold one; whose kinsmen have made suit
That their good souls may be appeased with slaughter
their captives, which ourself have granted:
So think of your estate.
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