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Wake, my mistress

Pisanio
Wake, my mistress.
Cymbeline
If this be so, the gods do mean to strike me
To death with mortal joy.
Pisanio
How fares my mistress?

If this be so, the gods do mean to strike me
To death with mortal joy.

Imogen
O, get thee from my sight!
Thou gav’st me poison. Dangerous fellow, hence.
Breathe not where princes are.
Cymbeline
The tune of Imogen!
Pisanio
Lady, the gods throw stones of sulfur on me if
That box I gave you was not thought by me
A precious thing. I had it from the Queen.
Cymbeline
New matter still.
Imogen
It poisoned me.
Cornelius
O gods!
To Pisanio. I left out one thing which the Queen confessed,
Which must approve thee honest. “If Pisanio
Have,” said she, “given his mistress that confection
Which I gave him for cordial, she is served
As I would serve a rat.”
Cymbeline
What’s this, Cornelius?
Cornelius
The Queen, sir, very oft importuned me
To temper poisons for her, still pretending
The satisfaction of her knowledge only
In killing creatures vile, as cats and dogs,
Of no esteem. I, dreading that her purpose
Was of more danger, did compound for her
A certain stuff which, being ta’en, would cease
The present power of life, but in short time
All offices of nature should again
Do their due functions.—Have you ta’en of it?
Imogen
Most like I did, for I was dead.

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Act 5
Scene 5
Line 275

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