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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
Cymbeline
 
Act II. Scene V.
 
The Same.  Another Room in the Same.
 
Enter POSTHUMUS.
  Post.  Is there no way for men to be, but women
Must be half-workers? We are all bastards; all,
And that most venerable man which I        5
Did call my father was I know not where
When I was stamp’d; some coiner with his tools
Made me a counterfeit; yet my mother seem’d
The Dian of that time; so doth my wife
The nonpareil of this. O! vengeance, vengeance;        10
Me of my lawful pleasure she restrain’d
And pray’d me oft forbearance; did it with
A pudency so rosy the sweet view on ’t
Might well have warm’d old Saturn; that I thought her
As chaste as unsunn’d snow. O! all the devils!        15
This yellow Iachimo, in an hour,—was ’t not?
Or less—at first?—perchance he spoke not, but
Like a full-acorn’d boar, a German one,
Cried ‘O!’ and mounted; found no opposition
But what he look’d for should oppose and she        20
Should from encounter guard. Could I find out
The woman’s part in me! For there’s no motion
That tends to vice in man but I affirm
It is the woman’s part; be it lying, note it,
The woman’s; flattering, hers; deceiving, hers;        25
Lust and rank thoughts, hers, hers; revenges, hers;
Ambitions, covetings, change of prides, disdain,
Nice longing, slanders, mutability,
All faults that man may name, nay, that hell knows,
Why, hers, in part, or all; but rather, all;        30
For even to vice
They are not constant, but are changing still
One vice but of a minute old for one
Not half so old as that. I’ll write against them,
Detest them, curse them. Yet ’tis greater skill        35
In a true hate to pray they have their will:
The very devils cannot plague them better.  [Exit.
 
 
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