Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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4.4Scena Quarta.

Enter Belarius, Guiderius, & Aruiragus.

Gui. The noyse is round about vs.

Bel. Let vs from it.

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Arui. What pleasure Sir, finde [we] in life, to locke it

3From Action, and Aduenture.

Gui. Nay, what hope

Critical Apparatus4Haue we in hiding vs? This way the Romaines

5Must, or for Britaines slay vs or receiue vs

6For barbarous and vnnaturall Reuolts

7During their vse, and slay vs after.

Bel. Sonnes,

Critical Apparatus8Wee'l higher to the Mountaines, there secure [vs].

9To the Kings party there's no going: newnesse

10Of Clotens death (we being not knowne, not muster'd

11Among the Bands) may driue vs to a render

pg 342612Where we haue liu'd; and so extort from's that

13Which we haue done, whose answer would be death

14Drawne on with Torture.

Gui. This is (Sir) a doubt

15In such a time, nothing becomming you,

16Nor satisfying vs.

Arui. It is not likely,

Critical Apparatus17That when they heare [the] Roman horses neigh,

Critical Apparatus18Behold their quarter'd [Files]; haue both their eyes

Critical Apparatus19[And] eares so cloyd importantly as now,

20That they will waste their time vpon our note,

21To know from whence we are.

Bel. Oh, I am knowne

22Of many in the Army: Many yeeres

23(Though Cloten then but young) you see, not wore him

24From my remembrance. And besides, the King

25Hath not deseru'd my Seruice, nor your Loues,

26Who finde in my Exile, the want of Breeding;

Critical Apparatus27The certainty of this [hard] life, aye hopelesse

28To haue the courtesie your Cradle promis'd,

29But to be still hot Summers Tanlings, and

30The shrinking Slaues of Winter.

Gui. Then be so,

31Better to cease to be. Pray Sir, to'th'Army:

32I, and my Brother are not knowne; your selfe

33So out of thought, and thereto so ore-growne,

34Cannot be question'd.

Arui. By this Sunne that shines

Critical Apparatus35Ile thither: What thing is't, that I neuer

36Did see man dye, scarse euer look'd on blood,

37But that of Coward Hares, hot Goats, and Venison?

38Neuer bestrid a Horse saue one, that had

39A Rider like my selfe, who ne're wore Rowell,

40Nor Iron on his heele? I am asham'd

41To looke vpon the holy Sunne, to haue

42The benefit of his blest Beames, remaining

43So long a poore vnknowne.

Gui. By heauens Ile go,

44If you will blesse me Sir, and giue me leaue,

45Ile take the better care: but if you will not,

46The hazard therefore due fall on me, by

47The hands of Romaines.

Arui. So say I, Amen.


Bel. No reason I (since of your liues you set

49So slight a valewation) should reserue

50My crack'd one to more care. Haue with you Boyes:

pg 342751If in your Country warres you chance to dye,

52That is my Bed too (Lads) and there Ile lye.

53Lead, lead; the time seems long, their blood thinks scorn

54Till it flye out, and shew them Princes borne.


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4.4.2 finde we allot; we finde jaggard. For the transposition error compare 5.6.468.
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4.4.4 vs jaggard; thus conj. this edition The Folio reading 'hiding vs' works well in response to Belarius' plea to 'Let vs from it', but 'hiding thus' could indicate that Guiderius is already frustrated that they are removed from the action.
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4.4.8 vs. allot; v. jaggard
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4.4.17 the rowe; their jaggard. The Folio reading is not entirely unintelligible—'their' could refer to the Roman soldiers—but 'their' is probably anticipated from the following line where it occurs twice.
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4.4.18 Files rann; Fires jaggard. Accepting rann's emendation, taylor notes that the 'horses' and 'files' suggest 'an imminent attack', whereas 'fires' simply implies 'a Roman camp'. But Shakespeare tends to use 'quartered' to signify an encampment of troops (when he is not referring to the capital punishment): 'Where is Lord Stanley quarter'd' (Richard III 5.4.16), and 'They meane this night in Sardis to be quarter'd (Julius Caesar 4.2.28). Here too, 'quarter'd' would better apply to files of troops than fires. The misreading supposed is an easy one.
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4.4.19 And allot; Aud jaggard. Upturned type.
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4.4.27 hard allot; heard jaggard. 'Heard' was previously an acceptable variant for 'hard', but already out-dated by the sixteenth century.
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4.4.35 is't jaggard; is it allot
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