SCENE IIField of battle between the British and Roman camps.
Enter, from one side, LUCIUS, IACHIMO, and the Roman Army: from the other side, the British Army; LEONATUS POSTHUMUS following, like a poor soldier. They march over and go out. Then enter again, in skirmish, IACHIMO and POSTHUMUS: he vanquisheth and disarmeth IACHIMO,
and then leaves him.
The heaviness and guilt within my bosom
Takes off my manhood: I have belied a lady,
The princess of this country, and the air on't
Revengingly enfeebles me; or could this carl,
A very drudge of nature's, have subdued me
In my profession? Knighthoods and honors, borne
As I wear mine, are titles but of scorn.
If that thy gentry, Britain, go before
This lout as he exceeds our lords, the odds (10)
Is that we scarce are men and you are gods. [Exit.
The battle continues; the Britons fly; CYMBELINE is taken: then enter, to his rescue, BELARIUS, GUIDERIUS, and ARVIRAGUS.
Stand, stand! We have the advantage of the ground;
The lane is guarded: nothing routs us but
The villany of our fears.
Gui. and Arv.
Stand, stand, and fight! Re-enter POSTHUMUS, and seconds the Britons: they rescue CYMBELINE,
Then re-enter LUCIUS, and IACHIMO, with IMOGEN.
Away, boy, from the troops, and save thyself;
For friends kill friends, and the disorder's such
As war were hoodwink'd.
'Tis their fresh supplies.
It is a day turn'd strangely: or betimes
Let's re-inforce, or fly. [Exeunt.