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I told you what would come of this : 'Beseech you, I would your spirit were easier for advice
Or your own state take care: this dream of mine, - Or stronger for your need.
Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further,

Hark, Perdita. - [Takes her aride. But milk my ewes, and weep.

I'll hear you by-and-by. (T. CAMILLO. Cam, Why, how now, father, Cam.

He's irremovable Speak, ere thou diest.

Resolv'd for fight: Now were I happy, if Shep.

I cannot speak, nor think, His going I could frame to serve my turn; Nor dare to know that which I know.--0, sir, Save him from danger, do him love and honour;

(To FLORIZEL. Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, You have undone a man of fourscore three,' And that unhappy king, my master, whom That thought to fill his grave in quiet : yea,

I so much thirst to see. To die upon the bed my father died,

Flo.

Now, good Camillo, To he close by his honest bones: but now I am so fraught with curious business, that Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay me I leave out ceremony.

(Gring. Where no priest shovels-in dust. -0 cursed Cam.

Sir, I think wretch!

[TO PERDITA. You have heard of my poor services, i' the love That knew'st this was the prince, and wouldst ad- That I have borne your father?

Flo.

Very nobly To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone! Have you deserv'd: it is my father's music If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd To speak your deeds; not little of his care To die when I desire.

(Erit. To have them recompens'd as thought on. Flo. Why look you so upon me? Cam.

Well

, my lord, I am but sorry, not afcard ! delay'd,

If you may please to think I love the king; But nothing altered: What I was, I am:

And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is More straining on, for plucking back; not following Your gracious self; embraco but ny direction, My leash' unwillingly.

(If your more ponderous and settled project Cam.

Gracious my lord, May suffer alteration,) on mine honour You know your father's temper: at this time I'll point you where you shall have such receiving He will allow no speech,—which, I do guess, As shall become your highness; where you may You do not purpose to him ;-and as hardly Enjoy your mistress (from the whom, I see, Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear: There's no disjunction to be made, but by, Then, till the fury of his highness settle,

As heavens forefend! your ruin): marry her; Come not before him.

And (with my best endeavours, 'in your absence) Flo. I not purpose it.

Your discontenting father strive to qualify,
I think, Camillo.

And bring him up to liking.
Cam.
Even he, my lord.

Flo.

How, Camillo,
Per. How often have I told you, 'twould be thus? May this, almost a miracle, be done?
How often said, my dignity would last

That I may call thee something more than man, But till 'twere known ?

And, after that, trust to thee.
Flo.
It cannot fail, but by

Cam. .

Have you thought on The violation of my faith; And then

A place, whereto you'll go? Let nature crush the sides o' the earth together, Flo.

Not any yet: And mar the seeds within !-Lift up thy looks: But as the unthought-on accident is guilty From my succession wipe me, father! Í

Tom what we wildly do; so we profess
Am heir to my affection.

Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Cam.
Be advis'd.

Of every wind that blows.
Flo. I am; and by my fancy:+ if my reason

Cam.

Then list to me: Will thereto be obedient, I have reason;

This follows,--it you will not change your purpose, If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia; Do bid it welcome.

And there present yourself, and your fair princess Cam.

This is desperate, sir. (For so, I see, she must bé), 'fore Leontes;
Flo. So call it; but it does fulfil my vow; She shall be habited as it becomes
I needs must think it honesty. Camillo,

The partner of your bod. Methinks, I see
Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that

may

Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping, Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or His welcomes forth : asks thee, the son, forgiveThe close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide

ness,
In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath As 'twere i’ the father's person: kisses the hands
To this my fair belov'd: Therefore, I pray you, of your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides him
As you have ever been my father's honour'd friend, ”Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
When he shall miss me (as, in faith, I mean not He chides to hell, and bids the other opow,
To see him any more), cast your good counsels Faster than thought, or time.
Upon his passion: Let myself and fortune

Flo.
Tug for the time to come. This you may know, What colour for my visitation shall I
And so deliver ;-I am put to sea

Hold up before him?
With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore;

Cam.

Sent by the king your father And, most opportune to our need, I have

To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar’d

The manner of your bearing towards him, with For this design. What course I mean to hold What you, as from your father shall deliver, Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor

Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you Concern me the reporting.

The which shall point you forth at every sitting," Cam.

O, my lord,

What you must say; that he shall not perceive, 1 This speech of the old clown is admirably characteristic; his selfishness is seen by his concealing the 5. Our need.' The old copy reads her. The emen. adventure of Perdita, and here supported by the little dation is Theobald's. regard he shows for his son or her: he is entirely taken 6 Disconlenling for discontented. up with himself, though fourscore and threr.

7 This unthought-on accident is the unexpected dis2 Before the reform of the burial service by Edwardcovery made by Polixenes. VI. it was the custom for the prirsi to throw earth on 8 Guilty to, though it sound harsh to our ears, was the body in the form of a cross, and then sprinkle it with the phraseology of Shakspeare. holy water.

9 The old copy reads, 'Thce there son. The correo 3 Leash, a leading-string.

tion was made in the third folio. 4 Fancy here means love, as in other places alrcady 10 The council-days were called sittings, in Sbak Jointed out

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Worthy Camillo,

down:

I cannot say,

But that you have your father's bosom there, festival purses; and had not the old man come in And speak his very heart.

with a whoobub against his daughter and the king's Ilo.

I am bound to you: son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, I had I here is some sap in this.

not left a purse alive in the whole army. Cam. A course more promising

(CAMILLO, FLORIZEL, and PERDITA Than a wild dedication of yourselves

come forward. To unsath'd waters, undream'd shores; most cer

Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being tain,

there To miseries enough: no hope to help you;

So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. But as you shake off one, to take another:

Flo. And those that you'll procure from king Nothing so certain as your anchors: who

Leontes-
Do their best office, if they can but stay you
Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you know,

Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
Per.

Happy be you!
Prosperity's the very bond of love;
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together All, that you speak, shows fair.

Cam.

Who have we here? Affliction alters.

(Seeing AUTOLYCUS. Per. One of these is true :

We'll make an instrument of this ; omit
I think affliction may subdue the cheek,
Rut not take in the mind.

Nothing, may give us aid.

Aut. If they have overheard me now,-
Yea, say you so ?

-why, Cann,

hanging.

(Aside There shall not, at your father's house, these seven

Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest years, Be born another such.

thou so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended

to thee. Flo.

My good Camillo, She is as forward of her breeding, as

Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir. She is i' the rear our birth.

Cam. Why be so still; here's nobody will steal Cain,

that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty,

'tis pity She lacks instructions ; for she seems a mistress

we must make an exchange: therefore, discaso

thee instantly, (thou must think, there's necessity To most that teach. Per. Your pardon, sir, for this;

in't,) and change garments with this gentleman : I'll blush you thanks.

Though the pennyworth, on his side, be the worst, Flo. My prettiest Perdita.

yet hold thee, there's some boot.” But, O, the thorns we stand upon !-Camillo,

Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir ;-I know ye we..

enough. Preserver of my father, now of me;

(Aside.

Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, despatch : the gentleman is The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son;

half flayede already. Nor shall appear in Sicilia

Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ?-I smell the trick

of it. Cam. My lord,

(Aside. Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes

Flo. Despatch, I pr'ythee. Do all lie there : it shall be so my care

Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest ; but I cannot

with conscience take it. To have you royally appointed, as if

Cam, Unbuckle, unbuckle.The scene you play, were mine. For instance, sir,

[Flo. and AutoL. exchange garments. That you may know, you shall not want,-one word.

[They talk aside.

Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy

Come home to you!-you must retire yourself Enter AutoLYCUS.

Into some covert; take your sweetheart's hat, Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, Dismantle you : and as you can, disliken

And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your face, his

sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have The truth of your own seoining that you may sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not (For I do fear eyes over you) to shipboard a riband, glass, pomander,2 brooch, table-book,

Get undescried. ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, horn

Per.

I

see, the play so lies, ring, to keep my pack from fasting; they throng That I must bear a part. who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been

Cam.

No remedy:hallowed,' and brought a benediction to the buyer :

done there? by which means, saw whose purse was best in

Flo.

Should I now meet my father, picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I re

He would not call me son. membered. My clown (who wants but something

Cam. to be a reasonable man) grew so in love with the Nohat:-Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend.

Nay, you shall have wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes,

Aut. Adieu, sir. úll be had both tune and words, which so drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses Pray you, a word.

Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot?

(They converse apart. stuck in ears: you might have pinch'd a placket,

Cam. What I do next, shall be to tell the king it was senseless ; 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung of this escape, and whither they are bound;

(Aside. in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my sirls Wherein my hope is, I shall so prevail, song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in To force him after :'in whose company this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight

I have a woman's longing. 1 To take in, is to conquer, to get the better of. 2 Pomanders were liule balls of perfumed paste, ists, as made particularly efficacious by the touch of worn in the pocket, or hung about the neck, and even some relic. Fometimes suspended to the wrist, according to Philips. 4 Stevens has been very facetious about a placket, They were used as amulets against the plague or other and has explained it to be the opening in a woman's infections, as well as for mere articles of luxury. Va. petticoat. It was no such thing, it was nothing more rious receipts for making them may be found in old than a stomacher; as appears by Florio's Dictionary, books of housewifery, and even in one or two old plays. under the word Torace : The breast or bulke of a They have recently been revived and made into a vari. man: also the middle space between the necke and the ety of ornamental forms under the name of Amulets. thighs : also a placket, a stomacher.' Thomas gives Fumigating pastilles are another modification of the the same explanation of Thoraca, excepe that he spells pomander. The name is derived from pomme d'ambre, the word placcard, I know not on what authority, for in all the old French 5 Boot is advantage, profit. We now say something dictionaries they are called pommes de senteur. Phil. to boot, something beside the articles erchanged for ipe sayo pomamder, Dutch.

each other. 3 This alludes to the beads often sold by the Roman. 6 Stripped.

Have you

Flo. Fortuno speed us !

Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-sido.

Aui. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier, Cam. The swifter speed, the better.

See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfold[Exeunt Flo. Per. and Cam. ings? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To court ? receives not thy nose court-odour from have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, me? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt ? is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requi- Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or loze' from site also, to smell out work for the other senses. I thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier ? I am see, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. courtier, cap-a-pie ; and one that will either push on, What an exchange had this been, without boot ? or pluck back thy business there : whereupea 1 what a boot is here, with this exchange? Sure, the command thee to open thy affair. gods do this year connive at us, and we may do Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. any thing extempore. The prince himself is about Aut. What advocate bast thou to him? a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his father, Shop. I know not, an't like you. with his clog at his heels: If I thought it were a Clo. Advocate's the court word for a pheasant ; piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I say you have none. would not do't: I hold it the more knavery to con- Shep. None, sir ; I have no pheasant, cock, nor ceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession. hen." Enter Clown and Shepherd.

Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple

men! Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot brain : Yet nature might have made me as these are, Every lane's end, every shop, church, session, Therefore I'll not disdain. hanging, yields a careful man work.

Cl. This cannot but be a great courtier Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! there is no other way, but to tell the king she's a change- not handsomely.

Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them ling, and none of your flesh and blood.

Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fan Shep. Nay, but hear me.

tastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the Clo. Nay, but hear me.

picking on's teeth. Shep. Go to, then.

Aut. The fardel there? what's i the fardel? Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your Wherefore that box ? flesh and blood has not offended the king: and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punished by him. and box, which none must know but the king; and

Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, Show those things you found about her : those se- which he shall know within this hour, if I may cons cret things, all but what she has with her: This to the speech of him. being done, let the law go whistle ; I warrant you.

Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, and

Shep. Why, sir ? his son's pranks too: who, I may say, is no honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air

Aut. The king is not at the palace ; he is gons make me the king's brother-in-law.

himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things seriClo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off you could have been to him; and then your blood ous, thou must know, the king is full of grie? had been the dearer, by I know how much an have married a shepherd's daughter.

Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should

Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let Aut. Very wisely ; puppies ! (Aside. him Ay; the curses he shall have, the tortures be Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that in shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of this fardel, will make him scratch his beard.

monster. Aut. I know not what impediment this complaint Clo. Think you so, sir? may be to the flight of my master.

Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make Clo. 'Pray heartily, hò be at palace.

heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that are Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so germane'l to him, though removed fifty times, sha'l sometimes by chance :-Let me pocket up my ped- all come under the hangman : which thougb it be ler's excrement... [Takes off his false beard.) How

great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistnow, rustics ? whither are you bound ?

ling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughShep. To the palace, an it like your worship. Aut. Your affairs there? whai? with whom? but that death is too soft for him, say I: Draw our

ter come into grace! Some say he shall be stoned; the condition of that fardel, the place of your throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too fex, dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having,' the sharpest too easy. breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known,

Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, discover.

an't like you, sir ? Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir.

Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; Aul. A lie; you are rough and hairy : Let me then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three quar. they often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them ters and a dram dead: then recovered again with for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; there- aquavitæ, or some other hot infusion : then raw as fore they do noi give us the lie.

he is, and in the hottest day prognostication proClo. Your worship had like to have given us one, claims, 12 shall he be set against å brick wall, the if you had not taken yourself with the manner.”

sun looking with a southward eye upon him; where

he is to behold him, with flies blown to death. But | Steevens reads, 'If I thought it were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would do it. The transposition of the word not was made by Han. 7 That is, in the faci. Vide Love's Labour's Lost, mer; it does not render the passage more intelligible, Act i. Sc. 1. and as we can extract a meaning out of the passage as 8 The measure, the stately tread of courtiers it originally stood, I do not think so violent a transposi. 9 "Think'st thou because I sind myself inte, er tion admissible.

draid from thee thy business, I am therefore do cour 2 We should probably read, .by I know not how tier?' To toze is to pluck or draw out. much an ounce.

teize wool, Carpere lanam. See the old dictionaries. 8 Thus in the Comedy of Errors: "Why is time such 10 Malone says, 'perhaps in the first of these speech a niggard of his hair, being as it is so plentiful an ez. es we should read, a present, which the old shepherd crement.

mistakes for a pheasant. The clowns perhaps tbought 4 Fardel is a bundle, a pack or burthen. "A pack courtiers as corruptible as some justices then were, of that a man doch bear with him in the way,' says Baret. whom it is said, for half a dozen of chickens they 6 j. e. estate, property.

would dispense with a whole dozen of penal statutes.' 6 The meaning in, they are paid for lying, therefore 11 Germane, related. they do not give us the lie.

12 The hottest day foretold in the almanack.

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what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose mis- Or, from the all that are, took something good, eries are to be smiled at, their offences being so To make a perfect woman; she, you killa, capital? Tell me (for you seem to be honest plain would be unparalleld. inen) what you have to the king : being something Leon.

I think so. Killid! yently, considered,' I'll bring you where he is She I kill'd ? I did so: but thou strik'st me aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whis- Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter per him in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, be-Upon thy tongue, as in my thought : Now, good sides the king, to effect your suits, here is man

now, shall do it.

Sav so but seldom.
Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close Cleo.

Not at all, good lady: with him, give him gold; and though authority be | You might have spoken a thousand things that a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with

would gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd of his hand, and no more ado : Remember stoned, Your kindness better. and flayed alive.

Paul.

You are one of those, Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the bu- Would have him wed again. siness for us, here is thai gold I have: I'll make it Dion.

If you would not so, as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, You pity not the state, nor the remembrance till I bring it you,

Of his most sovereign dame ; consider little,
Aut. After I have done what I promised ? What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,
Shep. Ay, sir.

May drop upon his kingdom, and devour Aut. Well, give me the moiety :-Are you a Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, party in this business?

Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ? Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case be a What holier, than,-for royalty's repair, pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it. For present comfort and for future good,

Aul. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son :- To bless the bed of majesty again
Hang him, he'll be made an example.

With a sweet fellow to't?
Clo. Comfurt, good comfort: we must to the Paul.

There is none worthy, king, and show our strange sights; he must know, Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods 'ús none of your daughter nor my sister; we are will have fulfill'd their secret purposes : gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old For has not the divine Apollo said, man does, when the business is performed; and re- Is't not the tenour of his oracle, main, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. That king Leontes shall not have an heir,

Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the Till his lost child be found ? which, that it shall, sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look Is all as monstrous to our human reason, upon the hedge, and follow you.

As my Antigonus to break his

grave, Cl. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, and come again to me; who, on my life, even blessed.

Did perish with the infant, "Tis your counsel, Shep. Let's before, as he bids us; he was provi- My lord should to the heavens be contrary, ded to do us good. (Ereunt Shepherd and Clown. Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue : Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune

[76 LEONTES. would not suffer me; she drops booties in my The crown will find an heir : Great Alexander mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; Left his to the worthiest ; so his successor gold, and a means to do the prince my master Was like to be the best. good; which, who knows how that may turn back Leon.

Good Paulina,to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, Who hast the memory of Hermione, these blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to I know, in honour,--O, that ever I shore them again, and that the complaint they have Had squar'd me to thy counsel !-then, even now, to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me I might have look'd upon my queen's fúll eyes; rogue, for being so far officious : for I am proof Have taken treasure from her lips,against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: Paul.

And left them To him I will present them; there may be matter More rich, for what they yielded. in it.

(Exit. Leon.

Thou speak'st truth. No more such wives ; therefore no wife : one

worse, ACT V.

And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit

Again possess her corps ; and, on this stage SCENE I. Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of (Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex'd,

Leontes. Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, Dion, Begin, And why to me ?
PAULINA, and others.

Paul.

Had she such power,

She had just cause.
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per-

Leon.
form'd

She had ; and would incense" me

To murder her I married. A saintlike sorrow; no fault could you make,

Paul,

I should so : Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down

Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark More penitence, than done trespass : at the last, Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil :

Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't

You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears With them, forgive yourself. Leon.

Whilst I remember should be, Remember mine.

Should rifts to hear me ; and the words that follow'd Her and her virtues, I cannot forget

Leon. My blemishes in them; and so still think of

Stars, stars,

And all eyes else dead coals !-fear thou no wife, The wrong I did myself; which was so much, That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and

I'll have no wife, Paulina.

Paul. Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man

Will you swear
Bred his hopes out of.

Never to marry, but by my free leave ?
Paul.
True, too true, my lord :

Leon. Never, Paulina ; 'so be bless'd my spirit !

Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his If, one by one, you wedded all the world,

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I i.e. being handsomely bribed : to consider often signified to reward.

4 Incense, to instigate or stimulate, was the anciens 9 i. e. at rest, dead.

sense of this word: it is rendered in the Latin dictiona. 3 The old copy reads, 'And begin, why to me.' The ries by dare stimulo. transposition of and was made by Steevens.

5 i. e. split.

But few,

Cleo. You tempt him over-much.

Your father's image is so hit in you, Paul.

Unless another, His very air, that I chould call you brother, As like Hermione as is her picture,

As I did him: and speak of something, wildly Affront' his eye.

By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! Cleo. Good madam,

And your fair princess, goddess !-0, alas ! Paul.

I have done. I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth
Yet, if my lord will marry,-if you will, sir, Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
No remedy, but you will give me the office You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost
To choose you a queen : She shall not be so young (All mine own folly) ihe society,
As was your former ; but she shall be such, Amity too, of your brave father, whom,
As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take joy Though bearing misery, I desire my life
To see her in your arms.

Once more to look on him.
Leon.
My true Paulina,
Flo.

By his command We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us.

Have I here touch'd Sicilia : and from him Paul.

That Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend,', Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath; can send his brother: and, but infirmity Never till then.

(Which waits upon worn times) hath something Enter a Gentleman.

seiz'd Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his

His wish'd ability, he had himself Son of Polixenes, with his princess (she

Measur'd, to look upon you, whom he loves The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access

(He bade' me say so) more than all the sceptres, To your high presence.

And those that bear them, living.
Leon.
What with him ? he comes not

Leon,

O, my brother, Like to his father's greatness : his approach,

(Good gentleman!) the wronys I have done thee, stir So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us,

Afresh within me ; and these thy offices, 'Tis not a visitation fram'd, but forc'd

So rarely kind, are as interpreters By need, and accident. Whai train ?

or my behind-hand slackness !-Welcome hithet, Gent.

As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too And those but mean.

Leon. His princess, say you, with him? Expos’d this paragon to the fearful usage
Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I think, To greet'a man, not worth her pains ; much less

(At least, ungentle) of the dreadful Neptune, That e'er the sun shone bright on.

The adventure of her person ?
Paul.

O Hermione,
Flo.

Good my lord, As every present time doth boast itself

She came from Libya. Above a better, gone; so must thy grave?

Leon.

Where the warlike Smalas, Give way to what's seen now. Sír, you yourself

That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? Have said, and writ so (but your writing now

Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, whose Is colder than that theme“) She had not been

daughter Nor was not to be equalldi-hus your verse Flow'd with her beauty once ; 'tis shrewdly ebb’d, (A prosperous south-wind friendly) we have cross'd,

His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence To say, you have seen a better.

To execute the charge my father gave me, Gent.

Pardon, madam: For visiting your highness : My best train
The one I have almost forgot (your pardon ;)

I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd;
The other, when she has obtain'd your eye, Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Will have your tongue too. This is a creature,

Not only my success in Libya, sir,
Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal

But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety, Of all professors else: make proselyles

Here, where we are. Of who she but bid follow,

Leon.

The blessed gods
Paul.
How? not women ?

Purge all infection from our air, whilst you
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman Do Climate here! You have a holy father,
More worth than any man; men, that she is

A gracefule gentleman; against whose person, The rarest of all women.

So sacred as it is, I have done sin:
Leon.
Go, Cleomenes ;

For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends,

Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd Bring them to our embracement.--Still’uis strange (As he from heaven merits it) with you,

Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentlemen. Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, He thus should steal upon us. Paul.

Had our prince

Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on,

Such goodly things as you ? (Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had pair'd Well with this lord; there was not full a month

Enter a Lord. Between their births.

Lord.

Most noble si, Leon.

Pr’ythee, no more; thou know'st,' That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure,

Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sit, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches

Bohemia greets you from himself, by me : Will bring me to consider that which may

Desires you to attach his son; who has Unfurnish me of reason.- They are come.

(His dignity and duty both cast off) Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FlorizEL, PERDITA, Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with and Attendants.

A shepherd's daughter. Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; Leon.

Where's Bohemia ? speak. For she did print your royal father off,

Lord. Here in the city ; I now came from him. Conceiving you : 'Were I but twenty-one,

I speak amazedly; and it becomes 1 i. e. mect his eye, or encounter it. affrontare, ltal. thou know'st,' &c. Steevens made the omission of the Shakspeare usey this word with the same ineaning again redundant word, which he considers a mere marginal in Hamlet, Act iii. Sc. 1:

gloss or explanation of no more. “That he, as "were by accident, may here

6 Steevens allered this to look upon, but there are Affront Ophelia.'

many instances of similar construction in Shakspeare, 2 i.e. thy beauties which are buried in the grave. incorrect as they may now appear.

3 So relates not to what precedes, but to what follows: 7 i. e. at amily, as we now say. Malone, contrary to that she had not been equalld.

his usual custom, would here desert the old reading: 4 i. e, than the corse of Hermione, the subject of your and says he has met with no erample of similar phrasewriting.

ology! He surely must have read very inattenuvely. 6 The old copy reads, “Pr'ythee, no more : cease; 8 1. e. full of grace and virtue.

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