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you, sir?

Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, if you had not d taken yourself with the manner.

Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like

Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfoldings ? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the court ? receives not thy nose court odour from me ? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt? Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze from thee thy business, I am therefore no cour. tier? I am courtier, cap-a-pè; and one that will either push on, or pluck back thy business there : whereupon I command thee to open thy affair.

Shep. My business, fir, is to the king.
Aut. What advocate haft thou to him ?
Shep. I know not, an't like you. .

Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; say, you have none.

Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock, nor hen.

Aut. How bless’d are we, that are not simple men!
Yet nature might have made me as these are,
Therefore I will not disdain.
· Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier.

Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them not handsomely.

Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fantastical : a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the picking on's teeth.

Aut. The farthel there? what's i'the farthel ? Wherefore that box?

Shep. Sir, there lies such fecrets in this farthel, and box, which none must know but the king; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.

d taken yourself with the manner. ]-caught yourself tripping.

toze)-draw out by importunity,


Aut. talk

Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Why, sir?

Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things serious, thou must know, the king is full of grief.

Shep. So 'tis said, fir; about his son, that should have married a shepherd's daughter.

Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fiy; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster.

Clo. Think you so, sir?

Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are & germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman : which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be fton'd; but that death is too soft for him, say I: Draw our throne into a sheep-cote ! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.

Clo. Has the old man e'er a fon, sir, do you hear, an't like you,

sir ? Aut. He has a son, who shall be Aay'd alive ; then, ’nointed over with honey, set on the head of a walp's nest ; then stand, till he be three quarters and a dram dead: then recover'd again with aqua.vicæ, or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day “prognostication proclaims, shall he be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to behold him, with Aies blown to death. But what

{ in hand-fast,]-hold, custody. & germane)-akin, related.

prognostication proclaims,] that is foretold in the almanack.


talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smil'd at, their offences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men) what you have to the king: being something' gently consider'd, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs ; and, if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your suits, here is man shall do it.

Clo. He seems to be of great authority : close with him, give him gold ; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold : shew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Remember, ston'd, and flay'd alive.

Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business for us, here is that gold I have ; I'll make it as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, 'till I bring it you.

Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Shep. Ay, fir.

Aut. Well, give me the moiety :-Are you a party in this business?

Clo. In some fort, sir: but though my kcase be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flay'd out of it.

Aut, Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's son :Hang him, he'll be made an example.

Clo. Comfort, good comfort : We must to the king, and shew our strange fights : he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d; and remain, as he says, your pawn, 'till it be brought you.

Aut. I will crust you. Walk before toward the sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.

gently confider’d, )-genteely fee'd. k cafe)-kin, hide.



Clo. We are bless'd in this man, as I may fay, even bless'd.

Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good.

[Exeunt Shep. and Clo. Aut. If I had a mind to be honeit, I fee, fortune would not suffer me ; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince my master good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for being to far officious ; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: To him will I present them, there may be matter in it.




Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and Servants.

Cle. Sir, you have done enough, and have perform'd A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, Which

you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down
More penitence, than done trespass : At the last,
Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil ;
With them, forgive yourself.

Leo. Whilft I remember
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them; and so still think of
The wrong I did myself : which was so much,
That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and


Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.

Paul. True, too true, my lord :
If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
Or, from the all that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd,
Would be unparallel’d.

Leo. I think so. Killa!
She I kill'd? I did fo : but thou strik'st me
Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought : Now, good now,
Say so but seldom.

Cle. Not at all, good lady:
You might have spoke a thousand things, that would
Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
Your kindness better.

Paul. You are one of those,
Would have him wed again.

Dio. If you would not so,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign name : consider little,
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
* Incertain lookers on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice, the former queen" is well?
What holier, than,—" for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good,
To bless the bed of majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't ?

Paul. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods

Incertain lookers on.]—Innocent persons involved in doubts and contests about the rightful heir to the crown. m is well?]-rests in peace-former queen ? This will.

for royalty's repair,] -to repair the breach in the succeffion. VOL. II.

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