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Leon. I will seem friendly, as thou hast advis’d/Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him
(Exit. That I think honourable: Therefore, mark my Cam. O miserable ladly!-But, for me,
counsel ; What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner Which must be even as swinly follow'd, as or good Polixenes: and my ground to do't I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me Is the obedience to a master; one,..
Cry, lost, and so good-night. Who, in rebellion with himself, will have
On, good Camillo, All that are his, so too.-To do this deed,
Cum, I am appointed Him to inurder you." Promotion follows : If I could find example Pol. By whoin, Camillo ? Of thousands, that had struck anointed kings, Cam.
By the king. And flourish'd aller, I'd not do't: but since Pol.
0, then my best blood turn Enter Polisenes.
To an infected jelly; and my name
This is strange! methinks, Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best!
A savour, that inay strike the dullest nostril
Hail, most royal sir ! Where I arrive; and my approach be shunn'd,
Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infection
None rare, my lord. That e'er was heard, or read!
Swear his thought over
Forbid the sea for to obey the moon,
The standing of his body.
How should this grow ? Pol. How! dare not?' do not. Do you know, Cam. I know not: but, I am sure, 'lis safer to and dare not
Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis born. Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ;
If therefore you dare trust ins honesty,For, to yourself, what you do know, you must; That lies enclosed in this trunk, which you And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, Shall bear along impawn'd,-a way to-night. Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror Your followers I will whisper to the business; Which shows me mine changd too: for I must be And will, by twos, and thrces, at several posterns, A party in this alteration, finding
Clear them o' the city : For myself, I'll put
My fortunes to your service, which are here
There is a sickness By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain;
Havc utter'd truth : which if you seek to prove, or you that yet are well.
I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer
How! caught of me? Than one condemn’d by the king's own mouth, Make me not sighted like the basilisk:
thereon I have look'd on thousands, who have sped the better His execution sworn. By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo,- Pol.
I do believe thee : As you are certainly a gentleman ; thereto I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand; Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns Be pilot to me, and thy places shall Our gentry, than our parents' noble names, Still nci labour mine : WIç ships are ready, and In whose success we are gentle, I beseech you, My people did expect my hence departure If you know aught which does behove my know- Two days ago.—This jealousy ledge
Is for a precious creature: as she's rare, Thereof to be inform’d, imprison it not
Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty, In ignorant concealment.
Must it be violent; and as he does conceive
I may not answer. He is dishonour'd by a man which ever
Good expedition be my friend, and comfort Which honour does acknowledge,—whereof the The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing least
of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Come, Camillo ; Is not this suit of mine,—that thou declare I will respect thee as a father, if What incidency thou dost guess of harm
Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid. Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near; Cam. It is in mine authority, to command Which way to be prevented, if to be;
The keys of all the posterns : Please your highness If not, how best to bear it.
To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away.
[E.reunt, (1) For succession.
(3) i, e. I am the person appointed, &c. Gentle was opposed to simple; well born. (4) Draw.
(5) Settled belief.
With violent hers:- have drank, and seen the
spider: SCENE 1-The same, Enter Hermione, Ma- Camillo was his help in this, his pander :millius, and Ladies.
There is a plot against my life, my crown; Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, All's true that is mistrusied:--that false villain, "Tis pust enduring.
Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him: I Lady. Come, my gracious lord, He has discover’u my design, and 1 Shall I be your play-fellow?
Remain a pinch'd thing :s yea, a very trick Mam.
No, I'll none of you.
For them to play at will :-How came the posterns 1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?
So easily open ? Mam. You'll kiss me hard; and speak to me as if
By his great authority; I were a baby still. I love you better.
Which often hath no less prevail'd than so, 2 Lady. And why so, my good lord ?
On your command.
I know't too well.-
Have too much blood in him. Or half-moon made with a pen.
What is this ? sport? 2 Lady.
Who taught you this? Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not como Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces.- Pray
about her ;
Away with him :-and let her sport herself What colour are your eye-brows?
With that she's big with; for 'lis Polixenes 1 Lady.
Blue, my lord. Has made thee swell thus. Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's ler.
But I'd say, he had not,
And, I'll be sworn you would believe my saying, That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. Howe'er you lean to the nayward. 2 Lady.
You, my lords, The queen, your mother, rounds apace: we shall Look on her, mark her well; be but about Present our services to a line new prince,
To say, she is a gooilly lady, and
??is pily she's not honest, honourable : 1 Lady.
She is spread of late Pruuise her but for this her without-door form, Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her! |(Which, on my faith, deserves high specch,) and ller. "What wisdom stirs amongst you? Come, straight sir, now
The shrug, the him, or ha; these petty brands, I am for you again : Pray you sit by us,
That calumny doth use:-0, I am out, And tell 's a tale.
That mercy docg; for calumny will scars Man.
Merry, or sad, shall't be ? Virtue itself:--These shrugs, these hums, and ha's, Hler. As merry as you will.
When you have said, she's goodly, come between, Mam.
A sad tale's best for winter: Ere you can say she's honest: But be it known, I have one of sprites and goblins.
From him that has most cause to gricve it should be, Her.
Let's have that, sir. She's an adultress. Come on, sit down :-Come on, and do your best Hler.
Should a villain say so, To frighi me with your sprites: you're powerful The most replenish'd villain in the world, at it.
He were as much more villain : you, my lord, Mam. There was a man,-
Do but mistake.
You have mistook, my lady, Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell it Polixencs for Lcontes: 0 thou thing, softly;
Which I'll not call a crcature of thy place, Yon crickcts shall not hcar it.
Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, Her.
Come on, then,
Should a like language use to all degrees, And givc't me in minc car.
And mannerly distinguishment leave out
Brewixt the prince and beggar!-I have said, Enler Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and others.
She's an adultress; I have said with whom: Leon. Was he met there? his train? Camillo More, she's a traitor; and Camillo is with him ?
A federary' with her; and one that knows 1 Lord. Behind the tus of pines I met them; What she should shame to know hersell,
But with her most vile principal, that she's
That vulgars give bold titles; ay, and privy
How bless'd am I To this their late escape. In my just ccnsurc?' in my true opinion ?
No, by my life, Alack, for lesser knowledge!? How accurs'd, Privy to none of this: How will this grieve you, In being so blest!—There may be in the cup When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that A spider sleep’d, and one may drink; depart, You thus have publish'd me? Gentle my lord, And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge You scarce can right me throughly then, to say Is not infected: but if one present
You did mistake. The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known Leon.
No, no; if I mistake How he hath drank, he cracks his gorgc, his sides, In those foundations which I build upon, (1) Judgment.
(4) Heavings. (2) O that my knowledge were less !
15) A thing pinched out of clouts, a puppel. (3) Spiders were esteemed poisonou, in our au- (6) Brand as infamous. (7) Confederate. thur's time.
if it be so,
The centre is not big enough to bear
Ant. A school-boy's top.-Away with her to prison: We need no grave to bury honcsty; He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty,' There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten But that he speaks.
of the whole dungy earth. Her. There's some ill planet reigns :
What! lack I credit ? I must be patient, till the heavens look
I Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I, my With an aspect more favourable.---Good my lord, lords,
Upon this ground: and more it would content me I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
To have her honour true, than your suspicion; Commonly are : the want of which vain dew, Be blam'd for’t how you might. Perchance, shall dry your pities : but I have Leon.
Why, what need we That honourable griet loug'd here, which burns Commune with you of this ? but rather follow Worse than tears drown: 'Beseech you all, my Our forcesul instigation. Our prerogative lords,
Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness With thoughts so qualified as your charities Imparts this : which,-if you (or stupilied, Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so Or seeming so in skill,) cannot, or will not, The king's will be perform'd !
Relish as truth, like us ; inform yourselves, Leon.
Shall I be heard ? We need no more of your advice: the matter,
[To the guards. The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all Her. Who is't, that goes with me ?--'Beseech Properly' ours. your highness,
And I wish, my liege, My women may be with me; for, you sce, You had only in your silent judgment tried it, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; Without more overture. There is no cause: when you shall know, your Leon.
How could that be? mistress
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Arlded to their familiarity,
That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation, I trusi, I shall. --My women, come; you have But only seeing, all other circumstances leave.
Made up to the deed, ) doth pushon this procecding: Leon. Go, do our bidding; hence.
Yet, for a greater confirmation, (Ereunt Queen and Ladies. (For, in an act of this importance, 'twere I Lor.l. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in post, again.
To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, Ant. Be certain what you do, sir ; lest your Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know justice
Of stufl'd suliciency;6 Now, from the oracle Prove violence; in the which three great ones suficr, They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had, Yourself, your queen, your son.
Shall stop, our me,
Have I done well? 1 Lord.
For her, my lord, 1 Lordl. Well done, my lord. I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir,
Leon. Thourh I am satisfied, and nced no more Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless Than what I know, vet sha!! the oracle I'the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean,
Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, In this which you accusc her.
Whose ignorant crcdulity will not Ant.
Come up to the iruth: So have we thought it good, She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where From our free person she should be confu'd; I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her; last that the trearhery of the two, fcd hence, Than when I secl, and sce her, no further trust her; Be kes her to perform. Comc, follow us ; For every inch of woman in the world,
We are to speak in public: for this business Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,
Will raisc is all. Ir she be.
Ant. (.Aside.) To laughter, as I take it, Leon. Hold your peaces.
If the good truth were known.
1 Excuni. 1 Lord,
Good my lord, Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves : SCENE II.-- The same. The outer room of a You are abus'd, and by some putter-on,
prison. Enter Paulina and aliendants. That will be damn'd' fort; would I know the villain,
Paul. The kceper of the prison,-call to him; I would land-damn him: Be she honour-flaw'd,
[Erit an ollendant, I have threc daughters; the eldest is eleven ; Let him have knowledge who I am.---Good lady! The second, and the third, nine, and some five; No court in Europe is too good for thec, If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine What dost thou then in prison ?--Now, good sir, honour,
Re-enter ailendant, with the Kecper.
For a worthy lady, And I had rather glib myself, than they
And one whom much I honour. Should not produce fair issue.
Pray you, then, Leon.
Ceasc; no more. Conduct me to the queen.
Here's ado, The instruments that feel.
To lock up honesty and honour from
The access of gentle visitors !--Is it lawful, (1) Remotely guilty. (2) In merely speaking. (3) Take my station. (4) Instigator. |(5) Proof. (6) Of abilities more than sufficient.
If it prove
Pray you, to see her women ? any of them ? SCENE III.- The same. A room in the palace. Emilia?
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other Keep. So please you, madam, to put
attendants. Apart these your attendants, I shall bring Emilia forth.
Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but
weakness Paul. I pray now, call her. Withdraw yourselves.
To bear the matter thus ; mere weakness, if
The cause were not in being ;-part o'the cause, I must be present at your conference,
She, the adultress ;-for the harlot king Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. (Exit Keeper. And level of my brain, plot-proof: but she
Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank Here's such ado to make no slain a stain,
I can hook to me : Say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
My lord ? Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady ?
(Advancing Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
Leon. How does the boy ?
1 Allen. May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,
He took good rest to-night; (Which never tender lady hath borne grcater,)
|'Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharg'd.
Leon. She is, something before her time, deliver'd.
His nobleness ! Paul. A boy?
Einil. A daughter; and a good!y babe, Conceiving the dishonour of his mother, Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply; Much comfort in't: says, My poor prisoner,
Fasten's and fix'd thc shame on't in himsell; I am innocent as you.
Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
And downrighi languish'd.-Leave me solely:' These dangerous unsafe lunes' o'the king! be
-go, shrew them!
See how he fares. (Exit altend.)-Fie, fie! no He must be told on't, and he shall: the office
thought of him; Becomes a woman best ; I'll take it upon me:
The very thought of my revenges that way If I prove honey-mouthed, let my tongue blister; Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty; And never to my red-look'd anger be
And in his parties, his alliance, -Let him be, The trumpet any more :-Pray you, Emilia,
Until a time may serve: for present vengeance, Commend my best obedience to the queen;
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes If she dares trust me with her little babe,
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow : I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
They should not laugh, if I could reach them ; por
Shall she, within my power.
Enter Paulina, with a child.
You must not enter. Emil.
Most worthy madam, Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
to me: That your free undertaking cannot miss Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, A thriving issuc; there is no lady living, Than the queen's life?'a gracious innocent soul; So meet for this great errand : Please your lady- More free, 'than he is jealous. ship
That's enough. To visit the next room, I'll presently
1 Allen. Madam, he hath not slept to-night ; Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer ;
commanded Who, but to-day, hammerd of this design ; None should come at him. But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Not so hot, good sir: Lest she should be denied.
I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you,Paul.
Tell her, Emilia, That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh I'll use that tongue I have: if wit Now from it, At each his needless heavings,-such as you As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted Nourish the cause of his awaking: I I shall do goud.
Do come with words as med'cinal as true; Emil.
Now be you blest for it! Honest, as either; to purge him of that humour, I'll to the queen : Please you, come something That presses him from sleep.
What noise there, ho? Keep. Madam, ift please the queen to send the Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful conference, babe,
About some gossips for your highness. I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
How?Having no warrant.
Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus, Paul.
You need not fear it, sir : I charg'd thce, that she should not come about me; The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, I knew she would. By law and process of great nature, thence Ani.
I told her so, my lord, Free'd and enfranchis'd: not a party to
On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, The anger of the king ; nor guilty of,
She should not visit you. If any be, the trespass of the queen.
What, canst not rule her? Keep. I do believe it.
Paul. From all dishonesty, he can: in this, Paul.
Do not you fear: upon (Unless he take the course that you have done, Mine honour I will stand 'twixt you and danger. Commit me, for committing honour,) trust it,
[Exeunt. He shall not rule me.
Lo you now; you hear ! (1) Frenzies, (2) Mark and aim. (3) Alone. When she will take the rein, I let her run;
But she'll not stumble.
The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger :Paul.
Good my liege, I come,- Add thou, good goddess nature, which hast made it And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess So like to him that got it, if thou hast Myself your loyal servant, your physician, The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours Your most obedient counsellor ; yet that dare No yellow. in't ; lest she suspect, as he does, Less appear so, in comforting your evils, Her children not her husband's! Than such as most seem yours :-) say, I come
A gross hag! From your good queen.
And, lozel,' thou art worthy to be ngod,
That wilt not stay her tongue.
Hang all the husbands good queen;
That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself And would by combat make her good, so were Hardly one subject. A man, the worstå about you.
Once more, take her hence, Leon,
Force her hence, Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord Pard. Let him that makes but trifles of his eyes, Can do no more. First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll off;
I'll have thee burn'd. But, first, I'll do my errand.-The good queen, Pau.
I care not: For she is good, hath brought you forth a daughter; It is a heretic, that makes the fire, Here 'lis ; commends it to your blessing. Not she, which burns in't. I'll not call you tyrant;
(Laying down the child. But this most cruel usage of your queen Leon.
Out! (Not able to produce more accusation A mankind' witch! Hence with her, out o'door: Than your own weak-hing'd fancy,) something A most intelligencing bawd ! Paul.
of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, I am as ignorant in that, as you
Yea, scandalous to the world. In so entilling me: and no less hones:
On your allegiance, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant, Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, As this world goes, to pass for honest.
Where were her life ? she durst not call me so, Leon.
Traitors! If she did know me one. Away with her. Will you not push her out? Give her the bastard :- Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone. Thou dotard, (To Antigonus.) thou art woman- Look to your babe, my lord; 'tis yours: Jove send tir'd, unroosted
her By thy dame Partlet here,-take up the bastard; A better guiding spirit!-What need these hands? Tak’t up, I say; giv't to thy crone.
You that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Paul.
Will never do him good, not one of you. Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou
So, 80: Farewell; we are gone.
[Exit. Tak'st up the princess, by that forceda baseness Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.Which he has put upon't!
My child ? away with't!--even thou, that hast Leon.
He dreads his wife. A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence, Paul. So I would you did ; then, 'twere past all And see it instantly consum'd with fire; doubt,
Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up straight: You'd call your children yours.
Within this hour bring me word 'tis done, Leon.
A nest of traitors ! (And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life, Ant. I am none, by this good light.
With what thou else call'st thine : If thoú refuse, Pau.
Nor I; nor any, And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so; But one, that's here; and that's himself for he The bastard brains with these my proper hands The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire; His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander,... For thou sett'st on thy wise. Whose sting is sharper than the sword's; and will Ant.
I did not, sir : not
These lords, my noble fellows, if they please, (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse Can clear me in't, He cannot be compell’d to’t,) once remove
my royal liege, The root of his opinion, which is rotten,
He is not guilty of her coming hither. As ever oak, or stone, was sound.
Leon. You are liars all. Leon.
A callat, i Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better of boundless tongue : who late hath beat her hus- credit: band,
We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech And now baits me !—This brat is none of mine ; So to esteem of us : And on our knees we beg It is the issue of Polixenes :
(As recompense of our dear services, Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Past and to come,) that you do change this purCommit them to the fire.
pose; Paul. It is yours;
Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must And, might we lay the old proverb to your charge, Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel. So like you, 'tis the worse. --Behold, my lords, Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows. Although the print be little, the whole matter Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel And copy of the father : eye, nose, lip,
And call me father ? Better burn it now, The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay, the valley, Than curse it then. But be it ; let it live:. The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his It shall not neither.-You, sir, come you hither ; smiles;
You, that have been so tenderly officious (1) Abelting your ill courses, (2) Lowest. (3) Masculine.
(6) Forced is false ; uttered with violence to truth, Pecked by a woman; ben-pecked.
(0) Trull. (8). The colour of jealousy. (5) Worn-out old woman.