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Flo.

Camillo has betray'd me;
Whose honour and whose honesty till now
Endur'd all weathers.
Lord.

Lay 't so to his charge :
He's with the King your

father. Leon.

Who? Camillo ?
Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him ; who now
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth;
Forswear themselves as often as they speak:
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
With divers deaths in death.
Per.

O my poor father!
The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have
Our contract celebrated.
Leon.

You are married ?
Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ;
The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first:
The odds for high and low ’s alike.
Leon.

My lord,
Is this the daughter of a king ?
Flo.

She is,
When once she is

my

wife.
Leon. That “once,” I see by your good father's speed, ik
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking
Where you were tied in duty, and as sorry
Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,
That you might well enjoy her.
Flo.

Dear, look up :
Though Fortune, visible an enemy,
Should chase us with my father, power no jot
Hath she to change our loves. Beseech you, sir,
Remember since you ow'd no more to time
Than I do now : with thought of such affections,
Step forth mine advocate ; at your request
My father will grant precious things as trifles.

Leon. Would he do so, I ’ld beg your precious mistress,
Which he counts but a trifle.
Paul.

Sir, my liege,
Your

eye

hath too much youth in 't: not a month ?Fore your queen died, she was more worth such

gazes Than what you look on now. Leon.

I thought of her, Even in these looks I made. [To Florizel.] But your petition

214 in worth : Leontes uses worth in regard to birth, as most people use it Dewi regard to money.

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father : our honour not o'erthrown by your desires, am friend to them and you : upon which errand now go toward him; therefore follow me Ind mark what way I make : come, good my lord.

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(Exeunt.

SCENE II. Before LEONTES' palace.

Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman.

Aut. Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation ?

First Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I heard the shepherd say, he found the child.

Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

First Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ; but the changes I perceived in the King and Camillo were very notes of admiration : they seem'd almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture ; they look'd as they had heard of a world ransom’d, or one destroyed : a notable passion of wonder appeared in them ; but the wisest beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say if th' importance were joy or sorrow; but in the extremity of the one, it must needs be. Here comes a gentleman that haply knows more.

Enter another Gentleman.

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The news, Rogero ?

Sec. Gent. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is fulfill'd ; the King's daughter is found : such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it. Here comes the Lady Paulina's steward : he can deliver you

more.

Enter a third Gentleman.

How goes it now, sir? this news which is call'd true is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : has the King found his heir ?

Third Gent. Most true, if ever truth were pregnant by circumstance : that which you hear you 'll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of Queen Hermione's, her jewel about the neck of it, the letters of Antigonus found with it, which they know to be his character, the majesty of the creature in resemblance of the mother, the affection of nobleness which nature shows above her breeding, and many other evidences proclaim her with all certainty to be the King's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings?

16 importance = import. 30 character = hand-writing.

Sec. Gent. No.

Third Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld one joy crown another, so and in such manner that it seem'd sorrow wept to take leave of them, for their joy waded in tears. There was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands, with countenances of such distraction that they were to be known by garment, not by favour. Our king, being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter, as if that joy were now become a loss, cries “O, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemia forgiveness ; then embraces his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter with clipping her ; now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it and undoes description to do it.

50 Sec. Gent. What, 'pray you, became of Antigonus, that carried hence the child ?

Third Gent. Like an old tale still, which will have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep and not an ear open. He was torn to pieces with a bear: this avouches the shepherd's son ; who has not only his innocence, which seems much, to justify him, but a handkerchief and rings of his that Paulina knows.

First Gent. What became of his bark and his followers?

Third Gent. Wrack'd the same instant of their master's death and in the view of the shepherd: so that all the instruments which aided to expose the child were even then lost when it was found. But O, the noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declin'd for the loss of her husband, another elevated that the oracle was fulfillid: she lifted the princess from the earth, and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart that she might no more be in danger of losing.

First Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it acted.

69 Third Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and that which angled for mine eyes, caught the water though not the fish, was when, at the relation of the Queen's death, with the manner how she came to 't bravely confess'd and lamented by the King, how attentiveness wounded his daughter; till, from one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an Alas," I would fain say, bleed tears, for I am sure my heart wept blood. Who

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was most marble there changed colour ; some swooned, all sorrowed: if all the world could have seen 't, the woe had been universal.

First Gent. Are they returned to the court ?

Third Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, a piece many years in doing and now newly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano, who, had he himself eternity and could put breath into his work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Hermione that they say one would speak to her and stand in hope of answer: thither with all greediness of affection are they gone, and there they intend to sup.

89 Sec. Gent. I thought she had some great matter there in hand ; for she hath privately twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither and with our company piece the rejoicing ?

First Gent. Who would be thence that has the benefit of access ? every wink of an eye some new grace will be born : our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge. Let 's along.

[Exeunt Gentlemen.

Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; told him I heard them talk of a fardel and I know not what: but he at that time, overfond of the shepherd's daughter, so he then took her to be, who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained undiscover’d. But 't is all one to me ; for had I been the finder out of this secret, it would not have relish'd among my other discredits.

Enter Shepherd and Clown.

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Here come those I have done good to against my will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.

Shep. Come, boy ; I am past moe children, but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born.

Clo. You are well met, sir. You denied to fight with me this other day, because I was no gentleman born. See you these clothes ? say you see them not and think me still no gentleman born: you were best say these robes are not gentlemen born: give me the lie, do, and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.

Aut. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four hours.

83 Julio Romano : an eminent painter, who lived in the first half of the sixteenth century ; but of that s. thought nothing, except that his name would be known to some of his audience.

Shep. And so have I, boy.

Clo. So you have: but I was a gentleman born before my father; for the King's son took me by the hand, and call'd me brother; and then the two kings call'd my father brother; and then the prince my brother and the princess my sister call’d my father father; and so we wept, and there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed.

Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more.

Clo. Ay; or else 't were hard luck, being in so preposterous estate as we are.

Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship, and to give me your good report to the prince my master.

130 Shep. Prithee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.

Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.

Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.

Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.

Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let boors and franklins

say

it, I'll swear it. Shep. How if it be false, son ?

Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear it in the behalf of his friend : and I'll swear to the prince thou art a tall fellow of thy hands and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know thou art no tall fellow of thy hands and that thou wilt be drunk: but I 'll swear it, and I would thou wouldst be a tall fellow of thy hands.

Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.

Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : if I do not wonder how thou dar’st venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow,

Hark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are going to see the Queen's picture. Come, follow us : we 'll be thy good masters.

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trust me not.

(Ezeunt.

SCENE III. A chapel in Paulina's house.

Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants.

Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort
That I have had of thee!
Paul.

What, sovereign sir,
I did not well I meant well. All my services
You have paid home: but that you

have vouchsaf'd, 180 franklins : Englishmen of a rank between yeomen and gentlemen ; but the distinction had disappeared long before 8.'s day.

143 tall fellow of ihy hands = strong and ready physically. 102 good masters = patrons, protectors.

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