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And see it instantly consum'd with fire;
I did not, sir:
We can; my royal liege,
Leon. You are liars all.
1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better credit; We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech So to esteem of us : And on our knees we beg, (As recompense of our dear services, Past, and to come,) that you do change this purpose; Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.
Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows:-
Any thing, my lord,
Leon. It shall be possible: Swear by this sword ',
I will, my lord.
Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death Had been more merciful.—Come on, poor babe: Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens, To be thy nurses ! Wolves, and bears, they say, Casting their savageness aside, have done Like offices of pity.--Sir, be prosperous In more than this deed doth require! and blessing, Against this cruelty, fight on thy side, Poor thing, condemn'd to loss ! [Exit, with the Child. Leon.
No, I'll not rear
1 Atten. Please your highness, posts,
Swear by this sword,] It was anciently the custom to swear by the cross on the handle of a sword.
commend it strangely to some place, Commit it to some place, as a stranger, without more provision.
So please you, sir, their speed
SCENE I.-The same.
A Street in some Town.
Enter CLEOMENES and Dion.
Cleo. The climate's delicate; the air most sweet;
I shall report, For most it caught me, the celestial habits, (Methinks, I so should term them,) and the reverence Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice! How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly It was i'the offering! · Cleo.
But, of all, the burst
If the event o'the journey
As it hath been to us, rare, pleasant, speedy,
Dion. The violent carriage of it
horses ;And gracious be the issue !
LEONTEs, Lords, and Officers, appear properly seated.
Leon. This sessions (to our great grief, we pronounce) Even pushes 'gainst our heart: The party tried, The daughter of a king; our wife ; and one Of us too much belov'd.—Let us be clear'd Of being tyrannous, since we so openly Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, Even to the guilt, or the purgation !:Produce the prisoner.
Offi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Appear in person here in court.-Silence!
? The time is worth the use on't.] The time is worth the use on't, means, the time which we have spent in visiting Delos, has recompensed us for the trouble of so spending it.
3 Even to the guilt, or the purgation.] The word even is not to be understood here as an adverb, but as an adjective, signifying equal or indifferent.
HERMIONE is brought in guarded ; Paulina and Ladies
attending Leon. Read the indictment.
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia ; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband : the pretence whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to fly away by night.
Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that Which contradicts my accusation ; and The testimony on my part, no other But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot me To say, Not guilty; mine integrity, Being counted falsehood', shall, as I express it, Be so receiv’d. But thus,-If powers divine Behold our human actions, (as they do,) I doubt not then, but innocence shall make False accusation blush, and tyranny Tremble at patience.—You, my lord, best know, (Who least will seem to do so,) my past life Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true, As I am now unhappy; which is more Than history can pattern, though devis’d, And play'd, to take spectators: For behold me,A fellow of the royal bed, which owe A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, The mother to a hopeful prince,—here standing, To prate and talk for life, and honour, 'fore
pretence —] Is, in this place, taken for a scheme laid, a design formed.
mine integrity, &c.] That is, my virtue being accounted wickedness, my assertion of it will pass but for a lie. Falsehood means both treachery and lie. Johnson.