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I would land-damn him: Be she honour-flaw'd, -
Cease; no more.
What! lack I credit?
... Why, what need we Commune with you of this ? but rather follow Our forceful instigation? Our prerogative
If it be so,
- land-damn him:] Mr. Steevens, after giving various opinions on this expression, says, After all these awkward struggles to obtain a meaning, we might, I think, not unsafely read
“I'd laudanum him, i. e. poison him with laudanum,
I see't and feelt,
The instruments that feel.] Some stage direction seems necessary in this place; but what that direction should be, it is not easy to decide. Sir T. Hanmer gives — Laying hold of his arm: Dr. Johnson - striking his brows. Mr. Henley thinks that Leontes, perhaps, touches the forehead of Antigonus with his fore and middle fingers forked in imitation of a SNAIL's Horns; for these, or imaginary horns of his own like them, are the instruments that feel, to which he alluded. Mr. Malone reads " but I do see't,” &c.
Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness
advice: the matter,
And I wish, my liege,
How could that be?
Have I done well ? i Lord. Well done, my lord.
Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Whose ignorant credulity will not Come up to the truth: So have we thought it good, From our free person she should be confin'd; Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence,
+ “ Relish a truth,”—MALONE. nought for
approbation,] Approbation is put for proof. stuff?d sufficiency:] i. e. of abilities more than enough.
Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ;
Ant. [aside.] To laughter, as I take it,
The outer Room of a Prison.
Enter PAULINA and Attendants.
[Exit an Attendant.
Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper. You know me, do you
not? Keep. .
For a worthy lady,
Pray you then,
Keep. So please you, madam, to put
pray now, call her. Withdraw yourselves.
[Exeunt Attend. Keep.
And, madam, I must be present at your conference.
Paul. Well, be it so, prythee. [Exit Keeper. Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, As passes colouring.
Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
Paul. A boy?
A daughter; and a goodly babe,
I dare be sworn :
Most worthy madam,
8 These dangerous unsafe lunes o' the king ! ] I have no where, but in our author, observed this word adopted in our tongue, to signify frenzy, lunacy. But it is a mode of expression with the French
I y a de la lune: (i.e. he has got the moon in his head; he is frantick.) Cotgrave. Lune, folie. Les femmes ont des lunes dans la tête. Richelet.” THEOBALD.
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
Tell her, Emilia,
Now be you blest for it !
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe,
Paul. You need not fear it, sir :
Keep. I do believe it.
Do not you fear : upon
Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other
Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest : It is but weakness To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if