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then loft, when it was found. But, oh, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye déclin'd for the loss of her husband ; another elevated that the oracle was fulfilld : She lifted the princess from the earth ; and so locks her in embracing, as if The would pin her to her heart, that she might no more be in danger of losing.
i Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it acted.
3 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 it; (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 was 'most marble there, changed colour: some swooned, all sorrowed : if all the world could have seen it, the woe had been universal.
i Gent. Are they returned to the court ?
3 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 perform’d 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:
in doing, &c.]-in carving, and now just finished by the colouring of that master.
ibad he himself eternity,]--such a portion of the divinity as would enable him to put breath into his performances. m her cuftom, ]-trade, rob her of her customers.
thither with all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and there they intend to sup.
2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or thrice a day, ever fince the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoicing?
i 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. Aut. Now, had I not "the dalh 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 farthel, and I know not what : but he ac that time, over-fond 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 myitery remained undiscovered. But 'tis 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. 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 more 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.
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Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four hours. Shep. And so have I, boy.
Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman born before my father : for the king's fon took me by the hand, and callid 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 cver we shed.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more.
Cio. Ay; or else 'twere 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.
Sbep. 'Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
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 P franklins say it, I'll swear it.
Sbep. How if it be false, fon?
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 árt no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
o theje were.
P franklins)-yeomen, the lefser freeholders. I arall fellow of thy bands,]- stout fellow for thy fize.
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'ft venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.--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. [Exeunt.
S CE NE III.
Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Perdita, Camillo, Paulina,
Lords, and Attendants.
Leo. O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort That I have had of thee !
Paul. What, sovereign fir,
Leo. O Paulina,
Paul. As she liv'd peerless,
To see the life as lively mock’d, as ever
[Paulina draws a curtain, and discovers a fatue.
Leo. Her natural posture !-
Pol. Oh, not by much.
Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence ;
Leo. As now she might have done,
Per. And give me leave ;