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Per. Forewarn him, that he use no scurrilous ) tress Taleporter ; and five or six honest wives' words in his tunes.
that were present: Why should I carry lies Clo. You have of these pedlers, that have abroad? more in 'em than you'd think, sister.
Mop. 'Pray you now, buy it. Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think. Clo. Come on, lay it by : And let's first see
more ballads ; we'll buy the other things anon. Enter AUTOLYCUS, singing.
Aut. Here's another ballad, Of a fish that ap
peared upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourLawn, as white as driven snow ;
score of April, forty thousand fathom above waCyprus, black as e'er was crow ;
ter, and sung this ballad against the hard hearts Gloves, as sweet as damask roses ;
of maids : it was thought, she was a woman, Masks for faces, and for noses ;
and was turned into a cold fish, for she would Bugle bracelet, necklace-amber,
not exchange flesh with one that loved her ; Perfume for a lady's chamber :
The ballad is very pitiful, and as true. Golden quoifs, and stomachers,
Dor. Is it true too, think you? For my lads to give their dears ;
Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
more than my pack will hold. WI maids lack from head to heel :
Clo. Lay it by too: Another. Come, buy of me, come : come buy, come buy ; Aut. This is a merry ballad ; but a very pretty Buy lads, or else your lasses cry: Come, buy, &c.
Mop. Let's have some merry ones.
Aut. Why, this is a passing merry one ; and Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou goes to the tune of, Two maids wooing a maa: should'st take no money of me; but being en- there's scarce a maid westward, but she sings it; thrall’d as I am, it will also be the bondage of 'tis in request, I can tell you. certain ribands and gloves.
Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a Mop. I was promised them against the feast; part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts. but they come not too late now.
Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago. Dor. He hath promised you more than that, Aut. I can bear my part; you must know, or there be liars.
'tis my occupation : have at it with you. Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you; may be, he has paid you more; which wilí
SONG. shame you to give him again. Clo. Is there no manners left among maids ?
A. Get you hence, for I must go ; will they wear their plackets, where they should bear their faces? Is there not milking-time,
Where, it fits not you to know.
D. Whither ? M. O, whither? D. Whither? when you are going to bed, or kiln-hole, to
M. It becomes thy oath full well, whistle off these secrets ; but you must be tit
Thou to me thy secrets tell : tle-tattling before all our guests ? 'Tis well they
D. Me too, let me go thither. are whispering : Clamour your tongues, and not a word more.
M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill: Mop. I have done. Come, you promised me
D. If to either, thou dost ill. a tawdry lace, and a pair of sweet gloves.
A. Neither. D. What, neither? A. Neither. Clo. Have í not told thee, how I was cozened
D. Thou hast sworn my love to be ; by the way, and lost all my money?
M. Thou hast sworn it more to me : Aut. And, indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad; therefore it behoves men to be wary.
Then, whither go'st? say, whither? Clo. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose nothing here.
Clo. We'll have this song out anon by our. Aut. I hope 'so, sir ; for I have about me selves : My father and the gentlemen are'in sad many parcels of charge.
talk, and we'll not trouble them : Come, bring Clo. What hast here? ballads?
away thy pack after ine. Wenches, I'll buy for Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in you both : Pedler, let's have the first choice.
Follow print, a’-life ; for then we are sure they are true.
Aut. And Aut. Here's one to a very doleful tune, How
you pay well for 'em. [-Aside. a usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags at a burden; and how she longed Will you buy any tape, to eat adders' heads, and toads carbonadoed.
Or lace for your cape, Mop. Is it true, think you?
My dainty duck, my dear-a? Aut. Very true; and but a month old.
Any silk, any thread, Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer !
Any toys for your head, Aut. Here's the midwife's name to't, one mis Of the new'st, and fin'st, fin'st vcar-a!
Come to the pedler ;
Pol. What follows this?
How prettily the young swain seems to wash That doth utter all men's ware-a.
The hand, was fair before! I have put you [Exeunt Clown, Autolycus, Dorcas,
out: and Mopsa.
But, to your protestation ; let me hear
What you profess.
Flo. Do, and be witness to't.
Pol. And this my neighbour too? Serv. Master, there is three carters, three Flo. And he, and more shepherds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, Than he, and men ; the earth, the heavens, and that have made themselves all men of hair ;. they all : call themselves saltiers: and they have a dance | That,-were I crown'd the most imperial mowhich the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gam
narch, bols, because they are not in't ; but they them- Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth selves are o'the mind, (if it be not too rough for That ever made eye swerve; had force, and some, that know little but bowling,) it will knowledge, please plentifully.
More than was ever man's, I would not prize Shep. Away! we'll none on't ; here has been them, too much humble foolery already :- I know, sir, Without her love: for her, employ them all ; we weary you.
Commend them, and condemn them, to her serPol. You weary those that refresh us : Pray, vice, let's see these four threes of herdsmen.
Or to their own perdition. Serv. One three of them, by their own re Pol. Fairly offer’d. port, sir, hath danced before the king; and not Cam. This shows a sound affection. the worst of the three, but jumps twelve foot Shep. But my daughter, and a half by the squire.
Say you the like to him? Shep. Leave your prating ; since these good Per. I cannot speak men are pleased, let them come in ; but quickly So well, nothing so well ; no, nor mean better :
By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir. [Erit. The purity of his.
Shep. Take hands, a bargain ;Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rustics habited And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness like Satyrs. They dance, and then exeunt.
to't: Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that here- I give my daughter to him, and will make after.
Her portion equal his.
daughter: one being dead, now, fair shepherd ?
I shall have more than you can dream of yet;
Shep. Come, your hand ;-
Have you a father?
That best becomes the table. Pray you, once Of happy holding her.
more ; Flo. Old sir, I know
Is not your father grown incapable She prizes not such trifles as these are : Of reasonable affairs ? is he not stupid The gifts, she looks froin me, are pack'd and With age, and altering rheums ? Can he speak? lock'd
hear ? Up in
which I have given already Know man from man? dispute his own estate? But not deliver'd.-0, hear me breathe my life Lies he not bed-rid ? and again does nothing, Before this ancient sir, who, it should seein, But what he did being childish ? Hath sometime lov'd: I take thy hand; this Flo. No, good sir; hand,
He has his health, and ampler strength, indeed, As soft as dove's down, and as white as it; Than most have of his age. Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow, Pol. By my white beard, That's bolted by the northern blasts twice o'er. / You offer him, if this be so, a wrong
• Something unfilial : Reason, my son
Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, Should choose himself a wife; but as good reason, But milk my ewes, and weep. The father, (all whose joy is nothing else Cam. Why, how now, father ? But fair posterity,) should hold some counsel Speak, ere thou diest. In such a business.
Shep. I cannot speak, nor think, Flo. I yield all this;
Nor dare to know that which I know.-0, sir, But, for some other reasons, my grave sir,
[To Florizel. Which 'tis not fit you know, I not acquaint You have undone a man of fourscore three, My father of this business.
That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea, Pol. Let him know't.
To die upon the bed my father died, Flo. He shall not.
To lie close by his honest bones : but now Pol. Pr’ythee, let him.
Some hangman must put on my shroud, and Flo. No, he must not.
lay me Shep. Let him, my son ; he shall not need to Where no priest shovels-in dust.- cursed grieve
[To Perdita. At knowing of thy choice.
That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st Flo. Come, come, he must not:
adventure Mark our contráct.
To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone! Pol. Mark your divorce, young sir,
If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd [ Discovering himself: To die when I desire.
[Exit. Whom son I dare not call; thou art too base Flo. Why look you so upon me? To be acknowledg’d : Thou a sceptre's heir, I am but sorry, not afeard; delay'd, That thus affect'st a sheep-hook !- Thou, old But nothing alter'd: What I was, I am: traitor,
More straining on, for plucking back; not fol. I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can but
lowing Shorten thy life one week. And thou, fresh My leash unwillingly. piece
Cam. Gracious my lord, Of excellent witchcraft; who, of force, must know You know your father's temper : at this time The royal fool thou cop’st with ;
He will allow no speech,—which, I do guess, Shep. O, my heart !
You do not purpose to him ;-and as hardly Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briars, Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear : and made
Then, till the fury of his higliness settle, More homely than thy state.-- For thee, fond Come not before him. boy,
Flo. I not purpose it. If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh, I think, Camillo. That thou no more shalt see this knack, (as never Cam. Even he, my lord. I mean thou shalt,) we'll bar thee from succes Per. How often have I told you, 'twould be sion;
thus? Not hold thee of our blood, no not our kin, How often said, my dignity would last Far than Deucalion off:-Mark thou my words; | But till 'twere known? Follow us to the court.—Thou churl, for this Flo. It cannot fail, but by time,
The violation of my faith : And then Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee Let nature crush the sides o’the earth together, From the dread blow of it.-And you, enchant- And mar the seeds within!-Lift up thy looks:ment,
From my succession wipe me, father! I Worthy enough a herdsman; yea, him too, Am heir to thy affection. That makes himself, but for our honour therein, Cam. Be advis'd. Unworthy thee, --if ever, henceforth, thou Flo. I am ; and by my fancy: if my reason These rural latches to his entrance open, Will thereto be obedient, I have reason ; Or hoop his body more with thy embraces, If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, I will devise a death as cruel for thee,
Do bid it welcome. As thou art tender to't.
[Exit. Cam. This is desperate, sir. Per. Even here undone !
Flo. So call it : but it does fulfil my vow; I was not much afeard : for once, or twice, I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may The self-same sun, that shines upon his court, Be thereat glean’d; for all the sun sees, or Hides not his visage from our cottage, but The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide Looks on alike.—Will't please you, sir, be gone? In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
[To Ilorize. To this my fair belov'd : Therefore, I pray you, I told you, what would come of this: 'Beseech As you have ever been my father's honour'd friend, you,
When he shall miss me, (as, in faith, I mean not Of your own state take care : this dream of To see him any more,) cast your good counses mine,
Upon his passion : Let myself and fortune
Tug for the time to come. This you may know, Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping And so deliver. I am put to sea
His welcomes forth : asks thee, the son, forWith her, whom here I cannot hold on shore ; giveness, And, most opportune to our need, I have As 'twere i'the father's person : kisses the hands A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd Of your fresh princess : o’er and o'er divides him For this design. What course I mean to hold, 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor He chides to hell, and bids the other grow, Concern me the reporting.
Faster than thought, or time.
Flo. Worthy Camillo,
Hold up before him ?
The manner of your bearing towards him, with Resolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if What you, as from your father, shall deliver, His going I could frame to serve my turn; Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you Save him from danger, do him love and honour;
down; Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, The which shall point you forth at every sitting, And that unhappy king, my master, whom What you must say; that he shall not perceive, I so much thirst to see.
But that you have your father's bosom there, Flo. Now, good Camillo,
And speak his very heart.
[Going. There is some sap in this. Cam. Sir, I think,
Cam. A course more promising You have heard of my poor services, i'the love Than a wild dedication of yourselves That I have borne your father?
To unpeth'd waters, undream'd shores; most Flo. Very nobly
deserv'd : it is my father's music, To miseries enough ; no hope to help you ; To speak your deeds ; not líttle of his care But, as you shake off one, to take another : To have them recompens'd as thought on. Nothing so certain as your anchors; who Cam. Well, my lord,
Do their best office, if they can but stay you, If you may please to think I love the king; Where you'll be loath to be : Besides, you know, And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is Prosperity is the very bond of love; Your gracious self ; embrace but my direction, whose fresh complexion and whose heart together (If your more ponderous and settled project Affliction alters. May suffer alteration,) on mine honour
Per, One of these is true :
She is as forward of her breeding, as
I'the rear of birth. May this, almost a miracle, be done?
Cam. I cannot say, 'tis pity That I may call thee something more than man, she lacks instructions ; for she seems a mistress And, after that, trust to thee.
To most that teach. Cam. Have you thought on
Per. Your pardon, sir, for this ; A place, whereto you'll go ?
I'll blush you thanks.
Flo. My prettiest Perdita. But as the unthought-on accident is guilty But, 0, the thorns we stand upon !-Camillo, To what we wildly do; so we profess
Preserver of my father, now of me; Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies The medicin of our house !-how shall we do? Of every wind, that blows.
We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son ; Cam. Then list to me:
Nor shall appear in SicilyThis follows,-if you will not change your pure Cam. My lord, pose,
Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes But undergo this fight ;-make for Sicilia ; Do all lie there: it shall be so my care And there present yourself
, and your fair princess, To have you royally appointed, as if (For so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes ; The scene you play were mine. For instance, sir, She shall be habited, as it becomes
That you may know you shall not want,-one The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see
[They talk aside. Z
Flo. Not any yet;
Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot Enter AUTOLYCUS.
with conscience take it. Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle. trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentle
[Flo. and Autol. exchange garmients. man! I have sold all my trumpery; not a coun Fortunate mistress,- let my prophecy terfeit stone, not a riband, glass, pomander, Come home to you !-you must retire yourself brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, Into some covert : take your sweetheart's hat
, shoe-tye, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack And pluck it o'er your brows ; muffle your face ; from fasting: they throng who should buy first; Dismantle you ; and as you can, disliken as if my trinkets had been hallowed, and brought The truth of your own seeming ; that you may, a benediction to the buyer ; by which means, 1 (For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard saw whose purse was best in picture; and, what | Get undescried. I saw, to my good use, I remembered. My Per. I see, the play so lies, clown (who wants but something to be a rea That I must bear a part. sonable man,) grew so in love with the wenches' Cam. No remedy.song, that he would not stir his pettitoes, till he Have you done there? had both tune and words ; which so drew the Flo: Should I now meet my father, rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses He would not call me son. stuck in cars : you might have pinched a placket, Cam. Nay, you shall have it was senseless ; 'twas nothing to geld a cod- No hat:-Come, lady, come. Farewell, ej piece of a purse ; I would have filed keys off, friend. that hung in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but Aut. Adieu, sir. my sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? So that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and Pray you, a word. [They converse apart
. cut most of their festival purses: and had not Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king the old man come in with a whoobub against
[ Aside his daughter and the king's son, and scared my Of this escape, and whither they are bound; choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, alive in the whole army.
To force him after: in whose company [Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita, come shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight forward.
I have a woman's longing: Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being Flo. Fortune speed us ! there
Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. So scon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Cam. The swifter speed, the better. Fio. And those, that you'll procure from king [Exeunt Florizel, Perdita, and Camilk. Leontes,
Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble Per. Happy be you!
hand, is necessary for a cut-purse ; a good nose All, that you speak, shows fair.
is requisite also, to smell out work for the other Cam. Who have we here? [Seeing Autolycus. senses. I see, this is the time that the unjust We'll make an instrument of this; omit man doth thrive. What an exchange had this Nothing, may give us aid.
been, without boot? what a boot is here, with Aut. If they have overheard me now,—why this exchange? Sure, the gods do this year cuphanging.
[Aside. nive at us, and we may do any thing extempore. Cam. How now, good fellow? why shakest The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity ; thou so ? Fear not, man ; here's no harm in- stealing away from his father, with his clog at tended to thee.
his heels : If I thought it were not a piece of Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would Cam. Why, be so still ; here's nobody will do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it: steal that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy and therein am I constant to my profession. poverty, we must make an exchange: therefore, discase thee instantly, (thou must think, there's
Enter Clown and Shepherd. necessity in't,) and change garments with this Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot gentleman: 'Though the pennyworth, on his brain : every lane's end, every shop, church, sesa side, be the worst, yet hold thee, there's some sion, hanging, yields a careful man work, boot.
Clo. See, see; what a man you are now ! there Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir :-I know ye well is no other way, but to tell the king she's : enough.
Aside. changeling, and none of your flesh and blood. Cum. Nay, pr’ythee, despatch : the gentleman Shep. Nay, but hear me. is halt layed already.
Clo. Nay, but hear me. Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ? - I smell the Shep. Go to then. trick of it.
[Aside. Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, Flo. Despatch, I pr’ythee.
your flesh and blood has not offended the king ;