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and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be pu Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. nished by him. Show those things you found Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears about her ; those secret things, all but what she them not handsomely. has with her: This being done, let the law go Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being whistle ; I warrant you.
fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, by the picking on's teeth. and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no Aut. The fardel there? what's i’the fardel? honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to Wherefore that box ? go about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this far
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest del, and box, which none must know but the off you could have been to him; and then your king; and which he shall know within this blood had been the dearer, by I know how much hour, if I may come to the speech of him.
Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. Aut. Very wisely; puppies ! [ Aside Shep. Why, sir? Shep. Well ; let us to the king; there is that Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is gone in this fardel, will make him scratch his beard. aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air
Aut. I know not what impediment this com- himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things seplaint may be to the flight of my master. rious, thou must know the king is full of grief. Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace.
Shep. So 'tis said, sir ; about his son, that Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am should have married a shepherd's daughter. 80 sometimes by chance :-Let me pocket up my Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let pedler's excrement. [Takes off his false beard.] him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures How now, rustics ? whither are you bound ? he shall feel, will break the back of man, the
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. heart of monster.
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom ? Clo. Think you so, sir ? the condition of that fardel, the place of your
Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can dwelling, your names, your ages, of what ha- make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but these, ving, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to that are germane to him, though removed fifty be known, discover.
times, shall all come under the hangman : which Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir.
though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let old sleep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer me have no lying; it becomes none but trades to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, men, and they often give us soldiers the lie: he shall be stoned; but that death is too soft but we pay them for it with stamped coin, not for him, say I: Draw our throne into a sheepstabbing steel: therefore they do not give us the cote ! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy. lie.
Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you Clo. Your worship had like to have given us hear, an't like you, sir ? one, if you had not taken yourself with the Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive;
then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? of a wasp's nest ; then stand, till he be three Aut. Whether it like me or no, I am a cour quarters and a dram dead; then recovered again tier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in with aqua-vite, or some other hot infusion ; these enfoldings ? hath not my gait in it, the then, raw as he is
, and in the hottest day progmeasure of the court ? receives not thy nose nostication proclaims, shall he be set against court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy base a brick-wall, the sun look ng with a southward ness court-contempt? Think'st thou, for that I eye upon him ; where he is to behold him with insinuate, or toze from thee thy business, I am flies blown to death. But what talk we of these therefore no courtier? I am courtier, cap-a-pè ; traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled and one that will either push on, or pluck back at, their offences being so capital? Tell me, (for thy business there: whereupon I command thee you seem to be honest plain men,) what have to open thy affair.
you to the king : being something gently conShep. My business, sir, is to the king. sidered, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tenAut. What advocate hast thou to him? der your persons to his presence, whisper liim Shep. I know not, an't like you.
in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, besides the Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; king, to effect your suits, here is man shall do it. say, you have none.
Cio. He seeins to be of great authority ; close Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock with him, give him gold ; and though authority nor hen.
be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple with gold: show the inside of your purse to the
outside of his hand, and no more ado : RememYet nature might have made me as these are, ber stoned and flayed alive.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the
Therefore I'll not disdain.
business for us, here is that gold I have : I'll | the sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but make it as much more; and leave this young look upon the hedge and follow you. man in pawn till I bring it you.
Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may Aut. After I have done what I promised ? say, even blessed. Shep. Ay, sir.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was proAut. Well, give me the moiety ;--Are you a vided to do us good. party in this business?
[Ereunt Shepherd and Clora. Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, forbe a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out tune would not suffer me; she drops booties in of it.
my mouth. I am courted now with a double Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son:- occasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince my Hang him, he'll be made an example.
master good ; which, who knows how that may Clo. Comfort, good comfort : We must to the turn back to my advancement? I will bring king, and show our strange sights : he must these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: know, 'tis none of your daughter nor my sister; if he think it fit to shore them again, and that we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much the complaint they have to the king concerns as this old man does, when the business is per- him nothing, let him call me, rogue, for being formed ; and remain, as he says, your pawn, till so far officious; for I am proof against that tite, it be brought you.
and what shame else belongs to't : To him wil Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward I present them, there may be matter in it. [Erit.
Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd SCENE I.-Sicilia. A room in the palace of Your kindness better. Leontes.
Paul. You are one of those,
Would have him wed again. Enter LeonTES, CLEOMENES, Dion, Paulina,
Dion. If you would not so, and others.
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have of his most sovereign dame; consider little, perform'd
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, May drop upon his kingdom, and devour Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid down Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, More penitence, than done trespass : At the last, Than to rejoice, the former queen is well? Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil; What holier, than,--for royalty's repair, With them, forgive yourself.
For present comfort and for future good, Leon. Whilst I remember
To bless the bed of majesty again Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
With a sweet fellow to't? My blemishes in thein; and so still think of Paul. There is none worthy, The wrong I did myself: which was so much, Respecting her, that's gone. "Besides, the gods That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes : Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man for has not the divine Apollo said, Bred his hopes out of.
Is't not the tenour of his oracle, Paul. True, too true, my lord :
T'hat king Leontes shall not have an heir, If, one by one, you wedded all the world, Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, Or from the all, that are, took something good, is all as monstrous to our human reason, To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd, As my Antigonus to break his grave, Would be unparalleld.
And come again to me; who, on my life, Leon. I think so. Kill'd!
Did perish with the infant. "Tis your counsel, She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue; Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now,
[To Leontes. good now,
The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander Say so but seldom.
Left his to the worthiest ; so his successor Cleo. Not at all, good lady:
Was like to be the best. You might have spoken a thousand things, that Leon, Good Paulina, would
Who hast the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honour,-0, that ever I
Gent. But few, Had squar'd me to thy counsel!--then, even now, And those but mean. I might have look'd 'upon my queen's full eyes ; Leon. His princess, say you, with him? Have taken treasure from her lips,
Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I Paul. And left them
think, More rich, for what they yielded.
That e'er the sun shone bright on. Leon. Thou speak’st truth.
Paul. O Hermione, No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one As every present time doth boast itself worse,
Above a better, gone; so must thy grave And better us'd, would make her sainted spirit Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you your. Again possess her corps : and, on this stage,
self (Where we offenders now appear,) soul vex’d, Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Begin, And why to me?
Is colder than that theme,) She had not been, Paul. Had she such power,
Nor was not to be equalld ;-thus your verse She had just cause.
Flow'd with her beauty once ; 'tis shrewdly Leon. She had ; and would incense me
ebb’d, To murder her I married.
To say, you have seen a better. Paul, I should so:
Gent. Pardon, madam: Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,) Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't The other, when she has obtain'd your eye, You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your Will have your tongue too. This is such a crea
ture, Should rift to hear me; and the words, that would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal follow'd,
Of all professors else ; make proselytes Should be, Remember mine.
Of who she but bid follow. Leon. Stars, very stars,
Paul. How? not women ? And all eyes else dead coals !—fear thou no wife, Gent. Women will love her, that she is a won I'll have no wife, Paulina. Poul. Will you swear
More worth than any man; men, that she is Never to marry, but by my free leave?
The rarest of all women. Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit! Leon. Go, Cleomenes; Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to Yourself, assisted with your honour’d friends, his oath.
Bring them to our embracement.--Still 'tis Cleo. You tempt him over much.
strange, Paul. Unless another,
[Exeunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentleman. As like Hermione as is her picture,
He thus should steal upon us. Affront his eye.
Paul. Had our prince Cleo. Good madam,
(Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had pair’d Paul. I have done.
Well with this lord ; there was not full a month Yet, if my lord will marry,--if you will, sir, Between their births. No remedy, but you will; give me the office Leon. Pr'ythee, no more; thou know'st, To choose you a queen : she shall not be so young He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure, As was your former ; but she shall be such, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should Will bring me to consider that, which may
Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.To see her in your arms. Leon. My true Paulina,
Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FlorizeL, PERDI
Ta, and Attendants.
Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince;
Conceiving you: Were I but twenty-one,
Your father's image is so hit in you,
His very air, that I should call you brother, Gent. One, that gives out himself prince Flo- As I did him; and speak of something, wildly, rizel,
By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she And your fair princess, goddess !--0, alas ! The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth To your high presence.
Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as Leon. What with him ? he comes not You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost Like to his father's greatness: his approach, (All mine own folly,) the society, So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, Amity too, of your brave father; whom, 'Tis not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd
Though bearing misery, I desire my life By need, and accident. What train?
Once more to look upon.
Flo. By his command
Lord. Here in the city; I now came from Have I here touch'd Sicilia'; and from him
him : Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, I speak amazedly; and it becomes Can send his brother: and, but infirmity My marvel, and my message. To your court (Which waits upon worn times,) hath some Whiles he was hast'ning, (in the chase, it seems, thing seiz'd
Of this fair couple,) meets he on the way His wish'd ability, he had himself
The father of this seeming lady, and The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Her brother, having both their country quitted Measur’d, to look upon you; whom he loves
With this young prince. (He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres, Flo. Camillo has betray'd me; and those that bear them, living.
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Leon. O, my brother,
Endur'd all weathers. (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, Lord. Lay't so to his charge ; stir
He's with the king your father, Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
Leon. Who? Camillo ? So rarely kind, are as interpreters
Lord. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him; who Of my behind-hand slackness !
Has these poor men in question. Never saw ! As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage
earth; (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, Forswear themselves as often as they speak; To greet a man not worth her pains; much less Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them The adventure of her person?
With divers deaths in death. Flo. Good my lord,
Per. O, my poor father ! She came from Libya.
The heavens set spies upon us, will not have Leon. Where the warlike Smalus,
Our contract celebrated. That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? Leon. You are married ? Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be; whose daughter
The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence | The odds for high and low's alike. (A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we have
Leon. My lord, cross'd,
Is this the daughter of a king? To execute the charge my father gave me, Flo. She is, For visiting your highness: My best train When once she is my wife. I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd; Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
speed, Not only my success in Libya, sir,
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Here, where we are.
Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, Leon. The blessed gods
Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, Purge all infection from our air, whilst you That you might well enjoy her. Do climate here! You have a holy father, Flo. Dear, look up: A graceful gentleman ; against whose person, Though fortune, visible an enemy, So sacred as it is, I have done sin:
Should chase us with my father; power no jot For which the heavens, taking angry note, Hath she to change our loves.-Beseech you, sir, Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd Remember since you ow'd no more to time (As he from heaven merits it,) with you, Than I do now: with thought of such affections, Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, Step forth mine advocate ; at your request, Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on, My father will grant precious things, as trifles
. Such goodly things as you !
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious
mistress, Enter a Lord.
Which he counts but a trifle. Lord. Most noble sir,
Paul. Sir, my liege, That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, Your eye hath too much youth in't : not a month Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such sir,
gazes Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Than what you look on now. Desires you to attach his son ; who has
Leon. I thought of her, (His dignity and duty both cast off,)
Even in these looks I made.—But your petition Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with
[ To Florizzle A shepherd's daughter.
Is yet unanswered : I will to your tather ; Leon. Where's Bohemia ? speak.
Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires,
I am a friend to them, and you: upon which so, and in such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow errand,
wept to take leave of them ; for their joy waded I now go toward him ; therefore, follow me, in tears. There was casting up of eyes, holding And mark what way I make: Come, good my up of hands ; with countenance of such distraclord.
[Exeunt. tion, that they were to be known by garment,
not by favour. Our king, being ready to leap SCENE II.-The same. Before the palace. out of himself for joy of his found daughter, as
if that joy were now become a loss, cries, O, thy Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman.
mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemia forAut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at giveness; then embraces his son-in-law; then this relation ?
again worries he his daughter, with clipping 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, her ; now he thanks the old shepherd, which heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how stands by, like a weather-bitten conduit of many he found it: whereupon, after a little amazed- kings' reigns. I never heard of such another ness, we were all commanded out of the cham- encounter, which lames report to follow it, and ber; only this, methought I heard the shepherd undoes description to do it. say, he found the child.
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of AntigoAut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. nus, that carried hence the child ?
1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busi 3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will ness :—But the changes I perceived in the king, have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : and not an ear open : He was torn to pieces they seemed almost, with staring on one an- with a bear : this avouches the shepherd's son ; other, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was who has not only his innocence (which seems speech in their dumbness, language in their much,) to justify him, but a handkerchief, and very gesture: they looked, as they had heard rings, of his, that Paulina knows. of a world ransomed, or one destroyed : A no I Gent. What became of his bark, and his table passion of wonder appeared in them; but followers ? the wisest beholder, that knew no more but 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their seeing, could not say, if the importance were master's death ; and in the view of the shepjoy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, herd : so that all the instruments, which aided it must needs be.
to expose the child, were even then lost, when
it was found. But, 0, the noble combat, that, Enter another Gentleman.
’twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina ! Here comes a gentlemen, that, happily, knows She had one eye declined for the loss of her more: The news, Rogero?
husband ; another elevated, that the oracle was 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle fulfilled : She lifted the princess from the earth; is fulfilled; the king's daughter is found; such and so locks her in embracing, as if she would a deal of wonder has broken out within this pin her to her heart, that she might no more be hour, that ballad-makers cannot be able to ex- in danger of losing.
1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth
the audience of kings and princes; for by such Enter a third Gentleman.
was it acted. Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, deliver you more. ---How goes it now, sir? this and that which angled for mine eyes, (caught news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, the water, though not the fish,) was, when at that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has the relation of the queen’s death, with the the king found his heir ?
manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed 3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were preg- and lamented by the king, how attentiveness nant by circumstance: that, which you hear, wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione : her would fain say, bleed tears ; for, I am sure, my jewel about the neck of it:--the letters of Anti- heart wept blood. Who was inost marble there, gonus, found with it, which they know to be changed colour ; some swooned, all sorrowed : his character :-the majesty of the creature, in if all the world could have seen it, the woe had resemblance of the mother ;—the affection of been universal. nobleness, which nature shows above her breed. 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court? ing; -and many other evidences, proclaim her, 3 Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. mother's statue, which is in the keeping of PauDid you see the meeting of the two kings? lina,—a piece many years in doing, and now 2 Gent. No.
newly performed by that rare Italian master, 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which Julio Romano ; who, had he himself eternity, was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There and could put breath into his work, would bemight you have beheld one joy crown another; (guile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is