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Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you? Come,
Merry, or sad, shall't be?
A sad tale's best for winter:
Let's have that, sir. Come on, sit down :—Come on, and do your best To fright me with your sprites : you're powerful
at it. Mam. There was a man,Her.
Nay, come, sit down; then on. Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-) will tell it
softly; Yon crickets shall not hear it. Her.
Come on then, And give't me in mine ear.
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and Others. Leon. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo
with him? i Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them;
How bless'd am I
? In my just censure? in my true opinion?] Censure, in the time of our author, was generally used (as in this instance) for judgment, opinion.
3 Alack, for lesser knowledge!] That is, O that my knowledge were less.
A spider steep'd,4 and one may drink; depart,
i Lord. By his great authority;
I know't too well.
What is this? sport?
But I'd say, he had not,
4 A spider steep'd,] Spiders were esteemed venomous. 5- hefts :] Hefts are heavings, what is heaved up. • He has discover'd my design, and I
Remain a pinch'd thing;] The sense, I think, is, He hath now discovered my design, and I am treated as a mere child's baby, a thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet for them to move and actuate as they please. HEATH.
And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying,
You, my lords, Look on her, mark her well ; be but about To say, she is a goodly lady, and The justice of your hearts will thereto add, 'Tis pity she's not honest, honourable: Praise her but for this her without-door form, (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) and
straight The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands, That calumny doth use :-0, I am out, That mercy does; for calumny will sear? Virtue itself :—these shrugs, these hums, and ha's, When you have said, she's goodly, come between, Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known, From him that has most cause to grieve it should
Should a villain say so,
You have mistook, my lady,
? - will sear -] i. e. will stigmatize or brand as infamous.
A federary -] i. e. confederate.
But with her most vile principal," that she's
No, by my life,
Leon. No, no; if I mistake
There's some ill planet reigns:
Shall I be heard ?
[To the Guards.
9 But with her most vile principal,] One that knows what we should be ashamed of, even if the knowledge of it rested only in her own breast and that of her paramour, without the participation of any confidant.-But, which is here used for only, renders this passage somewhat obscure. "He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty,
But that he speaks.] Far off guilty, signifies, guilty in a remote degree. But that he speaks—means, in merely speaking.
Her. Who is’t, that goes with me?—Beseech
your highness, My women may be with me; for, you see, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; There is no cause: when you shall know, your mis
[Exeunt Queen and Ladies. i Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen
again. Ant. Be certain what you do, sir; lest your jus
tice Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, Yourself, your queen, your son.' i Lord.
For her, my lord, I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless I'the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean, In this which you accuse her. Ant.
If it prove She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where Nodge my wife;I'll go in couples with her; Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust her; For every inch of woman in the world, Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, If she be.
I'll keep my stables where : I lodge my wife;] If Hermione prove unfaithful, I'll never trust my wife out of my sight; I'll always go in couples with her; and, in that respect, my house shall resemble a stable, where dogs are kept in pairs.