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Never, but once. Her. What! have I twice said well? when
was 't before ?
Why, that was when
death, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand And clap thyself my love: then didst thou utter 'I am yours for ever.' Her.
Tis grace indeed.
[Aside] Too hot, too hot !
96. heat, run over in a single 110. tremor cordis, 'trembling course or heat.'
of the heart.' 104. clap thyself my love, 113. fertile bosom, expansive plight thyself by clasp of hands. kindness.
And well become the agent ; 't may, I grant ;
Ay, my good lord.
l' fecks ! 120 Why, that's my bawcock. What, hast smutch'd
thy nose ?
Yes, if you will, my lord.
that I have,
the of the horn, blown to announce virginals or spinnet. the death of the quarry.
128. a rough pash, an uneven 120. l' fecks, a colloquial forehead (i.c. with budding variation for i faith.
horns). 121. bawcock, a term of en
132. o'er-dyed blacks, mourndearment, like chuck,' but always masculine (beau coq).
ing garments made of old faded
stuffs dyed. 125. neat, i.e. (horned) cattle. virginalling, playing 136. welkin, blue.
Most dear'st! my collop! Can thy dam ?-may't
be?Affection! thy intention stabs the centre : Thou dost make possible things not so held, Communicatest with dreams ;-how can this be ?- 140 With what's unreal thou coactive art, And fellow'st nothing: then 'tis very credent Thou mayst co-join with something; and thou dost, And that beyond commission, and I find it, And that to the infection of
brains And hardening of my brows. Pol.
What means Sicilia ?
How, my lord !
No, in good earnest
137. Most dear'st! my collop! inmost thoughts of man ('the It was a proverbial saying that centre'); makes him believe • it is a dear collop that is cut things he thought impossible ; out of thy own flesh.'
takes part with and persuades 138. Affection ! thy intention him of the reality of dreams and stabs the centre, etc. Leontes, idle fancies; whence (142) it is momentarily mistrusting his sus. very credible that it may perpicion, as he contemplates his suade him of the reality of things son (May't be?'). suddenly which have a basis in reality, realises the tyranny of emotion even beyond the warrant of that ('affection') over insight; and basis. utters the discovery in brief but 142. credent, credible. obscure ejaculations, the general 154. methoughts; an Elizasense of which is as follows: The bethan form of methought(which intensity ('intention') of .affec also occurs, e.g. five lines below, tion' pierces to and masters the on the analogy of methinks).
Twenty-three years, and saw myself unbreech'd,
Mam. No, my lord, I'll fight.
If at home, sir,
my blood. Leon.
So stands this squire
If you would seek us,
160. squash, unripe peapod. portion to be a 'happy man.
161. Will you take eggs for 170. childness, childish money? A proverb, meaning : humours. • Will you submit to be paid in 171. So stands .
ofic'd, eggs instead of coin ?' 'will you •Such is Mamillius' office with put up with an affront?'
me. 163. happy man be's dole,
177. Apparent, next heir, also a proverb: May it be his 178. shall's, slaall we.
Leon. To your own bents dispose you : you 'll
be found, Be you beneath the sky. [Aside] I am angling
now, Though you perceive me not how I give line. Go to, go to ! How she olds up the neb, the bill to him ! And arms her with the boldness of a wife To her allowing husband ! [Exeunt Polixenes, Hermione, and
183. neb, bill (lips).
chastity (cf. a rhyming planet,
Much Ado, v. 2. 40), whose in201. It is a bawdy planet, etc., fluence makes wives unfaithful Vice is a sort of planet of un wherever it prevails.