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The great Apollo suddenly will haye
ACT III. SCENE !. The same. A Street in some Town.
Enter CLEOMEnes and Dion. Cleo. The climate's delicate; the air most sweet; Fertile the isle; the temple much surpassing The common praise it bears. Dion.
I shall report,
But, of all, the burst
If the event o'the journey
The time is worth the use on't.] The time is worth the use on't, means, the time which we have spent in visiting Delos, has re. campensed us for the trouble of so spending it."
Turn all to the best! These proclamations,
Dion. The violent carriage of it
horses; And gracious be the issue !
nounce, Even pushes 'gainst our heart: The party tried, The daughter of a king; our wife; and one
Of us too much belov'd.Let us be clear'd ** Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
Proceed in justice; which shall have due course,
Offi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Appear in person here in court.- Silence!
HERMIONE is brought in, guarded; Paulina and
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned
3 Even to the guilt, or the purgation.]. The word even is not to be understood here as an adveró, but as an adjective, signifying equal or indifferent.
of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence4 whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their letter safety, to fly away by night.
Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that Which contradicts my accusation; and The testimony on my part, no other But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot
me To say, Not guilty: mine integrity, : Being counted falsehood," shall, as I express it, Be so receiv’d. But thus, If powers divine Behold our human actions, (as they do,) I doubt not then, but innocence shall make False accusation blush, and tyranny Tremble at patience.-You, my lord, best know, (Who least will seem to do so,) my past life Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true, As I am now unhappy; which is more Than history can pattern, though devis’d, And play'd, to take spectators: For behold me, A fellow of the royal bed, which owe A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, The mother to a hopeful prince,-here standing, To prate and talk for life, and honour, 'fore Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it“
pretence—] Is, in this place, taken for a schemė laid, a design formed. i 5 m ine integrity, &c.] That is, my virtue being accounted wickedness, my assertion of it will pass but for a lie. Falsehood means both'treachery and lie. Johnson.
For life, I prize it. Life is now to me only grief, and as such only is considered by me: I would therefore willingly dismiss it. Johnson.
As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour,
I ne'er heard yet,
That's true enough;
Leon. You will not own it.
More than mistress of, Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not At all acknowledge. For Polixenes,
? 'Tis a derivative from me to mine,] This sentiment, which is probably borrowed from Ecclesiasticus, iii. 11, cannot be too often impressed on the female mind: “ The glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour, is a reproach unto her children." STEEVENS. s I ne'er heard yet,
That any of these bolder vices wanted
Than to perform it first.] It is apparent that according to the proper, or at least, according to the present, use of words, less should be more, or wanted should be had. But Shakspeare is very uncertain in his use of negatives. It may be necessary once to observe, that in our language, two negatives did not originally affirm, but strengthen the negation. This mode of speech was in time changed, but, as the change was made in opposition to long custom, it proceeded gradually, and uniformity was not obtained but through an intermediate confusion. JOHNSON.
(With whom I am accus'd,) I do confess,
Leon. You knew of his departure, as you know What you have underta'en to do in his absence.
Your actions are my dreams; You had a bastard by Polixenes, And I but dream'd it :-As you were past all shame, (Those of your fact are so,) so past all truth: Which to deny, concerns more than avails: For as Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself, No father owning it, (which is, indeed, More criminal in thee, than it,) so thon Shalt feel our justice; in whose easiest passage, Look for no less than death. Her.
Sir, spare your threats; 9 My life stands in the level -] To be in the level is, to be within the reach.
'(Those of your fact are so,)] i. e. guilt.