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2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there in hand, for she hath privately, twice or thrice a-day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoycing?
I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benefit of access ? every wink of an eye, some new grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge. Let’s along. [Exeunt.
Aut. Now, had not I the dash of my former life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; told him, I heard them talk of a farthel, and I know not what: but he at that time, over-fond of the shepherd's daughter (so he then took her to be) who began to be much seasick, and himself little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained undiscover’d. But 'tis all one to me; for had I been the finder out of this secret, it would not have relish'd among my other discredits.
Enter Shepherd, and Clown. Here come those I have done good to against my will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.
Shep. Come, boy, I am past more children; but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born.
Clo. You are well met, sir; [to Autolicus.] you denied to fight with me the other day, because I was no gentleman born: see you these cloths ? say, you see them not, and think me still no gentleman born: you were best say, these robes are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.
Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
. So you have; but I was a gentleman born before my father : for the king's fon took me by the hand, and call’d me brother; and then the two kings call’d my
father brother; and Vol. II.
as we are.
then the prince my brother, and the princess my sister callid my father, father; and so we wept: and there was the first gentlemanlike tears that ever we shed.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. Clo. Ay, or else’twere hard luck, being in so preposterous estate Aut. I humbly beseech you, fir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship, and to give me your good report to the prince, my master.
Shep. Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Clo. Give me thy hand; I will swear to the prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bithynia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
Shep. How if it be false, fon?
Clo. If it be ne’er so false, a true gentleman may swear it in the behalf of his friend : and I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it; and I would thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Aut. I'll prove so, sir, to my power.
Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : if I do not wonder how thou dar'ít venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark! the kings and the princes our kindred are going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: we'll be thy good masters.
Lords, and Attendants.
That I have had of thee!
Leo. O Paulina,
Pau. As she liv'd peerless,
[Pau. draws a curtain, and discovers Her. standing like a statue.
Leo. Her natural posture !
Thou art Hermione ; or, rather, thou art she,
. O, not by much.
Leo. As now she might have done,
Per. And give me leave,
Pau. O, patience;
Cam. My lord, your forrow was too sore lay'd on,
Pol. Dear my brother,
Will piece up in himself.
Pau. Indeed, my lord,
Leo. Do not draw the curtain.
Pau. No longer shall you gaze on't, left your fancy
Leo. Let be, let be:
Pol. Masterly done!
Leo. The fixure of her eye has motion in't,
Pau. I'll draw the curtain :
Leo. O sweet Paulina,
Pau. I'm sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr’d you; but
Pau. Good my lord, forbear :