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True, too true, my lord : |And all eyes else dead coals !-fear tnou no wife, II, one by one, you wedded allibe world,

l'll have no wife, Paulina. Or, from the all that are, look something good, Paul.

Will your swear To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd, Never to marry, but by my free leave ? Would be unparallel'd. .

Leon. Never, Paulina; so be bless'd my spirit ! Leon.

I think so. Kill'a ? Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his She I kill'd ? I did so: but thou strik'st me

oath. Sorels, to say I did; it is as bitter

Cleo. You lempt him over-much. Upon thy tongue, as in my thought : Now, good! Paul.

Unless another, now,

As like Hermionc as is her picture,
Say so but seldom.

Aflront his eye.
Not at all, good lady:


Good madam,You might have spoken a thousand things that Paul.

I have done. would

Yet, if my lord will marry,—if you will, sir, llare dove the time more benefit, and grac'd No remedy, but you will; give me the office Your kindness better.

To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young Punl. m an You are one of those, As was your former ; but she shall be such, Would have him wed again.

As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should

If you would not so, take joy
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance To see her in your arms.
Of his most sovereign dame; consider little,


My true Paulina, What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us. May drop upon his kingdoin, and devour


That Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath; Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ?i Never till then. What holier, than,- for royalty's repair, For present comfort and for future good,

Enter a Gentleman. To bless the bed of maj

Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, With a sweet fellow to't ?

Son of Polixencs, with his princess, (she

There is none worthy, The lairest I have yet bcheld,) desires access
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods To your high presence.
Will have fultillid their secret purposes:


What with him ? he comes not For has not the divine Apollo said,

Like to his father's greatness : his approach, It not the tenor of his oracle,

So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, That king Leontes shall not have an heir,

'Tis not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd Till his lost child be found ? which, that it shall,

By need, and accident. What train ? is all as monstrous to our human reason,


But sew, As my Antigonus to break his grave,

And thosc but mean. And come again to me; who, on my life,


His princess, say you, with him ? Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel, Genl. Av; the most pccrless picce of earth, I My lord should to the heavens be contrary,

think, Oppose against thcir will. Care not for issue; That e'cr the sun sbone bright on. To Leontcs. Paul.

O Herinione, The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander

As every present time doth boast itself
Left his to the worthicst; so his successor Above a better, cone; so mlist thy grave
Was like to be the best.

Give way to what's secn now. Sir, you yourself
Good Paulina,

Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Who has the memory or llermione,

Is colder than that theme,') She had not been, I know, in honour,--0, that ever 1

Nor was not to be equallid ;-thus your verse Had squar'd me to thy counsel!-lhen, even now, Flow'd with her beauty once ; 'tis shrewdly ebb'd, I mishi have look'd upon my quccu's full eyes; To say, you have seen a better. Hare taken treasure from her lips,-


Pardon, madam: Parul.

And Ick them The one I have almost forgot; (vour pardon,) More rich, for what they yiclded.

The other, when she has obtain'd your eye,

Thou speak'st truth. Will have your tongue too. This is such a crcature,
No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one worse, Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal
And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit of all professors else; make proselytes
Again possess her corpse; and, on this stage Or who she but bid follow.
(Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex'd, Paul.

How? not women ? Berin, And why lo me ?

Genl. Women will love her, that she is a woman Pad.

Had she such power, More worth than any man; men, that she is She had just cause.

The rarest of all women.
Leon. She had; and would incense? me Leon.

Go, Cleomenes;
To inurder her I married.

Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, Paul.

I should so:

Bring them to our embracement.-Still 'tis strange, Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark I "(Ereunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentlemen. Her eve; and tell me, for what dull part in't He thus should steal upon us. You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears Paru.

Had our prince Should rin' to hear me; and the words that follow'd (Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had pair'd Should be, Rensember mine.

Well with this lord; there was not full a month Leon,

Stars, very stars, Between their births. (1) At rest, dead. (2) Instigate. (5) i. e. Than the corse of Hermione, the sub (3) Split. (4) Meet. bject of your writing,


Pr'ythee, no more; thou know'st| .

Enter a Lord. He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure,


Most noble sir, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches

That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, Will bring me to consider thal,

Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, greai sir, Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.

Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Re-enter Cleomenes, with Florizel, Perdita, and Desires you to attach2 his son ; who has attendants.

(His dignity and duty both cast off,)

Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; A shepherd's daughter. For she did print your royal father off,


Where's Bohemia ? apeak. Conceiving you : Were I but twenty-one,

Lord. Here in the city; I now came from him. Your (ather's image is so hit in you,

| I speak amazedly; and it becomes His very air, that I should call you brother, My marvel, and my message. To your court As I did him; and speak of something, wildly Whiles he was hasi'ning (in the chase, it seems, By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! Or this fair couple,) meets hc on the way And your fair princess, goddess !-0, alas! The father of this sceming lady, and I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Her brother, having both their country quitted Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as With this young prince. . You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost


Camillo has betray'd me; (All mine own folly,) the society,

Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Amity too, of your brave father; whom, Endur'd all weathers. Though bearing misery, I desire my life


Lay't so, to his charge, Once more to look upon.

He's with the king your father.
By his command Leon.

Who? Camillo? Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him | Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him ; who nort Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, Has these poor men in question. Never saw I Can send his brother : and, but infirmity

Wretches so quake : they kneel, they kiss the earth; (Which waits upon worn time,) hath something Forswear themselves as onen as they speak: seiz'd

Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them His wish'd ability, he had himself

With divers deaths in death. The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Per.

O, my poor father! Measur'd, to look upon you; whom he loves The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have (He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres, Our contract celebrated. And those that bear them, living.


You are married ? Leon.

O, my brother, Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, The stars, I sec, will kiss the valleys first :

The odds for high and low's alike. Afresh within me; and these thy offices,


* My lord, So rarely kind, are as interpreters

Is this the daughter of a king ?
Of my behind-hand slackness !--Welcome hither, | Flo.

She is,
As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too When once she is my wife.
Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage

Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune,

specd, To greet a man, not worth her pains ; much less Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, The adventure of her person ?

Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Flo.

Good my lord, Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, She came from Libya.

Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, Leon.

Where the warlike Smalus, That you might well enjoy her. That noble honour'd Jord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? | Flo:

Dear, look up: Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Though fortune, visible an enemy, whose daughter

Should chase us, with my father, power no jot His tcars proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence Hath she, to change our loves.-'Beseech you, sir, (A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we have cross'd, Remember since you ow'd no more to time To execute the charge my father gave me, Than I do now: with thought of your affections, For visiting your highness: My best train

Step forth mine advocate ; at your request, I have from your Sicilian shorcs dismiss'd; My father will grant precious things, as trides. Who for Bohemia bend, to signily

| Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious Not only my success in Libya, sir,

mistress, But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety

Which he counts but a triflc. Here, where we are.


Sir, my liege, Leon. The blessed gods

Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month Purge all infection from our air, whilst you 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such Do climate here! You have a holy father,

gazes A graceful' gentleman : against whose person, Than what you look on now. So sacred as it is, I have done sin :


I thought of her, For which the heavens, taking angry note, Even in these looks I made.—But your petition Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd

(To Florizel (As he from heaven merits it, with you,

Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father ; (Vorthy his goodness. What might I have been, Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on, I am a friend to them, and you: upon which crrand Such goodly things as you ?

I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, (1) Full of grace and virtue.

(4) A quibble on the false dice so called. (2) Seize, arrest. (3) Conversation. 1 (5) Descent or wealth


And mark what way I make : Come, good my encounter, which lames report to follow it, and unlord.

(Exeuni. I does description to do it."

1.2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, SCENE II.--The same. Before the palace. En- that carried hence the child'? ter Autolycus and a Gentleman.

3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will have Aut. 'Bescech you, sir, were you present at this

this matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and relation ?

at is not an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, bea!

de bear: this avouches the shepherd's son ; who has heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he tify him, but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that

ni not only his innocence (which seems much,) to jusfound it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we

uness, Paulina knows. were all commanded out of the chamber; onlyl i Gent. What became of his bark, and his folthis, methought I heard the shepherd say, he foundli.

und lowers? the child. Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

| 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their I Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ; l.

.master's death; and in the view of the shepherd :

on the business; so that all the instruments, which aided to expose -But the changes I perceived in the king, and lih

who the child, were even then lost, when it was found. Camillo, were very notes of admiration : they seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear.

Ey But, o, ihe noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorthe cases of their eyes; there was specch in their line

row, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye dedumbness, language in their very gesture ; they the

clined for the loss of her husband ; another elevated looked, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or

y that the oracle was fulfilled : She lined the prinne destroyed: A notable passion of wonder ap as if she would pin her to her heart, that she might

Wcess from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, peared in them: but the wisest beholder, that knew

no more be in danger of losing. no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance

1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the were joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the.. one, it must needs be.

audience of kings and princes; for by such was it

acted. Enler another Gentleman.

3 Gent, One of the prettiest touches of all, and

that which angled for mine eyes (caught the water, Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of The news, Rogero ?

the queen's death, with the manner how she came 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is ful- to it,'(bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) filled; the king's daughter is found : such a deal how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from of wonder is broken out within this hour, that bal- one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an lad-makers cannot be able to express it,

alas ! I would sain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, Enter a third Gentleman.

my heart wept blood. Who was most marble there,

changed colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: ir Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can all the world could have seen it, the wo had been deliver you more.-How goes it now, sir ? this universal. news, which is called true, 'is so like an old tale, 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court ? that the verity of it is in strong suspicion: Has 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's the king found his heir ?

statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, a piece 3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregnant many years in doing, and now newly performed by by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; who, had swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs, he himself eternity, and could put breath into his The mantle of queen Hermione:-her jewel about work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so perthe neck of it :-the letters of Antigonus, found fectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath with it, which they know to be his character :--the done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to majesty of the crcature, in resemblance of the her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with all mother ;-the affection’ of nobleness, which nature greediness of affection, are they gone ; and there shows above her breeding, -and many other evi- they intend to sup. dences, proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or two kings?

thrice a day, ever since the death or Hermione, 2 Gent. No.

visited that removed housc. Shall we thither, and 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was with our company piece the rejoicing ? to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might youl 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benehave beheld one joy crown another; so, and in fit of access? every wink of an eye, some new such manner

row wept to take grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrilly leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. There io our knowledge. Let's along. was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with

(Ercunt Gentlemen. countenance of such distraction, that they were tol. Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life be known by garment, not by favour. Our king.lin me, would preferment dron on my being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; found daughter; as if that joy were now become told him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know a loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then asks not what: but he at that time, over-fond of the Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in- shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) law; then again worries he his daughter, with who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little clipping“ her; now he thanks the old shepherd, better, extremity of weather continuing, this myswhich stands by, like a weather-beaten conduit oftery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another me: for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it

(1) The thing imported.
(2) Disposition of quality.

(3) Countenance, features. (4) Embracing. 1 (5) Most petrified with wonder. (6) Remoto.

would not have relished among my other discredits. It is a surplus of your grace, which nerer

My life may last to answer.
Enter Shepherd and Clown.


o Paulina, Here come those I have done good to against my We honour you with trouble : But we came will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their To see the statue of our queen : your gallery fortune.

Have we pass'd through, not without much content Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but in many singularities; but we saw not thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. That which my daughter came to look upon,

Clo. You are well met, sir: You denied to tight The statue of her mother. with me this other day, because I was no gentle-. Paul.

As she liv'd peerless, man bern: See you these clothes ? say, you sec So her dead likeness, I do well believe, them not, and think me still no gentleman born: Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, you were best say, these robes are not gentlemen Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am Lonely, apart: But here it is : prepare not now a gentleman born.

To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well. Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four

Paulina undraws a curtain, and dishours.

corers a stalue, Shep. And so have I, boy.

I like your silence, it the more shows off Clo. So you have:--but I was a gentleman born Your wonder: But yet speak;-first, you, my liege. before my father : for the king's son took me by thc Comes it not something near ? hand, and called me, brother; and then the two Leon.

Her natural posture ! kings called my father, brother; and then the Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, Thou art Hermione: or, rather, thou art she, called my father, father; and so we wept: and In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, there was the first gentleman-like tcars that ever As infancy, and grace.-But yet, Paulina, we shed.

| Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. So aged, as this seems. Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so Pol.

O, not by much. preposterous cstate as we are.

| Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence : Aut. I humbly bescech you, sir, to pardon mc Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her all the faults I have committed to your worship, As she liv'd now. and to give me your good report to the prince myl Leon.

As now she might have done, master.

"So much to my good comfort, as it is Shep. 'Pr'ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, now we are gentlemen.

Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

| As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd her! ul. Ay, ap it like your good worship.

I am asham'd : Does not the stone rebuke me, Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to thc For being more stone than it ?-0, royal piece, prince, thou art as honcst a truc fellow as any is in There's magic in thy majesty; which has Bohemia.

My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,

Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let Standing like stone with thee! boors and franklins' say it, I'll swear it.

. Per.

And give me leave; Shep. How if it be false, son ?

And do not say, 'lis superstition, that Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may I kncel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, swear it in the behalf of his friend :-And I'll Dear quecn, that ended when I but began, swear to the prince, thou art a talla fellow of thy Give me that hand of yours, to kiss, hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I Paul.

0, patience, know, thou art no tall-fellow of thy hands, and that the statue is but newly fixed, the colour's thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, Not dry. thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands. 7 Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on:

Jul. I will prove so, sir, to my power. ' Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,

Clo. Ay, by any means prove a lall rellow: if I So many summers, dry: scarce any joy do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be Did ever so long live; no sorrow, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! But kill'd itself much sooner. the kings and the princes, our kindred, are going Pol.

Dear my brother, to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: we'll let him, that was the cause of this, have power be thy good mastcrs.

(Ereunt. To take off so much grief from you, as he

Will piece up in himself. SCENE III.-The same. A room in Paulina's!" Paul.

Indeed, my lord, house. Enler Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Per-lic I had thought, the sight of my poor image dila, Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Hitendants. Would thus have wrought" you, (for the stone is Leon. ( grave and good Paulina, the great com

minc,) fort

I'd not have show'd it. That I have had of thee !


* Do not draw the curtain. Paul.

What, sovereign sir, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your I did not well, I meant well: All my services,

fancy You have paid homc: but that you have vouchsalu May think anon, it moves. With your crown'd brother, and these your con- Leon.

Let be, let be, tracted

Would I were dead, but that methinks already Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, What was he, that did make it?-See, my lord, (1) Yeomen. (2) Stout.

(3) Worked, agitated.


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Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those Pol.

She embraces him. veins

Cam. She hangs about his neck;
Did verily bear blood ?

If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Masterly done :

Pol. Ay, and make't manifcst where she has The very life secms warm upon her lip.

Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't,' Or, how stol'n from the dead. As we are mock'd with art.

| Paul.

That she is living, Paru.

I'll draw the curtain ; Wcre it but told you, should be hooted at My lord's almost so far transported, that

Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, He'll think anon, it lives.

Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.Leon,

O sweet Paulina, Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, Make me to think so twenty years together; And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good No settled senses of the world can match

lady; The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Our Perdita is found. Paul, I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd

(Presenting Per. who kneels lo ller. you: but


You gods, look down, I could alllict you further.

And from your sacred vials pour your graces

Do, Paulina; Upon my daughter's licad! - Tell me, mine own, For this a Miction has a taste as sweet

Where hast thou been preserv'd ? where livid ? As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,

how found There is an air comes from her: What ine chisel Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I,Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, knowing by Paulina, that the oracle For I will kiss her.

Gave hope ihou wast in being-have preserv'd Paul.

Good my lord, forbear: Myself, to see the issue. The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;


There's time enough for that ; You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ? Your joys with like relation.-Go togсther, Leon. No, not these twenty years.

You precious winners all; your exultation Per.

So long could I [Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, Stand by, a looker on.

Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there Either forbear,

My mate, that's nefer to be found again, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you

Lament till I am lost. For more amazement: If you can behold it,


O peace, Paulina ; I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, . And take you by the hand: but then you'll think As I by thine, a wile: this is a match, Which I'protest against,) I am assisted

And made between's by vows. Thou hast found By wicked powers.

mine; What you can make her do, But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, I am content to look on : what to speak,

As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far To make her speak, as more.

(For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Pard.

It is requir'd,

An honourable husband:-Come, Camillo, You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still; And take her by the hand : whose worth, ond Or those, that think it is unlawful business

honesty, I am about, let them depart.

Is richly noted; and here justified

Proceed; By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place. No foot shall stir.

What ?-Look upon my brother :-boih your parPaul. Music; awake her: strike


Music. That e'er I pa: between your holy looks 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Miy ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law, Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Is troth-plight to your daughter. -Good Paulina, Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Dear life redeems you.-You perceive, she stirs : Each one demand, and answer to his part

(Hermione comes doion from the pedestal. Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Start not: her actions shall be holy, as,

We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Exe. You hear, my spell is lawsul: do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kill her double: Nay, present your hand : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, Is she become ihe suitor.

with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The Leon, 0, she's warm! (Embracing her. character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and If this be magic, let it be an art

strongly represented. Lawful as eating.

JOHNSON. (1) i.e. Though her eye be fixed, it seems to have (3) You who by this discovery have gained what motion in it,

you desired. (2) As if.

s (4) Participate.


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