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men are pleased, let them come in ; but quickly | Without her love; for her, employ them all; now.
Commend them, and condemn them, to her service, SERV. Why, they stay at door, sir. [Exit. | Or to their own perdition !
i Cam. This shows a sound affection. Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rustics, habited SHEP.
But, my daughter, like Satyrs. They dance, and then exeunt. Say you the like to him ?
I cannot speak Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that here So well, nothing so well ; no, nor mean better : after.
By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out Is it not too far gone ?—'Tis time to part them. The purity of his. [Aside.] He's simple and tells much.—How now, SHEP.
Take hands, a bargain ! fair shepherd ?
And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness to't: Your heart is full of something that does take I give my daughter to him, and will make Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was Her portion equal his. young,
O, that must be And handed love as you do, I was wont
I'the virtue of your daughter : one being dead, To load my she with knacks: I would have ran- | I shall have more than you can dream of yet ;c sack'd
Enough then for your wonder. But, come on, The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it | Contract us 'fore these witnesses. To her acceptance ; you have let him go,
Come, your hand ;And nothing marted with him. If your lass And, daughter, yours. Interpretation should abuse, and call this
Pol. Soft, swain, awhile, beseech you ; Your lack of love or bounty, you were straited Have you a father? For a reply, at least, if you make a care
I have: but what of him? Of happy holding her.
Pol. Knows he of this ?
He neither does nor shall. She prizes not such trifles as these are :
Pol. Methinks a father The gifts she looks from me are pack'd and lock'd | Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest Up in my heart; which I have given already, That best becomes the table. Pray you, once But not deliver'd.-0, hear me breathe my life
more ; Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem, Is not your father grown incapable Hath sometime lov'd! I take thy hand,—this Of reasonable affairs? is he not stupid hand,
With age and altering rheums ? can he speak ? As soft as dove's down, and as white as it,
hear ? Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow,
Know man from man ? dispute his own estate ? ! That's bolted by the northern blasts twice o'er. Lies he not bed-rid ? and again does nothing Pol. What follows this ?—
But what he did, being childish ? How prettily the young swain seems to wash
No, good sir ; The hand was fair before !—I have put you out: He has his health, and ampler strength indeed But to your protestation ; let me hear
Than most have of his age. What you profess.
By my white beard, Flo.
Do, and be witness to 't. You offer him, if this be so, a wrong Pol. And this my neighbour too?
Something unfilial : reason, my son Flo.
And he, and more Should choose himself a wife ; but as good reason, Than he, and men,—the earth, the heavens, and The father (all whose joy is nothing else all :
But fair posterity) should hold some counsel
I yield all this ; That ever made eye swerve; had force and know But, for some other reasons, my grave sir, ledge
[them, | Which 't is not fit you know, I not acquaint More than was ever man's,- I would not prize | My father of this business.
a o, father, you 21 know more of that hereafter.-1 This we must suppose to be a continuation of some discourse begun between Polixenes and the old Shepherd while the dance proceeded. b - bolted-) Sifted.
more than you can dream of yet; Enough then for your wonder. ] We have shown before, in several instances, that "yet" was fre
quently used in the sense of now. In the present passage that meaning is indispensable to the antithesis.
d - dispute his own estate ?] That is, reason upon his affairs or condition. The phrase is found again in "Romeo and Juliet," Act III. Sc. 3,"Let me dispute with thee of thy estate."
. Why, how now, father ! Flo. He shall not.
Speak, ere thou diest.
I cannot speak, nor think, Flo. ·
No, he must not. | Nor dare to know that which I know.—0, sir, SHEP. Let him, my son; he shall not need to
[To FLORIZEL. grieve
You have undone a man of fourscore three, At knowing of thy choice.
That thought to fill his grave in quiet,-yea, Flo.
Come, come, he must not :-) To die upon the bed my father died, Mark our contrāct.
To lie close by his honest bones ! but now Pol.
Mark your divorce, young sir, Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay me
[Discovering himself. Where no priest shovels in dust.–O cursed wretch ! Whom son I dare not call ; thou art too base
ST. PERDITA. To be acknowledg'd: thou a sceptre's heir, That knew'st this was the prince, and wouldst That thus affect'st a sheep-hook |--Thou old
To mingle faith with him !-Undone ! undone ! I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can
If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd But shorten thy life one week.— And thou, fresh To die when I desire.
Why look you so upon me? Of excellent witchcraft, who, of force, must know I am but sorry, not afeard; delay'd, The royal fool thou cop'st with ;
But nothing alter'd: what I was, I am ; SHEP.
O, my heart ! More straining on for plucking back ; not following Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briers, My leash unwillingly. and made
Gracious my lord, . More homely than thy state.-For thee, fond boy, You know your * father's temper: at this time If I may ever know thou dost but sigh
He will allow no speech,which I do guess That thou no more shalt never see this knack, (as | You do not purpose to him ;—and as hardly never
Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear :
I not purpose it.
Even he, my lord.
thus ! That makes himself, but for our honour therein, How often said, my dignity would last Unworthy thee,-if ever henceforth thou
But till 't were known ! These rural latches to his entrance open,
It cannot fail, but by Or hoop* his body more with thy embraces, The violation of my faith ; and then I will devise a death as cruel for thee
Let nature crush the sides o' the earth together, As thou art tender to't.
[Exit. And mar the seeds within ! Lift up thy looks :PER.
Even here undone ! From my succession wipe me, father! I I was not much afeard: for once or twice
Am heir to my affection. I was about to speak, and tell him plainly,
Be advis’d. The self-same sun that shines upon his court
Flo. I am,—and by my fancy :if my reason Hides not his visage from our cottage, but
Will thereto be obedient, I have reason ; Looks on alike.— Will’t please you, sir, be gone? | If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness,
[T. FLORIZEL. Do bid it welcome. I told you what would come of this : beseech you, CAM.
This is desperate, sir. Of your own state take care: this dream of mine, Flo. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow, Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch farther, I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, But milk my ewes, and weep.
Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may
(*) old text, hope. a That thou no more shalt never see this knack, (as never
I mean thou shalt)-) The first "never" appears to have crept in by the inadvertence of the compositor, whose eye caught it from the end of the line.
b Even here undone!] This is the accepted punctuation, and it ought not to be lightly tampered with; yet some readers may possibly think with us that the passage would be more in harmony
(*) First folio, my.
"Even here undone,
d - but it does fulfil my vow,-) As, is understood, -"but as it does fulfil my vow, I needs must think it honesty."
Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sces, or I Flo.
How, Camillo, The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide May this, almost a miracle, be done? In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
That I may call thee something more than man, To this my fair belov'd: therefore, I pray you, | And, after that, trust to thee. As you have ever been my father's honour'd friend, CAM.
Have you thought on
Not any yet:
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Then list to me : A vessel rides fast by, but not prepard
This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, For this design. What course I mean to hold But undergo this flight,- make for Sicilia ; Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor
And there present yourself and your fair princess, Concern me the reporting.
(For so I see she must be) 'fore Leontes ; O, my lord,
She shall be habited as it becomes I would your spirit were easier for advice,
The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see Or stronger for your need!
Leontes opening his free arms, and weeping Flo.
Hark, Perdita. His welcomes forth ; asks thee, the* son, for[Takes her aside.
giveness, I'll hear you by and by. [To CAMILLO. | As 't were i the father's person ; kisses the hands Cam.
He's irremoveable Of your fresh princess ; o'er and o'er divides him Resolv'd for flight. Now were I happy, if 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness,—the one His going I could frame to serve my turn; He chides to hell, and bids the other grow Save him from danger, do him love and honour; Faster than thought or time. Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia,
Worthy Camillo, And that unhappy king, my master, whom
What colour for my visitation shall I
Hold up before him?
Sent by the king your father I am so fraught with curious business, that To greet him and to give him comforts. Sir, I leave out ceremony.
[Going. The manner of your bearing towards him, with Cam. Sir, I think,
What you, as from your father, shall deliver, You have heard of my poor services, i' the love Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down: That I have borne your father ?
The which shall point you forth at every sitting FLO.
Very nobly What you must say; that he shall not perceive, Have yca deserv’d: it is my father's music, But that you have your father's bosom there, To speak your deeds ; not little of his care And speak his very heart. To have them recompens'd as thought on.
I am bound to you: | CAM..
Well, my lord, There is some sap in this. If you may please to think I love the king,
A course more promising And, through him, what's nearest to him, which is Than a wild dedication of yourselves Your gracious self, embrace but my direction, To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores ; most (If your more ponderous and settled project
certain, May suffer alteration) on mine honour
To miseries enough: no hope to help you ; I'll point you where you shall have such receiving But, as you shake off one, to take another : As shall become your highness ; where you may Nothing so certain as your anchors; who Enjoy your mistress ; (from the whom, I see, Do their best office, if they can but stay you There's no disjunction to be made, but by, Where you'll be loth to be: besides, you know, As heavens forfend! your ruin) marry her;
Prosperity's the very bond of love, And (with my best endeavours in your absence) Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together Your discontenting father strive to qualify, Affliction alters. And bring him up to liking.
One of these is true :
() Old text, there.
1- to our need, --] Theobald's correction, the old copies reading, "her need.”
“Irremoveable" is here employed adverbially; "He's irre-
I think affliction may subdue the cheek,
cut most of their festival purses; and had not the But not take in the mind.
old man come in with a whoobub against his CAM.
Yea, say you so ? daughter and the king's son, and scared my There shall not, at your father's house, these seven choughs from the chaff, † had not left a purse alive years,
| in the whole army. Be born another such.
[Cax. Flo. and Per. come forward. Flo. My good Camillo,
Cam. Nay, but my letters, by this means being She is as forward of her breeding as
there She is i' the rear of our birth."
So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. CAM.
I cannot say, 'tis pity I Flo. And those that you'll procure from king She lacks instructions, for she seems a mistress
Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
Happy be you! I'll blush you thanks.
All that you speak shows fair.
Who have we here ?But, 0, the thorns we stand upon !-Camillo,—
Seeing AUTOLYCUS. Preserver of my father, now of me,
We'll make an instrument of this ; omit
Aut. [Aside.] If they have overheard me now, Nor shall appear in Sicilia.
- why, hanging. CAM,
Cam. How now, good fellow ! why shakest thou Fear none of this : I think you know my fortunes so ? Fear not, man; here 's no harm intended to Do all lie there : it shall be so my care
thee. To have you royally appointed, as if
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir. The scene you play were mine. For instance, sir, Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal That you may know you shall not want,—one that from thee: yet, for the outside of thy poverty, word.
[They talk aside. we must make an exchange; therefore, discase
thee instantly, (thou must think there's a necessity
in't) and change garments with this gentleman : Enter AUTOLYCUS.
though the pennyworth on his side be the worst,
yet hold thee, there's some boot. [Giving money. Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool Honesty is ! and Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.—[ Aside.] I know Trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman ! | ye well enough. I have sold all my trumpery ; not a counterfeit I Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, dispatch : the gentleman stone, not a riband, glass, pomander,° brooch, | is half flayed already. table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ?-[Aside.]I smell bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack from fasting; the trick on 't. they throng who should buy first, as if my trinkets Flo. Dispatch, I pr’ythee. had been hallowed, and brought a benediction to Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest ; but I cannot the buyer: by which means I saw whose purse | with conscience take it. was best in picture ; and what I saw, to my good Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.-use I remembered. My clown (who wants but
[Flo, and AutoL. exchange garments. something to be a reasonable man) grew so in love Fortunate mistress,let my prophecy with the wenches' song, that he would not stir his Come home to ye !-you must retire yourself pettitoes till he had both tune and words; which Into some covert: take your sweetheart's hat so drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your face ; other senses stuck in ears: you might have pinched Dismantle you; and, as you can, disliken a placket, it was senseless ; 't was nothing to geld The truth of your own seeming; that you may a cod-piece of a purse; I would have filed keys (For I do fear eyes over) to shipboard off that hung in chains : no hearing, no feeling, Get undescried. but my sir's song, and admiring the nothingd of PER.
I see the play so lies it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and That I must bear a part.
1- i'the rear of our birth.] The original has,—"i'th' reare' 'our Birth."
Nor shall appear in Sicilia.] It is usual to print this with a break after "Sicilia ; " the proper remedy, we believe, is to insert " 30," which appears to have dropped out at press,-"Nor shall appear so in Sicilia."
- pomander,- A pomander was a ball of perfumes, “Pomme d'ambre," carried in the pocket, worn round the neck, or suspended
from the wrist.
d the nothing of it.] It has been suggested that "nothing" in this place is a misprint for noting; but like moth for mote, it is only the old mode of spelling that word.
e (For I do fear eyes over)] Rowe reads, "eyes over you;" a MS, note in Lord Ellesmere's copy of the first folio has, "eyes ever;"and Mr. Collier's annotator proposes the same alteration.
SHEP. I will tell the king all, every word ; yea, Have you done there?
and his son's pranks too,—who, I may say, is no Flo.
Should I now meet my father, honest man neither to his father nor to me, to go He would not call me son.
about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Cam.
Nay, you shall have no hat. Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest Come, lady, come.—Farewell, my friend.
off you could have been to him ; and then your AUT.
Adieu, sir. | blood had been the dearer by I know how much an Flo, 0, Perdita, what have we twain forgot! ounce. Pray you, a word. [They converse apart. | Aut. (A side.] Very wisely, puppies ! CAM. [Aside.] What I do next, shall be to tell SHEP. Well, let us to the king; there is that the king
in this fardel * will make him scratch his beard. Of this escape, and whither they are bound;
Aut. I know not what impediment this comWherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail
plaint may be to the flight of my master. To force him after; in whose company
Clo. Pray heartily he be at palace. I shall re-view Sicilia, for whose sight
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am I have a woman's longing.
so sometimes by chance :let me pocket up my
Fortune speed us !-- pedler's excrement. 6—[ Aside. Taking off his false Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side.
beard.] How now, rustics ! whither are you Cam. The swifter speed the better.
bound ? [Exeunt Flo. Per. and Cam. SHEP. To the palace, an it like your worship. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: to Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, the condition of that fardel, the place of your is necessary for a cutpurse; a good nose is requisite dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, also, to smell out work for the other senses. I see breeding, and anything that is fitting to be known, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. discover. What an exchange had this been without boot ! Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. what a boot is here with this exchange! Sure, the Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me gods do this year connive at us, and we may do have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, anything extempore. The prince himself is about and they often give us soldiers the lie: but we a piece of iniquity ; stealing away from his father pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing with his clog at his heels : if I thought it were a steel; therefore they do not give us the lie. piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I Clo. Your worship had like to have given us would not do't: I hold it the more knavery to one, if you had not taken yourself with the conceal it; and therein am I constant to my manner. profession.—Aside, aside !-here is more matter SHEP. Are you a courtier, an 't like you, sir ? for a hot brain : every lane's, end, every shop, AUT. Whether it like me or no, I am a courchurch, session, hanging, yields a careful man | tier. See'st thou not the air of the court in these work.
enfoldings ? hath not my gait in it the measure of
the court ? receives not thy nose court-odour from Enter Clown and Shepherd.
me ? reflect I not on thy baseness court-contempt ?
Thinkest thou, for that I insinuate, or* toze from Clo. See, see; what a man you are now !
thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier ? I There is no other way but to tell the king she's a am courtier cap-a-pè; and one that will either changeling, and none of your flesh and blood. push on or pluck back thy business there: whereSHEP. Nay, but hear me.
upon I command thee to open thy affair. Clo. Nay, but hear me.
SHEP. My business, sir, is to the king. SHEP. Go to, then.
AUT. What advocate hast thou to him ? Clo, She being none of your flesh and blood, SHEP. I know not, an't like you. your flesh and blood has not offended the king; Clo. [Aside to the Shepherd.] Advocate's the and so your flesh and blood is not to be punished court-word for a pheasant; say, you have nonc. by him. Show those things you found about her;
SHEP. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock those secret things, all but what she has with her: , nor hen. this being done, let the law go whistle ; I warrant | Aut. How bless'd are we that are not simple you.
& -fardel- A bundle, pack, or burden.
(*) Old text, at. b- excrement.] He means beard. We have a similar appli- | "and with his royal finger, thus, dally with my excrement, with cation of the word in “Love's Labour's Lost," Act V. Sc. 1, my mustachio."