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Bohemia greets you from himself by me;
LEON. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious Desires you to attach his son, who has
mistress, (His dignity and duty both cast off)
Which he counts but a trifle. Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Paul.
Sir, my liege, A shepherd's daughter.
Your eye hath too much youth in 't: not a LEON. Where's Bohemia ? speak !
month LORD. Here in your city; I now came from 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such him:
gazes I speak amazedly; and it becomes
Than what you look on now. My marvel and my message. To your court
I thought of her, Whiles he was hast’ning, (in the chase, it seems, Even in these looks I made.—But your petition Of this fair couple) meets he on the way
[To FLORIZEL. The father of this seeming lady, and
Is yet unanswer'd. I will to your father ; Her brother, having both their country quitted Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, With this young prince.
I am friend to them and you: upon which FLO. Camillo has betray'd me;
errand Whose honour and whose honesty, till now, I now go toward him ; therefore, follow me, Endur'd all weathers.
And mark what way I make: come, good my lord. LORD. Lay't so to his charge;
[Exeunt. He's with the king your father. LEON.
Who? Camillo ? LORD. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him ; who now
SCENE II.—The same. Before the Palace of Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
Leontes. Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth;
Enter AutoLYCUS and a Gentleman. Forswear themselves as often as they speak : Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
Aut. Beseech you, sir, were you present at this With divers deaths in death.
relation ? PER.
O, my poor father! Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel; The heavens set spies upon us, will not have heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how Our contract celebrated.
he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, LEON.
You are married ? we were all commanded out of the chamber; only Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ;
this, methought I heard the shepherd say he found The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first:
the child. The odds for high and low 's alike.
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. LEON.
My lord, Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busiIs this the daughter of a king?
ness ;—but the changes I perceived in the king Flo.
and Camillo were very notes of admiration : they When once she is my wife.
seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear LEON. That once, I see, by your good father's
the cases of their eyes ; there was speech in their speed,
dumbness, language in their very gesture; they Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
looked as they had heard of a world ransomed, Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, or one destroyed : a notable passion of wonder Where you were tied in duty; and as sorry appeared in them ; but the wisest beholder, that Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, knew no more but seeing, could not say if the imThat you might well enjoy her.
portavce were joy or sorrow,—but in the extremity Flo.
Dear, look up: of the one it must needs be.—Here comes a Though Fortune, visible an enemy,
gentleman that happily knows more :
Rog. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is My father will grant precious things as trifles. fulfilled ; the king's daughter is found : such a
a Sir, my liege,-) See note (a), p. 204.
to be,-A mere spectator could never have said whether thei:
deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that manner, that it seemed sorrow wept to take leave ballad-makers cannot be able to express it.—Here of them,—for their joy waded in tears. There comes the lady Paulina’s steward; he can deliver was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands, with you more.—
countenance of such distraction, that they were to be known by garment, not by favour. Our king,
being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his Enter Paulina's Steward.
found daughter, as if that joy were now become a
loss, cries, O, thy mother, thy mother! then asks How goes it now, sir ? this news, which is called Bohemia forgiveness ; then embraces his son-intrue, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is law; then again worries he his daughter with in strong suspicion : has the king found his heir ? clippinga her ; now he thanks the old shepherd,
STEW. Most true, if ever truth were pregnant which stands by like a weather-bitten conduit of by circumstance: that which you hear you 'll many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. encounter, which lames report to follow it, and The mantle of queen Hermione's;—her jewel about undoes description to do it. . the neck of it;—the letters of Antigonus, found Rog. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, with it, which they know to be his character;—the that carried hence the child ? majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the Stew. Like an old tale still, which will have mother ;—the affection of nobleness, which nature matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and shows above her breeding ;—and many other evi- | not an ear open. He was torn to pieces with a dences, proclaim her with all certainty to be the bear: this avouches the shepherd's son ; who has king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the not only his innocence (which seems much) to two kings?
justify him, but a handkerchief and rings of his, Rog. No.
that Paulina knows. STEW. Then have you lost a sight, which was GENT. What became of his bark and his folto be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you lowers ? have beheld one joy crown another, so and in such | STEW. Wrecked the same instant of their
a — with clipping her;] That is, embracing her. So in "Coriolacus." Act I. Sc. 6,
"O! let me clip ye In arms as sound as when I woo'd."
master's death, and in the view of the shepherd : | credits. Here come those I have done good to so that all the instruments which aided to expose against my will, and already appearing in the the child, were even then lost when it was found. | blossoms of their fortune. But, 0, the noble combat that, 'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye declined for the loss of her husband, another ele
Enter Shepherd and Clown. vated that the oracle was fulfilled : she lifted the princess from the earth ; and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, that SHEP. Come, boy; I am past more children, she might no more be in danger of losing.
but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen GENT. The dignity of this act was worth the
born. audience of kings and princes; for by such was it Clo. You are well met, sir. You denied to acted.
fight with me this other day, because I was no STEw. One of the prettiest touches of all, and gentleman born. See you these clothes ? say, you that which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, see them not, and think me still no gentleman though not the fish) was, when at the relation of born: you were best say these robes are not the queen’s death, with the manner how she came gentlemen born. Give me the lie, do; and try to 't, (bravely confessed and lamented by the king) whether I am not now a gentleman born. how attentiveness wounded his daughter; till, from Aut. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an 1 born. Alas ! I would fain say, bleed tears,—for I am Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four sure my heart wept blood. Who was most hours. marble there changed colour; some swooned, all SHEP. And so have I, boy. sorrowed: if all the world could have seen 't, the Clo. So you have:-but I was a gentleman woe had been universal.
born before my father; for the king's son took me GENT. Are they returned to the court ?
by the hand, and called me brother; and then the Stew. No: the princess hearing of her mo two kings called my father brother; and then the ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, prince my brother, and the princess my sister, -a piece many years in doing, and now newly called my father father ; and so we wept,-and performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Ro- there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever mano, who, had he himself eternity, and could we shed. put breath into his work, would beguile Nature of SHEP. We may live, son, to shed many more. her custom, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near Clo. Ay; or else 't were hard luck, being in so to Hermione hath done Hermione, that they say preposterous estate as we are. one would speak to her, and stand in hope of Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me answer :-—thither, with all greediness of affection, all the faults I have committed to your worship, are they gone; and there they intend to sup. and to give me your good report to the prince my
Rog. I thought she had some great matter master. there in hand; for she hath privately twice or SHEP. Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, gentle, now we are gentlemen. visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life? with our company piece the rejoicing ?
Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. GENT. Who would be thence that has the Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the benefit of access ? every wink of an eye, some prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in new grace will be born: our absence makes us Bohemia. unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along
SHEP. You may say it, but not swear it.
[Exeunt. | Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former Let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it. life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I SHEP. How if it be false, son ? brought the old man and his son aboard the prince ; Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman told him I heard them talk of a fardel, and I know may swear it in the behalf of his friend :-and not what; but he at that time, over-fond of the I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be) thy bands, and that thou wilt not be drunk ; but I who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little know thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and better, extremity of weather continuing, this mys- that thou wilt be drunk ; but I'll swear it; and I tery remained undiscovered. But 't is all one to I would thou wouldst be a tall fellow of thy hands. me; for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other dis a - a tall fellow of thy hands,-) See note (a), p. 237, Vol. II.
Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.
1 I did not well, I meant well. All my services Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : if You have paid home: but that you have vouchI do not wonder how thou dar’st venture to be
saf'd, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. — | With your crown'd brother, and these your* conHark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are
tracted going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, us : we'll be thy good masters. [Exeunt. It is a surplus of your grace, which never
My life may last to answer.
| We honour you with trouble :—but we came SCENE III.—The same. A Chapel in Paulina’s | To see the statue of our queen : your gallery House.
Have we pass'd through, not without much content
In many singularities; but we saw not Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, | That which my daughter came to look upon, Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Attendants. I The statue of her mother.
As she liv'd peerless, LEON. O, grave and good Paulina, the great So her dead likeness, I do well believe, comfort
Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, That I have had of thee !
Or hand of man hath done ; therefore I keep it Paul. .
What, sovereign sir, Lorely,* apart. But here it is prepare
a With your crown'd brother, and these your contracted ) This vers. reads so uncouthly that we suspect the second your to be an interpol tion of the compositor.
(*) 0:1 'ext, Louily.
To see the life as lively mock'd as ever
. Her natural posture !-Still sleep mock'd death: behold! and say 'tis Chide me, dear stone, that I may say indeed
Thou art Hermione, or rather, thou art she, [PAULINA undraws a curtain, and discovers In thy not chiding,—for she was as tender HERMIONE as a statue.
As infancy and grace.—But yet, Paulina, I like your silence,-it the more shows off Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Your wonder: but yet speak ;—first, you, my | So aged as this seems. liege.
O, not by much. Comes it not something near ?
Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence ;