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Time, as Chorus.
ANTIGONUS, SSicilian Lords.

HERMIONE, Queen to Leontes.

PERDITA, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione, DION,

PAULINA, Wife to Antigonus. Another Sicilian Lord.

EMILIA, a Lady, } Attending the Queen. Rogero, a Sicilian Gentleman.

Two other Ladies, } An Attendant on the young Prince Mamillius.


Officers of a Court of Judicature.

POLIXENES, King of Bohemia.
FLORIZEL, his Son.

Lords, Ladies, and Attendants ; Satyrs for ARCHIDAMUS, a Bohemian Lord.

a dance. A Mariner. Jailer.

I Shepherds, Shepherdesses, Guards, &c. An old Shepherd, reputed Father of Perdita. Clown, his Son.

Scene, sometimes in Sicilia; sometimes in Servant to the old Shepherd.



ACT 1.

bassies; that they have seemed to be together, SCENE I.--Sicilia.-An Antechamber in LEON

though absent; shook hands, as over a vast;

and embraced, as it were, from the ends of TES' Palace.

opposed winds. The heavens continue their Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS. loves !

| Arch. I think, there is not in the world either Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit

malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my

my unspeakable comfort of your young prince kervices are now on foot, you shall see, as "Mamillius ; it is a gentleman of the greatest have said, great difference betwixt our Bo- I promise, that ever came into my note. hemia, and your Sicilia.

Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of him: it is a gallant child; one that, indeed, of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation

physics the subject,t makes old hearts fresh: wbich he justly owes him.

they, that went on crutches ere he was born, Arch. Wberein our entertainment shall shame

desire yet their life, to see him a man. us, we will be justified in our loves : for, in

Arch. Would they else be content to die? deed,

Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse Cam, 'Beseech you,

| why they should desire to live, Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my

of my Årch. If the king had no son, they would knowledge: we cannot with such magni- Ide

desire to live on crutches till he had one. ficence-in so rare-I know not what to say.

[Exeunt. We will give you sleepy drinks; that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may,

SCENE II.-The same.--A Room of state in though they cannot praise us, as little accuse

the Palace. us.

Cam. You pay a great deal too dear, for Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES. HERMIONE, Mawhat's given freely. Arch. Believe me, I speak as my under.

MILLIUS, CAMILLO, and Attendants. standing instructs me, and as mine honesty Pol. Nine changes of the wat'ry star have puts it to utterance.


[throne Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind The shepherd's note, since we have left our to Bohemia. They were trained together in Without a burden: time as long again their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt | Would be fill'd up, my brother, with our them then such an affection, which cannot | And yet we should, for perpetuity, choose but branch now. Since their more ma- Go hence in debt: And therefore, like a cipher ture dignities, and royal necessities, made sepa- | Yet standing in rich place, I multiply, ration of their society, their encounters, though With one we-thank-you, many thousands more not personal, have been royally attornied, " That go before it, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving em

* Wide waste of country. Nohly supplied by substitution of embassies,

+ Affords a cordial to the rate.

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Yon, Sir, alv: Tell his

Leon. Stay your thanks awhile;

Her. Not your jailer then,

(you And pay them when you part.

| But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question Pol. Sir, that's to-morrow,

Of my lord's tricks, and yours, when you I am question'd by my fears, of what may You were pretty lordings* then. [were boys; chance,

Pol. We were, fair queen, Or breed upon our absence: That my blow Two lads, that thought there was no more beNo sneaping* winds at home, to make us say, | But such a day to-morrow as to-day, shind, This is put forth too truly! Besides, I have | And to be boy eternal. To tire your royalty.

| Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o'the Leon. We are tougher, brother,

two? Than you can put us to't.

Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did Pol. No longer stay.

frisk i'the sun,

[chang'd. Leon. One seven-night longer.

And bleat the one at the other: what we Pol. Very sooth, to-morrow.

Was innocence for innocence; we knew not Leon. We'll part the time between's then: The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd and in that

That any did: Had we pursued that life, I'll no gain-saying.

And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd Pol. Press me not, 'beseech you, so;

With stronger blood, we should have answer'd There is no tongue that moves, none, none

heaven i'the world,

[now, Boldly, Not guilty; the imposition clear's, So soon as yours, could win me: so it should Hereditary ours. Were there necessity in your request, although Her. By this we gather, "Twere needful I denied it. My affairs You have tripp'd since, Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder, Pol. O my most sacred lady,

[for Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay,

Temptations have since then been born to us : To you a charge, and trouble: to save both, In those unfledy'd days was my wife a gir); Farewell, our brother.

Your precious self had then not cross'd the eyes Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen ? speak you. | Of my young playfellow. Her. I had thought, Sir, to have held my Her. Grace to boot peace, until

Of this make no conclusion; lest you say, You had drawn oaths from him, not to stay. | Your queen and I are devils: Yet, go on;

ne oriences we have made you do, we'll anCharge him too coldly: Tell him, you are sure,

swer; All in Bohemia's well: this satisfaction If you first sinn'd with us, and that with us The by-gone day proclaim'd; say this to him,

You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd not He's beat from his best ward.

With any but with us. Leon. Well said, Hermione.

Leon. Is he won yet? Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were Her. He'll stay, my lord. strong:

Leon. At my request, he would not. But let him say so then, and let him go;

Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st But let him swear so, and he shall not stay,

To better purpose. We'll thwack him hence with distaffs.

Her. Never?
Yet of your royal presence [To POLIXENES.]

Leon. Never, but once.
I'll adventure

Her. What? 'have I twice said well? when The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia

was't before?

(make us You take my lord, I'll give him my commis I pr’ythee, tell me: Cram us with praise, and sion,

As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying To let him there a month, behind the gestt

tongueless, Prefix'd for his parting: yet, good deed, Le

Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that. ontes,

Our praises are our wages: You pay ride us, . I love thee not a jars o'the clock behind

With one soft kiss, a thousand furlougs, ere What lady she her lord.-You'll stay?

With spur we heat an acre. But to the jail: Pol. No, madam.

My last good was, to entreat his stay; Her, Nay, but you will ?

What was my first? it has an elder sister, Pol. I may not, verily.

| Or, I mistake you: 0, would her name were Her. Verily!

Grace! You put me off with limber|| vows: But I,

But once before I spoke to the purpose: When? Though you would seek to unsphere the stars

Nay, let me have't; I long. with oaths,

Leon. Why, that was when [to death, Should yet say, Sir, no going. Verily, Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves You shall not go; a lady's verily is

Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet? | And clap thyself my love; then didst thou Force me to keep you as a prisoner,

I am yours for ever.

[utter, Not like a guest; so you shall pay your fees, Her. It is Grace, indeed.

riwice: When you depart, and save your thanks. i Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose How say you ?

sverily, The one for ever earn'd a royal husband; My prisoner ? or my guest? by your dread | The other, for some while a friend. One of them you shall be.

(Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Pol. Your guest then, madam:

Leon. Too hot, too hot:

[ Aside. To be your prisoner, should import offending; 1 To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. Which is for me less easy to commit,

I have iremor cordist on me:--my heart dances; Than you to punish.

But not for joy,--not joy.-This entertainment

May a free face put on; derive a liberty Nipping. + Gests were the names of the stages wl.cre the King * A diminutive of lords.. appointed to lie, during a royal progress.

+ Setting aside onginal sin Indeed.

|| Flimsy

i Trembling of the heart

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From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, Are you so fond of your young prino
And well become the agent: it may, I grant: Do seem to be of ours?
But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers, Pot. If at home, Sir,
As now they are; and making practis'd smiles, He's all my exercise, my mirth, my matter:
As in a looking-glass ;-and then to sigh, as Now my sworn friend, and then mine enemy;

My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all :
The mort o'the deer ;* (, that is entertainment He makes a July's day short as December ;
My bosom likes not, nor my brows.--Mamil. And, with his varying childness, cures in me
Art thou my boy?

[lius, Thoughts that would thick my blood. Mum. Ay, my good lord.

Leon. So stands this squire Leon. I'fecks ?

Offic'd with me: Weiwo will walk, my lord, Why that's my bawcock.t What, hast smutch'd And leave you to your graver steps.-Het thy nose?

moine, They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, cap- How thou lov'st us, show in our brother's

staja: Let what is dear in Sicily, be cheap: We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, cap- Next to thyself, and my young rover, he's And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf, Apparent to my heart, Are all call'd, neat. Still virginallingt

Her. If you would seek ns.

(there! [Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE. We are yours i'the garden: Shall's attend you Upon his palm?-How now, you wanton calf?! Leon. To your own bents dispose you : you'll Art thou my calf?

be found, Mam. Yes, if you will, my lord.

Be you beneath the sky :-I am angling now, Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the Though you perceive me not how I give line. shoot's that I have,

Go to, go to! To be full like me :-yet, they say, we are 1 (Aside. Observing POLIXENES and HERMOINE. Almost as like as eggs; women say so, | How she holds up the neb,t the bill to him! That will say any thing: But were they false. And arms her with the holdness of a wise As o'er-died blacks, as wind, as waters; false To her allowingt husband! Gone already; As dice are to be wisb'd, by one that fixes | Inch-thick, knee-deep; o'er head and ears a No bourn|| twixt his and mine ; yet were it fork'd one.gtrue

[Exeunt POLIXENES, HERMOINE, and To say this boy were like me.--Come, Sir page,

Attendunts. Look' on me with your welkin eye: Sweet Go, play, boy, play ;-thy mother plays, and I villain!

| Play too; but so disgrac'd a part, whose issue Most dear'st! my collop !-Can thy dam ?- Will hiss me to my grave; contempt and cla. may't be ?

mour Affection! ihy intention stabs the centre: Will be my knell.-Go, play, boy, play ;Thou dost make possible, things not so held Communicat'st with dreams ;-(How can this Or I am much deceiv'd, cuckolds ere non; With what's unreal thou coactive art pe?) - And many a man there is, even at this present. And fellow'st pothing: Then, 'tis very cre- Now, while I speak this, holds his wife by the dent


(sence, Thou may'st co-join with something; and thou That little thinks she has been sluc'd in his ab (And that beyond commission; and I find it,) | And his pond fish'd by his next neighbour, by And that to the infection of my brains,

Sir Smile, his neighbour: nay, there's comfort And hardening of my brow's.


(opend, Pol. What means Silicia!

Whiles other men have gates; and those gates Her. He something seems unsettled. As mine, against their will: Should all despair, Pol. How, my lord ?

That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind What cheer? how is't with you, best brother? | Would hang themselves. Physic for't there Her. You look,

is none; As if you held a brow of much distraction: It is a bawdy planet, that will strike Are you mov'd, my lord ?

Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, Leon. No, in good earnest.

think it,

(cluded, How sometimes nature will betray its folly, From east, west, north, and south: Be it conIts tenderness, and make itself a pastime No barricado for a belly ; know it; To harder bosoms! Looking on the lines It will let in and out the enemy, Of my boy's face, methoughts, I did recoil With bag and baggage: many a thousand of us Twenty-three years; and saw myself un- Have the disease, and feel't not.-How now, breech'd,

In my green velvet coat; my dagger muzzled, Mam. I am like you, they say.
Lest it should bite its master, and so prove, Leon. Why that's some comfort.
As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.

What! Camillo there? How like, methought, I then was to this ker- Cam. Ay, my good lord. nel,

[friend, Leon. Go play, Mamillius ; thou'rt an honest This quash, tt this gentleman:-Mine honest


Erit MAMILLIUS. Will you take eggs for money ???

Camillo, this great Sir will yet stay longer. Mum. No, my lord, I'll fight.

Cam. You had much ado to make his anchor Leon. You will? why, happy man be his

hold: dole !59—My brother, i

When you cast out, it still came home. • The tune played at the death of the deer.

Leon. Didst note it? + Hearty fellow.

Cum. He would not stay at your petitions. 1 1. e. Playing with her fingers as if on a spinnet.

His business more material.

[made Thou wantest a rough head, and the budding horns I Boundary

Leon. Didst perceive it? that I have, Blue.

** Credible. ++ Peacod. It Will you be cajoled. * Heir apparent, next claimant.

+ Mouth. May his shore of life be a happy one,

ġ A horned one, a cuckold

* Approving.

boy, play;

And fellow's nothino coactive art, the his Or I am much have been,


They're here with me already; whispering, l. Cam. I would not be a stander-by, to hear rounding, *

My sovereign mistress clouded so, without Sicilia is a so-forth: 'Tis far gone,

My present vengeance taken: 'Shrew my heart, When I shall gustt it last.-How came't, Ca. You never spoke what did become you less That he did stay?

[millo, Than this; which to reiterate, were sin Cam. At the good queen's entreaty.

As deep as that, though true, Leon. At the queen's, bet: good, should be Leon. Is whispering nothing? pertinent;

Is leaning cheeki to cheek? is meeting uuses? But so it is, it is not. Was this taken

Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career By any understanding pate but thine? Of laughter with a sigh? (a note infallible For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in [is't, Of breaking honesty :) horsing foot on foot ? More than the cominon blocks :-Not noted, Skulking in corners ? wishing clocks more Bat of the finer natures? by some severals,


[blind Of head-piece extraordinary ? lower messes, Hours, minutes ? noon, midnight? and all eyes Perchance, are to this business purblind : say. With the pin and web, but theirs, theirs only

Cam. Business, my lord ? I think, most un- That would unseen be wicked ? is this nothing Bohemia stays here longer.

Tderstand Why, then the world, and all that's in't, is do Leon. Ha ?

thing; Cam. Stays here longer.

The covering sky is nothing: Bohemia nothing Leon. Ay, but why?

My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these Cam. To satisfy your highness, and the en- If this be nothing.

[nothings Of our most gracious mistress. [treaties

Leon. Satisfy

Of this diseas'd'opinion, and betimes;
The entreaties of your mistress?—satisfy ? For 'tis most dangerous.
Let that suffice. I have trusted thee, Camillo, Leon. Say, it be; 'tis true.
With all the nearest things to my heart, as well Cum. No, no, my lord.
My chamber-councils: wherein, priest-like, Leon. It is; you lie, you lie:

I say, thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee; Hast cleans'd my bosom; I from thee departed Pronounce thee a gross lout, a mindless slave; Thy penitent reform’d: but we have been or else a hovering temporizer, that [evil, Deceiv'd in thy integrity, deceiv’d

Canst with thine eyes at once see good and In that which seems so.

Inclining to them both: Were my wife's livor Cam. Be it forbid, my lord !

I Infected as her life, she would not live Leon. To bide upon't ;-Thou art not honest: The running of one glass.t or,

Cam. Who does infect her ? If thou inclin'st that way, thou art a coward; | Leon. Why he, that wears her like her medal, Which hoxesá honesty behind, restraining

hanging From course requir'd: Or else thou must be About his neck, Bohemia : WhomifI counted

Had servants true about me: that bare eyes A servant, grafted in my serious trust,

To see alike mine honour as their profits, And therein negligent; or else a fool, Their own particular thrifts,-they would do That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake

that And tak'st it all for jesi.

[drawn, Which should undo more doing: Ay, and thou, Cam. My gracious lord,

His cup-bearer,-whom I from meaner form I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful; Have bench'd, and rear'd to worship ; who In every one of these no man is free,

may'st see

(heaven, But that his negligence, his folly, fear, Plainly, as heaven sees earth, and eartb sees Amongst the intinite doings of the world, How I am galled,-might'st bespice a cup, Sometime puts forth: In your affairs, my lord, To give mine enemy a lasting wink; · If ever I were wilful-negligent,

Which draught to me were cordial. It was my folly; if industriously

Cam. Sir, my lord, I play'd the fool, it was my negligence, I could do this; and that with no rasht potion, Not weighing well the end; it ever fearful But with a ling'ring dram, that should not To do a thing. where I the issue doubted,

work Whereof the execution did cry out

Maliciously like poison : But I cannot Against the non-peformance, 'twas a fear Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress Which oft affects the wisest: these, my lord, So sovereignly being honourable. Are such allow'd infirmities, that honesty

I have lov'd thee, Is never free of. But, 'beseech your grace, Leon. Make't thy question, and go rot! Be plainer with me; let me know my trespass Dost think, I am so muddy, so unsettled, By its own visage : if I then deny it,

To appoint myself in this vexation? sully "Tis none of mine.

The purity and whiteness of my sheets, Leon. Have not you seen, Camillo, (glass Which to preserve, is sleep; which being ! (But that's past doubt: you have ; or your eye

spotted, Is thicker than a cuckold's horn;) or heart, Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps ? (For, to a vision so apparent, runour Give scandal to the blood o'the prince my son, Cannot be mute,) or ihought, (for cogitation Who, I do think is mine, and love as mine;' Resides not in that man, that does not think Without ripe moving to't? Would I do this?

Could man so blench? My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess, Cam. I must believe you, Sir ; (Or else be impudently negative, say, I do; and will fetch off Bohemia for't : To have nor eyes, nor ears, nor thought,) then Provided, that when he's remov'd, your highe My wife's a hobbyhorse; deserves a name

ness As rank as any flax-wench, that puts to Will take again your queen, as yours at first; Before her troth-plight: say it, and justify it. Disorders of the eye. + Hour-glass. Hasty.

• 'Co round in the ear was to tell secretly. + Taste. Maliciously, with effects openly hurtful. 1 Inferiors in rank,

To hox is to hamstring. W I. e. Could any man so start off from propriety?


Even for your son's sake; and, thereby, fo:: If you know aught which does behove my sealing

knowledge The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms Thereof to be inform’d, imprison it not Known and allied to yours.

In ignorant concealment. Leon. Thou dost advise me,

Cum. I may not answer. Even so as I mine own course have set down: Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I I'll give no blemish to her honour, none.

well! Cam. My lord,

I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo, Go then: and with a countenance as clear I conjure thee, by all the parts of man, As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bo-Which honour does acknowledge,-whereof hemia,

the least And with your queen : I am his cupbearer; Is not this suit of mine,--that thou declare If from me he have wholesome beverage, What incidency thou dost guess of harm Account me not your servant.

Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near; Leon. This is all :

Which way to be prevented, if to be ;
Do't, and thou hast one half of my heart; If not, how best to bear it.
Do't not, thou split'st thine own.

Cam. Sir, I'll tell you;
Cam. I'll do't my lord.

Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him Leon. I will seein friendly, as thou hast ad. That I think honourable : Therefore mark my vis'd me.


counsel; Cam. O miserable lady !-But, for me, Which must be even as swiftly follow'd as What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me Of good Polixenes : and my ground to do't Cry, lost, and so good-night. Is the obedience to a master; one,

Pol. On, good Camillo. Who, in rebellion with himself, will have Cam. I am appointed Him to murder you.* All that are his, so too. To do this deed, Pol. By whom, Camillo ? Promotion follows: If I could find example Cam. By the king. Of thousands, that bad struck anointed kings. Pol. For what? And flourish'd after, I'd not do't: but since Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence be Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not

swears, Let villany itself forswear't. I must one. As he had seen't, or been an instrument Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain To vicet you to't, that you have touch'd his To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now! Forbiddenly.

[queen Here comes Bohemia.

Pol. O, then my best blood turn

To an infected jelly; and my name

Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best! Pol. This is strange! methinks,

Turn then my freshest reputation to My favour here begins to warp. Not speak ?

A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril' Good-day, Camillo

Where I arrive; and my approach be shunn'a, Cam. Hail, most royal Sir!

Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infecPol. What is the news i'the court ?

That e'er was heard, or read!
Cam. None rare my lord.

Cam. Swear his thought over
Pol. The king hath on him such a coun- | By each particular star in heaven, and

As he had lost some province, and a region,

By all their influences, you may as well

Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, Loy'd as he loves himself; even now I met him | As or, by oath, remove, or counsel, shake, With customary compliment: when he,

The fabric of his folly: whose foundation Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling | Is pil'd upon his faith, and will continue A lip of much contempt, speeds from me; and The standing of his body. So leaves me, to consider what is breeding, I Pol. How should this grow? That changes thus his manners.

Cam. I know not: but, I am sure, 'tis safer to Cam. I dare not know, my lord.

Avoid what's grown, than question bow 'tis Pol. How ! dare not? do not. Do you know,

born. and dare not

If therefore you dare trust my honesty,– Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts;

That lies inclosed in this trunk, which you For, to yourself, what you do know, you must; Shall bear along impawn'd.-away to-night. And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, | Your followers I will whisper to the business Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror, ! And will, by twos, and threes, at several pos. Which shows me mine chang'd to: for I must be

terns, A party in this alteration, finding

Clear them o'the city: For myself, I'll put Myself thus alter'd with it.

My fortunes to your service, which are here Cam. There is a sickness

By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain; Which puts some of us in distemper; but

For, by the honour of my parents, I I cannot name the disease ; and it is caught Have utter'd truth: which if you seek to prove Of you that yet are well.

I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer Pol. How ! caught of me?

Than one condemn'd by the king's own mouth, Make me not sighted like the basilisk:

thereon bave look'd on thousands, who have sped the His execution sworn. better

Pol. I do believe thee: By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo, lis

I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand As you are certainly a gentleman; thereto

Be pilot to me, and thy places shall Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns Stiil neighbour mine: My ships are ready, and Our gentry, than our parents' noble names, In whose success we are gentle,

My people did expect my hence departure

I beseech Two days ago. This jealousy
Hur succession.

* I. e. I am the person appointed, &c.
+ Draw

Settled beliet
Gentie was opposed to simple; wel born.


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