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Aut. He has a fon, who fhall be flay'd alive, then 'nointed over with honey,set on the head of a wasp's nest, then stand 'till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recover'd again with Aqua-vitæ,or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, (and in the hottest day prognoftication proclaims) shall he be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he is to behold him with Alies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smild at, their , offences being fo captital ? Tell me, (for you seem to be honeft plain men) what you have to the King ; being something gently consider’d, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whifper him in your behalf; and if it be in man, besides the King, to effect your suits, here is a man shall do it.
Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold : shew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado : Remember
stond and fay'd alive. Sbep: An't please you, Sir, to undertake the business for
us, here is that gold I have; I'll make it as much more, and leave this young man in pawn’till I bring it you.
Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Sbep. Ay, Sir
Aui. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?
Clo. In some sort, Sir; but tho' my cafe be a pitiful one, I hope I fall not be flay'd out of it.
Aut. Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's fon; hang hini, he'll be made an example.
Clo. Comfort, good comfort; we must to the King, and shew our strange fights ; he muft know. 'tis none of your daughter nor my fifter, we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d, and remain, as he says, your pawn 'till it be brought you.
Aut. I will trust you; walk before toward the sea-side, go on the right hand, I will but look upon the hedge, and
Clo. We are bless’d in this ‘man, as I may fay, even bless'd.
Sbep., Let's before, as he bids us; he was provided to do us good.
[Exeunt Sbepherd and Clown. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would mót suffer me; the drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion : gold, and a means to do the Prince my master good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him ; if he think it fit to shoar them again, and that the complaint they have to the King concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for being so far officious ; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: to him will I present them, there may be matter in it.
[Exit. ACTV. SCENE I.
Changes to Sicilia.
Enter Leontes, Cleomines, Dion, Pavlina, and Servants.
Cle. IR, you have done enough, and have perform’d
Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed paid down
More penitence, than done trespass. At the last
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil ;
With them forgive your self.
Leo. Whilft I remember
Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them, and fo ftill think of
The wrong I did my self ; which was so much
That heir-less it hath made my Kingdom, and
Defroy'd the sweet't companion that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of,
Pau. True, too true, my Lord ;
If one by one you wedded all the world,
Or from the all that are took something good,
To make a perfect woman, she you killa
Would be unparallel’d.
Leo. I think so. Kill'a ?
She I kill'd ? I did fo, but thou Atrik’ft me
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought. Now, good now,
Say so but seldom.
Cleo. Not at all, good Lady ;
You might have spoke a thousand things that would
Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
Your kindness better,
Pau. You are one of thofe
Would have him wed again,
Dion. If you would not,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign name; consider little,
What dangers (by his Highness? fail of issue)
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice the former Queen. This will.
What holier, than for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good,
To bless the bed of Majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't?
Pau. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone ; besides, the Gods
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes :
For has not the divine Apollo said,
Is't not the tenour of his Oracle,
That King Leontes shall not have an heir
Till his loft child be found ? which, that it shall,
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,
As my Antigonus to break his grave,
And come again to me; who, on my life,
Did perish with the infant, 'Tis your counsel
My Lord should to the heav'ns be contrary,
Oppose against their wills. Care not for issue : [Torbe King,
The crown will find an heir. Great Alexander
Left his to th' worthiest ; fo his successor
Was like to be the best,
Leo. Ah ! good Paulina,
Who hait the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honour ; 0, that ever I
Had squar'd me to thy counsel ; then, even now
I might have look'd upon my Queen's full eyes,
Have taken treasure from her lips !
Pau. And left them
More rich, for what they yielded.
Leo. Thou speak'st truth :
No more such wives, therefore no wife ; one worse
And better us'd would make her sainted spirit
Again possess her corps, and on this stage,
(Where we offended anew) appear soul.vext,
And begin, why to me ?
Pau. Had she such power,
She had just cause.
Leo. She had, and would incense me
To murther her I married,
Pau, I thould so:
Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark
Her eye, and tell me for what dull part in't
You chose her ; then I'd shriek, that even your ears
Should rift to hear me, and the words that follow'd
Should be, Remember mine.
Leo. Stars, very stars,
And all eyes else, dead coals : fear thou no wife :
I'll have no wife, Paulina,
Pau. Will you swear
Never to marry, but by my free leave ?
Leo. Never, Paulina, so be bless’d my spirit !
Pau. Then, good my Lords, bear witness to his oath.
Cleo. You tempt him over.much.
Pau. Unless another,
As like Hermione as is her picture,
Affront his eye.
Cleo. Good Madam, pray have done.
Pau. Yet if my Lord will marry; if you will, Sir ;
No remedy, but you will ; give me the office
To chuse you a Queen ; she shall not be so young
As was your former, but she shall be such,
As, walk'd your first Queen's ghost, it should take joy
To see her in your arms.
Leo. My true Paulina,
We shall not marry, 'till thou bidd'it us.
Shall be, when your first Queen's again in breath :
Never 'till then.
SCENE II. Enter a Gentleman.
Gent. One that gives himself out Prince Florizel,
Son of Polixenes, with his Princess (The
The faireft I have yet beheld) defires access
To your high presence.
Leo. What with him ? he comes not
Like to his father's greatness ; his approach,
So out of circumstance and sudden, tells us
'Tis not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd
By need and accident, What train ?
Gent. But few,
And those but mean.
Leo. His Princess, say you, with him?
Gent. Yes; the most peerless piece of earth, I think,
That e'er the sun shone bright on.
Pau. Oh Hermione,
As every present time doth boast it felf
Above a better, gone ; so must thy graces
Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you your self
Have faid, and writ so, that your writing now
Is colder on that theme; she had not been
Nor was fhe to be equallid ; thus your verse
Flow'd with her beauty once, 'tis fhrewdly ebb’d, - To say you've seen a better,
Gent. Pardon, Madam;
The one I have almost forgot, (your pardon)
The other, when she has obtaind your eye, :
Will have your tongue too. This is such a creature,
Would the begin a sect, might quench the zeal
Of all professors else, make profelytes
Of whom he but bid follow.
Pau, How ? not women?
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman
More worth than any man: men, that the is
The rareft of all women,
Leo. Go, Cleomenes ;
Your felf (allifted with your honour'd friends)