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Pau. I'm sorry, Sir, I have thus far ftirr'd you ; but I could afflict you further.
Leo. Do Paulina ;
For this affliction has a taste as sweet
As any cordial comfort. Still methinks
There is an air comes from her. What fine chizzel
Could ever yet cut breath ? let no man mock me,
For I will kiss her.
Pau. Good my Lord, forbear;
The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;
You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own
With oily painting; shall I draw the curtain ?
Leo. No, not these twenty years.
Per. So long could I
Stand by, a looker on.
Pau. Either forbear,
Quit presently the chappel, or resolve you
For more amazement; if you can behold it,
I'll make the statue move indeed, descend,
And take you by the hand; but then you'll think,
Which I protest against, I am affifted
By wicked powers.
Leo. What you can make her do,
I am content to look on ; what to speak,
i am content to hear; for 'tis as easie
To make her speak, as move.
Pau. It is requir'd
You do awake your faith ; then all stand till:
Or those that think it is unlawful business
I am about, let them depart,
No foot shall stir.
Pau. Mufick ; awake her ; Arike; Muficke 'Tis time, descend ; be stone no more ; approach, Strike all that look on you with marvel. Come, I'll fill your grave up: ftir, nay, come away ; Bequeath to death your numbness; for from him Dear life redeems you ; you perceive the firs,
(Her, comes down, Start not, her actions fall be holy, as
Your hear my spell is lawful: do not fhun 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,
Is the become the fuitor.
Les. Oh, he's warm ;
[Embracing ber. If this be magick, let it be an art Lawful as eating.
Pol. She embraces him.
Cams. She hangs about his neck;
If the pertain to life, let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and make manifeft where she has liv’d,
Or how ftol'n from the dead.
Pau. That she is living,
Were it but told you, should be hooted at
Like an old tale; but it appears the lives,
Tho yet the speak not. Mark a little while.
Please you to interpose, fair Madam, kneel,
And pray your mother's blessing; turn, good Lady,
Our Perdita is found. [Prefenting Perdita,wbo kneeks to Her,
Her. You Gods, look down,
And from your facred vials pour your graces
Upon my daughter's head! tell me, mine own,
Where haft thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? how found
Thy father's Court? for thou shalt hear that I,
Knowing by Paulina that the Oracle
Gave hope thou waft in being, have preferv'd
My felf, to see the iffue.
Pau. There's time enough for that;
Left they desire, upon this push, to trouble
Your joys with like relation. Go together,
You precious winners all, yoór exultation
Partake to every one; I, an old turtle,
Will wing me to fome wither'd bough, and there
My mate, that's never to be found again,
Lament’till I am loft.
Leo. O peace, Paulina ::
Thou should't a husband take by my confent,
As I by thine a wife. This is a match,
And made between's by vows.
Thou haft found mise,
But how, is to be question’d; for I saw her,
As I thought, dead ; and have, in vain, said many
A prayer upon her grave. I'll not feek far
(For him, I partly know his mind) to find thee
An honourable husband. Come, Camillo,
And take her by the hand; whose worth and honesty
Is richly noted; and here justified
By us, a pair of Kings. Let's from this place.
What? look upon my brother: both your pardons, [To Her,
That e'er I put between your holy looks
My ill suspicion : this your son-in-law,
And son unto the King, from heav'n's directing,
Is troth-plight to your daughter. Good Paulina,
Lead us from hence, where we may leisurely
Each one demand, and answer to his part
Perform'd in this wide gap of time, fince first
We were differer'd. Hastily lead away. (Exeun ances.
LEAR, King of Britain.
King of FRANCE.
Duke of BURGUNDY.
Duke of CORNWALL.
Duke of ALBANY.
Earl of Glo'ster.
Earl of Kent.
EDGAR, Son to Glo'ster.
EDMUND, Bastard Son to Glo'fter.
CURAN, a Courtier,
OSWALD, Steward to Gonerill.
An old Man, Tenant to Glo'ster.
Two Gentlemen, Servants to Glo'fter.
Knights attending on the King, Officers, Meffengers,
Soldiers and Attendants.