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Yet nature might have made me as these are,
Therefore I'll not disdain.

Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier.

SHEP. His garments are rich, but he wears them not handsomely.

Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fantastical : a great man, I'll warrant; I know by the picking on's teeth.

Aut. The fardel there? what's i’ the fardel ? Wherefore that box ?

SHEP. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel and box, which none must know but the king ; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.

Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
SHEP. Why, sir?

Aut. The king is not at the palace : he is gono aboard a new ship to purge melancholy and air himself: for if thou best capable of things serious, thou must know the king is full of grief.

SHEP. So 'tis said, sir,—about his son, that of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, should have married a shepherd's daughter. stoned, and flayed alive!

Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast,“ let SHEP. An't please you, sir, to undertake the him fly; the curses shall have, the tortures he business for us, her is that gold I have : I'll shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart make it as much more, and leave this young man of monster.

in pawn till I bring it you. Clo. Think you so, sir ?

Aut. After I have done what I promised ? Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can SHEP. Ay, sir. make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that Aut. Well, give me the moiety.—Are you a are germane to him, though removed fifty times,

party in this business? shall all come under the hangman : which though Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case be it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be Aayed out of it. sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son ; have his daughter come into grace! Some say, -hang him, he'll be made an example. he shall be stoned; but that death is too soft for Clo. Comfort, good comfort! We must to the him, say I: draw our throne into a sheep-cote ! king, and show our strange sights : he must know all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy. 't is none of your daughter nor my sister ; we are

Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you gone else.—Sir, I will give you as much as this hear, an 't like you, sir ?

old man does, when the business is performed ; and Aut. He has a son,—who shall be flayed alive ; remain, as he says, your pawn till it be brought then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of

you. a wasp's nest ; then stand till he be three quarters Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the and a dram dead ; then recovered again with aqua- sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look vitæ, or some other hot infusion ; then, raw as he upon the hedge, and follow you. is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I

may shall be set against a brick wall, the sun looking

say, even blessed. with a southward eye upon him,—where he is to SHEP. Let's before, as he bids us : he was probehold him with flies blown to death. But what vided to do us good. [Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see Forare to be smiled at, their offences being so capital ? tune would not suffer me; she drops booties in my Tell me (for you seem to be honest plain men) | mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion, what you have to the king: being something —gold, and a means to do the prince my master gently considered, I'll bring you where he is good ; which who knows how that may turn back aboard, tender your persons to his presence, to my advancement ? I will bring these two whisper him in your behalfs ; and, if it be in man, moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if he think besides the king, to effect your suits, here is man it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint shall do it.

they have to the king concerns him nothing, let Clo. He seems to be of great authority : close him call me rogue for being so far officious ; for I with him, give him gold; and though authority be am proof against that title, and what shame else a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with belongs to 't. To him will I present them; there gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside may be matter in it.


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and others.

Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have

perform’d A saint-like sorrow : no fault could you make, 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 yourself. LEON.

Whilst I remember Her and her virtues, I cannot forget My blemishes in them ; and so still think of The wrong I did myself: which was so much, That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man Bred his hopes out of. Paul.

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

kill'd, Would be unparalleld. LEON.

I think . She i kiira! I did so: but thou strik'st 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 spoken a thousand things that

Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
Your kindness better.

You are one of those
Would have him wed again.

If you would not so,
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

a True, too true, my lord :) A correction of Theobald; the old editions having,

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Than to rejoice the former queen is well ?" And all eyes else dead coals !—fear thou no wife ; What holier than,--for royalty's repair,

I'll have no wife, Paulina. For present comfort and for future good, —


Will you swear To bless the bed of majesty again

Never to marry but by my free leave ? With a sweet fellow to 't?

Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless’d my spirit ! PAUL.

There is none worthy, Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods

his oath. Will have fulfilld their secret purposes ;

Cleo. You tempt him over-much. For has not the divine Apollo said,


Unless another, Is 't not the tenor of his oracle,

As like Hermione as is her picture, That king Leontes shall not have an heir

Affront his eye. Till his lost child be found ? which that it shall, CLEO.

Good madam,Is all as monstrous to our human reason,


I have done. As my Antigonus to break his grave,

Yet, if my lord will marry,—if you will, sir, And come again to me; who, on my life,

No remedy but you will, -give me the office Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel To choose you a queen : she shall not be so young My lord should to the heavens be contrary, As was your former; but she shall be such Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue ; As, walk'd


first queen's ghost, it should take [To LEONTES.

joy The crown will find an heir. Great Alexander To see her in your arms. Left his to the worthiest; so his successor


My true Paulina,
Was like to be the best.

We shall not marry till thou bidd’st us.
Good Paulina,-

That Who hast the memory of Hermione,

Shall be when your first queen’s again in breath ; I know, in honour,-0, that ever I

Never till then.
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,-

Enter a Gentleman.

And left them More rich for what they yielded.

Gent. One that gives out himself prince LEON. Thou speak’st truth.

Florizel, No more such wives ; therefore, no wife : one Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she worse,

The fairest I have yet beheld) desires access And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit To your high presence. Again possess her corpse; and on this stage

LEON. What with him ? he comes not (Where we offenders now) appear, soul-vex'd, Like to his father's greatness: his approach, And begin, Why to me?

So out of circumstance and sudden, tells us
Had she such power,

'T is not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd She had just cause.

By need and accident. What train ? LEON. She had ; and would incense me GENT.

But few, To murder her I married.

And those but mean.
I should so:

LEON. His princess, say you, with him ? Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark GENT, Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I Her eye; and tell me for what dull part in't

think, You chose her; then I'd shriek, that even your That e'er the sun shone bright on.


0, Hermione, Should rift to hear me ; and the words that follow'd As every present time doth boast itself Should be, Remember mine!

Above a better gone, so must thy grave o LEON.

Stars, stars,


way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself


a – the former queen is well ?] An expression applied to the dead: thus in " Antony and Cleopatra," Act II. Sc. 5,

Mess. First, madam, he is well. Cleop.

Why there's more gold.
But, sirrah, mark, we use

To say the dead are well," &c.
See also Malone's note in the Variorum edition, Vol. XIV. p. 400.

—and on this stage

(Where we offenders now) appear, &c.] Theobald reads,


and on this stage (Where we offend her now) appear," &c. c She had just cause.) The first and second folios have, -"She had just such cause."

d Paul. I have done.] In the old editions, the words, “ I have done,” form part of the preceding speech ; they were properly assigned by Capell.

so must thy grave Give way to what's seen now.] “Grave" has been changed by some editors to grace, by others to graces; to the destruction of a very fine idea.

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Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him
Is colder than that thenie,) She had not been, Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend,
Vor was not to be equalld ;-thus your verse

Can send his brother: and, but infirmity
Flow'd with her beauty once ; 't is shrewdly ebb’d, (Which waits upon worn times) hath something
To say you have seen a better.

seiz'd GENT.

Pardon, madam; His wish'd ability, he had himself The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon) The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his The other, when she has obtain’d your eye, Measur’d to look upon you; whom he loves Will have your tongue too. This is a creature, (He bade me say so) more than all the sceptres, Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal

And those that bear them, living. Of all professors else; make proselytes


O, my brother, Of who she but bid follow.

(Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee PAUL. How ! not women ?

stir GENT. Women will love her, that she is a Afresh within me; and these thy offices,

So rarely kind, are as interpreters More worth than any man; men, that she is Of my behind-hand slackness ! - Welcome hither, The rarest of all women.

As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too LEON.

Go, Cleomenes; Expos’d this paragon to the fearful usage, Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, At least ungentle, of the dreadful Neptune, Bring them to our embracement.—Still 't is To greet a man not worth her pains, much less strange,

The adventure of her person ? [Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentleman. Flo.

Good my lord, He thus should steal upon us.

She came from Libya. PAUL.

Had our prince


Where the warlike Smalus, (Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had pair'd That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd and lov'd ? Well with this lord ; there was not full a month Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Between their births.

whose daughter
Leon. Pr’ythee, no more ; cease ; thou know’st, | His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence
Ho dies to me again when talk'd of: sure, (A prosperous south-wind friendly) we have crossid,
When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches To execute the charge my father gave me,
Will bring me to consider that which may For visiting your highness. My best train
Unfurnish me of reason.—They are come. - I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss’d;

Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Not only my success in Libya, sir,

But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FLORIZEL and Here where we are.


The blessed gods

Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince ; Do climate here! You have a holy father, For she did print your royal father off,

A graceful gentleman ; against whose person, Conceiving you : were I but twenty-one,

So sacred as it is, I have done sin, Your father's image is so hit in you,

For which the heavens, taking angry note,
His very air, that I should call you brother, Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd
As I did him ; and speak of something, wildly (As he from heaven merits it) with you,
By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome ! Worthy his goodness. What might I have been,
And your fair princess,-goddess !—0, alas ! Might I a son and daughter now have look’d on,
I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Such goodly things as you !
Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost
(All mine own folly) the society,

Enter a Lord.
Amity too, of your brave father, whom,
Though bearing misery, I desire my life


Most noble sir, Once more to look on him.

That which I shall report will bear no credit, Flo.

By his command Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir,

that a king, at friend,-) This has been variously and needlessly altered; the most recent change is._"a king as friend ;" but " a king at friend" means a king on terms of friendship, and is as much the phraseology of Shakespeare's age as “to friend,"

"I know that we shall have him well to friend,"-Julius Cæsar, Act III. Sc. 1 ; " Had I admittance and opportunity to friend," — Cymbeline, Act I. Sc. 4.

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