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with all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and Hark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are there they intend to sup.
going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: 1 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter we'll be thy good masters.
[Exeunt. there in band; for she hath privately, twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited SCENE III.-The same. A Room in Paulina's that removed honse. Shall we thither, and with
House. our company piece the rejoicing ?
3 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEI., Perdita, benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some
CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants, new grace will be born: our absence makes us Leon. O, grave and good Paulina, the great uuthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. Tbat I have bad of thee!
[comfort [Exeunt Gentlemen. Paul.
What, sovereign sir, Aut. Now, had I not the dash of any former I did not well, I meant well: All my services, life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I You have paid home: but that you have vouchsard, brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; With your crown'd brother, and these your contold him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I
tracted know not what: but he at that time, overfond of Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, the shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) It is a surplus of your grace, which never who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little My life may last to answer. better, extremity of weather continuing, this mys Leon.
O Paulina, tery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to We honour you with trouble : But we came me: for had I been the finder-out of this secret, To see the statue of our queen; your gallery it would not have relished among my other dis- Have we pass'd through, not without much content credits.
In many singularities; but we saw not
That which my daughter came to look upon,
The statue of her mother.
As she liv'd peerless, will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their So her dead likeness, I do well believe, fortune.
Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but Or band of man bath done; therefore I keep it thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. Lonely apart: But here it is : prepare
Clo. You are well met, sir : You denied to light To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever with me this other day, because I was no gentleman Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well. born: See you these clothes ? say, you see them (Paulina undraws a curtain, and discovers a statue.) not, and think me still no gentleman born: you I like your silence, it the more shows off were best say, these robes are not gentlemen börn. Your wonder: But yet speak ;—first, you, my liege, Give me the 'lie; do; and try whether I am not Comes it not something near? now a gentleman born..
Her natural post Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four Thou art Herinione: or, rather, thou art she, Shep. And so have I, boy.
[hours. In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, Clo. So you have:—but I was a gentleman born As infancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina, before my father: for the king's son took me by Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing the hand, and called me, brother; and then the So aged, as this seems. two kings called my father, brother: and then the Pol.
0, not by much. prince, my brother, and the princess, -my sister, Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence ; called my father, father; and so we wept; and Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever As she liv'd now. we shed.
As now she might have done, Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. So much to my good comfort, as it is
Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, preposterous estate as we are.
Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, À ut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me As now it coldly stands,) when first I woord her! all the faults I have committed to your worship, I am ashamed : Does not the stone rebuke me, and to give me your good report to the prince my For being more stone than it ?-0), royal piece,
's magic in thy majesty ; which has Shep. Pr'ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, My evils conjar'd to remembrance; and now we are gentlemen.
From thy admiring daughter took the spirits, Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Standing like stone with thee! Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.
And give me leave; Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the And do not say, 'tis superstition, that prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in kneel, and then implore her blessing.- Lady, Bohemia.
that ended when I but began, Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Give me that hand of yours, to kiss. Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let Paul
O patience; boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
The statae is but newly fix'd, the colour's Shep. How if it be false, son ?
Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on; may swear it in the behalf of his friend :- And I'll Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy So many summers, dry: scarce any joy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I Did ever so long live; no sorrow, know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that But kill'd itself much sooner. thou wilt be drunk ; but I'll swear it: and I Pol.
Dear my brother, would, thou won!d'st be a tall fellow of thy hands. Let him that was the cause of this have power Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.
To take off so much grief from you, as he
Indeed, my lord, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. If I had thought the sight of my poor inage
Would thus have wrought you, (for the stone is Start not: her actions shall be holy, as,
[mine,) You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Leon.
Do not draw the curtain. Until you see her die again; for then Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your You kill her double: Nay, present your hand: May think anon, it moves.
[fancy When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, Leon.
Let be, let be.
Is she become the suitor. Would I were dead, but that, methinks, already Leon. O, she's warm! (Embracing her.) What was he that did make it !-See, my lord, If this be magic, let it be an art Would you not deem, it breath’d? and that those Lawful as eating. Did verily bear blood ?
She embraces bim.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Or, how stol'n from the dead ?
That she is living, My lord's almost so far transported, that
Were it but told yon, should be booted at He'll tbiok anon, it lives.
Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, Leon.
O sweet Paulina, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.Make me to think so twenty years together; Please you to interpose, fair madam ; kneel, No selded senses of the world can match
And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady; The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Our Perdita is found. Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd (Presenting Perdila, who kneels to Hermione.)
You gods, look down, I could afflict you further.
And from your sacred vials pour your graces Leon, Do, Panlina;
Upon my daughter's head !--Tell me, mine own, For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Where bast thou been presery'd? where liv’d? As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,
how found There is an air comes from her : What fine chisel Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I, Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle For I will kiss her.
Gave hope ihou wast in being,-have preserv'd Paul.
Good, my lord, forbear : Myself to see the issue. The ruddiness apon ber lip is wet;
There's time enough for that; You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Lest they desire, upon this push, to trouble With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain ? Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Leon, No, not these twenty years.
You precious winners all; your exultation Per.
So long could I Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, Stand by, a looker on,
Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there Paul. Either forbear,
that's never to be found again, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you
Lament, till I am lost. For more amazement: If you can behold it,
O peace, Paulina : I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, And take you by the hand: but then you'll think, As I by thine, a wife: this is a match, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted
And made between's by vows. Thou hast found By wicked powers.
What you can make her do, But how, is to be question’d: for I saw her, I am content to look on: what to speak,
As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy
A prayer upon her grave : I'll not seek far To make her speak, as move.
(For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Paul.
It is requir’d,
An hononrable busband :-Come, Camillo, You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still; And take her by the hand : whose worth and hoOr those, that think it is unlawful business Is richly noted; and here justified
[nesty I am about, let them depart.
By us, a pair of kings.---Let's from this place. Leon.
What ?– Look npon my brother ;-both your No foot shall stir.
pardons, Paul. Music; awake her; strike. That e'er I put between your holy looks
(Music.) My ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law, 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; Is troth-plight to your daughter.—Good Paulina, I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Each one demand, and answer to his part Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs : Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first
(Hermione comes down from the pedestal.) | We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Exeunt.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.
A Merchant, Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. ÆEON, a Merchant of Syracuse.
PINCR, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer. ANTIPROLUS of Ephesus,
twin Brothers, and Sons to ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, unknown to each other. Ægeon and Emilia, but ÆMILIA, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus. DROMIO of Ephesus, twin Brothers, and Attend
LUCIANA, her Sister.
LUCE, her Servant.
Gaoler, officers, and other Attendants.
My woes end likewise with the evening sun.
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause SCENE I.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.
Why thou departedst from thy native home ; Enter DUKE, ÆGEON, Gaolers, Officers, and other And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. Attendants.
Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos'd,
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Æge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, Yet that the world may witness, that my end And, by the doom of death, end woes and all. Was wrought by nature, not by vile offenoe,
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more; I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.
In Syracusa was I born; and wed
Unto a woman, happy bat for me, Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke And by me too, had not our bap been bad. To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, With her I liv'd in joy ; our wealth increasid, Who, wanting gilders to redeem their lives, By prosperous voyages í often made Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods,- To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. And he (great care of goods at random left) For, since the mortal and intestine jars
Drew me from kind embracements of my sponse: 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
From whom my absence was not six months old, It hath in solemn synods been decreed,
Before herself (almost at fainting under Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,
The pleasing punishment that women bear,) To admit no traffic to our adverse towns :
Had made provision for her following me, Nay, more,
And soon, and safe, arrived where I was. If any, born at Ephesus, be seen
There she had not been long, but she became At any Syracusan marts and fairs;
A joyful mother of two goodly sons; Again, If any Syracusan born
And, which was strange, the one so like the other, Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,
As could not be distinguish'd but by names. His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ; That very hour, and in the self same inn, Unless a thousand marks be levied,
A poor mean woman was delivered To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.
of such a burden, male twins, both alike: Thy substance, valued at the highest rate, Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, Cannot amount unto a huudred marks ;
I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Therefore, by law thou art condemn’d to die.
My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Æge. Yet this my comfort ; when your words Made daily motions for our home return : are done,
Unwilling I agreed; alas, too soon.
We came aboard:
And happy were I in my timely death, A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd,
Could all my travels warrant me they live. Before the always wind-obeying deep
Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have Gave any tragic instance of our harm:
mark's Bat longer did we not retain much hope;
To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
Against my crown, my oath, my dignity,
Which princes, would they, may not disannul, Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, My soul should sue as advocate for thee. Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,
But though thou art adjudged to the death, Weeping before for what she saw must come, And passed sentence may not be recall’d, And piteous plainings of the pretty babes,
But to our honour's great disparagement, That mourn'a for fashion, ignorant what to fear, Yet will I favour thee in what I can: Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day, And this it was,-for other means was none. To seek thy help by beneficial help: The sailors sought for safety by our boat,
Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus; And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us : Beg thou, or borrow to make up the sum, My wife, more careful for the latter-born,
And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die :Hád fasten’d him unto a small spare mast,
Gaoler, take him to thy custody. Such as sea-faring men provide for storms;
Gaol. I will, my lord. To him one of the other twins was bound,
Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon wend, Whilst I had been like beedful of the other. But to procrastinate his lifeless end, [Exeunt. The children thas dispos'd, my wife and I, Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd,
Scene II.-A Public Place. Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast;
Enter ANTIPHOLUS and DROMIO of Syracuse, and And floating straight, obedient to the stream,
a Merchant. Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. At length the sun, gazing upon the earth,
Mer. Therefore, give out, you are of Epidamnum, Dispers'd those vapours that offended us;
Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate. And, by the benefit of his wish'd light,
This very day, a Syracusan merchant The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered
Is apprehended for arrival here; Two ships from far making amain to us,
And not being able to buy out his life, Of Corinth that, of Epidaurus this:
According to the statute of the town, But ere they came,-0, let me say no more! Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. Gather the sequel by that went before. [so: There is your money that I had to keep.
Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur, where we host, For we may pity, though not pardon thee.
And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee. Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now Within this hour it will be dinner-time: Worthily term’d them merciless to us!
Till that, I'll view the manners of the town, Por, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, | Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, We were encounter'd by a mighty rock;
And then return, and sleep within mine inn; Which being violently borne opon,
For with long travel I am stiff and wearg. Our helpful ship was splitted in the midst,
[word, So that, in this unjust divorce of us,
Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your Fortune had left to both of us alike
And go indeed, having so good a mean. [Exit. What to delight in, what to sorrow for.
Ant. S. A trusty villain, sir; that very oft, Her part, poor soul ! seeming as burdened When I am dull with care and melancholy, With lesser weight, but not with lesser woe, Lightens my humour with his merry jests. Was carried with more speed before the wind; What, will you walk with me about the town, And in our sight they three were taken up And then go to my inn, and dine with me ? By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought.
Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, At length, another ship had seiz'd on us;
Of whom I hope to make much benefit; And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, Gave helpful welcome to their shipwreck'd guests ; Please you, I'll meet with you apon the mart, And would have reft the fishers of their prey,
And afterwards consort you till bed-time; Had not tbeir bark been very slow of sail,
My present business calls me from you now. And therefore homeward did they bend their Ant. S. Farewell till then: I will go lose myself, course,
And wander up and down, to view the city. Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss ; Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own content. That by misfortunes was my life proloog'd,
(Exit. To tell sad stories of my own mishaps. [for, Ant. S. He, that commends me to mine own Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest
content, Do me the favour to dilate at full
Commends me to the thing I cannot get. What hath befall'n of them, and thee, till now. I to the world am like a drop of water,
Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, That in the ocean seeks another drop; At eighteen years became inquisitive
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth, After his brother; and importan'd me,
Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself:
So I, to find a mother, and a brother,
Enter DROMIO of Ephesus.
Here comes the almanack of my true date.Five summers have I spent in furthest Greece, What now? How chance, thou art return'd so soon? Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia,
Dro. E. Return'd so soon! rather approach'd And, coasting homeward, came to Ephesus;
too late : Hopeless to find, yet loath to leave unsought, The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit; Or that, or any place that harbours men.
The clock has strucken iwelve upon the bell, But bere must end the story of my life ;
My mistress made it one upon my cheek :
Get thee away.
Sh is so hot, because the meat is cold;
A man is master of his liberty: The meat is cold, because you come not home; Time is their master; and, when they see time, You come not home, because you have no stomach; They'll go, or come: if so, be patient, sister. You have no stomach, having broke your fast; Adr. Why should their liberty than ours be more? Bat we, that know what 'tis to fast and pray, Luc. Because their business still lies out o'door. Are penitent for your default to-day.
Adr. Look, when I serve him so, he takes it ill. Ant. S. Stop in your wind, sir ; tell me this, I pray; Luc. O, know, he is the bridle of your will. Where have you left the money that I gave you? Adr. There's none, but asses, will be bridled so. Dro. E. 0,--sixpence, that I had o' Wednesday Luc. Why, headstrong liberty is lash'd with woe. last,
There's nothing, situate under heaven's eye, To pay the saddler for my mistress' crupper ? But bath his bound, in earth, in sea, in sky: The saddler had it, sir, I kept it not.
The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls, Ant. S. I am not in a sportive humour now: Are their males' subject, and at their controls : Tell me, and dally not, where is the money? Men, more divine, the masters of all these, We being strangers here, how dar’st thou trast Lords of the wide world, and wild wat’ry seas, So great a charge from thine own custody?
Indued with intellectual sense and souls, Dro. E. I pray you, jest, sir, as you sit at dinner: Of more pre-eminence than fish and fowls, I from my mistress come to you in post;
Are masters to their females, and their lords : If I return, I shall be post indeed;
Then let your will attend on their accords. For she will score your fault upon my pate,
Adr. This servitade makes you to keep unwed. Methinks, your maw, like mine, should be your Luc. Not this, but troubles of the marriage-bed. clock,
Adr. But, were you wedded, you would bear And strike you home without a messenger.
some sway: Ant. S. Come, Dromio, come, these jests are out Luc. Ere I learn love, I'll practise to obey. of season ;
Adr. How if your husband start some other where? Reserve them till a merrier hour than this:
Lu. Till he come home again, I would forbear. Where is the gold I gave in charge to thee? Adr. Patience, unmov'd, no marvel though she Dro. E. To me, sir? why you gave no gold to
[foolishness, They can be meek, that have no other cause, Ant. S. Come on, sir knave, have done your A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity, And tell me, how thou hast dispos'd thy charge. We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry; Dro. E. My charge was but to fetch you from But were we burden'd with like weight of pain, the mart
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain : Home to your house, the Phænix, sir, to dinner; So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve thee, My mistress, and her sister, stay for you.
With urging helpless patience would'st relieve me: Ant. S. Now, as I am a Christian, answer me, But, if thou live to see like right bereft, In what safe place you have bestow'd my money; This fool-begg'd patience in thee will be left. Or I shall break that merry sconce of yours,
Luc. Well, I will marry one day, but to try ; -That stands on tricks, when I am undispos'd : Here comes your man, now is your husband nigh, Where is the thousand marks thou hadst of me? Dro. E. I have some marks of yours upon my pate,
Enter DROMIO of Ephesus. Some of my mistress' marks upon my shoulders, Adr. Say, is your tardy master now at band ? But not a thousand marks between you both. Dro. E. Nay, he is at two hands with me, and If I should pay your worship those again,
that my two ears can witness. Perchance, you will not bear them patiently. Adr. Say, didst thou speak with bim ? know'st Ant. s. Thy mistress' marks! what mistress,
thou his mind ? slave, bast thou?
[Phenix; Dro. E. Ay, ay, he told his mind upon mine ear: Dro. E. Your worship’s wife, my mistress at the Beshrew his hand, I scarce could understand it. She that doth fast, till you come home to dinner, Luc. Spake he so doubtfully, thou couldst not And prays, that you will hie you home to dinner. feel his meaning? Ant. Š. What, wilt thou flout me thus unto my Dro. E. Nay, he struck so plainly, I could too face,
well feel bis blows; and withal so doubtfully, that Being forbid? There, take you that, sir knave. I could scarce understand them. Dro. E. What mean you, sir? for God's sake, Adr. But say, I pr’ythee, is be coming home? hold your hands;
he hath great care to please his wife. Nay, an you will not, sir, I'll take my heels. [Exit. Dro. E. Why, mistress, sure my master is hornAnt. S. Upon my life, by some device or other,
mad! The villain is o'er-raught of all my money.
Adr. Horn-mad, thou villain? [stark mad : They say, this town is full of cozenage ;
Dro. E. I mean not cuckold-mad; but, snre, he's As, nimble jugglers, that deceive the eye,
When I desir'd him to come home to dinner, Dark-working sorcerers, that change the mind, He ask'd me for a thousand marks in gold : Soul-killing witches, that deform the body; 'Tis dinner-time, quoth I; My gold, quoth be: Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
Your meal doth burn, quoth I ; My gold, quoth he : And many such like liberties of sin:
Will you come home? quoth I; My gold, quoth he: If it prove so, I will begone the sooner.
Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain? I'll to the Centaur, to go seek this slave;
The pig, quoth I, is burn'd; My gold, quoth he;
I know not thy mistress; out on thy mistress !
Luc. Quoth who?
Dro. E. Quoth my master :
I know, quoth he, no house, no wise, no mistress; Enter ADRIANA and LUCIANA.
So that my errand, due anto my tongue, Adr. Neither my husband, nor the slave return'd, I thank hím, I bare home upon my shoulders ; That in such haste I sent to seek his master! For, in conclusion, he did beat me there. Sure, Luciana, it is two o'clock.
Adr. Go back again, thou slave, and fetch him Luc. Perhaps, some merchant hath invited him,
home. And from the mart he's somewhere gone to dinner. Dro. E, Go back again, and he new beaten hoino? Good sister, let us dine, and never fret :
For God's sake, send some other messenger.