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I am but sorry, not afeard; delay'd, And, through him, what is nearest to him, But nothing alter'd : What I was, I am:
which is More straining on, for plucking back; not fol. Your gracious self; embrace but my direction, My leash* unwillingly.
[lowing (If your more ponderous and settled project Cam. Gracious my lord,
May suífer alteration,) on mine honour You know your father's temper: at this time I'll point you where you shall have such reHe will allow no speech,—which, I do guess, ceiving
(may You do not purpose to him ;-and as hardly As shall become your highness; where you Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear: Enjoy your mistress ; (from the whom, I see, Then, till the fury of his highness settle, There's no disjunction to be made, but by, Come not before him.
As heavens forefend! your ruin:) marry her; Flo. I not purpose it.
And (with my best endeavours, in your abI think, Camillo.
sence,) Cam. Even he, my lord.
Your discontenting* father strive to qualify, Per. How often have I told you, 'twould be And bring him up to liking. How often said, my dignity wüald last [thus ? Flo. How, Camillo, But till 'twere known?
May this, almost a miracle, be done? Flo. It cannot fail, but by
That I may call thee something more than man, The violation of my faith; and then
And, after that, trust to thee. Let nature crush the sides o'the earth together, ('am. Have you thought on And mar the seeds within ! -Lift up thy A place, whereto you'll go ? looks :
Flo. Not any yet : From my succession wipe me, father! I But as the unthought-on accidentt is guilty Am heir to my affection.
To what we wildly do; so we profess Cam. Be advis'd.
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies Flo. I am; and by my fancy:t if my reason Of every wind that blows. Will thereto be obedient, I have reason;, Cam. Then list to me:
(purpose, If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, This follows,-if you will not change your Do bid it welcome.
But undergo this flight;-Make for Sicilia ; Cam. This is desperate, Sir.
And there present yourself, and your fair Flo. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow;
princess, I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, (For so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes; Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may She shall be habited, as it becomes Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see The close earth wombs, or the profound seas Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping hide
His welcomes forth: asks thee, the son, forIn unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
[hands To this my fair belov'd: Therefore, I pray you, As 'twere i'the father's person: kisses the As you have e'er been my father's honour'd of your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides friend,
What colour for my visitation shall I With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore; Hold up before him? And, most opportune to our need, I have Cam. Sent by the king your father A vessel rides fast by, but not prepard To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, For this design. What course I mean to bold, The manner of your bearing towards him, with Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor What you, as from your father, shall deliver, Concero me the reporting.
Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you Cam. O, my lord,
(ting, I would your spirit were easier for advice, The which shall point you forth at every sitOr stronger for your need.
What you must say ; that he shall not perFlo. Hark, Perdita.- [Takes her aside.
ceive, I'll hear you by and by: [TO CAMILLO. But that you have your father's bosom there, Cam. He's irremovable,
And speak his very heart.
There is some sap in this.
Than a wild dedication of yourselves (certain, And that unhappy king, my master, whom To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most I so much thirst to see.
To miseries enough: no hope to help you; Flo. Now, good Camillo,
But, as you shake off one, to take another: I am so fraught with curious business, that Nothing so certain as your anchors: who I leave ont ceremony.
(Going. Do their best office, if they can but stay you Cam. Sir, I think,
Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you You have heard of my poor services, i'the love Prosperity's the very bond of love; [know, That I have borne your father?
Whose fresh complexion and whose beart toFlo. Very nobly
[gether Have you deserv'd: it is my father's music, Per. One of these is true: To speak your deeds; not little of his care I think, affliction may subdue the cheek, To have them recompens'd as thought on. But not take ing the mind. Cam. Well, my lord,
* For discontented. If you may please to think I love the king;
+ This unthought-on accident is the unexpected us
covery made by Polixenes. A leading string.
1 The council-days were called the sitting Conquer.
Cum. Yea, say you so?
Aut. I am a poor fellow, Sir. There shall not, at your father's house, these Cam. Why, be so still, here's nobody will seven years,
steal that from thee: Yet, for the outside of Be born another such.
thy poverty, we must make an exchange : Flo. My good Camillo,
therefore, discase thee instantly, (thou must She is as forward of her breeding, as
think, there's necessity in't,) and change garI'the rear of birth.
ments with this gentleman: Though the pennyCam. I cannot say, 'tis pity
worth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold thee, She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistress there's some boot.** To most that teach.
Aut. I am a poor fellow, Sir :- I know ye Per. Your pardon, Sir, for this;
[Aside. I'll blush you thanks.
Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, despatch : the gentleFlo. My prettiest Perdita.
man is half flayedt already. But, O, the thorns we stand upon!—Camillo,- Aut. Are you in earnest, Sir ?-I smell the Preserver of my father, now of me;
trick of it.
[Aside. The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? Flo. Despatch, I pr'ythee. We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son ; Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I canNor shall appear in Sicily
not with conscience take it. Cam. My lord,
Cam. Unbuckle, uubuckle. Fear none of this : I think, you know my for
[Flo, and AutoL. exchange garments. Do all lie there : it shall be so any care (tunes Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy To have you royally appointed, as.if [Sir, Come home to you !-you must retire yourself The scene you play, were mine. For instance, Into some covert : take your sweetheart's hat, That you may know you shall not want,--one And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your face; word.
[They talk aside. Dismantle you: and as you can, disliken
The truth of your own seeming; that you may, Enter AUTOLYCUS.
(For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and Get undescried. trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentle- Per. I see, the play so lies,
I have sold all my trumpery ; not a Tbat I must bear a part. counterfeit stone, not a riband, glass, poman- Cam. No remedy.der, * brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, Have you done there? glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep Flo. Should I now meet my father, my pack from fasting: they throng who should He would not call me son. buy first; as if my trinkets had been hallowed, Cam. Nay, you shall have [friend. and brought a benediction to the buyer : by No hat :- Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my which means, I saw whose purse was best in Aut. Adieu, Sir. picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? I remembered. My clown (who wants but Pray you, a word. [They converse apart. something to be a reasonable man,) grew so in Cam, What I do next, shall be, to tell the love with the wenches' song, that he would not
(Aside. stir his pettitoes, till he had both tune and of this escape, and whither they are bound; words; which so drew the rest of the herd to wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, me, that all their other senses stuck in ears: To force him after: in whose company you might have pinched a placket, it was sense- I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight less ; 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece of a I have a woman's longing. purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung Flo. Fortune speed us!
in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my Sir's Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that,
Cam. The swister speed, the better. in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most
[Exeunt FLORIZEL, PERDITA, and of their festival purses : and had not the old
CAMILLO. man come in with a whoobub against his Aut. I understand the business, I hear it : daughter and the king's son, and scared my To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble choughst from the chaff, I had not left a purse hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a good alive in the whole army.
nose is requisite also, to smell out work for (Camillo, FLORIZEL, and Perdita, come the other senses. I see, this is the time that forward.
the unjust man doth thrive. What an exchange Cum. Nay, but my letters by this means had this been, without boot? What a boot is being there
here, with this exchange ? Sure, the gods do So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.
this year connive at us, and we may do any Flo. And those that you'll procure from king thing extempore. The prince himselt is about Leontes,
a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
father, with his clog at his heels: If I thought Per. Happy be you!
it were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the All, that you speak, shows fair.
king withal, I would do't: I hold it the more Cam. Who have we here?
knavery to conceal it: and therein am I con.
[Seeing AUTOLYOUS. stant to my profession. We'll make an instrument of this ; omit Nothing, may give us aid.
Enter Clown and SHEPHERD. Aut. If they have overheard me now, why Aside, aside;-here is more matter for a hot hanging:
(Aside. brain: Every lane's end, every shop, church, Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest session, hanging, yields a careful man work. thou so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm in. Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! tended to thee.
there is no other way, but to tell the king she's
a changeling, and none of your flesh and * A little ball made of perfumes, and worn to prevent blood. Infection in times of plague. + Birds,
Something over and above. + Stripped.
Shep. Nay, lut hear me.
fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, Clo. Nay, but hear me.
by the picking on's teeth. Shep. Go to then.
Aut. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel ? Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, Wherefore that box? your flesh and blood has not offended the king; Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this farand, so, your flesh and blood is not w be del, and box, which none must know but the punished by him. Show those things you king; and which he shall know within this found about her; those sacred things, all but hour, if I may come to the speech of him. what she has with her: This being done, let Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. the law go whistle; I warrant you.
Shep. Why, Sir? Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is yea, and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, gone aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, is no honest man neither to his father, nor to and air himself: For, if thou be'st capable of me, to go about to make me the king's brother things serious, thou 'must know, the king is in-law.
full of grief. Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest Shep. So 'tis said, Sir; about his son, that off you could have been to him; and then your should have married a shepherd's daughter. blood had been the dearer, by I know how Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let much an ounce.
him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures Aut. Very wisely ; puppies ! [Aside. he shall feel, will break the back of man, the
Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that heart of monster. in this fardel, * will make him scratch bis Clo. Think you so, Sir ? beard.
Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can Aut. I know not what impediment this com- make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those plaint may be to the flight of my master, that are germane* to him, though reinoved fifty Clo. 'Pray beartily he be at palace.
times, shall all come under the hangman: which Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An so sometimes by chance :--Let me pocket up old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to my pedlar's excrement.t-[Takes off his false offer to have his daughter come into grace! beard.] How now, rustics? whither are you Some say, he shall be stoned; but that death is bound?
too soft for him, say I: Draw our throne into Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship: a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharp
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? est too easy. the condition of that fardel, the place of your Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, Sir, do you dwelling, your names, your ages, of what hav- hear, an't like you, Sir ? ing, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; be known, discover.
then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head Clo. We are but plain fellows, Sir.
of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let quarters and a dram dead! then recovered me have no lying; it becomes none but trades- again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infumen, and they often give us soldiers the lie: but sion: then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day we pay them for it with stamped coin, not stab- prognostication proclaims,t shall he be set bing steel; therefore they do not give us the against a briek-wall, the sun looking with a lie.
southward eye upon him; where he is to beClo. Your worship had like to have given us hold him, wiib flies blown to death. But what one, if you had not taken yourself with the talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose mi. manner.
series are to be smiled at, their offences being Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, Sir? so capital? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest
Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a cour plain men,) what you have to the king : being tier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in something gently considered. I'll bring you these enfoldings? hath not my gait in it, the where he is aboard, tender your persons to his measure of the court ?|| receives not thy nose presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and, court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy base- if it be in man, besides the king to effect your ness, court-contempt? Think'st thou, for that suits, here is man shall do it. I insinuate, or tozen from thee thy business, Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close I am therefore no courtier? I am courtier, cap- with him, give him gold, and though authoria-pè; and one that will either push on, or ty be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the pluck back thy business there: whereupon I nose with gold: show the inside of your purse command thee to open thy affair.
to the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Shep. My business, Sir, is to the king. Remember stoned, and flayed alive, Aut. What advocate hast thou to him?
Shep. An't please you, Sir, to undertake the Shep. I know not, an't like you.
business for us, here is that gold I have: I'll Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a phea- make it as much more; and leave this young sant; say, you have none.
man in pawn, till I bring it you. Shep. None, Sir? 'I have no pheasant, cock, Aut. After I have done what I promised ? nor hen.
Shep. Ay, Sir. Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple Aut. Welí give me the moiety :- Are you a men!
party in this business? Yet nature might have made me as these are, Clo. In some sort, Sir : but though my case Therefore I'll not disdain.
be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be liayed Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. out of it.
Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: them not handsomely.
-Hang him, he'll be made an example. Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we njust to the * Bundle, parcel.
+ His false beard. # Estate, property
# The hottest day foretold in the alınanack. The stately tread of courtiers. $ I cajole or force Being handsomely bribech
In the fact.
king, and show our strange sights; he must | To bless the bed of majesty again know, 'tis none of your daughter nor my sister; With a sweet fellow to't? we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much Paul. There is none wortny, as this old man does, when the business is per- Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods formed; and remain, as he says, your pawn, Will have fulfill’d their secret purposes : till it be brought you.
For has not the divine Apollo said, Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward Is't not the tenour of his oracle, the sea-side; go on the right hand; I will look That king Leontes shall not have an heir, upon the hedge, and follow you.
Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may Is all as monstrous to our human reason, say, even blessed.
As my Antigonus to break his grave, Shep. Let's before, as he bids us: he was And come again to me; who, on my life, provided to do us good.
Did perish with the infant. "Tis your counsel, [Exeunt SHEPHERD and Clown. My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, Oppose against their wills.-Care not for fortune would not suffer me; she drops booties
[To LEONTES. in my mouth. I am courted now with a double The crown will find an breir: Great Alexanoccasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince
der my master good; which, who knows how that Left his to the worthiest; so his successor may turn back to my advancement ? I will was like to be the best. bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard Leon. Good Paulina,him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and Who hast the memory of Hermione, that the complaint they have to the king con- I know, in honour,-0, that ever I (now, cerns him nothing, let him call me, rogue, for Had squar'd me to thy counsel!-- then, even being so far oflicious; for I am proot against I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes; that title, and what shame else belongs to't: Have taken treasure from her lips,To him will I present them, there may be mat- Paul. And left them ter in it.
[Exit. More rich, for what they yielded. ACT V.
Leon. Thou speak'st truth. [worse,
No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one SCENE I.--Sicilia.-A Room in the Palace of And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit LEONTES.
Again possess her corps; and, on this stage, Enter Leontes, CLEOMENES, Dion, PAULINA, Where we offenders now appear,) soul-rex’d, and others.
Begin, And why to me? Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have she had just cause.
Paul. Had she such power, perform'd A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, to murder her I'married.
Leon. She had ; and would incepse me Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid
Paul. I should so: down
[last, Do, as the heavens have done; forget your You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your More penitence, than done trespass : At the Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark
Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't With them, forgive yourself.
[evil; Leon. Whilst I remember Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
Shou'd riftt to hear me; and the words that
Should be, Remember mine. My blemishes in them; and so still think of
[follow'd The wrong I did myself: which was so much,
Lcon. Stars, very stars, That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and
And all eyes else dead coals !--fear thou no Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er I'll have no wife, Paulina.
[wife, Bred his hopes out of.
Paul. Will you swear Paul. True, too true, my lord :
Never to marry, l ut by my free leave?
Leon.- Never, Paulina; so be bless'd my If, one by one, you wedded all the world, Or, from the all that are, took something good,
spirit! To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd,
Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to
his oath. Would be unparallel'd. Leon. I think so. Kill'd!
Cleo. You tempt him over-much. She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me
Paul. Unless another,
As like Hermione as is her picture,
Affront: his eye.
Cleo. Good madam,
Paul. I have done. Cleo. Not at all, good lady: You might have spoken a thousand things that Yet, if my lord will marry,—if you will, Sir, would
No remedy, but you will; give me the office Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
To choose you a queen: but she shall not be Your kindness better.
so young Paul. You are one of those,
As was your former; but she shall be such, Would have him wed again.
As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should Dion. If you would not so,
To see her in your arms.
(take joy You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Leon. My true Paulina, Of his most sovereign dame; consider little,
We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us. What dangers, by his Highness' fail of issue,
Paul. That May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Shall be, when your first queen's again in Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy,
Never till then.
[breath; Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ?*
Enter a GENTLEMAN. What holier, than,--for royalty's repair, Gent. One that gives out himself prince FloFor present comfort and for future good,
rizel, At rest, dead.
# Instigate + Solt. 1 Meet
Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she (Which waits upon worn times,) hath someThe fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access
thing seiz'd To your high presence.
His wish'd ability, he had himself [his Leon. What with him ? he comes not
The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and Like to his father's greatness: his approach, Measur'd, to look upon you ; whom he loves So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, (He bade me say so,) more than all the scepTis not a visitation fran'd, but forc'd
And those that bear them, living. (tres, By need, and accident. What train?
Leon, O, my brother, Gent. But few,
(Good gentleman!) the wrongs I have done And those but mean.
thee, stir Leon. His princess, say you, with him? Afresh within me; and these thy offices, Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, So rarely kind, are as interpreters (ther, That e'er the sun shone bright on. [I think, Of my behind-hand slackness !--Welcome hi Paul. O Hermione,
As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too As every present time doth boast itself Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage Above a better, gone; so must thy grave (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, Give way to what's seen now, Sir, you your- To greet'a man, not worth her pains ; much self The adventure of her person?
(less Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Flo. Good my lord, Is colder than that theme,*) She had not been, She came from Libya. Nor was not to be equulld-thus your verse Leon. Where the warlike Smalus, Flow'd with her beauty once; 'tis shrewdly That noble honour'd lord, is fear’d, and lov'd ? To say, you have seen a better. (ebb’d, Flo. Most royal Sir, froin thence; from bim, Gent. Pardon, madam:
[thence The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,) His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: The other, when she has obtain'd your eye, (A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we have Will have your tongue too. This is such a cross'd, creature,
To execute the charge my father gave me, Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal For visiting your highness: My best train Of all professors else: make proselytes I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd; Of who she but bid follow.
Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Not only my success in Libya, Sir,
Here, where we are.
Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Leon. Go, Cleomenes;
Do climate here! You have a holy father, Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, | A graceful* gentlemap; against whose person, Bring them to our embracement.-Still 'tis So sacred as it is, I have done sin: strange,
For which the heavens, taking angry note, [Ereunt CLEOMENES, LORDS, und Have left me issueless; and your father's GENTLEMEN.
bless’d, He thus should steal upon us.
(As he from heaven merits it,) with you, Paul. Had our prince,
[pair’d Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, (Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had Might I a son and daughter now have look'd Well with this lord; there was not full a month Such goodly things as you ?
[on, Between their births. Leon. Płythee, no more; thou know'st,
Enter a LORD. He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches Lord. Most noble Sir, Will bring me to consider that, which may That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.- Were not the proof so vigh. Please you, great
Sir, Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FloriZEL, Perdita, Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: and Attendants.
Desires you to attacht his son; who has Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; fled from his father, from his hopes, and with
(His dignity and duty both cast off,) For she did print your royal father off, Conceiving you: Were I but twenty-one,
A shepherd's daughter. Your father's image is so hit in you,
Leon. Where's Bohemia? speak. His very air, that I should call you brother,
Lord. Here in the city, I now came from As I did him; and speak of something, wildly I speak amazedly; and it becomes (hiin. By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! My marvel, and my message. To your court And you fair princess, goddess :-), alas !
Whiles he was last'ning, (in the chase, it seems, I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Of this fair couple,) meets he on the way Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
The father of this seeming lady, and You, gracious couple, do!' and then I lost Her brother, having both their country quitted (All mine own folly,) the society,
With this young prince. Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Flo. Camillo has betray'd me; Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Once more to look upon.
Endur'd all weathers. Flo. By his command
Lord. Lay't so, to his charge; Have I here touch'd Sicilia: and from him
He's with the king your father. Give you all greetings, that a king, a friend,
Leon. Who? Camillo? Can seud his brother : and, but infirmity
Lord. Camillo, Sir; I spake with him; who 1.e. Than the core of Hermione, the subject of your writing
* Full of grace and virtuc.
# Seize, arrest