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We are to speak in public; for this business
Ant. To laughter, as I take it,
[ Aside. [Exeunt.
SCENE III. Changes to a prison. Enter Paulina, and a Gentleman, with other aftendants. Paul. The keeper of the prison, call to him.
Re-enter Gentleman, with the Goaler.
Paul. Pray you then
Goa. I may not, Madam; To the contrary I have express commandment. Paul. Here's ado to lock up honesty and honour
Goa. So please you, Madam,
Paul. I pray you now, call her.
[Exeunt Gent, &c. Goa. And, Madam, I must be present at your conference. Paul. Well; be it so, pr’ythee.
Enter Æmilia.“ Here's such ado to make no ftain a stain, As passes colouring. Dear gentlewoman, How fares our gracious Lady?
Æmil. As well as one fo great and so forlorn May hold together; on her frights and griefs, (Which never tender lady hath borne greater),
She is something before her time deliver'd.
Paul. A boy?
Æmil. A daughter, and a goodly babe, Lufty, and like to live: the Queen receives Much comfort in’t ; says, My poor prisoner, I'm innocent as you.
Paul. I dare be sworn. These dangerous, unsafe lunes i' th’ King ! beshrew them, He must be told on't, and he shall; the office Becomes a woman best. I'll take’t upon me. If I prove honey-mouth, let my tongue blister, And never to my
be The trumpet any more! Pray you, Æmilia, Commend
best obedience to the Queen;
Æmil. Most worthy Madam,
Paul. Tell her, Æmilia,
· Æmil. Now be you bless’d for it! I'll to the Queen: please you, come something nearer.
Goa. Madam, if 't please the Queen to send the babe,
Paul. You need not fear it, Sir;
Free'd and infranchis'd; not a party to
Goa, I do believe it.
Paul. Do not you fear; upon mine honour I Will stand 'twixt you and danger.
[Exeunt. SCENE IV. Changes to the palace. Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other attendants.
Leo. Nor night, nor day, no rest; it is but weakTo bear the matter thus : mere weakness, if
[ness The cause were not in being : part o'th'cause, She, the adult'ress; for the harlot-king Is quite beyond mine arm; out of the blank And level of my brain; plot-proof; but the I can hook to me: say that she were gone, Given to the fire, a moiety of my
reft Might come to me again. Who's there?
Enter an attendant.
Atten. He took good rest to-night; 'tis hop'd
Leo. To see his nobleness !
SCENE V. Enter Paulina, with a child. Lord. You must not enter.
Paul. Nay rather, good my Lords, be second to me,
Ant. That's enough.
commanded None should come at him.
Paul. Not so hot, good Sir;
like shadows by him, and do figh
Leo. What noise there, ho?
Paul. No ncife, my Lord, but needful conference; About some goslips for your Highness.
Ant. I told her so, my Lord,
Paul. From all dishonefty he can; in this,
Ant. Lo-you now, you hear,
Paul. Good my licge, I come
Than fuch as most seem your's. I say, I come
Leo. Good Queen?
Paul. Good Queen, my Lord,
Lee. Force her hence.
Paul. Let him that makes but trifles of his eyes, First hand me: on mine own accord I'll off ; But first I'll do my errand. The good Queen, For she is good, hath brought you forth a daughter, Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing.
[Laying down the child.
Paul. Not so ;
I say; give 't to thy croan.
Leo. He dreads his wife.
doubt, You'd call
Paul. Nor I; nor any
forced, for unnatural.