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Shep. And so have I, boy.
Clo. So you have : but I was a gentleman born before iny father; for the King's son took me by the hand, and callid me brother; and then the two Kings callid my father brother; and then the Prince my brother, and the Princess my lifter, call’d my father, father, and so we wept ;
" and there was the first gentleman-like tears so that ever we shed.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more.
Clo. Ay, or else 'twere hard luck, being in so preposterous estate as we are.
Aut. I humbly befeech you, Sir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your Worship, and to give me your good report to the Prince, my master.
Shep. Pr’ythee, fon, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Clo. Give me thy hand; I will swear to the Prince; thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bithynia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
Shep. How if it be false, fon?
Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear it in the behalf of his friend : and I'll swear to the Prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk ; but I'll swear it; and I would thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power.
Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow; if I do not wonder how thou dar'ft venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark, the Kings and the Princes, our kindred, are going to see the Queen's picture. Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters.
S CE N E VII. Changes to Paulina's house. Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Perdita, Camillo,
Paulina, Lords and Attendants.
Paul. What, sovereign Sir,
services You have paid home. But that you have vouchsaf’d, With your crown's brother, and these
your contracted Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit; It is a surplus of your grace, which never My life may last to answer.
Leo. O Paulina, We honour you with trouble; but we came To see the statue of our Queen. Your gallery Have we pass’d through, not without much content, In many singularities; but we saw not That which my daughter came to look upon, The statue of her mother.
Paul. As she liv'd peerless, So her dead likeness, I do well believe, Excels whatever yet you Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Lovely apart. But here it is ; prepare To see the life as lively mock’d, as ever Still sleep mock'd death ; behold, and say, 'tis well.
[Paulina draws a curtain, and discover's
Hermione standing like a ftatue.
Leo. Her natural posture !
Pol. Oh, not by much.
Which lets go by some fixteen years; and makes her
Leo. As now she might have done,
Per. And give me leave,
Paul. O, patience ;
Cam. My Lord, your forrow was too fore laid on,
Pol. Dear my brother,
Paul. Indeed, my Lord,
Leo. Do not draw the curtain.
Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't, left your fancy May think anon it move.
Leo. Let be, let be;
Lord, Would you not deem it breath’d, and that those veins Did verily bear blood ?
Pol. Mafterly done!
Leo. The fissure of her eye has motion in 't,
Paul. I'll draw the curtain.
Leo. O sweet Paulina,
Paul. I'm sorry, Sir, I have thus far ftirr'd you; but
Leo. Do, Paulina;
Paul. Good my Lord, forbear;
Leo. No, not these twenty years.
Per. So long could I
Paul. Either forbear,
Leo. What you can make her do,
Paul. It is requir'd,
No foot shall ftir.
[Hermione comes down.
you see her die again, for then
Pol. She embraces him.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
· Pol. Ay, and make it manifest where she has liv'd, Or how ftol'n from the dead.
Paul. That she is living,
[Presenting Perdita, who kneels to Herm.
Paul. There's time enough for that;