« PreviousContinue »
Flo. And those that you 'll procure from King No hat. — Come, lady, come. — Farewell, my
friend. Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
Aut. Adieu, sir.
Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot?
Pray you, a word. [They converse apart. Cam. Who have we here?
Cam. What I do next shall be to tell the king [Seeing AUTOLYCUS.
[Aside. We'll make an instrument of this : omit
Of this escape, and whither they are bound; Nothing may give us aid.
Wherein my hope is I shall so prevail, Aut. If they have overheard me now,— why To force him after : įn whose company hanging
[Aside. I shall review Sicilia, for whose sight Cam. How now, good fellow? why shakest thou I have a woman's longing. so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended to Flo. Fortune speed us ! thee.
Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Cam. The swifter speed the better. Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal Exeunt FLORIZEL, PERDITA, and CAMILLO. that from thee: yet, for the outside of thy poverty, Aut. I understand the business; I hear it: to wemust make an exchange: therefore, discase thee have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, instantly (thou must think there 's necessity in 't), is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requiand change garments with this gentleman. Though site also, to smell out work for the other senses. the pennyworth on his side be the worst, yet hold I see this is the time that the unjust man doth thee, there 's some boot.
thrive. What an exchange had this been without Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.— I know ye well boot? — what a boot is here with this exchange ? enough.
[Aside. Sure the gods do this year connive at us, and we Cam. Nay, pr'y thee, dispatch : the gentleman may do anything extempore. The prince himself is half flayed already.
is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ? - I smell the father, with his clog at his heels. If I thought it trick on 't.
[Aside. were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the king Flo. Dispatch, I pr'y thee.
withal, I would do 't: I hold it the more knavery Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot to conceal it: and therein am I constant to my with conscience take it.
Enter Clown and Shepherd.
you must retire yourself Aside, aside: here is more matter for a hot brain,
Clo. See, see, what a man you are now! There
way but to tell the king she's a charge(For I do fear eyes over you) to shipboard ling, and none of your flesh and blood. Get undescried.
Shep. Nay, but hear me. Per. I see the play so lies
Clo. Nay, but hear me. That I must bear a part.
Shep. Go to, then. Cam. No remedy.-
Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, done there?
your flesh and blood has not offended the king; Flo. Should I now meet my father,
and so your flesh and blood is not to be punished He would not call me son.
by him. Shew those things you found about her; Cam. Nay, you shall have
those secret things, all but what she has with her. 834
This being donė, let the law go whistle : I warrant Aut. What advocate hast thou to him? you.
Shep. I know not, an 't like you. Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, Clo. Advocate's the court-word for pheasant: and his son's pranks too; who, I may say,
is no say you
have none. honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock nor about to make me the king's brother-in-law. hen.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off Aut. How blessed are we that are not simple you could have been to him; and then your blood
men ! had been the dearer by I know how much an Yet nature might have made me as these are;
Therefore I'll not disdain. Aut. Very wisely; puppies !
[Aside. Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. Shep. Well, let us to the king; there is that in Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them this fardel will make him scratch his beard. not handsomely.
Aut. I know not what impediment this com- Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being plaint may be to the flight of my master. [Aside. fantastical: a great man, I'll warrant: I know by Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace.
the picking on 's teeth. Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so Aut. The fardel there; what's i' the fardel? sometimes by chance. Let me pocket up my Wherefore that box ? pedler's excrement. [Takes off his false beard. - Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel How now, rustic's? whither are you bound ? and box which none must know but the king; and Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship.
which he shall know within this hour, if I may Aut. Your affairs there; what; with whom; come to the speech of him. the condition of that fardel; the place of your Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labor. dwelling; your names; your ages; of what hav- Shep. Why, sir? ing, breeding; and anything that is fitting to be Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is known, — discover ?
gone aboard a new ship, to purge melancholy and Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir.
air himself: for, if thou beest capable of things Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me serious, thou must know the king is full of grief. have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, Shep. So 't is said, sir; about his son, that and they often give us soldiers the lie: but we should have married a shepherd's daughter. pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let steel: therefore they do not “give” us the lie. him fly: the curses he shall have, the tortures he
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of one, if you had not taken yourself with the man- monster.
C'lo. Think you so, sir? Shep. Are you a courtier, an 't like you, sir ? Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can
Aut. Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier. make heavy and vengeance bitter; but those that Seest thou not the air of the court in these en- are germane to him, though removed fifty times, foldings; hath not my gait in it the measure of shall all come under the hangman : which though the court; receives not thy nose court-odor from it be a great pity, yet it is necessary. An old me; reflect I not on thy baseness court-con- sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to tempt? Think’st thou, for that I insinuate or have his daughter come into grace! Some say he toze from thee thy business, I am therefore no shall be stoned; but that death is too soft for him, courtier? I am courtier cap-a-pie, and one that say I. Draw our throne into a sheep-cot! all will either push on or pluck back thy business deaths are too few; the sharpest too easy. there: whereupon I command thee to open thy
Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do
hear, an 't like you, sir. Shep. My business, sir, is to the king.
Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive;
then 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of a wasps' nest; then stand till he be three-quarters it. and a dram dead; then recovered again with Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infusion; then, raw - hang him, he 'll be made an example. as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the proclaims, shall he be set against a brick-wall, the king, and shew our strange sights: he must know sun looking with a southward eye upon him; 't is none of your daughter nor my sister; we are where he is to behold him with flies blown to gone else. — Sir, I will give you as much as this death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, old man does, when the business is performed; whose miseries are to be smiled at, their offenses and remain, as he says, your pawn, till it be being so capital ? Tell me (for you seem to be brought you. honest plain men) what have you to the king: be- Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the ing something gently considered, I'll bring you sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look where he is aboard, tender your persons to his upon the hedge, and follow you. presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and if it Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, be in man, besides the king, effect your suits, here even blessed. is man shall do it.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was proClo. He seems to be of great authority; close vided to do us good. with him, give him gold; and though authority be
[Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see fortune gold : shew the inside of your purse to the outside would not suffer me; she drops booties in my of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, stoned mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion, and flayed alive!
- gold, and a means to do the prince my master Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the good; which, who knows how that may turn back business for us, here is that gold I have : I'll make to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, it as much more, and leave this young man in pawn these blind ones, aboard him; if he think it fit to till I bring it you.
shore them again, and that the complaint they have Aut. After I have done what I promised ? to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me Shep. Ay, sir.
rogue for being so far officious; for I am proof Aut. Well, give me the moiety.- Are you a against that title, and what shame else belongs to 't. party in this business?
To him will I present them; there may be matter Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be in it.
SCENE I. — Sicilia. A Room in the palace of Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil; LEONTES.
With them, forgive yourself.
Leon. Whilst I remember Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, Dion, PAULINA,
Her and her virtues, I cannot forget and others.
My blemishes in them; and so still think of Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per- The wrong I did myself: which was so much, formed
That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and A saint-like sorrow: no fault could
you make Destroyed the sweet'st companion that e'er man Which you have not redeemed; indeed, paid down Bred his hopes out of. More penitence than done trespass. At the last, Paul. True, too true, my lord;
If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
Had squared me to thy counsel! then, even now, Or from the all that are took something good, I might have looked upon my queen's full eyes ; To make a perfect woman,
Have taken treasure from her lips,-
Paul. And left them Leon. I think so.
More rich for what they yielded. She I killed! I did so: but thou strik'st me
Leon. Thou speak'st truth. Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
No more such wives; therefore no wife : one Upon thy tongue, as in my thought. Now, good
And better used, would make her sainted spirit Say so but seldom.
Again possess her corpse : and on this stage C'leo. Not at all, good lady:
(Where we offenders now appear), soul-vexed, You might have spoken a thousand things that Begin,- "And why to me?” would
Had she such power,
Leon. She had; and would incense me Paul. You are one of those
To murder her I married. Would have him wed again.
I should so, Dion. If you would not so,
Were I the ghost that walked : I'd bid you mark You pity not the state, nor the remembrance Her
and tell me for what dull part in 't Of his most sovereign dame; consider little You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your What dangers, by his higness' fail of issue, May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Should rift to hear me; and the words that folIncertain lookers-on. What were more holy
lowed Than to rejoice the former queen is well?
Should be,—“Remember mine." What holier than — for royalty's repair,
Leon. Stars, stars, For present comfort and for future good
else dead coals !- Fear thou no wife; To bless the bed of majesty again
I'll have no wife, Paulina. With a sweet fellow to 't?
Paul. Will you swear Paul. There is none worthy,
Never to marry but by my free leave ? Respecting her that 's gone. Besides, the gods Leon. Never, Paulina; so be blessed my spirit ! Will have fulfilled their secret purposes :
Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his For has not the divine Apollo said,
oath. Is 't not the tenor of his oracle,
Cleo. You tempt him overmuch.
Paul. Unless another,
eye. As my Antigonus to break his grave,
Cleo. Good madam, I have done. And come again to me; who, on my life,
Paul. Yet, if my lord will marry, - if you will, Did perish with the infant. 'T is your
sir, My lord should to the heavens be contrary; No remedy, but you will; - give me the office Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue; To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young
[To LEONTES. As was your former; but she shall be such The crown will find an heir: great Alexander As, walked your first queen's ghost, it should take Left his to the worthiest; so his successor
joy Was like to be the best,
To see her in your arms. Leon. Good Paulina, —
Leon. My true Paulina, Who has the memory of Hermione,
We shall not marry till thou bidd'st us. I know, in honor,-0, that ever I
Shall be when your first queen 's again in breath; Paul. Had our prince
(Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had paired
Well with this lord : there was not full a month Enter a Gentleman.
Between their births. Gent. One that gives out himself Prince Flori- Leon. Pry thee, no more; cease; thou zel,
know'st Son of Polixenes, with his princess (she
He dies to me again when talked of: sure, The fairest I have yet beheld), desires access When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches To your high presence.
Will bring me to consider that which may
Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FLORIZEL, PERDITA,
and Attendants. 'T is not a visitation framed, but forced By need and accident. What train?
Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; Gent.
For she did print your royal father off, And those but mean.
Conceiving you : were I but twenty-one, Leon. His princess, say you, with him? Your father's image is so hit in you, Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I His very air, that I should call you brother, think,
As I did him; and speak of something, wildly, That e'er the sun shone bright on.
By us performed before. Most dearly welcome; Paul. O Hermione!
And your fair princess, goddess !-0, alas ! As every present time doth boast itself
I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Above a better, gone, so must thy grave
Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as Give way to what 's seen now. Sir, you yourself You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost Have said and writ so (but your writing now (All mine own folly) the society, Is colder than that theme), "She had not been, Amity too, of your brave father; whom, Nor was not to be equaled; thus
Though bearing misery, I desire my life Flowed with her beauty once: 't is shrewdly Once more to look upon. ebbed,
Flo. By his command
Have I here touched Sicilia, and from him
Give you all greetings that a king at friend
seized Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal His wished ability, he had himself Of all professors else; make proselytes
The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Of who she but did follow.
Measured to look upon you; whom he loves Paul. How! not women ?
(He bade me say so) more than all the scepters, Gent. Women will love her that she is a wo- And those that bear them, living.
Leon. O, my brother, More worth than any man; men that she is (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee The rarest of all women.
stir Leon. Go, Cleomenes;
Afresh within me; and these thy offices, Yourself, assisted with your honored friends, So rarely kind, are as interpreters Bring them to our embracement. — Still 't is Of my behind-hand slackness ! — Welcome hither, strange
As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too [Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentleman. Exposed this paragon to the fearful usage He thus should steal upon us.
(At least ungentle) of the dreadful Neptune,