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To greet a man not worth her pains, much less Her brother, having both their country quitted The adventure of her person?
With this young prince. Flo. Good my lord,
Flo. Camillo has betrayed me;
Whose honor and whose honesty, till now,
Lord. Lay't so to his charge ;
Leon. Who? Camillo ? His tears proclaimed his, parting with her : thence Lord. Camillo, sir: I spake with him; who (A prosperous south-wind friendly) we have crossed,
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I To execute the charge my father
Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the For visiting your highness : my best train I have from your Sicilian shores dismissed; Forswear themselves as often as they speak; Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them Not only my success in Libya, sir,
With divers deaths in death. But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Per. O, my poor father! Here where we are.
The heavens set spies upon us; will not have Leon. The blesséd gods
Our contract celebrated. Purge all infection from our air whilst you
Leon. You are married ? Do climate here! You have a holy father,
Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; A graceful gentleman; against whose person, The stars, I see will kiss the valleys first : So sacred as it is, I have done sin :
The odds for high and low 's alike. For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Leon. My lord, Have left me issueless; and your father's blessed Is this the daughter of a king? (As he from heaven merits it) with you,
Flo. She is, Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, When once she is my wife. Might I a son and daughter now have looked on, Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's Such goodly things as you !
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Lord. Most noble sir,
Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry That which I shall report will bear no credit, Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, Were not the proofs so nigh. Please you, great That you might well enjoy her. sir,
Flo. Dear, look up: Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Though fortune, visible an enemy, Desires you to attach his son; who has
Should chase us with my father, power no jot (His dignity and duty both cast off)
Hath she to change our loves.— 'Beseech you, sir, Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Remember since you owed no more to time A shepherd's daughter.
Than I do now : with thought of such affections Leon. Where's Bohemia ? speak. Step forth mine advocate; at your request Lord. Here in your city: I now came from My father will grant precious things as trifles. him.
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious I speak amazédly; and it becomes
mistress, My marvel and my message.
court Which he counts but a trifle. Whiles he was hastening (in the chase, it seems, Paul. Sir, my liege, Of this fair couple), meets he on the way Your eye hath too much youth in 't: not a The father of this seeming lady, and
'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such deal of wonder has broken out within this hour, gazes
that ballad maker's cannot be able to express it. Than what you look on now. Leon. I thought of her
Enter a third Gentleman. Even in these looks I made.- But your petition
[To FLORIZEL. Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can Is yet unanswered : I will to your father; deliver you more.— How goes it now,
sir ? this Your honor not o'erthrown by your desires, news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, I am a friend to them and you: upon which er- that the verity of it is in strong suspicion. Has rand
the king found his heir ? I now go toward him; therefore follow me,
3rd Gent. Most true, if ever truth were pregAnd mark what way I make. — Come, good my nant by circumstance: that which you hear you 'll lord.
Exeunt. swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs.
The mantle of Queen Hermione: her jewel about the neck of it: the letters of Antigonus, found
with it, which they knew to be his character: the SCENE II. -— The same. Before the Palace. majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mo
ther: the affection of nobleness which nature shews Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman.
above her breeding,- and many other evidences,
proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the king's Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this daughter.—Did you see the meeting of the two relation ?
kings? 1st Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel; 2nd Gent No. heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he 3rd Gent. Then have you lost a sight which was found it : whereupon, after a little amazedness, we to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you were all commanded out of the chamber: only this, have beheld one joy crown another, so and in such methought I heard the shepherd say he found the manner that it seemed sorrow wept to take leave child.
of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with
1st Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busi- countenance of such distraction that they were to ness : but the changes I perceived in the king and be known by garment, not by favor. Our king, Camillo were very notes of admiration : they seemed being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his almost, with staring on one another, to tear the found daughter, as if that joy were now become a cases of their eyes; there was speech in their loss, cries,—“O, thy mother, thy mother!" then dumbness, language in their very gesture : they asks Bohemia forgiveness ; then embraces his sonlooked as they had heard of a world ransomed, or in-law; then again worries he his daughter with one destroyed. A notable passion of wonder ap- clipping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, peared in them; but the wisest beholder, that knew which stands by, like a weather-bitten conduit of no more but seeing, could not say if the importance many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another were joy or sorrow : but in the extremity of the encounter, which lames report to follow it, and unone, it must needs be.
does description to do it.
2nd Gent. What, pray you, became of AntigoEnter another Gentleman.
nus, that carried hence the child ?
3rd Gent. Like an old tale still; which will Here comes a gentleman that happily knows more. have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep The news, Rogero?
and not an ear open :— he was torn to pieces with 2nd Gent. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is a bear: this avouches the shepherd's son ; who has fulfilled; the king's daughter is found : such a) not only his innocence (which seems much) to justify him, but a handkerchief and rings of his, that benefit of access ? Every wink of an eye, some Paulina knows.
new grace will be born : our absence makes us un1st Gent. What became of his bark and his fol- thrifty to our knowledge. Let 's along. lowers ?
[E.ceunt Gentlemen. 3rd Gent. Wrecked the same instant of their Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life master's death, and in the view of the shepherd : im me, would preferment drop on my head. I so that all the instruments which aided to expose brought the old man and his son aboard the prince: the child, were even then lost when it was found. told him I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know But 0, the noble combat that, 'twixt joy and sor- not what: but he at that time, overfond of the row, was fought in Paulina !-- she had one eye shepherd's daughter (so he then took her to be), declined for the loss of her husband; another ele- who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little vated that the oracle was fulfilled. She lifted the better, extremity of weather continuing, this mysprincess from the earth ; and so locks her in em-tery remained undiscovered. But 't is all one to bracing as if she would pin her to her heart, that me: for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it she might no more be in danger of losing. would not have relished among my other discredits.
1st Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it
Enter Shepherd and Clown. acted.
Here come those I have done good to against my 3rd Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their and that which angled for mine eyes (caught the fortune. water, though not the fish), was when, at the re- Shep. Come, boy: I am past more children, bat lation of the queen's death, with the manner how thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. she came to it (bravely confessed and lamented by Clo. You are well met, sir : you denied to fight the king), how attentiveness wounded his daughter; with me this other day, because I was no gentletill, from one sign of dolor to another, she did, with man born :- see you these clothes ? say you see an “ Alas !” I would fain say, bleed tears; for I them not, and think me still no gentleman born : am sure my heart wept blood. Who was most you were best say these robes are not gentleman marble there changed color; some swooned, all born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am sorrowed : if all the world could have seen it, the not now a gentleman born. woe had been universal.
Aut. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born. 1st Gent. Are they returned to the court ? Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four
3rd Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her mo- hours. ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, Shep. And so have I, boy. - a piece inany years in doing, and now newly Clo. So you have :- but I was a gentleman performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Ro- born before my father : for the king's son took me mano; who, had he himself eternity, and could put by the hand, and called me brother; and then the breath into his work, would beguile nature of her two kings called my father, brother: and then the custom, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to prince my brother, and the princess my sister, Hermione hath done Hermione, that they say one called my father, father; and so we wept: and would speak to her, and stand in hope of answer: there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever
- thither, with all greediness of affection, are they we shed. gone; and there they intend to sup.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. 1st Gent. I thought she had some great matter Clo. Ay; or else 't were hard luck, being in so there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or preposterous estate as we are. thrice-a-day, ever since the death of Hermione, Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and all the faults I have committed to your worship, with our company piece the rejoicing.
and to give me your good report to the prince my 3rd Gent. Who would be thence that has the master.
Shep. Pr’y thee, son, do; for we must be gen- In many singularities; but we saw not tle now we are gentlemen.
That which my daughter came to look upon, Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
The statue of her mother. Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.
Paul. As she lived peerless, Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the So her dead likeness, I do well believe, prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any in Excels whatever yet you looked upon, Bohemia.
Or hand of man hath done: therefore I keep it Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. Lonely apart. But here it is : prepare
Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let To see the life as lively mocked as ever boors and franklins say it; I'll swear it.
Still sleep mocked death: behold, and say 't is well. Shep. How if it be false, son?
[PAULINA undraws a curtain, and discovers Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman
a statue. may swear it in the behalf of his friend. — And I like your silence; it the more shews off I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of Your wonder. But yet speak :— first you, my thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but
liege : I know thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and comes it not something near? that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I Leon. Her natural posture ! would thou wouldst be a tall fellow of thy hands. Chide me, dear stone, that I may say indeed Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.
Thou art Hermione : or rather, thou art she Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: if In thy not chiding; for she was as tender I do not wonder how thou darest venture to be As infancy, and grace.— But yet, Paulina, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.- Hermione was not so much wrinkled, nothing Hark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are So agéd as this seems. going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: Pol. O, not by much. we'll be thy good masters.
[Exeunt. Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence; Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes
her SCENE III.- The same. A Room in PAULINA's As she lived now. House.
Leon. As now she might have done,
So much to my good comfort, as it is Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants.
Even with such life of majesty (warm life, Leon. O, grave and good Paulina, the great As now it coldly stands), when first I wooed her! comfort
I am ashamed - does not the stone rebuke me, That I have had of thee!
For being more stone than it?—0, royal piece, Paul. What, sovereign sir,
There's magic in thy majesty, which has I did not well, I meant well. All my services My evils conjured to remembrance, and You have paid home: but that you have vouch- From thy admiring daughter took the spirits, safed,
Standing like stone with thee! With your crowned brother and these your con- Per. And give me leave; tracted
And do not say 't is superstition, that
that ended when I but began, My life
Give me but that hand of yours to kiss.
Paul. O patience :
By wicked powers.
Which sixteen winters cannot blow
So long could I So many summers dry : scarce any joy
Stand by, a looker-on. Did ever so long live; no sorrow
Paul. Either forbear, But killed itself much sooner.
Quit presently the chapel, or resolve you Pol. Dear my brother,
For more amazement. If you can behold it, Let him that was the cause of this have power I'll make the statue move indeed; descend, To take off so much grief from you as he
And take you by the hand : but then you ’ll think Will piece up in himself.
(Which I protest against) I am assisted Paul. Indeed, my lord, If I had thought the sight of my poor image Leon. What you can make her do, Would thus have wrought you (for the stone is I am content to look on; what to speak, mine),
I am content to hear; for 't is as easy I'd not have shewed it.
To make her speak as move. Leon. Do not draw the curtain.
Paul. It is required Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't, lest your You do awake your faith : then, all stand still; fancy
Or those that think it is unlawful business May think anon it moves.
I am about, let them depart. Leon. Let be, let be.
Leon. Proceed; Would I were dead, but that methinks already - No foot shall stir. What was he that did make it? See, my lord, Paul. Music; awake her; strike. [Music. Would you not deem it breathed, and that those 'T is time; descend; be stone no more; approach; veins
Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; Did verily bear blood ?
I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Pol. Masterly done :
Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him The very life seems warm upon her lip.
Dear life redeems you.-- You perceive, she stirs : Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in 't,
HERMIONE comes down from the pedestal. we are mocked with art.
Start not: her actions shall be holy as Paul. I'll draw the curtain :
You hear my spell is lawful: do not shun her My lord 's almost so far transported that
Until you see her die again; for then He'll think anon it lives.
You kill her double. Nay, present your hand : Leon. O sweet Paulina,
When she was young, you wooed her; now in age Make me to think so twenty years together :
Is she become the suitor. No settled senses of the world can match
Leon. O, she's warm ! [Embracing her The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. If this be magic, let it be an art Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirred Lawful as eating.
Pol. She embraces him. I could afflict you further.
Cam. She hangs about his neck : Leon. Do, Paulina;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too. For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Pol. Ay, and make manifest where she has lived, As any cordial comfort.— Still methinks
Or how stolen from the dead.
Like an old tale; but it appears she lives,
Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.The ruddiness upon her lip is wet :
Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel,
And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady;