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I would land-damn him: Be she honour-flaw'd, -
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven;
The second, and the third, nine, and some five;
If this prove true, they'll pay for’t: by mine honour,
I'll geld them all: fourteen they shall not see,
To bring false generations: they are co-heirs ;
And I had rather glib myself, than they
Should not produce fair issue.
Leon.

Cease; no more. ·
You smell this business with a sense as cold
As is a dead man's nose: I see't, and feel't,
As you feel doing thus; and see withal
The instruments that feel .
Ant.

If it be so,
We need no grave to bury honesty ;
There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
Of the whole dungy earth.
Leon.

What! lack I credit ?
1 Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I, my lord,
Upon this ground: and more it would content me
To have her honour true, than your suspicion ;
Be blam'd for't how you might.
Leon.

Why, what need we Commune with you of this ? but rather follow

4- Land-damn him:] Mr. Steevens, after giving various opinions on this expression, says, After all these awkward struggles to obtain a meaning, we might, I think, not unsafely read

“I'd laudanum him, _” i. e. poison him with laudanum. 5— I seet, and feelt,

As you feel doing thus ; and see withal

The instruments that feel.] Some stage direction seems necessary in this place; but what that direction should be, it is not easy to decide. Sir T. Hanmer gives - Laying hold of his arm : Dr. Johnson-striking his brows. Mr. Henley thinks that Leontes, perhaps, touches the forehead of Antigonus with his fore and middle fingers forked in imitation of a Snail's Horns; for these, or imaginary horns of his own like them, are the instruments that feel, to which he alluded. Mr. Malone reads, “but I do see't," &c.

Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative
Calls not your counsels ; but our natural goodness
Imparts this: which,-if you (or stupified,
Or seeming so in skill,) cannot, or will not,
Relish as truth t, like us; inform yourselves,
We need no more of your advice : the matter,
The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all
Properly ours.

Ant. And I wish, my liege,
You had only in your silent judgment tried it,
Without more overture.
Leon.

How could that be ?
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight,
Added to their familiarity,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,
That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation`,
But only seeing, all other circumstances
Made up to the deed,) doth push on this proceeding :
Yet, for a greater confirmation,
(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere
Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in post,
To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,
Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know
Of stuff'd sufficiency?: Now, from the oracle
They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had,
Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well ?

1 Lord. Well done, my lord.

Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Whosc ignorant credulity will not Come up to the truth : So have we thought it good, From our free person she should be confin'd; Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence,

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+ “Relish a truth,"— Malone.

n ought for approbation,] Approbation is put for proof. 7- stuffd sufficiency :) i. e. of abilities more than enough.

Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ;
We are to speak in publick: for this business
Will raise us all.

Ant. [aside.] To laughter, as I take it,
If the good truth were known.

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

The same.

The outer Room of a Prison.

Enter Paulina and Attendants. Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him ;

[Exit an Attendant. Let him have knowledge who I am.—Good lady! No court in Europe is too good for thee, What dost thou then in prison 3—Now, good sir,

Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
You know me, do you not ?
Keep.

For a worthy lady,
And one whom much I honour.
Paul.

Pray you then,
Conduct me to the queen.

Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary
I have express commandment.
Paul.

Here's ado,
To lock up honesty and honour from
The access of gentle visitors !—Is it lawful,
Pray you, to see her women ? any of them ?
Emilia?

Keep. So please you, madam, to put
Apart these your attendants, I shall bring
Emilia forth.

Paul. I pray now, call her. Withdraw yourselves.

[Eceunt Attend. Keep.

And, madam,
I must be present at your conference.

Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. [Exit Keeper. Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, As passes colouring.

Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.

Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady?

Emil. As well as one so 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 ?
Emil.

A daughter; and a goodly babe,
Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives
Much comfort in't : says, My poor prisoner,
I am innocent as you.
Paul.

I dare be sworn :-
These dangerous unsafe lunes o'the 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'd, let my tongue blister;
And never to my red-look'd anger be
The trumpet any more:-Pray you, Emilia,
Commend my best obedience to the queen;
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th’ loudest : We do not know
How he may soften at the sight o'the child ;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.
Emil.

Most worthy madam,

& These dangerous unsafe lunes o'the king!] I have no where, but in our author, observed this word adopted in our tongue, to signify frenzy, lunacy. But it is a mode of expression with the FrenchIl y a de la lune : (i. e. he has got the moon in his head; he is frantick.) Cotgrave. “Lune, folie. Les femmes ont des lunes dans la tête. Richelet.” THEOBALD.

Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss
A thriving issue ; there is no lady living
So meet for this great errand : Please your ladyship
To visit the next room, I'll presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer ;
Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;
But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Lest she should be denied.
Paul.

Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it,
As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted
I shall do good.

Emil. Now be you blest for it!
I'll to the queen: Please you, come something nearer.

Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe,
I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.

Paul. You need nor fear it, sir :
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
By law and process of great nature, thence
Free'd and enfranchis'd: not a party to
The anger of the king ; nor guilty of,
If any be, the trespass of the queen.

Keep. I do believe it.
Paul.

Do not you fear : upon
Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger.

[Exeunt.

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Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other

Attendants. Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but weakness To bear the matter thus ; mere weakness, if

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