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All the occurrence of my fortune since

Oli. Did he write this? Hath been between this lady and this lord. Clo. Ay, madam. Seb. [To Olivia.) So comes it, lady, you Duke. This savours not much of distraction. have been mistook :

Oli. See him deliver'd, Fabian : bring him But nature to her bias drew in that.


[Exit Fabian. You would have been contracted to a maid ; My lord, so please you, these things farther Now are you, therein, by my life, deceiv'd,

thought on, You are betroth'd both to a maid and man. To think me as well a sister as a wife,

(you, Duke. Be not amaz'd; right noble is his One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please blood.

Here at my house, and at my proper cost. If this be so, as yet the glass seems true, Duke. Madam, I am most apt t'embrace I shall have share in this most happy wreck.

your offer. [To Viola.] Boy, thou hast said to me a thou- [To Viola.] Your master quits you ; and, for sand times,

your service done him, Thou never shouldst love woman like to me. So much against the mettle of your sex,

Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear ; So far beneath your soft and tender breeding, And all those swearings keep as true in soul, And since you call'd me master for so long, As doth that orbed continent the fire

Here is my hand : you shall from this time be That severs day from night.

Your master's mistress. Duke.

Give me thy hand ;


A sister?-you are she. And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.

Re-enter Fabian, with Malvolio. Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on Duke. Is this the madman? shore, [action, Oli.

Ay, my lord, this same. Hath my maid's garments : he, upon some How now, Malvolio ! Is now in durance, at Malvolio's suit,

Mal. Madam, you have done me wrong, A gentleman, and follower of my lady's.

Notorious wrong. Oli. He shall enlarge him :-fetch Malvolio Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no. hither :

Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse And yet, alas, now I remember me,

that letter : They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract. You must not now deny it is your hand,

Re-enter Clown, with a letter. Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase ; A most extracting frenzy of mine own Or say 'tis not your seal, nor your invention : From my remembrance clearly banish'd his.-- You can say none of this : well, grant it then, How does he, sirrah?

And tell me, in the modesty of honour, Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at Why you have given me such clear lights of the stave's end, as well as a man in his case favour,

(you, may do: he has here writ a letter to you ; 1 Bade me come smiling and cross-garter'd to should have given it to you to-day morning : To put on yellow stockings, and to frown but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so Upon Sir Toby and the lighter people ; it skills not much when they are delivered. And, acting this in an obedient hope, Oli. Open it, and read it.

Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd, Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, fool delivers the madman.—" By the Lord, And made the most notorious geck and gull madam."

That e'er invention play'd on? tell me why. Oli. How now ! art thou mad ?

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing, Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness : Though, I confess, much like the character: an your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand. you must allow vor.

And now I do bethink me, it was she Oli. Pr'ythee, read i' thy right wits. First told me thou wast mad ; then cam'st in Clo. So I do, madonna ; but to read his smiling,

(posa right wits, is to read thus : therefore perpend, And in such forms which here were presupmy princess, and give ear.

Upon thee in the letter. Pr'ythee, be content: Oli. (To Fabian.] Read it you, sirrah. This practice hath most shrewdly pass'd upon Fab. (Reads.] By the Lord, madam, you


(of it, wrong me, and the world shall know it: though But when we know the grounds and authors you have put me into darkness, and given your Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge drunken cousin rule over me, yet have I the Of thine own cause. benefit of my senses as well as your ladyship. Fab. Good madam, hear me speak ; I have your own letter that induced me to the And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come, semblance I put on ; with the which I doubt Taint the condition of this present hour, not but to do myself much right, or you much Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall shame. Think of me as you please. I leave not, my duty a little unthought of, and speak out of Most freely I confess, myself and Toby my injury. The madly-used MALVOLIO. Set this device against Malvolio here,

Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts But when in other habits you are seen, We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ Orsino's mistress, and his fancy's queen. The letter at Sir Toby's great importance :

[Exeunt all except Clown. In recompense whereof, he hath married her. How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,

May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ; Clo.
If that the injuries be justly weigh'd,

When that I was and a little tiny boy, That have on both sides past.

(thee ! With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Oli. Alas, poor fool, how have they baffled A foolish thing was but a toy,

Clo. Why, some are born great, some For the rain it raineth every day. echieve greatness, and some have greatness But when I came to man's estate, thrown upon them." I was one, sir, in this

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, interlude, -one Sir Topas, sir ; but that's all

'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their one.- * By the Lord, fool, I am not mad :"

gate, bat do you remember? Madam, why laugh For the rain it raineth every day. you at such a barren rascal? an you smile not,

But when I came, alas ! to wive, he's gagg'd:" and thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, Hal. I'll be reveng'd on the whole pack of

By swaggering could I never thrive,

For the rain it raineth every day. you.

[Exit. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd.

But when I came unto my bed, Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, peace;

With toss-pots still had drunken head, He hath not told us of the captain yet :

For the rain it raineth every day. When that is known, and golden time convents, A great while ago the world begun, A solemn combination shall be made

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain · Of our dear souls.- Meantime, sweet sister, But that's all one, our play is done, We will not part from hence.--Cesario, come; And we'll strive to please you every day. For so you shall be, while you are a man,



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Leontes, King of Sicilia.

An old Shepherd, reputed Father of Perdita. Mamillius, his Son.

Clown, his Son.

Servant to the old Shepherd.
Sicilian Lords.

Autolycus, a Rogue.

Time, as Chorus. Dion,

Hermione, Queen to Leontes. Oñcers of a Court of Judicature.

Perdita, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione. Sicilian Gentlemen.

Paulina, Wife to Antigonus.
Rogero, a Sicilian Gentleman.
Polixenes, King of Bohemia.

Other Ladies,
Floricel, his Son.

Mopsa, Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord.


Shepherdesses. A Mariner.

Sicilian Lords and Ladies, Attendants, Gaoler.

Guards, Satyrs, Shepherds, Shepherd

esses, &c.
SCENE, -Sometimes in Sicilia, sometimes in Bohemia.

Emilia.Ladies.y, }attending the Queen.


have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia SCENE I.-Sicilia. An Antechamber in

and your Sicilia.

Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king Leontes' Palace.

of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation Enter Camillo and Archidamus.

which he justly owes him. Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my shame us, we will be justified in our loves ; services are now on foot, you shall see, as I l for, indeed, -

cuse us.

peace until

Cam. Beseech you, –

No sneaping winds at home, to make us say, Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of This is put forth too truly." Besides, I have iny knowledge : we cannot with such magnifi- To tire your royalty.

(stay'd cence-in so rare-I know not what to say.-- Leon.

We are tougher, brother, We will give you sleepy drinks, that your That you can put us to't. senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, Pol.

No longer stay. though they cannot praise us, as little ac- Leon. One seven-night longer.


Very sooth, to-morrow. Cam. You pay a great deal too dear for Leon. We'll part the time between's then : what's given freely.

I'll no gain-saying.

(and in that Arch. Believe me, I speak as my under- Pol.

Press me not, beseech you, so. standing instructs me, and as mine honesty There is no tongue that moves, none, none i puts it to utterance.

the world,

now, Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind So soon as yours could win me : so it should to Bohemia. They were trained together in Were there necessity in your request, although their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt "Twere needful I denied it. My affairs them then such an affection, which cannot Do even drag me homeward : which to hinder, choose but branch now. Since their more Were in your love a whip to me; my stay mature dignities and royal necessities made To you a charge and trouble : to save both, separation of their society, their encounters, Farewell, our brother. though not personal, have been royally Leon. Tongue-tied our queen ? speak you. attorneyed, with interchange of gifts, letters, Her. I had thought, sir, to have held my loving embassies; that they have seemed to be

(You, sir, together, though absent; shook hands, as over You had drawn oaths from him not to stay. a vast; and embraced, as it were, from the Charge him too coldly. Tell him, you are sure ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue All in Bohemia's well; this satisfaction their loves!

The by-gone day proclaim'd : say this to him, Arch. I think there is not in the world either He's beat from his best ward. malice or matter to alter it. You have an un


Well said, Hermione. speakable comfort of your young prince Ma- Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were millius : it is a gentleman of the greatest strong: promise that ever came into my note.

But let him say so then, and let him go; Cam. I very well agree with you in the But let him swear so, and he shall not stay, hopes of him : it is a gallant child ; one that, We'll thwack him hence with distaffs.indeed, physics the subject, makes old hearts (To Polixenes.) Yet of your royal presence fresh : they that went on crutches ere he was I'll adventure born, desire yet their life to see him a man. The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia

Arch. Would they else be content to die? You take my lord, I'll give him my commission, Cam. Ves; if there were no other excuse To let him there a month behind the gest why they should desire to live.

Prefix'd for his parting :--yet, good deed, Arch. If the king had no son, they would Leontes, desire to live on crutches till he had one. I love thee not a jar o' the clock behind [Exeunt. What lady she her lord. You'll stay?

No, madam. SCENE II.-Sicilia. A Room of State in the

Her. Nay, but you will ?

I may not, verily. Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Hermione, Her. Verily!

Mamillius, Camillo, and Attendants. You put me off with limber vows; but I, Pol. Nine changes of the wat'ry star have Though you would seek t’unsphere the stars

[throne with oaths, The shepherd's note, since we have left our Should yet say, Sir, no going." Verily, Without a burden : time as long again You shall not go : a lady's verily is Would be fill'd up,

my brother, with our thanks; As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet? And yet we should, for perpetuity,

Force me to keep you as a prisoner, Go bence in debt: and therefore, like a cipher, Not like a guest ; so you shall pay your fees Yet standing in rich place, I multiply When you depart, and save your thanks. How With one we-thank-you many thousands more say you? That go before it.

My prisoner, or my guest? by your dread verily, Leon.

Stay your thanks awhile, One of them you shall be. And pay them when you part.


Your guest, then, madam: Pol.

Sir, that's to-morrow. To be your prisoner should import offending : I am question'd by my fears, of what may Which is for me less easy to commit, chance,

Than you to punish. Or breed upon our absence, that may blow Her.

Not your gaoler, then,





But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question you Her.

It is Grace indeed.Of my lord's tricks and yours when you were Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose You were pretty lordlings then. [boys; twice :

We were, fair queen, The one for ever earn'd a royal husband ; Two lads that thought there was no more be- Th' other for some while a friend. But such a day to-morrow as to-day, [hind,

[Giving her hand to Polixenes. And to be boy eternal.

Leon. ( Aside.)

Too hot, too hot ! Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o' the To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. two ?

[i' the sun, I have tremor cordis on me, my heart dances; Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs that did frisk But not for joy,–

,--not joy.---This entertainment And bleat the one at th' other : what we May a free face put on; derive a liberty ang'd,

From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, Was innocence for innocence; we knew not And well become the agent; it may, I grant : The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dream'd But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers, That any did. Had we pursu'd that life, As now they are ; and making practis'd smiles, And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd As in a looking-glass; and then to sigh, as With stronger blood, we should have answer'd 'twere heaven

The mort o' the deer; 0, that is entertainment Boldly, Not guilty;" the imposition clear'd, My bosom likes not, nor my brows.—Mamillius, Hereditary ours.

Art thou my boy?
By this we gather,


Ay, my good lord. You have tripp'd since.


I' fecks? Pol.

O, my most sacred lady, Why, that's my bawcock. What, hast Temptations have since then been born to us; smutch'd thy nose ?for

They say,

it is a copy out of mine. Come, In those unfledg'd days was my wife a girl ;


(tain : Your precious self had then not cross'd the eyes We must be neat ;-not neat, but cleanly, capOf my young playfellow.

And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf, Her.

Grace to boot ! Are all call'd neat.--[Observing Pol. and Her.] Of this make no conclusion, lest you say

Still virginalling Your queen and I are devils : yet, go on ; Upon his palm?--How now, you wanton calf ! Th offences we have made you do, we'll Art thou my calf ? answer ;

Мат. .

Yes, if you will, my lord. If you first sinn'd with us, and that with us Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd not shoots that I have, With any, but with us.

To be full like me :-yet they say we are Leon.

Is he won yet? Almost as like as eggs ; women say so, Her. He'll stay, my lord.

That will say anything : but were they false Leon. At my request he would not. As o'er-dyed blacks, as wind, as waters,-false Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st As dice are to be wish'd by one that fixes To better purpose.

No bourn 'twixt his and mine,--yet were it true Her. Never?

To say this boy were like me.-Come, sir page, Leon.

Never but once. Look on me with your welkin eye : sweet Her. What! have I twice said well ? when villain !

[may't be ?was't before ?

Most dear'st! my collop ! Can thy dam ? I pr’ythee tell me; cram us with praise, and Affection, thy intention stabs the centre; make us

(tongueless, Thou dost make possible, things not so held, As fat as tame things : one good deed, dying Communicat'st with dreams ;-(how can this Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages : you may ride us With what's unreal thou coactive art, With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs, ere And fellow'st nothing : then, 'tis very credent, With spur we heat an acre. But to the goal : Thou mayst co-join with something; and thou My last good deed was to entreat his stay :

dost; What was my first? it has an elder sister, (And that beyond commission ; and I find it,) Or I mistake you : 0, would her name were And that to the infection of my brains, Grace !

And hardening of my brows. But once before I spoke to the purpose: when ? Pol.

What means Sicilia ? Say, let me hav't ; I long.

Her. He something seems unsettled.
Why, that was when Pol.

How, my lord ? Three crabbed months had soured themselves What cheer ? how is't with you, best brother ? to death,


You look Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, As if you held a brow of much distraction : And clap thyself my love: then didst thou utter, Are you mov'd, my lord ? "I am yours for ever."


No, in good earnest.

be ?)—



[Aside.) How sometimes nature will betray its would hang themselves. Physic for't, there folly,

is none; Its tenderness, and make itself a pastime It is a bawdy planet, that will strike To harder bosoms !

—To her.] Looking on Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, the lines

think it,

(cluded, Of my boy's face, methought I did recoil From east, west, north, and south : be it conTwenty-three years, and saw myselfunbreech'd, No barricado for a belly ; know it ; In my green velvet coat; my dagger muzzled, it will let in and out the enemy,

{us Lest it should bite its master, and so prove, With bag and baggage : many a thousand of As ornaments oft do, too dangerous :

Have the disease, and feel't not.-How now, How like, methought, I then was to this kernel, Mam. I am like you, they say. boy! This squash, this gentleman.-Mire honest Leon.

Why, that's some comfort. Will you take eggs for money? [friend, What, Camillo there? Mam. No, my lord, I'll fight.

Cam. Ay, my good lord. Leon. You will ? why, happy man be his Leon. Go play, Mamillius ; thou'rt an honest dole !—My brother,

[Exit Mamillius. Are you so fond of your young prince, as we Camillo, this great Sir will yet stay longer. Do seem to be of ours?

Cam. You had much ado to make his anchor Pol. If at home, sir,

hold : He's all my exercise, my mirth, my matter : When you cast out, it still came home. Now my sworn friend, and then mine enemy; Leon.

Didst note it? My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all : Cam. He would not stay at your petitions ; He makes a July's day short as December ; His business more material.

(made And with his varying childness cures in me Leon.

Didst perceive it? Thoughts that would thick my blood. [Aside.) They're here with me already ; whisLeon.

So stands this squire pering, rounding, Offic'd with me : we two will walk, my lord,

Sicilia is a so-forth; " 'tis far gone, And leave you to your graver steps.--Her- When I shall gust it last. -- How came't. mione, (welcome ; That he did stay?

(Camillo, How thou lov'st us, show in our brother's Сат. At the good queen's entreaty: Let what is dear in Sicily, be cheap :

Lcon. At the queen's, be'i : good should Next to thyself and my young rover, he's

be pertinent ; Apparent to my heart.

But so it is, it is not. Was this taken Her.

If you would seek us, By any understanding pate but thine ? We are yours i' the garden : shall's attend you For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in there?

[be found, More than the common blocks:--not noted, is't, Leon. To your own bents dispose you : you'll But of the finer natures? by some severals Be you beneath the sky.-- Aside.] I am ang. Of head-piece extraordinary? lower inesses, ling now,

Perchance, are to this business purblind? say. Though you perceive me not how I give line. Cam. Business, my lord ! I think, most unGo to, go to !

Bohemia stays here longer.

(derstand [Observing Polixenes and Hermione. Leon.

Ha? How she holds up the neb, the bill to him ; Cam.

Stays here longer. And arms her with the boldness of a wife Leon. Ay, but why? To her allowing husband! Gone already! Cam. To satisfy your highness, and the en[Excunt Polixenes, Hermione, and Attendants. Of our most gracious mistress. (treaties Inch-thick, knee-deep, o'er head and ears a Leon.

Satisfy fork'd one !

The entreaties of your mistress !--satisfy !Go play, boy, play :--thy mother plays, and I Let that suffice. I have trusted thee, Camillo, Play too; but so disgrac'd a part, whose issue with all the things nearest to my heart, as well Will hiss me to my grave: contempt and My chamber-councils: wherein, priest-like, thou clamour

[There have been, Hast cleans'd my bosom ; I from thee departed Will be my knell.-Go play, boy, play.-Thy penitent reform'd : but we have been Or I am much deceiv'd, cuckolds ere now ; Deceiv'd in thy integrity, deceiv'd And many a man there is even at this present, In that which seems so. Now while I speak this, holds his wife by th' Cam.

Be it forbid, my lord ! arm,

(absence, Leon. To bide upon't ; thou art not honest; That little thinks she has been sluic'd in's or, And his pond fish'd by his next neighbour, by If thou inclin'st that way, thou art a coward, Sir Smile, his neighbour : nay, there's comfort Which hoxes honesty behind, restraining in't,

(open'd, From course requir'd; or else thou must be Whiles other men have gates, and those gates

counted As mine, against their will : should all despair, A servant grafted in my serious trust, That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind | And therein negligent; or else a fool,

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