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Re-enter Gentleman with the Goaler.
Goa. For a worthy Lady,
And one whom much I honour.

Paul. Pray you then,
Conduct me to the Queen.

Goa. Í may not, Madam,
To the contrary I have express commandment.

Paul. Here's ado to lock up honesty and honour from Th’access of gentle visitors ! Is’t lawful, pray you, To see her women ? any of them ? Emilia ? ·

Goa. So please you, Madam,
To put a-part these your attendants, I
Shall bring Emilia forth.

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

[Exeunt Gent. &c.
Goa. And, Madam,
I must be present at your conference
Paul. Well; be it so, proythee.

Enter Emilian
Here's such ado to make no ftain a stain,
As passes colouring: Dear gentlewoman,
How fares our gracious Lady?

Emil. As well, as one so great and fo 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, Lufty, and like to live : the Queen receives Much comfort in't. Says, my poor prisoner, I'm innocent as you.

Paul. I dare be sworn : These dangerous, unsafe lunes i' th' King! bethrew them, (10)

He

(10) These darg’rous unsafe Lunes i' 15' King ! ] I have no where, but in our author, observ'd this word adopted in curtongue, to lignity, frenzy, lunacy, But it is a mode. vt exprefion with the

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upon me.

He must be told on't, and he mall; the office
Becomes a woman beft. I'll take't
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 the dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll Thew't the King, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th' loud'ft. We do not know,
How. he may soften at the fight o'th' child ;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.

Emil. Most worthy Madam,
Your honour and your goodness is so evident,
That

your free undertaking cannot miss
A briving ifde: 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-durft not tempt a minister of honour,
Left the should be deny'd.

Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have; if wit Aow from'ı,
As boldness from my bosom, let't not be doubted
I thall do good.

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

Goa. Madam, if't please the Queen to send the babes I know not what I fall incur, to pass it, Having no warrant.

Paul. You need not 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. Frencb. Il y a de la lune: (ii e. He has got the moon in his head; he ia frantick.) COTGRAVE. Lune. folie. Les femmes ont des lunes, dans la tețe.

RICHELET

Goda

Goa. I do believe it.
Paul. Do not you fear; upon mine honour, I
Will stand 'cwixi you and danger.

[Exeunto
SCENE changes to the Palace,
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords and other Attendants.
Leo.

'To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if
The cause were not in being; part o'th' cause,
She, the aduftrefs; for the harlot-King
Is quite beyond mine arm; out of the blank
And level of my brain; plot-proof; but the
I can hook to me: say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my reft
Might come to me again. Who's there?

Enter an Attendant,
Atten. My Lord.
Leo. How du's the boy!

Atten. He took good rest co-night; 'cis hop'd,
His sickness is discharg'da

Leon. To see his nobleness ! Conceiving the dishonour of his mother, He straighe declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply ; Faiten'd, and fix'd the shame on't in himselt; Threw off his spirit, his appet te, his feep, And down-right languidhd. Leave me lolely: go.

[Exit Attentiant.
See how he fares.-Fy, fy, no thought of him ;
The very thought of my revenges that way
Recoil upon me; in himself too mighty,
And in his parties, his alliance; let him be,
Until a time may ferve. For present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their paffime at my forrow;
They should not laugh, if I could reach them ;i nor
Shall the, within my power. "!...

Enter Paulina, with a Child.
Lord. You must not enter.

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Paul. Nay rather, good my Lords, be second to me:.
Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas,
Than the Queen's life: a gracious innocent foul,
More free than he is jealous.

Ant. That's enough.
Atten. [within.] Madam, he hath not slept to-night;

commanded,
None should come at him.

Paul. Not so hot, good Sir; I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you, That creep like shadows by him, and do figh At each his needless heavings; such as you Nourith the cause of his awaking. I Do coine with words as medicinal, as true; (Honest, as either ;) to purge him of that humour, That preffes him from seep.

Leo. What noise there, ho?

Paul. No noise, my Lord, but needful conference, About some gollips for your. Highness.

Lico. How?
Away with that audacious Lady.-Antigonus,
I charg'd thee, that she should not come about me;
I knew, she would.

Ant. I told her so, my Lord,
On your displeasure's peril and on mine,
She should not visit

you.
Leo. What? can't not rule her?

Paul. From all dishonesty he can ; in this,
(Unless he take the course that you have done,
Commit me, for committing honour,) trust it,,
He shall not rule me.

Ant. Lo.you now, you hear,
When he will take the rein, I let her run,
But she'll not stumble.

Paul. Good my Liege, I come
And I beseech you hear me, who profess,
Myself your loyal fervant, your physician,
Your most obedient counsellor: yet that dares
Less appear so, in comforting your evils,

Than

Than such as most feems yours. I say, I come
From your good Queen.

Leo. Good Queen ?

Paul. Good Queen, my Lord,
Good Queen, I say, good Queen ;
And would by combat make her good, so were I:
A man, the worst about you.

Leo. Force her hence.

Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his eyes, First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll off; But first, I'll do my. errand. The good Queen, For she is good, hath brought you forth a daughter, - . Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing.

[Laying down the child."
Leo. Out!
A mankind witch! (11) henee with her, out o' door: ;
A most intelligencing bawd!

Paul. Not ro,
I am as ignorant in that as you,
In so intit’ling me; and no less honeft,
Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant,
As this world goes, to pass for honeft.

Leo. Traitors !
Will you not push her outi give her the bastard. [To Art.
Thou dotard, thou art woman-tyr'd ; unroofted
By thy dame Partlet here. Take up the bastard, .
Take't up, I say ; give't to thy croan.

Paul. For ever
Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou
Take'st up the Princess, by that forced baseness
Which he has put upon't!

Leo. He dreads his wife. .'

Paul. So, I would, you did: then 'twere paft all doubt;:. You'd call

your. children yours. (11) A mankind witch!) i. c. One as bold and masculine, as if ther: were a man. So in B. Johnson's Silent Wiman, when Morose is te izaby. his new wife's fhe-friends, he cries out in detestation of their toldness;

O mankind generation!
And so Beaumont and Fletcher in their Monsieur Thomas.

I do not bleed; 'twas a found. knock the gave me;
A.plaguy mankind girl!

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