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Aut. Adieu, Sir.
Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? Pray you, a word.
Cam. What I do next, shall be to tell the King (Alide, Of this escape, and whither they are bound: Wherein my hope is, I shall fo prevail To force him after ; in whose company I shall review Sicilia ; for whose light I have a woman's longing.
Flo. Fortune speed us ! Thus we seton, Camillo, to th’sea-side. [Exit Flo.with Per, Cam. The swifter speed, the better.
[Exit. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: to have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is neceffary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requifite also, to smell out work for th” other senses. I see, this is the time that the unjuit man doth thrire. What an exchange had this been, without boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange? sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any thing extempore, The Prince himself is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his father, with his clog at his heels. If I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the King withal, I would not do't; I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I conftant to my profession.
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Aside, afide, here's more matter for a hot brain ; every lane's end, every shop, church, fefsion, hanging, yields a careful man work.
Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! there is no other way, but to tell the King she's a changling, and none of your flesh and blood.
Sbep. Nay, but hear me.
Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your flesh and blood has not offended the King; and, so, your filesh and blood is not to be punish'd by him.
Shew these things you found about her, those secret things, all but what she has with her; this being done, let the law go whistle; I warrant you.
Shep. I will tell the King all, every word, yea, and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no honeft man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make me the King's brother-in-law.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the fartheft off you could have been to him; and then your blood had been the dearer by I know how much an ounce. Aut. Very wifely, puppies !
[Afide. Shep. Well; let us to the King; there is that in this farthel will make him scratch his beard.
Aut. I know not, what impediment this complaint may be to the flight of my master.
Clo. 'Pray heartily, he be at the palace.
Aut. Tho' I am not naturally honest, I am so some.. times by chance : let me pocket up my pedler's excrement. How now, rusticks, whither are you bound?
Shep. To th' palace, and it like your worship.
Aut. Your affairs there, what, with whom, the condition of that farthel, the place of your dwelling, your names, your age, of what having, breeding, and any thing that is fitting for to be known, discover.
Clo. We are but plain fellows, Sir.
Aut. A lye; you are rough and hairy; let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and they often give us foldiers the lye; but we pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel, therefore they do not give us the lye.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, if you had not taken yourself with the manner.
Shep. Are you a courtier, an like you, Sir?
Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier, Seest thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings? hath not my gate in it the measure of the court : receives not thy nose court-odour from me? reflcct I not, on thy baseness, court-contempt? think'st thou, for that I infinuate, or toze from hee thy business, I am therefore no courtier? I am courtier, cap-a.pe; and
one that will either push on, or pluck back thy business, there, whereupon I command thee to open thy affair.
Shep. My business, Sir, is to the King.
Cló. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; say.. you
have none. Shep. None, Sir; I have no pheasant cock, nor hen..
Aut. How bless’d are we, that are not simple men! Yet Nature might have made me as these are, Therefore I will not disdain.
Clo. This cannot be, but a great courtier.
Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them not handsomely:
Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fantas-tical ; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the pick-ing on's teeth.
Aut. The farthel there? what's i'th? farthel? Wherefore that box?
Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this farthel and box, which none must know but the King; and which he mall know within this hour, if I. may come to th”. speech of him.
Aut. Age, thou hast loft thy labour.
Aut. The King is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a new ship, to purge melancholy and air himself; for: if thou be'st capable of things serious, thou must know, the King is full of grief.
Shep. So’ris said, Sir, about his son that should have: married a ihepherd's daughter.
Aut. If that mepherd be not in hand-fast, let him Ay; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall-feel, will break the back of man, the heart of inonster.
Clo. Think you so, Sir?
Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make hea. vy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to him, tho' remov'd fifty times, shall all come under the hangman; which tho'it be great pity, yet it is nes : cessary. An old theep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender,
to offer to have his daughter come into grace! some fay, he shall be ston'd; but that death is too soft for him, say I: draw our throne into a sheep-coat! all deaths are too few, the sharpeft too easy. Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, Sir, do
you hear, and't like you, Sir?
Aut. He has a son, who shall be flay'd alive, then 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a wasp's neft, then stand 'till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recover'd again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infufion; then raw as he is, (and in the hotteft day prognostication proclaims) shall he be set against a brick-wall, the fun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he is to behold him, with flies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be (mild at, their offences being so capital? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men) what you have to the King; being something gently consider'd, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalf, and if it be in man besides the King, to effect your fuits, here is a man fhall do it.
Clo. He seems to be of great authority ; close with him, give him gold; and tho' authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold; shew the inside of your purle to the outside of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, fton'd, and flay'd alive.
Shep. And't please you, Sir, to undertake the business for us, here is that gold I have; I'll make it as much more, and leave this young man in pawn ’till I bring
Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
ut. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?
Clo. In some sort, Sir; but tho' my case be a pitiful one, I hope, I shall not be flay'd out of it.
Aut. Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's son; hang Lim, he'll be made an example.' Cle. Comfori, good comfort; we must to the Kirg,
and shew our strange fights ; he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my fifter; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d; and remain, as he says, your pawn 'till it be brought you.
Aut. I will trust you, walk before toward the seaside, go on the right hand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.
Clo. Weare bless’d in this man, as I may fay,even bless’d.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good.
[Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, Fortune would not suffer me; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occafion : gold, and a means to do the Prince my maiter good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement! I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him ; if he think it fit to shoar them again, and that the complaint they have to the King concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: to him will I present them, there may be matter in it.
SCENE changes to Sicilia.
Enter Leontes, Cleomines, Dion, Paulina, and Servaris,
A faint-like sorrow : no fault could you make,