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Yet nature might have made me as these are,
Therefore I 'll 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 fantastical : a great man, I 'll
warrant; I know by the picking on 's teeth. Aut. The fardel there? what's i' the fardel ?
Wherefore that box? SHEP. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel and box, which none must know
but the king; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to
the speech of him. Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. SHEP. Why, sir ? 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 't is said, sir, about his son, that should have married a shepherd's
daughter. Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly; the curses he shall have,
the tortures he shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster. Clo. Think you so, sir ? Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter ;
but those that are germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman: which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be stoned; but that death is too soft for him, say I: Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few,
the sharpest too easy. Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, an 't like you, sir? Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then, 'nointed over with honey,
set on the head of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recovered again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall he be set against a brick wall, the sun 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 smiled 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 considered, I 'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your suits,
here is man shall do it. Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close with him, give him gold; and
though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold : show the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Remember, stoned and flayed alive!
SHEP. An '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 it you. Aut. After I have done what I promised ? SHEP. Ay, sir. Aut. Well, give me the moiety :- Are you a party in this business? Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not
be flayed out of it. Aut. O, that is the case of the shepherd's son :-Hang him, he 'll be made an
example. Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the king, and show our strange sights:
he must know, 't is none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is per
formed; and remain, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side; go on the right hand;
I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.
[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 occasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince my master 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 shore 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 I.—Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of Leontes.
Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, Dion, PAULINA, and others. CLEO. Sir, you have done enough, and have perform'd
A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make
With them, forgive yourself.
Whilst I remember
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
Bred his hopes out of.
True, too true, my lord :
Would be unparallel'd.
I think so. Kill'd!
Say so but seldom.
Not at all, good lady;
Your kindness better.
You are one of those
If you would not so,
With a sweet fellow to 't?
There is none worthy,
And come again to me; who, on my life, • In · Antony and Cleopatra' we have an explanation of the text:
“We use to say, the dead are well.”
Did perish with the infant. 'T is your counsel
[To LEONTES. The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander Left his to the worthiest; so his successor
Was like to be the best.
Have taken treasure from her lips,
And left them
Thou speak'st truth.
And begin, “Why to me?"
Had she such power,
She had ; and would incense me
I should so:
Should be, " Remember mine!”
(Where we offenders now appear.) We have shifted the place of the parenthesis, making “her sainted spirit” the nominative case to “appear.” By this arrangement, “ where we offenders now” are must be understood. By any other construction we lose the force of the word " appear," as applied to “ sainted spirit." Malone proposed to read,
“ Again possess her corpse, (and on this stage
And begin, Why to me?”
“ (Where we offenders now appear) soul-vex'd,
Begin · And why to me.'” Just cause. In the original just such cause. In modern editions such is omitted, following the authority of the third folio.
• Stars, stars. So the original, but diluted by Hanmer into stars, very stars.