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the lie; do; and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.
Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four hours.
Shep. And so have I, boy.
Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman born before my father : for the king's son took me by the hand, and called me, brother; and then the two kings called my father, brother; and then the prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, called my father, father; and so we wept : and there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more.
Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so preposterous estate as we are.
Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship, and to give me your good report to the prince my master.
Shep. 'Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let boors and franklins 9 say it, I'll swear it.
Shep. How if it be false, son ?
Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear it, in the behalf of his friend:--And I'll swear
to the prince, thou art a tall' fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.
Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow.: If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters.
A Room in Paulina's House.
Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PER
DITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and At-
Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort
What, sovereign sir,
We honour you with trouble : But we came
As she liv'd peerless,
upon, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Lonely, apart: But here it is: prepare To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well.
[PAULINA undraws a Curtain, and discovers
a statue. I like
your silence, it the more shows off Your wonder: But yet speak;-first, you, my liege. Comes it not something near ? Leon.
Her natural posture! Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, Thou art Hermione: or, rather, thou art she, In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, As infancy, and grace.-But yet, Paulina, Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing So aged, as this seems. Pol.
O, not by much.
As now she might have done,
Even with such life of majesty, (warm life,
And give me leave;
O, patience; The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's Not dry.
Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, So many summers, dry: scarce any joy Did ever so long live; no sorrow, But kill'd itself much sooner. Pol.
Dear my brother,
Indeed, my lord,
mine,) I'd not have show'd it. Leon,
Do not draw the curtain.
2 Worked, agitated,
Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your
fancy May think anon, it moves. Leon.
Let be, let be. Would I were dead, but that, methinks already What was he, that did make it?-See, my lord, Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those
veins Did verily bear blood ? Pol.
Masterly done :
life seems warm upon her lip.
I'll draw the curtain;
O sweet Paulina, Make me to think so twenty years together; No settled senses of the world can match The pleasure of that inadness. Let't alone, Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd you:
but I could afflict
Do, Paulina ; For this affliction has a taste as sweet As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks, There is an air comes from her: What fine chizzel Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, For I will kiss her. Paul.
Good my lord, forbear :
3 i.c. Though her eye pe fixed it seems to have motion in it.
4 As if.