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Of this escape, and whither they are bound :
[Exit Flor, with Pet Cam. The swifter fpeed, the better. [Exit.
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and we may
Aut. I understand the business, I heard it. To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cut-purfe; a good nofe is requisite also, to smell out work for th'other fenfes. I see this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. 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,
do any thing extempore. The Prince himfelf is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his father, with his clog at his heels. If I thought it were not a piece of honefty to acquaint the King withal, I would do't; I hold it the more knavery to conceal it a and therein am I constant to my profession.
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Alide, aside,-here's more matter for a hot brain; every lane's end, every shop, church, session, hanging, yields a careful man work.
Clo. See, fee, what a man you are now! there is 30 other way, but to tell the King she's a changling and none of your flesh and blood.
Shep. Nay, but hear me.
Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your flesh and blood has not offended the King; and fo your flesh and blood is not to be punish'd by him. Shew those things you found about her, those secret things, but what she has with her; this being done, ler the law go whistle; I warrant you.
Shep. I will tell the King all, every word, yea, and
his son's pranks tov; “ who, I may say, is no honest
man, neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make me the King's brother-in-law.”
Indeed, brother-in-law was the fartheft off you could have been to him; and then your-blood 6. had been the dearer by I know how much an ounce.” Aut. Very wiscly, puppies !
[-aside. Shep. Well; let us to the King; there is that in this farthel will make him scratch his beard.
out, I know not what impediment this complaint may be to the flight of my master.
Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at the palace.
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance : let me pocket up my pedler's excrement * How now, ruftiques, whither are you bound?
Shep. To th’palace, an 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 bat plain fellows, Sir.
Aut. A lye; you are rough and hairy; let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradeimen, and they often give us foldiers the lye; but we pay them for it with itamped coin, not stabbing iteel; therefore they do 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
Sir ? Aut. Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier, Seeit thou not the air of the court in these infoldings ? hath not my gate in it the measure of the court ? ceives not thy nose court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt? think'it thou, for that I infinnate, or toze from thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier? I am a courtier Cap-a-pè; and one that will either puih on or pluck back thy business there ; whereupon I command thce to open thy affair.
Shep. My business, Sir, is to the King.
Micaning his fulle beard
Shep. I know not, an't like you.
Clo: Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; fay 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 fan“ taitical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know by the " picking 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 shall know within this hour, if I may come 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 'tis 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 fo, Sir ?
Aut. Not he alone shall fuffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to him, though remov'd fifty times, shall all come under the hangman; which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ramtender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say he shall be fton'd; 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, Şir, do you heas an '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 wafp's nest, then stand till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recorer'd again with aquavitæ, or some other hot insufion; then, raw as he is, (and in the hotteft day prognostication proclaims), shall he be fet against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a fouthward eye upon him, where he is to behold him, with Aies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smild 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 confider'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 efect your suits, here is a man shall do it.
Clo. He feems to be of great authority; close with him, give him gold; " and though authority be a stub“ born bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold;" Thew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, fton'd, and flay'd 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 ?
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 flay'd out of it.
Aut. On, that's the case of the shepherd's fon; hang him, he 'll be made an example.
Clo. Comfort, good comfort; we must to the King, and few our ftrange fights; he must know ’tis 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 perform’d; 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 liand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.
Cle. We are bless'd in this man, as I may fay, even blefs'd.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us ; he was provided to do us good.
[Exeunt Shep. and Clown. Aut. If I had a inind to be honest, I fee 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.
[Exit. A CT v. S CE N E Í.
Changes to Sicilia. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and Servants. Cle. AR, you have done enough, and have perform’d
A saint-like forrow: no fault could you make,
Leo. Whilft I remember
Paul. True, too true, my Lord.