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But that you have your father's bosom there, hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, and adAnd speak his very heart.

miring the nothing of it. So that, in this Flo.

I am bound to you : time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their There is in this.

festival purses; and had not the old man come Cam.

A course more promising in with a whoo-bub against his daughter and Than a wild dedication of yourselves the king's son, and scared my choughs from To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores, most the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the certain

whole army. (Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita To miseries enough: no hope to help you ;

come forward, But, as you shake off one, to take another : Cam. Nay, but my letters, by this means Nothing so certain as your anchors; who

being there Do their best office, if they can but stay you So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Where you'll be loth to be : besides, you know, Flo. And those that you'll procure from Prosperity's the very bond of love,

king Leontes, Whose fresh complexion, and whose heart to- Cam. Shall satisfy your father. Affliction alters. [gether, Per.

Happy be you ! Per. One of these is true :

All that you speak shows fair. [here?I think affiction may subdue the cheek,

Cam. [Sceing Autol.] Whom have we But not take in the mind.

We'll make an instrument of this ; omit Cam.

Yea, say you so? Nothing may give us aid. There shall not, at your father's house, these Aut. (Aside) If they have overheard me Be born another such.

[seven years, now,—why hanging. Flo.

My good Camillo, Cam. How now, good fellow! Why shakest She is as forward of her breeding, as

thou so? Fear not, man: here's no harm inShe is i the rear of our birth.

tended to thee. Cam.

I cannot say 'tis pity Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir. She lacks instructions, for she seems a mistress Cam. Why, be so still ; here's nobody will To most that teach.

steal that from thee: yet, for the outside of thy Per.

Your pardon, sir, for this ; poverty, we must make an exchange, therefore, I'll blush you thanks.

discase thee instantly, (thou must think, there's Flo.

My prettiest Perdita ! a necessity in't,) and change garments with But O, the thorns we stand upon !--Camillo, - this gentleman: though the pennyworth on Preserver of my father, now of me,

his side be the worst, yet hold thee, there's The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? some boot. We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son, Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.-(Aside.] I Nor shall appear in Sicilia.

know ye well enough. Сат.

My lord,

Cam. Nay, prythee, despatch : the gentleFear none of this : I think you know my for- man is half flayed already. Do all lie there ; it shall be so my care (tunes Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ? -[Aside.] I To have you royally appointed, as if [sir, smell the trick on't. The scene you play were mine. For instance, Flo. Despatch, I pr'ythee. That you may know you shall not want, Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest ; but I canone word.

[They talk aside. not with conscience take it. Enter Autolycus.

Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.-Aut. Ha, ha ! what a fool Honesty is ! and

[Flo, and Autol. exchange garments. Trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentle- Fortunate mistress, (let my prophecy man! I have sold all my trumpery ; not a Come home to you !) you must retire yourself counterfeit stone, not a riband, glass, poman- Into some covert : take your sweetheart's hat, der, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, born-ring, to keep my pack from fasting : they throng who should Dismantle you ; and, as you can, disliken buy first, as if my trinkets had been hallowed, The truth of your own seeming ; that you may and brought a benediction to the buyer : by (For I do fear eyes over you) to ship-board which means I saw whose purse was best in Get undescried. picture ; and what I saw, to my good use I re- Per.

the play so lies, membered. My clown (who wants but some- That I must bear a part. thing to be a reasonable man) grew so in love Cam.

No remedy.with the wenches' song, that he would not stir Have you done there? his pettitoes till he had both tune and words ; Flo.

Should I now meet my father, which so drew the rest of the herd to me, that He would not call me son. all their other senses stuck in ears : you might Cam.

Nay, you shall have have pinched a placket, it was senseless ; 'twas No hat. —

(Giving it to Per. nothing to geld a codpiece of a purse; I would Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. have filed keys off, that hung in chains : nol Aut.

Adieu, sir,

face ;

I see,

Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot ? pocket up my pedlar's excrement.-[ Takes off Pray you, a word. [They converse apart. his false beard.] How now, rustics? whither Cam. (Aside.) What I do next, shall be to are you bound? tell the king

Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. Of this escape, and whither they are bound ; Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? Wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, the condition of that fardel, the place of your To force him after : in whose company dwelling, your names, your ages, of what havI shall review Sicilia, for whose sight ing, breeding, and anything that fitting to I have a woman's longing.

be known? discover. Flo.

Fortune speed us ! Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. Aut. A lie ; you are rough and hairy. Let Cam. The swifter speed, the better. me have no lying : it becomes none but trades

(Exeunt Florizel, Perdita, and Camillo. men, and they often give us soldiers the lie : Aut. I understand the business ; I hear it : but we pay them for it with stamped coin, not to have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble stabbing steel; therefore, they do not give us hand, is necessary for a cut-purse ; a good nose the lie. is requisite also, to smell out work for the other Clo. Your worship had like to have given us senses. I see, this is the time that the unjust one, if you had not taken yourself with the man doth thrive. What an exchange had this manner. been without boot ! what a boot is here with Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir ? this exchange ! Sure, the gods do this year Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a connive at us, and we may do anything ex- courtier. Seest thou not the air of the court in tempore. The prince himself is about a piece these enfoldings ? hath not my gait in it the of iniquity ; stealing away from his father, measure of the court ? receives not thy nose with his clog at his heels : if I thought it were court-odour from me? reflect I not on thy a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, baseness court-contempt? Think'st thou, for I would not do't: I hold it the more knavery that I insinuate, or toze from thee thy busito conceal it ; and therein am I constant to ness, I am therefore no courtier? I am courtier, my profession.

cap-à-pé; and one that will either push on, Re-enter Clown and Shepherd. or pluck back thy business there : whereAside, aside :-here is more matter for a hot upon, I command thee to open thy affair. brain ; every lane's end, every shop, church, Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. session, hanging, yields a careful man work. Aut. What advocate hast thou to him ?

Clo. See, see, what a man you are now ! Shep. I know not, an't like you. There is no other way, but to tell the king she's Clo. Advocate's the court word for a pheasa changeling, and none of your flesh and ant : say, you have none.

(nor hen. blood.

Shep. Nay, but hear me, Shep. None, sir ; I have no pheasant, cock Clo. Nay, but hear me.

Aut. How bless'd are we that are not simShep. Go to, then.

ple men ! Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, Yet nature might have made me as these are, your flesh and blood has not offended the Therefore I'll not disdain. king; and so your flesh and blood is not to be Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. punished by him. Show those things you Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears found about her ; those secret things, all but them not handsomely, what she has with her: this being done, let Clo. He seems to be the more noble in bethe law go whistle ; I warrant you.

ing fantastical : a great man, I'll warrant; I Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, know by the picking on's teeth. yea, and his son's pranks too: who, I may Aut. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel? say, is no honest man neither to his father, nor Wherefore that box? to me, to go about to make me the king's Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in that farbrother-in-law.

del and box, which none must know but the Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest king; and which he shall know within this off you could have been to him; and then hour, if I may come to the speech of him. your blood had been the dearer, by I know Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. how much an ounce.

Shep. Why, sir? Aut. (A side.] Very wisely, puppies !

Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is Shep. Well, let us to the king : there is that gone aboard a new ship to purge melancholy. in this fardel will make him scratch his beard. and air himself: For, if thou best capable of

Aut. (Aside.] I know not what impedi- things serious, thou must know, the king is full ment this complaint may be to the flight of my of grief. master.

Shep. So 'tis said, sir, about his son, that Clo. Pray heartily he he at palace. should have married a shepherd's daughter.

Aut. (A side.] Though I am not naturally Aut. If that shepherd be not now in handhonest, I am so sometimes by chance :- let me fast, let him fly: the curses he shall have, the

torture he shall feel, will break the back of Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, man, the heart of monster.

even blessed. Clo. Think you so, sir?

Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can provided to do us good. make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those

(Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. that are germane to him, though removed Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fifty times, shall all come under the hangman : Fortune would not suffer me : she drops booties which, though it be great pity, yet it is neces- in my mouth. I am courted now with a sary; An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram- double occasion, gold, and a means to do the tender, to offer to have his daughter come in- prince my master good ; which who knows to grace? Some say, he shall be stoned ; but how that may turn back to my advancement? that death is too soft for him, say I: draw our I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, throne into a sheep-cote ! all deaths are too aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them few, the sharpest too easy.

again, and that the complaint they have to the Clo. Has the old nian e'er a son, sir, do you king concerns him nothing, let him call me hear, an't like you, sir?

rogue for being so far officious; for I am proof Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed against that title, and what shame else belongs alive : then, 'nointed over with honey, set on to't. To him will I present them : there may the head of a wasp's nest; then stand till he be be matter in it.

[Exit. three quarters and a dram dead; then recovered again with aquavitæ, or some other hot infusion ; then, raw as he is, and in hottest

ACT V. day prognostication proclaims, shall he be set

Scene I.-Sicilia. A Room in the Palace against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to be

of Leontes. hold him with flies blown to death. But what

Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose mis

and others. eries are to be smiled at, their offences being Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have so capital ? Tell me (for you seem to be honest perform'd plain men) what you have to the king : being A saini-like sorrow ; no fault could you make, something gently considered. I'll bring you Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed paid where he is aboard, tender your persons to his

down presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and if More penitence than done trespass ; at the last, it be in man, besides the king, to effect your Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil ; suits, here is a man shall do it.

With them forgive yourself.
He seems to be of great authority : Leon.

Whilst I remember close with him, give him gold; and though Her and her virtues, I cannot forget authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led My blemishes in them ; and so still think of by the nose with gold ; show the inside of your The wrong I did myself ; which was so much, purse to the outside of his hand, and no more That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and ado. Remember,--stoned, and flayed alive! Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the Bred his hopes out of.

(man business for us, here is that gold I have : I'll Paul.

True, too true, my lord ; make it as much more, and leave this young If, one by one, you wedded all the world, man in pawn till I bring it you.

Or, from the all that are, took something good, Aut. After I have done what I have pro- To make a perfect woman, she you kill'd Shep. Ay, sir.

[mised ? Would be unparalleld. Aut. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a


I think so. Killd! party in this business?

She I kill'd! I I did so; but thou strikest me Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: now, out of it.

Say so but seldom.

(good now, Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's Cleo.

Not at all, good lady: son :-hang him, he'll be made an example. You might have spoken a thousand things

Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the that would king, and show our strange sights : he must Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd know 'tis none of your daughter nor my sister; Your kindness better. we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as Paul.

You are one of those, much as this old man does, when the business Would have him wed again. is performed ; and remain, as he says, your Dion.

If you would not so, pawn till it be brought you.

You pity not the state, nor the remembrance Aut. I will trust you. Walk besore toward Of his most sovereign name; consider little the sea-side : go on the right hand : I will but What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, look upon the hedge, and follow you. May drop upon his kingdom, and devour

Sme I.

Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, Yet, if my lord will marry, --if you will, sir,
Than to rejoice the former queen is well ? No remedy, but you will, --give me the office
What holier than,- for royalty's repair, To choose you a queen : she shall not be so
For present comfort, and for future good, -

young To bless the bed of majesty again

As was your former ; but she shall be such
With a sweet fellow to't?

As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should
There is none worthy, To see her in your arms.

(take joy Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods Leon.

My true Paulina,
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes ; We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us.
For has not the divine Apollo said,


Is't not the tenor of his oracle,

Shall be when your first queen's again in breath;
That king Leontes shall not have an heir, Never till then.
Till his lost child be found? which, that it

Enter a Gentleman. [rizel,

Gent. One that gives out himself prince Flo-
Is all as monstrous to our human reason, Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
As my Antigonus to break his grave,

The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access
And come again to me; who, on my life, To your high presence.
Did perish with the infant. "Tis your counsel, Leon. What with him? he comes not
My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Like to his father's greatness : his approach,
Oppose against their wills.-[To Leon.) Care So out of circumstance and sudden, tells us
not for issue ;

"Tis not a visitation fram'd, but forc'd The crown will find an heir : Great Alexander By need and accident. What train ? Left his to the worthiest ; so his successor Gent.

But few, Was like to be the best.

And those but mean. Leon.

Good Paulina, - Leon. His princess, say you, with him ? Who hast the memory of Hermione,

Gent. Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I know, in honour,-0, that ever I [now. I think, Had squar'd me to thy counsel ! then, even That e'er the sun shone bright on. I might have look'd upon my queen's full Paul.

O Hermione, Have taken treasure from her lips, – [eyes : As every present time doth boast itself Paul.

And left them Above a better, gone, so must thy grave More rich, for what they yielded.

Give way to what's seen now! Sir, you yourself Leon.

Thou speak'st truth. Have said and writ so, (but your writing now No more sach wives; therefore, no wife : one Is colder than that theme,) "She had not been,

Nor was not to be equall'd :"--thus your verse And better us'd, would make her sainted spirit Flow'd with her beauty once : 'tis shrewdly Again possess her corse ; and, on this stage, To say you have seen a better. [ebb'd, (Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex'd, Gent.

Pardon, madam: Begin, “ And why to me?"

The one I have almost forgot ; (your pardon) Paul.

Had she such power, The other, when she has obtain d your eye, She had just cause.

Will have your tongue too. This is a creature, Leon. She had ; and would incense me Would she begin a sect, might quench the To murder her I married.

Of all professors else ; make proselytes [zeal Paul.

I should so: Of who she but bid follow. Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark


How ! not women? Her eye, and tell me for what dull part in't Gent. Women will love her, that she is a You chose her ; then I'd shriek, that even your woman

More worth than any man ; men, that she is Should rift to hear me ; and the words that The rarest of all women. Should be,"Remember mine." [follow'd


Go, Cleomenes ;

Stars, stars, Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, And all eyes else dead coals !-Fear thou no Bring them to our embracement.--Still, 'tis I'll have no wife, Paulina.

(wife ; strange,

Will you swear [Exeunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentleman.
Never to marry, but by my free leave ? He thus should steal upon us.
Leon, Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my Paul.

Had our prince spirit !

[his oath. (Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had pair'd Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to Well with this lord : there was not full a month Cleo. You tempt him over-much.

Between their births.

(know'st Paul.

Unless another, Leon. Pr’ythee, no more ; cease ; thou As like Hermione as is her picture,

He dies to me again when talk'd of: sure,
Affront his eye.

When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches
Good madam,-

Will bring me to consider that which may

I have done. Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.



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Might I a son and daughter now have look'd Re-enter Cleomenes, with Florizel, Perdita,

Such goodly things as you !

[on, and others.

Enter a Lord. Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; Lord.

Most noble sir, For she did print your royal father off, That which I shall report will bear no credit, Conceiving you : were I but twenty-one, Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great Your father's image is so hit in you,

sir, His very air, that I should call you brother, Bohemia greets you from himself by me ; As I did him ; and speak of something wildly Desires you to attach his son, who has By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome ! (His dignity and duty both cast off) And you, fair princess,-goddess !-O, alas, Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth A shepherd's daughter. Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as Leon.

Where's Bohemia ? speak. You, gracious couple, do! And then I lost Lord. Here in your city ; I now come from (All mine own folly) the society,

I speak amazedly; and it becomes [him : Amity too, of your brave father ; whom, My marvel and my message. To your court Though bearing misery, I desire my life Whiles he was hastening, (in the chase, it Once more to look on him.

seems, Flo.

By his command of this fair couple,) meets he on the way Have I here touch'd Sicilia, and from him The father of this seeming lady, and Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, Her brother, having both their country quitted Can send his brother : and, but infirmity With this young prince. (Which waits upon worn times) hath something


Camillo has betray'd me ; His wish'd ability, he had himself (seiz'd Whose honour and whose honesty, till now, The land and waters 'twixt your throne and his Endur'd all weathers. Measur'd to look upon you ; whom he loves Lord.

Lay't so to his charge : (He bade me say so) more than all the sceptres, He's with the king your father. And those that bear them, living.


Who! Camillo? Leon.

O, my brother! Lord. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him ; who (Good gentleman,) the wrongs I have done thee stir

Has these poor men in question. Never saw I Afresh within me ; and these thy offices Wretches so quake : they kneel, they kiss the So rarely kind, are as interpreters (hither, earth ; Of my behind-hand slackness ! - Welcome Forswear themselves as often as they speak : As is the spring to th' earth. And hath he, too, Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage With divers deaths in death. (At least ungentle) of the dreadful Neptune, Per.

O my poor father !-To greet a man not worth her pains, much less The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have. Th' adventure of her person ?

Our contract celebrated.
Good my lord, Leon.

You are married ? She came from Libya.

Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; Leon.

Where the warlike Smalus, The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd and lov'd? The odds for high and low's alike. Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Leon.

My lord, whose daughter

(thence Is this the daughter of a king ? His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her : Flo.

She is, (A prosperous south-wind friendly) we have When once she is my wife. cross'd,

Leon. That once, I see, by your good To execute the charge my father gave me,

father's speed, For visiting your highness: my best train Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss d ; Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Who for Bohemia bend, to signify

Where you were tied in duty; and as sorry Not only my success in Libya, sir,

Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety That you might well enjoy her. Here where we are.


Dear, look up. Leon.

The blessed gods Though Fortune, visible an enemy, Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Should chase us, with my father, power no jot Do climate here! You have a holy father, Hath she to change our loves.-Beseech you, A graceful gentleman; against whose person, sir, So sacred as it is, I have done sin :

Remember since you ow'd no more to time For which the heavens, taking angry note, Than I do now : with thought of such affecHave left me issueless; and your father's bless'd tions, (As he from heaven merits it) with you, [been, Step forth mine advocate ; at your request, Worthy his goodness. What might I have My father will grant precious things as trifles.

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