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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.
Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZBL, PERDITA,
CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants.
What, sovereign sir,
As she liv'd peer So her dead likeness, I do well believe,
Excels whatever yet you look'd upon,
[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,
And give me leave;
Dear my brother,
Indeed, my lord,
mine,) I'd not have show'd it. Leon.
Do not draw the curtain. 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, alreadyWhat was he, that did make it?-See, my lord, Would you not deem, it breath'd? and that those
veins . Did verily bear blood ?
· Masterly done: The very life seems warm upon her lip.'
Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't,
_ wrought -1 i. e. worked, agitated. 3 The fixure of her eye has motion in't,] The meaning is, though her eye be fixed, (as the eye of a statue , always is,] yet it seems to have motion in it: that tremulous motion, which is perceptible in the eye of a living person, how much soever one endeavour to fix it.
As we are mock'd with art.4
I'll draw the curtain; My lord's almost so far transported, that He'll think anon, it lives. Léon.
O sweet Paulina, Make me to think so twenty years together; No settled senses of the world can niatch The pleasure of that madness. Lett alone. Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd you:
There is an air comes from her: What fine chiz:
zeli Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, For I will kiss her. · Paul. . . Good my lord, forbear: The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain?
Leon. No, not these twenty years. · Per.
So long could I Stand by, a looker on. Paul.
Either forbear, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you" For more amazement: If you can behold it, I'll make the statue move indeed; descend, And take you by the hand: but then you'll think, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted By wicked powers. · Leon.
What you can make her do, I am content to look on: what to speak,
"As we are mock'd with art.] As, is used by our author here, as in some other places, for “ as if” With has the force of by.
I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy .
To make her speak, as move. : Paul.
It is requir'd,
. [HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal.
Leon. : 0, she's warm! [Embracing her. If this be magick, let it be an art Lawful as eating. 1
Pol. ; She embraces him.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, VOL. III,