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That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil, And tak'st it all for jest.

(drawn, Inclining to them both : were my wife's liver Cam.

My gracious lord, Infected as her life, she would not live
I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful; The running of one glass.
In every one of these no man is free,


Who does infect her? But that his negligence, his folly, fear,

Leon. Why, he that wears her like her Among the infinite doings of the world,

medal, hanging Sometime puts forth : in your affairs, my lord, About his neck, Bohemia : who—if I If ever I were wilful-negligent,

Had servants true about me that bare eyes It was my folly ; if industriously

To see alike mine honour as their profits, I play'd the fool, it was my negligence, Their own particular thrifts,--they would do Not weighing well the end ; if ever fearful

that To do a thing, where I the issue doubted, Which should undo more doing : ay, and thou, Whereof the execution did cry out

His cup-bearer, -whom I from meaner form Against the non-performance, 'twas a fear Have bench'd and rear'd to worship; who Which oft infects the wisest : these, my lord, mayst see

[heaven, Are such allow'd infirmities, that honesty Plainly, as heaven sees earth, and earth sees Is never free of. But, beseech your grace, How I am galléd,-mightst bespice a cup, Be plainer with me; let me know my trespass To give mine enemy a lasting wink; By its own visage : if I then deny it,

Which draught to me were cordial. 'Tis none of mine.


Sir, my lord, Leon. Have not you seen, Camillo, I could do this, and that with no rash potion, (But that's past doubt; you have ; or your eye- But with a lingering dram, that should not work glass

Maliciously, like poison : but I cannot Is thicker than a cuckhold's horn,) or heard, Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress, (For, to a vision so apparent, rumour So sovereignly being honourable. Cannot be mute,) or thought, (for cogitation I have lov'd thee, — Resides not in that man that does not think,) Leon. Make that thy question, and go rot ! My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess, Dost think I am so muddy, so unsettled, (Or else be impudently negative, [say To appoint myself in this vexation ; sully To have nor eyes, nor ears, nor thought), then The purity and whiteness of my sheets, My wife's a hobbyhorse ; deserves a name Which to preserve is sleep, which being As rank as any flax-wench that puts to

Before her troth-plight : say it, and justify it. Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps ?

Cam. I would not be a stander-by, to hear Give scandal to the blood o' the prince, my son,
My sovereign mistress clouded so, without Who, I do think, is mine, and love as mine,
My present vengeance taken : 'shrew my heart, Without ripe moving to't?–Would I do this ?
You never spoke what did become you less Could man so blench?
Than this; which to reiterate, were sin


I must believe you, sir : As deep as that, though true.

I do ; and will fetch off Bohemia fort ; [ness Leon.

Is whispering nothing? Provided, that when he's remov'd, your highIs leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses? Will take again your queen, as yours at first, Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career Even for your son's sake ; and, thereby, for Of laughter with a sigh? (a note infallible

sealing Of breaking honesty) horsing foot on foot ? The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms Skulking in corners ? wishing clocks more Known and allied to yours. swift?

[blind Leon.

Thou dost advise me, Hours, minutes ? noon, midnight? and all eyes Even so as I mine own course have set down: With the pin and web, but theirs, theirs only, I'll give no blemish to her honour, none. That would unseen be wicked ? is this nothing? Cam. My lord, Why, then the world, and all that's in't is no-Go then ; and with a countenance as clear thing;

As friendship wears at feasts, keep with BoThe covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing; hemia, My wife is nothing ; nor nothing have these And with your queen. I am his cupbearer : If this be nothing.

(nothings, If from me he have wholesome beverage, Cam.

Good my lord, be cur'd Account me not your servant. Of this diseas'd opinion, and betimes ;


This is all : For 'tis most dangerous.

Do't, and thou hast the one half of my heart ; Leon.

Say it be, 'tis true. Do't not, thou split'st thine own. Cam. No, no, my lord.


I'll do't, my lord. Leon.

It is ; you lie, you lie : Leon. I will seem friendly, as thou hast I say thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee ;

advis'd me.

[Exit. Pronounce thee a gross lout, a mindless slave ; Cam. O miserable lady !-But, for me, Or else a hovering temporizer, that

What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner

Of good Polixenes : and my ground to do't What incidency thou dost guess of harm
Is the obedience to a master; one,

Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near;
Who, in rebellion with himself, will have Which way to be prevented, if to be ;
All that are his, so too.—To do this deed, If not, how best to bear it.
Promotion follows : if I could find example Cam. .

Sir, I will tell you ; Of thousands that had struck anointed kings, Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him And flourish'd after, I'd not do't ; but since That I think honourable : therefore mark my Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears counsel, not one,

Which must be even as swiftly follow'd, as Let villainy itself forswear't. I must I mean to utter it, or both yourself and me Forsake the court : to do't, or no, is certain Cry, "lost," and so good-night. To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now!


On, good Camillo. Here comes Bohemia.

Cam. I am appointed him to murder you.
Enter Polixenes.

Pol. By whom, Camillo ?
This is strange : methinks Cam.

By the king. My favour here begins to warp. Not speak?


For what? Good-day, Camillo.

Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence Can. Hail, most royal sir !

he swears, Pol. What is the news i' the court?

As he had seen't, or been an instrument Cam.

None rare, my lord. To vice you to't, that you have touch'd his Pol. The king hath on him such a counten- Forbiddenly.

[queen ance,


O, then my best blood turn As he had lost some province, and a region To an infected jelly, and my name Lov'd as he loves himself : even now I met him Be yok'd with his that did betray the Best ! With customary compliment; when he, Turn then my freshest reputation to Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril A lip of much contempt, speeds from me ; and Where I arrive ; and my approach be shunn'd, So leaves me to consider what is breeding Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infection That changes thus his manners.

That e'er was heard, or read ! Cam. I dare not know, my lord.


Swear his thought over Pol. How ! dare not? do not. Do you By each particular star in heaven, and know, and dare not

By all their influences, you may as well Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ; Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, For, to yourself, what you do know, you must, As, or by oath, remove, or counsel, shake And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, The fabric of his folly, whose foundation Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror Is pil'd upon his faith, and will continue Which shows me mine chang'd too; for, I The standing of his body. A party to this alteration, finding (must be


How should this grow ? Myself thus alter'd with't.

Cam. I know not : but I am sure 'tis safer Cam. There is a sickness to

(born. Which puts some of us in distemper ; but Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis I cannot name the disease ; and it is caught If therefore you dare trust my honesty.--Of you, that yet are well.

That lies enclosed in this trunk, which you Pol. How! caught of me!

Shall bear along impawn'd, --away to-night. Make me not sighted like the basilisk : Your followers I will whisper to the business ; I have look'd on thousands, who have sped And will, by twos and threes, at several posthe better

terns, By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo, -Clear them o' the city : for myself, I'll put As you are certainly a gentleman ; thereto My fortunes to your service, which are here Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain ; Our gentry than our parents' noble names, For, by the honour of my parents, I In whose success we are gentle, -I beseech Have utter'd truth; which, if you seek to prove, you,

[knowledge I dare not stand by ; nor shall you be safer If you know aught which does behove my Than one condemned by the king'sown mouth, Thereof to be inform'd, imprison it not

Thereon his execution sworn. In ignorant concealment.


I do believe thee. Cum.

I may not answer. I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand : Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I Be pilot to me, and thy places shall well!

Still neighbour mine. My ships are ready, and I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo, My people did expect my hence departure I conjure thee, by all the parts of man Two days ago.- :-Tbis jealousy Which honour does acknowledge,--whereof is for a precious creature : as she's rare, the least

Must it be great ; and, as his person's mighty, Is not this suit of mine,--that thou declare Must it be violent; and, as he does conceive

me :

He is dishonour'd by a man which ever


Nay, come, sit down ; then on. Professid to him, why, his revenges must Mam. Dwelt by a churchyard :-I will tell In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades Yond' crickets shall not hear it. [it sostly ;


Come on, then, Good expedition be my friend, and comfort And give't me in mine ear. The gracious queen, part of his theme, but Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and nothing

Guards. Of his ill-ta'en suspicion! Come, Camillo ; Leon. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo I will respect thee as a father, if

with him ?

(never Thou bear'st my life off hence : let us avoid. i Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them ;

Cam. It is in mine authority to command Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them The keys of all the posterns : please your Even to their ships. highness


How bless'd am I To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away! In my just censure, in my true opinion !

[Excunt. Alack, for lesser knowledge! How accurs d

In being so blest !--There may be in the cup

A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart, ACT II.

And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge SCENE 1.-Sicilia. A Room in the Palace.

Is not infected : but if one present

The abhorr'd ingredient to hiseye, make known Enter Hermione, Mamillius, and Ladies.

How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his Her. Take the boy to you : he so troubles sides,

[the spider. 'Tis past enduring.

[me, With violent hefts :--I have drunk, and seen i Lady.

Come, my gracious lord, Camillo was his help in this, his pander :Shall I be your playfellow ?

There is a plot against my life, my crown; Mam.

No, I'll none of you. All's true that is mistrusted:--that false villain, 1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ? (me as if Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him : Mam. You'll kiss me hard ; and speak to He has discover'd my design, and'I I were a baby still.— I love you better. Remain a pinch'd thing ; yea, a very trick 2 Lady. And why so, my lord ?

For them to play at will. - How came the

posMam. Not for because So easily open ?

[terns Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they

I Lord.

By his great authority; say,

Which often hath no less prevail'd than so, Become some women best, so that there be not on your command. Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle, Leon.

I know't too well.Or a half-moon made with a pen.

[To Hermione.] Give me the boy : I am glad 2 Lady.

Who taught you this? you did not nurse him : Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces. Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you What colour are your eyebrows ? [Pray now, Have too much blood in him. i Lady. Bluc, my lord. Her.

What is this? sport? Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a Leon. Bear the boy hence; he shall not come lady's nose

about her ; That has been blue, but not her eyebrows. Away with him !-Exit Mamillius, attended.] 2 Lady.

and let her sport herself The queen, your mother, rounds apace : we With that she's big with ; for 'tis Polixenes shall

Has made thee swell thus. Present our services to a fine new prince, Her.

But I'd say he had not ; One of these days; and then you'd wanton And I'll be sworn you would believe my saying, If we would have you.

(with us, Howe'er you lean to the nayward. i Lady. She is spread of late Leon.

You, my lords, Into a goodly bulk : good time encounter her! Look on her, mark her well ; be but about Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you? To say, " she is a goodly lady," and Come, sir, now

The justice of your hearts will thereto add, I am for you again : pray you, sit by us, "'Tis pity she's not honest, honourable :" And tells a tale,

Praise her but for this her without-door form, Mam.

Merry, or sad, shall't be ? (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) Her. As merry as you will.

and straight A sad tale's best for winter. The shrug, the hum, or ha, these petty brands I have one of sprites and goblins.

That calumny doth use, -O, I am out, Let's have that, good sir. That mercy does; for calumny will sear Come on ; sit down :- come on, and do your Virtue itself-these shrugs, these hums and

ha's, To fright me with your sprites ; you're power-When you have said she's goodly," come Mam. There was a man, —

[ful at it. 1 between,

Hark ye ;




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Ere you can say "she's honest :" but bet i Lord. Beseech your highness, call the known,

(should be,
queen again.

(justice From him that has most cause to grieve it Ant. Be certain what you do, sir, lest your She's an adult'ress.

Prove violence : in the which three great ones Her.

Should a villain say so, Yourself, your queen, your son. (suffer, The most replenish'd villain in the world, i Lord.

For her, my lord, He were as much more villain : you, my lord, I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir,Do but mistake,

Please you to accept it,--that the queen is Leon.

You have mistook, my lady, spotless Polixenes for Leontes : 0 thou thing, l' the eyes of heaven, and to you ; I mean, Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, In this which you accuse her. Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, Ant.

If it prove Should a like language use to all degrees, She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where And mannerly distinguishment leave out I lodge my wise ; I'll go in couples with her ; Betwixt the prince and beggar !--I have said Than when I feel and see her, no farther She's an adult'ress; I have said with whom :

trust her: More, she's a traitor ; and Camillo is

For every inch of woman in the world,
A federary with her ; and one that knows Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,
What she should shame to know herself, If she be.
But with her most vile principal, that she's Leon. Hold your peaces !
A bed-swerver, even as bad as those

I Lord.

Good, my lord, That vulgars give boldest titles; ay, and privy Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourTo this their late escape.

selves : Her.

No, by my life, You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, Privy to none of this. How will this grieve you, That will be damn'd for't; would I knew the When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that villain,

[flaw'd, You thus have publish'd me! Gentle my lord, I would land-damn him. Be she honourYou scarce can right me throughly then, to say I have three daughters ; the eldest is eleven ; You did mistake.

The second and the third, nine and some five; Leon. No; if I mistake

If this prove true, they'll pay for't : by mine In those foundations which I build upon,

honour, The centre is not big enough to bear

I'll geld them all ; fourteen they shall not see, A schoolboy's top.--Away with her to prison. To bring false generations : they are co-heirs ; He who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty, And I had rather glib myself, than they But that he speaks.

Should not produce fair issue, Her. There's some ill planet reigns : Leon.

Cease; no more. I must be patient till the heavens look You smell this business with a sense as cold With an aspect more favourable.—Good my As is a dead man's nose : but I do see't and lords,

I am not prone to weeping, as our sex As you feel doing thus ; and see withal
Conimonly are ; the want of which vain dew, The instruments that feel.
Perchance, shall dry your pities; but I have Ant.

If it be so,
That honourable grief lodg'd here, which burns We need no grave to bury honesty :
Worse than tears drown : beseech you all, my There's not a grain of it the face to sweeten

Of the whole dungy earth. With thoughts so qualified as your charities Leon.

What ! lack I credit? Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so, i Lord. I had rather you did lack than I, The king's will be perform'd !

(me Leon. (To the Guards.] Shall I be heard? Upon this ground; and more it would content Her. Who is't that goes with me?-Beseech To have her honour true than your suspicion, your highness,

Be blam'd for't how you might. My women may be with me; for, you see, Leon.

Why, what need we My plight requires it.-Do not weep, good Commune with you of this, but rather follow fools ;

Our forcefal instigation ? Our prerogative There is no cause : when you shall know Calls not your counsels; but our natural your mistress

Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears Imparts this; which, if you (or stupified
As I come out : this action I now go on Or seeming so in skill) cannot or will not
Is for my better grace --Adieu, my lord : Relish a truth like us, inform yourselves,
I never wish'd to see you sorry; now,

We need no more of your advice : the matter, I trust, I shall.-My women, come ; you have The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all leave.

Properly ours. Leon. Go, do our bidding ; hence !


And I wish, my liege, [Excunt Queen and Ladies with Guards. I You had only in your silent judgment tried it,

my lord,

Without more overture.

Paul. Well, be't so, prythee.
How could that be?

[Exit Keeper. Either thou art most ignorant by age,

Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight, As passes colouring. Added to their familiarity,

Re-enter Keeper, with Emilia. (Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,

Dear gentlewoman, That lack'd sight only, naught for approbation How fares our gracious lady? But only seeing, all other circumstances

Emil. As well as one so great and so forlorn Made up to the deed,) doth push on this May hold together : on her frights and griefs, proceeding :

(Which never tender lady hath borne greater,) Yet, for a greater confirmation,

She is, something before her time, deliver'd. (For in an act of this importance 'twere

Paul. A boy? Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe, in post

Lusty, and like to live : the queen receives To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, Much comfort in't ; says, “ My poor prisoner, Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know I am innocent as you.' Of stufi'd sufficiency: now, from the oracle Paul.

I dare be sworn : They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel | These dangerous unsafe lunes i' the king, behad,

shrew them! Shall stop or spur me. Have I done well ? He must be told on't, and he shall : the office

i Lord. Well done, my lord. (more Becomes a woman best ; I'll take't upon me :

Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister, Than what I know, yet shall the oracle And never to my red-look'd anger be Give

rest to the minds of others ; such as he, The trumpet any more.—Pray you, Emilia, Whose ignorant credulity will not (good, Commend my best obedience to the queen : Come up to the truth. So have we thought it If she dares trust me with her little babe, From our free person she should be confin'd, I'll show it the king, and undertake to be Lest that the treachery of the two fled hence Her advocate to the loudest. We do not know Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ; How he may soften at the sight of the child : We are to speak in public; for this business The silence often of pure innocence Will raise us all.

Persuades, when speaking fails. Ant. [Aside.) To laughter, as I take it, Emil.

Most worthy madam, If the good truth were known. [Exeunt. Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,

That your free undertaking cannot miss SCENE II.-Sicilia. The outer Room of a A thriving issue : there is no lady living Prison.

So meet for this great errand. Please your

ladyship Enter Paulina and Attendants.

To visit the next room, I'll presently Paal. The keeper of the prison. -call to him; Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer ; Let him have knowledge who I am.—[Exit Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design, an Attendant.) Good lady!

But durst not tempt a minister of honour, Yo court in Europe is too good for thee, Lest she should be denied. What dost thou, then, in prison ?--


Tell her, Emilia, Re-enter Attendant with the Keeper. I'll use that tongue I have : if wit flow from it

Now, good sir, As boldness from my bosom, let it not be You know me, do you not?

I shall do good.

[doubted Keep. For a worthy lady, Emil.

Now, be you blest for it! And one whom much I honour.

I'll to the queen : please you, come something Paul.

Pray you, then, Conduct me to the queen.

Keep. Madam, if 't please the queen to send Keep. I may not, madam : to the contrary

the babe, I have express commandment.

I know not what I shall incur to pass it, Paul.

Here's ado, Having no warrant. To lock up honesty and honour from


You need not fear it, sir: Th' access of gentle visitors !-Is't lawful, The child was prisoner to the womb, and is, pray you,

By law and process of great nature, thence To see her women ? any of them? Emilia ? Freed and enfranchis'd ; not a party to Keep. So please you, madam,

The anger of the king, nor guilty of, To put apart these your attendants, I

If any be, the trespass of the queen.
Shall bring Emilia forth.

Keep. I do believe it.
I pray now, call her.

Paul. Do not you fear: upon mine honour, I
Withdraw yourselves. (Exeunt Attendants. Will stand betwixt you and danger.
And, madam,

[Exeunt. I must be present at your conference.


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