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3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her Shep. We may live, son, to shed many mother's statue, which is in the keeping of more. Paulina,--a piece many years in doing, and Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in now newly performed by that rare Italian so preposterous estate as we are. master, Julio Romano, who, had he himself Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon eternity, and could put breath into his work, me all the faults I have committed to your would beguile nature of her custom, so per- worship, and to give me your good report to fectly he is her ape : he so near to Hermione the prince my master. hath done Hermione, that, they say, one Shep. Pr'ythee, son, do; for we must be would speak to her, and stand in hope of gentle, now we are gentlemen. answer :--thither, with all greediness of affec- Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life? tion, are they gone; and there they intend to Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. sup.
Clo. Give me your hand : I will swear to 2 Gent. I thought she had some great the prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as matter there in hand ; for she hath privately any is in Bohemia. twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? we thither, and with our company piece the Let boors and franklins say it. I'll swear it. rejoicing ?
Shep. How if it be false, son ? I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some may swear it in the behalf of his friend :--and new grace will be born : our absence makes I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow it unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk;
[Exeunt Gentlemen. but I know thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former and that thou wilt be drunk: but I'll swear it ; life in me, would preferment drop on my head. and I would thou wouldst be a tall fellow of I brought the old man and his son aboard the thy hands. prince; told him I heard them talk of a fardel, 'Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power. and I know not what : but he at that time, Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : over-fond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he if I do not wonder how thou darest venture to then took her to be,) who began to be much be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our weather continuing this mystery remained kindred, are going to see the queen's picture. undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me ; for had Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters. I been the finder out of this secret, it would
(Exeunt. not have relished among my other discredits.
SCENE III.-Sicilia. In Paulina's House. (Enter Shepherd and Clown.) Here come those I have done good to against my will, Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Perdita, and already appearing in the blossoms of their Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Attendants. fortune.
Leun. O grave and good Paulina, the great Shep. Come, boy ; I am past more children, That I have had of thee !
(comfort but thy sons and daughters will be all gentle- Paul.
What, sovereign sir, men born.
I did not well, I meant well. All my services Clo. You are well met, sir. You denied to You have paid home: but that you have fight with me this other day, because I was vouchsaf'd
[contracted no gentleman born. See you these clothes? With your crown'd brother, and these your say, you see them not, and think me still no Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to gentleman born : you were best say, these visit, robes are not gentleman born: give me the lie, It is a surplus of your grace, which never do; and try whether I am not now gentleman My life may last to answer. born.
O Paulina, Aut. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman We honour you with trouble: but we came born.
To see the statue of our queen : your gallery Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these Have we pass'd through, not without much four hours.
content Shep. And so have I, boy.
In many singularities; but we saw not Clo. So you have :-but I was a gentleman That which my daughter came to look upon, born before my father ; for the king's son The statue of her mother. took me by the hand, and called me, brother; Paul.
As she lived peerless, and then the two kings called my father, So her dead likeness, I do well believe, brother; and then the prince, my brother, Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, [it and the princess, my sister, called my father, Or hand of man hath done ; therefore I keep father; and so we wepe ; and there was the Lonely, apart. But here it is : prepare first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed. | To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever
Süll sleep mock'd death : behold ! and say, Paul.
I'll draw the curtain ; 'tis well. [Paulina draws back a cur- My lord's almost so far transported, that
tain, and discovers a statue. He'll think anon it lives. I like your silence,--it the more shows off Leon.
O sweet Paulina, Your wonder : but yet speak ;---first, you, my Make me to think so twenty years together! Comes it not something near? [liege. No settled senses of the world can match Leon.
Her natural posture - The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Chide me, dear stone, that I may say, indeed, Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd Thou art Hermione ; or rather, thou art she, I could afflict you further. (you ; but In thy not chiding, for she was as tender Leon.
Do, Paulina ; As infancy and grace.--But yet, Paulina, For this affliction has a taste as sweet Hermione was not so much wrinkled ; nothing As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks, So aged, as this seems.
There is an air comes from her : what fine Pol. O, not by much.
chisel Paul. So much the more our carver's excel- Could ever yet cut breath?
Let no man lence;
For I will kiss her.
(mock me, Which lets go by some sixteen years, and Paul.
Good my lord, forbear : As she lived now.
(makes her| The ruddiness upon her lip is wet ; Leon. And now she might have done, You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own So much to my good comfort, as it is With oily painting. Shall I draw the curtain ? Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Leon. No, not these twenty years. Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, Per.
So long could 1 As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd Stand by, a looker on. her!
Either forbear, I am asham'd : does not the stone rebuke me Quit presently the chapel, or resolve you For being more stone than it ?-0, royal piece! For more amazement. If you can behold it, There's magic in thy majesty; which has I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and And take you by the hand : but then you'll From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
think Standing like stone with thee!
(Which I protest against) I am assisted Per.
And give me leave ;| By wicked powers. And do not say 'tis superstition, that
What you can make her do.
To make her speak, as move.
It is requir'd The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's You do awake your faith. Then, all stand
[laid on, still ; Cum. My lord, your sorrow was too sore Or those that think it is unlawful business Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, I am about, let them depart. So many summers dry : scarce any joy
Proceed : Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
No foot shall stir. Buic kill'd itself much sooner.
Paul. Music, awake her; strike !--[Music. Pol.
Dear my brother, | 'Tis time ; descend; be stone no more ; apLet him that was the cause of this have power proach ; To take off so much grief from you, as he Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come : Will piece up in himself.
I'll fill your grave up : stir; nay, come away ; Paul.
Indeed, my lord, Bequeath to death your numbness, for from If I had thought the sight of my poor image
(stirs . Would thus have wrought you, (for the stone Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she I'd not have show'd it.
[is mine,) (Hermione comes down from the pedestal. Leon.
Do not draw the curtain. Start not; her actions shall be holy, as Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't, lest You hear my speil is lawful : do not shun her, May think anon it moves. [your fancy Until you see her die again; for then Leon.
Let be, let be! You kill her double. Nay, present your hand: Would I were dead, but that, methinks, When she was young, you wood her; now,
already What was he that did make it?-See, my lord, Is she become the suitor. Would you not deem it breath'd ? and that Leon. (Embracing her. j O, she's warm ! Did verily bear blood ?
(those veins If this be magic, let it be an art
Masterly done : Lawful as eating. The very life seems warm upon her lip.
She embraces him.
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and make it manifest that she has Lament till I am lost. Or how stol'n from the dead.
O peace, Paulina ! Paul.
That she is living, Thou shouldst a husband take by ny consent, Were it but told you, should be hooted at As I by thine, a wife : this is a match, Like an old tale : but it appears she lives,
And made between's by vows. Thou hast Though yet she speak not. Mark a little found mine; while.-
But how, is to be question d.- for I saw her, Please you to interpose, fair madam : kneel, As I thought, dead ; and have in vain said And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good many Our Perdita is found.
[lady: A prayer upon her grave. I'il not seek far [Presenting Perdita, who kneels to Hermione. (For him, I partly know his mind) to find Her. You gods, look down,
thee And from your sacred vials pour your graces
An honourable husband.-Come, Camillo, Upon my daughter's head — Tell me, mine And take her by the hand, whose worth and
(how found Is richly noted, and here justified (honesty Where hast thou been preserv'd? where livd? By us, a pair of kings.---Let's from this place. -Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that What! look upon my brother:- both your Knowing by Paulina that the oracle [1,
pardons, Gave hope thou wast in being, -have pre- That e'er I put between your holy looks Myself to see the issue.
[serv'd My ill suspicion.---This your son-in-law, (ing.) Paul. There's time enough for that : And son unto the king, (whom heavens directLest they desire, upon this push, to trouble Is troth-plight to your daughter. -Good PauYour joys with like relation.--Go together,
lina, You precious winners all ! your exultation Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, Each one demand, and answer to his part Will wing me to some wither'd bough, and Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first there
We were dissever'd : hastily lead away. My mate, that's never to be found again,
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. King John.
Philip, King of France. Prince Henry, his Son.
Lewis, the Dauphin. Arthur, Son of Geffrey, late Duke of Bretagne, Archduke of Austria. and Vephew to King John.
Cardinal Pandulpho, the Pope's Legate.
Elinor, Widow of King Henry II., and William Longsword, Earl of Salisbury.
Mother to King John. Robert Bigot, Earl of Norfolk.
Constance, Mother to Arthur. Hubert de Burgh, Chamberlain to the King. Blanch, Daughter to Alphonsa, King of Robert Faulconbridge, Son of Sir Robert Castile, and Niece to King John. Faulconbridge.
Lady Faulconbridge, Mother to Robert and Philip Faulconbridge, his Half-brother.
Philip Faulconbridge. James Gurney, Servant to Lady Faulcon- Lords, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, bridge.
Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, Peter of Pomfret, a Prophet.
in the Palace.
France with us?
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King
(embassy. K. John. Silence, good mother ; hear the
Chat. Philip of France, in right and true beOf thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,
(hali Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim You came not of one mother, then, it seems. To this fair island and the territories ;
Bast. Most certain of one mother, mighty To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine ; king,
[father : Desiring thee to lay aside the sword
That is well known ; and, as I think, one Which sways usurpingly these several titles, But, for the certain knowledge of thai truth, And put the same into young Arthur's hand, I put you o'er to heaven, and to my mother :Thy nephew and right royal sovereign. [this? Or that I doubt, as all men's children may. K. John. What follows, if we disallow of Eli. Out on thee, rude man ! thou dost Chat. The proud control of fierce and shame thy mother, bloody war,
And wound her honour with this diffidence. To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld. Bast. I, madam? no, I have no reason for it; K. John. Here have we war for war, and That is my brother's plea and none of mine ; blood for blood,
(France. The which if he can prove, 'a pops me out Controlment for controlment: SO answer At least from fair five hundred pound a year :
Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my Heaven guard my mother's honour, and my
[Exeunt Chatillon and Pembroke. Compare our faces, and be judge yourself. Eli. What now, my son! have I not ever If old Sir Robert did beget us both, said,
(cease, And were our father, and this son like him,How that ambitious Constance would not o, old Sir Robert, father, on my knee Till she had kindled France, and all the world, I give heaven thanks, I was not like to thee. Upon the right and party of her son ? (whole, K. John. Why, what a madcap hath heaven This might have been prevented, and made lent us here! With very easy arguments of love ;
Eli. He hath a trick of Caur-de-lion's face ; Which now the manage of two kingdoms must The accent of his tongue affecteth him : With fearful bloody issue arbitrate.
Do you not read some tokens of my son X. John. Our strong possession, and our In the large composition of this man? right for us.
(than your right, K. John. Mine eye hath well examined his Eli. Your strong possession, much more parts,
speak, Or else it must go wrong with you, and me : And finds them perfect Richard.--Sirrah, So much my conscience whispers in your ear, What doth move you to claim your brother's Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall land ?
Bast. Because he hath a half-face, like my Enter the Sheriff of Northamplonshire, who With that half-face would he have all my land ; whispers Essex
A half-fac'd groat five hundred pound a year ! Esser. My liege, here is the strangest con- Rob. My gracious liege, when that my father troversy,
liv'd, Come from the country to be judg'd by you, Your brother did employ my father much, -That e'er I heard : shall I produce the men ? Bast. Well, sir, by this you cannot get my K. John. Let them approach.
[Exit Sheriff. Your tale must be, how he employ'd my Our abbeys, and our priories, shall pay
[bassy This expedition's charge.
Rob. And once despatch'd him in an emRe-enter Sheriff, with Robert Faulconbridge To Germany, there, with the emperor, and Philip, his bastard Brother. To treat of high affairs touching that time.
What men are you? The advantage of his absence took the king, Bast. Your faithful subject 1 ; a gentleman And in the mean time sojourn'd at my father's; Born in Northamptonshire, and eldest son, Where how he did prevail, I shame to speak ; As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge ; But truth is truth : large lengths of seas and A soldier, by the honour-giving hand
shores Or Caur-de-lion knighted'in the field. Between my father and my mother lay,
K. John. What art thou? (bridge.(As I have heard my father speak himself,) Rob. The son and heir to that same Faulcon- When this same lusty gentleman was got. K. John. Is that the elder, and art thou the Upon his death-bed he by will bequeath'd heir ?
His lands to me; and took it, on his death,
That this, my mother's son, was none of his ; Arise Sir Richard, and Plantagenet.
Bast. Brother, by the mother's side, give
Now blessed be the hour, by night or day, My father's land, as was my father's will. When I was got, Sir Robert was away.
k. John. Sirrah, your brother is legitimate ; Eli. The very spirit of Plantagenet ! Your father's wife did after wedlock bear him; I am thy grandam, Richard ; call me so. And if she did play false, the fault was hers; Bast. Madam, by chance, but not by truth: Which fault lies on the hazards of all hus- what though? bands
[brother, Something about, a little from the right, That marry wives. Tell me, how if my In at the window, or else o'er the hatch ; Who, as you say, took pains to get this son, Who dares not stir by day, must walk by Had of your father claim'd this son for his ?
night; In sooth, good friend, your father might have And have is have, however men do catch ; kept
(world ; Near or far off, well won is still well shot ; This calf, bred from his cow, from all the And I am I, howe'er I was begot. In sooth, he might : then, if he were my K. John. Go, Faulconbridge: now hast brother's, (father, thou thy desire ;
['squire.My brother might not claim him ; nor your A landless knight makes thee a landed Being none of his, refuse him : this concludes,- Come, madam, -and come, Richard; we My mother's son did get your father's heir ;
(need. Your father's heir must have your father's For France, for France; for it is more than land.
[force Bast. Brother, adieu : good fortune come to Rob. Shall, then, my father's will be of no thee! To dispossess that child which is not his ? For thou wast got i' the way of honesty. Bast. Of no more force to dispossess me, sir,
(Exeunt all except the Bastard. Than was his will to get me, as I think. A foot of honour better than I was : Eli. Whether hadst thou rather be a Faul- But many a many foot of land the worse. conbridge,
Well, now can I make any Joan a lady :-And like thy brother, to enjoy thy land, " Good den, Sir Richard :"-"God-a-mercy, Or the reputed son of Cour-de-lion,
fellow: Lord of thy presence, and no land beside ? And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter ; Bast. Madam, an if my brother had my For new-made honour doth forget men's names, shape,
'Tis too respective, and too sociable, And I had his, Sir Robert his, like him ; For your conversion. Now your traveller, And if my legs were two such riding-rods, He and his toothpick at my worship's mess ; My arms such eel-skins stuff d ; my face so And when my knightly stomach is suffic'd, thin,
Why then I suck my teeth, and catechize That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose, My picked man of countries :-" Aly dear sir," Lest men should say, “Look, where three-(Thus leaning on mine elbow, I begin,) farthings goes!"
"I shall beseech you"--that is question now : And, to his shape, were heir to all this land, And then comes answer like an A. B. C. Would I might never stir from off this place,
book:I'd give it every foot to have this face ;
· O, sir," says answer, "at your best command; I would not be Sir Nob in any case. [fortune, At your employment; at your service, sir :"
Eli. I like thee well : wilt thou forsake thy No, sir," says question, “7, sweet sir, at Bequeath thy land to him, and follow me?
yours: I am a soldier, and now bound to France. And so, ere answer knows what question would, Bast. Brother, take you my land, I'll take (Saving in dialogue of compliment, my chance :
[year; And talking of the Alps and Apennines, Your face hath got five hundred pounds a The Pyrenean, and the river Po,) Yet sell your face for five pence, and 'tis. It draws toward supper, in conclusion so. dear.
But this is worshipful society, Madam, I'll follow you unto the death. And fits the mounting spirit, like myself ; Eli. Nay, I would have you go before me For he is but a bastard to the time, thither.
[way. That doth not smack of observation ; Bast. Our country manners give our betters And so am I, whether I smack, or no; Ki John. What is thy name? [begun, And not alone in habit and device,
Bast. Philip, my liege, so is my name Exterior form, outward accoutrement, Philip, good old Sir Robert's wife's eldest son. But from the inward motion to deliver Ki John. From henceforth bear his name Sweet, sweet, sweet poison for the age's tooth whose form thou bearest :
Which, though I will not practise to deceive, Kneel thou down Philip, but arise more great ; Yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn;