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Never, but once.
Her. What? have I twice said well? When was't
I pr'ythee, tell me. Cram us with praise, and make us
Our praises are our wages: you may ride us,
What was my first? It has an elder sister,
Or I mistake you. O, would her name were Grace! But once before I spoke to the purpose. When?
Nay, let me have't; I long.
Why, that was when
Three crabbed months had soured themselves to death,
And clap1 thyself my love; then didst thou utter,
It is grace, indeed.
Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose twice. The one forever earned a royal husband;
The other, for some while, a friend.
[Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Leon. Too hot, too hot. [Aside. To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. I have tremor cordis on me ;-my heart dances; But not for joy,-not joy.-This entertainment May a free face put on; derive a liberty From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom,2 And well become the agent. It may, I grant: But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers,
1 At entering into any contract, or plighting of troth, this clapping of hands together set the seal. Numerous instances of allusion to the custom have been adduced by the editors; one shall suffice, from the old play of Ram Alley: "Come, clap hands, a match." The custom is not yet disused in common life.
2 "from bounty, fertile bosom." Malone thinks that a letter has been omitted, and that we should read
from bounty's fertile bosom."
As now they are; and making practised smiles,
Ay, my good lord.
Why, that's my bawcock.
What, hast smutched thy
They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain,
[Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE.
Upon his palm?-How now, you wanton calf?
Art thou my calf?
Yes, if you will, my lord.
Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the shoots that I have,*
To be full like me: yet, they say, we are
1 i. e. the death of the deer. The mort was also certain notes played on the horn at the death of the deer.
2 "Bawcock." A burlesque word of endearment supposed to be derived from beau-coq, or boy-cock. It occurs again in Twelfth Night, and in King Henry V., and in both places is coupled with chuck or chick. It is said that bra'cock is still used in Scotland.
3 Still playing with her fingers as a girl playing on the virginals. Virginals were stringed instruments played with keys like a spinnet, which they resembled in all respects but in shape, spinnets being nearly triangular, and virginals of an oblong square shape like a small piano-forte.
4 Thou wantest a rough head, and the budding horns that I have. A pash in some places denoting a young bull calf whose horns are springing; a mad pash, a mad-brained boy.
5 i. e. entirely.
6 i. e. old, faded stuffs, of other colors, dyed black.
7 Welkin is blue; i. e. the color of the welkin or sky.
Most dearest! my collop!'-can thy dam?-May't
Affection! thy intention stabs the centre;2
Thou dost make possible, things not so held;
And fellow'st nothing. Then, 'tis very credent,3
And hardening of my brows.
What means Sicilia?
How, my lord?
Her. He something seems unsettled.
What cheer? How is't with you, best brother?
you held a brow of much distraction. Are you moved, my lord?
As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.
How like, methought, I then was to this kernel,
you take eggs for money? 5
Mam. No, my lord, I'll fight.
1 In King Henry VI. Part I. we have—
"God knows thou art a collop of my flesh."
2 Affection here means imagination. Intention is earnest consideration, eager attention. It is this vehemence of mind which affects Leontes, by making him conjure up unreal causes of disquiet; and thus, in the Poet's language, "stabs him to the centre."
3 Credent, credible.
4 i. e. an immature pea-pod.
5 "Will you take eggs for money?" A proverbial phrase for "Will you suffer yourself to be cajoled or imposed upon?"
Leon. You will? why, happy man be his dole!1
Are you so fond of your young prince, as we
Do seem to be of ours?
So stands this squire Officed with me. We two will walk, my lord, And leave you to your graver steps.-Hermione, How thou lov'st us, show in our brother's welcome; Let what is dear in Sicily be cheap.
Next to thyself, and my young rover, he's
Apparent to my heart.
If you would seek us,
We are yours i'the garden. Shall's attend you there? Leon. To your own bents dispose you: you'll be
Be you beneath the sky;-I am angling now,
[Aside. Observing POLIXENES and HERMIONE.
[Exeunt POL., HER., and Attendants.
Go, play, boy, play;-thy mother plays, and I
1 i. e. may happiness be his portion!
2 Heir apparent, next claimant.
3 i. e. mouth.
4 i. e. a horned one.
Or I am much deceived, cuckolds ere now;
And many a man there is, even at this present,
Sir Smile, his neighbor. Nay, there's comfort in't,
Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, think it,
It will let in and out the enemy,
With bag and baggage. Many a thousand of us
What! Camillo there?
Why, that's some comfort.
Cam. Ay, my good lord.
Leon. Go play, Mamillius: thou'rt an honest man.
Camillo, this great sir will yet stay longer.
Cam. You had much ado to make his anchor hold; When you cast out, it still came home.1
Leon. Didst note it? Cam. He would not stay at your petitions; made His business more material.2
Leon. Didst perceive it ?— They're here with me already:3 whispering, round
Sicilia is a so-forth.5 'Tis far gone,
1 "It still came home," a nautical term, meaning, "the anchor would not take hold."
2 The more you requested him to stay, the more urgent he represented that business to be which summoned him away.
3 Not Polixenes and Hermione, but casual observers.
4 To round in the ear was to tell secretly, to whisper.
5 A so-forth, a phrase apparently employed to avoid the utterance of an opprobrious one. So, so, is sometimes used in a similar manner.