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Chide me, dear stone ; that I may say, indeed,
O, not by much.
As now she might have done
Per. And give me leave;
queen, that ended when I but began,
Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on;
Dear my brother,
Indeed, my lord,
Would thus have wrought you, (for the stone is mine,)
Do not draw the curtain.
Let be, let be.
Leon. The fixture of her eye has motion in't,
I'll draw the curtain
0, sweet Paulina,
Good my lord, forbear.
, . Malone's Shakspeare it stands, “ I'll not have showed it.” But surely this is erroneous. 3 As for as if. With has the force of by.
Leon. No, not these twenty years.
So long could 1
Which I protest against) I am assisted
you can make her do,
Paul. It is required,
[Music. 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more ; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come: I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.—You perceive she stirs :
[HERMIONE comes down from the pedestal. Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful. Do not shun her, Until you see her die again ; for then You kill her double. Nay, present your hand. When she was young, you wooed her; now, in age, Is she become the suitor. Leon.
O, she's warm! [Embracing her.
She embraces him.
Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has lived, Or, how stolen from the dead. Paul.
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, And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady; Our Perdita is found.
[Presenting PER., who kneels to HER. Her.
You gods, look down,
There's time enough for that;
O peace, Paulina;
Thou hast found mine; But how, is to be questioned; for I saw her, As I thought, dead; and have in vain said many A prayer upon her grave. I'll not seek far (For him, I partly know his mind) to find thee An honorable husband.--Come, Camillo,
1 You who by this discovery have gained what you desired.
And take her by the hand; whose worth, and honesty,
1 Whose relates to Camillo, though Paulina is the immediate antecedent. In the loose construction of ancient phraseology, whose is often used in this manner, where his would be more proper.
2 It is erroneously printed for is here in the late Variorum Shakspeare. 3 Look upon, for look on. Thus in King Henry V. Part III. Act ii. Sc. 3:
“ And look upon, as if the tragedy,” &c. 4 Whom is here used where him would be now employed.
This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and strongly represented.
Johnson. *** This is not only a frigid note of approbation, but is unjustly attributed to WARBURTON, whose opinion is conveyed in more enthusiastic terms. He must in justice be allowed to speak for himself. throughout is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, country tale,
Our sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,
6 This play
This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of great name (i. e. Dryden and Pope) into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as regards sentiment and character, is scarce inferior to any in the collection."