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Hang all the husbands
Once more, take her hence.
I'll have thee burned.
I care not.
On your allegiance,
Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone.
Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.
I did not, sir.
We can ; my royal liege, He is not guilty of her coming hìther.
Leon. You are liars all.
1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better credit. We have always truly served you; and beseech So to esteem of us ; and on our knees we beg (As recompense of our dear services, Past, and to come) that you do change this purpose Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must Lead on to some foul issue. We all kneel.
Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows ;Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel And call me father? Better burn it now, Than curse it then. But, be it ; let it live. It shall not neither.-You, sir, come you hither ;
Any thing, my lord,
Leon. It shall be possible. Swear by this sword,
I will, my lord. Leon. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou ?) for the
any point in't shall not only be
1 Leontes must mean the beard of Antigonus, which he may be supposed to touch. He himself tells us that twenty-three years ago he was unbreeched; of course his age must be under thirty, and his own beard would hardly be gray.
To some remote and desert place quite out
Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death
No, I'll not rear Another's issue.
1 Attend. Please your highness, posts, From those you sent to the oracle, are come An hour since. Cleomenes and Dion, Being well arrived from Delphos, are both landed, Hasting to the court. 1 Lord.
So please you, sir, their speed Hath been beyond account. Leon.
Twenty-three days They have been absent. 'Tis good speed; foretells, The great Apollo suddenly will have The truth of this appear. Prepare you, lords ; Summon a session, that we may arraign Our most disloyal lady; for, as she hath Been publicly accused, so shall she have A just and open trial. While she lives, My heart will be a burden to me. And think upon my bidding.
1 i. e. commit it to some place as a stranger. To commend is to commity according to the old dictionaries.
2 i. e. the favor of Heaven.
SCENE 1. The same.
The same. A Street in some Town.
Enter CLEOMENES and Dion.
Cleo. The climate's delicate; the air most sweet; Fertile the isle ; 1 the temple much surpassing The common praise it bears. Dion.
I shall report
But of all, the burst
If the event o’ the journey
Dion. The violent carriage of it
horses ! And gracious be the issue !
[Exeunt. SCENE II. The same.
1 Warburton has remarked that the temple of Apollo was at Delphi, which was not an island. But Shakspeare little regarded geographical accuracy. He followed Green's Dorastus and Fawnia, in which it is called the isle of Delphos. There was a temple of Apollo in the isle of Delos
A Court of Justice.
LEONTES, Lords, and Officers, appear properly seated.
Off. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen
Ladies, attending Leon. Read the indictment.
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord and king, thy royal husband ; the pretence? whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to fly away by night.
Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that Which contradicts my accusation ; and The testimony on my part, no other But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot me To say, Not guilty: mine integrity, Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, Be so received. But thus,—If powers divine Behold our human actions, (as they do,) I doubt not, then, but innocence shall make
1 1. e. the design. Shakspeare often uses the word for design or intention.