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Mop. Is it true, think you?
"themselves saltiers:and they have a dance which dui. Very true; and but a month old. the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, bulor. Bless me from marrying a usurer! cause they are not in't; but they themselves are
Hul. Here's the midwife's name to'l, one mis- o'the mind (if it be not too rough for some, that tress Taleporter ; and five or six honest wives' that know little but bowling,) it will please plentifully. were present: Why should I carry lics abroad ? Shep. Away! we'll none on't; here has been Mop. Pray you now, buy it.
too much humble foolery already :-1 know, sir, Clo. Come on, lay it by : And let's first see more we weary you. ballads; we'll buy the other things anon.
Pol. You weary those that refresh us : Pray let's Aut. Here's another ballad, of a fish, that ap-isce these four threes of herdsmen. peared upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourscore Serv. One three of them, by their own report, of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and sir, hath danced before the king; and not the worsi sung this balsad against the hard hearts of maids : of the three, but jumps twelve foot and a half by it was thought she was a woman, and was turned the squire. into a cold fish, for she would not exchange flesh Shep. Leave your prating; since these good men with one that loved her : The ballad is very pitiful, are pleased, let them come in; but quickly now, and as true.
Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir. (Eril. Dor. Is it true too, think you ?
Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, Re-enter Servant, with twelve rustics, habited like more than my pack will hold.
Satyrs. They dance, and then ereunt. Clo. Lay it by too: Another.
Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that hereAul. This is a merry ballad; but a very pretty after.
Is it not too far gone ?_'Tis time to part them.Mop. Let's have some merry ones.
He's simple, and tells much. (Aside.)-How now, Aul. Why this is a passing merry one; and goes lair shepherd ? o the tune of, Two maids wooing a man : there's Your heart is full of something, that does take scarce a maid westward, but she sings it; 'uis in Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was young, request, I can tell you..
And handed love, as you do, I was wont Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a part, To load my she with knacks: I would have ran thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts.
sack'd Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago.
The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it Aut. I can bear my part; you must know, 'tis To her acceptance ; you have let him go, my occupation : have at it with you.
And nothing marted' with him: if your lass
Interpretation should abuse; and call this
Your lack of love, or bounty : you were straited !* A. Get you hence, for I must go;
For a reply, at least, if you make a care Where, it fits not you to know.
Or happy holding her. D. Whither ? M. O, whilher ? D. Whilher ? Flo.
Old sir, I know M. It becomes thy oath full well,
She prizes not such trifles as these are : Thou lo me thy secrets tell :
The giss, she looks from me, are pack'd and lock'd D. Me too, let me go thither.
Up in my heart; which I have given already, M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill :
But not deliver'd.-0, hear me breathe my life D. If to either, thou dosi ill.
Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem, A. Neither.' D. What, neither ? A. Neither. Hath sometime lovd: I take thy hand; this hand, D. Thou hast svorn my love to be ;
As soft as dove's down, and as white as it; M. Thou hast sworn it more to me:
Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow, Then, whither go'st ? say, whither ?
That's bolted' by the northern blasts twice o'er.
Pol. What follows this ?Clo. We'll have this song out anon by ourselves: How prettily the young swain seems to wash My father and the gentlemen are in sad' talk, and The hand, was fair before! I have put you out:we'll not trouble them : Come, bring away thy But to your protestation ; let me hear pack after me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both : What you profess. Pedler, let's have the first choice: - Follow me, girls. Flo.
Do, and be witness to't.
And he, and more Or lace for your cape,
Than he, and men; the earth, the heavens, and all : My dainty duck, my dear-ı ?
That,- were I crown'd the most imperial monarch, Any silk, any threail,
Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth Any toys for your head,
That ever made eye swerve; had force, and knowOf the new'st, and fin'st, fin'st wear-a ?
ledge, Come to the pedler ;
More than was ever man's,-I would not prize them, Money's a medler,
Without her love: for her, employ them all; That doch utter? all men's ware-a.
Commend them, and condemn them, tu her service, (Exeunt Clown, Autolycus, Dorcas, and Or to their own perdition. Mopsa.
Cam. This shows a sound affection.
But, my daughter, Serv. Master, there is three carters, three shep- Say you the like to him? herds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that Per.
I cannot speak have made themselves all men of hair ;: they call So well, nothing so well; no, nor mean better : (1) Serions. (2) Vend.
(7) Bought, trasficked. (8) Put to difficulties. (3) Dressed themselves in habits imitating hair. (9) The sieve used to separate four from bran is
Satyrs. (5) Medley. (6) Foot-rule. Icalled a bolting-cloth.
By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out Worthy enough a herdsman; yea, him loo,
That makes himself, but for our honour therein, Shep:
Take hands, a bargain ; Unworthy thee,-if'ever, henceforth, thou
I will devise a death as cruel for thee,
(Exit. l'the virtue of your daughter: one being dead, Per.
Even here undone ! I shall have more than you can dream of yet ; I was not much afeard: for once, or twice, Enough then for your wonder: But, come on, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, Contract us 'fore these witnesses.
The self-same sun, that shines upon his court, Shep.
Come, your hand ; Hides not his visage from our cottage, but And, daughter, yours.
Looks on alike.-Will't please you, sir, be gone ? Pol. Soft, swain, a while, 'beseech you;
[To Florizel. Have you a father
I told you, what would come of this: 'Beseech you, Flo.
I have: But what of him? of your own state take care: this dream of mine, Pol. Knows he of this ?
Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, Flo.
He neither does, nor shall. But milk my ewes, and weep: Pol. Methinks, a father
Why, how now, father? Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest
Speak, ere thou diest. That best becomes the table. Pray you, once more; Shep.
I cannot speak, nor think, is not your father grown incapable
Nor dare to know that which I know.-0, sir, of reasonable affairs? is he not stupid
(To Florizel. With age, and altering rheums ? Can he speak? You have undone a man of fourscore three, hear?
That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea,
Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay me Flo.
No, good sir; Where no priest shovels-in dust.-0 cursed wretch! I le has his health, and ampler strength, indeed,
(To Perdita. Than most have of his age.
That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st Pol. By my white beard,
adventure You offer him, if this be so, a wrong
To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone ! Something untilial : Reason, my son,
IC I might die within this hour, I have liv'd Should choose himself a wife; but as good reason, To die when I desire.
(Exit. The father (all whose joy is nothing else
Why look you so upon me?
But nothing alter'd: What I was, I am:
More straining on, for plucking back; not following
Gracious my lord, My father of this business.
You know your father's temper: at this time Pol.
Let him know't. He will allow no speech,-which, I do guess, Flo. He shall not.
You do not purpose to him ;-—and as hardly Pol.
Pr'ythee, let him. Will he endure your sight as yet, I sear:
No, he must not. Then, till the fury of his highness settle,
I not purpose it. Flo.
Come, come, he must not : I think, Camillo. Mark our contract.
Even he, my lord. Pol.
Mark your divorce, young sir, Per. How often have I told you, 't would be thus?
[Discovering himself. How often said, my dignity would last Whom son I dare not call; thou art too base But till 'twere known 1 To be acknowledg'd: Thou a sceptre's heir, Flo.
It cannot fail, but by That thus affect'sta sheep-hook?—Thou old traitor, The violation of my faith; And then I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can but Let Nature crush the sides o'the earth together, Shorten thy life one week. -And thou, fresh piece And mar the seeds within !-Lill up thy looks :of excellent witchcraft; who, of force, must know From my succession wipe me, father! 'I The royal fool thou cop'st with ;
Am heir lo my affection.
O, my heart!
Be advis'd. Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briers, Flo. I am; and by my fancy :' if my reason and made
Will thereto be obedient, I have reason ; More homely than thy state.-For thee, fond boy,- If not, my senses, better pleas’d with madness, If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh,
Do bid it welcome. That thou no more shalt see this knack, (as never
This is desperate, sir. I mean thou shalt,) we'll bar thee from succession; Flo. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow; Not hold thee of our blood, no, not our kin, I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, Far? than Deucalion off :-Mark thou my words ; Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may Follow us to the court.-- Thou churl, for this time, Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hidle From the dread blow of it.-And you, enchant. In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath ment
To this my fair belov'd: Therefore, 1 pray you, (1) Talk over his affairs. (2) Further. (3) Doors. (4) A leading string. (5) Love.
0., mor advice,
As you have e'er been my father's honour'd friend, 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
Hold up before him? With her, whom here I cannot hold on shrre; Cam.
Sent by the king your father And, most opportune to our need, I have To greet him, and to give him comforte. Sir, A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd
The manner of your bearing towards him, with For this design. What course I mean to hold, What you, as from your facher, shall deliver, Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor Things known betwist us three, I'll write you down: Concern me the reporting.
The which shall point you forth at every sitting, Cam.
What you must say; that he shall not perceire, I would your spirit were easier
But that you have your father's bosom ihere,
And speak his very heart.
I am bound to you: I'll hear you by and by.
(To Camillo. There is some sap in this. Сат. He's irremovable,
A course more promising
Nothing so certain as your anchors : who
Now, good Camillo, Do their best office, if they can but stay you I am so fraught with curious business, that Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you know, I leave out ceremony.
(Going. Prosperity's the very bond of love; Cam. Sir, I think,
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together You have heard of my poor services, i'the love Afliction alters. That I have borne your father ?
One of these is true:
Very nobly I think, amiction may subdue the cheek,
Yea, say you so ? To have them recompens'd as thought on. There shall not, at your father's house, these seven Cam.
Well, my lord,
My good Camillo,
I cannot say, I'll point you where you shall have such receiving She lucks instructions; for she seems a mistress As shall become your highness; where you may To most that teach. Enjoy your mistress, (from the whom, I see, Per.
Your pardon, sir, for this ; There's no disjunction to be made, but by, I'll blush you thanks. As heavens forefend ! your ruin :) marry her ; Flo. My prettiest Perdita.And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,) But, 0, the thorns we stand upon !-Camillo, Your discontenting' father strive to qualify, Preserver of my father, now of me; And bring him up to liking.
The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? Flo.
How, Camillo, We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son; May this, almost a miracle, be done?
Nor shall appear in SicilyThat I may call thee something more than man, Cam.
My lord, And, after that, trust to thee.
Fear none of this : I think, you know, my fortunes Cam.
Have you thought on Do all lie there : it shall be so my care A place whereto you'll go ?
To have you royally appointed, as if Flo.
Not any yet: The scene you play, were mine. For instance, sir, But as the unthought-on accident is guilty That you may know you shall not want,-one word. To what we wildly do; so we prosess
(They talk aside. Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and fies of every wind that blows.
Enter Autolycus. Cam.
Then list to me: Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is! and trust, This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia ; sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not And there present yourself, and your fair princess, 'a riband, glass, pomander,' brooch, table-book, (For so, I see, she must be,) 'sore Leontes; ballad, knise, tape, glove, shoe-lie, bracelet, horrShe shall be habited, as it becomes
ring, to keep my pack from sasting: they throng The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping hallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer: His welcomes forth: asks thee, the son, forgiveness, by which means, I saw whose purse was best in As 'twere i'the father's person : kisses the hands picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I reof your fresh princess :'o'er and o'er divides him
(3) The council-days were called the sittings. (1) For discontented.
(4) Conquer. (2) This unthought-on accident is the unexpect 5) A litile ball made of perfumes, and worn to ed discovery made by Polixenes.
prevent infection in times of plague.
membered. My clown (who wants but something Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king to be a reasonable man,) grew so in love with the
(Aside. Wenches' song, that he would not stir hus pettitoes, of this escape, and whither they are bound; till he had both tune and words; which so drew the Wherein my hope is, I shall so prevail, rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses To force him after : in whose company stuck in ears: you might have pinched a placket, I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight it was senseless; 'twas nothing, io geld a cod-piece I have a woman's longing. of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung Flo.
Fortune speed us ! in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time Cam. The swifter speed, the better. of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival
(Exeunt Florizel, Perdita, and Camillo. purses : and had not the old man come in with a Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To whoobub against his daughter and the king's son, have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, and scared my choughs' lom the chaff, I had not is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requileft a purse alive in the whole army.
site also, to smell out work for the other senses. (Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita, come forward. I see, this is the time that the unjust man doth Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being hrive. What an exchange had this been without there
boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange? So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Sure the gods do this year connive at us, and we Flo. And those that you'll procure from king may do any thing extempore. The prince himselt Leontes,
is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from Can. Sall satisfy your father.
his father, with his clog at his heels: If I thought Per.
Happy be you! it were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the king All that you speak, shows fair.
withal, I would do't: I hold it the more knavery Cam.
Who have we here? to conceal it : and therein am I constant to my pro
(Seeing Autolycus.fession. We'll make an instrument of this; omit
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Nothing may give us aid.
Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot brain : Aut. "If they have overheard me now,--why Every lane’s'end, every shop, church, session, hanghanging.
(Aside. ing, yields a careful man work. Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! there thou so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended is no other way, but to tell the king she's a change to thee.
ling, and none of your flesh and blood. Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Shep. Nay, but hear me. Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal Clo. Nay, but hear me. that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, Shep. Go to then. we must make an exchange: therefore, discase thee Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, iastantly (thou must think there's necessity in't,) your flesh and blood has not offended the king and change garments with this gentleman: Though and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punished the pennyworth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold by him. Show those things you found about her thee, there's some boot.2
those secret things, all but what she has with her Aul. I am a poor fellow, sir :-I know ye well This being done, let the law go whistle; I warrant enough.
(.Aside. you. Cam. Nay, proythee, despatch: the gentleman Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, is half fayed already.
and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ?-I smell the trick honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go of it.
(Aside. about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Flo. Despatch, ! prythee.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest off Aut. Indeed, have had earnest ; but I cannot you could have been to him; and then your blood with conscience take it.
had been the dearer, by I know how much an ounce. Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.
Aut. Very wisely ; puppies !
(Aside. (Flo. and Aut. exchange garments. Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that in Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy
this fardel, will make him scratch his beard. Come home to you !-You must retire yourself Aut. I know not what impediment this complaint Into some covert: take your sweetheart's hat, may be to the flight of my master. And pluck it o'er your brows: muffle your face ; Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace. Dismantle you : and as you can, disliken
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so The truth of your own seeming; that you may sometimes by chance :-Let
me pocket up my ped(For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard ler's excrement.--[Takes off his false beard. How Get undescried.
now, rustics? wnither are you bound ? Per. I see the play so lies,
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. That I must bear a part.
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? Cam.
No remedy.- the condition of that fardel, the place of your Ilave you done there?
dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, Flo.
Should I now meet my father, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known, He would not call me son.
Nay, you shall have Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. No hat:-Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. Jul. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let me Aut. Adieu, sir.
have no lying ; it becomes none but trades.nen, and Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? they often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them Fray you, a word. [They converse apart. for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel ; there
fore they do not give us the lie. (1) Birds. (2) Something over and chove. 13) Su ipped. (4) Bundle, parcel.
(5) His false beard. (6) Estate, properly.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, me (for you seem to be honest plain men,) what if you had not taken yourself with the manner.' you have to the king : being something gently con
Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir ? sidered, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender
Aul. Whether it like me, or no, I ain a courtier. your persons to his presence, whisper him in your See'st thou not the air of the couri, in these enfold-behalis; and, if it be in man, besides the king to ings? hath not my gait in it the measure of the effect your suits, here is man shall do it. court ?: receives not thy nose court-odour from Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close ine? reflect I not on thy baseness, courl-contempt? with him, give him gold; and though authority be Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze' from a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier ? I am gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside courtier, cap-a-pé; and one that will either push of his hand, and no more ado : Remember stoned, on, or pluck back, thy business there: whereupon and flayed alive. I command thee to open thy affair.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the buShep. My business, sir, is to the king. siness' for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it Aut. What advocate hast thou to him? as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, Shep. I know not, an't like you.
Lill I bring it you. Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; Aut. Alter I have done what I promised ? say, you have none.
Shep. Ay, sir. Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant,cock nor hen. Aut. Well, give me the moiety:-Are you a party Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple in this business? men!
Clo. In soine sort, sir: but though my case be a Yet nature might have made me as these are, pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it. Therefore I'll not disdain.
Aul. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son:Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the got handsomely.
king, and show our strange sights; he must know, Clo He seems to be the more noble in being 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know bygone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old the picking on's teeth.
man does, when the business is performed ; and reAul. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel ? main, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. Wherefore that box?
Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look and box, which none must know but the king; and upon the hedge, and follow you. which he shall know within this hour, if I may
Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, come to the speech of him.
even blessed. Aul. Age, ihou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was proShep. Why, sir ?
vided to do us good. (Exeunt Shep. and Clown. Aut. The king is not at the palace ; he is gone Aul. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air would not suffer me; she drops booties in my himself: For, is thou best capable of things serious, mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; thou must know, the king is full of grief. gold, and a means to do the prince my master good
Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should which, who knows how thai may turn back to my have married a shepherd's daughter.
advancement ? I will bring these two moles, these Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore him Ay; the curses he shall have, the tortures he them again, and that the complaini they have to the shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of king concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, monster.
for being so far officious; for I am proof against Clo. Think you so, sir ?
that title, and what else shame belongs to't: To Aul. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make him will í present them, there may be matter in it. heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are
(Exit. germane* to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman: which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whis
ACT V. tling rogue, a ram-lender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be stoned ; SCENE I:-Sicilia. A room in the palace of but that dealh is too son for him, say I: Draw our
Leontes. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Pauthrone into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, lina, and others. the sharpest too easy.
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have perClo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you
form'd hear, an't like you, sir ?
A saint-like sorrow. no fault could you make, Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive ; Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid dow) then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of More penitence, than done trespass: At the last, a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three-quarters Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil; and a dram dead: then recovered again with aqua- With them, forgive yourself. vitæ, or some other hot insusion : Then, raw as he Leon.
Whilst I remember is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims. Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget shall be set against å brick wall, the sun looking My blemishes in them; and so still think of with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to be- The wrong I did myself: which was so much, hold him, with fies blown to death. But what talk That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man be smiled at, their offences being so capital ? Tell Bred his hopes out of.
(1) In the fact. (2) The sta:ely tread of courtiers. (5) The holiest day foretold in the almanac. (3) Cajole or force.
(6) Being handsomely bribed.