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Honest, as either; to purge him of that humour, You'd call yoor children yours.
That presses him from sleep.

Leo. A nest of traitors!
Leo. What noise there, ho?

Ant. I am none, by this good light.
Pau. No noise,my lord; but needful conference Paul. Nor 1 ; nor any,
About some gossips for your highness.

5 But one, that's here; and that's himself: for he Leo. How

The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, Away with that audacious lady! Antigonus, His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander, I charg'd thee, that she should not come about Whose sting is sharper than thesword's,and will not I knew she would.

[me! (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse Ant. I told her so, my lord,

1011e cannot be compell’d to't) once remove On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, The root of his opinion, which is rotten, She should not visit you.

Is ever oak, or stone, was found. Leo. What, canst not rule her?

Leo. A callat,

band, Paul. From all dishonesty, he can: in this, Of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her huse (Unless he take the course that you

have done, 15 And now baits me!- This brat is none of mine; Commit me, for committing honour) trust it, It is the issue of Polixenes : He shall not rule me.

llence with it; and, together with the dam, Ant. Lo you now; you hear!

Commit them to the fire, When she will take the rein, I let her run;

Paul. It is

yours; But she'll not stumble.

20 And, might we lay the old proverb to your chargo, Paul. Good my liege, I come,

So like you, 'tis the worse. --Behold, my lords, And I beseech you, hear me, who profess Although the print be little, the whole matter Myself your loyal servant, your physician, And copy of the father: eye, nose, lip, Your most obedient counsellor; yet that dares The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay,the valley, Less appear so, in comforting your evils, 25 The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his Than such as most seem yours: -I say, I come

siniles; From your good queen.

The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger:Leo. Good queen! [good queen: And, thou, good goddess, nature which hast inade it

, Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen! I say, So like to him that got it, if thou hast And would by combat make her goud, so were I'30 The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours A man, the worst' about you.

No yellow in't; lest she suspect, as he dots, Leo. Force her hence.

[eres, Her children not her husband's!
Paul. Let him, that inakes but trifles of his Leo. A gross hag!
First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll off; And, lozel”, thou art worthy to be hang'd,
But, first, I'll do iny errand. ---The good queen, 35 That wilt not stay her tongue.
For sbe is good, bath brought you forth a daughter; Ant. Ilang all the husbands
Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing:

That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself '[Laying down the child. Hardly one subject. Leo. Out!

Leo. Once more, take her hence. A mankind witch?! Hence with her, out o’ door:- 40 Paul. A niost unworthy and unnatural lord A most intelligencing bawd!

Can do no more. Paul. Not so:

Leo. I'll have thee burnt. I am as ignorant in that, as you

Paul. I care not: In so intitling me: and no less houest.

It is an heretick, that makes the fire, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant, 45 Not-he, which burnsin'i

. l'll not call you tyrant; As this word goes, to pass for honest.

But this most cruel usage of your queen Lin. Traitors!

(Not able to produce more accusation (routs Will you not push her out? give her the bastard:- Than your own weak-hing’d fancy) som thing sa

[To Antigonus. Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, Thou, dotard, thou art woman-tyr'd', unroosted 50 Yea, scandalous to the world. By thy dame Partlet here,- take up the bastard;

Leo. On your allegiance, Take't up, I say; give't to thy“ crone.

Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, Paul. For ever

Where were her life? she durst not call me so, Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou

If she did know me one. Away with her. Tak’t up the princess, by that forced' baseness 155Puul. I pray you, dunot push me; I'll be gone. Which he has put upon't!

Look to your babe, my loral; 'tis yours: Jore Leo. He dreads his wife.

all doubt,

send her Puul. So, I would, you did; then, 'twere past! A betterguidingspirit!—What need these lands:-

Ilorst here implies lowest. · The phrase of mankinil-woman is still in use in some counties, for a woman violent, ferocious, and mischievous; which is its meaning in this passage. l'oman-tyrid is synonymous with the modern hun.pecked. * Acroun means an old toothless sheep: thence an old woman. Si. e. fulse baseness. Yellow is the colour of jealousy. · Losel is an ancient term of contempt, meaning a worthless fellow,

You,

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You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,

Ant. I will, my lord.

[the fail Will never do him gooil, not one of you.

Leo. Mark, avd perform it! (seest thou ?) for So, so :-Farewell; we are gone. [Erit. Of any point in't shall not only be

Leo. Thou, traitor, ha-t set on thy wife to this.- Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongu'd wise; My child? away withi't!--even thou, that hast' 5 Whom, for this time, we pardon. We enjoin thee, A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence,

As thou art liegeinan to us, that thou carry And see it instantly consum’d with fire;

This temale bastard hence; and that thou bear it Even thou, and uone but thou. Take it up straight: To some remote and desert place, quite out Within this bour bring me word 'tis done,

Of our dominions; and that there thou leave it, (And by good testimony) or I'll seize thy life, 10 Without more mercy, to its own protection, With what thou else callst thine: If thou retuse, And favour of the climate. As hy strange fortune And wilt encounter with my wrath, say 30; It came to us, I do in justice charge thee,The bastard brains with these my proper hands On thy soul's peril, and thy body's torture, Shail I dash out. Go, take it to the lire;

That thou commend it strangely' to some place, For thou sett'st on thy wife'.

15 Where chance may nurse, or end it: Take it up. Anl. I did not, sir :

Ant. I swear to do this; though a present death These lords, my noble fellows, if they please,

had been more merciful.--Come on, poor babe: Can clear mein't.

Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens Lord. We can; my royal liege,

To be thy nurses! Wolves, and bears, they say, He is not guilty of her coming hither.

20 Casting their savageness aside, have done Leo. You are liars all.

(credit: Like offices of pity. --Sir, be prosperous Lord. 'Beseech your bigliness, give us better In more than this deed does require! and blessing, We have always truly serv'al you; and beseech Against this cruelty, tight on thy side, So to esteein of us: Ånd on our knies we beg, Poor thing, condeinn'd to loss ! (As recompence of our dear services,

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[Exit, with the child. Past,and to come) that you do change this purpose;

Leo. No, I'll not rear
Which being so horrible, so bloody, must Another's issue.
Lead on to sume foul issue: We all kneel.

Enter a Messenger.
Leo. I am a feather for each wind that blows: !es. Please your highness, posts,
Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel 30 From those you sent to the oracle, are come
And call me father? better burn it now,

An hour since: Cleomenes and Dion, Than curse it then, But, be it; let it live: Being well arriv'd from Delphos, are both landed, It shall not neither.-You, sir, come you hither : Hasting to the court.

To Antigonus.

Lord. So please you, sir, their speed
You that have been so tenderly oflicious 35 I lath been beyond account.
With lady Margery, your midwife, there,

Leo. Twenty-three days

[te's, To save this bastard's life:---for 'tis a bastard, They have been absent: 'Tis good speed; foreSo sure as this beard's grey, -what will you ad- The great Apollo suddenly will have To save this brat's life?

[venture The truth of this appear. " Prepare you, lords; Ant. Any thing, my lord,

40 Summon a session, that we may arraign That my ability may undergo,

Our most disloyal lady: for, as she hath
And nobleness impose: at least, thus muchi; Been publickly accus'd, so shall she have
I'll pawn the liutle blood which I have left, Ajust and open trial. While she lives,
To save the innocent: any thing possible. My heart will be a burden to me. Leare me;

Leo. It shall be possible: Swear by this sord, 45 And think upon my bidding.
Thou wilt perform my bidding.

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(Methinks, I so should term them) and the A Purt of Sicily, near the Sea-side. 55 Of the grave wearers.

O, the sacrifice!

How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly
Enter Cleomenos, and Dion.

It was i' the offering!
Cleo. THE climate's delicate; the air most sweet: Cleo. But, of all, the burst

Fertile the isle; the temple much sur- And the ear-deafʼning voice o' the oracle,
The common praise it bears.

[passing 60 Kin to Jove's thunder, so surpriz'd my sense, Dion. I shall report,

That I was nothing. For most it caught me, the celestial habits, Dion. If the event o' the journey ! That is, coinmit it to some place as a stranger.

Prove

Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be't so!- Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy, As lueigh grief, which I would spare': for honour, The time is worth the use on't.

Tis a derivative from me to mine, Cleo. Great Apollo

And only that I stand for. I appeal Turn all to the best! These proclamations, 5 To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes So forcing faults upon llerinione,

Came to your court, how I was in your grace, I little like.

Now merited to be so: Since he came, Dion. The violent carriage of it

With what encounter so uncurrent I Will clear, or end, the business: When the oracle, Have strain’d, to appear thus ? if one jot beyond (Thus by Apollo's great divine seal'd up) 10 The bound of honour; or, in act, or will, Shall the contents discover, something rare, That way inclining; hard'ned be the hearts Even then, will rush to knowledge. -G0,-fresh Of all that hear me, and my near'st of kin horses;

Cry, Fye upon my grare! And gracious be the issue !

[Ereunt. Leo. I ne'er heard yet, S CE NE II.

15 That any of these bolder vices wanted

Less impudence to gainsay what they did,
A Court of Justice.

Than to perform it first.
Leontes, Lords,and Officers appear properly seated Her. That's true enough ;
Leo. This session (to our great grief, we pronounce). Though 'tis a saying, sir not due to me.
Even pushes against our heart: The party try'd, 120 Leo. You will not own it.
The daughter of a king; our wife; and one

Her. More than mistress of,
Of us too much belov'd.--Let us be clear'd Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not
Of being tyrannous, since we so openly

At all acknowledge. For Polixenes, Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, With whom I am accus'd) I do confess, Even to the guilt, or the purgation.

25 I lov'd him, as in honour he requir'd; Produce the prisoner.

With such a kind of love, as might become of. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen A lady like me; with a love, even such, Appear in person here in court.—Silence ! so, and no other, as yourself commanded: Hermione is brought in, guurded: Paulina and Which not to have done, I think, had been in me Ludies attending.

30 Both disobedience and ingratitude, (spoke, Leo. Read the indictment.

To you, and towards your friend; whose love had Offi

. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely, “ king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and ar- That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy, “raigned of high treason, in committing adultery I know not how it tastes; though it be dish'd “ with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspi-35 For me to try how: all I know of it, “ ring with Camillo to take away the life of our Is, that Camillo was an honest man; “sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband: And, why he left your court, the gods themselves, “ the pretence? whereof being by circumstances Wotting no more than I, are ignorant. “partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to Leo. You knew of his departure, as you know “ the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst 40 What you have underta'en to do in his absence. “ counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to Her. Sir, “ fly away by night.”

You speak a language that I understand not: Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that My life stands in the level of your dreams, Which contradicts my accusation; and

Which I'll lay down. The testimony on my part, no other [me 45 Leo. Your actions are my dreams; Dut what comes from iyself; it shall scarce boot1 You had a bastard by Polixenes, (shame, To say, Not guilty: mine integrity,

And I but dream'd it:-As you were past all Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, (Those of your fact'are so) so past all truth: Be so receiv'd. But thus,-if powers divine Which to deny, concerns more ihan avails: for as Behold our human actions, (as they do) 50 Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself, I doubt not then, but innocence shall make No father owning it, (which is, indeed, False accusation blush, and tyranny,

More criminal in thee, than it) so thou Tremble at patience.-You, my lord, best know, Shalt feel our justice; in whose easiest passage, (Who least will seem to do so) my past life Look for no less than death. Hath bren as continent, as chaste, as true, 55. Her. Sir, spare your threats ; As I am now unhappy; which is more

The bug, which you will fright me with, I seek. Than bistory can pattern, though devis’d, To me can life be no commodity: And play'd to take spectators: For behold me,- The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, A fellow of the roval bed, which owe

I do give lost ; for I do feel it gone, A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, 160 But know not how it went: My second joy, The mother to a hopeful prince,--here standing, And first-fruits of my body, from his presence To prate and talk of life, and honour, 'fore I ain barr’d, like one infectious: My third comfort,

'i. e. equal. aj. e. the design. * To spare means here, to let it go, to quit the possession of it. 4 To be in the leoel means io be within the reach. i. c. those who have done as you are sup: posed to have doue.

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Starr'd most unluckily, is from my breast, Her heart is but o'ercharg'd; she will recover.-
The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth, [Exeunt Paulina and Ladies, with Hermione.
Hald out to murder : Myself on every post I have too much believ'd mine own suspicion :-
Proclaim'd a strumpet; with immoclest hatred Beseech you, tenderly apply to her
The child-bed privilege deny'd, which ’longs 5 Some remedies for life.- Apollo, pardon
To women of all fashion :-Lastly, hurried My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle!-
Here to this place, i'the open air, before

I'll reconcile me tu Polixenes;
I have got strength of limit'. Now, my liege, New woo my queen; recall the good Camillo;
Tell me what blessings I have here alive,

Whom I proclaim a man of truth, of mercy:
That I should fear to die? Therefore, proceed. 10 For, being transported by my jealousies
But yet hear this; mistake me not!--No! life, To bloody thoughts and to revenge, I chose
I prize it not a straw.hut for mine honour, Camillo for the minister, to poison
(Which I would free) if I should be condemn'd My friend Polixenes: which had been done,
Upon surmises; all proofs sleeping else,

But that the gooil mind of Camillo tardy'd
But what your jealousies awake, I tell you, 15 My swift command; though I with death, and with
'Tis rigour, and not law.—Your honours all, Reward, did threaten and encourage him,
I do refer me to the oracle;

Not doing it, and being done: he, most humane, Apollo be my judge.

And fill'd with honour, to my kingly guest
Enter Dion and Cleomenes.

Unclasp'd my practice; quit his fortunes here, Lord. This your request

20 Which you knew great; and to the certain hazard Is altogether just: therefore, bring forth,

Of all incertainties himself commended, And in Apollo's name, his oracle.

No richer than his honour:—How he glisters Her. The emperor of Russia was my father: Through my dark rust! and how his piety Oh, that he were alive, and here beholding Does my deeds make the blacker! His daughter's trial! that he did but see

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Re-enter Paulina. The flatness? of my misery; yet with eyes

Paul. Woe the while! Of pity, not revenge!

[jnstice, 0, cut my lace; lest my heart, cracking it, Off. You here shall swear upon the sword of Break too! That you, Cleomenes and Dion, have [brought Lord. What fit is this, good lady? me! Been both at Delphos; and from thence have 30 Paul. What studied torments, tyrant, hast for This seald-up oracle, by the hand deliver'd What wheels? racks? fires? What flaying? boil. Of great Apollo's priest; and that, since then, In leads, or oils? what old, or newer torture [ing? You have not dar d to break the holy seal, Must I receive; whose every word deserves Nor read the secrets in't.

To taste of thy most worst? Thy tyranny Cleo. Dion. All this we swear.

35 Together working with thy jealousies, Leo. Break

up
the seals, and read.

Fancies too weak for boys, too green and idle Ot." Hermione is chaste, Polixenes blameless, For girls of vine!-O, think, what they have done, “ Camillo a true subject, Leontes a jealous tyrant, And then run mad, indeed; stark mad! for all “his innocent babe truly begotten; and the king Thy by-gone fooleries, were but spices of it. “shall live without an heir, if that, which is lost, 40 Thát thou betray'dst Polisenes, 'twas nothing; “ be not found.”

That did but shew thee, of a fool, inconstant, Lords. Now blessed be the great Apollo ! And damnable ungrateful: nor was 't much, Her. Praised!

Thou wouldst have poison'd goodCamillo's honour, Leo. Hast thou read truth?

To have him kill a king; poor trespasser, Offi. Ay, my lord; even so as it is here set down. 45 More monstrous standing by: whereof I reckon

Leo. There is no truth at all i’ the oracle: The casting forth to crows thy baby daughter, The session shall proceed; this is mere falsehood. To be or none, or little; though a devil Enter Servunt.

Would have shed water out of fire, ere donet: Ser. My lord the king, the king !

Nor is’t directly laid to thee, the death Leo. What is the business?

50 Of the young prince; whose honourable thoughts Ser. O sir, I shall be hated to report it: |(Thouglıts high for one so tender) cleft the heart, The prince your son, with mere conceit and fear That could conceive, a gross and foolish sire Of the queen's speed', is gone.

Blemish'd his gracious dam: this is not, no, Leo. How! gone?

Laid to thy answer: But the lat,-0, lords, Ser. Is dead.

55 When I have said,cry woe!—the queen,

the

queen, Leo. Apollo's angry; and the heavens themselves The sweetest, dearest creature's dead; and venge. Do strike at my injustice.- -How now there? Not dropp'd down yet.

(Hermione faints. Lord. The higher powers forbid ! [oath, Paul. This news is mortal to the queen:-Look Paul. I say, she's dead; I'll swear it: if word,nor And see what death is doing.

[down, 60 Prevail not, go and see: if you can bring Leo. Take her hence:

(Tincture, or lustre, in her lip, her eye, * Limit is here put for limb. 21. e. the lowness of my misery, Meaning, of the event of the queen's trial.

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Heat outwardly, or breath, within I'll serve you I'll follow instantly,
As I would do the gods.-But, O thou tyrant ! Mar. I am glad at heart
Do not repent these things; for they are heavier To be so rid o' the business.

[Erit. Than all thy woes can stir: therefore betake thee Ant. Come, pour babe:

[dead To nothing but despair. A thousand knees, 5 I have heard, but not believ'd) the spirits of the Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting, May walk again: if such thing be, thy mother Upon a barren mountain, and still winter

Appear'd to me last night; for ne'er was dreain In storm perpetual, could not move the gods So like a waking. To me comes a creature, To look that way thou wert.

Sometimes her head on one side, some another; Leo. Go on, go on:

10 I never saw a vessel of like sorrow, Thou canst noi speak too much; I have deserv'd So fill’d, and so becoming : in pure white robes, All tongues to talk their bitterest.

Like very sanctity, she dià approach Lord. Say no more;

My cabin where I lay; thrice bow'd before me; Howe'er the business goes, you have made fault And, gasping to begin some speech, her eyes l'the boldness of your speech.

15 Became two spouts: the fury spent, anon Paul. I am sorry fort ;

Did this break from her: “Good Antigonus, All faults I inake, when I shall come to know them, “ Since fate, against thy better disposition, I do repent: Alas, I have shew'd too much “ Hath made thy person for the thrower-out The rashness of a woman; he is touch'd [help, “ Of my poor babe, according to thine oath,To the noble heart.-What's gone, and what's past 20 Places remote encrigh are in Boheinid, Should be past grief: Do not receive affliction " There weep,and leave it crying; and, for the babe At my petition, I beseech you ; rather

| Is counted lost for ever, Perdita, Let me be punish'd, that I have minder you |“ I prythee, call't: for this ungextle business, Of what you should forget. Now, good my liege, “ Put on thee by my lord, thou ne'er shalt see Sir, royal sir, forgive a foolish woman : 125" Thy wife Paulina inore:"--and so, with shrieks, The love I bore your queen,-lo, fool again!-

She melted into air. Affrighted much, I'll speak of her no inore, nor of your children; I did in time collect myself; ard thought I'll not remember you of my own lord,

This was so, and no slumber. Dreams are toys: Who is lost too: Take your own patience to you,

Yet for this once, yea, superstitiously, And I'll say nothing.

301 will be squar'd by this. I do believe, Leon. Thou didsi speak but well,

Hermione hath suffer'd death ; and that When nost the truth; which I receive much better Apollo would, this being indeed the issue Than to be pitied of thee. Pr’ythee, bring ine Of king Polixenes, it should here be laid, To the dead bodies of my queen and son:

Either for life, or death, upon the earth One grave shall be for both; upon them shall 35 Of its right father.- Blussom, speed thee well! The causes of their death appear, unto

[Laying down the child. Our shame perpetual: Once a day, I'll visit There lie: and there thy character?: there these; The chapel where they lie; and tears shed there,

(Laying down a bundle. Shall be my recreation: so long as nature Which may,if fortuneplease, boili breed thee,pretty, Will bear up with this exercise, so long 40 And still rest thine. The storm begins: - Poor I daily vow to use it. Come,

wretch, And lead me to these sorrows. [Ereunt. That, for thy mother's fault, art thus expos'd!

To loss, and what may follow ! –Werp I cannot, SCENE III.

But my heart bleeds : and most accurs'd am I, Bohemia. A desert Country near the Sea. 45 To be by oath enjoin'd to this.Farewel ! [have Enter Antigonus with the Child, and a Mariner. The day frowns more and more; thou art like to

Ant. Thou art perfect' then, our ship hath A lullaby too rough: I never saw The deserts of Bohemia?

(touch'd upon The heavens so dim by day.--A savage claimour!Mar. Ay, my lord; and fear

Well may I get aboard !---This is the chace; We have landed in ill time: the skies look grimly, 501 am gone for ever. [Erit, pursued by a bear. And threaten present blusters. In my couscience,

Enter an old Shepherd. The heavens with that we have in hand are angry, Shep. I would, there were no age between ten And frown upon us.

[aboard: and three-and-twenty; or that youth would sleep Ant. Their sacred wills be done!-Go, get out the rest: for there is nothing in the between Look to thy bark; I'll not be long, before 55 but getting wenches with child, wronging the anI call upon thee.

cientry, stealing, tighting.—Hark you now! Alar. Make your best baste ; and go not Would

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but ihese boil'd brains of nineteen, and Too far i' the land: 'tis like to be loud weather; two-and-twenty, hunt this weather? They have Besides, this place is famous for the creatures scar'd away two of iny best sheep; which, I fear, Of prey, that keep upon 't.

60 the wolf will sooner tind, than the master: if any Ant. Go thou away:

where I have them, 'tis by the sea-side, bronzing Perfect here means certain, or well assured, as in many other passages of our Anthor's Plays. Vieanog, the writing aftcrwards discovered with Perdita.

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