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Enter Camillo and ARCHIDAMUS. Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my services are now on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia, and your Sicilia.
Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.
Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us, we will be justified in our loves : for, indeed,
Cam. 'Beseech you,
Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence—in so rareI know not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks; that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us.
Cam. You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely.
Arch. Believe me, I speak as my understanding in- . structs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia. They were trained together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more mature dignities, and royal necessities, made separation of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attornied, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies; that they have seemed to be together, though absent; shook hands, as over a vast; and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves!
Arch. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an unspeakable comfort of your young prince Mamillius; it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into my note.
Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him :
It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physicks the subject, makes old hearts fresh : they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man.
Arch. Would they else be content to die?
Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.
Arch. If the king had no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one.
SCENE II.—The same. A Room of State in the Palace.
Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, HERMIONE, MAMIL
LIUS, CAMILLO, and Attendants.
Leon. Stay your thanks awhile;
Pol. Sir, that's to-morrow.
Leon. We are tougher, brother,
Pol. No longer stay.
Leon. We'll part the time between's then: and in that I'll no gain-saying.
Pol. Press me not, 'beseech you, so; There is no tongue that moves, none,'none i'the world, So soon as yours, could win me: so it should now, Were there necessity in your request, although 'Twere needful I denied it. My affairs Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder, Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay, To you a charge, and trouble: to save both, Farewell, our brother.
Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen ? speak you. · Her. I had thought, sir, to have held my peace, until You had drawn oaths from him, not to stay. You, sir, Charge him too coldly : Tell him, you are sure, All in Bohemia's well : this satisfaction The by-gone day proclaim'd; say this to him, He's beat from his best ward.
Leon. Well said, Hermione.
Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were strong: But let him say so then, and let him go; But let him swear so, and he shall not stay, We'll thwack him hence with distaffs.Yet, of your royal presence [To POLIXenes.] I'll ad
venture The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia You take my lord, I'll give him my commission,
To let him there a month, behind the gest
Pol. No, madam.
Pol. Your guest then, madam :
Her. Not your gaoler then,
Pol. We were, fair queen,
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o’the two?