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I ain not prone to weeping, as our sex

There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten Commonly are; the want of which vain dew; Of the whole dungy earth. Perchance, shall dry your pities: but I have | Leo. What? lack I credit ? Tbat honourable grief lodg'd here, which burns Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I my lord, Worse than tears drown: 'Beseech youall, my lords, 5 Upon this ground: and more it would content me With thoughts so qualified as your charities

To have her honour true, than your suspicion; Shall best instruct you, measure me ; and so Be blanı'd for't how you might. The king's will be perform'd!

Leo. Why, what need we Leo. Shall I be heard? [To the Guards. Commune with you of this? but rather follow Her. Who is't that goes with me:--'beseech 10 Our forceful instigation? Our prerogative your highness,

Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness My women may be with me; for, vou see, Imparts this: which, if you, (or stupilied, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; Or seeming so in skill) cannot, or will not,

.:: [To her ladits. Relish as truth, like us; inform yourselves, There is no cause: when you shall know, your15 We need no more of your advice: the matter, Has desery'd prison, then abound in tears, [inistress The loss, the gain, the ord'ring on't, is all As I come out; this action', I now go on,

Properly ours. Is for my better grace.-Adieu, my lord:

| Ånt. And I wish, my liege, I never wish'd to see you sorry; now,

You had only in your silent judginent try'd it; I trust, I shall.-My women, come; you have leavé.20 Without more overture. Leo. Go, do our bidding ; hence.

| Leo. How could that be? [Exeunt Queen and Ladies. Either thou art most ignorant by age, Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call tlre queen Or thou wert born a tool. Camillo's flight, again.

Added to their familiarity, Ant. Be certain, what you do, sir ; lest your 25 (Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, justice

That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation', Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, But only seeing, all other circumstances Yourself, your queen, your son.

Marle up to the deed) do push on this proceeding: Lord. For her, my lord,

Yet, for a greater contirmation, I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, 30 (For, in an act of this importance, 'twere Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless Most piteous to be wild) I have dispatch'd in post, l’the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, In this which you accuse her.

Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know Ant. If it prove

Of stuil'd sufficiency: Now, from the oracle She's otherwise, I'll keep my stable where 35 They will bring all, whose spiritual counsel had, I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her; Shat stop, or spurme. Have I done well? Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust her; Lord. Well done, my lord. For every inch of woman in the world. | Leo. Though I am satisfy'd, and need no more Ay, every dram of woman's fleshi, is false,

Than what I know, yet shall the oracle If she be.

140 Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Leo. Hold your peaces.

Whose ignorant credulity will not Lord. Good my lord, ---

Come up to the truth: So have wethought it good, Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves : From our free person she should be contin'd; You are abus'd, and by some putter-on,

Lest that the treachery of the two, tled hence,
That will be damn'd fort: 'would I knew the villain! 45 Be left lier to perform. Come, follow us ;
I would land-damn- him: Be she honour-tlaw'd, We are to speak in public: for this business
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; I Will raise us all.
The second, and the third, nine, and some live'; | Ant. [ Aside.) To laughter, as I take it,
If this provetrue, they'll pay for't: by nine honour, If the good truth were known: [Excunt.
I'll geld them all ; fourteen they shall not see, 501

To bring false generations: they are co-heirs ;
And I had rather glibt myself, than they

A Prison.
Should not produce fair issue.

Enter Paulina, and Gentlemen. Leo. Cease; no more.

Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him ; You smell this business with a sense as cold 55

[Erit Gentleman. As is a dead man's nose: but I do see't, and feel't;Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady! As you feel doing this, and see withal

| No court in Europe is too good for thee, The instruments that feel. [Striking his brotes. What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir, Ant. If it be so,

U Re-enter Gentleman, with the Keeper. We need no grave to bury honesty;

160/You know me, do you not?

| Action is here applied in the legal sense, for charge or accusation. ? Meaning, perhaps, I would riid the country ut hiin; condemn him to quit the land, 3 The second folio reads sonnes tive. To glib, or to lib, means the same as to gold. Approbation here means proof. Meaning, of abilities more than enough,



Keep. For a worthy lady,

Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the And one whom much I honour;

I know not what I shall incur to pass it, [babe, Paul. Pray you, then,

Having no warrant. Conduct me to the queen.

| Puu. You need not fear it, sir: Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary 15 The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, I have express commandincnt.

By law and process of great nature, thence Paul. Here's ado,

Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to To lock up honesty and honour from

The anger of the king; nor guilty of, The access of gentle visitors !- Is it lawful,

If any be, the trespass of the queen. Pray you, to see her women: any of them?

10 Keep. I do believe it. Emilia?

Pail. Do not you fear: upon mine honour, I Keep. So please you, madam,

| Willstand 'twixt you and danger. (Exeunt. To put apart these your attendants, I

Shall bring Emilia forth.
Paul. I pray you now,

The Palace.
Call her: Withdraw yourselves. [Excunt Gent. Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other
Keep. And, madam, I must

Attendants, Be present at your conference.

Leo. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but Paul. Well, be it so, prythie. Here is such ado,


[Erit Keeper. 201 To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if To make no stain a stain, as passes colouring. The cause were not in being part o' the cause, Re-enter kecper, rith Emilia.

Sue, the adultress ;-for the harlot king
Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady? linquit beyond mine arm, out of the blank

Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn, And level? of iny brain, plot-proof: but she
May hold together: On her frights and griefs, 125 1 can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater) | Given to the tire, a moiety of my rest
She is, something before her time, deliver'd. Might come to me again. - Who's there?
Paul. A boy?

Enter an Attendant.
Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe,

Atten. My lord ? Lusty, and like to live : the queen receives

Leo. Ilow does the boy? Much comfort in't ; says, My poor prisoner, Atten. He took good rest to-night ; 'tis hop'd, I am innocent as you.

His sickness is discharg'd. Paul. I dare be sworn!

| Len. To see his nobleness! These dangerous unsafe lunes' o' the king; be- Conceiving the dishonour of his mother, , shrew them!

35 He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply: He must be told ou’t, and he shall: the office Fasten's and fix'd the shame on't in himself: Becomes a woman best: I'll take't upon me: : Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister; } .Ind downright languish'd.-Leave me solely: go, And never to my red look'd anger be

[Erit Attendant. The trumpet any more:- Pray you, Emilia, 140 See how he fares.-Fye,fye! no thought of him; Commend iny best obedience to the queen; The very thoughts of my revenge that way If she dares trust me with her little babe,

Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty ; I'll shew't the knig, and undertake to be

And in his parties, his alliance,-Let him be, Her advocate to th' loudest: We do not know (Until a time may serve: for present vengeance, How he may soften at the sight o' the child; 45 Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes The silence often of pure innocence

| Laugh at me; make their pastine at my sorrow: Persuades, when speaking fails.

They should not laugh, if I could reach thein; nor Emil. Most worthy madam,

I Shall she, within my power. Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,

Enter Paulina, with a child. That your free undertaking cannot miss 501 Lord. You must not enter.

[to me; A thriving issue; there's no lady living,

| Paul. Nay rather, good my lords, be second Someet for this great errand: Please your ladyship Fear you his tyrannous passion, more, alas, To visit the next room, I'll presently

Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul; Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer; 1 More free, than he is jealous. Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design; 551 Ant. That's enough.

[manded But durst not tempt a minister of honour, | Atten. Madam, be liath not slept to-night; comLest she should be deny’d.

None should come at him. Paul. Tell her, Emilia,

| Paul. Not so hot, good sir. I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you, As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted 60 That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh I shall do good.

At each his needless heavings,--such as you Emil. Now be you blest for it!

Nourish the cause of his awaking: I
I'll to the queen:please you,come something nearer. Do come with words as med’cinal as true;

!i. e. frenzy, lunacy. Blank and level are terms of archery,


Honest, as either; to purge him of that humour, 1 (You'd call your 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.
Paul. No noise,mv lord; but needful conference Paul. Nor I ; nor any,
About some gossips lor your highness.

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

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 the sword's,and will not I knew she would.

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

110 He 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.

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

Leo, A callat,

sband, Paul. Froin all dishonesty, he can; in this, Ofboundless tongue; who late hath beat her hus. (Unless he take the course that you have done, 15 And now baits me!—This brat is none of mine; Cominit me, for committing honour) trust it, 1 It is the issue of Polixenes : He shall not rule me.

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

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

Paul. It is yours; But she'll not stumble.

120 And, might we lay the old proverb to your charge, 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, bis 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

smiles; From your good queen.

The very mould and frame of hand, nail, tinger: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 good, 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 does, Leo. Force her hence.

[eyes, Iller children not her husband's!
Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his Leo. A gross hag!--
First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll oil; 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 she is good, hath brought you forth a daughter; Ant. Hang all the husbands
Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing.

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

Leo: Once more, take her hence. A mankind witch?! Hence with her, out o'door:- 40 Paul. A most 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 intilling me: and no less honest

It is an heretick, that makes the fire, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant, 45 Not:he, which burns in't. I'll not call you tvrant; As this world goes, to pass for honest.

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

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

[To Antigonus. Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you,
Thou, dotard, thou art woman-tyr'd', unroosted 150 Yea, scandalous to the world.
By thy dame Partlet here,-take up the bastard; 1 | Leo. On your allegiance,
Take't up, I say; give't to thy + crone.

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

Where were her life? she durst pot call me so, Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou

If she did know me one. Away with her. Tak'st up the princess, by that forced' baseness 5: Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone. Which he has put upon't!

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

Fall doubt,

send her Paul. So, I would, you did; then, 'twere past! A betterguidingspirit!--What need these hands: "Worst here implies lowest. The phrase of mankind-woman is still in use in some counties, for a woman violent, ferocious, and mischievous; which is its meaning in this passage. Womain-tyr'de is synonymous with the modern hen-pecked. 4 Acroan means an old toothless sheep: thence an old woman. Si. e. false baseness. Yellow is the colour of jealousy. Lozel is an anciont term of contempt, meaning a worthless fellow.


You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, 1 Ant. I will, my lord.

Tthe fu il Will never do him good, not one of you,

Leo. Mark, and perform it! (seest thou?) for So, so :-Farewell; we are gone.

[Erit. Of any point in't shall not only be Leo. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this. Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongu'd wife; My child ? away with't!even thou, that hast 5 Whoin, for this time, we pardon. We enjoin thee, A heart so tender oer it, take it hence,

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

This female bastard hence; and that thou bear it Even thon, and none but thou. Take it up straight: To some remote and desert place, quite out Within this pour bring me word 'tis done,

Of our dominjons; 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 by :trange fortune And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so;

It came to us, I do in justice charge thee, The bastard brains with these iny proper hands Onthy soul's peril, and thy body's torture,Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the lire;

Chat 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. . Ant. Į did not, sir :

1. 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 me in'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.

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

[credit: Like offices of pity.Sir, be prosperous Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better in more than this deed does require! and blessing, We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech | Against this cruelty, fight on thy side, bo to esteem of us: And on our knees we beg, | Poor thing, condemn'd to loss! (As recompence of our dear services,


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

1 Leo. No, I'll not rear Which being so horrible, so bloody, must

Another's issue. Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.

Enter a Messenger. Leo. I am a feather for each wind that blows: 11es. 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 officious 135 Hath been beyond account.' With lady Margery, your midwife, there,

Len. Twenty-three days

[tels, 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,

140/Summon a session, that we inay arraign That my ability may undergo,

Our most disloyal lady: for, as she hath And nobleness'impose: at least, thus much; Been publickly accus'd, so shall she have I'll pawn the little blood which I have left,

1.just and open trial. While she lives, To save the innocent: any thing possible.

My heart will be a burden to me. Leave me; Lco. It shall be possible; Swear by this sword, 45 And think upon my bidding. Thou wilt perform iny bidding.

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reverence A Part of Sicily, near the Sea-side. 155 0f the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice! .

| How cereinonious, solemn, and unearthly. : Enter Cleomenes, and Dion.

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

1 Fertile the isle; the teinple 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,

I That I was nothing. For most it caught me, the celestial habits; 11 Dion. If the event o' the journey ! That is, commit it to some place as a stranger.


Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be't so!-1 Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy, AsIweigh 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, betore Polixenes So forcing faults upon Hermione,

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

I 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) 110 The bound of honour; or, in act, or will, Shail the contents discover, something rare, 1 That way inclining; hard’ned be the hearts Even then, will rush to knowledge.-Go-fresh Of all that hear me, and my near'st of kia horses;

Cry, Fve upon my grave! And gracious be the issue !

[Excunt. Leo. I ne'er heard yet, S Ο Ε Ν Ε ΙΙ.

115 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,andofficers,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, 20 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 Polisenes,
Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, I (With whom I am accus'd) I do confess,
Even to the guilt, or the purgation. -

125 i lov'd him, as in honour he requir'd; Produce the prisoner.

With such a kind of love, as might become 01. 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, guarded: Paulina and Which not to have done, I think, had been in me Ladies attending.

|30 Both disobedience and ingratitude, spoke, Leo. Read the indictnient.

To you, and towards your friend; whose love had Olji. 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 II 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 Camilio 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 1, are ignorant. “ partly laid open, thou, fierinione, contrary to Leo. You knew of his departure, as you know “ the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst 10 What you have underta'en to do in his absence. counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to Her. Sir, “Hy 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 451 Leo. Your actions are my dreams; But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot You had a bastard by Pulivenes, [shame, To say, Not guilty: mine integrity,

|And I but dream'd it:--As you were past all Being counted falsebood, shall, as I express it, Those of your fact' are so) so past all truth: Be so receiv'dı. But thus, --if powers divine Which to deny, concerns more than avails: for as Behold onr buman actions, (as they do) 150 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, (Wholeast wiil seem to do so) my past life

Look for no less than death. Plath been as continent, as chaste, as true, 55 Her. Sir, spare your threats; As I am now unhappy; which is more

The bug, which yoi; will fright me with, I seek. Than history can pattern, though devis’d,

To me can life be no commodity: And play'd to take spectators: l'or behold me, The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, A fellow of the royal bed, which owe

I do give lost ; for I do feel it gone, A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, 601But know not how it went: My second joy, The mother to a liopeful prince,-here standing, and tirst-fruits of my body, from his presence To prate and talk of life, and honour, 'fore

I am barr'd, like one infectious: My third comfort, 'j. e. equal. 2;. e. the design. To spare means here, to let it go, to quit the possession of it. * To be in the level means io be within the reach. i. e. those who have done as you are supposed to have done.


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