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As shall become your highness; where you may We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son;
My lord, As heavens forefend! your ruin :) marry her; Fear none of this: think, you know, my fortanes And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,) Do all lie there: it shall be so my care Your discontenting father strive to qualify, To have you royally appointed, as if And bring him up to liking.
The scene you play were mine. For instance, sir, Flo.
How, Camillo, That you may know you shall not want,-one word. May this, almost a miracle, be done?
(They talk aside.) That I may call thee something more than man,
Have you thought on Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, A place, whereto you'll go?
his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have Plo. Not any yet;
sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not But as the unthought-on accident is guilty a riband, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, To what we wildly do; so we profess
ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, hornOurselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies ring, to keep my pack from fasting: they throng Of every wind, that blows.
who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been Cam.
Then list to me: hallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer; This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, by which means, I saw whose purse was best in But undergo this flight;-make for Sicilia; picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I reAnd there present yourself, and your fair princess, membered. My clown (who wants but something (Por so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes; to be a reasonable man,) grew so in love with the She sball be habited, as it becomes
wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes, The partner of yoor bed. Methinks, I see till he had both tune and words; which so drew Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping the rest of the herd to me, that all their other His welcoines forth: asks thee, the son, forgive- senses stack in ears: you might bave pinched a
placket, it was senseless; 'twas nothing to geld a As 'twere i'the father's person : kisses the hands cod-piece of a purse; I would have filed keys off, of your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides him that hung in chains : no hearing, no feeling, but my "Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, He chides to hell, and bids the other grow, in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of Faster than thought, or time.
their festival purses : and had not the old man come Flo.
Worthy Camillo, in with a whoobub against his daughter and the What colour for my visitation shall I
king's son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, Hold up before him?
I had not left a purse alive in the whole army. Cam. Sent by the king, your father,
(Cam. Flo. and Per. come forward.) To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being The manner of your bearing towards him, with
there What you, as from your father, sball deliver, So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you Flo. And those, that you'll procure from king down;
Happy be you!
Who have we bere? Flo. I am bound to you:
(Seeing Autolycus.) There is some sap in this.
We'll make an instrument of this; omit Can.
A course more promising | Nothing, may give us aid. Than a wild dedication of yourselves
Aut. If they have overheard me now,--why To anpath'd waters, undream'd shores ; most cer- hanging.
(A side.) tain,
Cam. How now, good fellow? why shakest thou To miseries enough ; no hope to help you; so? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended to thee. Bat, as you shake off one, to take another : Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir., Nothing so certain as your anchors; who
Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal Do their best office, if they can but stay you, that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, Where you'll be loath to be : Besides, you know, we must make an exchange: therefore, discase thee Prosperity is the very bond of love;
instantly, (thou must think, there's necessity in't,) Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together and change garments with this gentleman : Though Affliction alters.
the pennyworth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold Per. One of these is true :
thee, there's some boot. I think, afliction may subdue the cheek,
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir :--I know ye well But not take in the mind.
Yea, say you so? Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, despatch : the gentleman There shall not, at your father's house, these seven is half flayed already. Be born another such.
[years, Aut. Are you in earnest, sir?-I smell the trick Flo. My good Camillo, of it.
(Aside.) She is as forward of her breeding, as
Flo. Despatch, I pr’ythee. l'the rear of birth.
Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot Cam.
I cannot say, 'tis pity with conscience take it.
(Flo. and Autol. exchange garments.) Per.
Your pardon, sir, for this ; Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy I'll blash you thanks.
Come bome to you - you must retire yourself Flo. My prettiest Perdita.-
Into some covert: take your sweetheart's hat, But, 0, the thorns we stand apon!--Camillo, And pluck it o'er your brows; mufle your face; Preserver of my father, now of me;
Dismantle you ; and as you can, disliken The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? The truth of your own seeming; that you may,
(For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard
Clo. We are bat plain fellows, sir. Get undescried.
Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let me Per. I see, the play so lies,
have no lying; it becomes pone but tradesmen, and That I must bear a part.
they often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them Cam. No remedy.
for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel : thereHave you done there?
fore they do not give us the lie. Flo.
Should I now meet my father, Clo. Your worship had like to have given us He would not call me son.
if you had not taken yourself with the manner. Cam. Nay, you shall have
Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? No hat:—Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. Aut. Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier. Aut. Adieu, sir.
See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfoldFlo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? ings? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the Pray you, a word. (They converse apart.) court ? receives not thy nose court-odour from me? Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king reflect I not on thy baseness court-contempt?
(Aside.) Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze from thee Or this escape, and whither they are bound; thy business, I am therefore no courtier? I am Wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail,
courtier, cap-a-pè; and one that will either push To force bim after: in whose company
on, or pluck back thy business there: whereupon I I shall review Sicilia; for whose sight
command thee to open thy atlair. I have a woman's longing.
Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. Flo.
Fortune speed us ! Aui. What advocate hast thou to him? Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side.
Shep. I know not, an't like you. Cam. The swifter speed, the better.
Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; [Exeunt Florizel, Perdita, and Camillo. say, you have none.
(hen. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock nor have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand,
Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simplemen! is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requi- Yet nature might have made me as these are, site also, to smell out work for the other senses. I Therefore I'll not disdain. see, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. What an exchange had this been, without boot? Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them what a boot is here, with this exchange? Sure, the not handsomely. gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fanihing extempore. The prince himself is abont a tastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the piece of iniquity; stealing away from his father, picking on's teeth. with his clog at his heels: If I thought it were not Aut. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel? a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I Wherefore that box? would do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, it: and therein am I constant to my profession. and box, which none must know but the king; and
which lie shall know within this hour, if I may Enter Clown and Shepherd.
come to the speech of him. Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot brain : Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour, every lane's end, every shop, church, session, hang Shep. Why, sir? ing, yields a careful man work.
Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is gone Clo. See, see; what a man you are now ! there aboard a new ship to purge melancboly, and air is no other way, but to tell the king she's a change. himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things seling, and none of your flesh and blood.
rious, thou must know the king is full of grief. Shep. Nay, but hear me.
Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should Clo. Nay, but hear me.
have married a shepherd's daughter. Shep. Go to then.
Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, him fly, the curses he shall have, the tortures he your flesh and blood has not offended the king; shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punished Clo. Think you so, sir?
[monster. by him. Show those things you found about ber; Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make those secret things, all but what she has with her: heavy, and vengeance bitter; bat those, that are This being done, let the law go whistle; I warrant germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall you.
all come under the hangman : which though it be Shep: I will tell the king all, every word, yea, and great pity, yet it is necessary,
An old sheephis son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no bonest whistlíng rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be make me the king's brother-in-law.
stoned; but that death is too soft for him, say I: Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest off Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are you could have been to him; and then your blood too few, the sharpest too easy. had been the dearer, by I know how much an ounce. Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, Aut. Very wisely; puppies!
[Aside. an't like you, sir? Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that in Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; this fardel, will make him scratch his beard. then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of
Aut. I know not what impediment this complaint a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three-quarters may be to the flight of my master.
and a dram dead; then recovered again with aquaČlo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace.
vitæ, or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, sometimes by chance :--Let me pocket up my ped- shall he be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking ler's excrement. (Takes off his false beard.) How with a southward eye upon him; where he is to now, rustics? whither are you bound?
behold him with flies blown to death. But what Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom the are to be smiled at, their offences being so capital ? condition of that fardel, the place of your dwelling, Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men,) your names, your ages, of what having, breeding, what have you to the king : being something gently and any thing that is fitting to be known, discover, considered, I'll bring yon where he is aboard, ten
der your persons to his presence, whisper him in Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now, good your behalfs; and, if it be in inan, besides the king, Say so bút seldom.
(now, to effect your suits, here is man shall do it.
Not at all, good lady: Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close You might have spoken å thousand things, that with him, give him gold; and though authority be
would a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside Your kindness better. of his hand, and no more ado : Remember stoned Paul.
You are one of those, and flayed alive.
Would have him wed again. Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the Dion.
If you would not so, basiness for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make you pity not the state, nor the remembrance it as much more; and leave this young man in of his most sovereign dame ; consider little, pawn till I bring it you.
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, Aut. After I have done what I promised? May drop upon bis kingdom, and devour Shep. Ay, sir.
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, Aut. Well, give me the moiety:-Are you a Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ? party in this business?"
What holier, than,--for royalty's repair, Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case For present comfort and for future good, be a pitifal one, I hope I shall not be flayed out To bless the bed of majesty again of it.
With a sweet fellow to't? Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son : Paul.
There is none worthy, Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Respecting her, that's gone. Besides, the gods Clo. Comfort, good comfort: We must to the will have fulfill’d their secret purposes : king, and show our strange sights: he must know, For has not the divine Apollo said, 'tis none of your daughter nor my sister; we are Is't not the tenor of his oracle, gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old That king Leontes shall not have an heir, man does, when the business is performed; and Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, remain, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought Is all as monstrous to our buman reason, you.
As my Antigonus to break his grave, Aut. I will trust yon. Walk before toward the And come again to me; who, on my life, sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel, upon the bedge and follow you.
My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue; even blessed.
(To Leontes.) Shep. Let's before, as he bids as : he was pro- The crown will find an heir : Great Alexander vided to do us good. [Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. Left bis to the worthiest; so his successor
Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, for- Was like to be the best. tane wonld not sufferme; she drops booties in my Leon.
Good Paulina, moath. I am courted now with a double occasion; Who has the memory of Hermione, gold, and a means to do the prince my master I know, in honour,-0, that ever I good; which, who knows how that may turn back Had squar'd me to thy counsel!—then, even now, to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes; these blind ones, aboard him: if be think it fit to Have taken treasure from her lips, shore them again, and that the complaint they have Paul.
And left them to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me, More rich, for what they yielded. rogue, for being so far oflicious; for I am proof Leon.
Thoa speak'st truth. against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one worse,
To him will I present them, there may be matter And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit , in it.
[Exit. Again possess her corpse: and, on this stage,
(Where we offenders now appear,) soul vex'd, ACT V.
Begiu, And why to me? SCENE I.–Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of
Had she such power,
She had just cause.
She had; and would incense me others.
I should so: Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per- Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark form'd
Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, You chose her : then I'd shriek, that even your Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down More penitence, than done trespass: At the last, Should rist to hear me; and the words, that follow'd, Do, as the beavens have done; forget your evil; Should be, Remember mine. With them, forgive yourself,
Stars, very stars, Leon.
Whilst I remember And all eyes else dead coals !--fear thou po wife, Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
I'll have no wife, Paulina. My blemishes in them; and so still think of
Will you swear The wrong I did myself: which was so much, Never to marry, but by my free leave? That beirless it hath made my kingdom; and Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit ! Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his Bred his hopes out of.
Cleo. You tempt him over much. [oath. Paul. Trae, too true, my lord: Paul.
Unless another, If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
As like Hermione as is her picture, Or from the all, that are, took something good,
Affront his eye. To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd,
Good madam, Would be unparallel'd.
I have done. Leon.
I think so. Killid! Yet, if my lord will marry,--if you will, sir, She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me No remedy, but you will; give me the oflice Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter
To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young
As was your former; but she shall be such, Have I here touched Sicilia; and from bim
[joy Can send bis brother: and, but infirmity Leon.
My true Paulina, (Which waits upon worn times,) bath something We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us.
His wish'd ability, he had himself (seiz'd Paul.
That The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath; Measur'd, to look upon you; whom he loves Never till then.
(He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres,
And those that bear them, living.
O, my brother, Gent. One, that gives out himself prince Florizel, (Good gentleman!) the wrongs I have done thee, Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
stir The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access Afresh within me; and these thy offices, To your high presence.
So rarely kind, are as interpreters
What with bim? he comes not Of my behind-hand slackness !- Welcome hither,
(At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, By need, and accident. What train?
To greet a man not worth her pains ; much less Gent.
The adventure of her person? And those but mean.
Good my lord, Leon.
His princess, say, you, with him? She came from Libya. Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I Leon.
Where the warlike Smalus, That e'er the sun shone bright on. [think, That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd? Paul.
O Hermione, Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, As every present time doth boast itself
whose daughter Above a better, gone; so must thy grave
His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence
Not only my success in Libya, sir,
Pardon, madam : But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
The blessed gods Will have your tongue too. This is such a creature, Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal Do climate here! You have a holy father, Of all professors else; make proselytes
A graceful gentleman; against whose person, Of who she but bid follow.
So sacred as it is, I have done sin:
How? not women? | For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Worthy his goodness. What might (I have been,
Go, Cleomenes ; Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on,
Enter a Lord.
Most noble sir,
Had our prince That, which I shall report, will bear no credit,
Desires you to attach his son ; who has
Where's Bohemia? speak. Unfurnish me of reasou.—They are come.
Lord. Here in the city; I now came from bim :
I speak amazedly; and it becomes Re-enter Cleomenes, with FlorIZEL, Perdita, My marvel, and my message. To your court and Attendants.
Whiles he was hasi’ning, (in the chase, it seems,
of this fair couple,) meets he on the way
Her brother, baving both their country quitted
With this young prince. Your father's image is so bit in you,
Camillo has betray'd me;
Lay't so to his charge;
Who? Camillo? Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost
Has these poor men iu question. Never saw I (All mine own folly,) the society,
Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth; Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Forswear themselves as often as they speak; Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
With divers deaths in death.
O, my poor father!
The heavens set spies upon us, will not have that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has the Our contract celebrated.
king found his heir ? Leon. You are married ?
3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregnant Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be; by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll swear The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first : you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The The odds for high and low's alike.
mantle of queen Hermione: her jewel about the Leon.
neck of it:- the letters of Antigonus, found with Is this the daughter of a king?
it, which they know to be his character:-the maPlo.
jesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mother; When once she is my wife.
(speed, -the affection of nobleness, which nature shows Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's above her breeding, -and many other evidences, Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the king's Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry,
2 Gent. No.
[kings ? Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was That you might well enjoy her.
to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you Flo.
Dear, look up : bave beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such Though fortune, visible an enemy,
manner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave Should chase us with my father;
power no jot of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was Hath she to change our loves.—'Beseech you, sir, casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with Remember since you ow'd no more to time countenance of such distraction, that they were to Than I do now: with thought of such affections, be known by garment, not by favour. Our king, Step forth mine advocate; at your request, being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his My father will grant precious things, as trifles. found daughter, as if that joy were now become a
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Which he counts but a tritie.
(mistress, Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-inPaul.
Sir, my liege, law; then again worries he his daughter, with clipYour eye hath too much youth in't: not a month ping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such stands by, like a weather-bitten conduit of many Than what you look on now.
[gazes kings' reigns. I never heard of such another enLeon.
I thought of her, counter, which lames report to follow it, and unEven in these looks I made.-But your petition does description to do it.
(To Florizel.) 2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father;
that carried hence the child ? Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, 3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have I am a friend to them, and you : upon which errand matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a bear : And mark what way I'make: Come, good mylord. this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only
[Exeunt. bis innocence (which seems much,) to justify him,
but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina SCENE II.—The same. Before the Palace.
1 Gent, What became of his bark, and his fol. Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman.
3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this master's death; and in the view of the shepherd : relation ?
so that all the instruments, which aided to expose 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, the child, were even then lost, when it was found. heard the old shepherd deliver the
manner how he But, 0, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorfound it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we row, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye dewere all commanded out of the chamber; only this, clined for the loss of her husband ; another elevated, methought I heard the shepherd say, he found the that the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted the princess child.
from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, as Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no
1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busi more be in danger of losing. ness :- But the changes I perceived in the king, 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the and Camillo, were very notes of admiration: they audience of kings and princes; for by such was it seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear acted. the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and dumbness, language in their very gesture: they that which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, looked, as they had heard of a world'ransomed, or though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of one destroyed: A notable passion of wonder ap- the queen's death, with the manner how she came peared in them; but the wisest beholder, that knew to it, (bravely confessed and lamented by the king,) no more but seeing, could not say, if the import- how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from ance were joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an the one, it must needs be.
alas! I would sain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure,
my heart wept blood. Who was most marble Enter another Gentleman,
there, changed colour; some swooned, all sorrow
ed: if all the world could have seen it, the woe had Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows
been universal. more: The news, Rogero?
1 Gent. Are they returned to the court? 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is fulfilled; the king's daughter is found; such a deal ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,
3 Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her moof wonder has broken out within this hour, that bal
a piece many years in doing, and now newly perlad-makers cannot be able to express it.
formed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano ; Enter a third Gentleman.
who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath
into his work, would beguile nature of ber custom, Here comes the lady_ Paolina's steward; he can so perfectly he is ber ape: he so near to Hermione deliver you more.- How goes it now, sir? this hath done Hermione, that, they say, one would news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, speak to her, and stand in hope of answer: thither