Has these poor men in question.* Never saw Itable passion of wonder appeared in there: Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the the wisest beholder, that knew no more in earth;

seeing, could not say, if the importance ve
Forswear themselves as often as they speak: joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the e
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them it must needs be.
With diverse death in death.

Enter another GENTLEMAN.
Per. O, my poor father!
The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have

Here comes a gentleman, that happily,kar

more: Our contract celebrated.

The news, Rogero ?
Leon. You are married ?
Flo. We are not, Sir, nor are we like to be;

i Gent. Nothing but bonfires: The oracle : The stars I see, will kiss the valleys first:

fulfilled; the king's daughter is found: Se 1 The adds for high and low's alike.t

deal of wonder is broken out within this bore.

that ballad-makers cannot be able to expres Leon. My lord, Is this the daughter of a king? Flo. She is,

Enter a third GENTLEMAX. When once she is my wife.

Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; bra Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's

deliver you more.-How goes it now, Sir? speed,

news which is called true, is so like an e Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, tale, that the verity of it is in strong sa spicius Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, 'Has tbe king found his heir. Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, | 3 Gent. Most true; if evertruth were pre: Your choice is not so rich in wortht as beauty, nant by circumstance: that, which you bez That you might well enjoy her.

you'll swear you see, there is such unity is Flo. Dear, look up :

proofs. The mantle of queen Herinione:-e Though fortune, visible an enemy. [jot jewel about the neck of it: -The letters of 4 Should chase us, with my father; power no ligonus, found with it, which they know to Hath she to change our loves.-'Beseech you, his character:-the majesty of the creature, e Sir,

resemblance of the mother;-the affectione Remember since you ow'd no more to time nobleness, which nature showsabore her breed Than I do now; with thought of such affec-ling,--and many other evidences, proclaim he:. tions,

| with all certainty, to be the king's daughte: Step forth mine advocate; at your request, | Did you see the mceting of the tiro kings? My father will grant precious things, as trifles. 2 Gent. No, Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious 3 Gent. Then hare you lost a sight, which mistress,

was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. Thes Which he counts but a trifle.

might you have beheldone joy crown another Paul. Sir, my liege,

[month so, and in such manner, that, it scemed, sorror Your eye hath too much youth in't : not a wept to take leave of tbem; for their jog wades 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth in tears. There was casting up of eyes, bold. such gazes

ing up of hands; with countenance of suri Than what you look on noir.

distraction, that they were to be known to Leon. I thought of her,

garment, not by favour. Our king, bes: Even in these looks I made.-But your petition ready to leap out of himself for joy of his loce.

[To FLORIZEL. daughter; as if that joy were now become: Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father; loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! thes Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces bis I am a friend to them, and you: upon which son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter. errand

| with clipping her; now he thanks the old I now go toward him ; therefore follow me. shepherd, which stands by, like a weather And mark what way I make : Come, good my bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I nere: lord.

[Exeunt, beard of such anotherencounter, which lame: SCENE II.-The same.-Before the Palace. report to follow it, and undoes description to Enter AUTOLYCUs and a GENTLEMAN.

do it,

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigo Aut. 'Beseech you, Sir, were you presentat

nus, that carried hence the child? this relation ?

3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which wil 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the man

asleep, and not an ear open: He was torn to ner how he found it: whereupon, after a little

pieces with a bear: this avouches the shep amazedness, we were all commanded out of

herd's son ; who has not only his innocence the chamber: only this, methought I heard

(which seems much,) to justify him, but a barthe shepherd say, he found the child.

kerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows Aul. I would most gladly know the issue of

1 Gent. What became of his bark and his

followers ? 1 Genl. I make a broken delivery of the busi

3 Gent. Wr ness ;-But the changes I perceivedin the king, I master's death: and in the view of the shes and Camillo, were very notes of admiration: berd: so that all the instruments, which aided they seemed almost, with staring at one ano. ther, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was lit wastound. But, o, the noble combat, that,

to expose the child, were even then lost, whet speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture ; they looked, as they had heard

'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina of a world ranse m'd, or one destroyed: A no-huishand. another elevated that the oracle was

She had one eye declined for the loss of her * Conversation. 1 A quibble on ta e false dice en called.

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fulfilled; She lifted the princess from the earth; / Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these and so locks her in embracing, as if she would four hours. pin her to her heart, that she might no more Shep. And so have I, boy. be in danger of loosing.

Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the born before my father : for the king's son took audience of kings and princes; for by such me by the hand, and called me, brother; and was it acted.

then the two kings called my father, brother; 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and then the prince, my brother, and the and that which angled for mine eyes (caught princes, my sister, called my father, father ; the water, though not the fish,) was, when at and so we wept : and there was the first gen. the relation of the queen's death, with the tleman-like tears that ever we shed. manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, Shep. We may live son to shed many more. and lamented by the king) how attentiveness Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in wounded his daughter : till, from one sign of so preposterous estate as we are. dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I! Aut. I humbly beseech you, Sir, to pardon would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, me all the faults I have committed to your worny heart wept blood. Who was most marble ship, and to give me your good report to the there", changed colour ; some swooned, all prince my master. sorrowed ; if all the world, could have seen it, Shep. 'Pr'ythee, son, do ; for we must be the woe had been universal.

gentle, now we are gentlemen. I Gent. Are they returned to the court? Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mo. Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Pau. Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the lina,-a piece many years in doing, and now prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any newly performed by that rare Italian master, ) is in Bohemin, Julio Romano; who, had he himself eternity, Shep. Yon may say it, but not swear it. and could put breath into his work, would be Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? guile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is Let boors and franklins* say it, I'll swear it. her a pe: he so near to Hermione hath done! Shep. How if it be false, son ? llermione, that, they say, one would speak to! Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with may swear it, in the behalf of his friend :all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and And I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tallt there they intend to sup.

fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great mat. drunk, but I know, thou art no tall fellow of ter there in band; for she hath privately, twice thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but or thrice a day, ever since the death of Her- / I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a mione, visited that removedt house. Shall we tall fellow of thy hands. thither, and with our company piece the re

Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power. joicing ?

Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me new grace will be born: our absence makes us not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. kindred, are going to see the queen's picture. [Ercunt GENTLEMEN.

Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters. Aut. Now, had I not ihe dash of my former

(Ereuni. life in me, would preferment drop on my head.

SCENE III.-The same.-- A Room in PaulI brought the old man and his son aboard the

INA's Blouse. prince; told him, I heard him tulk of a fardel, and I know not what : but he at that time, | Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL,PER over-fond of the shepherd's daughter (so he

DITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords and Al* then took her to be,) who began to be much

tendants. sea-sick, and himselflittle better, extremity of Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great weather continuing, this mystery remained That I have had of thee!

[comfort undiscovered. But'tis all one to me: for had Paul. What, sovereign Sir, I been the finder-out of this secret, it would I did not well, I meant well : All my services, not have relished among my other discredits. You have paid home: but that you have conEnter SAEPAERD and Clown.



With your crown'd brother, and these your Ilere comes those I have done good to against | Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to my will, and already appearing in the blos

vigt, toms of their fortune.

It is a surplus of your grace, which never Shep. Come, boy ; I am past more children; | My life may last to answer. but thy sons and daughters will be all gentle Leon. O Paulina, igen born.

We honour you with trouble : but we came Clo. You are well met, Sir: You denied to To see the statute of our queen : your gallery fight with me this other day, because I was no Have we passed through, not without much gentleman born : See you these clothes? say,

content you see them not, and think me still no gen- In many singularities; but we saw not tleman born: you were best say, these robes That which my daughter came to look upon are pot gentleman born. Give me the lie; do; i The statute of her mother and try whether I am not now a gentleman Paul. As she liv'd peerless,

So her dead likeness, I do well believe, Puct. I know, you are now, Sir, a gentleman Excels whatever yet you look'd upon,

Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it • Minst perifed with wooder. Renrole.

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Lonely, apart : But here it is : prepare | My lord's almost so far transported, that
To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever He'll think anon, it lives.
Still sleep mock'd death : behold ; and say, 'tis Leon. O sweet Paulina,

Make me to think so twenty years together; [PAULINA undraws a Curtain, and discovers No settled senses of the world can match a statute,

The pleasure of that madness. Let't it alace I like your silence, it the more shows off

Paul. I am sorry, Sir, I have thus far stirr"! Your wonder: But yet speak ;-first, you, my

you: but Comes it not something near ?

[liege, | I could afflict you futher. Leon. Her natural posture !

Leon. Do, Paulina ; Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, For this affliction has a taste as sweet Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art she, As any cordial comfort. Still, methink, In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, There is an air comes from her: What fins As infancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina,

chizzel Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mack Su aged, as this seems.

Fool will kiss her. Pol. O, not by much.

Paul. Good my lord, forbear : Paul. So much the more our carver's excel The rudiness upon her lip is wet; lence;

You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own Which lets go by some sixteen years, and With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain makes her

Leon. No, not these twenty years. As she liv'd now.

Per. So long could I Leon, As now she might have done,

Stand by, a looker on. So much to my good comfort, as it is

Paul. Either forbear, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, For more amazement : If you can behold it, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, her!

And take you by the hand : but then you I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me,

think, For being more stone than it ?- royal piece, I (Which I protest against,) I am assisted There's magic in thy majesty; which has | By wicked powers. My evils are conjur'd to remembrance; and Leon. What you can make her do. From thy admiring daughter took the spirits I am content to look on : what to speak, Standing like stone with thee!

I content to hear; for 'tis as easy Per. And give me leave;

To make her speak, as move. And do not say, tis superstition, that

Paul. It is requir'd, I kneel and then implore her blessing.-Lady. You do awake your faith: Then all stand sti; Dear queen that ended when I but began

Or those, that think it is unlawful business Give me that hand of yours to kiss.

I am about, let them depart. Paul. O, patience,

1 Leon. Proceed; The statue is but newly fixed, the colour's

No foot shall stir. Not dry,

Paul. Music; awake her : strike.- Music Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid | Tis time ; descend; be stone no more : 5 on;

proach ; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,

Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come: So many summers, dry: scarce any joy

I'll fill your grave up:stir ; nay, come away: Did ever so long live ; no sorrow,

Bequeath to death your numbness, for fros But kill'd itself much sooner


(stir: Pul. Dear my brother,

Dear life redeems you.--You perceive, she Let him who was the cause of this, have power

(HERMIONE comes down the Pedestel. To take so much grief from you, as he

Start not : her actions shall be holy, as, Will piece up in himself.

You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun be! Paul. Indeed, my lord,

Until you see her die again; for then I had thought, the sight of my poor image

You kill her double : Nay, present your hand: Would thus have wrought* you, (for the stone When she was young, you wood her; now, in is mine,)

Is she become the suitor. I'd not have show'd it.

Leon. O, she's warm! [Embracing her. Leon. Do not draw the curtain.

If his be magic, let it be an art Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't ; lest Lawful as eating. your fancy

Pol. She embraces him. May think anon, it moves.

Cam. She hangs about his neck; Leon. Let be, let be.

If she pertain to life, let her speak too, Would I were dead, but that methinks al- Pol. Ay, and inake't manifest where she ha ready


slord, What was he, that did make it?-See, my | Or, who stol'n from the dead? Would you not deem, it breath'a ? and that l Paul. That she is living, those veins

Were it but told you, should be hooted at Did verily bear blood ?

Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives, Pol. Masterly done :

Though yet she speak not. Mark a little wink. The very life seems warm upon her lip.

Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, Leon. The fixture of hereye bas motion in'tt | And pray your mother's blessing.--Turn, good Ast we are mock'd with art.

Our Perdita is foud.

mily: Paul. I'll draw the curtain;

[Presenting PERDITA, who kniced to * Worked, agitated.

HERMIONE, II. e. Thou her eye be fixed it seems to have motion

Her. You gods, look down,
1 As ir.

And from your secret vials pour your graces
Upon my dogghter's bread! Tellina, IniDS ONT

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Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, how found

(1,- As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far Gave hope thou wast in being, have preserv'd (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Myself to see the issue.

An honourable husband : Come, Camillo, Par. There's time enough for that; | And take her by the hand : whose worth, and Lest thy desise, upon this push to trouble

honesty, Yourjoys with like relation.Go together, Is richly noted; and here justified You precious winnerg* all ; your exultation By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place. Partaket to every one. I, an old turtle, What?-Look upon my brother both your Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and

pardons, there

That e'er I put between your holy looks My mate, that's never to be found again, My iil suspicion. This your son-in-law, Lament till I am lost.

And son unto the king, (whom heavens directLeon. O peace, Paulina ;


[lina, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good PauAs I by thine, a wife: this is a match,

Lead us from hence ; where we may leisurely And made between's by vows. Thou hast Each one demand, and answer to his part found mine;

| Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first You who by this discovery have gained what you We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away, desired. i Participate.


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LA MERCHANT, Friend to Antipholus of je ÆGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse.

cuse. (Twin Brothers, Pirco, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjoror.

and sons to Æ. ANTIYROLUS of Ephesus, {geon and Æmi

Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Epbeses ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,

ADRIANA, Wife to Antophorus of Ephesus lia, butunknown (to each other.

Lociana, her Sister. PROMI0 of Ephesus, (Twin brothers, and

Loce, her Servant. DRONIO of Syracuse, Attendants on the A COURTEZAN.

two Antpholus's. BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.

Jailor, Officers, and other Attendants Angelo, a Goldsmith.

SCENE, Ephesus.


ACT 1.

ril utter what my sorrow gives me leare.

| In Syracusa was I born ; and wed SCENE I. -A Hall in the Duke's Palace. Unto a woman, happy but for me, Enter DUKE, Ægeon, Jailor, Officer, and other And by me too, had not our hap been nie. Attendanis.

With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas

| By prosperous voyages I often made #ge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, To Epidamnum, till my factor's death; And by the doom of death, end woes and all. And he (great care of goods at random

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more; Drew me from kind embracements of I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

spouse: The enmity and discord, which of late [duke From whom my absence was not sis more Sprung from the ancorous outrage of your To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,- 'Before herself(almost at fainting, under Who, wanting gilders* to redeem their lives. The pleasing punishment that women bear. Nave sealed his rigorous statutes with their And made provision for her following me, bloods,

And soon, and safe, arrived wbere I was Excludes all pity from our threat'ing looks. There she had not been long, but she becuse For, since the mortal and intestine jars | A joyful mother of two goodly sons; [order 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, And, which was strange, the one so like to It hath in solemn synods been decreed, As could not be distinguish'd but by names Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,

That very hour, and in the self-same inn, To admit no traffic to our adverse towas: A poor mean woman was delivered Nay, more,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : If any, born at Ephesus, be seen

Those for their parents were exceeding poc. At any Syracusan martst and fairs,

I bought, and brought up to attend my sos Again, if any Syracusan born,

My wife, not meanly proud of two such Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies, Made daily motions for our home return : His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ; Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon. Unless a thousand marks be levied,

We came aboard : To quit the penalty, and to ransom him. A league from Epidamnum had we sail d. Thy substance valued at the highest rate, Before the always-wind-obeying deep Cannot amount unto a hundred marks ; Gave any tragic instance of our harm: Therefore, by law thou art condemn d to die. But longer did we not retain much bope: Ege. Yet this my comfort; when your words for what obscured light the heavens did are are done,

Did but convey unto our fearful minds My woes end likewise with the evening sun. A doubtful warrant or immediate death; Dukc. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the Which, though myself would gladly berec cause

brac'd, Why thou departcdst from thy native home; | Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus Weeping before for what she saw must coEge. A heavier task could not have been And piteous plainings of the pretty bab inpos'd,

That mourn d for fashion, ignorant wa Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable :

fear, Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Forc'd ine to seek delays for them and m Was wraught by nature, not by vile offence. And this it was,-for other means was nour ? Yame of a con Markets, Natural affection. The sailors sought for safety by our boal.

And left the ship, then sinking-ripe. : *

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