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The great Apollo suddenly will haye
SCENE I. The same.
A Street in some Town.
I shall report,
Enter CLEOMEnes and Dion. Cleo. The climate's delicate; the air most sweet; Fertile the isle; the temple much surpassing The common praise it bears.
But, of all, the burst
If the event o'the journey
The time is worth the use on't.] The time is worth the use on't, means, the time which we have spent in visiting Delos, has re. compensed us for the trouble of so spending it.
Turn all to the best! These proclamations,
Dion. The violent carriage of it
fresh horses; And gracious be the issue !
A Court of Justice. Leontes, Lords, and Officers, appear properly
Proceed in justice; which shall have due course,
Off. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Appear in person here in court.-Silence! Hermione is brought in, guarded; Paulina and
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence* whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their letter safety, to fly away by night.
3 Even to the guilt, or the purgation.]. The word even is not to be understood here as an adverb, but as an adjective, signifying equal or indifferent.
Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that Which contradicts my accusation; and The testimony on my part, no other But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot
To say, Not guilty: mine integrity,
pretence-] Is, in this place, taken for a schemė laid, a design formed.
mine integrity, &c.] That is, my virtue being accounted wickedness, my assertion of it will pass but for a lie. Falsehood means both'treachery and lie. JOHNSON.
For life, I prize it--] Life is now to me only grief, and as such only is considered by me: I would therefore willingly dismiss it. JOHNSON.
As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour,
I ne'er heard yet,
That's true enough;
Leon. You will not own it.
More than mistress of, Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not At all acknowledge. For Polixenes,
7 'Tis a derivative from me to mine,] This sentiment, which is probably borrowed from Ecclesiasticus, iii
. 11, cannot be too often impressed on the female mind: “The glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonour, is a reproach unto her children." STEEVENS. $ I ne'er heard yet,
That any of these bolder vices wanted
Than to perform it first.] It is apparent that according to the proper, or at least, according to the present, use of words, less should be more, or wanted should be had. But Shakspeare is very uncertain in his use of negatives. It may be necessary once to observe, that in our language, two negatives did not originally affirm, but strengthen the negation. This mode of speech was in time changed, but, as the change was made in opposition to long custom, it proceeded gradually, and uniformity was not obtained but through an intermediate confusion. JOHNSON.
(With whom I am accus’d,) I do confess,
Leon. You knew of his departure, as you know What
have underta'en to do in his absence,
You speak a language that I understand not:
dreams, Which I'll lay down: Leon.
Your actions are my dreams; You had a bastard by Polixenes, And I but dream'd it :-As you were past all shame, (Those of your fact are so, so past all truth: Which to deny, concerns more than avails:
Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself,
Sir, spare your threats;
9 My life stands in the level] To be in the level is, to be within the reach.
(Those of your fact are so,)] i. e. guilt.