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she would not exchange flesh with one that Is it not too far gone?_'Tis time to part them.loved her: The ballad is very pitiful, and as He's simple, and tells much. [Aside.}-How Dor. Is it true, think you ?
(true. now, fair shepherd ? Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, Your heart is full of something, that does take more than my pack will hold.
Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was Clo. Lay it by too : Another.
young, Aut. This is a merry ballad; but a very pretty And bånded love, as you do, I was wont Mop. Let's have some merry ones. [one. To load my she with knacks: I would have
Aut. Why, this is a passing merry one; and ransack'd goes to the tune of, Two maids wooing a mun: The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it there's scarce a maid westward, but she sings To her acceptance; you have let him go, it; 'tis in request, I can tell you.
And nothing marted with him: if your lass Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a Interpretation should abuse: and call this part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts. Your lack of love, or bounty: you were straited
Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago. For a reply, at least, if you make a care
Flo. 'tis my occupation: have at it with you.
Old sir, I know
She prizes not such trifies as these are: [lock'd A. Get you hence, for I must go;
The gifts, she looks from me, are pack'd and Where it fits not you lo know.
Cp in my heart; which I have given already, D. Whithert M. O, whither? D. Whither? But not deliver'd.-1), hear me breathe my life
Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem, M. It becomes thy nath full well, Thou to me thy secrets tell:
Hath sometime lovd: I take thy hand; this hand, D. Me too, let me go thither.
As soft as dove's down, and as white as it; M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill:
Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the funn'd snow,
That's bolted by the northern blasts twice o'er. D. If to either, thou (lost ill.
Pol. What follows this?
Ilow prettily the young swain seems to wash M. Thou hast sworn it more to me:
The hand, was fair before!- I have put you Then, whither go'st 7 say, whither?
But to your protestation; let me hear [out:Clo. We'll have this song out anon by our
What you profess.
Do, and be witness to't. selves: My father and the gentlemen are in sad
Pol. And this my neighbour too? talk, and we'll not trouble them : Come, bring
And he, and more away thy pack after me. Wenches, I'll buy for Than he, and men; the carth, the heavens, and you both :-Pedler, let's have the first choice.
all: Follow me, girls.
(narch, Aut. And you shall pay well for 'em. [Asile. Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth
That--were I crown'd the most imperial mo
That ever made eye swerve; had force, and
[them, My dainty duck, my dear-a.
More than was ever man's,—I would not prize Any silk, any thread,
Without her love: for her, employ them all; Any toys for your head,
Commend them, and condemn them, to her serOf the neu'st, and fin'st, fin'st wear-a?
Or to their own perdition.
(vice, Come to the perdier ;
Fairly offerd. Money's a medier,
Cam. This shows a sound affection. That oth utter all men's ware-a. [Eseunt Clowx, AUT, DOBC. and Mopba. Say you the like to him?
But, my daughter, Enter a Servant.
I cannot speak Serv. Master, there is three carters, three shep-So well, nothing so well; no, nor mean better; herds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that By the pattern of my own thoughts I cut out have made themselves all men of hair; they The purity of his. call themselves saltiers: and they have a dance
Take hands, a bargain ;which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness gambols, because they are not in't: but they I give my danghter to him, and will make [to't: themselves are o' the mind, (if it be not too Her portion equal his. rough for some, that know little but bowling), Flo.
O, that must be it will please plentifully.
I'the virtne of your daughter: one being dead, Shep. Away! we'll none on't; here has been I shall have more than you can dream of yet; too much homely foolery already :
-I kuow, sir, Enongh then for your wonder: But, come on, we weary yoni.
Contract us 'fore these witnesses. Pol. You weary those that refresh us: Pray, Shep.
Come, your hand;let's see these four threes of herdsmen. And, daughter, yours.
Serv. One three of them, by their own report, Pol. Soft, swain, a while, 'beseech you; sir, hath danced before the king; and not the Have you a father? worst of the three, but jumps twelve foot and a Flo.
I have : But what of him? half by the squire.
Pol. Knows he of this? Shep. Leave your prating; since these good Flo.
He neither does, nor shall. men are pleased, let them come in; but quickly Pol. Methinks, a father Low.
Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest (more; Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir. (Erit. That best becomes the table. "Pray you, once Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rusticks habited like Is not your father grown incapable
Suyts. They donce, anul then exeunt. Of reasonable affairs? is he not stupid [hear? Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that here- With age, and altering rheums? Can he speak? after.
Know man from man? dispute his own estate? Flo.
Lies he not bed-rid ? and again does nothing, To die upon the bed my father died,
To lie close by his honest bones: but now Ime
No, good sir; Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay He has his health, and unpler strength, indeed, Where no priest shovels-in dust.-ó cursed Than most have of his age.
[To PERDITA. Pol.
By my white beard, That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st You offer him, if this be so, a wrong
adventure Something unfilial : Reason, my son
To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone : Should choose hiinselfa wife; but as good reason If I might die within this hour, I have lived The father (all whose joy is nothing else To die when I desire.
(Erit. But fair posterity) should hold some counsel Flo.
Why look you so upon me? In such a business.
I am but sorry, not ateard ! dclay d,
But nothing alter'd: What I was, I am:
(lowing My father of this business.
Gracious my lord, Pol.
Let him know't. You know your father's temper: at this time Flo. He shall not.
He will allow no speech, - which, I do guess, Pol, Pr'ythee, let him.
You do not purpose to him ;-and as hardly Flo.
No, he must not. Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear: Shep. Let him, my son; he shall not need to Then, till the fury of his highness settle, At knowing of thy choice.
[grieve Come not before him. Flo. Come, come, he must not Flo.
I not purpose it.
I think, Camillo.
Even he, my lord.
It cannot fail, but by traitor,
The violation of my frith; And then
O, my heart!
Be advis'd. Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briars, Flo. I am; and by my fancy: if my reason and made
[boy, Will thereto be obedient, I have reason; More homely than thy state.--For thee, fond If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh, Do bid it welcome. That thou no more shalt see this knack, (as Cam.
This is desperate, sir. never
Flo. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow; I mean thou shalt), we'll bar thee from succes- I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, Not hold thee of our blood, no, not our kin, Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may Far than Deucalion off :- Mark thou my words; Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or Follow us to the court.--Thon churl, for this Theclose earth wombs, or the profound seas hide time,
in unknown fathoms, will I break my oath Thongh full of our displeasure, yet we free thee To this my fair belor'd: Therefore, I pray you, From the dead blow of it.-And you, enchant- As you have ever been my father's honour'd ment,
friend, Worthy enough a herdsman; yea, him too, When he shall miss me (as, in faith, I mean not That makes himself, but for our honour therein, To see him any more), cast your good counsels Unworthy thee,-if ever, henceforth, thou Upon his passion: Let myself and fortune, These rural latches to his entrance open, Tug for the time to come. This you may know Or hoop his body more with thy embraces, And so deliver;-I am put to sea I will devise a death as cruel for thee, With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore; As thou art tender to't.
[E.cit. And, most opportune to our need, I have Per.
Even here undone ! A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd I was not much afeard: for once, or twice, For this design. What course I mean to hold, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor The selfsame sun, that shines upon his court, Concern me the reporting. Hides not his visage from our cottage, but Cam.
0, my lord, Looks on alike.-Wil't please you, sir, be gone? I would your spirit were easier for advice,
[To FLORIZEL. Or stronger for your need. I told you, what would come of this : 'Beseech Flo. Hark, Perdita.-Takes her aside. you,
[mine, I'll hear you by and by. [ To Camillo. of your own state take care: this dream of Can.
He's irremovable, Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, Resolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if But milk my ewes, and weep.
His going I could frame to serve my turn; Cam.
Why, how now, father? Save him from danger, do him love and honour; Speak, ere thou diest.
Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, Shep.
I cannot speak, nor think, And that unhappy king, my master, whom Nor dare to know that which I know.-0, sir, I so much thirst to see. (To FLORIZEL. Flo.
Now, good Camillo You have undone a man of fourscore three, I am go fraught with curious business, that That thought to fill his grave in quiet : yea,
I leave out ceremony.
| Affliction alters. You have heard of my poor services, i' the love Per.
One of these is true : That I have borne your father?
I think, affliction may subdue the cheek, Mo.
Very nobly But not take in the mind.
Yea, say you so ? To speak your deeds; not little of his care There shall not, at your father's house, these To have them recompens'd as thought on. Be born another such.
(seven years Cam. Well, my lord, Flo.
My good Camillo, If you may please to think I love the king; She is as forward of her breeding, as And, through him, what is nearest to him, which she is i' the rear of birth. is
I cannot say, 'tis pity Your gracious self; embrace but my direction, She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistress (If your more ponderous and settled project To most that teach. May suffer alteration) on mine honour
Your pardon, sir, for this; I'll point youwhere you shall baresuch receiving I'll blush you thanks. As shall become your highness; where you may Flo. My prettiest Perdita.--Enjoy your mistress (from the whom, I see, But, 0, the thorns we stand upon!-Camillo, -There's no disjunction to be made, but by, Preserver of my father, now of me; As heavens forefend! your ruin): marry her; The medicine of our house !--how shall we do? And (with my best endeavours, in your absence) We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son ; Your discontenting father strive to qualify, Nor shall appear in SiciliaAnd bring him up to liking.
My lord, Flo.
How, Camillo, Fear none of this: I think, you know.my fortunes May this, almost a miracle, be done?
Do all lie there : it shall be so my care That I may call thee something more than man, To have you royally appointed, as if And, after that, trust to thee.
The scene yon play, were mine. For instance, sir, Com.
Have you thought on That you may kuow, you shall not want,-one A place, whereto you'll go ?
[They talk aside. Flo. Not any yet:
Entor AUTOLYCUS. But as the unthought-on accident is guilty Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is! and To what we wildly do; so we profess
trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleOurselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies man! I have sold all my trumpery; not a counOf every wind that blows.
terfeit stone, not a riband, glass, pomander, Cam.
Then list to me: brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, This follows,-if you will not change your pur- shoe-tie, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack pose,
from fasting; they throng who should buy first; But undergo this flight;--Make for Sicilia; as if my trinkets had been hallowed,and brought And there present yourself, and your fair princess a benediction to the buyer: by which means, I (For so, I see, she must be), 'fore Leontes : saw whose purse was bost in picture; and, what She shall be habited, as it becomes
I saw, to my good use, I remembered. My clown The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see (who wants but something to be a reasonable Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping man) grew so in love with the wenches' song, His welcomes forth : asks thee, the son, forgive-that he would not stir his pettitoes, till he had ness,
both tune and words, which so drew the rest of As 'twere i'the father's person: kisses the hands the herd to me, that all their other senses stuck Of your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides him in ears : you might have pinch'd a placket, it "Twixt hisunkindness and his kindness; the one was senseless: 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece He chides to hell, and bids the other grow, of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that Faster than thought, or time.
hung in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my Flo.
Worthy Camillo, sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So What colour for my visitation shall I
that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut Hold up before him?
most of their festival purses : and had not the Cam.
Sent by the king, your father old man come in with a whoobub against his To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, daughter and the king's son, and scared my The manner of your bearing towards him, with choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse What you, as from your father, shall deliver, alive in the whole army. Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you
[CAMILLO, FLORIZEL; and PERDITA down:
come forward. The which shall point you forth atevery sitting, Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being What you must say; that he shall not perceive, there But that you have your father's bosom there, So soon as yon arrive, shall clear that doubt. And speak his very heart.
Flo. And those that you'll procure from king Flo.
I am bound to you: Cam. Shall satisfy your father. [LeontesThere is some sap in this.
Happy be you! Сат.
A course more promising All, that you speak, shows fair. Than a wild dedication of yourselves
Who have we here? To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most
[Seeing AUTOLYCUS. certain,
We'll make an instrument of this; omit To miseries enough: no hope to help you; Nothing, may give us aid. But as you shake off one, to take another: Aut. If they have overheard me now,- -why Nothing so certain as your anchors; who hanging.
[Aside. Do their best office, if they can but stay you Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you know, thou so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm inProsperity's the very bond of love; [gether tended to thee. Whose fresh complexion and whose heart to Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will/and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be pusteal that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy nished by him. Show those things you found poverty, we must make an exchange: therefore, about her: those secret things, all but what she discase thee instantly (thou must think, there's a: with her: This being done, let the law go necessity in't), and change garments with this whistle; I warrant you. gentleman: Though the pennyworth, on his side, Shop. 'I will tell the king all, every word, yea, be the worst, yet hold thee, there's some boot. and his son's pranks too: who, I may say, is no
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir :- I know ye well honest man neither to his father, nor to me to enough.
[Asile. go about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Cam. Nay, prythee, despatch: the gentleman Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest is half fayed already.
off you could have been to him: and then your Aut. Are you in rnest, sir ?-I smell the blood had been the dearer, by I know how much trick of it.
(Asule. an ounce. Flo. Despatch, I prythee.
Aut. Very wisely ; puppies ! (A side. Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that with conscience take it.
in this fardel, will make him scratch his beard. Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.-
Aut. I know not what impediment this com[Flo. and AUTOL, exchange garments. plaint may be to the flight of my master. Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy
Cio. 'Pray heartily, he be at palace. Come home to you!--you inust retire yourself Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am Into some covert : take your sweetheart's hat, so sometimes by chance :-Let me pocket up my And pluck it o'er your brows; muttle your face; pedler's excrement. [Tokes off his false beard. Dismantle you: and as you can, disliken Hlow now, rusticks? whither are you bound? The truth of your own seeming; that you may Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. (For I do fear eyes over you) to shipboard
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? Get undescried.
the condition of that fardel, the place of your Per. the play so lies,
dwelling, your names, your ages, of wliat hav. That I must bear a part.
ing, brecding, and any thing that is fitting to Cam. No remedy.
be known, discover. Have you done there?
Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. Flo.
Should I now meet my father, Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let me He would not call me son.
have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, Cam.
Nay, you shall have and they often give us soldiers the lie: but we No hat;-Come, lady, como-Farewell, my pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing Aut. Adieu, sir.
[friend. steel; therefore they do not give us the lie. Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? Clo. Your worship had like to have given us Pray yon, a word. [They converse apart. one, if you had not taken yourself with the Cam. What I do next, shall be to tell the king manner.
[Aside. Shrp. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? Of this escape, and whither they are bound; Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. Wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, Seest thou not the air of the court, in these To force him after: in whose company
enfoldings? hath not my gait in it, the measure I shall review Sicilia; for whose sight
of the court ? receives not thy nose court-odour I have a woman's longing.
from me ? reflect I not on thy baseness, courtFio.
Fortune speed us !- contempt? Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. or toze from thee thy business, I am therefore Cam. The swifter speed, the better.
no courtier? I am courtier, cap-a-pe; and one [Exeunt Fuo. Per, and Cam. that will either push on, or pluck back thy Aul. I understand the business, I hear it: To business there: whereupon I command thee to have an open hear, a quick eye, and a nimble open thy affair. hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. is requisite also, to smell out work for the other Aut. What advocate last thou to him? senses. I see, this is the time that the unjust Shep. I know not, an't like you. man doth thrive. What an exchange had this Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; been, without boot? what a boot is here, with say you have none. this exchange? Sure, the gods do this year con- Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock, nive at us, and we may do anything ertimpure.
(men! The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity; Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple stealing away from his father, with his clog at Yet nature might have made me as these are, his heels: if I thought it were not a piece of Therefore I'll not disdain. honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. do't: I hol
it the more knavery to conceal it; Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears and therein am I constant in my profession. them not handsomely. Enter Clown and Shepherd.
Clo. lle seems to be the more noble in being Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, brain: Every lane's end, every shop, church, by the picking on's teeth. session, hanging, yields & careful man work. Aut. The fardel there? what's i' the fardel ?
Cla. See, see; what a man you are now! there Wherefore that box ? is no other way, but to tell the king, she's a Skep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, changeling, and none of your flesh and blood. And box, which none must know but the king; Shep. Nay, but hear me.
and which he shall know within this hour, if I Ch. Nay, but hear me.
may come to the speech of him. Shep. Go to then.
Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. Cl. She being none of your flesh and blood Shep. Why, sir? yow flesh and blood has not offended the king: Aui. The king is not at the palace; ho is gona
abond a new ship to purge melancholy, and air Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, forhimself: For, if thon be'st capable of things se- tune would not suffer me; she drops booties in rious, thon must know, the king is full of grief. my mouth. I am courted now with a double
Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that occasion; gold, and a means to do the prince should have married a shepherd's daughter. my master good; which, who knows how that
Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let may turn back to my advancement? I will him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard he shall feel, will break the back of man, the him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and heart of monster.
that the complaint they have to the king conClo. Think you so, sir?
cerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can being so far otřicious: for I am proof against make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that title, and what shame else belongs tot: that are germane to him, though removed fifty To him I will present them, there may be mattimes, shall all come under the hangman:which ter in it.
[Erit. though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogie, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be stoned; but that death is
SCENE I. Sicilia. too soft for him, say I: Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharpest A Room in the Palace of Leontes. too easy.
Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, DION, PAULINA, Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you
and others. hear, an't like you sir?
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; perform'd then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head A saintlike sorrow: no fault could you make. of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid quarters and a dram dead: then recovered again down with aqna-vitae, or some other hot infusion: More penitence, than done trespass : at the last, then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prog- De, as the heavens have done; forget your evil : nostication proclaims, shall he be set against a With them, forgive yourself. brick wall, the sun looking with a southward Leon.
Whilst I remember eye upon him; where he is to behold him, with Her and her virtues, I cannot forget flies blown to death. But what talk we of these My blemishes in them; and so still think of traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled The wrong I did myself: which was so much, at, their offences being so capital? Tell me (for That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and you seem to be honest, plain men) what you Destroy'd the sweet'st companion that e'er man have to the king: being something gently con- Bred his hopes out of. sidered, I'll bring you where he is aboard, ten- Paul
True, too true, my lord : der your persons to his presence, whisper him If, one by one, you wedded all the world, in your behalf; and, if it be in man, besides Or, from the all that are, took something good, the king, to effect your suits, here is man shall To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd, do it.
Would be unparalleld. Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close Leon,
I think so.
Kill'd! with him, give him gold; and though authority She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me be a stnbborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter with gold: show the inside of your purse to Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now, good the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Re- Say so but seldom.
(now, member stoned, and flayed alive.
Not at all, good lady: Shop. An't please you, sir, to undertake the You might have spoken a thousand things that business for us, here is that gold I have: I'll would make it as much more; and leave this young Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd man in pawn, till I bring it you.
Your kindness better. dut. After I have done what I promised ? Pau.
You are one of those, Shep. Ay, sir.
Would have him wed again. Aut. Well, give me the moiety .- Are you a Dion.
If you would not so, party in this business?
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a Of his most sovereign dame; consider little, pitiful one, I hope I shall not be Hayed out of it. What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,
I Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: May drop upon his kingdom, and devour - Hang him, he'll be made an example. Incertain lookers on. What were more holy,
Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ? king, and show our strange sights; he must What holier, than,--for royalty's repair, know, 'tis none of your daughter nor my sister; For present comfort and for future good, we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much To bless the bed of majesty again as this old man does, when the business is per- With a sweet fellow to't? formed; and remain, as he says, your pawn,
There is none worths, till it be brought you.
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward will have fulfill'd their secret purposes : the sea-side; go on the right hand; I will but For has not the divine Apollo said, look upon the hedge, and follow you.
Is't not the tenour of his oracle, Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may That king Leontes shall not have an heir, say, even blessed.
Till his lost child be found ? which, that it shall, Shep. Let's before, as he bids us, he was pro- Is all as monstrous to our human reason, vided to do us good.
As my Antigonus to break his grave,