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SCENE, near the Court in Sicilia.
Inter Autolicus, and a Gentleman. Aut. Efeech
were you present at this relation ? i Gent. I was by at the opening of the farthel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it; whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber : only this, methought, I heard the shepherd say, he found the child.
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
i Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business; but the changes I perceived in the King, and Camilla, were very notes of admiration ; they seem'd almoft
, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes. There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gefture; they look'd, as they had heard of a world ransom'd, or one destroy'd ; a notable paffion of wonder appear'd in them; but the wiseft beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say if th' im. portance were joy or sorrow; but in the extremity of the one, it must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman. Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: the news, Rogero?
2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is fulfillid; the King's daughter is found; such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it.
Enter another Gentleman. Here comes the lady Paulina's Steward, he can deliver you more. How goes it now, Sir ? this news, which is callid true, is to like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion ; has the King found his heir 3 Gent. Most true, if ever truth were pregnant by
circumstance: That which you hear, you'll swear you fee, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of Queen Hermione -her jewel about the neck of it, the letters of Antigonus found with it, which they know to be his character, - the majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mother, the affection of nobleness, which nature shews above her breeding, and many other evidences proclaim her with all certainty to be the King's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two Kings?
2 Gent. No.
3 Gent. Then have you loft a fight, which was to be feen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld one joy crown another, fo and in such manner, that it seemd, forrow wept to take leave of them, for their joy waded in tears.
There was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands, with countenance of such distracti. on, that they were to be known by garment, not by favour. Our King being ready to leap out of himself, for joy of his found daughter; as if that joy were now become a lofs, cries, oh, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his fonin-law; then again worries he his daughter, with clipping her. Now he thanks the old Thepherd, who stands by, like a weather-beaten conduit of many Kings reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes description to do it.
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, that carry'd hence the child ?
3 Gent. Like an old tale ftill, which will have matters to rehearse, tho' credit be asleep, and not an ear open; he was torn to pieces with a bear; this avouches the hepherd's son, who has not only his innocence, which seems much to justifie him, but á handkerchief and rings of his, that Paulina knows.
i Gent. What became of his bark, and his followers ? 3 Gent. Wreckt the same instant of their master's death, and in the view of the shepherd; fo that all the instruments, which aided to expose the child, were even
then lost, when it was found. But, oh, the noble como bat, that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye declin'd for the loss of her husband, another elevated that the Oracle was fulfill'd. She lifted the Princess from the earth, and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, that the might no more be in danger of losing.
i Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of Kings and Princes ; for by such was it acted.
3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and that which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, tho' not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the Queen's death, with the manner how she came to it, bravely confessid, and lamented by the King, how attentiveness wounded his daughter ; 'till, from one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an, alas ! I would fain say, bleed tears ; for, I am sure, my heart wept blood. Who was most marble, there changed colour ; fome swooned, all forrowed ; if all the world could have seen't, the woe had been universal.
i Gent. Are they returned to the court ?
3 Gent. No. The Princess hearing of her mother's ftatue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, a piece many years in doing, and now newly perform'd by (18) that rare Italian master, Julio Romano ; who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape:
(18) that rare Italian Master, Julio Romano ;] All the Encomiums, put together, that have been conferr'd on this excellent Artist in Painting and Archite&ture, do not amount to the fine Praise here given him by our Author. He was born in the Year 1492, liv'd just that Circle of years which our Shakespeare did, and dy'd Eighteen Years before the latter was born. Fine and generous, therefore, as this Tribute of Praise must be own'd, yet it was a strange Absurdity, sure, to thrust it into a Talc, the Axion of which is suppos'd within the Period of Heathenism, and whilst the Oracles of Apollo were consulted. This, however, was a known and wilful Anachronism; which might have Pept in Obscurity, perhaps Ms. Pope will say, had I not animadverted on it,
Ć He fo near to Hermione hath done Hermione, that they
fay, one would speak to her, and stand in hope of anfwer. Thither with all greediness of affection are they gone, and there they intend to sup.
2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there in hand, for the hath privately twice or thrice a day, ever fince the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoycing?
I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some new grace will be born : our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along.
[Exeunt. Aut. Now had I not the dash of my former life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the Prince ; told him, I heard them talk of a farthel, and I know not what'; but he at that time, over-fond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be) who began to be much seafick, and himself little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me ; for had I been the finder out of this se. cret, it would not have relish'd among my other difcredits.
Enter Shepherd and Clown. Here come those I have done good to against my will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortúne.
Shep. Come, boy, I am paft more children ; but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born.
Clo. You are well met, Sir; you denied to fight with me this other day, because I was no gentleman born : fee
you these cloaths ? say, you see them not, and think me still no gentleman born. You were best say, these robes are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie; do, and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.
Aut. I know you are now, Sir, à gentleman born.
my father ; for the King's fon took me by the hand, and calld me brother; and then the two Kings call'd my father brother; and then the Prince my brother, and the Princess my sister, calld my father, father, and so we wept; and there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever we ined.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more.
Clo. Ay, or elfe 'twere hard luck, being in fo prepofterous estate as we are.
Aut. I humbly beseech you, Sir,.to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship, and to give me your good report to the Prince, my master.
Shep. 'Prythee, fon, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Clo. Give me thy hand; I will swear to the Prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Clo. Not fwear it, now I am a gentleman ? let boor and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
Shep. How if it be false, fon?
Cle. If it be ne'er - fo false, a true gentleman may swear it in the behalf of his friend : and I'll swear to the Prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk ; but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands; and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it; and, I would, thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power.
Cla. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow; if I do not wonder how thou darīt venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark, the Kings and the Princes, our kindred, are going to see the Queen's picture. Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters.