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Flo. Now, good Camillo,
I am so fraught with curious business, that
I leave out ceremony.

Cam. Sir, I think,
You have heard of my poor fervices, i'the love
That I have born your father?

Flo. Very nobly
Have

you
deserv'd : it is

my

father's musick, To speak your deeds; not little of his care, To have them recompenc'd as thought on.

CAM. Well, my lord, If you may please to think, I love the king; And, through him, what's nearest to him, which is Your gracious self; embrace but my direction, (If your more ponderous and settl'd project May fuffer alteration) on mine honour, I'll point you where you shall have such receiving As shall become your highness; where you may Enjoy your mistrefs; from the whom, í fee, There's no disjunction to be made, but by (As heavens forefend !) your ruin : Marry her; And, with my best endeavours, in your absence, Your discontenting father I'll strive to qualify, And bring him up to liking.

Flo. How, Camillo, May this, almost a miracle, be done ? That I may call thee, something more than man; And, after that, trust to thee.

CAM. Have you thought on
A place, whereto you'll go ?

Flo. Not any yet:
But as the unthought-on accident is guilty

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To what we wildly do ; so we profess
Ourselves, to be the Naves of chance, and Aies
Of every wind that blows.

Cam. Then lift to me :
This follows, - if you will not change your purpose,
But undergo this flight; - Make for Sicilia;
And there present yourself, and your fair princess,
(For so, I see, she must be) 'fore Leontes ;
She shall be habited, as it becomes
The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see
Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping
His welcomes forth : asks thee, the son, forgiveness,
As 'twere i'the father's person: kiffes the hands
Of your fresh princess : o'er and o'er divides him
'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
He chides to hell, and bids the other grow,
Fafter than thought, or time.

Flo. Worthy Camillo,
What colour for my visitation shall I
Hold

up

before him?
CAM. Sent by the king your father,
To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir,
The manner of

your bearing towards him, with What

your

father, shall deliver, Things known betwixt us three, I'll write

you

down: The which shall point you forth, at every fitting, What you must say; that he shall not perceive, But that have

your father's bosom there, And speak his very heart.

Flo. I am bound to you: There is some sap in this.

CAM. A course more promising

you, as from

you

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Than a wild dedication of yourselves
To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most certain,
To miseries enough: no hope to help you ;
But, as

you shake off one, to take another:
Nothing so certain, as your anchors; who
Do their best office, if they can but stay you
Where you'll be loth to be : Besides, you know,
Prosperity's the very bond of love ;
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together
Amiction alters.

Per. One of these is true :
I think, affliction may subdue the cheek;
But not take-in the mind.

CAM. Yea, say you so ?
There shall not, at your father's house, these seven years,
Be born another such.

Flo. My good Camillo,
She is as forward of her breeding, as
t'the rear of birth.

Cam. I cannot say, 'tis pity
She lacks instructions ; for she seems a mistress
To most that teach.

Per. Your pardon, fir, for this ;
I'll blush

you

thanks.
Flo. My prettiest Perdita.
But, o, the thorns we stand upon !_Camillo, -
Preserver of my father, now of me;
The med'cine of our house, - how shall we do?
We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's fon;
Nor shall appear in Sicily -

CAM. My lord,
Fear none of this : I think, you know, my fortunes

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Do all lie there: it shall be so my care
To have you royally appointed, as if
The scene, you play, were mine. For instance, fir,
That you may know, you shall not want, -one word.

[they converse apart. Enter AUTOLICUS. Aut. Ha, ha! What a fool honesty is ? and trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman. I have fold all my trumpery ; not a counterfeit stone, not a riband, glass, pomander, broch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoo-tye, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack from fafting : they throng who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been hallow'd, and brought a benediction to the buyer : by which means, I saw whose purse was best in picture; and, what I faw, to my good use, I remember'd. My clown (who wants but something to be a reasonable man) grew fo in love with the wenches' fong, that he would not stir his pettitoes, 'till he had both tune and words; which fo drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other fenfes stuck in ears: you might have pinch'd a placket, it was senseless ; 'twas nothing, to geld a cod-piece of a purse; I would have fil'd keys off, that hung in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my fir's fong, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I pick'd and cut most of their festival purses : and had not the old man come in, with a whoo-bub against his daughter and the king's son, and scar'd my choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the whole army.

CAM. Nay, but my letters by this means being there So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.

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Flo. And those that you'll procure from king LeCAM. Shall fatisfy your father.

[ontes, PER. Happy be you! All, that you speak, shews fair.

CAM. Who have we here? - ( feeing Autolicus. We'll make an instrument of this; omit Nothing, may give us aid.

Aut. “If they have overheard me now, why, hang

CAM. How now, good fellow? Wherefore shak'lt thou Fear not, man; here's no harm intended to thee. [fo?

Aut. I am a poor fellow, fir.

CAM. Why, be so still ; Here's no body will steal that from thee: Yet, For the out-side of thy poverty, we must Make an exchange: therefore, discase thee instantly, Thou must think, there's a necessity in't, – and change Garments wi' this gentleman : Though the pennyworth, On his fide, be the worst, yet, hold #thee, there's some boot.

[enough." Aut. I am a poor fellow, fir: “ I know ye well

Cam. Nay, pr'ythee now, dispatch; the gentleman 'S half Aea'd already.

AUT. Are you in earnest, fir ? " I smell the trick of it."

Flo. Dispatch, I pr’ythee.

AUT. “Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot" 66 With conscience take it.CAM. Unbuckle, unbuckle.

(Florizel and Autolicus exchange Garments. Fortunate mistress, -Let my prophesy Come home to you ! - you must retire yourself Into some covert : take your sweet-heart's hat,

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