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Clo. “He seems to be of great authority: close” “ with him, give him gold; and though authority be” "a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with “gold: fhew the inside of your purse to the outside of” “his hand, and no more ado : Remember, ston'd, and” “flay'd alive.”

She. An't please you, sir, to undertake the businefs for

US! here T is that gold I have: I'll make it as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, 'till I bring

Aut. After I have done what I promis'd ?
She. Ay, fir.

Aut. Well, give me the moiety :- Are you a party in this businefs?

Clo. In some fort, fir: but, though my case be a pitiful one, I hope, I fhall not be flay'd out of it.

AUT. O, that's the cafe of the thepherd's fon : Hang him, he'll be made an example.

Cle. Comfort, good comfort: We must to the” “king, and few our strange fights: he must know,” “’tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are 'gone else.” – Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform'd; and remain, as he says, your pawn, 'till it be brought you.

AUT. I will you. Walk before toward the feafide ; go on the right hand; I will but look

upon

the hedge, and follow you.

Clo. We are blestad in this man, as I may fay, even blefl'd.

She. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good.

[Exeunt Clown, and Shepherd. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I fee, fortune

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would not suffer me; she drops booties in my

mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince my master good ; Which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me, rogue, for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't : To him will I present them, there may be matter in it.

[Exit AUTOLICUS.

ACT V. SCENE I. Sicilia. A Room in Leontes' Palace, Enter LEONTES, Cleomenes, Dion, PAULINA,

Lords, and Others.

CLE. Sir, you have done enough, and have per

form'd
A faint-like forrow: no fault could you make,
Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, pay'd down
More penitence, than done trespass : At the last,
Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil;
With them, forgive yourself.

LEO. Whilft I remember
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them; and so still think of
The wrong I did myself: which was fo much,
That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and
Destroy'd the sweet'it companion, that e'er man

lord :

Bred his hopes out of.

PAU. True, too true, my
If, one by one, you wedded all the world;
Or, from the all that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman ; she, you kill'd,
Would be unparalleld.

Leo. I think so. Killd!
She I kill'd! I did fo: but thou strik'it me
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now, good now,
Say so but seldom.

CLE. Not at all, good lady: You might have spoke a thousand things, that would Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd Your kindness better.

Pav. You are one of those,
Would have him wed again.

Dio. If you would not so,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most fovereign name ; consider little,
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice the former queen? This will:
What holier, than, - for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good, -
To bless the bed of majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't?

Pau. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes :
For has not the divine Apollo said,

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Is't not the tenor of his oracle,
That king Leontes Thall not have an heir,
'Till his loft child be found ? which, that it Mall,
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,
As my Antigonus to break his grave,
And come again to me ; who, on my life,
Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel,
My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
Oppose against their wills. ~ Care not for issue ;
The crown will find an heir : Great Alexander
Left his to the worthieft; so his successor
Was like to be the best.

LEO. Thou good Paulina, -
Who haft the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honour, -o, that ever I
Had squar'd me to thy counsel! then, even now,
I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes ;
Have taken treasure from her lips,

Pau. And left them
More rich, for what they yielded.

Leo. Thou speak'tt truth.
No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one worse,
And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit
Again possess her corps; and, on this stage,
Where we offenders now appear, foul-vext
Begin, And why to me?

PAU. Had se such power,
She had just cause.

Leo. She had; and would incense me
To murther her I marry’d.

PAU. I should so :
Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you, mark

26 And begin, 28 juft such cause

Her eye; and tell me, for what dúll part

in't
You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears
Should rift to hear me; and the words that follow'd
Should be, Remember mine.

Leo. Stars, very stars;
And all eyes elfe, dead coals ! _ fear thou no wife;
I'll have no wife, Paulina.
PAU. Will

you

swear
Never to marry, but by my free leave?

LEO. Never, Paulina ; fo be blefr'd my spirit!
PAU. Then, good my lords, bear witnefs to his oatha
Cle. You tempt him over-much.

Pav. Unless another,
As like Hermione as is her pi&ture,
Affront his eye.

Cle. Good madam; –

Pau. I have done.
Yet, if my lord will marry,– if you will, fir;
No remedy, but you will; give me the office,
To choose you a queen : she shall not be so young
As was your former ; but she shall be such,
As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take joy
To see her in your arms.

Leo. My true Paulina,
We shall not marry, 'till thou bid'ft us.

Pav. That
Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath;
Never till then.

Enter a Gentleman.
Gen. One that gives out himself prince Florianels
Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (The
The fair'f I have yet beheld) desires access

17'y, Note,

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