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And there present yourself, and your fair princess That you may know you shall not want;-one (For so, I see, she must be) 'fore Leontes;
[They talk aside. She shall be habited, as it becomes
Enter Autolycus. The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see
Aut. Ha, ha ! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, Leontes, opening his tree arms, and weeping 5 his sworn brother, a very sin ple gentleman! I have His welcome forth: asks thee, the son, forgiveness sold all my trumpery; not a counterteit stone, As 'twere i' the father's person : kisses the hands not a ribbon, glass, pomander“, brooch, tableOf your fresh princess: v'er and o'er divides him book, ballad), knife, tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness ; the one horn-ring, to keep my pack from tasting: they He chides to hell, and bius the other grow, 10 throng who should buy first; as if my trinkets had Faster than thought, or time.
been hallowed, and brought a benediction to the Flo. Worthy Camillo,
buyer : by which means, I saw whose purse was What colour for my visitation shall I
best in picture; and; what I saw, to my good use, Hold up before him?
I remember'd. My clown (who wants but someCum. Sent by the king your father
15 thing to be a reasonatle inan) grew so in love with To greet him, and to give i'm comforts. Sir, the wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettia The manner of your bearing towards him, with toes, 'till be had both tune and words; which so What you, as from your father, sball deliver, drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other Things known betwixt us three, l'U write you down: senses stuck in ears: you might have pinched a The which shall point you torth, at every sitting', 120 placket', it was senseless; 'twas nothug, to geld What you must say; that he shall not perceive, a codpiece of a purse; I would have tiled keys off, But that you have your father's busom there, that bung in chains: no bearing, 110 feeling, but my And speak his very heart.
sir's song, and admiring the nothing of it. So that Flo. I am bound to you:
in this time of lethargy, ! pick'd and crit mo:t of There is some sap in this.
25 their festival purses: and bad not the old man come Cun. A course more promising
in with a whoo-bub against bis daughter and the Than a wild dedication of yourselves [certain, king's son, and scared my choughs from the chatf, To unpaih'd waters, undream'd shores ; most I had not a purse alive in the whole army. To miseri s enough: no hope to help you ;
[Cumillo, Florizel, and Perdita, come forzard. But, as you shake oti'one, to take another: 30 Cum. Nay, but my letters by this means being Nothing so certain as your anchors; who Sosoon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. [there Do their best office, if they can but stay you Flo. And those that you'll procure from king Where you'll be loth to be : Besicies, you know, Cam. Shullsati fy your father. [Leontes, --Prosperity's the very bond of love;
Per. Happy be you!
[ther Cam. Who have we here!--[Seeing Autolycus. Per. One of these is true :
We'll make an instruinent of this; omit
Aut. If they have over-heard me now,—why Cam. Yea, say you so? [years, 40 hanging.
[Aside. There shall not at your father's house, these seven Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest Be born another such.
thou so? Fear not, man; here's no barm intended Flo. My good Camillo,
to thee. She is as forward of her breeding, as
ut. I am a poor fellow, sir. She is i'the rear of birth.
Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal Cam. I cannot say, 'tis pity
that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, She lacks instructions ; for she seems a mistress we must make an exchange: therefore, discase To most that teach.
thee instantly, (thou must think, there's necessity Per. Your pardon, sir, for this ;
in't) and change garments with this gentleman : I'll blush you thanks.
50. Though thie pennyworth, on his sicc be the worst, Flo. My prettiest Perdita.
yet hold thee, there's someboot. But, oh, the thorns we stand upon
!_Camillo, Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir: I know ve well Preserver of my father, now of me;,
Aside. The medicine of our house !-how shall we do? Cum. Nay, pr’ythee, dispatch, the gentleman is We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son ; 155 halftlead already Nor shall appear in Sicily-
Aut. Are you in earnest, sir? I smell the trick Cam. My lord,
[dside. Fear none of this : I think, you know, my for Flo. Dispatch, I prythee. Do all lie there: it shall be so my care (tunes Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest : but I To have you royally appointed, as if
30 not with conscience take it. The scene, you play, were mine. For instance, sir, Cam. L'nbuckle, unbuckle.
"The council-days, in our author's time, were called, in common spcech, the sittings: Vothin?, i. e. by no means. }i. e, subdue or overcome. * A pomander was a little ball inade of perfures, and worn in the pocket, or about the neck, to prevent infection in times of plazue.
Pluchet, is properly the opening in a woman's petticoat. •į. e. sonje profit, something 086r und above.
Fortunate mistress, let my prophecy
Jhonest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go Come home to you ! you must retire yourself about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Into some covert ; take your sweetheart's hat Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off And pluck it o'er your brows; mutile your face ; you could have been to him; and then your Dismantle you; and as you can, disliken 5 blood had been the dearer by I know how much The truth of your own seeming; that you may (For I do fear eyes over you) to ship-board Aut. Very wisely; puppies!
[ Asides Get undescry'd.
Shep. Well; let us to the king ; there is that in Flo. I see the play so lies,
this farthel, will make him scratch his beard. That I must bear a part.
10 Aut. I know not, what impediment this comCam. No remedy:
plaint may be to the flight of my master. Have you done there?
Clo. 'Pray heartily, he be at palace. Flo. Should I now meet my father,
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so He would not call me son.
sometimes by chance: Let me pocket up my Cam. Nay, you shall have no hat :- 15 pedler's excrement':- How now, rusticks? wie Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. liber are you bound? Aut. Adieu, sir.
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom! Pray you, a word.
the condition of that farthel, the place of your Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king 20|dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having,
[.Aside. breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known, Of this escape, and whither they are bound; discover. Wherein my hope is, I shall so prevail,
Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. To force him after : in whose company
Tut. A lie: you are rough and hairy : let me I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight
23 have no lying ; 'it becomes none but tradesmen, I bave a woman's longing.
and they often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay Flo. Fortune speed us !
them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel: *Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side.
therefore they do not give us the lie. Cam. The swifter speed the better.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, [E.reunt Ilo. Per. and Cam. 30 if you had not taken yourself with the manner. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To Shep. Are you a courtier, au't like you, sir? have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, Ant. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requi- See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfoldsite also, to smell out work for the other senses. lings? hath not my gait in it the measure of the I see, this is the time that the unjust man doth 35 court? receives not thy nose court-odour from me! thrive. What an exchange had this been, without retlect I not on thy baseness, court-coutempt? boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange : Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze · from Sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier: I am may do any thing extempore. The prince himself frourtier, cap-a-pe, and one that will either push is about a piece of iniquity : stealing away from his 10 on, or pluck back thy business there, whereupoo father, with his clog at his heels: If I thought it i command thee to open thy affair. were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the king Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. withal, I would do't: I hold it the more knavery Aut. What advocate hast thou to him to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my Shep. I know not, an't like you. profession.
Clo. Advocate's the court word for a pheasant ; Enter Clown and Shepherd.
say you have noge. Aside, aside :-here's more matter for a hot brain: Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock por Every lane's end, every shop, church, session, Then. hanging, yields a careful man work.
Aut. (low bless'darewethat are not simple men! Clo. See, see ; what a man you are now! theref0Yet nature might have made me as these are, is no other way, but to tell the king she's a Therefore I will not disdain.. changeling, and none of your flesh and blood. Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. Shep. Nay, but hear nie.
Shop. Ilis garments are rich, but he wears them Clo. Nay, but hear me.
not handsomely. Shep. Go to then.
55 Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being Clo. She being none of yonr flesh and blood, fantastical: a great man, I'll warrant; I know, your flesh and blood has not offended the king by the piching on's teeth. and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punish'd dut. The farthel there? what's i' the farthel? by him. Shew those things you found about her ; Wherefore that box? those secret things, all but what she has with her : 160 Shop. Sir, there lies such secrets in this farthel, This being done, let the law go whistle, I warrant fand box, which none must know but the king; you.
and which he shall know within this hour, if I Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, may come to the speech of him. and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
"That is, pedler's beard. ? To teaze, or to:e, is to disentangle wool or flax. It here implies, to draw out by importunity.
Shep. Shep. Why, sir?
stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with Aut. The king is not at the palace: he is gonej gold: shew the inside of your purse to the outside aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air of his hand, and no more ado: Remember, ston'd, himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things se- and Hay'd alive. rious, thou must know, the king is full of grief. 5
Shep. An't please you, sir; to undertake the Shep. So'tis said, sir ; about his son, that should business for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make have married a shepherd's daughter.
it as much more; and leave this young man in Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him pawn 'till I bring it you, ily; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall Aut. After I have done what I promised ? feel, will break the back of man, the heart of io Shep. Ay, sir. donster,
Aut. Well, give me the moiety:-Are you a Clo. Think you so, sir?
party in this business? Aut. Not lie alone shall suffer what wit can Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a make heavy, and vengeance bitter; but those that pitiful one, I hope I shall not be Hay'd out of it. are germane to him, though removed fifty times, 15 Aut. Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's son:shall all come under the hangman : which, though Hang him, he'll be made an example. it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep- Clo. Comfort, good comfort: We must to the whistling rogue, 'a ram-tender, to oiter to have his king, and shew our strange sights: he must know, daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are ston'd; but that death is too soft for him, say 1:120 gone else.- Sir, I will give you as much as this Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are old man does, when the business is perform’d; too few, the sharpest too easy.
and remain, as he says, your pawn, 'till it be Clo. Has the old man c'er a son, sir, do
brought you. hear, an't like you, sir?
dut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the dut. He has a son, who shall be Nay'd alive: 25 sea-side; go on the right hand; I will but look then ʼnointed over with honey, set on the head of upon the hedge, and follow you. a wasp's nest; then stand, till be be three quarters
Clo. We are bless'd in this man, as I may say, and a dram dead: then recover'd again with aqua
even bless'u. vitæ, or some other hot infusion: then, raw as he Shep. Let's before, as he bid us: he was prois, and inthe hottestday prognostication proclainus', 30 vided to do is good. [Exeunt Shep. and Clo, he shall be set against a brich-wall, the sun look- Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune ing with a southward eve upon him; where he is
would not sutter me; she drops booties in my to behold him, with flies blown to death. But mouth. I am courted now on a double occasion; what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose mi- gold, and a means to do the prince my master good, series are to be smildat, their offences being so 35 which, who knows how that may turn back to my capital? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain advancement? I will bring these two moles, these men) what you liave to the king: being something blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore gently consider'd”, I'll bring you where he is them again, and that the complaint they have to the aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whis- king concerns him nothing, let him call me, rogue, per him in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, be- 40 for being so far oflicionis; for I am proof against sides the king, to ettect your suits, here is man shall that title, and what shame else belongs to't: To do it.
him will I present them, there may be matter Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close with lin it.
[Erit. him, give him gold; and though Authority be al
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1 That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and Sicilia.
50 Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, thate'er man
Bred his hopes out of. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and Servants.
Paul. True, too true, my lord:
Or, from the all that are, took something good,
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter [now Leo. Whilst I remember
60 Upon thy tongue, as in my thought; Now, good Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
Say so but seldom. My bleinishes in them; and so still think of Cle. Not at all, good lady: The wrong I did myself : which was so much, You might havespokea thousand things that would
'That is, the hottest day foretold in the almanack. ? The meaning is, “ If you will give me a "consideration, or Grilc, worthy of a gentleman, I'll bring you, &c."
Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd. Paul. Unless another,
As like Hermione as is her picture,
Attront' his eye. Would have hiin wed again.
Cle. Good inadam, I have done. Dio. If you would not so,
Paul. Yet,ifmylord will marry,—if you will,sir; You pity not the state, nor the remembrance No remedy, but you will; give me the office Of his most sovereign name; consider little, To chuse you a queen: she shall not be so young What diingers, by his highness' fail of issue, As was your fornier; but she shall be such, May drop upon his kingdom, and devour As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take Incertain lookers on. What were inore holy, 110 To see her in your arms.
[joy I han to rejoice, the foriner queen is well ?
Leo My true Paulina, What holier, than—for royalty's repair,
We shall not marry, 'till thou bid'st us. For present com.ort, and for future good,
Paut. That To biess the bed of inajesty again
Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath; With a sweet fellow to it?
115 Never till then. Paul. There is none worthy,
Enter'a Gentleman. Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods Gent. Onethat gives out himself prince Florizel, Will have tultillid their secret purposes:
Son of Polisenes, with his princess, she For has not the divine Apollo said,
The fairest I have yet beheld) desires Is 't not the tenour of his oracle,
20 Access to your high presence. That king Leontes shall not have an heir,
Leo. What with himn? he comes not 'Till bis lost child be found? which, that it shall, Like to his father's greatness: his approach, Is all as monstrous to our human reason,
So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us,
'Tis not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd
And those but mean.
[ro the king. Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I The crown will find an heir: Great Àlexander
think, Left his to the worthiest; so his successor
That e'er the sun shone bright on. Was like to be the best.
Paul. Oh Herniione, Leo. Good Paulina,
As every present time dost boast itself Who hast the memory of Hermione,
Above a better, gone; so must thy grave I know, in honour,-0, that ever I
35 Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself Had squar'd me to thy counsel! then even now, Have said, and writ so; but your writing now I might have look'd upon my queen’s full eyes; Is colder than that theme: She had not been, Have taken treasure from her lips,
Nor was not to be equalld,—thus your verse Paul. And left them
Flow'd with her beauty once; 'tis shrewdly ebb’d, More rich, for what they yielded.
40 To say, you have seen a better. Leo. Thou speak’st truth.
Gent. Pardon, madam: Nomore such wives; therefore, no wifę; one worse, The one I have almost forgot: (your pardon) And better ud, would make her sainted spirit The other, when she has obtain'd your eye, Again possess her corps; and, on this stage, Will have your tongue too. This is a creature, (Where we o tend her now) appear soul-vext, 45 Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal And begin, “Why to me?"
Of all professors else; make proselytes Pant. Had she such power,
Of who she buț bid follow. She had just such cause.
Paul. Ilow not women? Leo. She had ; and would incense me
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman To inurder her I married,
50 More worth than any man; men, that she is Paul. I should so:
The rarest of all women. Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark Leo. Go, Cleomenes; Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in 't Yourself, assisted with your honour's friends, You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears
[Erit Cleomenes. Shou'd rift to hear me, and the words that follow'd 55 Bring them to gur embracement. ---Still’tis strange, Should be, “Remember mine.”
He thus should steal upon us. Leo, Stars, stars,
Paul. Had our prince And all eyes else, dead coals!-fear thou no wife, (Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had pair'd I'll have no wife, Paulina.
Well with this lord; there was not a full month Paul. Will you swear
160 Between their births. Never to inarry, but by my free leave?
Leo. 'Prythee, no more; cease; thou know'st, Leo. Never, Paulina; so be bless'd, my spirit ! He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure, Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches oath.
Will bring me to consider that, which may
Unfurnish me of reason.—They are come.
Enter Florizel, Perdita, Cleomenes, and others. Bohemia greets you from himself, by me;
(His dignity and duty both cast off) Conceiving you: 'Were I but twenty-one, Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Your father's image is so hit in you,
5 shepherd's daughter. Ilis
very air, that I should call ou 'rother, Leo. Where's Bohemia? speak. As I did him; and speak of sus ethi g, willly Lord. Here in your city; I now came from him: By us perform’d before. Most cear y welcome! speak amazedly; and it becomes And your fair princess, goddess - alas ! My marvel, and my message. To your court I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven an I earth 10 Whiles he was hastening, (ir
. the chase, it seems, Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as Of this fair couple) meets he on the way You, gracious couple, do; and then I lost The father of this seeming lady, and (All mine own folly) the society,
Her brother, having both their country quitted Ainiiy too, of your brave father; whom,
With this young prince. Though bearing misery, I desire my lite
15 Flo. Camillo has betray'd me; Once more to look on.
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Flo. Sir, by his command
Endur'd all weathers. Have I here iouched Sicilia ; and from him
Lord. Lay 't so, to his charge; Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, He's with the king your father. Can send his brother : and, but intirmity (seiz’d20 Leo. Who? Camillo?
[now (Which waits upon worn times) hath something Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with himn; who #lis wish'd ability, he had himself
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kissthe earth; Measur'd, to look upon you; whom he loves Forswear theniselves as often as they speak: (He bade me say so) more than all the scepters, 25 Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them And those that bear them, living.
With divers deaths in death. Leo. Oh, my brother!
stir Per. Oh, my poor iather!(Good gertle van) the wrongs I have done thee, The heaven sets spies on us, will not have Afresh within me ; and these thy oflices,
Our contract celebrated. So rarely kind, are as interpreters
30 Leo. You are marry'd ? Of my behind-hand slackness! Welcome hither, Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be! As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first:Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage
l'he odds for high and low's alike. (At least, ungentle) of the dreadful Neptune, Leo. My lord, To greet a man not worth her pains; much less 35 Is this the daughter of a king? The adventure of her person?
Flo. She is, Flo. Good my lord,
When once she is
wife. She came froin Libya.
Leo. Thatonce, I see, by your good father's speed, Leo. Where the warlike Smalos,
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, That noble honour'd lord, is feard, and lov'd? 40 Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Flo. Most royal sir, from thence: from him, Where you were tyd in duty: and as sorry, whose daughter
Your choice is not so rich in worth' as beauty, His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence That you might well enjoy her. (A prosperous south-wind friendly)we have cross’d, Flo: Dear, look up: To execute the charge my father gave me, 45 Though fortune, visible an enemy, For visiting your highness: My best train Shouli chase us, with my father; power no jot I have from your Sicilian shores dismissed; Ilath she, to changeour loves.—'Beseech you, sir, Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Remember since you ow'd no more to time Not only my success in Libya, sír,
Than I do now: with thought of such ailections But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety 50 Step forth mine advocate; at your request, Here, where we are.
My father will grant precious things, as trilles. Leo. The blessed gods
Leo. Would be do so, I'd beg your precious Purge all infection from our air, whilst you Which he counts but a trille.
[mistress, Do climate here! You have a holy father,
Paul. Sir, my liege, A graceful gentleman; against whose person, Your eve hath too much youth in't: not a month So sacred as it is, I nave done sin :
'Fore your queen dy'd, she was more worth such For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Than what you look on now.
[gazes llave left me issue-less; and your father's bless'd Leo. I thought of her, (As he from heaven merits it) with you,
Even in these looks I made.--But your petition Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, 60
[To Florizol. Might 'I a son and daughter now have looh'd on, Is yet upanswer'd: I will to your father; Such goodly things as you?
Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, Enter a Lord.
I am friend to them and you: upon which errand Lord. Most noble sir,
I now go toward him; therefore follow me, That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, 15 And mark what way I make: Come, good mylord. Were not the proof so nighi . Please you, great sir, l
[Ereunt. That is, in high descent,