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Enter Clown and Shepherds for Fear not, man; here's no harm intended Aside aside ; le is more

grew so in love with the wenches' song, that he Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? would not stir his petti toes, till he had both tune Pray you, a word. "(they converse apurt. and words; which so drew the rest of the herd Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king to me, that all their other senses stuck in ears;

[aside. you might have pinched a placket, it was sense- Of this escape, and whither they are bound: less; 'twas nothing, to geld a cod-piece of a parse; Wherein, my hope is, I shall so prevail, I would have filed keys off, that hung in chains : To force him after: in whose company zo hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, and I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight VIA admiring the nothing of it.' So that, in this I have a woman's longing. time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their Flo. Fortune speed us ! festival purses: and had not the old man come in Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. with a wboobub against his daughter and the Cam. The swifter speed, the better. king's son, and scared my choughs from the chaff,

[exeunt Florizel, Perdita, and Camillo I had not left a purse alive in the whole army: Aut. I understand the business,

[ Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita, come forward. bave an open ear, a quick eye, anaimble hand, Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being is necessary for a cut-purse; a good rose is rethere

quisite also, to smell out work for the other senses. So soon as you 'arrive, shall clear that doubt. see, this is the time that the unjust man doth Flo. And those, that you'll procure from king thrive. What an exchange had this been, withLeontes,

out boot? what a boot is here with this exchange? Cam. Shall satisfy your father.

Sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we Per. Happy be you!

may do any thing extempore

. The prince bimAll, that you speak, shows fair.

self is about a piece of iniquity, stealing away Cam. Who have we hére? (seeing Autolycus. from his father, with his clog at his heels: if i We'll make an instrament'of this; omit 10 thought it were not a piece of horiesty to 'acquaint Nothing, may give us aid. if

the king withal, I would do't: I hold it the more Aut. If they have overheard me now,—why, knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant hanging. [aside. to my profession.

Son Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest

matter a hot to thee.

brain : : every lane's "end, every shop, "church, Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.

session, hanging, yields a careful man work. Cam. Why, be soʻstill; here's nobody will steal Clo. See, 'see; what a man you are now! there that from thee: yet, for the outside of thy pover- is no other way, but to tell the king she's a ty, we must make an 'exchange: therefore, discase changeling, and none of your flesh and blood. thee instantly, (thou must think there's necessity Shep. Nay, but hear me, in't,) and change garments with this gentleman : Clo Nay, but hear me. though' tbe pennyworth, 'on his side, be the worst, Shep. Go to, then. yet hold thee, there's some boot.

Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir :- I know ye well your filesh and blood has not offended the king; enough.

[aside. and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punisbed Cam. Nay, prythee, despatch : the gentleman by him. Show those things you found about 's half flayed already.

her; those secret things, all but what she has with Aut. Are you in earnest, sir?-I 'smell the her. This being done, let the law go

whistle; I trick of it.

* ftes. [aside. warrant you. Flo. Despatch, I pr’ythee.

Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest ; but I cannot and bis son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no with conscience take it.

honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to Can. Unbuckle, unbuckle. (they change clothes. go about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Fortunate mistress,let my prophecy

Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest
Come home to you !-you must retire yourself off you could bave been to him; and then your
Into some covert: take your sweetheart's hat, blood had been the dearer, by I know how much
And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your face; an ounce.

and as you can, disliken

Aut. Very wisely; puppies!
The truth of your own seeming'; that you may, Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that
(For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard in this fardel, will make him scratch his beard.
Get undescried.

Aut. I know not what impediment this comPer. I see, the play so lies,

plaint may be to the flight of my master. That I must bear a part. uero Voit und 13:19 Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace. Cam. No remedy.-

Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am Have you done there?

80 sometimes by chance.-- Let me pocket up my Flo. Should I now meet my father,

pedler's excrement.--[takes off his false 'beard.) He would not call me son.

1,53 TL

How now, rụstics? whither are you bound? Cam. Nay, you shall have

Shep. To the palace, an it like your worsbip. No hat:-- Come, lady, come. Farewell, my Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? Aut. Adieu, sir.

[friend. I the condition of that fardel, the place of your

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dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be hear, an't like you, sir ? known, discover.

Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir,

then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, quarters and a dram dead: then recovered again and they often give us soldiers the lie: but wc with aqua-vitre, or some other hot infusion; then, pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication steel; therefore they do not give us the lie. proclaims, shall he be set against a brick-wall, the

Clo. Your worship had like to have given us sun looking with a southward eye upon him; one, if you had not taken yourself with the where he is to behold him, with flies blown to

death. But what talk we of these traitorly rasShep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? cals, whose miseries are to be smiled at, their of.

Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a court- fences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem ier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in these to be honest plain men,) what have you to the enfoldings? hath not my gait in it the measure king: being something gently considered, I'll of the court? receives not thy nose court-odour bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons from me ? reflect I not on thy baseness court- to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and, contempt? Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, i if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your or tozo from thee thy business, I am therefore no suits, here is man shall do't. courtier? I am courtier, cap-à-pe; and one that will Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close either push on, or pluck back, thy business there: with him, give him gold; and though authority whereupon I command thee to open thy affair. be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose

Shep. My business, sir, is to the king. with gold : show the inside of your purse to the Aut. What advocate bast thou to him?

outside of his hand, and no more ado: Remember Shep. I know not, an't like you.

stoned, and flayed alive. Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the say, you have none.

(hen. business for us, here is that gold I have; I'll Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock nor make it as much more; and leave this young

Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple man in pawn, till I bring it you. Yet nature might have made me as these are, [men! Aut. After I have done what I promised ? Therefore I'll not disdain.

Shep. Ay, sir. Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier.

Aut. Well, give me the moiety.- Are you a Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears party in this business ? them not handsomely.

Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know, of it. by the picking on's teeth.

Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son. Aut. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel ?

- Hang him, he'll be made an example. Wherefore that box?

Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, king, and show our strange sights; he must and box, which none must know but the king ; know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; and which he shall know within this hour, if I we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much may come to the speech of him.

as this old man does, when the business is perAut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.

formed; and remain, as he says, your pawn, till Shep. Why, sir?

it be brought you. Aut. The king is not at the palace: he is gonc Aut. I will trust you.

Walk before toward aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air the sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but himself. For, if thou be'st capable of things look upon the hedge, and follow you. serious, thou must know, the king is full of grief. Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say,

Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that even blessed. should have married a shepherd's daughter. Shep. Let's before, as he bids us: he was pro ·

Aut. If that shepherd bo not in hand-fast, let | vided to do us good. [exeunt Shep. and Clown. him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures he Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, forshall feel, will break the back of man, the heart tune would not suffer me; she drops booties in of monster.

my mouth. I am courted now with a double Clo. Think you so, sir?

occasion ; gold, and a means to do the prince my Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can master good; which, who knows how that may make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those, that turn back to my advancement? I will bring are germane to him, though removed fisty times, these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if shall all come under the hangman; which though he think it fit to shore them again, and that the it be great pity, yet, it is necessary. An old complaint they have to the king concerns him nosheep-whistling-rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to thing, let him call me, rogue, for being so far ofhave his daughter come into grace! Some say, ficious; for I am proof against that title, and he shall be stoned; but that death is too soft for what shame else belongs to't. To bim will I

Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! present them, there may be matter in it. all deaths are too few, the sharpest too casy.


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SCENE 1. SICILIA. A ROOM IN LEONTES' PALACE. Who bast the memory of Hermione,
Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and I know, in honour,-0, that ever I

Had squar'd me to thy counsel!--then, even now, Cleo. Sir, you bave done enough, and have I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes; perform'd

Have taken treasure from her lips,
A saint-like sorrow; no fault could you make, Paul. And left them
Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid More rich, for what they yielded.

Leon. Thou speak'st truth.
More penitencc, than done trespass. At the last, No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one
Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil;

With them, forgive yourself.

And better us'd, would make her sainted spirit Leon. Whilst I remember

Again possess her corps; and, on this stage,
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget

(Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex’d,
My blemishes in them; and so still think of Begin, And why to me ?
The wrong I did myself: which was so much, Paul. Had she such power,
That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and She had just cause.
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man Leon. She had; and would incense me
Bred his hopes out of.

To murder her I married.
Paul. True, too true, my lord :

Paul. I should so :
If, one by one, you wedded all the world, Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark
Or, from the all that are, took something good, Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't
To make a perfect woman ; she, you kill'd, You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your
Would be unparallel'd.

(low'd Leon. I think so. Kill'd!

Should rift to hear me; and the words that fol.
She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me Should be, Remember mine.
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter

Leon. Stars, very stars,
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought; Now, good And all eyes else dead coals !-fear thou no wife,
Say so but seldom.

(vow, I'll have no wife, Paulina.
Cleo. Not at all, good lady:

Paul. Will you swear
You might have spoken a thousand things that Never to marry, but by my free leave?

Leon. Never, Paulina ; 80 be bless'd my spirit !
Have done the time mure benefit, and grac'd Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to
Your kindness better.

bis oath.
Paul. You are one of those,

Cleo. You tempt him over-much.
Would have him wed again.

Paul. Unless another,
Dion. If you would not so,

As like Hermione, as is her picture,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance

Affront his eye.
Of his most sovereign dame; consider little,

Cleo. Good madam,-
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,

Paul. I have done.
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour Yet, if my lord will marry,-if you will, sir,
Incertain lookcrs-on. What were more holy, No remedy, but you will; give me the office
Than to rejoice, the former queen is well? To choose you a queen ; she shall not be so young
What holier, than,—for royalty's repair,

As was your former ; but she shall be such
For present comfort, and for future good,— As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should
To bless the bed of majesty again

take joy
With a sweet fellow to't ?

To see her in your arms.
Paul. There is none worthy,

Leon. My true Paulina,
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st ús.
Will have fulfillid their secret purposes :

Paul. That
For has not the divine Apollo said,

Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath;
Is't not the tenor of his oracle,

Never till then.
That king Leontes shall not bave an heir,

Enter a Gentleman.
Till his lost child be found ? wbich, that it shall, Gent. One that gives out himself prince
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,

As my Antigonus to break his grave,

Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
And come again to me; who, on my life, The fairest I have yet bebeld,) desires access
Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel, To your high presence.
My lord should to the heavens be contrary,

Leon. What with him ? he comes not
Oppose against their wills. Care not for issue ; Like to his father's greatness : bis approach,

[to Leon. So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us
The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander 'Tis not visitation fram'd, but forc'd
Left his to the worthicst; so his successor By need and accident. What train?
Was like to be the best.

Gent. But few,
Leun. Good Paulina, -

And those but mean.

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Lton. His princess, say you, with him? ! Leon. O, my brother,

Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done theo. That e'er the sun shone bright on. (think,

stir Paul. O Hermione,

Afresh within me; and these thy offices, As every present time doth boast itself

So rarely kind, are as interpreters Above a better, gone; so must thy grave Of my bebind-hand slackness !-Welcome bither, Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself As is the spring to the earth. And hath be tuo Have said, and writ so, (but your writing dow Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage Is colder than tbat theme,) She had not been, (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, Nor was not to be equallid ;—thus your verse To greet a man not worth her pains; much less Flow'd with her beauty once; 'tis shrewdly ebb’d, The adventure of her person? To say you have seen a better.

Flo. Good my lord, Gent. Pardon, madam;

She came from Libya. The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,) Leon. Where the warlike Smalus, The other, when she has obtain’d your eye, That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? Will have your tongue too.

This is such a Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, creature,

whose daughter Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal His tears proclaim'd bis, parting with her; thence Of all professors else ; make proselytes

(A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we havo Of who she but bid follow.

cross'd, Paul. How? not women ?

To execute the charge my father gave me,
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a For visiting your highness: My best train

I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd;
More worth than any man; men, that she is Who for Bohemia bend, to signify,
The rarest of all women.

Not only my success in Libya, sir,
Leon. Go, Cleomenes;}

But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, Here, where we are, it
Bring them to our embracement.--Still’tis strange, Leon. The blessed gods

(exeunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentleman. Purge all infection from our air, whilst you He thus should steal upon us.

Do climate here! You have a holy father, Paul. Had our prince

A graceful gentleman; against whose person, (Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had pair's So sacred as it is, I have done sin: 1 Well with this lord ; there was not full a month For which the heavens, takiug angry note, Between their births,

Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd, Leon. Prythee, no more; thou know'st (As he from heaven merits it,) with you, He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure, Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on, Will bring me to consider that which may Such goodly things as you ?!?! Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.

Enter a Lord. Re-enter Cleomenes, with Florizel, Perdita, gre. Lord. Most poble sir, Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince ; That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, For she did print your royal father off,

Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, Conceiving you: Were I but twenty-one, Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Your father's image is so bit in you,

Desires you to attach his son; who has Ilis very air, that I should call you brother, (His dignity and duty both cast off,)! As I did him; aud speak of something, wildly Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome ! | A shepherd's daughter. And your fair princess, goddess !—0, alas!

Leon. Where's Bohemia ? speak. I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Lord. Here in the city; I now came from him: Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as I speak amazedly; and it becomes You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost My marvel, and my message. To your court (All mine own folly,) the society,

Whiles he was hast’ning, (in the chase, it seems, Ainity too, of your brave father; whom, Of this fair couple,) meets he on the way Though bearing misery, I desire my life The father of this seeming lady, and in Once more to look upon.

Her brother, having both their country quitted Flo. By his command

With this young princess of $10023 Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him Flo. Camillo bas betray'd me; Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Can send his brother: and, but infirmity

Endur'd all weathers. (Which waits upon worn times,) hath something Lord. Lay't so to his charge; luwit seiz'd

He's with the king, your father. His wish'd ability, he had himself

Leon. Who? Cansillo ?

[now The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with bim; who !»leasur'd, to look upon you; whom he loves Has these poor men in question. Never saw I (He bade me cry so,) more than all the sceptres, Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth and those that bear them, living.

Forswear themselves as often as they speak?

a thì

Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them

Enter another Gentleman. With divers deaths in death.

Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows Per. O, my poor father!

The news, Rogero ?

(more: The heavens set spies upon us, will not have 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is Our contract celebrated.

fulfilled ; the king's daughter is found : such a Leon. You are married ?

deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be; that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it. The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :-)


Teni an. The odds for high and low's alike.

Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can Leon. My lord,

deliver you more. How goes it now, sir? this Is this the daughter of a king?

news, wbich is called true, is so like an old tale, Flo. She is,

that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : has When once she is my wife.

the king found bis heir ? Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's 3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregWill come on very slowly. I am sorry, (speed, nant by circumstance: that, which you hear, Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione:-her Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, jewel about the neck of it :- the letters of AntiThat you might well enjoy her.

gonus, found with it, which they know to be bis Flo. Dear, look up:

character :—the majesty of the creature, in reThough fortune, visible an enemy,

semblance of the mother ;--the affection of nobleShould chase us with my father; power no jot ness, which nature shows above her breeding, Hath she, to change our loves.— Beseech you, sir, and many other evidences, proclaim her, with all Remember since you ow'd no more to time certainty, to be the king's daughter. Did you Than I do now: with thought of such affections, see the meeting of the two kings? Step forth mine advocate ; at your request,

2 Gent. No. My father will grant precious things, as trifles. 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might mistress,

you have beheld one joy crown another; so, and Which he counts but a trifle.

in such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to Paul. Sir, my liege,

take leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month There was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such with countenance of such distraction, that they Than what you look on now.

[gazes were to be known by garment, not by favour. Leon. I thought of her,

Our king, being ready to leap out of himself for Even in these looks I made.-—But your petition joy of his found daughter; as if that joy were now

[to Flor. become a loss, cries, O, thy mother, thy mother! Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your fạther; then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughtI am a friend to them, and you: upon which errand er, with clipping her; now he thanks the old I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, shepherd, wbich stauds by, like a weather-beaten And mark what way I make: Come, good my conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of lord.

[exeunt. such another encounter, which lames report to SCENE II. THE SAME. BEFORE THE PALACE. follow it, and undoes description to do it. Enter Autolycus and a Gentleman.

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, Aut. 'Bescech you, sir, were you present at this that carried hence the child ? relation ?

1 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how not an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, bear: this avouches the shepherd's son; who has we were all commanded out of the chamber; not only his innocence (which seems much,) to only tbis, methought I heard the shepherd say, justify him, but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, he found the child.

that Paulina knows. Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. 1 Gent. What became of his bark, and his

1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busi- followers? ness:- But the changes I perceived in the king, 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : master's death; and in the view of the shepherd: they seemed almost, with staring on one another, so that all the instruments, which aided to expose to tear the cases of their eyes; there was speech the child, were even then lost, when it was found. in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; But, O, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and they looked, as they had heard of a world ran- sorrow, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye somed, or one destroyed : a notable passion of declined for the loss of her husband; another wonder appeared in them: but the wisest behold- elevated, that the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted ar, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, the princess from the earth ; and so locks her in if the importance were joy, or sorrow: but in the embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, extremity of the one, it must needs be.

that she might 110 more be in danger of losint

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