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I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she stirs :

(HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kili her double: Nay, present your hand: When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in

age, Is she become the suitor.

Leon. O, she's warm! [Embracing her. If this be magic, let it be an art Lawful as eating. Pol.

She embraces him. Cam. She hangs about his neck; If she pertain to life, let her speak too. Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has

liv'd, Or, how stol'n from the dead? Paul.

That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, And pray your mother's blessing.— Turn, good lady; Our Perdita is found.

(Presenting Per. who kneels to HER. Her.

You gods, look down, And from your sacred vials pour your graces Upon my daughter's head!- Tell me, mine own, Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv’d? how

found Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I, Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle Gave hope, thou wast in being,-have preserv'd Myself to see the issue. Paul.

There's time enough for that; Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble Your joys with like relation. Go together,

You precious winnerst all; your exultation
Partake to every one. I, an old turtle,
Will wing me to some wither'd bough: and there
My mate, that's never to be found again,
Lament till I am lost!.
Leon.

O peace, Paulina;
Thou should'st a husband take by my consent,
As I by thine, a wife: this is a match,
And made between’s by vows. Thou hast found mine;
But how, is to be question’d: for I saw her,
As I thought, dead; and have in vain said many
A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far
(For him, I partly know his mind), to find thee
Àn honourable husband:-Come, Camillo,
And take her by the hand: whose10 worth, and

honesty, Isll richly noted; and here justified By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.What !-Look upon12 my brother:- both your par

dons, That e'er I put between your holy looks My ill suspicion.-This your son-in law, And son unto the king (whom13 heavens directing),

? You who by this discovery have gained what you desired.
8 i. e. participate.
9 Thus in Lodge's Rosalynde, 1592 :-

A turtle sat upon a leavelesse tree,
Mourning her absent pheere
With sad and sorry cheere:
And whilst her plumes she rente,

And for her love laments,' &c. 10 Whose relates to Camillo, though Paulina is the immediate antecedent. I have observed, in the loose construction of ancient phraseology, whose often used in this manner, where his would be more proper.

11 It is erroneously printed for is here in the late Variorum Shakspeare.

12 Look upon for look on. This in King Henry VI. Part . Act ii. Sc. 3:

“And look upon, as if the tragedy,' &c. 13 Whom is here used where him would be now employed.

Is troth-plight to your daughter. Good Paulina,
Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely
Each one demand, and answer to his part
Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first
We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. [Exeunt.

This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of Autolycus is na

epresented. turally conceived, and strongly represented.

JOHxson.

*.* This is not only a frigid note of approbation, but is unjustly attributed to Warburton, whose opinion is conveyed in more enthusiastic terms. He must in justice be allowed to speak for himself. “This play throughout is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, country tale,

"Our sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,

Warbles his native wood-notes wild." This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of great name (i. e. Dryden and Pope) into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as regards sentiment and character, is scarce inferior to any in the collection.'

ADDITIONAL NOTE. I will just take occasion to observe here, that at page 37, line 10, of this play, Paulina says of Hermione, contrasting her with Leontes, that she is

-- -a gracious innocent soul;

More free, than he is jealous.' Where the epithet free evidently means chaste, pure. I regret that this instance did not occur to me when I wrote the note on Twelfth Night, Vol. I. p. 311-12.

COMEDY OF ERRORS.

Vol. IV.

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