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· WINTER'S TALE. And mark what way I make: Come, good my encounter, which lames report to follow it, and unlord.
(Exeunt. does description to do it. SCENE II.—The same. Before the palace. En- that carried hence the child?
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, ter Autolycus and a Gentleman.
3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will have Aul. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and relation ?
not an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a i Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel,
bear: this avouches the shepherd's son; who has heard the old shepherd deliver
the manner how he not only his innocence (which seems much,) to jusfound it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we Paulina knows.
tify him, but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that were all commanded out of the chamber ; only this, methought I heard the shepherd say, he found
1 Gent. What became of his bark, and his fol
lowers ? the child. Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their
the changes I perceived in the king, and the child, were even then lost, when it was found.
so that all the instruments, which aided to expose
, that, 'twixt joy and sorthe cases of their eyes; there was speech in their clined for the loss of her husband ; another elevated
row, was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye dedumbness, language in their very gesture ; they that the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted the prinlooked, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one destroyed: A notable passion of wonder ap
cess from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance 1 Gent.
The dignity of this act was worth the
no more be in danger of losing.
3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and
that which angled for mine eyes (caught the water, Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of The news, Rogero ?
the queen’s death, with the manner how she came 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oraele is ful- to it, (bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) filled; the king's daughter is found : such a deal how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from of wonder is broken out within this hour, that bal- one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an lad-makers cannot be able to express it. alas ! I would sain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, Enter a third Gentleman.
my heart wept blood. Who was most marble there,
changed colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: if Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can all the world could have seen it, the wo had been deliver you more. - How goes it now, sir ?_this universal. news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court ? that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's the king found his heir ?
statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,-a piece 3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were pregnant many years in doing, and now newly performed by by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; who, had swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. he himself eternity, and could put breath into his The mantle of queen Hermione :-her jewel about work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so perthe neck of it :-the letters of Antigonus, found fectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath with it, which they know to be his character :-the done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with all mother;-the affection of nobleness, which nature greediness of affection, are they gone ; and there shows above her breeding,--and many other evi- they intend to sup. dences, proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or two kings?
thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, 2 Gent. No.
visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was with our company piece the rejoicing ? to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benehave beheld one jay crown another; so, and in fit of access? every wink of an eye, some new such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to take grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. There to our knowledge. Let's along. was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with
(Exeunt Gentlemen. countenance of such distraction, that they were to Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life be known by garment, not by favour. Our king, in me, would preferment drop on my head. I being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; found daughter; as if that joy were now become told him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know a loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then asks not what: but he at that time, over-fond of the Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in- shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) law; then again worries he his daughter, with who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little clipping4 her; now he thanks the old shepherd, better, extremity of weather continuing, this myswhich stands by, like a weather-beaten conduit of tery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another me: for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it (1) The thing imported.
(3) Countenance, features. (4) Embracing. (2) Disposition or quality.
(5) Most petrified with wonder. (6) Remote.
would not have relished among my other discredits.' It is a surplus of your grace, which never
My life may last to answer.
O Paulina, Here come those I have done good to against my We honour you with trouble: But we came will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their To see the statue of our queen: your gallery fortune.
Have we pass'd through, not without much content Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but In many singularities; but we saw not thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. That which my daughter came to look upon,
Clo. You are well met, sir : You denied to fight The statue of her mother. with me this other day, because I was no genile- Paul.
As she liv'd peerless, man born : See you these clothes ? say, you see So her dead likeness, I do well believe, them not, and think me still no gentleman born: Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, you were best say, these robes are not gentlemen Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am Lonely, apart : But here it is : prepare not now a gentleman born.
To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well. Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four
[Paulina undraros a curtain, and dis. hours.
covers a statue. Shep. And so have I, boy.
Dike your silence, it the more shows off Clo. So you have:-hut I was a gentleman born Your wonder: But yet speak;—first, you, my liege. before my father : for the king's son took me by the Comes it not something near? hand, and called me, brother; and then the two Leon.
Her natural posture! kings called my father, brother ; and then the Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, Thou art Hermione: or, rather, thou art she, called my father, father; and so we wept: and in thy not chiding; for she was as tender, there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever As intancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina, we shed.
Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. So aged, as this scems. Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so Pol.
0, not by much. preposterous estate as we are.
Pard. So much the more our carver's excellence : Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her all the faults I have committed to your worship, As she liv'd now. and to give me your good report to the prince my Leon. As now she might have done, master.
So much to my good comfort, as it is Shep. 'Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, now we are gentlemen.
Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd her! Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.
I am asham'd : Does not the stone rebuke me, Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the For being more stone than it?-0, royal piece, prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in There's magie in thy majesty; which has Bohemia.
My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let Standing like stone with thee ! boors and franklins' say it, I'll swear it.
And give me leare; Shep. How if it be false, son ?
And do not say, 'tis superstition, that Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, swear it in the behalf of his friend :-And I'll Dear queen, that ended when I but began, swear to the prince, thou art a talla fellow of thy Give me that hand of yours, to kiss. hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I Paul.
O, patience, know, thou art no tall-fellow of thy hands, and that the statue is but newly fixed, the colour's thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I woulu, Not dry. thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on: Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power..
Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: if I So many summers, dry: scarce any joy do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be Did ever so long live; no sorrow, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.—Hark! But kill'd itself much sooner. the kings and the princes, our kindred, are going Pol.
Dear my brother, to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: we'll Let him, that was the cause of this, have power be thy good masters.
[Exeunt. To take off so much grief from you, as he SCENE III.-The same. A room in Paulina's
Will piece up in himself.
Paul. house. Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Per- I had thought, the sight of my poor image
Indeed, my lord, dila, Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Attendants.
Wonld thus have wrough you, (for the stone is Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great com
I'd not have show'd it. That I have had of thee!
Do not draw the curtain. Paul.
What, sovereign sir, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your I did not well, I meant well: All my services,
fancy You have paid home: but that you have vouchsaf'a May think anon, it moves. With your crown'd brother, and these your con- Leon.
Let be, let be. tracted
Would I were dead, but that methinks alreadyFleirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, What was he, that did make it?-See, my lord, (1) Yeomen. (?) Stout.
(3) Worked, agitated.
Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those! Pol.
She embraces him. veins
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to lise, let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has The very life seems warm upon her lip:
liv'd, Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't,' Or, how stol'n from the dead. As? we are mock'd with art.
That she is living, Paul.
I'll draw the curtain ; Were it but told you, should be hooted at My lord's almost so far transported, that
Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives, He'll think anon, it lives.
Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.Leon.
O sweet Paulina, Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, Make me to think so twenty years together; And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good No settled senses of the world can match
lady; The pleasure of that madness. Lett alone. Our Perdita is found. Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd
[Presenting Per. who kneels to Her. Her.
You gods, look down, I could afflict you further.
And from your sacred vials pour your graces Leon,
Do, Paulina; Upon my daughter's head ! – Tell me, mine own, For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd ? As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,
how found There is an air comes from her: What fine chisel Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I,Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle For I will kiss her.
Gave hope ihou wast' in being,-have preserv'd Pau.
Good my lord, forbear: Myself, io see the issue. The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;
There's time enough for that; You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain ? Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Leon. No, not these twenty years,
You precious winners: all; your exultation Per.
So long could I Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, Stand by, a looker on.
Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there
My mate, that's never to be found again,
O peace, Paulina ; I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, And take you by the hand: but then you'll think As I by thine, a wife: this is a match, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted And made between's by vows. Thou hast found By wicked powers.
What you can make her do, But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, I am content to look on : what to speak,
As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy
A prayer upon her grave : I'll not seek far To make her speak, as move.
(For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Paul.
It is requir'd, An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo, You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still; And take her by the hand : whose worth, and Or those, that think it is unlawful business
honesty, I am about, let them depart.
Is richly noted ; and here justified Leon.
Procecd; By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.No foot shall stir.
What'?-Look upon my brother :—both your parPaul. Music; awake her: strike
(Music. That e'er I put between your holy looks Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach ; My ill suspicion. This your son-in-law, Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good Paulina, Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs : Each one demand, and answer to his part
(Hermione comes doion from the pedestal. Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Start not: her actions shall be holy, as,
We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Exe. You hear, my spell is lawsul: do not shun her, Until you see her die again ; for then You kill her double : Nay, present your hand : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, Is she become the suitor.
with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The Leon. O, she's warm! (Embracing her. character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and If this be magic, let it be an art
strongly represented. Lawful as eating.
JOHNSON. (1) i. e. Though her eye be fixed, it seems to have (3) You who by this discovery have gained what motion in it.
you desired. (2) As is.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Solinus, duke of Ephesus.
A merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Ægeon, a merchant of Syracuse.
Pinch, a schoolmaster, and a conjurer.
twin brothers, and sons Antipholus of Ephesus, to Ægeon and Æmi- Æmilia, wife to Egeon, an abbess at Ephesus. Antipholus of Syracuse, lia, but unknown to Adriana, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus.
Luciana, her sister, Dromio of Ephesus,
twin brothers, and alten- Luce, her servant.
dants on the t100 Anti- A courtezan. Dromio of Syracuse,
pholus's. Balthazar, a merchant.
Gaoler, officers, and other attendants. Angelo, a goldsmith.
Unto a woman, happy but for me,
And by me too, had not our hap been bad. SCENE I.-A hall in the Duke's Palace. Enter With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increasid,
Duke, Ægeon, Gaoler, officer, and other attend. By prosperous voyages I often made ants.
To Epidamnum, till my factor's death;
And he (great care of goods at random left)
Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse :
From whom my absence was not six months old,
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ; Had made provision for her following me,
And soon, and safe, arrived where I was.
There she had not been long, but she became Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke A joyful mother of two goodly sons; To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,- And, which was strange, the one so like the other, Who, wanting guilders' to redeem their lives, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods - That very hour, and in the self-same inn, Excludes all pity from our threat'ning looks. A poor mean woman was delivered For, since the mortal and intestine jars
of such a burden, male twins, both alike : 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, It hath in solemn synods been decreed,
I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,
My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns : Made daily motions for our home return: Nay, more,
Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon. If any, born at Ephesus, be seen
We came aboard : At any Syracusan marts? and fairs;
A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd, Again, if any Syracusan born
Before the always-wind-obeying deep Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies,
Gave any tragic instance of our harm: His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose : But longer did we not retain much hope; Unless a thousand marks be levied,
For what obscured light the heavens did grant To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.
Did but convey unto our fearful minds Thy'substance, valued at the highest rate, A doubtful warrant of immediate death; Cannot amount unto a hundred marks ;
Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, Therefore, by law thou art condemn'd to die. Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words Weeping before for what she saw must come, are done,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, My woes end likewise with the evening sun. That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear,
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause Fore'd me to seek delays for them and me. Why thou departedst from thy native home; And this it was,- for other means was none. And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus. The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Æge. A heavier task could not have been im- And left the ship, then sinking ripe, to us : pos'd,
My wife, more careful for the latter born, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable: Had fasten'd him unto a small spare mast, Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Such as sea-faring men provide for storms; Was wrought by nature,y not by vile offence, To him one of the other twins was bound, l'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave. Whilst I had been like heedful of the other. In Syracusa was I born; and wed
The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, (1) Name of a coin. (2) Markets.
(3) Natural affection.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
303 Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fix'd, Try all the friends thou hast in Ephesus ; Fastend ourselves at either end the mast; Beg thou, or borrow, to make up the sum, And floating straight, obedient to the stream, And live; if not, then thou art doom'd to die: Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. Gaoler, take him to thy custody. At length the sun, gazing upon the earth,
Gaol. I will, my lord. Dispers'd those vapours that offended us ; Æge. Hopeless, and helpless, doth Ægeon wend, And, by the benefit of his wish'd light,
But procrastinate his lífeless end. [Ereuni. The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered Two ships from far making amain to us,
SCENE II.A public place. Enter Antipholus or Corinth that, of Epidaurus this :
and Dromio of Syracuse, and a Merchant, But ere they came,-0, let me say no more! Mer. Therefore, give out you are of Epidamnum, Gather the sequel by that went before.
Lest that your goods too soon be confiscate.
Is apprehended for arrival here;
Æge. O, had the gods done so, I had not now According to the statute of the town,
Dies ere the weary sun set in the west. For, ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, There is your money that I had to keep. We were encounter'd by a mighty rock ;
Ant. S. Go bear it to the Centaur, 4 where we host, Which being violently borne upon,
And stay there, Dromio, till I come to thee.
Till that, I'll view the manners of the town,
Peruse the traders, gaze upon the buildings, What to delight in, what to sorrow for.
And then return, and sleep within mine inn; Her part, poor soul! seeming as burdened For with long travel I am stiff and weary. With lesser weight, but not with lesser wo,
Get thee away. Was carried with more speed before the wind; Dro. S. Many a man would take you at your And in our sight they three were taken up
word, By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought. And go indeed, having so good a mean. At length, another ship had seized on us ;
(Exit Dro. S. And, knowing whom it was their hap to save, Ant. S. A trusty villain, sir ; that very oft, Gave helpfül welcome to their shipwreck'd guests; When I am dull with care and melancholy, And would have reft the fishers of their prey, Lightens my humour with his merry jests. Had not their bark been very slow of sail, What, will you walk with me about the town, And therefore homeward did they bend their course. And then go to my inn, and dine with me? Thus have you heard me sever'd from my bliss; Mer. I am invited, sir, to certain merchants, That by misfortunes was my life prolong’d, Of whom I hope to make much benefit ; To tell sad stories of my own mishaps.
I crave your pardon. Soon, at five o'clock, Duke. And, for the sake of them thou sorrowest Please you, I'll meet with you upon the mart, for,
And afterwards consort you till bed-time; Do me the favour to dilate at full
My present business calls me from you now. What hath befall'n of them, and thee, till now. Ant. S. Farewell till then : I will go lose mysell,
Æge. My youngest boy, and yet my eldest care, And wander up and down, to view the city.
Mer. Sir, I commend you to your own content. After his brother; and importun'd me,
[Exit Merchant. That his attendant, (for his case was like,
Ant. S. He that commends me to mine own Rest of his brother, but retain’d his name,)
content, Might bear him company in the quest of him : Commends me to the thing I cannot get. Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see,
I to the world am like a drop of water,
That in the ocean seeks another drop;
Enter Dromio of Ephesus.
Here comes the almanac of my true date, Could all my travels warrant me they live. What now? How chance, thou art return'd so soon? Duke. Hapless Ægeon, whom the fates have Dro. E. Return'd so soon! rather approach'd mark'd
too late : To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
The capon burns, the pig falls from the spit.
The meat is cold, because you come not home;
Are penitent for your default to-day. Therefore, merchant, I'll limit thee this day,
Ant. S. Stop in your wind, sir; tell me this, I To seek thy help by beneficial help:
Where have you left the money that I gave you? (1) Deprived. (2) Clear, completely: (8) Go.
The sign of their hotel. (5) i, e. Servant. (6) Exchange, market-place.