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Leon. She had; and would incense; me To murder her I married. Paul. I should so :
Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark
Leon. Stars, very stars,
Paul. Will you swear Never to marry, but by my free leave
Leon. Never, Paulina; so be bless'd my spirit!
Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his
Cleo. You tempt him over-much.
Paul. Unless another, As like Hermione as is her picture, Affronto his eye.
Cleo. Good madam,_
Paul. I have done. Yet, if my lord will marry, if you will, sir, 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.
Leon. My true Paulina,
3 Instigate. * Split. 7 Meet.
Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath;
Enter a Gentleman.
Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access To your high presence.
Leon. What with him 2 he comes not Like to his father's greatness: his approach, So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, *Tis not a visitation fram’d, but forc'd By need, and accident. What train?
Gent. But few, And those but mean. Leon. His princess, say you, with him 2 Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I think, That e'er the sun shone bright on. Paul. O Hermione,
As every present time doth boast itself
Gent. Pardon, madam: The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,)
* i. e. Than the corse of Hermione, the subject of your writing.
The other, when she has obtain'd your eye,
Paul. How 2 not women?
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman More worth than any man; men, that she is The rarest of all women.
Leon. Go, Cleomenes; Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, Bring them to our embracement—Still 'tis strange,
[Ereunt CLEoMEN Es, Lords, and Gentleman.
He thus should steal upon us.
Paul. Had our prince, (Jewel of children,) seen this hour, he had pair'd Well with this lord; there was not full a month Between their births.
Leon. Pr'ythee, no more; thou know'st, He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches Will bring me to consider that, which may Unfurnish me of reason.—They are come.
Re-enter CleoMEN Es, with Florizel, PERDITA, and Attendants.
Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince;
By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome!
Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Flo. By his command
His wish'd ability, he had himself
Leon. - O, my brother,
Flo. Good my lord, She came from Libya.
Leon. Where the warlike Smalus, That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd
Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, whose
His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence
Leon. The blessed gods
Enter a Lord. Lord. Most noble sir, That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Desires you to attach' his son; who has
* Full of grace and virtue. * Seize, arrest,