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The access of gentle visitors Is it lawful,
Pray you, to see her women? any of them?
Emilia 2
Keep. So please you, madam, to put
Apart these your attendants, I shall bring
Emilia forth. -

Paul. I pray now, call her. Withdraw yourselves. [Ereunt Attend. Keep. And, madam,

I must be present at your conference.
Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. ... [Erit Keeper.

Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, t

As passes colouring. -

Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.

Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady?
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater,)
She is, something before her time, deliver'd.
Paul. A boy -
Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe,
Lusty, and like to live : the queen receives
Much comfort in't : says, My poor prisoner,
I am innocent as you. -
Paul. I dare be sworn :
These dangerous unsafe lunes 7 o' the king! beshrew
He must be told on't, and he shall: the office
Becomes a woman best; I'll take’t upon me:
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister;

a Frenzies. WOL. I.W. D

And never to my red-look'd anger be
The trumpet any more:—Pray you, Emilia,
Commend my best obedience to the queen ;
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th’ loudest: We do not know
How he may soften at the sight o' the child;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.

Emil. Most worthy madam,
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss
A thriving issue; there is no lady living,
So meet for this great errand: Please your ladyship
To visit the next room, I'll presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer;
Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;
But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Lest she should be denied.

Paul. Tell her, Emilia, I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted I shall do good.

Emil. Now be you blest for it! I'll to the queen: Please you, come something nearer.

Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the


I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.

Paul. You need not fear it, sir:
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
By law and process of great nature, thence

Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to

The anger of the king; nor guilty of,

If any be, the trespass of the queen.
Keep. I do believe it.

Paul. Do not you fear: upon Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger. [Ereunt. SCENE III.

The same. A Room in the Palace,

Enter LEoNTEs, Antigonus, Lords, and other Attendants.

Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but weak-

To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if
The cause were not in being;-part o'the cause,
She, the adultress;—for the harlot king
Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank
And level” of my brain, plot-proof; but she
I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest

Might come to me again-Who's there?

1 Atten. My lord?


Leon. How does the boy?

1 Atten. He took good rest to-night; Tishop'd, his sickness is discharg’d.

Leon. To see, His nobleness!

* Mark and aim. *

Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply;
Fasten’d and fix'd the shame on't in himself;
Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
And downright languish'd.—Leave me solely:9—go,
See how he fares. [Erit Attend.]—Fye, fye no
thought of him;—
The very thought of my revenges that way
Recoil upon me : in himself too mighty;
And in his parties, his alliance,—Let him be,
Until a time may serve: for present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow :
They should not laugh, if I could reach them; nor
Shall she, within my power.

Enter PAULINA, with a Child.

1 Lord. You must not enter. Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me : Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul; More free, than he is jealous. Ant. That's enough. 1 Atten. Madam, he hath not slept to-night; commanded None should come at him. . Paul. - Not so hot, good sir; I come to bring him sleep. "Tis such as you, That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh At each his needless heavings, such as you

9 Alone.


Nourish the cause of his awaking: I
Do come with words as med'cinal as true;
Honest, as either; to purge him of that humour,
That presses him from sleep.

Leon. What noise there, ho?

Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful conference, About some gossips for your highness.

Leon. How 2
Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus,
I charg'd thee, that she should not come about me;
I knew, she would. -

Ant. I told her so, my lord,
On your displeasure's peril, and on mine,
She should not visit you. .

Leon. What, canst not rule her 2

Paul. From all dishonesty, he can : in this,
(Unless he take the course that you have done,
Commit me, for committing honour,) trust it,
He shall not rule me.

Ant. Lo you now; you hear!
When she will take the rein, I let her run;
But she'll not stumble.

Paul. Good my liege, I come,
And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess
Myself your loyal servant, your physician,
Your most obedient counsellor; yet that dare
Less appear so, in comforting your evils,'
Than such as most seem yours:—I say, I come
From your good queen.

Leon. Good queen!

Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen: I say,

good queen; - ->

* Abetting your ill courses.

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