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Leontes, King of Sicilia :
Hermione, Queen to Leontes :
, } attending the Queen.
Lords, Ladies, and divers other Attendants; Satyrs in a Dance; Shepherds, Shepherdesses, Guards, &c.
Scene, disper/'d; in Sicilia, and Bohemia.
The WINTER'S T A L E.
ARC. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my services are now on foot,
you fall see, as I have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.
Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly Owes him.
Arc. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us, we will be justify'd in our loves : for, indeed, Cam. Beseech
you, Arc. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge : we cannot with such magnificence -in so rare I know not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks; that your senses, unintelligent of our insuffi cience, may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us.
CAM. You pay a great deal too dear, for what's given freely.
ÁRC. Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
Cam. Sicilia cannot shew himself over-kind to Bohemia. They were train'd together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch now: Since their more mature dignities, and royal necesities, made separation of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attorney'd, with enterchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies : that they have seem'd to be together, though absent; shook hands, as over a vast sea; and embrac'd, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves !
Arc. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. Yoa have an unspeakable cömfort of your young prince Mamillius; it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into my note. Cam. I very
you in the hopes of him : It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physicks the subject, makes old hearts fresh: they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man.
Arc. Would they else be content to dye?
CAM. Yes; if there were no other excuse, why they tould desire to live.
Arc. If the king had no fon, they would desire to live on crutches 'till he had one.