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Mark our contract.
How often said, my dignity would last Pol. Mark your divorce, young sir,
But till 'twere known?
(Discovering himself. Flo. It cannot fail, but by
Flo. I am; and by my fancy : if my reason
Will thereto be obedient, I have reason;
Do bid it welcome.
Flo. So call it: butit does fulfil my vow;
Be thereat glean’d; for all the sun sees, or
When he shall miss me, (as, in faith, I mean not
Upon his passion ; let myself and fortune These rural latches to his entrance open,
Tug for the time to come! This you may know, Or hoop his body more with thy embraces,
And so deliver. Tam put to sea I will devise a death as cruel for thee,
With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore; As thou art tender to't.
(Exit. And, most opportune to our need, I have Per. Even here undone!
A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd I was not much afeard: for once, or twice,
For this design. What course I mean to hold, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly,
Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor The self-same sun, that shines upon his court,
Concern me the reporting.
Cam. O, my lord,
(To Florizel. Or stronger for your need.
Resolv'd for flight. Now were I happy, if
His going I could frame to serve my turn, Speak, ere thou diest.
Save him from danger, do him love and honour, Shep. I cannot speak, nor think,
Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, Nor dare to know that which I know.-0, sir, And that unhappy king, my master, whom
(To Florizel. I so much thirst to see. You have undone a man of fourscore three,
Flo. Now, good Camillo, That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea,
I am so fraught with curious business, that To die upon the bed my father died,
I leaveout ceremony.
(Going To lie close by his honest bones : but now
Cam, Sir, I think,
(To Perdita. Flo. Very nobly
To speak your deeds : not little of his care To mingle faith with him! – Undone! undone! To have them recompens’d as thought on. If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd
Cam. Well, my lord, To die when I desire.
(Exit. If you may please to think I love the king, Flo. Why look you so upon me
And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is I am but sorry, not afeard; delay'd,
Your gracious self: embrace but my direction, But nothing alter'd. What I was, I am:
(If your more ponderous and settled project More straining on, for plucking back; not following May suffer alteration,) on mine honour, My leash unwillingly.
I'll point you where you shall have such receiving
As shall become your highness; where you may
And (with my best endeavours, in your absencer)
Yoar discontenting father strive to qualify, Come pot before him!
And bring him up to liking. Flo. I not purpose it.
Flo. How, Camillo, I think, Camillo.
May this, almost a miracle, be done? Cam. Even he, my lord.
That I may call thee something more than man, Per. How often have I told you, 'twould be thas? And, after that, trust to thee.
[Takes her aside.
Cam. Have you thought on
That you may know, you shall not want,--one word! A place, whereto you'll go?
[They talk aside. Flo. Not any yet;
Enter AUTOLYCUS. But as the unthought-on accident is guilty
Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is! and trust, his To what we wildly do, so we profess
sworn brother, a very simple gentleman !I have sold Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not a riband, Of every wind, that blows.
glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, Cam. Then list to me;
tape, glove, shoe-tye, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my This follows: if yon will not change your purpose, pack from fasting; they throng who should buy first: Bat undergo this flight, make for Sicilia,
as if my trinkets had been hallowed, and brought a And there present yourself, and your fair princess, benediction to the buyer; by which means, I saw whose (Forso, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes!
purse was best in picture; and, what I saw, to my good She shall be habited, as it becomes
use, I remembered. My clown (who wants but someThe partner of your bed. Methinks, I see
thing to be a reasonable man, ) grew so in love with the Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes, till His welcomes forth: asks thee, the son, forgiveness, he had both tune and words: which so drew the rest of As’twere i'the father's person, kisses the hands the herd to me, that al}their other senses stuck in ears: Ofyour fresh princess, o'er and o'er divides him you might have pinched a placket, it was senseless; 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one 'twas nothing to geld a codpiece of a purse; I would Hechides to hell, and bids the other grow,
have filed keys off, that hung in chains: no hearing, no Faster than thought, or time.
feeling, but my sir's song, and admiring the nothing Flo. Worthy Camillo,
of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I picked and What colour for my visitation shall I
cut most of their festival purses : and had not the old Hold up before him?
man come in with a whoobub against his daughter and Cam. 'Sent by the king your father,
the king's son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, I had not left a purse alive in the whole army, The manner of your bearing towards him, with
[Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita,come forward. What you, as from your father, shall deliver, Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being there Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down; So soon as you arrive, shall cícar that doubt. The which shall point you forth at every sitting, Flo. And those, that you'll procure from king LeWhat you must say; that he shall not perceive, But that you have your father's bosom there,
Cam. Shall satisfy your father. And speak his very heart.
Per. Happy be you! Flo. I am bound to you:
All, that you speak, shows fair. There is some sap in this.
Cam. Who have we here? [Seeing Autolycus. Cam. A course more promising,
We'll make an instrument of this; omit Than a wild dedication of yourselves
Nothing, may give us aid. To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores, most cer- Aut. If they have overheard me now,—why hanging. tain,
[Aside. To miseries enough; no hope to help you;
Cam' How now, good fellow? why shakest thou so? But, as you shake off one, to take another :
Fear not, man! here's no harm intended to thee. Nothing so certain, as your anchors, who
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir. Do their best office, if they can but stay you, Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that Where you'll be loath to be. Besides, you know, from thee. Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, we must Prosperity is the very bond of love,
make an exchange: therefore, discase thee instantly, Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together (thou must think, there's necessity in't,) and change Affliction alters.
garments with this gentleman! Though the pennyPer. One of these is true:
worth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold thee, there's I think, affliction may subdue the cheek,
some boot. But not take in the mind.
Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir:-I know ye well enough. Cam. Yea, say you so ?
[ Aside. There shall not, at your father's house, these seven Cam. Nay, priythee, dispatch: the gentleman is half years,
flayed already Be born another such.
Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ?--I smell the trick of it.Flo. My good Camillo,
[Aside. She is as forward of her breeding, as
Flo. Dispatch, I pr’ythee. I'the rear of birth.
Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot with Cam. I camot say, 'tis pity
conscience take it. She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistress Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.To most that teach.
(Flo. und Autol. exchange garments. Per. Your pardon, sir, for this
Fortunate mistress, - let my prophecy l'll blush you thanks.
Come home to you !- you must retire yourself Plo. My prettiest Perdita !
Into some covert, take your sweetheart's hat,
Dismantle you, and as you can, disliken
(For I do fear eyes over you, ) to shipboard Nor shall appear in Sicily-
Per. I see, the play so lies,
Cám. No remedy!-
Have you done there?
He would not call me son.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us oue, if
had not taken yourself with the manner. Nohat:- Come, lady, come.-- Farewell, my friend! Shep. Are you a courtier, an’t like you,
Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier.
[They converse apart, hath not my gait in it, the measure of the court ? re-
that I insinuate, or toze from thee thy business, I am
therefore no courtier, I am courtier,cap-a-pè; and one I shall review Sicilia, for whose sight
that will either push on, or pluck back thy business I have a woman's longing.
there: whereupon Icommand thee to open thy affair.
Shep. My business, sir, is to the king.
Aut. What advocate hast thou to him?
Shep. I know not, an't like you.
but a great courtier.
Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, and
speech of him.
Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard
a new ship to purge melancholy, and air himself. For,
if thoa be'st capable of things serious, thou must
know, the king is full of grief.
Clo. Think you so, sir?
come under the haugman: which though it be great
[Aside. is too soft for him,say I. Draw our throne into a sheep-
Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, an't
Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then,
'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a
the hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall he bo Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. set against a brick-wall, the san looking with a southAut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? the con- ward eye upon him; where he is to behold him with dition of that fardel, the place of your dwelling, your flies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and any rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled at,their offenthing, that is fitting to be known, discover. ces being so capital ? Tell me,(for you seem to be hoClo. Weare but plain fellows, sir.
nest plain men,) what have you to the king: being Aut. A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me have something gently considered, I'll bring you where he no lying; it becomes doce but tradesmen, and they is aboard, tender your persons to his
presence, whiso!ten give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them for it per him in your behalfs, and, if it be in man, bewith stai ped coin, vot stabbing steel : therefore they sides the king, to effect your suits, here is man, shall do not give us the lie.
Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close with Your kindness better.
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy,
What holier, than,--for royalty's repair,
To bless the bed of majesty again
Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son.- Respecting her, that's gone. Besides, the gods
fulfild their secret purposes :
As my Antigonus to break his grave,
My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
[ To Leontes. Shep. Let's before, as hie bids us : he was provided the crown will find an heir. Great Alexander to do us good. (Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. Left his to the worthiest; so his successor
Aut.If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune would Was like to be the best.
(Exis. And better us’d, would make her sainted spirit
Again possess her corps; and, on this stage,
(Where we offenders now appear,) soul vex’d,
Begin, And why to me?
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have perform'd Leon. She had ; and would incense me
You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears
Should rift to hear me; and the words, that follow'd,
Should be, Remember mine!
Leon, Stars, very stars,
I'll have no wife, Paulina.
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 oath!
Paul. Unless another,
As like Hermione, as is her picture,
Affront his eye.
Cleo. Good madam,-
Paul. I have done.
No remedy, but you will: give me the office
To choose you a queen! She shall not be so young
As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take joy
To see her in your arms.
Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him Leon. My true Paulina,
Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, We shall not marry, till thoa bidd'st us.
Can send his brother : and, but infirmity Paul. That
(Which waits upon worn times,) hath something seiz'd
The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his
Measur'd to look upon you; whom he loves
And those, that bear them, living. The fairest, I have yet beheld,) desires access
Leun. O, my brother, To your high presence.
(Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, stir Leon. What with him ? he comes not
Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
Ofmy behind-hand slackness !-Welcome hither, "Tis not a visitation fram'd, but forc'd
As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too By need, and accident. What train ?
Expos’d this paragon to the fearful usage Gent. But few,
(At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, And those but mean.
To greet a man not worth her pains; much less
The adventure of her person?
She came from Libya.
Leon. Where the warlike Smalus, As every present time doth boast itself
That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? Above a better gone, so must thy grave
Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, whose
I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd,
Who for Bohemia bend, to siguify
But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Purge all infection from our air, whilst you
Do climate here! You have a holy father,
A graceful gentleman; against whose person,
Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd
(As he from heaven merits it,) with you, Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, Bring them to our embracement! - Still’tis strange, Might I a son and daughter now have look’d.ov,
[Exeunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentleman. Such goodly things, as you ! He thus should steal upon us.
Enter a Lord,
Lord. Most noble sir,
Bohemia greets you from himself, by me,
Desires you, to attach his son, who has He dies to me again, when talk'd of : sure,
(His dignity and duty both cast off,)
A shepherd's daughter.
I speak amazedly; and it becomes
Whiles he was hast'ning, (in the chase, it seems,
of this fair couple,) meets he on the way Your father's image is so hit in you,
The father of this seeming lady, and
With this young prince.
Flo. Camillo has betray'd me;
Lord. Lay't so to his charge;
He's with the king your father. (All mine own folly.) the society,
Leon. Who? Camillo? Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Has these poor men ia question. Never saw I Once more to look upon.
Wretches so qnake: they kneel, they kiss the earth; Flo. By his command
Forswear themselves, as often, as they speak;