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As you have e'er been my father's honour'd friend, \'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
Worthy Camillo, Tug for the time to come. This you may know, What colour for my visitation shall I And so deliver,-I am put to sea
Hold up before him? With her, whom here I cannot hold on share; Cam.
Sent by the king your father, And, most opportune to our need, I have To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, A vessel rides fast by, but not prepard
The manner of your bearing towards him, with For this design. What course' I mean to hold, What you, as from your father, shall deliver, Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down: Concern me the reporting.
The which shall point you forth at every sitting, (am. O, my lord,
What you must say; that he shall not perceive,
And speak his very heart.
I am bound to you: I'll hear you by and by.
[To Camillo. There is some sap in this. Cam. He's irremovable, Cam.
A course more promising Resolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if Than a wild dedication of yourselves His going I could frame to serve my turn; To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most cerSave him from danger, do him love and honour;
tain, }'urchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, To miseries enough: no hope to help you; And that unhappy king, my master, whom But, as you shake off one, to take another: I so much thirst to see.
Nothing so certain as your anchors: who Flo.
Now, good Camillo, Do their best oflice, if they can but stay you I am so fraught with curious business, that Where you'll be loath to be: Besides, you know, I leave out ceremony.
(Going. Prosperity's the very bond of love; Cam. Sir, I think,
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together You have heard of my poor services, i'the love AMiction alters, That I have borne your father?
One of these is true:
Very nobly I think, affliction may subdue the cheek,
Yea, say you so ?
Well, my lord,
My good Camillo,
I cannot say, 'tis pity I'll point you where you shall have such receiving She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistress As shall become your highness; where you may To most that teach. Enjoy your mistress, (from the whom, I see, Per.
Your pardon, sir, for this; There's no disjunction to be made, but by, I'll blush you thanks. As heavens forefend ! your ruin :) marry her; Flo. My prettiest Perdita. And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,) But, O, the thorns we stand upon !-Camillo,Your disconténting' father strive to qualify, Preserver of my father, now of me; And bring him up to liking.
The medicine of our house!-how shall we do? Flo.
How, Camillo, We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son; May this, almost a miracle, be done?
Nor shall appear in SicilyThat I may call thee something more than man, Cam.
My lord, And, after that, trust to thee.
Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes Cam.
Have you thought on Do all lie there: it shall be so my care A place whereto you'll go ?
To have you royally appointed, as if Flo.
Not any yet: The scene you play, were miné. For instance, sir, But as the unthought-on accident is guilty That you may know you shall not want, -one word. To what we wildly do; so we profess
[They talk aside. Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies Of every wind that blows,
Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is! and trust, This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia ; sold all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not And there present yourself, and your fair princcss, 'a riband, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, (For so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes; vallad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, hornShe shall be habited, as it becomes
ring, to keep my pack from fasting: they throng The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see who should buy first; as if my trinkets had been Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping hallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer: His welcomes forth: asks thee, the son, forgiveness, by which means, I saw whose purse was best in As 'twere i'the father's person: kisses the hands picture; and, what I saw, to my good use, I reOf your fresh princess : 'o'er and o'er divides him
(3) The council-days were called the sittings. (1) For discontented.
(4) Conquer. 2) This unthought-on accident is the unexpect- 5) A little ball made of perfumes, and worn to ed discovery made by Polixenes,
prevent infection in times of plague.
membered. My clown (who wants but something| Cam. What I do next, shall be, to tell the king to be a reasonable man,) grew so in love with the
(Aside. Wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes, of this escape, and whither they are bound; till he had both tune and words; which so drew the Wherein my hope is, I shall so prevail, rest of the herd to me, that all their other senses To force him after : in whose company stuck in ears: you might have pinched a placket, I shall review Sicilia ; for whose sight it was senseless; 'twas nothing, io geld a cod-piece I have a woman's longing. of a purse; I would have filed keys off, that hung Flo.
Fortune speed us !-in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, Thus we set on, Camillo, to the sea-side. and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time Cam. The swifter speed, the better. of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival
(Exeunt Flórizel, Perdita, and Camillo, purses : and had not the old man come in with a Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: To whoobub against his daughter and the king's son, have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, and scared my choughs' from the chaff, I had not is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requilcit a purse alive in the whole army.
site also, to smell out work for the other senses. (Camillo, Florizel, and Perdita, come forward. I see, this is the time that the unjust man doth Cam. Nay, but my letters by this means being thrive. What an exchange had this been without there
boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange ? So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt. Sure the gods do this year connive at us, and we Flo. And those that you'll procure from king may do anything extempore. The prince himselt Leontes,
is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from Cam. Sall satisfy your father.
his father, with his clog at his heels : If I thought Per.
IIappy be you! it were not a piece of honesty to acquaint the king All that you speak, shows fair.
withal, I would do't: I hold it the more knavery Cam.
Who have we here? to conceal it: and therein am I constant to mý pro
(Seeing Autolycus.fession. We'll make an instrument of this; omit
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Nothing may give us aid.
Aside, aside ;-here is more matter for a hot brain : Aul. "If they have overheard me now,--why Every lane's'end, every shop, church, session, hanghanging.
(.Aside. ing, yields a careful man work. Cam. How now, good fellow? Why shakest Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! there thou so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended is no other way, but to tell the king she's a changeto thee.
ling, and none of your flesh and blood. Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Shep. Nay, but hear me. Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal Clo. Nay, but hear me. that from thee: Yet, for the outside of thy poverty, Shep. Go to then. we must make an exchange: therefore, disease thee Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, instantly (thou must think there's necessity in't,) your flesh and blood has not offended the king and change garments with this gentleman: Though and, so, your flesh and blood is not to be punished the pennyworth, on his side, be the worst, yet hold by him. Show those things you found about her ; thee, there's some boot.”
those secret things, all but what she has with her? ut. I am a poor fellow, sir :-I know ye well This being done, let the law go whistle ; I warrant enough.
Cam. Nay, prythee, despatch: the gentleman Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yen, is half Aayedalready.
and his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no Aul. Are you in earnest, sir ?-) smell the trick honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go of it.
(Aside. about to make me the king's brother-in-law. Flo. Despatch, I pr’ythee,
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest off .qui. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot you could have been to him; and then your blood with conscience take it,
had been the dearer, by I know how much an ounce. Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.-
Aut. Very wisely ; puppies !
(Aside. (Flo, and Aut. exchange garments. Shep. Well; let us to the king; there is that in Fortunate mistress,-let my prophecy
this fardel, will make him scratch his beard. Come home to you !-You must retire yourself Aut. I know not what impediment this complaint Into some covert: take your sweetheart's hat, may be to the flight of my master. And pluck it o'er your brows: muille your face ; Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace. Dismantle you: and as you can, disliken
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so
I The truth of your own seeming; that you may sometimes by chance :-Let me pocket up my ped(For I do fear eyes over you,) to shipboard ler's excrement. (Takes off his false beard. How Get undescried.
now, rustics? whither are you bound ? Per. I see the play so lies,
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. That I must bear a part.
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? Com.
No remedy,- the condition of that fardel, the place of your Have you done there?
dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, Flo.
Should I now meet my father, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known, He would not call me son.
Nay, you shall have Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir. Nohat:-Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. Aul. A lie; you are rough and hairy: Let me Aut. Adieu, sir.
have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and Flo. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot ? they often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them Pray you, a word. [They converse apart. for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; there
fore they do not give us the lie. (1) Birds. (2) Something over and above. (3) Stripped. (4) Bunde, parcel.
(5) His false beard. (6) Estate, property,
(. Aside. you.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, me (for you seem to be honest plain men,) what if you had not taken yourself with the manner.' you have to the king : being something gently con
Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir ? sidered, P'll bring you where he is aboard, tender
Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. your persons to his presence, whisper him in your See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfold-behalls; and, if it be in man, besides the king to ings? hath not my gait in it the measure of the effect your suits, here is man shall do it. court ?2 receives not thy nose court-odour from Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close me ? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt ? with him, give him gold; and though authority be Think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze from a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier ? I am gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside courtier, cap-a-pé; and one that will either pusl of his hand, and no more ado : Remember stoned, on, or pluck back, thy business there: whereupon and flayed alive. I command thee to open thy aflair.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the buShep. My business, sir, is to the king.
siness for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it Aul. What advocate hast thou to him? as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, Shep. I know not, an't like you.
till I bring it you. Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; Aut. After I have done what I promised ? say, you have none.
Shep. Ay, sir. Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant,cock nor hen. Aut. Well, give me the moiety :- Are you a party Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple in this business? men!
Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case be a Yet nature might have made me as these are, pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it. Therefore I'll not disdain.
Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier. Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the not handsomely.
king, and show our strange sights; he must know, Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are fantastical; a great man, I'll warrant; I know by gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old the picking on's teeth.
man does, when the business is performed; and reAut. The fardel there? what's i'the fardel ? main, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. Wherefore that box?
Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel, sea-side; go on the right hand; I will but look and box, which none must know but the king; and upon the hedge, and follow you. which he shall know within this hour, if I may
Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, come to the speech of him.
even blessed. Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was proShep. Why, sir ?
vided to do us good.', (Exeunt Shep, and Clown. Aul. The king is not at the palace; he is gone
Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air would not suffer me; she drops booties in my himself: For, if thou be'st capable of things serious, mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; thou must know, the king is full of grief. gold, and a means to do the prince my master good;
Shep. So 'tis said, sir ; about his son, that should which, who knows how that may turn back to my have married a shepherd's daughter.
advancement ? I will bring these two moles, these Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let blind ones, aboard him : if he think it fit to shore him Ny; the curses he shall have, the tortures he them again, and that the complaint they have to the shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of king concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, monster.
for being so far officious; for I am proof againsi Clo. Think you so, sir ?
that title, and what else shame belongs to't: To Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make him will I present them, there may be matter in it. heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that are
[Eril germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman: which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whis
ACT V. tling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be stoned; SCENE 1.- Sicilia. I room in the palace of but that death is too soft for him, say I: Draw our
Leontes. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Pauthrone into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few,
lina, and others. the sharpest too easy.
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you form'a hear, an't like you, sir ?
A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive ; Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid doren then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of More penitence, than done trespass: At the last, a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three-quarters Do, as the heavens have done ; Torget your evil; and a dram dead: then recovered again with aqua- With them, forgive yourself. vitæ, or some other hot infusion : then, raw as he Leon,
Whilst I remember is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, Her, and her virtucs, I cannot forget shall be set against a brick wall, the sun looking My blemishes in them; and so still think of with a southward eye upon him; where he is to be- The wrong I did myself: which was so much, hold him, with flies blown to death. But what talk That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and we of these traitorly rascals, whose iniseries are to Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that c'er man be smiled at, their offences being so capital ? Tell Bred his hopes out of.
(1) In the fact. () The stately tread of courtiers. (5) The hottest day foretold in the almanac, (3) Cajole or force. (4) Related.
(6) Being handsonely bribed.
True, too true, my lord: And all eyes else dead coals !-fear tnou no wife, If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
I'll have no wife, Paulina. Or, from the all that are, took something good,
Will your swear
Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit!
I think so. Kill'd ? Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his She I kill'd ? I did so: but thou strik'st me
oath. Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter
Cleo. You tempt him over-much. Upon thy tongue, as in my thought : Now, good
Unless another, now,
As like Hermione as is her picture,
Affronto his eye.
Good madam,You might have spoken a thousand things that
I have done. would
Yet, if my lord will marry,-if you will, sir,
To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young
You are one of those, As was your former; but she shall be such,
As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should Dion.
If you would not so, take joy
My true Paulina,
Enter a Gentleman.
Gent. Onc that gives out himself prince Florizel, With a sweet fellow to't?
Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
There is none worthy, The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access
What with him ? he comes not For has not the divine Apollo said,
Like to his father's greatness : his approach,
So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us,
But few, As my Antigonus to break his grave,
And those but mean. And come again to me; who, on my life,
His princess, say you, with him? Did perish with the infánt. 'Tis your counsel, Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
think, Oppose against their will.- Care not for issue; That e'er the sun shone bright on. [To Leontes. Paul.
O Hermione, The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander
As every present time doth boast itself
Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself
Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now
Is colder than that theme,') She had not been,
Nor was not to be equalid;-thus your verse
Pardon, madam: Paul.
And left them The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,)
The other, when she has obtaind your eye,
Thou speak’st truth. Will have your tongue too. This is such a creature,
How? not women ?
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman
Had she such power, More worth than any man; men, that she is
The rarest of all women.
Go, Cleomenes ;
Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends,
I should so:
Bring them to our embracement.--Still 'tis strange,
Had our prince
Well with this lord'; there was not full a month Leon.
Stars, very stars, Between their births. (1) At rest, dead. (2) Instigate. (5) i, e. Than the corse of Hermione, the sub. (3) Split. (4) Meet, lject of your writing.
Leon. Priythee, no more; thou know'st|
Enter a Lord. He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure,
Most noble sir, When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches
That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, Will bring me to consider that, which may
Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, Unfurnish me of reason.—They are come.
Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Re-enter Cleomenes, with Florizel, Perdita, and Desires you to attach his son ; who has attendants.
(His dignity and duty both cast off,)
Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince; A shepherd's daughter. For she did print your royal father off,
Where's Bohemia ? speak. Conceiving you: 'Were I but twenty-one,
Lord. Here in the city ; I now came from him. Your father's image is so hit in you,
I speak amazedly; and it becomes His very air, that I should call you brother, My marvel, and my message. To your court As I did him ; and speak of something, wildly Whiles he was hasi'ning (in the chase, it seems, By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! or this fair couple,) meets he on the way And your fair princess, goddess !-0, alas ! The father of this seeming lady, and I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and earth Her brother, having both their country quitted Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as With this young prince. You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost
Camillo bas betray'd me; (All mine own folly,) the society,
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Endur'd all weathers. Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Lay't so, to his charge; Once more to look upon.
He's with the king your father.
Who? Camillo ? Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him Lord. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him ; who now Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend, Has these poor men in question. Never saw ! Can send his brother : and, but infirmity Wretches so quake : they kneel, they kiss the earth; (Which waits upon worn time,) hath something Forswear themselves as often as they speak : seiz'd
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them His wish'd ability, he had himself
With divers deaths in death. The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Per.
0, my poor father! Measur'd, to look upon you ; whom he loves The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have (He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres, Our contract celebrated. And those that bear them, living.
You are married ? Leon.
O, my brother, Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :stir
The odds for high and low's alike. Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
My lord, So rarely kind, are as interpreters,
Is this the daughter of a king ?
Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune,
speed, To greet a man, not worth her pains; much less Will come on very slowly; I am sorry, The adventure of her person ?
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, Flo.
Good my lord, Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, She came from Libya.
Your choice is not so rich in worth“ as beauty, Leon.
Where the warlike Smalus, That you might well enjoy her. That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? Flo.
Dear, look up: Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Though fortune, visible an enemy, whose daughter
Should chase us, with my father power no jot His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence Hath she, to change our loves.-"Beseech you, sir, (A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we have cross'd, Remember since you ow'd no more to time To execute the charge my father gave me, Than I do now: with thought of your affections, For visiting your highness: My best train Step forth mine advocate ; at your request, I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd; My father will grant precious things, as trifles. Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious Not only my success in Libya, sir,
mistress, But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Which he counts' but a trifle. Here, where we are.
Sir, my liege, Leon. The blessed gods
Your eye hath too much youth in't not a month Purge all infection from our air, whilst you 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such Do climate here! You have a holy father,
gazes A graceful' gentleman; against whose person, Than what you look on now. So sacred as it is, I have done sin:
I thought of her, For which the heavens, taking angry note, Even in these looks I made.-But your petition Have left me issueless, and your father's bless'd
(To Florize! (As he from heaven merits it,) with you, Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father ; Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, Might 1 a son and daughter now have look'd on, I am a friend to them, and you: upon which errand Such goodly things as you?
I now go toward him ; therefore, follow me, (1) Full of grace and virtue.
(4) A quibble on the false dice so called. (2) Seize, arrest. (3) Conversation. (5) Descent or wealth.