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You scarce can right me throughly, then, to say
No, no; if I mistake
There's some ill planet reigns.
Shall I be heard ?
[To the Guards. Her. Who is't that goes with me?Beseech
'your highness, My women may be with me; for, you see, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; There is no cause; when you shall know your mistress Has deserved prison, then abound in tears, As I come out. This action, I now go on,
grace.-Adieu, my I never wished to see you sorry; now, I trust, I shall. --My women, come; you have leave. Leon. Go, do our bidding; hence.
[Exeunt Queen and Ladies. 1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen
again. Ant. Be certain what you do, sir; lest your justice Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, Yourself, your queen, your son.
Is for my
1 i. e. no foundation can be trusted. 2 He who shall speak for her, is remotely guilty in merely speaking.
If it prove
For her, my lord,— I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless I’the eyes of Heaven, and to you; I mean, In this which you accuse her.
Ant. She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables I where I lodge my wife ; I'll go in couples with her ; Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust her; For every inch of woman in the world, Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, If she be.
Leon. Hold your peaces. 1 Lord.
lord, Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves. You are abused, and by some putter-on, That will be damned for't ; 'would I knew the villain, I would land-damn ? him. Be she honor-flawed,I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; The second, and the third, nine, and some five; If this prove true, they'll pay for’t; by mine honor, I'll geld them all: fourteen they shall not see, To bring false generations; they are coheirs ; And I had rather glib myself
, than they
Cease; no more.
If it be so,
1 This passage may be explained thus :—“If she prove false, I'll make my stables or kennel of my wife's chamber; I'll go in couples with her like a dog, and never leave her for a moment; trust her no further than I can feel and see her."
2 “I would land-damn him." Johnson interprets this :- I will damn or condemn him to quit the land.”.
3 I see and feel my disgrace, as you, Antigonus, now feel my doing this to you, and as you now see the instruments that feel, i. e. my fingers Leontes must here be supposed to touch or lay hold of Antigonus.
There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
What! lack I credit ?
Why, what need we
And I wish, my liege,
How could that be?
Have I done well ? 1 Lord. Well done, my lord.
1 The old copy reads a truth. Rowe made the correction
Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Whose ignorant credulity will not Come up to the truth. So have we thought it good, From our free person she should be confined ; Lest that the treachery of the two fled hence, Be left her to perform. Comę, follow us ; We are to speak in public; for this business Will raise us all.
Ant. [Aside.] To laughter, as I take it, If the good truth were known.
SCENE II. The same.
The outer Room of a Prison.
Enter PAULINA and Attendants.
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him ;
[Exit an Attendant. Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady! No court in Europe is too good for thee; What dost thou then in prison ?--Now, good sir,
Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper. You know me,
For a worthy lady,
Pray you, then,
Keep. I may not, madam; to the contrary
Keep. So please you, madam, to put
your attendants, I shall bring
. Withdraw yourselves.
[Exeunt Attend. Keep.
Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. [Exit Keeper.
Re-enter Keeper, with Emilia.
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
Paul. A boy!
A daughter; and a goodly babe,
I dare be sworn.
1 Lunes. This word has not been found in any other English writer; but it is used in old French for frenzy, lunacy, folly. A similar expression occurs in The Revenger's Tragedy, 1608.