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I will devise a death as cruel for thee,

As thou art tender to't.


Even here undone!


I was not much afeard: 9 for once, or twice,
I was about to speak; and tell him plainly,
The felfsame fun, that fhines upon his court,
Hides not his vifage from our cottage, but
Looks on alike.-Wilt please you, fir, be gone?

• I was not much afeard: &c.] The character is here finely fuftained. To have made her quite aftonished at the king's difcovery of himself had not become her birth; and to have given her presence of mind to have made this reply to the king, had not become her education.WARBURTON.

2 I was about to speak; and tell him plainly,

The felfsame fun, that fhines upon his court,
Hides not his vifage from our cottage, but

Looks on alike. So, in Nofce Teipfum, a poem by Sir John Davies, 1599:

"Thou, like the funne, doft with indifferent ray,

"Into the palace and the cottage shine."

Again, in The Legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, 1597: "The funne on rich and poor alike doth shine."

Looks on alike is fenfe, and is fupported by a paffage in King Henry VIII:

"No, my lord,

“You know no more than others, but you blame

86 Things that are known alike."

i. e. that are known alike by all.

To look upon, without any subftantive annexed, is a mode of expreffion, which, though now unusual, appears to have been legitimate in Shakspeare's time. So, in Troilus and Creffida

"He is my prize; I will not look upon."

Again, in K. Henry VI. P. III:

Why ftand we here

"And look upon, as if the tragedy

"Were play'd in jeft by counterfeited actors."


To look upon, in more modern phrafe, is to look on, i. e. to be a mere idle spedator. In this fenfe it is employed in the two preceding inftances. STEEVENS.

-the felfsame fun, &c.] "For he maketh his fun to rife on the evil and the good." St. Matthew, v. 45. DOUCE.

I told you, what would come of this: 'Beseech you, Of your own ftate take care: this dream of mine,Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, But milk my ewes, and weep.


Speak, ere thou diest.

Why, how now, father?

SHEP. I cannot speak, nor think, Nor dare to know that which I know.-O, fir,

You have undone a man of fourfcore three,"
That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea,
To die upon the bed my father died,

To lie close by his honeft bones: but now
Some hangman muft put on my fhroud, and lay me
Where no priest shovels-in duft.3-O curfed wretch!

That knew'ft this was the prince, and would'ft ad


To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone !
If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd
To die when I defire. 4



Why look you fo upon me?5

You have undone a man of four score three, &c.] These fentiments, which the poet has heighten'd by a ftrain of ridicule that runs through them, admirably characterize the speaker; whose selfishness is feen in concealing the adventure of Perdita; and here fupported, by fhowing no regard for his fon or her, but being taken up entirely with himself, though fourscore three. WARBURTON.

3 Where no priest shovels-in duft.] This part of the priest's office might be remembered in Shakspeare's time: it was not left off till the reign of Edward VI.


That is in pronouncing the words earth to earth,



If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd

To die when I defire.] So, in Macbeth:

"Had I but died an hour before this chance,

"I had liv'd a bleffed time." STEEVENS.

5 Why look

be omitted.

you so upon me?] Perhaps the two laft words should STEEVENS.

I am but forry, not afeard; delay'd,

But nothing alter'd: What I was, I am :

More ftraining on, for plucking back; not following
My leafh unwillingly.

Gracious my lord,


You know your father's temper: at this time
He will allow no fpeech,-which, I do guess,
You do not purpose to him;—and as hardly
Will he endure your fight as yet, I fear:
Then, 'till the fury of his highness fettle,
Come not before him.

FLO. I think,



I not purpose it.

Even he, my lord.

PER. How often have I told you, 'twould be thus? How often faid, my dignity would laft

But till 'twere known?


It cannot fail, but by

The violation of my faith; And then

Let nature crufh the fides o'the earth together,
And mar the feeds within !'-Lift up thy looks:-
From my fucceffion wipe me, father! I

Am heir to my affection.

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FLO. I am; and by my fancy: if my reason Will thereto be obedient, I have reafon;

6 You know your father's temper :] The old copy reads-my father's. Corrected by the editor of the fecond folio.

7 And mar the feeds within!] So, in Macbeth:


"And nature's germins tumble all together." STEEVENS. 8 -Lift up thy looks:] Lift up the light of thy countePfalın, iv. 6. STEEVENS.



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and by my fancy:] It must be remembered that fancy in our author very often, as in this place, means love. JOHNSON, So, in A Midfummer Night's Dream/:

"Fair Helena in fancy following me."

See Vol. VII. p. 132, n. 6.


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If not, my fenfes, better pleas'd with madness,
Do bid it welcome.


This is. defperate, fir.
FLO. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow;
I needs muft think it honefty. Camillo,
Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may
Be thereat glean'd; for all the fun fees, or
The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide
In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
To this my fair belov'd: Therefore, I pray you,
As you have e'er been my father's honour'd friend,
When he fhall mifs me, (as, in faith, I mean not
To fee him any more,) caft your good counfels
Upon his paffion; Let myself, and fortune,
Tug for the time to come. This you may know,
And fo deliver, I am put to fea

With her, whom here" I cannot hold on fhore;
And, most opportune to our need, I have
A veffel rides faft by, but not prepar'd

For this defign. What courfe I mean to hold,
Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor
Concern me the reporting.


O, my lord,

I would your spirit were easier for advice,
Or ftronger for your need.

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[Takes her afide.


Hark, Perdita.

He's irremovable,

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Refolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if

His going I could frame to ferve my turn;
Save him from danger, do him love and honour;


whom here-] Old Copy-who. Corrected by the edi

tor of the fecond folio. MALONE.

8 And, most opportune to our need,] The old copy has her need. This neceffary emendation was made by Mr. Theobald.


Purchase the fight again of dear Sicilia,
And that unhappy king, my master, whom
I so much thirst to see.


Now, good Camillo,

I am fo fraught with curious business, that

I leave out ceremony.


Sir, I think,


You have heard of my poor services, i'the love
That I have borne your father?


Very nobly Have you deferv'd it is my father's mufick, To speak your deeds; not little of his care To have them recompens'd as thought on. Well, my lord,


If you may please to think I love the king;
And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is
Your gracious felf; embrace but my direction.
(If your more ponderous and fettled project
May fuffer alteration,) on mine honour

I'll point you where you fhall have fuch receiving
As fhall become your highness; where you may
Enjoy your miftrefs; (from the whom, I fee,
There's no disjunction to be made, but by,
As heavens forefend! your ruin :) marry her;
And (with my beft endeavours, in your absence,)
Your discontenting father ftrive to qualify,
And bring him up to liking."


How, Camillo, 9 And (with my beft endeavours, in your abfence,)

Your difcontenting father frive to qualify,

And bring him up to liking.] And where you may, by letters, intreaties, &c. endeavour to foften your incenfed father, and reconcile him to the match; to effect which, my beft fervices fhall not be wanting during your absence. Mr. Pope, without either authority or neceffity, reads I'll ftrive to qualify;-which has been followed by all the fubfequent editors.

Difcontenting is in our author's language the same as difcontented.


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