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May this, almoft a miracle, be done?

That I may call thee fomething more than man,
And, after that, truft to thee.


A place, whereto you'll go?


Have you thought on

Not any yet:

But as the unthought-on accident is guilty

To what we wildly do; 9 fo we profess

Ourselves to be the flaves of chance," and flies
Of every wind that blows.


Then lift to me:

This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, But undergo this flight;-Make for Sicilia;

And there prefent yourself, and your fair princess, (For fo, I fee, the muft be,) 'fore Leontes;

She fhall be habited, as it becomes

bed. Methinks, I fee


The partner of your bed.
Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping
His welcomes forth :alks thee, the fon, forgiveness,
As 'twere i'the father's perfon: kiffes the hands
Of your fresh princess: o'er and o'er divides him

But as the unthought on accident is guilty

To what we wildly do ;] Guilty to, though it founds harfh to our ears, was the phraseology of the time, or at least of Shakspeare: and this is one of those paffages that fhould caution us not to disturb his text merely because the language appears different from that now in use. See The Comedy of Errors, A& III. fc. ii: "But left myself be guilty to felf-wrong,

"I'll ftop mine ears against the mermaid's fong."


The unthought-on accident is the unexpected discovery made by Polixenes. M. MASON.


Ourselves to be the flaves of chance,] As chance has driven me to these extremities, fo I commit myself to chance, to be condu&ed· through them. JOHNSON.

3 afks thee, the fon,] The old copy reads-thee there fon. Corrected by the editor of the third folio. MALONE.

Perhaps we should read-(as Mr. Ritson obferves)

Afks there the fon forgivenefs,"


"Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one He chides to hell, and bids the other grow, Fafter than thought, or time.


Worthy Camillo,

What colour for my vifitation fhall I
Hold up before him?

Sent by the king your father
To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir,
The manner of your bearing towards him, with
What you, as from your father, fhall deliver,
Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down:
The which fhall point you forth, at every fitting,
What muft fay;
4 that he fhall not perceive,
But that you have your father's bofom there,

And speak his very heart.


There is fome fap in this.5


I am bound to you:

A course more promifing

Than a wild dedication of yourselves

To unpath'd waters, undream'd fhores; moft certain, To miferies enough: no hope to help you;

But, as you shake off one, to take another:"

4 Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down: The which shall point you forth, at every fitting,

What you must fay;] Every fitting, fays Mr. Theobald, methinks, gives but a very poor idea. But a poor idea is better than none; which it comes to, when he has alter'd it to every fitting. The truth is, the common reading is very expreffive; and means, at every audience you fhall have of the king and council. The council-days being, in our author's time, called, in common speech, the fittings. WARBURTON.

Howel, in one of his letters, fays: "My lord prefident hopes to be at the next fitting in York."



There is fome fap in this.] So, in Antony and Cleopatra:

"There's fap in't yet.'



But, as you Jhake off one, to take another:] So, in Cymbeline:

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to fhift his being,

Is to exchange one mifery with another." STEEVENS,

Nothing fo certain, as your anchors; who
Do their best office, if they can but stay you
Where you'll be loth to be: Besides, you know,
Profperity's the very bond of love;

Whofe fresh complexion and whofe heart together
Affliction alters.


One of thefe is true:

I think, affliction may fubdue the cheek,
But not take in the mind.5


Yea, fay you fo?

There fhall not, at your father's houfe, these feven

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5 But not take in the mind.] To take in anciently meant to conquer, to get the better of. So, in Antony and Cleopatra:

"He could fo quickly cut th' Ionian feas,

"And take in Toryne."

Mr. Henley, however, fuppofes that to take in, in the prefent inftance, is fimply to include or comprehend. STEEVENS.

6 the rear of birth.] Old copy-i'th'rear our birth. Correated by Sir Thomas Hanmer. The two redundant words in this line, She is, ought perhaps to be omitted. I fufpe&t that they were introduced by the compofitor's eye glancing on the preceding line.

Thefe unneceffary words are here omitted. STEEVENS.

7 Your pardon, fir, for this;


I'll blush you thanks.] Perhaps this paffage fhould be rather pointed thus:

Your pardon, fir; for this

I'll blush you thanks. MALONE.

FLO. My prettieft Perdita. -

But, O, the thorns we fland upon!Camillo,-
Preferver of my father, now of me;

The medicin of our houfe!-how fhall we do?
We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's fon;
Nor fhall appear in Sicily-


My lord,


Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes
Do all lie there: it fhall be so my care
To have you royally appointed, as if ·

The fcene you play, were mine. For inftance, fir, That you may know you fhall not want,-one word. [They talk afide.


AUT. Ha, ha! what a fool honefly is! and truft, his fworn brother, a very fimple gentleman ! I have fold all my trumperý; not a counterfeit stone, not a riband, glafs, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, fhoe-tye, bracelet, horn

• _—_—_-_-_-_-_-__-—-—-—-- pomander] A pomander was a little ball made of perfumes, and worn in the pocket, or about the neck, to prevent infection in times of plague. In a tract, intituled, Certain neceffary Directions, as well for curing the Plague, as for preventing infection, printed 1636, there are directions for making two forts of pomana ders, one for the rich, and another for the poor. GREY.

In Lingua, or a Combat of the Tongue, &c. 1607, is the following receipt given, A& IV. fc. iii:

Take an

cleans'd and fleep'd feven days Then take the beft labdanum,

،، Your' only way to make a good pomander is this. ounce of the pureft garden mould, in change of motherless rofe-water. benjoin, both florases, amber. gris and civet and mulk. Incorpo rate them together, and work them into what form you please. This, if your breath be not too valiant, will make you fmell as fweet as iny lady's dog. "

The fpeaker reprefents Odor. STEEVENS.




ring, to keep my pack from fafting: they throng who fhould buy firit; as if my trinkets had been hallowed, and brought a benediction to the buyer: by which means, I faw whofe purse was best in picture; and, what I faw, to my good ufe, I remember'd. My clown (who wants but fomething to be a reasonable man,) grew fo in love with the wenches' fong, that he would not ftir his pettitoes, till he had both tune and words; which fo drew the rest of the herd to me, that all their other fenfes ftuck in ears: you might have pinch'd a placket,3 it was fenfelefs; 'twas nothing, to geld a codpiece of a purfe; I would have filed keys off, that hung in chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my fir's fong, and admiring the nothing of it. So that, in this time of lethargy, I pick'd and cut most of their feftival purfes: and had not the old man come in with a hubbub against his daughter and the king's son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the whole army.


Other receipts for making pomander may be found in "Plat's Delightes for ladies to adorne their perfons, &c. 1611," and in "The accomplisht Lady's Delight, 1675." They all differ.



as if my trinkets had been hallowed,] This alludes to beads often fold by the Romanifts, as made particularly efficacious by the touch of fome relick. JOHNSON.




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all their other fenfes ftuck in ears: ] Read-" ftuck in their M. MASON.

a placket,] Placket is properly the opening in a woman's petticoat. It is here figuratively used, as perhaps in King Lear: "Keep thy hand out of plackets.” This fubject, however, may receive further illuftration from Skialetheia, a collection of epigrams, &c. 1998. Epig 32:

"Wantón young Lais hath a pretty note
"Whole burthen is Pinch not my petticoate:
"Not that he feares clofe nips, for by the rood,
"A privy pleafing nip will cheare her blood:
"But the which longs to taft of pleasure's cup,
"In nipping would her petticoate weare up."


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