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250 Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close with Yonr kindness better. him, give him gold; and though authority be a stub- Paul. You are one of those, born bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. Would have him wed again. Show the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand Dion. If you would not so, and no more ado! Remember stoned and flayed alive. You pity not the state, nor the remembrance Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business of his most sovereign dame; consider little, for us, here is that gold, I have: I'll make it as much What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, more; and leave this young man in pawn, till I bring May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, Áut. After I have done what I promised ? Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ? Shep. Ay, sir.
What holier, than,--for royalty's repair, Aut. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party For present comfort and for future good, in this business?
To bless the bed of majesty again Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a pi- With a sweet fellow to't? tiful one, I hope, I shall not be flayed ont of it. Paul. There is none worthy,
Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son.- Respecting her, that's gone. Besides, the gods Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes : Clo. Comfort, good comfort! We must to the king, For has not the divine Apollo said, and show our strange sights: he must know, 'tis none Is't not the tenour of his oracle, of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, That king Leontes shall not have an heir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, business is performed; and remain, as he says, your Is all as monstrous to our human reason, pawn, till it be brought yon.
As my Antigonus to break his grave, Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea- And come again to me; who, on my life, side; go on the right hand; will but look upon the Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel, hedge and follow you.
My lord should to the heavens be contrary, Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, even Oppose against their wills. Care not for issue ! blessed.
[To Leontes. Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided the crown will find an heir. Great Alexander to do as 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. not suffer me; she drops booties in my mouth. I am Leon. Good Paulina, courted now with a double occasion; gold, and a means Who hast the memory of Hermione, to do the prince my master good;which,who knows how I know, in honour, -Ō, that ever I that may turn back to my advancement? I will briog Had sqnar'd me to thy counsel !- then, even now, thesetwomoles,these blindones, aboard him:ifhethink I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes, it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint, they Havetaken treasure from her lips,have to the king, concerns him nothing, let him call me Paul. And left them rogue,for being so far officious; for I am proof against More rich, for what they yielded. that title, and what shame else belongs to't. To Leon. Thou speak'st truth. him will I present them, there may be matter in it. No more such wives ; therefore, no wife; one worse,
(Exit. 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, A CT V.
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 Leon. Whilst I remember
Should rist to hear me; and the words, that follow'd, Her and her virtaes, I cannot forget
Should be, Remember mine! My blemishes in them; and so still think of
Leon. Stars, very stars, The wrong I did myself: which was so much, And all eyes else dead coals fear thou no wife, That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and
I'll have no wife, Paulina. Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man Paul. Will you swear Bred his hopes out of.
Never to marry, but by my free leave? Puul. True, too true, my lord;
Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit ! If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his oath! Or from the all, that are, took something good, Cleo. You tempt him over much. To make a perfect woman, she, you kill'd,
Paul. Unless another, Would be unparallel'd.
As like Hermione, as is her picture, Leon. I think so. Kill'd!
Affront his eye. She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st mc
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 You might have spoken a thousand things, that would As was your former; but she shall be such, Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
your first queen's ghost, it should take joy
His fat Leur
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 thou 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 himn? 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 dismissid,
Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
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.00,
i [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,) When I shall see this gentleman, thy speecbes Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Will bring me to consider that, which, may
A shepherd's daughter. Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.
Leon. Where's Bohemia? speak.
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
Flo. Camillo has betray'd me;
Lord. Lay't so to his charge;
He's with the king your father.
Leon. Who? Camillo?
Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth;
Forswear themselves, as often, as they speak;
257 Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
Enter a third Gentleman.
Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can deli-
ver you more.--How goes it now, sir? this news, which The heaveus set spies upon us, will not have
is called true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of Our contract celebrated.
itis in strong suspicion. Has the king found his heir? Leon. You are married ?
3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregnant by Flo. Weare not, sir, nor are we like to be; circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll swear you The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first:
see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of The odds for high and low's alike.
queen Hermione: her jewel about the neck of it :-the Leon. My lord,
lettersof Antigonus, found with it, which they know to Is this the daughter of a king?
be his character-the majesty of the creature,in resemFlo. She is,
blance of the mother; the affection of nobleness,which When once she is
nature shows above her breeding,-avd many other eviLeon. That once, I see, by your good father's speed, dences,proclaim her, with all certainty,to be the king's Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings? Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,
2 Gent. No. Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry,
3 Cent. Then have you lost a sight, which was to be Your choice is not so rich in worth, as beauty, seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beThat you might well enjoy her.
held one joy crown another, so, and in such manFlo. Dear, look np!
ner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave of them : Though fortune, visible an enemy,
for their joy waded in tears. There was casting up of Should chase us with my father: power no jot eyes, holding up of hands; with countenance of such Hath she, to change our loves.-'Beseech you, sir, distraction, that they were to be kuown by garment, Remember since you ow'd no more to time,
not by favour. Our king, being ready to leap out of Than I do now : with thought of such affections, himself for joy of his found daughter, as if that joy Step forth mine advocate; at your request, were now become a loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy moMy father will grant precious things, as trifles. ther! then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious mis- his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter, tress,
with clipping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, Which he counts but a trifle.
which stands by, like a weather-bítten conduit of maPaul. Sir, my liege,
ny kings' reigns. I never heard of such another enYour eye hath too much youth in't: not a month counter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes Tore your queen died, she was more worth such gazes, description to do it. Than what you look on now.
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, that Leon I thought of her,
carried hence the child ? Even in these looks, I made.- But your petition 3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have mat
[To Florizel. ter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not an Is yet unanswered, I will to your father ;
car open. He was torn to pieces with a bear: this Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only his I am a friend to them, and you; upon which errand, innocence (which seems much,) to justify him, but a I now go toward him; therefore follow me, handherchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows. And mark what way I make! Come, good my lord ! 1 Gent. What became of his bark, and his followers ?
[Exeunt 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their master's
death ; and in the view of the shepherd : so that all SCENE II.--The same. Before the palace. the instruments, which aided to expose the child, were Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman.
even then lost, when it was found. But, 0, the noble
combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorrow,was fought in PauAut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this lina! She had one eye declined for the loss of her husrelation?
band; another elevated, that the oracle was fulfl1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard led. She lifted the princess from the earth, and so the old shepherd deliver the manner, how he found it: locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all com- heart, that she might no more be in danger of losing. manded out of the chamber; only this, methought, i Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the auI heard the shepherd say, he found the child.
dience of kings and princes; for by such was it acted. Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
2 Gent, One of the prettiest tonches of all, and that 1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business : which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, thongh but the changes, I perceived in the king, and Camillo, not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the queen's were very notes of admiration: they seemed almost, death, with the manner, how she came to it, (bravely with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their confessed and lamented by the king, ) how attentiveqyes; there was speech in their dumbness, language ness wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of in their very gesture: they looked, as they had heard dolour to another, she did, with an alus! I would of a world ransomed, or one destroyed. A notable fain say, bleed tears ; for, I am sure, my heart wept passion of wonder appeared in them; but the wisest blood. Who was most marble there, changed colour; beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not some swooned, all sorrowed : ifall the world could say, if the importance were joy, or sorrow: but in the have seen it, the woe had been universal. extremity of the one, it must needs be.
1 Gent. Are they returned to the court? Enter another Gentleman.
3 Gent. No: the princess, hearing of her mother's Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more. statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, - a piece news, Rogero ?
many years in doing, and now newly performed by that 2. Gent. Nothing but bonfires. The oracle is ful- rare Italian master, Julio Romano ; who, had he himfilled; the king's daughter is found; such a deal of self eternity, and could put breath into his work, wonder has broken out within this hour, that ballad would beguile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is makers cannot be able to cxpress it.
her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Hermione,
Pol Theve Leon,
that, they say, one would speak to her, and stand in 1 SCENE III. - The same. A Room in Paulina's house.
1 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there Leon. O, grave and good Paulina,the great comfort,
You have paid home: but that you have vouchsaf'd,
Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me, Leon. O Paulina,
Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it
Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children ; but thy Still sleep mock'd death! behold; and say, 'tis well.
[Paulinu undraws a curtain, and discovers a.
dear stone, that I may say, indeed,
Asinfancy, and grace. -- But yet, Paulina,
Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence,
Leon. As now she might have done,
Even with such life of'majesty, (warm life,
Shep. Pry'thee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now There's magic in thy majesty, which has
My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and
From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
Standing like stone witli thee!
I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady,
Give me that hand of yours, to kiss!
Paul. ( patience;
But kill'd itself much sooner,
Pol. Dear my brother,
(Exeunt. Would thus have wronght you, (for the stone is mine,)
259 I'd not have show'd it.
You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her,
Until you see her die again; for then
When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age,
Is she become the suitor,
If this be magic, let it bean art
Pol. She embraces him.
Cam. She havgsabont his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv’d,
Or, how stolen from the dead?
Paul. That she is living,
Were it but told you, should be hooted at
Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives,
Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while ! -
And pray your motiier's blessing.–Tarn, good lady;
Our Perdita is found.
Her. You gods, look down,
And from your sacred vials pour your graces
Upon my daughter's head!--Tell me, mine own,
Where hast thou been preserv’d? where liv'd ? how
Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle
Gave hope, thou wast in being, -have preserv'd
Myself to see the issue.
Paul. There's time enongh for that ;
Your joys with like relation.-Go together,
Yon precious winners all; your exultation
Partüke to every one! I, an old turtle,
Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there
My mate, that's never to be found again,
Lament, till I am lost.
Leon. O peace, Paulina !
As I by thine, a wife: this is a match,
And made between's by vows. Thon hast found mine;
But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her,
As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many
A praver upon her grave: I'll not seek far
(For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee
An honourable husband: - come, Camillo,
Is richly noted, and here justified
By us, a pair of kings. — Let's from this place ! -
What? - Look upon my brother;
[Music. That e'er I put between your holy looks 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more ; approach; My ill suspicion.-- This your son-in-law, Strike all that look upon with marvel! Come; And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing) I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Is troth-plight to your daughter. --Good Paulina, Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Lead us from hence ; where we may leisurely Dear life redeems you.— You perceive, she stirs : Each one demand, and answer to his part
[Hermione comes down from the pedestal. Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Start not! her actions shall be holy, as,
We were dissever'd. Ilastily lead away! (Exeunt.