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Paul.

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 wile, Paulina. Or, from the all that are, took something good, Paul.

Will your swear To make a perfect woman; she, you kill'd, Never to marry, but by my free leave? Would be unparallel'd.

Leon. Never, Paulina; so be bless'd my spirit ! Leon.

I think so. Killid? 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

Paul.

Unless another, now,

As like Hermione as is her picture,
Say so but seldom.

Affront- his eye.
Cleo.
Not at all, good lady: Cleo.

Good madam,
You might have spoken a thousand things that Paul.

I have done. would

Yet, if my lord will marry,—if you will, sir, Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd No remedy, but you will; give me the office Your kindness better.

To choose you a queen: she shall not be so young Pau.

You are one of those, As was your former ; but she shall be such, Would have him wed again.

As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should Dion. If you would not so,

take joy You pity not the state, nor the remembrance To see her in your arms. or his most sovereign dame; consider little,

Leon,

My true Paulina, What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue, We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us. May drop upon his kingdom, and devour

Paul.

That
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy, Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath ;
Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ?! Never till then.
What holier, than,-for royalty's repair,

Enter a Gentleman.
For present comfort and for future good,
To bless the bed of majesty again

Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, With a sweet fellow to't ?

Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she Paul.

There is none worthy, The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods To your high presence. Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes:

Leon.

What with him? he comes not For has not the divine Apollo said,

Like to his father's greatness : his approach, Is't not the tenor of his oracle,

So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, That king Leontes shall not have an heir, "Tis not a visitation fram'd, but forc'd Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall, By need, and accident. What train ? Is all as monstrous to our human reason,

Gent.

But few, As my Antigonus to break his grave,

And those but mean. And come again to me; who, on my life,

Leon.

His princess, say you, with him ? Did perish with the infant. '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 Left his to the worthiest; so his successor | Above a better, gone; so must thy grave Was like to be the best.

Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself Leon. Good Paulina,

Have said, and writ so, (but your writing now Who has the memory of Hermione,

Is colder than that theme,“) She had not been, I know, in honour,-0, that ever 1

Nor was not to be equallid ;-thus your verse Had squar'd me to thy counsel !-then, even now, Flow'd with her beauty once ; 'tis shrewdly ebb’d, I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes ; To say, you have seen a better. Have taken treasure from her lips,

Gent.

Pardon, madam: Paul.

And left them The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,) More rich, for what they yielded.

The other, when she has obtaind your eye, Leon.

Thou speak'st truth. Will have your tongue too. This is such a creature, No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one worse, Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal And better us'd, would make her sainted spirit Of all professors else; make proselytes Again possess her corpse; and, on this stage Or who she but bid follow. (Where we offenders now appear,) soul-verd, Paul.

How? not women ? Begin, And why to me ?

Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman Paul. Had she such power,

More worth than any man; men, that she is She had just cause.

The rarest of all women. Leon. She had; and would incense me Leon.

Go, Cleomenes ; To murder her I married.

Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, Pau.

I should so:

Bring them to our embracement.-Still 'tis strange, Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark (Exeunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentlemen. Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't He thus should steal upon us. You chose her : then I'd shriek, that even your ears Paul.

Had our prince Should rist to hear me; and the words that follow'd (Jewel of children,) scen this hour, he had pair'd Should be, Remember mine.

Well with this lord'; there was not sull a month Leon

Stars, very stars, Between their births.
(1) At rest, dead. (2) Instigate. (5) i, e. Than the corse of Hermione, the sube
(8) Split.

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Leon. Prythee, no more; thou know'st|

Enter a Lord. He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure,

Lord.

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 attendanls.

|(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,

Leon.

Where's Bohemia ? speak. Conceiving you: 'Were I but twenty-one,

Lord. Here in the city ; I now caine from him. Your fatber'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 chose, it seems, By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! of 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 ihen I lost

Flo.

Camillo has 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

Lord.

Lay't so, to his charge, Once more to look upon.

He's with the king your father.
Flo.
By his command Leon.

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 walers '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 thein, living.

Leon.

You are married ? Leon.

0, 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,

Leon.

My lord, So rarely kind, are as interpreters

Is this the daughter of a king ?
Of my behind-hand slackness !--Welcome hither, Flo.

She is,
As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too When once she is my wife.
Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage

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 ber. 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. -'Bescerh you, sir, (A prosperous south-windfriendly,) we havecross’d, Remember since you ow'd no more to time To exccute 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 signisy

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.

Paul.

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 w

whosc

person, Than what you look on now. So sacred as it is, I have done sin :

Leon.

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 (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 I a son ar:d 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.

(To Florizel.

And mark what way I make: Come, good my encounter, which lames report to follow it, and unjord.

(Exeuni. does description to do it.

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, SCEVE II. The same. Before the palace. En- that carried hence the child? ter Autolycus and a Gentleman.

3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and relation ?

not an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a I Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, not only his innocence (which seems much,) to jus

bear: this avouches the shepherd's son; who has heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he'tify him, but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we

Paulina know's. were all commanded out of the chamber; only this, methought I heard the shepherd say, he found lowers?

1 Genl. What became of his bark, and his folthe child. Jul. I would most gladly know the issue of it. master's death; and' in the view of the shepherd :

3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their I Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business; --But the changes I perceived in the king, and so that all the instruments, which aided to expose Camillo, were very nutes of admiration : they But, O, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sor

the child, were even then lost, when it was found. seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their row, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye dedumbness, language in their very gesture ; they that the oracle was fullilled : She lined the prin

clined for the loss of her husband; another elevated looked, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one destroyed: A notable passion of wonder ap

cess from the earih; and so locks her in embracing, peared in them : but the wisest beholder, that knew as if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no more but seeing, could not say, is the importance

no more be in danger of losing. were joy, or sorrow: but in thc extremity of the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it

1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the one, it must needs be.

acted. Enter another Gentleman.

3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and

that which angled for inine eyes (caught the water, Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: thoush not the fish,) was, when at the relation of The news, Rovero?

the queen's death, with the manner how she came 2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is ful- to it,' (bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) filled; the king's daughter is found: such a deal how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, froin of wonder is broken out within this hour, that bal- one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an lad-makers cannot be able to express it.

alas ! I would lain say, bied lears; for, I am sure, Enter a third Gentleman.

my heart wept blood. Who was most marble there,

changed colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: if Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can all the world could have seen il, the wo had been deliver you more.- How goes it now, sir? this universal. news, which is called true, 'is so like an old tale, | Gent. Are they returned to the court?, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's the king found his heir ?

statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,-a picce 3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were pregnant many years in doing, and now newly perso: med by by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll that rare Italian inaster, Julio Romano ; who, had swear you see, there is such u:ity in the proots. he himself eternity, and could put breath into his The mantle of queen Hermione :--her jewel about work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so per. the neck of it :-the letters of Antigonus, found fectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath with it, which they know to be his character :--- The done llermione, ihat, they say, one would speak to majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with all mulher ;-the affection of nobleness, which nature grcediness of aflection, are they gone ; and there shows above her breeding --and many other evi- they intend to sup. dences, proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or two kings?

thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, 2 Genl. No.

visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was with our company piece the rejoicing ? to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benehave beheld one joy crown another; so, and in fit of access? every wink of an eye, some new such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow'wept to take grace will be born: our absence makes us unthristy leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. There to our knowledge. Let's along; was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with

Ereunt Gentlemen. countenance of such distraction, ihat they were to Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former lise be known by garment, not by favour.: Our king, in me, would preferment drop on my head. I being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; found daughier; as if that joy were now become told him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know a loss, cries, O, thy mother, ihy mother! then asks not what: but he at that time, over-fond of the Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in- shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) law; then again worries he his daughter, with who began to be nich sea-sick, and himself little clipping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, better, extremity of weather continuing, this myswhich stands bv, like a weather-beaten conduit of tery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another me: for had I been the under-out of this secret, it

(1) The thing imported.
(2) Disposition or quality.

(3) Countenance, features. (4) Embracing. (5) Most petrified with wonder. (6) Remote.

would not have relished among my other discredits. It is a surplus of your grace, which never

My life may last to answer.
Enter Shepherd and Clown.

Leon.

O Paulina, Here come those I have done good to against my We honour you with trouble: But we came will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their To see the statue of our queen: your gallery fortune.

Have we pass'd through, not without much content Shep. Come, boy ; I am past more children; but In many singularities; but we saw not thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. That which my daughter came to look upon,

Clo. You are well met, sir : You denied to tight The statue of her mother. with me this other day, because I was no genile- Paul.

As she liv'd peerless, man born : See you these clothes ? say, you see So her dead likeness, I do well believe, them not, and think me still no gentleman born: Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, you were best say, these robes are not gentlemen Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it born. Give me the lie ; do; and try whether I ain Lonely, apart: But here it is: prepare not now a gentleman born.

To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well. Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four

(Paulina undraws a curtuin, and dishours.

corers a statue, Shep. And so have I, boy.

I like your silence, it the more shows off Clo: So you have:--but I was a gentleman born Your wonder: But yet speak;-first, you, my liege. before my father : for the king's son took me by the Comes it not something near? hand, and called me, brother; and then the two Leon.

Her natural posture ! kings called my father, brother; and then the Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, Thou art Hermione: 'or, rather, ihou art she, called' my father, father; and so we wept: and In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever As infancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina, we shed.

Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. So aged, as this seems. Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so Pol.

0, not by much. preposterous estate as we are,

Paul. So much the more our cárver's excellence; Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her all the faults I have committed to your worship, As she liv'd now. and to give me your good report to the prince my Leon.

As now she might have done, master.

So much to my good comfort, as it is Sher. 'Priythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, now we are gentlemen.

Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, Clo, Thou wilt amend thy life?

As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd her! Ard. Ay, an it like your good worship.

I am asham’d: Does not the stone rebuke me, Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the For being more stone than it?-0, royal piece, prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in There's magic in thy majesty; which has Bohemia,

My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,

Clo: Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let Standing like stone with thee ! boors and franklins' say it, I'll swear it.

Per,

And give me leave; Shep. How if it be false, son ?

And do not say, 'tis superstition, that Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may I kneel, and then implore her blessing.–Lady, swear it in the behall of his friend :--And I'll Dear queen, that ended when I but began, swear to the prince, thou art a tallo fellow of thy Give me that hand of yours, to kiss. hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I Paul.

O, patience, know, thou art no tall-fellow of thy hands, and that the statue is but newly fixed, the colour's thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, Not dry. thou would'st be a tall sellow of thy hands. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on: Aul. I will prove so, sir, to my power.

Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: if I So many summers, dry: scarce any joy do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be Did ever so long live; no sorrow, drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! But kill'd itself much sooner, the kings and the princes, our kindred, are goingl, Pol,

Dear my brother, to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us: we'll Let him, that was the cause of this, have power be thy good masters,

(Ereunt. To take off so much grief from you, as he

Will piece up in himself. SCENE III.-The same, A room in Paulina's

Paul. house. Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Per- ir I had thought, the sight of my poor image

Indeed, my lord, dita, Camillo, Paulina, Lords, and Attendants. Would thus have wroughl' you, (for the stone is Leon, Ograve and good Paulina, the great com

mine,) fort

I'd not have show'd it, That I have had of thee!

Leon.

Do not draw the curtain. Paul,

What, sovereign sir, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your I did not well, I meant well: All my services,

fancy You have paid home: but that you have vouchsaf'a May think anon, it mores, With your crown'd brother, and these your con

Leon.

Let be, let be. tracted

Would I were dead, but that methinks already Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, What was he, that did make it?-See, my lord, (1) Yeomen. (2) Stout,

(3) Worked, agitated.

Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that thosel Pol.

She embraces him. veins

Cam. She hangs about his neck;
Did verily bear blood ?

If she perta in to life, let her speak too.
Pol.
Masterly done :

Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has The very life seems warm upon her lip:

liv'd, Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't,' Or, how stol'n from the dead. As? we are mock'd with art.

Paul.

That she is living, Pau.

I'll draw the curtain ; Were it but told you, should be hooted at My lord's almost so far transported, that

Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, He'll think anon, il lives.

Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.Leon.

O sweet Paulina, Please you to interpose, fair madain; kneel, Make me to think so twenty years together; And

pray

your mother's blessing.–Turn, good No settled senses of the world can match

lady; The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Our Perdita is found. Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd

[Presenting Per. who kneels to Her. you: but

Her.

You gods, look down, I could afflict you further.

And from your sacred vials pour your graces Leon.

Do, Paulina; Upon my daughter's head ! - Tell me, mine own, For this affliction has a taste as sweet

Where hast ihou been preserv'd? where liv'd ? As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,

how found There is an air comes from her: What fine chisel Thy father's court ? for thou shalt hear, that I,Could ever yet cut breath ? Let no man mock me, Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle For I will kiss her.

Gave hope ihou wast' in being,-have preserv'd Paul.

Good my lord, forbear: Myself, io see the issue. The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;

Paul.

There's time enough for that; You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ? Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Leon. No, not these twenty years,

You precious winners: all; your exultation Per.

So long could I Parlake* to every one. I, an old turtle, Stand by, a looker on.

Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there Poul. Either forbear,

My mate, that's never to be found again, Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you

Lament till I am lost. For more amazement: If you can behold it, Leon,

O peace, Paulina ; l'il make the statue muve indeed ; descend, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, And take you by the hand: but then you'll think As I by thine, a wife: this is a match, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted And made between's by vows. Thou hast found By wicked powers.

mine; Leon.

What

you can make her do, But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, I am content to look on: what to speak,

As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far To make her speak, as move.

(For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Paul.

It is requir'd, An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo, You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still ; And take her by the hand: whose worth, and Or those, that think it is unlawful business

honesty, 1 am about, let them depart.

Is richly noted; and here justified Leon.

Proceed; By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place. No foot shall stir.

What ?-Look upon my brother :-both your pare Paul. Music: awake her: strike

dons,

(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 coines down from the pedestal. Persorm'd in this wide gap of time, since first Start not: her actions shall be holy, as,

We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. (Exe. You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Until you see her die again ; for then You kill her double: Nay, present your hand : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age,

This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, Is she become the suitor.

with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The Leon. 0, she's warm! (Embracing her. character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and If this be magic, let it be an art

strongly represented. Lawful as eating.

JOHNSON. (1) i.e. Though her eye be fixed, it seems to have (3) You who by this covery have gained what motion in it. (2) As if.

(4) Participate.

you desired.

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