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Leon. Why, he that wears her like her medal, Your changed complexions are to me a mirror, hanging

Which shows me mme changed too: for I must be About his neck, Bohemia: Who-if I

A party in this alteration, findin: Had servants true about me, that bare eyes

Myself thus alter'd with it. To see alike mine honor as their profils,


There is a sickness Their own particular thrifts,—they would do that Which puts some of us in distemper; but Which should undo more doing : Ay, and thou, I cannot name the di ease; and it is caught His cupbearer,-whom I from meaner form

Of you that yet are well. Have bench'd, and rear'd to worship ; who may'st Pol.

How? caught of me? see

Make me not sighted like the basilish! Plainly, as heaven sees earth, and earth sees heaven, I have look'd on thousands, who have sped the better How I am yalled, -thou mightst bespice a cup, By my regard, but kill'd none 30, Cainillo,To give mine enemy a lasting wink;

As you are certainly a gentlema! ; tbereto Which draught to me were cordial.

Clerk-like, experienced, which no less adorns Cam.

Sir, my lord, Our gentry, than our parents noble names, I could do this: and that with no raslı polion, In whose success? we are gentle 3-I beseech you, But with a ling'ring dram, that should not work

If you know aught which does behove iny knowlMaliciously like poison: But I cannot

edge Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress, Thereof to be infor nd, imprison it not So sovereignly being honorable.

In ignorant concealment. I have lov'd thee,


I may not answer. Leon.

Make't thy question, and go rot! Po!. A sickness caught of me, and yet I well! Dost think, I am so muddy, so unsettled,

I must be answered.- Dost thou hear, Camillo, To appoint myself in this vexation ? sully

I conjure thee, hy all the parts of man, The purity and whiteness of my sheets,

Which honor does acknowledge-whereof the least Which to preserve, is sleep; which being spotted, Is not this suit of mine,--that thou declare Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps ?

What incidency thou dost guess of harın Give scandal to the blood o' the prince my son Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near; Who, I do think, is mine, and love as mine; Which way to be prevented, if t. be; Without ripe moving to't? Would I do this? If not, how best to bear it. Could man so blench?1


Sir, I'll tell you; Cam.

I must believe you, sir Since I am charged in honor, and by him I do: and will fetch off Bohemia for't:

That I think honorable: Therefore, mark my counProvided, that when he's remov'd, your highness

Will take again your queen, as yours at first; Which must be even as swiftly follow'd, as
Even for your son's sake: and, thereby, for sealing I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me
The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms Cry, lost, and so good night.
Known and allied to yours.


On, good Camillo. L'on.

Thou dost advise me, Cam. I am appointed him to murder you. Even so as I mine own course have set down:

Pol. By whom, Camillo ? I'll give no blemish to her honor, none.


By the king: Cam. My lord,


For what? Go then; and with a countenance as clear

Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia,

swears, And with your queen: I am his cupbearer; As he had seen't, or been an instrument If from me he have wholesome beverage,

To vices you to t,—that you have touch'd his queen Account me not your servant.

Forbiddenly. Leon.

This is all;

Pol. O, then my best blood turn
Do't, and thou hast the one half of my heart; To an infected jelly ; and my name
Do't not, thou split'st thine own.

Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best!

I'll do't, my lord. Turn then my freshest reputation to Lean. I will seem friendly, as thou hast advis'd A savor that may strike the dullest nostril me.

[Exit. Where I arrive; and my approach be shunnid, Cam. ( miserable lady!-But, for me,

Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infection What case stand lin? I must be the poisoner That e'er was heard, or read! of good Polixenes: and my ground to do't.


Swear his thought over Is the obedience to a master; one,

By each particular star in heaven, and Who, in rebellion with himself, will have

By all their influences, you may as well All that are his, so too.-To do this deed,

Forbid the sea for lo obey the moon,
Promotion follows: If I could find example As or by oath, remove, or counsel, shake
of thousands, that had struck annointed kings, The fabric of his folly; whose foundation
And flourishid after, I'd not do't: but since

Is piled upon his faith, and will continue
Nor brass, nor slone, nor parchment, bears not one, the standing of his body.
Let villany itself forswear't. I must


How should this grow! Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain

Cam. I know not: but, I am sure, 'tis safer to To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now! Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis bort. Here comes Bohemia.

If therefore you dare trust my honesty,

That lies enclosed in this trunk, which you

Shall bear alony impawn'd-away to-night.
This is strange, methinks, Your followers I will whisper to the business ;
My favor here begins to warp. Not speak ? And will, by twos, and threes, at several posterns,
Good-day, Camillo.

Clear them o' the city: For myself, I'll put
Hail, most royal sir !

My fortunes to your service, which are here
POL. What is the news i' the court?

By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain;

None rare, my lord. For, by the honor of my parents, I Pol, The king hath on him such a countenance, Have utter d truth: which if you seek to prove, As he had lost some province, and a region, I dare not stand by ; nor shall you be safer Lovd as he loves himself: even now I met him Than one condenin'd by the king's own mouth, With customary compliment; when he,

thereon Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling His execution sworn. Alip of much contempt, speeds from me: and Pol.

I do believe thee :
So leaves me, to consider what is breeding, I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand;
That changes thus his manners.

Be pilot to me, and thy places shall
Cam. I dare not know, my lord.

Still neighbor mine; My ships are ready, and Poz. How! dare not? do not. Do you know, and My people did expect my hence departure dare not

Two days ago.—This jealousy.
Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ;

Is for a precious creature: as she's rare,
For, to yourself, what you do know, you must;
And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo,

9 For succession.

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Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty,
Must it be violent; and as he does conceive
He is dishonor'd by a man which ever
Professid to him, why, his revenges must
In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me.
Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing

of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Come, Camillo;
I will respect thee as father, if
Thou bear st my lite oti hence: Let us avoid.

Cam. It is in mine authority to command
The keys of all the posterns: Please your highness.
To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away;



To say,


SCENE I.-The same.

He has discover'd my design, and I

Remain a pinch'd thing;yea, a very trick Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIOs, and Ladies. For them to play at will : How came the posterns

So easily open ? Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me,

1 Lord.

By his great authority;
'Tis past enduring.
i Lady.

Which often hath no less prevailed than so,
Come, my gracious lord,
Shall I be your play-fellow !

On your command.

I know't too well. —

No, I'll none of you. Give me the boy; I am glad, you did not nurse him: 1 Luy. Why, my sweet lord ? Mam. You'll kiss me hard; and speak to me as if Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you

Have too much blood in him. I were a baby still.- I love you better.


What is this? sport? 2 Lady. And why so, iny good lord ?

Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come Mum.

Not for because

about her; Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they Away with him:-and let her sport herself say,

With that she's big with ; for 'tis Polixenes Become some women best; so that there be not

Has made thee swell thus. Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle,


But I'd say he had not, Or half-inoon made with a pen. 2 Lady.

Who taught you this ? And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying, Mum. I learn'd it out of women's faces. --Pray Howe'er you lean to the nayward.


You, my lords, now,

Look on her, mark her well; be but about What color are your eye-brows?

she is a goodly lady, and 1 Lady.

Blue, my lord.
Mam. Nay, that's a mock; I have seen a lady's l 'Tis pity she's not honest, honorable:

The justice of your hearts will thereto add,

Praise her but for this her without-door form, That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. 2 Lady.

(Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) and Hark ye;

straight The queen, your mother, rounds apace : we shall

The shrug, the hum, or ha ; these petty brands, Present our services to a fine new prince, One of these days; and then you'd wanton with us That mercy does; for calumny will sear

That calumny doth use :--0, I am out, If we would have you.

Virtue itself:--These shruys, ihese hums, and ha's, 1 Lady. She is spread of late

When you have said, she's goodly, come between, Into a goodly bulk : Good time encounter her! Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Corne, From him that has most cause to grieve it should be,

Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known, sir, now

She's an adultress. I am for you again: Pray you, sit by us,


Should a villain say so, And tell's a tale.

The most replenish'd villain in the world, Mam. Merry, or sad, shall't be?

He were as inuch more villain : you, my lord, Her. As merry as you will.

Do but mistake.
A sad tale's best for winter :


You have mistook, my lady, I have one of sprites and goblins.

Polixenes for Leontes: () thou thing, Her.

Let's have that, sir.

Which I'll not call a creature of thy place,
Come on, sit down :-Come on, and do your best
To fright me with your sprites: you're powerful Should a like language use to all degrees,

Lest barbarism, making me the precedent,
at it.
Mam. There was a man,

And mannerly distinguishment leave out

Betwixt the prince and beggar!-I have said, Her.

Nay, come, sit down; then on. She's an adultress; I have said with whom : Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell it More, she's a traitor; and Camillo is softly ;

fedary' with her; and one that knows Yon crickets shall not hear it.

What she should shame to know herself, Her.

Come on, then,

Buts with her most vile principal, that she's
And give't me in mine ear.

A bed-swerver, even as bad as those
Enter LEONTES, Antigonus, Lords, and others. That vulgars give bold titles; ay, and privy

To this their late escape.
Leon. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo


No, by my life, with him?

Privy to none of this: How will this grieve you, 1 Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; When you shall come to clearer knowledge, ihat

You thus have publish'd me? Gentle my lord, Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them You scarce can right me thoroughly then, to say Even to their ships.

You did mistake.
How bless'd am I,


No, no; if I mistake In my just censure?« in my true opinion ?

In those foundations which I build upon, Alack, ior lesser knowledge! How accursd,

The centre is not big enough to bear In being so blest!—There may be in the cup

A school-boy's top.-Away with her to prison: A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart. He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty, And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge But that he speaks. Is not infected: but if one present


There's some ill planet reigns: The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known

I must be patient, till the heavens look How he hath drank, he cracks lis gorge, his sides, with an aspect more favorable. Good my lords, With violent hefts :*-1 have drank, and seen the I am not prone to weeping, as our sex spider.

Commonly are; the want of which vain dew, Camillo was his help in this, his pander :

Perchance, shall dry our pities: but I have There is a plot against my life, my crown; That honorable grief lodg d here, which burns All's true that is mistrusted :-that false villain Whom I employed, was pre-employ'd by him:

: A thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet.

» Brand as infamous. Confederate. Oply. • Judgment. * Heavings. a Remotely guilty.

• In merely speaking.


Worse than tears drown: Beseech you all, my lords, of stuff d sufficiency :: Now, from the oracle
With thoughts so qualified as your charities They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had,
Shall best instruct you, measure me;-and so Shall stop or spur me. Have I done well!
The king's will be perform’d!

1 Lord. Well done, iny lord.

Shall I be heard ? Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more

[To the Guards. Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Her Wh: is't that goes with me?— 'Beseech Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, your highness,

Whose ignorant credulity will not My women may be with me; for, you see, Come up to the truth : So we have thought it good, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; from our free person she should be contined ; There is no cause : when you shall know your Lest the treachery of the two, tied hence, mistress

Be left her to perform. Corne, follow us; Has desery'd prison, then abound in tears,

We are to speak in public : for this business As I come out: this action, I now go on,

Will raise us all. Is for my better grace.-Adieu, my lord :

Ant. (Aside.) To laughter, as I take it, I never wish'd to see you sorry; now,

If the good truth were known.

[Exeunt. I trust, I shall.--My women, come; you have leave. Leon. Go do our bidding; hence.

SCENE II.-The outer Room of a Prison. (Ereint QUEEN and Ladies. 1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen

Enter PAULINA and Attendants. again.

Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him :Ant. Be certain what you do, sir; lest your justice

Erit an Attendant. Prove violence; in the which three great ones sutler, Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady! Yourself, your queen, your son.

No court in Europe is too good for thee,
I Lurd.

For her, my lord, - What dust thou then in prison ?--Now, good sir,
I dare iny life lay down, and will do't, sir,
Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless

Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
I'the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean, You know me, do you not?
In this which you accuse her.


For a worthy lady, Ant.

If it prove

And one whom much I honor. She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where


Pray you, then, I Lodge iny wife; I'll go in couples with her ; Conduct me to the queen. Thau when I feel, and see her, no further trust her ; Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary For every inch of woman in the world,

I have express commandment. Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,


Here's ado,
If she be.

To lock up honesty and honor from
Hold your peaces.

The access of genile visitors!-Is it lawful,
1 Lord.

Good my lord,- Pray you, to see her women ? any of them?
Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves: Emilia?
You are abused, and by some putter on,

Keep. So please you, madam, to put
That will be damn'd for t; would I knew the villain, A part these your attendants, I shali bring
I would land-damn him: Be she honor-law'd, - Emilia forth.
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven;


I pray now, call her. The second, and the third, nine, and some tive; Withdraw yourselves.

[Exeunt Attend. If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine honor, Keep.

And, madam, I'll geld them all; fourteen they shall not see, I must be present at your conference. To bring false generations: they are co-heirs; Puul. Well, be it so, prythee. (E.cit Keeper And I had rather glib myself, than they

Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, Should not produce fair issue.

As passes coloring. Leon.

Cease ; no more. You smell this business with a sense as cold

Re-enter Kceper, with EMILIA. As is a dead man's nose : I see't and feel't, Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady ? As you feel doing thus; and see withal

Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn, The instruments that feel.

May hold together: On her i'rights and griefs, Ant.

If it be so,

(Which never tender lady hath borne greater,) We need no grave to bury honesty;

She is, something before her time, deliver’d. There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten

Paul. A boy? of the whole dungy earth.


A daughter, and a goodly babe, Leon.

What! lack I credit? Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives
i Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I, my lord, Much comfort in't: says, My poor prisoner,
Upon this ground: and more it would content me I um innocent as you.
To have her honor true, than your suspicion ;


I dare be sworn :Be blam'd for't how you might.

These dangerous unsafe lunes' o' the king! beshrew Leon. Why, what need we

them! Commune with you of this? but rather follow He must be told on't, and he shall : the office Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative

Becomes a woman best; I'll tak’t upon me : Calls not your councils; but our natural goodness If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister; Imparts this: wbich--if you (or stupified,

And never to my red-look'd anger be
Or seeminz so in skill) cannot, or will not, The trumpet any more: Pray you, Emilia,
Relish as truth, like us; inform yourselves,

Commend my best obedience to the queen ;
We need no more of your auvice: the matter, If she dare trust me with her little babe,
The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all

I'll show't the king, and undertake to be Properly ours.

Her advocate to th' loudest: We do not know Ant.

And I wish, my liege, How he may soften at the sight o' the child;
You had only in your silent judgineni tried it, The silence otten of pure innocence
Without more overture.

Persuades, when speaking lails.
How could that be? Emil.

Most worthy madam, Either thou art most ignorant by age,

Your honor, and your goodness, is so evident, Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight, That your free undertaking cannot miss Added to their familiarity,

A thriving issue; there is no lady living (Which was as gross as ever touched conjecture, So meet for this great errand : Please your ladyship That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation, To visit the next room, I'll presently, But only seeing, all other circumstances

Acquaint the queen of your most noble ofler ; Mad up to the deed,) doth push on this proceeding: Who, but to-day, hammer d of this design; Yet, for a greater confirmation,

But durst not tempt a minister of honor, (For, in act of this importance, 'twere

Lest she should be denied. Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in post, Paul.

Tell her, Emilia, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,

I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, Cleomenes and Dion, whoin you know

. Of abilities more than sufficient. • Prof.

* Lunacícs, fits of madness.

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As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted Coinmit me, for com:vitting honor,) trust it,
I shall to good.

He shall not rule me.
Now, be you blest for il!


Lo you now ; you hear ! I'll to the queen: Please you, come something when she will take the rein, I let her run;

But she'll not stuinble. Keep. Madam, if 't please the queen to send the Paul.

Good my liege, I corne, babe,

And, I beseech you, hear me, who profesa I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,

Myself your loyal servant, your physician, Ilaving no warrant.

Your most obedient counsellor; yei that are Puul.

You need not fear it, sir: Less appear so, in comforting your evils, The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, Than such as most seem yours :-) say, I come By law and process of great nature, thence From your good queen. lireed and enfranchis'd: not a party to


Good queen! The anger of the king ; nor guilty of,

Paul. Good queen, my lond, good queen: 1 say If any be, the trespass of the queen.

good queen ; Keep. I do believe it.

And would by combat make her good, so were I Paul.

Do not you fear: upon A man, the worst about you. Mine honor, I will stand 'twixt you and danger. Leoni.

Force her hence. (Exeunt. Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his eyos, SCENE III.-A Room in the Paluce.

First hand ine: on mine own accord, I'll off;

But tirst, I'll do my errand.-The good queen, Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other For she is good, hath brought you forth a aughter; Attendants.

Here 'tis; commends it to your blessing. Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest : It is but

(Laying down the Child. weakness


(ut! To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if

A very mankind: witch! Hence with her, outo'door: The cause were not in being ;-part o'the cause,

d most intelligencing bawd! Sbe, the adultress ;-for the harloi king


Not so: Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank

I am as ignorant in that, as you And level of my brain, plot-proof : but she

In so entitling nie: and no less honest I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,

Than you are mad : which is enough, I'll warrant, Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest

As this world goes, to pass for honesi.

Traitors! Might come to me again. Who's there? 1 Alten.

My lord? Will you not push her out? Give her the bastard :

(Advancing. Thou, dotard, (TO ANTIGOxus.I thou art woman. Leon. How does the boy ?

tired,. unroosted 1 Atten.

He took good rest to-night: By thy dame Partlet here.--take up the bastard; 'Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharged.

Take't up, I say; give't to thy crone..

To see

For ever His nobleness!

Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou Conceiving the dishonor of his mother,

Tak'st up the princess, by that forced. baseness He straight declined, droop'd, took it deeply;

Which he has put upon't! lastend and fix'd the shame on't in himself;


He dreads his wife. Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,

Paul. So, I would, you did: then, 'twere past all And downright languish'd.-Leave me solely :-go

doubt, See how he fares. [ Exit Attend.1-Fye, fye! no You'd call your children yours. thought of him;


A nest of traitors! The very thought of my revenges that way

Ant. I am none, by this good light. Recoil upon me; in hiinself too mighty;


Nor l ; nor any, And in his parties, his alliance.-Let him be,

But one, that's here; and that's himself: for he Until a time may serve : for present vengeance,

The sacred honor of bimself, his queen's, Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes

His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander, Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow:

Whose sting is shar per than the sword's; and will They should not laugh if I could reach them; nor

not Shall she, within my power.

(For as the case now stands, it is a curse

He cannot be coinpellid to't) once remove
Enter PAULINA, with a Child.

The root of his opinion, which is rotten,

As ever oak, or stone, was sound. 1 Lord.

You must not enter.

A callat,
Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her hus-

band, Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, And now baits me!—This brat is none of mine; Than the queen's life ? a gracious innocent soul;

It is the issue of Polixenes : More free, ihan he is jealous.

Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Ant. That's enough.

Commit them to the fire. 1 Atten. Madain, he hath not slept to-night; Paul.

It is yours; commanded

And, might we lay the old prove b to your charge, None should come at him.

So like you, 'lis the worse.--Behold, my lords, Paul. Not so hot, good sir;

Although the print be little, the whole matter I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you,

And copy of the father: eye, nose, lip, That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh

The trick of his frown, bis forehead; nay, the valley, At each his needless heaving, such as you

The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his Nourish the cause of his awaking: I

smiles; Do come with words as med'cinal as truc;

The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger :Honest, as either; to purge him of that humor,

And thou. good goddess nature, which hast made it That presses him from sleep.

So like to hin that got it, if thou hast Leon.

What noise there, ho? The ordering of the mind tvo, 'mongst all colors Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful conference, No yellow, 'in't: Jest she suspect as he does, About some gossips for your bighness.

Her children not her husband's !


A gross hag!
Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus, And, lozel, thou art worthy to be hang'd,
I charged thee, that she should not come about me; | That will not stay her tongue.
I knew, she would.


Hang all the husbands Ant. I told her so, my lord,

That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself On your displeasure's peril, and on mine,

Hardly one subject.
She should not visit you.

i Lowest. What, canst not rule her?

Abetting your ill courses.

2 Masculine 3 Pecked by a woman; hen-pecked. Paul. From all dishonesty, he can; in this

. Worn out old woman. (Unless he take the course that you have done,

» Forced is false ; uttered with violence to truth. • Alone.

• Trull. • The color of jealousy. * Worthless fellow.



Once more, take her hence. With lady Margery, your midwife, there, Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord To save this bastard's life:-for 'tis a bastard, Can do no more.

So sure as this beard's grey,--what will you advenLeon. I'll have thee burn'd.

ture Paul.

I care not : To save this brat's life? It is an heretic, that makes the fire,


Any thing, my lord,
Not she, which burns in't. I'll not call you tyrant; That my ability may undergo,
But this most cruel usage of your queen

And nobleness impose: at least thus much; (Not able to produce more accusation

I'll pawn the little blood which I have left, Than your own weak-hinged fancy) something To Save the innocent: any thing possible. savors

Leon. It shall be possible: swear by this sword, of tyranny, and will ignoble make you,

Thou wilt perform my bidding. Yea, scandalous to the world.


I will, my lord. Leon.

On your allegiance, Leon. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou ?) for Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant,

the fail Where were her life? she durst not call me so,

Of any point in't shall not only be If she did know me one. Away with her.

Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongued wife; Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone. Whom, for this time, we pardon. We enjoin thee, Look to your babe, my lord; 'tis yours : Jove send | As thou art liege-man to us, that thou carry her

This female bastard hence ; and that thou bear it A better guiding spirit!--What need these hands?- To some remote and desert place, quite out You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,

Of our dominions; and that there thou leave it, Will never do him good, not one of you.

Without more mercy, to its own protection, So, so:-Farewell; we are gone.

(Exit. And favor of the climate. As by strange fortune Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.- It came to us, I do in justice charge thee,My child? away with't! even thou, that hast On thy soul's peril, and thy body's torture,A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence,

That ihou commend it strangely to some place, And see it instantly consumed with fire;

Where chance may nurse or end it: Take it up. Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up straight: Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death Within this hour bring me word 'lis done,

Had been more merciful.-Come on, poor babe : (And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life, Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens, With what thou else call'st thine: If thou refuse, To be thy nurses! Wolves and bears, they say, And will encounter with my wrath, say so; Casting their savageness aside, have done The bastard brains with these my proper hands Like offices of pity:--Sir, be prosperous Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the tire;

In more than this deed doth require! and blessing, For thou sett'st on thy wife.

Against this cruelty, fight on thy side. Ant.

I did not, sir:

Poor thing, condemn'd to loss! These lords, my noble fellows, if they please,

[Erit with the Child. Can clear me in t.


No, I'll not rear 1 Lord. We can ; my royal liege,

Another's issue. He is not guilty of her coming hither.

1 Alten. Please your highness, posts, Leon. You are liars all.

From those you sent to the oracle, are come I Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better an hour since: Cleomenes and Dion, credit;

Being well arriv'd from Delphos, are both landed, We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech

Hasting to the court. So to esteem of us: And on our knees we beg, 1 Lord.

So please you, sir, their specd (As recompense of our dear services,

Hath been beyond account. Past, and to come,) that you do change this purpose; Leon.

Twenty-three days Which being so horrible, so bloody, must

They have been absent: 'Tis good speed; foretells, Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.

The great Apollo suddenly will have Leun. I am a feather foi cach wind that blows:- The truth of this appear.' Prepare you, lords; Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel

Summon a session, that we may arraign And call me father? Bitter bum it now,

Our most disloyal lady : for as she hath Than curse it then. But, be it ; let it live :

Been publicly accus d, so shall she have It shall not neither.-You, sii, come you hither; A just and open trial.' While she lives,

ITO ANTIGONUs. My heart will be a burden to me. Leave me; You, that have been so tenderly officious

And think upon my bidding.




SCENE I.- A Street in some Town. (Thus by Apollo's great divine seal'd up.)

Shall the contents discover, something rare,
Enter CLEOMEYES and Drox.

Even then, will rush to knowledge. -Go,- fresh Cleo. The climate's delicate; the air most sweet ;

horses; Fertile the isle ; the temple much surpassing And gracious be the issue !

(Exeunt. The common praise it bears. Dion.

I shall report,

SCENE II.-A Court of Justice. Por most it caught me, the celestial habits,

LEONTES, Lords, and Oficers, appear properly (Methinks, I should so term them,) and the reve


Leon. This sessions (to our great griet, we proof the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice !

nounce) How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly

Even pushes 'gainst our heart: The party tried, It was i' the offering!

The daughter of a king; our wife; and one
But, of all, the burst

Of us too much belov'd.-Let us be cleard
And the ear-deafening voice o' the oracle,

Of being tyrannous, since we so openly Kin to Jove's thunder, so surprised my sense. Proceed in justice ; which shall have due course, That I was nothing.

Even’ to the guilt, or the purgation.-Dinn.

If the event o' the journey Produce the prisoner. Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be't so! Offi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen As it hath been to us, rare, pleasant, speedy, Appear in person here in court.-Silence! The time is worth the use on't. Clen.

Great Apollo,

HERMIONE is brought in, guarded; Paulina and Turn all to the best! These proclamations,

Ladies attending. So forcing faults upon Hermione,

Leon. Read the indictment. I little like.

. It was anciently a practice to swear by the cross at Dion. The violent carriage of it

the hilt of the sword. Will clear, or end, the business: When the oracle, li. e. Commit it to some place as a stranger. 1 Equal.

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