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If we would have you.
2 Lady. She is spread of late Into a goodly bulk; (good time encounter her!)
Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? come, Sir, now
Mam. Merry, or sad, shall’t be?
Mam. A sad tale's best for winter.
Her. Let's have that, good Sir.
Mam. There was a man-
Mam. Dwelt by achurch-yard; I will tell it softly:
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, and Lords. Leo. Was he met there ? his train? Camillo with him?
Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; never Saw I men scowr so on their way: I ey'd them Even to their ships.
Leo. How blest am I In my just censure! in my true opinion ! Alack, for lesser knowledge, how accurs'd In being so bleft! There may be in the cup A spider steep'd, and one may drink; depart, And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge Is not infected: but if one present Th' abhorr’d ingredient to his eye, make known How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his fides With violent hefts.--I have drunk, and seen the spider. Camillo was his help in this, his Pander: There is a plot against my life, my crown; All's true, that is miftrusted: that false villain, Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him: He hath discover'd my design, and I Remain a pinch'd thing; yea, a very trick
For them to play at will : how.came the posterns
Lord. 'By his great authority,
Leo. I know't too well.
Her. What is this, sport?
Leo. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come about hers
Her. But I'd fay, he had not;
Leo. You, my Lords,
Her. Should a villain say so,
Leo. You have mistook, my Lady,
Should a like language use to all degrees;
Her. No, by my life,
Leo. No, if I mistake
Her. There's some ill planet reigns ;
But that be speaks. ] This cannot be the Speaker's meaning, Leontes would say, I thall hold the person in a great measure guilty, who shall dare to intercede for her : And this, I believe, Sbakefpeare ventur'd to express thus:
He, who shall speak for ber, is far of guilty, &c
Leo. Shall I be heard ?
Her. Who is’t, that goes with me? 'beseech your HighMy women may be with me, for, you see ness, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools, There is no cause; when you shall know, your mistress Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, As I come out; this action, I now go on, Is for my better grace. Adieu, my Lord, I never wilh'd to see you sorry; now, I trust, lihall. My wonen,-come, you've leave. Lio. Go, do our bidding; hence.
[Exit Queen, guarded; and Ladies. Lord. 'Beseech your Highness call the Queen again.
Ant. Be certain what you do, sir, left your justice Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffers Yourself, your Queen, your son.
Lord. For her, my Lord,
of heaven, and to you, (I mean, In this which you accuse her.)
Ant. If it prove
Leo. Hold your peaces.
Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves :
If this prove true, they'll pay for't.) The 2d folio edition led Mr. Riwe first inadvertently to fix five sons upon Antigonus, more than the Poet ever design'd him: and Mr. Pope ftumblei implicitly
The second, and the third, nine, and some five;
Leo. Cease; no more :
Ant. If it be fo,
Leo. What? lack I credit?
Lord. I had rather you did lack than 1, my Lord, Upon this ground; and more it would content ne To have her honoer true, than your suspicionr; Be blam'd for’t, how you might.
Leo. Why, what need we Commune with
of this? but rather follow
Ant. And I wish, my Liege, into the mistake. But what encreases the jest, these three daughters), and five fons were coheirs: If this was ever according to the laws of Sicily, 'tis so peculiar, that Goltzius, Fazellus or Cluverius would have thought it worthy of a short notice. But the reading of the ift folig edition, which I have restor'd to the text, makes no mention of any 'Tons, and so the girls remain properly coheirs; the eldeft, eleven years of age; the second, nine; and the third, some five.' I'll luljoin two instances of this manner expression from our Author's King Lear.
But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year elder than this; For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon thincs lag of a brother : M 2