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Sir, I'll tell you;
Come, my gracious lord, Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him Shall I be your playfellow? That I think honourable: Therefore, mark my Mam.
No, I'll none of you counsel;
1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ? Which must be even as swiftly follow'd, as Mam. You'll kiss me hard ; and speak to me I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me
as if Cry, lost, and so good-night.
I were a baby still.
I love you better. Poz
On, good Camillo. 2 Lady. And why so, my lord ? Cam. I am appointed him to murder you.
Not for because Pol. By whom, Camillo ?
Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they Cam By the king.
For what? Become some women best; so that there be not Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he Too much hair there, but in a semicircle, swears,
Or half-moon made with a pen. As he had seen't, or been an instrument
Who taught you this To vice you to't, -that you have touch'd his Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces. -Pray queen
What colour are your eyebrows ? Pol. 0, then my best blood turn
Blue, my lord. To an infected jelly; and my name
Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best !
lady's nose Turn then my freshest reputation to
That has been blue, but not her eyebrows. A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril 2 Lady.
Hark ye: Where I arrive; and my approach be snunn'd, T'he queen, your mother, rounds apace: we shall Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infection Present our services to a fine new prince, That e'er was heard, or read !
One of these days; and then you'd wanton with Cam.
Swear his thought over us, By each particular star in heaven, and
If we would have you. By all their influences, you may as well 1 Lady.
She is spread of late Forbid the sea for to obey the moon,
Into a goodly bulk : Good time encounter her! As or, by oath, remove, or counsel, shake Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Come, The fabrick of his folly; whose foundation
And tell 's a tale.
Merry, or sad, shall 't be?
A sad tale's best for winter i If therefore you dare trust my honesty, I have one of sprites and goblins. That lies enclosed in this trunk, which you Her.
Let's have that, sir Shall bear along impawn'd,-away to-night. Come on, sit down : - Come on, and do your Your followers I will whisper to the business;
best And will, by two's,and three's,at several posterns, To fright me with your sprites : you're power Clear them o' the city : For myself, I'll put
ful at it. My fortunes to your service, which are here Mam. There was a man, By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain : Her.
Nay, come, sit down ; then on. For, by the honour of my parents, I
Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard :-I will tell it Have utter'd truth : which if you seek to prove,
softly; I dare not stand by ; nor shall you be safer Yon crickets shall not hear it. Than one condemn'd Ly the king's own mouth, Her.
Come on then, thereon
And give 't me in mine ear.
I do believe thee : Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and Others. I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand;
Leon. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo Be pilot to me, and thy places shall
with him? Still neighbour mine ; My ships are ready, and 1 Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; My people did expect my hence departure
never Two days ago. This jealousy
Saw I men sconr so on their way: I ey'd them Is for a precious creature: as she's rare, Even to their ships. Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty,
How bless'd am I Must it be violent; and, as he does conceive,
In my just censure ! in my true opinion ! He is dishonour'd by a man which ever
Alack, for lesser knowledge! How accurs'd, Profess'd to him, why, his revenges must In being so blest !—There may be in the cup In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me: A spider steep'd, and one may drink; depart, Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge The gracious queen, part of his theme, but Is not infected : but if one present nothing
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye; make known Of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Come, Camillo ;
How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his I will respect thee as a father, if
sides, Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid.
With violent hefts - I have drunk, and seen the Cam. It is in mine authority, to command
spider. The keys of all the posterns : 'Please your high- Camillo was his help in this, his pander :
There is a plot against my life, my crown; To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away. Ali's true that is mistrusted that false villain,
[Exeuni. Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him :
He has discover'd my design, and I
Remain a pinch'd thing; yea, a very trick
For them to play at will :- How came the pot SCENE I. The same.
terns Enter Hermione, Mamillius, and Ladies.
So easily open ?
1 Lord. By his great authority; Her. Take the boy to you; he so troubles me, Which often hath no less prevail'd than 50, "Tis past enduring
On your command
I know 't too well. There is no cause : when you shall know your Give me the boy ; I am glad you did not nurse mistress him :
Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you As I come out: this action, I now go on, Have too much blood in him.
Is for my better grace. --Adieu, my lord : Her.
What is this? sport? I never wish'd to see you sorry; now, Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come I trust, I shall. ---My women, come; you have about her ;
leave. Away with him and let her sport herself Leon. Go, do our bidding; hence. With that she's big with ; for 'iis Polixenes
[Ercunt Queen and Ladies. Has made thee swell thus.
1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen Her.
But I'd say, he had not, again. And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying, Ant. Be certain what you do, sir ; lest your Howe'er you lean to the nayward
You, my lords, Prove violence; in the which three great ones Look on her, mark her well ; be but about
suffer, To say, she is a goodly lady, and
Yourself, your queen, your son. The justice of your hearts will thereto add, 1 Lord.
For her, my lord, Tis pity, she's not honest, honourable :
I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, Pra ise her but for this her without-door form, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) and I'th eyes of heaven, and to you; straight
In this which you accuse her. The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands, Ant.
If it prove That calumny doth nise: 0, I am out,
She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where That mercy does; for calumny will sear I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her; Virtue itself ;-these shrugs, these hums,and ha's, Then when I feel, and see her, no further trust When you have said, she's goodly, come be
For every inch of woman in the world, Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known, Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, From him that has most cause to grieve it should if she be.
Leon. Hold your peaces. She's an adultress.
Good my lord. Her.
Should a villain say so, Ant. It is for von we speak, not for ourselves : The most replenish'd villain in the world, You are abus'd, and by some putler-on, He were as much more villain : you, my lord, That will be damn'd for't; 'would, I knew the Do but mistake.
You have mistook, my lady, I would land-damn him ; Be she honour-flaw'd, Polixenes for Leontes: 0 thou thing,
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, The second, and the third, nine, and some five; Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine Should a like language use to all degrees,
honour, And mannerly distinguishment leave out I'll geld them all; fourteen they shall not see, Betwixt the prince and beggar! I have said, To bring false generations; they are coheirs; She's an adultress; I have said with whom : And I had rather glib myself, than they More, she's a traitor! and Camillo is
Should not produce fair issue. A federary with her; and one that knows
Cease: no more. What she should shame to know herself,
You smell this business with a sense as cold But with her most vile principal, that she's As is a dead man's nose: I see't, and feel't, A bed-swerver, even as bad as those
As you feel doing thus; and see withal
If it be so, Her
No, by my life, We need no grave to bury honesty ; Privy to none of this: How will this grieve you, There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that of the whole dungy earth. You thus have publish'd me? Gentle my lord, Leon.
What! lack I credit? You scarce can right me throughly then, to say i Lord. I had rather you did lack, than 1, my You did mistake.
lord, Leon. No, no; if I mistake
Upon this ground: and more it would content In those foundations which I build upon, The centre is not big enough to bear
To have her honour true, than your suspicion ; A school-boy's top.-Away with her to prison : Be blam'd for't how you might. He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty, Leon.
Why, what need we But that he speaks.
Commune with you of this? but rather follow Her.
There's some ill planet reigns : Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative I must be patient, till the beavens look
Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodWith an aspect more favourable. -Good my nese Jords,
Imparts this; which,-if you (or stupified, I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
Or seeming so in skill) cannot, or will not, Commonly are; the want of which vain dew, Relish as truth, like as; inform yourselves, Perchance, shall dry your pities: but I have, We need no more of your advice: the matter, That honourable grief lodg'd here, which burns The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all Worse than tears drown: Beseech you all, my Properly ours. lords,
And I wish, my liege, With thoughts so qualified as your charities You had only in your silent judgment tried it, Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so Without more overture. The king's will be perform'd !
How could that be? Leon.
Shall I be heard ? Either thou art most ignorant by age,
[To the Guards. Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight, Her. Who is 't that goes with me | Beseech Added to their familiarity, your highness,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, My women may be with me; for, you see, That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools ; But only seolug, al other circumstances
Made up to the deed) doth push on this proceed- Her advocate to the londest : We do not know ing:
How he may soften at the sight of the child ; Yet, for a greater confirmation,
The silence often of pare innocence (For, in act of this importance, 'twere
Persuades, when speaking fails. Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in Emil.
Most worthy madam, post,
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,
That your free undertaking cannot miss Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know A thriving issue; there is no lady living, Of stuff?d sufficiency: Now, from the oracle So meet for this great errand: Please your lady. They will bring all: whose spiritual counsel had ship Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well? To visit the next room, I'll presently 1 Lord. Well done, my lord.
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer; Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design; Than what I know, yet shall the oracle But durst not tempt a minister of honour, Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Lest she should be denied. Whose ignorant credulity will not
Tell her, Emilia, Come up to the truth : So have we thought it I'll use the tongue I have: if wit flow from it, good,
As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted From our free person she should be confin'd; I shall do good. Lest that the treachery of the two fled hence, Emil.
Now be you blest for it! Be left her to perform. Come, follow us; I'll to the queen: Please you, come something We are to speak in public: for this business Will raise us all.
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the Ant. (Aside. To laughter, as I take it,
babe, If the good truth were known. [Exeunt. I know not what I shall incur, to pass it, SCENE II. The same. The outer Room of a Paul.
Having no warrant.
Yon need not fear it, sir; . Prison.
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, Enter Paulina and Attendants. By law and process of great nature, thence
Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to Paul The keeper of the prison,-call to him; The anger of the king; nor guilty of,
[Exit an Attendant. If any be, the trespass of the queen. Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady! Keep. I do believe it. No court in Europe is too good for thee,
Do not you fear; upon What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir, Mine hononr, I will stand 'twixt you and danger
(Eseunt. Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper. You know me, do you not ?
SCENE III. The same. A Room in the Palace. Kecp.
For a worthy lady, Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other And one whom much I honour.
Pray you, then, Conduct me to the queen.
Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but Keep. I may not, madam; to the contrary
weakness I have express commandment.
To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if Paul.
Here's ado, The canse were not in being ;-part o' the cause, To lock up honesty and honour from
She, the adultress ;--for the harlot king
I can hook to me : Say, that she were gone,
My lord! Paul. I pray now, call her.
(Advancing. Withdraw yourselves.
[Ercunt Attend. Leon. How does the boy? Keep. And, madam,
He took good rest to-night. I must be present at your conference.
'Tis hop'd his sickness is discharg'd. Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. [Erit Keeper.
Leon Here's such ado to make no stain a stain,
His nobleness ! As passes colouring.
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply, Re-enter Keeper, with Emilia.
Fastend and fix'd the shame on't in himself, Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady? Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
Emil. well as one so great, and so forlorn, And downright languish'd.-Leave me solely: May hold together: On her frights and griefs,
go, (Which never tender lady hath borne greater) See how he fares. [Exit Attend.)-Fie, fie! no She is, something before her time, deliver'd.
thought of him ;Paul. A boy?
The very thought of my revenges that way Emil A daughter; and a goodly babe, Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty; Lusty, and like to live : the green receives And in his parties, his alliance, -Let him be, Much comfort in't: says, My poor prisoner, Until a time may serve: for present vengeance I am innocent as you.
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow : These dangerous unsafe lunes o' the king! be. They should not laugh, if I could reach them; nor shrew them!
Shail she, within my power.
Enter Paulina, with a Child.
You must not enter And never to my red-look'd anger he
Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second The trumpet any more :-'Pray you, Emilia,
to me: Commend my best obedience to the queen; Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, If she dares trust me with her little babe, Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul, I'll whow't the king, and undertake to be More free, than he is jealous.
That's enongh. His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander, 1 Allend. Madan, he hath not slept to-night; Whose sting is sharper than the sword's; and commanded
will not None should come at him.
(For, as the case now stands, it is a curse Paul.
Not so hot, good sir; He cannot be compellid to't) once remove
A callat, Nourish the cause of his awaking: I
Of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her Do come with words as medicinal as true;
husband, Honest, as either : to purge him of that humour, And now baits me! This brat is none of mine ; That presses him from sleep.
It is the issue of Polixenes: Leon.
What noise there, ho ? Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Paul. No noise, my lord, but needful con. Commit them to the fire. ference
It is yours, About some gossips for your highness.
And, might we lay the old proverb to your Leon.
charge, Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus, So like you, 'tis the worse. --Behold, my lords, charg'd thee, that she should not come about Although the print be little, the whole matter me;
And copy of the father : eye, nose, lip, I knew she would.
The trick of his frown, his forehead ; nay, the Ant. I told her so, my lord,
valley, On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek ; his She should not visit you.
What, canst not rule her? The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finPaul. From all dishonesty, he can: in this,
ger: (Unless he take the course that you have done, And, thou, good goddess nature, which hast Commit me, for commitling honour,) trust it, made it He shall not rule me.
So like to him that got it, if thou hast Ant.
Lo you now, you hear! The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours
Her children not her husband's!
A gross hag
Hang all the husbands Less appear so, in comforting your evils, That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself Than such as most seem yours :-I say, I come Hardly one subject. From your good queen.
Once more, take her hence. Leon. Good queen!
Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen: I Can do no more. say, good queen;
I'll have thee burn'd. And would by combat make her good, so were 1 Paul.
I care not ; A man, the worst about you.
It is a heretick that makes the fire, Leon.
Force her hence. Not sbe which burns in't. I'll not call you Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his tyrant ; eyes,
But this most cruel usage of your queen First hand me: on my own accord, I'll off; (Not able to produce more accusation For she is good, hath brought you forth a daughBut, first, I'll do my errand...The good queen, Than your own weak-hing'd fancy) something
Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you,
On your allegiance, Leon.
Out 1 Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, A mankind witch! Hence with her, out o' door : Where were her life? she durst not call me so, A most intelligencing bawd!
If she did know me one. Away with her. Paul.
Paul. I pray you, do not push me ; I'll begone. I am as ignorant in that, as you
Look to your babe, my lord ; 'tis yours : Jove In so entitling me: and no less honest
send her Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll war- A better guiding spirit !-What need these rant,
hands? As this world goes to pass for honest.
You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Leon.
Traitors! Will never do him good, not one of you. Will you not push her out? Give her the bas- So, so :-Farewell, we are gone. [Erit tard :
Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to Thou dotard [To Antigonus,] thou art woman this.tir'd, unroosted
My child ? away with't-even thou, that hast By thy dame Partlet here:-take up the bastaru; A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence, Take't up, I say ; give't to thy crone.
And see it instantly consum'd with fire; Paul
For ever Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou
straight : Takest up the princess, by that forced baseness Within this hour bring me word, 'tis done, Which he has pat upon'il
(And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life, Leon
He dreads his wife. With what thou else call'st thine: If thou refuse, Paul. So, I would, you did; then, 'twere past and wilt encounter with my wrath, say so; all doubt,
The bastard brains
with these my proper hands You'd call your children yours.
Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire; Leon.
A nest of traitors! For thou sett'st on thy wife. Ant. I am none, by this good light.
I did not, sir : Paul.
Nor I; nor any, These lords, my noble fellows, if they please, But one, that's here; and that's himself; for he can clear me in't. The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, 1 Lord.
We can; my royal liege
He is not guilty of her coming hither.
ACT III. Leon. You are liars all. i Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better SCENE I. The same. A Street in sc me Town credit:
Enter Cleomenes and Dion. We have always truly serv'd you ; and beseech So to esteem of us; and on our knees we beg Cleo. The climate's delicate ; the air most (As recompense of our dear services,
sweet ; Past, and to come,) that you do change this pur- Fertile the isle; the temple much surpassing pose;
The common praise it bears. Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must Dion.
I shall report, Lead on to some foul issue : We all kneel. For most it caught me, the celestial habits, Leon. I am a feather for each wind that (Methinks, I so should term them,) and the re
blows: Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!
And call me father ? Better burn it now, How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly # Than curse it then. But, be it ; let it live : It was i' the offering! It shall not neither.-You, sir, come you hither ; Cleo.
But, of all, the burst [To Antigonus. And the ear-deafʼning voice o' the oracle, You, that have been so tenderly ofticious Kin to Jove's thunder, so surpris'd my sense, With lady Margery, your midwife, there, That I was nothing. To save this bastard's life :--for 'tis a bastard, Dion.
If the event or the journey So sure as this beard's gray,-what will you ad- Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be'i so ! venture
As it hath been to us, rare, pleasant, speedy, To save this brat's life?
The time is worth the use on't.
Great Apollo, That my ability may undergo,
Turn all to the best : These proclamations, And nobleness impose : at least, thus much; So forcing faults upon Hermione, I'll pawn the little blood which'I have left, I little like. To save the innocent: any thing possible.
The violent carriage of it Leon. It shall be possible : Swear by this sword, Will clear, or end, the business: When the oracle, Thou wilt perform my bidding.
(Thus by Apollo's great divine seal'd up,) Ant.
I will, my lord. Shall the contents discover, something rare, Leon. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou ?) Even then will rush to knowledge. -Go,for the fail
fresh horses; Of any point in't shall not only be
And gracious be the issue !
(Exeunt Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongu'd wife; Whom, for this time we pardon. We enjoin SCENE II. The same. A Court of Justice. thee,
Leontes, Lords, and Officers, appear properly As thou art liegeman to us, that thon carry This female bastard hence; and that thon
seated. bear it
Leon. This sessions (to our great grief, we To some remote and desert place, quite out
pronounce) Of our dominions; and that there thou leave it, Even pushes 'gainst our heart: the party tried, Without more mercy, to its own protection, The daughter of a king; our wife; and one And favour of the climate. As by strange fortune of us too much belov'd. --Let us be clear'd It came to us, I do in justice charge thee, Of being tyrannous, since we so openly On thy soul's peril, and thy body's torture, Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, That thou commend it strangely to some place, Even to the guilt, or the purgation. Where chance may nurse, or end it: Take it up Produce the prisoner. Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death Offi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Had been more merciful.---Come on, poor babe, Appear in person here in court. -Silence ! Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and Hermione is brought in, guarded ; Paulina and
ravens, To be thy nurses! Wolves and bears, they say,
Ladies, attending Casting their savageness aside, have done Leon. Read the indictment. Like offices of pity. --Sir, be prosperous
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, In more than this deed doth required and bless- king of Sicilin, thou art here accused and ar ing,
taigned of high treason, in committing adulAgainst this cruelty, fight on thy side, tery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia ; and con, Poor thing, condemn'd to loss!
spiring with Camillo to take away the life of
[Erit, with the child. our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husLeon.
No, I'll not rear band; the pretence whereof being by circumAnother's issue.
stances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, con 1 Atten.
Please your highness, posts, trary to the faith and allegiance of a true sub From those you sent to the oracle, are come ject, didst counsel and aid them, for their better An hour since: Cleomenes and Dion,
safety, to fly away by night. Being well arriv'd from Delphos, are both Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that landed,
Which contradicts my accusation; and Hasting to the court.
The testimony on my part, no other 1 Lord. So please you, sir, their speed But what comes from myself; it shall scarco Hath been beyond account.
boot me Leon.
Twenty-three days To say, Not guilty : mine integrity, They have been absent : 'Tis good speed : fore- Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, tells,
Be so receiv'd. But thus,--If powers divine The great Apollo certainly will have
Behold our human actions, (as they do,) The truth of this appear. Prepare you, lords; I doubt not then, but innocence shall make Summon a session, that we may arraign False accusation blush, and tyranny Our most disloyal lady; for, as she hath Tremble at patience. - You, my lord, best know Been publickly accus'd, so shall she have (Who least will seem to do so) my past life A just and open trial. While she lives, Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true, My heart will be a burden to me. Leave me ; As I am now unhappy; which is more And think upon my bidding. (Exeunt Than history can pattern, though devis'd,