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For every inch of woman in the world,
Felish as truth, like us; inform yourselves,
Ant. And I wish, my Liege,
Leon. How could that be?
1. Lord. Well dome, my Lord.
Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Tham what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Whose ignorant credulity will not Come up to the truth: So have we thought it good, From our frce person she should be confin'd; Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence, Be left her to perform. Come, follow us; We are to speak in publick; for this business Will raise us all.
Ant. [Aside.] To laughter, as I take it, If the good truth were known. . [ Eaceum f.
Paul. The keeper of the prison, — call to him; [ Exit an Attendant. I et him have knowledge who I am. – Good Lady! No court in Europe is too good for thee, What dost thou then in prison? – Now, good Sir,
Ile-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
You know me, do you not ?
Iłe-enter Keeper, with EMILIA. Dear Gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady? Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn, May hold together: On her frights, ando'griefs, (Which never tender lady hath borne greater , ) She is, something before her time, deliver'd. Paul. A boy? Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe, Lusly, and like to live: the Queen receives Much comfort in't : says, My poor prisoner, I am innocent as you. Paul. I dare be sworn: — These dangerous unsafe lumes o' the King! beshrew them " He must be told on't, and he shall! the office becomes a woman best; I'll take t upon me: If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister; And never to my red-look'd anger be The trumpet any more; – Pray you, Emilia, Commend my best obedience to the Queen ; If she dares trust me with her little babe, I'll show't the King, and undertake to be Her advocate to th’ loudest: We do not know How he may soften at the sight o' the child; The silence often of pure innocence Persuades, when speaking fails. Emil. Most worthy Madam, Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident, That your free undertaking cannot miss A thriving issue: there is no lady living, So meet for this great errand: Please your Ladyship To visit the next room, I'll presently Acquaint the Queen of your most noble offer; Who, but to - day, hammer'd of this design : But durst not tempt a minister of honour, Lest she should be denied.
Paul. Tell her, Emilia, I'll use that tongue I have : if wit flow from it, As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted I shall do good. Emil. Now be you blest for it! I'll to the Queen : Please you, come something nearer. Heep. Madam, if t please the Queen to send the babe I know not what I shall incur, to pass it, Having no warrant. Paul. You need not fear it, Sir: The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, By law and process of great nature, thence Free'd and enfranchis'd : not a party to The anger of the King, nor guilty of, If any be, the trespass of the Queen. Heep. I do believe it. Paul. Do not you fear; upon Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger. [Eace unt.
S C E N E III.
The same. A Room in the Palace.
Enter LEoN TEs, ANT1 Gonus, Lords, and other Attendants.
Leon. Nor might, nor day, no rest: It is but - weakness To bear the matter thus ; mere weakness, if The cause were not in being; - part o'the cause, She, the adultress : — for the harlot King Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank Alld level of my brain, plot-proof: but she I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,