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Leontes, King of Sicilia.
I) ion, J
Florizel, his son. -
Time, as Chorus.
Hermione, Queen to Leontes.
Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Satyrs for a dance; Shepherds, Shepherdesser, Guards, etc.
SCENE, sometimes in Sicilia, sometimes in Bohcmia.
Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my services are now on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia, and your Sicilia. Cam. I think, this coming summer, the King of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him. - Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us, we will be justified in our loves: for, indeed, – Cam. 'Beseech you, - - o Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence – in so rare — I know not what to say. — we willgive you sleepy drinks; that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us.
Cam. You pay a great deal too dear, for what's given freely. , Arch. Believe me. I speak as my understanding instructs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utteran Ce. Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia. They were trained together in their childThoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch novv. Since their more mature dignities, and royal necessities, made separation of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have becm royally attorney'd, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies; that they have seem'd to be together, though absent; shook hands, as over a vast; and embraced, as it were, from the cinds of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves! Arch. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an unspeakable comfort of your young Prince Manmillius: it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into my note. Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him: It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physicks the subject, makes old hearts fresh : they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man. Arch. Would they else be content to die? Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live. Arch. If the Iting had no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one. [Eace unt.
S C E N E II.
Enter L E o N T E s, Po L I x E N E s, H E m M. 1 o N E ,
I am question'd by my fears, of what may chance,
Or breed upon our absence: That may blow