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Even for your son's sake ; and, thereby, for If you know aught which does behove u sealing

knowledge The injury of tougues, in courts and kingdoms Thereof to be inform’d, imprison it not Known and allied to yours.

In ignorant concealment. Leon. Thou dost advise me,

Cam. I may not answer. Even so as I mine own course have set down :

Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I I'll give no blemish to her honour, none.

well! Cam. My lord,

I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo Go then: and with a countenance as clear

I conjure thee, by all the parts of man, As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bo- which honour does acknowledge,- wheredi hemia,

the least And with your queen : I am his cupbearer;

Is not this suit of mine,-that thou declare If from me he have wholesome beverage,

What incidency thou dost guess of harm Account me not your servant.

Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near; Leon. This is all :

Which way to be prevented, if to be ;
Do't, and thou hast one half of my heart ; If not, how best to bear it.
Do't and thou split'st thine own.

Cam. Sir I'll tell you;
Cam. I'll do't my lord.

Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him Leon. I will seem friendly, as thou hast ad. That I think honourable: Therefore mark my vis'd me.

[Erit. counsel ; Cam. O miserable lady!-But, for me, Which must be even as swiftly follow'd as What case stand I in? I'must be the poisoner I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me Of good Polixenes: and my ground to do't Cry, lost, and so good-night. Is the obedience to a master; one,

Pol. On, good Camillo ? Who, in rebellion with himself, will have Cam. I am appointed Him to murder you.* All that are his, so too. To do this deed, Pol. By whom Camillo ? Promotion follows: If I could find example Cam. By the king. Of thousands, that had struck anointed kings, Pol. For what ? And flourish'd after, I'd not do't it: but since

Cam. He thinks, nay with all confidence Nor brass nor stone, nor parchment, bears not

he swears, Let villany itself forswear't. I must [one. As he had seen't, or been an instrument Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain

To vicet you to't—that you have touch'd his To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now! Forbiddenly.

[queen Here comes Bohemia.

Pol. O, then my best blood turn

To an infected jelly; and my name
Pol. This is strange! methinks,

Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best My favour here begins to warp. Not speak ? - Turn then my freshest reputation to Good-day, Camillo.

A savour, that may strike the dullest nostri Cam. Hail, most royal Sir!

Where I arrive ; and my approach be shun'o, Pol. What is the news i'the court ?

Nay, hated too, worse than the greatest infecCam. None rare my lord.

That e'er was heard, or read !

[tion Pol. The king hath on him such a counte.

Cam. Swear bis thought over nance,

By each particular star in heaven, and As he had lost some province, and a region,

By all their ipfluences, you may as well Lov'd as he loves himself; even now I methim Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, With customary compliment; when he,

As or, by oath, remove, or counsel, shake the Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling

The fabrick of his folly ; whose foundation A lip of much contempt, speeds from me ; and Is pil'd upon his faith, and will continue So leaves me, to consider what is breeding,

The standing of his body. That changes thus his manners.

Pol. How should this grow? Cam. I dare not know, my lord.

Cam. I know not: but, I am sure, 'tis safer to Pol. How! dare not? do not. Do you know, Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis and dare not.

born. Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ;

If therefore you dare trust my honesty, For, to yourself, what you do know, you must; That lies enclosed in this trunk, which you And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, Shall bear along impawn'd, -away to night. Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror, Your followers I will whisper to the business ; Which shows me mine chang'd to; for I must be And will, by twos, and threes, at several pos. A party in this alteration, finding

terns, Myself thus alter'd with it.

Clear them o'the city: For myself, I'll put Cam. There is a sickness

My fortunes to your service, wbich are here Which puts some of us in distemper; but

By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain ; I cannot name the disease, and it is caught

For, by the honour of my parents, I Of you that yet are well.

Have uttered truth : which if you seek to prove, Pol. How caught of me?

I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer Make me not sighted like the basilisk:

Than one condemn'd by the king's own mouth, I have look'd on thousands, who have sped His execution sworn.

thereon the better By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo,

Pol. I do believe thee : As you are certainly a gentleman; thereto

I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand: Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns Be pilot to me, and thy places shall Our gentry, than our parents' noble names,

Still neighbour mine; my ships are ready, and In whose success* we are gentle,t-I beseech My people did expect my hence departure you.

Two days ago.--This jealousy * For succession.

*1.e. I am the person appointed, &c. + Gentle as opposed to simple; well born.

| Draw

Settled belic


Is for a precious creature : as she's rare,

1 Lord. Behind the turf of pines I met them; Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty, Must it be violent; and as he does conceive Saw I men scourso on their way: I ey'd them He is dishonour'd by a man which ever Even to their ships. Professid to him, why, his revenges must Leon. How bless'd am I In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades In my just censure ?* in my true opinion ? me;

Alack, for lesser knowledge !t How accus'd Good expedition be my friend, and comfort In being so blest!-There may be in the cup The gracious queen, part of his theme, but no- A spidert steep'd, and one may drink; depart, thing

And yet partake no venom;for his knowledge Of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Come, Camillo ; Is not infected: but if one present [known I will respect thee as a father, if

The abhorr'd, ingredient to his eye, make Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid. How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his Cam. It is in mine authority, to command

sides, The keys of all the posterns : Please your With violent hefts :-I have drank, and seen highness.

the spider. To take the urgent hour : come, Sir away. Camillo was his help in this, his pander :

[Exeurt. There is a plot against my life, my crown ; АСТ II.

All's true that is mistrusted :—that false villain,

Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him: SCENE 1.- The same.

He has discover'd my design, and I

Remain a pinch'd thing ill yea, a very trick Enter HERMIONE MAMILLIUS, and Ladies.

For them to play at well :—How came the posHer. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me,

So easily open ?

[terns *Tis past enduring.

i Lord. By his great authority; 1 Lady. Come, my gracious lord,

Which often hath no less prevail'd than so, Shall I be your playfellow?

On your command. Mam. No, I'll none of you.

Leon. I know't too well.1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?

Give me the boy; I am glad, you did not nurse Mam. You'll kiss me hard ; and speak to me

him :

[you I were a baby still.-I love you better. [as if Though he does bear some signs of me, yet 2 Lady. And why so, my good lord ?

Have too much blood in him. Mam. Not for because


Her. What is this? sport ? Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come Become some women best; so that there be not

about her ; Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle, Away with him:-and let her sport herself Or halfmoon made with a pen.

With that she's big with ; for 'tis Polixenes 2 Lady. Who taught you this?

Has made thee swell thus.
Mam. I learn'd it out of woman's faces.- Her. But I'd say, he had not,
Pray now

And I'll be sworn, you would believe my sayWhat colour are your eye-brows ?

Howe'er you lean to the nayward. [ing 1 Lady. Blue, my lord.

Leon. You, my lords. Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a Look on her, mark her well ; be but about lady's nose

To say, she is a goodly lady, and That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. The justice of your hearts will thereto add, 2 Lady. Hark ye :

[shall 'Tis pity she's not honest, honourable : The queen, your mother, rounds apace ; we Praise her but for this her without-door form, Present our services to a fine new prince, (Which, on my faitb, deserves high speech,) One of these days; and then you'd wanton with

and straight If we would have you.

[us, The shrug, the hum, or ha; these pretty brands, 1 Lady. She is spread of late

That calumny doth use :-0, I am out, Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her! That mercy does; for calumny will sear Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Virtue itself:-these shrugs, these hums, and Come, Sir, now


[tween, I am for you again : Pray you sit by us, When you have said she's goodly, come beAnd tell's a tale.

Ere you can say she's honest: But be it known, Mam. Merry, or sad, shall't be ?

From him that has most cause to grieve it Her. As merry as you will.

should be, Mam. A sad tale's best for winter:

She's an adultress. I have one of sprites and goblins

Her. Should a villain say so, Her. Let's have that Sir.

(best The most replenish'd villain in the world, Come on, sit down:-Come on, and do your He were as much more villain: you, my lord, To fright me with your sprites : you're power- Do hut mistake. ful at it.

Leon. You have mistook, my lady, Mam. There was a man,

Polixenes for Leontes : 0 thou thing, Her. Nay, come, sit down : then on. Which I'll not call a creature of thy place. Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell Lest barbarism, making me the precedent. it softly ;

Should a like language use to all degrees, Yon crickets shall not hear it.

And mannerly distinguishment leave out Her. Come on then,

Betwist the prince and beggar! I have said, ? And give't me in mine ear.

She's an adultress; I have said, with whom Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, LORDS, and others. More, she's a traitor ; and Camillo is

* Judgemeot.

10 that my knowledge were less. Leon. Was he met there? his train? Camillo Spiders were esteemed poisonous in our author's time,

with him?

A thing pinched out of clouts, a puppei.
T Brand as infamous.


A federary with her: and one that knows The second, and the third, nine, and some five; What she would shame to know herself, If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine Butt with her most vile principal, that she's

honour, A bed-swerver, even as bad as those

l'll geld them all; fourteen they shall not see, That vulgars give bold titles; ay, and privy To bring false generations; they are co-beirs ; To this their late escape.

And I had rather glib myself, than they Her. No, by my life,

Should not produce fair isssue. Privy to none of this: How will this grieve Leon. Case ; no more. you,

(that You smell this business with a sense as cold When you shall come to clearer knowledge, As is a dead man's nose : I see't, and feel't, You thus have publish'd me ? Gentle my lord, As you feel doing thus; and see withal You scarce can right me throughly then, to say The instruments that feel. You did mistake.

Ant. If it be so, Leon. No, no; if I mistake

We need no grave to bury honesty; In those foundations which I build upon, There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten The centre is not big enough to bear

Of the whole dungy earth. A school-boy's top:--Away with her to prison: Leon. What ! lack I credit ? He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty 1 Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I my But that he speaks.


(me Her. There's some ill planet reigns : Upon this ground: and more it would content I must be patient, till the heavens look To have her honour true, then your suspicion; With an aspect more favourable.-Good my Be blam'd for't how you might. I am not prone to weeping, as our sex [lords, Leon. Why, what need we Commonly are ; the want of which vain dew, Commune with you of this ? but rather follow Perchance, shall dry your pities: but 1 bave Our forceful instigation ? Our perogative That honourable grief lodg’d here, which Calls not your counsels: but our natural goodburns

[lords, Worse than tears drawn: 'Beseech you all, my Imparts this : which,-if you (or stupified, With thoughts so qualified as your charities Or seeming so in skill,) cannot, nor will not, Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so Relish as truth, like us; inform yourselves, The king's will be perform’d!

We need no more of your advice: the matter, Leon. Shall I be heard ? [ To the Guards. The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all Her. Whois't, that goes with me?-'Beseech Properly ours. your highness,

Ant. And I wish, my liege, My woman may be with me ; for, you see, You had only in your silent judgment tried it, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good Without moreoverture. fools;

mistress Leon. How could that be ? There is no cause : when you shall know your Either thou art most ignorant by age, Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight, As I come out: this action, I now go on, Added to their familiarity, Is for my hetter grace.-Adieu, my lord : (Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, I never wish'd to see you sorry ; now, That lack'u sight only, nought for approbaI trust, I shall.----My women, come ; you

tion, have leave.

But only seeing, all other circumstances Leon. Go, do your bidding : hence. Made up to the deed,) doth push on this pro[Exeunt Queen and Ladies. Yet, for a greater confirmation,

ceeding : 1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the For, in an act of this importance, 'twere queen again,

Most piteous to be wild, I have dispatch'd in Ant. Be certain what you do, Sir; lest your

post, justice

(suffer, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, Prove violence; in the which three great ones Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know Yourself, your queen, your son.

Of stuff'd sufficiency: Now, from the oracle 1 Lord. For her, my lord,

They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel I dare my life lay down, and will do’t, Sir,

had, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spot. Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well? less

I Lord. Well done, my lord. Tthe eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean, Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no In this which you accuse her. Ant. If it prove

Than what I know, yet shall the oracle She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables, where Give rest to the minds of others ; such as he, I lodge my wife ; I'll go in couples with her; Whose ignorant credulity will not

(good, Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust come up to the truth: So have we tbought it For every inch of woman in the world, [her, From our free person she should be contin'd: Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence, If she be.

Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ; Leon. Hold your peaces.

We are to speak in public; for this business 1 Lord. Good my lord,

Will raise us all. Ant. It is for you we speak, not for our- Ant. [ Aside.) To laughter, as I take it, selves :

If the good truth were known. You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, 1 SCENE II.-The same. The ouer Room of That will be damn'd for't; 'would I knew the

a Prison. villain,

[flaw'd, I would land-damn him : Be she honour

Enter PAULINA and Attendants. I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven ;

Paul. The keeper of the prison-call to him * Confederate.

(Erit an Altendant, f Only. Remotely guilty. slo merely speaking !! Take my station

* Proof,

† or abilities more than sufficient. Instigator.


(Exeunt. Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send lady!

the babe,
No court in Europe is too good for thee, [Sir, I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good Having no warrant.
Re-enter Attendant with the KEEPER.

Paul. You need not fear it, Sir:

The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, You know me, do you not?

By law and process of great nature, thence Keep. For a worthy lady,

Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to And one whom much I honour.

The anger of the king ; nor guilty of, Paul. Pray you, then,

If any be, the trespass of the queen. Conduct me to the queen.

Keep. I do believe it. Keep. I may not, madam; to the contrary

Paul. Do not you fear: upon I have express commandment.

Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and Paul. Here's ado,


(Exeunt. To lock up honesty and honour from The access of gentle visitors!—Is it lawful, SCENE III.-The same.--A Room in the

Pray you, to see her women? any of them?

Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, LORDS, and other Keep. So please you, madam, to put

Apart these your attendants, I shall bring
Emilia forth

Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but

weakness Paul. I pray now, call her. Withdraw yourselves.

[Exeunt Attend. To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if Keep. And, madam,

The cause were not in being ;--part o'the

cause, I must be present at your conference. Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee.

She, the adultress;—for the harlot king

[Exit KEEPER. Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank Here's such ado to make no stain a stain,

And level* of my brain, plot-proof: but she

I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone, As passes colouring.

Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
Re-enter KEEPER, with EMILIA.

Might come to me again.- -Who's there? Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious 1 Alten. My Lord ?

[Advancing. lady!

Leon. How does the boy? Emil. As well as one so great, and so for- 1 Atten. He took good rest to-night; lorn.

'Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharg'u. May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,

Leon. To see,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater) His nobleness !
She is, something before her time, deliver'd. Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
Paul. A boy?

He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply ; Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe, Fastend and fix'd the shame on't in himself; Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, Much comfort in it: says, My poor prisoner, And downright languish'd.—Leave me soleI am innocent as you.

ly:t-go, Paul. I dare be sworn.

See how he fares. (Exit Attend.]-Fie, fie! no These dangerous unsafe lunes* oʻthe king!

thought of him;beshrew them!

The very thought of my revenges that way He must be told on't, and he shall: the office

Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty; Becomes a woman best; I'll take't upon me: And in his parties, his alliance --Let him be, If I prove honey mouth’d, let my tongue blis- Until a time may serve: for present vengeance, And never to my red-look'd anger be [ter; | Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes (row: The trumpet any more :-Pray you, Emilia, Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorCommend my best obedience to the queen; They should not laugh, if I could reach them; If she dares trust me with her little babe, Shall she, within my power.

[nor I'll show't the king, and undertake to be Her advocate to th’loudest: We do not know

Enter PAULINA, with a Child. How he may soften at the sight o'the child ;

1 Lord. You must not enter. The silence often of pure innocence Persuades, when speaking fails,

Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second

to me: Emil. Most worthy madam, Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident, Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent

Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, That your free undertaking cannot miss

More free, than he is jealous. A thriving issue ; there is no lady living,


Ant. That's enough. So meet for this great errand : Please your 1 Atten. Madam, he hath not slept to-night; ladyship

None should come at him. To visit the next room, I'll presently

[commanded Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer ;

Paul. Not so hot, good Şir; Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;

I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you,But durst not tempt a minister of honour,

That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh Lest she should be denied.

At each his needless heavings,--such as you Paul. Tell her, Emilia,

Nourish the cause of his awaking: I I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, Do come with words as med'cinal as true; As boldness from my bosom, let it not be Honest, as either; to purge him of that huI shall do good.

(mour, [doubted

That presses him from sleep.

Leon. What noise there, ho? Emil. Now be you bless'd for it! 1'll to the queen : Please you, come something

Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful con



About some gossips for your highness.

Leon. A callat,*

[husband, Leon. How?

Of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus And now baits me!--This brat is none of mine; I charg'd thee, that she should not come about It is the issue of Polixenes : I knew, she would.

[me; Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Ant. I told her so, my lord,

Commit them to the fire. On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, Paul. It is yours;

(charge She should not visit you.

And, might we lay the old proverb to your Leon. What, canst not rule her?

So like you, 'tis the worse.—Behold, my lords, Paul. From all dishonesty he can: in this Although the print be little, the whole matter (Unless he takes the course that you have done, And copy of the father : eye, nose, lip, Commit me, for committing honour,) trust it, The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay the He shall not rule me.


[smiles ; Ant. Lo you now; you hear !

The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his When she will take the rein, I let her run; The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger: But she'll not stumble.

And, thou, good goddess nature, which hast Paul. Good my liege, I come,

made it And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess So like to him that got it, if thou hast Myself your loyal servant, your physician, The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all Your most obedient counsellor; yet that da re

colours Less appear so, in comforting your evils,* No yellowt in't; lest she suspect, as he does, Than such as most seems yours:- say, I come Her children not her husband's! From your good queen.

Leon. A gross hag!Leon. Good queen!

And, lozel, I thou art worthy to be hang'd, Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen: 1 | That wilt not stay her tongue. say, good queen;

Ant. Hang all the husbands, And would by combat make her good, so werel That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself A man, the worstt about you.

Hardly one subject. Leon. Force her hence.

Leon. Once more, take her hence. Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord eyes.

Can do no more. First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll off ; Leon. I'll have thee burn'd. But, first, I'll do my errand.- The good queen Paul. I care not: For she is good, hath brought you forth a It is a heretic, that makes the fire, (tyrant; daughter;

Not she, which burns in't. I'll not call you Here 'tis; commends it to your blessing. But this most cruel usage of your queen

(Laying down the child. (Not able to produce more accusation Leon. Out!

Than your own weak-hing'd fancy,) something A mankindt witch! Hence with her, out of A most intelligencing bawd! [door : Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, Paul. Not so;

Yea, scandalous to the world. I am as ignorant in that, as you

Leon. On your allegiance, in so enttling me: and no less honest

Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll war- Where were her life? she durst not call me so, rant,

If she did know me one. Away with her. As this world goes, to pass for honest.

Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be Leon. Traitors!

(tard :

gone. Will you not push her out? Give her the bas- Look to your babe, my lord ; 'tis yours: Jove Thou, dotard, [TU ANTIGONUS.] thou art wo- A better guiding spirit !-What need these man-tir'd, unroosted

hands? By thy dame Partlet here,-take up the bas- You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Take't up, I say; give't to thy crone.ll (tard; Will never do him good, not one of you. Paul. For ever

So, so :-Farewell; we are gone, [Erit. Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou

Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to Tak'st up the princess, by that forceds baseness

this.Which he has put upon't?

My child ? away with't!--even thou, that hast Leon. He dreads his wife.

A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence, Paul. So, I would, you did; then, 'twere And sce it instantly consum'd with fire; past all doubt,

Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up You'd call your children yours.

straight : Leon. A nest of traitors!

Within this hour bring me word 'uis done, Ant. I am none, by this good light. (And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life Paul. Nor I; nor any,

With what thou else call'st thine: If thou reBut one, that's here; and that's himself: for he

fuse, The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so; His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander, The bastard brains with these my proper Whose sting is sharper than the sword's; and

hands will not

Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire; (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse For thou settist on thy wife. He cannot be compell’d to't,) once remove Ant. I did not, Sir: The root of his opinion, which is rotten. "hese lords, my noble fellows, if they please, As ever oak, or stone, was sound.

Can clear me in't.

1 Lord. We can; my royal liege, * Abetting your ill courses.

He is not guilty of her coming hither. Il Worn-out old woman.

| Lowest. Masculine. Pecked by a woman; hen-pecked.

* Trull.

+ The colour of jealoust. * Eorcod is false ; uttered with violence po truth.

Worthless fellow.


(send her

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