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Then my account I well may give,
Sir: I have a kinsman not past three quarters And in the stocks avouch it.
of a mile henee, unto whom I was going; I
shall there have money, or any thing I want: My traffic is sheets; when the kite builds, look Offer me no money, I pray you; that kills my to lesser linen. My father named me, Autoly- heart. cus; who, being, as I am, littered under Mer
Clo. What manner of fellow was he that cury, was likewise a snapper-up of unconsider-robbed you? ed trifles: With die, and drab, I purchased this
Aut. A fellow, Sir, that I have known to go caparison; and my revenue is the silly cheat:* about with trol-my-dames :* I knew him once Gallows, and knock, are too powerful on the
a servant of the prince; I cannot tell, gool highway: beating, and hanging, are terrors to Sir, for which of his virtues it was, but he was me; for the life to come, I sleep out the thought certainly whipped out of the court. of it.--A prize! a prize!
Clo. His vices, you would say ; there's no Enter Clown.
virtue whipped out of the court; they cherish Clo. Let me see;—Every 'leven weather-it, to make it stay there; and yet it will no
more but abide. † tods !t every tod yields-pound and odd shil.
Aut. Vices I would say, Sir. I know this ling: fifteen hundred shorn,-What comes the
man well: he hath been since an ape-bearer; wool to? Aut. If the springe hold, the cock's mine.
then a process-server, a bailiff; then he com(Aside.
passed a motions of the prodigal son, and marClo. I cannot do't without counters. Let
ried a tinker's wife within a mile where my
land and living lies; and, having flown over me see; what am I to buy for our sheep-shearing feast? Three pounds of sugar; five pound of many knavish professions, he settled only in currants ; riceWhat will this sister of mine
rogue: some call him Autolycus.
C'lo. Out upon him! Prig, for my life, prig: do with rice? But my father hath made her
he haunts wakes, fairs, and bear-baitings. mistress of the feast, and she lays it on. She hath made me four-and-twenty nosegays for
Aut. Very true, Sir; he, Sir, he; that's the the shearers: three-inan song-menj all, and
rogue, that put me into this apparel. very good ones; but they are most of them hemia; if you had but looked big, and spit at
Clo. Not a more cowardly rogue in all Bomeans, and bases : but one Puritan amongst him, h'd have run. them," and he sings psalms to hornpipes. must have saffron, to colour the warden pies; fighter: I am false of heart that way; and that
Aut. I must confess to you, Sir, I am no mace,--dates, -none; that's out of my note : nutmegs, seven; a race, or two, of ginger; but he knew, I warrant him. that I may beg ;-four pound of prunes, and as
Clo. How do you now?
Aut. Sweet Sir, much better than I was; I many of raisins o’lhe sun.
can stand and walk : I will even take my Aul. O, that ever I was born! (Grovelling on the ground. man 3.
leave of you, and pace softly towards my kiosClo. I'the name of me,
Clo, Shall I bring thee on the way? Aut. O, help me, help me! pluck but off
Aut. No, good-faced Sir; no, sweet Sir. these rags; and then, death, death!
Clo. Then fare thee well; I must go buy Clo. Alack, poor soul ! thou hast need of more rags to lay on thee, rather than have these spices for our sheep-shearing. off.
Aut. Prosper you, sweet Sır! (Exit Clown.] Aul. O, Sir, the loathsomeness of them of- Your purse is not hot enougb to purchase your fends me more than the stripes I have received;
spice. I'll be with you at your sheep-shearing
too: If I make not this cheat bring out anwhich are mighty ones and millions. Clo. Alas, poor man! a million of beating other, and the shearers prove sheep, let me be
unrolled, and my namo put in the book of may come to a great matter.
virtue! Aut. I am robbed, Sir, and beaten ; my money and apparel ta’en from me, and these
Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way, detestable things put upon me.
and merrily henill the stil: -a : Clo. What by a horse-man, or a foot-man?
Amrry heart goes all the day, Aul. A foot-man, sweet Sir, a foot man.
Your sad tires in a mile-a. [Esit Clo. Indeed, he should be a foot-man, by the garments he has left with thee; if this be a
SCENE III.- The same.-A Shepherd's horse-man's coat, it has seen very hot service.
Cottage. Lend me thy hand, I'll help thee : come, lend me thy hand.
[Helping him up.
Enter FLORIZEL and PERDITA. Aut. O! good Sir, tenderly, oh!
Flo. These your unusual weeds to each part C'lo. Alas, poor soul. Aul. O, good Sir, softly, good Sir: I fear, Do give a life: no shepherdess; but Flora, Sir, my shoulder-blade is out.
Peering in April's front. This your sheepClo. How now? canst stand?
Is as a meeting of the petty gods. shearing Aut. Softly, dear Sir; [Picks his pocket.] And you the queen on't. good Sir, softly: you ha' done me a charitable Per. Sir, my gracious lord, office.
To ehide at your extremes, it not becomes me; Clo. Dost lack any money? I have a little o, pardon, that I name them: your high self,
The gracious mark** o’the land, you have obAut. No, good sweet Sir; no, I beseech you,
With a swain's wearing; and me, poor lowly * Picking-pockets. | Every elevon sheep will produce a tod or 28 pounds
maid, Circular pieces of base metal anciently used by the * The machine osed in the game of pigeon-boles. illicerate to adjust their reckonings.
Sojourn. | Puppet show. Singers of catches in three parts.
|| Take hold of. i Excesses.
* Obiect of all men's mofice
money for thee
A species of pers.
Most goddess like prank’d* up : But that our These unknown friends to us welcome: for it is feasts
A way to make us better friends, more known. In every mess have folly, and the feeders Come, quench your blushes; and present yourDigest it with a custom, I should blush
[on, To see you so attired; sworn, I think,
That which you are mistress o'the feast: Come To show myself a glass.
And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing. Flo. I bless the time,
As your good flock shall prosper. When my good falcon made her flight across Per. Welcome, Sir!
[To PoL. Thy father's ground.
It is my father's will, I should take on me Per. Now Jove afford you cause !
The hosteship o’the day :-You're welcome, To me, the differencet forges dread; your Sir!
[ To Camillo. greatness
[ble Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.-ReveHath not been us'd to fear. Even new I trem
rend Sirs, To think, your father, by some accident, For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep Should pass this way, as you did ; O, the fates! Seeming, and savour, * all the winter long: How would he look, to see his work, so noble, Grace and rememberance, be to you both, Vilely bound up ? What would he say? Or And welcome to our sheering! how
Pol Shepherdess, Should I, in these my borrow'd flaunts, behold (A fair one are you,) well you fit our ages The sternness of his presence:
With flowers of winter. Flo. Apprehend
Per. Sir, the year growing ancient,Nothing but jolity. The gods themselves, Not yet on summer's death, nor on the birth Humbling their dei ties to love, have taken Of trembling winter,--the fairest flowers o'the The shapes of beasts upon them : Jupiter Became a bull, and bellow'd the green Nep. Are our carnations, and streak'd gillyflowers, tune
Which some call nature's bastards : of that A ram, and bleated; and the fire-rob'd god,
kind Golden Apollo, a poor bumble swain, Our rustic garden's, barren, and I care not As I seem now: their transformations
To get slips of them.
Pol. Wherefore, gentle maiden,
Per. Fort I have heard it said,
There is an art, which, in their piedness, shares Per. O but, dear Sir,
With great creating nature.
Pol. Say there be;
But nature makes that mean: so o'er that art, Which then will speak; that you must change Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art this purpose, Or I my life.
That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we Flo. Thou dearest Perdita,
[not A gentler scion to the wildest stock;. (marry With these forc'd thoughts, I pr’ythee, darken and make conceive a bark of baser kind The mirth o'the feast : Or I'll be thine, my fair, By bud of nobler race; this is an art Or not my father's: for I cannot be
Which does mend nature,-change it rather: Mine own, nor any thing to any,
[but I be not thine : to this I am most constant,
Per. So it is. Thou destiny say, no. Be merry, gentle;
Pol. Then make your garden rich in gillyStrangle such thoughts as these, with anything And do not call them bastards. [flowers, That you behold the while. Your guests are
Per. I'll not put. coming :
The dibblef in earth to sit one slip of them: Lift up your countenance; as it were the day No more than, were I painted, I would wish Of celebration of that nuptial, which
This youth should say, 'twere well; and only We two have sworn shall come.
therefore Per. O lady fortune,
Desire to breed by me.—Here's flowers for you; Stand you auspicious !
Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed with the sun, Enter SHEPHERD, with POLIXENES and Camil- And with him rises weeping; these are flowers
Lo, dis uised ; Clown, Mopsa, Dorcas, and of middle summer, and, I think, they are olhers.
To men of middle age: You are welcome. Flo. See, your guests approach: Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And only live by grazing.
Cam. I should leave grazing, were l of your
[flock, And let's be red with mirth.
Per. Out, alas
Would blow you through and through. --Now, Both dame and servant: welcom'd all; serv'd I would i had some flowers o'the spring, that
my fairest friend,
[might all :
[here, Become your time of day; and yours, and Would sing her song, and dance her turn: now
yours; At upper end o’the table, now, i'the middle; On his shoulder, and his: her face o'fire [it, Your maiden heads growing:- Proserpina,
That wear upon your virgin branches yet With labour; and the thing, she took to quench For the flowers now, that, frighted, thou let'st She would to each one sip: You are retir'd, As if you were a feasted one, and not
From Dis'o waggon ! daffodils, [fall The hostess of the meeting: Pray you, bid
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty; violets, diin, Dressed with ostentation. 1. e. Of station. * Likeness and smell. Because that.
A tool to set plants.
your flowers :
But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, Upon the water, as he'll stand, and read,
Pol. She dances featly.*
port it, To make you garlands of; and, my sweet That should be silent: if young Doricles To strew him o'er and o'er.
[friend, i Do light upon her, she shall bring him that Flo. What : like a corse ?
Which he not dreams of. Per. No, like a bank, for love to lie and play on;
Enter a SERVANT. Not like a corse : or if,-not to be buried,
Serv. O master, if you did but hear the pedBut quick* and in mine arms. Come, take lar at the door, you would never dance again
after a tabor and pipe ; no, the bagpipe could Methinks, I play as I have seen them do
not move you: he sings several tunes, faster In Whitsun' patorals; sure, this robe of mine than you'll tell money; he utters them as he Does change my disposition.
had eaten ballads, and all men's ears grew to Flo. What you do,
their tunes. Still be:ters what is done. When you speak, Clo. He could never come better : be shall sweet,
come in : I love a ballad but even too well; if I'd have you to do it ever: when you sing, it be doleful matter, merrily sit down, or a I'd have you buy and sell so: so give alms;
very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentPray so ; and, for the ordering your affairs, ably. To sing them too; When you do dance, I wish Sero. He hath songs, for man, or woman, of you
all sizes; no milliner can so fit bis customers A wave o'the sea, that you might ever do with gloves : he has the prettiest love-songs Nothing but that; move still, still so, and own for maids; so without bawdry, which is strange; No other function: Each your doing, with such delicate burdens of dildos and fudSo singular in each particular, [deeds, ings; jump her and thump her; and where some Crowns what you are doing in the present stretch'd-mouth rascal would, as it were, mean That all your acts are queens.
mischief, and break a foul gap into the matter, Per. O Doricles,
he makes the maid to answer, Whoop, do me Your praises are too large: but that your youth, no harm, good man; puts him off, slights him, And the true blood, which fairly peeps through with Whoop, do me no harm, good man. it,
Pol. This is a brave fellow. Do plainly give you out an unstained shepherd; Clo. Believe me, thou talkest of an admirWith wisdom I might fear, my Doricles, able conceited fellow. Has he any unbraidYou woo'd me the false way.
ed wares ?t Flo. I think, you have
Serv. He bath ribands of all the colors i'the As little skill to fear as I have purpose rainbow ; points, more than all the lawyers in To put you to't.-But, come ; our dance, I Bohemia can learnedly handle, though they pray:
come to him by the gross; inkles, t caddisses, Your hand my Perdita : so turtles pair, cambrics, lawns: why, he sings them over, as That never mean to part.
they were gods or goddesses; you would think, Per. I'll swear for 'em.
a smock were a she angel ; he so chants to Pol. This is the prettist low-born lass, that the sleeve.hand,ll and the work about the
square on't. Ran on the green sward:t nothing she does, Clo Priythee, bring him in; and let him ap
proach singing But smacks of somothing greater than herself; Per. Forwarn him, that he use no scurrilToo noble for this place.
ous words in his tunes. Cam. He tells her something,
Clo. You have of these pedlars, that have
Clo. Come on, strike up,
Enter AutoLYCUS, singing.
Lawn, as while as driven snow; To mend her kissing with.
Cyprus, black as e'er was crore; Mup. Now, in good time!
Gloves as sweet as damask roses ; Clo. Not a word, a word; we stand upon Masks for fuces and for noses ; Come, strike up.
Bugl: bracelet, neckless-amber, [Music.
Perfume for a lady's chamber :** Here a dance of SHEPHERDS and SHEPHER- Golden quoifs, and stomachers,
For my lads to give my dears: Pol. Pray, guod shepherd, what
Pins and poking sticks of steel, Fair swain is this, whicb dances with your What maids lack from head to heel : daughter;
Come, buy of mi, come; come buy : Shrp. They call him Doricles, and he boasts Buy, lands, or else your lasses cry; himself.
Come buy, &c.
Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou He looks like sooth:9 He says, he loves my daughter ;
Plain goods Worsted galloon, I think so too; for never gaized the moon
A kind of tape.
Il The coffs. ir The work about the bosom. t Green turf,
** Amber of which necklaces were made it to get 4 valuable tract of natural
fume a lady's chamber,
should'st take no money of me; but being en. D. Whither ? M. O. whither ? D. Whither' thrall'd as I am, it will also be the bondage of M. It becomes thy oath , ull well, certain ribands and gloves.
Thou to me thy secrets tell: Mop. I was promised them against the feast ; D. Me too, iet me go thither. but they come not too late now.
M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill : Dor. He bath promised you more than that,
D. If to either, thou dost ill. or there be liars.
A. Neither. D. What, neither? A. Neither, Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you;
D. Thou hast sworn wy love to be ; may be, he has paid you more ; which will
M. Thou hast sworn it more to me : shame you to give him again.
Then, whither go'st ? say, whither? Clo. Is there no manners left among maids ?
Clo. We'll have this song out anon by our will they wear their plackets, where they should bear their faces ? Is there not milking- selves; My father and the gentleman are in time, when you are going to bed, or kiln-bole, * sad* talk, and we'll not trouble them : Come, to whistle of these secrets; but you must be bring away the pack after me. Wenches, I'll titile-tattling before all your guests ? 'Tis well buy for you both :-Pedlar, let's have the first they are whispering: Clamour your tongues,t choice.-Follow me, girls. and not a word more.
Ant. And you shall pay well for e'm. Aside. Mop. I have done. Come, you promised me
Will you buy any tape, a twardy lace, and a pair of sweet gloves.
Or lace for your cape, Clo. Have I told thee, how I was cozened
My dainty duck, my dear-a? by the way, and lost all my money ?
Any silk, any thread, Ant. And, indeed, Sir, there are cozeners
Any toys for your head, abroad; therefore it behoves men to be wary.
of the new'st, and fin'st, finóst wear-a? Clo. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose no
Come to the pedler ; thing here.
Money's a medler,
That doth ultert all men's ware-a. Ant. I hope so, Sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.
[Exeunt Clown, AUTOLYCUS, DORCAS, Clo. What hast here ? ballads ?
and Mopsa. Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad
Enter a SERVANT. in print, a'-life; for then we are sure they are Serv. Master, there is three carters, three true.
she herds, three neat-herds, three swine herds, Ant. Here's one to a very doleful tune, How that have made themselves all men of hair ;f a usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty they call themselves saltiers :D and they have a money bags at a burden; and how she longed dance which tbe wenches say is gailimaury|| to eat adders' heads, and toads carbonadoed. of gambols, because they are not in't ; but they Mop. Is it true, think you?
themselves are o'the mind, (if it be not too Ant. Very true ; and but a month old.
rough for some, that know litile but bowling,) Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer! it will please plentifully.
Ant. Here's the midwife's name to't, one Shep. Away! we'll none on't; here has been mistress Taleporter; and five or six honest too much humble foolery already:-I know, wives' that were present: Why should I carry Sir, we weary you. lies abroad?
Pol. You weary those that refresh us: Pray, Mop. 'Pray you now, buy it.
let's see these four threes of herdsmen. Clo Come on, lay it by: And let's first sec Serv. One three of them, by their own remore ballads: we'll buy the other things anon. port, Sir, hath danced before the king; and
Ani. Here's another ballad, of a fish, that not the worst of the three, but jumps twelve appeared upon the coast, on Wednesday the foot and a half by the squire. I fourscore of April, forty thousand fathom
Shep. Leave your rating; since these good above water, and sung this ballad against the men are pleased, let them come in; but quickhard hearts of maids; It was thought she was ly now. a woman, and was turned into a cold fish, for
Serv. Why, they stay at door, Sir. [Erit. she would not exchange flesh with one that Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rustics habiled. loved her: The ballad is very pitiful, and as true.
like Satyres. They dance, and then exeunt. Dor. It is true too, think you ?
Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that Ant. Five justices' bands at it; and witnes
[them.-ses, more than my pack will hold.
Is it not too far gone ?- 'Tis time to part Clo. Lay it by too : Another.
He's simple, and tell's much. [Aside. ]-How, Ant. This is a merry ballad; but a very pretty Your heart is full of something, that does take
now, fair shepherd? Mop. Let's have some merry ones.
Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was Ani. Why this is a passing merry one; and
young, goes to the tune of, Tiro maids wooing a man :
And handed love, as you do, I was wont there's scarce a maid westward, but she sings To load my she with knacks : I would have it; 'tis in request, I can tell you.
ransack'd Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'a part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts.
To her acceptance ; you have let him go, Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago.
and nothing marted** with him : if your last Ant. I can bear my part; you must know, Interpretation should abuse; and call this 'tis my occupation : have at it with you.
Your lack of love, or bounty: you were straitSONG.
For a reply, at least, if you make a care (edit
Of happy holding her. A. Get you hence, for I must go;
* Serious. Where, it fits not you to know.
Dressed themselves in habits imitating hair. * Fire.place for dying malt; still a noted gosiping Satyres. || Medley. f Foot Rule. place Ring a dumb peal.
** Bought, trafficked. + Put to difficulties. 4 lae to wear about the head or waison
Flo. Old Sir, I know
But for some other reasons, my grave Sir, She prizes not such trifes as these are : Which 'tis not fit you know, I not acquaint The gifts she looks from me are pack'd and My father of this business. lock'd
Pol. Let him know't. Up in my heart; which I have given already, Flo. He shall not. But not deliver'd.-0, hear my breath my life Pol. Prythee, le: him. Before this ancient Sir, who, it should seem, Flo. No, he must not. Hath sometime lov'd : I take thy hand; this Shep. Let him, my son; he shalll not need to hand, At knowing of thy choice.
[grieve As soft as dove's down, and as white as it ; Flo. Come, come he must not :Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow, Mark our contract. That's bolted* by the northern blasts twice oʻer. Pol. Mar your divorce, young Sir. Pol. What follows this !-
(Discovering himself. How prettily the young swain seems to wash Whom son I dare not call; thou art too base The hand, was fair before!-1 have put you To be acknowledg'd: Thou a sceptre's heir, But to your protestation; let me hear Lout :- That thus affect'st a sheep-hook! -Thou old What you profess.
traitor, Flo. Do, and be witness to't.
I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can but Pol. And this my neighbour too ?
Shorten thy life one week. --And thou, fresh Flo. And he, and more
(know Than he, and men; the earth, the heavens, of excellent witchcraft; who, of force, must and all :
(narch, The royal fool thou cop'st with ;That, -were I crown’d the most imperial mo- Shep. O, my heart ! Thereof most worthy; were Ithe fairest youth Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with That ever made eye swerve; bad force, and
briers, and made
[them, More homely 'han thy state.-For thee, fond More than was ever man's,-I would not prize If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh. Without her love : for her, employ them all; That thou no more shalt see this knack, (as Commend them, and condemn thiem, to her
sion; Or to their own predition.
(service, I mean thou shalt,) we'll bar thee from succesPol. Fairly offer'd.
Not hold thee of our blood, no not our kin. Cam. This shows a sound affection.
Far* than Deucalion off :-Mark thou my Shep. But, my daughter,
[time, Say you the like to him?
Follow us to the court.-Thou churl, for this Per. I cannot speak
Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee So well, nothing so well; no, por mean better: From the eadblow of it.-And you, enchant. By the pattern of mine owo thoughts I cut out
ment, The purity of his.
Worthy enough a herdsman ; yea, him too, Shep. Take hands, a bargain; [to't: That makes himself, but forour honour therein, And friends unknown, you shall bear witness Unworthy thee,-if ever, henceforth, thou I give my daughter to him, and will make These rural latchest to his entrance open, Her portion equal his.
Or hoop his body more with thy embraces, Flo. O, that must be
I will devise a death as cruel for thee, I'the virtue of your daughter: one being dead, As thou art tender to't.
[Exit. I shall have more than you can dream of yet ; Per. Even here undone ! Enough then, for your wonder. But, come on, I was not much afeard: for once, or twice, Contract us 'fore these witnesses.
I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, Shep. Come, your hand ;
The self same sun, th t shines upon his court, And, daughter, yours.
Hides not his visage from our cottage, but Pol. Soft, swain, awhile, 'beseech you ; Looks on alike.-Will't please you, Sir, be Have you a father ?
[ TO FLORIZEL. Flo. I have : But what of him?
I told you, what would come of this: 'Beseech Pol. Knows he of this?
(mine, Flo. He neither does, or shall.
of your own state take care; this dream of Pol. Methinks, a father
Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest
But milk my ewes, and weep.
Shep. I cannot speak, nor think, With age, and altering rheums? Can he speak? Nor dare to know that which I know-0, Sir, hear?
[T. FLORIZEL Know man from man ? dispute his own estate ?t | You have undone a man of fourscore three, Lies he not bed-rid ? and again does nothing, That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea, But what he did being childish ?
To die upon th bed my father died, Flo. No, good Sir;
To lie close by his honest bones; but now He has his health, and ampler strength, in- Some hangman must put on my shroud, and Than most have of his age.
lay me Pol. By my wbite beard,
Where no priest shovels in dust.- cursed You offer bim, if this be so, a wrong
(T. PERDITA. Something unfilial : Reason, my son [son, That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st Should choose himself a wife; but as good rea
adventure. The father, (all whose joy is nothing else To mingle faith with him -Undone! undone! But fair posterity,) should hold some counsel if I might die within this bour, I have liv'd In such a business.
To die when I desire. Flo. I yield all this;
Flo. Why look you so upon me? • The sieve used to separate flour from bran is called a
* Further. Bolting cloth
Talk over his affairs