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Has these poor men in question.* Never saw 1 table passion of wonder appeared in them: but Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the the wisest beholder, that knew no more but earth;

seeing, could not say, if the importance were Forswear themselves as often as they speak: joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them it must needs be. With diverse death in death.

Enter another GENTLESIAN. Per. O, my poor father!The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have Here comes a gentleman, that happily, knows Our contract celebrated. Leon. You are married ?

The news, Rogero? Flo. We are not, Sir, nor are we like to be; I Gent. Nothing but bonfires: The oracle is The stars I see, will kiss the valleys first:- fulfilled; the king's daughter is found: such a The odds for high and low's alike.t

deal of wonder is broken out within this bour, Leon. My lord,

that ballad-makers cannot be able to express Is this the daughter of a king?

it. Flo. She is,

Enter a third GENTLEMAN. When once she is my wifc.

Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can Leon. Thatonce, I see, by your goodfather's deliver you more.-- How goesit now, Sir? this speed,

news which is called true, is so like an old Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion: Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,

'Has the king found his heir. Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, 3 Gent. Most true; if evertruth were prego Your choice is not so rich in worthf as beauty, nant by circumstance: that, which you bear, That you might well enjoy her.

you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the Flo. Dear, look up :

proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione:-her Though fortune, visible an enemy. [jot jewel about the neck of it: -The letters of AnShould chase us, with my father: power no ligonus, found with it, which they know to be Hath she to change our loves.-'Beseech you, his character:-the majesty of the creature, in Sir,

resemblance of the mother;-the affectiont of Remember since you ow'd no more to time nobleness, which pature showsabore her breedThan I do now; with thought of such affec-ing, -and many other evidences, proclaim her, tions,

with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. Step forth mine advocate; at your request,

Did you see the meeting of the two kings ? My father will grant precious things, as trifles. 2 Gent. No, Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious 3 Gent. Then hare you lost a sight, which mistress,

was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There Which he counts but a trifle.

might you have beheldone joy crown another; Paul. Sir, my liege,

[month so, and in such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow Your eye hath too much youth in't : not a wept to take leave of them; for their joy waded 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth in tears. There was casting up of eyes, hold. such gazes

ing up of hands; with countenance of such Than what you look on noir.

distraction, that they were to be known by Leon. I thought of her,

garment, not by favour. Our king, being Even in these looks I made.-But your petition ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found

[ 70 FLORIZEL. daughter; as if that joy were now become a Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father;

loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his I am a friend to them, and you: upon which son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter; errand

with clipping her; now he thanks the old I now go toward him ; therefore follow me.

shepherd, which stands by, like a weather. And mark what way I make : Come, good my bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I never lord.

(Exeunt, beard of such anotherencounter, which lames SCENE II.- The same.-Before the Palace. report to follow it, and undoes description to Enter AUTOLYCUS and a GENTLEMAN.

do it, Aut. 'Beseech you, Sir, were you presentat nus, that carried hence the child?

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigothis relation ? 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the have matter to rehearse, though credit be

3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; wbich will fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the man asleep, and not an ear open: He was torn to ner how he found it: whereupon, after a little pieces with a bear: this avouches the shepamazedness, we were all coinmanded out of herd's son ; who has not only his innocence the chamber: only this, methonght I heard (which seems much, to justify him, but a banthe shepherd say, he found the child. Aul. I would most gladly know the issue of

kerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows.

1 Gent. What became of his bark and his it.

followers ? 1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ;-But the changes I perceivedin the king, master's death; and in the view of the shep;

3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their and Camillo, were very notes of admiration:herd: so that all the instruments, which aided they seemed almost, with staring at one another, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was it wasfound. But, 6, the noble combat, that,

to expose the child, were even then lost, when speech in their dumbness, language in their "twist joy and

sorrow, was fought in Paulina very gesture ; i hey looked, as they had heard She had one eye declined for the loss of her of a world ranse om’d, or one destroyed: A no-husband; another elevated that the oracle was

* Conversation.
1 A quibble on the false dice ao called

* The thing imported.

Disposition or quality. * Descent or wealth

Countenanes, features. Embracing.

fulfilled; She lifted the princess from the earth; Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these and so locks her in embracing, as if she would four hours. pin her to her heart, that she might no more Shep. And so have I, boy. be in danger of loosing.

C'lo. So you have :-but I was a gentleman 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the born before my father : for the king's son took audience of kings and princes ; for by such me by the hand, and called me, brother; and was it acted.

then the two kings called my father, brother; 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and then the prince, my brother, and the and that which angled for mine eyes (caught princes, my sister, called my father, father ; the water, though not the fish,) was, when

at and so we wept : and there was the first genthe relation of the queen's death, with the tleman-like tears that ever we shed. manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, Shep. We may live son to shed many more. "and lamented by the king) how attentiveness Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in wounded his daughter : till, from one sign of so preposterous estate as we are, dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I Aut. I humbly beseech you, Sir, to pardon would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, me all the faults I have committed to your wormy heart wept blood. Who was most marble ship, and to give me your good report to the there", changed colour; some swooned, all prince my master. sorrowed ; if all the world, could have seen it, Shep. 'Pr'ythee, son, do ; for we must be the woe had been universal.

gentle, now we are gentlemen. I Gent. Are they returned to the court ? Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mo. Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. ther's statue, which is iu the keeping of Pau. Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the lina,-a piece many years in doing, and now prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any newly performed by that rare Italian master, is in Bohemia, Julio Romano; who, had he himself eternity, Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. and could put breath into his work, would be. Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? guile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is Let boors and franklins* say it, I'll swear it. her ape: he so near to Hermione hath donc Shep. How if it be false, son ? Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to

Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with may swear it, in the behalf of his friend :all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and And I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tallt there they intend to sup..

fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great mat. drunk, but I know, thou art no tall fellow of ter there in hand; for she hath privately, twice thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but or thrice a day, ever since the death of Her- I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a mione, visited that removedt house. Shall we tall fellow of thy hands. thither, and with our company piece the re

Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power. joicing?

Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me new grace will be born; our absence makes us not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. kindred, are going to see the queen's picture.

[Excunt GENTLEMEN. Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters. Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former

(Ereunt. life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the SCENE III.--The same.A Room in Paul

INA'S House. prince; told him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know not what: but he at that time, Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL,PER" over-fond of the shepherd's daughter (so he

DITA, CAMILLO, Paulina, Lords and Ar then took her to be,) who began to be much

tendants. sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great weather continuing, this mystery remained That I have had of thee!

[comfort undiscovered. But'tis all one to me: for had Paul. What, sovereign Sir, I been the finder-out of this secret, it would I did not well, I meant well : All my services, not have relished among my other discredits. You have paid home: but that you have conEnter SAEPAERD and Clown.

vouchsaf'd

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With your crown'd brother, and these your Here comes those I have done good to against Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to my will, and already appearing in the blos

visit, soms of their fortune.

It is a surplus of your grace, which never Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; My life may last to answer. but thy sons and daughters will be all geotle- Leon. O Paulina, men born.

We honour you with trouble : but we came Clo. You are well met, Sir: You denied to To see the statute of our queen : your gallery fight with me this other day, because I was no Have we passed through, not without much gentleman born: See you these clothes? say, content you see them not, and think me still no gen- In many singularities; but we saw not ileman born: you were best say, these robes That which my daughter came to look upon are not gentleman born. Give me the lie; do ; ; The statute of her mother. and try whether I am not now a gentleman Paul. As she liv'd peerless, born.

So her dead likeness, I do well believe, Aut. I know, you are now, Sir, a gentleman Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, bern.

Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it • Most petrificd with wooder. † Remote.

* Yeoman.

Stout.

Lonely, apart: But here it is : prepare My lord's almost so far transported, that
To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever He'll think anon, it lives.
Still sleep mock'd death : behold ; and say, 'tis Leon. O sweet Paulina,
well.

Make me to think so twenty years together ; [Paulina undraws a Curtain, and discovers No settled senses of the world can match a statute.

The pleasure of that madness. Let't it alone. I like your silence, it the more shows off Paul. I am sorry, Sir, I have thus far stirr'd Your wonder: But yet speak;—first, you, my

you: but Comes it not something near ? [liege, I could affict you suther. Leon. Her natural posture !

Leon. Do, Paulina ; Chide me, dear stone ; that I may say, indeed, For this affliction has a taste as sweet Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art she, As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks, In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, There is an air comes from her: What fine As infancy, and grace.—But yet, Paulina,

chizzel

[me, Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock Su aged, as this seems.

For I will kiss her. Pol. O, not by much.

Paul. Good my lord, forbear : Paul. So much the more our carver's excel. The rudiness upon her lip is wet; lence;

You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Which lets go by some sixteen years, and with oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ? makes her

Leon. No, not these twenty years. As she liv'd vow.

Per. So long could I Leon, As now she might have done, Stand by, a looker on. So much to my good comfort, as it is

Paul. Either forbear, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, For more amazement : If you can behold it, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'a I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, her!

And take you by the hand : but then you'll I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me,

think,
For being more stone than it ?- royal piece, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted
There's magic in thy majesty ; which has By wicked powers.
My evils are conjur'd to remembrance; and Leon. What you can make her do.
From thy admiring daughter took the spirits I am content to look on ; what to speak,
Standing like stone with thee!

I content to hear; for 'tis as easy
Per. And give me leave;

To make her speak, as move. And do not say, tis superstition, that

Paul. It is requir'd, I kneel and then implore her blessing.–Lady, You do awake your faith : Then all stand still ; Dear queen that ended when I but began Or those, that think it is unlawful business Give me that hand of yours to kiss.

I am about, let them depart. Paul. O, patience,

Leon. Proceed ; The statue is but newly fixed, the colour's No foot shall stir. Not dry,

Paul. Music; awake her : strike.- Music. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more: ap

proach ; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,

Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; So many summers, dry: scarce any joy l'll fill your grave up: stir ; nay, come away: Did ever so long live ; no sorrow,

Bequeath to death your numbness, for from But kill'd itself much sooner

him

(stirs : Pul. Dear my brother,

Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she Let him who was the cause of this,

have power Start not: her actions shall be holy, as,

(HERMIONE comes down the Pedestal. To take so much grief from you, as he Will piece up in himself.

You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her Paul. Indeed, my lord,

Until you see her die again; for then If I had thought, the sight of my poor image

You kill her double : Nay, present your hand : Would thus have wrought* you, (for the stone When she was young, you wood her; now, in is mine) Is she become the suitor.

{age, I'd not have show'd it.

Leon. O, she's warm ! [Embracing her Leon. Do not draw the curtain.

If his be magic, let it be an art Paul. No longer shall you guze on't ; lest Lawful as ealing. your fancy

Pol. She embraces him. May think anon, it moves.

Cam. She hangs about his neck; Leon. Let be, let be.

If she pertain to life, let her speak too, Would I were dead, but that methinks al.

Pol Ay, and make't manifest where she has ready

[lord,

liv'd What was he, that did make it?-See, my Or, who stol'n from the dead? Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that

Paul. That she is living, those veins

Were it but told you, should be hooted at Did verily bear blood ?

Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, Pol. Masterly done :

Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. The very life seems warm upon her lip. Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel,

Leon. The fixture of hereye bas motion in’tt And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good Asf we are mock'd with art.

Our Perdita is foud.

[lady; Paul. I'll draw the curtain;

[Presenting PERDITA, who kneels lo * Worked, agitated.

HERNIONE, 1.7.c. Thou her eye be fired it seems to have motion And from your secret vials pour your graces

Her. You gods, look down,
Upon my daughter's bread! Tell me, mine OW

on ;

id it,

Where hast thou been preservod? where liv'd?, But how, is to be question'd : for I saw her, how found

[1,- As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that

many Kaowing by Paulina, that the oracle

A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far Gave hope thou wast in being,—have preserva (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Myself to see the issue.

An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo, Paul. There's time enough for that; And take her by the hand : whose worth, and Lest thy desise, upon this push to trouble

honesty, Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Is richly noted; and here justified You precious winners* all ; your exultation By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.Partaket to every one. I, an old turtle, What?-Look upon my brother !—both your Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and

pardons, there

That e'er I put between your holy looks My mate, that's never to be found again, My iil suspicion.—This your

son-in-law, Lament till I am lost.

And son unto the king, (whom heavens directLeon. O peace, Paulina ;

ing)

[lina, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good PauAs I by thine, a wife: this is a match, Lead us from hence ; where we may leisurely And made between's by vows. Thou hast Each one demand, and answer to his part found mine;

Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first *You who by this discovery have gained what you

We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away, desired. I Participate.

(Érean,

VOL. 1. 2P

COMEDY OF ERRORS.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

cuse.

LINUS, Duke of Ephesus.

A MERCHANT, Friend to Antipholus of Syra ÆGEON, a Merchant of Syracuse.

Twin Brothers, Pinch, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjuror.

and sons to Æ. ANTIYROLOS of Ephesus,

geon and Æmi- Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus. ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse,

lia, but unknown ADRIÁNA, Wife to Antopholus of Ephesus.

LUCIANA,

her Sister. to each other. DRONIO of Ephesus,

Twin brothers, and Luce, her Servant.

A COURTEZAS. DRomio of Syracuse,

Attendants on the

two Antpholus's. BALTHAZAR, a Merchant.

Jailor, Officers, and other Attendants, Angelo, a Goldsmith.

SCENE, Ephesus.

ACT I.

I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leare.

In Syracusa was I born ; and wed SCENE I. -A Hall in the Duke's Palace.

Unto a woman, happy but for me, Enter Duke, Ægeon, Jailor, Officer, and other And by me too, had not our bap been bad. Attendants.

With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increasid,

By prosperous voyages I often made Æge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, To Epidamnum, till my factor's death ; And by the doom of death, end woes and all. And he (great care of goods at random left)

Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more; Drew me from kind embracements of my I am not partial, to infringe our laws:

spouse: The enmity and discord, which of late (duke From whom my absence was not six months Sprung from the ancorous outrage of your

old, Tomerchants, our well-dealing countrymen,- Before herself(almost at fainting, under Who, wanting gilders* to redeem their lives, The pleasing punishment that women bear,) Have sealed his rigorous statutes with their | And made provision for her following me, bloods,

And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, Excludes all pity from our threat'ing looks. There she bad not been long, but she became For, since the mortal and intestine jars A joyful mother of two goodly sons; [otber, 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,

And, which was strange, the one so like the It hath in solemn synods been decreed, As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Both by the Syracusans and ourselves, That very hour, and in the self-game inn, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns : A poor mean woman was delivered Nay, more,

Of such a burden, male twins, both alike : If any, born at Ephesus, be seen

Those for their parents were exceeding poor, At any Syracusan martst and fairs,

I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. Again, if any Syracusan born,

My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys, Come to the bay of Ephesus, he dies, Made daily motions for our home return: His goods confiscate to the duke's dispose ; Unwilling I agreed; alas, too soon. Unless a thousand marks be levied,

We came aboard : To quit the penalty, and to ransom him. A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd. Thy substance valued at the highest rated

Before the always-wind-obeying deep Cannot amount unto a hundred marks ; Gave any tragic instance of our harm: Therefore, by law thou art condemn`d to die. But longer did we not retain much hope ; Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words for what obscured light the heavens did grant are done,

Did but convey unto our fearful minds My woes end likewise with the evening sun.

A doubtful warrant oiimmediate death; Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the Which, though myself would gladly have em

brac d, Why thou departcdst from thy native home; Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, And for what cause thou cam'st to Ephesus Weeping before for what she saw must come, Æge. A heavier task could not have been And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, impos’d,

That mourn d for fashion, iguorant wbat to Than I to speak my griefs anspeakable : Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. Was wraught by nature, not by vile offence, And this it was,-for other means was none.* Name of a cuin 1 Markets Natural affection The sailors sought for safety by our boat,

And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us.

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