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The causes of their death appear, unto
A DESERT COUNTRY NEAR THE SEA.,
Enter Antigonus, with the Child; and a Mariner. Ant. Thou art perfect then, our ship hath touch'd
upon The deserts of Bohemia? Mar.
Ay, my lord; and fear We have landed in ill time: the skies look grimly, And threaten present blusters. In my conscience, The heavens with that we have in hand are angry, And frown upon us. Ant. Their sacred wills be done!---Go, get
aboard; Look to thy bark; I'll not be long, before I call upon thee.
Mar. Make your best haste; and go not Too far i’the land: ’tis like to be loud weather; Besides, this place is famous for the creatures in: Of
prey, that keep upon't. Ant.
Go thou away; I'll follow instantly.
I am glad at heart To be so rid o'the business.
Comé, poor babe I have heard, (but not believ'd,) the spirits of the
dead May walk again: if such thing be, thy mother Appear'd to me last night; for ne'er was dream So like a waking. To me comes a creature, Sometimes her head on one side, some another; I never saw a vessel of like sorrow, So fill’d, and so becoming: in pure white robes, Like very sanctity, she did approach My cabin' where I lay: thrice bow'd before me; And, gasping to begin some speech, her eyes Became two spouts: the fury spent, anon Did this break from her: Good Antigonus, Since fate, against thy better disposition, Hath made thy person for the thrower-out Of my poor babe, according to thine oath, Places remote enough are in Bohemia, There weep, and leave it crying; and, for the babe Is counted lost for ever, Perdita, I pr’ythee, callt: for this ungentle business, Put on thee by my lord, thou ne'er shalt see Thy wife Paulina more:—and so, with slırieks, She melted into air. Affrighted much, I did in time collect myself; and thought This was so, and no slumber. Dreams are toys: Yet, for this once, yea, superstitiously, I will be squar'd by this." I do believe, Hermione hath suffer'd death; and that Apollo would, this being indeed the issue
Of king Polixenes, it should here be laid,
[Laying down the child. There lie; and there thy character: there these;
[Laying down a bundle. Which may, if fortune please, both breed thee, pretty, And still rest thine.-—The storm begins:-Poor
wretch, That, for thy mother's fault, art thus expos'd To loss, and what may follow !—Weep I cannot, But my heart bleeds: and most accurs’d am I, To be by oath enjoin’d to this.—Farewel! The day frowns more and more; thou art like to have A lullaby too rough: I never saw The heavens so dim by day. A savage clamour?Well may I get aboard !--This is the chace; I am gone for ever. [Exit, pursued by a bear.
Enter an old Shepherd. Shep. I would, there were no age between ten and three and twenty; or that youth would sleep out the rest: for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting. - Hark you now! Would any but these boil'd brains of nineteen, and two-and-twenty, hunt this weather? They have scared away two of my best sheep; which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find, than the master: if any where I have them, 'tis by the sea-side, browzing on ivy. Good luck, an't be thy will! what have we here? [Taking up the child.] Mercy on's, a barne; a very pretty barne! A boy, or a child, I wonder? A pretty one; a very pretty one: Sure, some scape: though I am not bookish, yet I can read waiting-gentlewoman in the scape. This has been some stair-work, some trunk-work, some behind-door-work: they were warmer that got this, than the poor thing is here.
I'll take it up for pity: yet I'll tarry till my son come; he holla’d but even now. Whoa, ho hoa!
Enter Clown. Clown. Hilloa, loa!
Shep. What, art so near? If thou’lt see a thing to talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. What ail'st thou, man?
Clown. I have seen two such sights, by sea, and by land;—but I am not to say, it is a sea, for it is now the sky; betwixt the firmament and it, you cannot thrust a bodkin's point.
Shep. Why, boy, how is it?
Clown. I would, you did but see how it chafes, how it rages, how it takes up the shore! but that's not to the point: O, the most piteous cry of the poor
souls! sometimes to see 'em, and not to see ’em: now the ship boring the moon with her mainmast; and anon swallow'd with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into a hogshead. And then for the land service,-To see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone; how he cried to me for help, and said, his name was Antigonus, a nobleman:But to make an end of the ship:—to see how the sea flapdragon'd it:—but, first, how the poor souls roard,
and the sea mock'd them;- and how the poor gentle, man roard, and the bear mock'd him, both roaring louder than the sea, or weather.
Shep. 'Name of mercy, when was this, boy?
Clown. Now, now; I have not winked since I saw these sights: the men are not yet cold under water, nor the bear half dined on the gentleman; he's at it now.
Shep. Would I had been by, to have help'd the old man !
Clown. I would you had been by the ship side, to have help'd her; there your charity would have lack'd footing
[Aside. Shep. Heavy matters! heavy matters! but look thee here, boy. Now bless thyself; thou met'st with things dying, I with things new born. Here's a sight for thee; look thee, a bearing-cloth for a squire's child! Look thee here; take up, take up, boy; open't. So, let's see;-It was told me, I should be rich by the fairies: this is some changeling : open't: What's within, boy?
Clown. You're a made old man; if the sins of your youth are forgiven you, you're well to live. Gold! all gold!
Shep. This is fairy gold, boy, and 't will prove so: up with it, keep it close; home, home, the next way. We are lucky, boy; and to be so still, requires nothing but secrecy.--Let my sheep go:Come, good boy, the next way home.
Clown. Go you the next way with your findings; I'll go see if the bear be gone from the gentleman, and how much he hath eaten: they are never