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you. 2 Lady. She is fpread of late Into a goodly bulk; (good time encounter her!)

Her. What wisdom ftirs amongst you ? come, Sir, now
I am for you again. Pray you fit by us,
And tell's a tale.

Mam. Merry, or fad, fall’t be?
Her. As merry as you will.

Mam. A sad tale's best for winter.
I have one of sprights and goblins.
Her. Let's have that, good Sir.

sit down. Come on, and do your beft To fright me with your sprights : you're powerful at it.

Mam. There was a man
Her. Nay, come sit down; then on.

Mam. Dwelt by achurch-yard;- I will tell it softly:
Yond crickets shall not hear it.
Her. Come on then, and give't me in mine ear.

Enter Leontes, Antigonus, and Lords. Leo. Was he met there ? his train? Camillo with him?

Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; never Saw I men scowr so on their way: I 'ey'd them Even to their ships.

Leo. How blest am I In my juft censure! in my true opinion! Alack, for lesser knowledge, how accurs’d In being so blest! There may be in the cup A spider steep'd, and one may drink; depart, And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge Is not infected: but if one present Th' abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides With violent hefts.--I have drunk, and seen the spider. Camillo was his help in this, his Pander: There is a plot against my life, my crown; All's true, that is miftrusted: that false villain, Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him: He hath discover'd my design, and I Remain a pinch'd thing; yea, a very trick


For them to play at will: how came the posterns
So easily open?

Lord. By his'gréat authority,
Which often hath no less prevail'd than so

your command.

Leo. I know't too well. Give me the boy; I'm glad, you did not nurse him : Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you Have too much blood in him.

Her. What is this, sport?

Leo. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come about hers
Away with him, and let her sport herself
With that she's big with : for 'tis Polixenes
Has made thee swell thus.

Her. But I'd fay, he had not;
And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying,
Howe'er you lean to the nayward.

Leo. You, my Lords,
Look on her, mark her well; be but about
To say, she is a goodly Lady, and
The futice of your hearts will thereto add,
'Tis pity, The's not honest, honourable :
Praise her but for this her without-door form,
(Which on my faith deserves high speech,) and straight
The shrug, the hum, or ha, (these petty-brands,
That calumny doth use: oh, I am out-
That mercy do's; for calumny will fear
Virtue itself.) These shrugs, these hums, and ha's,
When you have said she's goodly, come between,
Are you can say she's honest: but be't known,
(From him, that has most cause to grieve it should be}}
She's an adultress.

Aer. Should a villain say so,
The most replenish'd villain in the world,
He were as much more villain ; you, my Lord,
Do but mistake.

Leo. You have mistook, my Lady,
Polixenes for Leorites. O thou thing,
Which I'll not cail a creature of thy place,
Left barbarism, making me the precedent,


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Should a like language use to all degrees;
And mannerly distinguishment leave out
Betwixt the Prince and beggar.--I have said,
She's an adultress; I have said with whom :
More; she's a traitor, and Camillo is
A federary with her; and one that knows
What she should shame to know herself,
But with her most vile principal, that she's
A bed-swerver, even as bad as those
That vulgars give bold'st titles 3 ay, and privy
To this their late escape.

Her. No, by my life,
Privy to none of this : how will this grieve you,
When you fall come to clearer knowledge, that
You thus have publish'd me? gentle my Lord,
You scarce can right me throughly then, to say
You did mistake.

Leo. No, if I'mistake
In these foundations which I build upon,
The center is not big enough to bear
A school-boy's top. Away with her to prison:
He, who Thall speak for her, is far of guilty, (8)
But that he speaks.

Her. There's some ill planet reigns ;
I must be patient, 'till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable. Good my

I am not prone to weeping ; (as our sex
Commonly are,) the want of which vain dew,
Perchance, shall dry your pities; but I have
That honourable grief lodg'd here, which burns
Worse than tears drown: 'beseech you all, my Lords,
With thoughts fo qualified as your charities
Shall best instruct you, measure me; and fo
The King's will be perform'd! ---
(8) He, who shall speak for her, is far off guilty,

But that be speaks.] This cannot be the Speaker's meaning, Leontes would say, I fail hold the person in a great measure guilty, who shall dare to intercede for her : And this, I believe, Sbakefpeare ventur'd to express thus :

He, who shall speak for ber, is far of guilty, &Co
s. e. partakes far, deeply of her guilt,
Vol. III.

Leo. Leo. Shall I be heard ?

Her. Whois't, that goes with me?' 'beseech your HighMy women may be with me, for, you see [ness, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools, There is no cause; when you shall know, your mistress Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, As I come out; this action, I now go on, Is for my better grace. Adieu, my Lord, I never wilh'd to see you sorry; now, I trust, I.ihall. My women, --come, you've leave. Leo. Go, do our bidding; hence.

[Exit Queen, guarded; and Ladies. Lord. 'Befeech your Highness call the Queen again.

Ant. Be certain what you do, Şir, left your justice Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffers Yourself, your Queen, your fon.

Lord. For her, my Lord,
į dare my life lay down, and will do't, Sir,
Please you t'accept it, that the Queen is spotless
I'th' eyes of heaven, and to you, (I mean,
In this which you accuse her.)

Ant. If it prove
She's otherwile, I'll keep my stables where
I lodge my wife, I'll go in couples with her:
Than when I feel, and see her, no farther trust her;
For every inch of woman in the world,
Ay, every dram of woman's Aeth is false,
If she be.

Leo. Hold your peaces.
Lord. Good my Lord,-

Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves :
You are abus'd, and by some putter on,
That will he damn'd for't; 'would, I knew the villain,
I would land-damu him : be the honour-flaw'd,
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; (9)

The (9) I bave obree daughters; tibe eldejt is eleven;

Tibe second and the tbird, nine; and fons five;

If this prove true, they'll pay for’t.) The 2d folio edition Ded Mr. Rowe first inadvertently to fix five sons upon Antigonus, more than the Poet ever design'd bimi and Mr. Pope ftumblei implicitly


The second, and the third, nine, and some five;
If this prove true, they'll pay for't. By mine hondur,
I'll geld 'em all: fourteen they shall not see,
To bring false generations : they are co-hoirs,
And I had rather glib myself, than they
Should rot produce fair issue.

Leo. Cease; no more :
You smell this business with a senfe as cold
As is a dead man's nose; I fee't and feel's,
As you feel doing thus; and see withal
The instruments that feel.

Ant. If it be ro,
We need no grave to bury honesty ;
There's not a grain of it, the face to fiveeten
"Of the whole dungy earth.

Leo. What? lack I credit:

Lord. I had rather you did lack than 1, my Lord, Upon this ground; and more it would content ne To have her honour true, than your suspicion; Be blam'd for't, how you might.

Leo. Why, what need we Commune with


of this? but rather follow
Our forceful inftigation? our prerogative
Calls not your counsels, but our natural goodnefs
Imparts this; which, if you, (or ftopified,
Or seeming fo, in kill,) cannot, or will not
Relish a truth like us; inform yourselves,
We need no more of your advice; the matter,
The lofs, the gain, the ordering on't, is all
Properly ours.

Ant. And I wish, my Liege, into the mistake. But what encreases the jeft, these three daughters, and five sons were cobeirs: If this was ever according to the laws of Sicily, 'tis fo peculiar, that Goltzius, Fazellus or Cluverius would have thought it worthy of a short notice. But the reading of the ift folia edition, which I have restor’d to the text, makes no mention of any Tons, and so the:girls remain properly coheirs; ihe eldest, eleven years of age; the second, nine; and the third, fonie five. I'll tuljoin two instances of this manner of expression from our Author's King Lear.

But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year elder than this; For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon fhir.cs lag of a brother : M 2


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