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If we would have
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
Mam. Merry, or fad, fall’t be?
Mam. A sad tale's best for winter.
sit down. Come on, and do your beft To fright me with your sprights : you're powerful at it.
Mam. There was a man
Mam. Dwelt by achurch-yard;- I will tell it softly:
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
Lord. By his'gréat authority,
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
Her. But I'd fay, he had not;
Leo. You, my Lords,
Aer. Should a villain say so,
Leo. You have mistook, my Lady,
Should a like language use to all degrees;
Her. No, by my life,
Leo. No, if I'mistake
Her. There's some ill planet reigns ;
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
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,
Ant. If it prove
Leo. Hold your peaces.
Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves :
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;
Leo. Cease; no more :
Ant. If it be ro,
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
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