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From them to play at will: how came the postern's
Lord. By his great authority,
Which often hath no less prevail'd than fo
Leo. I know't too well.
Give me the boy; I'm glad, you did not nurfe him: Though he does bear fome figns of me, yet you Have too much blood in him.
Her. What is this, fport?
Leo. Bear the boy hence, he fhall not come about her; Away with him, and let her fport herself
With that fhe's big with: for 'tis Polixenes
Her. But I'd fay, he had not;
And, I'll be fworn, you would believe my faying,'
Leo. You, my Lords,
Look on her, mark her well; be but about
To fay, fhe is a goodly Lady, and
The justice of your hearts will thereto add,
'Tis pity, fhe's not honeft, honourable:
Praife her but for this her without-door form,
(Which on my faith deferves high speech,) and ftraight
Virtue itself.) Thefe fhrugs, thefe hums, and ha's,
Her. Should a villain fay fo,
The moft replenifh'd villain in the world,
He were as much more villain; you, my Lord,
Leo. You have miftook, my Lady,
Should a like language ufe to all degrees;
A federary with her; and one that knows
That vulgars give bold'st titles; ay, and privy
Her. No, by my life,
Privy to none of this: how will this grieve you,
Leo. No, if I mistake
In these foundations which I build upɔn,
A fchool-boy's top. Away with her to prifon :
Her. There's fome ill planet reigns;
I must be patient, 'till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable. Good my Lords,
(8) He, robo fhall fpeak for her, is far off guilty,
But that he speaks.] This cannot be the Speaker's meaning. Leontes would fay, I fhall hold the pe fon in a great measure guilty, who shall dare to intercede for her: And this, I believe, Shakespeare ventur'd to express thus:
He, who fall speak for her, is far of guilty, &c.
i, e. partakes far, deeply of her B VOL. III.
Leo. Shall I be heard?.
Her. Whois't, that goes with me? 'befeech your High. My women may be with me, for, you fee
My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools,
'There is no caufe; when you fhall know, your mistress
I truft, I fhall. My women,-come, you've leave.
[Exit Queen, guarded; and Ladies. Lord. 'Befeech your Highness call the Queen again. Ant. Be certain what you do, Sir, left your juftice Prove violence; in the which three great ones fuffer, Yourfelf, your Queen, your fon.
Lord. For her, my Lord,
I dare my life lay down, and will do't, Sir,
Ant. If it prove
She's otherwife, I'll keep my ftables where
I lodge my wife, I'll go in couples with her :
Than when I feel, and fee her, no farther truft her;
For every inch of woman in the world,
Ay, every dram of woman's flesh is falfe,
If the 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 fome putter on,
That will be damn'd for't; 'would, I knew the villain,
I would land-damn him: be fhe honour-flaw'd,
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven (9);
I have three daughters; the eldeft is eleven; The fecond and the third, nine; and fons five; If this prove true, they'll pay for't.] The 2d folio edition led Mr. Rozve fit inadvertently to fix five fons upon Antigonus, more than the Poet ever defign'd him; and Mr. Pope ftumbled implicitly
The fecond, and the third, nine, and fome five;
If this prove true, they'll pay for't. By mine honour,
Leo. Ceafe; no more:
You fmell this business with a fenfe as cold
Ant. If it be fo,
We need no grave to bury honefty;
Leo. What? lack I credit?
Lord. I had rather you did lack than I, my Lord,
Leo. Why, what need we
Commune with you of this? but rather follow
Ant. And I wish, my Liege,
into the mistake. But what encreases the jeft, these three daughters, and five fons were coheirs: If this ever was according to the laws of Sicily, 'is fo peculiar, that Goltzius, Fazellus or Cluverius would have thought it worthy of a fhort notice. But the reading of the 1ft folio edition, which I have reftor'd to the text, makes no mention of any fons, and fo the girls remain properly coheirs; the eldeft, eleven years of age; the fecond, nine; and the third, fome five. I'll fubjoin two inflances of this manner of expreffion from our Author's King Lear. But I have a fon, Sir, by order of law, fome years elder than this; For that I am fome twelve or fourteen moon fhires lag of a brother? You
You had only in your filent judgment try'd it,
Leo. How could that be?
Either thou art moft ignorant by age,
(Which was as grofs as ever touch'd conjecture,
Made up to th deed) doth push on this proceeding;
(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere
Of ftuff'd fufficiency: now, from the oracle
Leo. Tho' I am fatisfy'd, and need no more
Come up to th' truth. So have we thought it good
Ant. To laughter, as I take it,
SCENE changes to a Prison.
Enter Paulina and a Gentleman.
HE keeper of the prifon,
call to him:
[Exit Gentleman. Good Lady,
Let him have knowledge who I am.