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That thou betray'dft Polixenes, 'twas nothing ; (8)
Lord. The higher Powers forbid !
Pau. I say, she's dead : I'll swear't: if word, nor oath, Prevail not, go and see; if you can bring Tincture or lustre in her lip, her eye, Heat outwardly, or breath within, I'll serve you As I would do the Gods. But, O thou tyrant! Do not repent these things ; for they are heavier Than all thy woes can ftir: therefore betake thee To nothing but Despair. A thousand knees, Ten thousand years together, naked, fafting, Upon a barren mountain, and still winter In storm perpetual, could not move the Gods (8) That thou betray'dft Polixenes,' twas Nothing i
That did but few ibee, of a Fool, inconftant,
And damnable ingrateful.] I have ventur'd at a night al. teration here, against the Authority of all the Copies. It is certainly too gross and blunt in Paulina, tho' She might impeach the King of Fooleries in some of his past A&tions and Conduct, to call him downright a Fool. And it is much more pardonable in her to arraigo his Morals, and the Qualities of his Mind, than rudely to call him Idiot to his Face.
To look that way thou wert.
Leo. Go on, go on:
Lord. Say no more ;
Do not receive affliction
my petition, I befeech you ; rather
Leo. Thou didt speak but well,
SCENE changes to Bohemia. A defart Country;
the Sea at a little distance.
upon The defarts of Bobemia ?
Mar. Ay, my lord; and fear,
Ant. Their facred wills be done! get thee aboard,
Ant. Go thou away. I'll follow instantly.
Mar. I'm glad at heart To be fo rid oth'business.
[Exit. Ant. Come, 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, fome another, I never saw a veffel of like forrow So fill'd, and so becoming; in pure white robes, Like very fanctity, 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. só 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,
Thy wife Paulina more. -And so, with fhrieks,
[Laying down the child..
heart bleeds: and moft accurft am I
The heav'ns so dim by day. A favage clamour !
[Exit, pursued by a bear. Enter ax old Shepherd. Shep. I would there were no age between ten and three and twenty, or that youth would sleep out the reft: for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fightinghark you now would any but these boiled brains of nineteen, and two and twenty, hunt this weather? They bave fcar'd away two of my beft sheep, which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find than the matter; if any where I have them, 'tis by the fea-fide, brouzing of ivy. Good luck, an't be thy will! what have we here? (Taking up the child.] Mercy on's, a bearne ! a very pretty bearne! a boy, or a child, I wonder! a pretty one, a very pretty one ; sure, fome 'scape: tho 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
for pity, yet I'll tarry 'till my son come: he hollow'd but even now; Whoa, ho-hoa !
Enter Clown. Clo. Hilloa, loa! Shep. What, art so near? if thou'lt fce a thing to talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. What ail'ft thou, man?
Clo. I have seen two such fights, 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 ?
Clo. 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; oh, the most piteous cry of the poor souls, fome. times to see 'em, and not to see 'em: now the ship boring the moon with her main-mast, 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 cry'd 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 flap-dragon'd it. But first, how the poor fouls roarod, and the sea mock'd them. And how the poor gentleman roard, and the bear mock'd him; both roaring louder than the sea, or weather.
Shep. 'Name of mercy, when was this, boy?
Clo. Now, now, I have not wink'd since I saw these fights ; the men are not yet cold under water, nor the bear half din'd on the gentleman; he's at it now.