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Than one condemn'd by the king's own mouth, Her. Nay, come, sit down; then on. thereon

Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell it His execution sworn.

softly; Pol. I do believe thee:

Yon crickets shall not hear it. I saw his heart in his face.' Give me thy hand; Her.

Come on then, Be pilot to me, and thy places shall

And give't me in mine enr. Still neighbour mine ;2' My ships are ready, and

Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and others. My people did expect my hence departure

Leon. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo Two days ago.-- This jealousy

with him? Is for a precious creature; as she's rare,

1 Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty, Must it be violent; and as he does conceive, He is dishonour'd by a man which ever

Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them

Even to their ships.
Profess'd to him, why, his revenges must
In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me; In iny just censure?' in my true opinion?-,


How bless'd am I Good expedition be my friend, and comfort The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing Alack, for lesser knowledge! How accurs'd,

In being so blest There may be in the cup of his ill-ia'en suspicion! Come, Camillo; I will respect thee as a father, if

A sprter steep'd, and one may drink; depart, Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid.

And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge Cam. It is in mine authority, to cominand

Is not infected: but if one present The keys of all the posterns : Please your bighness The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye; make known,

How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides To take the urgent hour : come, sir, away,

With violent hefts:'-I have drunk, and seen the


Camillo was his help in this, his pander :-

There is a plot against my life, my crown;

All's true that is mistrusted :--that false villain, SCENE I. The same. Enter HERMIONE, MA- Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him : MILLIUS, and Ladies.

He has discover'd 'my design, and I Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, Remain a pinch'd thing ;' yea, a very trick 'Tis past enduring.

For them to play at will :-How came the posterns i Lady.

Come, my gracious lord, So easily open? Shall I be your playfellow ?

I Lord. By his great authority; Mam.

No, I'll none of you. Which often hath no less prevait'd than so, 1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord?

On your command. Mam. You'll kiss me hard; and speak to me as Leon,

I know't too well. if I were a baby still.— I love you beiter. Give me the boy; I am glad, you did not nurse him: 2 Lady. And why so, my lord ?

Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you Mam.

Not for because Have too much blood in him. Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they say, Her.

What is this ? sport? Become some women best; so that there be not Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come about Too much hair there, but in a semicircle, Or half-moon made with a pen.

Away with him :-and let her sport herself 2 Lady.

Who taught you this? With that she's big with; for 'us Polixenes Mam. I learn’d it out of women's faces.-Pray Has made thee swell thus.


But I'd say, he had not, What colour are your eye-brows ?

And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying, 1 Lady.

Blue, my lord. Howe'er you lean to the nayward. Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's Leon.

You, my lords,

Look on her, mark her well; be but about That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. To say, she is a goodly lady, and 2 Lady.

Hark ye : The justice of your hearts will thereto add, The queen, your mother, rounds apace : we shall 'Tis pily, she's not honest, honourable : Present our services to a fine new prince,

Praise her but for this her without-door form, One of these days; and then you'd wanton with us, (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech) an: If we would have you.

straight 1 Lady.

She is spread of late The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands, Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her! That calumny doth use :-6, I am out, Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Come, That mercy does; for calumny will sear® sir, now

Virtue itself:--theso shrugs, these hum3, and has, I am for you again : Pray you, sit by us, When you have said, she's goodiy, come between, And tell 's a tale.

Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known, Mam.

Merry, or sad, shall't be ? From him that has most cause to grieve it should be, Her. As merry as you will.

She's an adultress.
A sad tale's best for winter: Her.

Should a villain say so, I have one of sprites and goblins.

The most replenish villain in the world, Her.

Let's have that, good sir. He were as inuch more villain: you, my lord, sit down :--Come on, and do your best Do but mistake. To fright me with your sprites: you're powerful at it. Leon.

You have mistook, my lady, Mam. There was a man,

Polixenes for Leontes : 0 thou thing,

Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, 1 'I saw his heart in his face.' In Macbeth we have :

''To find the inind's construction in the face.' be my friend, and may my absence bring comfort to the 2 i. e. I will pluce thec in elevated rank always near gracious queen who is part of his theme, but who knows to my own in dignity, or near my person.

nothing of his unjust suspicion.' 3 Johnson might well say, 'I can make nothing of the 4 i. e. judgment. following words:

5. Alack, for lesser knowledge ! that is, that my and comfort

knowledge were less ! The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing 6 Spiders were esteemed poisonous in our author's

or his ill-ta'en suspicion.' He suspected the line which connected them to the rest 7 Hefts, heavings, things which are heaved up. to have been lost. I have sometimes thought that we Si. e. ' a thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet for should read not noting instead of but nothing. Per. them to move and actuate as they please.' baps they will bear this construction : 'Good expedition 9 i. e. will brand it.




Come on,


Lest barbarism, making me the precedent,

Leon, Hold your peaces. Should a like language use to all degrees,

1 Lord.

Good my lord. And mannerly distinguishment leave out

Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves: Betwixt the prince and beggar.---I have said, You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, She's an adultress; I have said with whom: That will be damn'd fort; 'would I knew the villain, More, she's a traitor! and Camillo is

I would land-damn' him: Be she honour-flaw'd, A federary! with her; and one that knows I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; What she should shame to know herself,

The second, and the third, nine, and some five; But with her most vile principal, that she's If this prove true, they'll pay for'i : by mine honour, A bed-swerver, even as bad as those

I'll geld them all: fourteen they shall not see, That vulgars give bold'st titles; ay, and privy To bring false generations; they are coheirs; To this their late escape.

And I bad rather glibo myself, ihan they
No, by my life,

Should not produce fair issue.
Privy to none of this: How will this grieve you, Leon.

Cease; no more.
When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that You smell this business with a sense as cold
You thus have publish'd me? Gentle my lord, As is a dead man's nose: but I do see't and feel',
You scarce can right me throughly then, to say As you feel doing thus; and see withal
You did mistake.

The instruments that feel."
No, no; if I mistake


If it be so, In those foundations which I build upon,

We need no grave to bury honesty ;
The centre is not big enough to bear

There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
A school-boy's top. -Away with her to prison: Of the whole dungy earth.
He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty, Leon.

What! lack I credit ? Bul that he speaks.

1 Lord. I had rather you did lack, than 1, my lord, Her.

There's some ill planet reigns: Upon this ground: and more it would content me I must be patient till the heavens look

To have her honour true, than your suspicion ; Wilh an aspect more favourable.—Good my lords, Be blam'd for't how you might. I am not prone to weeping, as our sex


Why, what need wo Commonly are; the want of which vain dew, Commune with you of this ? but rather follow Perchance, shall dry your pities: but I have Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative That honourable grief lolgd here, which burns Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodnese Worse than tears drown: 'Beseech you all, my Imparts this: which, if you (or stupified, lords,

Or seeming so in skill) cannot, or will not, With thoughts so qualified as your charities Relish asid truth, like us; inform yourselves, Shall best instruct you, measure me ;--and so We need no more of your advice: the matter, The king's will be perform’d!

The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all Leon,

Shall I be heard ?

Properly ours.

{To the Guards. Ant. And I wish, my liege, Her. Who is't that goes with me ?—Beseech You had only in your silent judgment tried it, your bighness,

Without more overture. My women may be with me; for, you see,


How could that be? My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools ; Either thou art most ignorant by age, There is no cause: when you shall know your mis- Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight,

Added to their familiarity, Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, (Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, As I come out: this action, I now go on,s That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation,"í Is for my better grace.--Adieu, my lord:

But only seeing, all other circumstances I never wish'd to see you sorry ; now,

Made up to the deed) doth push on this proceeding: I trust, I shall. --My women, come; you have Yet, for a greater confirmation, leave.

(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere Leon. Go, do our bidding; hence.

Most piteous to be wild) I have despatch'd in post, (Exeunt Queen and Ladies. To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, I Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen Cleomenes and Dion, whom again.

Of stuff?d sufficiency:!? Now from the oracle Anl. Be certain what you do, sir ; lest your justice They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well ? Yourself, your queen, your son.

1 Lord. Well done, my lord. 1 Lord.

For her, my lord, Leon. Though I ain satisfied, and need no more I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, l'the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean,

Whose ignorant credulity will not In this which you accuse her.

Come up to the truth: so have we thought it good, Ant.

From our free person she should be confined ; She's otherwise, I'll keep my stabless where Lest that the treachery of the two fled hence, I lodge my wife ; I'll go in couples with her; Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ; Then when I feel, and see her, no further trust her; We are to speak in public: for this business For every inch of woman in the world,

Will raise us all. Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,

Ant. [Aside. To laughter, as I take it, If she be.

If the good truth were known.

[Ereunt. 1 Federury. This word, which is probably of the false, I'll make my stables or kennel of my wife's cham. poet's own invention, is used for confederale, accomplice. ber; I'll go in couples with her like a dog, and never

2 One that knows what she should be ashamed to leave her for a moment; trust her no further than I can know herself, even if the knowledge of it was shared feel and see her.' but with her paramour. It is the use of but for be-out 7 "I would land-damn him.' Johnson interprets this: (only, according to Malone) that obscures the sense. "I will dumn or condemn him to quit the land.' 3 i.e. no foundation can be trusted.

9 Glib or lib, i. e. castrate. 4 He who shall speak for her is afar off guilty, 9 I see and feel my disgrice, as you, Antigonus, noro But that he speaks.'

feel my doing this to you, and as you now see the instru. He who shall speak for her is remotely guilty in merely ments that feel, i. e. my fingers. Leontes must here be speaking

to touch or lay hold of Antigonus. 5 i. e. what I am now about to do.

10 The old copy reads a truth. Rowe made the cor. 6 Much has been said about this passage: one has rection. thought it should be stable-stand ; another that it means 11 i. e, proof. station. But it may be explained thus :--'If she prove 12 i. e. of abilities more than sufficient.


you know

If it prove



To see,

SCENE II. The same. The outer Room of a The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
Prison. Enter PAULINA and Attendants. By law and process of great nature, thence

Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him;

(Erit an Attendant, The anger of the king; nor guilty of, Let him have knowledge who I am,-Good lady!

If any be, the trespass of the queen. No court in Europe is too good for thee,

Keep. I do believe it.

Paul. What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir,

Do not you fear: upon

Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger. Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.

(Exeunt. You know do you not ? Keeper.

For a worthy lady, SCENE III. The same. A Room in the Palace. And one whom I much honour.

Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other Paul.

Pray you, then, Attendants. Conduct me to the queen.

Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest : It is but weakKeep. I may not, madam; to the contrary I have express commandment.

To bear the matter thus ; mere weakness, if Paul.

Here's ado,

The cause were not in bemg ;-part of the cause, To lock up honesty and honour from

She, the adultress ;-for the harlot king The access of gentle visitors !

-Is it lawful,

Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank Pray you, to see her women ? any of them?

And level of my brain, plot-proof: but she Emilia?

I can hook to me : Say, that she were gone, Keep. So please you, madam, to put

Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest Apart these your attendants, I shall bring

Might come to me again. - Who's there? Emilia forth.

i Attend.

My lord ! Puul. I pray now, call her.

(Advancing. Withdraw yourselves.

(Eseunt Attend.

Leon. How does the boy?
And, madam,

1 Attend.

He took good rest to-night ; I must be present at your conference.

'Tis hop'd his sickness is discharg'd. Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. (Erit Keeper.

Leon Here's such ado to make no stain a stain,

His nobleness !
As passes colouring.

Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.

He straight declin’d, droop'd, took it deeply;
Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady?

Fasten'd and fix'd the shame on't in himself; Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn, Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, May hold together: On her frighis and griefs And downright languish'd. -- Leave me solely:3-go, (Which never tender lady hath borne greater), See how he fares. (Erit Attend.)–Fye, fye! no She is, something before her time, deliver'd.

thought of him ;Paul. A boy ?

The very thought of my revenges that way Emil.

A daughter; and a goodly babe, Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty; Lusty, and like to live: the


And in his parties, his alliance,--Let him be, Much comfort in't : says, My poor prisoner,

Until a time may serve : for present vengeance, I am innocent as you.

Take it on her.' Camillo and Polixenes
I dare be sworn :

Laugh at me ; make their pastime at my sorrow: These dangerous unsafe lunes' o'the king! be- They should not laugh, if I could reach them; nor shrew them!

Shall she, within my power. He must be told on't, and he shall: the office

Enter Paulina, with a Child: Becomes a woman best ; I'll take't upon me:

1 Lord.

You must not enter. If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister; And never to my red-look'd anger be

Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me. The trumpet any more :-Pray you, Emilia,

Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, Commend my best obedience to the queen ;

Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul ; If she dares trust me with her little babe,

More free, than he is jealous. I'll show't the king, and undertake to be


That's enough. Her advocate to th’ loudest: We do not know

1 Atten. Madam, he hath not slept to might; com

manded How he may soften at the sight o'the child; The silence often of pure innocence

None should come at him.

Paul. Persuades, when speaking fails.

Not so hot, good sir; Emil.

Most worthy madam, L come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you,— Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,

That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh That your free undertaking cannot miss

At each his needless heavings, such as you A thriving issue; there is no lady living,

Nourish the cause of his awaking: 1
So meet for this great errand : Please your ladyship Honest, as either ; to purge him of that humour,

Do come with words as med'cinal as true;
To visit the next room, I'll presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer;

That presses him from sleep.

Leon. Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;

What noise there, ho ? But durst not tempt a minister of honour,

Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful conference Lest she should be denied.

About some gossips for your highness.
Tell her, Emilia,

How ? I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it,

Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus, As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted

I charg'd thee, that she should not come about me; I shall do good.

I knew she would.
Now be you blest for it!


I told her so, my lord,
I'll to the queen: Please you, come something nearer. On your displeasure's peril, and on mine,
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the She should not visit you.


What, can'st not rule her I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,

Paul. From all dishonesty, he can: in this, Having no warrant.

(Unless he take the course that you have done, Paul. You need not fear it, sir :

Commit me, for committing honour) trust it,

He shall not rule me. I Lunes. This word has not been found in any other English writer; but it is used in old French for frenzy, 2 Blank and level mean mark and aim, or direction lunacy, folly. A similar expression occurs in the Re. They are terms of gunnery. venger's Tragedy, 1603.

3 i. e. leave me alone.


For ever


Ant. Lo you now, you hear!

The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger :When she will take the rein, I let her run; And, thou, good goddess nature, which hast made it But she'll not stumble.

So like to him that got it, if thou hast Pau.

Good my liege, I come,- The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess' No yellow do in't; lest she suspect, as he does, Myself your loyal servant, your physician,

Her children not her husband's ! Your most obedient counsellor; yet that dare Leon.


gross hag!Less appear so, in comforting your evils,? And, lozel," thou art worthy to be hang'd, Than such as most seem yours :-) say, I come That will not stay her tongue. From your good queen.


Hang all the husbands Leon. Good queen!

That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen: I say, Hardly one subject. good queen;


Once more, take her hence,
And would by combat make her good, so were I Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord
A man, the worst about you.

Can do no more.
Force her hence. Leon.

I'll have thee buru'd.
Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his eyes, Paul.

I care not : First hand me : on my own accord, I'll off; It is a heretic that makes the fire, But, first, I'll do my errand.--The good queen,

Not she which burns in't. I'll not call you tyrant; For she is good, bath brought you forth a daughter; But this most cruel usage of your queen Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing.

(Not able to produce more accusation (Laying down the Child. Than your own weak-hing'd fancy) something saLeon.


vours A mankind* witch? Hence with her, out o' door : or

ftyranny, and will ignoble make you, A most intelligencing bawd!

Yea, scandalous to the world.

Not so:

On your allegiance, I am as ignorant in that, as you

Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, In so entitling me: and no less honest

Where were her life? she durst pot call me so, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant, If she did know me one. Away with her. As this world goes, to pass for honest.

Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone. Leon.

Traitors! Look to your babe, my lord ; 'tis yours: Jove send her Will you not push her out ? Give her the bastard :- A better guiding spirit!-What need these hands ? Thou dotard (70 ANTIGONUS,] thou art woman- You, thai are thus so tender o'er his follies, tir’d,' unroosted

Will never do him good, not one of you. By thy dame Partlet here :-take up the bastard; So, so :--Farewell; we are gone.

[Exit. Take't up, I say; give't to thy crone.

Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.Paul.

My child ? away with't!-even thou, that hast Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou

A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence, Takest the princess, by that forced' baseness And see it instantly consum'd with fire'; Which he has put upon't!

Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up straight: Leon.

He dreads his wife. Within this hour bring me word, 'tis done Paul. So, I would, you did; then, 'were past (And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life, all doubt,

With what thou else call'st thine : If thou refuse, You'd call your children yours.

And will encounter with my wrath, say so; Leon.

A nest of traitors! The bastard brains with these my proper hands Ant. I am none, by this good light.

Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire; Paul.

Nor I; nor any, For thou sett'st on thy wife. But one, that's here ; and that's himself for he Ant.

I did not, sir : The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, These lords, my noble follows, if they please, His hopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander

, Can clear me in't. Whose sting is sharper than the sword's;s and will

1 Lord

We can; my royal liege,

He is not guilty of her coming hither. (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse

Leon. You are liars all. He cannot be compellid to't,) once remove

1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better The root of his opinion, which is rotten,

credit : As ever oak, or stone, was sound.

We have always truly serv'd you ; and beseech Leon,

A callat, So to esteem of us; And on our knees we beg Of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her husband, (As recompense of our dear services, And now baits me !—This brat is none of mine ; Past, and to come) that you do change this purpose ; It is the issue of Polixenes :

Which, being so horrible, so bloody, must Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Lead on to some foul issue : We all kneel. Commit them to the fire.

Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows; Paul.

Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel And, might wo lay the old proverb to your charge, And call me father ? Better burn it now, So like you, 'tis the worse. --Behold, my lords, Than curse it then. But, be it; let it live : Although the print be little, the whole matter It shall not neither.--You, sir, come you hither ; And copy of the father: eye, nose, lip,

[TO ANTIGONUS. The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay, the valley, You, that have been so tenderly officious The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his smiles with lady Margery, your midwife, there,

6 A crone was originally a toothless old ewe; and I The old copy has professi8.

thence became a term of contempt for an old woman. 2 'In comforting your evils.' To comfort, in old 7 Forced is false ; uttered with violence to truth. language, is to aid, to encourage. Evils' here mean Baseness for bastardy; we still say base born. wicked courses.

8.Whose sting is sharper than the sword's.' So in 3 i. e. the weakest, or least marlike.

Cymbeline : 4 'A mankind witch.' In Junius's Nomenclator, by

"Slander, Abraham Fleming, 1535, Virugo is interpreted. A manly Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose longue woman, or a mankind woman.' Johnson asserts that Oulvenoms all the worms of Nile.' the phrase is still used in the midland counties for a wo 9 A callat is a trull. man violent, ferocious, and mischievous.

10 No yellow,' the colour of jealousy. ó i. e. hen-pecked. To tire in Falconry is to tear with 11 Lozel, a worthless fellow; one lost to all goodness the beak. Partiet is the name of the hen in the old sto- From the Saxon Losian, to perish, to be lost. Lorel ry of Reynard the Fox.

losel, losliche, are all of the same fainily.


It is yours ;


To save this bastard's life :--for 'ris a bastard, | And ear-deafening voice o'the oracle,
So sure as this beard's gray,' --what will you ad- Kin to Jove's thunder, so surpris'd my sense,

That I was nothing.
To save this brat's life?


If the event of the journey Ant.

Any thing, my lord, Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be't so That my ability may undergo,

As it hath been to us, rare, pleasant, speedy,
And nobleness impose : at least, thus much; The time is worth the use on't."
I'll pawn the little blood which I have left,


Great Apollo, To save the innocent: any thing possible. Turn all to the best! These proclamations,

Leon. It shall be possible: Swear by this sword,? So forcing faults upon Hermione, Thou wilt perform my bidding.

I little like. Ant.

I will, my lord. Dion. The violent carriage of it Leon. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou?) for Will clear, or end, the business : When the oracle, the fail

(Thus by Apollo's great divine seald up) Of any point in't shall not only be

Shall the contents discover, something rare, Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongu'd wife;. Even then will rush to knowledge. -G0,-fresh Whom, for this time, we pardon. We enjoin thee, horses ;As thou art liegeman to us, that thou carry And gracious be the issue !

(Exeunt. This female bastard hence, and that thou bear it To some remote and desert place, quite out

SCENE II. The same. A Court of Justice. LeoxOf our dominions; and that there thou leave it,

TES, Lords, and Officers, appear properly seated. Without more mercy, to its own protection,

Leon. This sessions (to our great gries, we proAnd favour of the climate. As by strange fortune nounce) It came to us, I do in justice charge thee,-- Even pushes 'gainst our heart: The party tried, On thy soul's peril, and thy body's torture,

The daughter of a king; our wife; and one That thou commend it strangely to some place,

Of us too much belov'd-Let us be clear'd Where chance may nurse, or end it: Take it up. or being tyrannous, since we so openly

Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death Proceed in justice ; which shall have due course, Had been more merciful.—Come on, poor babe : Even to the guilt, or the purgation. Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens, Produce the prisoner. To be thy nurses! Wolves, and bears, they say, Ofi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Casting their savageness aside, have done Appear in person here in court.-Silence ! Like offices of pity:-Sir, be prosperous

HERMIONE is brought in, guarded ; Paulina and In more than this deed doth require ! and blessing,

Ladies, attending, Against this cruelty, fight on thy side,

Leon. Read the indictment. Poor thing, condemn'd to loss !

(Exit, with the Child.

Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king Leon.

No, I'll not rear

of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of Another's issue.

high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, 1 Atten. Please your highness, posts,

king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to From those you sent to the oracle, are come

take away the life of our sovereign lord and king, thy An hour since: Cleomenes and Dion,

royal husband, the pretence® whereof being by cir Being well arrived from Delphos, are both landed, cumstances partly laid open, thou, Hermione, conHasting to the court.

trary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, 1 Lord. So please you, sir, their speed Ay away by night.

didst counsel and sid them, for their better safety, to Hath been beyond account. Leon. Twenty-three days

Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that They have been absent : 'Tis good speed; foretells, The testimony on my part, no other

Which contradicts my accusation; and
The great Apollo suddenly will have
The truth of this appear. Prepare you, lords;

But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot me Summon a session, that we may arraign

To say, Not guilty : mine integrity, Our most disloyal lady: for, as she haih

Being counted falsehood," shall, as I express it, Been publicly accus'd, so shall she have

Be so receiv'd. But thus,-If powers divine A just and open trial.' While she lives,

Behold our human actions (as they do,) My heart will be a burden to me.

I doubt not then, but innocence shall make

False accusation blush, and tyranny And think upon my bidding.


Tremble at patience.-You, my lord, best know ACT III.

(Who least will seem to do so,) my past life SCENE I. The same. A Street in some Town. Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true, Enter CLEOMENES and Dios.

As I am now unhappy ; which is more

Than history can pattern, though devis'd, Cleo. The climate's delicate ; the air most sweet; And play'd to take spectators : For behold me,Fertile the isle; the temple much surpassing A fellow of the royal bed, which owe" The common praise it bears.

A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, Dion,

I shall report, The moiher to a hopeful prince-here standing For most it caught me, the celestial habits (Methinks, I so should term them, )and the reverence Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it

To prate and talk for life, and honour, 'fore or the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice !

As I weigh grief, which I would spare :1' for honour, How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly It was i'the offering!

speare little regarded geographical accuracy: He fol. Cleo. But, of all, the burst lowed Green's Dorastus and fawnia, in which it is cal.

led the isle of Delphos. There was a temple of Apollo i Leontes must mean the beard of Antigonus, which in the isle of Delos. he may be supposed to touch. He himself tells us that 7 'The time is worth the use on't ;' that is, the event twenty-three years ago he was unbreech'd, of course his or our journey will recompense us for the time we spent age must be under thirty, and his own beard would in it. hardly be gray;

9 i. e. the design. Shakspeare often uses the word 2 li was anciently a practice to swear by the cross at for design or intention. the hilt of a sword.

9 i. e. my virtue being accounted wickedness, my as. 3 i. e. commit it to some place as a stranger. To sertion of it will pass but for a lie. Falsehood means commend is to commit, according to the old dictionaries, both treachery and lie. 4 i. e. the favour of heaven.

10 Which, that is, which unhappiness. 5 i. e. to exposure, or to be lost or dropped.

11 Own, possess. 16 Warburton has remarked that the temple of Apollo 12 I prize my life no more than I value grief, which I was al Delphi, which was not an island. But Shak. would willingly spare. This sentiment, which is pro

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