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But when I came to man's estate,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,

'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate, For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came, alas! to wive,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
By swaggering could I never thrive,
For the rain it raineth every day.

But when I came unto my bed,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
With toss-pots still had drunken head,
For the rain it raineth every day.

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that's all one, our play is done,
And we'll strive to please you every day.

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Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Satyrs, Shepherds, Shepherdesses,

Guards, &c.

SCENE, sometimes in Sicilia, sometimes in Bohemia.


Sicilia. An Antechamber in LEONTES' Palace.


Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my services are now on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.

Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.

Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall shame us, we will be justified in our loves: for, indeed,

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Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence — in so rare - I know not what to say. We will give you sleepy drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us.

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Cam. You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely. Arch. Believe me, I speak as my understanding instructs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.

Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia. They were trained together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more mature dignities, and royal necessities, made separation of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attorney'd, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies, that they have seemed to be together, though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves!

Arch. I think, matter, to alter it.

there is not in the world either malice, or You have an unspeakable comfort of your young prince Mamillius: it is a gentleman of the greatest promise that ever came into my note.

Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him. It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physics the subject, makes old hearts fresh: they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life to see him a man.

Arch. Would they else be content to die?

Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.

Arch. If the king had no son they would deshire to live on crutches till he had one.



The Same. A Room of State in the Palace.

MILLO, and Attendants.

Pol. Nine changes of the watery star have been
The shepherd's note, since we have left our throne
Without a burden: time as long again

Would be fill'd up, my brother, with our thanks;
And yet we should for perpetuity

Go hence in debt: and therefore, like á cipher,
Yet standing in rich place, I multiply

With one we-thank-you many thousands more
That go before it.


Stay your thanks awhile,

Sir, that's to-morrow.

And pay them when you part.


I am question'd by my fears, of what may chance,
Or breed upon our absence; that may blow

No sneaping winds at home, to make us say,

"This is put forth too truly." Besides, I have stay'd To tire your royalty.

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Leon. We'll part the time between's then; and in that

I'll no gain-saying.


Press me not, beseech you, so.

There is no tongue that moves, none, none i' the world,
So soon as yours, could win me: so it should now,
Were there necessity in your request, although

'T were needful I denied it. My affairs

which to hinder,

Do even drag me homeward;
Were in your love a whip to me, my stay


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