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Will have fulfilled their secret purposes;
That king Leontes shall not have an heir,
Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall,
[To LEONTES. The crown will find an heir. Great Alexander Left his to the worthiest; so his successor Was like to be the best.
Who hast the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honor,—Ỏ, that ever I
Had squared me to thy counsel !-Then, even now, I might have looked upon my queen's full eyes;
Have taken treasure from her lips,
More rich for what they yielded.
And left them
Thou speak'st truth.
No more such wives; therefore no wife.
Had she such power,
She had; and would incense me
To murder her I married.
I should so.
Were I the ghost that walked, I'd bid
Her eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't
1 The old copy reads, " And begin, Why to me?" The transposition of and was made by Steevens.
2 Incense, to instigate or stimulate, was the ancient sense of this word: it is rendered in the Latin dictionaries by dare stimulo.
You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears Should rift1 to hear me; and the words that followed Should be, Remember mine.
And all eyes else dead coals!-Fear thou no wife;
Will you swear
Never to marry but by my free leave?
Leon. Never, Paulina; so be blessed my spirit! Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his
Yet, if my lord will marry,-if you will, sir,
As, walked your first queen's ghost, it should take joy
My true Paulina,
We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us.
Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath;
Enter a Gentleman.
Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access
To your high presence.
1 i. e. split.
What with him? He comes not
2 i. e. meet his eye, or encounter it—affrontare (Ital.). Shakspeare uses this word with the same meaning again in Hamlet, Act iii. Sc. 1:
"That he, as 'twere by accident, may here
Like to his father's greatness.
By need and accident. What train?
And those but mean.
His princess, say you, with him?
Gent. Ay; the most peerless piece of earth, I think, That e'er the sun shone bright on.
Above a better, gone; so must thy grave1
Of who she but bid follow.
How? not women?
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman More worth than any man; men, that she is
The rarest of all women.
Yourself, assisted with your honored friends,
Bring them to our embracement.-Still 'tis strange [Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentlemen.
He thus should steal upon us.
Had our prince
(Jewel of children) seen this hour, he had paired
1 i. e. thy beauties which are buried in the grave.
2 So relates not to what precedes, but to what follows; that she had
not been equalled.
3 i. e. than the corse of Hermione, the subject of your writing.
Well with this lord; there was not full a month
Re-enter CLEOMENES, with FLORIZEL, PERDITA, and
Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince;
His very air, that I should call you brother,
Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
By his command
Have I here touched Sicilia; and from him
you all greetings, that a king, at friend,3 Can send his brother: and, but infirmity
(Which waits upon worn times) hath something seized His wished ability, he had himself
The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his
1 The old copy reads, "Pr'ythee, no more: cease; thou know'st," &c. Steevens made the omission of the redundant word, which he considers a mere marginal gloss or explanation of no more.
2 Steevens altered this to look upon, but there are many instances of similar construction, in Shakspeare, incorrect as they may now appear. 3 i. e. at amity, as we now say.
(He bade me say so) more than all the sceptres, And those that bear them, living.
O, my brother,
(Good gentleman!) the wrongs I have done thee, stir Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
So rarely kind, are as interpreters
behind-hand slackness!-Welcome hither,
As is the spring to the earth.
Exposed this paragon to the fearful usage
She came from Libya.
Good my lord,
Where the warlike Smalus,
That noble, honored lord, is feared and loved?
Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, whose daughter
His tears proclaimed his, parting with her; thence
For which the Heavens, taking angry note,
1 i. e. full of grace and virtue.