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Pol. Oh, then, my beft blood turn
To an infected gelly, and
Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best !
Turn then my fresheft reputation to
A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril
Where I arrive ; and my approach be shunnid,
Nay, hated too, worse than the great'it infection
That e'er was heard, or read !
Cam. Swear this, though over
By each particular star in heaven, and
By all their influences; you may as well
Forbid the sea for to obey the moon,
As or by oath remove, or council shake,
The fabrick of his folly ; whose foundation
Is pild upori his faith, and wilt continue
The standing of his body.
Pol. How should this grow?
Cam. I know not; but, I'm sure, 'tis safer to Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis born. If therefore you dare trust my honesty, That lies inclosed in this trunk, which you Shall bear along impawn'd, away to-night; Your followers I will whisper to the business; And will by twos and threes, at several pofteros, Clear them o'th'city. For myself, I'll put My fortunes to your service, which are here By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain; For by the honour of my parents, I Have utter'd truth ; which if you seek to prove, I dare not stand by, nor shall you be fafer, Than one condemned by the king's own month } Thereon his execution sworn.
Pol. I do believe thee::
I saw his heart in's face. Give me thy hand;
Be pilot to me, and thy places sħall
Still neighbour mine. My ships are ready, and
My people did expect my hence departure
Two days ago.
Is for a precious creature ; as she's rare,
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
Profess’d to him; why, his revenges must
la that be made more bitter. Fear o'er shades me:
Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
The gracious queen's; part of his theam, but nothing
Of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! come, Camillo,
I will respect thee as a father, if
Thou bear:It.my life off hence. Let us avoid.
Cam. It is in mine authority to command
The keys of all the posteras : please your highness
To take the urgent hour. Come, fir, away. (Exeunt.
Enter Hermione, Mamillius, and ladies,
HERMION E. 'AKE the boy to
ou; he so troubles me,
1 Lady. Come, my gracious lord, Shall I be your play-fellow? Mam. No, I'd none of you.
1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?
Mam. You'll kiss me hard, and speak to me as I were a baby ftill. I love
better. 2 LĄDY. And why so, my lord ?
Mam. Not for because
Your brows are blacker ; (yet black brows, they fay,
Become fome women best; so that there be not
Too much hair there, but in a femicircle,
Or a half-moon made with a pen.)
2 Lady. Who taught you this?
Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces : pray now, What colour be your eye-brows?
i Lady. Blue, my lord.
MAM. Nay, that's a mock: I've seen a lady's nose
That has been blue, but not her eye-brows.
1 LADY. Hark ye,
The queen, your mother, rounds apace ; we shall
Present our services to a fine new prince
One of these days; and then you'll wanton with us,
If we would have you.
2 Lady. She is spread of late
Into a goodly bulk; good time encounter her!
Her. What wisdom stirs among you? Come, fir, now
I am for you again. Pray you sit by us,
And tell's a tale.
Mam. Merry, or fad, shall’t be?
Her. As merry as you will.
MAM. A fad tale's best for winter.
I have one of sprights and goblins.
Her. Let's have that, good lr.
sit down. Come on, and do your best To fright me with your spright : you're powerful at it.
Mam. There was a man-
HRR. Nay, come sit down; then on.
Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;- will tell it foftly: Yond crickets shall not hear it.
Her. Come on then, and give't me in mine car.
SCENE II. Enter Leontes, Antigonus, and lords. Leo. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo with him?
LORD. Behind the luft of pines I met them; never Saw I men scowr fo on their way: I ey'd them Even to their ships.
Leo. How blest am I
In my juft censure! in my true opinion!
Alack, for lesser knowledge -how accurs'd
In being so blest? There may be in the cup
A spider steep'd, and one may drink ; depart,
And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge
Is not infected; but if one present
Th' abhorr’d ingredient to his eye, make known
How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his fides
With violent hefts--I have drunk, and seen the spider-
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,
Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him:
He hath discover'd my design, and I
Remain a pinch'd thing; yea, a very trick
For them to play at will: how came the posterne
So easily open
LORD. By his great authority,
Which often hath no less prevail'd, than so
On your command.
Leo. I know too well.Give me the boy; I'm glad you did not nurse him: [To Herm. Though he doth bear some signs of me, yet you Have too much blood in him.
Her. What, is this sport?
Leo. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come about her ;
Away with him, and let her sport herself
With that she's big with : for it is Polixenes
Has made thee swell thus.
Her. But I'd say, he had not;
And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my faying,
Howe'er you lean to th’nayward.
Leo. You, my lords,
Look on her, mark her well ; be but about
To say, she is a goodly lady, and
The justice of your hearts will thereto add,
'Tis pity, she's not honest, honourable,
Praise her but for this her without-door form,
(Which on my faith deserves high speech), and straight
The shrug, the hum, or ha, -thefe petty brands,
That calumny doth use: oh, I am out,-
That mercy does ; for calumny will fear
Virtue itself. -Thefe shrugs, these hums and ha's,
When you have said she's goodly, come between,
Ere you can say she's honest : but be't known,
(From him, that has most cause to grieve it should be);
She's an adultress.
Her. Should a villain fay so,
The most replenish'd villain in the world,
He were as much more villain :
you, my Jords Do but mistake.
Leo. You have mistook, my lady,