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Withdraw yourselves.

[Exepnt Gent.
Goal. And, madam, I must be
Present at your conference.

· Paul. Well; be it so, pr’ythee. (Exit Goale,
Here's such ado to make no ftain a stain,
As países colouring.

Enter Emilia.
Dear gentlewoman,
How fares our gracious lady ?

Emil. As well, as one fo great and so forlora
May hold together ; on the frights and griefs,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater ;)
She is, something before her time, deliver'd.

PAUL. A boy ?

EMIL. A daughter, and a goodly babe,
Lusty, and like to live : the queen receives
Much comfort in't: says, My poor prisoner,
I'm innocent as you.

PAUL. I dare be sworn :
These dangerous, unsafe lunes i'th'king! befhrew them,
He must be told on't, and he shall; the office
Becomes a woman best. I'll take't upon me.
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister ;
And never to my red-look'd anger be
The trumpet any more! pray you, Emilia,
Commend my best obedience to the queen,
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll shew't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th’loud'ft. We do not know,
How he may soften at the fight o'th'child;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails,

Emil. Most worthy madam,
Your honour and your goodness is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss
A thriving issue : there is no lady living
So meet for this great errand. Please your ladyship.;
To visit the next room, l’li presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer,
Who but to day hammer'd of this design;
But durft not tempt a minifter of honour,
Left she should be deny'd.

Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have; if wit flow from't
As boldness from my bosom, let't not be doubted
I shall do good.

Emil. Now be you blest for it!
I'll to the queen : please you, come something nearer.

Goal. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe,
I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant,

PAUL. You need not fear it, fir ;
The child was prisoner to the womb, and is
By law and process of great nature thence
Freed and enfranchis’d; not a party to

of the king, nor guilty of, If any be, the trespass of the queen.

Goal. I do believe it.

PAUL. Do not you fear ; upon my honour, I
Will stand 'twixt

and danger.

SCE N E IV. Changes to the palace.
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, lords and other attendants.
Leo. Nor pight, nor day go rest ;- it is but weakness

To bear the matter thus; meer weakness, if
The cause were not in being-

-part o'th' cause,
She, the adultress -for the harlot-king
Is quite beyond mine arm; out of the blank
And level of my brain ; plot-proof ; but she
I can hook to me: say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
Might come to me again. Who's there?

Enter an Attendant.
Atten. My lord.
Leo. How does the boy?

Atten. He took good rest to-night; 'tis hop'd,
His sickness is discharg'd.

Leo. To see his nobleness !
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply ;
Fasten'd, and fix'd the shame on't in himfelf;
Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
And downright languilh'd. Leave me folely ; go,

[Exit Attendant See how he fares. -Fy, fy, no thought of him;The very thought of my revenges that

way Recoil upon me; in himself too mighty, And in his parties, his alliance

- let him be,
Until a time may serve. For present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me ; make their pastime at my sorrow;
They should not laugh, if I could reach them; nor
Shall she, within my power.

SCENE V. Eater Paulina, with a chilia
Lord, You must aot enter,

Paul. Nay rather, good my lords, be second to me :
Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas,
Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul,
More free than he is jealous.

Ant. That's enough.

ATTEN. (within.] Madam, he hath not slept to-night: Commanded, none should come at him.

PAUL. Not so hot, good fir;
I come to bring him fleep. 'Tis such as you,
That creep like shadows by him, and do figh
At each his needless heavings, such as you,
Nourish the cause of his awaking. I
Do come with words, as medicinal, as true;
Honest, as either ; to purge him of that humour,
That presses him from ficep.

Leo. What noise there, ho ?

Paul. No noise, my lord, but needful conference,
About some goflips for your highness.

Leo. How?
Away with that audacious lady. - Antigonus,
I charg'd thee, that she should not come about me ;
I knew, she would.

Ant. I told her so, my lord,
On your displeasure's peril, and on mine,
She should not vifit you.

Leo. What ? canst not rule her?

PAUL. from all dishonesty he can; in this,
Unless he take the course that you have done,
Commit me, for committing honour, trust it,
He shall not rule me.

Ant. Lo you now, you hear.
When she will take the rein, I let her run,


But she'll not stumble.

PAUL. Good my liege, I come
And I beseech you, hear me, who profess
Myself your loyal servant, your physician,
Your most obedient counsellor : yet that dares
Less appear so, in comforting your evils,
Than such as most seems yours. I say, I come
From your good queen ?

Leo. Good queen ?

Paul. Good queen, my lord.
Good queen, I say, good queen;
And would by combat make her good, so were I
A man the worst about you.

Leo. Force her hence,

Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his eyes,
First hand me. On mine own accord, I'll off ;
But first, I'll do my errand. The good queen,
For she is good, hath brought you forth a daughter,
Here's tis; commends it to your blessing.

(Laying down the child.
Leo, Out!
A mankind witch! hence with her, out o'door :
A most intelligencing bawd !

PAUL. Not fo;
I am as ignorant in that, as you
In so intit’ling me, and no less honest
Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant,
As this world goes, to pais for honeft.

Leo. Traitors!
Will you not push her out? give her the bastard. [To Antig.
Thou dotard, thou art woman-tyr’d: unroosted
By thy dame Partlet here. Take up the baftard,

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