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Leo. To fee his nobleness!
Faften'd, and fix'd the fhame on't in himself;
Enter Paulina, with a Child.
Paul. Nay rather, good my lords, be second to me:
you his tyrannous passion more, alas,
Ant. That's enough.
Paul. Not so hot, good Sir;
$ Honest, as either ; to purge him of that humour, That presses him from Neep.
Leo. What noise there, ho ?
Paul. No noise, my Lord, but needful conference, About some gossips for your Highness.
Ant. I told her so, my Lord,
Leo. What? can'lt not rule her?
Paul. From all dishonesty he can ; in this,
Ant. Lo-you now, you hear,
Paul. Good my Liege, I come
Leo. Good Queen?
Paul. Good Queen, my Lord, Good Queen, I lay, good Queen ; 4 And would by combat make her good, so were I
A 3 Honefl, as either; —lie whole subject is the Queen's innocence: otherwile there would be a taulology. 4 And would by combat make her good, so were I
A man, the worst about you.] Paulina fupposes the King's jealousy to be raised and inflamed by the courriers about him ; who, the finely says,
A man, on th' 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, háth brought you forth a daughter, Here 'tis; commends it to your blessing,
[Laying down the child.
Paul. Not fo;
s Which he has put upon't!
Leo. He dreads his wife.
-creep like shadows by bim, and de figh
At each his needless heavings : — Surely then, she could not say, that were she a man, the worst of these, she would vindicate her mistress's honour against the King's fufpicions, in fingle combat. Shakespear, I am persuaded,
so were 1 A man, ON TH' worst about you. į. e. were I a man, I would vindicate her honour, on the worst of these sycophants that are about you. 5 --- forced baseness) forced for unnatural.
Paul. So, I would, you did: then 'twere paft all
Leo. A neft of traytors!
Paul. Nor I; nor any
Leo. A callat Of boundless tongue, who late hath beat her husband, And now baits me! This brat is none of mine; It is the issue of Polixenes. Hence with it, and together with the dam, Commit them to the fire.
Paul. It is yours;
Leo. A grofs hag!
That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself
Leo. Once more, take her hence.
Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord Can do no more.
Leo. l'll ha' thee burnt.
Paul. I care not ;
Leo. On your allegiance,
Paul. I pray you, do not push me, I'll be gone.
Leo. Thou, traitor, haft set on thy wife to this. My child? away with't. Even thou, thou that hast A heart fo tender o'er it, take it hence, And see it instantly consum'd with fire; Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up straight : Within this hour bring me word it is done, And by good testimony, or I'll seize thy life, With what thou else call'st thine: if thou refuse, And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so: The bastard brains with these my proper hands X 4