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Another Sicilian Lord.

Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord.

Rogero, a Sicilian Gentleman.

An Attendant on the young Prince Mamillius.
Officers of a Court of Judicature.

Old Shepherd, reputed Father of Perdita.
Clown, his Son.

A Mariner.


Servant to the old Shepherd.

Autolicus, a Rogue.

Time, as Chorus.

Hermione, Queen to Leontes.

Perdita, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione.

Paulina, Wife to Antigonus.

Emilia, a Lady.

Two other Ladies.



Satyrs for a Dance, Shepherds, Shepherdeffes, Guards,

and Attendants.

SCENE, fometimes in Sicilia; fometimes in Bohemia.





An Antichamber in Leontes's Palace.

Enter Camillo, and Archidamus.


lo. to vifit Bohemia, on

F you fhall chance, Camillo,

the like occafion whereon my fervices are now on foot; you fhall fee, as I have faid, great difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.

Cam. I think, this coming fummer, the King of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the vifitation, which he justly owes him.

Arch Wherein our entertainment fhall fhame us (2), we will be juftified in our love; for, indeed,

Cam. 'Befeech you

Arch. Verily, I fpeak it in the freedom of my knowledge; we cannot with fuch magnificence-in fo rare-I know not what to fay we will give you fleepy drinks, that your fenfes unintelligent of our infufficience, may, tho' they cannot praife us, as little accufe us.

(1) The Winter's Tale.] This play, throughout, is written in the very fpirit of its author. And in telling this homely and fimple tho' agreeable, country tale.

Our feeteft Shakespeare, Fancy's child,
Warbles his native wood-notes wild.


This was neceffary to obferve in mere justice to the Play, as the meannefs of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had milled fome of great name into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as it regards fentiment and character, is fcarce inferior to any in the whole collection. WARBURTON.

(2) our entertainment, &c.] Though we cannot give you equal entertainment, yet the confcioufnefs of our good-willhall justify us.

A 2


Cam. You pay a great deal too dear, for what's given freely.

Arch. Believe me, I fpeak, as my Understanding inftructs me; and as mine honefty puts it to utterance.

Cam. Sicilia cannot fhew himfelf over-kind to Bohemia; they were trained together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then fuch an affection, which cannot chufe but branch now. Since their more mature dignities and royal neceffities made feparation of their fociety, their incounters, though not perfonal, have been royally attornied (3) with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embaffies; that they have feem'd to be together, tho' abfent; fhook hands, as over a Vaft; and embrac'd, as it were from the ends of oppofed winds: The heavens continue their loves!

Arch. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an unfpeakable comfort of your young Prince Mamillius: it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into my note.bida Polisitly






Cam. I in the hopes of him; it is a gallant child; one that, indeed, phyficks the fubject (4), makes old hearts frefh; they, that went on crutches, ere he was born, defire yet their life to fee him a man.

Arch. Would they elfe be content to die?

Cam. Yes, if there were no other excufe why they

fhould defire to live.

Arch. If the King had no fon, they would defire to live on crutches 'till he had one.


Opens to the Prefence.

Enter Leontes, Hermione, Mamillius, Polixenes, and


Pol. Nine Changes of the watry ftar hath been The fhepherd's note, fince we have left our Throne

(3) royally attornied] Nobly fupplied by fubftitution of embaffies, &c.

(4) phyficks the fubject,] Affords a cordial to the itae; has the power of affuaging the fenfe of mifery.


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