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I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten Commonly are; the want of which vain dew; Of the whole dungy earth. Perchance, shall dry your pities: but I have Leo. What? lack I credit ? That honourable grief lodg'd bere, which burns Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I my lord, Worse than tears drown: 'Beseech youall, my lords, 5 Upon this ground: and more it would content me With thoughts so qualified as your charities To have her honour true, than your suspicion; Shall best instruct you, measure me ; and so Be blanı’d for’t how you might. Tie king's will be perform'd !
Leo. Why, what need we Leo. Shall I be heard ? [To the Guards. Commune with you of this? but rather follow Her. Who is't that goes with me:-'beseech 10 Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative your highness,
Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness My women may be with me ; for, you see, Imparts this: which, if you, (or stupified, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools: Or seeming so in skill) cannot, or will not,
[To her ladits. Relish as truth, like us; inform yourselves, There is no cause : when you shall know, your 15 We need no more of your advice: the matter, Iļas deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, (mistress The loss, the gain, the ord'ring on't, is all As I come out; this action', I now go on, Properly ours. Is for my better grace.-Adieu, my lord:
Ånt. And I wish, my liege, I never wisb'd to see you sorry; now,
You had only in your silent judgment try'd it, I trust, I shall.—My women,come; you have leave. 20 Without more overture. Leo. Go, do our bidding; hence.
Leo. How could that be? [Exeunt Queen and Ladies. Either thou art most ignorant by age, Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight, again.
Added to their familiarity, Ant. Be certain, what you do, sir ; lest your 25 (Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture, justice
That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation", Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, But only seeing, all other circumstances Yourself, your queen, your son.
Made up to the deed) do push on this proceeding: Lord. For her, my lord,
Yet, for a greater contirmation, I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, 30 (For, in an act of this importance, 'twere Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless Most piteous to be wild) I have dispatch'd in post, l’the eyes of heaven, and to you; I mean, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, In this which you accuse her.
Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know Ant. If it prove
Of stufl'd sufficiency: Now, from the oracle She's otherwise, I'll keep my stable where 35 They will bring alr; whose spiritual counsel had, I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her; Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well? Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust her; Lord. Well done, my lord. For every inch of woman in the world.
Leo. Though I am satisfy'd, and need no more Ay, every dram of woman's fleshi, is false,
Than what I know, yet shall the oracle If she be.
40 Give rest to the minds of others; such as be, Leo. Hold your peaces.
Whose ignorant credulity will not Lord. Good my lord,
Come up to the truth: So have we thought it good, Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves : From our free person she should be contin'd; You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, Lest that the treachery of the two, tied hence, That will be damn’d for’i: 'would I knew the villain! 45 Be left Irer to perform. Come, follow us ; I would land-damn' him: Be she honour-tlaw'd, - We are to speak in public: for this business I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven; Will raise us all. The second, and the third, nine, and some five'; Ant. [Aside.] To laughter, as I take it, If this provetrue, they'll pay furt: by mine honour, If the good truth were known. (Erennt I'll geld them all; fourteen they shall not see, 501 To bring false generations: they are co-heirs ;
SCENE II. And I had rather glibt myself, than they
A Prison. Should not produce fair issue.
Enter Paulina, and Gentlemen. Leo. Cease; no more.
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him; You smell this business with a sense as cold 155
[Erit Gentleman As is a dead man's nose: but I do see't, and feelt; Let hiin have knowledge who I am.--Good lady! As you feel doing this, and see withal
No court in Europe is too good for thee, The instruments that feel. [Striking his brows. What dost thou then in prison ?--Now, good sir, Ant. If it be so,
Re-enter Gentleman, with the Keeper. We need no grave to bury honesty ;
160 You know me, do you not? ! Action is here applied in the legal sense, for charge or accusation. ? Meaning, perhaps, I would rid, the country ut him ; condemn him to quit the land. The second folio reads sonnes live. To glib, or tolib, means the same as to geldi" Approbation here means proof. • Meaning, of abilities more than enough.
Keep. For a worthy lady,
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the And one whom much I honour;
I know not what I shall incur to pass it, [babe, Paul. Pray you, then,
Having no warrant. Conduct me to the queen.
Puul. You need not fear it, sir: Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary 5 The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, I have express commandinent.
By law and process of great nature, thence Paul. Here's ado,
Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to To lock up honesty and honour from
The anger of the king; nor guilty of, The access of gentle visitors !—Is it lawfull, If any be, the trespass of the queen. Pray you, to see her women: any of them?
krep. I do believe it. Emilia?
Paul. Do not you fear: upon mine honour, I Keep. So please you, madain,
Willstand 'twixt you and danger. [Excunt. To put apart these your attendants, I
The Palace. Call her: Withdraw yourselves. [EreuntGent. Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other Keep. And, madam, I must
Attendants. Be present at your conference.
Leo. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but Puul. Well, be it so, prythee. Here is such ado,
[Erit Keeper.20 To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if To make no stain a stain, as passes colouring. The cause were not in being :--part o' the cause, Rerenter Keeper, ruith Emilia.
Sue, the adultress ;--for the harlot king Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady? quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn, And level of any brain, plot-proof: but she May hold together: On her frights and griefs, 25 1 can hook to me: Say, that she were gone, ( Which never tender lady hath borne greater) Given to the tire, a moiety of my rest She is, something before her time, deliver'd. Might come to me again. Who's there? Paul. A boy?
Enter an Attendant.
Atten. My lord?
Atten. He took good rest to-night ; 'tis hop'd, I am innocent as you.
His sickness is discharg’d. Paul. I dare be sworn!
Len. To see his nobleness! These dangerous unsafe lunes' o' the king; be- Conceiving the dishonour of his mother, shrew them!
35 He straight declin’d, droop'd, took it deeply: He must be told ou’t, and he shall: the office Fasten's and fix'd the shame on't in himself: Becomes a woman best: I'll take't upon me: Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, If I prove honey-mouth’d, let my tongue blister; Ind downright languish'd.-Leave me solely: go, And never to my red-looh'd anger be
[Erit Attendant. The trumpet any more:-Pray you, Emilia, 40 See how he fares.-Fye,fye! no thought of him;Commend my best obedience to the queen; The very thoughts of my revenge that way If she dares trust me with her little babe,
Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty ; J'll shew't the kug, and undertake to be
And in his parties, his alliance,–Let him be, Her advocate to th' loudest: We do not know Until a time may serve: for present vengeance, How he may soften at the sight o' the child; 45 Take it on her.' Camillo and Polixenes The silence often of pure innocence
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow: Persuades, when speaking fails.
They should not laugh, if I could reach thein; nor Emil. Most worthy madam,
Shali she, within my power. Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
Enter Paulina, with a child. That your free undertaking cannot miss
Lord. You must not enter.
[to me; A thriving issue; there's no lady living,
Paul. Nay rather, good my lords, be second Someet for this great errand: Please your ladyship Fear you his tyrannous passion, more, alas, To visit the next room, I'll presently
Chan the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul; Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer; More free, than he is jealous. Who, but to-day, hammerd of this design ; 55 Ant. That's enough.
[manded But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Atten. Madam, be liath not slept to-night; comLest she should be deny’d.
None should come at him. Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
Paul. Not so hot, good sir. I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, . I come to bring him sleep. Tis such as you,As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted 60 That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh I shall do good.
At each his needless heavings, --such as you Emil. Now be you blest for it!
Nourish the cause of his awaking: I I'll to the qneen:please you come something nearer. Do come with words as med’cinal as true; ! i e. frenzy, lunacy. Blank and level are terms of archery,
Honest, as either; to purge him of that humour, You'd call your children yours.
Leo. A nest of traitors!
Ant. I am none, by this good light.
5 But one, that's here; and that's himself: for he Leo. How?
The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, Away with that audacious lady! Antigonus, His liopeful son's, his babe's, betrays to slander, I charg'd thee, that she should not come about Whose sting is sharper than the swords,and will not I knew she would.
[ine! (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse Ant. I told her so, my lord,
10 He cannot be compellid to't) once remove On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, The root of his opinion, which is rotten, She should not visit you.
As ever oak, or stone, was found. Leo. What, canst not rule her?
Leo, A callat,
band, Paul. From all dishonesty, he can : in this, Ofboundless tongue; who late hath beat her hus(Unless he take the course that you have done, 15 And now baits me!--This brat is none of mine; Commit me, for committing honour) trust it, It is the issue of Polixenes : He shall not rule me.
Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Ant. Lo you now; you hear!
Commit them to the fire. When she will take the rein, I let her run;
Paul. It is yours; But she'll not stumble.
20 And, might we lay the old proverb to your charge, Paul. Good my liege, I come,-
So like you, 'tis the worse. — Behold, my lords, And I beseech you, hear me, who profess
Although the print be little, the whole matter Myself your loyal servant, your priysician,
And copy of the father: eye, nose, lip, Your most obedient counsellor; yet that dares The trick of his frown, his forehead; nay, the valley, Less appear so, in comforting your evils, 25 The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his Than such as most seem yours: -I say, I come
smiles; From your gool queen.
The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger:Leo: Good queen!
And, thou, good goddess, nature, which hast made it Paul. Goodqueen, my lord, good queen! I say, So like to him that got it, if thou hast And would by combat make her good, so were I 30 The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all colours A man, the worst about you.
No yellow in't ; lest she suspect, as he does, Leo. Force her hence.
[eyes, Iler children not her husband's!
That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself [Laying down the child. Hardly one subject. Leo. Out!
Leo. Once more,
take her hence. Amankind witch?! Hence with her, out o'door:- 40 Panul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord A most intelligencing bawd!
Can do no more. Paul. Not so:
Leo, l'll have thee burnt. I am as ignorant in that, as you
Paul. I care not: In so intitling me: and no less honest
It is an heretick, that makes the fire, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll warrant, 45 Not she, which burns in't. I'll not call you tyrant; As this world goes, to pass for honest.
But this most cruel usage of your queen Lło. Traitors!
(Not able to produce more accusation (vours Will you not push her out? give her the bastard:- Than your own weak-hing'd fancy) something sa
[To Antigonus. Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you,
Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, Paul. For ever
Where were her life? she durst pot call me so, Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou
If she did know me one. Away with her. Tak’st up the princess, by that forced' baseness 53 Paul. I pray you, do not push me; I'll be gone. Which he has put upon't!
Look to your babe, my lord; Leo. lle dreads his wife.
send her Paul. So, I would, you did; then, 'twere past! A betterguidingspirit!-What need these hands:
"Worst here implies lowest. ? The phrase of mankind-woman is still in use in some counties, for a woman violent, ferocious, and mischievous; which is its meaning in this passage. Homın-tyr'd is synonymous with the modern hen-pecked. old woman.
A croan means an old toothless sheep: thence an "i. e. false baseness. • Yellow is the colour of jealousy.
Lozel is an ancient ierin of contempt, meaning a worthless fellow,
You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,
Ant. I will, my lord.
[the fail Will never do bin good, not one of you.
Leo. Mark, and perform it! (seest thou?) for So, so: Farewell; we are gone. [Erit. Of any point in't shall not only be
Leo. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.-- Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongu'd wife; My child ? away with't!-even thou, that hast 5 Whoin, for this time, we prdon. We enjoin thee, A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence,
As thou art liegeman to us, that thou carry And see it instantly consum’d with fire;
This female bastard hence; and that thou bear it Even thon, and none but thou, Take it up straight: To some remote and desert place, quite out Within this hour bring me word 'tis done,
Of our dominions; and that there thou leave it, (And by good testimony) or I'll seize thy life, 10 Without more mercy, to its own protection, With what thou else call'st thine; If thou retuse, and favour of the climate. As by strange fortune And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so; It came to us, I do in justice charge ther,The bastard brains with these iny proper hands Ointhy soul's peril, and thy body's torture, Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the iure;
Chat thou commend it strangely to some place, For thou sett'st on thy wife.
15 Where chance may nurse, or end it: Take it Ant. I did not, sir :
Ant. I swear to do this; though a present death These lords, my noble fellows, if they please, Had been more merciful.—Come on, poor babe: Can clear me in't.
Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens Lord. We can; my royal liege,
To be thy nurses! Wolves, and bears, they say, He is not guilty of her coming hither.
20 Casting their savageness aside, have done Leo. You are liars all.
[credit : Like offices of pity ---Sir, be prosperous Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better In more than this leed does require! and blessing, We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech Against this cruelty, tight on thy side, Go to esteem of us: And on our in.es we beg, Poor thing, condemn’d to loss ! (As recompence of our dear services,
[Erit, with the child. Past and to come) that you do change this purpose:
Leo. No, I'll not rear Which being so horrible, so bloody, must
Another's issue. Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.
Enter a Messenger. Leo. I ain a feather for each wind that blows:- Ales. Please your highness, posts, Shall I live on, to see this bastard kneel 30 From those you sent to the oracle, are come And call me father: better burn it now,
An hour since: Cleomenes and Dion, Than curse it then. But, be it ; let it live: Being well arriv'd from Delphos, are both landed, It shall not neither.-You, sir, come you hither: Hasting to the court.
[To Antigonus. Lord. So please you, sir, their speed You that have been so tenderly ofticious 35 Hath been beyond account. With lady Margery, your midwife, there,
Leo. Twenty-three days
(te's, To save this bastard's life:—for 'tis a bastard, They have been absent: 'Tis good speed; toreSo sure as this beard's grey,—what will you ad- The great Apollo suddenly will have To save this brat's life :
The truth of this appear. “Prepare you, lords; Ant. Any thing, my lord,
40 Summon a session, that we may arraign That my ability may undergo,
Our most disloyal lady: for, as she hath And nobleness impose: at least, thus much; Been publickly' accus'd, so shall she have I'll pawn the little blood which I have left,
I just and open trial. While she lives, To save the innocent: any thing possible.
My heart will be a burden to me. Leave me; Leo. It shall be possible: Swear by this sword, 45 And think upon my bidding. Thou wilt perform my bidding.
A CT IJI.
S CE N E I.
(Methinks, I so should term them) and the A Purt of Sicily, near the Sea-side. 55 Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice
How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly
It was i' the otlering!
Fertile the isle; the teinple much sur- And the ear-deafʼning voice o' the oracle, The common praise it bears.
[passing 60 Kin to Jove's thunder, so surpriz'd my sense, Dion. I shall report,
That I was nothing. For most it caught me, the celestial habits, Dion. If the event o' the journey ! That is, commit it to some place as a stranger.
Prove as successful to the queen,-0, be't so!- Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy, As I weigh grief, which I would spare': for honour, The time is worth the use on't.
'Tis a derivative from me to mine, Cleo. Great Apollo
And only that I stand for. I appeal
Came to your court, how I was in your grace, I little like.
Now merited to be so: Since he came, Dion. The violent carriage of it
With what encounter so uncurrent I Will clear, or end, the business: When the oracle, llave strain’d, to appear thus ? if one jot beyond (Thus by Apollo's great divine seald up) 10 The bound of honour; or, in act, or will, Shail the contents discover, something rare, That way inclining; hard’ned be the hearts Even then, will rush to knowledge. -Go,-fresh Of all that hear me, and my near'st of kin horses;
Cry, Fye upon my grave! And gracious be the issue !
[Excunt. Leo. I ne'er heard yet, S CE N E II.
15 That any of these bolder vices wanted
Less impudence to gainsay what they did,
Than to perform it first.
Leo. This session (to our great grief, we pronounce) Though 'tis a saying, sir not due to me.
Her. More than mistress of, Of us too much beloy'd.-Let us be clear'd Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
At all acknowledge. For Polixenes, Proceed is justice; which shall have due course, (With whom I am accus'd) I do confess, Even to the guilt, or the purgation.
(25) lov'd him, as in honour he requir'd; Produce the prisoner.
With such a kind of love, as might become 0jf. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen A lady like me; with a love, even such, Appear in person here in court.-Silence! so, and no other, as yourself commanded: Hermione is brought in, guurded: Paulina and Which not to have done, I think, had been in me Ladies attending.
30 Both disobedience and ingratitude, [spoke, Leo. Read the indictment.
To you, and towards your friend; whose love had Olji." Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and ar- That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy,
raigned of high treason, in committing adultery I know not how it tastes; though it be dish'd “ with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspi-35 For me to try how: all I know of it,
ring with Camillo to take away the life of our Is, that Camillo was an honest man;
sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband: And, why he left your court, the gods themselves, “ the pretence? whereof being by circumstances Wotting no more than 1, are ignorant. “partly laid open, thou, fiermione, contrary to Leo. You knew of his departure, as you know “ the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst 40 What you have underta’en to do in his absence. “ counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to
Her. Sir, “Hy away by vight.”
You speak a language that I understand not: Her. Since what I am to say, must be but that My life stands in the level of your dreams, Which contradicts my accusation; and
Which I'll lay down. The testimony on my part, no other (me 45 Leo. Your actions are my dreams; But what comes from myself; it shall scarce boot You had a bastard by Polixenes, [shame, To say, Not guilty: mine integrity,
And I but dream'd it:--As you were past all Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, (Those of your fact' are so) so past all truth: Be so receiv'd. But thus,-if powers divine Which to deny, concerns more than avails: for as Behold our buman actions, (as they do) 50 Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself, I doubt not then, but innocence shall make No father owning it, (which is, indeed, False accusation blush, and tyranny.
More criminal in thee, than it) so thou Tremble at patience.-You, my lord, best know, Shalt feel our justice; in whose easiest passage, Wholeast will seem to do so) iny past life Look for no less than death. İlath been as continent, as chaste, as true, 55 Her. Sir, spare your threats ; As I am now unliappy; which is more
The bug, which you will fright me with, I seek. Than bistory can pattern, though devis’d, Tome can life be no commodity: And play'd to take spectators: For behold me, The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
I do give lost ; for I do feel it gone, A noiety of the throne, a great king's daughter, 60 But know not how it went: My second joy, The mother to a hopeful prince,-here standing, And first-fruits of my body, from his presence To prate and talk of life, and honour, 'fore I am barr'd, like one infectious: My third comfort,
'i.e. equal. 2j. e. the design. *To spare means here, to let it go, to quit the possession of it. • To be in the lerol means jo be within the reach. bi. e. those who have done as you are sup: posed to have done.