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To think, your father, hy some accident, For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep Should pass
way, as you did: Oh, the fates ! Seeining, and savour, all the winter long :
(A fair one are you) well you
our ages Flo. Apprehend
With flowers of winter. Nothing but jollity: The gods themselves, Per. Sir, the year growing ancient,Humbling their deities to love, have taken Not yet on summer's death, nor on the birth The shapes of beasts upon them: Jupiter 10 Ofțremblingwinter, the fairest flowers o'the season Became a bull, and bellow'd ; the green Neptune Are our carnations, and streak'd gilly-flowers, A ram, and bleated ; and the fire-rob’d god, Which some call, nature's bastards : of that kind, Golden Apollo, a poor humble swain,
Our rustick garden's barren; and I care not As I seem now : Their transformations
To get slips of them. Were never for a piece of beauty rarer;
15 Pol. Wherefore, gentle maiden, Nor in a way so chaste: since my desires Do you neglect them: Run not before mine honour; nor my lusts
Per. For I have heard it said, Burn hotter than my faith.
There is an art, which, in their picdness, shares Per. O but, dear sir,
With great creating nature. Your resolution cannot hold, when 'tis.
120 Pol. Say, there be; Oppos'd, as it must be, by the power o'the king: Yet nature is made better by no mean, One of these two must be necessities, [purpose, But nature makes that mean: so, o'er that art Which then will speak; that you must change this Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art Or I my life.
(purpose, That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marFlo. Thou dearest Perdita,
(not 25 A gentler cyon to the wildest stock; [ry With these forc'd thoughts, I prithee, darken And make conceive a bark of baser hind The mirth oʻthe feast: or I'll be thine, my fair, By bud of nobler race: This is an art Or not my father's : for I cannot be
Which does mend nature: change it rather: but Mine own, nor any thing to any, if
The art itself is nature. I be not thine; to this I am most constant, 130 Per. So it is. Thouglı destiny say, no. Be merry, gentle ; Pol. Then make your garden rich in gillyStrangle such thoughts as these, with any thing And do not call them bastards. [flowers, That you behold the while. Your guests are com- Per. I'll not put Lift up your countenance; as it were the day (ing: The dibble in earth to set one slip of them : Of celebration of that nuptial, which
35 No more than, were I painterl, I would wish We two have sworn shall come.
This youth should say, 'twere well; and only Per. O lady fortune,
therefore Stand you auspicious!
Desire to breed by me.--Here's flowers for you Enter Shepherd, Clown, Mopsa, Dorcas, Ser. Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram : rants; with Polirones, and Camilln, disguis’d. 40 The marygold, that goes to bed with the sun, Clo. See your guests approach:
And with him rises weeping: these are flowers Address yourseli to entertain them sprightly, Of middle summer, and, I think, they are given And let's be red with mirth.
[upon To men of middle age: You are very welcome, Shep. Fye, daughter! when my old wife liv’d. Com. I should leave grazing, were l of your tlock, This day, she was both pantler, Butler, cook ; 145 And only live by gazing. Both dame and servant : welcom'd all; serv'd all; Per. Out, alas? Would sing her song and dance herturn; now here, You'd be so lean, that blasts of January At upper end of the table, now, i' the middle ; Wou'd blow you through and through. Now.my On his shoulder, and his: her face o'tire
might With labour; and the thing, she took to quench it, 50! would, I had some flowers o' the spring, that She would to each one sip : You are retir'd, Become your time of day; and yours, and yours; As if you were a feasted one, and not
That wear upon your virgin branches yet The hostess of the meeting : Pray you, bid Your maidenheads growing:-O Proserpina, These unknown friends to us welcome; for it is For the flowers now, that, frighted, thou let'st fall A way to make us better friends, more known. 155 From Dis's waggon ! daffodils, Come, quench your blushes ; and present yourself That come before the swallow dares, and take That which you are, mistress o' the feast : Come The winds of March with beauty; violets dim, And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing, [on, But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, As your good flock shall prosper.
Or Cytherea's breath; pale primroses, Pr. Sir, welcome! [To Pol. and Cam. 60 That die unmarried, ere they can behold It is iny father's will, I should take on me
Bright Phæbus in his strength, a malady The hostess-ship o'theday:-You're welcome, sir ! Most incident to maids : bold ox-lips, and Give me those towers there, Dorcas. Reverendsirs, The crown-imperial ; lilies of all kinds,
* Rue, was called herb of grace. Rosemary was anciently supposed to strengthen the memory, and is prescribed for that purpose in the books of ancient physic,
The flour-de-lis being one! O, these I lack, Pol. She dances featly.
That should be silent : if young Doricles
Do light upon her, she shall bring him that Per. No, like a bank, for love to lie and play on;| 5 Which he not dreams of. Not like a corse: or if, not to be buried,
Enter a Serdant. But quick, and in mine arms. Come, take your Ser. O master, if you did but hear the pedlar flowers:
at the door, you would never dance again after a Methinks, I play as I have seen them do tabor and pipe; no, the bag-pipe could not move In Whitsun' pastorals : sure, this robe of mine 10 you; he sings several tunes, faster than you'll tell Does change my disposition.
money: he utters them as he had eaten ballads, Flo. What you do,
and all men's ears grew to his tunes. Still betters what is done. When you speak, sweet, Clo. He could never come better; he shall come I'd have you do it ever: when you sing,
on: I love a ballad but even too well; if it be I'd have you buy and sell so ; so give alms ; 15 doleful matter, merrily set down, or a very pleaPray so : and for the ordering your affairs, sant thing indeed, and sung lamentably. To sing them too : when you do dance, I wish you Ser. He hath songs, for man, or woman, of all A wave o'the sea, that you might ever do sizes; no milliner can so fit bis customers with Nothing but that; move still, still so,
gloves : he has the prettiest love-songs for maids ; And own no other function : Each your doing, 20 so without bawdry, which is strange; with such So singular in each particular,
delicate burdens of dil-do's and fadings ; jump Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds, her and thump her; and where some stretchThat all your acts are queens.
mouth'd rascal would, as it were, mean mischief, Per. 0, Doricles,
and break a foul gap into the matter, he makes Your praises are too large: but that your youth, 25 the maid to answer, Whoop, do me no harm, good And the true blood, which peeps fairly through it, man; puts him off, slights him, with Il'hoop, do Do plainly give you out an unstain’d shepherd; me no harm, good man. With wisdom I might fear, my Doricles,
Pol. This is a brave fellow. You woo'd me the false way.
Clo. Believe me, thou talkest of an admirable Flo. I think you have
30 conceited fellow. Has he any unbraided *wares? As little skill' to fear, as I have purpose
Ser. He hath ribbons of all the colours i'the rainTo put you to't.-But, come; our dance, I pray : bow; points, more than all the lawyers in Bohe. Your hand, my Perdita: so turtles pair,
mia can learnedly handle, though they come to That never mean to part.
bim by the gross; incles, caddisses', cambricks, Per. I'll swear for 'em.
35 lawns: why, he sings them over, as they were gods Pol. This is the prettiest low-born lass, that ever or goddesses: you would think, a smock were a Ran on thegreen.sward: nothing she does or seems, she-angel; he so chaunts to the sleeve-hand, and But smacks of something greater than herself; the work about the square on't'. Too noble for this place.
Clo. Pr’ythee, bring him in; and let him ap. Cam. He tells her something,
40 proach singing, That makes her blood look out: Good sooth, she is Per. Forewarn him, that he use no scurrilous The queen of curds and cream.
words in bis tunes. Clo. Come on, strike up,
Clo. You have ofthese pedlars, that have more Dor. Mopsa must be your mistress : marry, in 'em than you'd think, sister. To mend her kissing with.
(garlick, 45) Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think. Mop. Now, in good time! [manners.-Clo. Not a word, a word; we stand upon our
Enter Autolycus, singing. Come, strike np.
Lawn, as white as driten snow; Here a Dance of Shepherds and Shepherdesses, Cyprus, black as e'er was crow; Pol. Pray, good shepherd, what
Gloves as sweet as damask roses; Fair swain is this, which dances with your daugh- Masks for faces and for noses ;
Shep. They call him Doricles; and he boast Bugle bracelet, neck-lace amber; To have a worthy feeding': but I have it (hiinselt Perfume for a lady's chamber; Upon his own report, and I believe it ; [ter: Golden quoifs, and stomachers, Fle looks like sooth'. He says he loves my daugh-155 For my lads to give their drars ; I think so too ; for never gaz'd the moon
Pins, and poking-sticks of steel', Upon the water, as he'll stand, and read.
What maids lack from head to heel : As 'twere, my daughter's eyes: and, to be plain, Come, buy of me,come : come buy, comebuy; I think, there is not half a kiss to chuse,
Buy, lads, or else your lusses cry: Who loves another best.
1601 Come buy, &c. " That is, reason. aj. e. a considerable tract of pasturage. si. e. truth. *i. e. uindaniaren * Mr. Steevens conjectures caddis to mean ferret. The work about the square on't probhly siguities the work or embroidery about the bosom part of a shift, which might then have been of a coupe form, or might have a square tucker. These poking stichs were heated in the tire, and made use of to adjust the plaits of ruifs.
Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou Mop. Let's have some merry ones. should'st take no money of me: but being enthralld Aut. Why, this is a passing merry one; and goes as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain rib- to the tune of, Two maids wooing a man: there's bons and gloves.
scarce a maid westward, but she sings it; 'tis in Mop. I was promis'd them against the feast; 5 request, I can tell you. but they come not too late now.
Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a Dor. He hath promis'd you more than that, or part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts. there be liars.
Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago. Mop. He hath paid you all he promis'd you : Ant. I can bear my part; you must know, 'tis may be, he has paid you more; which will shame 10 my occupation : have at it with you. you to give him again.
S 0 N 6. Clo. Is there no manners left among maids ? will A. Get
hence, for I musi go; they wear their plackets, where they should bear Where, it fits not you to know. their faces? Is there not milking-time, when you
D. Whither? X1. O, H'hither? Whither? are going to bed, or kill-hole, to whistle off these 15 M. It becomes thy oath full woll, secrets : but you must be tittle-tattling before all Thou to me thy secrets teil: our guests? 'Tis well they are whispering: Cla- D. Me too, let me go thither. mour' your tongues, and not a word more.
M. Or thou go'st to the
grange, or mill: Mop. I have done. Come, you promis'd me D). If to either, thou dost ill. a tawdry lace, and a pair of sweet gloves ?.
A. Neither. D. What, neither? A. Neither. Clo. Have I not told thee, how I was cozen'd by D. Thou hast storn my love to be ; the way, and lost all my money?
M. Thou hast sworn it more to me : Aut. And, indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad; Then, whither go'st ? suy, whither ? therefore it beloves men to be wary.
Clo. We'll have this song out anon by ourselves. Clo. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose no-25 My father and the gentlemen are in sad * talk, and thing here.
we'll not trouble them: come, bring away thy Aut. I hope so, sir ; for I have about me many pack after me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both; parcels of charge.
- Pedlar, let's have the first choice. Follow me, Clo. What hast here? ballads?
girls. Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in 30 Aut. And you shall pay well for 'em. [Aside. print, a-life'; for then we are sure they are true.
Will you buy any tape, Aut. Here's one to a very doleful tune, How Or lace for your cupe, an usurer's wife was brought to bed with twenty My dainty duck, my
deur-a? money-bags at a burden ; and how she long'd to Any silk, any thircad, eat adders" heads, and toads carbonadoed. 35 Any toys for your head, Mop. Is it true, think you?
Of the neu'st, anul fin'st, fin'st wear-a ? Aut. Very true; and but a month old.
Come to the pedlar; Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer!
Money's a medler, dut. Here's the midwife's name tot, one mis
That doth utier' all men's ware-a. tress Taleporter; and five or six honest wives that 40 [Exe. Clown, Autolycus, Dorcas, and Mopsa. were present: Why should I carry lies abroad?
Enter a Servant. Mop. Pray you now, buy it.
Ser. Master, there are three carters, three shepClo. Come on, lav it bv: And let's first see herds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that more ballads : we'll buy the other things anon. have made themselves all men of hairs? they call
Aut. Here's another Ballad, Of a tishi, that ap- 45 themselves saltiers: and they have a dance, which pear'd upon the coast, on Wednesday ihe four- the wenchessay is a gallimaufry ofgambols, because score of April, forty thousand fathom above water, they are not in't ; but they themselves are oʻthe and sung this ballad against the hard hearts of mind, (if it be not too rough for some, that know maids: it was thought, she was a woman, and was little but bowling) it will please plentifully. turn’d into a cold tish, for she would not exchange 50 Shep. Away! we'll none on't; here has been flesh with one that lor'd her: The ballad is very too much homely foolery already :- I know, sir, pitiful, and as true.
we weary you. Dor. Is it true too, think you ?
Pol. You weary those that refresh us; pray, Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, let's see these four tirees of herdsınen. more than my pack will hold.
55 Ser. One three of them, by their own report, Clo. Lay it by too: Another.
sir, hath danc'd before the king; and not the Aut. This is a merry ballad; but a very pretty worst of the three, but jumps twelve foot and a
Thalf by the square. When bells are at the height, in order to cease thein, the repetition of the strokes becomes much quicker than before ; this is called clamouring them. * Sweet or perfumed gloves, were very fashionable in the age of Elizabeth, and long afterwards. Tazdry laces were worn about the ladies' heads, necks, and waists. ii. e. at life. *i. e, serious. Si. e. bring out, or produce. . Men of hair, are hairy men, or sutyrs. A dance of satyrs was no unusual entertainer iu those times.
Shep. Leave your prating; since these good men And, daughter, yours.
Have you a father?
Flo. I have: but what of him?
Flo. Ile neither does, nor shall.
That best becomes the table. Prav you, once more;
Of reasonable atfairs? is he pot stupid
[hear? And handed love, as you do, I was wont (sach'd
iage, and altering rheums? Can he speak? To load my she with knacks: I would have ran. Know man from man: dispute his own estate's The pedlar's silken treasury, and have pour'd it Lies he not bed-rid? and again does nothing, To her acceptance; you have let him go, 15 But what he did being childish? And nothing marted with himn : If your lass
Flo. No, good sir; Interpretation should abuse; and call this, He has his health, and ampler strength, indeed, Your lack of love, or bounty;you were straited
Than most have of his age. For a reply, at least, if you make a care
Pol. By my white beard, Of happy holding her.
20. You offer him, if this beso, a wrong Flo: Old sir, I know,
something unlilial: Reason, my son She prizes not such trifles as these are:
Should chuse himself a wite; but as good reason,
Flo. I yield all this;
Which 'tis not fit you know, I not acquaint
My father of this business.
Flo. He shall not,
Flo. No, he must not. But to your protestation ; let me hear
Shep. Let him, my son; he shall not need to grieve What you profess.
35 1t knowing of thy choice. Flo. Do, and be witness to't.
Flo, Coine, come, he must not:Pol. And this my neighbour too ?
Mark our contract. Flo. And he, and more
Pol. Mark your divorce, young sir, Than he, and men; the earth, the heavens and all:
[ Disc rering himself. That,— were I crown'd the most imperialmonarch, 40 hom son I dare not call; thou art too base Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth Co be acknowledg’d: Thou a sceptre's heir, That ever made eye swerve; had force and know- That thus affect'st a sheep hook!--Thou old trayledge,
[them, I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can but [tor,
[made Pol. Fairly offer'd.
Pol. I'll havėthy beauty scratch'd with briers and Cam. This shews a sound affection.
More homely than thy state.--For thee, fond boy,-Shep. But, my daughter,
150 I may ever know, thou dost but sighi, (never Say you the like to him?
Chat thou no more shalt never see this kuack, (as Per. I cannot speak
I mean thou shalt) we'll bar thee from succession; So well, nothing so well; no, nor mean better:
Not hold thee of our blood, no, not our hin, By the pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out Far than Deucalion off: Marki thou my words; The purity of his.
55 Follow us to the court.-Thouchurl, for this time, Shep. Take hands, a bargain ;
Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness to't: from the dead blow o! it.--And you, enchantI give my daughter to him, and will make
inent, Her portion equal his.
Worthy enough a herdsman ; yea, him too, Flo. O, that must be
160 That makes himself, but for our honour therein l' the virtue of your daughter : one being dead, Unworthy thee,--if ever, henceforth, thou I shall have more than you can dream of yet;
These rurallatches to his entrance open, Enough then for your wonder: but, come on, Or hoop his body inore with the embraces, Contract us 'lore these witnesses.
I will devise a death as cruel for thee, Shep. Come, your hand ;1651 As thou art tender to it.
[Erit. Jleaning, defend or take care of his owu estate.
Pera (ing Have
Per. Even here undone!
To this my fair belo'd: Therefore, I pray you, I was not much afrard: for once, or twice, As you have ever been my father's friend, I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, When he shall miss me, (as in faith I mean not The self-same sun, that shines upon his court, To see him any more) cast your good counsels Hides not his visage from our cottage, but 5 pon his passion ; Let niyself, and fortune, Louks on alike.- Wil't please you, sir, be gone? Tug for the time to come. This you may know,
[To Florizel. And so deliver,-l am put to sea I told you, what would come of this: 'Beseech you, With her, whom here I cannnot hold on shore ; Of your own state take care: this dream of mine,- And, most opportune to our need, I have Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch farther, 10 A vessel rides fast by, but not prepard But milk my ewes and weep.
For this design. What course I mean to hold, Cam. Why, how now, father?
Shalt nothing benefit your knowledge, lor Speak, ere thou diest.
Concern me the reporting.
Cam. () my lord,
[To Florizel. Or stronger for your need. You have undone a man of fourscore three,
Flo. Hark, Perdita.That thought to till his grave in quiet ; yea, I'll hear you by and by.
[To Camillo. To die upon the bed my father dy'd,
Cam. (Asid..] He's irremoveable, To lie close by his honest bones: but now 20 Resolv'd for tlight: Now were I happy, if Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay me His going I could frame to serve my turn; Where no priest shovels-in dust':-O cursed wretch! Save him from danger, do him love and honour ;
Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st and that unbappy king my master, whom adventure
$25 I so much thirst to see.
[Erit. I leave out ceremony. Flo. Why look you so upon me?
Cam. Sir, I think, I am but sorry, not afeard ; delay'd,
30 You have heard of my poor services, i'the love But nothing alter'd: What I was, I am:
That I have borne your tather?
deservd: it is my father's musick, Cam. Graciuus my lord,
To speak your deeds; no little of bis care You know your father's temper: at this time 35 To have them recompens'd as thought on. He will allow no speech,—which, I do guess,
Cam. Well, my lord, You do not purpose to him ;—and as hardly If you may please to think I love the king; Will he endure jour sight as yet, I fear :
and, through him, what is nearest to him, which is Then, 'till the tury of his highness settle,
Your gracious selt; embrace but my direction, Coine not before him.
0|(If your more ponderous and settled project Flo. I not purpose it.
May suiter alieration) un mine honour, I think, Camillo.
I'll point you where you shall have such 'reCam. Even he, my lord.
ceiving Per. How often have I told you twould be thus: As shall become your highness; where you may How often said my dignity would last
45 Enjoy your mistress; from the wbom, Jsee, But 'till 'twere known?
There's no disjunction to be made but by Flo. It cannot fail, but by
As heavens forfend!) your ruin : Marry her ; The violation of my faith ; and then
And (with my best endeavours in your absence) Let nature crush the sides o' the earth together, Your discontenting father I'll strive to quality, And mar the seeds within !--Lift up thy looks :- 50 And bring him up to liking. Froin my succession wipe me, father! I
Flo. Now, Camillo, Am heir to my affection.
May this, alınost a miracle, be done? Cam. Be advis'd.
That I may call thee something more than man, Flo. I am; and by my fancy?: if
And, after that, trust to thee. Will thereto be obedient, I have reason ;
155 Cam. Hlave you thought on If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, A place, whereto you'll go? Dobid it welcome.
Tlo. Not any vet : Cam. This is desperate, sir.
But as the unthought-on accident is guilty Flo. So call it : but it does fulfil iny vow; To what we wildly do; so we protess I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, 00 Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may
Of every wind that blows. Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or
Cum. "Then list to me: The close earth wombs, or the profound sea hides This follows,-if you will not change your purpose, In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia; * This part of the priest's office was not left off till the reign of Edward VI. ai. e, love.