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am therefore no Courtier? I am courtier, Cap-a.pè; and one that will either push on, or pluck back thy. business there; whereupon I command thee to open

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Shep. My business, Sir, is to the King.
Aut. What Advocate haft thou to him?
Shep. I know not, an't like you. .

Clo. · Advocate's the court-word for a pheafant ; say, you have none. Shep. None, Sir ; I have no pheasant cock, nor hen.

Aut. “How bless'd are we, that are not simplemen! " Yet Nature might have made me as these are, « Therefore I will not disdain."

Clo. This cannot be but a great Courtier.

Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them nor handsomly.

Clo. “ He seems to be the more noble in being “ fantastical ; a Great man, I'll warrant ; I know, by « the picking on's teeth."

Aut. The farthel there? what's i'th' farthel ? Wherefore that box?

Sbep. Sir, there lyes such secrets in this farthel and box, which none must know but the King; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.

Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Why, Sir?

Aut. The King is not at the Palace; he is gone aboard a new ship, to purge melancholy and air himself; for if thou best capable of things serious, chou must know, the King is full of grief.

Sbep. So 'tis said, Sir, about his son that should have married a shepherd's daughter.

1 Advocate's the court-ward for a pleasant.] This fatire, on the bribery of courts, not unplealant.


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Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall feel, will-break the back of man, the heart of monster.

Clo. Think you so, Sir?

Aut. Not he alone shall fuffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that are germane to him, tho' remov'd fifty times, shall all come under the hangman ; which tho' it be great pity, yet it

l is neceffary. An old Sheep-whistling rogue, a ramtender, co offer to have his daughter come into grace! some say, he shall be ston'd, but that death is too soft for him, say I: draw our throne into a shecp-coat! all deaths are too few, the sharpeft too easie.

Clo. Has the old man e'er a fon, Sir, do you hear, an't like you,

Sir? Aut. He has a son, who shall be Aay'd alive, then 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a walp's neft, then stand 'till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recover'd again with Aqua-vitæ, or fome other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, (and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims) shall he be fet a gainst a brick-wall, the Sun looking with a fouchward eye upon him, where he is to behold him, with fies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smild at, their offen. ces being so capital? Tell me, (for you seem to be honeft plain men) what you have to the King ; being something gently consider'd, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalf, and if it be in man, besides the King to effect your suits, here is a man shall do it.

Clo. He seems to be of great authority , close with him, give him gold; " and tho' authority be a stub“ born Bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold;" shew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, fton'd, and Hay'd alive



it you.

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Shep. An't please you, Sir, to undertake the business for us, here is that gold I have ; I'll make it as much more,

and leave this young man in pawn 'till I bring Aut. After I have done what I promised? Shep. Ay, Sir,

Aut. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?

Clo.“ In some fort, Sir; but tho’my case be a piof tiful one, I hope I shall not be Aay'd out of it.

Aut. On, that's the case of the shepherd's fon; hang him, he'll be made an example.

Cl. Comfort, good comfort; we must to the King, and fhew our Itrange sights ; he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the bufiness is perform'd ; and remain, as he says, your Pawn 'till it be brought you.

Aut. I will trust you, walk before toward the feafide, go on the right hand ; I will but look upon the hedge and follow you.

Cio. We are bless'd in this man, as I may fay, even bless'd.

Shep. Let's before, as he bids us; he was provided to do us good.

[Exeunt Shep. and Clown. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I fee, Fortune would not suffer me ; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion: gold, and a means to do the Prince my master good, which, who knows how That may turn back to my advancement ? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him ; if he think it fit to shoar them again, and that the complaint they have to the King concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for being fo far officious; for I am proof againit that Title, and what Mame else belongs to't: to him will I present them, there may be matter in it.

[Exit. ACT


Changes to SICILIA.

Enter Leontes, Cleomines, Dion, Paulina, and


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R, you have done enough, and have perform'd

A faint-like forrow: no fault could ,
Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid down
More penitence, than done trespass. At the last,
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them, forgive yourself,

Leo. Whilft I remember
Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them, and so ftill think of
The wrong I did myself; which was so much,
That heir-less it hath made my Kingdom ; and
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.

Pau. True, too true, my lord ;
If one by one you wedded all the world,
Or, from the All that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman ; she, you kill'd,
Would be unparalleld.

Leo. I think so. Killid?
Killid? she I kill'd? I did so, but thou strik't me
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought. Now, good now,
Say so but feldom.

"Cle. Not at all, good lady ;
You might have spoke a thousand things, that would
Have done the cime more benefit, and grac'd
Your kindness better,


Pau. You are one of those,
Would have him wed again.

Dio. If you would not so,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign name; consider little,
What dangers (by his highness' fail of issue)
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers on. What were more holy,
• Than to rejoice the former Queen ? This will.
What holier, than for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good,
To bless the bed of Majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't?

Pau. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone; besides, the Gods ;
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes :
For has not the divine Apollo said,
Is't not the tenour of his oracle,
That King Leontes shall not have an heir,
'Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall,
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,

i Than to rejoice, the former Queen IS WELL?] The speaker is here giving reasons why the King should marry again. One reason is, pity to the State; another, regard to the continuance of the royal family; and the sbird, comfort and consolation to the King's af. fiction. All hitherto is plain, and becoming a Privy-counsellor. But now comes in, what he calls, a boly argument for it, and that is a rejoicing that ibe former Queen is well and at rejt. To make this argument of force, we must conclude that the speaker went upon this opinion, that a widower can never heartily rejoice chat his former wife is at reft, till he has got another. Without doubt Shakespear wrote,

What were more holy, Than to rejoice the former Queen ? THIS WILL. What, says the Ipeaker, can be a more holy motive to a Dew choice than that it will glad the spirit of the former Queen ? 101 she was of so excellent a difpofition that the happiness of the King and Kingdom, to be procured by it, will give her extreme pleasure. The Poet goes upon the general opinion, chat the spirits of the happy in the other world are concerned for the condition of their surviving friends.


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