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Were I the ghost that walk’d, I'd bid you mark Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends, ller eye; and tell me, for what dull part in't Bring them to our embracervent. — Still 'tis strange, You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your [Exeunt CLEOMENES, Lords, and Gentleman.

He thus should steal upon us. Shoxld rift to hear me; and the words that follow'd Paul.

Had our prince, Should be, Remember mine!

(Jewel ot' children,) seen this hour, he had pair'd Leon,

Stars, very stars,

Well with this lord; there was not fuli a month And all eyes else dead coals ! — fear thou no wife, Between their births. I'll lave no wife, Paulina.

Leon.

Pr’ythee, no more; thou know'st, Paul

Will you swear He dies to me again, when talk'd of : sure, Never to marry, but by my free leave ?

When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches Leon. Never, Paulina : so be bless'd my spirit ! Will bring me to consider that, which may Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his Unfurnish me of reason. - They are come. oath.

Re-enter C1EOMENES, with FLORIZEL, Perdita, ang Cleo. You tempt him over-much.

Attendants. Paul.

Unless another, As like Hermione as is her picture,

Your mother was most true to wedlock prince; Affront his eye.

For she did print your royal father off,
Cleo.
Good madam,

Conceiving you: Were I but twenty-one,
Paul.

I have done. Your father's image is so hit in you, Yet, if my lord will marry, - if you will, sir,

His very air, that I should call you brother, No remedy, but you will; give me the office As I did him ; and speak of something, wildly To choose you a queen ; she shall not be so young By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! As was your former; but she shall be such, And your fair princess, goddess ! - 0, alas ! As, walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take I lost a couple, that 'twixt heaven and carth joy

Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as To see her in your arms.

You, gracious couple, do! and then I lost Leon.

My true Paulina, (All mine own folly,) the society, We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us.

Amity too, of your brave father; whom, Paul.

That Though bearing misery, I desire my life Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath;

Once more to look upon. Never till then.

Flo.

By his command

Have I here touched Sicilia : and from hinn
Enter a Gentleman.

Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend,
Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel, Can send his brother : and, but infirmity
Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she

(Which waits upon worn times,) hath something The fairest I have yet beheld,) desires access

seiz'd To your high presence.

His wish'd ability, he had himself Leon.

What with him ? he comes not The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Like to his father's greatness: his approach, Measur'd to look upon you; whom he loves So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us, (He bade me say so,) more than all the scepters, 'Tis not a visitation fram'd, but fore’d

And those that bear them, living. By need, and accident. What train ?

Leon.

O, my brother, Gent.

But few,

(Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, And those but mean.

stir Leon.

His princess, say you, with him ? Afresh within me; and these thy offices, Gent. Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I So rarely kind, are as interpreters think

Of my behind-hand slackness! Welcome hither, That e'er the sun shone bright on.

As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too Paul.

O Hermione, Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage As every present time doth boast itself

(At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, Above a better, gone ; so must thy grave

To greet a man, not worth her pains; much less Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself The adventure of her person? Ilave said, and writ so, (but your writing now

Flo.

Good, my lord, Is colder than that theme,) She had not been,

She came from Libya. Nor was not to be equall’d; — thus your verse

Leon.

Where the warlike Smalus, Flow'l with her beauty once; 'tis shrewdly ebb'd, That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'd ? To say you have seen a better.

Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, Gent. Pardon, madam;

whose daughter The one I have almost forgot; (your pardon,) His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence The other, when she has obtain'd your eye,

(A prosperous south-wind friendly,) we have cross'de Will have your tongue too. This is such a creature, To execute the charge my father gave me, Vould she begin a sect, might quench the zeal For visiting your highness: My best train Of all professors else; make proselytes

I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd ; Of who she but bid follow.

Who for Bohemia bend, to signify laul.

How? not women? Not only my success in Libya, sir,
lint. Women will love her, that she is a woman, But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Nore worth than any man ; men, that she is Here, where we are.
The rarest of all women.

Leon.

The blessed gauche Leon,

Go, Cleomenes ; Purge all infection from our air, whilst vou

ness :

Do climate here : You have a hely father,

Your eye hath too much youth in't : not a month A graceful gentleman; against whose person, 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such So sacred as it is, I have done sin :

gazes For which the heavens, taking angry note,

Than what you look on now. Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd, Leon.

I thought of her, (As he from heaven merits it,) with you,

Even in these looks I made. But your petition Worthy his goodness. What might I have been,

[ To Florizet Might I a son and daughter now have look'd on, Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father ; Such goodly things as you?

Your honour not o'erthrown-y your doires,
Enter a Lord.

I am a friend to them, and you : upon which errand

I now go toward him; therefore follow me,
Lord.
Most noble sir,

And mark what way I make: Come, good my lord. That which I shall report, will bear no credit,

(Ereunt. Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, Bohemia greets you from himself by me:

SCENE II.

The same. Before the Palace. Desires you to attach his son ; who has

Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman. (His dignity and duty both cast off,) Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this A shepherd's daughter.

relation ? Leon.

Where's Bohemia ? speak. 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, Lord. Here in the city ; I now came from him : heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he I speak amazedly; and it becomes

found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we My marvel, and my message. To your court were all commanded out of the chamber; only this, Whiles he was hast'ning, (in the chase, it seems, methought I heard the shepherd say, he found the of this fair couple,) meets he on the way

child. The father of this seeming lady, and

Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. Her brother, having both their country quitted 1 Gent. I' make a broken delivery of the busiWith this young prince.

But the changes I perceived in the king, Flo.

Camillo has betray'd me; and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : they Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now, seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear Endur'd all weathers.

the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their Lord.

Lay't so to his charge; dumbness, language in their very gesture; they He's with the king your father.

looked, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or Leon.

Who? Camillo? one destroyed: A notable passion of wonder apLord. Camillo, sir ; I spake with him ; who now peared in them: but the wisest beholder, that knew Has these poor men in question. Never saw I no more but seeing, could not say, if the importWretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth; ance were joy, or sorrow : but in the extremity of Forswear themselves as often as they speak : the one, it must needs be. Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them With divers deaths in death.

Enter another Gentleman. Per.

O, my poor father! Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have more : The news, Rogero ? Our contract celebrated.

2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires: The oracle is Leon.

You are married ? fulfilled; the king's daughter is found : such a deal Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; of wonder is broken out within this hour, that balThe stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first : - lad-makers cannot be able to express it. The odds for high and low's alike. Leon.

My lord,

Enter a third Gentleman. Is this the daughter of a king ?

Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can deFlo.

She is,

liver you more. — How goes it now, sir ? this news, When once she is my wife.

which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's verity of it is in strong suspicion: Has the king speed,

found his heir ? Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,

3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregnant Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, by circumstance; that, which you hear, you'll swear Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, mantle of queen Hermione: - her jewel about the That you might well enjoy her.

neck of it: the letters of Antigonus, found with Flo. Dear, look up : it, which they know to be bis character:

the maThough fortune, visible an enemy,

jesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mother; Should chase us, with my father ; power no jot the affection of nobleness, which nature shows Hath she to change our loves. .-'Beseech you, sir, above her breeding, and many other evidences, Remember since you ow'd no more to time proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the king's Than I do now: with thought of such affections, daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two Step forth mine advocate ; at your request,

kings? My father will grant precious things, as trifles. 2 Gent. No. Leon.

Would he do so, I'd beg your precious 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was mistress,

to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you Which he counts but a trifle.

have beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such Paul.

Sir, my liege, manner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to trike leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was

grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty casting up of eyes, holding up of hands ; with to our knowledge. Let's along. countenance of such distraction, that they were to

[Exeunt Gentlemen. be known by garment, not by favour.

Our king,

Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I found daughter ; as if that joy were now become a | brought the old man and his son aboard the prince ; loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then asks told him, I heard them talk of a fardel, and I Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in- know not what; but he at that time, over-fond of Jaw; then again worries he his daughter, with clip- the shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) ping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little stands by, like a weather-bitten conduit of many better, extremity of weather continuing, this myskings' reigns. I never heard of such another en- tery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to counter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes me; for had I been the finder out of this secret, description to do it.

it would not have relished among my other dis2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, credits. that carried hence the child ? 3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have

Enter Shepherd and Clown. matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not Here come those I have done good to against my an ear open : He was torn to pieces with a bear : will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only fortune. his innocence (which seems much,) to justify him, Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children, but but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. knows.

Clo. You are well met, sir : You denied to fight 1 Gent. What became of his bark, and his fol- with me this other day, because I was no gentleman lowers?

born : See you these clothes ? say, you see then 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their not, and think me still no gentleman born: you master's death ; and in the view of the shepherd : were best say, these robes are not gentlemen born. so that all the instruments, which aided to expose Give me the lie; do ; and try whether I am not the child, were even then lost, when it was found. now a gentleman born. But, 0, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sor- Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentlenian born. row, was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye de- Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four clined for the loss of her husband ; another elevated hours. that the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted the princess Shep. And so have I, boy. from the earth ; and so locks her in embracing, as Clo. So you have :- but I was a gentleman born if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no before my father : for the king's son took me by more be in danger of losing.

the hand, and called me, brother; and then the 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the two kings called my father, brother; and then the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, acted.

called my father, father; and so we wept : and there 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and was the first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed. that which angled for mine eyes (caught the water, Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck; being in so the queen's death, with the manner how she came preposterous estate as we are. to it, (bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me how attentiveness wounded his daughter ; till, from all the faults I have committed to your worship, one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an and to give me your good report to the prince my alas ! I would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, master. any heart wept blood. Who was most marble there, Shep. Pryth son, do ; for we must be gentle, changed colour ; some swooned, all sorrowed : if now we are gentlemen. all the world could have seen it, the woe had been Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life? universal.

Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court?

Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear to the 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mo- prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, Bohemia. a piece many years in doing, and now newly per- Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. formed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano ; Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? Let who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it. into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, Shep. How if it be false, son ? so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman hath done Hermione, that, they say, one would may swear it, in the behalf of his friend :-And I'll speak to her, and stand in hope of answer : thither, swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy with all greediness of affection, are they gone ; and hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I there they intend to sup.

know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter thou wilt be drunk ; but I'll swear it: and I would, there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or thrice thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands. a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power. tbt removed house. Shall we thither, and with Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : our company piece the rejoicing?

If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. — benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some new Hark! the kings and the princes, our kindred, are

you : but

going to see the queen's picture. Come, follow us : But kill'd itself much sooner.
we'll be thy good masters.
[Exeunt. Pol.

Dear nzy brother,

Let him, that was the cause of this, have power SCENE III. The same. A Room in Paulina's | To take off so much grief from you, as he House.

Will piece up in himself.
Paul.

Indeed,
Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, Florizal, PERDITA,

lord,

my

If I had thought, the sight of my poor image CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants.

Would thus have wrought you (for the stone is Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great

mine,) comfort

I'd not have show'd it. That I have had of thee!

Leon.

Do zot draw the curtain. Paul

What, sovereign sir, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your I did not well, I meant well: All my services,

fancy You have paid home : but that you have vouchsaf'd May think anon, it moves. With your crown'd brother, and these your contracted Leon.

Let be, let be. Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit; Would I were dead, but that, methinks, already It is a surplus of your grace, which never

What was he, that did make it? - See, my lord, My life may last to answer.

Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those Leon. O Paulina,

veins We honour you with trouble : But we came Did verily bear blood ? To see the statue of our queen : your gallery

Pol.

Masterly done: Have we pass'd through, not without much content The very life seems warm upon her lip. In many singularities; but we saw not

Leon. The fixure of her eye bas motion in't, That which my daughter came to look upon, As we are mock'd with art. The statue of her mother.

Paul.

I'll draw the curtain ; Paul.

As she liv'd peerless, My lord's almost so far transported, that So her dead likeness, I do well believe,

He'll think anon, it lives. Excels whatever yet you look'd upon,

Leon.

O sweet Paulina, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Make me to think so twenty years together ; Lonely, apart : But here it is : prepare

No settled senses of the world can match To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever

The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Still sleep mock'd death : bebold; and say, 'tis well. Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd

[Paulina undraws a curtain, and discovers a statue. I like your silence, it the more shows off

I could afflict you

further. Your wonder: But yet speak ; -first, you, my liege. Leon.

Do, Paulina;
Comes it not something near ?

For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Leon.
Her natural posture !- As any

cordial comfort. - Still, methinks,
Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, There is an air comes from her: What fine chisel
Thou art Hermione: or, rather, thou art she, Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me,
In thy not chiding; for she was as tender,

For I will kiss her. As infancy, and grace. - But yet, Paulina,

Paul. .

Good my lord, forbear :
Hermione was not so much wrinkled ; nothing The ruddiness upon her lip is wet ;
So aged, as this seems.

You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own
Pol.
0, not by much.

With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtuin ? Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence; Leon. No, not these twenty years. Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her Per.

So long could I As she liv'd now.

Stand by, a looker on.
Leon.
As now she might have done, Paul.

Either forbear,
So much to my good comfort, as it is

Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, For more amazement: If you can behold it, Even with such life of majesty, (warm life,

I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd he ! And take you by the hand: but then you'll think, I am asham’d: Does not the stone rebuke me, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted For being more stone than it ? - O, royal piece,

By wicked powers. There's magick in thy majesty ; which has

Leon.

What you can make her do, My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and

I am content to look on: what to speak,
From thy admiring daughter took the spirits, I am content to hear ; for 'tis as easy
Standing like stone with thee!

To make her speak, as move.
Per.
And give me leave; Paul.

It is requir'd,
And do not say, 'tis superstition, that

You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still ; I kneel, and then implore her blessing. – Lady, Or those, that think it is unlawful business Dear queen, that ended when I but began,

I am about, let them depart. Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.

Leon.

Proceed; Paul.

0, patience : No foot shall stir. The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's

Paul. .

Musick ; awake her : strike. Not dry.

[Musick. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on: 'Tis time ; descend; be stone no more : approach ; Which sixteen winters cannot blow

away,

Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come : So many summers, dry : scarce any joy

I'll fill your grave up: stir ; nay, come away ; Did ever so long live ; 70 sorrow,

Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him

Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs ; Paul.

There's tiir. enough for that ; (HERMIONE comes down from the piedestal. Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble Start not : her actions shall be holy, as,

Your joys with like relation. - Go together, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, You precious winners all; your exultation Until you see her die again ; for then

Partake to every one.

I, an old turtle, You kill her double; Nay, present your hand : Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, My mate, that's never to be found again, Is she become the suitor.

Lament till I am lost. Leon. 0, she's warm! [Embracing her. Leon.

O peace, Paulina ; If this be magick, let it be an art

Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Lawful as eating.

As I by thine, a wife: this is a match,
Pol.
She embraces him.

And made between's by vows. Thou hast found Cam. She inangs about his neck ;

mine; If she pertain to life, let her speak too.

But how, is to be question’d: for I saw her, Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv’d, As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many Or, how stol’n from the dead?

A prayer upon her grave : I'll not scek far Paul.

That she is living, (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Were it but told you, should be hooted at

An honourable husband : Come, Camillo, Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives,

And take her by the hand : whose worth, and hoThough yet she speak not. Mark a little while.

nesty, Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, Is richly noted; and here justified And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady; By us, a pair of kings. - Let's from this place. Our Perdita is found.

What? · Look upon my brother: [Presenting Perdita, who kneels to HERMIONE.

pardons, Her.

You gods, look down, That e'er I put between your holy looks And from your sacred vials pour your graces My ill suspicion. This your son-in-law, Upon my daughter's head! Tell me, mine own, And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) Where hast thou been preserv'd ? where liv'd ? how Is troth-plight to your daughter. - Good Paulina, found

Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I, - Each one demand, and answer to his part Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle

Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Gave hope thou wast in being, have preserv'd We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. ¡E:runt. Myself, to see the issue.

both your

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