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Even for your son's sake ; and, thereby, for | If you know aught which does behove my sealing
knowledge The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms Thereof to be inform’d, imprison it not Known and allied to yours.
In ignorant concealment. Leon. Thou dost advise me,
Cam. I may not answer. Even so as I mine own course have set down : Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I I'll give no blemish to her honour, none.
well! Cam. My lord,
I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo, Go then: and with a countenance as clear I conjure thee, by all the parts of man, As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bo- Which honour does acknowledge,--whereof hemia,
the least And with your queen: I am his cupbearer; Is not this suit of mine,-that thou declare If from me he have wholesome beverage, What incidency thou dost guess of harm Account me not your servant.
Is creeping toward me; how far off, how pear; Leon. This is all :
Which way to be prevented, if to be ;
Cam. Sir, I'll tell you;
Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him Leon. I will seem friendly, as thou hast ad. That I think honourable: Therefore mark my vis'd me.
counsel; Cam. V miserable lady!-But, for me, Which must be even as swiftly follow'd as What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me Of good Polixenes : and my ground to do't Cry, lost, and so good-night. Is the obedience to a master; one,
Pol. On, good Camillo. Who, in rebellion with himself, will have Cam. I am appointed Him to murder you." All that are his, so too.—To do this deed, Pol. By whom, Camillo? Promotion follows: If I could find example Cam. By the king. Of thousands, that had struck anointed kings, Pol. For what? And flourish'd after, I'd not do't: but since Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not swears, Let villany itself forswear't. I must [one. As he had seen't, or been an instrument Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain To vicet you to't,—that you have touch'd bis To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now! Forbiddenly.
[queen Here comes Bohemia.
Pol. O, then my best blood turn
To an infected jelly; and my name
betray the best! Pol. This is strange! methinks,
Turn then my freshest reputation to My favour here begins to warp. Not speak ?- A savour, that may strike the dullest nostri! Good-day, Camillo.
Where I arrive; and my approach be shunad, Cam. Hail, most royal Sir!
Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infetPol. What is the news i'the court ?
That e'er was heard, or read !
Cam. Swear his thought over
By all their influences, you may as well As he had lost some province, and a region, Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, Lov'd as he loves himself; even now I met him As or, by oath, remove, or counsel, shake, With customary compliment; when he,
The fabric of his folly: whose foundation Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and talling A lip of much contempt, speeds from me; and the standing of his body.
Is pild upon his faith, and will continue So leaves me, to consider what is breeding, Pol. How should this grow? That changes thus his manners. Cam. I dare not know, my lord.
Cam. I know not: but, I am sure, 'tis safer !! Pol. How ! dare not? do not. Do you know,
Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis
born. and dare not
If therefore you dare trust my honesty, Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ;
That lies inclosed in this trunk, which you For, to yourself, what you do know, you must; Shall bear along impawn'd,--away to-night. And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, Your followers I will whisper to the business; Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror, And will, by twos, and threes, at several posWhich shows me mine chang'd to: for I must be
terns, A party in this alteration, finding
Clear them o'the city: For myself, I'll put Myself thus alter'd with it. Cam. There is a sickness
My fortunes to your service, which are here Which puts some of us in distemper; but
By this discovery lost. Be 'not uncertain;
For, by the honour of my parents, I I cannot name the disease; and it is caught Have utter'd truth : which if you seek to prove, Df you that yet are well. Pol. How! caught of me?
I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer Make me not sighted like the basilisk:
Than one condemn' by the king's own mouth, have look'd on thousands, who have sped the His execution sworn.
Pol. I do believe thee: By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo,
I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand; As you are certainly a gentleman; thereto Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns Still neighbour mine
; My ships are ready, and Our gentry, than our parents' noble names, In whose success* we are gentle,t- I beseech Two days ago. This jealousy
My people did expect my hence departure you, * Fur succession.
* 1. e. I am the person appointed, &c. + Gentle was opposed to simple; well born.
Is for a precious creature: as she's rare, 1 Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them;
Alack, for lesser knowledge!+ How accurs'd, Good expedition be my friend, and comfort In being so blest!-There may be in the cup The gracious queen, part of his theme, but no- A spidert steep'd, and one may drink; depart, thing
And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge Of his ill-ta'en suspicion! Come, Camillo; Is not infected: but if one present I will respect thee as a father, if
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid. How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his Cam. It is in mine authority, to command
sides, The keys of all the posterns: Please your With violent hefts:—I have drank, and seen highness
the spider. To take the urgent hour: come, Sir, away.
Camillo was his help in this, his pander: [Exeunt. There is a plot against my life, my crown;
All's true that is mistrusted :--that false villain, ACT II.
Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him :
He has discover'd my design, and I
Remain a pinch'd thing ;ll yea, a very trick
For them to play at will How came the posEnter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and LADIES.
So easily open?
i Lord. By his great authority; Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, which often hath no less prevail'd than so, 'Tis past enduring.
On your command. 1 Lady. Come, my gracious lord,
Leon. I know't too well. Shall I be your playfellow ?
Give me the boy; I am glad, you did not nurse Mam. No, I'II none of you.
[you I Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?
Though he does bear some signs of me, yet Mam. You'll kiss me hard ; and speak to me Have too much blood in him. I were a baby still.- I love you better. [as if Her. What is this? sport? 2 Lady. And why so, my good lord ?
Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come Mam. Not for because
about her; Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they Away with him and let her sport herself Become some women best; so that there be not with that she's big with ; for 'tis Polixenes Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle, Has made thee swell thus. Or balf-moon made with a pen.
Her. But I'd say, he had not, 2 Lady. Who taught you this?
And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my sayMam. I learn'd it out of women's faces. Howe'er you lean to the nayward. [ing, Pray now
Leon. You, my lords. What colour are your eye-brows?
Look on her, mark her well; be but about 1 Lady. Blue, my lord.
To say, she is a goodly lady, and Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a The justice of your hearts will thereto add, lady's pose
'Tis pity she's not honest, honourable: That has been blue, but not her eye-brows. Praise her but for this her without-door form, 2 Lady. Hark ye:
[shall (Which, on my faith, deserves bigla speech,) The queen, your mother, rounds apace: we and straight Present our services to a fine new prince,
The shrug, the hum, or ba; these pretty brands, One of these days; and then you'd wanton with That calumny doth use :-0, I am out, If we would have you.
[us, That mercy does; for calumny will sear 1 Lady. She is spread of late
Virtue itself :—these shrugs, these hums, and Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her!
[tween, Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you? Come, When you have said she's goodly, come beSir, now
Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known, I am for you again: Pray you, sit by us, From him that has most cause to grieve it And tell's a tale.
should be, Mam. Merry, or sad, shall't be?
She's an adultress. Her. As merry as you will.
Her. Should a villain say so, Mam. A sad tale's best for winter:
The most replenish'd villain in the world, I have one of sprites and goblins.
He were as much more villain: you, my lord, Her. Let's have that, Sir.
[best Do but mistake. Come on, sit down : - Come on, and do your Leon. You have mistook, my lady, To fright me with your sprites: you're powerful Polixenes for Leontes: 0 thou thing, at it.
Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, Mam. There was a man,
Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, Her. Nay, come, sit down; then on. Should a like language use to all degrees, Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard;-I will tell And mannerly distinguishment leave out it softly;
Betwixt the prince and beggar!- I have said, Yon crickets shall not hear it.
She's an adultress; I have said with whom: Her. Come on then,
More, she's a traitor ; and Camillo is And give't me in miné ear.
* Judgement. + O that my knowledge were less. Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and others.
† Spiders were esteemed poisonous in our author's time Leon. Was he met there? his train? Camillo
A thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet. with him?
1 Brand as infamous.
A federary* with her; and one that knows The second, and the third, nine, and some five; What she would shame to know herself, If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine Butt with her most vile principal, that she's
honour, A bed-swerver, even as bad as those 171 geld them all; fourteen they shall not see, That.vulgars give bold titles; ay, and privy To bring false generations : they are co-heirs; To this their late escape.
And I had rather glib myself, than they Her. No, by my life,
Should not produce fair issue. Privy to none of this: How will this grieve Leon, Cease; no more. you,
[that You smell this business with a sense as cold When you shall come to clearer knowledge, As is a dead man's nose: I see't, and feel't, You thus have publish'd me? Gentle my lord, As you feel doing thus; and see withal You scarce can right me throughly then, to say The instruments that feel. You did mistake.
Ant. If it be so, Leon. No, no; if I mistake
We need no grave to bury honesty; In those foundations which I build upon, There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten The centre is not big enough to bear
Of the whole dungy earth. A school-boy's top.-Away with her to prison: Leon. What! lack I credit? He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty, 1 Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I my But that he speaks.
(me Her. There's some ill planet reigns : Upon this ground : and more it would content I must be patient, till the heavens look To have her honour true, than your suspicion ; With an aspect more favourable.--Good my Be blam'd for't how you might. I am not prone to weeping, as our sex. [lords, Leon. Why, what need we Commonly are ; the want of which vain dew,' Commune with you of this ? but rather follow Perchance, shall dry your pities: but I have Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative That honourable grief lodg'd here, which Calls not your counsels: but our natural goodburns
[lords, Worse than tears drown : 'Beseech you all, my Imparts this: which,-if you (or stupified, With thoughts so qualified as your charities Or seeming so in skill,) cannot, or will not, Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so Relish as truth, like us; inform yourselves, The king's will be perform’d!
We need no more of your advice : the matter, Leon. Shall I be heard ? [To the Guards. The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all Her. Who is't, that goes with me ?—'Beseech Properly ours. your highness,
Ant. And I wish, my liege, My women may be with me ; for, you see, You had only in your silent judgement tried it, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good Without more overture. fools;
[mistress Leon. How could that be? There is no cause: when you shall know, your Either thou art most ignorant by age, Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, Or thou wert born a fool Camillo's flight, As I come out: this action, I now go on, Added to their familiarity, Is for my better grace.--Adieu, my lord: (Which was as grossas ever touch'd conjecture, I never wish'd to see you sorry; now,
That lack'd sight only, nought for approbaI trust, I shall.—My women, come; you tion, have leave.
But only seeing, all other circumstances Leon. Go, do our bidding; hence.
Made up to the deed,) doth push on this pro(Exeunt Queen and Ladies. Yet, for a greater confirmation, [ceeding : i Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the (For, in an act of this importance, 'twere queen again.
Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in Ant. Be certain what you do, Sir; lest your
(suffer, To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple, Prove violence; in the which three great ones Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know Yourself, your queen, your son.
Of stuff'd sufficiency it Now, from the oracle 1 Lord. For her, my lord,
They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel I dare my life lay down, and will do't,'Sir,
had, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spot- Shall stop, or spur me. Have I done well? less
1 Lord. Well done, my lord. I'the eyes of heaven, and to you; I
mean, Leon. Though I ain satisfied, and need no In this which you accuse her. Ant. If it prove
Than what I know, yet shall the oracle She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables/l where Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her; Whose ignorant credulity will not [good, Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust Come up to the truth : So have we thought it For every inch of woman in the world, [her; From our free person she should be confin'd; Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence, If she be.
Be left her to perform. Come, follow us; Leon. Hold your peaces.
We are to speak in public: for this business 1 Lord. Good my lord,
Will raise us all. * Ant. It is for you we speak, not for our- Ant. (Aside.). To laughter, as take it, selves :
If the good truth were known. [Excunt. You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, That will be damn'd för't; 'would I knew the SCENE 11.—The same.-The outer Room of a villain, (tlaw'd,
Prison. I would land-damn him: Be she honour.
Enter Paulina and Attendants. I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven;
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him; * Confederate. + Only. Remotely guilty.
[ Exit an Attendant. In werely speaking.'ll Take my station. Instigator.
+ Of abilities more than sufficient,
Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to sen lady!
the babe, No court in Europe is too good for thee, [Sir, I know not what I shall incur, to pass it, What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good Having no warrant. Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
Paul. You need not fear it, Sir: You know me, do you not?
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is, Keep. For a worthy lady,
By law and process of great nature, thence
Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to
The anger of the king ; nor guilty of,
If any be, the trespass of the queen.
Keep. I do believe it.
Paul. Do not you fear: upon
Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and To lock up honesty and honour from
Exeunt. The access of gentle visitors !--- Is it lawful, SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in the Pray you, to see her women? any of them?
Enler LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, LORDs, and other
Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but Paul. I pray now, call her.
weakness Withdraw yourselves. [Exeunt Attend. To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if Keep. And, madam,
The cause were not in being ;-part o'the I must be present at your conference.
cause, Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee.
She, the adultress ;-for the harlot king
[Exit Keeper. Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank" Here's such ado to make no stain a stain, And level* of my brain, plot-proof: but she As passes colouring.
I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
Might come to me again. Who's there? Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious 1 Atten. My lord ?
Leon. How does the boy? Emil. As well as one so great, and so for
1 Atten. He took good rest to-night; lorn,
"Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharg'd. May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,
Leon. To see, (Which never tender lady hath borne greater) Conceiving
the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply; Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe, Fasten's and fix'd the shame on't in himself; Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives
Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, Much comfort in't: says, My poor prisoner,
And downright languish'd.-Leave me soloI am innocent as you.
ly:t-go, Paul. I dare be sworn.
See how he fares. [Exit Attend.)-Fie, fie! no These dangerous unsafe lunes* o'the king !
thought of him;beshrew them!
The very thought of my revenges that way He must be told on't, and he shall: the office Recoil upon me : in himself too mighty; Becomes a woman best; I'll take't upon me: And in his parties, his alliance, -Let him be, If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blis- Until a time may serve : for present vengeance, And never to my red-look'd anger be [ter; Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes [row: The trumpet any more :-Pray you, Emilia, Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorCommend my best obedience to the queen; They should not laugh, if I could reach them; Jf she dares trust me with her little babe,
Shall she, within my power.
(nor I'll show't the king, and undertake to be Her advocate to th'' loudest: We do not know
Enter PAULINA, with a Child.
Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second
Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas, Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident, Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent That your free undertaking cannot miss More free, than he is jealous.
[soul; A thriving issue; there is no lady living, Ant. That's enough. So meet for this great errand: Please your 1 Atten. Madam, he hath not slept to-night; ladyship
None should come at him,
[commanded To visit the next room, I'll presently
Paul. Not so hot, good Sir; Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer; I come to bring him sleep. 'Tis such as you,Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design; That creep like shadows by him, and do sigh But durst not tempt a minister of honour, At each his needless heavings,--such as you Lest she should be denied.
Nourish the cause of his awaking: I Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
Do come with words as med'cinal as true; I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it, Honest, as either; to purge him of that huAs boldness from my bosom, let it not be That presses him from sleep.
(mour, I shall do good.
[doubted Leon. What noise there, ho? Emil. Now be you bless'd for it!
Paul. No noise, my lord; but needful conI'll to the queen : Please you, come some
* Mark and aim.
About some gossips for your highness. Leon. A callat,
[husband, Leon. How ?
Of boundless tongue; who late hath beat her Away with that audacious lady: Antigonus, And now baits me!- This brat is none of mine ; I charg'd thee, that she should not come about It is the issue of Polixenes : I knew, she would.
(me; Hence with it; and, together with the dam, Ant. I told her so, my lord,
Commit them to the fire. On your displeasure's peril, and on mine, Paul. It is yours;
(charge, She should not visit you.
And, might we lay the old proverb to your Leon. What, canst not rule her?
So like you, 'tis the worse.—Behold, my lords, Paul. From all dishonesty, he can: in this, Although the print be little, the whole matter (Unless he take the course that you have done, And copy of the father : eye, nose, lip, Commit me, for committing honour,) trust it, The trick of his frown, his forehead ; nay, the He shall not rule me.
(smiles; Ant. Lo you now ; you hear!
The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his When she will take the rein, I let her run; The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger: But she'll not stumble.
And, thou, good goddess nature, which hast Paul. Good my liege, I come,
made it And, I beseech you, hear me, who profess So like to him that got it, if thou hast Myself your loyal servant, your physician, The ordering of the mind too, 'mongst all Your most obedient counsellor; yet that dare
colours Less appear só, in comforting your evils,* No yellowt in't; lest she suspect, as he does, Than such as most seems yours :- I say, I Her children not her husband's ! From your good queen.
(come Leon. A gross hag !Leon. Good queen!
And, lozel, thou art worthy to be hang'd, Paul. Good queen, my lord, good queen: I That wilt not stay her tongue. say, good queen;
Ant. Hang all the husbands, And would by combat make her good, so were I That cannot do that feat, you'll leave yourself A man, the worstt about you.
Hardly one subject. Leon. Force her hence.
Leon. Once more, take her hence, Paul. Let him, that makes but trifles of his Paul. A most unworthy and unnatural lord eyes,
Can do no more. First hand me: on mine own accord, I'll off; Leon. I'll have thee burn'd. But, first, I'll do my errand.—The good queen Paul. I care not: For she is good, hath brought you forth a It is a heritic, that makes the fire, (tyrant ; daughter;
Not she, which burns in't. I'll not call you Here 'tis ; commends it to your blessing. But this most cruel usage of your queen
(Laying down the Child. (Not able to produce more accusation Leon. Out!
Than your own weak-hing'd fancy,) something A mankindt witch! Hence with her, out o' A most intelligencing bawd!
(door: Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you, Paul. Not so :
Yea, scandalous to the world. I am as ignorant in that, as you
Léon. On your allegiance, In so entitling me: and no less honest Out of the chamber with her. Were I a tyrant, Than you are mad; which is enough, I'll war- Where were her life? she durst not call me so, rant,
If she did know me one. Away with her. As this world goes, to pass for honest.
Paul, I pray you, do not push me; I'll be Leon. Traitors!
[send her Vill you not push her out ? Give her the bas- Look to your babe, my lord; 'tis yours: Jove Thou, dotard, (TO ANTIGONUS.) thou art wo- A better guiding spirit !- What need these man-tir'd, g unroosted
hands? By thy dame Partiet here,-take up the bas- You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Take't up, I say; give't to thy crone.ll (tard ; Will never do him good, not one of you. Puul. For ever
So, so :-Farewell; we are gone. [Erit. Unvenerable be thy hands, if thou
Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wise to Tak’st up the princess, by that forceds baseness
this.Which he has put upon't?
My child ? away with't-even thou, that hast Leon. He dreads his wife.
A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence, Paul. So, I would, you did ; then, 'twere And see it instantly consum’d with fire; past all doubt,
Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up You'd call your children yours.
straight : Leon. A nest of traitors!
Within this hour bring me word 'tis done, Ant. I am none, by this good light.
(And by good testimony,) or I'll seize thy life, Paul. Nor I; nor any,
With what thou else call'st thine : If thou reBut one, that's here; and that's himself: for he
fuse, The sacred honour of himself, his queen's, And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so; His hopeful son's, bis babe's, betrays to slander, The bastard brains with these my proper Whose sting is sharper than the sword's; and
hands will not
Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire; (For, as the case now stands, it is a curse For thou sett'st on thy wife. He cannot be compellid to't,), once remove Ant. I did not, Sir: The root of his opinion, which is rotten, These lords, my noble fellows, if they please, As ever oak, or stone, was sound.
Can clear me in't.
1 Lord. We can; my royal liege, Abetting your ill courses.
+ Lowest. He is not guilty of her coming hither. Masculine Pecked by a woman; hen-pecked. Warn-out old woman.
* Trull. + The colour of jealousy. f Furced is false ; uttered with violence to truth.