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As I did him; and speak of something, wildly
By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome!
And your fair princess, goddess !-0, alas !
I lost a couple, that 'twist heaven and earth
Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
You, gracious couple, do! And then I lost
(All mine own folly,) the society,
Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Though bearing misery, I desire my life
Once more to look upon.

Flo. By his command
Have I here touch'd Sicilia ; and from him
Give you all greetings, that a king, at friend,
Can send his brother: and, but infirmity
(Which waits upon worn times,) hath something

seized His wish'd ability, he had himself The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Measured, to look upon you : whom he loves (He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres, And those that bear them, living.

Leon. O, my brother, (Good gentleman !) The wrongs I have done thee, stir A fresh within me; and these thy offices, So rarely kind, are as interpreters Of my behind-hand slackness !-Welcome hither, As is the spring to the earth. And hath he too, Exposed this paragon to the fearful usage (At least, ungentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, To greet a man, not worth her pains; much less The adventure of her person?

Flo. Good, my lord, She came from Libya.

Leon. Where the warlike Smalus, That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and loved ?-: Flo. Most royal Sir, from thence ; from him,

whose daughter
His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her: thence
(A prosperous south-wind friendly, we have cross'd,
To execute the charge my father gave me,
For visiting your highness: my best train
I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd;
Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
Not only my success in Libya, Sir,
But my arrival, and my wife's, in 'safety
Here, where we are.

Leon. The blessed gods
Purge all infection from our air, whilst you
Do climate here! You have a holy father,

A graceful * gentleman; against whose person,
So sacred as it is, I have done sin :
For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Have left me issueless ; and your facher's bless'd,
(As he from heaven merits it,) with you,
Worthy his goodness. What might I have been,
Might 1 a son and daugliter now have look'd on,
Such goodly things as you ?

Enger a LORD.
Lord. Most noble Sir,
That, which I shall report, will bear no credit,
Were not the proofs so nigh. Please you, great Sir,
Bohemia greets you from himself, by me:
Desires you to attach his son ; who has
(His dignity and duty both cast off,)
Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with
A shepherd's daughter.
Leon. Where's Bohemia ? Speak!

Lord. Here in the city : I now came from him:
I speak amazedly; and it becomes
My marvel, and my message. To your court
Wnile; he was lastning, (in the chase, it seems,
Of this fair couple,) meets he on the way
The father of this seeming lady, and
Her brother, having both their country quitted
With this young prioce.

Flo. Camillo has betray'd me;
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now,
En lured all weathers.

Lord. Lay't so, to his charge ;
He's with the king your father.

Leon. Who ? Camillo
Lord. Camillo, Sir; I spake with him; who now
Has these poor men in question t. Never saw I
Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the earth ;
Forswear themselves as often as they speak :
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them
With divers deaths in death.

Per. O, my poor father !-
The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have
Our contract celebrated.

L'on. You are married ?

Flo. We are not, Sir, nor are we like to be ;
The stars I see, will kiss the valleys first :-
The odds for high and low's alikei.
* Seize, arrest.

Conversation, * A quibble on the false dice so called.

Leon. My lord,
Is this the daughter of a king?

Flo. She is,
When once she is my wife.
Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's

speed,
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,
Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry,
Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,
That you might well enjoy her.

Flo. Dear, look up :
Though fortune, visible an enemy,
Should chase us, with my father; power no jot
Hath she, to change our loves.-'Beseech you, Şir,
Remember since you owed no more to time
Than I do now : with thought of such affections,
Step forth mine advocate ; at your request,
My father will grant precious things, as trifles.
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious mis-

tress, Which he counts but a trifle.

Paul. Sir, my liege, Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such

gazes
Than what you look on now.

Leon. I thought of her,
Even in these looks I made.-But your petition

['io Florizel..
Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father;
Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires,
I am a friend to them, and you : upon which errand
I now go toward him ; therefore, follow me,
And mark what way I make : come, good my lord.

(Exeunt, SCENE II.-The same.

me. Before the Palace. Enter AUTOLYCUS and a GENTLEMAN, Aut. 'Beseech you, Sir, were you present at this relation 1

I Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber: only this, methought, I heard the shepherd say, he found the child.

Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

I Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ;-But the changes 1 perceived in the king, and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : they seem'd almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; they look'd, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one destroy'd : a notable passion of, wonder appear'd in them: but the wisest beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance were joy or sorrow; but in the extre. mity of the one, it must needs be.,

Enter another GenTLEMAN. Here comes a gentleman that, happily, knows more: The news, Rogero?

2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires : the oracle is ful. fill'd; the king's daughter is found : such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that balladmakers cannot be able to express it.

Enter a third GenTLEMÁN. Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can de. liver you more.-How goes it now, Sir ? This news, which is call'd true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion :-Has the king found his heir ?

3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregnant by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione ;-her jewel about the neck of it ;-the letters of Antigonus, found with it, which they know to be his character : the majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mother;-the affection t of nobleness, which nature shews above her breeding,-and many other evi. dences, proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings?

2 Gent. No.

3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld que joy crown another; so, and in such manner, that, it seem'd, sorrow wept to take leave of them ; for their joy waded in tears. There was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with countenance of such distraction, that they were to

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be known by garment, not by favour. Our king, being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter; as if that joy were now become a loss, cries, o, thy mother, thy mother ! Then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter, with clipping, her: now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by, like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes de scription to do it.

2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, that carried hence the child ?:

3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not an ear open: he was torn to pieces with a bear : this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only his innocence (which seems much,) to justify him but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows.

1 Gent. What became of his bark, and his fol. lowers ?

3 Gent. Wreck'd, the same instant of their master's death; and in the view of the shepherd : so that all the instruments, which aided to expose the child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, Ó, the noble combat, that 'twixt joy and sor. row, was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye de. clined for the loss of her husband; another elevated that the oracle was fulfill'd : she lifted the princess from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no more be in danger of losing. · 1 Gent. The dignity of his act was worth the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it acted.

3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and that which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the queen's death, with the manner how she came to it, (bravely confess'd, and lamented by the king,) how attentiveness wounded his daughter : till, from one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I would fain say, bleed tears : for, I am sure, my heart wept blood. Who

most marble there changed colour : swoon'd, all sorrow'd : if all the world could have seen it, the woe had been universal.

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