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Of the whole dungy earth.
Leon. What! lack I credit ?
i Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I, my lord, Upon this ground : and more it would content me To have her honour true, than your suspicion ; Be blam'd for’t how you might.
Leon. Why, what need we Commune with
of this? but rather follow
ANT. And I wish, my liege,
LEON. How could that be ?
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They will bring all ; whose spiritual counsel had,
Have I done well ?
. Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need no more Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to the minds of others; such as he, Whose ignorant credulity will not Come up to the truth : So have we thought it good, From our free person she should be confin'd; Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence, Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ; We are to speak in publick : for this business Will raise us all.
Ant. [-Afde.] To laughter, as I take it, If the good truth were known.
SCENE II. The same. The outer Room of a Prison.
Enter PAULIN A and Attendants.
[Exit an Attendant,
Re-enter Attendant, with the KEEPER, You know me, do you not ?
Keep. For a worthy lady, And one whom much I honour.
Paul. Pray you then, Conduct me to the
PAUL. Here's ado,
The access of gentle visitors - Is it lawful,
Keep. So please you, madam, to put
Paul. I pray you now, call her, Withdraw yourselves.
[Exeunt Attend, Keep. And, madam, I must be present at your conference,
Paul. Well, be it so, pr’ythee. (Exit KEEPER. Here's such ado to make so stain a stain, As países colouring.
Re-enter KEEPER, with EMILIA,
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
Paul. A boy?
Emil. A daughter; and a goodly babe, Lufty, and like to live: the queen receives Much comfort in't : says, My poor prisoner, I am innocent as you.
Paul. I dare be sworn :
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I'll show't the king, and undertake to be
Emil. Most worthy madam,
your moft noble offer ;
Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
blest for it! I'll to the queen : Please you, come something nearer.
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe,
Paul. You need not fear it, fir :
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 danger. [Exeunt. SCENE III. The same. A Room in the Palace. Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other
ATTENDANTS. Leon. Nor night, nor day, no reft : It is but weakness To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if The cause were not in being ;—part o’the cause, She, the adultress ;—for the harlot king Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank And level of my brain, plot-proof: but she I can hook to me : Say, that she were gone, Given to the fire, a moiety of
moiety of my rest Might come to me again.- -Who's there? I Atten. My lord ?
[advancing. Leon. How does the boy ?
I Atten. He took good rest to-night ; 'Tis hop'd, his fickness is discharg’d.
Leon. To see, His nobleness ! Conceiving the dishonour of his mother, He straight declin’d, droop'd, took it deeply ; Fasten'd and fix'd the shame on't in himself; Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep, And down-right languish'd.—Leave me solely: go, See how he fares. [Exit ATTEND.]-Fie, fie! no thought
of him ;
The very thought of
my revenges that
sorrow : They should not laugh, if I could reach them ; nor