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LEONTES, King of Sicilia.
AUTOLYCUS, a Rogue.
TIME, as Chorus.
HERMIONE, Queen to Leontes.
PERDITA, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione. DION,
PAULINA, Wife to Antigonus. Another Sicilian Lord.
Endother Ladies, }Attending the Queen. Rogero, a Sicilian Gentleman. An Attendant on the young Prince Mamillius. MOPSA, Officers of a Court of Judicature.
Lords, Ladies, and Attendants; Satyrs for ARCHIDAMUS, a Bohemian Lord.
a dance. A Mariner, Jailer.
Shepherds, Shepherdesses, Guards, &c. An old Shepherd, reputed Father of Perdita. Clown, his Son.
Scene, sometimes in Sicilia; sometimes in Servant to the old Shepherd.
bassies; that they have seemed to be together, SCENE 1.-Sicilia.An Antechamber in Leon- though absent; shook hands, as over a vast; TES' Palace.
and embraced, as it were, from the ends of
opposed winds. The heavens continue their Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS. loves!
Arch. I think, there is not in the world either Arch. If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my unspeakable comfort of your young prince services are now on foot, you shall see, as I Mamillius; it is a gentleman of the greatest have said, great difference betwixt our Bo- promise, that ever came into my note. hemia, and your Sicilia. Cam. I think, this coming summer, the king of him: it is a gallant child; one that, indeed,
Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation physics the subject,t makes old hearts fresh wbich he justly owes him.
Arch. Wherein our entertainment shall shame they, that went on crutches ere he was born, us, we will be justified in our loves: for, in- desire yet their life, to see him a man.
Arch. Would they else be content to die? deed,
Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse Cam. 'Beseech you,
why they should desire to live. Arch. Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge: we cannot with such magni- desire to live on crutches till he had one.
Arch. If the king had no son, they would ficence-in so rare-I know not what to say. -We will give you sleepy drinks; that your
[Exeunt. senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may, SCENE II.-The same.--A Room of state in though they cannot praise us, as little accuse
the Palace. Cam. You pay a great deal too dear, for Enter Leontes, Polixenes, HERMIONE, MAwhat's given freely. Arch. Believe me, I speak as my under
MILLIUS, CAMILLO, and Attendants. standing instructs me, and as mine honesty Pol. Nine changes of the wat'ry star have puts it to utterance.
[throne Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind The shepherd's note, since we have left our to Bohemia. They were trained together in Without a burden: time as long again their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt Would be fill'd up, my brother, with our them then such an affection, which cannot And yet we should, for perpetuity, [thanks choose but branch now. Since their more ma- Go hence in debt: And therefore, like a cipher ture dignities, and royal necessities, made sepa- Yet standing in rich place, I multiply, ration of their society, their encounters, though with one we-thank-you, many thousands more not personal, have been royally attornied, " That go before it. with interchange of gifts, letters, loving em
* Wide waste of country. Nohly supplied by substitution of embassies."
+ Affords a cortial to the state.
Leon. Stay your thanks awhile;
Her. Not your jailer then,
(you And pay them when you part.
But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question Pol. Sir, that's to-morrow,
Of my lord's tricks, and yours, when you I am question’d by my fears, of what may You were pretty lordings* then. (were boys; chance,
Pol. We were, fair queen, Or breed upon our absence: That my blow Two lads, that thought there was no more beNo sneaping* winds at home, to make us say, But such a day to-morrow as to-day, [hind, This is put forth too truly! Besides, I have And to be boy eternal. To tire your royalty.
[stay'd Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o’the Leon. We are tougher, brother,
two? Than you can put us to't.
Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did Pol. No longer stay.
frisk i'the sun,
[chang'd. Leon. One seven-night longer.
And bleat the one at the other: what we Pol. Very sooth, to-morrow.
Was innocence for innocence; we knew not Leon. We'll part the time between's then: The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd and in that
That any did: Had we pursued that life, I'll no gain-saying.
And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd Pol. Press me not, 'beseech you, so;
With stronger blood, we should have answer'd There is no tongue that moves, none, none
heaven i'the world,
[now, Boldly, Not guilty; the imposition clear'd, So soon as yours, could win me: so it should Hereditary ours. Were there necessity in your request, although
Her. By this we gather, "Twere needful I denied it. My affairs You have tripp'd since. Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder, Pol. O my most sacred lady,
[for Were, in your love, a whip to me; my stay, Temptations have since then been born to us : To you a charge, and trouble: to save both,
In those unfledy'd days was my wife a girl; Farewell, our brother.
Your precious self had then not cross'd the eyes Leon. Tongue-tied, our queen? speak you.
Of my young playfellow. Her. I had thought, Sir, to have held my of this make no conclusion ; lest you say, You had drawn oaths from him, not to stay. The offences we have made you do, we'll an.
Your and I are devils: Yet, go on; Yon, Sir, Charge him too coldly: Tell him, you are sure,
swer; All in Bohemja's well: this satisfaction
If you first sinn'd with us, and that with us The by-gone day proclaim'd; say this to him,
You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd not He's beat from his best ward.
With any but with us. Leon. Well said, Hermione.
Leon. Is he won yet? Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were
Her. He'll stay, my lord. strong:
Leon. At my request, he would not. But let him say so then, and let him go;
Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st But let him swear so, and he shall not stay,
To better purpose.
Her. What?'have I twice said well? when The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia
(make us You take my lord, I'll give him my commis- | I pr’ythee, tell me: Cram us with praise, and sion,
As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying To let him there a month, behind the gest+
tongueless, Prefix'd for his parting: yet, good deed, I Le- Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that. ontes,
Our praises are our wages: You pay ride us, I love thee not a jars o'the clock behind
With one soft kiss, a thousand furlongs, ere What lady she her lord.—You'll stay?
With spur we heat an acre. But to the jail :Pol. No, madam.
My last good was, to entreat his stay; Her. Nay, but you will?
What was my first? it has an elder sister, Pol. I may not, verily.
Or, I mistake you: 0, would her name were Her. Verily!
Grace! You put me off with limber|| vows: But I,
But once before I spoke to the purpose: When? Though you would seek to unsphere the stars Nay, let me have't; I long. with oaths,
Leon. Why, that was when [to death, Should yet say, Sir, no going. Verily,
Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves You shall not go; a lady's verily is
Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet?
And clap thyself my love; then didst thou Force me to keep you as a prisoner,
I am yours for ever.
(utter, Not like a guest; so you shall pay your fees,
Her. It is Grace, indeed.
[iwice: When you depart, and save your thanks. Why, you now, I have spoke to the purpose How say you ?
(verily, The one for ever earn'd a royal husband; My prisoner ? or my guest? by your dread The other, for some while a friend. One of them you shall be.
(Giving her hand to POLIXENES. Pol. Your guest then, madam:
Leon. Too hoi, too hot:
[Aside. To be your prisoner, should import offending; To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. Which is for me less easy to commit,
I have tremor cordist on me:-my heart dances; Than you to punish.
But not for joy,--not joy.-This entertainment
May a free face put on; derive a liberty * Nipping.
+ Gests were the names of the stages where the King * A diminutive of lords. appointed to lie, during a royal progress.
+ Setting aside onginal sin Indeed. Tick. || Flimsy
Trembling of the heart
From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, Are you so fond of your young prince, as we
My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all :
[lius, Thoughts that would thick my blood. Mum. Ay, my good lord.
Leon. So stands this squire Leon. I'fecks ?
Offic'd with me: We iwo will walk, my lord, Why that's my bawcock.t What, hast smutch'd And leave you to your graver steps.-Herthy nose ?
(welcome; They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, cap- How thou lov'st us, show in our brother's tain,
(tajā : Let what is dear in Sicily, be cheap: We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, cap- Next to thyself, and my young rover, he's And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf, Apparent to my heart. Are all call'd, neat.-Still virginalling:
Her. If you would seek is, (there? [Observing POLIXENES and Hermione. We are yours i'the garden: Shall's attend you Upon his palm?-How now, you wanton calf? Leon. To your own bents dispose you : you'll Art thou my calf?
be found, Mam. Yes, if you will, my lord.
Be you beneath the sky :-I am angling now, Leon. Thou want'st a rough pash, and the Though you perceive me not how I give line. shoot's that I have,
Go to, go to! To be full like me :-yet, they say, we are (Aside. Observing POLIXENES und HERMOINE. Almost as like as eggs; women say so, How she holds up the neb,t the bill to him! That will say any thing : But were they false And arms her with the holdness of a wife As o'er-died blacks, as wind, as waters ; false To her allowingt husband! Gone already; As dice are to be wish’d, by one that fixés Inch-thick, knee-deep; o'er head and ears a No bourn|| twixt his and mine ; yet were it
fork'd one.g true
[Exeunt POLIXENES, HERMOINE, and To say this boy were like me.-Come, Sir page,
Attendunts. Look on me with your welkin | eye: Sweet Go, play, boy, play ;-thy mother plays, and I villain!
Play too ; but so disgrac'd a part, whose issue Most dear'st! my collop!-Can thy dam ?- Will hiss me to my grave; contempt and cla
may't be ? Affection ! thy intention stabs the centre : Will be my knell.-Go, play, boy, play ;Thou dost make possible, things not so held
There have been,
(sence, Thou may'st co-joid with something; and thou That little thinks she has been sluc'd in his ab(And that beyond commission; and I find it,) And his pond fish'd by his next neighbour, by And that to the infection of my brains, Sir Smile, his neighbour: nay, there's comfort And hardening of my brows.
(open'd, Pol. What means Silicia!
Whiles other men have gates; and those gates Her. He something
seems unsettled. As mine, against their will: Should all despair, Pol. How, my lord ?
That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind What cheer? how is't with you, best brother? Would hang themselves. Physic fur't there Hor. You look,
is none; As if you held a brow of much distraction: It is a bawdy planet, that will strike Are you mov'd, my lord ?
Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, Lcon. No, in good earnest.
[cluded, How sometimes nature will betray its folly, From east, west, north, and south: Be it conIts tenderness, and make itself a pastime No barricado for a belly; know it; To harder bosoms! Looking on the lines It will let in and out the enemy, Of my boy's face, methoughts, I did recoil? With bag and baggage: many a thousand of us Twenty-three years; and saw myself un- Have the disease, and feel't not.-How now, breech'd,
What! Camillo there? How like, methought, I then was to this ker. Cam. Ay, my good lord. nel,
(friend, Leon. Go play, Mamillius ; thou'rt an honest This quashtt this gentleman :-Mine honest
Exit MAMILLIUS. Will you take eggs for money ?
Camillo, this great Sir will yet stay longer. Mum. No, my lord, I'll fight.
Cam. You had much ado to make his anchor Leon. You will? why, happy man be his
When you cast out, it still came home.
Leon. Didst note it? + Hearty fellow.
Cum. He would not stry at your petitions. i 1. e. Playing with her fingers as if on a spinnet.
His business more material.
(made | Thou wantest a rough head, and the budding horns
Boundary that I have.
Leon. Didst perceive it?-
+ Mouth. May his shore of life be a happy one.
1. Approving. À A borned one, a suckold.
They're here with me already; whispering, Cam. I would not be a stander-by, to hear rounding,
My sovereign mistress clouded so, without Sicilia is a so-forth: 'Tis far gone,
My present vengeance taken: 'Shrew my heart, When I shall gustt it last.-How came't, Ca- You never spoke what did become you less That he did stay?
[millo, Than this; which to reiterate, were sin Cam. At the good queen's entreaty: As deep as that, though true. Leon. At the queen's, be't: good, should be Leon. Is whispering nothing ? pertinent;
Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting uuses ? But so it is, it is not. Was this taken Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career By any understanding pate but thine ? Of laughter with a sigh? (a note infallible For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in (is't, Of breaking honesty :) horsing foot on foot ? More than the common blocks :-Not noted, Skulking in corners? wishing clocks more Bat of the finer natures? by some severals,
[blind Of head-piece extraordinary ? lower messes, Hours, minutes ? noon, midnight? and all eyes Perchance, are to this business purblind : say. With the pin and web,* but theirs, theirs only
Cam. Business, my lord ? I think, most un- That would unseen be wicked ? is this nothing Bohemia stays here longer. [derstand Why, then the world, and all that's in't, is do Leon. Ha
thing; Cam. Stays here longer.
The covering sky is nothing: Bohemia nothing Leon. Ay, but why?
My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these Cam. To satisfy your highness, and the en- If this be nothing.
[nothings Of our most gracious mistress. (treaties Can. Good my lord, be cur'd Leon. Satisfy
Of this diseas'd opinion, and betimes ;
I say, thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee; Hast cleans'd my bosom; I from thee departed Pronounce thee a gross lout, a mindless slave; Thy penitent reform’d: but we have been Or else a hovering temporizer, that sevil, Deceiv'd in thy integrity, deceiv'd
Canst with thine eyes at once see good and In that which seems so.
Inclining to them both: Were my wife's liver Cam. Be it forbid, my lord !
Infected as her life, she would not live Leon. To bide upon't;-Thou art not honest: The running of one glass.t or,
Cam. Who does infect her? If thou inclin'st that way, thou art a coward; Leon. Why he, that wears her like her medal, Which hoxesó honesty behind, restraining
hanging From course requir'd: Or else thou must be About his neck, Bohemia : Who if I counted
Had servants true about me: that bare eyes A servant, grafted in my serious trust, To see alike mine honour as their profits, And therein negligent; or else a fool, Their own particular thrifts,-they would do That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake
that And tak'st it all for jesi.
(drawn, which should undo more doing: Ay, and thou, Cam. My gracious lord,
His cup-bearer,-whom I from meaner form I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful; Have bench'd, and rear'd to worship; who In every one of these no man is free,
(heaven, But that his negligence, his folly, fear, Plainly, as heaven sees earth, and eartb seeś Amongst the infinite doings of the world, How I am galled,-might'st bespice a cup, Sometime puts forth: In your affairs, my lord, To give mine enemy a lasting wink; · If ever I were wilful-negligent,
Which draught to me were cordial. It was my folly; if industriously
Cam. Sir, my lord, I play'd the fool, it was my negligence, I could do this; and that with no rasht potion, Not weighing well the end; it ever fearful But with a ling'ring dram, that should not To do a thing, where I the issue doubted,
work Whereof the execution did cry out
Maliciously: like poison : But I cannot
I have lov'd thee,-
To appoint myself in this vexation? sully "Tis none of mine.
The purity and whiteness of my sheets, Leon. Have not you seen, Camillo, (glass Which to preserve, is sleep; which being (But that's past doubt: you have; or your eye
spotted, Is thicker than a cuckold's horn;) or heard, Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps ? (For, to a vision so apparent, rumour.
Give scandal to the blood o'the prince my son, Cannot be mute,) or thought, (for cogitation Who, I do think is mine, and love as mine; Resides not in that man, that does not think Without ripe moving to't? Would I do this? it,)
Could man so blench ?il
• 'Co round in the ear was to tell secretly. + Taste. Maliciously, with effects openly hurtful.
Even for your son's sake; and, thereby, fo: If you know aught which does behove my sealing
knowledge The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms Thereof to be inform'a, imprison it not Known and allied to yours.
In ignorant concealment. Leon. Thou dost advise me,
Cum. 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. O 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 be Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not
swears, Let villany itself forswear't. I must [one. As he had seen't, or heen an instrument Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain To vicet you to't,—that you have touch'd his 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
Be yok'd with his, that did 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 shunn'a, Cam. Hail, most royal Sir!
Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infecPol. What is the news i'the court ?
That e'er was heard, or read !
[tion Cam. None rare my lord.
Cam. Swear his thought over Pol. The king hath on him such a coun. By each particular star in heaven, and tenance,
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 fábric of his folly: whose foundation Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling A lip of much contempt, speeds from me ; and The standing of his body.
Is pil'd 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 to 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 1 will whisper to the business Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror, And will, by twos, and threes, at several pos. Which shows me mine chang'd to: for I must be
terns, A party in this alteration, finding Myself thus alter'd with it.
Clear them o'the city: For myself, I'll put
My fortunes to your service, which are here Cam. There is a sickness
By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain ; Which puts some of us in distemper ; but I cannot name the disease ; and it is caught
For, by the honour of my parents, I
Have utter'd truth: which if you seek to prove Of you that yet are well. Pol. How! caught of me?
I dare not stand by, nor shall you be safer
Than one condemn'd by the king's own mouth, Make me not sighted like the basilisk:
thereon have look'd on thousands, who have sped the His execution sworn. better
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
Be pilot to me, and thy places shall 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, . ffurf sticcession.
* 1. e. I am the person appointed, &c. Gentie was opposed to simple ; vell born.