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We need no more of your advice: the matter,
The loss, the gain, the ordering on 't, is all
Properly ours.

And I wish, my liege,
You had only in your silent judgment tried it,
Without more overture.

How could that be?
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool. Cainillo's flight,
Added to their familiarity,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,
That lack'd sight only, nought for approbation,
But only seeing,' all other circumstances
Made up to the deed) doth push on this proceeding:
Yet; for a greater confirmation,
(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere
Most piteous to be wild) I have despatch'd in post,
To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,
Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know
Of stuff'd sufficiency:2 Now, from the oracle
They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had,
Shall stop, or spur me.

Have I done well?
I Lord. Well done, my lord.

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

Relish as truth,] The old copy reads-a truth. Mr. Rowe made the necessary correction-as. Steevens.

Our author is frequently inaccurate in the construction of his sentences, and the conclusion of them do not always correspond with the beginning. So before, in this play:

- who,-if I
“ Had servants true about me,

they would do that,” &c. The late editions read-as truth, which is certainly more grammatical; but a wish to reduce our author's phraseology to the modern standard, has been the source of much error in the regulation of his text. Malone.

- nought for approbation, But only seeing,] "Approbation, in this place, is put for proof.

Fohnson stuff'd sufficiency: ] That is, of abilities more than enough.



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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,3 fled hence,
· Be left her to perform. Come, follow us;
We are to speak in publick: for this business
Will raise us all.

Ant. (aside] To laughter, as I take it,
If the good truth were known.



The same.

The outer Room of a Prison.
Enter Paulina and Attendants.
Paul. The keeper of the prison-call to him;

[Exit an Attend.
Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady!
No court in Europe is too good for thet,
What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir,

Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
You know me, do you not?

For a worthy lady,
And one whom much I honour.

Pray you then,
Conduct me to the queen.

Keep. I may not, madam; to the contrary
I have express commandment.

Here's ado,
To lock up honesty and honour from
The access of gentle visitors!- - Is it lawful,
Pray you, to see her women? any of them?

Keep. So please you, madam, to put
Apart these your attendants, I shall bring
Emilia forth.

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 Keep.

3 Lest that the treachery of the two, &c.] He has before declared, that there is a plot against his life and crown, and that Hermione is federary with Polixenes and Camillo. Johnson.

Here's such ado to make no stain a stain,
As passes colouring.

Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.
Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady?

Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,
May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater)
She is, something before her time, deliver'd,

Paul. A boy?

A daughter; and a goodly babe,
Lusty, and like to live: the queen receives
Much comfort in 't: says, My poor prisoner,
I am innocent as you.

I dare be sworn:
These dangerous unsafe lunes o'the king !beshrew

He must be told on’t, and he shall: the office
Becomes a woman best; I 'll take 't upon me:
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister;
And never to my red look'd anger be
The trumpet any more:-Pray you, Emilia,
Commend my best obedience to the queen;
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll show 't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th’ loudest: We do not know
How he may soften at the sight o' the child;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.

Most worthy madam,
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss

4 These dangerous unsafe lunes o'the king'] I have no where, but in our author, observed this word adopted' in our tongue, to signify frenzy, lunacy. But it is a mode of expression with the French.— Il y a de la lune: (i. e. he has got the moon in his head; he is frantick.) Cotgrave. “ Lune, folie. Les femmes ont des lunes dans la tete. Richelet.” Theobald.

A similar expression occurs in The Revenger's Tragedy, 1608: “I know 'twas but some peevish moon in him.” Again, in As you Like it, Act III, sc. ii : “At which time would I, being but a moonish youth,” &c. Steevens.

The old copy has—; the king. This slight correction was made by Mr. Steevens. Malone.

A thriving issue; there is no lady living,
So meet for this great errand: Please your ladyship
To visit the next room, I 'll presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer;
Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;
But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Lest she should be denied.

Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it,
As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted
I shall do good.

Now be you blest for it!
I'll to the queen: Please you, come something nearer.

Keep. Madam, if 't please the queen to send the babe,
I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.

You need not fear it, sir:
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
By law and process of great nature, thence
Free'd and enfranchis'd: not a party to

of the king; nor guilty of, If any be, the trespass of the queen.

Keep. I do believe it.

Do not you fear: upon
Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger.

The same.

A Room in the Palace.
Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and other

Leon. Nor night, nor day, no rest: 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


out of the blank And level of my brain,] Beyond the aim of any attempt that I can make against him. Blank and level are terms of archery.

Fohnson. To see,

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?
1 Atten.

My lord? [Advancing. Leon. How does the boy? 1 Atten.

He took good rest to-night; 'Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharg'd.

Leon. 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 downright languish'd.-Leave me solely:8-go, See how he fares. [Escit Attend. ]-Fy, fy! no thought

of him;
The very thought of my revenges that

Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty ;
And in his parties, his alliance,?—Let him be,
Until a time may serve: for present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow:
They should not laugh, if I could reach them; not
Shall she, within my power.

Enter PAULINA, with a Child.
I Lord.

You must not enter.


Blank and level, mean mark and aim; but they are terms of gunnery, not of archery. Douce. So, in King Henry VIII:

I stood i'th' level
Of a full-charg'd conspiracy.” Ritson.

Leave me solely:] That is, leave me alone. M. Mason 7 The very thought of my revenges that way

Recoil upon me: in himself too mighty;

And in his parties, his alliance,] So, in Dorastus and Fawnia: ** Pandosto, although he felt that revenge was a spur to warre, and that envy always proffereth steele, yet he saw Egisthus was not only of great puissance and prowesse to withstand him, but also had many kings of his alliance to ayd him, if need should serve; for he married the Emperor of Russia's daughter.” Our author, it is observable, whether from forgetfulness or design, has made this lady the wife (not of Egisthus, the Polixenes of this play, but) of Leontes. Malone.

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