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Prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it.
Clown. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it.
Shep. How if it be false, son?
Clown. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear it, in the behalf of his friend: And I'll swear to the Prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drink; but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands. Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power.
Clown. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark! the Kings and the Princes, our kindred, are going to see the Queen's picture. Come, follow us: we'll be thy good masters.
A Room in Paulina's House. Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA,
CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Attendants. Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great
comfort That I have had of thee!
Paul. What, sovereign Sir, I did not well, I meant well: All my services, You have paid home: but that you have vouchsafd, With your crown'd brother, and these your con•
Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit,
last to answer. Leon. O Paulina, We honour you with trouble : But we came To see the statue of our Queen: your gallery Have we pass'd throngh, not without much content In many singularities; but we saw not That which my daughter came to look upon, The statue of her mother.
Paul. As she liv'd peerless, So her dead likeness, I do well believe, Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Lonely, apart: But here it is: prepare To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever Still sleep mock'd death: hehold; and say, 'tis well. (PAULINA undraws a curtain, and discovers a
statue. I like your silence, it the more shows off Your wonder: But yet speak;
first, yoll, my
Leon. Her natural posture!
Pol. 0, not by much.
Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence ; Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her As she liv'd now.
Leon. As now she might have done, So much to my good comfort, as it is
Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood,
Per. And give me leave;
Paul. O, patience;
Cam. My Lord, your sorrow was to sore laid on;
Pol. Dear my brother,
Paul. Indeed, my Lord,
mine,) I'd not have show'd it.
Leon. Do not draw the curtain.
fancy May think ancn, it moves.
Leon. Let be, let be.
Would I were dead, but that, methinks, already What was he, that did make it? See, my Lord, Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those
veins Did verily bear blood ?
Pol. Masterly done:
Leon. The fixture of her eye has motion in't,
Paul. I'll draw the curtain;
Leon. O sweet Paulina,
but I could afflict you further.
Leon. Do, Paulina;
Paul. Good my Lord, forbear:
Leon. No, not these twenty years.
Per. So long could I
Paul. Either forbear,
And take you by the hand: but then you'll think,
Leon. What you can make her do,
Paul. It is requir'd,
Paul. Musick; awake her: strike. [ Musick. 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs :
[HERMIONE comes down from the pedestal. Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is law ful: do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kill her double: Nay, present your hand: When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in
age, Is she become the suitor. Leon. 0, she's warm!
[Embracing her. If this be magick, les it be an art Lawful as eating.
Pol. She embraces him.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
Pol." Ay, and make't manifest where she has liyd: Or, how stol'n from the dead?
Paul. That she is living,