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That will say any thing: But were they false Leo. Nevér, but once.
As o'er-dy'd blacks®, as winds, as waters; false Her. What have I twice said well? when As dice are to be wish’d, by one that fixes was't before?
[us No bourn''twixt his and mine; yet were it true I prythee, tell me: Cram us with praise, and make 5 To say this boy were like me.-Come, sir page, As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying Look on me with your welkin-eye!': Sweet villaini tongueless,
Most dear'st! my collop' !-Can thy dam? may't Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that. Affection"?! thy intention stabs the center. [be? Our praises are our wages: You may ride us Thou dost make possible things not so held, With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs, ere 10 Communicat'st with dreams,-flow can thisbe? With spur we heat an acre. But to the goal'; With what's unreal thou coactive art, My last good deed was, to entreat his stay ; And fellow'st nothing: Then, 'tis very credent", What was my first? It has an elder sister, Thou may'stco-join with something; and thou dost, Orl mistake you;0, would her naine were Grace! And that beyond commission; and I find it, But once before I spoke to the purpose : When: 15 And that to the infection of ny brains, Nay, let me have't; I long.
And hardning of my brows. Leo. Why, that was when
[death, Pol. What means Sicilia ? Three crabbed inonths bad sour'd themselves to Her. He something seems unsettled. Ere I could make thee open thy white hand, Pol. How? my lord ?
[ther!! And clap thyself my love: then didst thou utter, 20 Leo. What cheer: how is't with you, best bro “I am yours for ever."
Her. You look Her. It is Grace, indeed.
[twice: As if you held a brow of much distraction : Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose Are you mov'd, my lord? The one for ever earn'd a royal husband;
Leo. No, in good earnest.The other, for some while a friend.
25 How sometiines nature will betray its folly, [Giving her hand to Polirenes. Its tenderness; and make itself a pastime Leo. Too hot, too hot:
[Aside. To harder bosoms !--Looking on the lines To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. Of my boy's face, methought, I did recoil I have tremor cordis on me:--my heart dances; Twenty-three years; and saw myself embreeched, But not for joy,—not joy:--This entertainment (30 in my green velvet coat; my dagger muzzled, May a free face put on: derive a liberty
Lest it should bite its master, and so prove, From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, As ornament oft does, too dangerous. And well become the agent: it may, I grant: How like, methought, I then was to this kernel, But to be padling palms, and pinching fingers, This squash, this gentleman! Mine honest friend, Aş now they are ; and making practis'd smiles, 35 Will you take eggs for money's? As in a looking-glass;—and then to sigh, as 'twere Mum. No, my lord, I'll fight. The mort o' the deer?; oh, that is entertainment Leo. You will: why, happy man be his dole!!-My bosom likes not, nor my brows.—Mamillius,
My brother, Art thou my boy?
Are you so fond of your young prince, as we Mam. Ay, my good lord.
140 Do seem to be of ours? Leo. I'fecks?
[thy nose? Pol. If at home, sir, Why, that's my bawcock“. What, hasi sinutch'd He's all my exercise, iny mirth, my matter; They say, it's a copy out of mine. Come, captain How my sworn friend, and then mine enemy; We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, captain My parasite, my soldier, states-man, all : And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf, 45 He makes a July's day short as December; Are all call'd, neat.-Still virginalling'
And, with his varying childness, cures in me [Observing Polirenes and Hermione. Thoughts that would thick my blood. Upon his palm?-How now, you wanton calf? Leo. So stands this squire Art thou my calf?
Oflic'd with me: we two will walk, my lord, Mam. Yes, if you will, my lord.
50 And leave you to your graver steps.--Hermione, Leo. Thou wani'sta rough pash', and the shoots How thou lov’stus, shew inour brother's welcome; that I have,
Let what is dear in Sicily, be cheap:
Apparent to my heart. Meaning, to come to the point, or purpose. Alluding to the custon of people clapping the palırs of their hands together when they conclude or make a bargain. Hence the phrase-to clup up ubargain. * A lesson upon the horn at the death of the deer. Perhaps derived froun beau and cog. We stili say that such a one is a jolly cock, a cock of the game. A virginal is a very small kind of spinnet. • Pash is kiss, from paz Spanish, i. c. thou want'stu mouth made rough by a beard to kiss zuh. Shoots are branches, i. e. horns. Leontes is alluding to the ensigns of cuckoldom. • Blacks was the common term for mourning. * Bourn is boundary. 10 i. e. blue eye, ; an eye of the same colour with the welkin, or sky. 'i. e. a piece or slice of myself. 2 Afiction here means imagination. '' i.e. credible. 1. This line would seem to belong to the preceding speaker. 15 A proverbial saying, borrowed from the French, and implying, Will you put up with atfronts? is Another proverb al expression meaning, “ May his dole or share in life be to be a happy man.” Meaning next to my heart.
Her. If you would seek us,
[there? More than the common blocks: Not noted, is't, We are yours i’ the garden: Shall's attend you But of the finer natures: by some severals, Leo. To your own bent's dispose you : you'll Of head-piece extraordinary lower messes', be found,
Perchance, are to this business purblind: say: Be you beneath the sky:-I am angling now, 5 Cam. Business, my lord? I think, most underThough you perceive me not how I give line; Bohemia stays here longer.
(stand [Aside, observing Hermione. Leo. Ha Go to, go to!
Cum. Stays here longer. How she holds up the neb, the bill to him!
Leo. Ay, but why? And arins her with the boldness of a wife
101 Cam. To satisfy your highness, and the entreaties [E.reunt Polixenes, Hermione, and attendants. Of our most gracious mistress. To her allowing husband! Gone already; [one.- Leo. Satisty Inch-thick, knee-deep!o'er head and earsa fork’d' The entreaties of your mistressi--satisfy ?Go, play, boy, play ;-thy mother plays, and I Let that suffice. I have trusted thee, Camillo, Play too; but so disgrac'd a part, as issue 15 With all the nearest things to my heart, as well Will hiss me to my grave; contempt and clamour My chamber.councils: wherein, priest-like, thou Will be my knell.-Go, play, boy, play ;—There Hást cleans'd my bosom; I from thee departed have been,
Thy penitent reform’d: but we have been
Be it forbid, my lord!
A servant, grafted in my serious trust, As mine, against their will: Should all despair, And therein negligent; or else a fool; [drawn, That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake Would hang themselves. Physick for't there is And tak'st it all for jest. It is a bawdy planet, that will strike [none : 30 Cam. My gracious lord, Where'tis predominant; and'tis powerful, think it, I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful; From east, west, north and south: be it concluded, In every one of these no man is free, No barricado for a belly; know it ;
But that his negligence, his folly, fear, It will let in and out the enemy,
Amongst the intinite doings of the world, With bag and baggage: make a thousand of us |35 Sometime puts forth: In your affairs, my lorda Have the disease and feel't not.-How now, boy: If ever I were wilful-negligent, Mam. I am like you, they say.
It was my folly ; if industriously. Leo. Why, that's some comfort.-
I play'd the fool, it was my negligence, What? Camillo there?
Not weighing well the end ; if ever fearful Cam. Ay, my good lord.
40 To do a thing, where I t!e issue doubted, Leo. Go, play, Mamillius; thou'rt an honest Whereof the execution did cry out
[Exit Mamillius. Against the non-performance",'twas a fear Camillo, this great sir will yet stay longer. Which oft infects the wisest: these, my lord,
Cam. You hadmuchado tóinakebisanclior liold; Are such allowed intirmities, that honesty When you cast out, it still came home. 45 Is never free of. But, 'beseech your grace, Leo. Didst note it?
Be plaiver with me; let me know my trespass Cam. Ile would not stay at your petitions; made By its own visage: If then I deny it, His business more material'.
T'is none of mine. Leo. Didst perceive it?
[ing , Leo. Ilave not you seen, Camillo, They're here with me already; whispering, round- 50 (But that's past doubt: you have: or your eye-glass Sicilia is a so-forth: 'Tis far gone,
is thicker than a cuckold's horn) or heard, When I shall gust' it last.--llow came't, Camillo, (For, to a vision so apparent, rumour That he did stay?
Cannot be mute) or thought, (for cogitation Cam. At the good queen's entreaty. [tinent; Resides not in that man, that does not think it)
Leo. At the queen's, bet: good should be per- 55 My wife is slippery? If thou wilt, confess; But so it is, it is not. Was this taken
Or else be impudently negative, By any understanding pate but thine?
lo have noreyes, nor ears, nor thought: Then say, For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in
My wife's a hobby-horse; deserves a name * This is, a horned one ; a cuckold. Meaning, the anchor would not take hold. 'More urgent and important. * i. e. rounding in the car, (rehispering, or telling secretly) a phrase in use at that time. 'i, e. taste it. 0110ss is a contraction of master, an appellation used by the Scots. Lower messes, therefore, are graduates of a lower form. The speaker is now mentioning gradations of understanding, and not of rank. To hox is to ham-string. • Mcaning, that the act was not necessary to be done.
As rauk as any flas-wench, that puts to
Who, I do think, is mine, and love as mine, Before her troth-plight : say it, and justify it. Without ripe moving to't? Would I do this?
Cam. I would not be a stander-by to hear Could man so blencho? My sovereign mistress clouded so, without
Cam. I must believe you, sir; My present vengeance taken; 'Shrew my heart, 5 I do; and will fetch off Bohemia fort: You never spoke what did become you less Provided, that when he's remov'd, your lighness Than this; which to reiterate, were sin
Will take again your queen, as yours at first; As deep as that, though true'.
Even for your son's sake; and, thereby, for sealing Leo. 'Is whispering nothing?
The injury of topgues, in courts and kingdoins Is leaning check to cheek? is meeting noses ?
10 known and ally'd to yours. Kissing with the inside lip? stopping the career
Leo. Thou dust advise me, Of laughter with a sigh? (a note intallible Even so as I mine own course have set down: Of breaking honesty:) horsing foot on foot ? I'll give no blemish to her honour, none. Shulking in corners? wishing clocks more swift ; Cam. My lord, Hours, minutes; the noon, midnight and all eyes 15 Go then; and with a countenance as clear Blind with the pin and web-, but theirs, theirs only, As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia, That would unseen be wicked ? is this nothing And with your queen: I ain his cup-bearer; Why, then the world, and all that's in’t, is nothing: It from me he have wholsome beverage, The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing Account me not your servant. My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these no-20 Leo. This is all : If this be nothing.
[things, Do't, and thou hast the one half of my heart; . Cur. Good my lord, be cur’d
Do't not, thou split'st thine own. Of this diseas'd opinion, and betimes ;
Cam. I'll do't, my lord. For ’tis most dangerous.
Leo. I will seem iriendly, as thou hast advis'd Leo. Şay, it be'; 'tis true. 125
[Exit. Cam. No, no, my lord.
Cum. O miserable lady!-But, for me, Leo. It is : you lie, you lie:
What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner I say, thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee; Of good Polisenes: and my ground to do't Pronounce thee a gross lowt, a mindless slave;
Is the obedience to a master : one, Or else a hovering temporizer, that
30 Who, in rebellion with himself, will have Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil, All that are his, so too.-To do this deed, Inclining to them both: Were my wife's liver Promotion follows: If I could find example Infected as her life, she would not live
Of thousands, that had struck anointed kings, The running of one glass.
And tlourished alter, I'd not do l: but since Cam. Who does infect her?
[hanging 35 Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment, bears not one, Leo. M'hy he, that wears her like her medal, Let villainy itself forswear't. I must About his neck, Bohemia :-Who, if I Forsake the court: to do't, or no, is certain Had servants true about me; that bare eyes To me a break-neck. Happy star, reign now; To seek alike mine honour as their profits, Here comes Bohemia. Their own particular thrifts,—they would do that 40
Enier Poliren's. Which should undo more doing: Ay, and thou, Pol. This is strange! methinks, His cup-bearer,—whom I, from meaner form (see My favour here begins to warp. Not speak ?Have bench'd and rear'd to worship; who may'st Good-day, Camillo. Plainly, as heaven sees earth, and earth sees heaven, Cam. Hail, most royal sir ! llow I am galld,—thou mightst be-spice a cup, 45 Pol. What is the news i' the court? To give mine: enemy a lasting' wink;
Cam. None rare, my lord. Which draught to me were cordial,
Pol. The king hath on hiin such a countenance, Cum. Sir, iny lord,
As he had lost some province, and a region, Icould do this; and that with no rash* potion, Lov'd as he loves himself even now I met him But with a ling'ring dram, that should not work 50 With customary compliments; when he, Maliciously', like poison: But I cannot
Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress, A lip of much contempt, speeds from me; and So sovereignly being honourable.
So leaves ine, to consider what is breeding, I have lov'd theco
That changes thus his manners. Leo. Make that thy question, and go
rot! 55 Cam. Fdare not know, my lord. Dost think, I am so nuliduy, so unsettled,
Pol. How! dare not ? do not? do you know, To appoint myself in this vexation? sully
and dire not The purity and whiteness of my sheets,
Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ; Which to preserve, is sleep; which being spotted, For, to yourself, what you do know, you must; Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps ? 60 And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo, Give scandal to the blood o'the prince my son, Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror,
i. e. your suspicion is as great a sin as would be that (if committed) for which you suspect her. · Disorders in the eye. '.i. e. to poison him.
hasty. i. e, malignantly.
.. To blench is to start off, to shrink.
* i. e.
Which shetrs me mine chang'd tvo: for I must be! A favour, that may strike the dullest nostril A party in this alteration, finding
Where l arrive; and my approach be shund, Myseli thus alter'd with it.
Nay, hated too, worse than the great'st infection Cam. There is a sickness
That e'er was heard or read!
By all their influences, you may as well
Forbid the sea for to obey the nioon,
Cam. I know not : but, I am sure, 'tis safer ta
shall bear along impawn’d,-away to-night. Cum. I may not answer.
Your followers I will whisper to the business; Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I well! 20 And will, by twos and threes, at several posterns, I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo ? Clear them o'the city: For myself, I'll put I conjure thee, by all the parts of man, [least My fortunes to your service, which are here Which honour does acknowledge, whereof the By this discovery lost. Pe not uncertain; Is not this suit of mine, that thou declare För, by the honour of my parents, I What incidency thou dost guess of harm 25 Have utter'd truth: which if you seek to prore, Is creeping toward nie; how far off, how near; I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer (thereon, Which way to be prevented, it to be;
Than one condemn’d; by the king's own mouth If not, how best to bear it.
Is execution sworn. Cum. Sir, I'll tell you;
Pol. I do believe thee: Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him 1305 saw his heart in his face. Give nie thy hand; That I think honourable: Therefore, mark my Be pilot to me, and thy places shall counsel;
Still neighbour mine: 'My ships are ready, and Which must be even as swiftly follow'd, as My people did expect my hence departure I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me Two days ago.---This jealousy, Cry, lost, and so good-nighi.
3.51s lor a precious creature: as she's rare, Pol. On, good Camillo.
Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty, Cam. I am appointed Him to murder you. Must it be violent; and, as he does conceive Pol. By whom, Camillo?
He is dishonoured by a man which ever Cam. By the king.
Protess'd to him, why, his revenges must Pol. For what?
[swears 40 In that be made more bitter. Fear o'er-shades me: Cum. He thinks, nay, with all confidence bie Good expedition be my friend, and comfort As he had seen't, or been an instrument queen The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing To vice you to't', -that you have touch'd his Othis ill-ta'en suspicion! Come, Camillo; Forbiddenly
I will respect thee as a father, if Pol. Oh, then my best blood turn
145 Thou bear’st my life off hence: Let us avoid. To an infected jelly; and my name
Cwn. It is in imine authority, to command Be yok'd with his, ihat did betray the best! The keys of all the posterns: Please your highness Turn then my freshest reputation to
To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away. [Exe.
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155 Shall I be your play-fellow ? The Palace.
Mam. No, l'il none of you. Enter llormione, lumillius, and Ladies. 1 Lady. Why, iny sweet lord?
( as if Her. TAKE the boy to you: he so troubles me,
Alam. You'll kiss me fiard; and speak to fue 'Tis past enduring.
I were a baby still.-1 love you better. i Lady. Come, my gracious lord,
160 2 Ludy. And why so, my lord ? 'Gentle is evidently opposed to simple; alluding to a distinction between the gentry and yea manry. ? i. e. to draw, persuade you. The character called the l'ice in the old plays, was ilic temptor to evil.
Namn: Mam. Not for because
Leo. I know't too well. Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they say, Give me the boy; [To Hermione.] I am glad, you Become some women best; so that there be not
did not nurse him : Too much hair there, but in a semicircle,
Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you Or half-moon made with a pen.
5 Have too much blood in him. 2 Lady. Who taught you this ? [now, Her. What is this? sport? [about her;
Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces.- Pray Leo. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come What colour are your eye-brows?
Away with him :--and let her sport herself | Lady. Blue, my lord.
[nose With that she's big with; for 'tis Polixenes Mum. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's 10 Has made thee swell thus. That has been blue, but not her eye-brows.
Her. But I'd say, he had not, 2 Lady. Hark ye:
And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying,
Leo. You my lords,
To say, she is a goodly lady, and 1 Lady. She is spread of late
The justice of your hearts will thereto add, Into a goodly bulk; Good time encounter her! 'Tis pity, she's not honest, honourable : Her. What wisdona stirs among you? Come Praise her but for this her without-door form, sir, now
20 (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech) and I am for you again: Pray you, sit by us,
straight And tell us a tale.
The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands, Mam. Merry, or sad, shall it be?
That calumny doth use: -Oh, I am out, Her. As merry as you will.
That mercy does; for calumny will sear Alam. A sad tale's best for winter:
25 Virtue itself: these shrugs, these hums, and ha's, I have one of sprights and goblins.
When you have said, she's goodly, come between, Her. Let's have that, good sir.
Ere you can say she's honest: But be it known, Covie on, sit down:-Come on, and do your best From him that has most cause to grieve it should be, To fright me with your sprights; you're powerful She's an adultress. Mum. There was a man
Her. Should a villain say so, Her. Nay, come, sit down; then on. [softly; The most replenish'd villain in the world, Mam. Dwelt by a churclı-yard ;-I will tell it He were a much more villain: you, my lord, Yon crickets shall not hear it.
Do but mistake. Her. Come on then,
Leo. You have mistook, my lady, And give't me in mine ear.
135 Polixenes for Leontes. O thou thing, Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and others. Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, Leo. Was he met there? his train? Camillo Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, with him?
Should a like language use to all degrees, Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them; never And mannerly distinguishment leave out Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them 40 Betwixt the prince and beggar !- I have said, Even to their ships.
She's an adultress, I have said, with whom : Leo. How blest am I
More, she's a traitor; and Camillo is In my just censure? in my true opinion ? A federary' with her; and one that knows Alack, for lesser knowledge !--how accurs'd, What she should shame to know herself, In being so blest!—There may be in the cup 45 But* with her most vile principal, that she's A spider steepl, and one may drink; depart, A bed-swerver, eren as bad as those And yet partahe no venom ; for his knowledge That vulgars give bold’st titles; ay, and privy Is not infected: but if one present
To this their late escape. The abhor'd ingredient to his eye, make known Her. No, by my life, How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides, 50 Privy to none of this: How will this grieve you, With violent hefts' :- I have drunk, and seen When you shall come to clearer know ledge, that the spider.
You thius hare publish'd me! Gentle my lord, Camillo was his help in this, his pandar :
You scarce can right me throughly then, to say There is a plot against my life, my crown ;
You did mistake.
The center is not big enough to bear
160, But that he speaks. Lord. By his great authority;
Hør. There's some ill planet reigns: Which often hath no less prevail'd than so, I must be patient, till the heavens look On your coinmand.
With an aspect more favourable.—Goodmy lords, " Hefts are what is heaved up. ?j. e. I am treated as a meic child's baby, a thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet for them to move and actuate as they please, yine a confiderale. * But is here used for cxcept.