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My fortunes to your service, which are here
By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain ;
For, by the honour of my parents, I
Have utter'd truth : which if you seek to prove,
I dare not stand by ; nor shall you be safer
Than one condemn’d by the king's own mouth,

His execution sworn.

I do believe thee ; I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand ; Be pilot to me, and thy places shall Still neighbour mine : My ships are ready, and My people did expect my hence departure Two days ago.—This jealousy Is for a precious creature: as she's rare, Must it be great; and, as his person's mighty, Must it be violent: and as he does conceive He is dishonour'd by a man which ever Profess’d to him, why, his revenges must In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me : Good expedition be my friend, and comfort The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing Of his ill-ta'en suspicion! Come, Camillo ; I will respect thee as a father; if Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid.

Cam. It is in mine authority, to command The keys of all the posterns : Please your highness To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away.



SCENE I. The same.

Enter HERMIONE, MAMillius, and Ladies. Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, 'Tis past enduring: 1 Lady.

Come, my gracious lord.
Shall I be your play-fellow?

No, I'll none of

you. i Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?

Mam. You'll kiss me hard ; and speak to me as if I were a baby still.--I love


better. 2 Lady. And why so, my good lord ? Mam.

Not for because Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they say, Become some women best; so that there be not Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle, Or half-moon made with a pen. 2 Lady.

Who taught you this ? Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces.--Pray


What colour are your eye-brows? 1 Lady.

Blue, my lord. Mam. Nay, that's a mock : I have seen a lady's


Hark ye:

That has been blue, but not her eye-brows.

2 Lady. The queen, your mother, rounds apace: we shall Present our services to a fine new prince, One of these days; and then you'd wanton with us, If we would have you. 1 Lady.

She is spread of late Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her!

Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Come,

sir, now
I am for you again : Pray you, sit by us,
And tell 's a tale.

Merry, or sad, shall't be ?
Her. As merry as you will.

A sad tale's best for winter:
I have one of sprites and goblins.

Let's have that, sir. Come on, sit down :-Come on, and do


best To fright me with your sprites : you're powerful

at it.

Mam. There was a man,-

Nay, come, sit down; then on. Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell it

softly; Yon crickets shall not hear it. Her.

Come on then, And give't me in mine ear.

Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and Others. Leon. Was he met there? his traini Camillo

with him? i Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them;


Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them
Even to their ships.

How bless'd am I
In my just censure ? in my true opinion ??-
Alack, for lesser knowledge !3—How accurs’d,
In being so blest !—There may be in the cup

· In my just censure? in my true opinion ?] Censure, in the time of our author, was generally used (as in this instance) for judgment, opinion.

3 Alack, for lesser knowledge ! ] That is, O that my knowledge were less.

A spider steep'd,' and one may drink; depart,
And yet partake no venom ; for his knowledge
Is not infected : but if one present
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his sides,
With violent hefts : -I have drank, and seen the

Camillo was his help in this, his pander :-
There is a plot against my life, my crown;
All's true that is mistrusted that false villain,
Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him :
He has discover'd my design, and I
Remain a pinch'd thing ;o yea, a very

trick For them to play at will :-How came the posterns So easily open?

1 Lord. By his great authority ;
Which often hath no less prevail'd than so,
On your command.

I know't too well.
Give me the boy ; I am glad, you did not nurse

Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you
Have too much blood in him.

What is this ? sport?
Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come

about her ;
Away with him :mand let her sport herself
With that she's big with; for 'tiş Polixenes
Has made thee swell thus,

But I'd say, he had not,


4 A spider steep’d,] Spiders were esteemed venomous.

hefts :) lefts are heavings, what is heaved up. 6 He has discover'd my design, and I

Remain a pinch'd thing ;] The sense, I think, is, He hath now discovered my design, and I am treated as a mere child's baby, a thing pinched out of clouts, a puppet for them to move and actuate as they please. Heath.

And, I'll be sworn, you would believe my saying, Howe'er


lean to the nayward. Leon.

You, my lords, Look on her, mark her well ; be but about To

say, she is a goodly lady, and The justice of your hearts will thereto add, 'Tis pity she's not honest, honourable : Praise her but for this her without-door form, (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) and

The shrug, the hum, or ha ; these petty brands,
That calumny doth use :-0, I am out,
That mercy

does ; for calumny will sear?
Virtue itself :-these shrugs, these hums, and ha's,
When you have said, she's goodly, come between,
Ere you can say she's honest : But be it known,
From him that has most cause to grieve it should

She's an adultress.

Should a villain say so,
The most replenish'd villain in the world,
He were as much more villain : you, my lord,
Do but mistake.

You have mistook, my lady,
Polixenes for Leontes : 0 thou thing,
Which I'll not call a creature of thy place,
Lest barbarism, making me the precedent,
Should a like language use to all degrees,
And mannerly distinguishment leave out
Betwixt the prince and beggar !—I have said,
She's an adultress ; I have said with whom :
More, she's a traitor; and Camillo is
A federary with her; and one that knows
What she should shame to know herself,

- will sear

- ) i. e. will stigmatize or brand as infamous. A federary -] i.e. confederate.

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