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But with her most vile principal," that she's
No, by my life,
No, no; if I mistake
There's some ill planet reigns :
Shall I be heard ?
[To the Guards.
9 But with her most vile principal,] One that knows what we should be ashamed of, even if the knowledge of it rested only in her own breast and that of her paramour, without the participation of any confidant.-But, which is here used for only, renders this passage somewhat obscure. * He, who shall speak for her, is afar off guilty,
But that he speaks.] Far off guilty, signifies, guilty in a remote degree. But that he speaks-means, in merely speaking.
Her. Who is't, that goes with me?-'Beseech
your highness, My women may be with me; for, you see, My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools; There is no cause : when
you shall know, your mistress Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears, As I come out : this action, I now go on, Is for my better grace.--Adieu, my lord ; I never wish'd to see you sorry; now, I trust, I shall. My women, come ; you have
[Exeunt Queen and Ladies, > Lord. 'Beseech your highness, call the queen
again. Ant. Be certain what you do, sir; lest your jus
tice Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, Yourself, your queen, your son. 1 Lord.
For her, my lord,I dare my life lay down, and will do't, sir, Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless I'the eyes
of heaven, and to you; I mean, In this which you accuse her. Ant.
prove She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where I lodge my wife ;' I'll go in couples with her ; Than when I feel, and see her, no further trust her ; For every inch of woman in the world, Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false, If she be.
I'U keep my stables where I lodge my wife ;] If Hermione prove unfaithful, I'll never trust my wife out of my sight ; I'll always go in couples with her; and, in that respect, my house shall resemble a stable, wbere dogs are kept in pairs.
your peaces. 1 Lord.
my lord, Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves : You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, That will be damn'd fort ; 'would I knew the vil
Cease; no more.
If it be
so, We need no grave to bury honesty ; There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
putter-on,] i. e. one who instigates.
land-damn him :] Mr. Steevens, after giving various opinions on this expression, says, After all these aukward struggles to obtain a meaning, we might, I think, not unsafely read
“ I'd laudanum him," i. e. poison him with laudanum.
I see't and feelt,
The instruments that feel.] Some stage direction seems necessary in this place ; but what that direction should be, it is not easy to decide. Sir T. Hanmer gives—Laying hold of his arm : Dr. Johnson-striking his brows. Mr. Henley thinks that Leontes, perhaps, touches the forehead of Antigonus with his fore and middle fingers forked in imitation of a Snail's HORNS; for these, or imaginary horns of his own like them, are the instruments that feel, to which he alluded.
Of the whole dungy earth.
What! lack I credit?
Why, what need we
And I wish, my liege,
How could that be?
ing: 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 :? Now, from the oracle
nought for approbation,] Approbation is put for proof: stuff"d sufficiency : ] i. e. of abilities more than enough.
They will bring all ; whose spiritual counsel had, Shall stop, or spur me.
Have I done well ? 1 Lord. Well done, my lord. Leon. Though I am satisfied, and need
Than what I know, yet shall the oracle
Ant. [Aside.) To laughter, as I take it,
The outer Room of a Prison.
Enter PAULINA and Attendants. Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him;
[Erit an Attendant. Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady! No court in Europe is too good for thee, What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir,
Re-enter Attendant, with the Keeper.
For a worthy lady,
Pray you then,
·Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary