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heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that are germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman: which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be stoned ; but that death is too soft for him, say I : Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.
Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, an't like you, sir?
Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive ; then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three-quarters and a dram dead : then recovered again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infusion : then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall he be set against a brick wall, the sum looking with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to behold him with flies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled at, their offences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men,) what you have to the king : being something gently considered,' I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs ; and, if it be in man, besides the king to effect
your suits, here is man shall do it. Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close with him, give him gold ; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold: show the inside of your purse to the outside
the hottest day prognostication proclaims] That is, the hottest day foretold in the almanack.
3 — being something gently considered,] Means, I having a gentlemanlike consideration given me, i. e. a bribe, will bring you, &c.
of his hand, and no more ado: Remember stoned, and flayed alive.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business for us, here is that gold I have : I'll make it as much more ; and leave this
young man in
till I bring it you.
Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Aut. Well, give me the moiety :--Are you a party in this business?
Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be fayed out of it.
Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son:Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the king, and show our strange sights: he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are
else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is performed; and remain, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. Aut. I will trust you.
Walk before toward the sea-side; go on the right hand; I will but look up-. on the hedge, and follow you.
Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say, even blessed.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good
[E.reunt Shepherd and Clown, Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune would not suffer me; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; gold, and a means to do the prince my master good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement ? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me,
rogue, for being so far officious ; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: To him will I present them, there may be matter in it.
SCENE I. Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of
Enter LEONTES, CLEOMENES, Dion, PAULINA, and
Others. Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per
form’d A saint-like sorrow : no fault could
you make, Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down More penitence, than done trespass : At the last Do, as the heavens have done; forget your evil; With them, forgive yourself. Leon.
Whilst I remember
True, too true, my lord :
4 Or, from the all that are, took something good,] This is a favourite thought; it was bestowed on Miranda and Rosalind be: fore. Johnson.
I think so. Kill'd! She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strik'st me Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now, good
now, Say so but seldom. Cleo.
Not at all, good lady:
You are one of those,
If you would not so,
There is none worthy, Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes : For has not the divine Apollo said, Is't not the tenour of his oracle, That king Leontes shall not have an heir, Till his lost child be found ? which, that it shall, Is all as monstrous to our human reason, As my Antigonus to break his grave, And come again to me; who, on my life, Did perish with the infant. "T'is your coun
sel, My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
Oppose against their wills.-Care not for issue ;
And left them
Thou speak’st truth.
Had she such
She had ; and would incense mes
I should so :
Stars, very stars,
Will you swear
incense me —] i. e. instigate me, set me on, Show'd rift -] 1. e. split.