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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

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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.

gone else.

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

pawn,

till I bring it you.

Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Shep. Ay, sir.

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.

[Exit.

ACT V.

SCENE I. Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of

Leontes.

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
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them; and so still think of
The wrong I did myself: which was so much,
That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.
Paul.

True, too true, my lord :
If one by one, you wedded all the world,
Or, from the all that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman ; she, you kill'd,
Would be unparalleld.

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.

Leon.

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 might have spoken a thousand things that

would
Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd
Your kindness better.
Paul.

You are one of those,
Would have him wed again.
Dion.

If you would not so,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign dame; consider little,
What dangers, by his highness' fail of issue,
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ?
What holier, than,—for royalty's repair,
For present comfort and for future good, -
To bless the bed of majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't ?
Paul.

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 ;

[To LEONTES.
The crown will find an heir : Great Alexander
Left his to the worthiest; so his successor
Was like to be the best.
Leon.

Good Paulina,
Who hast the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honour,_0, that ever I
Had squar’d me to thy counsel :—then, even now,
I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes ;
Have taken treasure from her lips,
Paul.

And left them
More rich, for what they yielded.
Leon.

Thou speak’st truth.
No more such wives ; therefore, no wife: one worse,
And better us’d, would make ber sainted spirit
Again possess her corps; and, on this stage,
(Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex’d,
Begin, And why to me?
Paul.

Had she such

power,
She had just cause.
Leon.

She had ; and would incense mes
To murder her I married.
Paul.

I should so :
Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark
Her eye ; and tell me, for what dull part in't
You chose her : then I'd shriek, that even your ears
Shou'd rift to hear me ; and the words that follow'd
Should be, Remember mine.
Leon.

Stars, very stars,
And all eyes else dead coals !- fear thou no wife,
I'll have no wife, Paulina.
Paul.

Will you swear
Never to marry, but by my free leave?

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incense me —] i. e. instigate me, set me on, Show'd rift -] 1. e. split.

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