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The Winter’s Tale

1610–1611

William Shakespeare's signature

William Shakespeare


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Summary

In Sicilia, King Leontes becomes convinced that his wife, Hermione, is having an affair with his friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia. He has her imprisoned and sends delegates to ask an oracle if his suspicions are true. While in prison, Hermione gives birth to a girl and Leontes has it sent to Bohemia to be placed alone in the wild. When the delegates return and state that the oracle has exonerated Hermione, Leontes remains stubborn and his wife and son die. Sixteen years later, a repentant Leontes is reunited with his daughter, who is in love with the Prince of Bohemia. His wife is also later reunited with him by extraordinary means.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Leontes, King of Sicilia

Hermione, Queen of Sicilia

Mamillius, their son

Perdita, their daughter

Polixenes, King of Bohemia

Florizell, his son

Camillo, a courtier, friend to Leontes and then to Polixenes

Antigonus, a Sicilian courtier

Paulina, his wife and lady-in-waiting to Hermione

Cleomenes

Dion

courtiers in Sicilia

Emilia, a lady-in-waiting to Hermione

Shepherd, foster father to Perdita

Shepherd’s Son

Autolycus, former servant to Florizell, now a rogue

Archidamus, a Bohemian courtier

Time, as Chorus

Two Ladies attending on Hermione

Lords, Servants, and Gentlemen attending on Leontes

An Officer of the court

A Mariner

A Jailer

Mopsa

Dorcas

shepherdesses in Bohemia

Servant to the Shepherd

Shepherds and Shepherdesses

Twelve Countrymen disguised as satyrs


ACT 1


Scene 1

Enter Camillo and Archidamus.

line 0001ARCHIDAMUSIf you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia
line 0002on the like occasion whereon my services
line 0003are now on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great
line 0004difference betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.
5line 0005CAMILLOI think this coming summer the King of
line 0006Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation which
line 0007he justly owes him.
line 0008ARCHIDAMUSWherein our entertainment shall shame
line 0009us; we will be justified in our loves. For indeed—
10line 0010CAMILLOBeseech you—
line 0011ARCHIDAMUSVerily, I speak it in the freedom of my
line 0012knowledge. We cannot with such magnificence—in
line 0013so rare—I know not what to say. We will give you
line 0014sleepy drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our
15line 0015insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as
line 0016little accuse us.
line 0017CAMILLOYou pay a great deal too dear for what’s given
line 0018freely.
line 0019ARCHIDAMUSBelieve me, I speak as my understanding
20line 0020instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to
line 0021utterance.
line 0022CAMILLOSicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.
line 0023They were trained together in their childhoods,
line 0024and there rooted betwixt them then such an
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 9 25line 0025affection which cannot choose but branch now.
line 0026Since their more mature dignities and royal necessities
line 0027made separation of their society, their encounters,
line 0028though not personal, hath been royally
line 0029attorneyed with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
30line 0030embassies, that they have seemed to be together
line 0031though absent, shook hands as over a vast, and
line 0032embraced as it were from the ends of opposed
line 0033winds. The heavens continue their loves.
line 0034ARCHIDAMUSI think there is not in the world either
35line 0035malice or matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
line 0036comfort of your young Prince Mamillius. It is a
line 0037gentleman of the greatest promise that ever came
line 0038into my note.
line 0039CAMILLOI very well agree with you in the hopes of
40line 0040him. It is a gallant child—one that indeed physics
line 0041the subject, makes old hearts fresh. They that went
line 0042on crutches ere he was born desire yet their life to
line 0043see him a man.
line 0044ARCHIDAMUSWould they else be content to die?
45line 0045CAMILLOYes, if there were no other excuse why they
line 0046should desire to live.
line 0047ARCHIDAMUSIf the King had no son, they would desire
line 0048to live on crutches till he had one.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter Leontes, Hermione, Mamillius, Polixenes, Camillo, and Attendants.

POLIXENES
line 0049Nine changes of the wat’ry star hath been
line 0050The shepherd’s note since we have left our throne
line 0051Without a burden. Time as long again
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 11 line 0052Would be filled up, my brother, with our thanks,
5line 0053And yet we should for perpetuity
line 0054Go hence in debt. And therefore, like a cipher,
line 0055Yet standing in rich place, I multiply
line 0056With one “We thank you” many thousands more
line 0057That go before it.
10line 0058LEONTESStay your thanks awhile,
line 0059And pay them when you part.
line 0060POLIXENESSir, that’s tomorrow.
line 0061I am questioned by my fears of what may chance
line 0062Or breed upon our absence, that may blow
15line 0063No sneaping winds at home to make us say
line 0064“This is put forth too truly.” Besides, I have stayed
line 0065To tire your Royalty.
line 0066LEONTESWe are tougher, brother,
line 0067Than you can put us to ’t.
20line 0068POLIXENESNo longer stay.
LEONTES
line 0069One sev’nnight longer.
line 0070POLIXENESVery sooth, tomorrow.
LEONTES
line 0071We’ll part the time between ’s, then, and in that
line 0072I’ll no gainsaying.
25line 0073POLIXENESPress me not, beseech you, so.
line 0074There is no tongue that moves, none, none i’ th’
line 0075world,
line 0076So soon as yours could win me. So it should now,
line 0077Were there necessity in your request, although
30line 0078’Twere needful I denied it. My affairs
line 0079Do even drag me homeward, which to hinder
line 0080Were in your love a whip to me, my stay
line 0081To you a charge and trouble. To save both,
line 0082Farewell, our brother.
35line 0083LEONTESTongue-tied, our queen?
line 0084Speak you.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 13 HERMIONE
line 0085I had thought, sir, to have held my peace until
line 0086You had drawn oaths from him not to stay. You, sir,
line 0087Charge him too coldly. Tell him you are sure
40line 0088All in Bohemia’s well. This satisfaction
line 0089The bygone day proclaimed. Say this to him,
line 0090He’s beat from his best ward.
line 0091LEONTESWell said, Hermione.
HERMIONE
line 0092To tell he longs to see his son were strong.
45line 0093But let him say so then, and let him go.
line 0094But let him swear so and he shall not stay;
line 0095We’ll thwack him hence with distaffs.
line 0096To Polixenes. Yet of your royal presence I’ll
line 0097adventure
50line 0098The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia
line 0099You take my lord, I’ll give him my commission
line 0100To let him there a month behind the gest
line 0101Prefixed for ’s parting.—Yet, good deed, Leontes,
line 0102I love thee not a jar o’ th’ clock behind
55line 0103What lady she her lord.—You’ll stay?
line 0104POLIXENESNo, madam.
HERMIONE
line 0105Nay, but you will?
line 0106POLIXENESI may not, verily.
line 0107HERMIONEVerily?
60line 0108You put me off with limber vows. But I,
line 0109Though you would seek t’ unsphere the stars with
line 0110oaths,
line 0111Should yet say “Sir, no going.” Verily,
line 0112You shall not go. A lady’s “verily” is
65line 0113As potent as a lord’s. Will you go yet?
line 0114Force me to keep you as a prisoner,
line 0115Not like a guest, so you shall pay your fees
line 0116When you depart and save your thanks. How say you?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 15 line 0117My prisoner or my guest? By your dread “verily,”
70line 0118One of them you shall be.
line 0119POLIXENESYour guest, then, madam.
line 0120To be your prisoner should import offending,
line 0121Which is for me less easy to commit
line 0122Than you to punish.
75line 0123HERMIONENot your jailer, then,
line 0124But your kind hostess. Come, I’ll question you
line 0125Of my lord’s tricks and yours when you were boys.
line 0126You were pretty lordings then?
line 0127POLIXENESWe were, fair queen,
80line 0128Two lads that thought there was no more behind
line 0129But such a day tomorrow as today,
line 0130And to be boy eternal.
line 0131HERMIONEWas not my lord
line 0132The verier wag o’ th’ two?
POLIXENES
85line 0133We were as twinned lambs that did frisk i’ th’ sun
line 0134And bleat the one at th’ other. What we changed
line 0135Was innocence for innocence. We knew not
line 0136The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dreamed
line 0137That any did. Had we pursued that life,
90line 0138And our weak spirits ne’er been higher reared
line 0139With stronger blood, we should have answered
line 0140heaven
line 0141Boldly “Not guilty,” the imposition cleared
line 0142Hereditary ours.
95line 0143HERMIONEBy this we gather
line 0144You have tripped since.
line 0145POLIXENESO my most sacred lady,
line 0146Temptations have since then been born to ’s, for
line 0147In those unfledged days was my wife a girl;
100line 0148Your precious self had then not crossed the eyes
line 0149Of my young playfellow.
line 0150HERMIONEGrace to boot!
line 0151Of this make no conclusion, lest you say
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 line 0152Your queen and I are devils. Yet go on.
105line 0153Th’ offenses we have made you do we’ll answer,
line 0154If you first sinned with us, and that with us
line 0155You did continue fault, and that you slipped not
line 0156With any but with us.
line 0157LEONTESIs he won yet?
HERMIONE
110line 0158He’ll stay, my lord.
line 0159LEONTESAt my request he would not.
line 0160Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok’st
line 0161To better purpose.
line 0162HERMIONENever?
115line 0163LEONTESNever but once.
HERMIONE
line 0164What, have I twice said well? When was ’t before?
line 0165I prithee tell me. Cram ’s with praise, and make ’s
line 0166As fat as tame things. One good deed dying
line 0167tongueless
120line 0168Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.
line 0169Our praises are our wages. You may ride ’s
line 0170With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs ere
line 0171With spur we heat an acre. But to th’ goal:
line 0172My last good deed was to entreat his stay.
125line 0173What was my first? It has an elder sister,
line 0174Or I mistake you. O, would her name were Grace!
line 0175But once before I spoke to th’ purpose? When?
line 0176Nay, let me have ’t; I long.
line 0177LEONTESWhy, that was when
130line 0178Three crabbèd months had soured themselves to
line 0179death
line 0180Ere I could make thee open thy white hand
line 0181And clap thyself my love; then didst thou utter
line 0182“I am yours forever.”
135line 0183HERMIONE’Tis grace indeed.
line 0184Why, lo you now, I have spoke to th’ purpose twice.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 line 0185The one forever earned a royal husband,
line 0186Th’ other for some while a friend.

She gives Polixenes her hand.

line 0187LEONTESaside Too hot, too hot!
140line 0188To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.
line 0189I have tremor cordis on me. My heart dances,
line 0190But not for joy, not joy. This entertainment
line 0191May a free face put on, derive a liberty
line 0192From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom,
145line 0193And well become the agent. ’T may, I grant.
line 0194But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers,
line 0195As now they are, and making practiced smiles
line 0196As in a looking glass, and then to sigh, as ’twere
line 0197The mort o’ th’ deer—O, that is entertainment
150line 0198My bosom likes not, nor my brows.—Mamillius,
line 0199Art thou my boy?
line 0200MAMILLIUSAy, my good lord.
line 0201LEONTESI’ fecks!
line 0202Why, that’s my bawcock. What, hast smutched thy
155line 0203nose?
line 0204They say it is a copy out of mine. Come, captain,
line 0205We must be neat—not neat, but cleanly, captain.
line 0206And yet the steer, the heifer, and the calf
line 0207Are all called neat.—Still virginalling
160line 0208Upon his palm?—How now, you wanton calf?
line 0209Art thou my calf?
line 0210MAMILLIUSYes, if you will, my lord.
LEONTES
line 0211Thou want’st a rough pash and the shoots that I
line 0212have
165line 0213To be full like me; yet they say we are
line 0214Almost as like as eggs. Women say so,
line 0215That will say anything. But were they false
line 0216As o’erdyed blacks, as wind, as waters, false
line 0217As dice are to be wished by one that fixes
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21 170line 0218No bourn ’twixt his and mine, yet were it true
line 0219To say this boy were like me. Come, sir page,
line 0220Look on me with your welkin eye. Sweet villain,
line 0221Most dear’st, my collop! Can thy dam?—may ’t
line 0222be?—
175line 0223Affection, thy intention stabs the center.
line 0224Thou dost make possible things not so held,
line 0225Communicat’st with dreams—how can this be?
line 0226With what’s unreal thou coactive art,
line 0227And fellow’st nothing. Then ’tis very credent
180line 0228Thou may’st co-join with something; and thou dost,
line 0229And that beyond commission, and I find it,
line 0230And that to the infection of my brains
line 0231And hard’ning of my brows.
line 0232POLIXENESWhat means Sicilia?
HERMIONE
185line 0233He something seems unsettled.
line 0234POLIXENESHow, my lord?
LEONTES
line 0235What cheer? How is ’t with you, best brother?
line 0236HERMIONEYou look
line 0237As if you held a brow of much distraction.
190line 0238Are you moved, my lord?
line 0239LEONTESNo, in good earnest.
line 0240How sometimes nature will betray its folly,
line 0241Its tenderness, and make itself a pastime
line 0242To harder bosoms! Looking on the lines
195line 0243Of my boy’s face, methoughts I did recoil
line 0244Twenty-three years, and saw myself unbreeched,
line 0245In my green velvet coat, my dagger muzzled
line 0246Lest it should bite its master and so prove,
line 0247As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.
200line 0248How like, methought, I then was to this kernel,
line 0249This squash, this gentleman.—Mine honest friend,
line 0250Will you take eggs for money?
line 0251MAMILLIUSNo, my lord, I’ll fight.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 LEONTES
line 0252You will? Why, happy man be ’s dole!—My brother,
205line 0253Are you so fond of your young prince as we
line 0254Do seem to be of ours?
line 0255POLIXENESIf at home, sir,
line 0256He’s all my exercise, my mirth, my matter,
line 0257Now my sworn friend and then mine enemy,
210line 0258My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all.
line 0259He makes a July’s day short as December,
line 0260And with his varying childness cures in me
line 0261Thoughts that would thick my blood.
line 0262LEONTESSo stands this
215line 0263squire
line 0264Officed with me. We two will walk, my lord,
line 0265And leave you to your graver steps.—Hermione,
line 0266How thou lov’st us show in our brother’s welcome.
line 0267Let what is dear in Sicily be cheap.
220line 0268Next to thyself and my young rover, he’s
line 0269Apparent to my heart.
line 0270HERMIONEIf you would seek us,
line 0271We are yours i’ th’ garden. Shall ’s attend you there?
LEONTES
line 0272To your own bents dispose you. You’ll be found,
225line 0273Be you beneath the sky. Aside. I am angling now,
line 0274Though you perceive me not how I give line.
line 0275Go to, go to!
line 0276How she holds up the neb, the bill to him,
line 0277And arms her with the boldness of a wife
230line 0278To her allowing husband!

Exit Hermione, Polixenes, and Attendants.

line 0279Gone already.
line 0280Inch thick, knee-deep, o’er head and ears a forked
line 0281one!—
line 0282Go play, boy, play. Thy mother plays, and I
235line 0283Play too, but so disgraced a part, whose issue
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 line 0284Will hiss me to my grave. Contempt and clamor
line 0285Will be my knell. Go play, boy, play.—There have
line 0286been,
line 0287Or I am much deceived, cuckolds ere now;
240line 0288And many a man there is, even at this present,
line 0289Now while I speak this, holds his wife by th’ arm,
line 0290That little thinks she has been sluiced in ’s absence,
line 0291And his pond fished by his next neighbor, by
line 0292Sir Smile, his neighbor. Nay, there’s comfort in ’t
245line 0293Whiles other men have gates and those gates
line 0294opened,
line 0295As mine, against their will. Should all despair
line 0296That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind
line 0297Would hang themselves. Physic for ’t there’s none.
250line 0298It is a bawdy planet, that will strike
line 0299Where ’tis predominant; and ’tis powerful, think it,
line 0300From east, west, north, and south. Be it concluded,
line 0301No barricado for a belly. Know ’t,
line 0302It will let in and out the enemy
255line 0303With bag and baggage. Many thousand on ’s
line 0304Have the disease and feel ’t not.—How now, boy?
MAMILLIUS
line 0305I am like you, they say.
line 0306LEONTESWhy, that’s some comfort.—
line 0307What, Camillo there?
260line 0308CAMILLOcoming forward Ay, my good lord.
LEONTES
line 0309Go play, Mamillius. Thou ’rt an honest man.

Mamillius exits.

line 0310Camillo, this great sir will yet stay longer.
CAMILLO
line 0311You had much ado to make his anchor hold.
line 0312When you cast out, it still came home.
265line 0313LEONTESDidst note it?
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 CAMILLO
line 0314He would not stay at your petitions, made
line 0315His business more material.
line 0316LEONTESDidst perceive it?
line 0317Aside. They’re here with me already, whisp’ring,
270line 0318rounding:
line 0319“Sicilia is a so-forth.” ’Tis far gone
line 0320When I shall gust it last.—How came ’t, Camillo,
line 0321That he did stay?
line 0322CAMILLOAt the good queen’s entreaty.
LEONTES
275line 0323“At the queen’s” be ’t. “Good” should be pertinent,
line 0324But so it is, it is not. Was this taken
line 0325By any understanding pate but thine?
line 0326For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in
line 0327More than the common blocks. Not noted, is ’t,
280line 0328But of the finer natures, by some severals
line 0329Of headpiece extraordinary? Lower messes
line 0330Perchance are to this business purblind? Say.
CAMILLO
line 0331Business, my lord? I think most understand
line 0332Bohemia stays here longer.
LEONTES
285line 0333Ha?
line 0334CAMILLOStays here longer.
line 0335LEONTESAy, but why?
CAMILLO
line 0336To satisfy your Highness and the entreaties
line 0337Of our most gracious mistress.
290line 0338LEONTESSatisfy?
line 0339Th’ entreaties of your mistress? Satisfy?
line 0340Let that suffice. I have trusted thee, Camillo,
line 0341With all the nearest things to my heart, as well
line 0342My chamber-counsels, wherein, priestlike, thou
295line 0343Hast cleansed my bosom; I from thee departed
line 0344Thy penitent reformed. But we have been
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 29 line 0345Deceived in thy integrity, deceived
line 0346In that which seems so.
line 0347CAMILLOBe it forbid, my lord!
LEONTES
300line 0348To bide upon ’t: thou art not honest; or,
line 0349If thou inclin’st that way, thou art a coward,
line 0350Which hoxes honesty behind, restraining
line 0351From course required; or else thou must be
line 0352counted
305line 0353A servant grafted in my serious trust
line 0354And therein negligent; or else a fool
line 0355That seest a game played home, the rich stake
line 0356drawn,
line 0357And tak’st it all for jest.
310line 0358CAMILLOMy gracious lord,
line 0359I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful.
line 0360In every one of these no man is free,
line 0361But that his negligence, his folly, fear,
line 0362Among the infinite doings of the world,
315line 0363Sometime puts forth. In your affairs, my lord,
line 0364If ever I were willful-negligent,
line 0365It was my folly; if industriously
line 0366I played the fool, it was my negligence,
line 0367Not weighing well the end; if ever fearful
320line 0368To do a thing where I the issue doubted,
line 0369Whereof the execution did cry out
line 0370Against the non-performance, ’twas a fear
line 0371Which oft infects the wisest. These, my lord,
line 0372Are such allowed infirmities that honesty
325line 0373Is never free of. But, beseech your Grace,
line 0374Be plainer with me; let me know my trespass
line 0375By its own visage. If I then deny it,
line 0376’Tis none of mine.
line 0377LEONTESHa’ not you seen, Camillo—
330line 0378But that’s past doubt; you have, or your eyeglass
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 31 line 0379Is thicker than a cuckold’s horn—or heard—
line 0380For to a vision so apparent, rumor
line 0381Cannot be mute—or thought—for cogitation
line 0382Resides not in that man that does not think—
335line 0383My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess—
line 0384Or else be impudently negative
line 0385To have nor eyes nor ears nor thought—then say
line 0386My wife’s a hobby-horse, deserves a name
line 0387As rank as any flax-wench that puts to
340line 0388Before her troth-plight. Say ’t, and justify ’t.
CAMILLO
line 0389I would not be a stander-by to hear
line 0390My sovereign mistress clouded so without
line 0391My present vengeance taken. ’Shrew my heart,
line 0392You never spoke what did become you less
345line 0393Than this, which to reiterate were sin
line 0394As deep as that, though true.
line 0395LEONTESIs whispering nothing?
line 0396Is leaning cheek to cheek? Is meeting noses?
line 0397Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career
350line 0398Of laughter with a sigh?—a note infallible
line 0399Of breaking honesty. Horsing foot on foot?
line 0400Skulking in corners? Wishing clocks more swift?
line 0401Hours minutes? Noon midnight? And all eyes
line 0402Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only,
355line 0403That would unseen be wicked? Is this nothing?
line 0404Why, then the world and all that’s in ’t is nothing,
line 0405The covering sky is nothing, Bohemia nothing,
line 0406My wife is nothing, nor nothing have these nothings,
line 0407If this be nothing.
360line 0408CAMILLOGood my lord, be cured
line 0409Of this diseased opinion, and betimes,
line 0410For ’tis most dangerous.
line 0411LEONTESSay it be, ’tis true.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 33 CAMILLO
line 0412No, no, my lord.
365line 0413LEONTESIt is. You lie, you lie.
line 0414I say thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee,
line 0415Pronounce thee a gross lout, a mindless slave,
line 0416Or else a hovering temporizer that
line 0417Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil,
370line 0418Inclining to them both. Were my wife’s liver
line 0419Infected as her life, she would not live
line 0420The running of one glass.
line 0421CAMILLOWho does infect her?
LEONTES
line 0422Why, he that wears her like her medal, hanging
375line 0423About his neck—Bohemia, who, if I
line 0424Had servants true about me, that bare eyes
line 0425To see alike mine honor as their profits,
line 0426Their own particular thrifts, they would do that
line 0427Which should undo more doing. Ay, and thou,
380line 0428His cupbearer—whom I from meaner form
line 0429Have benched and reared to worship, who mayst see
line 0430Plainly as heaven sees Earth and Earth sees heaven
line 0431How I am galled—mightst bespice a cup
line 0432To give mine enemy a lasting wink,
385line 0433Which draft to me were cordial.
line 0434CAMILLOSir, my lord,
line 0435I could do this, and that with no rash potion,
line 0436But with a ling’ring dram that should not work
line 0437Maliciously like poison. But I cannot
390line 0438Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress,
line 0439So sovereignly being honorable. I have loved thee—
line 0440LEONTESMake that thy question, and go rot!
line 0441Dost think I am so muddy, so unsettled,
line 0442To appoint myself in this vexation, sully
395line 0443The purity and whiteness of my sheets—
line 0444Which to preserve is sleep, which being spotted
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 35 line 0445Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps—
line 0446Give scandal to the blood o’ th’ Prince, my son,
line 0447Who I do think is mine and love as mine,
400line 0448Without ripe moving to ’t? Would I do this?
line 0449Could man so blench?
line 0450CAMILLOI must believe you, sir.
line 0451I do, and will fetch off Bohemia for ’t—
line 0452Provided that, when he’s removed, your Highness
405line 0453Will take again your queen as yours at first,
line 0454Even for your son’s sake, and thereby for sealing
line 0455The injury of tongues in courts and kingdoms
line 0456Known and allied to yours.
line 0457LEONTESThou dost advise me
410line 0458Even so as I mine own course have set down.
line 0459I’ll give no blemish to her honor, none.
line 0460CAMILLOMy lord,
line 0461Go then, and with a countenance as clear
line 0462As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia
415line 0463And with your queen. I am his cupbearer.
line 0464If from me he have wholesome beverage,
line 0465Account me not your servant.
line 0466LEONTESThis is all.
line 0467Do ’t and thou hast the one half of my heart;
420line 0468Do ’t not, thou splitt’st thine own.
line 0469CAMILLOI’ll do ’t, my lord.
LEONTES
line 0470I will seem friendly, as thou hast advised me.

He exits.

CAMILLO
line 0471O miserable lady! But, for me,
line 0472What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner
425line 0473Of good Polixenes, and my ground to do ’t
line 0474Is the obedience to a master, one
line 0475Who in rebellion with himself will have
line 0476All that are his so too. To do this deed,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 37 line 0477Promotion follows. If I could find example
430line 0478Of thousands that had struck anointed kings
line 0479And flourished after, I’d not do ’t. But since
line 0480Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment bears not one,
line 0481Let villainy itself forswear ’t. I must
line 0482Forsake the court. To do ’t or no is certain
435line 0483To me a breakneck. Happy star reign now!
line 0484Here comes Bohemia.

Enter Polixenes.

line 0485POLIXENESaside This is strange. Methinks
line 0486My favor here begins to warp. Not speak?—
line 0487Good day, Camillo.
440line 0488CAMILLOHail, most royal sir.
POLIXENES
line 0489What is the news i’ th’ court?
line 0490CAMILLONone rare, my lord.
POLIXENES
line 0491The King hath on him such a countenance
line 0492As he had lost some province and a region
445line 0493Loved as he loves himself. Even now I met him
line 0494With customary compliment, when he,
line 0495Wafting his eyes to th’ contrary and falling
line 0496A lip of much contempt, speeds from me, and
line 0497So leaves me to consider what is breeding
450line 0498That changes thus his manners.
line 0499CAMILLOI dare not know, my
line 0500lord.
POLIXENES
line 0501How, dare not? Do not? Do you know and dare not?
line 0502Be intelligent to me—’tis thereabouts;
455line 0503For to yourself what you do know, you must,
line 0504And cannot say you dare not. Good Camillo,
line 0505Your changed complexions are to me a mirror
line 0506Which shows me mine changed too, for I must be
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 39 line 0507A party in this alteration, finding
460line 0508Myself thus altered with ’t.
line 0509CAMILLOThere is a sickness
line 0510Which puts some of us in distemper, but
line 0511I cannot name the disease, and it is caught
line 0512Of you that yet are well.
465line 0513POLIXENESHow caught of me?
line 0514Make me not sighted like the basilisk.
line 0515I have looked on thousands who have sped the
line 0516better
line 0517By my regard, but killed none so. Camillo,
470line 0518As you are certainly a gentleman, thereto
line 0519Clerklike experienced, which no less adorns
line 0520Our gentry than our parents’ noble names,
line 0521In whose success we are gentle, I beseech you,
line 0522If you know aught which does behoove my
475line 0523knowledge
line 0524Thereof to be informed, imprison ’t not
line 0525In ignorant concealment.
line 0526CAMILLOI may not answer.
POLIXENES
line 0527A sickness caught of me, and yet I well?
480line 0528I must be answered. Dost thou hear, Camillo?
line 0529I conjure thee by all the parts of man
line 0530Which honor does acknowledge, whereof the least
line 0531Is not this suit of mine, that thou declare
line 0532What incidency thou dost guess of harm
485line 0533Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near;
line 0534Which way to be prevented, if to be;
line 0535If not, how best to bear it.
line 0536CAMILLOSir, I will tell you,
line 0537Since I am charged in honor and by him
490line 0538That I think honorable. Therefore mark my counsel,
line 0539Which must be e’en as swiftly followed as
line 0540I mean to utter it, or both yourself and me
line 0541Cry lost, and so goodnight.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 41 line 0542POLIXENESOn, good Camillo.
CAMILLO
495line 0543I am appointed him to murder you.
POLIXENES
line 0544By whom, Camillo?
line 0545CAMILLOBy the King.
line 0546POLIXENESFor what?
CAMILLO
line 0547He thinks, nay with all confidence he swears,
500line 0548As he had seen ’t or been an instrument
line 0549To vice you to ’t, that you have touched his queen
line 0550Forbiddenly.
line 0551POLIXENESO, then my best blood turn
line 0552To an infected jelly, and my name
505line 0553Be yoked with his that did betray the Best!
line 0554Turn then my freshest reputation to
line 0555A savor that may strike the dullest nostril
line 0556Where I arrive, and my approach be shunned,
line 0557Nay, hated too, worse than the great’st infection
510line 0558That e’er was heard or read.
line 0559CAMILLOSwear his thought over
line 0560By each particular star in heaven and
line 0561By all their influences, you may as well
line 0562Forbid the sea for to obey the moon
515line 0563As or by oath remove or counsel shake
line 0564The fabric of his folly, whose foundation
line 0565Is piled upon his faith and will continue
line 0566The standing of his body.
line 0567POLIXENESHow should this grow?
CAMILLO
520line 0568I know not. But I am sure ’tis safer to
line 0569Avoid what’s grown than question how ’tis born.
line 0570If therefore you dare trust my honesty,
line 0571That lies enclosèd in this trunk which you
line 0572Shall bear along impawned, away tonight!
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 43 525line 0573Your followers I will whisper to the business,
line 0574And will by twos and threes at several posterns
line 0575Clear them o’ th’ city. For myself, I’ll put
line 0576My fortunes to your service, which are here
line 0577By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain,
530line 0578For, by the honor of my parents, I
line 0579Have uttered truth—which if you seek to prove,
line 0580I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer
line 0581Than one condemned by the King’s own mouth,
line 0582thereon
535line 0583His execution sworn.
line 0584POLIXENESI do believe thee.
line 0585I saw his heart in ’s face. Give me thy hand.
line 0586Be pilot to me and thy places shall
line 0587Still neighbor mine. My ships are ready and
540line 0588My people did expect my hence departure
line 0589Two days ago. This jealousy
line 0590Is for a precious creature. As she’s rare,
line 0591Must it be great; and as his person’s mighty,
line 0592Must it be violent; and as he does conceive
545line 0593He is dishonored by a man which ever
line 0594Professed to him, why, his revenges must
line 0595In that be made more bitter. Fear o’ershades me.
line 0596Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
line 0597The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing
550line 0598Of his ill-ta’en suspicion. Come, Camillo,
line 0599I will respect thee as a father if
line 0600Thou bear’st my life off hence. Let us avoid.
CAMILLO
line 0601It is in mine authority to command
line 0602The keys of all the posterns. Please your Highness
555line 0603To take the urgent hour. Come, sir, away.

They exit.


ACT 2


Scene 1

Enter Hermione, Mamillius, and Ladies.

HERMIONE
line 0604Take the boy to you. He so troubles me
line 0605’Tis past enduring.
line 0606FIRST LADYCome, my gracious lord,
line 0607Shall I be your playfellow?
MAMILLIUS
5line 0608No, I’ll none of you.
line 0609FIRST LADYWhy, my sweet lord?
MAMILLIUS
line 0610You’ll kiss me hard and speak to me as if
line 0611I were a baby still.—I love you better.
SECOND LADY
line 0612And why so, my lord?
10line 0613MAMILLIUSNot for because
line 0614Your brows are blacker—yet black brows, they say,
line 0615Become some women best, so that there be not
line 0616Too much hair there, but in a semicircle,
line 0617Or a half-moon made with a pen.
15line 0618SECOND LADYWho taught this?
MAMILLIUS
line 0619I learned it out of women’s faces.—Pray now,
line 0620What color are your eyebrows?
line 0621FIRST LADYBlue, my lord.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 49 MAMILLIUS
line 0622Nay, that’s a mock. I have seen a lady’s nose
20line 0623That has been blue, but not her eyebrows.
line 0624FIRST LADYHark ye,
line 0625The Queen your mother rounds apace. We shall
line 0626Present our services to a fine new prince
line 0627One of these days, and then you’d wanton with us
25line 0628If we would have you.
line 0629SECOND LADYShe is spread of late
line 0630Into a goodly bulk. Good time encounter her!
HERMIONE
line 0631What wisdom stirs amongst you?—Come, sir, now
line 0632I am for you again. Pray you sit by us,
30line 0633And tell ’s a tale.
line 0634MAMILLIUSMerry or sad shall ’t be?
line 0635HERMIONEAs merry as you will.
MAMILLIUS
line 0636A sad tale’s best for winter. I have one
line 0637Of sprites and goblins.
35line 0638HERMIONELet’s have that, good sir.
line 0639Come on, sit down. Come on, and do your best
line 0640To fright me with your sprites. You’re powerful at it.
MAMILLIUS
line 0641There was a man—
line 0642HERMIONENay, come sit down, then on.
MAMILLIUS
40line 0643Dwelt by a churchyard. I will tell it softly,
line 0644Yond crickets shall not hear it.
HERMIONE
line 0645Come on then, and give ’t me in mine ear.

They talk privately.

Enter Leontes, Antigonus, and Lords.

LEONTES
line 0646Was he met there? His train? Camillo with him?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 51 LORD
line 0647Behind the tuft of pines I met them. Never
45line 0648Saw I men scour so on their way. I eyed them
line 0649Even to their ships.
line 0650LEONTESHow blest am I
line 0651In my just censure, in my true opinion!
line 0652Alack, for lesser knowledge! How accursed
50line 0653In being so blest! There may be in the cup
line 0654A spider steeped, and one may drink, depart,
line 0655And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge
line 0656Is not infected; but if one present
line 0657Th’ abhorred ingredient to his eye, make known
55line 0658How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides,
line 0659With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider.
line 0660Camillo was his help in this, his pander.
line 0661There is a plot against my life, my crown.
line 0662All’s true that is mistrusted. That false villain
60line 0663Whom I employed was pre-employed by him.
line 0664He has discovered my design, and I
line 0665Remain a pinched thing, yea, a very trick
line 0666For them to play at will. How came the posterns
line 0667So easily open?
65line 0668LORDBy his great authority,
line 0669Which often hath no less prevailed than so
line 0670On your command.
line 0671LEONTESI know ’t too well.
line 0672To Hermione. Give me the boy. I am glad you did
70line 0673not nurse him.
line 0674Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you
line 0675Have too much blood in him.
line 0676HERMIONEWhat is this? Sport?
LEONTESto the Ladies
line 0677Bear the boy hence. He shall not come about her.
75line 0678Away with him, and let her sport herself
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 53 line 0679With that she’s big with, to Hermione for ’tis
line 0680Polixenes
line 0681Has made thee swell thus.

A Lady exits with Mamillius.

line 0682HERMIONEBut I’d say he had not,
80line 0683And I’ll be sworn you would believe my saying,
line 0684Howe’er you lean to th’ nayward.
line 0685LEONTESYou, my lords,
line 0686Look on her, mark her well. Be but about
line 0687To say “She is a goodly lady,” and
85line 0688The justice of your hearts will thereto add
line 0689“’Tis pity she’s not honest, honorable.”
line 0690Praise her but for this her without-door form,
line 0691Which on my faith deserves high speech, and
line 0692straight
90line 0693The shrug, the “hum,” or “ha,” these petty brands
line 0694That calumny doth use—O, I am out,
line 0695That mercy does, for calumny will sear
line 0696Virtue itself—these shrugs, these “hum”s and “ha”s,
line 0697When you have said she’s goodly, come between
95line 0698Ere you can say she’s honest. But be ’t known,
line 0699From him that has most cause to grieve it should be,
line 0700She’s an adult’ress.
line 0701HERMIONEShould a villain say so,
line 0702The most replenished villain in the world,
100line 0703He were as much more villain. You, my lord,
line 0704Do but mistake.
line 0705LEONTESYou have mistook, my lady,
line 0706Polixenes for Leontes. O thou thing,
line 0707Which I’ll not call a creature of thy place
105line 0708Lest barbarism, making me the precedent,
line 0709Should a like language use to all degrees,
line 0710And mannerly distinguishment leave out
line 0711Betwixt the prince and beggar.—I have said
line 0712She’s an adult’ress; I have said with whom.
110line 0713More, she’s a traitor, and Camillo is
line 0714A federary with her, and one that knows
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 55 line 0715What she should shame to know herself
line 0716But with her most vile principal: that she’s
line 0717A bed-swerver, even as bad as those
115line 0718That vulgars give bold’st titles; ay, and privy
line 0719To this their late escape.
line 0720HERMIONENo, by my life,
line 0721Privy to none of this. How will this grieve you,
line 0722When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that
120line 0723You thus have published me! Gentle my lord,
line 0724You scarce can right me throughly then to say
line 0725You did mistake.
line 0726LEONTESNo. If I mistake
line 0727In those foundations which I build upon,
125line 0728The center is not big enough to bear
line 0729A schoolboy’s top.—Away with her to prison.
line 0730He who shall speak for her is afar off guilty
line 0731But that he speaks.
line 0732HERMIONEThere’s some ill planet reigns.
130line 0733I must be patient till the heavens look
line 0734With an aspect more favorable. Good my lords,
line 0735I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
line 0736Commonly are, the want of which vain dew
line 0737Perchance shall dry your pities. But I have
135line 0738That honorable grief lodged here which burns
line 0739Worse than tears drown. Beseech you all, my lords,
line 0740With thoughts so qualified as your charities
line 0741Shall best instruct you, measure me; and so
line 0742The King’s will be performed.
140line 0743LEONTESShall I be heard?
HERMIONE
line 0744Who is ’t that goes with me? Beseech your Highness
line 0745My women may be with me, for you see
line 0746My plight requires it.—Do not weep, good fools;
line 0747There is no cause. When you shall know your
145line 0748mistress
line 0749Has deserved prison, then abound in tears
line 0750As I come out. This action I now go on
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 57 line 0751Is for my better grace.—Adieu, my lord.
line 0752I never wished to see you sorry; now
150line 0753I trust I shall.—My women, come; you have leave.
line 0754LEONTESGo, do our bidding. Hence!

Hermione exits, under guard, with her Ladies.

LORD
line 0755Beseech your Highness, call the Queen again.
ANTIGONUS
line 0756Be certain what you do, sir, lest your justice
line 0757Prove violence, in the which three great ones suffer:
155line 0758Yourself, your queen, your son.
line 0759LORDFor her, my lord,
line 0760I dare my life lay down—and will do ’t, sir,
line 0761Please you t’ accept it—that the Queen is spotless
line 0762I’ th’ eyes of heaven, and to you—I mean
160line 0763In this which you accuse her.
line 0764ANTIGONUSIf it prove
line 0765She’s otherwise, I’ll keep my stables where
line 0766I lodge my wife. I’ll go in couples with her;
line 0767Than when I feel and see her, no farther trust her.
165line 0768For every inch of woman in the world,
line 0769Ay, every dram of woman’s flesh, is false,
line 0770If she be.
line 0771LEONTESHold your peaces.
line 0772LORDGood my lord—
ANTIGONUS
170line 0773It is for you we speak, not for ourselves.
line 0774You are abused, and by some putter-on
line 0775That will be damned for ’t. Would I knew the
line 0776villain!
line 0777I would land-damn him. Be she honor-flawed,
175line 0778I have three daughters—the eldest is eleven;
line 0779The second and the third, nine and some five;
line 0780If this prove true, they’ll pay for ’t. By mine honor,
line 0781I’ll geld ’em all; fourteen they shall not see
line 0782To bring false generations. They are co-heirs,
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 59 180line 0783And I had rather glib myself than they
line 0784Should not produce fair issue.
line 0785LEONTESCease. No more.
line 0786You smell this business with a sense as cold
line 0787As is a dead man’s nose. But I do see ’t and feel ’t,
185line 0788As you feel doing thus, and see withal
line 0789The instruments that feel.
line 0790ANTIGONUSIf it be so,
line 0791We need no grave to bury honesty.
line 0792There’s not a grain of it the face to sweeten
190line 0793Of the whole dungy Earth.
line 0794LEONTESWhat? Lack I credit?
LORD
line 0795I had rather you did lack than I, my lord,
line 0796Upon this ground. And more it would content me
line 0797To have her honor true than your suspicion,
195line 0798Be blamed for ’t how you might.
line 0799LEONTESWhy, what need we
line 0800Commune with you of this, but rather follow
line 0801Our forceful instigation? Our prerogative
line 0802Calls not your counsels, but our natural goodness
200line 0803Imparts this, which if you—or stupefied
line 0804Or seeming so in skill—cannot or will not
line 0805Relish a truth like us, inform yourselves
line 0806We need no more of your advice. The matter,
line 0807The loss, the gain, the ord’ring on ’t is all
205line 0808Properly ours.
line 0809ANTIGONUSAnd I wish, my liege,
line 0810You had only in your silent judgment tried it,
line 0811Without more overture.
line 0812LEONTESHow could that be?
210line 0813Either thou art most ignorant by age,
line 0814Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo’s flight,
line 0815Added to their familiarity—
line 0816Which was as gross as ever touched conjecture,
line 0817That lacked sight only, naught for approbation
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 61 215line 0818But only seeing, all other circumstances
line 0819Made up to th’ deed—doth push on this
line 0820proceeding.
line 0821Yet, for a greater confirmation—
line 0822For in an act of this importance ’twere
220line 0823Most piteous to be wild—I have dispatched in post
line 0824To sacred Delphos, to Apollo’s temple,
line 0825Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know
line 0826Of stuffed sufficiency. Now from the oracle
line 0827They will bring all, whose spiritual counsel had
225line 0828Shall stop or spur me. Have I done well?
line 0829LORDWell done,
line 0830my lord.
LEONTES
line 0831Though I am satisfied and need no more
line 0832Than what I know, yet shall the oracle
230line 0833Give rest to th’ minds of others, such as he
line 0834Whose ignorant credulity will not
line 0835Come up to th’ truth. So have we thought it good
line 0836From our free person she should be confined,
line 0837Lest that the treachery of the two fled hence
235line 0838Be left her to perform. Come, follow us.
line 0839We are to speak in public, for this business
line 0840Will raise us all.
line 0841ANTIGONUSaside To laughter, as I take it,
line 0842If the good truth were known.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter Paulina, a Gentleman, and Paulina’s Attendants.

PAULINAto Gentleman
line 0843The keeper of the prison, call to him.
line 0844Let him have knowledge who I am.

Gentleman exits.

line 0845Good lady,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 63 line 0846No court in Europe is too good for thee.
5line 0847What dost thou then in prison?

Enter Jailer, with the Gentleman.

line 0848Now, good sir,
line 0849You know me, do you not?
line 0850JAILERFor a worthy lady
line 0851And one who much I honor.
10line 0852PAULINAPray you then,
line 0853Conduct me to the Queen.
line 0854JAILERI may not, madam.
line 0855To the contrary I have express commandment.
PAULINA
line 0856Here’s ado, to lock up honesty and honor from
15line 0857Th’ access of gentle visitors. Is ’t lawful, pray you,
line 0858To see her women? Any of them? Emilia?
line 0859JAILERSo please you, madam,
line 0860To put apart these your attendants, I
line 0861Shall bring Emilia forth.
20line 0862PAULINAI pray now, call her.—
line 0863Withdraw yourselves.

Attendants and Gentleman exit.

JAILER
line 0864And, madam, I must be present at your conference.
line 0865PAULINAWell, be ’t so, prithee.Jailer exits.
line 0866Here’s such ado to make no stain a stain
25line 0867As passes coloring.

Enter Emilia with Jailer.

line 0868Dear gentlewoman,
line 0869How fares our gracious lady?
EMILIA
line 0870As well as one so great and so forlorn
line 0871May hold together. On her frights and griefs,
30line 0872Which never tender lady hath borne greater,
line 0873She is something before her time delivered.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 65 PAULINA
line 0874A boy?
line 0875EMILIAA daughter, and a goodly babe,
line 0876Lusty and like to live. The Queen receives
35line 0877Much comfort in ’t, says “My poor prisoner,
line 0878I am innocent as you.”
line 0879PAULINAI dare be sworn.
line 0880These dangerous unsafe lunes i’ th’ King, beshrew
line 0881them!
40line 0882He must be told on ’t, and he shall. The office
line 0883Becomes a woman best. I’ll take ’t upon me.
line 0884If I prove honey-mouthed, let my tongue blister
line 0885And never to my red-looked anger be
line 0886The trumpet anymore. Pray you, Emilia,
45line 0887Commend my best obedience to the Queen.
line 0888If she dares trust me with her little babe,
line 0889I’ll show ’t the King and undertake to be
line 0890Her advocate to th’ loud’st We do not know
line 0891How he may soften at the sight o’ th’ child.
50line 0892The silence often of pure innocence
line 0893Persuades when speaking fails.
line 0894EMILIAMost worthy madam,
line 0895Your honor and your goodness is so evident
line 0896That your free undertaking cannot miss
55line 0897A thriving issue. There is no lady living
line 0898So meet for this great errand. Please your Ladyship
line 0899To visit the next room, I’ll presently
line 0900Acquaint the Queen of your most noble offer,
line 0901Who but today hammered of this design,
60line 0902But durst not tempt a minister of honor
line 0903Lest she should be denied.
line 0904PAULINATell her, Emilia,
line 0905I’ll use that tongue I have. If wit flow from ’t
line 0906As boldness from my bosom, let ’t not be doubted
65line 0907I shall do good.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 67 line 0908EMILIANow be you blest for it!
line 0909I’ll to the Queen. Please you come something
line 0910nearer.
JAILERto Paulina
line 0911Madam, if ’t please the Queen to send the babe,
70line 0912I know not what I shall incur to pass it,
line 0913Having no warrant.
line 0914PAULINAYou need not fear it, sir.
line 0915This child was prisoner to the womb, and is
line 0916By law and process of great nature thence
75line 0917Freed and enfranchised, not a party to
line 0918The anger of the King, nor guilty of,
line 0919If any be, the trespass of the Queen.
line 0920JAILERI do believe it.
PAULINA
line 0921Do not you fear. Upon mine honor, I
80line 0922Will stand betwixt you and danger.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter Leontes.

LEONTES
line 0923Nor night nor day no rest. It is but weakness
line 0924To bear the matter thus, mere weakness. If
line 0925The cause were not in being—part o’ th’ cause,
line 0926She th’ adult’ress, for the harlot king
5line 0927Is quite beyond mine arm, out of the blank
line 0928And level of my brain, plot-proof. But she
line 0929I can hook to me. Say that she were gone,
line 0930Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
line 0931Might come to me again.—Who’s there?

Enter a Servant.

10line 0932SERVANTMy lord.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 69 line 0933LEONTESHow does the boy?
line 0934SERVANTHe took good rest tonight. ’Tis hoped
line 0935His sickness is discharged.
line 0936LEONTESTo see his nobleness,
15line 0937Conceiving the dishonor of his mother.
line 0938He straight declined, drooped, took it deeply,
line 0939Fastened and fixed the shame on ’t in himself,
line 0940Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
line 0941And downright languished. Leave me solely. Go,
20line 0942See how he fares.Servant exits.
line 0943Fie, fie, no thought of him.
line 0944The very thought of my revenges that way
line 0945Recoil upon me—in himself too mighty,
line 0946And in his parties, his alliance. Let him be
25line 0947Until a time may serve. For present vengeance,
line 0948Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
line 0949Laugh at me, make their pastime at my sorrow.
line 0950They should not laugh if I could reach them, nor
line 0951Shall she within my power.

Enter Paulina, carrying the baby, with Servants, Antigonus, and Lords.

30line 0952LORDYou must not enter.
PAULINA
line 0953Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me.
line 0954Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas,
line 0955Than the Queen’s life? A gracious innocent soul,
line 0956More free than he is jealous.
35line 0957ANTIGONUSThat’s enough.
SERVANT
line 0958Madam, he hath not slept tonight, commanded
line 0959None should come at him.
line 0960PAULINANot so hot, good sir.
line 0961I come to bring him sleep. ’Tis such as you
40line 0962That creep like shadows by him and do sigh
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 71 line 0963At each his needless heavings, such as you
line 0964Nourish the cause of his awaking. I
line 0965Do come with words as medicinal as true,
line 0966Honest as either, to purge him of that humor
45line 0967That presses him from sleep.
line 0968LEONTESWhat noise there, ho?
PAULINA
line 0969No noise, my lord, but needful conference
line 0970About some gossips for your Highness.
line 0971LEONTESHow?—
50line 0972Away with that audacious lady. Antigonus,
line 0973I charged thee that she should not come about me.
line 0974I knew she would.
line 0975ANTIGONUSI told her so, my lord,
line 0976On your displeasure’s peril and on mine,
55line 0977She should not visit you.
line 0978LEONTESWhat, canst not rule her?
PAULINA
line 0979From all dishonesty he can. In this,
line 0980Unless he take the course that you have done—
line 0981Commit me for committing honor—trust it,
60line 0982He shall not rule me.
line 0983ANTIGONUSLa you now, you hear.
line 0984When she will take the rein I let her run,
line 0985But she’ll not stumble.
line 0986PAULINAGood my liege, I come—
65line 0987And I beseech you hear me, who professes
line 0988Myself your loyal servant, your physician,
line 0989Your most obedient counselor, yet that dares
line 0990Less appear so in comforting your evils
line 0991Than such as most seem yours—I say I come
70line 0992From your good queen.
line 0993LEONTESGood queen?
PAULINA
line 0994Good queen, my lord, good queen, I say “good
line 0995queen,”
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 73 line 0996And would by combat make her good, so were I
75line 0997A man, the worst about you.
line 0998LEONTESForce her hence.
PAULINA
line 0999Let him that makes but trifles of his eyes
line 1000First hand me. On mine own accord I’ll off,
line 1001But first I’ll do my errand.—The good queen,
80line 1002For she is good, hath brought you forth a
line 1003daughter—
line 1004Here ’tis—commends it to your blessing.

She lays down the baby.

line 1005LEONTESOut!
line 1006A mankind witch! Hence with her, out o’ door.
85line 1007A most intelligencing bawd.
line 1008PAULINANot so.
line 1009I am as ignorant in that as you
line 1010In so entitling me, and no less honest
line 1011Than you are mad—which is enough, I’ll warrant,
90line 1012As this world goes, to pass for honest.
line 1013LEONTESTraitors,
line 1014Will you not push her out? To Antigonus. Give her
line 1015the bastard,
line 1016Thou dotard; thou art woman-tired, unroosted
95line 1017By thy Dame Partlet here. Take up the bastard,
line 1018Take ’t up, I say. Give ’t to thy crone.
line 1019PAULINAto Antigonus Forever
line 1020Unvenerable be thy hands if thou
line 1021Tak’st up the Princess by that forced baseness
100line 1022Which he has put upon ’t.
line 1023LEONTESHe dreads his wife.
PAULINA
line 1024So I would you did. Then ’twere past all doubt
line 1025You’d call your children yours.
line 1026LEONTESA nest of traitors!
ANTIGONUS
105line 1027I am none, by this good light.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 75 line 1028PAULINANor I, nor any
line 1029But one that’s here, and that’s himself. For he
line 1030The sacred honor of himself, his queen’s,
line 1031His hopeful son’s, his babe’s, betrays to slander,
110line 1032Whose sting is sharper than the sword’s; and will
line 1033not—
line 1034For, as the case now stands, it is a curse
line 1035He cannot be compelled to ’t—once remove
line 1036The root of his opinion, which is rotten
115line 1037As ever oak or stone was sound.
line 1038LEONTESA callet
line 1039Of boundless tongue, who late hath beat her
line 1040husband
line 1041And now baits me! This brat is none of mine.
120line 1042It is the issue of Polixenes.
line 1043Hence with it, and together with the dam
line 1044Commit them to the fire.
line 1045PAULINAIt is yours,
line 1046And, might we lay th’ old proverb to your charge,
125line 1047So like you ’tis the worse.—Behold, my lords,
line 1048Although the print be little, the whole matter
line 1049And copy of the father—eye, nose, lip,
line 1050The trick of ’s frown, his forehead, nay, the valley,
line 1051The pretty dimples of his chin and cheek, his
130line 1052smiles,
line 1053The very mold and frame of hand, nail, finger.
line 1054And thou, good goddess Nature, which hast made it
line 1055So like to him that got it, if thou hast
line 1056The ordering of the mind too, ’mongst all colors
135line 1057No yellow in ’t, lest she suspect, as he does,
line 1058Her children not her husband’s.
line 1059LEONTESA gross hag!—
line 1060And, losel, thou art worthy to be hanged
line 1061That wilt not stay her tongue.
140line 1062ANTIGONUSHang all the husbands
line 1063That cannot do that feat, you’ll leave yourself
line 1064Hardly one subject.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 77 line 1065LEONTESOnce more, take her hence.
PAULINA
line 1066A most unworthy and unnatural lord
145line 1067Can do no more.
line 1068LEONTESI’ll ha’ thee burnt.
line 1069PAULINAI care not.
line 1070It is an heretic that makes the fire,
line 1071Not she which burns in ’t. I’ll not call you tyrant;
150line 1072But this most cruel usage of your queen,
line 1073Not able to produce more accusation
line 1074Than your own weak-hinged fancy, something
line 1075savors
line 1076Of tyranny, and will ignoble make you,
155line 1077Yea, scandalous to the world.
line 1078LEONTESto Antigonus On your allegiance,
line 1079Out of the chamber with her! Were I a tyrant,
line 1080Where were her life? She durst not call me so
line 1081If she did know me one. Away with her!
PAULINAto Lords
160line 1082I pray you do not push me; I’ll be gone.—
line 1083Look to your babe, my lord; ’tis yours. Jove send her
line 1084A better guiding spirit.—What needs these hands?
line 1085You that are thus so tender o’er his follies
line 1086Will never do him good, not one of you.
165line 1087So, so. Farewell, we are gone.She exits.
LEONTESto Antigonus
line 1088Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.
line 1089My child? Away with ’t! Even thou, that hast
line 1090A heart so tender o’er it, take it hence,
line 1091And see it instantly consumed with fire.
170line 1092Even thou, and none but thou. Take it up straight.
line 1093Within this hour bring me word ’tis done,
line 1094And by good testimony, or I’ll seize thy life,
line 1095With what thou else call’st thine. If thou refuse
line 1096And wilt encounter with my wrath, say so.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 79 175line 1097The bastard brains with these my proper hands
line 1098Shall I dash out. Go, take it to the fire,
line 1099For thou sett’st on thy wife.
line 1100ANTIGONUSI did not, sir.
line 1101These lords, my noble fellows, if they please,
180line 1102Can clear me in ’t.
line 1103LORDSWe can, my royal liege.
line 1104He is not guilty of her coming hither.
line 1105LEONTESYou’re liars all.
LORD
line 1106Beseech your Highness, give us better credit.
185line 1107We have always truly served you, and beseech
line 1108So to esteem of us. And on our knees we beg,
line 1109As recompense of our dear services
line 1110Past and to come, that you do change this purpose,
line 1111Which being so horrible, so bloody, must
190line 1112Lead on to some foul issue. We all kneel.
LEONTES
line 1113I am a feather for each wind that blows.
line 1114Shall I live on to see this bastard kneel
line 1115And call me father? Better burn it now
line 1116Than curse it then. But be it; let it live.
195line 1117It shall not neither. To Antigonus. You, sir, come
line 1118you hither,
line 1119You that have been so tenderly officious
line 1120With Lady Margery, your midwife there,
line 1121To save this bastard’s life—for ’tis a bastard,
200line 1122So sure as this beard’s gray. What will you
line 1123adventure
line 1124To save this brat’s life?
line 1125ANTIGONUSAnything, my lord,
line 1126That my ability may undergo
205line 1127And nobleness impose. At least thus much:
line 1128I’ll pawn the little blood which I have left
line 1129To save the innocent. Anything possible.
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 81 LEONTES
line 1130It shall be possible. Swear by this sword
line 1131Thou wilt perform my bidding.
210line 1132ANTIGONUShis hand on the hilt I will, my lord.
LEONTES
line 1133Mark, and perform it, seest thou; for the fail
line 1134Of any point in ’t shall not only be
line 1135Death to thyself but to thy lewd-tongued wife,
line 1136Whom for this time we pardon. We enjoin thee,
215line 1137As thou art liegeman to us, that thou carry
line 1138This female bastard hence, and that thou bear it
line 1139To some remote and desert place quite out
line 1140Of our dominions, and that there thou leave it,
line 1141Without more mercy, to it own protection
220line 1142And favor of the climate. As by strange fortune
line 1143It came to us, I do in justice charge thee,
line 1144On thy soul’s peril and thy body’s torture,
line 1145That thou commend it strangely to some place
line 1146Where chance may nurse or end it. Take it up.
ANTIGONUS
225line 1147I swear to do this, though a present death
line 1148Had been more merciful.—Come on, poor babe.

He picks up the baby.

line 1149Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens
line 1150To be thy nurses! Wolves and bears, they say,
line 1151Casting their savageness aside, have done
230line 1152Like offices of pity. To Leontes. Sir, be prosperous
line 1153In more than this deed does require.—And blessing
line 1154Against this cruelty fight on thy side,
line 1155Poor thing, condemned to loss.

He exits, carrying the baby.

line 1156LEONTESNo, I’ll not rear
235line 1157Another’s issue.

Enter a Servant.

line 1158SERVANTPlease your Highness, posts
Act 2 Scene 3 - Pg 83 line 1159From those you sent to th’ oracle are come
line 1160An hour since. Cleomenes and Dion,
line 1161Being well arrived from Delphos, are both landed,
240line 1162Hasting to th’ court.
line 1163LORDto Leontes So please you, sir, their speed
line 1164Hath been beyond account.
line 1165LEONTESTwenty-three days
line 1166They have been absent. ’Tis good speed, foretells
245line 1167The great Apollo suddenly will have
line 1168The truth of this appear. Prepare you, lords.
line 1169Summon a session, that we may arraign
line 1170Our most disloyal lady; for, as she hath
line 1171Been publicly accused, so shall she have
250line 1172A just and open trial. While she lives,
line 1173My heart will be a burden to me. Leave me,
line 1174And think upon my bidding.

They exit.


ACT 3


Scene 1

Enter Cleomenes and Dion.

CLEOMENES
line 1175The climate’s delicate, the air most sweet,
line 1176Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
line 1177The common praise it bears.
line 1178DIONI shall report,
5line 1179For most it caught me, the celestial habits—
line 1180Methinks I so should term them—and the reverence
line 1181Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice,
line 1182How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly
line 1183It was i’ th’ off’ring!
10line 1184CLEOMENESBut of all, the burst
line 1185And the ear-deaf’ning voice o’ th’ oracle,
line 1186Kin to Jove’s thunder, so surprised my sense
line 1187That I was nothing.
line 1188DIONIf th’ event o’ th’ journey
15line 1189Prove as successful to the Queen—O, be ’t so!—
line 1190As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,
line 1191The time is worth the use on ’t.
line 1192CLEOMENESGreat Apollo
line 1193Turn all to th’ best! These proclamations,
20line 1194So forcing faults upon Hermione,
line 1195I little like.
line 1196DIONThe violent carriage of it
line 1197Will clear or end the business when the oracle,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 89 line 1198Thus by Apollo’s great divine sealed up,
25line 1199Shall the contents discover. Something rare
line 1200Even then will rush to knowledge. Go. Fresh horses;
line 1201And gracious be the issue.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter Leontes, Lords, and Officers.

LEONTES
line 1202This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,
line 1203Even pushes ’gainst our heart: the party tried
line 1204The daughter of a king, our wife, and one
line 1205Of us too much beloved. Let us be cleared
5line 1206Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
line 1207Proceed in justice, which shall have due course
line 1208Even to the guilt or the purgation.
line 1209Produce the prisoner.
OFFICER
line 1210It is his Highness’ pleasure that the Queen
10line 1211Appear in person here in court.

Enter Hermione, as to her trial, Paulina, and Ladies.

line 1212Silence!
line 1213LEONTESRead the indictment.
line 1214OFFICERreads Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes,
line 1215King of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned
15line 1216of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes,
line 1217King of Bohemia, and conspiring with Camillo
line 1218to take away the life of our sovereign lord the King, thy
line 1219royal husband; the pretense whereof being by circumstances
line 1220partly laid open, thou, Hermione, contrary to
20line 1221the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel
line 1222and aid them, for their better safety, to fly away by
line 1223night.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 91 HERMIONE
line 1224Since what I am to say must be but that
line 1225Which contradicts my accusation, and
25line 1226The testimony on my part no other
line 1227But what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot me
line 1228To say “Not guilty.” Mine integrity,
line 1229Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it,
line 1230Be so received. But thus: if powers divine
30line 1231Behold our human actions, as they do,
line 1232I doubt not then but innocence shall make
line 1233False accusation blush and tyranny
line 1234Tremble at patience. You, my lord, best know,
line 1235Whom least will seem to do so, my past life
35line 1236Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
line 1237As I am now unhappy; which is more
line 1238Than history can pattern, though devised
line 1239And played to take spectators. For behold me,
line 1240A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
40line 1241A moiety of the throne, a great king’s daughter,
line 1242The mother to a hopeful prince, here standing
line 1243To prate and talk for life and honor fore
line 1244Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it
line 1245As I weigh grief, which I would spare. For honor,
45line 1246’Tis a derivative from me to mine,
line 1247And only that I stand for. I appeal
line 1248To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes
line 1249Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
line 1250How merited to be so; since he came,
50line 1251With what encounter so uncurrent I
line 1252Have strained t’ appear thus; if one jot beyond
line 1253The bound of honor, or in act or will
line 1254That way inclining, hardened be the hearts
line 1255Of all that hear me, and my near’st of kin
55line 1256Cry fie upon my grave.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 93 line 1257LEONTESI ne’er heard yet
line 1258That any of these bolder vices wanted
line 1259Less impudence to gainsay what they did
line 1260Than to perform it first.
60line 1261HERMIONEThat’s true enough,
line 1262Though ’tis a saying, sir, not due to me.
LEONTES
line 1263You will not own it.
line 1264HERMIONEMore than mistress of
line 1265Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not
65line 1266At all acknowledge. For Polixenes,
line 1267With whom I am accused, I do confess
line 1268I loved him as in honor he required,
line 1269With such a kind of love as might become
line 1270A lady like me, with a love even such,
70line 1271So and no other, as yourself commanded,
line 1272Which not to have done, I think, had been in me
line 1273Both disobedience and ingratitude
line 1274To you and toward your friend, whose love had
line 1275spoke,
75line 1276Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely
line 1277That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy,
line 1278I know not how it tastes, though it be dished
line 1279For me to try how. All I know of it
line 1280Is that Camillo was an honest man;
80line 1281And why he left your court, the gods themselves,
line 1282Wotting no more than I, are ignorant.
LEONTES
line 1283You knew of his departure, as you know
line 1284What you have underta’en to do in ’s absence.
line 1285HERMIONESir,
85line 1286You speak a language that I understand not.
line 1287My life stands in the level of your dreams,
line 1288Which I’ll lay down.
line 1289LEONTESYour actions are my dreams.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 95 line 1290You had a bastard by Polixenes,
90line 1291And I but dreamed it. As you were past all shame—
line 1292Those of your fact are so—so past all truth,
line 1293Which to deny concerns more than avails; for as
line 1294Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself,
line 1295No father owning it—which is indeed
95line 1296More criminal in thee than it—so thou
line 1297Shalt feel our justice, in whose easiest passage
line 1298Look for no less than death.
line 1299HERMIONESir, spare your threats.
line 1300The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
100line 1301To me can life be no commodity.
line 1302The crown and comfort of my life, your favor,
line 1303I do give lost, for I do feel it gone,
line 1304But know not how it went. My second joy
line 1305And first fruits of my body, from his presence
105line 1306I am barred like one infectious. My third comfort,
line 1307Starred most unluckily, is from my breast,
line 1308The innocent milk in it most innocent mouth,
line 1309Haled out to murder; myself on every post
line 1310Proclaimed a strumpet; with immodest hatred
110line 1311The childbed privilege denied, which longs
line 1312To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried
line 1313Here to this place, i’ th’ open air, before
line 1314I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,
line 1315Tell me what blessings I have here alive,
115line 1316That I should fear to die? Therefore proceed.
line 1317But yet hear this (mistake me not: no life,
line 1318I prize it not a straw, but for mine honor,
line 1319Which I would free), if I shall be condemned
line 1320Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else
120line 1321But what your jealousies awake, I tell you
line 1322’Tis rigor, and not law. Your Honors all,
line 1323I do refer me to the oracle.
line 1324Apollo be my judge.
line 1325LORDThis your request
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 97 125line 1326Is altogether just. Therefore bring forth,
line 1327And in Apollo’s name, his oracle.Officers exit.
HERMIONE
line 1328The Emperor of Russia was my father.
line 1329O, that he were alive and here beholding
line 1330His daughter’s trial, that he did but see
130line 1331The flatness of my misery, yet with eyes
line 1332Of pity, not revenge.

Enter Cleomenes, Dion, with Officers.

OFFICERpresenting a sword
line 1333You here shall swear upon this sword of justice
line 1334That you, Cleomenes and Dion, have
line 1335Been both at Delphos, and from thence have
135line 1336brought
line 1337This sealed-up oracle, by the hand delivered
line 1338Of great Apollo’s priest, and that since then
line 1339You have not dared to break the holy seal
line 1340Nor read the secrets in ’t.
140line 1341CLEOMENES, DIONAll this we swear.
line 1342LEONTESBreak up the seals and read.
line 1343OFFICERreads Hermione is chaste, Polixenes blameless,
line 1344Camillo a true subject, Leontes a jealous tyrant,
line 1345his innocent babe truly begotten; and the King shall
145line 1346live without an heir if that which is lost be not
line 1347found.
LORDS
line 1348Now blessèd be the great Apollo!
line 1349HERMIONEPraised!
line 1350LEONTESHast thou read truth?
OFFICER
150line 1351Ay, my lord, even so as it is here set down.
LEONTES
line 1352There is no truth at all i’ th’ oracle.
line 1353The sessions shall proceed. This is mere falsehood.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 99

Enter a Servant.

SERVANT
line 1354My lord the King, the King!
line 1355LEONTESWhat is the business?
SERVANT
155line 1356O sir, I shall be hated to report it.
line 1357The Prince your son, with mere conceit and fear
line 1358Of the Queen’s speed, is gone.
line 1359LEONTESHow? Gone?
line 1360SERVANTIs dead.
LEONTES
160line 1361Apollo’s angry, and the heavens themselves
line 1362Do strike at my injustice.

Hermione falls.

line 1363How now there?
PAULINA
line 1364This news is mortal to the Queen. Look down
line 1365And see what death is doing.
165line 1366LEONTESTake her hence.
line 1367Her heart is but o’ercharged. She will recover.
line 1368I have too much believed mine own suspicion.
line 1369Beseech you, tenderly apply to her
line 1370Some remedies for life.

Paulina exits with Officers carrying Hermione.


170line 1371Apollo, pardon
line 1372My great profaneness ’gainst thine oracle.
line 1373I’ll reconcile me to Polixenes,
line 1374New woo my queen, recall the good Camillo,
line 1375Whom I proclaim a man of truth, of mercy;
175line 1376For, being transported by my jealousies
line 1377To bloody thoughts and to revenge, I chose
line 1378Camillo for the minister to poison
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 101 line 1379My friend Polixenes, which had been done
line 1380But that the good mind of Camillo tardied
180line 1381My swift command, though I with death and with
line 1382Reward did threaten and encourage him,
line 1383Not doing it and being done. He, most humane
line 1384And filled with honor, to my kingly guest
line 1385Unclasped my practice, quit his fortunes here,
185line 1386Which you knew great, and to the hazard
line 1387Of all incertainties himself commended,
line 1388No richer than his honor. How he glisters
line 1389Through my rust, and how his piety
line 1390Does my deeds make the blacker!

Enter Paulina.

190line 1391PAULINAWoe the while!
line 1392O, cut my lace, lest my heart, cracking it,
line 1393Break too!
line 1394LORDWhat fit is this, good lady?
PAULINAto Leontes
line 1395What studied torments, tyrant, hast for me?
195line 1396What wheels, racks, fires? What flaying? Boiling
line 1397In leads or oils? What old or newer torture
line 1398Must I receive, whose every word deserves
line 1399To taste of thy most worst? Thy tyranny,
line 1400Together working with thy jealousies,
200line 1401Fancies too weak for boys, too green and idle
line 1402For girls of nine, O, think what they have done,
line 1403And then run mad indeed, stark mad, for all
line 1404Thy bygone fooleries were but spices of it.
line 1405That thou betrayedst Polixenes, ’twas nothing;
205line 1406That did but show thee of a fool, inconstant
line 1407And damnable ingrateful. Nor was ’t much
line 1408Thou wouldst have poisoned good Camillo’s honor,
line 1409To have him kill a king: poor trespasses,
line 1410More monstrous standing by, whereof I reckon
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 103 210line 1411The casting forth to crows thy baby daughter
line 1412To be or none or little, though a devil
line 1413Would have shed water out of fire ere done ’t.
line 1414Nor is ’t directly laid to thee the death
line 1415Of the young prince, whose honorable thoughts,
215line 1416Thoughts high for one so tender, cleft the heart
line 1417That could conceive a gross and foolish sire
line 1418Blemished his gracious dam. This is not, no,
line 1419Laid to thy answer. But the last—O lords,
line 1420When I have said, cry woe!—the Queen, the Queen,
220line 1421The sweet’st, dear’st creature’s dead, and vengeance
line 1422for ’t
line 1423Not dropped down yet.
line 1424LORDThe higher powers forbid!
PAULINA
line 1425I say she’s dead. I’ll swear ’t. If word nor oath
225line 1426Prevail not, go and see. If you can bring
line 1427Tincture or luster in her lip, her eye,
line 1428Heat outwardly or breath within, I’ll serve you
line 1429As I would do the gods.—But, O thou tyrant,
line 1430Do not repent these things, for they are heavier
230line 1431Than all thy woes can stir. Therefore betake thee
line 1432To nothing but despair. A thousand knees
line 1433Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting,
line 1434Upon a barren mountain, and still winter
line 1435In storm perpetual, could not move the gods
235line 1436To look that way thou wert.
line 1437LEONTESGo on, go on.
line 1438Thou canst not speak too much. I have deserved
line 1439All tongues to talk their bitt’rest.
line 1440LORDto Paulina Say no more.
240line 1441Howe’er the business goes, you have made fault
line 1442I’ th’ boldness of your speech.
line 1443PAULINAI am sorry for ’t.
line 1444All faults I make, when I shall come to know them,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 105 line 1445I do repent. Alas, I have showed too much
245line 1446The rashness of a woman. He is touched
line 1447To th’ noble heart.—What’s gone and what’s past
line 1448help
line 1449Should be past grief. Do not receive affliction
line 1450At my petition. I beseech you, rather
250line 1451Let me be punished, that have minded you
line 1452Of what you should forget. Now, good my liege,
line 1453Sir, royal sir, forgive a foolish woman.
line 1454The love I bore your queen—lo, fool again!—
line 1455I’ll speak of her no more, nor of your children.
255line 1456I’ll not remember you of my own lord,
line 1457Who is lost too. Take your patience to you,
line 1458And I’ll say nothing.
line 1459LEONTESThou didst speak but well
line 1460When most the truth, which I receive much better
260line 1461Than to be pitied of thee. Prithee, bring me
line 1462To the dead bodies of my queen and son.
line 1463One grave shall be for both. Upon them shall
line 1464The causes of their death appear, unto
line 1465Our shame perpetual. Once a day I’ll visit
265line 1466The chapel where they lie, and tears shed there
line 1467Shall be my recreation. So long as nature
line 1468Will bear up with this exercise, so long
line 1469I daily vow to use it. Come, and lead me
line 1470To these sorrows.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter Antigonus carrying the babe, and a Mariner.

ANTIGONUS
line 1471Thou art perfect, then, our ship hath touched upon
line 1472The deserts of Bohemia?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 107 line 1473MARINERAy, my lord, and fear
line 1474We have landed in ill time. The skies look grimly
5line 1475And threaten present blusters. In my conscience,
line 1476The heavens with that we have in hand are angry
line 1477And frown upon ’s.
ANTIGONUS
line 1478Their sacred wills be done. Go, get aboard.
line 1479Look to thy bark. I’ll not be long before
10line 1480I call upon thee.
line 1481MARINERMake your best haste, and go not
line 1482Too far i’ th’ land. ’Tis like to be loud weather.
line 1483Besides, this place is famous for the creatures
line 1484Of prey that keep upon ’t.
15line 1485ANTIGONUSGo thou away.
line 1486I’ll follow instantly.
line 1487MARINERI am glad at heart
line 1488To be so rid o’ th’ business.He exits.
line 1489ANTIGONUSCome, poor babe.
20line 1490I have heard, but not believed, the spirits o’ th’ dead
line 1491May walk again. If such thing be, thy mother
line 1492Appeared to me last night, for ne’er was dream
line 1493So like a waking. To me comes a creature,
line 1494Sometimes her head on one side, some another.
25line 1495I never saw a vessel of like sorrow,
line 1496So filled and so becoming. In pure white robes,
line 1497Like very sanctity, she did approach
line 1498My cabin where I lay, thrice bowed before me,
line 1499And, gasping to begin some speech, her eyes
30line 1500Became two spouts. The fury spent, anon
line 1501Did this break from her: “Good Antigonus,
line 1502Since fate, against thy better disposition,
line 1503Hath made thy person for the thrower-out
line 1504Of my poor babe, according to thine oath,
35line 1505Places remote enough are in Bohemia.
line 1506There weep, and leave it crying. And, for the babe
line 1507Is counted lost forever, Perdita
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 109 line 1508I prithee call ’t. For this ungentle business
line 1509Put on thee by my lord, thou ne’er shalt see
40line 1510Thy wife Paulina more.” And so, with shrieks,
line 1511She melted into air. Affrighted much,
line 1512I did in time collect myself and thought
line 1513This was so and no slumber. Dreams are toys,
line 1514Yet for this once, yea, superstitiously,
45line 1515I will be squared by this. I do believe
line 1516Hermione hath suffered death, and that
line 1517Apollo would, this being indeed the issue
line 1518Of King Polixenes, it should here be laid,
line 1519Either for life or death, upon the earth
50line 1520Of its right father.—Blossom, speed thee well.
line 1521There lie, and there thy character; there these,

He lays down the baby, a bundle, and a box.

line 1522Which may, if fortune please, both breed thee, pretty,
line 1523And still rest thine. Thunder. The storm begins.
line 1524Poor wretch,
55line 1525That for thy mother’s fault art thus exposed
line 1526To loss and what may follow. Weep I cannot,
line 1527But my heart bleeds, and most accurst am I
line 1528To be by oath enjoined to this. Farewell.
line 1529The day frowns more and more. Thou ’rt like to have
60line 1530A lullaby too rough. I never saw
line 1531The heavens so dim by day.

Thunder, and sounds of hunting.

line 1532A savage clamor!
line 1533Well may I get aboard! This is the chase.
line 1534I am gone forever!He exits, pursued by a bear.

Enter Shepherd.

65line 1535SHEPHERDI would there were no age between ten and
line 1536three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the
line 1537rest, for there is nothing in the between but getting
line 1538wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing,
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 111 line 1539fighting—Hark you now. Would any but these
70line 1540boiled brains of nineteen and two-and-twenty hunt
line 1541this weather? They have scared away two of my best
line 1542sheep, which I fear the wolf will sooner find than
line 1543the master. If anywhere I have them, ’tis by the
line 1544seaside, browsing of ivy. Good luck, an ’t be thy will,
75line 1545what have we here? Mercy on ’s, a bairn! A very
line 1546pretty bairn. A boy or a child, I wonder? A pretty
line 1547one, a very pretty one. Sure some scape. Though I
line 1548am not bookish, yet I can read waiting-gentlewoman
line 1549in the scape. This has been some stair-work,
80line 1550some trunk-work, some behind-door work. They
line 1551were warmer that got this than the poor thing is
line 1552here. I’ll take it up for pity. Yet I’ll tarry till my son
line 1553come. He halloed but even now.—Whoa-ho-ho!

Enter Shepherd’s Son.

line 1554SHEPHERD’S SONHilloa, loa!
85line 1555SHEPHERDWhat, art so near? If thou ’lt see a thing to
line 1556talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither.
line 1557What ail’st thou, man?
line 1558SHEPHERD’S SONI have seen two such sights, by sea
line 1559and by land—but I am not to say it is a sea, for it is
90line 1560now the sky; betwixt the firmament and it, you
line 1561cannot thrust a bodkin’s point.
line 1562SHEPHERDWhy, boy, how is it?
line 1563SHEPHERD’S SONI would you did but see how it chafes,
line 1564how it rages, how it takes up the shore. But that’s
95line 1565not to the point. O, the most piteous cry of the poor
line 1566souls! Sometimes to see ’em, and not to see ’em.
line 1567Now the ship boring the moon with her mainmast,
line 1568and anon swallowed with yeast and froth, as you’d
line 1569thrust a cork into a hogshead. And then for the land
100line 1570service, to see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone,
line 1571how he cried to me for help, and said his
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 113 line 1572name was Antigonus, a nobleman. But to make an
line 1573end of the ship: to see how the sea flap-dragoned it.
line 1574But, first, how the poor souls roared and the sea
105line 1575mocked them, and how the poor gentleman roared
line 1576and the bear mocked him, both roaring louder than
line 1577the sea or weather.
line 1578SHEPHERDName of mercy, when was this, boy?
line 1579SHEPHERD’S SONNow, now. I have not winked since I
110line 1580saw these sights. The men are not yet cold under
line 1581water, nor the bear half dined on the gentleman.
line 1582He’s at it now.
line 1583SHEPHERDWould I had been by to have helped the old
line 1584man.
115line 1585SHEPHERD’S SONI would you had been by the ship side,
line 1586to have helped her. There your charity would have
line 1587lacked footing.
line 1588SHEPHERDHeavy matters, heavy matters. But look
line 1589thee here, boy. Now bless thyself. Thou met’st with
120line 1590things dying, I with things newborn. Here’s a sight
line 1591for thee. Look thee, a bearing cloth for a squire’s
line 1592child. Look thee here. Take up, take up, boy. Open
line 1593’t. So, let’s see. It was told me I should be rich by
line 1594the fairies. This is some changeling. Open ’t. What’s
125line 1595within, boy?
line 1596SHEPHERD’S SONopening the box You’re a made old
line 1597man. If the sins of your youth are forgiven you,
line 1598you’re well to live. Gold, all gold.
line 1599SHEPHERDThis is fairy gold, boy, and ’twill prove so.
130line 1600Up with ’t, keep it close. Home, home, the next way.
line 1601We are lucky, boy, and to be so still requires
line 1602nothing but secrecy. Let my sheep go. Come, good
line 1603boy, the next way home.
line 1604SHEPHERD’S SONGo you the next way with your
135line 1605findings. I’ll go see if the bear be gone from the
line 1606gentleman and how much he hath eaten. They are
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 115 line 1607never curst but when they are hungry. If there be
line 1608any of him left, I’ll bury it.
line 1609SHEPHERDThat’s a good deed. If thou mayest discern
140line 1610by that which is left of him what he is, fetch me to
line 1611th’ sight of him.
line 1612SHEPHERD’S SONMarry, will I, and you shall help to
line 1613put him i’ th’ ground.
line 1614SHEPHERD’Tis a lucky day, boy, and we’ll do good
145line 1615deeds on ’t.

They exit.


ACT 4


Scene 1

Enter Time, the Chorus.

TIME
line 1616I, that please some, try all—both joy and terror
line 1617Of good and bad, that makes and unfolds error—
line 1618Now take upon me, in the name of Time,
line 1619To use my wings. Impute it not a crime
5line 1620To me or my swift passage that I slide
line 1621O’er sixteen years, and leave the growth untried
line 1622Of that wide gap, since it is in my power
line 1623To o’erthrow law and in one self-born hour
line 1624To plant and o’erwhelm custom. Let me pass
10line 1625The same I am ere ancient’st order was
line 1626Or what is now received. I witness to
line 1627The times that brought them in. So shall I do
line 1628To th’ freshest things now reigning, and make stale
line 1629The glistering of this present, as my tale
15line 1630Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,
line 1631I turn my glass and give my scene such growing
line 1632As you had slept between. Leontes leaving,
line 1633Th’ effects of his fond jealousies so grieving
line 1634That he shuts up himself, imagine me,
20line 1635Gentle spectators, that I now may be
line 1636In fair Bohemia. And remember well
line 1637I mentioned a son o’ th’ King’s, which Florizell
line 1638I now name to you, and with speed so pace
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 121 line 1639To speak of Perdita, now grown in grace
25line 1640Equal with wond’ring. What of her ensues
line 1641I list not prophesy; but let Time’s news
line 1642Be known when ’tis brought forth. A shepherd’s
line 1643daughter
line 1644And what to her adheres, which follows after,
30line 1645Is th’ argument of Time. Of this allow,
line 1646If ever you have spent time worse ere now.
line 1647If never, yet that Time himself doth say
line 1648He wishes earnestly you never may.

He exits.


Scene 2

Enter Polixenes and Camillo.

line 1649POLIXENESI pray thee, good Camillo, be no more
line 1650importunate. ’Tis a sickness denying thee anything,
line 1651a death to grant this.
line 1652CAMILLOIt is fifteen years since I saw my country.
5line 1653Though I have for the most part been aired abroad,
line 1654I desire to lay my bones there. Besides, the penitent
line 1655king, my master, hath sent for me, to whose feeling
line 1656sorrows I might be some allay—or I o’erween to
line 1657think so—which is another spur to my departure.
10line 1658POLIXENESAs thou lov’st me, Camillo, wipe not out the
line 1659rest of thy services by leaving me now. The need I
line 1660have of thee thine own goodness hath made. Better
line 1661not to have had thee than thus to want thee. Thou,
line 1662having made me businesses which none without
15line 1663thee can sufficiently manage, must either stay to
line 1664execute them thyself or take away with thee the very
line 1665services thou hast done, which if I have not enough
line 1666considered, as too much I cannot, to be more
line 1667thankful to thee shall be my study, and my profit
20line 1668therein the heaping friendships. Of that fatal country
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 123 line 1669Sicilia, prithee speak no more, whose very
line 1670naming punishes me with the remembrance of that
line 1671penitent, as thou call’st him, and reconciled king
line 1672my brother, whose loss of his most precious queen
25line 1673and children are even now to be afresh lamented.
line 1674Say to me, when sawst thou the Prince Florizell, my
line 1675son? Kings are no less unhappy, their issue not
line 1676being gracious, than they are in losing them when
line 1677they have approved their virtues.
30line 1678CAMILLOSir, it is three days since I saw the Prince.
line 1679What his happier affairs may be are to me unknown,
line 1680but I have missingly noted he is of late
line 1681much retired from court and is less frequent to his
line 1682princely exercises than formerly he hath appeared.
35line 1683POLIXENESI have considered so much, Camillo, and
line 1684with some care, so far that I have eyes under my
line 1685service which look upon his removedness, from
line 1686whom I have this intelligence: that he is seldom
line 1687from the house of a most homely shepherd, a man,
40line 1688they say, that from very nothing, and beyond the
line 1689imagination of his neighbors, is grown into an
line 1690unspeakable estate.
line 1691CAMILLOI have heard, sir, of such a man, who hath a
line 1692daughter of most rare note. The report of her is
45line 1693extended more than can be thought to begin from
line 1694such a cottage.
line 1695POLIXENESThat’s likewise part of my intelligence, but,
line 1696I fear, the angle that plucks our son thither. Thou
line 1697shalt accompany us to the place, where we will, not
50line 1698appearing what we are, have some question with
line 1699the shepherd, from whose simplicity I think it not
line 1700uneasy to get the cause of my son’s resort thither.
line 1701Prithee be my present partner in this business, and
line 1702lay aside the thoughts of Sicilia.
55line 1703CAMILLOI willingly obey your command.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 125 line 1704POLIXENESMy best Camillo. We must disguise
line 1705ourselves.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter Autolycus singing.

AUTOLYCUS
line 1706When daffodils begin to peer,
line 1707With heigh, the doxy over the dale,
line 1708Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year,
line 1709For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.

5line 1710The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,
line 1711With heigh, the sweet birds, O how they sing!
line 1712Doth set my pugging tooth an edge,
line 1713For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.

line 1714The lark, that tirralirra chants,
10line 1715With heigh, with heigh, the thrush and the jay,
line 1716Are summer songs for me and my aunts,
line 1717While we lie tumbling in the hay.

line 1718I have served Prince Florizell and in my time wore
line 1719three-pile, but now I am out of service.

15line 1720But shall I go mourn for that, my dear?
line 1721The pale moon shines by night,
line 1722And when I wander here and there,
line 1723I then do most go right.

line 1724If tinkers may have leave to live,
20line 1725And bear the sow-skin budget,
line 1726Then my account I well may give,
line 1727And in the stocks avouch it.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 127 line 1728My traffic is sheets. When the kite builds, look to
line 1729lesser linen. My father named me Autolycus, who,
25line 1730being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise
line 1731a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. With die and
line 1732drab I purchased this caparison, and my revenue is
line 1733the silly cheat. Gallows and knock are too powerful
line 1734on the highway. Beating and hanging are terrors to
30line 1735me. For the life to come, I sleep out the thought of
line 1736it. A prize, a prize!

Enter Shepherd’s Son.

line 1737SHEPHERD’S SONLet me see, every ’leven wether tods,
line 1738every tod yields pound and odd shilling; fifteen
line 1739hundred shorn, what comes the wool to?
35line 1740AUTOLYCUSaside If the springe hold, the cock’s
line 1741mine.He lies down.
line 1742SHEPHERD’S SONI cannot do ’t without counters. Let
line 1743me see, what am I to buy for our sheep-shearing
line 1744feast? He reads a paper. Three pound of sugar,
40line 1745five pound of currants, rice—what will this sister of
line 1746mine do with rice? But my father hath made her
line 1747mistress of the feast, and she lays it on. She hath
line 1748made me four-and-twenty nosegays for the shearers,
line 1749three-man song men all, and very good ones;
45line 1750but they are most of them means and basses, but
line 1751one Puritan amongst them, and he sings psalms to
line 1752hornpipes. I must have saffron to color the warden
line 1753pies; mace; dates, none, that’s out of my note;
line 1754nutmegs, seven; a race or two of ginger, but that I
50line 1755may beg; four pound of prunes, and as many of
line 1756raisins o’ th’ sun.
line 1757AUTOLYCUSwrithing as if in pain O, that ever I was
line 1758born!
line 1759SHEPHERD’S SONI’ th’ name of me!
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 129 55line 1760AUTOLYCUSO, help me, help me! Pluck but off these
line 1761rags, and then death, death.
line 1762SHEPHERD’S SONAlack, poor soul, thou hast need of
line 1763more rags to lay on thee rather than have these off.
line 1764AUTOLYCUSO sir, the loathsomeness of them offends
60line 1765me more than the stripes I have received, which are
line 1766mighty ones and millions.
line 1767SHEPHERD’S SONAlas, poor man, a million of beating
line 1768may come to a great matter.
line 1769AUTOLYCUSI am robbed, sir, and beaten, my money
65line 1770and apparel ta’en from me, and these detestable
line 1771things put upon me.
line 1772SHEPHERD’S SONWhat, by a horseman, or a footman?
line 1773AUTOLYCUSA footman, sweet sir, a footman.
line 1774SHEPHERD’S SONIndeed, he should be a footman by
70line 1775the garments he has left with thee. If this be a
line 1776horseman’s coat, it hath seen very hot service. Lend
line 1777me thy hand; I’ll help thee. Come, lend me thy
line 1778hand.
line 1779AUTOLYCUSO, good sir, tenderly, O!
75line 1780SHEPHERD’S SONAlas, poor soul.
line 1781AUTOLYCUSO, good sir, softly, good sir. I fear, sir, my
line 1782shoulder blade is out.
line 1783SHEPHERD’S SONHow now? Canst stand?
line 1784AUTOLYCUSstealing the Shepherd’s Son’s purse Softly,
80line 1785dear sir, good sir, softly. You ha’ done me a charitable
line 1786office.
line 1787SHEPHERD’S SONDost lack any money? I have a little
line 1788money for thee.
line 1789AUTOLYCUSNo, good sweet sir, no, I beseech you, sir. I
85line 1790have a kinsman not past three-quarters of a mile
line 1791hence, unto whom I was going. I shall there have
line 1792money or anything I want. Offer me no money, I
line 1793pray you; that kills my heart.
line 1794SHEPHERD’S SONWhat manner of fellow was he that
90line 1795robbed you?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 131 line 1796AUTOLYCUSA fellow, sir, that I have known to go about
line 1797with troll-my-dames. I knew him once a servant of
line 1798the Prince. I cannot tell, good sir, for which of his
line 1799virtues it was, but he was certainly whipped out of
95line 1800the court.
line 1801SHEPHERD’S SONHis vices, you would say. There’s no
line 1802virtue whipped out of the court. They cherish it to
line 1803make it stay there, and yet it will no more but abide.
line 1804AUTOLYCUSVices, I would say, sir. I know this man
100line 1805well. He hath been since an ape-bearer, then a
line 1806process-server, a bailiff. Then he compassed a motion
line 1807of the Prodigal Son, and married a tinker’s wife
line 1808within a mile where my land and living lies, and,
line 1809having flown over many knavish professions, he
105line 1810settled only in rogue. Some call him Autolycus.
line 1811SHEPHERD’S SONOut upon him! Prig, for my life, prig!
line 1812He haunts wakes, fairs, and bearbaitings.
line 1813AUTOLYCUSVery true, sir: he, sir, he. That’s the rogue
line 1814that put me into this apparel.
110line 1815SHEPHERD’S SONNot a more cowardly rogue in all
line 1816Bohemia. If you had but looked big and spit at him,
line 1817he’d have run.
line 1818AUTOLYCUSI must confess to you, sir, I am no fighter. I
line 1819am false of heart that way, and that he knew, I
115line 1820warrant him.
line 1821SHEPHERD’S SONHow do you now?
line 1822AUTOLYCUSSweet sir, much better than I was. I can
line 1823stand and walk. I will even take my leave of you and
line 1824pace softly towards my kinsman’s.
120line 1825SHEPHERD’S SONShall I bring thee on the way?
line 1826AUTOLYCUSNo, good-faced sir, no, sweet sir.
line 1827SHEPHERD’S SONThen fare thee well. I must go buy
line 1828spices for our sheep-shearing.
line 1829AUTOLYCUSProsper you, sweet sir.

Shepherd’s Son exits.

125line 1830Your purse is not hot enough to purchase your
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 133 line 1831spice. I’ll be with you at your sheep-shearing too. If
line 1832I make not this cheat bring out another, and the
line 1833shearers prove sheep, let me be unrolled and my
line 1834name put in the book of virtue.
130line 1835Sings. Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,
line 1836And merrily hent the stile-a.
line 1837A merry heart goes all the day,
line 1838Your sad tires in a mile-a.

He exits.


Scene 4

Enter Florizell and Perdita.

FLORIZELL
line 1839These your unusual weeds to each part of you
line 1840Does give a life—no shepherdess, but Flora
line 1841Peering in April’s front. This your sheep-shearing
line 1842Is as a meeting of the petty gods,
5line 1843And you the queen on ’t.
line 1844PERDITASir, my gracious lord,
line 1845To chide at your extremes it not becomes me;
line 1846O, pardon that I name them! Your high self,
line 1847The gracious mark o’ th’ land, you have obscured
10line 1848With a swain’s wearing, and me, poor lowly maid,
line 1849Most goddesslike pranked up. But that our feasts
line 1850In every mess have folly, and the feeders
line 1851Digest it with a custom, I should blush
line 1852To see you so attired, swoon, I think,
15line 1853To show myself a glass.
line 1854FLORIZELLI bless the time
line 1855When my good falcon made her flight across
line 1856Thy father’s ground.
line 1857PERDITANow Jove afford you cause.
20line 1858To me the difference forges dread. Your greatness
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 135 line 1859Hath not been used to fear. Even now I tremble
line 1860To think your father by some accident
line 1861Should pass this way as you did. O the Fates,
line 1862How would he look to see his work, so noble,
25line 1863Vilely bound up? What would he say? Or how
line 1864Should I, in these my borrowed flaunts, behold
line 1865The sternness of his presence?
line 1866FLORIZELLApprehend
line 1867Nothing but jollity. The gods themselves,
30line 1868Humbling their deities to love, have taken
line 1869The shapes of beasts upon them. Jupiter
line 1870Became a bull, and bellowed; the green Neptune
line 1871A ram, and bleated; and the fire-robed god,
line 1872Golden Apollo, a poor humble swain,
35line 1873As I seem now. Their transformations
line 1874Were never for a piece of beauty rarer,
line 1875Nor in a way so chaste, since my desires
line 1876Run not before mine honor, nor my lusts
line 1877Burn hotter than my faith.
40line 1878PERDITAO, but sir,
line 1879Your resolution cannot hold when ’tis
line 1880Opposed, as it must be, by th’ power of the King.
line 1881One of these two must be necessities,
line 1882Which then will speak: that you must change this
45line 1883purpose
line 1884Or I my life.
line 1885FLORIZELLThou dear’st Perdita,
line 1886With these forced thoughts I prithee darken not
line 1887The mirth o’ th’ feast. Or I’ll be thine, my fair,
50line 1888Or not my father’s. For I cannot be
line 1889Mine own, nor anything to any, if
line 1890I be not thine. To this I am most constant,
line 1891Though destiny say no. Be merry, gentle.
line 1892Strangle such thoughts as these with anything
55line 1893That you behold the while. Your guests are coming.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 137 line 1894Lift up your countenance as it were the day
line 1895Of celebration of that nuptial which
line 1896We two have sworn shall come.
line 1897PERDITAO Lady Fortune,
60line 1898Stand you auspicious!
line 1899FLORIZELLSee, your guests approach.
line 1900Address yourself to entertain them sprightly,
line 1901And let’s be red with mirth.

Enter Shepherd, Shepherd’s Son, Mopsa, Dorcas, Shepherds and Shepherdesses, Servants, Musicians, and Polixenes and Camillo in disguise.

SHEPHERD
line 1902Fie, daughter, when my old wife lived, upon
65line 1903This day she was both pantler, butler, cook,
line 1904Both dame and servant; welcomed all; served all;
line 1905Would sing her song and dance her turn, now here
line 1906At upper end o’ th’ table, now i’ th’ middle;
line 1907On his shoulder, and his; her face afire
70line 1908With labor, and the thing she took to quench it
line 1909She would to each one sip. You are retired
line 1910As if you were a feasted one and not
line 1911The hostess of the meeting. Pray you bid
line 1912These unknown friends to ’s welcome, for it is
75line 1913A way to make us better friends, more known.
line 1914Come, quench your blushes and present yourself
line 1915That which you are, mistress o’ th’ feast. Come on,
line 1916And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing,
line 1917As your good flock shall prosper.
80line 1918PERDITAto Polixenes Sir, welcome.
line 1919It is my father’s will I should take on me
line 1920The hostess-ship o’ th’ day. To Camillo. You’re
line 1921welcome, sir.—
line 1922Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.—Reverend
85line 1923sirs,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 139 line 1924For you there’s rosemary and rue. These keep
line 1925Seeming and savor all the winter long.
line 1926Grace and remembrance be to you both,
line 1927And welcome to our shearing.
90line 1928POLIXENESShepherdess—
line 1929A fair one are you—well you fit our ages
line 1930With flowers of winter.
line 1931PERDITASir, the year growing ancient,
line 1932Not yet on summer’s death nor on the birth
95line 1933Of trembling winter, the fairest flowers o’ th’ season
line 1934Are our carnations and streaked gillyvors,
line 1935Which some call nature’s bastards. Of that kind
line 1936Our rustic garden’s barren, and I care not
line 1937To get slips of them.
100line 1938POLIXENESWherefore, gentle maiden,
line 1939Do you neglect them?
line 1940PERDITAFor I have heard it said
line 1941There is an art which in their piedness shares
line 1942With great creating nature.
105line 1943POLIXENESSay there be;
line 1944Yet nature is made better by no mean
line 1945But nature makes that mean. So, over that art
line 1946Which you say adds to nature is an art
line 1947That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry
110line 1948A gentler scion to the wildest stock,
line 1949And make conceive a bark of baser kind
line 1950By bud of nobler race. This is an art
line 1951Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
line 1952The art itself is nature.
115line 1953PERDITASo it is.
POLIXENES
line 1954Then make your garden rich in gillyvors,
line 1955And do not call them bastards.
line 1956PERDITAI’ll not put
line 1957The dibble in earth to set one slip of them,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 141 120line 1958No more than, were I painted, I would wish
line 1959This youth should say ’twere well, and only
line 1960therefore
line 1961Desire to breed by me. Here’s flowers for you:
line 1962Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram,
125line 1963The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ th’ sun
line 1964And with him rises weeping. These are flowers
line 1965Of middle summer, and I think they are given
line 1966To men of middle age. You’re very welcome.
CAMILLO
line 1967I should leave grazing, were I of your flock,
130line 1968And only live by gazing.
line 1969PERDITAOut, alas!
line 1970You’d be so lean that blasts of January
line 1971Would blow you through and through.
line 1972To Florizell. Now, my fair’st friend,
135line 1973I would I had some flowers o’ th’ spring, that might
line 1974Become your time of day, to the Shepherdesses
line 1975and yours, and yours,
line 1976That wear upon your virgin branches yet
line 1977Your maidenheads growing. O Proserpina,
140line 1978For the flowers now that, frighted, thou let’st fall
line 1979From Dis’s wagon! Daffodils,
line 1980That come before the swallow dares, and take
line 1981The winds of March with beauty; violets dim,
line 1982But sweeter than the lids of Juno’s eyes
145line 1983Or Cytherea’s breath; pale primroses,
line 1984That die unmarried ere they can behold
line 1985Bright Phoebus in his strength—a malady
line 1986Most incident to maids; bold oxlips and
line 1987The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds,
150line 1988The flower-de-luce being one—O, these I lack
line 1989To make you garlands of, and my sweet friend,
line 1990To strew him o’er and o’er.
line 1991FLORIZELLWhat, like a corse?
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 143 PERDITA
line 1992No, like a bank for love to lie and play on,
155line 1993Not like a corse; or if, not to be buried,
line 1994But quick and in mine arms. Come, take your
line 1995flowers.
line 1996Methinks I play as I have seen them do
line 1997In Whitsun pastorals. Sure this robe of mine
160line 1998Does change my disposition.
line 1999FLORIZELLWhat you do
line 2000Still betters what is done. When you speak, sweet,
line 2001I’d have you do it ever. When you sing,
line 2002I’d have you buy and sell so, so give alms,
165line 2003Pray so; and for the ord’ring your affairs,
line 2004To sing them too. When you do dance, I wish you
line 2005A wave o’ th’ sea, that you might ever do
line 2006Nothing but that, move still, still so,
line 2007And own no other function. Each your doing,
170line 2008So singular in each particular,
line 2009Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds,
line 2010That all your acts are queens.
line 2011PERDITAO Doricles,
line 2012Your praises are too large. But that your youth
175line 2013And the true blood which peeps fairly through ’t
line 2014Do plainly give you out an unstained shepherd,
line 2015With wisdom I might fear, my Doricles,
line 2016You wooed me the false way.
line 2017FLORIZELLI think you have
180line 2018As little skill to fear as I have purpose
line 2019To put you to ’t. But come, our dance, I pray.
line 2020Your hand, my Perdita. So turtles pair
line 2021That never mean to part.
line 2022PERDITAI’ll swear for ’em.
POLIXENESto Camillo
185line 2023This is the prettiest lowborn lass that ever
line 2024Ran on the greensward. Nothing she does or seems
line 2025But smacks of something greater than herself,
line 2026Too noble for this place.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 145 line 2027CAMILLOHe tells her something
190line 2028That makes her blood look out. Good sooth, she is
line 2029The queen of curds and cream.
line 2030SHEPHERD’S SONto Musicians Come on, strike up.
DORCAS
line 2031Mopsa must be your mistress? Marry, garlic
line 2032To mend her kissing with.
195line 2033MOPSANow, in good time!
SHEPHERD’S SON
line 2034Not a word, a word. We stand upon our manners.—
line 2035Come, strike up. Music begins.

Here a Dance of Shepherds and Shepherdesses.

POLIXENES
line 2036Pray, good shepherd, what fair swain is this
line 2037Which dances with your daughter?
SHEPHERD
200line 2038They call him Doricles, and boasts himself
line 2039To have a worthy feeding. But I have it
line 2040Upon his own report, and I believe it.
line 2041He looks like sooth. He says he loves my daughter.
line 2042I think so too, for never gazed the moon
205line 2043Upon the water as he’ll stand and read,
line 2044As ’twere, my daughter’s eyes. And, to be plain,
line 2045I think there is not half a kiss to choose
line 2046Who loves another best.
line 2047POLIXENESShe dances featly.
SHEPHERD
210line 2048So she does anything, though I report it
line 2049That should be silent. If young Doricles
line 2050Do light upon her, she shall bring him that
line 2051Which he not dreams of.

Enter a Servant.

line 2052SERVANTO, master, if you did but hear the peddler at
215line 2053the door, you would never dance again after a tabor
line 2054and pipe; no, the bagpipe could not move you. He
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 147 line 2055sings several tunes faster than you’ll tell money. He
line 2056utters them as he had eaten ballads and all men’s
line 2057ears grew to his tunes.
220line 2058SHEPHERD’S SONHe could never come better. He shall
line 2059come in. I love a ballad but even too well if it be
line 2060doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant
line 2061thing indeed and sung lamentably.
line 2062SERVANTHe hath songs for man or woman, of all sizes.
225line 2063No milliner can so fit his customers with gloves. He
line 2064has the prettiest love songs for maids, so without
line 2065bawdry, which is strange, with such delicate burdens
line 2066of dildos and fadings, “Jump her and thump
line 2067her.” And where some stretch-mouthed rascal
230line 2068would, as it were, mean mischief and break a foul
line 2069gap into the matter, he makes the maid to answer
line 2070“Whoop, do me no harm, good man”; puts him off,
line 2071slights him, with “Whoop, do me no harm, good
line 2072man.”
235line 2073POLIXENESThis is a brave fellow.
line 2074SHEPHERD’S SONBelieve me, thou talkest of an admirable
line 2075conceited fellow. Has he any unbraided
line 2076wares?
line 2077SERVANTHe hath ribbons of all the colors i’ th’ rainbow;
240line 2078points more than all the lawyers in Bohemia
line 2079can learnedly handle, though they come to him by
line 2080th’ gross; inkles, caddises, cambrics, lawns—why,
line 2081he sings ’em over as they were gods or goddesses.
line 2082You would think a smock were a she-angel, he so
245line 2083chants to the sleeve-hand and the work about the
line 2084square on ’t.
line 2085SHEPHERD’S SONPrithee bring him in, and let him
line 2086approach singing.
line 2087PERDITAForewarn him that he use no scurrilous words
250line 2088in ’s tunes.Servant exits.
line 2089SHEPHERD’S SONYou have of these peddlers that have
line 2090more in them than you’d think, sister.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 149 line 2091PERDITAAy, good brother, or go about to think.

Enter Autolycus, wearing a false beard, singing.

AUTOLYCUS
line 2092Lawn as white as driven snow,
255line 2093Cypress black as e’er was crow,
line 2094Gloves as sweet as damask roses,
line 2095Masks for faces and for noses,
line 2096Bugle bracelet, necklace amber,
line 2097Perfume for a lady’s chamber,
260line 2098Golden coifs and stomachers
line 2099For my lads to give their dears,
line 2100Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
line 2101What maids lack from head to heel,
line 2102Come buy of me, come. Come buy, come buy.
265line 2103Buy, lads, or else your lasses cry.
line 2104Come buy.
line 2105SHEPHERD’S SONIf I were not in love with Mopsa, thou
line 2106shouldst take no money of me; but being enthralled
line 2107as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain
270line 2108ribbons and gloves.
line 2109MOPSAI was promised them against the feast, but they
line 2110come not too late now.
line 2111DORCASHe hath promised you more than that, or there
line 2112be liars.
275line 2113MOPSAHe hath paid you all he promised you. Maybe
line 2114he has paid you more, which will shame you to give
line 2115him again.
line 2116SHEPHERD’S SONIs there no manners left among
line 2117maids? Will they wear their plackets where they
280line 2118should bear their faces? Is there not milking time,
line 2119when you are going to bed, or kiln-hole, to whistle
line 2120of these secrets, but you must be tittle-tattling
line 2121before all our guests? ’Tis well they are whisp’ring.
line 2122Clamor your tongues, and not a word more.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 151 285line 2123MOPSAI have done. Come, you promised me a tawdry
line 2124lace and a pair of sweet gloves.
line 2125SHEPHERD’S SONHave I not told thee how I was cozened
line 2126by the way and lost all my money?
line 2127AUTOLYCUSAnd indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
290line 2128therefore it behooves men to be wary.
line 2129SHEPHERD’S SONFear not thou, man. Thou shalt lose
line 2130nothing here.
line 2131AUTOLYCUSI hope so, sir, for I have about me many
line 2132parcels of charge.
295line 2133SHEPHERD’S SONWhat hast here? Ballads?
line 2134MOPSAPray now, buy some. I love a ballad in print
line 2135alife, for then we are sure they are true.
line 2136AUTOLYCUSHere’s one to a very doleful tune, how a
line 2137usurer’s wife was brought to bed of twenty moneybags
300line 2138at a burden, and how she longed to eat adders’
line 2139heads and toads carbonadoed.
line 2140MOPSAIs it true, think you?
line 2141AUTOLYCUSVery true, and but a month old.
line 2142DORCASBless me from marrying a usurer!
305line 2143AUTOLYCUSHere’s the midwife’s name to ’t, one Mistress
line 2144Taleporter, and five or six honest wives that
line 2145were present. Why should I carry lies abroad?
line 2146MOPSAto Shepherd’s Son Pray you now, buy it.
line 2147SHEPHERD’S SONto Autolycus Come on, lay it by, and
310line 2148let’s first see more ballads. We’ll buy the other
line 2149things anon.
line 2150AUTOLYCUSHere’s another ballad, of a fish that appeared
line 2151upon the coast on Wednesday the fourscore
line 2152of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and
315line 2153sung this ballad against the hard hearts of maids. It
line 2154was thought she was a woman, and was turned into
line 2155a cold fish for she would not exchange flesh with
line 2156one that loved her. The ballad is very pitiful, and as
line 2157true.
320line 2158DORCASIs it true too, think you?
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 153 line 2159AUTOLYCUSFive justices’ hands at it, and witnesses
line 2160more than my pack will hold.
line 2161SHEPHERD’S SONLay it by too. Another.
line 2162AUTOLYCUSThis is a merry ballad, but a very pretty
325line 2163one.
line 2164MOPSALet’s have some merry ones.
line 2165AUTOLYCUSWhy, this is a passing merry one and goes
line 2166to the tune of “Two Maids Wooing a Man.” There’s
line 2167scarce a maid westward but she sings it. ’Tis in
330line 2168request, I can tell you.
line 2169MOPSAWe can both sing it. If thou ’lt bear a part, thou
line 2170shalt hear; ’tis in three parts.
line 2171DORCASWe had the tune on ’t a month ago.
line 2172AUTOLYCUSI can bear my part. You must know ’tis my
335line 2173occupation. Have at it with you.

Song.

line 2174AUTOLYCUSGet you hence, for I must go
line 2175Where it fits not you to know.
line 2176DORCASWhither?
line 2177MOPSAO, whither?
340line 2178DORCASWhither?
line 2179MOPSAIt becomes thy oath full well
line 2180Thou to me thy secrets tell.
line 2181DORCASMe too. Let me go thither.
line 2182MOPSAOr thou goest to th’ grange or mill.
345line 2183DORCASIf to either, thou dost ill.
line 2184AUTOLYCUSNeither.
line 2185DORCASWhat, neither?
line 2186AUTOLYCUSNeither.
line 2187DORCASThou hast sworn my love to be.
350line 2188MOPSAThou hast sworn it more to me.
line 2189Then whither goest? Say whither.
line 2190SHEPHERD’S SONWe’ll have this song out anon by
line 2191ourselves. My father and the gentlemen are in sad
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 155 line 2192talk, and we’ll not trouble them. Come, bring away
355line 2193thy pack after me.—Wenches, I’ll buy for you
line 2194both.—Peddler, let’s have the first choice.—Follow
line 2195me, girls.

He exits with Mopsa, Dorcas, Shepherds and Shepherdesses.

line 2196AUTOLYCUSAnd you shall pay well for ’em.

Song.


line 2197Will you buy any tape,
360line 2198Or lace for your cape,
line 2199My dainty duck, my dear-a?
line 2200Any silk, any thread,
line 2201Any toys for your head,
line 2202Of the new’st and fin’st, fin’st wear-a?
365line 2203Come to the peddler.
line 2204Money’s a meddler
line 2205That doth utter all men’s ware-a.

He exits.

Enter a Servant.

line 2206SERVANTto Shepherd Master, there is three carters,
line 2207three shepherds, three neatherds, three swineherds,
370line 2208that have made themselves all men of hair.
line 2209They call themselves saultiers, and they have a
line 2210dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of
line 2211gambols, because they are not in ’t, but they themselves
line 2212are o’ th’ mind, if it be not too rough for
375line 2213some that know little but bowling, it will please
line 2214plentifully.
line 2215SHEPHERDAway! We’ll none on ’t. Here has been too
line 2216much homely foolery already.—I know, sir, we
line 2217weary you.
380line 2218POLIXENESYou weary those that refresh us. Pray, let’s
line 2219see these four threes of herdsmen.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 157 line 2220SERVANTOne three of them, by their own report, sir,
line 2221hath danced before the King, and not the worst of
line 2222the three but jumps twelve foot and a half by th’
385line 2223square.
line 2224SHEPHERDLeave your prating. Since these good men
line 2225are pleased, let them come in—but quickly now.
line 2226SERVANTWhy, they stay at door, sir.

He admits the herdsmen.

Here a Dance of twelve herdsmen, dressed as Satyrs.

Herdsmen, Musicians, and Servants exit.

POLIXENESto Shepherd
line 2227O father, you’ll know more of that hereafter.
390line 2228Aside to Camillo. Is it not too far gone? ’Tis time to
line 2229part them.
line 2230He’s simple, and tells much. To Florizell. How now,
line 2231fair shepherd?
line 2232Your heart is full of something that does take
395line 2233Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was young
line 2234And handed love, as you do, I was wont
line 2235To load my she with knacks. I would have ransacked
line 2236The peddler’s silken treasury and have poured it
line 2237To her acceptance. You have let him go
400line 2238And nothing marted with him. If your lass
line 2239Interpretation should abuse and call this
line 2240Your lack of love or bounty, you were straited
line 2241For a reply, at least if you make a care
line 2242Of happy holding her.
405line 2243FLORIZELLOld sir, I know
line 2244She prizes not such trifles as these are.
line 2245The gifts she looks from me are packed and locked
line 2246Up in my heart, which I have given already,
line 2247But not delivered. To Perdita. O, hear me breathe
410line 2248my life
line 2249Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 159 line 2250Hath sometime loved. I take thy hand, this hand
line 2251As soft as dove’s down and as white as it,
line 2252Or Ethiopian’s tooth, or the fanned snow that’s
415line 2253bolted
line 2254By th’ northern blasts twice o’er.
line 2255POLIXENESWhat follows this?—
line 2256How prettily th’ young swain seems to wash
line 2257The hand was fair before.—I have put you out.
420line 2258But to your protestation. Let me hear
line 2259What you profess.
line 2260FLORIZELLDo, and be witness to ’t.
POLIXENES
line 2261And this my neighbor too?
line 2262FLORIZELLAnd he, and more
425line 2263Than he, and men—the Earth, the heavens, and
line 2264all—
line 2265That were I crowned the most imperial monarch,
line 2266Thereof most worthy, were I the fairest youth
line 2267That ever made eye swerve, had force and knowledge
430line 2268More than was ever man’s, I would not prize them
line 2269Without her love; for her employ them all,
line 2270Commend them and condemn them to her service
line 2271Or to their own perdition.
line 2272POLIXENESFairly offered.
CAMILLO
435line 2273This shows a sound affection.
line 2274SHEPHERDBut my daughter,
line 2275Say you the like to him?
line 2276PERDITAI cannot speak
line 2277So well, nothing so well, no, nor mean better.
440line 2278By th’ pattern of mine own thoughts I cut out
line 2279The purity of his.
line 2280SHEPHERDTake hands, a bargain.—
line 2281And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness to ’t:
line 2282I give my daughter to him and will make
445line 2283Her portion equal his.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 161 line 2284FLORIZELLO, that must be
line 2285I’ th’ virtue of your daughter. One being dead,
line 2286I shall have more than you can dream of yet,
line 2287Enough then for your wonder. But come on,
450line 2288Contract us fore these witnesses.
line 2289SHEPHERDCome, your hand—
line 2290And daughter, yours.
line 2291POLIXENESTo Florizell Soft, swain, awhile, beseech
line 2292you.
455line 2293Have you a father?
line 2294FLORIZELLI have, but what of him?
POLIXENES
line 2295Knows he of this?
line 2296FLORIZELLHe neither does nor shall.
line 2297POLIXENESMethinks a father
460line 2298Is at the nuptial of his son a guest
line 2299That best becomes the table. Pray you once more,
line 2300Is not your father grown incapable
line 2301Of reasonable affairs? Is he not stupid
line 2302With age and alt’ring rheums? Can he speak? Hear?
465line 2303Know man from man? Dispute his own estate?
line 2304Lies he not bedrid, and again does nothing
line 2305But what he did being childish?
line 2306FLORIZELLNo, good sir.
line 2307He has his health and ampler strength indeed
470line 2308Than most have of his age.
line 2309POLIXENESBy my white beard,
line 2310You offer him, if this be so, a wrong
line 2311Something unfilial. Reason my son
line 2312Should choose himself a wife, but as good reason
475line 2313The father, all whose joy is nothing else
line 2314But fair posterity, should hold some counsel
line 2315In such a business.
line 2316FLORIZELLI yield all this;
line 2317But for some other reasons, my grave sir,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 163 480line 2318Which ’tis not fit you know, I not acquaint
line 2319My father of this business.
line 2320POLIXENESLet him know ’t.
FLORIZELL
line 2321He shall not.
line 2322POLIXENESPrithee let him.
485line 2323FLORIZELLNo, he must not.
SHEPHERD
line 2324Let him, my son. He shall not need to grieve
line 2325At knowing of thy choice.
line 2326FLORIZELLCome, come, he must not.
line 2327Mark our contract.
490line 2328POLIXENESremoving his disguise Mark your divorce,
line 2329young sir,
line 2330Whom son I dare not call. Thou art too base
line 2331To be acknowledged. Thou a scepter’s heir
line 2332That thus affects a sheep-hook!—Thou, old traitor,
495line 2333I am sorry that by hanging thee I can
line 2334But shorten thy life one week.—And thou, fresh
line 2335piece
line 2336Of excellent witchcraft, whom of force must know
line 2337The royal fool thou cop’st with—
500line 2338SHEPHERDO, my heart!
POLIXENES
line 2339I’ll have thy beauty scratched with briers and made
line 2340More homely than thy state.—For thee, fond boy,
line 2341If I may ever know thou dost but sigh
line 2342That thou no more shalt see this knack—as never
505line 2343I mean thou shalt—we’ll bar thee from succession,
line 2344Not hold thee of our blood, no, not our kin,
line 2345Far’r than Deucalion off. Mark thou my words.
line 2346Follow us to the court. To Shepherd. Thou, churl,
line 2347for this time,
510line 2348Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee
line 2349From the dead blow of it.—And you, enchantment,
line 2350Worthy enough a herdsman—yea, him too,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 165 line 2351That makes himself, but for our honor therein,
line 2352Unworthy thee—if ever henceforth thou
515line 2353These rural latches to his entrance open,
line 2354Or hoop his body more with thy embraces,
line 2355I will devise a death as cruel for thee
line 2356As thou art tender to ’t.He exits.
line 2357PERDITAEven here undone.
520line 2358I was not much afeard, for once or twice
line 2359I was about to speak and tell him plainly
line 2360The selfsame sun that shines upon his court
line 2361Hides not his visage from our cottage but
line 2362Looks on alike. To Florizell. Will ’t please you, sir,
525line 2363be gone?
line 2364I told you what would come of this. Beseech you,
line 2365Of your own state take care. This dream of mine—
line 2366Being now awake, I’ll queen it no inch farther,
line 2367But milk my ewes and weep.
530line 2368CAMILLOto Shepherd Why, how now, father?
line 2369Speak ere thou diest.
line 2370SHEPHERDI cannot speak, nor think,
line 2371Nor dare to know that which I know. To Florizell.
line 2372O sir,
535line 2373You have undone a man of fourscore three,
line 2374That thought to fill his grave in quiet, yea,
line 2375To die upon the bed my father died,
line 2376To lie close by his honest bones; but now
line 2377Some hangman must put on my shroud and lay me
540line 2378Where no priest shovels in dust. To Perdita. O
line 2379cursèd wretch,
line 2380That knew’st this was the Prince, and wouldst
line 2381adventure
line 2382To mingle faith with him!—Undone, undone!
545line 2383If I might die within this hour, I have lived
line 2384To die when I desire.He exits.
line 2385FLORIZELLto Perdita Why look you so upon me?
line 2386I am but sorry, not afeard; delayed,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 167 line 2387But nothing altered. What I was, I am,
550line 2388More straining on for plucking back, not following
line 2389My leash unwillingly.
line 2390CAMILLOGracious my lord,
line 2391You know your father’s temper. At this time
line 2392He will allow no speech, which I do guess
555line 2393You do not purpose to him; and as hardly
line 2394Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear.
line 2395Then, till the fury of his Highness settle,
line 2396Come not before him.
line 2397FLORIZELLI not purpose it.
560line 2398I think Camillo?
line 2399CAMILLOremoving his disguise Even he, my lord.
PERDITAto Florizell
line 2400How often have I told you ’twould be thus?
line 2401How often said my dignity would last
line 2402But till ’twere known?
565line 2403FLORIZELLIt cannot fail but by
line 2404The violation of my faith; and then
line 2405Let nature crush the sides o’ th’ Earth together
line 2406And mar the seeds within. Lift up thy looks.
line 2407From my succession wipe me, father. I
570line 2408Am heir to my affection.
line 2409CAMILLOBe advised.
FLORIZELL
line 2410I am, and by my fancy. If my reason
line 2411Will thereto be obedient, I have reason.
line 2412If not, my senses, better pleased with madness,
575line 2413Do bid it welcome.
line 2414CAMILLOThis is desperate, sir.
FLORIZELL
line 2415So call it; but it does fulfill my vow.
line 2416I needs must think it honesty. Camillo,
line 2417Not for Bohemia nor the pomp that may
580line 2418Be thereat gleaned, for all the sun sees or
line 2419The close earth wombs or the profound seas hides
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 169 line 2420In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
line 2421To this my fair beloved. Therefore, I pray you,
line 2422As you have ever been my father’s honored friend,
585line 2423When he shall miss me, as in faith I mean not
line 2424To see him anymore, cast your good counsels
line 2425Upon his passion. Let myself and fortune
line 2426Tug for the time to come. This you may know
line 2427And so deliver: I am put to sea
590line 2428With her who here I cannot hold on shore.
line 2429And most opportune to our need I have
line 2430A vessel rides fast by, but not prepared
line 2431For this design. What course I mean to hold
line 2432Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor
595line 2433Concern me the reporting.
line 2434CAMILLOO my lord,
line 2435I would your spirit were easier for advice
line 2436Or stronger for your need.
line 2437FLORIZELLHark, Perdita.—
600line 2438I’ll hear you by and by.

Florizell and Perdita walk aside.

line 2439CAMILLOHe’s irremovable,
line 2440Resolved for flight. Now were I happy if
line 2441His going I could frame to serve my turn,
line 2442Save him from danger, do him love and honor,
605line 2443Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia
line 2444And that unhappy king, my master, whom
line 2445I so much thirst to see.
line 2446FLORIZELLcoming forward Now, good Camillo,
line 2447I am so fraught with curious business that
610line 2448I leave out ceremony.
line 2449CAMILLOSir, I think
line 2450You have heard of my poor services i’ th’ love
line 2451That I have borne your father?
line 2452FLORIZELLVery nobly
615line 2453Have you deserved. It is my father’s music
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 171 line 2454To speak your deeds, not little of his care
line 2455To have them recompensed as thought on.
line 2456CAMILLOWell, my
line 2457lord,
620line 2458If you may please to think I love the King
line 2459And, through him, what’s nearest to him, which is
line 2460Your gracious self, embrace but my direction,
line 2461If your more ponderous and settled project
line 2462May suffer alteration. On mine honor,
625line 2463I’ll point you where you shall have such receiving
line 2464As shall become your Highness, where you may
line 2465Enjoy your mistress—from the whom I see
line 2466There’s no disjunction to be made but by,
line 2467As heavens forfend, your ruin—marry her,
630line 2468And with my best endeavors in your absence,
line 2469Your discontenting father strive to qualify
line 2470And bring him up to liking.
line 2471FLORIZELLHow, Camillo,
line 2472May this, almost a miracle, be done,
635line 2473That I may call thee something more than man,
line 2474And after that trust to thee?
line 2475CAMILLOHave you thought on
line 2476A place whereto you’ll go?
line 2477FLORIZELLNot any yet.
640line 2478But as th’ unthought-on accident is guilty
line 2479To what we wildly do, so we profess
line 2480Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
line 2481Of every wind that blows.
line 2482CAMILLOThen list to me.
645line 2483This follows: if you will not change your purpose
line 2484But undergo this flight, make for Sicilia,
line 2485And there present yourself and your fair princess,
line 2486For so I see she must be, ’fore Leontes.
line 2487She shall be habited as it becomes
650line 2488The partner of your bed. Methinks I see
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 173 line 2489Leontes opening his free arms and weeping
line 2490His welcomes forth, asks thee, the son, forgiveness,
line 2491As ’twere i’ th’ father’s person; kisses the hands
line 2492Of your fresh princess; o’er and o’er divides him
655line 2493’Twixt his unkindness and his kindness. Th’ one
line 2494He chides to hell and bids the other grow
line 2495Faster than thought or time.
line 2496FLORIZELLWorthy Camillo,
line 2497What color for my visitation shall I
660line 2498Hold up before him?
line 2499CAMILLOSent by the King your father
line 2500To greet him and to give him comforts. Sir,
line 2501The manner of your bearing towards him, with
line 2502What you, as from your father, shall deliver,
665line 2503Things known betwixt us three, I’ll write you down,
line 2504The which shall point you forth at every sitting
line 2505What you must say, that he shall not perceive
line 2506But that you have your father’s bosom there
line 2507And speak his very heart.
670line 2508FLORIZELLI am bound to you.
line 2509There is some sap in this.
line 2510CAMILLOA course more promising
line 2511Than a wild dedication of yourselves
line 2512To unpathed waters, undreamed shores, most
675line 2513certain
line 2514To miseries enough; no hope to help you,
line 2515But as you shake off one to take another;
line 2516Nothing so certain as your anchors, who
line 2517Do their best office if they can but stay you
680line 2518Where you’ll be loath to be. Besides, you know
line 2519Prosperity’s the very bond of love,
line 2520Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together
line 2521Affliction alters.
line 2522PERDITAOne of these is true.
685line 2523I think affliction may subdue the cheek
line 2524But not take in the mind.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 175 line 2525CAMILLOYea, say you so?
line 2526There shall not at your father’s house these seven
line 2527years
690line 2528Be born another such.
line 2529FLORIZELLMy good Camillo,
line 2530She’s as forward of her breeding as she is
line 2531I’ th’ rear our birth.
line 2532CAMILLOI cannot say ’tis pity
695line 2533She lacks instructions, for she seems a mistress
line 2534To most that teach.
line 2535PERDITAYour pardon, sir. For this
line 2536I’ll blush you thanks.
line 2537FLORIZELLMy prettiest Perdita.
700line 2538But O, the thorns we stand upon!—Camillo,
line 2539Preserver of my father, now of me,
line 2540The medicine of our house, how shall we do?
line 2541We are not furnished like Bohemia’s son,
line 2542Nor shall appear in Sicilia.
705line 2543CAMILLOMy lord,
line 2544Fear none of this. I think you know my fortunes
line 2545Do all lie there. It shall be so my care
line 2546To have you royally appointed as if
line 2547The scene you play were mine. For instance, sir,
710line 2548That you may know you shall not want, one word.

They step aside and talk.

Enter Autolycus.

line 2549AUTOLYCUSHa, ha, what a fool Honesty is! And Trust,
line 2550his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have
line 2551sold all my trumpery. Not a counterfeit stone, not a
line 2552ribbon, glass, pomander, brooch, table book, ballad,
715line 2553knife, tape, glove, shoe tie, bracelet, horn ring,
line 2554to keep my pack from fasting. They throng who
line 2555should buy first, as if my trinkets had been hallowed
line 2556and brought a benediction to the buyer; by which
line 2557means I saw whose purse was best in picture, and
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 177 720line 2558what I saw, to my good use I remembered. My
line 2559clown, who wants but something to be a reasonable
line 2560man, grew so in love with the wenches’ song that he
line 2561would not stir his pettitoes till he had both tune and
line 2562words, which so drew the rest of the herd to me that
725line 2563all their other senses stuck in ears. You might have
line 2564pinched a placket, it was senseless; ’twas nothing to
line 2565geld a codpiece of a purse. I could have filed
line 2566keys off that hung in chains. No hearing, no feeling,
line 2567but my sir’s song and admiring the nothing of it. So
730line 2568that in this time of lethargy I picked and cut most of
line 2569their festival purses. And had not the old man come
line 2570in with a hubbub against his daughter and the
line 2571King’s son, and scared my choughs from the chaff, I
line 2572had not left a purse alive in the whole army.

Camillo, Florizell, and Perdita come forward.

CAMILLOto Florizell
735line 2573Nay, but my letters, by this means being there
line 2574So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.
FLORIZELL
line 2575And those that you’ll procure from King Leontes—
CAMILLO
line 2576Shall satisfy your father.
line 2577PERDITAHappy be you!
740line 2578All that you speak shows fair.
line 2579CAMILLOnoticing Autolycus Who have we here?
line 2580We’ll make an instrument of this, omit
line 2581Nothing may give us aid.
AUTOLYCUSaside
line 2582If they have overheard me now, why, hanging.
745line 2583CAMILLOHow now, good fellow? Why shak’st thou so?
line 2584Fear not, man. Here’s no harm intended to thee.
line 2585AUTOLYCUSI am a poor fellow, sir.
line 2586CAMILLOWhy, be so still. Here’s nobody will steal that
line 2587from thee. Yet for the outside of thy poverty we
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 179 750line 2588must make an exchange. Therefore discase thee
line 2589instantly—thou must think there’s a necessity in
line 2590’t—and change garments with this gentleman.
line 2591Though the pennyworth on his side be the worst,
line 2592yet hold thee, there’s some boot.

He hands Autolycus money.

755line 2593AUTOLYCUSI am a poor fellow, sir. Aside. I know you
line 2594well enough.
line 2595CAMILLONay, prithee, dispatch. The gentleman is half
line 2596flayed already.
line 2597AUTOLYCUSAre you in earnest, sir? Aside. I smell the
760line 2598trick on ’t.
line 2599FLORIZELLDispatch, I prithee.
line 2600AUTOLYCUSIndeed, I have had earnest, but I cannot
line 2601with conscience take it.
line 2602CAMILLOUnbuckle, unbuckle.

Florizell and Autolycus exchange garments.

765line 2603Fortunate mistress—let my prophecy
line 2604Come home to you!—you must retire yourself
line 2605Into some covert. Take your sweetheart’s hat
line 2606And pluck it o’er your brows, muffle your face,
line 2607Dismantle you, and, as you can, disliken
770line 2608The truth of your own seeming, that you may—
line 2609For I do fear eyes over—to shipboard
line 2610Get undescried.
line 2611PERDITAI see the play so lies
line 2612That I must bear a part.
775line 2613CAMILLONo remedy.—
line 2614Have you done there?
line 2615FLORIZELLShould I now meet my father,
line 2616He would not call me son.
line 2617CAMILLONay, you shall have no hat.

He gives Florizell’s hat to Perdita.

780line 2618Come, lady, come.—Farewell, my friend.
line 2619AUTOLYCUSAdieu, sir.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 181 FLORIZELL
line 2620O Perdita, what have we twain forgot?
line 2621Pray you, a word.They talk aside.
CAMILLOaside
line 2622What I do next shall be to tell the King
785line 2623Of this escape, and whither they are bound;
line 2624Wherein my hope is I shall so prevail
line 2625To force him after, in whose company
line 2626I shall re-view Sicilia, for whose sight
line 2627I have a woman’s longing.
790line 2628FLORIZELLFortune speed us!—
line 2629Thus we set on, Camillo, to th’ seaside.
line 2630CAMILLOThe swifter speed the better.

Camillo, Florizell, and Perdita exit.

line 2631AUTOLYCUSI understand the business; I hear it. To have
line 2632an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand is
795line 2633necessary for a cutpurse; a good nose is requisite
line 2634also, to smell out work for th’ other senses. I see this
line 2635is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an
line 2636exchange had this been without boot! What a boot
line 2637is here with this exchange! Sure the gods do this
800line 2638year connive at us, and we may do anything extempore.
line 2639The Prince himself is about a piece of iniquity,
line 2640stealing away from his father with his clog at his
line 2641heels. If I thought it were a piece of honesty to
line 2642acquaint the King withal, I would not do ’t. I hold it
805line 2643the more knavery to conceal it, and therein am I
line 2644constant to my profession.

Enter Shepherd’s Son and Shepherd, carrying the bundle and the box.

line 2645Aside, aside! Here is more matter for a hot brain.
line 2646Every lane’s end, every shop, church, session, hanging,
line 2647yields a careful man work.He moves aside.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 183 810line 2648SHEPHERD’S SONto Shepherd See, see, what a man
line 2649you are now! There is no other way but to tell the
line 2650King she’s a changeling and none of your flesh and
line 2651blood.
line 2652SHEPHERDNay, but hear me.
815line 2653SHEPHERD’S SONNay, but hear me!
line 2654SHEPHERDGo to, then.
line 2655SHEPHERD’S SONShe being none of your flesh and
line 2656blood, your flesh and blood has not offended the
line 2657King, and so your flesh and blood is not to be
820line 2658punished by him. Show those things you found
line 2659about her, those secret things, all but what she has
line 2660with her. This being done, let the law go whistle, I
line 2661warrant you.
line 2662SHEPHERDI will tell the King all, every word, yea, and
825line 2663his son’s pranks too; who, I may say, is no honest
line 2664man, neither to his father nor to me, to go about to
line 2665make me the King’s brother-in-law.
line 2666SHEPHERD’S SONIndeed, brother-in-law was the farthest
line 2667off you could have been to him, and then your
830line 2668blood had been the dearer by I know how much an
line 2669ounce.
line 2670AUTOLYCUSaside Very wisely, puppies.
line 2671SHEPHERDWell, let us to the King. There is that in this
line 2672fardel will make him scratch his beard.
835line 2673AUTOLYCUSaside I know not what impediment this
line 2674complaint may be to the flight of my master.
line 2675SHEPHERD’S SONPray heartily he be at’ palace.
line 2676AUTOLYCUSaside Though I am not naturally honest,
line 2677I am so sometimes by chance. Let me pocket up my
840line 2678peddler’s excrement. He removes his false beard.
line 2679How now, rustics, whither are you bound?
line 2680SHEPHERDTo th’ palace, an it like your Worship.
line 2681AUTOLYCUSYour affairs there? What, with whom, the
line 2682condition of that fardel, the place of your dwelling,
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 185 845line 2683your names, your ages, of what having, breeding,
line 2684and anything that is fitting to be known, discover!
line 2685SHEPHERD’S SONWe are but plain fellows, sir.
line 2686AUTOLYCUSA lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me have
line 2687no lying. It becomes none but tradesmen, and they
850line 2688often give us soldiers the lie, but we pay them for it
line 2689with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; therefore
line 2690they do not give us the lie.
line 2691SHEPHERD’S SONYour Worship had like to have given
line 2692us one, if you had not taken yourself with the
855line 2693manner.
line 2694SHEPHERDAre you a courtier, an ’t like you, sir?
line 2695AUTOLYCUSWhether it like me or no, I am a courtier.
line 2696Seest thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings?
line 2697Hath not my gait in it the measure of the
860line 2698court? Receives not thy nose court odor from me?
line 2699Reflect I not on thy baseness court contempt?
line 2700Think’st thou, for that I insinuate and toze from
line 2701thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier? I am
line 2702courtier cap-a-pie; and one that will either push on
865line 2703or pluck back thy business there. Whereupon I
line 2704command thee to open thy affair.
line 2705SHEPHERDMy business, sir, is to the King.
line 2706AUTOLYCUSWhat advocate hast thou to him?
line 2707SHEPHERDI know not, an ’t like you.
870line 2708SHEPHERD’S SONaside to Shepherd Advocate’s the
line 2709court word for a pheasant. Say you have none.
line 2710SHEPHERDto Autolycus None, sir. I have no pheasant,
line 2711cock nor hen.
AUTOLYCUS
line 2712How blest are we that are not simple men!
875line 2713Yet Nature might have made me as these are.
line 2714Therefore I will not disdain.
line 2715SHEPHERD’S SONto Shepherd This cannot be but a
line 2716great courtier.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 187 line 2717SHEPHERDHis garments are rich, but he wears them
880line 2718not handsomely.
line 2719SHEPHERD’S SONHe seems to be the more noble in
line 2720being fantastical. A great man, I’ll warrant. I know
line 2721by the picking on ’s teeth.
line 2722AUTOLYCUSThe fardel there. What’s i’ th’ fardel?
885line 2723Wherefore that box?
line 2724SHEPHERDSir, there lies such secrets in this fardel and
line 2725box which none must know but the King, and
line 2726which he shall know within this hour if I may come
line 2727to th’ speech of him.
890line 2728AUTOLYCUSAge, thou hast lost thy labor.
line 2729SHEPHERDWhy, sir?
line 2730AUTOLYCUSThe King is not at the palace. He is gone
line 2731aboard a new ship to purge melancholy and air
line 2732himself, for, if thou beest capable of things serious,
895line 2733thou must know the King is full of grief.
line 2734SHEPHERDSo ’tis said, sir—about his son, that should
line 2735have married a shepherd’s daughter.
line 2736AUTOLYCUSIf that shepherd be not in handfast, let him
line 2737fly. The curses he shall have, the tortures he shall
900line 2738feel, will break the back of man, the heart of
line 2739monster.
line 2740SHEPHERD’S SONThink you so, sir?
line 2741AUTOLYCUSNot he alone shall suffer what wit can
line 2742make heavy and vengeance bitter; but those that are
905line 2743germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall
line 2744all come under the hangman—which, though it be
line 2745great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling
line 2746rogue, a ram tender, to offer to have his daughter
line 2747come into grace! Some say he shall be stoned, but
910line 2748that death is too soft for him, say I. Draw our throne
line 2749into a sheepcote? All deaths are too few, the sharpest
line 2750too easy.
line 2751SHEPHERD’S SONHas the old man e’er a son, sir, do you
line 2752hear, an ’t like you, sir?
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 189 915line 2753AUTOLYCUSHe has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then
line 2754’nointed over with honey, set on the head of a
line 2755wasps’-nest; then stand till he be three-quarters and
line 2756a dram dead, then recovered again with aqua vitae
line 2757or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, and
920line 2758in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall
line 2759he be set against a brick wall, the sun looking with a
line 2760southward eye upon him, where he is to behold him
line 2761with flies blown to death. But what talk we of these
line 2762traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled at,
925line 2763their offenses being so capital? Tell me—for you
line 2764seem to be honest plain men—what you have to the
line 2765King. Being something gently considered, I’ll bring
line 2766you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his
line 2767presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and if it be
930line 2768in man besides the King to effect your suits, here is
line 2769man shall do it.
line 2770SHEPHERD’S SONto Shepherd He seems to be of
line 2771great authority. Close with him, give him gold; and
line 2772though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft
935line 2773led by the nose with gold. Show the inside of your
line 2774purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado.
line 2775Remember: “stoned,” and “flayed alive.”
line 2776SHEPHERDto Autolycus An ’t please you, sir, to
line 2777undertake the business for us, here is that gold I
940line 2778have. I’ll make it as much more, and leave this
line 2779young man in pawn till I bring it you.
line 2780AUTOLYCUSAfter I have done what I promised?
line 2781SHEPHERDAy, sir.
line 2782AUTOLYCUSWell, give me the moiety. Shepherd hands him money.
945line 2783Are you a party in this business?
line 2784SHEPHERD’S SONIn some sort, sir; but though my case
line 2785be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it.
line 2786AUTOLYCUSO, that’s the case of the shepherd’s son!
line 2787Hang him, he’ll be made an example.
950line 2788SHEPHERD’S SONto Shepherd Comfort, good comfort.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 191 line 2789We must to the King, and show our strange
line 2790sights. He must know ’tis none of your daughter nor
line 2791my sister. We are gone else.—Sir, I will give you as
line 2792much as this old man does when the business is
955line 2793performed, and remain, as he says, your pawn till it
line 2794be brought you.
line 2795AUTOLYCUSI will trust you. Walk before toward the
line 2796seaside. Go on the right hand. I will but look upon
line 2797the hedge, and follow you.
960line 2798SHEPHERD’S SONto Shepherd We are blessed in this
line 2799man, as I may say, even blessed.
line 2800SHEPHERDLet’s before, as he bids us. He was provided
line 2801to do us good.Shepherd and his son exit.
line 2802AUTOLYCUSIf I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune
965line 2803would not suffer me. She drops booties in my
line 2804mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion:
line 2805gold, and a means to do the Prince my master good;
line 2806which who knows how that may turn back to my
line 2807advancement? I will bring these two moles, these
970line 2808blind ones, aboard him. If he think it fit to shore
line 2809them again and that the complaint they have to the
line 2810King concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue
line 2811for being so far officious, for I am proof against that
line 2812title and what shame else belongs to ’t. To him will I
975line 2813present them. There may be matter in it.

He exits.


ACT 5


Scene 1

Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and Servants.

CLEOMENES
line 2814Sir, you have done enough, and have performed
line 2815A saintlike sorrow. No fault could you make
line 2816Which you have not redeemed—indeed, paid down
line 2817More penitence than done trespass. At the last,
5line 2818Do as the heavens have done: forget your evil;
line 2819With them forgive yourself.
line 2820LEONTESWhilst I remember
line 2821Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
line 2822My blemishes in them, and so still think of
10line 2823The wrong I did myself, which was so much
line 2824That heirless it hath made my kingdom and
line 2825Destroyed the sweet’st companion that e’er man
line 2826Bred his hopes out of.
line 2827PAULINATrue, too true, my lord.
15line 2828If one by one you wedded all the world,
line 2829Or from the all that are took something good
line 2830To make a perfect woman, she you killed
line 2831Would be unparalleled.
line 2832LEONTESI think so. Killed?
20line 2833She I killed? I did so, but thou strik’st me
line 2834Sorely to say I did. It is as bitter
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 197 line 2835Upon thy tongue as in my thought. Now, good now,
line 2836Say so but seldom.
line 2837CLEOMENESNot at all, good lady.
25line 2838You might have spoken a thousand things that
line 2839would
line 2840Have done the time more benefit and graced
line 2841Your kindness better.
line 2842PAULINAYou are one of those
30line 2843Would have him wed again.
line 2844DIONIf you would not so,
line 2845You pity not the state nor the remembrance
line 2846Of his most sovereign name, consider little
line 2847What dangers by his Highness’ fail of issue
35line 2848May drop upon his kingdom and devour
line 2849Incertain lookers-on. What were more holy
line 2850Than to rejoice the former queen is well?
line 2851What holier than, for royalty’s repair,
line 2852For present comfort, and for future good,
40line 2853To bless the bed of majesty again
line 2854With a sweet fellow to ’t?
line 2855PAULINAThere is none worthy,
line 2856Respecting her that’s gone. Besides, the gods
line 2857Will have fulfilled their secret purposes.
45line 2858For has not the divine Apollo said,
line 2859Is ’t not the tenor of his oracle,
line 2860That King Leontes shall not have an heir
line 2861Till his lost child be found? Which that it shall
line 2862Is all as monstrous to our human reason
50line 2863As my Antigonus to break his grave
line 2864And come again to me—who, on my life,
line 2865Did perish with the infant. ’Tis your counsel
line 2866My lord should to the heavens be contrary,
line 2867Oppose against their wills. Care not for issue.
55line 2868The crown will find an heir. Great Alexander
line 2869Left his to th’ worthiest; so his successor
line 2870Was like to be the best.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 199 line 2871LEONTESGood Paulina,
line 2872Who hast the memory of Hermione,
60line 2873I know, in honor, O, that ever I
line 2874Had squared me to thy counsel! Then even now
line 2875I might have looked upon my queen’s full eyes,
line 2876Have taken treasure from her lips—
line 2877PAULINAAnd left them
65line 2878More rich for what they yielded.
line 2879LEONTESThou speak’st truth.
line 2880No more such wives, therefore no wife. One worse,
line 2881And better used, would make her sainted spirit
line 2882Again possess her corpse, and on this stage,
70line 2883Where we offenders now appear, soul-vexed,
line 2884And begin “Why to me?”
line 2885PAULINAHad she such power,
line 2886She had just cause.
line 2887LEONTESShe had, and would incense me
75line 2888To murder her I married.
line 2889PAULINAI should so.
line 2890Were I the ghost that walked, I’d bid you mark
line 2891Her eye, and tell me for what dull part in ’t
line 2892You chose her. Then I’d shriek, that even your ears
80line 2893Should rift to hear me, and the words that followed
line 2894Should be “Remember mine.”
line 2895LEONTESStars, stars,
line 2896And all eyes else dead coals! Fear thou no wife;
line 2897I’ll have no wife, Paulina.
85line 2898PAULINAWill you swear
line 2899Never to marry but by my free leave?
LEONTES
line 2900Never, Paulina, so be blest my spirit.
PAULINA
line 2901Then, good my lords, bear witness to his oath.
CLEOMENES
line 2902You tempt him over-much.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 201 90line 2903PAULINAUnless another
line 2904As like Hermione as is her picture
line 2905Affront his eye.
line 2906CLEOMENESGood madam—
line 2907PAULINAI have done.
95line 2908Yet if my lord will marry—if you will, sir,
line 2909No remedy but you will—give me the office
line 2910To choose you a queen. She shall not be so young
line 2911As was your former, but she shall be such
line 2912As, walked your first queen’s ghost, it should take
100line 2913joy
line 2914To see her in your arms.
line 2915LEONTESMy true Paulina,
line 2916We shall not marry till thou bid’st us.
line 2917PAULINAThat
105line 2918Shall be when your first queen’s again in breath,
line 2919Never till then.

Enter a Servant.

SERVANT
line 2920One that gives out himself Prince Florizell,
line 2921Son of Polixenes, with his princess—she
line 2922The fairest I have yet beheld—desires access
110line 2923To your high presence.
line 2924LEONTESWhat with him? He comes not
line 2925Like to his father’s greatness. His approach,
line 2926So out of circumstance and sudden, tells us
line 2927’Tis not a visitation framed, but forced
115line 2928By need and accident. What train?
line 2929SERVANTBut few,
line 2930And those but mean.
line 2931LEONTESHis princess, say you, with him?
SERVANT
line 2932Ay, the most peerless piece of earth, I think,
120line 2933That e’er the sun shone bright on.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 203 line 2934PAULINAO Hermione,
line 2935As every present time doth boast itself
line 2936Above a better gone, so must thy grave
line 2937Give way to what’s seen now. To Servant. Sir, you
125line 2938yourself
line 2939Have said and writ so—but your writing now
line 2940Is colder than that theme—she had not been
line 2941Nor was not to be equalled. Thus your verse
line 2942Flowed with her beauty once. ’Tis shrewdly ebbed
130line 2943To say you have seen a better.
line 2944SERVANTPardon, madam.
line 2945The one I have almost forgot—your pardon;
line 2946The other, when she has obtained your eye,
line 2947Will have your tongue too. This is a creature,
135line 2948Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal
line 2949Of all professors else, make proselytes
line 2950Of who she but bid follow.
line 2951PAULINAHow, not women?
SERVANT
line 2952Women will love her that she is a woman
140line 2953More worth than any man; men, that she is
line 2954The rarest of all women.
line 2955LEONTESGo, Cleomenes.
line 2956Yourself, assisted with your honored friends,
line 2957Bring them to our embracement.

Cleomenes and others exit.

145line 2958Still, ’tis strange
line 2959He thus should steal upon us.
line 2960PAULINAHad our prince,
line 2961Jewel of children, seen this hour, he had paired
line 2962Well with this lord. There was not full a month
150line 2963Between their births.
line 2964LEONTESPrithee, no more; cease. Thou
line 2965know’st
line 2966He dies to me again when talked of. Sure,
line 2967When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 205 155line 2968Will bring me to consider that which may
line 2969Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.

Enter Florizell, Perdita, Cleomenes, and others.

line 2970Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince,
line 2971For she did print your royal father off,
line 2972Conceiving you. Were I but twenty-one,
160line 2973Your father’s image is so hit in you,
line 2974His very air, that I should call you brother,
line 2975As I did him, and speak of something wildly
line 2976By us performed before. Most dearly welcome,
line 2977And your fair princess—goddess! O, alas,
165line 2978I lost a couple that ’twixt heaven and Earth
line 2979Might thus have stood, begetting wonder, as
line 2980You, gracious couple, do. And then I lost—
line 2981All mine own folly—the society,
line 2982Amity too, of your brave father, whom,
170line 2983Though bearing misery, I desire my life
line 2984Once more to look on him.
line 2985FLORIZELLBy his command
line 2986Have I here touched Sicilia, and from him
line 2987Give you all greetings that a king, at friend,
175line 2988Can send his brother. And but infirmity,
line 2989Which waits upon worn times, hath something
line 2990seized
line 2991His wished ability, he had himself
line 2992The lands and waters ’twixt your throne and his
180line 2993Measured to look upon you, whom he loves—
line 2994He bade me say so—more than all the scepters
line 2995And those that bear them living.
line 2996LEONTESO my brother,
line 2997Good gentleman, the wrongs I have done thee stir
185line 2998Afresh within me, and these thy offices,
line 2999So rarely kind, are as interpreters
line 3000Of my behindhand slackness. Welcome hither,
line 3001As is the spring to th’ earth. And hath he too
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 207 line 3002Exposed this paragon to th’ fearful usage,
190line 3003At least ungentle, of the dreadful Neptune,
line 3004To greet a man not worth her pains, much less
line 3005Th’ adventure of her person?
line 3006FLORIZELLGood my lord,
line 3007She came from Libya.
195line 3008LEONTESWhere the warlike Smalus,
line 3009That noble honored lord, is feared and loved?
FLORIZELL
line 3010Most royal sir, from thence, from him, whose
line 3011daughter
line 3012His tears proclaimed his, parting with her. Thence,
200line 3013A prosperous south wind friendly, we have crossed
line 3014To execute the charge my father gave me
line 3015For visiting your Highness. My best train
line 3016I have from your Sicilian shores dismissed,
line 3017Who for Bohemia bend, to signify
205line 3018Not only my success in Libya, sir,
line 3019But my arrival and my wife’s in safety
line 3020Here where we are.
line 3021LEONTESThe blessèd gods
line 3022Purge all infection from our air whilst you
210line 3023Do climate here! You have a holy father,
line 3024A graceful gentleman, against whose person,
line 3025So sacred as it is, I have done sin,
line 3026For which the heavens, taking angry note,
line 3027Have left me issueless. And your father’s blest,
215line 3028As he from heaven merits it, with you,
line 3029Worthy his goodness. What might I have been
line 3030Might I a son and daughter now have looked on,
line 3031Such goodly things as you?

Enter a Lord.

line 3032LORDMost noble sir,
220line 3033That which I shall report will bear no credit,
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 209 line 3034Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir,
line 3035Bohemia greets you from himself by me,
line 3036Desires you to attach his son, who has—
line 3037His dignity and duty both cast off—
225line 3038Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with
line 3039A shepherd’s daughter.
line 3040LEONTESWhere’s Bohemia? Speak.
LORD
line 3041Here in your city. I now came from him.
line 3042I speak amazedly, and it becomes
230line 3043My marvel and my message. To your court
line 3044Whiles he was hast’ning—in the chase, it seems,
line 3045Of this fair couple—meets he on the way
line 3046The father of this seeming lady and
line 3047Her brother, having both their country quitted
235line 3048With this young prince.
line 3049FLORIZELLCamillo has betrayed me,
line 3050Whose honor and whose honesty till now
line 3051Endured all weathers.
line 3052LORDLay ’t so to his charge.
240line 3053He’s with the King your father.
line 3054LEONTESWho? Camillo?
LORD
line 3055Camillo, sir. I spake with him, who now
line 3056Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
line 3057Wretches so quake. They kneel, they kiss the earth,
245line 3058Forswear themselves as often as they speak.
line 3059Bohemia stops his ears and threatens them
line 3060With divers deaths in death.
line 3061PERDITAO my poor father!
line 3062The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have
250line 3063Our contract celebrated.
line 3064LEONTESYou are married?
FLORIZELL
line 3065We are not, sir, nor are we like to be.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 211 line 3066The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first.
line 3067The odds for high and low’s alike.
255line 3068LEONTESMy lord,
line 3069Is this the daughter of a king?
line 3070FLORIZELLShe is
line 3071When once she is my wife.
LEONTES
line 3072That “once,” I see, by your good father’s speed
260line 3073Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
line 3074Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,
line 3075Where you were tied in duty, and as sorry
line 3076Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,
line 3077That you might well enjoy her.
265line 3078FLORIZELLto Perdita Dear, look up.
line 3079Though Fortune, visible an enemy,
line 3080Should chase us with my father, power no jot
line 3081Hath she to change our loves.—Beseech you, sir,
line 3082Remember since you owed no more to time
270line 3083Than I do now. With thought of such affections,
line 3084Step forth mine advocate. At your request,
line 3085My father will grant precious things as trifles.
LEONTES
line 3086Would he do so, I’d beg your precious mistress,
line 3087Which he counts but a trifle.
275line 3088PAULINASir, my liege,
line 3089Your eye hath too much youth in ’t. Not a month
line 3090’Fore your queen died, she was more worth such
line 3091gazes
line 3092Than what you look on now.
280line 3093LEONTESI thought of her
line 3094Even in these looks I made. To Florizell. But your
line 3095petition
line 3096Is yet unanswered. I will to your father.
line 3097Your honor not o’erthrown by your desires,
285line 3098I am friend to them and you. Upon which errand
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 213 line 3099I now go toward him. Therefore follow me,
line 3100And mark what way I make. Come, good my lord.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter Autolycus and a Gentleman.

line 3101AUTOLYCUSBeseech you, sir, were you present at this
line 3102relation?
line 3103FIRST GENTLEMANI was by at the opening of the fardel,
line 3104heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he
5line 3105found it, whereupon, after a little amazedness, we
line 3106were all commanded out of the chamber. Only this,
line 3107methought, I heard the shepherd say: he found the
line 3108child.
line 3109AUTOLYCUSI would most gladly know the issue of it.
10line 3110FIRST GENTLEMANI make a broken delivery of the
line 3111business, but the changes I perceived in the King
line 3112and Camillo were very notes of admiration. They
line 3113seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear
line 3114the cases of their eyes. There was speech in their
15line 3115dumbness, language in their very gesture. They
line 3116looked as they had heard of a world ransomed, or
line 3117one destroyed. A notable passion of wonder appeared
line 3118in them, but the wisest beholder that knew
line 3119no more but seeing could not say if th’ importance
20line 3120were joy or sorrow; but in the extremity of the one it
line 3121must needs be.

Enter another Gentleman.

line 3122Here comes a gentleman that happily knows more.—
line 3123The news, Rogero?
line 3124SECOND GENTLEMANNothing but bonfires. The oracle
25line 3125is fulfilled: the King’s daughter is found! Such a
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 215 line 3126deal of wonder is broken out within this hour that
line 3127ballad makers cannot be able to express it.

Enter another Gentleman.

line 3128Here comes the Lady Paulina’s steward. He can
line 3129deliver you more.—How goes it now, sir? This news
30line 3130which is called true is so like an old tale that the
line 3131verity of it is in strong suspicion. Has the King
line 3132found his heir?
line 3133THIRD GENTLEMANMost true, if ever truth were pregnant
line 3134by circumstance. That which you hear you’ll
35line 3135swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The
line 3136mantle of Queen Hermione’s, her jewel about the
line 3137neck of it, the letters of Antigonus found with it,
line 3138which they know to be his character, the majesty of
line 3139the creature in resemblance of the mother, the
40line 3140affection of nobleness which nature shows above
line 3141her breeding, and many other evidences proclaim
line 3142her with all certainty to be the King’s daughter. Did
line 3143you see the meeting of the two kings?
line 3144SECOND GENTLEMANNo.
45line 3145THIRD GENTLEMANThen have you lost a sight which
line 3146was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might
line 3147you have beheld one joy crown another, so and in
line 3148such manner that it seemed sorrow wept to take
line 3149leave of them, for their joy waded in tears. There
50line 3150was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands, with
line 3151countenance of such distraction that they were to
line 3152be known by garment, not by favor. Our king, being
line 3153ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found
line 3154daughter, as if that joy were now become a loss,
55line 3155cries “O, thy mother, thy mother!” then asks Bohemia
line 3156forgiveness, then embraces his son-in-law, then
line 3157again worries he his daughter with clipping her.
line 3158Now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 217 line 3159like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings’ reigns.
60line 3160I never heard of such another encounter, which
line 3161lames report to follow it and undoes description to
line 3162do it.
line 3163SECOND GENTLEMANWhat, pray you, became of Antigonus,
line 3164that carried hence the child?
65line 3165THIRD GENTLEMANLike an old tale still, which will
line 3166have matter to rehearse though credit be asleep and
line 3167not an ear open: he was torn to pieces with a bear.
line 3168This avouches the shepherd’s son, who has not only
line 3169his innocence, which seems much, to justify him,
70line 3170but a handkerchief and rings of his that Paulina
line 3171knows.
line 3172FIRST GENTLEMANWhat became of his bark and his
line 3173followers?
line 3174THIRD GENTLEMANWracked the same instant of their
75line 3175master’s death and in the view of the shepherd, so
line 3176that all the instruments which aided to expose the
line 3177child were even then lost when it was found. But O,
line 3178the noble combat that ’twixt joy and sorrow was
line 3179fought in Paulina. She had one eye declined for the
80line 3180loss of her husband, another elevated that the
line 3181oracle was fulfilled. She lifted the Princess from the
line 3182earth, and so locks her in embracing as if she would
line 3183pin her to her heart that she might no more be in
line 3184danger of losing.
85line 3185FIRST GENTLEMANThe dignity of this act was worth the
line 3186audience of kings and princes, for by such was it
line 3187acted.
line 3188THIRD GENTLEMANOne of the prettiest touches of all,
line 3189and that which angled for mine eyes—caught the
90line 3190water, though not the fish—was when at the relation
line 3191of the Queen’s death—with the manner how
line 3192she came to ’t bravely confessed and lamented by
line 3193the King—how attentiveness wounded his daughter,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 219 line 3194till, from one sign of dolor to another, she did,
95line 3195with an “Alas,” I would fain say bleed tears, for I am
line 3196sure my heart wept blood. Who was most marble
line 3197there changed color; some swooned, all sorrowed.
line 3198If all the world could have seen ’t, the woe had been
line 3199universal.
100line 3200FIRST GENTLEMANAre they returned to the court?
line 3201THIRD GENTLEMANNo. The Princess hearing of her
line 3202mother’s statue, which is in the keeping of
line 3203Paulina—a piece many years in doing and now
line 3204newly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio
105line 3205Romano, who, had he himself eternity and could
line 3206put breath into his work, would beguile Nature of
line 3207her custom, so perfectly he is her ape; he so near to
line 3208Hermione hath done Hermione that they say one
line 3209would speak to her and stand in hope of answer.
110line 3210Thither with all greediness of affection are they
line 3211gone, and there they intend to sup.
line 3212SECOND GENTLEMANI thought she had some great
line 3213matter there in hand, for she hath privately twice or
line 3214thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione,
115line 3215visited that removed house. Shall we thither and
line 3216with our company piece the rejoicing?
line 3217FIRST GENTLEMANWho would be thence that has the
line 3218benefit of access? Every wink of an eye some new
line 3219grace will be born. Our absence makes us unthrifty
120line 3220to our knowledge. Let’s along.

The Three Gentlemen exit.

line 3221AUTOLYCUSNow, had I not the dash of my former life
line 3222in me, would preferment drop on my head. I
line 3223brought the old man and his son aboard the Prince,
line 3224told him I heard them talk of a fardel and I know
125line 3225not what. But he at that time, overfond of the
line 3226shepherd’s daughter—so he then took her to be—
line 3227who began to be much seasick, and himself little
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 221 line 3228better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery
line 3229remained undiscovered. But ’tis all one to
130line 3230me, for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it
line 3231would not have relished among my other
line 3232discredits.

Enter Shepherd and Shepherd’s Son, both dressed in rich clothing.

line 3233Here come those I have done good to against my
line 3234will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their
135line 3235fortune.
line 3236SHEPHERDCome, boy, I am past more children, but thy
line 3237sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born.
line 3238SHEPHERD’S SONto Autolycus You are well met, sir.
line 3239You denied to fight with me this other day because I
140line 3240was no gentleman born. See you these clothes? Say
line 3241you see them not and think me still no gentleman
line 3242born. You were best say these robes are not gentlemen
line 3243born. Give me the lie, do, and try whether I am
line 3244not now a gentleman born.
145line 3245AUTOLYCUSI know you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
line 3246SHEPHERD’S SONAy, and have been so any time these
line 3247four hours.
line 3248SHEPHERDAnd so have I, boy.
line 3249SHEPHERD’S SONSo you have—but I was a gentleman
150line 3250born before my father. For the King’s son took me
line 3251by the hand and called me brother, and then the
line 3252two kings called my father brother, and then the
line 3253Prince my brother and the Princess my sister called
line 3254my father father; and so we wept, and there was the
155line 3255first gentlemanlike tears that ever we shed.
line 3256SHEPHERDWe may live, son, to shed many more.
line 3257SHEPHERD’S SONAy, or else ’twere hard luck, being in
line 3258so preposterous estate as we are.
line 3259AUTOLYCUSI humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 223 160line 3260the faults I have committed to your Worship and to
line 3261give me your good report to the Prince my master.
line 3262SHEPHERDPrithee, son, do, for we must be gentle now
line 3263we are gentlemen.
line 3264SHEPHERD’S SONto Autolycus Thou wilt amend thy
165line 3265life?
line 3266AUTOLYCUSAy, an it like your good Worship.
line 3267SHEPHERD’S SONGive me thy hand. I will swear to the
line 3268Prince thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in
line 3269Bohemia.
170line 3270SHEPHERDYou may say it, but not swear it.
line 3271SHEPHERD’S SONNot swear it, now I am a gentleman?
line 3272Let boors and franklins say it; I’ll swear it.
line 3273SHEPHERDHow if it be false, son?
line 3274SHEPHERD’S SONIf it be ne’er so false, a true gentleman
175line 3275may swear it in the behalf of his friend.—And
line 3276I’ll swear to the Prince thou art a tall fellow of thy
line 3277hands and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know
line 3278thou art no tall fellow of thy hands and that thou
line 3279wilt be drunk. But I’ll swear it, and I would thou
180line 3280wouldst be a tall fellow of thy hands.
line 3281AUTOLYCUSI will prove so, sir, to my power.
line 3282SHEPHERD’S SONAy, by any means prove a tall fellow. If
line 3283I do not wonder how thou dar’st venture to be
line 3284drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark,
185line 3285the Kings and Princes, our kindred, are going to see
line 3286the Queen’s picture. Come, follow us. We’ll be thy
line 3287good masters.

They exit.

Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 225

Scene 3

Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizell, Perdita, Camillo, Paulina, and Lords.

LEONTES
line 3288O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort
line 3289That I have had of thee!
line 3290PAULINAWhat, sovereign sir,
line 3291I did not well, I meant well. All my services
5line 3292You have paid home. But that you have vouchsafed,
line 3293With your crowned brother and these your contracted
line 3294Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit,
line 3295It is a surplus of your grace which never
line 3296My life may last to answer.
10line 3297LEONTESO Paulina,
line 3298We honor you with trouble. But we came
line 3299To see the statue of our queen. Your gallery
line 3300Have we passed through, not without much content
line 3301In many singularities; but we saw not
15line 3302That which my daughter came to look upon,
line 3303The statue of her mother.
line 3304PAULINAAs she lived peerless,
line 3305So her dead likeness, I do well believe,
line 3306Excels whatever yet you looked upon
20line 3307Or hand of man hath done. Therefore I keep it
line 3308Lonely, apart. But here it is. Prepare
line 3309To see the life as lively mocked as ever
line 3310Still sleep mocked death. Behold, and say ’tis well.

She draws a curtain to reveal Hermione (like a statue).

line 3311I like your silence. It the more shows off
25line 3312Your wonder. But yet speak. First you, my liege.
line 3313Comes it not something near?
line 3314LEONTESHer natural posture!—
line 3315Chide me, dear stone, that I may say indeed
line 3316Thou art Hermione; or rather, thou art she
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 227 30line 3317In thy not chiding, for she was as tender
line 3318As infancy and grace.—But yet, Paulina,
line 3319Hermione was not so much wrinkled, nothing
line 3320So agèd as this seems.
line 3321POLIXENESO, not by much!
PAULINA
35line 3322So much the more our carver’s excellence,
line 3323Which lets go by some sixteen years and makes her
line 3324As she lived now.
line 3325LEONTESAs now she might have done,
line 3326So much to my good comfort as it is
40line 3327Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood,
line 3328Even with such life of majesty—warm life,
line 3329As now it coldly stands—when first I wooed her.
line 3330I am ashamed. Does not the stone rebuke me
line 3331For being more stone than it?—O royal piece,
45line 3332There’s magic in thy majesty, which has
line 3333My evils conjured to remembrance and
line 3334From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
line 3335Standing like stone with thee.
line 3336PERDITAAnd give me leave,
50line 3337And do not say ’tis superstition, that
line 3338I kneel, and then implore her blessing.She kneels.
line 3339Lady,
line 3340Dear queen, that ended when I but began,
line 3341Give me that hand of yours to kiss.
55line 3342PAULINAO, patience!
line 3343The statue is but newly fixed; the color’s
line 3344Not dry.
CAMILLOto Leontes, who weeps
line 3345My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on,
line 3346Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,
60line 3347So many summers dry. Scarce any joy
line 3348Did ever so long live; no sorrow
line 3349But killed itself much sooner.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 229 line 3350POLIXENESDear my brother,
line 3351Let him that was the cause of this have power
65line 3352To take off so much grief from you as he
line 3353Will piece up in himself.
line 3354PAULINAIndeed, my lord,
line 3355If I had thought the sight of my poor image
line 3356Would thus have wrought you—for the stone is
70line 3357mine—
line 3358I’d not have showed it.
line 3359LEONTESDo not draw the curtain.
PAULINA
line 3360No longer shall you gaze on ’t, lest your fancy
line 3361May think anon it moves.
75line 3362LEONTESLet be, let be.
line 3363Would I were dead but that methinks already—
line 3364What was he that did make it?—See, my lord,
line 3365Would you not deem it breathed? And that those
line 3366veins
80line 3367Did verily bear blood?
line 3368POLIXENESMasterly done.
line 3369The very life seems warm upon her lip.
LEONTES
line 3370The fixture of her eye has motion in ’t,
line 3371As we are mocked with art.
85line 3372PAULINAI’ll draw the curtain.
line 3373My lord’s almost so far transported that
line 3374He’ll think anon it lives.
line 3375LEONTESO sweet Paulina,
line 3376Make me to think so twenty years together!
90line 3377No settled senses of the world can match
line 3378The pleasure of that madness. Let ’t alone.
PAULINA
line 3379I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirred you, but
line 3380I could afflict you farther.
line 3381LEONTESDo, Paulina,
95line 3382For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 231 line 3383As any cordial comfort. Still methinks
line 3384There is an air comes from her. What fine chisel
line 3385Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me,
line 3386For I will kiss her.
100line 3387PAULINAGood my lord, forbear.
line 3388The ruddiness upon her lip is wet.
line 3389You’ll mar it if you kiss it, stain your own
line 3390With oily painting. Shall I draw the curtain?
LEONTES
line 3391No, not these twenty years.
105line 3392PERDITArising So long could I
line 3393Stand by, a looker-on.
line 3394PAULINAEither forbear,
line 3395Quit presently the chapel, or resolve you
line 3396For more amazement. If you can behold it,
110line 3397I’ll make the statue move indeed, descend
line 3398And take you by the hand. But then you’ll think—
line 3399Which I protest against—I am assisted
line 3400By wicked powers.
line 3401LEONTESWhat you can make her do
115line 3402I am content to look on; what to speak,
line 3403I am content to hear, for ’tis as easy
line 3404To make her speak as move.
line 3405PAULINAIt is required
line 3406You do awake your faith. Then all stand still—
120line 3407Or those that think it is unlawful business
line 3408I am about, let them depart.
line 3409LEONTESProceed.
line 3410No foot shall stir.
line 3411PAULINAMusic, awake her! Strike!

Music sounds.

125line 3412’Tis time. Descend. Be stone no more. Approach.
line 3413Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come,
line 3414I’ll fill your grave up. Stir, nay, come away.
line 3415Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him
line 3416Dear life redeems you.—You perceive she stirs.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 233

Hermione descends.

130line 3417Start not. Her actions shall be holy as
line 3418You hear my spell is lawful. Do not shun her
line 3419Until you see her die again, for then
line 3420You kill her double. Nay, present your hand.
line 3421When she was young, you wooed her; now in age
135line 3422Is she become the suitor?
line 3423LEONTESO, she’s warm!
line 3424If this be magic, let it be an art
line 3425Lawful as eating.
line 3426POLIXENESShe embraces him.
140line 3427CAMILLOShe hangs about his neck.
line 3428If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
POLIXENES
line 3429Ay, and make it manifest where she has lived,
line 3430Or how stol’n from the dead.
line 3431PAULINAThat she is living,
145line 3432Were it but told you, should be hooted at
line 3433Like an old tale, but it appears she lives,
line 3434Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.
line 3435To Perdita. Please you to interpose, fair madam.
line 3436Kneel
150line 3437And pray your mother’s blessing. To Hermione.
line 3438Turn, good lady.
line 3439Our Perdita is found.
line 3440HERMIONEYou gods, look down,
line 3441And from your sacred vials pour your graces
155line 3442Upon my daughter’s head! Tell me, mine own,
line 3443Where hast thou been preserved? Where lived? How
line 3444found
line 3445Thy father’s court? For thou shalt hear that I,
line 3446Knowing by Paulina that the oracle
160line 3447Gave hope thou wast in being, have preserved
line 3448Myself to see the issue.
line 3449PAULINAThere’s time enough for that,
line 3450Lest they desire upon this push to trouble
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 235 line 3451Your joys with like relation. Go together,
165line 3452You precious winners all. Your exultation
line 3453Partake to everyone. I, an old turtle,
line 3454Will wing me to some withered bough and there
line 3455My mate, that’s never to be found again,
line 3456Lament till I am lost.
170line 3457LEONTESO peace, Paulina.
line 3458Thou shouldst a husband take by my consent,
line 3459As I by thine a wife. This is a match,
line 3460And made between ’s by vows. Thou hast found
line 3461mine—
175line 3462But how is to be questioned, for I saw her,
line 3463As I thought, dead, and have in vain said many
line 3464A prayer upon her grave. I’ll not seek far—
line 3465For him, I partly know his mind—to find thee
line 3466An honorable husband.—Come, Camillo,
180line 3467And take her by the hand, whose worth and honesty
line 3468Is richly noted and here justified
line 3469By us, a pair of kings. Let’s from this place.
line 3470To Hermione. What, look upon my brother! Both
line 3471your pardons
185line 3472That e’er I put between your holy looks
line 3473My ill suspicion. This your son-in-law
line 3474And son unto the King, whom heavens directing,
line 3475Is troth-plight to your daughter.—Good Paulina,
line 3476Lead us from hence, where we may leisurely
190line 3477Each one demand and answer to his part
line 3478Performed in this wide gap of time since first
line 3479We were dissevered. Hastily lead away.

They exit.


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