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Has these poor men in question. Never saw I table passion of wonder appeared in them: but Wretches so quake: they kneel, they kiss the the wisest beholder, that knew no more but earth;
seeing, could not say, if the importance were Forswear themselves as often as they speak: joy, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them it must needs be. With divers deaths in death. Per. O, my poor father!
Enter another GENTLEMAN. The heaven sets spies upon us, will not have Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows Our contract celebrated. Leon. You are married ?
The news, Rogero? Flo. We are not, Sir, nor are we like to be ; 2. Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :- fulfilled; the king's daughter is found : such a The odds for high and low's alike.
deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, Leon. My lord,
that ballad-makers cannot be able to express Is this the daughter of a king ?
it. Flo. She is, When once she is my wife.
Enter a third GENTLEMAN. Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can speed,
deliver you more.-How goes it now, Sir? this Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, news, which is called true, is so like an old Most sorry, you have broken from his liking, tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion: Where you were tied in duty: and as sorry, Has the king found his heir ? Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty, 3 Gent. Most true; if ever truth were pregThat you might well enjoy her.
nant by circumstance: that, which you hear, . Flo. Dear, look up:
you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the Though fortune, visible an enemy, [jot proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione :-her Should chase us, with my father; power no jewel about the neck of it: the letters of AnHath she, to change our loves.—'Beseech you, tigonus, found with it, which they know to be Sir,
his character :--the majesty of the creature, in Remember since you ow'd no more to time resemblance of the mother ;--the affectioni of Than I do now: with thought of such affec- nobleness, which nature shows above her breedtions,
ing;-and many other evidences, proclaim her, Step forth mine advocate; at your request, with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. My father will grant precious things, as trifles. Did you see the meeting of the two kings? Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious 2 Gent. No. mistress,
3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which Which he counts but a trifle.
was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There Paul. Sir, my liege,
[month might you have beheld one joy crown another; Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a so, and in such manner, that, it seemed, sorrow 'Fore' your queen died, she was more worth wept to take leave of them; for their joy waded such gazes
in tears. There was casting up of eyes, holdThan what you look on now.
ing up of hands; with countenance of such Leon. I thought of her,
distraction, that they were to be known by Even in these looks I made.-But your petition garment, not by favour. Our king, being
[To FLORIZEL. ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found Is yet unanswer'd; I will to your father; daughter; as if that joy were now become a Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires, loss, cries, 0, thy mother, thy mother! then I am a friend to them, and you: upon which asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his errand
son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter, I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, And mark what way I make : Come, good my shepherd, which stands by, like a weather
with clippings her; now he thanks the old lord.
(Exeunt. bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I never
heard of such another encounter, which lames SCENE 11.--The same. Before the Palace.
report to follow it, and undoes description to Enter AUTOLYCUs and a GENTLEMAN.
do it. Aut. 'Beseech you, Sir, were you present at
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, this relation ?
that carried hence the child ? 1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the
3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; which will fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the man- have matter to rehearse, though credit be ner how he found it: whereupon, after a little asleep, and not an ear open: He was torn to amazedness, we were all commanded out of pieces with a bear: this avouches the shepthe chamber; only this, methought I heard herd's son ; who has not only his innocence the shepherd say, he found the child.
(which seems much,) to justify him, but a hanAut. I would most gladly know the issue of kerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows. it.
1 Gent. What became of his bark and his 1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the busi- followers ? ness;-But the changes I perceived in the king,
3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their and Camillo, were very notes of admiration? master's death; and in the view of the shepthey seemed almost, with staring at one ano- herd: so that all the instruments, which aided ther, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was
to expose the child, were even then lost, when speech in their dumbness, language in their it was found. But, o, the noble combat, that
, very gesture; they looked, as they had heard 'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina! of a world ransomed, or one destroyed: A no- She had one eye declined for the loss of her
husband; another elevated that the oracle was # Conversation + A quibble on the false dice so called
* The thing imported. + Disposition or quality, 1 Descent or wealth
Countenance, features. Embracing.
fulfilled ; She lifted the princess from the earth; l Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these and so locks her in embracing, as if she would I four hour pin her to her heart, that she might no more Shep. And so have I, boy. be in danger of losing.
Clo. So you have:- but I was a gentlemari 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the born before my father: for the king's son took audience of kings and princes; for by such me by the hand, and called me, brother; and was it acted.
then the two kings called my father, brother; 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and then the prince, my brother, and the prina and that which angled for mine eyes (caught cess, my sister, called my father, father; and the water, though not the fish,) was, when at so we wept: and there was the first gentlethe relation of the queen's death, with the | man-like tears that ever we shed. manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. and lamented by the king,) bow attentiveness | Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of so preposterous estate as we are. dolour to another, she did. With an ulas! IT Aut. I humbly beseec pu, Si would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, me all the faults I have committed to your wormy heart wept blood. Who was most marble ship, and to give me your good report to the there*, changed colour; some swooned, all prince my master. sorrowed: if all the world could have seen it, Shep. 'Pr’ythee, son, do; for we must be the woe had been universal.
gentle, now we are gentlemen. 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court?
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life? 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mo- Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Pau- Clo, Give me thy hand: I will swear to the lina,-a piece many years in doing, and nowp
w | pripce, thou art as honest a true fellow as any newly performed by that rare Italian master, is in Bohemia. Julio Romano ; who, had he himself eternity, Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. and could put breath into his work, would be | Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? guile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is Let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it. her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done | Shep. How if it be false, son ? Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with may swear it, in the behalf of his friend:-And all greediness of affection, are they gone; and I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tallt fellow there they intend to sup.
of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; 2 Gent. I thought, she had some great mat- but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy ter there in hand; for she hath privately, twice hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll or thrice a day, ever since the death of Her- swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall mione, visited that removedt house. Shall we fellow of thy hands. thither, and with our company piece the re Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to my power. joicing ?
Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the If I do not wonder, how thou darest venture benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me new grace will be born: our absence makes us not.-Hark! the kings and the princes, our unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. kindred, are going to see the queen's picture.
(Exeunt GENTLEMEN. Come, follow us: we'll be thy good masters. Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former
(Exeunt. life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the
SCENE 111.-The same.--A Room in Paulprince; told him, I heard him talk of a fardel,
INA's House. and I know not what: but he at that time, Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PER. Over-fond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he
DITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Atthen took her to be,) who began to be much
tendunts. sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained
Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me: for had
That I have had of thee!
(comfort I been the finder-out of this secret, it would
1. Paul. What, sovereign Sir, not have relished among my other discredits.
I did not well, I meant well: All my services,
You have paid home: but that you have vouchEnter SHEPHERD and Clown.
With your crown'd brother, and these your Here comes those I have done good to against | Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to my will, and already appearing in the blos
visit, soms of their fortune.
| It is a surplus of your grace, which never Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; | My life may last to answer. but thy sons and daughters will be all gentle Leon. O Paulina, men born.
We honour you with trouble : But we came Clo. You are well met, Sir: You denied to To see the statue of our queen : your gallery fight with me this other day, because I was no Have we pass'd through, not without much gentleman born: See you these clothes ? say,
content you see them not, and think me still no gen In many singularities; but we saw not tleman born: you were best say, these robes That which my daughter came to look upon, are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie; do; The statue of her mother. and try whether I am not now a gentleman Paul. As she liv'd peerless, born.
So her dead likeness, I do well believe, · Aut. I know, you are now, Sir, a gentleman Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, boro.
Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it
* Most petrified with wonder.
you : but
Lonely, apart: But here it is: prepare My lord's almost so far transported, that
Make me to think so twenty years together ; [PAULINA undraws a Curtain, and discovers No settled senses of the world can match a statue.
The oloasure of that madness. Let't alone. I like your silence, it the more shows off Puut, I am sorry, Sir, I have thus far stirr'd Your wonder: But yet speak ;-first, you, my Comes it not something near! [liege, I could afflict you further. Leon. Her natural posture!
Leon. Do, Paulina; Chide me, clear stone; that I may say, indeed, For this afliction has a taste as sweet Thou art H rmione: or, rather, thou art she, As any cordial comfort.--Still, inethinks, In thy not chiding; for she was as tender, There is an air comes from her: What fine As infancy, and grace.-But yet, Paulina,
(me, Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Could ever yet cut breath ? Let no man mock So aged, as this seems.
For I will kiss her. Pol. 6, not by mucb.
Paul. Good my lord, forbear : Paul. So much the more our carver's excel- The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; lence;
You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Which lets go by some sixteen years, and with oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain? makes her
Leon. No, not these twenty years. As she liv'd now.
Per. So long could I Leon. As now she might have done,
Stand by, a looker on. So much to my good comfort, as it is
Paul. Either forbear, Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, For more amazement: If you can behold it, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd I'll make the statue move indeed; descend, her!
And take you hy the hand: but then you'll I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me,
think, for being more stone than it?-0, royal piece, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted There's magic in thy majesty; which has By wicked powers. My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and Leon. What you can make her do, From thy admiring daughter took the spirits, I am content to look on: what to speak, Standing like stone with thee!
I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy Per. And give me leave;
To make her speak, as move. And do not say, 'tis superstition, that
Paul. It is requir'd, I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still; Dear queen, that ended when I but began, Or those, that think it is unlawful business Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.
I am about, let them depart. Paul. O, patience,
Leon. Proceed; The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's No foot shall stir. Not dry:
Paul. Music; awake her: strike.- [Music. Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more: apon;
proach; Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; So many summers, dry : scarce any joy I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
Bequeath to death your numbness, for from But kill'd itselt much sooner.
(stirs : Pol. Dear my brother,
Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she Let him, that was the cause of this, have power [HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal., To take off so much grief from you, as he Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, Will piece up in himself.
You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Paul. Indeed, my lord,
Until you see her die again ; for then If I had thought, the sight of my poor image You kill her double: Nay, present your hand: Would thus have wrought* you, (for the stone When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in is mine,) Is she become the suitor.
(age, I'd not have show'd it.
Leon. O, she's warm! [Embrucing her. Leon. Do not draw the curtain.
If this be magic, let it be an art Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest Lawful as eating. your fancy
Pol. She embraces him. May think anon, it moves.
Cam. She hangs about his neck; Leon. Let te, let be.
If she pertain to life, let her speaks too. Would I were dead, but that methinks al- Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she bas ready
liv'd What was he, that did make it?-See, my Or, how stol’n from the dead ! Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that Paul. That she is living, those veins
Were it but told you, should be hooted at Did verily bear blood ?
Like an uld tale; but it appears, slie lives, Pol. Masterly done:
Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. The very life seems warm upon her lip. Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel,
Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't+ And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good Ast we are mock'd with art.
Our Perdita is found.
(lady; Paul. I'll draw the curtain;
[Presenting Perdita, who kneels to
HERNIONE. Worked, agitated.
Her. You gods, look down, +1. e. Though her eye be fixed it seems to have motion And from your secret vials pour your graces
Upon my daughter's head!--Tell me, mine own, Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? But how, is to be question’d: for I saw her, how found
[I, As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that
many Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle
A prayer upon her grave : I'll not seek far Gave hope thou wast in being-have preserva (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Myself, to see the issue.
An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo, Paul. There's time enough for that; And take her by the hand: whose worth, and Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble
honesty, Your joys with like relation.—Go together, Is richly noted; and here justified You precious winners* all; your exultation By us, a pair of kings.—Let's from this place.Partaket to every one. 1, an old turtle, What?—Look upon my brother !-both your Will wing me to some wither'd bough'; and pardons, there
That e'er 1 put between your holy looks My mate, that's never to be found again, My ill suspicion. This your son-in-law, Lament till I am lost.
And son unto the king, (whom heavens directLeon. O peace, Paulina;
(lina, Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good PauAs I by thine, a wife: this is a match, Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely And made between's by vows. Thou hast Each one demand, and answer to his part found mine;
Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first
We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away. You who by this discovery have gained what you de. + Participate.
COMEDY OF ERRORS.
SOLINUS, Duke of Ephesus.
A MERCHANT, Friend to Antipholus of SyraÆgeon, a Merchant of Syracuse.
Twin Brothers, Pinch, a Schoolmaster, and a Conjuror. ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus,
and Sons to EANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse, geon and Æmi- ÆMILIA, Wife to Ægeon,
an Abbess at Ephesus. lia, but unknown ADRIANA, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus. to each other.
LUCIANA, her Sister. DROmio of Ephesus,
Twin Brothers, and Luce, her Servant.
Attendants on the A Courtezan.
Jailer, Officers, and other Attendants.
I'll utter what my sorrow gives me leave.
In Syracusa was I born ; and wed SCENEI.-A Hall in the Duke's Palace.
Unto a woman, happy but for me, Enter Duke, ÆGEON, Jailer, Officer, and other And by me too had not our hap been bad. Attendants.
With her I liv'd in joy; our wealth increas’d, Æge. Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, To Epidamnum, till my factor's death;
By prosperous voyages I often made And, by the
doom of death, end woes and all. And he (great care of goods at random left) Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more; Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse: I am not partial, to infringe our laws : The enmity and discord, which of late [duke From whom my absence was not six months Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your Before herself (almost at fainting, ander To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen,- The pleasing punishment that women bear,) Have sealed his rigorous statutes with their And soon, and safe, arrived where I was, Who, wanting gilders* to redeem their lives,
Had made provision for her following me, bloods,
There she had not been long, but she became Excludes all pity from our threatning looks. For, since the mortal and intestine jars
A joyful mother of two goodly sons; [other, "Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
And, which was strange, the one so like the It hath in solemn synods been decreed,
As could not be distinguish'd but by names. Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,
That very hour, and in the self-same inn, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns:
A poor mean woman was delivered Nay, more,
Of such a burden, male twins, both alike :
Those, for their parents were exceeding poor, If any, born at Ephesus, be seen
I bought, and brought up to attend my sons. At any Syracusan martst and fairs, Again, If any Syracusan born,
My wife, not meanly proud of two such boys,
Made daily motions for our home return:
Unwilling I agreed ; alas, too soon.
We came aboard : Unless a thousand marks be levied,
A league from Epidamnum had we sail'd. To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.
Before the always-wind-obeying deep
Gave any tragic instance of our harm :
But longer did we not retain much hope;
words for what obscured light the heavens did grant are done,
Did but convey unto our fearful minds
A doubtful warrant of immediate death ; My woes end likewise with the evening sun. Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the Which, though myself would gladly have em
Yet the incessant weepings of my wife,
Weeping before for what she saw must come, Æge. A heavier task could not have been And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, impos'd,
That mourn'à for fashion, ignorant what to
fear, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable : Yet, that the world may witness, that my end Forc'd me to seek delays for them and me. Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence, The sailors sought for safety by our boat,
And this it was,-for other means was none.Naine of a coin. + Markets. ^ Natural affection. And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us :