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Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's speed,
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Flo. Dear, look up
Though Fortune, visible an enemy,
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious mistress, Which he counts but a trifle.
Paul. Sir, my liege,
Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such gazes
Than what you look on now.
Leon. I thought of her,
Even in these looks I made.—[To Florizel.] But your petition
Is yet unanswered. I will to your father:
Scene II.—The Same. Before the Palace.
Enter Autolycus and a Gentleman.
Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation t
l Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little aniazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber; only this, methought I heard the shepherd say he found the child.
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
l Gent. 1 make a broken delivery of the business; but the changes I perceived in the king and Camillo, were very notes of admiration: they seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases their eyes; there was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; they looked, as they had heard of a world ransomed, or one destroyed. A notable passion of wonder appeared in them; but the wisest beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance were joy or sorrow, but in the extremity of the one it must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman.
Here comes a gentleman, that, haply, knows more. The news, Rogero 1
2 Gent. Nothing but bonfires. The oracle is fulfilled; the king's daughter is found: such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it. Here comes the Lady Paulina's steward: he can deliver you more.
Enter a third Gentleman.
How goes it now, sir? this news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion. Has the king found his heir?
3 Gent. Most true, if ever truth were pregnant by circumstance: that which you hear you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of Queen Hermione ;—her jewel about the neck of it;—the letters of Antigonus found with it, which they knew to be his character ;— the majesty of Ihe creature, in resemblance of the mother;—the affection of nobleness, which nature shows above her breeding, and many other evidences, proclaim her with all certainty to be the king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings 1
2 Gent. No.
3 Gent. Then you have lost a sight which was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such a manner, that it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave of them, for their joy waded in tears. There was casting up of eyes, holding up of hands, with countenance of such distraction, that they were to be known by garment, not by favour. Our king, being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter, as if that joy were now become a loss, cries, "0 thy mother, thy mother!" then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; then again worries he his daughter with clipping her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by like a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes description to do it.
2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, that carried hence the child?
3 Gent. Like an old tale still, which will have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not an ear open. He was torn to pieces with a bear: this avouches the shepherd's son, who has not only his innocence, which seems much, to justify him, but a handkerchief, and rings of his, that Paulina knows.
l Gent. What became of his bark, and his followers?
3 Gent. Wracked, the same instant of their master's death, and in the view of the shepherd: so that all the instruments, which aided to expose the child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, O, the noble combat, that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declined for the loss of her husband, another elevated that the oracle was fulfilled: she lifted the princess from the earth, and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no more be in danger of losing.
l Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings and princes, for by such was it acted.
3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and