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known; but I have missingly noted he is of late much retired from court, and is less frequent to his princely exercises than formerly he hath appeared.

Pol. I have considered so much, Camillo, and with some care; so far, that I have eyes under my service which look upon his removedness : from whom I have this intelligence, that he is seldom from the house of a most homely shepherd; a man, they say that from very nothing, and beyond the imagination of his neighbours, is grown into an unspeakable estate.

Cam. I have heard, sir, of such a man, who hath a daughter of most rare note: the report of her is extended more that can be thought to begin from such a cottage.

Pol. That's likewise part of my intelligence, but I fear the angle that plucks our son thither. Thou shalt accompany us to the place, where we will, not appearing what we are, have some question with the shepherd; from whose simplicity I think it not uneasy to get the cause of my son's resort thither. Prythee, be my present partner in this business, and lay aside the thoughts of Sicilia.

Cam. I willingly obey your command.

Pol. My best Camillo !— We must disguise ourselves.

[Exeunt. SCENE II.— The Same. A Road near the Shep

herd's Cottage.

Enter AUTOLYCUS, singing. When daffodils begin to peer,

With, heigh ! the doxy over the dale,-Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year ;

For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.

The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,

With heigh! the sweet birds, 0, how they single Doth set my pugging tooth on edge ;

For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.

The lark, that tirra-lirra chants,

With heigh! with heigh! the thrush and the jay, Are summer songs for me and my aunts,

While we lie tumbling in the hay.

I have served Prince Florizel, and, in my time, wore three pile ; but now I am out of service :

But shall I go mourn for that, my dear ?

The pale moon shines by night ;
And when I wander here and there,

I then do most go right.

If tinkers may have leare to live,

And bear the sou-skin budget,
Then my account I well may give,

And in the stocks acouch it. My traffic is sheets; when the kite builds, look to lesser linen. My father named me Autolycus; who being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. With die and drab I purchased this caparison, and my revenue is the silly cheat. Gallows and knock are too powerful on the highway ; beating and hanging are terrors to me : for the life to come, I sleep out the thought of it.-A prize ! a prize!

Enter Clown. Clo. Let me see :-every 'leven wether tods ; every tod yields pound and odd shilling: fifteen hundred shorn, what comes the wool to?

Aut. (A side.] If the springe hold, the cock's mine.

Clo. I cannot do 't without counters.—Let me see; what am I to buy for our sheep-shearing feast ? «Three pound of sugar; five pound of currants; rice,'—what will this sister of mine do with rice? But my father hath made her mistress of the feast, and she lays it on. She hath made me four-and-twenty nosegays for the shearers; three

man songmen all, and very good ones, but they are most of them means and bases : but one Puritan amongst them, and he sings psalms to hornpipes. I must have saffron, to colour the warden pies; mace; dates,-none ; that's out of my note: “nutmegs, seven: a race or two of ginger;' but that I may beg :-'four pound of prunes, and as many of raisins o' the sun.' Aut. O, that ever I was born!

[Grovelling on the ground. Clo. I'the name of me,

Aut. O, help me, help me! pluck but off these rags, and then, death, death!

Clo. Alack, poor soul ! thou hast need of more rags to lay on thee, rather than have these off.

Aut. O, sir, the loathsomeness of them offends me more than the stripes I have received, which are mighty ones, and millions.

Clo. Alas, poor man! a million of beating may come to a great matter.

Aut. I am robbed, sir, and beaten; my money and apparel ta’en from me, and these detestable things put upon me.

Clo. What, by a horseman, or a footman ?
Aut. A footman, sweet sir, a footman.
Clo. Indeed, he should be a footman, by the

garments he hath left with thee: if this be a horseman's coat, it hath seen very hot service. Lend me thy hand, I'll help thee: come, lend me thy hand.

[Helping him up. Aut. O, good sir, tenderly, O! Clo. Alas, poor soul !

Aut. O, good sir"; softly, good sir. I fear, sir, my shoulder-blade is out.

Clo. How now ? canst stand ?

Aut. Softly, dear sir (picks his pocket), good sir, softly. You ha' done me a charitable office.

Clo. Dost lack any money? I have a little money for thee.

Aut. No, good, sweet sir : no, I beseech you, sir. I have a kinsman not past three-quarters of a inile hence, unto whom I was going : I shall there have money, or anything I want. Offer me no money, I pray you ! that kills my heart.

Clo. What manner of fellow was he that robbed

you ?

Aut. A fellow, sir, that I have known to go about with trol-my-dames: I knew him once a servant of the prince. I cannot tell, good sir, for which of his virtues it was, but he was certainly whipped out of the court.

Clo. His vices, you would say ; there's no virtue

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