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Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ;
The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :-
The odds for high and low's alike.”
Leon.

My lord,
Is this the daughter of a king?
Flo.

She is,
When once she is

my

wife. Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's

speed,
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,
Where you were tied in duty : and as sorry,
Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,
That you might well enjoy her.
Flo,

Dear, look up :
Though fortune, visible an enemy,
Should chase us, with my father; power no jot
Hath she, to change our loyes.—'Beseech

you,

sir, Remember since you ow'd no more to time? Than I do now : with thought of such affections, Step forth mine advocate; at your request, My father will grant precious things, as trifles. 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.-But your petition

[To FLORIZEL.

* The odds for high and low's alike.] A quibble upon the false dice so called. 3 Remember since

you ow'd no more to time, &c.] Recollect the period when you were of my age.

Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father ;
Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires,
I am a friend to them, and you: upon which errand
I now go toward him; therefore, follow me,
And mark what way I make : Come, good my lord. .

[Exeunt.

SCENE II.

The same. Before the Palace.

Enter AUTOLYCUS and a Gentleman. Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were your present at this relation ?

i 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 amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber; only this, methought I heard the sheplierd say, he found the child.

Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

i Gent. I 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 of 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.

- if the importance were joy, or sorrow:] Importance here means, the thing imported.

Enter another Gentleman. Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: The news, Rogero ?

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.

Enter a third Gentleman. Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can deliver you more.—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 know to be his character :—the majesty of the 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?

2 Gent. No.

3 Gent. Then have you 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 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

5 the affection of nobleness,] Affection here perhaps means disposition or quality.

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, O, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemia forgiveness ; then embraces his son-inlaw; 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.

i Gent. What became of his bark, and his followers ?

3 Gent. Wrecked, 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, 0, 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.

6

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-favour.) i. e. countenance, features.

with clipping her ;] i. e. embracing her. 9

i 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 that which angled for mine eyes (caught the water, though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the queen's death, with the manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, and lamented by the king,) how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an alas ! I would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, my heart wept blood. Who was most marble there, changed colour ; some swooned, all sorrowed: if all the world could have seen it, the woe had been universal.

i Gent. Are they returned to the court?

3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina,a piece many years in doing, and now newly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape : he so near to Hermione hath done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to her, and stand in lrope of answer: thither with all greediness of affection, are they gone; and there they intend to sup,

2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there in hand ; for she hath privately, twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoicing?

i Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benefit of access ?' every wink of an eye, some new

most marble there,] i. e. those who had the hardest hearts.

· Who would be thexce, that has the benefit of access ?] It was, I

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