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Even for your son's fake ; and, thereby, o for sealing
The injury of tongues, in courts and kingdoms
Known and ally'd to yours.

Leo. Thou doft advise me,
Even so as I mine own course have set down :
I'll give no blemish to her honour, none.

Cam. My lord,
Go then; and with a countenance as clear
As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia,
And with your queen : I am his cup-bearer ;
If from me he have wholesome beveridge,
Account me not your servant.

Leo. This is all :
Do't, and thou hast the one half of my heart ;
Do't not, thou split’st thine own.

Cam. I'll do't, my lord.
Leo. I will seem friendly, as thou hast advis'd me. Exis.

Cam. O miserable lady !-But, for me,
What cale stand I in? I must be the poisoner
Of good Polixenes: and my ground to do't
Is the obedience to a master ; one,
Who, in rebellion with himself, will have
All that are his, so too.-To do this deed,
Promotion follows: If I could find example
Of thousands, that had struck anointed kings,
And Aourish'd after, I'd not do't: but since
Nor brass, nor stone, nor parchment bears not one,
Let villainy itself forswear't. I must
Forsake the court: to do’t, or no, is certain
To me 9 a break-neck. Happy ítar reign now!
Here comes Bohemia.

such tong upline Athine owa.badful precipice ;

for fealing the injury of tongues,]-preventing lander ; sealing up such tongues as would spread injurious reports.

P thou split'A thine own.]—thou art double hearted, a deceiver.

9 a break-neck.)-a dreadful precipice ; attended with imminent danger.



Enter Polixenes.
Pol. This is strange! methinks,
My favour here begins to warp. Not speak ? -
Good-day, Camillo.

Cam. Hail, most royal sir !
Pol. What is the news i'the court?
Cam. None rare, my lord.

Pol. The king hath on him such a countenance,
As he had lost some province, and a region,
Lov'd as he loves himself : even now I met him
With customary compliment ; when he,
Wafting his eyes to the contrary, and falling
A lip of much contempt, speeds from me; and
So leaves me, to consider what is breeding,
That changes thus his manners.

Cam. I dare not know, my lord.
Pol. How! dare not ? do not ? do you know, and dare

* Be intelligent to me? 'Tis thereabouts ;
For, to yourself, what you do know, you must;
And cannot say, you dare not. Good Camillo,
Your chang'd complexions are to me a mirror,
Which shews me mine chang'd too; for I must be
A party in this alteration, finding
Myself thus alter'd with it.

Cam. There is a sickness
Which puts some of us in distemper ; but
I cannot name the disease; and it is caught
Of you, that yet are well.

Pol. How! caught of me?
Make me not sighted like the basilisk:
I have look'd on thousands, who have sped the better

* Be intelligent 10 me ?]-Communicate your knowledge to me.


By my regard, but kill'd none so. Camillo,
As you are certainly a gentleman ; thereto
Clerk-like, experienc'd, which no less adorns
Our gentry, than our parents' noble names,
? In whose success we are gentle,-1 beseech you,
If you know aught which does behove my knowledge,
Thereof to be inform’d; imprison it not
In ignorant concealment.

Cam. I may not answer.

Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I well !
I must be answer'd.-Dost thou hear, Camillo,
I conjure thee, by all the parts of man,
Which honour does acknowledge, whereof the least
Is not 'this suit of mine, -that thou declare
What incidency thou dost guess of harm
Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near ;
Which way to be prevented, if to be;
If not, how best to bear it.

Cam. Sir, I'll tell you ;
Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him .
That I think honourable: Therefore, mark my counsel;
Which must be even as swiftly follow'd, as
I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me
Cry, loft, and so good-night.

Pol. On, yood Camillo.
Cam. I am appointed Him to murder you.
Pol. By whom, Camillo ?
Cam. By the king.
Pol. For what?

Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he swears, As he had seen't, or been an instrument

In whose fuccefs we are gentle,]-Succession ; in consequence of whose success in life, we arrive at that distinction. this fuit of mine, ]—a king's request of help.

"To vice you to’t,--that you have touch'd his queen

Pol. Oh, then my best blood turn
To an infected jelly; and my name
Be yok'd with his that did betray the best !
Turn then my freshest reputation to
A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril
Where I arrive ; and my approach be shund,

00, worse than the great'st infection That e'er was heard, or read !

Cam. * Swear his thought over
By each particular star in heaven, and
By all their influences ; you may as well
Forbid the sea for to obey the moon,
As or, by oath, remove, or counsel, shake,
The fabrick of his folly; whose foundation
Is pild upon his faith, and will continue
? The standing of his body.

Pol. How should this grow?.

Cam. I know not : but, I am sure, 'tis fafer to
Avoid what's grown, than question how 'tis born.
If therefore you dare trust my honesty,
That lies inclosed in this trunk, which you
Shall bear along impawn'd,-away to-night.
Your followers I will whisper to the business;
And will, by twos, and threes, at several pofterns,

Clear them o’the city: For myself, I'll put · My fortunes to your service, which are here

U To vice you to't, ]—to put, or hold you together—to advise.
w his that did betray the bett!]— Judas's,

* S.wear his thought over]—Though you should bring proofs againft his conceiv'd jealouly, enforced with oaths as numerous as the stars they are fetch'd from.-Swear this thougb over.

y his faith, ]-his settled belief.
2 The Atanding of his body.)-During his life.


By this discovery lost. * Be not uncertain ;
For, by the honour of my parents, I
Have utter'd truth : which if you seek to prove,
I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer
Than one condemn’d by the king's own mouth, thereon.
His execution sworn.

Pol. I do believe thee :
I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand;
Be pilot to me, and thy places shall
Still neighbour mine : My ships are ready, and
My people did expect my hence departure
Two days ago. This jealousy
Is for a precious creature: as she's rare,
Muft it be great ; and, as his person's mighty,
Must it be violent; and as he does conceive
He is dishonour'd by a man which ever
· Profess'd to him, why, his revenges must
In that be made more bitter. Fear oʻer-shades me:
Good expedition " be my friend, and comfort
The gracious queen, part of his theam, but nothing
Of his ill-ta'en suspicion ! Come, Camillo;
I will respect thee as a father, if
Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us o avoid.

Cam. It is in mine authority, to command
The keys of all the posterns : Please your highness
To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away.


a Be not unceriain ;]~Do not hesitate.

and thy places shall still neighbour mine :)—we'll be ever near each other.

· Profejsd]-Friendly. d be my friend, and comfort the gracious queen, part of his theam, but nothing of his ill-ta'en fufpicion ! ]-by removing me from danger, and comfort the queen, by removing the object of the king's jealousy the innocent queen, whose charms are made the just subject of his con versation, but have unjustly excited his suspicion. avoid. ]-retire, withdraw ourselves.


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