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Thy wife Paulina more:---and so, with shrieks,
She melted into air. Affrighted much,
I did in time collect myself; and thought
This was so, and no number. Dreams are toys :
Yet, for this once, yea, superstitiously,
I will be squar'd by this. I do believe,
Hermione hath suffer'd death; and that
Apollo would, this being indeed the issue
Of king Polixenes, it should here be laid,
Either for life, or death, upon the earth
Of its right father.- Blossom, speed thee well !

[Laying down the child. There lie; and there 8 thy character: there these ;

[Laying down a bundle.
Which may, if fortune please, both breed thee, pretty,
And still rest thine. The storm begins :-Poor wretch,
That, for thy mother's fault, art thus expos'd
To loss, and what may follow! Weep I cannot,
But my heart bleeds : and most accurs'd am I,
To be by oath enjoin'd to this. Farewel !
The day frowns more and more; thou art like to have
A lullaby too rough : I never saw
The heavens so dim by day. A " savage clamour ? -
Well may I get aboard !--This is the chace ;
I am gone for ever.

(Exit, pursued by a bear,
Enter an old Shepherd.
Shep. I would, there were no age between k ten and
three and twenty; or that youth would neep out the rest:
for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches
with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting -

8 by charaéter , ]—what may hereafter conduce to the discovery of thy true quality Í A favage clamour ?]—The cry of dogs and hunters. the chace ;]-the beaft pursued.

Hark

K thirteen.

Hark you now!--Would any but these boil'd brains of nineteen, and two and cwenty, hunt this weather? They have scar'd away two of my best sheep; which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find, than the master: if any where I have them, 'tis by the sea-side, brouzing of ivy. Good luck, an't be thy will! what have we here? [Taking up the child.] Mercy on's, a barne! a very pretty barne! A boy, or'a child, I wonder ? A pretty one ; a very pretty one: Sure * some scape: though I am not bookish, yet I can read waiting-gentlewoman in the scape. This has been some Itair-work, some trunk-work, some behind-door-work: they were warmer that got this, than the poor thing is here. I'll take it up for pity : yet I'll tarry till my son come; he holloo'd but even now. Whoa, họ hoa!

Enter Clown. Clo, Hilloa, loa!

Shep. What, art fo near? If thou’lt see a thing to talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. What ail'lt thou, man ?

Clo. I have seen two such lights, by sea, and by land ; -but I am not to say, it is a sea, for it is now the sky; betwixt the firmament and it, you cannot thrust a bodkin's point.

Shep. Why, boy, how is it?

Clo. I would, you did but see how it chafes, how it rages, how it takes up the shore! but that's not to the point : Oh, the most piteous cry of the poor souls ! sometimes to see 'em, and not to see 'em : now the ship boring the moon with her main-malt; and anon swallow'd with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into a hogshead. And then for the land service,—To see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone ; how he cry'd to me for help, and said,

' a child,)-a girl. some fcape : )-chance bargain.

his name was Antigonus, a nobleman :-But to make an end of the ship ;-to see how the sea "Aap-dragon'd it: -but, first, how the poor souls roar'd, and the sea mock'd them ;-and how the poor gentleman roar'd, and the bear mock'd him, both roaring louder than the sea, or weather,

Sbep. 'Name of mercy, when was this, boy?

Clo. Now, now; I have not wink'd since I saw these sights; the men are not yet cold under water, nor the bear half din'd on the gentleman; he's at it now. .

Sbep. Would I had been by, to have help'd the old man.

Clo. I would you had been by the ship side, to have help'd her; there your charity would have lack'd footing.

[Afide. Shep. Heavy matters! heavy matters! but look thee here, boy. Now bless thyself; thou met'st with things dying, I with things new born. Here's a sight for thee ; look thee, ° a bearing cloth for a squire's child! Look thee here; take up, take up, boy; open't. So, let's see ;-It was told me, I should be rich by the fairies : this is some changeling :- open’t : What's within, boy ?

Clo. 9 You're a made old man ; if the sins of your youth are forgiven you, you're well to live. Gold! all gold !

Sbep. This is fairy gold, boy, and 'twill prove so : up with it, keep it close; home, home, the next way. We are lucky, boy; and to be so still, requires nothing but secrecy.—Let my theep go :-Come, good boy, the next way home.

Clo. Go you the next way with your findings ; I'll go see if the bear be gone from the gentleman, and how much he hath eaten : they are never 'curft, but when they are hungry: if there be any of him left, I'll bury it.

flap-dragon'd it :)—swallowed it like a cork. o a bearing-cloib)--a mantle. D changeling :)-child left in lieu of one stoln by the fairies.

9 You're a made old man;]~Your fortune's made by this lucky inci. dent. 'carf,}-mischievous.

Sbep.

Shep. That's a good deed: If thou may'st discern by that which is left of him, what he is, fetch me to the light of him.

Clo. Marry, will I; and you shall help to put him i'the ground.

Shep. 'Tis a lucky day, boy; and we'll do good deeds on't.

[Exeunt.

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Time. I, that please some, try all; both joy, and terror,
Of good and bad ; that make, and unfold error,-
Now cake upon me, in the name of Time,
To use my wings. Impute it not a crime, .
To me, or my swift passage, that I Nide
O’er sixteen years, and leave the growth untry'd
Of that wide gap, since it is in my power
To o’erthrow law, and in one self-born hour
To plant and o’erwhelm custom : "Let me pass
The same I am, ere ancient’ft order was,
Or what is now receiv'd: I witness to
The times that brought them in; so shall I do
To the freshest things now reigning; and make stale
w The glistering of this present, as my tale
Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,

that make, and unfold error,]--occafion absurdities by the portion of me that is paft, and develope them in my progress.

'growth untry'd of that wide gap:)--that long series of years, and their product unexamined.

"Let me pass the fame I am, ere ancient A order was, or what is now receiv'd:]-Conceive of me now, as of old, before any regular succeflion of events was established, or the terms ancient and modern known.

w The glistering of this present,)--the glare of novelty, which marks the manners of to-day.

I turn

I turn my glass; and give my scene such growing,
As you had slept between. , Leontes leaving
The effects of his fond jealousies; so grieving,
That he shuts up himself; Imagine me,
Gentle spectators, that I now may be
In fair Bohemia ; and remember well,
I mentioned a son o'the king's, which Florizel
I now name to you; and with speed fo pace
To speak of Perdita, now grown in grace
Equal with wond'ring: What of her ensues,
I list not prophecy; but let Time's news
Be known, when 'tis brought forth: a shepherd's

daughter,
And what to her adheres, which follows after,
* Is the argument of time: Of this allow,
If ever you have spent time worse ere now;
If never yet, that Time himself doth say,
He wishes earnestly you never may:

(Exit. S CE NE I.

The Court of Bohemia.

Enter Polixenes and Camillo. Pol. I pray thee, good Camillo, be no more importu. náte : 'tis a sickness, denying thee any thing; a death to grant this. :

Cam. It is fixteen years, since I saw my country: though I have for the most part, been aired abroad, I desire to lay my bones there. Besides, the penirent king, my master, hath sent for me: to whose feeling sorrows I might be some allay, or I o'erween to think fo; which is another spur to my departure.

Pol. As thou lov'st me, Camillo, wipe not out the rest * Is the argument of time :] – The subject of the present time.

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