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Well may I get aboard ! - This is the chace;
Enter an old Shepherd. Sher. I would, there were no age between ten and three and twenty; or that youth would sleep out the rest : for there is nothing in the between but wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting. Hark you now!
but these boiled brains of nineteen, and two-and twenty, hunt this weather? They have scared 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, browzing on 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 pretty one; a very pretty one: I'll take it up for pity: yet I'll tarry till my son come; he hollaed but even now, Whoa, ho hoa !
Clo. Hilloa, loa!
Shep. What, art so near? If thou'lt see a thing to talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. . What ailest thou, man?
Clo. I have seen two such sights, 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
the shore ! but that's not to the point: 0, 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-mast; and anon
swallowed with yest and froth, as you'd thrust a cork into à hogsliead. And then for the land service,
-To see how the bear tore out his shoulder-bone; how he cried to me for help, and said, his name was Antigonus, a nobleman : - But to make an end of the ship :-- to see how the sea flap-dragoned' it:but, first, how the poor souls roared, and the sea mocked them;—and how the poor gentleman roared, and the bear mocked him, both roaring louder than the sea or weather. - "Shep. 'Name of mercy, when was this, boy?
Clo. Now, now; I have not winked since I saw these sights: the men are not yet cold under water, nor the bear half dined on the gentleman; he's at it now. & Shep. Would I had been by, to have helped the old man!
Clo. I would you had been by the ship side, to have helped her ; there your charity would have lacked footing.
[Aside. 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, 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. You're a made old man; if the sins of your youth are forgiven you, you're well to live. Gold! all gold!
Shep. 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, reiquires nothing but secrecy.- Let my sheep go: * Come, good boy, the next way home.
i Swallowed. 2 The mantle in which a child was carried to be baptized.
Clo. Go you the next way with your findings; I'll go see if the bear be
from the gentleman, and how much he hath eaten : they are never curst, but when they are hungry: if there be any of him left, I'll bury it.
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 sight 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.
Enter Time, as Chorus.
As you had slept between. Leontes leaving
Bohemia. A Room in the Palace of Polixenes.
Enter POLIXENES and CAMILLO. Pol. I pray thee, good Camillo, be no more importunate : 'tis a sickness, denying thee any thing; a death, to grant this.
Cam. It is fifteen 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 penitent king, my master, hath sent for me : to whose feeling sorrows I might be some allay, or I o'erween * to think so ; which is another spur to my departure.
Pol. As thou lovest me, Camillo, wipe not out the rest of thy services, by leaving me now: the
* Think too highly of myself.
need I have of thee, thine own goodness hath made better not to have had thee, than thus to want thee : thou, having made me businesses, which none, without thee can sufficiently manage, must either stay to execute them thyself, or take away with thee the very services thou hast done : which if I have not enough considered, (as too much I cannot,) to be more thankful to thee, shall be
my study ;
and my profit therein, the heaping friendships. Of that fatal country, Sicilia, pr’ythee speak no more : whose very naming punishes me with the remembrance of that penitent, as thou call'st him, and reconciled king, my brother; whose loss of his most precious queen, and children, are even now to be afresh lamented. Say to me, when saw'st thou the priņce Florizel my son ? Kings are no less unhappy, their issue not being gracious, than they are in losing them, when they have approved their virtues.
Cam. Sir, it is three days, since I saw the prince: What his happier affairs may be, are to me unknown : 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
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, than 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
s.Observed at intervals.