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Well may I get aboard ! - This is the chace;
I am gone for ever. [Exit, pursued by a Bear.

Would any

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 !

Enter Clown.

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

up

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

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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,
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.

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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 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.

[Exeunt.

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Enter Time, as Chorus.
Time. I, - that please some, try all; both joy,

and terror,
or good and bad ; that make, and unfold error,
Now take upon me, in the name of Time,
To use my wings. · Impute it not a crime,
To me, or my swift passage, that I slide
O'er sixteen years, and leave the growth untried
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'st order was,
Or what is now received: I witness to
The times that brought them in; so shall I do
To the freshest things now reigning ; and make stale
The glistering of this present, as my tale
Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,
I turn my glass; and give my scene such growing,

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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 Florize!
I now name to you; and with speed so 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.

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SCENE I.

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

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* 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

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, 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.

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