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That which you are, mistress o'the feast: come on, For the flowers now, that, frighted, thou let'st fall
And bid us welcome to your sheep-shearing, From Dis's waggon! daffodils,
As your good flock shall prosper.

That come before the swallow darcs, and take Per. Welcome, sir !

[to Polizenes. The winds of March with beauty: violets, dias It is my father's will, I should take on me But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, The bostess-ship o'the day :—you're welcome, Or Cytherea's breath ; pale primroses, six! [to Camillo. That die unmarried, ere

can behold Give me those flowers there, Dorcas. -Reverend Bright Phæbus in his strength, a malady sirs,

Most incident to maids; bold oxlips, and For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds, Seeming, and savour, all the winter long : The flower-de-luce being one! O, these I lack, Grace, and remembrance, be to you both,

To make you garlands of; and, my sweet fricnd, And welcome to our shearing !

To strew him o'er and 'o'er. Pol, Shepherdess,

Flo. What? like a corse ? ! A fair one are you,) well you fit our ages

Per. No, like a bank, for love to lie and playoo, With flowers of winter.

Not like a corse: or if,—not to be buried, Per. Sir, the year growing ancient,

But quick, and in mine arms. Come, take your Nor yet on summer's death, nor on the birth

flowers : Of trembling winter,-the fairest flowers o'the Methinks, I play as I have seen them do

In Whitsun' pastorals : sure this robe of mine
Are our carnations, and streak'd gillyflowers, Does change my disposition.
Which some call nature's bastards: of that kind

Flo. What you do,
Our rustic garden's barren; and I care not Still betters what is done.

When you speak, To get slips of them.

sweet, Pol. Wherefore, gentle maiden,

I'd have you do it ever : when you sing, Do you neglect them?

I'd have you buy and sell so; so give alms, Per. For I have heard it said,

Pray so ; and, for the ordering your affairs, There is an art, which, in their piedness, shares To sing them too: when you do dance, I wish you With great creating natur'e.

A wave o'the sea, that you might ever do Pol. Say, there be ;

Nothing but that; move still, still so, and own Yet nature is made better by no mean,

No other function : each your doing,
But nature makes that man: so, o'er that art, So singular in each particular,
Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art

Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds, That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we That all your acts are queens. marry

Per. O Doricles, A gentler scion to the wildest stock;

Your praises are too large : but that your youth, And make conceive a bark of baser kind

And the true blood, which fairly peeps through it; By bud of nobler race ; this is an art

Do plainly give you out an unstain'd shepherd ; Which does mend nature,—change it rather ; but with wisdom I might fear, my Doricles, The art itself is nature.

You woo'd me the false way. Per. So it is.

Flo. I tbink, you have Pol. Then make your garden rich in gilly- As little skill to fear, as I have purpose flowers,

To put you to't.—But, come ;, our dance, I pray. And do not call them bastards.

Your hand, my Perdita; so turtles pair, Per l'll not put

That never mean to part. The dibble in earth to set one slip of them :

Per. I'll swear for 'em. No more than, were I painted, I would wish Pol. This is the prettiest low-born lass, that This youth should say, 'twere well; and only

(seems, therefore

Ran on the green sward: nothing she does or Desire to breed by me.--Here's flowers for you! But smacks of something greater than berself; , Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;

Too noble for this place. The marigold, that goes to bed with the sun, Cani. He tells her something, And with him rises weeping; these are flowers That makes her blood look out: good sooth, she is Of middle summer, and, I think, they are given The queen of curds and cream, To mea of middle' age; you are very welcome. Clo. Come on, strike up.

Cam. I should leave grazing, were I of your Dor. Mopsa must be your mistress ; Darry, And only live by gazing.

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garlic, Per.,Out, alas!

To mend her kissing with. You'd be so lean, that blasts of January

Mop. Now, in good time! Would blow you through and through. Now, Clo. Not a word, a word; we stand upon qui

my fairest friend, I would, I had some flowers o'the spring, that Come, strike up.

(music might

Here a dance of Shepherds and Shepherdesses. Become


time of day; and yours, and yours Pol. Pray, good shepherd, what That wear upon your virgin branches yet

Fair swain is this, which dances with your Your maidenbands growing :40 Proserpina,

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pleasant thing fordeed, mis mung lamentably

. very there or fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose noth

Shep. They call him Doricles ; and he boasts Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou hiinself

should'st take no money of me; but being enthrallu To have a worthy feeding : but I have it as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain Upon his own report, and I believe it;

ribands and gloves. He looks like sooth : be says, he loves my daugh- Mop. I was promis'd them against the feast; I think so too; for never gaz'd the moon [ter; but they come not too late now. Upon the water, as he'll stand, and read,

Dor. He hath promis'd you more than that, or As 'twere, my daughter's eyes; and, to be plain, there be liars. I think, there is not half a kiss to choose,

Mop. He hath paid you all he promis'd you i Who loves another best.

may be, he has paid you more ; which will shame Pol. She dances featly.

you to give him again Slep. So she does any thing; though I report it, Clo. Is there no manners left among maids? That should be silent : if young Doricles will they wear their plaikets, where they should Do light upon her, she shall bring bim that bear their faces ? Is there not milking time, when Which he not dreams of.

you are going to bed, or kiln-hole, to whistle off Enter a Servant.

these secrets; but you must be tittle-tattling Serv. O master, if you did but hear the pedlar before all our guests ? 'Tis well they are whispat the door, you would never dance again after a ering: clamour your tongues, and not a word tabor and pipe; no, the bagpipe could not move you: he sings several tunes, faster than you'll Mop. I have done. Come, you promis'd mo tell money; he utters them, as he had eaten bal- a tawdry lace, and a pair of sweet gloves. lads, and all men's ears grew to his tunes.

Clo. Have I not told thee, how I was cozened Clo. He could never come better : he shall by the way, and lost all my money? come in: I love a ballad but even too well; if it Aut. And, indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad; , merrily set

therefore, it be wary Serv. He hath songs, for man, or woman, of

ing here. all sizes : no milliner can so fit bis customers Aut. I hope so, sir ; for I have about me many with gloves : he bas the prettiest love-songs for parcels of charge. maids ; so without bawdry, which is strange ; Clo. What hast bere ? ballads? with such delicate burdens of dildos and fadings ; Mop. Pray now, buy some : I love'a ballad in jump her and thump her; and where some stretch- print, a’-life, for then we are sure they are true. mouth'd rascal would, as it were, mean mischief, Aut. Here's one to a very doleful tunc, How and break a foul gap into the matter, he makes a usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty the maid to answer, Whoop, do me no harm, good money-bags at a burden ; and how she longed to man; puts him off, slights him, with Whoop, do eat adders' heads, and toads carbonadoed. me no harm, good man.

Mop. Is it true, think you? Pol. This is a brave fellow.

Aut. Very true; 'and but a month old. Clo. Believe me, thou talkest of an admirable Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer! conceited fellow." Has be any unbraided wares ? Aut. Here's the midwife's name to’t, one mis

Serv. He hath ribands of all the colours i'the tress Taleporter; and five or six honest wives' rainbow; points, more than all the lawyers in that were present: why should I carry lies abroad? Bohemia can learnedly handle, though they come Mop. Pray you now, buy it. to bim by the gross; inkles, caddisses, cumbrics, Clo. Come on, lay it by; and let's first see lawns : why, he siugs them over, as they were more ballads ; we'll buy the other things anon. gods or goddesses ; you would think, a smock Aut. Here's another ballad, Of a fish, that were a she-angel; he so chants to the sleeve-hand, appeared upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourand the work about the square on't.

score of April, forty thousand fathom above water, Clo. Prythee, bring him in; and let him and sung this ballad against the hard hearts of approach singing.

maids : it was thought she was a u

was a woman, and Per. Forewarn him that he use no scurrilous was turned into a cold fish, for she would not words in his tunes, basil listy

exchange flesh with one that loved her.' The bai. Clo. You have of these pedlers, that have more lad is very pitiful, and as true. in 'em than you'd think, sister.

Dor: is it true, too, think you?
Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think. Aut. Five justices' hands at'it; and witnesses,

Enter Autolycus, singing.

more than my pack will hold.

Clo. Lay it by too : Another.
Lawn, as white as driven snow.;

Aut. This is a merry ballad'; but a very pretty
Cyprus, black as e'er was crow; A.
Gloves, as sweet as damask roses ;

Masks for faces, and for noses ;

Mop. Let's have some merry ones.
Bugle bracelet, necklace-amber,
Perfume for a lady's chamber:

Aut. Why this is a passing merry

ope; and Golden quoifs, and stomachers,

goes to the tune of Two maids wooing a man : For my lads to give their dears; 3) Pins and poking-sticks of steel,

there's scarce a maid westward, but sings it; "tis in What maids lack from head to heel.

request, I can tell you. S3's Come, buy ot' me, come: come buy, come buy: Buy, lads, or else your lasses cry:

Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt boase in Come, buy, &c.

part, thou shalt hear ; 'tis three parts.

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all :

Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago. For a reply, at least, if you make a care

Aut. I can bear my part; you must know, 'tis Of happy holding her. my occupation : have at it with you.

Flo. Old sir, I know Aut. Get you hence, for I must go;

She prizes not such trifles as these are : Where, it fits you not to know.

The gifts, she looks from me, are pack'd rod Dor. Whither ? Mop. O whither? Dor. Whither?

lock'd Mop. It becomes thy oath full well, Thou to me thy secrets tell :

Up in my heart; which I have given already Dor. Me too, let me go thither.

But not deliver'd.—0, hear me breathe my life Mop. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill:

Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem, Dor. If to either, thou dost ill.

Aut. Neither. Dor. What, neither? Aut. Neither. Hath sometime lov'd : I take thy hand; this Dor. Thou hast sworn my love to be:

hand, Dop. Thou hast sworn it more to me: Then whither go'st ? say, whither?

As soft as dove's down, and as white as it; Clo. We'll have this song out anon by our

Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow, selves: My father and the gentlemen are in sad That's bolted by the northern blasts twice o'er. talk, and we'll not trouble them : Come, bring

Pol. What follows this? away thy pack after me. Wenches, I'll buy for How prettily the young swah seems to wash you both :-Pedler, let's have the first choice. The hand, was fair before !—I have put you Follow me, girls.

Aut. And you shall pay well for 'em. [aside. But, to your protestation ; let me hear
Will you buy any tape,

What you profess.
Or lace for your cape,

Flo. Do, and be witness to't.
My dainty duck, my dear-a?

Pol. And this my neighbour too ?
Any silk, any thread,
Any toys for your head,

Flo. And he, and more
Of the new'st, and fin'st, fin'st wear-a ?

Than he, and men; the earth, the heavens, and
Come to the pedler;
Money's a medler,
That doth utter all men's ware-a.

[escunt. That,—were I crown'd the most imperial monarch, Enter a Servant.

Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth Serv. Master, there is thrce carters, three shep- That ever made eye swerve ; had force, and know. herds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that ledge, have made themselves all men of hair ; they call More than was ever man's,—I would not prize themselves saltiers : and they have a dance wbich

them, the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, be- Without her love: for her, employ them all ; cause they are not in't ; but they themselves are Commend them, and condemn them to her sero'the mind, (if it be not too rough for some, that Or to their own perdition.

(vice, know little but bowling,) it will piease plenti- Pol. Fairly offer'd. fully.

Cam. This shows a sound affection. Shep. Away! we'll none on't ; here has been

Shep. But, my daughter, too much humble foolery already :-I know, sir, Say you the like to him? we weary you.

Per. I cannot speak Pol. You weary those that refresh us: Pray, So well, nothing so well ; no, nor mean better : let's see these four threes of herdsmen.

By the pattern of mine own thoughts, I cut out Serv. One three of them, by their own report, The purity of his. sir, hath danced before the king; and not the Shep. Take hands, a bargain ; worst of the three, but jumps twelve foot and a And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness to't: half by the squire.

I give my daughter to him, and will make Shep. Leave your prating ; since these good Her portion equal his. men are pleased, let them come in; but quickly Flo. O, that must be

I'the virtue of your daughter: one being dead, Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir. (exit. I shall have more than you can dream of yet; Re-enter Servant, with twelve Rustics habited like Enough then for your wonder : But, come on, :

Satyrs. They dance, and then e.reunt. Contract us 'fore these witnesses. Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that bere- Shep. Come, your hand; after,

And, daughter, yours.
Is it not too far gone?—'Tis time to part them.- Pol. Soft, swain, awhile, 'beseech you;
He's simple, and tells much, [aside. ]—How now, Have you a father ?
fair shepherd ?

Flo. I bave : but what of him?
Your heart is full of something, that does take Pol. Knows he of this?
Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was Flo. He neither does, nor shall.
And handed love, as you do, I was wont (young, Pol. Methinks, a father
To load my she with knacks: I would have ran- Is, at the nuptial of his son, a guest

That best becomes the table. Pray you, anime The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it

more To her acceptance ; you have let him go,

Is not your father grown incapable And nothing marted with him: if your lass Of reasonable affairs ? is he not stupid Interpretation should abuse; and call this, With age, and altering rheums? Can be peek? Your lack of love, or bounty ; you were straited

hear ?



Know man from man? dispute his own estate ? Cam. Why, how now, father?
Lies he not bed-rid ? and again does nothing, Speak, ere thou diest.
But what he did being childish ?

Shep. I cannot speak, nor think,
Flo. No, good sir ;

Nor dare to kuow that which I know.-0, sir, He has his health, and ampler strength, indeed,

(to Flor, Than most have of his age.

You have undone a man of fourscore three, Pol. By my white beard,

That thought to fill his grave in quiet ; yea, You offer him, if this be so, a wrong

To die upon the bed my father died, Something unfilial : Reason, my son

To lie close by his honest bones : but now, Should choose himself a wife; but as good reason, Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay The father, (all whose joy is nothing else But fair posterity,) should hold some counsel Where no priest shovels in dust. — cursed In such a business.

wretch ! Flo. I yield all this;

That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st But, for some other reasons, my grave sir,

adventure Which 'tis not fit you know, I not acquaint To mingle faith with him.- Uudone! undone ! My father of this business.

ito Per. Pol. Let him know't.

If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd Flo. He shall not.

To die when I desire,

(erit. Pol. Prythee, let him.

Flo. Why look you so upon me? Flo. No, be must not.

[grieve I am but sorry, not afeard ; delay'd, Shep. Let him, my son ; he shall not need to But nothing alter'd : What I was, I am : At knowing of thy choice.

More straining on, for plucking back ; uot fol. Flo. Come, come, he must not :

lowing Mark our contract.

My leash unwillingly. Pol. Mark your divorce, young sir,

Cam. Gracious my lord,

[discovers himself. You know your father's temper : at this time Whom son I dare not call; thou art too base He will allow no speech,—which, I do guess, To be acknowledg'd: Thou a sceptre's heir, You do not purpose to him ;-and as hardly That thus affect'st a sheep-hook ! - Thou, old Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear : traitor,

Then, till the fury of his highness settle,
I am sorry, that, by hanging thee, I can but Come, not before him.
Shorten thy life one week.— And thou, fresh piece Flo. I not purpose it, -
Of excellent witchcraft : who, of force, must I think, Camillo.
The royal fool thou cop'st with ;- [know Cam. Even he, my lord.
Shep. O, my heart !

Pero, How often have I told you, 'twould be Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briars,

thus ? and made

[boy, How often said, my dignity, would last More homely than thy state. For thee, fond But till 'twere known? If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh,

Flo. It cannot fail, but by That thou no more shalt see this knack, (as never The violation of my faith ; and then I mean thou shalt,) we'll bar thee from succession; Let nature crush the sides o'the earth together, Not hold thee of our blood, no not our kin, And mar the seeds within !--Lift up thy looks :: Far than Deucalion off:-Mark thou my words; From my succession wipe me, father! I Follow us to the court. -Thou churl, for this time, Am heir to thy affection. Though full of our displeasure, yet we free thee Cam. Be advis'd. From the dread blow of it. — And you, enchant- Flo. I am ; and by my fancy : if my reason ment,

Will thereto be obedient, I have reason ; Worthy enough a herdsman ; yea, him too, If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, That makes himself, but for our honour therein, Do bid it welcome. Unworthy thee, if ever, henceforth, thou

Cam. This is desperate, sir. These rural latches to his entrance open,

Flo. So call it : but it does fulfil my vow; Or hoop his body more with thy embraces, I needs must think it honesty. Camillo, I will devise a death as cruel for thee,

Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may As thou art tender to't.

[exit. Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or Per. Even here undone !

The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide I was not much afeard : for once, or twice, In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath I was about to speak; and tell him plainly, To this my fair belov'd : Therefore, I pray you, The self-same sun, that shines upon his court, As you have ever been my father's honour'd friend, Hides not his visage from our cottage, but When he shall uniss me, (as, in faith, I mean nos Looks on alike. Will't please you, sir, begone? To see him any more,) cast your good counsels

(to Flor. Upon his passion ; let myself and fortune I told you, what would come of this : Beseech you, Tug for the time to come. This you may know Of your own state take care: this dream of mine,–And so deliver.-I am put to sea Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch further, With her, whom here I cannot hold on shory: But niilk my ewes, and weep.

And, most opportune to our need, I have


A vessei rides fast by, but not prepar'a

Flo. Worthy Camillo, Sao For tbis design. What course I mean to hold, What colour for my visitation shall I sendt Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor Hold up before him ? Concern me the reporting.

Cam. Sent by the king your father Cam. O, my lord,

To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, I would your spirit were easier for advice, The manner of your bearing towards him, with Or stronger for your need.

What you, as from your father, shall deliver,Flo. Hark, Perdita.--11 (takes her aside. Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you I'll hear you by and by.

(to Camillo.

down: Cam. He's irremovable,

The which shall point you forth at every sittings Resolv'd for Aight; Now were I happy, if What you 'must say; that he shall not perceive, His going I could frame to serve my turn;t', But that you have your father's bosom there, it Save him from danger, do him love and honour; | And speak his very heart." Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia,

Flo. I am bound to you: And that unhappy king, my master, whom There is some sap in this.

2010. Top I so much thirst to see.

Cam. A course more promising Flo. Now, good Camillo,

Than a wild dedication of yourselves (certain, I am so fraught with curious business, that To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most I leave out ceremony.

[going. To miseries enough: no hope to help you; Cam. Sir, I think,

But, as you shake off one, to take another:. You have heard of my poor services, i'the love Nothing so certain as your anchors: who That I have borne your father?

Do their best office, if they can but stay you, Flo. Very nobly

Where you'll be loth to be: besides, you know Have you deserv'd : it is my father's music, Prosperity's the very bond of love; To speak your deeds; not little of his care Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together To have them recompens'd as thought on.

A Aliction alters. Siuvis zabili 10 Cam. Well, my lord,

Per. One of these is true : If you may please to think I love the king; I think, affliction may subdue the cheek, will And, through him, what is nearest to him, but not take in the mind.

. which is

Cam. Yea, say you so ? Your gracious self; embrace but my direction, There shall not, at your father's house, these • (If your more ponderous and settled project Be born another such i

(seven years May suffer alteration,) on mine honour

Flo. My good. Camillo, I'll point you where you shall have such receiving She is as forward of ber breeding, as time to As shall become your highness; where you may

I'the rear of birth. 1. Para mas bien sui? Enjoy your mistress ; (from the whom, I see, Cam. I cannot say, 'tis pity. Vz!:): There's no disjunction to be made, but by, She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistreso As heavens forfend!! your ruin :) marry her; To most that teach. And (with my best endeavours, in your absence;) Per. Your pardon, sir, for this; vastu Your disconteuting father strive to qualify, I'll blush you thanks.) 24 in 191G11! And bring him up to liking.

Flo. My prettiest Perdita. Flo. How, Camillo,

But, O, the thorns we stand upon != Camillo, May this, almost; a miracle, be done?

Preserver of my father, now of me; ut les That I may call thee something more than man, The medicin of our house! - how shall we do <1 And, after that, trust to thee.

We are not furnish'd like Bohemia's son; Violin Cam. Have you thought on

Nor shall appear in Sicily TUO TO Seso:T A place, whereto you'll go ?

Cam. My lord,

Juil Flo. Not any yet :

Fear none of this: I think, you know, my fortunes But as the unthought-on accident is guilty Do all lie there: It shall be so my carey (1903 To what we wildly do ; 80 we profess

To have you royally appointed, as if Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies The scene you play were mine. For instance Of every wind that blows.


15 [word. Cam. Then list to me:

(purpose, That you may know you shall not wantong This follows,- if you will not change your

Enter Autolycus. $$ But undergo this flight;-make for Sicilia; Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is! and And there present yourself, and your fair princess, trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentle (For so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes : man! I have sold all my trumpery; not a counShe shall be habited, as it becomes

terfeit stone, not a riband, glass, pomander, brooch, The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see table-book, ballad, knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack from fastHis welcomes forth: asks thee, the son, forgiveness, ing: they throng who should buy first:;; as if my As 'twere i'the father's person : kisses the hands trinkets had been hallowed, and brought a benes Of your fresh princess: o'er and o'er divides him diction to the buyer : by which means, I saw 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one whose purse was best in picture; and, what I saw, Ho chiđes to hell, and bids the other grow, to my good use, I remembered. My clown (who Faster than thought, or time.

wants but something to be a reasonable man,)

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