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pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
I think so. Kili'd ? sharpest too easy.
She I kill'd! I did so : but thou strik'st me Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter an't like you, sir?
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought : Now, good now, Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive ; Say so but seldom. then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a
Not at all, good lady: wasps' nest; then stand, till he be three quarters You might have spoken a thousand things that would and a dram dead : then recovered again with aqua- Have done the time more benefit, and grae'd vitæ, or some other hot infusion : then, raw as he is, Your kindness better. and in the hotiest day, prognostication proclaims, Paul.
You are one of those, shall be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking would have him wed again. with a south ward eye upon him; where he is to be Dion.
If you would not so, hold him, with flies blown to death. But what talk You pity not the state, nor the remembrance we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to Of his most sovereign dame ; consider little, be'smiled at, their offences being, so capital! Tell What dangers, by his bighness' fail of issue, me, (for you seem to be honest plain men,) what you May drop upon his kingdom, and devour have to the king : being something gently considered, Lucertain lookers-on. What were more holy, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your per- Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ? sons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs ; What holier, thau,--for royalty's repair, and, if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your For present comfort and for future good, suits, here is man sball do it.
To bless the bed of majesty again Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close with With a sweet fellow to't ?' him, give himn gold; and though authority be a stnb Paul
There is none worthy, born bear, yet he is oft led by the pose with gold: Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods show the inside of your purse to the outside of his will have fulfill’d their secret parposes : hand, and no more ado: Remember stoned, and For has not the divine Apollo said, flayed alive.
Is't not the tenor of his oracle, Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the basi- That king Leontes shall not have an heir, ness for us, here is that gold' I have : I'll make it as Till bis lost child be found ? which, that it shall, mnch more ; and leave this young man in pawn, till is all as monstrous to our human reason, I bring it you.
As my Antigonus to break his grave, Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
And come again to me; who, on my life, Shep. Ay, sir.
Did perish with the infant. "Tis your counsel, Aut. Well, give me the moiety :-Are you a party My lord should to the heavens be contrary, in this business?
Oppose against their will. Care not for issue; Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case be a
[To Leonies. pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it. The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander
Aut, o, that's the case of the shepherd's son: Left his to the worthiest; so his successor Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Was like to be the best. Clo. Comfort, good comfort: we must to the king, Leon.
Good Paulina, and show our strange sights; he must know, 'tis Who hast the memory of Hermione, none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are gone I know, in bonour,-0, that ever I else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man Had squar'd me to thy counsel! ---then, even now, does, when the business is performed ; and remain. I might have look'd upon my queen's full eyes ; as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you. Have taken treasure from her lips, Aut. I will trust yon. Walk before toward the Paul.
And left them sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look More rich, for what they yielded. upon the hedge, and follow you.
Thou speak'st truth. Clo. We are blessed in this map, as I may say,
No more such wives; therefore, no wife: one worse, even blessed.
And better us'd, would make her sainted spirit Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided Again possess her corpse ; and, on this stage, to do us good.
[ Exeunt Shep. and clown. Where we offenders now appear,) soul-vex'd, Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune Begin, And why to me? would not suffer me ; she drops booties in my mouth,
Had she such power, I am courted now with a double occasion ; gold, and She had just cause. a means to do the prince my master good; which, Leon. She liad ; and would incense me who knows how that may turn back to my advance-To inurder her I married. ment? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, Paul.
I should so : aboard him : if he think it fit to shore them again, Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark and that the complaint they have to the king con- Her eye ; and tell me, for what dull part in't cerns bim nothing, let him call me rogue, for being You chose her: then I'd shriek, that even your ears so far oflicious ; for I am proof against that title, and should rift to hear me, and the words that follow'd what else shame belongs to it: to him will I pre-Should be, Remember mine. sent them, there may be matter in it. (Exit.
Stars, very stars,
I'll have no wife, Paulina.
Will you swear
Never to marry, but by my free leave!
Leon. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit !
Paul. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his oath. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, Paulina, and
Cleo. You tempt him over-much.
Unless another, Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per- As like Hermione, as is her picture, formd
Affront his eye. A saint-like sorrow : no fault could you make,
Good madam, Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid down Paul.
I have done. More penitence, than done trespass : At the last, Yet, if my lord will marry,- if you will, sir, Do, as the heavens have done ; forget your evil; No remedy, but you will give me the office With them, forgive yourself.
To choose you a queen : she shall not be so young Leon. Whilst I remember
As was your former ; but she shall be such, Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
As walk'd your first queen's ghost, it should take joy My blemishes in them; and so still think of
To see her in your arins. The wrong I did myself: which was so much,
My true Paulina, That heirless it hath made my kingdom ; and We shall not marry, till thou bidd'st us. Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
That Bred his hopes out of.
Shall be, when your first queen's again in breath ; Paul,
True, too true, my lord : Never till then.
Enter a Gentleman.
Flo. Most royal sir, from thence; from him, whose Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel,
daughter Son of Polixenes, with his princess, (she
His tears proclaim'd his, parting with her : thence The fairest I have yet beheid,) desires access
(A prosperous south-wind friendly, we have cross', To your high presence.
To execute the charge my father gave me,
For visiting your highness: My best train
I have from your Sicilian shores dismiss'd; So out of circumstance, and sudden, tells us
Who for Bohemia bend, to signify "Tis not a visitation fram'd, but forc'd
Not only my success in Libya, sir,
But my arrival, and my wife's, in safety
Here, where we are. And those but mean.
The blessed gods
Do climate here! You have a holy father,
A graceful gentleman; against whose person,
So sacred as it is, I have done sin :
For which the heavens, taking angry note,
Have left me issueless; and your father's bless'd,
(As he from heaven merits it,) with you, Give way to what's seen now. Sir, you yourself Have said, and writ so, but your writing now
Worthy his goodness. What might I have been, Is colder than that theme,) She had not been,
Might I a son and danghter now have look'd on, Nor was not to be equali'd ;-thus your verse
Such goodly things as you ! Plow'd with her beauty once ; 'lis'shrewdly ebbia,
Enter a Lord.
Most noble sir,
That, which I shall report, will bear no credit, The other, when she has obtaind your eye,
Were not the proof so nigh. Please you, great sir, Will have your tongue too. This is such a creatare, Desires you to attach his son ; who has
Bohemia greets you from himself, by me: Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal of all professors else, make proselytes
(His dignity and duty both cast off,) Of who she but bid follow.
Fled from his father, from his hopes, and with
A shepherd's daughter.
Where's Bohemia ? speak.
Lord. Here in the city ; I now came from him.
I speak amazedly; and it becomes
My marvel, and my message. To your court
Whiles he was hastening, (in the chase, it seems, Yourself, assisted with your honour'd friends,
Of this fair couple,) meets he on the way, Bring them to our embracement.--Still 'tis strange, [Ereunt Cleomenes, Lords, and Gentlemen.
The father of this seeming lady, and He thus should steal upon us.
Her brother, baving both their country quitted Paul.
Had our prince
With this young prince.
Camillo has betray'd me; (Jewel of Children,) seen this hour, he had pair's Well with this lord ; there was not full a month
Whose honour, and whose honesty, till now,
Endur'd all weathers.
Lay't so, to his charge ;
He's with the king your father. He dies to me again, when talk'd of: sure,
Who? Camillo ! When I shall see this gentleman, thy speeches Will bring me to consider that, which may
Lord. Camillo, sir; I spake with him; who now Unfurnish me of reason. They are come.
Has these poor men in question. Never saw I
Wretches so quake : they kneel, they kiss the earth; Re-enter Cleomenes, with Florizel, Perdita, Forswear themselves as often as they speak: and Attendants.
Bohemia stops his ears, and threatens them Your mother was most true to wedlock, prince ;
With divers deaths in death. For she did print yonr royal father off,
O, my poor father! Conceiving you : Were I but twenty-one,
The heaven sets spies upon us, will not bave Your father's image is so bit in you,
Our contract celebrated. His very air, that I should call you brother,
You are married ! As I did him; and speak of something, wildly
Flo. We are not, sir, nor are we like to be ; By us perform'd before. Most dearly welcome! The stars, I see, will kiss the valleys first :And your fair princess, goddess !-o, alas!
The odds for high and low's alike. I lost a couple, that 'twixt beaven and earth
My lord, Might thus bave stood, begetting wonder, as
Is this the daughter of a king? Yon, gracious couple, do! and then I lost
She is, (All mine own folly,) the society,
When once she is my wife. Amity too, of your brave father; whom,
Leon. That once, I see, by your good father's Though bearing misery, I desire my life
speed, Once more to look upon.
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking,
That you might well enjoy her. Which waits opon worn time,) hath something seiz'd Flo.
Dear, look up : His wish'd ability, he had himself
Though fortune, visible an enemy, The lands and waters 'twixt your throne and his Should chase us, with my father ; power no jot Measur'd, to look upon you ; whom he loves Hath she, to change our loves.--'Beseech you, sir, (He bade me say so,) more than all the sceptres,
Remember since you ow'd no more to time And those that bear them, living.
Than I do now : with thought of your affections, Leon.
O, my brother, Step forth mine advocate : your request, (Good gentleman !) the wrongs I have done thee, stir My father will grant precious things, as trifles. Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious So rarely kind, are as interpreters
mistress, of my behind-band slackness! Welcome hither, Which he counts but a trifle. As is the spring to the earth, And hath he too
Sir, my liege, Expos'd this paragon to the fearful usage
Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month (At least, angentle,) of the dreadful Neptune, 'Fore your queen died, she was more worth such gazes To greet a man, not worth her pains! much less Than what you look on now. The adventure of her person !
I thought of her, Plo.
Good my lord, Even in these looks I made. But your petition She came from Libya.
(To Plorizel. Leon.
Where the warlike Smalas, Is yet unanswer'd : I will to your father ; That noble honour'd lord, is fear'd, and lov'a ? Your honour vot o'erthrown by your desires,
I am a friend to them, and you: upon which errand would pin her to her heart, that she might no more I now go toward him; therefore, follow me,
be in danger of losing. And mark what way I make: Come, good my lord. 1 Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the au
[Exeunt. dience of kings and princes; for by such was it
acted. SCENE II. The same. Before the Palace. 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and that
which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, though Enter Autolycus and a Gentleman.
not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the queen's Aut. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this death, with the magner how she came to it, (bravely relation ?
confessed, and lamented by the king, how attentive1 Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard ness wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of the old shepherd deliver the manuer how he found dolour to another, she did, with an alas ! I would it: whereupon, after a little ainakedness, we were all fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, my heart wept commanded out of the chamber; only this, methought blood. Who was most marble there, changed colour; I heard the shepherd say, he found the child. some swooned, all sorrowed: if all the world could
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it. have seen it, the woe had been universal.
1 Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ; 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court! But the changes 1 perceived in the king, and Ca 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's millo, were very notes of admiration: they seemed statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina---a piece almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases many years in doing, and now newly performed by of their eyes ; there was speech in their dumbness, that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; wbo, had language in their very gesture; they looked, as they he himself eternity, and could put breath into his had heard of a world ransomed, or one destroyed work, would beguile Nature of her custom, so per. A notable passion of wonder appeared in them but fectly he is her ape : le so near to Hermione bath the wisest beholder, that knew no more but seeing, done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to could not say, if the importance were joy, or sorrow : her, and stand in hope of answer : thither, with all but in the extremity of the one, it must needs be, greediness of affection are they gone ; and there they
intend to sup: Enter another Gentleman.
2 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more : in hand; for she hath privately, twice or thrice a The news, Rogero !
day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that 2 Gent. Nothing bat bonfires : The oracle is ful- removed house. Shall we thither, and with our comfilled; the king's daughter is found : such a deal of pany piece the rejoicing! wonder is broken out within this hour, that bailad 1 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benefit makers cannot be able to express it.
of access! every wink of an eye, some new grace
will be born : our absence makes us unthrifty to our Enter a third Gentleman.
knowledge. Let's along. [Exeunt Gentlemen. Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can de Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in liver you more. How goes it now, sir? this news, me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the the old man and his son aboard the priuce ; told bin, verity of it is in strong suspicion : llas the king I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know not what found his heir !
but be at that time, over-fond of the shepherd's 3 Gent. Most tree; if ever truth were pregnant by daughter, (so he then took her to be,) who began to circumstance : that, which you hear, you'll swear you be much sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity see, there is sach unity in the proofs. The mantle of of weather continuing, this mystery remained undisqueen Hermione :---her jewel about the neck of it :- covered. But 'tis all one to me : for had I been the the letters of Antigonus, found with it, which they finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished know to be his character :--the majesty of the crea among my other discredits. ture, in resemblance of the mother ;--the affection of nobleness, which pature shows above her breeding,
Enter Shepherd and Clown. and many other evidences, proclaim her, with all Here come those I have done good to against my certainty, to be the king's daughter. Did you see will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their the meeting of the two kings!
fortune. 2 Gent. No.
Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but 3 Gent. Then bave you lost a sight which was to thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have Clo. You are well met, sir: You denied to tight beheld one joy crown another; 80, and in such man with me this other day, because I was no gentleman ner, that, it seemed, sorrow wept to take leave of born : See you these clothes? say, you see them not, them; for their joy waded in tears. There was cast and think me still no gentleman born: you were best ing up of eyes, holding up of bands; with counte-say, these robes are not gentlemen born. Give me pance of such distraction, that they were to be known the lie; do; and try whether I am not now a gentleby garment, not by favour. Our king, being ready man born. to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born. as if that joy were now become a loss, cries, 0, thy Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these four mother, thy mother ! then asks Bohemia forgiveness; hours. then embraces his son-in-law; then again worries he Shep. And so have I, boy. bis daughter, with clipping her; now he thanks the Clo. So you have :--but I was a gentleman born old shepherd, which stands by, like a weather-bitten before my father : for the king's son took me by the conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of hand, aud called me, brother; and then the two such another encounter, which lames report to follow kings called my father, brother; and then the prince, it, and undoes description to do it.
my brother, and the princess, my sister, called my 2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, father, father; and so we wept and there was the that carried hence the ebild?
first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed. 3 Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard lack, being in so an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a bear : preposterous estate as we are. this aroaches the shepherd's son ; who bas not only Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all his innocence (which seems much,) to justify him, the faults I have committed to your worship, and to but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina give me your good report to the prince my master. knows.
Shep. 'Prythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, I Gent. What became of his bark, and his fol now we are gentlemen. lowers !
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy lie ? 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their mas Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship. ter's death; and in the view of the shepherd : so Clo. Give me thy hand : I will swear io the prince, that all the instruments, which aided to exp the thou art as bonest true fellow as any is in Bohemia. child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. o, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorrow, Clo. Not swear it, now am a gentleman! Let was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declined boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it. for the loss of her husband; another elevated that Shep. How if it be false, son ! the oracle was fulfilled : She lifted the princess from Clo. If it he ne'er so false, a true gentleman may the earth ; and so locks her in embracing, as if she swear it, in the behalf of his friend :- And I'll swear
to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and Leon.
Let be, let be. that thou wilt not be drunk ; but I know, thou art Would I were dead, but that methinks alreadyno tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be What was he, that did make it 1-See, my lord, drunk ; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou wouldst Would you not deem, it hreath'd ? and that those veins be a tall fellow of thy hands.
Did verily bear blood ? Aut. I will prove so, sir, to my power.
Masterly done : Clo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow: If I do the very life seems warm upon her lip. not wonder, how thou darest venture to be drunk, Leon. The fixture of her eye has motion in't, not being a tall fellow, trust me not.-Hark! the As we are mock'd with art. kings and the princes, our kindred, are going to see Paul.
I'll draw the curtain ; the queen's picture. Come, follow us : we'll be thy My lord's almost so far transported, that good masters.
(Exeunt'. He'll think anon, it lives. SCENE III.
O sweet Paulina,
Make me to think so twenty years together; The same. A Room in Paulina's House.
No settled senses of the world can match Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Perdita, Camillo, The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. Paulina, Lords, and Attendants.
Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd you : but Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great comfort I could afflict you further. That I have had of thee!
Do, Paulina; Paul.
What, sovereign sir, For this affliction has a taste as sweet I did not well, I meant well : All my services, As any cordial comfort.--Still, methinks, You have paid home : bat that you have touchsaf's There is an air comes from her! What line chisel With your crown'd brother, and ihese your contracted Could ever yet cut breath! Let no man mock me, Heirs of your kingdous, my poor house to visit, For I will kiss her. It is a surplus of your grace, which never
Good my lord, forbear; My life may last to answer.
The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; Leon.
You'll mar it, if you kiss it ; stain your own We honour you with trouble. But we came With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtain ! To see the statue of our queen : your gallery
Leon. No, not these twenty years. Have we pass'd through, not without much content Per.
So long could I In many singularities; but we saw not
Stand by, a looker on. That which my daughter came to look apon,
Quit presently the chape!; or resolve you
For more amazement: If you can behold it, So her dead likeness, I do well believe,
I'll make the statne more indeed ; descend, Excels whatever yet you look'd upon,
And take you by the hand, but then you'll think, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it (Which I protest against,) I am assisted Lonely, apart : But here it is : prepare
By wicked powers. To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever
What you can make her do, Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well. I am content to look on : what to speak, (Paulina undraus a Curtain, and discorers I am content to bear; for 'tis as easy Statue.
To make her speak, as move. I like your silence, it the more shows off
It is requir'd, Your wonder: But yet speak ;--first, you, my liege. You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still; Comes it not something near!
Or those, that think it is unlawful business Leon.
Her natural postare !-- I am about, let them depart. Chide me, dear stone ; that I may say, indeed,
Proceed; 'Thou art Hermioue : or, rather, thou art she,
No foot shall stir. In thy pot ehiding for she was tender,
Music; awake her: strike-Music. As infancy, and grace.- But yet, Paulina,
'Tis time ; descend; be stone no more : approach ; Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; So aged, as this seems.
I'll fill your grave up : stir ; nay, come away; Pol. 0, not by much.
Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Paul. So mach the more our carver's excellence; Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs : Which lets go by some sisteen years, and makes her
[ Hermione comes down from the Pedestal. As she liv'd now.
Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, Leon.
As now she might have done, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shan her, So much to my good comfort, as it is
Until you see her die again; for then Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, You kill her double : Nay, present your hand : Even with such lile of majesty, (warm life,
When she was young. you woo'd her; now, in age, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd her! Is she become the suitor. I am asham'd : Does not the stone rebuke me,
0, she's warm! [Embracing her. For being more stone than it 1-0, royal piece, If this be magie, let it be an art There's magic in thy majesty; which has
Lawtal as eating. My evils conjur'd to remembrance ; and
Sbe embruces him. From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,
Cam. She hangs about his neck; Standing like stone with thee!
If she pertain to lite, let her speak too. Per.
And give me leave; Pol. 'Ay, and make't manifest where she bas liva, And do not say, 'tis superstition, that
Or, how stol'n from the dead 1 I kneel, and then implore her blessing --Lady, Paul.
That she is living, Dear queen, that ended when I but began,
Were it but told you, should be hooted at Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.
Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, Paul.
o, patience, Thougb yet she speak not. Mark a little while, The statue is hut newly fix'd, the colour's
Please you to interpose, fair madam ; kueel, Not dry.
And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good lady; Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on; Our Perdita is found. Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,
Presenting Perdita, toho kneels to Hermione. So many summers, dry : scarce any joy
You gods, look down, Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
And from your sacred viais pour your graces But kill'd itself much sooner.
Upon my daughter's bead !-Tell me, mine own, Pol.
Dear my brother, Where hast thou been presery'd? where liv'd! how Let him, that was the cause of this, have power
found To take off so inuch grief from you, as he
Thy father's court ! for thou shalt hear, that 1,Will piece up in himself,
Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle
Gave hope ihou wast in being,--have preserv'd
There's time enough for that; I'd not have show'd it.
Lest they desire, upon this pash to trouble Leon.
Do not draw the curtain. Your joys with like relation.-Go together, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your fancy You precious winners all : your exultation May think anon, it moves.
Partake to every one. 1, an old turtle,
Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there And take her by the hand : whose worth, and honesty, My mate, that's never to be found again,
Is richly noted; and here justitied
By us, a pair of kings.--Let's from this place.
What?-Look upon my brother:- both your pardons,
My ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law, And made between's by vows. Thou hast found mine; And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,) But how, is to be question's : for I saw her, Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good Paulina, As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many Lead us from henee; where we may leisurely A prayer upon her grave : I'll not seek far
Each one demand, and answer to his part (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first An honourable husband :--Come, Camillo,
We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away. [Exeunt.
Comedy of Errors.
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ. Solinus, Duke of Ephesus.
A Merchant, Friend to Antipholus of Syracuse. Ægeon, a Merchant of Syracuse.
Pinch, a Schoolmaster and a Conjurer.
Ægeon and Æmilia, but Æmilia, Wife to Ægeon, an Abbess at Ephesus.
unknown to each other. Adriana, Wife to Antipholus of Ephesus. Dromio of Ephesus,
Trin Brothers, and Atten-Luciana, her Sister.
dants on the two Anti-Luce, her Servant.
Gaoler, Oficers, and other Attendants.
Had made provision for her following me,
And soon, and safe, arrived where I was.
A joyful mother of two goodly sons ;
And, which was strange, the one so like the other,
As could not be distinguish'd but by names.
Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more ; Of such a burden, male twins, both alike :
Those, for their parents were exceeding poor,
I bought, and brought up to attend my sons.
Before the always-wind-obeying deep "Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us,
Gave any tragic instance of our harm : It hath in solemn synods been decreed,
But longer did we not retain much hope ; Both by the Syracusans and ourselves,
For what obscured light the heavens did grant To admit no traffic to our adverse towns :
Did but convey unto our fearful minds Nay, more,
A doubtful warrant of immediate death; If any, born at Ephesus, be seen
Which, though myself would gladly have embrac'd, At any Syracusan marts and fairs;
Yet the incessant weepings of my wife, Again, if any Syracusan born,
Weeping before for what she saw must come, Come to the bay of Ephesus, be dies,
And piteous plainings of the pretty babes, His goods confiscate to the dake's dispose :
That mourn'd for fashion, ignorant what to fear, Unless a thousand marks be levied,
Fore'd me to seek delays for them and me. To quit the penalty, and to ransom him.
And this it was,--for other means was none. Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,
The sailors sought for safety by our boat, Cannot amount unto a hundred marks;
And left the ship, then sinking-ripe, to us :
Æge. Yet this my comfort; when your words are Had fasten'd him unto a small spare mast,
Duke. Well, Syracusan, say, in brief, the cause To him one of the other twins was bound,
The children thus dispos'd, my wife and I, Æge. A heavier task could not have been impos'd, Fixing our eyes on whom our care was tix'd, Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable :
Fasten'd ourselves at either end the mast; Yet, that the world may witness, that my end And floating straight, obedient to the stream, Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence,
Were carried towards Corinth, as we thought. I'll atter what my sorrow gives me leave.
At length the sun, gazing upon the earth, In Syracusa was I born ; and wed
Dispers'd those vapours that offended us; Unto a woman, happy but for me,
And, by the benet of his wish'd light, And by me too, had not our hap been bad.
The seas wax'd calm, and we discovered With her I liv'd in joy ; our wealth increas'd, Two ships from far making amain to us, By prosperous voyages I often made
of Corinth that, of Epidauras this: To Epidamnum, till my factor's death
But ere they came,-0, let me say no more ! And he (great care of goods at random left); Gather the sequel by that went before. Drew me from kind embracements of my spouse : Duke. Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so ; From whom my absence was not six months old, For we may pity, though not pardon tbee. Before herself (almost at fainting, under
Ege. O, had the gods done so, I had not now The pleasing punishment that women bear),
Worthily term'd them merciless to as !