Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fan. tastical. A great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the picking on's teeth.

Aut. The farthel there? what's i'the farthel? Wherefore that box?

Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this farthel, and box, which none must know but the king; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.

Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Why, sir?

1070 Aut. The king is not at the palace : he is gone aboard a new ship, to purge melancholy and air him. self: For if thóu be’st capable of things serious, thou must know, the king is full of grief.

Shep. So 'tis said, sir, about his son that should have married a shepherd's daughter.

Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him Ay; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster. Clo. Think you so, sir ?

1080 Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance bitter ; but those that are ger. mane to him, tho' removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman : which tho' it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram. tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! some say, he shall be ston'd; but that death is too soft for him, say I. Draw our throne into a sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharpest-too easy.

1089 Cle.

Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, an't like you, sir?

Aut. He has a son, who shall be flay'd alive; then, 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a wasp's nest; then stand, 'till he be three quarters and a dram dead : then recover'd again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infusion : then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall he be set against a brick wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to behold him, with Aies blown to death. But what talk we of these trai. torly rascals, whose miseries are to be smil'd at, their offences being so 'capital? Tell me (for you seem to be honest plain men), what you have to the king: bea ing something gently consider'd I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your suits, here is a man shall do it.

1108 Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stuba born bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold : shew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado. Remember, ston'd, and flay'd alivema

Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the bu. siness for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it as much more, and leave this young man in pawn 'till I bring it you. Aut. After I have done what I promised ?




Shep. Ay, sir.

Aut. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?

Clo. In some sort, sir : but though my case be a pitiful one, I hope, I shall not be flay'd out of it.

Aut. Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's son:Hang him, he'll be made an example.

Clo. Comfort, good comfort: We must to the king, and shew our strange sights: he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d; and remain, as he says, your pawn 'till it be brought you.

1132 Aut. I will trust you.

Walk before toward the sea-side, go on the right-hand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.

Clo. We are bless'd in this man, as I may say, even bless'd.

Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good.

[Exeunt Shep. and Clo. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, Fortune would not suffer me; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; gold, and a means to do the prince my master good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me, rogue, for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what


shame else belongs to't: To him will I present them, there may be matter in it.



i Changes to Sicilia. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes,

Dion, PAULINA, and Servants.

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IR, you have done enough, and have perform'd A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, Which you have not redeem'd ; indeed, paid down More penitence, than done trespass. At the last, Do, as the heavens have done, forget your evil ; With them, forgive yourself.

Leo. Whilst I remember
Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them; and so still think of
The wrong I did myself: which was so much, 10
That heir-less it hath made my kingdom ; and
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.

Paul. True, too true, my lord :
If, one by one, you wedded all the world,
Or, from the All that are, took something good,
To make a perfect woman; she, you killid,
Would be unparallel'd.
Leo. I think so. Kill'd!



She I kill'd? I did so : but thou strik'st me
Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter
Upon thy tongue, as in my thought. Now, good

Say so but seldom.

Cleo. Not at all, good lady ; You might have spoke a thousand things, that would Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd Your kindness better.

Paul. You are one of those, Would have him wed again. Dio. If you would not so,

You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign name; consider little,
What dangers (by his highness' fail of issue)
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Uncertain lookers on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice, the former queen is well?
What holier, than, for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good,
To bless the bed of majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't?

Paul. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone. Besides, the gods
Will have fulfill'd their secret purposes :
For has not the divine Apollo said,
Is't not the tenour of his oracle,
That king Leontes shall not have an heir,
'Till his lost child be found? which, that it shall,
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,


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