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Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's fight,
Added to their familiarity,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,
That Jack'd sight only, nought for approbation,
But only seeing, all other circumstances
Made up to the deed) doth push on this proceeding :
Yet, for a greater confirmation,
(For, in an act of this importance, 'cwere
Moft piteous to be wild) I have dispatch'd in post,
To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,
Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know
Of stuff'd sufficiency: Now, from the oracle
. They will bring all; whose spiritual counsel had,
Shall stop or spur me. Have I done well ?
Lord. Well done, my lord.
Leo. Though I am satisfied, and need no more
Than what I know, yet shall the oracle
Give rest to the minds of others; such as he,
Whose ignorant credulity will not
Come up to the truth : So have we thought it good,
From our free person she should be confin'd;
Lest that the treachery of the two, fled hence,
Be left her to perform. Come, follow us ;
We are to speak in publick: for this business
Will & raise us all.
Ant. [Afide.] To laughter, as I take it,
If the good truth were known.
d nought for approbation,]-no other proof.
fuf'd sufficiency:]-profound abilities. f From our free person she should be confin'd;)—That The Thould be debarred all access to our person; from conversing freely with.
& raise us all.]-call forth the exertion of all our faculties.
S CE N E II.
Enter Paulina, and Gentleman.
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him;
Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady!
No court in Europe is too good for thee,
What doft thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir,
Re-enter Gentleman with the Keeper,
You know me, do you not ?
Keep. For a worthy lady,
And one whom much I honour.
Paul. Pray you then,
Conduct me to the queen.
Keep. I may not, madam ; to the contrary · I have express commandment.
Paul. Here's ado,
To lock up honesty and honour from
The access of gentle visitors !-Is it lawful
Pray you, to see her women ? any of them ?
Emilia ? :
Keep. So please you, madam,
To put apart these your attendants, I
Shall bring Emilia forth..
Paul. I pray you now,
Call her: Withdraw yourselves. [Exeunt Gent. &c.
Keep. And, madam, I must.
Be present at your conference.
Paul. Well, be it fo, pr’ythee. Here is such ado,
[Exit Keeper. To make no ftain a stain, as passes colouring.
Re-enter Keeper with Emilia.
Dear gentlewoman, how fares our gracious lady?
Emil. As well as one so great, and so forlorn,..
May hold together: On her frights, and griefs,
(Which never tender lady hath borne greater)
She is, something before her time, deliver'd,
Paul. A boy?
Emil. A daughter ; and a goodly babe, Lufty, and like to live : the queen receives Much comfort in’t': says, My poor prisoner, I am innocent as you.
Paul. I dare be sworn :These dangerous unsafe "lunes oʻthe king! beshrew them! He must be told on't, and he shall : the office Becomes a woman best ; I'll tak’t upon me:
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister ; · And never to my red-look'd anger be
The trumpet any more:--Pray you, Emilia,
Commend my best obedience to the queen ;
If the dares trust me with her little babe,
I'll shew't the king, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th' loudest: We do not know
How he may soften at the sight o'the child;
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.
Emil. Most worthy madam,
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss
A thriving issue; there is no lady living,
So meet for this great errand : Please your ladyship
To visit the next room, I'll presently
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer ;
Who, but to-day, hammer'd of this design;
But durst not tempt a minister of honour,
Lest she should be deny'd.
Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it,
As boldness from my bosom, let it not be doubted
I shall do good.
Emil. Now be you blest for it!
I'll to the queen : please you, come something nearer.
Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe,
I know not what I shall incur to pass it,
Having no warrant.
Paul. You need not fear it, fir :
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
By law and process of great nature, thence
Freed and enfranchis’d: not a party to
The anger of the king ; nor guilty of,
If any be, - the trespass of the queen.
Keep. I do believe it. .
Paul. Do not you fear : upon mine honour, I Will stand 'cwixt you and danger.
S C E N E III.
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords, and other Attendants.
Leo. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but weakness
To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if
The cause were not in being ;-part o'the cause,
She, the adultress ;--for the harlot king
Is quite beyond mine arm, 'out of the blank
1 out of the blank and level of my brain,]-above the reach of all my attempts.
And level of my brain, plot-proof: but she
I can hook to me: Say, that she were gone,
Given to the fire, a moiety of my rest
Might come to me again.Who's there?
Enter an Attendant.
Atten. My lord ?
Leo. How does the boy ?
Atten. He took good rest to-night : 'tis hop'd,
His sickness is discharg’d.
Leo. To see his nobleness !
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop’d, took it deeply;
Fasten’d and fix'd the shame on’t in himself;
Threw off his fpirit, his appetite, his neep,
And down-right languish’d.-Leave me solely : go,
See how he fares.-Fye, fye ! no thought of him ;-
The very thought of my revenges that way
Recoil upon me : in himself too mighty;
In his parties, his alliances,-Let him be,
Until a time may serve : for present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow :
They should not laugh, if I could reach them ; nor
Shall she, within my power.
Enter Paulina, with a Child. Lord. You must not enter.
Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me : Fear you his tyrannous paflion more, alas, Than the queen’s life? a gracious innocent soul; More free, than he is jealous. Ant. That's enough. Q 9 3