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You had only in your silent judgment try'd it,
Without more overture.

Leo. How could that be?
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a tool. Camillo's flight,
Added to their familiarity,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,
That lack'd fight only; nought for approbation,
But only seeing; all other circumstances
Made up to th' deed) doth push on this proceeding;
Yet for a greater confirmation,
(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere
Moft piteous to be wild) I have dispatch'd in poft,
To sacred Delphos, to Apollo's temple,
Cleomines and Dion, whom you know
Of fuff'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. Tho' I am fatisfy'd, and need no more *Than what I know, yet shall the oracle Give rest to th' minds of others ; such as he, Whose ignorant credulity will not Come up to th' truth. So have we thought it good From our free person she should be confin'd; Left ihat 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. To laughter, as I take it, If the good truth were known.

[Exeunt. SCENE changes to a Prison.

Enter Paulina and a Gentleman. Pauli He keeper of the prison, call to him:

[Exit Gentkman. Let him have knowledge who I am. Good Lady, No court in Europe is too good for thee; What doft thou then in prison i now, good Sir, You know me, do you not?



Re-enter Gentleman with the Goaler..
Goa. For a worthy Lady,
And one whom much I honour.

Paul. Pray you then,
Conduct me to the Queen.

Goa. I may not, Madam,
To the contrary I have express commandment.

Paul. Here's ado to lock up honesty and honour from Th’access of gentle visitors ! Ist lawful, pray you, To see her women ? any of them 3. Emilia?

Goa. So please you, Madam,
To put a part these your attendants, I
Shall bring Emilia: forth.

Paul. I pray you now, call her :
Withdraw yourselves..

[Exeunt Gent. &c.
Goa. And, Madam,
I must be present at your conference..
Paul. Well ; be it so, pr’ythee.

Enter Emilia.
Here's such ado to make no Itain a fain,
As passes colouring. 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!

Eml. A daughter, and a goodly babe, Lufty, and like to live : the Queen receives Much comfort in't. Says, my poor prisoner, I'm innocent as you..

Paul. I dare be sworn : These dangerous, unsafe lunes i'th' King! beshrew them, (10).


(10) Tbėse dang'rous unsafe Lunes i' tb? Kirg!] I have no where, but in our author, observ'd this word adopted in our tongue, to fignify, frenzy, lunacy. But it is a mode of expression with the



He must be told on't, and he shall; the office
Becomes a woman best. I'll take't upon me.
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blifter;
And never to my red-look'd anger be
The trumpet any more! Pray you, Emilia,


best obedience to the Queen,
If the dares truft me with her little babe,
I'll shew't the King, and undertake to be
Her advocate to th' loud'ft. We do not know,
How he may foften at the fight o'th' child:
The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades, when speaking fails.

Emil. Moft worthy Madam,
Your honour and your goodness is so evident,
That your free undertaking cannot miss
A thriving illue: 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 durft not tempt a minifter of honour,
Leít she should be deny'd.

Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have ; if wit flow from't,
As boldness from my bosom, let't not be doubted.
I Mall do good.

Emil. Now be you bleft for it!..
I'll to the Queen : please you, come something nearer.,

Goa. Madam, if'i please the Queen to send the babes
I know not what I fall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.

Paul. You need not fear it, Sir ;
The child was prisoner to the womb, and is.
By law and process of great nature thence
Free'd and enfranchis’d; not a party to

anger of the King, nor guilty of, If any be, the trespass of the Queen, French. Il y a de la lune: (i. e. He has got the moon in his head; he is frantick.) COTGRAVE. Lune. folie. Les femmes ont des lunes dans la tele. RICHEL ET.



Goa. I do believe it.

Paul. Do not you fear; upon mine honour, I Will stand 'twixi you and danger.

[Exeunte. SCENE changes to the Palace, Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords and other Attendants. Leo. OR night, norday, noreft;itis but weakness

To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if The cause were not in being; part o'th' cause, She, the adultress; for the harlot-King Is quite beyond mine arm ; out of the blank And level of my brain; plot-proof; but she I can hook to me : say, that she were gone, Given to the fore, a moiety of my

rest Might come to me again. Who's there?

Enter an Attendant.
Atten. My Lord.
Lee. How do's the boy!

Atten. He took good reft to-night; 'tis hop'd,
His fickness is discharg'd.

Leo. To see his nobleness!
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He straight declin'd, droop'd, took ii deeply ;
Fasten'd, and áxid the shame on't in himself;
Threw off his spirit, his appetite, his sleep,
And down-right languidhi'd. Leave me folely; go.

[Exit Attendant.
See how he fares.--Py, fy, no thought of him ;
The very thought of my revenges that way
Recoil upon me; in himself too mighty,
And in his parties, his alliance; let him be,
Until a time may ferve. For present vengeance,
Take it on her. Camillo-and Polixenes
Laugh at me; make their paftime 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 paffion more, alas,
Than the Queen's life a gracious innocent soul,
More free than he is jealous.

Ant. That's enough.
Atten, [within.] Madam, he hath not slept to-nights;

None should come at him.

Paul. Not so hot, good Sir; I come to bring him weep. 'Tis such as you, That creep like shadows by him, and do figh At each his needless heavings ; such as you Nourith the cause of his awaking. I Do come with words as medicinal, as true; (Honeft, as either ;) to purge him of that humour, That presles him from sleep.

Leo. What noise there, ho?

Paul. No noise, my Lord, but needful conferences, About some goflips for your Highness,

Leo. How i
Away with that audacious Lady.--Antigonus,
I charg'd thee, that he should not come about me
I knew, she would.

Ant. I told her so, my Lord,
On your displeasure's peril and on mine,
She should not visit you.

Leo. What I can't not rule her ?

Paul. From all dishonefty he can ; in this,
(Unless he take the course that you have done
Commit me, for committing honour,) truk it,
He shall not rule me.

Ant. Lo.you now, you hear,
When fne will sake the rein, I let her run,
But she'll not stumble.

Paul. Good my Liege, I come
And I beseech you hear me, who profess.
Myself your loyal servant, your physician,
Your most obedient counsellor: yet that dares.
Less appear fo, in comforting your evils,


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