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All that you speak shews fair.
Cam. Who have we here?

[Seeing Autolicus.
We'll make an instrument of this; omit
Nothing may give us aid.
Aut. If they have over-heard me now: why, hanging.

[ Aside. Cam. How now, good fellow, Why shak'st thou so? fear not, man, Here's no harm intended to thee.

Aut. I am a poor fellow, Sir.

Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that from thee; yet for the outside of thy property, we must make an exchange; therefore discafe thee instantly: (thou must think, there's a necessity in't) and change garments with this gentleman: tho' the pennyworth, on his side, be the worit, yet hold thee, there's some boot.

Aut. I am a poor fellow, Sir; (I know ye well enough.)

Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, dispatch: the gentleman is half flead already.

Aut. Are you in earnest, Sir? (I smellthe trick on't.) Flo. Dispatch, I prythee.

Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest, but I cannot with conscience take it.

Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.
Fortunate mistress! (let my prophecy
Come home to ye,) you must retire yourself
Into some covert; take your sweet-heart's hat,
And pluck it o'er your brows; mufle your face, ,
Dismantle you; and, as you can, disliken
The truth of your own seeming; that you may
(For I do fear eyes over you) to ship-board
Get undiscry'd.

Per. I see, the play so lies,
That I must bear'a part.

Cam. No remedy Have you done there?

Flo. Should I now meet my father, He would not call me fon.

Cam. Nay, you shall have no hat: Come, Lady, come : farewel, my

friend.

Aut.

Aut. Adieu, Sir.

Fl. O Perdita, what have we twain forgot? Pray you, a word.

Cam. What I do next, shall be to tell the King [Aide. Of this escape, and whither they are bound: Wherein my hope is, I Mall so prevail To force him after.; in whose company I shall review Sicilia; for whose fight I have a woman's longing.

Flo. Fortune speed us! Thus we feton, Camillo, to th'fea-side. [Exit Flo.wiil Per. Cam. The swifter speed, the better.

[Exit. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it: to have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necefsary for a cut-purse; a good nole is requisite also, to smell out work for th' other senses. I see, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an exchange had this been, without boot? what a boot is here, with this exchange ? sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any thing extempore. The Prince himself is about a piece of iniquity; steal. ing away from his father, with his clog at his heels. If I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the King withal, I would not do’t; I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession.

Enter Clown and Shepherd. Aside, afide, -here's more matter for a hot brain; every Jane's end,. every shop, church, fefsion, hanging, yields a careful man work.

Clo. See, see; what a man you are now! there is no other way, but to tell the King she's a changling, and

your

flesh and blood.
Shep. Nay, but hear me.
Clo. Nay, but hear me.
Shep. Go to then.

Clo. She being none of your fresh and blood, your Aesh and blood has not offended the King; and, so," your flesh and blood is not to be punish'd by him.

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Shew these things you found about her, those secret things, all but what she has with her; this being done, let the law go whistle; I warrant you.

Sbep. I will tell the King all, every word, yea, and his son's pranks too; who, I may fay, is no honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make me the King's brother-in-law.

Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off you could have been to him ; and then your blood had been the dearer by I know how much an ounce. A t. Very wifely, puppies !

[ Afde. Sber. Well; let us to the King; there is that in this farthel will make him scratch his beard.

Aut. I know not, what impediment this complaint may be to the flight of my master.

Clo, 'Pray heartily, he be at the palace,

Aut. Tho' I am not naturally honest, I am so fometimes by chance ; let me pocket up my pedler's excre. ment. How now, rusticks, whither are you bound? Shep. To th' palace, and it like your worship:

. Aut. Your affairs there, what, with whom, the condition of that farthel, the place of your dwelling, your names, your age, of what having, breeding, and any thing that is fitting for to be known, discover.

Cle. We are but plain, fellows, Sir.

tut. A lye; you are rough and hairy; let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and they often give us soldiers the lye; but we pay them for it with stamped coin, not ftabbing steel, therefore they do not give us the lye.

Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, if you had not taken yourself with the manner.

Shep. Are you a courtier, an like you, Sir?

Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. Seeft thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings ? hath not my gate in it the measure of the court receives not thy nose court-odour from me? reflect I not, on thy baseness, court-contempt? think'st thou, for that I insinuate, or toze from thee thy business, I am therefore no courtier ? I am courtier, cap-a.pe; and

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one that will either push on, or pluck back thy bufiness there, whereupon I command thee to open thy affair.

Shep. My business, Sir, is to the King.
Aut. What advocate hast thou to him?
Shep, I know not, and't like you.

Cló. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; say, you have none.

Shep. None, Sir; I have no pheasant cock, nor hen.

Aut. How bless’d are we, that are not simple men! Yet Nature might have made me as these are, Therefore I will not disdain.

Clo. This cannot be but a great courtier.

Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them not handłomely.

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

Aut. The farthel there? what's i'th' 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 th? speech of him.

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

Aut. The King is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a new ship, to purge melancholy and air himself; for if thou be'st capable of things serious, thou must know, the King is full of grief.

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

Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures he small feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster.

Clo. Think you so, Sir?

Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make hea. vy, and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to him, tho' remov'd fifty times, shall all come under the hangman; which tho'it be great pity, yet it is neceffary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender,

you hear,

to offer to have his daughter come into grace! fome say, he shall be ston'd; but that death is too soft for him, say I: draw our throne into a sheep-coat! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.

Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, Sir, do and't like you, Sir?

Aut. He has a son, who fall be fay'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 infufion; then raw as he is, (and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims) fall he be set against a brick-wall, the fun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he is to behold him, with flies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smild at, their offences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men) what you have to the King; being something gently consider’d, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalf, and if it be in man besides the King, to effect your suits, here is a man fhall do it.

Clo. He seems to be of great authority ; close with him, give him gold; and tho' authority be a stubborn hear, 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, fton’d, and flay'd alive.

Shep. And't please you, Sir, to undertake the business 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 yi u.

Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Shep. Ay, Sir.

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

Clo. In some fort, Sir; but tho' my case be a pitiful one, I hope, I shall not be flay'd out of it.

Aut. Oh, that's the cafe of the shepherd's son; hang him, he'll be made an example.

Cl. Comfort, good comfort; we must to the King,

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