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Will bring me to consider that which may
Enter Florizel, Perdita, Cleomines, and others.
Flo. Sir, by his command
Leo. Oh, my brother! Good gentleman, the wrongs I have done thee ftir (32) I left a couple, that 'twixt beav'n and earth
Might thus kave ftcod, brgetting wonder, as
You gracious couple do ;-) I have several times hinted how dangerous to fense an innocent comma is, in the hands of ignorance. The editors, by a ftupid pointing bere, had fifled a fine hyperbole, and blunder'd the iext into absurdiry. Did the young Prince and his Consort stand betwixt heaven and earth, fufperfi ad aventos, as Virgil calls it? No such matter. The King's meaning is this; he had lost a pair of children, who might have stood the wonder of two worlds, the objects of admiration to gods and men; as this young Prince and his Princess did, in his opinion.
Afresh within me; and these thy offices,
Flo. Good my Lord,
Leo. Where the warlike Smalus,
Flo. Most royal Sir,
Leo. The blessed gods
Enter a Lord.
Desires you to attach his son, who has,
Leo. Where's Bohemia? speak..
Lord. Here in your city; I now came from him.
Flo. Camillo has betray'd me;
Lord. Lay't so to his charge;
father. Leo. Who? Camillo ?
Lord. Camillo, Sir, I spake with him ; who now
Per. Oh, my poor father!
Leo. You are marry'd ?
Flo. We are not, Sir, nor are we like to be ;
Leo. My Lord,
Flo. She is,
wife. Leo. That once, I see by your good father's speed, Will come on very slowly. I am sorry, (Most sorry) you have broken from his liking;
Where you were ty'd in duty; and as sorry, (33)
Flo. Dear, look up;
Leo. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious mistress, Which he counts but a trifle.
Paul. Sir, my Liege,
Leo. I thought of her,
and as forry Your choice is net so rich in worth, as be
That you migbt well enjoy ber,] Mr. Warburton thinks, the Poet wrote here;
Your choice is not so rich in birth as beauty, Because Leontes was so far from disparaging, or thinking meanly of,, her worth; that, on the contrary, he rather esteems her a treasure, and, in his very next speech to the Prince, says:
Would he do so, I'd beg your precious mistress,
Which he counts but a trifle. I have not, however, disturb’d the text, because by worth, perhaps, the Poet might mean not the endowments of Nature or education;, but the royalty of her dower,
SCENE, near the Court in Sicilia.
Enter Autolicus, and a Gentleman.
heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it; whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber : only this, methought, I heard the Nepherd say, he found the child.
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
i Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business; but the changes I perceived in the King, and Camillo
, were very notes of admiration ; they seem'd almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes. There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; they look'd, as they had heard of a world ranfom'd, or one destroy’d; a notable passion of wonder appear'd in them; but the wiseft beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say if th’importance were joy or sorrow; but in the extremity of the one, it must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman. Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows more: the news, Rogero ??
2 Gert. Nothing but bonfires: the oracle is fulfill'd; the King's daughter is found; such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it.
Enter another Gentleman. Here comes the Lady Paulina's steward, he can deliver you more. How goes it now, Sir? this news, which is call'd true,
so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion ; has the King found his heir ?
3 Gent. Moit true, if ever truth were pregnant by circumstance: that which you hear, you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of Queen Hermione, -her jewel about the neck of it,- the letters of Antigonus found with it, which they know to be his character,- the majesty of the creature, in resemblance