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[Musick. "Tis time; descend; be stone no more: approach, Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come: I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she stirs :
[HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kill her double: Nay, present your hand : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in
age, Is she become the suitor. Leon.
0, she's warm ! [Embracing her.
She embraces him.
Pol. Ay, and make’t manifest where she has liv’d,
That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale; but it
she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, And pray your mother's blessing.–Turn, good lady; Our Perdita is found.
[Presenting Per. who kneels to HER. Her.
You gods, look down, And from your sacred vials pour your graces Upon my daughter's head!- Tell me, mine
own, Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? how
Thy father's court ? for thou shalt hear, that I, -
There's time enough for that;
O peace, Paulina;
I'll not seek far
nesty, Is 11 richly noted; and here justified By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.
? You who by this discovery have gained what you
desired. 8 i. e. participate. 9 Thus in Lodge's Rosalynde, 1592 :
* A turtle sat upon a leavelesse tree,
And for her love laments,' &c. 10 Whose relates to Camillo, though Paulina is the immediate antecedent. I have observed, in the loose construction of ancient phraseology, whose often used in this manner, where his would be more proper.
" It is erroneously printed for is here in the late Variorum Shakspeare.
What!-Look upon 12 my brother :-both your par
dons, That e'er I put between your holy looks My ill suspicion.—This your son-in-law, And son unto the king (whom 13 heavens directing), Is troth-plight to your daughter.—Good Paulina, Lead us from hence; where we may leisurely Each one demand, and answer to his part Perform’d in this wide gap of time, since first We were dissever'd: Hastily lead away. [Exeunt.
12 Look upon for look on. Thus in King Henry VI. Part III. Act ii. Sc. 3 :
. And look upon, as if the tragedy,' &c. 13 Whom is here used where him would be now employed.
This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and strongly represented. JOHNSON.
*** This is not only a frigid note of approbation, but is unjustly attributed to Warburton, whose opinion is conveyed in more enthusiastic terms. He must in justice be allowed to speak for himself. * This play throughout is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, country tale,
“ Our sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,
Warbles his native wood-notes wild.” This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of great name (i.e. Dryden and Pope) into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as regards sentiment and character, is scarce inferior to any in the collection.'
ADDITIONAL NOTE. I will just take occasion to observe here, that at page 39, line 10, of this play, Paulina says of Hermione, contrasting her with Leontes, that she is
a gracious innocent soul; More free, than he is jealous.' Where the epithet free evidently means chaste, pure. I regret that this instance did not occur to me when I wrote the note on Twelfth Night, Vol. I. p. 332-3.
Luciana. God, for thy mercy! they are loose again.
Adriana. And come with naked swords; let's call more help, To have them bound again. Officer.
Away! they'll kill us.
Acr iv. Sc. 4.