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1 Gint. I make a broken delivery of the basic and so locks her in einbracing, as if she would bess ;--Bat the changes 1 perceived in the king, pin ber to her beart, that she might no more and Camillo, were very nutes of admiration : be in danger of losing. they seemed almost, with staring at one ano- I Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the ther, to tear the cases of their eyes ; there was audience of kings aud princes; for by such was Speech in their dumbness, language in their it acted. very gesture; they looked, as they bad heard 3 Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, of a world ransom'd, or one destroyed : A no- and chat wbich angled for wine eyes (cangot table passion of wonder appeared in them : the water, though not the fish,) was, when at the wisest beholder, that knew no more but see the relation of the queen's death, with the ing, could not say, if the importance • were joy, manner how she came to it, (bravely confessed, or sorrow: but in the extremity of the one, it and lamented by the king,) bow attentiveness must needs be..

wounded his daugbter : till, froin one sign of Enter another GENTLEMAN.

dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I

would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, Here comes a gentleman, that, bappily, knows my heart wept blood. Who was most marble The sewg, Rogero ?

[more : there, changed colour ; some swooaed, all 2. Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is sorrowed ; if all the world could bave seen it, fulfilled ; the king's daughter is found : such a the woe bad been universal. deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, 1 Gent. Are they returned to the court ? that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it. 3 Gent. No : the princess hearing of her mo

ther's statue, which is in the keeping of Pau Enter a third GENTLEMAN.

lina,-a piece many years in doing, and now Here comes the lady Paulina's steward ; he can newly performed by that are Italian master, deliver you more.-How goes it now, Sir ? this Julio Romano ; who, bad he himself eternity, news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, and could put breath into his woski, would be that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has guile nature of ber custom, so perfectly be is the king found his beir ?

ber ape ; be so near to Hermione bath done 3 Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were preg. Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to nant by circumstance: that, which you hear, her, and stand in hope of answer : thither, with you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the all grecuiness of affection, are they gone ; and proofs. The inantie of queen Hermione :-her there they intend to sup. jewel about the neck of it :--the letters of Au. 2 Gent. I thought she had some great mat. ligonus, round with it, which they know to be ter there in baud ; lor she hath privately, twice his character :-lhe majesty of the creature, in or thrice a day, ever since the death of Herresemblance of the moiber :-the affection of inione, visited that removed + house. Suall we nobleness, which mature sbows above her breed. thither, and with our company piece the reing,-and many other evidences, proclaim ber, joicing ? with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. I Gent. Who would be thence, that has the Did you see the ineeting of the two kings?

benefit of access ? every wink of an eye, some 2 Gent. No.

new grace will be born : our absence makes us 3 Gent. Then have you lost a sight, which uutbrity to our knowledge. Let's along. was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There

(Ereurt GENTLEMEN. might you have bebeld one joy crown another ; Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former 80, and in such manner, that, it seemed, surrow life in me, would preferment drop on my head. wept to take leave of tbem ; for their joy waded I brought the old man and his son aboard the in tears. There was casting up of eyes, bold. prince ; told biun 1 beard him talk of a fardel, ing up of bands ; with countenance of such and I kuow not what : but he at that time, distraction, that they were to be known by over-fond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he garment, not by favour. 1 Our king, being then took her to be,) who began to be much ready to leap out of himself for joy of bis found sea-sick, and bimself,) little better, extremity of daughter ; as if that joy were now become a weather Cuntinuing, this

mystery remained Joss, cries, o thy mother, thy mother! then uudiscovered. But 'tis ill one to me: for had asks Bohemia forgiveness ; then embraces his I been the finder-out of this secret, it would son-in-law ; then again worries he is danghter, not have relished among my other discredits. with clipping ý her ; now be thanks the old shepherd, wbích stands by, like a

Enter SHEPHERD and Clown.

weatherbitlen conduit of arany kings' reigns. I never Here comes those I have done good to against heard of such another encounter, wbich James wy will, and already appearing in the blossoms report to follow it, and undoes description to of their fortune. do it.

Shep. Come, boy ; I am past more children; 2 Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlethat carried hence the cbild ?

men born. 3 Gent. Like an old tale still ; wbich will Clo. You are well met, Sir: You denied to have matter 10 rehearse, though credit be tight with me ibis other day, because I was no asleep, and not an ear open : he was torn to gentleman voro; See you these clothes ? say, pieces with a bear; this avonches the shep you see them bot, and think me still no genherd's son ; who has not only his inuocer.ce tlenian born : you were best say, these robes (which seems much,) to justify bim, but a band are not gentleman born. Give me the lie: do ; kerchief and rings of his, that Paulina knows.

whether I am not now a gentleman 1 Gent. What became of his bank and his born. followers ?

Aut. I know you are now, Sir, a gentleman 3 Gent. Wrecked, the same instant of their buru. master's death; and in the view of the shep- Clo. Ay, and have been so any time these berd : so that all the instruments, which aided four hours. to expose the ebild, were even then lost, when Shep. And so have I, boy. it was found. But the noble combat that, ('lo. So you have :-bui I was a geutleman 'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina i boru before my father : for the king's son took She had one eye declined for the loss of her me by the haud, and called me, brother; and husband ; another elevated that the oracle was then the two kings called my father, brother : fulfilled; She lifted the princess from the earth; and then the prince, my brother, and the prince

cess, my sister, called my father, father; and • The thing imported. + Disposition or quality. 1 Countenance, features. Eelracing

• Most petrified with wonder. + Renote.

and uy

So we wept ; and there was the first gentleman. Which lets go by some sixteen years, and line tears that ever we shed.

makes her Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. As she liv'd now.

Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in Leun. As now she might bave done, 80 preposterous estate as we are.

So much to my good comfort, as it is Aut. i humbly beseech you, Sir, to pardon Now piercing to my soul. Ob? thus she stood, me all the faults I have committed to your wor-Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, ship, and to give me your good report to the As now it coldly stands,) when first I wou'd prince my master.

ber! Shep. 'Pr'ythee, son, do; for we must be I am asham'd : Does not the stone rebuke me, gentle, now we an gentlemen.

For being more stone than it ?-0 royal piece, Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?

There's magic in thy majesty ; which has Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.

My evils conjur'd to remembrance ; and
Clo. Give me thy band : I will swear to the From thy admiring daugbter took the spirits,
prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any Standing like stone with thee !
is in Bobenia.

Per. Aud give me leave ;
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. And do not say, 'tis superstition, that

Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentlexian ? I kneel, and then implore her blessing.- Lady,
Let boors and franklins • say it, I'll swear it. Dear queeu, that ended wben I but begali,
Shep. How if it be faise, son ?

Give me that band of your's, lo kiss.
Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman Paul. O patience,
may swear it, in the bebalf of bis friend :- And The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's
I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall + fellow Not dry.
of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk ; Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid
but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy

on : bands, and ibat thou wilt be druok; but I'll which sixteen winters cannot blow away, swear il : and I would, thou would'st be a tall So many suinmers, dry : scarce any joy fellow of thy bands.

Did ever so long live ; no sorrow, Aut. I will prove so, Sir, to ipy power. But kill'd itself much sooner, ('lo. Ay, by any means prove a tall fellow : Pol. Dear my brother, if I do not wonder, bow thou darest veuture Let him that was the cause of this, have power to be drunk, not being a tall fellow, trust me To take off so much grief from you as be not.--Hark! the kings and the princes, our will piece up in himself. kindred, are going to see the queen's picture. Paul, Tudeed, my lord, Come, follow us : we'll be thy good masters. If I had thought the sight of my poor image

(Exeunt. Would thus bave wrought you, i(for the stone

is mine,) SCENE III.-The same.-A Room in PAUL I'd not bave show'd it. INA'S House,

Leon. Do not draw tbe curtain,

Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't ; lert Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PER.

your fancy
DITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, Lords, and Al- May think anon, it moves.

Leon, Let be, let be,
Leon. O grave and good Paulina, the great Would I were dead, but that methinks al.
That I have had of thee !


(lord, Paul. Wbat, sovereign Sir,

What was be, that did make it?-See, my I did not well, I meant well; All my services, Would you not deemn, it breath'd ? and that You have paid home : but that you have vouch.

those veins

(contracted Did verily bear blood ?
With your crown's brother, and these your Pol. Masterly done :
Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to the very life seems warm upon her lip.
It is a sarplus of your grace, which never (visit, Leon. The fixure of her eye bas motion in't +
My life may last to answer.

As we are mock'd with art.
Leon, 0 Paulina,

Paul. I'll draw the curtain ;
We hopour you with trouble : but we came My Biel's almost so far transported, that
To see the statue of our queen : your gallery He'll think apon, it lives.
Have we pass'd through, not without much Leon. O sweet Paulina,

Make me to tbjuk so twenty years together ;
In many singularities ; but we saw not

No settled senses of the world can match That which my daughter came to look upon, The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. The statue of her mother.

Paul. I am sorry, Sir, I bave thus far stiri'd Paul. As she liv'd peerless,

you : but So her dead likeness, i do well believe,

I could affict you further.
Excels whatever yet you looked upon,

Leon. Do, Paulina ;
Or band of man hath done : therefore I keep it For this affliction has a taste as sweet
Lonely apart : But here it is : prepare

As any cordial comfort.-Still, methinks,
To see the life as lively mock'd, as ever (well. There is an air comes from her : Whai tine
Still sleep mock'd death: behold ; and say, 'ris


(me, (PAULINA undraws a Curtain, and dis. Could ever yet cut breath ? Let no nian mock covers a statue.

For I will kiss her. I like your silence, it the more shows off

Paul. Good my lord, forbear : Your wonder: But yet speak ;-first, you, my | The ruddiness upon her lip is wet : Comes it not something near ?

(liege You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own Leon. Her natural posture !

With oily painting : Shall I draw the curtala?
Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, Leon No, not these twenty years
Thou art Hermione : or, rather, thou art sbe, Per. So long could I
In thy not chiding ; for she was as tender, Stand by, a louker on.
As infancy and grace.- But yet, Paulina,

Paul. Either forbear,
Hermione was not so much wrinkled ; nothing Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve yurt
So aged, as this seems.

For more amazement : If you can behold it,
Pol. Oh! not by much.

I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend,
Paul. So much the more our carver's excel.
Jence :

• Worked, agitated.

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And take you by the hand: but then you'll think, Her. You gods, look down, (Wbich I protest against,) I am assisted

And from your secret vials ponr your graces By wicked powers.

Upon my daughter's head 1-Tell me, iine own, Leon. What you can make her do,

Where hast thou been preserv'd ? wbere liv'di I am content to look on ; what to speak,

bow found I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy

Tby father's court ? for thou shalt hiear, tbat 1,To make her speak, as move.

Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle Paul. It is requir'd

Gave hope thou wast in being,--have preserv'd You do awake your faith : Then, all stand still; Myself, to see the issue. Or those, that think it is unlawful business

Paul. There's time enough for that; I am about, let them depart.

Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble Leon. Proceed;

Your joys with like relation.-Gu together, No foot shall stir,

You precious winners all; your exultation Paul. Music ; awake ber : strike.- [Music. Partake + to every one. I, an old turtle, 'Tis time; descend ; be stone no more : ap- Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there proach ;

My mate, that's never to be fouud again, Strike all tbat look upon with marvel. Come ; Lament till I am lost. l'll fill your grave up : stir; nay, come away; Leon. O peace, Paulina ; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Thou should'st a husband take by my conset, Dear life redeems you.-You perceive, she stirs : As I by tbine, a wife: this is a match,

[HERMIONE comes down from the Pedestal. And made between's by vows. Thou hast found Start not : her actions shall be holy, as,

mine ; You bear, my spell is lawful : do not shun her, But how, is to be question'd : for I saw her, Until you see her die again ; for then

As I thought, dead ; and have, iu vain, said many You kill her double : Nay, present your hand : A prayer upon ber grave : I'll not seek far When she was young, you wou'd ber; now, in (For bin, i partly know his mind,) to find thee age,

An honourable busbaud :-Come, Camillo, Is she become the suitor.

And take ber by the band : whose worth, and Leon. Oh! she's warın ! [Embracing her.

honesty, If this be magic, let it be an art

Is richly noted; and here justifed Lawful as eating.

By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.-Pol. She embraces him.

What I-Look upon my brother I-both your Cam. She bangs about his neck ;

pardons, If she pertain to life, let her speak too.

That e'er I put between your holy looks Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she bas My ill suspicion.-This your son-in-law, liv'd

And son unto the king, (whom beavens directOr, bow stol'n from the dead ?


(lina, Paul. That she is living,

Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good PauWere it but told you, should be hooted at Lead us froin bence; where we may leisurely Like an old tale ; but it appears, she lives, Each one demand, and answer to his part Though yet she speak not. Mark a little wbile. Perform'd in this wide gap of time, since first Please you to interpose, fair madam ; kneel, We were dissever'd : Hastily lead away, And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good

(Ereunt. Our Perdita is found.

(lady ; Presenting PERDITA, who kneels

• You who by this discovery base gained what you HKRMIONE. | donired.


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