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under the hangman ; which tho it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! fome say, he shall be fton'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 easie. Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, Sir, do you

hear, an't like you, Sir ?

Aut. He has a son, who shall be Aay'd alive, then 'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a wasp's neft, then stand 'till he be three quarters and a dram dead; then recover'd again with Aqua-vite, or force other hot infusion ; then, raw as he is, (and in the hatest day prognostication proclaims) shall he be set :gainst a brick-wall, the Sun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he is to behold him, with fries 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 honeft plain men) what you have to the King; being something gently confider'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 shall do it.

Clo. He seems to be of great authority; close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a fubborn Bear, 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 Aay'd alive.

Shep. An'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 you.

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

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

Clo. In some sort, 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 case of the shepherd's fon; hang him, he'll be made an example.

Clo. Comfort, good comfort; we must to the King, and fhew our strange sights; he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister; we are gone else. Sir, [ will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform'd; and remain, as he says, your Pawn till it be brought you.

Aut. I will trust you, walk before toward the sea-side, 50 on the right hand ; I will but look


the hedge, ind follow you.

Clo. We are bless'd in this man, as I may fay, even bless'd.

Shep. Let's before, as he bids us ; he was provided to Jo us good.

[Exeunt Shep. and Clown. Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I fee, Fortune would not fuffer me; she drops booties in my mouth.

I am courted now with a double occasion : gold, and : means to do the Prince my master good ; which, who knows how That may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him ; if he think it fit to shoar them again, and that the complaint they have to the King concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue, for being so far officious ; for I am proof against that Title, and what shame else belongs toʻt: to him will I present them, there may be matter in it.



A CT V. SCENE changes to Sicilia. Enter Leontes, Cleomines, Dion, Paulina, and



lord ;

IR, you have done enough, and have perform'd
A faint-like sorrow: no fault could you make,

Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down
More penitence, than done trespass. At the last,
Do as the heavens have done, forget your evil;
With them, forgive your self.

Leo. Whilft I remember
Her and her virtues, I cannot forget
My blemishes in them, and so ftill think of
The wrong I did my self; which was so much,
That heir-less it hath made my Kingdom; and
Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man (16)
Bred his hopes out of.

Pau. True, too true, my
If one by one you wedded all the world,
Or, from the All that are, took something good,

To make a perfect woman ; she, you killid,
Would be unparallel'd.

Leo. I think so. Killid?
Kill'd? The I kill'd? I did so, but thou strik'st me
Sorely, to say I did ; it is as bitter
(16) Destroy'd the sweet' f Companion, that o'er Man

Bred his hopes out of, true. Pau. Too true, my Lord.) A very Night Examination will convince ev'ry intelligent Reader, that, true, here has jump'd out of its place in all the Editions. What the King would say, is absolutely complete without it: and the placing it, where the printed Copies have done, is an Embarrassment to the Sense. These two Reasons, I hope, will be sufficient to justify ny Transposition.

Upon Upon thy tongue, as in my thought. Now, good now, Say fo but feldom.

Cleo. Not at all, good lady; You might have spoke a thousand things, that would Have done the time more benefit, and grac'd Your kindness better.

Pau. You are one of those,
Would have him wed again.

Dio. If you would not so,
You pity not the state, nor the remembrance
Of his most sovereign name; consider little,
What dangers (by his highness' fail of issue)
May drop upon his kingdom, and devour
Incertain lookers on. What were more holy,
Than to rejoice, the former Queen is well?
What holier, than for royalty's repair,
For present comfort, and for future good,
To bless the bed of Majesty again
With a sweet fellow to't?

Pau. There is none worthy,
Respecting her that's gone; besides, the Gods
Will have fulfill’d their secret purposes :
For has not the divine Apollo said,
Is't not the tenour of his oracle,
That King Leontes shall not have an heir,
'Till his loit child be found? which, that it shall,
Is all as monstrous to our human reason,
As my Antigonus to break his grave,
And come again to me; who, on my life,
Did perish with the infant. 'Tis your counsel,
My lord should to the heav'ns be contrary;
Oppose against their wills. Care not for issue;

[To the King
The crown will find an heir. Great Alexander
Left his to th' worthieft; so his successor
Was like to be the best.

Leo. Good Paulina,
Who haft the memory of Hermione,
I know, in honour: O, that ever I
Had squar'd me to thy counsel! then, even now

I might have look'd upon my Queen's full eyes,
Have taken treasure from her lips !

Pau. And left them
More rich, for what they yielded.

Leo. Thou speak’ft truth :
No more such wives, therefore no wife; one worse,
And better us’d, would make her fainted spirit (17)
Again poffefs her corps; and on this stage,
(Where we offend her now) appear soul-vext,
And begin, Why to me?
Pau. Had the such

power, She had just cause.

Leo. She had, and would incense me To murther her I married.

Pau. I should so :
Were I the ghost that walk'd, I'd bid you mark
Her eye, and tell me, for what dull part in't
You chose her; then I'd shriek, that even your ears
Shoud'd rift to hear me, and the words that follow'd
Should be, Remember mine.

Leo. Stars, stars,
And all eyes else, dead coals: fear thou no wife :
I'll have no wife, Paulina.

Pau. Will you swear
Never to marry, but by my free leave?

Leo. Never, Paulina ; so be bless'd my spirit!
Pau. Then, good my lords, bear witness to his oath.
Cleo. You tempt him over-much.

Pau. Unless another,
As like Hermione as is her picture,


would make her Sainted Spirit
Again possess her Corps, and on this Stage
(Where we Offenders now appear) soul--vext,

And begin, &c.] 'Tis obvious, that the Grammar is defe&tive; and the Sense consequently wants supporting. The Night Change, I have made, cures Both : and, surely, 'tis an Improvement to the Sentiment for the King to say, that Paulina and He offended his dead Wife's Ghost with the Subje& of a second Match ; rather than in general Terms to call themselves offenders, Sinnets,


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