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Sir, I'll tell you ;
On, good Camillo.
By the king.
For what? Cam. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he swears, As he had seen't, or been an instrument To vice you to't,- that you have touch'd his
Pol. O, then my best blood turn
Swear his thought overe
2 I am appointed
Him to murder you.] i. e. I am the person appointed by him to murder you.—The by was perhaps omitted by accident, which is here understood. a To vicem] i. e. To seduce.
that did betray the best!] i. e. Judas. c Swear his thought over] Swear over is here very probably given in the sense of over swear ; i. e. “strive to bear down his thought, his jealousy, by oaths.” In our author we have in the same manner, weigh out for outweigh, over swear for swear over.--STEEVENS.
-whose foundation Is pild upon his faith,] This folly which is erected on the foundation of settled belief-STEEVENS.
seek to prove,
How should this grow?
I do believe thee;
thy places neighbour mine :) i. e. Thy appointments at court shall be near my person.
fGood expedition be my friend, &c.] If we explain this passage according to the sense of the words, it means—"May good expedition prove my friend by removing me from a place of danger, and, by withdrawing the object of her husband's jealousy, may it comfort the queen, who is part of his theme ; i. e. of the object of his disquiet, but is not suspected by Leontes as I am."--Polixenes seems to have forgotten the full purport of Camillo's information, and to conceive that he alone was obnoxious to the anger of Leontes.
Cam. It is in mine authority, to command The keys of all the posterns : Please your highness To take the urgent hour: come, sir, away. [Exeunt.
Scene 1.--The same.
Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies.
Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me,
Come, my gracious lord.
No, I'll none of you. 1 Lady. Why, my sweet lord ?
Mam. You'll kiss me hard; and speak to me as if I were a baby still.—I love you better.
2 Lady. And why so, my lord ?
Not for because
Who taught you this?
Blue, my lord. Mam. Nay, that's a mock : I have seen a lady's nose That has been blue, but not her eye-brows.
2 Lady. The queen, your mother, rounds apace: we shall Present our services to a fine new prince, One of these days; and then you'd wanton with us, If we would have you. 1 Lady.
She is spread of late Into a goodly bulk: Good time encounter her!
Her. What wisdom stirs amongst you ? Come, sir, now
I am for you again : Pray you, sit by us,
Merry or sad, shall't be ?
A sad tale's best for winter;
Let's have that, good sir. Come on, sit down :-Come on, and do your
Mam. There was a man,---
Nay, come, sit down ; then on.
Come on then, And give't me in mine ear.
Enter Leontes, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and Others. Leon. Was he met there? his train? Camillo with him?
1 Lord. Behind the tuft of pines I met them: never Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them Even to their ships. Leon.
How bless'd am I In my just censure ? in my true opinion ? Alack, for lesser knowledge !h—How accurs'd, In being so blest !—There may be in the cup A spider steep'd,' and one may drink; depart, And yet partake no venom : for his knowledge Is not infected : but if one present The abhorr’d ingredient to his eye, make known How he hath drank, he cracks his gorge, his sides, With violent hefts :" - I have drank, and seen the spider. Camillo was his help in this, his pander :There is a plot against my life, my crown; All's true that is mistrusted :--that false villain,
$ In my just censure? in my true opinion ?-] Censure in the time of ouraut hor was generally used (as in this instance) for judgment. h Alack for lesser knowledge!—] That is, that my knowledge were less --Jounson.
i A spider steep'd,] That spiders were esteemed venomous appears by the evidence of a person examined on Sir T. Overbury's affair. “ The Countesse wished me to get the strongest poyson I could, accordingly I bought seven great spiders.”-Henderson.
Whom I employed, was pre-employ'd by him:
By his great authority :
I know't too well.
What is this ? sport?
But I'd say, he had not,
You, my lords,
Should a villain
say so, The most replenish'd viilain in the world,
pinch'd thing ;] To pinchin in Chaucer means to jeer, or banter. -] i. e. Brand as infamous.