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Sir, I'll tell you ;
Since I'm charg'd in honour, and by him
That I think honourable: Therefore, mark my counsel;
I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me
On, good Camillo. Cam. I am appointed him to murder you.' Pol. By whom, Camillo ?
By the king.
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 queen
O, then my best blood turn
To an affected jelly; and my name
Be yok'd with his, that did betray the best!
A savour, that may strike the dullest nostril
Swear his thought over
z 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.
To vice-] i. e. To seduce.
b 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.
d -—whose foundation
Is pil'd upon his faith,] This folly which is erected on the foundation of settled belief.-STEEVENS.
How should this grow?
Have utter'd truth: which if you seek to prove,
Than one condemn'd by the king's own mouth, thereon
I do believe thee;
I saw his heart in his face. Give me thy hand;
Still neighbour mine: My ships are ready, and
Two days ago. This jealousy
Is for a precious creature as she's rare,
In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me:
Thou bear'st my life off hence: Let us avoid.
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
SCENE I.-The same.
Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies.
Her. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me, 'Tis past enduring.
Come, my gracious lord.
Shall I be your play-fellow?
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
Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they say,
Too much hair there, but in a semi-circle,
Or half-moon made with a pen.
Who taught you this?
Blue, my lord.
Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces.-Pray now What colour are your eye-brows?
Mam. Nay, that's a mock: I have seen a lady's nose That has been blue, but not her eye-brows.
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,
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,
Let's have that, good sir.
Nay, come, sit down; then on.
Mam. Dwelt by a church-yard ;-I will tell it softly; Yon crickets shall not hear it.
And give❜t me in mine ear.
Come on then,
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.
How bless'd am I
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
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, O that my knowledge were less.--JOHNSON. 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:
Remain a pinch'd thing;' yea, a very trick
For them to play at will:-How came the posterns
By his great authority :
Which often hath no less prevail'd than so,
On your command.
Give me the boy; I am glad, you did not nurse him :
Have too much blood in him :
What is this? sport?
Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come about her; Away with him :-and let her sport herself
With that she's big with; for 'tis Polixenes
But I'd say, he had not,
You, my lords,
Look on her, mark her well; be but about
To say, she is a goodly lady, and
The justice of your hearts will thereto add,
'Tis pity, she's not honest, honourable;
Praise her but for this her without-door form,
(Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,) and straight The shrug, the hum, or ha; these petty brands, That calumny doth use:-O, I am out,
That mercy does; for calumny will searm
Virtue itself:—these shrugs, these hums, and ha's,
Should a villain say so,
The most replenish'd viilain in the world,
a pinch'd thing ;] To pinchin in Chaucer means to jeer, or banter. r-] i. e. Brand as infamous.