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have been royally attornied, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies; that they have seemed to be together, though absent; shook hands, as over a vast ;3 and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves!
Arch. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an unspeakable comfort of your young prince Mamillius; it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into my note.
Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him : It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physics the subject, makes old hearts fresh: they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man.
Arch. Would they else be content to die?
Cam. Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.
Arch. If the king had to son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one. [Exeunt.
The same. A Room of State in the Palace. Enter LEONTES, POLIXENES, HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, CAMILLO, and Attendants.
Pol. Nine changes of the watry star have been
Would be fill'd up, my brother, with our thanks;
Go hence in debt: And therefore, like a cypher,
Yet standing in rich place, I multiply,
With one we-thank-you, many thousands more
 Nobly supplied by substitution of embassies, &c. JOHNSON.
 Vastum was the ancient term for waste uncultivated land. Over a vast. therefore, means at a great and vacant distance from each other. Vast, however, may be used for the sea. STEEVENS.
Shakespeare has, more than once, taken his imagery from the prints, with which the books of his time were ornamented. If my memory do not deceive me be had his eye on a wood cut in Holinshed, while writing the incantation of the weird sisters in Macbeth. In this passage he refers to a device common in the title-page of old books, of two hands extended from opposite clouds, and joined as in token of friendship over a wide waste of country. HENLEY.
 Affords a cordial to the state; has the power of assuaging the sense of misery. JOHNSON.
Leo. Stay your thanks awhile;
I am question'd by my fears, of what may chance,
This is put forth too truly! Besides, I have stay'd
Leo. We are tougher, brother,
Than you can put us to't.
Pol. No longer stay.
Leo. One seven-night longer.
Pol. Very sooth, to-morrow.
Leo. We'll part the time between's then: and in that I'll no gain-saying.
Pol. Press me not, 'beseech you, so ;
There is no tongue that moves, none, none i'th' world,
Do even drag me homeward: which to hinder,
Leo. Tongue-tied, our queen? speak you.
Her. I had thought, sir, to have held my peace, until
The by-gone day proclaim'd; say this to him,
Leo. Well said, Hermione.
Her. To tell, he longs to see his son, were strong:
But let him say so then, and let him go;
But let him swear so, and he shall not stay,
Yet of your royal presence I'll adventure
The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia
Nipping winds. HOLT WHITE.
We had satisfactory accounts yesterday of the state of Bohemia. JOHNSON.
To let him there a month, behind the gest
Prefix'd for's parting: yet, good deed, Leontes,
What lady she her lord.-You'll stay?
Pol. No, madam.
Her. Nay, but you will?
Pol. I may not, verily.
You put me off with limber vows: But I,
Though you would seek t' unsphere the stars with oaths, Should yet say, Sir, no going. Verily,
You shall not go; a lady's verily is
As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet?
Not like a guest; so you shall pay your fees,
When you depart, and save your thanks. How say you?
My prisoner? or my guest? by your dread verily,
One of them you shall be.
Pol. Your guest then, madam:
To be your prisoner, should import offending;
Than you to punish.
Her. Not your gaoler then,
kind hostess. Come, I'll question you
Of my lord's tricks, and yours,
when you were boys;
You were pretty lordlings then.9
Pol. We were, fair queen,
Two lads, that thought there was no more behind,
And to be boy eternal.
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o' th' two?
Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk i' th ’sun, And bleat the one at th' other: what we chang'd,
Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
The doctrine of ill-doing, no, nor dream'd
That any did Had we pursued that life,
And our weak spirits ne'er been higher rear'd
 In the time of royal progresses the king's stages, as we may see by the journals of them in the herald's office, were called his gests; from the old French word giste diversorium. WARBURTON.
Gests, or rather gists, from the French giste, (which signifies both a bed, and a lodging place,) were the names of the houses or towns where the King or Prince intended to lie every night during his progress. MALONE.
 A jar is, I believe, a single repetition of the noise made by the pendulum of lock; what children call the ticking of it. STEEVENS.
 This diminutive of lord is often used by Chaucer. STEEVENS.
With stronger blood, we should have answer'd heaver Boldly, Not guilty; the imposition clear'd,
Her. By this we gather,
You have tripp'd since.
Pol. O my most sacred lady,
Temptations have since then been born to us: for
Her. Grace to boot!
Of this make no conclusion; lest you say,
The offences we have made you do, we'll answer;
You did continue fault, and that you slipp'd
Leo. Is he won yet?
Her. He'll stay, my lord.
Leo. At my request, he would not.
Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st
To better purpose.
Leo. Never, but once.
-Her. What? have I twice said well? when was't be
I pr'ythee, tell me : Cram us with praise, and make us As fat as tame things: One good deed, dying tongueless, Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that.
Our praises are our wages: You may ride us,
With one soft kiss, a thousand furlongs, ere
With spur we heat an acre.
But to the goal ;—
My last good was, to entreat his stay;
What was my first? it has an elder sister,
Or I mistake you: O, would her name were Grace!
Nay, let me have't; I long.
Leo. Why, that was when
Three crabbed months had sour'd themselves to death, Ere I could make thee open thy white hand,
 That is, setting aside original sin; bating the imposition from the offence of our first parents, we might have boldly protested our innocence to Heaven. WARBURTON.
And clap thyself my love; then didst thou utter,
I am yours for ever.
Her. It is Grace, indeed.
Why, lo you now, I have spoke to the purpose twice: The one for ever earn'd a royal husband;
The other, for some while a friend.
[Giving her hand to POLIXENES.
Leo. Too hot, too hot :
Mam. Ay, my good lord.
Leo. I'fecks ?*
Why, that's my bawcock. What, hast smutch'd thy nose?
Are all call'd, neat. Still virginalling
[Observing POLIX. and HERMI
Upon his palm ?-How now, you wanton calf?
Art thou my calf?
Mam. Yes, if you will, my lord.
 She opened her hand, to clap the palm of it into his, as people do when they confirm a bargain. Hence the phrase-to clap up a bargain, i ́e, make one with no other ceremony than the junction of hands. This was a regular part of the ceremony of troth-plighting, to which Shakespeare often alludes. MALONE.  A lesson upon the horn at the death of the deer. THEOBALD.  A supposed corruption of—in faith. Our present vulgar pronounce it--fege STEEVENS.
 Perhaps from beat and coq. It is still said in vulgar language that such a one is a jolly cock, a cock of the game. STEEVENS
 Still playing with her fingers, as a girl playing on the virginals.
A virginal, as I am informed is a very small kind of spinnet. Queen Elizabeth's virginal-book is yet in being, and many of the lessons in it have proved so difficult as to baffle our most expert players on the harpsichord. STEEVENS.
A virginal was strung like a spinnet, and shaped like a piano forte. MALONE