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Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,
Leo. Hold your peaces.
1 Lord. Good my lord,—
Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves: You are abus'd, and by some putter-on,
That will be damn'd for't; 'would I knew the villain,
Leo. Cease; no more.
You smell this business with a sense as cold
As you feel doing thus; and see withal
The instruments that feel.
Ant. If it be so,
We need no grave to bury honesty ;
There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
Leo. What! lack I credit?
1 Lord. I had rather you did lack, than I, my lord,
Leo. Why, what need we
Commune with you of this? but rather follow
Calls not your counsels; but our natural goodness
Or seeming so in skill,) cannot, or will not,
 Land-damn is probably one of those words which caprice brought into fashion, and which after a short time, reason and grammar drove irrecoverably away. It perhaps meant no more than I will rid the country of him, condemn him to quit the land. JOHNSON.
 Some stage direction seems necessary in this place; but what that direction should be, it is not easy to decide. Dr. Johnson gives-striking his brows.
STEEVENS. Leontes must here be supposed to lay hold of either the beard, or arm, or some other part of Antigonus. MALONE.
The loss, the gain, the ordering on't, is all
Ant. And I wish, my liege,
You had only in your silent judgment tried it,
Leo. How could that be?
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool.
Added to their familiarity,
(Which was as gross as ever touch'd conjecture,
Made up to the deed,) doth push on this proceeding;
(For, in an act of this importance,
Most piteous to be wild,) I have despatch'd in post,
Cleomenes and Dion, whom you know
Of stuff'd sufficiency: Now, from the oracle
1 Lord. Well done, my lord.
Leo. Though I am satisfied, and need no more
Give rest to the minds of others; such as he,
Come up to th' truth: So have we thought it good,
Ant. [Aside.] To laughter, as I take it,
The outer Room of a Prison. Enter PAULINA and Attendants.
Paul. The keeper of the prison,-call to him;
[Exit an Attendant. Let him have knowledge who I am.-Good lady!
Approbation, in this place, is put for proof. JOHNSON.
No court in Europe is too good for thee,
What dost thou then in prison ?-Now, good sir,
You know me, do you not?
Keep. For a worthy lady,
And one whom much I honour.
Paul. Pray you then,
Conduct me to the queen.
Keep. I may not, madam; to the contrary I have express commandment.
Paul. Here's ado,
To lock up honesty and honour from
Th' access of gentle visitors!—Is it lawful,
Keep. So please you, madam,
To put apart these your attendants, I shall bring
Paul. I pray now, call her.—
Keep. And, madam,
I must be present at your conference.
Paul. Well, be it so, pr'ythee.
Here's such ado to make no stain a stain,
Re-enter Keeper, with EMILIA.
Emil. A daughter, and a goodly babe,
Paul. I dare be sworn :
These dangerous unsafe lunes o' th' king beshrew them!
 I have no where, but in our author, observed this word adopted in our tongue to signify frenzy, lunacy. But it is a mode of expression with the French-ya de la lune: (i. e. he has got the moon in his head; he is frantic.) THEOBALD.
He must be told on't, and he shall the office
The trumpet any more :-Pray you, Emilia,
Emil. Most worthy madam,
Your honour, and your goodness, is so evident,
A thriving issue; there is no lady living,
So meet for this great errand: Please your ladyship
Acquaint the queen of your most noble offer;
Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have: if wit flow from it,
Emil. Now be you blest for it!
I'll to the queen: Please you, come something nearer. Keep. Madam, if't please the queen to send the babe I know not what I shall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.
Paul. You need not fear it, sir:
The child was prisoner to the womb; and is,
By law and process of great nature, thence
Freed and enfranchis'd: not a party to
The anger of the king; nor guilty of,
Keep. I do believe it.
Paul. Do not you fear: upon
Mine honour, I will stand 'twixt you and danger.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter LEONTES, ANTI
GONUS, Lords, and other Attendants.
Leo. Nor night, nor day, no rest: It is but weakness To bear the matter thus; mere weakness, if
The cause were not in being;—part o' th' cause,
Leo. How does the boy?
1 Attend. He took good rest to-night; 'Tis hop'd, his sickness is discharg'd. Leo. To see,
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
of him ;
The very thought of my revenges that way
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my sorrow :
Enter PAULINA, with a Child.
1 Lord. You must not enter.
Paul. Nay, rather, good my lords, be second to me: Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas,
Than the queen's life? a gracious innocent soul;
More free, than he is jealous.
Ant. That's enough.
 Blank and level, meau mark and aim; they are terms of gunnery. DOUCE.