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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.
Paul. You are one of those,
Dio. If you would not so,
Paul. There is none worthy,
· Than 10 rejoice, the former Than to rejoice the former Queen: Queen is well! The
THIS WILL speaker is here giving reasons What, says the speaker, can be why the King should marry again. a more holy motive to a new One reason is, pity to the State; choice than that it will glad the another, regard to the continuance spirit of the former Queen? for of the royal family; and the she was of so excellent a disposbird, comfort and consolation to fition, that the happiness of the the King's affliction. All hitherto King and Kingdom, to be prois plain, and becoming a Privy- cured by it, will give her excounsellor. But now comes in, 'treme pleasure. The poet goes what he calls, a holy argument upon the general opinion, that for it, and that is a rejoicing that the spirits of the happy in the the former Queen is well and at other world are concerned for refl. To make this argument of the condition of their surviving force, we must conclude that the friends.
WARBURTON. speaker went upon this opinion, This emendation is one of that a widower can never heartily those of which many may be rejoice that his former wife is at made; it is such as we may with relt, till he has got another. the authour had chosen, but which Without doubt Shakespeare wrote, we cannot prove that he did
chuse; the reasons for it are plau-What were more boly, fible, but not cogent.
[To the King
Leo. Good Paulina,
Paul. And left them
Leo. Thou speak'st truth :
* In the old copies,
supporting. The Night Change, would make her fainted I have made, cures borb: and, Spirit
furely, 'tis an improvement to Again pollefs ber Corps, and on the Sentiment for the King to
lay, that Paulina and be offended (Where we Offenders now ap- his dead Wife's Ghost with the pear) foul-vext.
Subject of a second Match ; raAnd begin, &c.] 'Tis obvious, ther than in general Terms to that the
Grammar is defe&tive; call themselves Offenders, Sinners. and the Sense consequently wants
And begin, Why to me?
Paul. Had the such power, She had just cause.
Leo. She had, and would incense me To murder her I married.
Paul. I should so,
Leo. Stars, stars,
Paul. Will you swear
Leo. Never, Paulina ; fo be bless'd my spirit!
Paul. Unless another,
Cleo. Good Madam, pray, have done.
Paul. Yet, if my Lord will marry.--If you will, Sir; No remedy, but you will ; give me the office - To chuse you a Queen; she shall not be so young
As was your former ; but the shall be fach,
Leo. My true Paulina,
Paul. That Shall be, when your first Queen's again in breath: Never till then,
To affront, is to meet.
Gent. One that gives out himself prince Florizel,
Leo. What with him ? he comes not
Gent. But few,
Leo. His Princess, say you, with him? Gent. Yes; the most peerless piece of earth, I think, That e'er the sun fhione bright on.
Paul. Oh Hermione,
Gent. Pardon, Madain;
3-Sir, you yourself so relates not to what precedes, Have faid, and writto;-) but to what follows that, fte bad The reader muft observe, that not been quall d.
Paul. How? not women?
Gent. Women will love her, that she is a woman
Leo. Go, Cleomines;
[Exit Cleomines. Bring them to our embracement. Still 'tis strange He thus should steal upon us.
Paul. Had our Prince,
Leo. Pr'ythee, no more; ceafe; thou know'st,
Enter Florizel, Perdita, Cleomines, and others.
Your mother was most true to wedlock, Prince,