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Leo. No, not these twenty years.
Per. So long could I
Stand by, a looker on.
Pau. Either forbear,

Quit presently the chapel, or refolve you
For more amazement; if you can behold it,
I'll make the ftatue move indeed, defcend,

And take you by the hand: but then you'll think,
Which I proteft against, I am afssisted
By wicked powers.

Leo. What you can make her do,
I am content to look on; what to speak,
I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy
To make her speak, as move.

Pau. It is requir'd

You do awake your faith: then, all stand still;
Or, thofe that think it is unlawful business

I am about, let them depart.

Leo. Proceed;

No foot fhall ftir.

Pau. Mufick; awake her: ftrike;

'Tis time, defcend; be ftone no more; approach,
Strike all that look on you with marvel: come,
I'll fill your grave up: ftir, nay, come away:
Bequeath to death your numbnefs; for from him
Dear life redeems you. You perceive, she stirs; [Her. comes down.
Start not, her actions shall be holy, as,

You hear, my fpell is lawful; do not fhun her

Until you see her die again, for then

You kill her double: nay, prefent your hand;

When he was young, you woo'd her; now in age,

Is fhe become the fuitor.

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Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.

Pol. Ay, and make manifeft where she has liv'd,

Or how ftol'n from the dead.

Pau. That the is living,

Were it but told you, should be hooted at
Like an old tale; but it appears, the lives,
Though yet the speak not. Mark a little while.
Please you to interpose, fair madam, kneel,
And pray your mother's bleffing. Turn, good lady,
Our Perdita is found [prefenting Perdita, who kneels to Her.
Her. You gods, look down,

And from your facred vials pour your graces

Upon my daughter's head! Tell me, mine own,

Where haft thou been preferv'd? where liv'd? how found

Thy father's court? for thou fhalt hear that I,
Knowing by Paulina that the oracle
Gave hope thou waft in being, have preserv'd
Myself, to fee the iffue.

Pau. There's time enough for that;
Left they defire, upon this pufh, to trouble
Your joys with like relation. Go together,
You precious winners all, your exultation
Partake to every one; I, an old turtle,
Will wing me to some wither'd bough, and there
My mate, that's never to be found again,

Lament till I am loft.

Leo. O, peace, Paulina:

Thou fhouldft a husband take by my confent,
As I by thine a wife: this is a match,

And made between's by vows. Thou haft found mine,

But how, is to be question'd; for I saw her,

As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many
A prayer upon her grave. I'll not feek far
(For him, I partly know his mind) to find thee
An honourable hufband. Come, Camillo,

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And take her by the hand; whofe worth, and honesty,
Is richly noted; and here justified

By us, a pair of kings. Let's from this place.
What? look upon my brother: both your pardons,
That e'er I put between your holy looks

My ill fufpicion: this your fon-in-law,
And fon unto the king, from heav'n's directing,
Is trothplight to your daughter. Good Paulina,
Lead us from hence, where we may leifurely
Each one demand, and answer to his part
Perform'd in this wide gap of time, fince first
We were diffever'd. Haftily lead away.

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