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That will be damn'd for't; 'would, I knew the villain,
I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven;
The fecond, and the third, nine, and fome five;
Leo. Ceafe; no more:
You fmell this business with a fenfe as cold
As feel doing thus ;
The inftruments that feel.
and fee withal
We need no grave to bury honesty;
There's not a grain of it, the face to sweeten
Leo. What? lack I credit?
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 counfels, but our natural goodness
Ant. And I wish, my Liege,
You had only in your filent judgment try'd it,
Leo. How could that be?
Either thou art moft ignorant by age,
Or thou wert born a fool. Camillo's flight,
(Which was as grofs as ever touch'd conjecture,
Made up to th' deed) doth push on this proceeding;
(For, in an act of this importance, 'twere
Cleomines and Dion, whom you know
Of ftuff'd fufficiency: Now, from the oracle
Lord. Well done, my Lord.
Leo. Tho' I am fatisfy'd, and need no more Than what I know, yet fhall the oracle
Give reft to th' minds of others; fuch as he,
Whofe ignorant credulity will not
Come up to th' truth. So have we thought it good
Ant. To laughter, as I take it,
SCENE changes to a Prison.
Enter Paulina, and a Gentleman.
Paul. THE keeper of the prison, call to him:
[Exit Gentleman. Let him have knowledge who I am. Good lady, No court in Europe is too good for thee; What doft thou then in prifon? now, good Sir, You know me, do you not?
Re-enter Gentleman, with the Goaler.
Goa. For a worthy lady,
And one whom much I honour.
Paul. Pray you then,
Conduct me to the Queen.
Goa. I may not, Madam;
To the contrary I have exprefs commandment.
Paul. Here's ado to lock up honefty and honour from Th' accefs of gentle vifitors! Is't lawful, pray you, To fee her women? any of them? Emilia?
Goa. So please you, Madam,
To put a-part these your attendants, I
Shall bring Emilia forth.
Paul. I pray you now, call her:
Goa. And, Madam,
I must be present at your conference.
Paul. Well, be it fo, pr'ythee.
[Exeunt Gent. &c.
Here's fuch ado to make no stain a stain,
Emil. As well, as one fo great and fo forlorn
Emil. A daughter, and a goodly babe,
I'm innocent as you.
Paul. I dare be fworn:
These dangerous, unfafe lunes i' th' King! befhrew them, (7)
He must be told on't, and he fhall; the office
(7) Thefe dang'rous, unfafe Lunes i' th' King!] I have. no where, but in our Author, obferv'd this Word adopted in our Tongue, to fignify, Frenzy, Lunacy. But it is a Mode of Expreffion with the French.. Il y a de lune: (i. e. He has got the Moon in his Head; he is frantick.) Cotgrave. Lune. tolie. Les femmes ont des lunes dans la tête. Richelet,
And never to my red-look'd anger be
Emil. Moft worthy Madam,
Your honour and your goodness is fo evident,
Acquaint the Queen of your most noble offer,
But durft not tempt a minister of honour,
Paul. Tell her, Emilia,
I'll use that tongue I have; if wit flow from't,
Emil. Now be you bleft for it!
I'll to the Queen: please you, come fomething nearer. Goa. Madam, if't please the Queen to fend the babe, I know not what I fhall incur, to pass it,
Having no warrant.
Paul. You need not fear it, Sir;
The child was prifoner to the womb, and is
Goa. I do believe it.
Paul. Do not you fear; upon mine honour, I Will ftand 'twixt you and danger.
SCENE changes to the Palace.
Enter Leontes, Antigonus, Lords and other Attendants.
Leo. NOR night, nor day, no reft; it is but
To bear the matter thus; meer weakness, if
Is quite beyond mine arm; out of the blank
Enter an Attendant.
Atten. My Lord.
Leo. How do's the boy?
Atten. He took good reft to night; 'tis hop'd,
Léo. To fee his nobleness!
Conceiving the dishonour of his mother,
He ftraight declin'd, droop'd, took it deeply;
Laugh at me; make their pastime at my forrow;