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Arch. Believe me, I speak as my under- 20 standing instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
Cam. Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia. They were trained together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more mature dignities and royal necessities made separation of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attorneyed with interchange 30 of gifts, letters, loving embassies; that they have seemed to be together, though absent, shook hands, as over a vast, 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
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 no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one.
[Exeunt. 26. which, as.
38. of, in. 33. vast, boundless sea (or 40. note, knowledge. sea of which the bounds are 43. the subject, (collective) the invisible).
A room of state in the same.
Enter LEONTES, HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS,
POLIXENES, CAMILLO, and Attendants.
Stay your thanks a while ;
Sir, that's to-morrow.
We are tougher, brother,
No longer stay.
Very sooth, to-morrow.
2. note, observation, reckon- equivalent 'wish that they may ing.
not,'--that no sneaping winds, 12. that may blow, etc. This etc. sentence is somewhat loosely de- 13. sneaping, nipping. pendent upon the previous one, 14. . This is put forth too
- fears of what may chance truly,' this foreboding is too being mentally replaced by the well justified.
Leon. We'll part the time between 's then;
and in that I'll no gainsaying. Pol.
Press me not, beseech you, so.
Leon. Tongue-tied our queen ? speak you.
Well said, Hermione.
41. gest (Fr. gite, 'lodging '). 33. ward, posture (in fencing). an appointed stage or resting
place in a royal progress ; hence 40. commission, warrant. the time appointed resuming 41. To let him, to permit him
the journey. to remain.
39. at, in.
Prefix'd for 's parting: yet, good deed, Leontes,
You 'll stay?
No, madam. Her. Nay, but you will ? Pol.
I may not, verily. Her. Verily! You put me off with limber vows; but I, Though you would seek to unsphere the stars with
oaths, Should yet say 'Sir, no going. Verily, You shall not go : a lady's 'Verily''s As potent as a lord's. Will you go yet? ? Force me to keep you as a prisoner, Not like a guest ; so you shall pay your fees When you depart, and save your thanks. How
Your guest, then, madam :
Not your gaoler, then,
We were, fair queen,
Was not my
42. good deed, in verity.
47. limber, pliant. 43. jar, tick.
53. pay your fees, the fees 44.
What lady - she, any paid by prisoners on their libera. woman of rank.
tion from prison.
The verier wag o' the two ?
Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs that did frisk i'
And bleat the one at the other : what we changed
By this we gather
O my most sacred lady!
Grace to boot !
Is he won yet?
At my request he would not.
Never ? 70. no, nor dream'd; so F1-4. 74. the imposition clear'd Nor dream'd, Fy, making a line hereditary ours, setting aside the which, however it be scanned, 'original sin' we inherit as men. Shakespeare cannot have written. 76. sacred, royal. 73. blood, passions.
8o. Grace to boot, Grace aid us!