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Thereof to be inform’d, imprison't not
I may not answer.
Sir, I will tell you ;
On, good Camillo.
By the king Pol.
For what? CAM. He thinks, nay, with all confidence, he
As he had seen't, or been an instrument
have touch'd his queen Forbiddenly. Pol. O, then
best blood turn To an infected jelly, and my name Be yok'd with his that did betray the Best ! Turn then my freshest reputation to A savour that may strike the dullest nostril Where I arrive, and my approach be shunn’d, Nay, hated too, worse than the great’st infection That e'er was heard or read ! CAM.
Swear his thought overd By each particular star in heaven, and By all their influences, you may as well Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, As, or by oath remove, or counsel shake The fabric of his folly, whose foundation Is pil'd upon his faith, and will continue The standing of his body. Pol.
How should this
? CAM. I know not : but I am sure 't is safer to Avoid what's grown than question how 'tis born. If therefore you dare trust my honesty,That lies enclosed in this trunk, which
you Shall bear along impawn'd,—away to-night! Your followers I will whisper to the business ; And will, by twos and threes, at several posterns,
a I am appointed him to murder you !) I am the agent fixed upon to murder you.
b To vice you to't,–] To screw you to it. So in "Twelfth Night,” Act V. Sc. 1,
“- I partly know the instrument That screa's me from my true place in vour favour."
c Be yok'd with his that did betray the Best !] That is, with the name of Judas.
d Swear his thought over-] Theobald suggested, -"Swear this though, over," which, besides being foreign to the mode of expression in Shakespeare's time, is a change quite uncalled for; to swear over=over-swear, is merely to out-swear.
Clear them o' the city: for myself, I'll put Must it be great ; and, as his person's mighty,
He is dishonour'd by a man which ever
Profess'd to him, why,
must Have utter'd truth ; which if you seek to prove, In that be made more bitter. Fear o'ershades me: I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer Good expedition be my friend, and comfort Than one condemned by the king's own mouth, The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing Thereon his execution sworn.
Of his ill-ta’en suspicion ! Come, Camillo ; Pol. I do believe thee;
I will respect thee as a father, if I saw his heart in’s face. Give me thy hand ; Thou bear'st my life off hence: let us avoid. Be pilot to me, and thy places a shall
Cam. It is in mine authority to command Still neighbour mine. My ships are ready, and The keys of all the posterns. Please your highMy people did expect my hence departure Two days ago.—This jealousy
To take the urgent hour : come, sir, away! Is for a precious creature: as she's rare,
Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies.
Blue, my lord. Mam. Nay, that's a mock : I have seen a lady's That has been blue, but not her eyebrows.
2 Lady. The queen your mother rounds apace : we shall Present our services to a fine new prince One of these days; and then you'd wanton with
us, If we would have you. 1 LADY.
She is spread of late
Merry, or sad, shall’t be?
A sad tale's best for winter:
Let's have that, good sir. Come on, sit down :-come on, and do your
best To fright me with your sprites; you're powerful
at it. Mam. There was a man,
What colour are your eyebrows ?
a Who taught you this ?) It has been customary, since the time of Rowe, to read, -"Who taught you this?" though in the old text the pronoun is only indicated by an apostrophe.
Nay, come, sit down; then on. And I'll be sworn,—you would believe my saying, Mam. Dwelt by a churchyard ;-I will tell it Howe'er
lean to the nayward. softly;
You, my lords, Yond crickets shall not hear it.
Look on her, mark her well; be but about HER.
Come on then, To say, she is a goodly lady, and
The justice of your hearts will thereto add,
Praise her but for this her without-door form, Enter LEONTES, ANTIGONUS, Lords, and others. (Which, on my faith, deserves high speech) and
straight LEON. Was he met there? his train ? Camillo The shrug, the hum, or ha,—these petty brands with him?
[never That calumny doth use :-0, I am out, 1 LORD. Behind the tuft of pines I met them ; That mercy does ; for calumny will sear Saw I men scour so on their way: I ey'd them Virtue itself :these shrugs, these hums and ha's, Even to their ships.
have said she's goodly, come between, LEON. How bless'd am I
Ere you can say she's honest : but be't known, In my just censure !—in my true opinion !-- From him that has most cause to grieve it should Alack, for lesser knowledge !-how accurs’d
be, In being so bless'd !—There may be in the cup She's an adultress! A spider steep'd," and one may drink, depart,b HER.
Should a villain say so, And yet partake no venom; for his knowledge The most replenish'd villain in the world, Is not infected: but if one present
He were as much more villain : you, my lord, The abhorr’d ingredient to his eye, make known Do but mistake. How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides, LEON.
You have mistook, my lady, With violent hefts:—I have drunk, and seen the Polixenes for Leontes : 0, thou thing, spider.
Which I'll not call a creature of thy place, Camillo was his help in this, his pander :
Lest barbarism, making me the precedent, There is a plot against my life, my crown ; Should a like language use to all degrees, All's true that is mistrusted :—that false villain, And mannerly distinguishment leave out Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him : Betwixt the prince and beggar !—I have said He has discover’d my design, and I
She's an adultress; I have said with whom : Remain a pinch'd thing; yea, a very trick More, she's a traitor ; and Camillo is For them to play at will.—How came the posterns A federary with her; and one that knows So easily open ?
What she should shame to know herself 1 LORD.
By his great authority; But with her most vile principal, that she 's Which often hath no less prevail'd than so, A bed-swerver, even as bad as those On your command.
That vulgars give bold'st titles ; ay, and privy LEON. I know't too well.
To this their late escape. Give me the boy ;-I am glad you did not nurse HER.
No, by my life, him :
Privy to none of this ! How will this grieve you Though he does bear some signs of me, yet you When you shall come to clearer knowledge, that Have too much blood in him.
You thus have publish'd me! Gentle my lord, HER.
What is this ? sport ? | You scarce can right me throughly then, to say Leon. Bear the boy hence, he shall not come You did mistake. about her ;
No! if I mistake Away with him !-and let her sport herself In those foundations which I build upon,
[Èxit MAMILLIUS, with some of the Attendants. The centre is not big enough to bear With that she's big with ; for 't is Polixenes A schoolboy's top.—Away with her to prison ! Has made thee swell thus.
He who shall speak for her is afar off guilty HER. But I'd say he had not,
But that he speaks.
a A spider steep'd,–] It was a prevalent belief anciently that spiders were venomous, and that a person might be poisoned by drinking any liquid in which one was infused. From the context it would appear, however, that to render the draught fatal, the victim ought to see the spider. So, in Middleton's "No Wit, no Help like a Woman's," Act II. Sc. 1,
"Even when my lip touch'd the contracting cup,
Even then to see the spider?" b - and one may drink, depart, &c.] Mr. Collier's annotator
reads,—"and one may drink a part;" but what Shakespeare wrote, we are persuaded, was,
" — and one may drink deep o't,
And yet partake no venom.' c - hefts :-) " Hefts" are heavings. d- a pinch'd thing;] That is, a restrained, nipped, confined thing.
e A federary-) A supposed corruption of feodary, and signifying a confederate, or accomplice. See note (d), p. 608, Vol II.
lord, I must be patient till the heavens look
Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves , With an aspéct more favourable.—Good my lords, You are abus'd, and by some putter-on, I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
That will be damn'd for 't; would I knew the Commonly are,—the want of which vain dew
villain, Perchance shall dry your pities,—but I have I would land-damn him. Be she honour-flaw'd,That honourable grief lodg’d here, which burns I have three daughters; the eldest is eleven ; Worse than tears drown : beseech you all, my lords, The second, and the third, nine, and some five; With thoughts so qualified as your charities If this prove true, they'll pay for't: by mine Shall best instruct you, measure me ;-and so
honour, The king's will be perform'd!
I'll geld 'em all; fourteen they shall not see, LEON. Shall I be heard? [To the Guards. To bring false generations : they are co-heirs ; Her. Who is 't that goes with me?—Beseech And I had rather glib myself than they your highness,
Should not produce fair issue. My women may be with me, for, you see,
Cease! no more. My plight requires it. Do not weep, good fools ; You smell this business with a sense as cold There is no cause : when you shall know your As is a dead man's nose: but I do see't and feel't, mistress
you feel doing thus ; and see withal Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears
The instruments that feel.d As I come out : this action I now go on
If it be so, Is for my better grace.-Adieu, my lord : We need no grave to bury honesty ; I never wish'd to see you sorry; now [leave. There's not a grain of it the face to sweeten I trust I shall.(1)My women, come; you have Of the whole dungy earth. LEON. Go, do our bidding ; hence !
What! lack I credit ? [Exeunt QUEEN and Ladies, with Guards. 1 LORD. I had rather you did lack than I, my 1 LORD. Beseech your highness, call the queen
Upon this ground; and more it would content me Ant. Be certain what you do, sir, lest your To have her honour true than your suspicion, justice
Be blam'd for 't how you might. Prove violence; in the which three great ones suffer, LEON.
Why, what need we Yourself, your queen, your son.
Commune with you of this, but rather follow 1 LORD.
For her, my lord, Our forceful instigation ? Our prerogative I dare my life lay down, and will do’t, sir, Calls not your counsels ; but our natural goodness Please you to accept it, that the queen is spotless Imparts this: which, if you (or stupefied, I'the eyes of heaven and to you ; I mean, Or seeming so in skillo) cannot or will not In this which you accuse her.
Relish a truth, like us, inform yourselves ANT.
We need no more of your advice: the matter, She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where The loss, the gain, the ordering on 't, is all I lodge my wife ; I'll go in couples with her ;* Properly ours. Than when I feel and see her, no farther trust her ; ANT. And I wish, my liege, For every inch of woman in the world,
You had only in your silent judgment tried it, Ay, every dram of woman's flesh, is false,
Without more overture. If she be.
How could that be ? LEON. Hold your peaces.
Either thou art most ignorant by age,
" I thank you: keep the door."--Hamlet, Act IV. Sc. 5. She's otherwise, I'll keep my stables where
“Gratiano, keep the house," &c.-Othello, Act V. Sc. 2. I lodge my wife; I'll go in couples with her ;)
b – and by some putter-on,-) "Putter-on" appears to have A prodigious amount of nonsense has been written on this unfor
been a term of reproach, implying an instigator, or plotter. It tunate passage, but not a single editor or critic has shown the
occurs again in “ Henry VIII." Act I. Sc. 2. See note (b), p. 650, faintest perception of what it means. The accepted explanation,
Vol. II. that by "I'll keep my stables where I lodge my wife," &c. Anti
c- land-damn him.) “ Land-damn" may almost with cergonus declares that he will have his stables in the same place with
tainty be pronounced corrupt. The only tolerable attempt to his wife; or, as some writers express it, he will make his stable
extract sense from it, as it stands, is that of Rann, who conor dog-kennel of his wife's chamber"! sets gravity completely at jectured that it meant "condemned to the punishment of being defiance. What he means and the excessive grossness of the idea
built up in the earth"-a torture mentioned in "Titus Androni. can hardly be excused--is, unquestionably, that if Hermione be
cus," Act V. Sc. 3,proved incontinent he should believe every woman is unchaste; his own wife as licentious as Semiramis, ("Equum adamatum a
“Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish him," &c. Semiramide," &c. -Pliny, 1. viii. c. 42,) and where he lodged her he
and see withal would "keep,” that is, guard, or fasten the entry of his stables.
The instruments that feel.) This sense of the word "keep" is so common, even in Shakespeare, that it is amazing no one should have seen its application here.
A stage direction of some kind is required at these words. HanFor example:
mer gives, "Laying hold of his arm;" Dr. Johnson, “Striking b “Dromio, kerp the gate."-Comedy of Errors, Act II. Sc. 2.
his brows." e "Keep the door close, sirrah."-Henry VIII. Act V. Sc. 1.
e – in skill)--) That is, cunning, design. 209
If it prove