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Thereof to be inform’d, imprison't not
In ignorant concealment.

I may not answer.
Pol. A sickness caught of me, and yet I well !
I must be answer'd.—Dost thou hear, Camillo ?
I conjure thee, by all the parts of man
Which honour does acknowledge,—whereof the

least Is not this suit of mine,—that thou declare What incidency thou dost guess of harm Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near ; Which way to be prevented, if to be; If not, how best to bear it. Cam.

Sir, I will tell you ;
Since I am charg'd in honour, and by him
That I think honourable : therefore, mark my

Which must be even as swiftly follow'd as
I mean to utter it, or both yourself and me
Cry lost, and so good night!

On, good Camillo.
Cam. I am appointed him to murder you ! *
Pol. By whom, Camillo ?

By the king Por.

For what? CAM. He thinks, nay, with all confidence, he

As he had seen't, or been an instrument
To vice" you to’t,—that you have touch'd his queen

Pol. 0, then my 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 shunnid,
Nay, hated too, worse than the great’st infection
That e'er was heard or read !

Swear his thought over 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.

? CAM. I know not : but I am sure 't is safer to Avoid what's grown than question how 't is 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,


How should this


a I am appointed him to murder you!] I am the agent fixed upon to murder you.

To vice you to't,-) To screw you to it. So in "Twelfth Night,” Act V. Sc. 1,

- I partly know the instrument That screw'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.

seek to prove,

Clear them o' the city: for myself, I'll put Must it be great ; and, as his person's mighty,
My fortunes to your service, which are here Must it be violent: and as he does conceive
By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain ; He is dishonour'd by a man which ever
For, by the honour of my parents, I

Profess’d to him, why, his revenges must
Have utter'd truth ; which if you

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

ness Two days ago.—This jealousy

To take the urgent hour : come, sir, away! Is for a precious creature: as she's rare,


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* – places-] By "places " are perhaps meant dignilies, or honours.

Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing

of his ill-ta'en suspicion !) Warburton gives

and comfort

The gracious queen's ;"
Hanmer and Mr. Collier's annotator,-

“Good expedition be my friend! Heaven comfort," &c.;
the latter substituting “dream" for "theme." But we are still
wide-toto cælo, tota regione-of the genuine text, now, it may be
feared, irrecoverable.

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Hark ye ;

as if

Enter HERMIONE, MAMILLIUS, and Ladies. 1 LADY.

Blue, my lord.

Mam. Nay, that's a mock : I have seen a lady's HER. Take the boy to you: he so troubles me 'Tis past enduring

That has been blue, but not her eyebrows. 1 LADY. Come, my gracious lord,

2 Lady. Shall I be your playfellow ?

The queen your mother rounds apace : we shall Mam.

No, I'll none of you.

Present our services to a fine new prince 1 LADY. Why, my sweet lord ?

One of these days; and then you'd wanton with Mam. You'll kiss me hard, and speak to me


If we would have you. I were a baby still.— I love you



She is spread of late 2 Lady. And why so, my lord ?

Into a goodly bulk : good time encounter her ! Mam.

Not for because HER. What wisdom stirs amongst you?—Come, Your brows are blacker; yet black brows, they

sir, now

I am for you again : pray you, sit by us,
Become some women best, so that there be not And tell's a tale.
Too much hair there, but in a semicircle,


Merry, or sad, shall’t be ? Or a half-moon made with a pen.

HER. As merry as you will. 2 Lady. Who taught you this ? * Mam.

A sad tale's best for winter : Mam. I learn'd it out of women's faces. Pray I have one of sprites and goblins.


Let's have that, good sir. What colour are your eyebrows ?

Come on, sit down :--come on, and do your best

To fright me with your sprites; you're powerful a Who taught you this?] It has been customary, since the time

at it. of Rowe, to read, "Who taught you this?" though in the old text Mam. There was a man,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

, And give’t me in mine ear.

The justice of your hearts will thereto add,
'T' is pity she's not honest, honourable :

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

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,


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 belp 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;d 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

That vulgars give bold'st titles ; ay, and privy
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


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,

[Exit 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.

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your command.

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 ihe spider?" b - and one may drink, depart, &c.] Mr. Collier's annotator

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As you

Is for my


There's some ill planet reigns :

1 Lord.

Good my lord, — I must be patient till the heavens look

Ant. It is for you we speak, not for ourselves, With an aspect 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, e,the want of which vain dew

villain, Perchance shall dry your pities,—but I have I would land-damno 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

feel doing thus ; and see withal Has deserv'd prison, then abound in tears

The instruments that feel. As I come out : this action I now go on


If it be so, better grace.—Adieu, my

lord :

We need no grave to bury honesty; I never wish'd to see you sorry; now


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

lord, again.

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 ;


Or seeming so in skill®) 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,
If it prore

"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 ;)

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 cer. gonus 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. Hanmer gives, “Laying hold of his arı ;

" Dr. Johnson, For example:


his brows." b “ Dromio, kerp the gate."-Comedy of Errors, Act II. Sc. 2. c "Keep the door close, sirrah." -- Henry VIII. Act V. Sc. 1.

e – in skill)- ] That is, cunning, design. VOL. III.


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