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Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit,
It is a surplus of your grace, which never
My life may last to answer.

O Paulina,
We honour you with trouble : But we came
To see the statue of our queen : your gallery
Have we pass'd through, not without much content
In many singularities; but we saw not
That which my daughter came to look upon,
The statue of her mother.

As she liv'd peerless, her dead likeness, I do well believe, Excels whatever yet you look'd upon, Or hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it Lonely, apart: But here it is : prepare To see the life as lively mock'u, as ever Still sleep mock'd death: behold; and say, 'tis well.

[Paulina undraws a curtain, and disco

ders a statue. I like your silence, it the more shows off Your wonder: But yet speak ;-first, you, my liege. Comes it not something near? Leon.

Her natural posture ! Chide me, dear stone; that I may say, indeed, Thou art Hermione: or, rather, thou art she, In thy not chiding; for she was as teuder, As infancy, and grace.-But yet, Paulina, Hermione was not so much wrinkled; nothing So aged, as this seems. Pol.

O, not by much. Paul. So much the more our carver's excellence; Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her As she liv'd now. Leon.

As now she might have done, So much to my good comfort, as it is Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Even with such life of majesty (warm life, As now it coldly stands), when first I woo'd her! I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me,

For being more stone than it?-0, royal piece,
There's magick in thy majesty; which has
My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and
From thy adniring daughter took the spirits,
Stauding like stone with thee!

And give me leave;
And do not say, 'tis superstition, that
I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady,
Dear queen, that ended when I but began,
Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.

O, patience, The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's Not dry.

Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on;
Which sixteen winters cannot blow away,
So many summers, dry: scarce any joy
Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
But kill'd itself much sooner.

Dear my brother,
Let him, that was the cause of this, have power
To take off so much grief from you, as he
Will piece up in himself.

Indeed, my lord,
If I had thought, the sight of my poor image
Would thus have wrought* you (for the stone is

mine), I'd not have show'd it. Leon.

Do not draw the curtain, Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't ; lest your

fancy May think anon, it moves. Leon.

Let be, let be. Would I were dead, but that methinks already What was he, that did make tt?-See, my lord, Would you not deem, it breath'd? and that those

veins Did verily bear blood ?

• Worked, agitated.


Masterly done:
The very fife seems warm upun her lip.

Leon. The fixure of her eye has motion in't*,
Ast we are mock'd with art.

I'll draw the curtain;
My lord's almost so far transported, that
He'll think anon, it lives.

O sweet Paulina,
Make me to think so twenty years together;
No settled seoses of the world can match
The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone.
Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd you:

but I could afflict you further. Leon.

Do, Paulina; For this affliction has a taste as sweet As any cordial comfort. --Still, methinks, There is an air coines from her: What fine chizzel Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, For I will kiss her. Paul.

Good my lord, forbear:
The ruddiness upon her lip is wet;
You'll mar it, if you kiss it; stain your own
With oily painting: Shall I draw the curtain ?

Leon. No, not these twenty years.

So long could I
Stand by, a looker on.

Either forbear,
Quit presently the chapel ; or resolve you
For more amazement: If you can behold it,
I'll make the statue move indeed; descend,
And take you by the hand: but then you'll think
(Which I protest against), I am assisted
By wicked powers.

What you can make her do,
I am content to look on : what lo speak,

• i. e. Though her eye be fixed, it seems to have motion in it.

+ As if.

I am content to hear; for 'tis as easy
To make her speak, as move.

It is requir'd,
You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still;
Or those, that think it is unlawful business
I am about, let them depart,

No foot shall stir.
Musick; awake her: strike-

[Musick. 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more: approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.—You perceive, she stirs :

[Hermione cornes down from the pedestal. Start not : her actious shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kill her double; Nay, present your land : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, Is she become the suitor. Leon.

o, she's warm! (Embracing her.
If this be magick, let it be an art
Lawful as eating.

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

Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has liv'd,
Or, how stol'n from the dead?

That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while, Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, And pray your mother's blessing Turn, good lady; Our Perdita is found.

[Presenting Perdita, who kneels to

Hermione. Her.

You gods, look down,


And from your sacred rials' pour your graces
Upon my daughter's head !--Tell me, mine own,
Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd? how

Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that 1,-
Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle
Gave hope thou wast in being,—have preserv'd
Myself, to see the issue.

There's time enough for that;
Lest they desire, upon this push to trouble
Your joys with like relation.-Go together,
You precious winners* all; your exultatiou
Partaket 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 lost.

O peace, Paulina;
Thou should'st a husband take by my consent,
As I by thine, a' wife: this is a match,
And made between's by vows. Thou hast found

But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her,
As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said mavy
A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far
(For him, I partly know his mind), to find thee
An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo,
And take her by the hand : whose worth, and how

Is richly noted; and here justified
By us, a pair of kings.- Let's from this place.-
What?- Look upon my brother:- both your par.

That e'er I put between your holy looks
My ill suspicion.—This your son-in-law,
And son unto the king (whom heavens directing),
Is troth-plight to your daughter.-Good Paulina,
Lead us from heuce; where we may leisurely

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