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If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness,
Do bid it welcome.

This is desperate, fir.
Flo. So call it: but it does fulfil my vow ;
I needs must think it honesty. Camillo,
Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may
Be thereat glean'd; for all the fun fees, or
The close earth wombs, or the profound feas hide
In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
To this my fair belov'd: Therefore, I pray you,
As you have e'er been my father's honour'd friend,
When he shall miss me, (as, in faith, I mean not
To see him any more,) cast your good counsels
Upon his passion; Let myself, and fortune,
Tug for the time to come. This you may know,
And so deliver, I am put to sea
With her, whom here? I cannot hold on shore;
And, most opportune to our need, I have
A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd
For this design. What course I mean to hold,
Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor
Concern me the reporting.

O, my lord,
I would your spirit were easier for adyice,
Or stronger for your need.

Flo. Hark, Perdita. - [Takes her aside. I'll hear you by and by.

[To Camillo.

He's irremovable, Resolv'd for flight: Now were I happy, if His going I could frame to serve my turn; Save him from danger, do him love and honour;


7- whom here -] Old Copy-who. Corrected by the edi. tor of the second folio. MALONE.

8 And, moft opportune to our need,] The old copy has-ber need. This necessary emendation was made by Mr. Theobald.


Purchase the fight again of dear Sicilia,
And that unhappy king, my master, whom
I so much thirst to see,

Now, good Camillo,
I am so fraught with curious business, that
I leave out ceremony.

[Going. CAM.

Sir, I think,
You have heard of my poor services, i'the love
That I have borne your father?

Very nobly
Have you deserv'd: it is my father's musick,
To speak your deeds; not little of his care
To have them recompens'd as thought on.

Well, my lord,
If you may please to think I love the king;
And, through him, what is nearest to him, which is
Your gracious self; embrace but my direction,
(If your more ponderous and settled project
May suffer alteration,) on mine honour
I'll point you where you shall have such receiving
As shall become your highness; where you may
Enjoy your mistress ; (from the whom, I fee,
There's no disjunction to be made, but by,
As heavens forefend! your ruin :) marry her;
And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,)
Your discontenting father strive to qualify,
And bring him up to liking.'

How, Camillo,


9 And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,)

Your discontenting father strive to qualify,

And bring him up 10 liking. ] And where you may, by letters, intreaties, &c. endeavour to foften your incensed father, and reconcile him to the match; to effect which, my best services shall not be wanting during your absence. Mr. Pope, without either authority or neceffity, reads-l'll strive to qualify;-which has been followed by all the subsequent editors. Discontenting is in our author's language the same as discontented.


May this, almost a miracle, be done?
That I may call thee something more than man,
And, after that, trust to thee.

Have you thought on
A place, whereto you'll go?

Not any yet:
But as the unthought-on accident is guilty
To what we wildly do;' so we profess
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Of every wind that blows.
| Ca M.

Then list to me:
This follows,-if you will not change your purpose,
But undergo this flight ;-Make for Sicilia ;
And there present yourself, and your fair princess,
(For so, I see, she must be,) 'fore Leontes;
She shall be habited, as it becomes
The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see
Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping
His welcomes forth : asks thee, the son,' forgiveness,
As 'twere i’the father's person: kisses the hands
Of your fresh princess: O'er and o'er divides him

9 But as the unthought on accident is guilty

To what we wildly do ;] Guilty to, though it sounds harsh to our ears, was the phraseology of the time, or at least of Shakspeare: and this is one of those passages that should caution us not to disturb his text merely because the language appears different from that now in use. See The Comedy of Errors, Aci III. sc. ii :

“ But left myself be guilty to self-wrong,
“ I'll stop mine ears against the mermaid's song."

MALONE. The unthought-on accident is the unexpected discovery made by Polixenes. N. Mason.

? Ourselves to be the slaves of chance,] As chance has driven me to these extremities, so I commit myself to chance, to be conducted through them. Johnson.

3 — asks thee, the fon,] The old copy reads—thee there fon.. Corrected by the editor of the third folio. MALONE. Perhaps we should read-(as Mr. Ritson observes)

- Asks there the son forgiveness," - Steevens.

Twixt his unkindness and his kindness; the one
He chides to hell, and bids the other grow,
Faster than thought, or time.

Worthy Camillo,
What colour for my visitation shall I
Hold up before him?

Sent by the king your father
To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir,
The manner of your bearing towards him, with
What you, as from your father, shall deliver,
Things known betwixtus three, I'll write you down:
The which shall point you forth, at every sitting,
What you must say;* that he shall not perceive,
But that you have your father's bosom there,
And speak his very heart.

I am bound to you:
There is some sap in this.s

A course more promising
Than a wild dedication of yourselves
Tounpath'd waters, undream'd shores ; most certain,
To miseries enough: no hope to help you;
But, as you shake off one, to take another :6

4 Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down:

The which hall point you forth, at every fitting,

What you must say;] Every fitting, says Mr. Theobald, methinks, gives but a very poor idea. But a poor idea is better than none; which it comes to, when he has alter'd it to every fitting. The truth is, the common reading is very expressive; and means, at every audience you shall have of the king and council. The council-days being, in our author's time, called, in common speech, the fittings. WARBURTON.

Howel, in one of his letters, says: “ My lord president hopes to be at the next fitting in York.” FARMER. s There is some sap in this.] So, in Antony and Cleopatra : “ There's sap in't yet." STEEVENS.

But, as you shake off one, to take another:] So, in Cymbeline : ..

- - to thift his being,
“ Is to exchange one misery with another.” Steevens.

Nothing so certain, as your anchors; who
Do their best office, if they can but stay you
Where you'll be loth to be : Besides, you know,
Prosperity's the very bond of love;
Whose fresh complexion and whose heart together
Afiction alters.

One of these is true :
I think, affliction may subdue the cheek,
But not take in the mind."

Yea, say you so ?
There shall not, at your father's house, these seven

Be born another such.

My good Camillo,
She is as forward of her breeding, as
I'the rear of birth..

I cannot say, 'tis pity
She lacks instructions; for she seems a mistress
To most that teach.
. Per.

Your pardon, fir, for this; I'll blush you thanks.?


s But not take in the mind.] To take in anciently meant to conquer, to get the better of. So, in Antony and Cleopatra :

“ He could so quickly cut th' Ionian seas,

" And take in Toryne.” Mr. Henley, however, supposes that to take in, in the present instance, is simply to include or comprehend. Steevens.

0- i'the rear of birth.] Old copy-i'th’rear our birth. Corrected by Sir Thomas Hanmer. The two redundant words in this line, She is, ought perhaps to be omitted. I suspect that they were introduced by the compositor's eye glancing on the preceding line.

MALONE. These unnecessary words are here omitted. Steevens. 7 Your pardon, fir, for this;

I'll blush you ihanks.] Perhaps this paffage should be rather pointed thus :

Your pardon, fir; for this
I'll blush you thanks. MALONB.

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