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of a wasp's nest; then stand, till he be three quarters and a dram dead: then recovered again with aqua-vitæ, or some other hot infusion: then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognostication proclaims,“ shall he be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him; where he is to behold him, with flies blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smil'd at, their offences being so capital? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men,) what you have to the king: being something gently considered," I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your suits, here is man fhall do it.
Clown. He seems to be of great authority: close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose
naked to enter into it, where hee long time endured the greatest languor and torment in the worlde, with swarmes of flies that dayly fed on hym; and in this forte, with paine and famine, ended his miserable life.” The Stage of popish Toyes, 1981, p. 33.
n the hottest day prognostication proclaims,] That is, the kortefl day foretold in the almanack. JOHNSON.
Almanacks were in Shakspeare's time published under this title. “ An Almanack and Prognostication made for the year of our Lord God, 1595." See Herbert's Typograph. Antiq. II. 1029.
Malone. 7 — being something gently confidered,] Means, I having a genelemanlike confideration given me, i. e, a bribe, will bring you, &c. So, in The Three Ladies of London, 1584:
" sure, fir, I'll consider it hereafter if I can.
takerose Again, in The Isle of Gulls, 1633 : “ Thou shalt be well confidered, there's twenty crowns in earnest." STEVENS.
with gold : show the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Remember, stoned, and flay'd alive.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the bufiness for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, till I bring it you.
Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Aut. Well, give me the moiety :- Are you a party in this business?
Clown. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flay'd out of it.
Aut. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son:Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Clown. Comfort, good comfort: We must to the king, and show our strange sights: he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d; and remain, as he says, your pawn, till it be brought you.
Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side; go on the right hand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.
Clown. We are bless'd in this man, as I may say, even bless’d.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us : he was provided to do us good. [Exeunt Shepherd and Clown.
Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune would not suffer me ; she drops booties in my mouth. I am courted now with a double occasion; gold, and a means to do the prince my master good; which, who knows how that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me, rogue, for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't: To him will I present them, there may be matter in it.
ACT V. SCENE I. Sicilia. A Room in the Palace of Leontes. Enter Leontes, Cleomenes, Dion, PAULINA, and
Cleo. Sir, you have done enough, and have per
form'd A saint-like sorrow: no fault could you make, Which you have not redeem'd; indeed, paid down More penitence, than done trespass : At the last, Do, as the heavens have done; forget your evil; With them, forgive yourself. Leon.
Whilst I remember Her, and her virtues, I cannot forget My blemishes in them; and so still think of The wrong I did myself: which was so much, That heirless it hath made my kingdom; and Destroy'd the sweet'st companion, that e'er man
Bred his hopes out of.
True, too true, my lord : 8
I think so. Kill'd! She I kill'd? I did so: but thou strikest me Sorely, to say I did; it is as bitter Upon thy tongue, as in my thought: Now, good
now, Say so but seldom. Cleo.
Not at all, good lady:
You are one of those,
If you would not so,
* True, 100 true, my lord:] In former editions:
Destroy'd the sweetst companion, that e'er man
Paul. Too true, my lord: A very flight examination will convince every intelligent reader, that true, here has jumped out of its place in all the editions.
THEOBALD. 9 Or, from the all that are, took something good,] This is a favourite thought; it was bestowed on Miranda and Rosalind before.
Than to rejoice, the former queen is well ?*
. There is none worthy,
[To LEONTES. The crown will find an heir: Great Alexander Left his to the worthiest; so his successor Was like to be the best. Leon.
Good Paulina, Who hast the memory of Hermione,
? the former queen is well?] i. e, at rest; dead. In Antony and Cleopatra, this phrase is said to be peculiarly applicable to the dead :
« Mell. First, madam, he is well.
“ Cleap. Why there's more gold; but firrah, mark ; “ We use to say, the dead are well; bring it to that, “ The gold I give thee will I melt, and pour
• Down thy ill-uttering throat.” So, in Romeo and Juliet, Balthazar speaking of Juliet, whom he imagined to be dead, says:
“ Then she is well, and nothing can be ill.” MALON6. This phrase seems to have been adopted from Scripture. See 2 Kings, iv, 26. HENLEY.