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Than I do now: with thought of such affections, Step forth mine advocate; at your request, My father will grant precious things, as trifles. Leon. Would he do so, I'd beg your precious
mistress, Which he counts but a trifle.
Sir, my liege, Your eye hath too much youth in't: not a month Fore your queen died, she was more worth such
gazes Than what you look on now. Leon.
I thought of her, Even in these looks I made.-But your petition
[T. FLORIZEL. Is yet unanswer'd: I will to your father ; Your honour not o’erthrown by your desires, I am friend to them, and you : upon which errand I now go toward him; therefore, follow me, And mark what way I make: Come, good my lord,
The same. Before the Palace.
Enter AutoLycus, and a Gentleman. Aur. 'Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?
1. Gent. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he found it: whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all commanded out of the chamber; only this,
methought, I heard the shepherd say, he found the child.
Aut. I would most gladly know the issue of it.
1. Gent. I make a broken delivery of the business ;-—But the changes I perceived in the king, and Camillo, were very notes of admiration : they seemed almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases of their eyes; there was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture; they look'd, as they had heard of a world ransom'd, or one destroy’d: A notable passion of wonder appear'd in them: but the wiseft beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, if the importance were joy, or sorrow; 2- but in the extremity of the one, it must needs be.
Enter another Gentleman.
Here comes a gentleman, that, happily, knows
more: The news, Rogero?
2. Gent. Nothing but bonfires : The oracle is fulfill’d; the king's daughter is found : such a deal of wonder is broken out within this hour, that ballad-makers cannot be able to express it.
Enter a third Gentleman.
Here comes the lady Paulina's steward; he can deliver you more.-How goes it now, sir ? this news, which is callid true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion : Has the king found his heir ?
2 — if the importance were joy, or forrow;] Importance here means, the thing imported. M. Mason,
3. Gent. Most true ; if ever truth were pregnant by circumstance: that, which you hear, you'll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs. The mantle of queen Hermione ;--her jewel about the neck of it ;-the letters of Antigonus, found with it, which they know to be his character :-the majesty of the creature, in resemblance of the mother ; --the affection of nobleness, which nature shows above her breeding, and many other evidences, proclaim her, with all certainty, to be the king's daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings?
2. Gent. No.
3. Gent. Then have you loft a fight, which was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you have beheld one joy crown another; so, and in such manner, that, it seem'd, forrow wept to take leave of them; for their joy waded in tears. There was cafting up of eyes, holding up of hands; with countenance of such distraction, that they were to be known by garment, not by favour. Our king,
9- the affection of nobleness,] Affeflion here perhaps means difpofition or quality. The word seems to be used nearly in the same fenfe in the following title: “ The first set of Italian Madrigalls englished, not to the sense of the original ditty, but to the affe&tion of the noate,” &c. By Thomas Watson, quarto. 1590. Affection is used in Hamlet for affe&tation, but that can hardly be the meaning here.
Perhaps both here and in K. Henry IV. affection is used for propensity :
“ in speech, in gait,
“ He was the mark and glass,” &c. Malone. 3 - , and in such manner,] Our author feems to have picked up this little piece of tautology in his clerkship. It is the technical language of conveyancers. Ritson. 3- favour.) i. e. countenance, features. So, in Othella :
• Defeat thy favour with an usurped beard." STEEVE.NS.
being ready to leap out of himself for joy of his found daughter; as if that joy were now become a loss, cries, O, thy mother, thy mother! then asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-inlaw; then again worries he his daughter, with clipping her: 4 now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by, like a weather-bittens conduit of many kings' reigns. I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes description to do it.
with clipping her: ] i. e. embracing her. So, Sidney : • He, who before shun's her, to Thun such harms, “ Now runs and takes her in his clipping arms."
5 weather-bitten, &c.] Thus the old copy. The modera editors-weather-beaten. Hamlet says: “ The air bites threwd. ly;" and the Duke, in As you like it
i s when it bites and blows." Weather-bitten, therefore, may mean, corroded by the weather. Steevens.
The reading of the old copies appears to be right, Antony Mun. dy, in the preface to Gerileon of England, the second part, &c. 1592, has" winter-bitten epitaph." Ritson.
Conduits, representing a human figure, were heretofore not uncommon. One of this kind, a female form, and weatherbeaten, still exists at Hoddesdon in Herts. Shakspeare refers again to the fame sort of imagery in Romeo and Juliet :
" How now ? a conduit, girl? what still in tears?
“ Evermore showering?" Henley. See Vol. VI. p. 130, n.7.
Weather-bitten was in the third folio changed to weather-beaten; but there does not seem to be any necessity for the change.
MALONE. 6 - I never heard of such another encounter, which lames report to follow it, and undoes description to do it.] We have the same sentiment in The Tempeft:
“ For thou wilt find, she will outstrip all pruile,
« And make it halt behind her." Again, in our author's 103d Sonnet :
a face “ That overgoes my blunt invention quite, “ Dulling my lines, and doing me disgrace." MALONE. 2. Gent. What, pray you, became of Antigonus, that carried hence the child ? . 3. Gent. Like an old tale still; which will have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep, and not an ear open: He was torn to pieces with a bear: this avouches the shepherd's son; who has not only his innocence (which seems much,) to justify him, but a handkerchief, and rings, of his, that Paulina knows.
1. Gent. What became of his bark, and his followers ?
3. Gent. · Wreck'd, the fame instant of their master's death; and in the view of the shepherd : so that all the instruments, which aided to expose the child, were even then lost, when it was found. But, O, the noble combat, that, 'twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina ! She had one eye declined for the loss of her husband ; another elevated that the oracle was fulfill'd: She lifted the princess from the earth; and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart, that she might no more be in danger of losing.
1. Gent. The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings and princes; for by such was it acted.
3. Gent. One of the prettiest touches of all, and that which angled for mine eyes, (caught the water, though not the fish,) was, when at the relation of the queen's death, with the manner how she came to it, (bravely confess’d, and lamented by the king,) how attentiveness wounded his daughter: till, from one sign of dolour to another, she did, with an alas! I would fain say, bleed tears; for, I am sure, my heart wept blood. Who was most marble there,
most marble there,] i. e, most petrified with wonder,