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And what to her adheres, which follows after,
Is th' * argument of time; of this allow,
If ever you have spent time worfe ere now:
If never, yet that Time himfelf doth fay,
He wishes earneftly, you never máy 3.




The Court of Bohemia.

Enter Polixenes and Camillo.



PRAY thee, good Camillo, be no more impor tunate; 'tis a fickness denying thee any thing, a death to grant this.

Cam. It is fifteen years fince I faw my country; though I have for the most part been aired abroad, I defire to lay my bones there. Befides, the penitent King, my master, hath fent for me; to whofe feeling forrows I might be fome allay, or I o'erween to think fo, which is another fpur to my departure.

Pol. As thou lov'ft me, Camillo, wipe not out the reft of thy fervices by leaving me now; the need. I have of thee, thine own goodnefs hath made better not to have had thee, than thus to want thee. Thou having made me bufineffes, which none, without thee, can fufficiently manage, muft either ftay to execute them thyfelf, or take away with thee the very fervices thou hast done; which if I have not enough confider'd, (as too much I cannot) to be more thankful to thee fhall be my ftudy; and my profit therein, the heapargument is the fame rather begins the fourth act than concludes the third.

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ing friendships. Of that fatal country Sicilia, pr'ythee, fpeak no more; whofe very naming punishes me with the remembrance of that penitent, as thou call'ft him, and reconciled King my brother, whofe lofs of his most precious Queen and children are even now to be afresh lamented. Say to me when faw'ft thou the Prince Florizel my fon? Kings are no lefs unhappy, their iffue not being gracious, than they are in lofing them, when they have approved their virtues.


Cam. Sir, it is three days fince I faw the Prince what his happier affairs may be, are to me unknown; but I have miffingly noted, he is of late much retired from court, and is lefs frequent to his princely exercises than formerly he hath appear'd.

Pol, I have confider'd fo much, Camillo, and with fome care fo far, that I have eyes under my fervice, which look upon his removednéfs; from whom I have

and my profit therein, the HEAPING friendships.] This is nonfenfe. We fhould read, REAP ING friendships. The King had faid his ftudy fhould be to reward his friend's deferts; and then concludes, that his profit in this ftudy fhould be reaping the fruits of his friend's attachment to him; which refers to what he had before faid of the neceffity of Camillo's ftay, or otherwife he could not reap the fruit of thofe bufineles, which Camille had cut WARBURTON. I fée not that the préfent reading is nonfenfe; the fenfe of beaping friendfips is, though like many other of our author's, unutual, at least unusual to modern ears, is not very obfcure. To be more thankful fhall be my Audy; and my profit therein the



heaping friendships. That is, I will for the future be more liberal of recompence, from which I shall receive this advantage, that as I heap benefits I shall heap friendhips, as I confer favours on thee Ijhall increase the friendship between us.

5 but I have (MISSINGLY) not ed] We fhould read, but I have (MISSING HIM) noted. This accounts for the reafon of his taking note, because he often miffed him, that is, wanted his agreeable company. For a compliment is intended; and, in that fenfe, it is to be understood. The Oxford Editor reads, mufingly noted. WARBURTON. I fee not how the fenfe is men ded by Sir T. Haniner's alteration, nor how it is at all changed by Dr. Warburton's.

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this intelligence, that he is feldom from the houfe of a from very nothing, and beyond the imagination of his neighbours, is grown into an unfpeakable estate.

Cam. I have heard, Sir, of fuch a man, who hath a daughter of moft rare note; the report of her is extended more than can be thought to begin from fuch a cottage.

Pol. That's likewife a part of my intelligence. But, I fear, the Angel that plucks our fon thither. Thou shalt accompany us to the place, where we will, not appearing what we are, have fome queftion with the thepherd; from whofe fimplicity, I think it not uneafy to get the caufe of my fon's refort thither. Pr'ythee, be my prefent partner in this business, and lay afide the thoughts of Sicilia.

Cam, I willingly obey your command.

Pol. My best Camillo-we must disguise ourselves.


But I fear the Angle.] Mr. Theobald reads; And I fear the Eagle.


Changes to the Country.

Enter Autolycus finging.

HEN daffodils begin to peere,
With, heigh! the doxy over the dale,
Why, then comes in the fweet o'th'



For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale'.


Why, then COMES in the
・fweet of th year;

For the red blood REIGNS in

the WINTER's pale.] I



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The white fleet bleaching on the hedge, mont With, hey! the fweet birds, O how they fing!

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Doth fet my pugging tooth on edges:
dard For a quart of ale is a difh for a king.
The lark, that tirra-lyra chaunts,

With, bey! with, bey! the thrush and the jay:
Are fummer fongs for me and my aunts,
While we lie tumbling in the bay.

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three pile, but now I am out of service.


in But fball I go mourn for that, my dear?
21 The pale moon fhines by night:
And when I wander here and there,
1.ite I then do go most right.



If tinkers may have leave to live,

And bear the fow-skin budget;
Then my account I well may give,
And in the ftocks avouch it.

My traffick is fheets; when the kite builds, look to leffer linen. My father nam'd me Autolycus, being



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litter'd under Mercury; who, as I am, was likewife a fnapper-up of unconfider'd trifles: with die and drab, I purchas'd this caparifon; and my revenue is the filly cheat. Gallows, and knock, are too powerful on the high-way; beating and hanging are terrors to me for the life to come, I fleep out the thought of it.-A prize! a prize!

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Clo. Let me fee,-Every eleven weather tods, every tod yields pound and odd fhilling; fifteen hundred fhorn, what comes the wool too?

Aut. If the fpringe hold, the cock's mine




Clo. I cannot do't without compters. Let me fee, what am I to buy for our fheep-fhearing feast, three pound of fugar, five pound of currants, rice what will this fifter of mine do with rice? but my father hath made her mistress of the feaft, and the lays it on. She hath made me four and twenty nofe-gays for the fhearers; three-man-fong-men all, and very good ones, but they are most of them means and bafes; but one Puritan among them, and he fings pfalms to horn-pipes. I must have faffron to colour the wardenpies, mace dates -none that's out of my


the fon of Mercury by the ancients, namely because he was born under that planet. And as the infant was fuppofed by the Aftrologers to communicate of the nature of the star which predominated, fo Autolycus was a thief. WARBURTON., my revenue is the filly cheat.] Silly is used by the writers of our author's time, for fimple, low, mean; and in this the humour


of the fpeech confifts. I don't afpire to arduous and high things, as bridewell or the gallows; I am content with this humble and low way of life, as a fnapper up of unconfidered trifles. But the Oxford Editor, who, by his emendations, feems to have de« clared war against all Shakespeare's humour, alters it to, the fly cheat. WARBURTON.


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