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Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou should'st Dor. Whither? take no money of me; but being enthrall’d as I am, it Mop. It becomes thy oath full well, will also be the bondage of certain ribands and gloves.
Thou to me thy secrets tell. Mop. I was promised them against the feast, but Dor. Me too: let me go thither. they come not too late now.
Mop. Or thou go'st to the
grange, or mill: Dor. He hath promised you more than that, or Dor. If to either, thou dost ill. there be liars,
Aut. Neither. Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you: may Dor. What, neither ? be, he has paid you more, which will shame you to Aut. Neither. give him again.
Dor. Thou hast sworn my love to be ; Clo. Is there no manners left among maids? will Mop. Thou hast sworn it more to me : they wear their plackets, where they should bear their
Then, whither go'st? say, whither ? faces ? Is there not milking-time, when you are going to bed, or kiln-hole, to whisper off these secrets, My father
and the gentlemen are in sad talk, and we'll
Clo. We'll have this song out anon by ourselves. but you must be tittle-tattling before all our guests ? not trouble them: come, bring away thy pack after 'Tis well they are whispering. Charm your tongues, me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both. Pedler, let's and not a word more.
have the first choice.- Follow me, girls. Mop. I have done. Come, you promised me a
[Exeunt Clown, Dorcas, and Mopsa, tawdry lace, and a pair of sweet gloves.
well for 'em. Clo. Have I not told thee, how I was cozened by
[ Aside. the way, and lost all my money?
Will you buy any tape, Aut. And, indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
Or lace for your cape, therefore, it behoves men to be wary:
My dainty duck, my dear-a? Clo. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose nothing here.
Any silk, any thread, Aut. I hope so, sir; for I have about me many
Any toys for your head, parcels of charge.
Of the new'st, and fin'st, fin'st wear-a ? Clo. What hast here? ballads?
Come to the pedler; Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in print
Money's a medler, o'-life, for then we are sure they are true.
That doth utter all men's ware-a. Aut. Here's one to a very doleful tune, How a
[Exit after them. usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty money.
Enter a Servant. bags at a burden; and how she longed to eat adders' Serv. Master, there is three carters, three shepheads, and toads carbonadoed.
herds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that have Mop. Is it true, think you?
made themselves all men of hair: they call themselves Aut. Very true; and but a month old.
saltiers; and they have a dance which the wenches say Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer!
is a gallimaufry of gambols, because they are not in't; Aut. Here's the midwife's name to't, one mistress but they themselves are o' the mind, (if it be not too Taleporter, and five or six honest wives' that were rough for some, that know little but bowling) it will present. Why should I carry lies abroad?
please plentifully. Mop. 'Pray you now, buy it.
Shep. Away! we'll none on't: here has been too Clo. Come on, lay it by: and let's first see more much homely foolery already. I know, sir, we weary ballads; we'll buy the other things anon.
you. Aut. Here's another ballad, of a fish, that appeared Pol. You weary those that refresh us. Pray, let's upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourscore of April, see these four threes of herdsmen. forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this bal- Serv. One three of them, by their own report, sir, lad against the hard hearts of maids : it was thought hath danced before the king; and not the worst of the she was a woman, and was turned into a cold fish, for three, but jumps twelve foot and a half by the squire. she would not exchange flesh with one that loved her. Shep. Leave your prating. Since these good men The ballad is very pitiful, and as true.
are pleased, let them come in : but quickly now. Dor. Is it true too, think you?
Serv. Why, they stay at door, sir. [Exit. Aut. Five justices' hands at it, and witnesses more Re-enter Servant, with Twelve Rustics habited like than my pack will hold.
Satyrs. They dance, and then exeunt. Clo. Lay it by too: another.
Pol. O father! you'll know more of that hereAut. This is a merry ballad, but a very pretty one.
after. Mop. Let's have some merry ones.
Is it not too far gone?— 'Tis time to part them.Aut. Why this is a passing merry one, and goes to He's simple, and tells much. How now, fair shepherd ? the tune of, “Two maids wooing a man.” There's Your heart is full of something, that does take scarce a maid westward but she sings it: 'tis in re- Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was young, quest, I can tell you.
And handled love as you do, I was wont Mop. We can both sing it: if thou'lt bear a part, To load my she with knacks: I would have ransack'd thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts.
The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago.
To her acceptance; you have let him go, Aut. I can bear
my part; you must know, 'tis my And nothing marted with him. If your lass occupation : have at it with you.
Interpretation should abuse, and call this
For a reply, at least, if you make a care
Of happy holding her.
Old sir, I know Dor. Whither?
She prizes not such trifles as these are. Mop. 0! whither ?
The gifts she looks from me are pack'd and lock'd
Up in my heart, which I have given already,
My father of this business. But not deliver'd.-0! hear me breathe my life
Let him know't. Before this ancient sir, who, it should seem,
Flo. He shall not. Hath sometimes lov'd: I take thy hand; this hand, Pol.
Pr’ythee, let him. As soft as dove's down, and as white as it,
No, he must not. Or Ethiopian's tooth, or the fann'd snow, that's bolted Shep. Let him, my son : he shall not need to grieve By the northern blasts twice o'er.
At knowing of thy choice.
Come, come, he must not. How prettily the young swain seems to wash
Mark our contract. The hand, was fair before !- I have put you out.- Pol.
Mark your divorce, young sir, But, to your protestation : let me hear
[Discovering himself. What you profess.
Whom son I dare not call: thou art too base
To be acknowledg’d. Thou a sceptre's heir,
That thus affect'st a sheep-hook !-- Thou old traitor, Flo.
And he, and more I am sorry, that by hanging thee I can Than he, and men; the earth, the heavens, and all; But shorten thy life one week.—And thou fresh piece That were I crown'd the most imperial monarch, Of excellent witchcraft, who of force must know Thereof most worthy; were I the fairest youth The royal fool thou cop'st withThat ever made eye swerve; had sense, and knowledge, Per.
0, my heart! More than was ever man's, I would not prize them, Pol. I'll have thy beauty scratch'd with briars, and Without her love: for her employ them all,
made Commend them, and condemn them, to her service, More homely than thy state. For thee, fond boy, Or to their own perdition.
If I may ever know, thou dost but sigh
That thou no more shalt never see this knack, (as never Cam. This shows a sound affection.
I mean thou shalt) we'll bar thee from succession ; Shep.
But, my daughter, Not hold thee of our blood, no not our kin,
Far than Deucalion off:-mark thou my words.
Follow us to the court.— Thou, churl, for this time,
Worthy enough a herdsman; yea, him too,
That makes himself, but for our honour therein,
[Joining their hands. Unworthy thee,—if ever henceforth thou And, friends unknown, you shall bear witness to't. These rural latches to his entrance open, I give my daughter to him, and will make
Or hoop his body more with thy embraces,
I will devise a death as cruel for thee,
[Exit. l' the virtue of your daughter: one being dead,
Even here undone! I shall have more than you can dream of yet; I was not much afeard; for once, or twice, Enough then for your wonder. But, come on; I was about to speak, and tell him plainly, Contract us 'fore these witnesses.
The self-same sun that shines upon his court, Shep.
Come, your hand; Hides not his visage from our cottage, but And, daughter, yours.
Looks on alike.-Will't please you, sir, be gone? Pol. Soft, swain, awhile, beseech you.
[To FLORIZEL. Have you a father?
I told you, what would come of this. Beseech you, Flo. I have; but what of him?
your own state take care: this dream of mine, Pol. Knows he of this?
Being now awake, I'll queen it no inch farther, Flo.
He neither does, nor shall. But milk my ewes, and weep. Pol. Methinks, a father
Why, how now,
father? Is at the nuptial of his son a guest
Speak, ere thou diest. That best becomes the table. Pray you, once more : Shep.
I cannot speak, nor think, Is not your father grown incapable
Nor dare to know that which I know.–0, sir ! Of reasonable affairs? is he not stupid
[To FLORIZEL. With age, and altering rheums? Can he speak? hear? You have undone a man of fourscore three, Know man from man? dispose his own estate? That thought to fill his grave in quiet; yea, Lies he not bed-rid ? and again, does nothing, To die upon the bed my father died, But what he did being childish ?
To lie close by his honest bones: but now, Flo.
No, good sir : Some hangman must put on my shroud, and lay me He has his health, and ampler strength, indeed, Where no priest shovels in dust.–O cursed wretch! Than most have of his age.
[To Perdita. Pol.
By my white beard, That knew'st this was the prince, and would'st advenYou offer him, if this be so, a wrong
ture Something unfilial. Reason, my son
To mingle faith with him.-Undone! undone ! Should choose himself a wife; but as good reason, If I might die within this hour, I have liv'd The father, (all whose joy is nothing else
To die when I desire.
[Exit. But fair posterity) should bold some counsel
Why look you so upon me? In such a business.
I am but sorry, not afeard ; delay'd,
But nothing alter'd. What I was, I am:
More straining on, for plucking back; not following Which 'tis not fit you know, I not acquaint
My leash unwillingly.
(If your more ponderous and settled project
I'll point you where you shall have such receiving You do not purpose to him) and as hardly
As shall become your highness; where you may Will he endure your sight as yet, I fear :
Enjoy your mistress; (from the whom, I see, Then, till the fury of his highness settle,
There's no disjunction to be made, but by,
As heavens forefend, your ruin) marry her ;
absence) I think, Camillo?
Your discontenting father strive to qualify,
And bring him up to liking.
How, Camillo, How often said my dignity would last
May this, almost a miracle, be done, But till 'twere known?
call thee something more than man, Flo.
It cannot fail, but by And, after that, trust to thee. The violation of my faith; and then,
you thought on Let nature crush the sides o' the earth together, A place whereto you'll go? And mar the seeds within.--Lift up thy looks :
Not any yet; From my succession wipe me, father; I
But as th' unthought-on accident is guilty
To what we wildly do, so we profess
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Then list to me:
But undergo this flight, make for Sicilia,
And there present yourself
, and your fair princess, Flo. So call it; but it does fulfil my vow :
(For so, I see, she must be) 'fore Leontes : I needs must think it honesty. Camillo,
She shall be habited, as it becomes Not for Bohemia, nor the pomp that may
The partner of your bed. Methinks, I see Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or
Leontes, opening his free arms, and weeping. The close earth wombs, or the profound seas hide His welcomes forth; asks thee, the son, forgiveness, In unknown fathoms, will I break my oath
As 'twere i' the father's person; kisses the hands To this my fair belov’d. Therefore, I pray you, Of your fresh princess; o'er and o'er divides him As you have ever been my father's honour'd friend, 'Twixt his unkindness and his kindness: th' one When he shall miss me, (as, in faith, I mean not He chides to hell, and bids the other grow To see him any more) cast your good counsels Faster than thought, or time. Upon his passion : let myself and fortune
before him? With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore;
Sent by the king, your father, And, most opportune to our need, I have
To greet him, and to give him comforts. Sir, A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar'd
The manner of your bearing towards him, with For this design. What course I mean to hold What you, as from your father, shall deliver, Shall nothing benefit your knowledge, nor
Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you down: Concern me the reporting.
The which shall point you forth at every sitting Cam.
What you must say, that he shall not perceive, I would your spirit were easier for advice,
But that you have your father's bosom there,
And speak his very heart.
I am bound to you.
A course more promising Resolv'd for flight. Now were I happy, if
Than a wild dedication of yourselves His going I could frame to serve my turn;
To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most certain, Save him from danger, do him love and honour, To miseries enough: no hope to help you, Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia,
But, as you shake off one, to take another: And that unhappy king, my master, whom
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, I am so fraught with serious business, that
Prosperity's the very bond of love, I leave out ceremony.
[Going. Whose fresh complexion, and whose heart together, Cam. Sir, I think,
Affliction alters. You have heard of my poor services, i' the love
One of these is true : That I have borne your father?
I think, affliction may subdue the cheek, Flo.
But not take in the mind. Have you deserv'd : it is my father's music,
Yea, say you so? To speak your deeds; not little of his care
There shall not, at your father's house, these seven years, To have them recompens'd, as thought on.
Be born another such.
My good Camillo,
She is as forward of her breeding, as
I cannot say, 'tis pity
I'll blush you
She lacks instructions, for she seems a mistress
Flo. Dispatch, I pr'ythee.
Aut. Indeed, I have had earnest; but I cannot with
Your pardon, sir; for this conscience take it.
Cam. Unbuckle, unbuckle.-
[Flo, and AutoL. exchange garments.
Come home to you!) you must retire yourself
Into some covert : take your sweetheart's hat,
And pluck it o'er your brows; muffle your face;
Dismantle you, and as you can, disliken
The truth of your own seeming, that you may,
I see, the play so lies,
Should I now meet my father, Aut. Ha, ha! what a fool honesty is ! and trust, his He would not call me son. sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have sold Сат. .
Nay, you shall have no hat. all my trumpery: not a counterfeit stone, not a riband,
[Gives it to Perdita. glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad, knife, tape, Come, lady, come.-Farewell, my friend. glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, horn-ring, to keep my pack Aut.
Adieu, sir. from fasting : they thronged who should buy first ; as if Flo. O Perdita! what have we twain forgot? my trinkets had been hallowed, and brought a bene- Pray you, a word.
[They talk apart.
Fortune speed us !
[Exeunt FLORIZEL, Perdita, and Camillo. hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song, and admiring Aut. I understand the business; I hear it. To have the nothing of it; so that, in this time of lethargy, I an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necespicked and cut most of their festival purses, and had sary for a cut-purse : a good nose is requisite also, to not the old man come in with a whoo-bub against his smell out work for the other senses. I see, this is the daughter and the king's son, and scared my choughs time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an exfrom the chaff, I had not left a purse alive in the whole change had this been without boot! what a boot is army.
here with this exchange! Sure, the gods do this year [Camillo, FlorizeL, and Perdita, come forward. connive at us, and we may do any thing extempore.
Cam. Nay, but my letters, by this means being there The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity; stealing So soon as you arrive, shall clear that doubt.
away from his father, with his clog at his heels. If I Flo. And those that you'll procure from king Leon- thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king tes ?
withal, I would not do't: I hold it the more knavery Cam. Shall satisfy your father.
to conceal it, and therein am I constant to my proPer.
Happy be you! fession,
Enter Clown and Shepherd.
Every lane's end, every shop, church, session, hanging,
yields a careful man work. Aut. If they have overheard me now,—why hanging. Clo. See, see, what a man you are now! There is
Cam. How now, good fellow! Why shakest thou no other way, but to tell the king she's a changeling, so ? Fear not, man; here's no harm intended to thee. and none of your flesh and blood. Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.
Shep. Nay, but hear me. Cam. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that Clo. Nay, but hear me. from thee: yet, for the outside of thy poverty, we must Shep. Go to, then. make an exchange: therefore, discase thee instantly, Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your (thou must think, there's a necessity in't) and change flesh and blood has not offended the king; and so garments with this gentleman. Though the penny- your flesh and blood is not to be punished by him. worth on his side be the worst, yet hold thee, there's Show those things you found about her; those secret some boot.
[Giving money. things, all but what she has with her. This being done, Aut. I am a poor fellow, sir.—[ Aside.] I know ye let the law go whistle; I warrant you. well enough.
Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, and Cam. Nay, pr’ythee, dispatch : the gentleman is half his son's pranks too; who, I may say, is no honest man, flayed already
neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make Aut. Are you in earnest, sir ?—[ Aside.] I smell the me the king's brother-in-law. trick of it.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the furthest off you
could have been to him; and then your blood had been mane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come the dearer, by I know how much an ounce.
under the hangman : which, though it be great pity, Aut. (Aside.] Very wisely, puppies !
yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue, a Shep. Well, let us to the king: there is that in this ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into fardel will make bim scratch his beard.
grace! Some say, he shall be stoned; but that death Aut. (Aside.] I know not what impediment this is too soft for him, say I. Draw our throne into a complaint may be to the flight of my master.
sheep-cote ? all deaths are too few, the sharpest too Clo. Pray heartily he be at palace.
easy. Aut. [Aside.] Though I am not naturally honest, Člo. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear, I am so sometimes by chance : let me pocket up my an't like you, sir? pedler's excrement.--[Takes off his false beard.] How Aut. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive, then, now, rustics ! whither are you bound?
'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a wasp's Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship. nest; there stand, till he be three quarters and a dram
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom? the dead; then recovered again with aqua-vitæ, or some condition of that fardel, the place of your dwelling, other hot-infusion ; then, raw as he is, and in the your names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and hottest day prognostication proclaims, shall he be set any thing that is fitting to be known discover. against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a south ward Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir.
eye upon him, where he is to behold him with flies Aut. A lie: you are rough and hairy. Let me have blown to death. But what talk we of these traitorly no lying : it becomes none but tradesmen, and they rascals, whose miseries are to be smiled at, their often give us soldiers the lie; but we pay them for it offences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem to with stamped coin, not stabbing steel : therefore, they be honest plain men) what you have to the king? do not give us the lie.
being something gently considered, I'll bring you where Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, if he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, you had not taken yourself with the manner.
whisper him in your behalfs; and, if it be in man, Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir? besides the king, to effect your suits, here is man shall
Aut. Whether it like me, or no, I am a courtier. do it. Seest thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings! Clo. He seems to be of great authority: close with hath not my gait in it the measure of the court? re- him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubceives not thy nose court-odour from me ? reflect I not born bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. on thy baseness court-contempt? Think'st thou, for Show the inside of your purse to the outside of his that I insinuate, or touze from thee thy business, I am hand, and no more ado. Remember, stoned, and therefore no courtier? I am courtier, cap-a-pie; and fayed alive! one that will either push on, or pluck back thy business Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business there : whereupon, I command 'thee to open thy affair. for us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it as much Shep. My business, sir, is to the king.
more, and leave this young man in pawn, till I bring Aut. What advocate hast thou to him? Shep. I know not, an't like you.
Aut. After I have done what I promised ? Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant : say, Shep. Ay, sir. you have none.
Aut. Well, give me the moiety.--Are you a party Shep. None, sir: I have no pheasant, cock, nor hen. in this business?
Aut. How bless'd are we that are not simple men ! Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a Yet nature might have made me as these are, pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it. Therefore I'll not disdain.
Aut. O! that's the case of the shepherd's son: Clo. This cannot but be a great courtier.
hang him, he'll be made an example. Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them not Clo. Comfort, good comfort! We must to the king, handsomely.
and show our strange sights: he must know, 'tis none Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fan- of your daughter nor my sister; we are gone else. tastical: a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when picking on's teeth.
the business is performed ; and remain, as he says, Aut. The fardel there? what's i' the fardel? Where- your pawn, till it be brought you. fore that box?
Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the seaShep. Sir, there lie such secrets in this fardel, and side : go on the right hand; I will but look upon the box, which none must know but the king; and which hedge, and follow you. he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the Clo. We are blessed in this man, as I may say; speech of him.
even blessed. Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
Shep. Let's before, as he bids us. He was provided Shep. Why, sir?
to do us good. [Exeunt Shepherd and Clown. Aut. The king is not at the palace: he is gone aboard Aut. If I had a mind to be honest, I see, fortune a new ship to purge melancholy, and air himself: for, would not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth. if thou be'st capable of things serious, thou must know, I am courted now with a double occasion-gold, and a the king is full of grief.
means to do the prince my master good; which, who Shep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should knows how that may turn luck to my advancement? have married a shepherd's daughter.
I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him him : if he think it fit to shore them again, and that fly: the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall feel, the complaint they have to the king concerns him will break the back of man, the beart of monster. nothing, let him call me rogue for being so far offiClo. Think you so, sir?
cious; for I am proof against that title, and what Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make shame else belongs to't. To him I will present them: heavy, and vengeance bitter, but those that are ger- there may be matter in it.