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Come not before him.
I think, Camillo.
I not purpose it.
Even he, my lord.
PER. How often have I told you, 'twould be thus? How often said, my dignity would last But till 'twere known?
FLO. It cannot fail, but by The violation of my faith; And then Let nature crush the sides o'the earth together, And mar the seeds within !-Lift up thy looks: 7From my succession wipe me, father! I Am heir to my affection.
FLO. I am; and by my fancy: if my reason Will thereto be obedient, I have reason; If not, my senses, better pleas'd with madness, Do bid it welcome.
This is desperate, sir.
• And mar the seeds within !] So, in Macbeth:
STEEVENS. 7-Lift up thy looks:] "Lift up the light of thy countePsalm iv. 6. STEEVENS.
and by my fancy:] It must be remembered that fancy in our author very often, as in this place, means love.
So, in A Midsummer-Night's Dream:
Be thereat glean'd; for all the sun sees, or
With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore;
O, my lord,
-[Takes her aside. [TO CAMILLO. CAM. 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; Purchase the sight again of dear Sicilia, And that unhappy king, my master, whom I so much thirst to see.
Now, good Camillo,
whom here- Old copy-who. Corrected by the editor of the second folio. MALONE.
And, most opportune to our need,] The old copy has-her need. This necessary emendation was made by Mr. Theobald.
I am so fraught with curious business, that
Sir, I think,
You have heard of my poor services, i'the love
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;
I'll point you where you shall have such receiving
And (with my best endeavours, in your absence,)
And bring him up to liking.] And where you may, by letters, intreaties, &c. endeavour to soften 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 necessity, reads-I'll strive to qualify;—which has been followed by all the subsequent editors.
Discontenting is in our author's language the same as discontented. MALONE.
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?
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
3 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, Act III. sc. ii:
"But lest 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. M. 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.
asks thee, the son,] The old copy reads-thee there Corrected by the editor of the third folio. MALONE. Perhaps we should read-(as Mr. Ritson observes)— "Asks there the son forgiveness-," STEEVENS.
As 'twere i'the father's person: kisses the hands
FLO. Worthy Camillo, What colour for my visitation shall I Hold up before him?
CAM. 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 betwixt us 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:
CAM. A course more promising Than a wild dedication of yourselves To unpath'd waters, undream'd shores; most cer
To miseries enough: no hope to help you;
Things known betwixt us three, I'll write you The which shall point you forth, at every sitting, What you must say ;] Every sitting, 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 altered 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 sittings. Warburton.
Howel, in one of his letters, says: "My lord president hopes to be at the next sitting in York." FARMER.
There is some sap in this.] So, in Antony and Cleopatra: "There's sap in't yet." STEEVENS.