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The pretty dimples of his chin, and cheek; his smiles;
A gross hag!-
Hang all the husbands,
Once more, take her hence.
I'll have thee burn'd.
I care not:
On your allegiance,
Away with her.
Leon. Thou, traitor, hast set on thy wife to this.-
lozel, “ Ã lozel is one that hath lost, neglected, or cast off, his own good and welfare, and so is become lewde and carelesse of credit and honesty." --Verstegan's Restitution, 1603. p. 335.
A heart so tender o'er it, take it hence,
I did not, sir :
We can ; my royal liege,
Leon. You are liars all.
1 Lord. 'Beseech your highness, give us better credit; We have always truly serv'd you; and beseech So to esteem of us: And on our knees we beg, (As recompense of our dear services, Past, and to come,) that you do change this purpose; Which being so horrible, so bloody, must Lead on to some foul issue: We all kneel.
Leon. I am a feather for each wind that blows:-
Any thing, my lord,
mas sure as this beard's grey,-) Leontes was under thirty, for he has himself told us that twenty-three years before he was unbreeched, in his green velvet coat, &c. The grey beard spoken of therefore is that of Antigonus.
I'll pawn the little blood which I have left,
Leon. It shall be possible : Swear by this sword,
I will my lord.
Ant. I swear to do this, though a present death Had been more merciful.—Come on, poor babe : Some powerful spirit instruct the kites and ravens, To be thy nurses ! Wolves, and bears, they say, Casting their savageness aside, have done Like offices of pity.-Sir, be prosperous In more than this deed doth require ! and blessing, Against this cruelty, fight on thy side, Poor thing, condemn'd to loss ! Exit with the Child. Leon.
No, I'll not rear
Please your highness, posts,
Swear by this sword,] It was anciently the custom to swear by the cross on the handle of a sword.—Steevens.
commend it strangely to some place,] Commit it to some place, as a stranger, without more provision.-Johnson.
P to loss !] i. e. To be exposed as a thing lost.
So please you, sir, their speed
Scene I.-The same.
A Street in some Town.
Enter CLEOMENEŚ and Dion.
I shall: report,
But, of all, the burst
If the event o'the journey
9 Fertile the isle ;] Throughout this play the town of Delphi, where the celebrated temple of Apollo was situated, and which was on the continent, has
spoken of as Delphos, and called an island. The mistake originated with the author of Dorastus and Fawnia, from whom Shakspeare borrowed his plot.
r The time is worth the use on't.] The time is worth the use on't, means, the time which we have spent in visiting Delos, has recompensed us for the trouble of so spending it.-Johnson.
The violent carriage of it
And gracious be the issue!
A Court of Justice. Leontes, Lords, and Officers, appear properly seated.
Leon. This sessions (to our great grief, we pronounce,) Even pushes 'gainst our heart: The party tried, The daughter of a king; our wife; and one Of us too much belov'd.-Let us be clear'd Of being tyrannous, since we so openly Proceed in justice; which shall have due course, Even to the guilt, or the purgation. Produce the prisoner.
Offi. It is his highness' pleasure, that the queen Appear in person here in court.--Silence ! Hermione is brought in, guarded; PAULINA and Ladies
attending Leon. Read the indictment.
Offi. Hermione, queen to the worthy Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, king of Bohemia; and conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king, thy royal husband : the pretences whereof being by circumstances partly laid open, thou Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their better safety, to fly away by night.
- pretence]-is, in this place, taken for a scheme laid, a design formed. To pretend means to design, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. -Johnson.