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i Gent. The .gnity 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 confessed, 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, changed colour; some swooned, all sorrowed: if all the world could have seen it, the woe had been universal.
1 Gent. Are they returned to the court? 3 Gent. No: the princess hearing of her mother's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina, a piece many years in doing, and now newly performed by that rare Italian master, Julio Romano; who, had he himself eternity, and could put breath into his work, would beguile nature of her custom, so perfectly he is her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Hermione, that, they say, one would speak to her, and stand in hope of answer: thither, with all greediness of affection, are they gone; and there they intend to sup.
1 Gent. I thought, she had some great matter there in hand; for she hath privately, twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that removed house. Shall we thither, and with our company piece the rejoicing?
3 Gent. Who would be thence, that has the benefit of access? every wink of an eye, some new grace will be born: our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge. Let's along. [exeunt Gentlemen. Aut. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me, would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old man and his son aboard the prince; told him, I heard him talk of a fardel, and I know not what: but he at that time, overfond of the shepherd's daughter, (so he then took her to be,) who began to be much sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of weather continuing, this mystery remained undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me: for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other discredits.
Enter Shepherd and Clown. Here come those I have done good to against my will, and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.
Shep. Come, boy; I am past more children; but thy sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born.
Clo. You are well met, sir: you denied to fight with me this other day, because I was no gentleman born: See you these clothes? say, you see them not, and think me still no gentleman born: you were best say, these robes are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie; do; and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.
Aut. I know, you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
Shep. And so have I, boy.
Clo. So you have:—but I was a gentleman born before my father: for the king's son took me by the hand, and called me, brother; and then the two kings called my father, brother; and then the prince, my brother, and the princess, my sister, called my father, fathe. : and so we wept; and there was the first gentleman-like tears that ever we shed.
Shep. We may live, son, to shed many more. Clo. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so preposterous estate as we are.
Aut. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the faults I have committed to your worship, and to give me your good report to the prince my
Shep. 'Pr'ythee, son, do; for we must be gentle, now we are gentlemen.
Clo. Thou wilt amend thy life?
Aut. Ay, an it like your good worship.
Clo. Give me thy hand: I will swear to the prince, thou art as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.
Shep. You may say it, but not swear it. Clo. Not swear it, now I am a gentleman ? Let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it. Shep. How if it be false, son?
Clo. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear it, in the behalf of his friend :-And I'll swear to the prince, thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know, thou art no tall fellow of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk; but I'll swear it: and I would, thou would'st be a tall fellow of thy hands.
As she liv'd now.
Leon. As now she might have done, So much to my good comfort, as it is Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, Even with such life of majesty, (warm life, As now it coldly stands,) when first I woo'd her! I am asham'd: Does not the stone rebuke me, For being more stone than it ?—O, royal piece, There's magic in thy majesty; which has My evils conjur'd to remembrance; and From thy admiring daughter took the spirits, Standing like stone with thee!
Per. And give me leave;
And do not say, 'tis superstition, that
I kneel, and then implore her blessing.-Lady, Dear queen, that ended when I but began, Give me that hand of yours, to kiss.
Paul. O, patience;
The statue is but newly fix'd, the colour's Not dry.
Cam. My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, So many summers, dry: scarce any joy Did ever so long live; no sorrow,
But kill'd itself much sooner.
Pol. Dear my brother,
Let him, that was the cause of this, have power To take off so much grief from you, as he
Will piece up in himself.
Paul. Indeed, my lord,
If I had thought the sight of my poor image
Would thus have wrought you, (for the stone is Until you see her die again; for then
I'd not have show'd it.
Leon. What you can make her do,
I am content to look on: what to speak,
To make her speak, as move.
Paul. It is requir'd,
You do awake your faith: Then, all stand still; Or those, that think it is unlawful business
I am about, let them depart.
No foot shall stir.
Paul. Music; awake her: strike.— [music. 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; I'll fill your grave up: stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeems you.-You perceive, she stirs ; [Hermione comes down from the pedestal. Start not her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful: do not shun her,
You kill her double: Nay, present your hand: When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in Is she become the suitor.
[age, [embracing her.
Leon. O, she's warm!
If this be magic, let it be an art Lawful as eating.
Pol. She embraces him.
Cam. She hangs about his neck;
If she pertain to life, let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and inake't manifest where she has
Or, how stolen from the dead?
Paul. That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale; but it appears, she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, And pray your mother's blessing.-Turn, good lady;
Our Perdita is found.
[Perdita kneels to Her. Her. You gods, look down, ) (2 me & And from your sacred vials pour your graces Upon my daughter's head! Tell me, mine own, Where hast thou been preserv'd? where liv'd?
Is richly noted; and here justified
Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that I,- By us, a pair of kings.-Let's from this place.—
Gave hope thou wast in being,-have preserv'd Myself, to see the issue.
Leon. O peace, Paulina;
Thou should'st a husband take by my consent,
But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her,
Paul. There's time enough for that; Lest they desire, upon this push, to trouble Your joys with like relation.-Go together, You precious winners all: your exultation Partake to every one. I, an old turtle, Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there My mate, that's never to be found again, Lament, till I am lost."
That e'er I put between your holy looks
Tro. Patience herself, what goddess o'er she be,
Pan. Well, she look'd yesternight fairer than
SCENE I. TROY: BEFORE PRIAM'S PALACE.
Pan. Will this geer ne'er be mended?
Tro. The Greeks are strong, and skilful to I saw her look, or any woman else.
Fierce to their skill, and to their fierceness valiant;
As wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain;
Is like that mirth, fate turns to sudden sadness.
Pan. Well, I have told you enough of this: for my part, I'll not meddle nor make no further. He, that will have a cake out of the wheat, must tarry the grinding.
Pan. An her hair were not somewhat darker than Helen's, (well, go to,) there were no more comparison between the women,-But, for my
Tro. Have I not tarried?
Pan. Ay, the grinding; but you must tarry part, she is my kinswoman; I would not, as they the bolting.
Tro. Have I not tarried?
term it, praise her,-But I would somebody had heard her talk yesterday, as I did. I will not
Pan. Ay, the bolting; but you must tarry dispraise your sister Cassandra's wit; butthe leavening.
Tro. Still have I tarried.
Pan. Ay, to the leavening: but here's yet in the word-hereafter, the kneading the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking; nay, you must stay the cooling too, or you may chance to burn your lips.
Tro. O Pandarus! I tell thee, Pandarus,-
Her eyes, her hair, her cheeks, her gait, her voice;
Tro. I was about to tell thee,-When my heart,
Handlest in thy discourse, O, that her hand,
The cygnet's down is harsh, and spirit of sense
Tro. By whom, Æneas?
Ene. Troilus, by Menelaus.
Tro. Let Paris bleed: 'tis but a scar to scorn; Paris is gor'd with Menelaus' horn. [alarum. Ene. Hark! what good sport is out of town -to-day! [may.-. Tro. Better at home, if would I might, were
Ene. In all swift haste.
As true thou tell'st me, when I say I love her: But, to the sport abroad ;—Are you bound thither?
Tro. Come, go we then together.
Fools on both sides! Helen must needs be fair,
Ene. How now, prince Troilus? wherefore not a-field?
Tro. Because not there; this woman's answer
For womanish it is to be from thence.
SCENE II. THE SAME. A STREET.
Enter Cressida and Alexander. Cres. Who were those went by? Alex. Queen Hecuba and Helen. Cres. And whither go they? Alex. Up to the eastern tower, Whose height commands as subject all the vale, To see the battle. Hector, whose patience Is, as a virtue, fix'd, to-day was mov'd: He chid Andromache, and struck his armourer; And, like as there were husbandry in war, Before the sun rose, he was harness'd light, And to the field goes he; where every flower Did, as a prophet, weep what it foresaw In Hector's wrath.
Cres. What was his cause of anger?
Alex. The noise goes, this: There is among
A lord of Trojan blood, nephew to Hector;
Cres. Good; and what of him?
Aler. They say he is a very man per se, And stands alone.
Cres. So do all men; unless they are drunk, sick, or have no legs.
Alex. This man, lady, bath robbed many beasts of their particular additions; he is as valiant as the lion, churlish as the bear, slow as the elephant: a man, into whom nature hath so crowded humours, that his valour is crushed into folly, his folly sauced with discretion: there is no man hath a virtue, that he hath not a glimpse of; nor any man an attaint, but he carries some stain of it: he is melancholy without cause, and merry against the hair; he hath the joints of every thing; but every thing so out of joint, that he is a gouty Briareus, many hands and no use; or purblind Argus, all eyes and no sight.
Cres. But how should this man, that makes me smile, make Hector angry?
Alex. They say, he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down: the disdain and shame whereof hath ever since kept Hector fasting and waking.
Enter Pandarus. Cres. Who comes here?
Alex. Madam, your uncle Pandarus. Cres. Hector's a gallant man.
Alex. As may be in the world, lady. Pan. What's that? what's that?
Cres. Good morrow, uncle Pandarus.
Pan. Good morrow, cousin Cressid: What do you talk of?-Good morrow, Alexander.— How do you, cousin? When were you at Ilium?
Cres. This morning, uucle.