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The Winter’s Tale: Act 1, Scene 2

The Winter’s Tale
Act 1, Scene 2

Sicilia. A room of state in Leontes’ palace.

  1. Enter Leontes, Hermione, Mamillius, Polixenes, Camillo, and
  2. Attendants.

Polixenes

3 - 11
  1. Nine changes of the wat’ry star hath been
  2. The shepherd’s note since we have left our throne
  3. Without a burden. Time as long again
  4. Would be fill’d up, my brother, with our thanks,
  5. And yet we should, for perpetuity,
  6. Go hence in debt. And therefore, like a cipher
  7. (Yet standing in rich place), I multiply
  8. With one We thank you many thousands more
  9. That go before it.

Leontes

12 - 13
  1.                    Stay your thanks a while,
  2. And pay them when you part.

Polixenes

14 - 19
  1.                             Sir, that’s tomorrow.
  2. I am question’d by my fears of what may chance
  3. Or breed upon our absence, that may blow
  4. No sneaping winds at home, to make us say,
  5. This is put forth too truly.” Besides, I have stay’d
  6. To tire your royalty.

Leontes

20 - 21
  1.                       We are tougher, brother,
  2. Than you can put us to’t.

Polixenes

22
  1.                           No longer stay.

Leontes

23
  1. One sev’nnight longer.

Polixenes

24
  1.                        Very sooth, tomorrow.

Leontes

25 - 26
  1. We’ll part the time between ’s then; and in that
  2. I’ll no gainsaying.

Polixenes

27 - 35
  1.                     Press me not, beseech you, so.
  2. There is no tongue that moves, none, none i’ th’ world,
  3. So soon as yours could win me. So it should now,
  4. Were there necessity in your request, although
  5. ’Twere needful I denied it. My affairs
  6. Do even drag me homeward; which to hinder
  7. Were (in your love) a whip to me; my stay,
  8. To you a charge and trouble. To save both,
  9. Farewell, our brother.

Leontes

36
  1.                        Tongue-tied our queen? Speak you.

Hermione

37 - 42
  1. I had thought, sir, to have held my peace until
  2. You had drawn oaths from him not to stay. You, sir,
  3. Charge him too coldly. Tell him you are sure
  4. All in Bohemia’s well; this satisfaction
  5. The by-gone day proclaim’d. Say this to him,
  6. He’s beat from his best ward.

Leontes

43
  1.                               Well said, Hermione.

Hermione

44 - 54
  1. To tell he longs to see his son were strong;
  2. But let him say so then, and let him go;
  3. But let him swear so, and he shall not stay,
  4. We’ll thwack him hence with distaffs.
  5. Yet of your royal presence I’ll adventure
  6. The borrow of a week. When at Bohemia
  7. You take my lord, I’ll give him my commission
  8. To let him there a month behind the gest
  9. Prefix’d for ’s parting; yet, good deed, Leontes,
  10. I love thee not a jar o’ th’ clock behind
  11. What lady she her lord. You’ll stay?

Polixenes

55
  1.                                      No, madam.

Hermione

56
  1. Nay, but you will?

Polixenes

57
  1.                    I may not, verily.

Hermione

58 - 68
  1. Verily?
  2. You put me off with limber vows; but I,
  3. Though you would seek t’ unsphere the stars with oaths,
  4. Should yet say, Sir, no going.” Verily,
  5. You shall not go; a lady’s verily is
  6. As potent as a lord’s. Will you go yet?
  7. Force me to keep you as a prisoner,
  8. Not like a guest: so you shall pay your fees
  9. When you depart, and save your thanks. How say you?
  10. My prisoner? Or my guest? By your dread verily,”
  11. One of them you shall be.

Polixenes

69 - 72
  1.                           Your guest then, madam.
  2. To be your prisoner should import offending,
  3. Which is for me less easy to commit
  4. Than you to punish.

Hermione

73 - 76
  1.                     Not your jailer then,
  2. But your kind hostess. Come, I’ll question you
  3. Of my lord’s tricks and yours when you were boys.
  4. You were pretty lordings then?

Polixenes

77 - 80
  1.                                We were, fair queen,
  2. Two lads that thought there was no more behind
  3. But such a day tomorrow as today,
  4. And to be boy eternal.

Hermione

81 - 82
  1.                        Was not my lord
  2. The verier wag o’ th’ two?

Polixenes

83 - 91
  1. We were as twinn’d lambs that did frisk i’ th’ sun,
  2. And bleat the one at th’ other. What we chang’d
  3. Was innocence for innocence; we knew not
  4. The doctrine of ill-doing, nor dream’d
  5. That any did. Had we pursu’d that life,
  6. And our weak spirits ne’er been higher rear’d
  7. With stronger blood, we should have answer’d heaven
  8. Boldly, Not guilty”; the imposition clear’d,
  9. Hereditary ours.

Hermione

92 - 93
  1.                  By this we gather
  2. You have tripp’d since.

Polixenes

94 - 98
  1.                         O my most sacred lady,
  2. Temptations have since then been born to ’s: for
  3. In those unfledg’d days was my wife a girl;
  4. Your precious self had then not cross’d the eyes
  5. Of my young playfellow.

Hermione

99 - 105
  1.                         Grace to boot!
  2. Of this make no conclusion, lest you say
  3. Your queen and I are devils. Yet go on,
  4. Th’ offenses we have made you do we’ll answer,
  5. If you first sinn’d with us, and that with us
  6. You did continue fault, and that you slipp’d not
  7. With any but with us.

Leontes

106
  1.                       Is he won yet?

Hermione

107
  1. He’ll stay, my lord.

Leontes

108 - 110
  1.                      At my request he would not.
  2. Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok’st
  3. To better purpose.

Hermione

111
  1.                    Never?

Leontes

112
  1.        Never, but once.

Hermione

113 - 124
  1. What? Have I twice said well? When was’t before?
  2. I prithee tell me; cram ’s with praise, and make ’s
  3. As fat as tame things. One good deed dying tongueless
  4. Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that.
  5. Our praises are our wages. You may ride ’s
  6. With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs ere
  7. With spur we heat an acre. But to th’ goal:
  8. My last good deed was to entreat his stay;
  9. What was my first? It has an elder sister,
  10. Or I mistake you. O, would her name were Grace!
  11. But once before I spoke to th’ purpose? When?
  12. Nay, let me have’t; I long.

Leontes

125 - 129
  1.                             Why, that was when
  2. Three crabbed months had sour’d themselves to death,
  3. Ere I could make thee open thy white hand,
  4. And clap thyself my love; then didst thou utter,
  5. I am yours forever.”

Hermione

130 - 133
  1.                       ’Tis Grace indeed.
  2. Why, lo you now! I have spoke to th’ purpose twice:
  3. The one forever earn’d a royal husband;
  4. Th’ other for some while a friend.
  1. Gives her hand to Polixenes.

Leontes

135 - 148
  1. Aside.
  2.                                    Too hot, too hot!
  3. To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.
  4. I have tremor cordis on me; my heart dances,
  5. But not for joy; not joy. This entertainment
  6. May a free face put on, derive a liberty
  7. From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom,
  8. And well become the agent; ’t mayI grant.
  9. But to be paddling palms and pinching fingers,
  10. As now they are, and making practic’d smiles,
  11. As in a looking-glass; and then to sigh, as ’twere
  12. The mort o’ th’ deerO, that is entertainment
  13. My bosom likes not, nor my brows! Mamillius,
  14. Art thou my boy?

Mamillius

149
  1.                  Ay, my good lord.

Leontes

150 - 157
  1.                   I’ fecks!
  2. Why, that’s my bawcock. What? Hast smutch’d thy nose?
  3. They say it is a copy out of mine. Come, captain,
  4. We must be neat; not neat, but cleanly, captain:
  5. And yet the steer, the heckfer, and the calf
  6. Are all call’d neat.—Still virginalling
  7. Upon his palm?—How now, you wanton calf,
  8. Art thou my calf?

Mamillius

158
  1.                   Yes, if you will, my lord.

Leontes

159 - 177
  1. Thou want’st a rough pash and the shoots that I have,
  2. To be full like me; yet they say we are
  3. Almost as like as eggs; women say so
  4. That will say any thing. But were they false
  5. As o’er-dy’d blacks, as wind, as waters, false
  6. As dice are to be wish’d by one that fixes
  7. No bourn ’twixt his and mine, yet were it true
  8. To say this boy were like me. Come, sir page,
  9. Look on me with your welkin eye. Sweet villain!
  10. Most dear’st! My collop! Can thy dam?—may’t be?—
  11. Affection! Thy intention stabs the center.
  12. Thou dost make possible things not so held,
  13. Communicat’st with dreams (how can this be?),
  14. With what’s unreal thou co-active art,
  15. And fellow’st nothing. Then ’tis very credent
  16. Thou mayst co-join with something, and thou dost
  17. (And that beyond commission), and I find it
  18. (And that to the infection of my brains
  19. And hard’ning of my brows).

Polixenes

178
  1.                             What means Sicilia?

Hermione

179
  1. He something seems unsettled.

Polixenes

180
  1.                               How? My lord?

Leontes

181
  1. What cheer? How is’t with you, best brother?

Hermione

182 - 184
  1.                                              You look
  2. As if you held a brow of much distraction.
  3. Are you mov’d, my lord?

Leontes

185 - 196
  1.                         No, in good earnest.
  2. How sometimes nature will betray its folly!
  3. Its tenderness! And make itself a pastime
  4. To harder bosoms! Looking on the lines
  5. Of my boy’s face, methoughts I did recoil
  6. Twenty-three years, and saw myself unbreech’d
  7. In my green velvet coat, my dagger muzzled,
  8. Lest it should bite its master, and so prove
  9. (As ornament oft does) too dangerous.
  10. How like (methought) I then was to this kernel,
  11. This squash, this gentleman. Mine honest friend,
  12. Will you take eggs for money?

Mamillius

197
  1. No, my lord, I’ll fight.

Leontes

198 - 200
  1. You will? Why, happy man be ’s dole! My brother,
  2. Are you so fond of your young prince as we
  3. Do seem to be of ours?

Polixenes

201 - 207
  1.                        If at home, sir,
  2. He’s all my exercise, my mirth, my matter;
  3. Now my sworn friend, and then mine enemy;
  4. My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all.
  5. He makes a July’s day short as December,
  6. And with his varying childness cures in me
  7. Thoughts that would thick my blood.

Leontes

208 - 214
  1.                                     So stands this squire
  2. Offic’d with me. We two will walk, my lord,
  3. And leave you to your graver steps. Hermione,
  4. How thou lov’st us, show in our brother’s welcome;
  5. Let what is dear in Sicily be cheap.
  6. Next to thyself and my young rover, he’s
  7. Apparent to my heart.

Hermione

215 - 216
  1.                       If you would seek us,
  2. We are yours i’ th’ garden. Shall ’s attend you there?

Leontes

217 - 249
  1. To your own bents dispose you; you’ll be found,
  2. Be you beneath the sky.
  3. Aside.
  4.                         I am angling now,
  5. Though you perceive me not how I give line.
  6. Go to, go to!
  7. How she holds up the neb! The bill to him!
  8. And arms her with the boldness of a wife
  9. To her allowing husband!
  10. Exeunt Polixenes, Hermione, and Attendants.
  11.                          Gone already!
  12. Inch-thick, knee-deep, o’er head and ears a fork’d one!
  13. Go play, boy, play. Thy mother plays, and I
  14. Play too, but so disgrac’d a part, whose issue
  15. Will hiss me to my grave: contempt and clamor
  16. Will be my knell. Go play, boy, play. There have been
  17. (Or I am much deceiv’d) cuckolds ere now,
  18. And many a man there is (even at this present,
  19. Now, while I speak this) holds his wife by th’ arm,
  20. That little thinks she has been sluic’d in ’s absence,
  21. And his pond fish’d by his next neighborby
  22. Sir Smile, his neighbor. Nay, there’s comfort in’t,
  23. Whiles other men have gates, and those gates open’d,
  24. As mine, against their will. Should all despair
  25. That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind
  26. Would hang themselves. Physic for’t there’s none.
  27. It is a bawdy planet, that will strike
  28. Where ’tis predominant; and ’tis pow’rfulthink it
  29. From east, west, north, and south. Be it concluded,
  30. No barricado for a belly. Know’t,
  31. It will let in and out the enemy,
  32. With bag and baggage. Many thousand on ’s
  33. Have the disease, and feel’t not. How now, boy?

Mamillius

250
  1. I am like you, they say.

Leontes

251 - 252
  1.                          Why, that’s some comfort.
  2. What? Camillo there?

Camillo

253
  1. Ay, my good lord.

Leontes

254 - 256
  1. Go play, Mamillius, thou’rt an honest man.
  2. Exit Mamillius.
  3. Camillo, this great sir will yet stay longer.

Camillo

257 - 258
  1. You had much ado to make his anchor hold,
  2. When you cast out, it still came home.

Leontes

259
  1.                                        Didst note it?

Camillo

260 - 261
  1. He would not stay at your petitions, made
  2. His business more material.

Leontes

262 - 267
  1.                             Didst perceive it?
  2. Aside.
  3. They’re here with me already, whisp’ring, rounding:
  4. Sicilia is a so-forth.” ’Tis far gone,
  5. When I shall gust it last.—How came’t, Camillo,
  6. That he did stay?

Camillo

268
  1.                   At the good Queen’s entreaty.

Leontes

269 - 276
  1. At the Queen’s be’t; good should be pertinent,
  2. But so it is, it is not. Was this taken
  3. By any understanding pate but thine?
  4. For thy conceit is soaking, will draw in
  5. More than the common blocks. Not noted, is’t,
  6. But of the finer natures? By some severals
  7. Of head-piece extraordinary? Lower messes
  8. Perchance are to this business purblind? Say.

Camillo

277 - 278
  1. Business, my lord? I think most understand
  2. Bohemia stays here longer.

Leontes

279
  1.                            Ha?

Camillo

280
  1.     Stays here longer.

Leontes

281
  1. Ay, but why?

Camillo

282 - 283
  1. To satisfy your Highness and the entreaties
  2. Of our most gracious mistress.

Leontes

284 - 292
  1.                                Satisfy?
  2. Th’ entreaties of your mistress? Satisfy?
  3. Let that suffice. I have trusted thee, Camillo,
  4. With all the nearest things to my heart, as well
  5. My chamber-councils, wherein, priest-like, thou
  6. Hast cleans’d my bosom: I from thee departed
  7. Thy penitent reform’d. But we have been
  8. Deceiv’d in thy integrity, deceiv’d
  9. In that which seems so.

Camillo

293
  1.                         Be it forbid, my lord!

Leontes

294 - 301
  1. To bide upon’t: thou art not honest; or
  2. If thou inclin’st that way, thou art a coward,
  3. Which hoxes honesty behind, restraining
  4. From course requir’d; or else thou must be counted
  5. A servant grafted in my serious trust
  6. And therein negligent; or else a fool,
  7. That seest a game play’d home, the rich stake drawn,
  8. And tak’st it all for jest.

Camillo

302 - 320
  1.                             My gracious lord,
  2. I may be negligent, foolish, and fearful:
  3. In every one of these no man is free
  4. But that his negligence, his folly, fear,
  5. Among the infinite doings of the world,
  6. Sometime puts forth. In your affairs, my lord,
  7. If ever I were willful-negligent,
  8. It was my folly; if industriously
  9. I play’d the fool, it was my negligence,
  10. Not weighing well the end; if ever fearful
  11. To do a thing, where I the issue doubted,
  12. Whereof the execution did cry out
  13. Against the non-performance, ’twas a fear
  14. Which oft infects the wisest: these, my lord,
  15. Are such allow’d infirmities that honesty
  16. Is never free of. But beseech your Grace
  17. Be plainer with me, let me know my trespass
  18. By its own visage. If I then deny it,
  19. ’Tis none of mine.

Leontes

321 - 332
  1.                    Ha’ not you seen, Camillo
  2. (But that’s past doubt; you have, or your eye-glass
  3. Is thicker than a cuckold’s horn), or heard
  4. (For to a vision so apparent rumor
  5. Cannot be mute), or thought (for cogitation
  6. Resides not in that man that does not think)
  7. My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess,
  8. Or else be impudently negative,
  9. To have nor eyes nor ears nor thought, then say
  10. My wife’s a hobby-horse, deserves a name
  11. As rank as any flax-wench that puts to
  12. Before her troth-plight: say’t and justify’t.

Camillo

333 - 338
  1. I would not be a stander-by to hear
  2. My sovereign mistress clouded so, without
  3. My present vengeance taken. ’Shrew my heart,
  4. You never spoke what did become you less
  5. Than this; which to reiterate were sin
  6. As deep as that, though true.

Leontes

339 - 351
  1.                               Is whispering nothing?
  2. Is leaning cheek to cheek? Is meeting noses?
  3. Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career
  4. Of laughter with a sigh (a note infallible
  5. Of breaking honesty)? Horsing foot on foot?
  6. Skulking in corners? Wishing clocks more swift?
  7. Hours, minutes? Noon, midnight? And all eyes
  8. Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only,
  9. That would unseen be wicked? Is this nothing?
  10. Why then the world and all that’s in’t is nothing,
  11. The covering sky is nothing, Bohemia nothing,
  12. My wife is nothing, nor nothing have these nothings,
  13. If this be nothing.

Camillo

352 - 354
  1.                     Good my lord, be cur’d
  2. Of this diseas’d opinion, and betimes,
  3. For ’tis most dangerous.

Leontes

355
  1.                          Say it be, ’tis true.

Camillo

356
  1. No, no, my lord.

Leontes

357 - 364
  1.                  It is: you lie, you lie!
  2. I say thou liest, Camillo, and I hate thee,
  3. Pronounce thee a gross lout, a mindless slave,
  4. Or else a hovering temporizer, that
  5. Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil,
  6. Inclining to them both. Were my wive’s liver
  7. Infected as her life, she would not live
  8. The running of one glass.

Camillo

365
  1.                           Who does infect her?

Leontes

366 - 377
  1. Why, he that wears her like her medal hanging
  2. About his neck, Bohemiawho, if I
  3. Had servants true about me, that bare eyes
  4. To see alike mine honor as their profits
  5. (Their own particular thrifts), they would do that
  6. Which should undo more doing; ay, and thou,
  7. His cupbearerwhom I from meaner form
  8. Have bench’d and rear’d to worship, who mayst see
  9. Plainly as heaven sees earth and earth sees heaven,
  10. How I am gall’dmightst bespice a cup,
  11. To give mine enemy a lasting wink;
  12. Which draught to me were cordial.

Camillo

378 - 384
  1.                                   Sir, my lord,
  2. I could do this, and that with no rash potion,
  3. But with a ling’ring dram that should not work
  4. Maliciously, like poison; but I cannot
  5. Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress
  6. (So sovereignly being honorable).
  7. I have lov’d thee

Leontes

385 - 394
  1.                    Make that thy question, and go rot!
  2. Dost think I am so muddy, so unsettled,
  3. To appoint myself in this vexation, sully
  4. The purity and whiteness of my sheets
  5. (Which to preserve is sleep, which being spotted
  6. Is goads, thorns, nettles, tails of wasps),
  7. Give scandal to the blood o’ th’ Prince my son
  8. (Who I do think is mine and love as mine),
  9. Without ripe moving to’t? Would I do this?
  10. Could man so blench?

Camillo

395 - 401
  1.                      I must believe you, sir.
  2. I do, and will fetch off Bohemia for’t;
  3. Provided that, when he’s remov’d, your Highness
  4. Will take again your queen as yours at first,
  5. Even for your son’s sake, and thereby for sealing
  6. The injury of tongues in courts and kingdoms
  7. Known and allied to yours.

Leontes

402 - 404
  1.                            Thou dost advise me
  2. Even so as I mine own course have set down.
  3. I’ll give no blemish to her honor, none.

Camillo

405 - 410
  1. My lord,
  2. Go then; and with a countenance as clear
  3. As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia
  4. And with your queen. I am his cupbearer:
  5. If from me he have wholesome beverage,
  6. Account me not your servant.

Leontes

411 - 413
  1.                              This is all:
  2. Do’t, and thou hast the one half of my heart;
  3. Do’t not, thou split’st thine own.

Camillo

414
  1.                                    I’ll do’t, my lord.

Leontes

415
  1. I will seem friendly, as thou hast advis’d me.
  1. Exit.

Camillo

417 - 430
  1. O miserable lady! But for me,
  2. What case stand I in? I must be the poisoner
  3. Of good Polixenes, and my ground to do’t
  4. Is the obedience to a master; one
  5. Who, in rebellion with himself, will have
  6. All that are his so too. To do this deed,
  7. Promotion follows. If I could find example
  8. Of thousands that had struck anointed kings
  9. And flourish’d after, I’ld not do’t; but since
  10. Nor brass nor stone nor parchment bears not one,
  11. Let villainy itself forswear’t. I must
  12. Forsake the court. To do’t, or no, is certain
  13. To me a break-neck. Happy star reign now!
  14. Here comes Bohemia.
  1. Enter Polixenes.

Polixenes

432 - 434
  1.                     This is strange; methinks
  2. My favor here begins to warp. Not speak?
  3. Good day, Camillo.

Camillo

435
  1.                    Hail, most royal sir!

Polixenes

436
  1. What is the news i’ th’ court?

Camillo

437
  1.                                None rare, my lord.

Polixenes

438 - 445
  1. The King hath on him such a countenance
  2. As he had lost some province and a region
  3. Lov’d as he loves himself. Even now I met him
  4. With customary compliment, when he,
  5. Wafting his eyes to th’ contrary and falling
  6. A lip of much contempt, speeds from me, and
  7. So leaves me to consider what is breeding
  8. That changes thus his manners.

Camillo

446
  1. I dare not know, my lord.

Polixenes

447 - 454
  1. How, dare not? Do not? Do you know, and dare not?
  2. Be intelligent to me, ’tis thereabouts:
  3. For to yourself, what you do know, you must,
  4. And cannot say you dare not. Good Camillo,
  5. Your chang’d complexions are to me a mirror
  6. Which shows me mine chang’d too; for I must be
  7. A party in this alteration, finding
  8. Myself thus alter’d with’t.

Camillo

455 - 458
  1.                             There is a sickness
  2. Which puts some of us in distemper, but
  3. I cannot name the disease, and it is caught
  4. Of you that yet are well.

Polixenes

459 - 469
  1.                           How caught of me?
  2. Make me not sighted like the basilisk.
  3. I have look’d on thousands, who have sped the better
  4. By my regard, but kill’d none so. Camillo,
  5. As you are certainly a gentleman, thereto
  6. Clerk-like experienc’d, which no less adorns
  7. Our gentry than our parents’ noble names,
  8. In whose success we are gentle, I beseech you,
  9. If you know aught which does behove my knowledge
  10. Thereof to be inform’d, imprison’t not
  11. In ignorant concealment.

Camillo

470
  1.                          I may not answer.

Polixenes

471 - 479
  1. A sickness caught of me, and yet I well?
  2. I must be answer’d. Dost thou hear, Camillo,
  3. I conjure thee, by all the parts of man
  4. Which honor does acknowledge, whereof the least
  5. Is not this suit of mine, that thou declare
  6. What incidency thou dost guess of harm
  7. Is creeping toward me; how far off, how near,
  8. Which way to be prevented, if to be;
  9. If not, how best to bear it.

Camillo

480 - 485
  1.                              Sir, I will tell you,
  2. Since I am charg’d in honor and by him
  3. That I think honorable. Therefore mark my counsel,
  4. Which must be ev’n as swiftly followed as
  5. I mean to utter it; or both yourself and me
  6. Cry lost, and so good night!

Polixenes

486
  1.                              On, good Camillo.

Camillo

487
  1. I am appointed him to murder you.

Polixenes

488
  1. By whom, Camillo?

Camillo

489
  1.                   By the King.

Polixenes

490
  1.              For what?

Camillo

491 - 494
  1. He thinks, nay, with all confidence he swears,
  2. As he had seen’t or been an instrument
  3. To vice you to’t, that you have touch’d his queen
  4. Forbiddenly.

Polixenes

495 - 502
  1.              O then, my best blood turn
  2. To an infected jelly, and my name
  3. Be yok’d with his that did betray the Best!
  4. Turn then my freshest reputation to
  5. A savor that may strike the dullest nostril
  6. Where I arrive, and my approach be shunn’d,
  7. Nay, hated too, worse than the great’st infection
  8. That e’er was heard or read!

Camillo

503 - 510
  1.                              Swear his thought over
  2. By each particular star in heaven, and
  3. By all their influences, you may as well
  4. Forbid the sea for to obey the moon
  5. As or by oath remove or counsel shake
  6. The fabric of his folly, whose foundation
  7. Is pil’d upon his faith, and will continue
  8. The standing of his body.

Polixenes

511
  1.                           How should this grow?

Camillo

512 - 526
  1. I know not; but I am sure ’tis safer to
  2. Avoid what’s grown than question how ’tis born.
  3. If therefore you dare trust my honesty,
  4. That lies enclosed in this trunk which you
  5. Shall bear along impawn’d, away tonight!
  6. Your followers I will whisper to the business,
  7. And will by twos and threes at several posterns
  8. Clear them o’ th’ city. For myself, I’ll put
  9. My fortunes to your service, which are here
  10. By this discovery lost. Be not uncertain,
  11. For by the honor of my parents, I
  12. Have utt’red truth; which if you seek to prove,
  13. I dare not stand by; nor shall you be safer
  14. Than one condemn’d by the King’s own mouththereon
  15. His execution sworn.

Polixenes

527 - 543
  1.                      I do believe thee:
  2. I saw his heart in ’s face. Give me thy hand,
  3. Be pilot to me, and thy places shall
  4. Still neighbor mine. My ships are ready, and
  5. My people did expect my hence departure
  6. Two days ago. This jealousy
  7. Is for a precious creature: as she’s rare,
  8. Must it be great; and as his person’s mighty,
  9. Must it be violent; and as he does conceive
  10. He is dishonor’d by a man which ever
  11. Profess’d to him, why, his revenges must
  12. In that be made more bitter. Fear o’ershades me.
  13. Good expedition be my friend, and comfort
  14. The gracious queen, part of his theme, but nothing
  15. Of his ill-ta’en suspicion! Come, Camillo,
  16. I will respect thee as a father, if
  17. Thou bear’st my life off. Hence! Let us avoid.

Camillo

544 - 546
  1. It is in mine authority to command
  2. The keys of all the posterns. Please your Highness
  3. To take the urgent hour. Come, sir, away.
  1. Exeunt.
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