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The Winter’s Tale: Act 3, Scene 1

The Winter’s Tale
Act 3, Scene 1

Scene 1

Sicilia. A sea port.

  1. Enter Cleomines and Dion.

Cleomines

2 - 4
  1. The climate’s delicate, the air most sweet,
  2. Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
  3. The common praise it bears.

Dion

5 - 10
  1.                             I shall report,
  2. For most it caught me, the celestial habits
  3. (Methinks I so should term them) and the reverence
  4. Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!
  5. How ceremonious, solemn, and unearthly
  6. It was i’ th’ off’ring!

Cleomines

11 - 14
  1.                         But of all, the burst
  2. And the ear-deaf’ning voice o’ th’ oracle,
  3. Kin to Jove’s thunder, so surpris’d my sense,
  4. That I was nothing.

Dion

15 - 18
  1.                     If th’ event o’ th’ journey
  2. Prove as successful to the Queen (O be’t so!)
  3. As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,
  4. The time is worth the use on’t.

Cleomines

19 - 22
  1.                                 Great Apollo
  2. Turn all to th’ best! These proclamations,
  3. So forcing faults upon Hermione,
  4. I little like.

Dion

23 - 28
  1.                The violent carriage of it
  2. Will clear or end the business. When the oracle
  3. (Thus by Apollo’s great divine seal’d up)
  4. Shall the contents discover, something rare
  5. Even then will rush to knowledge. Go; fresh horses!
  6. And gracious be the issue!
  1. Exeunt.
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