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The Winter’s Tale: Act 4, Scene 1

The Winter’s Tale
Act 4, Scene 1

Scene 1
  1. Enter Time, the Chorus.

Time

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  1. I, that please some, try all, both joy and terror
  2. Of good and bad, that makes and unfolds error,
  3. Now take upon me, in the name of Time,
  4. To use my wings. Impute it not a crime
  5. To me, or my swift passage, that I slide
  6. O’er sixteen years and leave the growth untried
  7. Of that wide gap, since it is in my pow’r
  8. To o’erthrow law, and in one self-born hour
  9. To plant and o’erwhelm custom. Let me pass
  10. The same I am, ere ancient’st order was,
  11. Or what is now receiv’d. I witness to
  12. The times that brought them in; so shall I do
  13. To th’ freshest things now reigning, and make stale
  14. The glistering of this present, as my tale
  15. Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,
  16. I turn my glass, and give my scene such growing
  17. As you had slept between. Leontes leaving
  18. Th’ effects of his fond jealousies so grieving
  19. That he shuts up himselfimagine me,
  20. Gentle spectators, that I now may be
  21. In fair Bohemia, and remember well,
  22. I mentioned a son o’ th’ King’s, which Florizel
  23. I now name to you; and with speed so pace
  24. To speak of Perdita, now grown in grace
  25. Equal with wond’ring. What of her ensues
  26. I list not prophesy; but let Time’s news
  27. Be known when ’tis brought forth. A shepherd’s daughter,
  28. And what to her adheres, which follows after,
  29. Is th’ argument of Time. Of this allow,
  30. If ever you have spent time worse ere now;
  31. If never, yet that Time himself doth say,
  32. He wishes earnestly you never may.
  1. Exit.
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