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Thou would'st have poison'd good Camillo's honour,
The higher powers forbid !
The same construction occurs in the second Book of Phaer's version of the Æneid: “When this the yong men heard me speak, of wild they
waxed wood.” Steevens. 5 Thou would'st have poison'd good Camillo's horout,] How should Paulina know this ? No one had charged the King with this crime except himself, while Paulina was absent, attending on Hermione. The Poet seems to have forgotten this circumstance.
Malone. though a devil Would have shed water out of fire, ere don't:] i.e. a devil would have shed tears of pity o'er the damned, ere he would have committed such an action. Steevens.
Go on, go on:
Say no more;
I am sorry for 't;?
Thou didst speak but well,
7 I am sorry for 't;] This is another instance of the sudden changes incident to vehement and ungovernable minds. Fohnson.
what's past help
Bohemia. A desert Country near the Sea. Enter ANTIGONUS, with the Child; and a Mariner. Ant. Thou art perfect then,' our ship hath touch'd
upon The deserts of Bohemia? Mar.
Ay, my lord; and fear We have landed in ill time: the skies look grimly, And threaten present blusters. In my conscience, The heavens with that we have in hand are angry, And frown upon us.
Ant. Their sacred wills be done!-Go, get aboard;
Mar. Make your best haste; and go not
I am glad at heart
Come, poor babe: I have heard, (but not believ’d) the spirits of the dead May walk again: if such thing be, thy mother Appear'd to me last night; for ne'er was dream So like a waking. To me comes a creature, Sometimes her head on one side, some another; I never saw a vessel of like sorrow, So fill'd, and so becoming: in pure white robes, Like very sanctity, she did approach My cabin where I lay: tlprice bow'd before me; And, gasping to begin some speech, her eyes Became two spouts: the fury spent, anon Did this break from her: Good Antigonus, Since fate, against thy better disposition, Hath made thy person for the thrower-out
Go thou away;
9 Thou art perfect then,] Perfect is often used by Shakspeare for certain, well assured, or weli'informed. Fohnson.
It is so used by almost all our ancient writers. Steedens.
of my poor bave, according to thine oath,
Dreams are toyst
[Laying down the child. There lie; and there thy character:1 there these;
[Laying down a bundle. Which may, if fortune please, both breed thee, pretty, And still rest thine. The storm begins: -Poot
wretch, That, for thy mother's fault, art thus expos'd To-loss, and what may follow!
-Weep I cannot, But my
heart bleeds: and most accurs'd am I, To be by oath enjoin'd to this.-Farewel! The day frowns more and more; thou art like to have A lullaby too rough:2 I never saw The heavens so dim by day. A savage clamour?3.
get aboard! This is the chace; I am gone for ever.
[Exit, pursued by a bear.
1-thy character:) thy description; i. e. the writing afterwards discovered with Perdita. Steevens.
? A lullaby too rough:] So, in Dorastus and Faunia: “Shall thy tender mouth, instead of sweet kisses, be nipped with bitter stormes? Shalt thou have the whistling winds for thy lullaby, and the salt sea-fome, instead of sweet milke?" Malone.
A savage clamour ?] This clamour was the cry of the dogs and hunters; then seeing the bear, he cries, this is the chace, or, the animal pursued. Johnson.
Enter an old Shepherd. Shep. I would, there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty; or that youth would sleep out the rest: for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting:-Hark you now! -Would any but these boiled brains of nineteen, and two-and-twenty, hunt this weather? They have scared away two of my best sheep; which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find, than the mas. ter: if any where I have them, 'tis by the sea-side, browzing on ivy.4 Good luck, an 't be thy will! what have we here? [raking up the child) Mercy on ’s, a barne; a very pretty barne!5 A boy, or a child, I wonder? A pretty one; a very pretty one: Sure, some scape: though I am not bookish, yet I can read waiting-gentlewoman in the scape. This has been some stair-work, some trunkwork, some behind-door-work: they were warmer that got this, than the poor thing is here. I'll take it up for pity: yet I'll tarry till my son come: he hollaed but even now. Whoa, ho hoa!
Enter Clown. Clo. Hilloa, loa!
Shep. What, art so near? if thou 'lt see a thing to talk on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. What ailest thou, man?
Cio. I have seen two such sights, by sea, and by land;but I am not to say, it is a sea, for it is now the sky; betwixt the firmament and it, you cannot thrust a bodkin's point.
- if any where I have them, 'tis by the sea-side, browzing on ivy.) This also is from the novel: "[The Shepherd] fearing either that the wolves or eagles had undone him, (for he was so poore as a sheepe was halfe his substance) wand'red downe towards the sea-cliffes, to see if perchance the sheepe was brouzing on the sea-ivy, whereon they doe greatly feed.” Malone.
- a barne; a very pretty barne!] i. e. child. So, in R. Broome's Northern Lass, 1633:
“Peace wayward barne! O cease thy moan,
“ Thy far more wayward daddy's gone.”. It is a North Country word. Barns for borns, things born; seeming to answer to the Latin nati. Steevens.
A boy, or a child,) I am told, that in some of our inland counties, a female infant, in contradistinction to a male is still termed, among the peasantry, a child. Steevens,