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of their society, their encounters, though not personal, have been royally attornied, with interchange of gifts, letters, loving embassies ; that they have seemed to be together, though absent; shook hands, as over a vast;' and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves !
Arch. I think, there is not in the world either malice, or matter, to alter it. You have an unspeakable comfort of your young prince Mamillius; it is a gentleman of the greatest promise, that ever came into
note. Cam. I very well agree with you in the hopes of him : It is a gallant child; one that, indeed, physicks the subject,' makes old hearts fresh; they, that went on crutches ere he was born, desire yet their life, to see him a man.
Arch. Would they else be content to die?
Cam. Yes ; if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.
Arch. If the king had no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one.
The same. A Room of State in the Palace.
CAMILLO, and Attendants.
Pol. Nine changes of the wat’ry star have been
royally attornied,] Nobly supplied by substitution of embassies, &c. -Johnson.
shook hands, as over a vast,] i. e. A vast space. The second folio reads a vast sea. Shakspeare has, more than once, taken his imagery from the prints, with which the books of his time were omamented. If my memory do not deceive me, he had his eye on a wood-cut in Holinshed, while writing the incantation of the weird sisters in Macbeth. There is also an allusion to a print of one of the Henries holding a sword adorned with crowns.
In this passage he refers to a device common in the title-page of old books, of two hands extended from opposite clouds, and joined as in token of friendship over a wide waste of country.—HENLEY.
- physicks the subject,] Keeps the people in a wholesome political temperament.-SEYMOUR.
And yet we should, for perpetuity,
Stay your thanks awhile;
them when you part. Pol.
Sir, that's to-morrow.
We are tougher, brother,
you can put us to't. Pol.
No longer stay
Very sooth, to-morrow.
Press me not, 'beseech you, so ;
Tongue-tied, our queen ? speak you.
That may blow No sneaping winds, &c.] i. e. Oh! that there may blow no rebuking winds . at home to make me say, I had too good reason for my fears.-Farmer and MALONE.
Well said, Hermione.
I may not verily.
Your guest then, madam :
Not your gaoler then,
f To let him there a month, behind the gest-] To let him there is to detain him
behind the gest is beyond the time appointed for his stay. Gest " is a lodging or stage for rest in a royal journey." Strype says, that Cranmer entreated Cecil “ to let him have the new-resolved-upon gests, from that time to the end, that he might from time to time know where the king was.” From which passage we find that the table of the gests limited not only the places, but the time of staying at each.--Nares.
-good-deed,]-signifies, indeed. The second folio reads goodheed. - a jar o'the clockw] A jar is, I believe, a single repetition of the noise made by the pendulum of a clock: what children call the ticking of it.STEEVENS.
But your kind hostess. Come, I'll question you
We were, fair queen,
Her. Was not my lord the verier wag o’the two ?
Pol. We were as twinn'd lambs, that did frisk i'the sun,
By this we gather,
O my most sacred lady,
Grace to boot!"
Is he won yet?
my request, he would not. Hermione, my dearest, thou never spok'st To better purpose.
the imposition clear'd, Hereditary ours.] i. e. Setting aside original sin; bating the imposition from the offence of our first parents, we might have boldly protested our innacence to Heaven.-WAŘBURTON.
Grace to boot!] Grace, or Heaven help me!
Never, but once.
we heat' an acre. But to the goal ;-
Why, that was when
It is Grace, indeed.
[Giving her hand to Polixenes. Leon.
Too hot, too hot: [Aside. To mingle friendship far, is mingling bloods. I have tremor cordis on me :-my heart dances; But not for joy,—not joy.—This entertainment May a free face put on; derive a liberty From heartiness, from bounty, fertile bosom, And well become the agent: it may, I grant : But to be paddling palms, and pinching fingers, As now they are; and making practis'd smiles, As in a looking glass ;-and then to sigh, as 'twere
we heat-] i. e. Run a heat, as in a race. w And clap thyself my love ;] She opened her hand, to clap the palm of it into his, as people do when they confirm a bargain. Hence the phrase-to clap up a bargain, i. e. make one with no other ceremony than the junction of hands.-STEEVENS. This was, says Malone, a regular part of the ceremony of troth plighting.