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Do not draw the curtain. Paul. No longer shall you gaze on't; lest your fancy May think anon, it moves. Leon.
Let be, let be. Would I were dead, but that, methinks, alreadyWhat was he, that did make it ? See, my lord, Would you not deem, it breath'd ? and that those veins Did verily bear blood ? Pol.
life seems warm upon
I'll draw the curtain ;
O sweet Paulina,
Paul. I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr'd I could afflict
Good my lord, forbear :
Leon, No, not these twenty years.
So long could I
Either forbear, Quit presently the chapel; or resolve you
fixure---] i.e. That by which any thing is fixed. Leontes means to say that there is motion in the fastenings by which the eye is fixed in the head. This is the explanation of Archdeacon Nares.
h As we are mock'd with art.] As, is used by our author here as in some other places, for “as if.”—M. Mason.
For more amazement: If
you can behold it, I'll make the statue move indeed ; descend, And take you by the hand: but then you'll think, (Which I protest against,) I am assisted By wicked powers. Leon.
you can make her do,
It is requir'd,
[Musick. 'Tis time; descend; be stone no more : approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come; I'll fill your grave up : stir; nay, come away; Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him Dear life redeem you.--You perceive, she stirs;
[Hermione comes down from the Pedestal. Start not: her actions shall be holy, as, You hear, my spell is lawful : do not shun her, Until you see her die again; for then You kill her double ; Nay present your hand : When she was young, you woo'd her; now, in age, Is she become the suitor. Leon.
O, she’s warm! [Embracing her.
She embraces him.
Pol. Ay, and mak't manifest where she has liv'd,
That she is living,
Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.-
[Presenting PERDITA, who kneels to HermiONE. Her.
You gods, look down, And from your sacred vials. pour your graces Upon my daughter's head !Tell me, mine own, Where hast thou been preserv’d? where liv’d? how found Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear, that 1,Knowing by Paulina, that the oracle Gave hope thou wast in being, --have preserv'd Myself, to see the issue. Paul.'
There's time enough for that; Lest they desire, upon this push, to trouble Your joys with like relation.—Go together, You precious winners all ;your exultation Partake to every one." I, an old turtle, Will wing me to some wither'd bough; and there My mate, that's never to be found again, Lament till I am lost. Leon.
O peace, Paulina; Thou should'st a husband take by my consent, As I by thine, a wife: this is a mateh, And made between’s by vows. Thou hast found mine; But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her, As I thought, dead; and have, in vain, said many A prayer upon her grave: I'll not seek far (For him, I partly know his mind,) to find thee An honourable husband :-Come, Camillo, And take her by the hand : whose worth, and honesty, Is richly noted ; and here justified By us, a pair of kings.—Let's from this place.What?-- Look upon my brother:--both your pardons, That e'er I put between your holy looks My ill suspicion.—This your son-in-law,
i You precious winners all;] You who by this discovery have guined what you desired, may join in festivity, in which I, who have lost what never can be recovered, can have no part.-Johnson.
your eiultation Partuke] Here used in the sense of participate.
And son unto the king, (whom heavens directing,)
1 This play, as Dr. Warburton justly observes, is, with all its absurdities, very entertaining. The character of Autolycus is naturally conceived, and strongly represented.—Johnson.
Warburton is not guilty of a criticism so frigid as Johnson has represented. -His words are
“This play, throughout, is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, country tale,
Our sweetest Shakspeare, fancy's child,
Warbles his native wood-notes wild. This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of great name into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as it regards sentiment and character, is scarce inferior to any in the whole collection.'
The persons of great name to whom Warburton alludes are Dryden and Pope. The former of whom mentions this play with no great indulgence, in the Essay at the end of the second part of the Conquest of Grenada ; while the latter, in the preface to his edition of our author's works, is rash enough to class it with Love's Labour's Lost, the Comedy of Errors, and Titus Andronicus, as one of the plays, in which Shakspeare had produced, only some characters, or single scenes, or perhaps a few particular passages.
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