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He's all my exercise, my mirth, my matter:
He makes a July's day short as December;
So stands this squire Offic'd with me: We two will walk, my lord, Aud leave you to your graver steps.
How thou lov'st us, show in our brother's welcome; Let what is dear in Sicily be cheap:
Next to thyself, and my young rover, he's
Apparent to my heart.
If you would seek us,
We are yours i'the garden shall's attend you
Leon. To your own bents dispose you: you'll be found,
Be you beneath the sky. - [Aside.] I am angling
Though you perceive me not how I give line.
Go to, go to!
[Observing POLIX. and HERM. How she holds up the neb," the bill to him! And arms her with the boldness of a wife To her allowing husband! Gone already!
[Exeunt POL., HER., and Attendants. Inch-thick, knee-deep, o'er head and ears a fork'd one! — 24
Go play, boy, play; thy mother plays, and I
22 Heir apparent, next claimant.
23 That is, mouth.
That is, a horned one.
Or I am much deceiv'd, cuckolds ere now;
And many a man there is, even at this present,
Where 'tis predominant; and 'tis powerful, think it,
It will let in and out the enemy,
Many a thousand on's
Have the disease, and feel't not.
What! Camillo there?
Why, that's some comfort.
Cam. Ay, my good lord.
Leon. Go play, Mamillius; thou'rt an honest
Camillo, this great sir will yet stay longer.
Cam. You had much ado to make his anchor hold⚫
When you cast out, it still came home.
Didst note it?
Cam. He would not stay at your petitions; made His business more material.
Didst perceive it? [Aside.] They're here with me already; 2 whispering, rounding,
25 They are already aware of my condition; they referring, not to Polixenes and Hermione, but to people about the court. Rounding, says Mr. Dyce, means much the same as mullering: to round in the ear was common in the old writers.
"Sicilia is a― so-forth: "
"Tis far gone,
When I shall gust it last. - How came't, Camillo, That he did stay?
At the good queen's entreaty.
Leon. At the queen's, be't: good should be per
But so it is, it is not. Was this taken
More than the common blocks: Not noted, is't,
But of the finer natures? by some severals,
Leon. Ay, but why?
Stays here longer.
Cam. To satisfy your highness, and the entreaties Of our most gracious mistress.
20 That is, the knowledge of my disgrace has spread far, since all have it before myself, since I am the last to find it out.- Gust
27 Messes is here put for degrees, conditions. The company at great tables were divided according to their rank into higher and lower messes. Sometimes the messes were served at different tables, and seem to have been arranged in fours, whence the word came to express four in vulgar speech. - That Leontes' fanatical passion should stuff him with the conceit of a finer nature, a sharper insight, and a higher virtue than others had, is shrewdly natural. Such conceit is among the commonest symptoms of fanaticism in all its forms.
Hast cleans'd my bosom: I from thee departed
If thou inclin'st that way, thou art a coward;
From course requir'd; or else thou must be counted
A servant, grafted in my serious trust,
And therein negligent; or else a fool,
That seest a game play'd home, the rich stake drawn,
It was my folly; if industriously
I play'd the fool, it was my negligence,
"Tis none of mine.
Have not you seen, Camillo,
(But that's past doubt; you have, or your eye-glass
To hox is to hamstring: the proper word is to hough.
Is thicker than a cuckold's horn,) or heard,
To have nor eyes, nor ears, nor thought,) then say,
Cam. I would not be a stander-by, to hear
As deep as that, though true."
Is whispering nothing?
Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses?
Good my lord, be cur'd
29 Of course the next clause, "my wife is slippery," follows both think and thought; the overlooking of which has called forth some rare drops of wisdom from the commentators.
30 To reiterate your accusation of her would be as great a sin
as that (if committed) of which you accuse her.
31 The pin and web is the cataract in an early stage,