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THE WINTER'S TALE

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ACT II. SCENE III.

A PALACE.

LEONTES. ANTIGONUS, LORDS, ATTENDANTS, AND THE INFANT PERDITA.

Leontes. IT shall be possible: Swear by this sword, Thou wilt perform my bidding.
Ant. I will, my lord.
Leon. Mark, and perform it; (seest thou?) for the fail
Of any point in't shall not only be
Death to thyself, but to thy lewd-tongued wife;
Whom, for this time, we pardon. We enjoin thee,
As thou art liegeman to us, that thou carry
This female bastard hence; and that thou bear it
To some remote and desert place, quite out
Of our dominions; and that there thou leave it,
Without more mercy, to its own protection,
And the favour of the climate.

Painted by John Opie, R.A. Engraved by John Peter Simon.


ACT IV. SCENE III.

A SHEPHERD'S COT.

FLORIZEL, PERDITA, SHEPHERD, CLOWN, MOPSA, DORCAS, SERVANTS; POLIXENES AND CAMILLO, DISGUISED.

Perdita. SIR, welcome!
[To Polixenes.
It is my father's will I should take on me The hostess-ship o' the day:—You're welcome, sir!
[To Camilla. Give me those flowers there, Dorcas.—Reverend sirs, For you there's rosemary, and rue; these keep Seeming and savour all the winter long:
Grace and remembrance be to you both, And welcome to our shearing!

Painted by Francis Wheatley, R.A. Engraved by James Fittler.


ACT V. SCENE III.

PAULINA'S HOUSE.

LEONTES, POLIXENES, FLORIZEL, PERDITA, CAMILLO, PAULINA, LORDS, AND ATTENDANTS. HERMIONE AS A STATUE.

Paulina. MUSIC; awake her: strike.—
[Music.
'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 redeems 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!

Painted by William Hamilton, R. A. Engraved by Robert Thew.

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