[Act 5, Scene 2]
Enter Autolicus, and a
Beseech you (Sir) were you present at this Re
I was by at the opening of the Farthell, heard
the old Shepheard
deliuer the manner how he found it:
Whereupon (after a little
amazednesse) we were all com
manded out of the Chamber: onely
this (me thought) I
heard the Shepheard say, he found the Child.
I would most gladly know the issue of it.
I make a broken deliuerie of the Businesse;
but the changes I perceiued
in the King, and
very Notes of
admiration: they seem’d almost, with sta
ring on one another, to
teare the Cases of their Eyes.
There was speech in their dumbnesse,
Language in their
very gesture: they look’d as they had heard of a
ransom’d, or one destroyed: a notable passion of
der appeared in them: but the wisest beholder, that knew
no more but seeing, could not say, if th’importance were
Sorrow; but in the extremitie of the one, it must
Enter another Gentleman.
Here comes a Gentleman, that happily knowes more:
Nothing but Bon‑ﬁres: the Oracle is fulﬁll’d:
the Kings Daughter
is found: such a deale of wonder is
broken out within this houre, that
be able to expresse it.
Enter another Gentleman.
Here comes the
Lady Paulina’s Steward, hee can
you more. How goes it now (Sir.) This Newes (which
call’d true) is so like an old Tale, that the veritie of it is
strong suspition: Ha’s the King found his Heire?
Most true, if euer Truth were pregnant by
Circumstance: That which you
heare, you’le sweare
you see, there is such vnitie in the proofes. The
Hermiones: her Iewell about the
Neck of it:
the Letters of
Antigonus found with
it, which they know
to be his Character: the Maiestie of the Creature,
semblance of the Mother: the Affection of Noblenesse,
which Nature shewes aboue her Breeding, and many o
Euidences, proclayme her, with all certaintie, to be
Daughter. Did you see the meeting of the
Then haue you lost a Sight which was to bee
seene, cannot bee spoken
of. There might you haue be
held one Ioy crowne another, so and
in such manner, that
it seem’d Sorrow wept to take leaue of them: for
Ioy waded in teares. There was casting vp of Eyes,
ding vp of Hands, with Countenance of such distraction,
that they were to be knowne by Garment, not by Fauor.
Our King being ready to leape out of himselfe, for ioy of
found Daughter; as if that Ioy were now become a
Losse, cryes, Oh, thy
Mother, thy Mother: then askes
Bohemia forgiuenesse, then embraces his
then againe worryes he his Daughter, with
Now he thanks the old Shepheard (which stands by, like
a Weather‑bitten Conduit, of many Kings Reignes.) I
heard of such another Encounter; which lames Re
port to follow
it, and vndo’s description to doe it.
What, 'pray you, became of
carryed hence the Child?
Like an old Tale still, which will haue matter
to rehearse, though
Credit be asleepe, and not an eare o
pen; he was torne to pieces
with a Beare: This auouches
the Shepheards Sonne; who ha’s not onely
(which seemes much) to iustiﬁe him, but a
and Rings of his, that
What became of his Barke, and his Fol
Wrackt the same instant of their Masters
death, and in the view of the
Shepheard: so that all the
Instruments which ayded to expose the Child,
then lost, when it was found. But oh the Noble Combat,
that 'twixt Ioy and Sorrow was fought in
had one Eye declin’d for the losse of her Husband,
ther eleuated, that the Oracle was fulﬁll’d: Shee lifted the
Princesse from the Earth, and so locks her in embracing,
shee would pin her to her heart, that shee might no
more be in danger
The Dignitie of this Act was worth the au
dience of Kings and
Princes, for by such was it acted.
One of the prettyest touches of all, and that
which angl’d for mine
Eyes (caught the Water, though
not the Fish) was, when at the Relation
of the Queenes
death (with the manner how shee came to’t, brauely
fess’d, and lamented by the King) how attentiuenesse
wounded his Daughter, till (from one signe of dolour to
shee did (with an
Alas) I would faine say, bleed
Teares; for I am sure, my heart wept blood. Who was
there changed colour: some swownded, all
sorrowed: if all the World
could haue seen’t, the Woe
had beene vniuersall.
Are they returned to the Court?
No: The Princesse hearing of her Mothers
Statue (which is in the
Paulina) a Peece many
doing, and now newly perform’d, by that rare
Iulio Romano, who (had he himselfe
nitie, and could put Breath into his Worke) would
guile Nature of her Custome, so perfectly he is her Ape:
He so neere to
Hermione, hath done
Hermione, that they
say one would speake to her,
and stand in hope of answer.
Thither (with all greedinesse of
affection) are they gone,
and there they intend to Sup.
I thought she had some great matter there in
hand, for shee hath
priuately, twice or thrice a day, euer
since the death of
Hermione, visited that remoued House.
thither, and with our companie peece the Re
Who would be thence, that ha’s the beneﬁt
of Accesse? euery winke of an
Eye, some new Grace
will be borne: our Absence makes vs vnthriftie to
Knowledge. Let’s along.
Now (had I not the dash of my former life in
me) would Preferment drop
on my head. I brought the
old man and his Sonne aboord the Prince; told
heard them talke of a Farthell, and I know not what: but
he at that time ouer‑fond of the Shepheards Daughter (so
then tooke her to be) who began to be much Sea‑sick,
himselfe little better, extremitie of Weather conti
Mysterie remained vndiscouer’d. But 'tis all
one to me: for had I beene
the ﬁnder‑out of this Secret,
it would not haue rellish’d among
my other discredits.
Enter Shepheard and Clowne.
Here come those I haue done good to against my will,
appearing in the blossomes of their For
Come Boy, I am past moe Children: but thy
Sonnes and Daughters will be
all Gentlemen borne.
You are well met (Sir:) you deny’d to fight
with mee this other day,
because I was no Gentleman
borne. See you these Clothes? say you see
and thinke me still no Gentleman borne: You were best
say these Robes are not Gentlemen borne. Giue me the
Lye: doe: and
try whether I am not now a Gentleman
I know you are now (Sir) a Gentleman borne.
I, and haue been so any time these foure hours.
And so haue I, Boy.
So you haue: but I was a Gentleman borne be
fore my Father: for
the Kings Sonne tooke me by the
hand, and call’d mee Brother: and then
the two Kings
call’d my Father Brother: and then the Prince (my
ther) and the Princesse (my Sister) call’d my Father,
and so wee wept: and there was the ﬁrst Gentleman‑like
teares that euer we shed.
We may liue (Sonne) to shed many more.
I: or else 'twere hard luck, being in so preposte
rous estate as
I humbly beseech you (Sir) to pardon me all the
faults I haue committed
to your Worship, and to giue
me your good report to the Prince my
'Prethee Sonne doe: for we must be gentle, now
we are Gentlemen.
Thou wilt amend thy life?
I, and it like your good Worship.
Giue me thy hand: I will sweare to the Prince,
thou art as honest a
true Fellow as any is in
You may say it, but not sweare it.
Not sweare it, now I am a Gentleman? Let
Boores and Francklins say it,
Ile sweare it.
How if it be false (Sonne?)
If it be ne’re so false, a true Gentleman may
sweare it, in the behalfe
of his Friend: And Ile sweare to
the Prince, thou art a tall Fellow of
thy hands, and that
thou wilt not be drunke: but I know thou art no
low of thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunke: but Ile
sweare it, and I would thou would’st be a tall Fellow of
I will proue so (Sir) to my power.
I, by any meanes proue a tall Fellow: if I do not
wonder, how thou
dar’st venture to be drunke, not being
a tall Fellow, trust me not.
Harke, the Kings and Prin
ces (our Kindred) are going to see the
Come, follow vs: wee’le be thy good Masters.