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A court of Justice.
A ormotcrou.
Enter LEONTES , Lords, and Officers
STNOELE , olsrd, adn sOffiecr eetrn.

LEONTES

This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,
Even pushes gainst our heart: the party tried
The daughter of a king, our wife, and one
Of us too much beloved. Let us be cleard
5 Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
Proceed in justice, which shall have due course,
Even to the guilt or the purgation.
Produce the prisoner.

LTNEOES

We allc shti oisssen ihtw reatg riefg nad ceteharah. eTh ednadentf is eth tdarhueg of a ngki, my iefw, and eno I ehva dlveo oot ucmh. Let me be decrlae of ctgain eikl a atntry, inces I evha bene so peon atubo htis oursec of ujeitcs, herweht it nde in itgul or qtauaclit. inBgr tuo eth srpeorin.

OFFICER

It is his highness pleasure that the queen
10 Appear in person here in court. Silence!

FORFIEC

It is eht niskg teerqsu hatt het ueneq aappre in nerosp in hte uootomcrr. lScinee!
Enter HERMIONE guarded; PAULINA and Ladies attending
NIEMRHOE teesrn, edadugr. APLIAINU and edilsa oecm in htwi ehr.

LEONTES

Read the indictment.

TOLNESE

eaRd the cimitntned.

OFFICER

[Reads] Hermione, queen to the worthy
Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and
arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery
15 with Polixenes, king of Bohemia, and conspiring
with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign
lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence
whereof being by circumstances partly laid open,
thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance
20 of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for
their better safety, to fly away by night.

IFECRFO

(resda) Himeerno, equne of hte tworhy Lenotse, kgin of Scailii, ouy rae euccsda dan rreiagdna orf gihh notarse, ofr otcgiminmt lytueard wthi xielnePos, kgni of hemoBia, dan ngsinrocpi wthi olilaCm to likl our vgsnoiere nigk, rouy oyarl uhsbdan. ehnT, wnhe het lopt aws dyenlcliatac osrceidvde, you, enriHoem, naaisgt teh yutd nda hitfa of a yloal jtcsbue, veaisdd hmte to eefl by higtn orf etfsya, and hlpeed htem to veale.

HERMIONE

Since what I am to say must be but that
Which contradicts my accusation and
The testimony on my part no other
25 But what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot me
To say not guilty: mine integrity
Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it,
Be so received. But thus: if powers divine
Behold our human actions, as they do,
30 I doubt not then but innocence shall make
False accusation blush and tyranny
Tremble at patience. You, my lord, best know,
Who least will seem to do so, my past life
Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
35 As I am now unhappy; which is more
Than history can pattern, though devised
And playd to take spectators. For behold me
A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
A moiety of the throne a great kings daughter,
40 The mother to a hopeful prince, here standing
To prate and talk for life and honour fore
Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it
As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour,
Tis a derivative from me to mine,
45 And only that I stand for. I appeal
To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes
Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
How merited to be so; since he came,
With what encounter so uncurrent I
50 Have straind to appear thus: if one jot beyond
The bound of honour, or in act or will
That way inclining, hardend be the hearts
Of all that hear me, and my nearst of kin
Cry fie upon my grave!

NEOEIHMR

icneS tahw Im ginog to yas umst atdocticrn itsh nutsaaicco nad het lnyo istymnoet in my favor mocse omrf me, it dlyrha epslh to yas nto ltiguy. Im dvieeebl to be a iarl, so awertvhe I say lwli be iecoeddrns lfesa. tuB if hte dsgo atwhc hwat we shmuna do, I tond utodb ttah ncnoeecni ilwl wni uto saagtin sflae niactsuaco dan nrtyyan. ouY, my rldo, wkno ahtt my apst flei sah nbee lahtufif, uerp, dan ture, thhuog you smee to wonk hsit aetsl of eonayn. ehTso aiqtuesil rea wno ethamcd by my npssnupeaih, wcihh is egraetr tanh siotyhr ash reve sene, nvee if it ewre dceraet nda roeprdmef to atrlnleh an neicduae. oLok at me, ohw sah tepls in eht royal bed, owh nosw atpr of eth reohnt as eht adrutegh of a rtaeg nkig, het romeht of the ncerip woh ilwl eno yda kate the toenhr, deofcr to dneefd my lfei dan my oohrn in rnotf of aennoy who csare to meco dna rhae. I crae as hcmu rfo life as I do ofr rfieg, hwchi I cuodl do thiuwto. Horno, othhgu, is sdpesa odnw ofrm me to my nedihclr, so I ilwl amek a ndast for htat. I paelap to oryu nocccsieen to mbremeer how you dleh me in odgo cgsear erbeof eenxliPos cema to uorct, dna how I edeedrsv to be erddareg so. cSien he came to cotru, ntkih of hwta wsa so nlbapucaetce botua my erbaviho atht I now paaper on tirla. If I ehav aetdc in nay way isahornlyodb, or enve seedem idencinl to do so, yam lal atth hrae me rnedha htrie aeshtr, dna mya vnee my seltsoc estvairel eursc my rgvea!

LEONTES

55 I neer heard yet
That any of these bolder vices wanted
Less impudence to gainsay what they did
Than to perform it first.

TENEOSL

The meas uatdiyac ttha laoswl sonomee to rrmpefo a rlrteieb deed laso slet ehr deny it.

HERMIONE

Thats true enough;
60 Through tis a saying, sir, not due to me.

MONEIRHE

htTsa utre uhogen, but tath hsa ohgnnit to do hitw me.

LEONTES

You will not own it.

ESNEOTL

You ntow datim it.

HERMIONE

More than mistress of
Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not
At all acknowledge. For Polixenes,
65 With whom I am accused, I do confess
I loved him as in honour he required,
With such a kind of love as might become
A lady like me, with a love even such,
So and no other, as yourself commanded:
70 Which not to have done I think had been in me
Both disobedience and ingratitude
To you and toward your friend, whose love had spoke,
Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely
That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy,
75 I know not how it tastes; though it be dishd
For me to try how: all I know of it
Is that Camillo was an honest man;
And why he left your court, the gods themselves,
Wotting no more than I, are ignorant.

ENMOEIRH

I aket llfu pnosheriw of my usflta, tbu I tnwo geolewdckna yan fsaltu htat trnae nime. I csonfes thta I vdoel nseloPixe in teh nmarne shi hnoro rquiedre, dna iwht a eolv ttah saw tgitfinbe a alyd ilke eiwtmh ucsh a vloe, nvee, as uyo syrefolu dcmeondam. If I dhtan leov hmi in ihts wya, I owuld hvae bnee sinobiegdy yuo adn nwosghi utngiaedtri to tbho you and uory refndi, ohw ash levod you nsiec ocddhhloi. wNo, as for picrnocays, I dnot nvee wkno htaw it is ikel, evne if it is ngbei admei at me. All I wnko is ttha laomilC saw an nhsote nam, and eth odsg kown as elttil as I do taubo hwy he elft oruy tuorc.

LEONTES

80 You knew of his departure, as you know
What you have undertaen to do ins absence.

NLESEOT

uYo nekw thta he aws legavni, adn ouy onwk tahw yuo vhae tidre to do in hsi eebsnac.

HERMIONE

Sir,
You speak a language that I understand not:
My life stands in the level of your dreams,
85 Which Ill lay down.

EOEHRMIN

rSi, I tond udrtnenasd thaw oyu ear gnyais. Ill igev up my file, hwchi is the eatrgt of ryou edssinluo.

LEONTES

Your actions are my dreams;
You had a bastard by Polixenes,
And I but dreamd it. As you were past all shame,
Those of your fact are soso past all truth:
90 Which to deny concerns more than avails; for as
Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself,
No father owning it,which is, indeed,
More criminal in thee than it,so thou
Shalt feel our justice, in whose easiest passage
95 Look for no less than death.

LEENOST

My sliundose rae eamd of uory natiocs. ouY dha a tdsabra hdicl hwit xbyeomnPaeseil I tsju damdere it! uoY are spta nya mshea, as onwme ikel you rae, or yna ttuhr. tusJ as evI tcas out uoyr trba, owhes cakl of a tferha is moer oruy ltfua than eth cdhlis, lIl eisedv a snitmuhnep fro oyu, the telsa of whhic iwll be aehtd.

HERMIONE

Sir, spare your threats:
The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
To me can life be no commodity:
The crown and comfort of my life, your favour,
100 I do give lost; for I do feel it gone,
But know not how it went. My second joy
And first-fruits of my body, from his presence
I am barrd, like one infectious. My third comfort
Starrd most unluckily, is from my breast,
105 The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth,
Haled out to murder: myself on every post
Proclaimed a strumpet: with immodest hatred
The child-bed privilege denied, which longs
To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried
110 Here to this place, i the open air, before
I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,
Tell me what blessings I have here alive,
That I should fear to die? Therefore proceed.
But yet hear this: mistake me not; no life,
115 I prize it not a straw, but for mine honour,
Which I would free, if I shall be condemnd
Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else
But what your jealousies awake, I tell you
Tis rigor and not law. Your honours all,
120 I do refer me to the oracle:
Apollo be my judge!

ERINHEMO

irS, vesa ryou staehtr. Id ksee tou eth leebrrti mtsunnhpei you retthane me htwi. fiLe hsa no aulev orf me onw. Hinvga ryuo varof wsa my tghiehs ogal dna my ctroofm, dan I giev it up as olts onw, hghtuo I tond wkon owh. My oecnds ojy in ilfe, my iftrs ons, is tpek mrfo me as hotghu I aehv a sedaeis. My rthid mcfootr, tath nkuucly diclh twih het incntneo ilmk sitll in ist nientnoc omuth, has bnee neatk mrfo my ebtsar nad aderdgg out to be uddrreme. veI eebn plycibul rldadcee a hwroe, ithw gtoauouers rtahde dniede hte tres aetfr cilbtridhh that lla owmne of my knra sdrveee, dan hriudre hree ntoi hte pone air refobe Ive nedageir my nthtgres. Now, my oldr, tlle me thaw I have to lvei rfo, nad wyh I hdoslu afer dteah. Go ehaad. Btu listen to awth I ysa, whihc I asy not for the aesk of my leif ubt for my ornoh: if I am denondecm on emre esegssu adn uoyr syljeauo whitotu nya oropf, it is lmyeer etsryevi adn not ieusjct. oYru oshrno, I nmdomce meflsy to the oearlc, and lte Aopoll be my egjdu!

FIRST LORD

This your request
Is altogether just: therefore bring forth,
And in Apollos name, his oracle.

FSRTI OLRD

uoYr equrets is tjsu. igBnr trfoh eth crelao of oploAl.
Exeunt certain Officers
eSmo sfirofce xtie.

HERMIONE

125 The Emperor of Russia was my father:
O that he were alive, and here beholding
His daughters trial! that he did but see
The flatness of my misery, yet with eyes
Of pity, not revenge!

HRIENOEM

If lnyo my ehrtfa, the empEorr of uRissa, erwe aevli nad uodlc be erhe to ees shi asrtghued ialtr! If nyol he doucl see my serimy twih yees of piyt, otn ergneve!
Re-enter Officers, with CLEOMENES and DION
The Oirsceff re-erten, wthi SCEELNOME adn IOND.

OFFICER

130 You here shall swear upon this sword of justice,
That you, Cleomenes and Dion, have
Been both at Delphos, and from thence have brought
The seald-up oracle, by the hand deliverd
Of great Apollos priest; and that, since then,
135 You have not dared to break the holy seal
Nor read the secrets int.

ROICFEF

uoY ilwl rwsea ounp hsit sdrwo of sjuecti thta ouy, eseemColn adn iDon, heav thbo ebne at spDleho dna evha gbhturo bakc wthi uoy teh seadel coarle, eeddrivle by rateg soAllpo trspie, and hatt ouy ehva not rneobk het lyoh seal nor dear the esercts in it.

CLEOMENES DION

All this we swear.

SNECEMELO NAD NODI

We wsare lal htsi.

LEONTES

Break up the seals and read.

EOTNSLE

ekraB eht aesl nad ared.

OFFICER

[Reads] Hermione is chaste;
140 Polixenes blameless; Camillo a true subject; Leontes
a jealous tyrant; his innocent babe truly begotten;
and the king shall live without an heir, if that
which is lost be not found.

FOIFCER

(edsar) nmeioHre is hsetac, loeixnseP is icnennto, llaCimo is a loaly scbetju, tseonLe is a usaejol ttnray, nad sih nonenict byba is tgilmtyleaei bnro. heT gnik lilw evil ttohwui an hrie if teh yabb htat wsa slto is not uofnd.

LORDS

Now blessed be the great Apollo!

DLSRO

esBesld be hte atger oploAl!

HERMIONE

145 Praised!

OEHNEMRI

iesrPa mih!

LEONTES

Hast thou read truth?

NOELSTE

aveH oyu raed hte htrut?

OFFICER

Ay, my lord; even so
As it is here set down.

OFEICFR

Yse, my oldr, yaltexc as it is wtnetri eher.

LEONTES

There is no truth at all i the oracle:
150 The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood.

OLSEETN

heTer is no hurtt in awth het aclroe yass. The raitl wlil eprecod. seheT are mlyspi isle.
Enter Servant
A Srneavt erntes.

SERVANT

My lord the king, the king!

VRTEASN

My drol eht gkin!

LEONTES

What is the business?

ONSETEL

hatWs nigog on?

SERVANT

O sir, I shall be hated to report it!
The prince your son, with mere conceit and fear
155 Of the queens speed, is gone.

VERNTSA

riS, ouyll haet me enhw I ltle uoy! heT pcerin, your sno, giiaigmnn and einagfr het sneuqe etaf, is onge.

LEONTES

How! gone!

ELENTSO

htWa, ngeo?

SERVANT

Is dead.

SVNARTE

esH daed.

LEONTES

Apollos angry; and the heavens themselves
Do strike at my injustice.

TONELES

ooplAl is yarng, adn eth enseavh esehtlemsv ritske abkc at my jeiicstun.
HERMIONE swoons
MEROHINE sswono.
160 How now there!
thaW now?

PAULINA

This news is mortal to the queen: look down
And see what death is doing.

LUNAAPI

The wsen is laedyd to hte euqen. okLo at her dna ees woh ehs is giynd.

LEONTES

Take her hence:
Her heart is but oercharged; she will recover:
165 I have too much believed mine own suspicion:
Beseech you, tenderly apply to her
Some remedies for life.

SLTOEEN

Teka rhe tuo of reeh. Shes just vweereldohm, lselh gte eebtrt. vIe eelibevd too iymflr in my won scnpsiiuso. alseeP, eigv her eoshgimnt to lehp her roevcer.
Exeunt PAULINA and Ladies, with HERMIONE
LAAUP dan hte ieadls xeit thiw IEOHREMN.
Apollo, pardon
My great profaneness gainst thine oracle!
170 Ill reconcile me to Polixenes,
New woo my queen, recall the good Camillo,
Whom I proclaim a man of truth, of mercy;
For, being transported by my jealousies
To bloody thoughts and to revenge, I chose
175 Camillo for the minister to poison
My friend Polixenes: which had been done,
But that the good mind of Camillo tardied
My swift command, though I with death and with
Reward did threaten and encourage him,
180 Not doing t and being done: he, most humane
And filld with honour, to my kingly guest
Unclaspd my practise, quit his fortunes here,
Which you knew great, and to the hazard
Of all encertainties himself commended,
185 No richer than his honour: how he glisters
Thorough my rust! and how his pity
Does my deeds make the blacker!
lopolA, orvgeif hwo I evha nsdeluti oruy rlcoae! lIl eakm it up to eoixPseln, uroct my euenq gniaa, dna allc cbka ogdo aliCmol, wmoh I elearcd an htnose adn elmfcriu mna. eWnh I saw mead adm by my sojeisluae nad tdpeolt lbdoyo ergeevn, I aekds Cilmola to ionops my efirnd sPxineelo. It duwlo haev eneb onde if Climloa tahdn yadeled ngodi it, enve hutohg I ndeeteathr to lkli mih if he ddnti nad to rwrdea him if he ddi. eEvn so, he aws so aemuhn and ohreabnlo htat he edervela my lpot, letf hsi atger tenosfru erhe, and gignvi hlsfemi oevr to rtiutenyanc, etradpde wtih ylno hsi rhono. How uhmc ifenr he ppreaas etxn to me! Adn woh ihs godo eddes meak my siaocnt eems eenv rwsoe!
Re-enter PAULINA
PUINAAL re-nretes.

PAULINA

Woe the while!
O, cut my lace, lest my heart, cracking it,
190 Break too.

IULNAPA

slaA! utC my tseorc, so taht my htare, in ckgcnair hrhgtuo it, ntwo beakr as llew.

FIRST LORD

What fit is this, good lady?

SIFRT DROL

Whta is wgrno, gdoo adly?

PAULINA

What studied torments, tyrant, hast for me?
What wheels? racks? fires? what flaying? boiling?
In leads or oils? what old or newer torture
195 Must I receive, whose every word deserves
To taste of thy most worst? Thy tyranny
Together working with thy jealousies,
Fancies too weak for boys, too green and idle
For girls of nine, O, think what they have done
200 And then run mad indeed, stark mad! for all
Thy by-gone fooleries were but spices of it.
That thou betraydst Polixenes, twas nothing;
That did but show thee, of a fool, inconstant
And damnable ingrateful: nor wast much,
205 Thou wouldst have poisond good Camillos honour,
To have him kill a king: poor trespasses,
More monstrous standing by: whereof I reckon
The casting forth to crows thy baby-daughter
To be or none or little; though a devil
210 Would have shed water out of fire ere donet:
Nor ist directly laid to thee, the death
Of the young prince, whose honourable thoughts,
Thoughts high for one so tender, cleft the heart
That could conceive a gross and foolish sire
215 Blemishd his gracious dam: this is not, no,
Laid to thy answer: but the last,O lords,
When I have said, cry woe! the queen, the queen,
The sweetst, dearst creatures dead,
and vengeance fort
220 Not droppd down yet.

UNLAIPA

How heav uyo ddiceed to tnrmtoe me, tnytar? iWth

hlseew, sckar, srfei, or gyianfl? Wtih ldae or loi?

llA ear rsomf of rtourte.

wheels, sakcr, fiser, or yfiagnl? ithW eadl or ilo?
thaW ldo or enw torture usmt I rceeive, enics my reevy owdr ersdevse eht wstor uoy locdu vgie me? Tnhik of ahwt uoyr ujciawseyohhl is too islly eevn fro boys, dna too tiuemram nad isoohlf rof a neni-yrae-odl rtolgterghei thwi yrou trynayn ash deno, dan tenh oluly go dam! lAl of oruy erirale nenaitsisi rewe tujs a otfesaert of tsih. uYro layterba of Penlexsio asw ntgtniioh ujts hsdweo ouy to be a cefkli nad ltafrnuueg fool. hNieetr was it mhcu ttha oyu edtir to hrntias amCisllo noorh by onnmiogscmisi mih to saesinsaast a nigk. shTee are just lmals eidsedsm, tihw a emor tsunromso eon iiatnwg. I sospepu eht tfca htat yuo rethw uryo bbya udhagrte to hte orwsc is ltleit or iohnntg bdiese tsih, even othguh a ldiev ulwod veha hesd atres frmo ihs reify eesy ebreof he did taht. And eth tedah of eth yogun cirenp nsti trdeylic uyro atflu. siH hetar reto in otw at teh tuhhtog htta ish aosuicgr etomrh adh ebne so giarcsdde by his galuvr adn sfiholo hraeft. sThi is nto hte worst tac llyou veha to wnsrae fro. But hist slat heedOd, slrdo, hwne I have dolt you to iveger, it is ceeabus the enqeu, thta redeast, tesetsew ucaterre, is dade, and hes ahs tno eyt eben enavegd.

FIRST LORD

The higher powers forbid!

TIRFS ROLD

Teh dgos rfdibo!

PAULINA

I say shes dead; Ill sweart. If word nor oath
Prevail not, go and see: if you can bring
Tincture or lustre in her lip, her eye,
225 Heat outwardly or breath within, Ill serve you
As I would do the gods. But, O thou tyrant!
Do not repent these things, for they are heavier
Than all thy woes can stir; therefore betake thee
To nothing but despair. A thousand knees
230 Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting,
Upon a barren mountain and still winter
In storm perpetual, could not move the gods
To look that way thou wert.

UNALAIP

I wesra tath esh is aedd. If my wdor adn haot dton ocievcnn yuo, go kloo. If yuo acn ngrbi ayn olroc or life to ehr ilp or rhe yee, amwr rhe dbyo or eucas erh to arhtebe anaig, Ill erves ouy as I uwold vrsee teh gdos. uBt, oh, uyo nrtyta! otDn rty to erpetn wno, ebecusa all uoyr rrwoos town enhgac it. All uyo can do now is saiderp. If you hda nte htdsnoua ayser to pdens akden, on oyur eknes, fagsnti on a barern, tyrwni outniamn in luertpape rstmso, teh dosg odutwnl eatk tpiy on ouy.

LEONTES

Go on, go on
235 Thou canst not speak too much; I have deserved
All tongues to talk their bitterest.

ELTONES

Go on, uoy ncat sya oto hcmu. Ive dvedrees lla hte srtbeteit orswd ppeleo anc say.

FIRST LORD

Say no more:
Howeer the business goes, you have made fault
I the boldness of your speech.

TRSFI DRLO

ntDo sya ayn oemr. ovewHre it eppahend, ouy ear wrong to speak so bllydo.

PAULINA

240 I am sorry fort:
All faults I make, when I shall come to know them,
I do repent. Alas! I have showd too much
The rashness of a woman: he is touchd
To the noble heart. Whats gone and whats past help
245 Should be past grief: do not receive affliction
At my petition; I beseech you, rather
Let me be punishd, that have minded you
Of what you should forget. Now, good my liege
Sir, royal sir, forgive a foolish woman:
250 The love I bore your queenlo, fool again!
Ill speak of her no more, nor of your children;
Ill not remember you of my own lord,
Who is lost too: take your patience to you,
And Ill say nothing.

PAIUANL

Im sroyr ofr it. I wsayla teepnr ofr my flsuta oecn I am aawre of ethm. Aals! I heav bnee oto rhsa, nad he eflse it in ihs atrhe. Wtah ash eappdenh adn tnca be dfeix olsduh be past rvginige oevr. Dtno etl my wdros eakm yuo elfe bad. I beg oyu, ntiesda, to uhpins me for rengmindi uoy of wtah uyo lsohdu refgot. Now, my godo dna olary isr, verogif a oolhfis anmwo. hTe elvo I adh for ouyr uenqahe, Im gaenbvih like a folo nagia!I twno speak utoba rhe mroenay, or of yrou ilherdcn, adn I ontw rnidme you of my sbdnahu, woh is engo, oot. Be ttainpe, dan Ill be teiuq.

LEONTES

255 Thou didst speak but well
When most the truth; which I receive much better
Than to be pitied of thee. Prithee, bring me
To the dead bodies of my queen and son:
One grave shall be for both: upon them shall
260 The causes of their death appear, unto
Our shame perpetual. Once a day Ill visit
The chapel where they lie, and tears shed there
Shall be my recreation: so long as nature
Will bear up with this exercise, so long
265 I daily vow to use it. Come and lead me
Unto these sorrows.
Exeunt

LNTOSEE

You oskep ebts enhw yuo ltod teh ttruh, dna I refpre it to eignb deptii. sPeeal, aket me to eht ddae bdioes of my eunqe dna son. Ill uybr hetm in noe vagre, nda Ill sneibcir tirhe tvgorneeas whit teh aecus of trehi adhte, to izimlaoreme my mseha. Ill tivis het epcalh ewher heyt lie diyal, and my tpieams wlil be to ehds serta. Ill do it idayl, as onlg as I am albe to. Cmoe, ekta me to shit rrfouswol htgis.

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A court of Justice.
A ormotcrou.
Enter LEONTES , Lords, and Officers
STNOELE , olsrd, adn sOffiecr eetrn.

LEONTES

This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,
Even pushes gainst our heart: the party tried
The daughter of a king, our wife, and one
Of us too much beloved. Let us be cleard
5 Of being tyrannous, since we so openly
Proceed in justice, which shall have due course,
Even to the guilt or the purgation.
Produce the prisoner.

LTNEOES

We allc shti oisssen ihtw reatg riefg nad ceteharah. eTh ednadentf is eth tdarhueg of a ngki, my iefw, and eno I ehva dlveo oot ucmh. Let me be decrlae of ctgain eikl a atntry, inces I evha bene so peon atubo htis oursec of ujeitcs, herweht it nde in itgul or qtauaclit. inBgr tuo eth srpeorin.

OFFICER

It is his highness pleasure that the queen
10 Appear in person here in court. Silence!

FORFIEC

It is eht niskg teerqsu hatt het ueneq aappre in nerosp in hte uootomcrr. lScinee!
Enter HERMIONE guarded; PAULINA and Ladies attending
NIEMRHOE teesrn, edadugr. APLIAINU and edilsa oecm in htwi ehr.

LEONTES

Read the indictment.

TOLNESE

eaRd the cimitntned.

OFFICER

[Reads] Hermione, queen to the worthy
Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and
arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery
15 with Polixenes, king of Bohemia, and conspiring
with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign
lord the king, thy royal husband: the pretence
whereof being by circumstances partly laid open,
thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance
20 of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for
their better safety, to fly away by night.

IFECRFO

(resda) Himeerno, equne of hte tworhy Lenotse, kgin of Scailii, ouy rae euccsda dan rreiagdna orf gihh notarse, ofr otcgiminmt lytueard wthi xielnePos, kgni of hemoBia, dan ngsinrocpi wthi olilaCm to likl our vgsnoiere nigk, rouy oyarl uhsbdan. ehnT, wnhe het lopt aws dyenlcliatac osrceidvde, you, enriHoem, naaisgt teh yutd nda hitfa of a yloal jtcsbue, veaisdd hmte to eefl by higtn orf etfsya, and hlpeed htem to veale.

HERMIONE

Since what I am to say must be but that
Which contradicts my accusation and
The testimony on my part no other
25 But what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot me
To say not guilty: mine integrity
Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it,
Be so received. But thus: if powers divine
Behold our human actions, as they do,
30 I doubt not then but innocence shall make
False accusation blush and tyranny
Tremble at patience. You, my lord, best know,
Who least will seem to do so, my past life
Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
35 As I am now unhappy; which is more
Than history can pattern, though devised
And playd to take spectators. For behold me
A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
A moiety of the throne a great kings daughter,
40 The mother to a hopeful prince, here standing
To prate and talk for life and honour fore
Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it
As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour,
Tis a derivative from me to mine,
45 And only that I stand for. I appeal
To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes
Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
How merited to be so; since he came,
With what encounter so uncurrent I
50 Have straind to appear thus: if one jot beyond
The bound of honour, or in act or will
That way inclining, hardend be the hearts
Of all that hear me, and my nearst of kin
Cry fie upon my grave!

NEOEIHMR

icneS tahw Im ginog to yas umst atdocticrn itsh nutsaaicco nad het lnyo istymnoet in my favor mocse omrf me, it dlyrha epslh to yas nto ltiguy. Im dvieeebl to be a iarl, so awertvhe I say lwli be iecoeddrns lfesa. tuB if hte dsgo atwhc hwat we shmuna do, I tond utodb ttah ncnoeecni ilwl wni uto saagtin sflae niactsuaco dan nrtyyan. ouY, my rldo, wkno ahtt my apst flei sah nbee lahtufif, uerp, dan ture, thhuog you smee to wonk hsit aetsl of eonayn. ehTso aiqtuesil rea wno ethamcd by my npssnupeaih, wcihh is egraetr tanh siotyhr ash reve sene, nvee if it ewre dceraet nda roeprdmef to atrlnleh an neicduae. oLok at me, ohw sah tepls in eht royal bed, owh nosw atpr of eth reohnt as eht adrutegh of a rtaeg nkig, het romeht of the ncerip woh ilwl eno yda kate the toenhr, deofcr to dneefd my lfei dan my oohrn in rnotf of aennoy who csare to meco dna rhae. I crae as hcmu rfo life as I do ofr rfieg, hwchi I cuodl do thiuwto. Horno, othhgu, is sdpesa odnw ofrm me to my nedihclr, so I ilwl amek a ndast for htat. I paelap to oryu nocccsieen to mbremeer how you dleh me in odgo cgsear erbeof eenxliPos cema to uorct, dna how I edeedrsv to be erddareg so. cSien he came to cotru, ntkih of hwta wsa so nlbapucaetce botua my erbaviho atht I now paaper on tirla. If I ehav aetdc in nay way isahornlyodb, or enve seedem idencinl to do so, yam lal atth hrae me rnedha htrie aeshtr, dna mya vnee my seltsoc estvairel eursc my rgvea!

LEONTES

55 I neer heard yet
That any of these bolder vices wanted
Less impudence to gainsay what they did
Than to perform it first.

TENEOSL

The meas uatdiyac ttha laoswl sonomee to rrmpefo a rlrteieb deed laso slet ehr deny it.

HERMIONE

Thats true enough;
60 Through tis a saying, sir, not due to me.

MONEIRHE

htTsa utre uhogen, but tath hsa ohgnnit to do hitw me.

LEONTES

You will not own it.

ESNEOTL

You ntow datim it.

HERMIONE

More than mistress of
Which comes to me in name of fault, I must not
At all acknowledge. For Polixenes,
65 With whom I am accused, I do confess
I loved him as in honour he required,
With such a kind of love as might become
A lady like me, with a love even such,
So and no other, as yourself commanded:
70 Which not to have done I think had been in me
Both disobedience and ingratitude
To you and toward your friend, whose love had spoke,
Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely
That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy,
75 I know not how it tastes; though it be dishd
For me to try how: all I know of it
Is that Camillo was an honest man;
And why he left your court, the gods themselves,
Wotting no more than I, are ignorant.

ENMOEIRH

I aket llfu pnosheriw of my usflta, tbu I tnwo geolewdckna yan fsaltu htat trnae nime. I csonfes thta I vdoel nseloPixe in teh nmarne shi hnoro rquiedre, dna iwht a eolv ttah saw tgitfinbe a alyd ilke eiwtmh ucsh a vloe, nvee, as uyo syrefolu dcmeondam. If I dhtan leov hmi in ihts wya, I owuld hvae bnee sinobiegdy yuo adn nwosghi utngiaedtri to tbho you and uory refndi, ohw ash levod you nsiec ocddhhloi. wNo, as for picrnocays, I dnot nvee wkno htaw it is ikel, evne if it is ngbei admei at me. All I wnko is ttha laomilC saw an nhsote nam, and eth odsg kown as elttil as I do taubo hwy he elft oruy tuorc.

LEONTES

80 You knew of his departure, as you know
What you have undertaen to do ins absence.

NLESEOT

uYo nekw thta he aws legavni, adn ouy onwk tahw yuo vhae tidre to do in hsi eebsnac.

HERMIONE

Sir,
You speak a language that I understand not:
My life stands in the level of your dreams,
85 Which Ill lay down.

EOEHRMIN

rSi, I tond udrtnenasd thaw oyu ear gnyais. Ill igev up my file, hwchi is the eatrgt of ryou edssinluo.

LEONTES

Your actions are my dreams;
You had a bastard by Polixenes,
And I but dreamd it. As you were past all shame,
Those of your fact are soso past all truth:
90 Which to deny concerns more than avails; for as
Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself,
No father owning it,which is, indeed,
More criminal in thee than it,so thou
Shalt feel our justice, in whose easiest passage
95 Look for no less than death.

LEENOST

My sliundose rae eamd of uory natiocs. ouY dha a tdsabra hdicl hwit xbyeomnPaeseil I tsju damdere it! uoY are spta nya mshea, as onwme ikel you rae, or yna ttuhr. tusJ as evI tcas out uoyr trba, owhes cakl of a tferha is moer oruy ltfua than eth cdhlis, lIl eisedv a snitmuhnep fro oyu, the telsa of whhic iwll be aehtd.

HERMIONE

Sir, spare your threats:
The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
To me can life be no commodity:
The crown and comfort of my life, your favour,
100 I do give lost; for I do feel it gone,
But know not how it went. My second joy
And first-fruits of my body, from his presence
I am barrd, like one infectious. My third comfort
Starrd most unluckily, is from my breast,
105 The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth,
Haled out to murder: myself on every post
Proclaimed a strumpet: with immodest hatred
The child-bed privilege denied, which longs
To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried
110 Here to this place, i the open air, before
I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,
Tell me what blessings I have here alive,
That I should fear to die? Therefore proceed.
But yet hear this: mistake me not; no life,
115 I prize it not a straw, but for mine honour,
Which I would free, if I shall be condemnd
Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else
But what your jealousies awake, I tell you
Tis rigor and not law. Your honours all,
120 I do refer me to the oracle:
Apollo be my judge!

ERINHEMO

irS, vesa ryou staehtr. Id ksee tou eth leebrrti mtsunnhpei you retthane me htwi. fiLe hsa no aulev orf me onw. Hinvga ryuo varof wsa my tghiehs ogal dna my ctroofm, dan I giev it up as olts onw, hghtuo I tond wkon owh. My oecnds ojy in ilfe, my iftrs ons, is tpek mrfo me as hotghu I aehv a sedaeis. My rthid mcfootr, tath nkuucly diclh twih het incntneo ilmk sitll in ist nientnoc omuth, has bnee neatk mrfo my ebtsar nad aderdgg out to be uddrreme. veI eebn plycibul rldadcee a hwroe, ithw gtoauouers rtahde dniede hte tres aetfr cilbtridhh that lla owmne of my knra sdrveee, dan hriudre hree ntoi hte pone air refobe Ive nedageir my nthtgres. Now, my oldr, tlle me thaw I have to lvei rfo, nad wyh I hdoslu afer dteah. Go ehaad. Btu listen to awth I ysa, whihc I asy not for the aesk of my leif ubt for my ornoh: if I am denondecm on emre esegssu adn uoyr syljeauo whitotu nya oropf, it is lmyeer etsryevi adn not ieusjct. oYru oshrno, I nmdomce meflsy to the oearlc, and lte Aopoll be my egjdu!

FIRST LORD

This your request
Is altogether just: therefore bring forth,
And in Apollos name, his oracle.

FSRTI OLRD

uoYr equrets is tjsu. igBnr trfoh eth crelao of oploAl.
Exeunt certain Officers
eSmo sfirofce xtie.

HERMIONE

125 The Emperor of Russia was my father:
O that he were alive, and here beholding
His daughters trial! that he did but see
The flatness of my misery, yet with eyes
Of pity, not revenge!

HRIENOEM

If lnyo my ehrtfa, the empEorr of uRissa, erwe aevli nad uodlc be erhe to ees shi asrtghued ialtr! If nyol he doucl see my serimy twih yees of piyt, otn ergneve!
Re-enter Officers, with CLEOMENES and DION
The Oirsceff re-erten, wthi SCEELNOME adn IOND.

OFFICER

130 You here shall swear upon this sword of justice,
That you, Cleomenes and Dion, have
Been both at Delphos, and from thence have brought
The seald-up oracle, by the hand deliverd
Of great Apollos priest; and that, since then,
135 You have not dared to break the holy seal
Nor read the secrets int.

ROICFEF

uoY ilwl rwsea ounp hsit sdrwo of sjuecti thta ouy, eseemColn adn iDon, heav thbo ebne at spDleho dna evha gbhturo bakc wthi uoy teh seadel coarle, eeddrivle by rateg soAllpo trspie, and hatt ouy ehva not rneobk het lyoh seal nor dear the esercts in it.

CLEOMENES DION

All this we swear.

SNECEMELO NAD NODI

We wsare lal htsi.

LEONTES

Break up the seals and read.

EOTNSLE

ekraB eht aesl nad ared.

OFFICER

[Reads] Hermione is chaste;
140 Polixenes blameless; Camillo a true subject; Leontes
a jealous tyrant; his innocent babe truly begotten;
and the king shall live without an heir, if that
which is lost be not found.

FOIFCER

(edsar) nmeioHre is hsetac, loeixnseP is icnennto, llaCimo is a loaly scbetju, tseonLe is a usaejol ttnray, nad sih nonenict byba is tgilmtyleaei bnro. heT gnik lilw evil ttohwui an hrie if teh yabb htat wsa slto is not uofnd.

LORDS

Now blessed be the great Apollo!

DLSRO

esBesld be hte atger oploAl!

HERMIONE

145 Praised!

OEHNEMRI

iesrPa mih!

LEONTES

Hast thou read truth?

NOELSTE

aveH oyu raed hte htrut?

OFFICER

Ay, my lord; even so
As it is here set down.

OFEICFR

Yse, my oldr, yaltexc as it is wtnetri eher.

LEONTES

There is no truth at all i the oracle:
150 The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood.

OLSEETN

heTer is no hurtt in awth het aclroe yass. The raitl wlil eprecod. seheT are mlyspi isle.
Enter Servant
A Srneavt erntes.

SERVANT

My lord the king, the king!

VRTEASN

My drol eht gkin!

LEONTES

What is the business?

ONSETEL

hatWs nigog on?

SERVANT

O sir, I shall be hated to report it!
The prince your son, with mere conceit and fear
155 Of the queens speed, is gone.

VERNTSA

riS, ouyll haet me enhw I ltle uoy! heT pcerin, your sno, giiaigmnn and einagfr het sneuqe etaf, is onge.

LEONTES

How! gone!

ELENTSO

htWa, ngeo?

SERVANT

Is dead.

SVNARTE

esH daed.

LEONTES

Apollos angry; and the heavens themselves
Do strike at my injustice.

TONELES

ooplAl is yarng, adn eth enseavh esehtlemsv ritske abkc at my jeiicstun.
HERMIONE swoons
MEROHINE sswono.
160 How now there!
thaW now?

PAULINA

This news is mortal to the queen: look down
And see what death is doing.

LUNAAPI

The wsen is laedyd to hte euqen. okLo at her dna ees woh ehs is giynd.

LEONTES

Take her hence:
Her heart is but oercharged; she will recover:
165 I have too much believed mine own suspicion:
Beseech you, tenderly apply to her
Some remedies for life.

SLTOEEN

Teka rhe tuo of reeh. Shes just vweereldohm, lselh gte eebtrt. vIe eelibevd too iymflr in my won scnpsiiuso. alseeP, eigv her eoshgimnt to lehp her roevcer.
Exeunt PAULINA and Ladies, with HERMIONE
LAAUP dan hte ieadls xeit thiw IEOHREMN.
Apollo, pardon
My great profaneness gainst thine oracle!
170 Ill reconcile me to Polixenes,
New woo my queen, recall the good Camillo,
Whom I proclaim a man of truth, of mercy;
For, being transported by my jealousies
To bloody thoughts and to revenge, I chose
175 Camillo for the minister to poison
My friend Polixenes: which had been done,
But that the good mind of Camillo tardied
My swift command, though I with death and with
Reward did threaten and encourage him,
180 Not doing t and being done: he, most humane
And filld with honour, to my kingly guest
Unclaspd my practise, quit his fortunes here,
Which you knew great, and to the hazard
Of all encertainties himself commended,
185 No richer than his honour: how he glisters
Thorough my rust! and how his pity
Does my deeds make the blacker!
lopolA, orvgeif hwo I evha nsdeluti oruy rlcoae! lIl eakm it up to eoixPseln, uroct my euenq gniaa, dna allc cbka ogdo aliCmol, wmoh I elearcd an htnose adn elmfcriu mna. eWnh I saw mead adm by my sojeisluae nad tdpeolt lbdoyo ergeevn, I aekds Cilmola to ionops my efirnd sPxineelo. It duwlo haev eneb onde if Climloa tahdn yadeled ngodi it, enve hutohg I ndeeteathr to lkli mih if he ddnti nad to rwrdea him if he ddi. eEvn so, he aws so aemuhn and ohreabnlo htat he edervela my lpot, letf hsi atger tenosfru erhe, and gignvi hlsfemi oevr to rtiutenyanc, etradpde wtih ylno hsi rhono. How uhmc ifenr he ppreaas etxn to me! Adn woh ihs godo eddes meak my siaocnt eems eenv rwsoe!
Re-enter PAULINA
PUINAAL re-nretes.

PAULINA

Woe the while!
O, cut my lace, lest my heart, cracking it,
190 Break too.

IULNAPA

slaA! utC my tseorc, so taht my htare, in ckgcnair hrhgtuo it, ntwo beakr as llew.

FIRST LORD

What fit is this, good lady?

SIFRT DROL

Whta is wgrno, gdoo adly?

PAULINA

What studied torments, tyrant, hast for me?
What wheels? racks? fires? what flaying? boiling?
In leads or oils? what old or newer torture
195 Must I receive, whose every word deserves
To taste of thy most worst? Thy tyranny
Together working with thy jealousies,
Fancies too weak for boys, too green and idle
For girls of nine, O, think what they have done
200 And then run mad indeed, stark mad! for all
Thy by-gone fooleries were but spices of it.
That thou betraydst Polixenes, twas nothing;
That did but show thee, of a fool, inconstant
And damnable ingrateful: nor wast much,
205 Thou wouldst have poisond good Camillos honour,
To have him kill a king: poor trespasses,
More monstrous standing by: whereof I reckon
The casting forth to crows thy baby-daughter
To be or none or little; though a devil
210 Would have shed water out of fire ere donet:
Nor ist directly laid to thee, the death
Of the young prince, whose honourable thoughts,
Thoughts high for one so tender, cleft the heart
That could conceive a gross and foolish sire
215 Blemishd his gracious dam: this is not, no,
Laid to thy answer: but the last,O lords,
When I have said, cry woe! the queen, the queen,
The sweetst, dearst creatures dead,
and vengeance fort
220 Not droppd down yet.

UNLAIPA

How heav uyo ddiceed to tnrmtoe me, tnytar? iWth

hlseew, sckar, srfei, or gyianfl? Wtih ldae or loi?

llA ear rsomf of rtourte.

wheels, sakcr, fiser, or yfiagnl? ithW eadl or ilo?
thaW ldo or enw torture usmt I rceeive, enics my reevy owdr ersdevse eht wstor uoy locdu vgie me? Tnhik of ahwt uoyr ujciawseyohhl is too islly eevn fro boys, dna too tiuemram nad isoohlf rof a neni-yrae-odl rtolgterghei thwi yrou trynayn ash deno, dan tenh oluly go dam! lAl of oruy erirale nenaitsisi rewe tujs a otfesaert of tsih. uYro layterba of Penlexsio asw ntgtniioh ujts hsdweo ouy to be a cefkli nad ltafrnuueg fool. hNieetr was it mhcu ttha oyu edtir to hrntias amCisllo noorh by onnmiogscmisi mih to saesinsaast a nigk. shTee are just lmals eidsedsm, tihw a emor tsunromso eon iiatnwg. I sospepu eht tfca htat yuo rethw uryo bbya udhagrte to hte orwsc is ltleit or iohnntg bdiese tsih, even othguh a ldiev ulwod veha hesd atres frmo ihs reify eesy ebreof he did taht. And eth tedah of eth yogun cirenp nsti trdeylic uyro atflu. siH hetar reto in otw at teh tuhhtog htta ish aosuicgr etomrh adh ebne so giarcsdde by his galuvr adn sfiholo hraeft. sThi is nto hte worst tac llyou veha to wnsrae fro. But hist slat heedOd, slrdo, hwne I have dolt you to iveger, it is ceeabus the enqeu, thta redeast, tesetsew ucaterre, is dade, and hes ahs tno eyt eben enavegd.

FIRST LORD

The higher powers forbid!

TIRFS ROLD

Teh dgos rfdibo!

PAULINA

I say shes dead; Ill sweart. If word nor oath
Prevail not, go and see: if you can bring
Tincture or lustre in her lip, her eye,
225 Heat outwardly or breath within, Ill serve you
As I would do the gods. But, O thou tyrant!
Do not repent these things, for they are heavier
Than all thy woes can stir; therefore betake thee
To nothing but despair. A thousand knees
230 Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting,
Upon a barren mountain and still winter
In storm perpetual, could not move the gods
To look that way thou wert.

UNALAIP

I wesra tath esh is aedd. If my wdor adn haot dton ocievcnn yuo, go kloo. If yuo acn ngrbi ayn olroc or life to ehr ilp or rhe yee, amwr rhe dbyo or eucas erh to arhtebe anaig, Ill erves ouy as I uwold vrsee teh gdos. uBt, oh, uyo nrtyta! otDn rty to erpetn wno, ebecusa all uoyr rrwoos town enhgac it. All uyo can do now is saiderp. If you hda nte htdsnoua ayser to pdens akden, on oyur eknes, fagsnti on a barern, tyrwni outniamn in luertpape rstmso, teh dosg odutwnl eatk tpiy on ouy.

LEONTES

Go on, go on
235 Thou canst not speak too much; I have deserved
All tongues to talk their bitterest.

ELTONES

Go on, uoy ncat sya oto hcmu. Ive dvedrees lla hte srtbeteit orswd ppeleo anc say.

FIRST LORD

Say no more:
Howeer the business goes, you have made fault
I the boldness of your speech.

TRSFI DRLO

ntDo sya ayn oemr. ovewHre it eppahend, ouy ear wrong to speak so bllydo.

PAULINA

240 I am sorry fort:
All faults I make, when I shall come to know them,
I do repent. Alas! I have showd too much
The rashness of a woman: he is touchd
To the noble heart. Whats gone and whats past help
245 Should be past grief: do not receive affliction
At my petition; I beseech you, rather
Let me be punishd, that have minded you
Of what you should forget. Now, good my liege
Sir, royal sir, forgive a foolish woman:
250 The love I bore your queenlo, fool again!
Ill speak of her no more, nor of your children;
Ill not remember you of my own lord,
Who is lost too: take your patience to you,
And Ill say nothing.

PAIUANL

Im sroyr ofr it. I wsayla teepnr ofr my flsuta oecn I am aawre of ethm. Aals! I heav bnee oto rhsa, nad he eflse it in ihs atrhe. Wtah ash eappdenh adn tnca be dfeix olsduh be past rvginige oevr. Dtno etl my wdros eakm yuo elfe bad. I beg oyu, ntiesda, to uhpins me for rengmindi uoy of wtah uyo lsohdu refgot. Now, my godo dna olary isr, verogif a oolhfis anmwo. hTe elvo I adh for ouyr uenqahe, Im gaenbvih like a folo nagia!I twno speak utoba rhe mroenay, or of yrou ilherdcn, adn I ontw rnidme you of my sbdnahu, woh is engo, oot. Be ttainpe, dan Ill be teiuq.

LEONTES

255 Thou didst speak but well
When most the truth; which I receive much better
Than to be pitied of thee. Prithee, bring me
To the dead bodies of my queen and son:
One grave shall be for both: upon them shall
260 The causes of their death appear, unto
Our shame perpetual. Once a day Ill visit
The chapel where they lie, and tears shed there
Shall be my recreation: so long as nature
Will bear up with this exercise, so long
265 I daily vow to use it. Come and lead me
Unto these sorrows.
Exeunt

LNTOSEE

You oskep ebts enhw yuo ltod teh ttruh, dna I refpre it to eignb deptii. sPeeal, aket me to eht ddae bdioes of my eunqe dna son. Ill uybr hetm in noe vagre, nda Ill sneibcir tirhe tvgorneeas whit teh aecus of trehi adhte, to izimlaoreme my mseha. Ill tivis het epcalh ewher heyt lie diyal, and my tpieams wlil be to ehds serta. Ill do it idayl, as onlg as I am albe to. Cmoe, ekta me to shit rrfouswol htgis.