The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

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LORDS

Now blessed be the great Apollo!

LORDS

Blessed be the great Apollo!

HERMIONE

145Praised!

HERMIONE

Praise him!

LEONTES

Hast thou read truth?

LEONTES

Have you read the truth?

OFFICER

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

OFFICER

Yes, my lord, exactly as it is written here.

LEONTES

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

LEONTES

There is no truth in what the oracle says. The trial will proceed. These are simply lies.
Enter Servant
A Servant enters.

SERVANT

My lord the king, the king!

SERVANT

My lord the king!

LEONTES

What is the business?

LEONTES

What’s going on?

SERVANT

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

SERVANT

Sir, you’ll hate me when I tell you! The prince, your son, imagining and fearing the queen’s fate, is gone.

LEONTES

How! gone!

LEONTES

What, gone?

SERVANT

Is dead.

SERVANT

He’s dead.

LEONTES

Apollo’s angry; and the heavens themselves
Do strike at my injustice.

LEONTES

Apollo is angry, and the heavens themselves strike back at my injustice.
HERMIONE swoons
HERMIONE swoons.
160How now there!
What now?

PAULINA

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

PAULINA

The news is deadly to the queen. Look at her and see how she is dying.

LEONTES

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

LEONTES

Take her out of here. She’s just overwhelmed, she’ll get better. I’ve believed too firmly in my own suspicions. Please, give her something to help her recover.