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The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 11

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LEONTES

255That ‘once’ I see by your good father’s speed
Will come on very slowly. I am sorry,
Most sorry, you have broken from his liking
Where you were tied in duty, and as sorry
Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty,
260That you might well enjoy her.

LEONTES

I think that “once” will not be soon, given your father’s speed in coming here. I am very sorry that you have gone against his wishes and your duty, and as sorry that your lady isn’t as rich in rank as she is in beauty, so that you could marry her.

FLORIZEL

Dear, look up:
Though Fortune, visible an enemy,
Should chase us with my father, power no jot
Hath she to change our loves. Beseech you, sir,
265Remember since you owed no more to time
Than I do now: with thought of such affections,
Step forth mine advocate; at your request
My father will grant precious things as trifles.

FLORIZEL

Dear, cheer up. Even if Fate, which is apparently our enemy, has chased us with my father, she has no power to change our love for each other. Please, sir, remember when you were my age. Thinking of such love, come forward in my defense. If you request it, my father will grant precious things as though they were nothing.

LEONTES

Would he do so, I’ld beg your precious mistress,
270Which he counts but a trifle.

LEONTES

I’d beg your precious mistress’s pardon if he counted her as nothing.

PAULINA

Sir, my liege,
Your eye hath too much youth in’t: not a month
’Fore your queen died, she was more worth such gazes
Than what you look on now.

PAULINA

My lord, you are too dazzled by youth. Your queen deserved those admiring glances more than this woman only a month before she died.

LEONTES

275I thought of her,
Even in these looks I made.

LEONTES

I thought of her, even as I looked upon this woman.
To FLORIZEL
To Florizel