The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3
No Fear Act 5 Scene 3 Page 4

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LEONTES

Let be, let be.
Would I were dead, but that, methinks, already—
75What was he that did make it? See, my lord,
Would you not deem it breathed? and that those veins
Did verily bear blood?

LEONTES

Let it be. If only I were dead, but I think already— Who made it? Look, my lord, wouldn’t you say it took a breath? And that those veins were filled with blood?

POLIXENES

Masterly done:
The very life seems warm upon her lip.

POLIXENES

It’s masterfully done. Her mouth seems warmed with breath.

LEONTES

80The fixture of her eye has motion in’t,
As we are mock’d with art.

LEONTES

Her eyes seem to move, as though we are mocked by art.

PAULINA

I’ll draw the curtain:
My lord’s almost so far transported that
He’ll think anon it lives.

PAULINA

I’ll draw the curtain. My lord is so overwhelmed that soon he’ll think it lives.

LEONTES

85O sweet Paulina,
Make me to think so twenty years together!
No settled senses of the world can match
The pleasure of that madness. Let ’t alone.

LEONTES

Oh, sweet Paulina, make me think so for twenty more years! No sanity would match the pleasure of that madness. Leave it alone.

PAULINA

I am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirr’d you: but
90I could afflict you farther.

PAULINA

I’m sorry, sir, that I’ve made you so agitated, but to leave it would make it worse.

LEONTES

Do, Paulina;
For this affliction has a taste as sweet
As any cordial comfort. Still, methinks,
There is an air comes from her: what fine chisel
95Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me,
For I will kiss her.

LEONTES

Do leave it, Paulina. This agitation is as sweet as any revitalizing comfort. Still, I think air is coming from her. What amazing artist could cut breath from stone? Don’t let anyone make fun of me, but I will kiss her.