The Winter's Tale

by: William Shakespeare

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A sea-port in Sicilia.
A seaport in Sicilia
Enter CLEOMENES and DION
CLEOMENES and DION enter.
They exit.
CLEOMENES
The climate’s delicate, the air most sweet,
Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
The common praise it bears.
CLEOMENES
Delphos’s climate is exquisite, the air very sweet, the island fertile, and the temple is even more beautiful than people say.
DION
I shall report,
5For most it caught me, the celestial habits,
Methinks I so should term them, and the reverence
Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!
How ceremonious, solemn and unearthly
It was i’ the offering!
DION
What most charmed me were the divine clothes and the great respect held by the wise men who wore them. And the sacrifice! The offering was so ceremonious, solemn, and otherworldly!
CLEOMENES
10But of all, the burst
And the ear-deafening voice o’ the oracle,
Kin to Jove’s thunder, so surprised my sense.
That I was nothing.
CLEOMENES
Of everything, the sudden and deafening voice of the oracle, like a clap of thunder, shocked me most and made me feel like I was nothing.
DION
If the event o’ the journey
15Prove as successful to the queen,—O be’t so!—
As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,
The time is worth the use on’t.
DION
If only the outcome of the journey is as successful for the queen as it was wonderful, pleasant, and quick for us, it would be a worthwhile trip.
CLEOMENES
Great Apollo
Turn all to the best! These proclamations,
20So forcing faults upon Hermione,
I little like.
CLEOMENES
May great Apollo make all turn out well! I don’t like these claims accusing Hermione of faults.

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