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The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 1

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The violent carriage of it
Will clear or end the busine when the oracle,
Thus by Apollo’s great divine seal’d up,
25Shall the contents discover, something rare
Even then will rush to knowledge. Go: fresh horses!
And gracious be the issue!


The rash way it has been conducted will either clear up this business or end it. This judgment, sealed by Apollo’s priest, will reveal some wonderful knowledge to us once it is open.