The Winter's Tale

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Time, the Chorus
chorus (n.) character in a play who speaks the prologue and comments on the course of events
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]


I that please some, try all; both joy and terror

Of good and bad; that makes and unfolds error,
unfold (v.) 1 display, reveal, show

Now take upon me, in the name of Time,

To use my wings. Impute it not a crime

To me or my swift passage that I slide

O'er sixteen years, and leave the growth untried
untried (adj.) unexamined, unexplored, not ascertained

Of that wide gap, since it is in my power

To o'erthrow law, and in one self-born hour
self-born (adj.) selfsame, identical

To plant and o'erwhelm custom. Let me pass

The same I am ere ancient'st order was
order (n.) 4 injunction, command, dictate

Or what is now received. I witness to
received (adj.) 2 fashionable, accepted as a norm, generally adopted

The times that brought them in; so shall I do

To th' freshest things now reigning, and make stale
stale (adj.) 3 worn-out, hackneyed, faded

The glistering of this present, as my tale
glistering (n.) brilliance, sparkle, shining nature
present (n.) 1 present time, immediate moment, matter in hand

Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,

I turn my glass, and give my scene such growing
glass (n.) 3 [sand of the] hourglass
scene (n.) 1 play, drama, performance

As you had slept between. Leontes leaving –

Th' effects of his fond jealousies so grieving
fond (adj.) 1 foolish, stupid, mad

That he shuts up himself – imagine me,

Gentle spectators, that I now may be
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

In fair Bohemia; and remember well,

I mentioned a son o'th' King's, which Florizel

I now name to you; and with speed so pace
pace (v.) 3 move on, proceed, pass on

To speak of Perdita, now grown in grace

Equal with wond'ring. What of her ensues
ensue (v.) 2 befall, happen, become

I list not prophesy; but let Time's news
list (v.) 4 care, choose, desire

Be known when 'tis brought forth. A shepherd's daughter,

And what to her adheres, which follows after,
adhere (v.) 2 belong, be relevant, relate

Is th' argument of Time. Of this allow,
argument (n.) 2 story, subject, plot

If ever you have spent time worse ere now;

If never, yet that Time himself doth say

He wishes earnestly you never may.


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