Enter Camillo and Archidamus
If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia,
on the like occasion whereon my services are now
on foot, you shall see, as I have said, great difference
betwixt our Bohemia and your Sicilia.
I think this coming summer the King of Sicilia
means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly
Wherein our entertainment shall shame
us: we will be justified in our loves. For indeed –
Beseech you –
Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my
knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence, in so
rare – I know not what to say. We will give you sleepy
drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our insufficience,
may, though they cannot praise us, as little
You pay a great deal too dear for what's given
Believe me, I speak as my understanding
instructs me and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.
Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.
They were trained together in their childhoods;
and there rooted betwixt them then such an affection,
which cannot choose but branch now. Since their more
mature dignities and royal necessities made separation
of their society, their encounters, though not personal,
hath been royally attorneyed with interchange of gifts,
letters, loving embassies: that they have seemed to be
together, though absent; shook hands as over a vast;
and embraced, as it were, from the ends of opposed
winds. The heavens continue their loves!
I think there is not in the world either
malice or matter to alter it. You have an unspeakable
comfort of your young prince Mamillius. It is a gentleman
of the greatest promise that ever came into my note.
I very well agree with you in the hopes of him.
It is a gallant child; one that indeed physics the subject,
makes old hearts fresh. They that went on crutches ere
he was born desire yet their life to see him a man.
Would they else be content to die?
Yes – if there were no other excuse why they
should desire to live.
If the King had no son, they would desire
to live on crutches till he had one.