The Winter's Tale
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Enter Leontes, Lords, Officers: Hermione (as to her Triall)Ladies: Cleomines, Dion.Enter Leontes, Lords, and Officers WT I.i.1
Leo. LEONTES 
This Sessions (to our great griefe we pronounce)This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,session, sessions (n.)judicial assembly, trial, courtWT III.ii.1
Euen pushes 'gainst our heart. The partie try'd,Even pushes 'gainst our heart: the party triedpush (v.)strike, press hard, thrustWT III.ii.2
The Daughter of a King, our Wife, and oneThe daughter of a king, our wife, and one WT III.ii.3
Of vs too much belou'd. Let vs be clear'dOf us too much beloved. Let us be cleared WT III.ii.4
Of being tyrannous, since we so openlyOf being tyrannous, since we so openly WT III.ii.5
Proceed in Iustice, which shall haue due course,Proceed in justice, which shall have due course,course (n.)habit, custom, practise, normal procedureWT III.ii.6
Euen to the Guilt, or the Purgation:Even to the guilt or the purgation.purgation (n.)acquittal, clearing away of guiltWT III.ii.7
Produce the Prisoner.Produce the prisoner. WT III.ii.8
Officer. OFFICER 
It is his Highnesse pleasure, that the QueeneIt is his highness' pleasure that the Queen WT III.ii.9
Appeare in person, here in Court. Appear in person here in court. WT III.ii.10.1
Enter Hermione, guarded, Paulina, and Ladies WT III.ii.10.1
attending WT III.ii.10.2
Silence.Silence! WT III.ii.10.2
Leo. LEONTES 
Reade the Indictment.Read the indictment. WT III.ii.11
Officer. OFFICER  
(reads) WT III.ii.12
Hermione, Queene to the worthy Leontes, Hermione, Queen to the worthy Leontes, WT III.ii.12
King of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of High King of Sicilia, thou art here accused and arraigned of high WT III.ii.13
Treason, in committing Adultery with Polixenes King of treason, in committing adultery with Polixenes, King of WT III.ii.14
Bohemia, and conspiring with Camillo to take away the Bohemia, and conspiring with Camillo to take away the WT III.ii.15
Life of our Soueraigne Lord the King, thy Royall Husband: life of our sovereign lord the King, thy royal husband; WT III.ii.16
the pretence whereof being by circumstances partly layd the pretence whereof being by circumstances partly laidpretence (n.)plan, design, intention, purposeWT III.ii.17
circumstance (n.)detail(s), particular(s), specifics
open, thou (Hermione) contrary to theFaith and Allegeance open, thou, Hermione, contrary to the faith and allegiance WT III.ii.18
of a true Subiect, didst counsaile and ayde them, for their of a true subject, didst counsel and aid them, for their WT III.ii.19
better safetie, to flye away by Night.better safety, to fly away by night. WT III.ii.20
Her. HERMIONE 
Since what I am to say, must be but thatSince what I am to say must be but that WT III.ii.21
Which contradicts my Accusation, andWhich contradicts my accusation, and WT III.ii.22
The testimonie on my part, no otherThe testimony on my part no other WT III.ii.23
But what comes from my selfe, it shall scarce boot meBut what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot meboot (v.)help, serve, benefit, be useful [to]WT III.ii.24
To say, Not guiltie: mine IntegritieTo say ‘ Not guilty:’ mine integrity WT III.ii.25
Being counted Falsehood, shall (as I expresse it)Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it, WT III.ii.26
Be so receiu'd. But thus, if Powres DiuineBe so received. But thus: if powers divine WT III.ii.27
Behold our humane Actions (as they doe)Behold our human actions – as they do –  WT III.ii.28
I doubt not then, but Innocence shall makeI doubt not then but innocence shall make WT III.ii.29
False Accusation blush, and TyrannieFalse accusation blush, and tyrannyfalse (adj.)treacherous, traitorous, perfidiousWT III.ii.30
Tremble at Patience. You (my Lord) best knowTremble at patience. You, my lord, best know –  WT III.ii.31
(Whom least will seeme to doe so) my past lifeWho least will seem to do so – my past life WT III.ii.32
Hath beene as continent, as chaste, as true,Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,continent (adj.)chaste, temperate, restrainedWT III.ii.33
As I am now vnhappy; which is moreAs I am now unhappy; which is more WT III.ii.34
Then Historie can patterne, though deuis'd,Than history can pattern, though devisedpattern (v.)
old form: patterne
parallel, match, equal
WT III.ii.35
history (n.)
old form: Historie
history-play, chronicle, stage drama
And play'd, to take Spectators. For behold me,And played to take spectators. For behold me,take (v.)captivate, delight, enraptureWT III.ii.36
A Fellow of the Royall Bed, which oweA fellow of the royal bed, which oweowe (v.)own, possess, haveWT III.ii.37
A Moitie of the Throne: a great Kings Daughter,A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter,moiety (n.)
old form: Moitie
half, equal share
WT III.ii.38
The Mother to a hopefull Prince, here standingThe mother to a hopeful prince, here standing WT III.ii.39
To prate and talke for Life, and Honor, foreTo prate and talk for life and honour 'foreprate (v.)prattle, chatter, blatherWT III.ii.40
Who please to come, and heare. For Life, I prize itWho please to come and hear. For life, I prize it WT III.ii.41
As I weigh Griefe (which I would spare:) For Honor,As I weigh grief, which I would spare; for honour,spare (v.)avoid, shun, keep away fromWT III.ii.42
weigh (v.)consider, take into account
'Tis a deriuatiue from me to mine,'Tis a derivative from me to mine,derivative (n.)
old form: deriuatiue
thing proceeding, heritage, inheritance
WT III.ii.43
And onely that I stand for. I appealeAnd only that I stand for. I appealstand for (v.)defend, uphold, protect, supportWT III.ii.44
To your owne Conscience (Sir) before PolixenesTo your own conscience, sir, before Polixenesconscience (n.)internal reflection, inner voice, inmost thoughtWT III.ii.45
Came to your Court, how I was in your grace,Came to your court, how I was in your grace,grace (n.)honour, favour, recognition, respectWT III.ii.46
How merited to be so: Since he came,How merited to be so; since he came, WT III.ii.47
With what encounter so vncurrant, IWith what encounter so uncurrent Iencounter (n.)behaviour, conduct, manner of meetingWT III.ii.48
uncurrent (adj.)
old form: vncurrant
exceptional, aberrant, out of the ordinary
Haue strayn'd t' appeare thus; if one iot beyondHave strained t' appear thus: if one jot beyondstrain (v.)
old form: strayn'd
transgress, go beyond, exceed
WT III.ii.49
The bound of Honor, or in act, or willThe bound of honour, or in act or will WT III.ii.50
That way enclining, hardned be the heartsThat way inclining, hardened be the hearts WT III.ii.51
Of all that heare me, and my neer'st of KinOf all that hear me, and my near'st of kin WT III.ii.52
Cry fie vpon my Graue.Cry fie upon my grave! WT III.ii.53.1
Leo. LEONTES 
I ne're heard yet,I ne'er heard yet WT III.ii.53.2
That any of these bolder Vices wantedThat any of these bolder vices wantedwant (v.)require, demand, needWT III.ii.54
Lesse Impudence to gaine-say what they did,Less impudence to gainsay what they didgainsay (v.)
old form: gaine-say
deny, renounce, disown
WT III.ii.55
Then to performe it first.Than to perform it first. WT III.ii.56.1
Her. HERMIONE 
That's true enough,That's true enough, WT III.ii.56.2
Though 'tis a saying (Sir) not due to me.Through 'tis a saying, sir, not due to me.due (adj.)appropriate, proper, fittingWT III.ii.57
Leo. LEONTES 
You will not owne it.You will not own it. WT III.ii.58.1
Her. HERMIONE 
More then Mistresse of,More than mistress of WT III.ii.58.2
Which comes to me in name of Fault, I must notWhich comes to me in name of fault I must not WT III.ii.59
At all acknowledge. For PolixenesAt all acknowledge. For Polixenes, WT III.ii.60
(With whom I am accus'd) I doe confesseWith whom I am accused, I do confess WT III.ii.61
I lou'd him, as in Honor he requir'd:I loved him as in honour he required:require (v.)
old form: requir'd
deserve, merit, justify
WT III.ii.62
With such a kind of Loue, as might becomeWith such a kind of love as might becomebecome (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toWT III.ii.63
A Lady like me; with a Loue, euen such,A lady like me; with a love even such, WT III.ii.64
So, and no other, as your selfe commanded:So and no other, as yourself commanded; WT III.ii.65
Which, not to haue done, I thinke had been in meWhich not to have done I think had been in me WT III.ii.66
Both Disobedience, and IngratitudeBoth disobedience and ingratitude WT III.ii.67
To you, and toward your Friend, whose Loue had spoke,To you and toward your friend, whose love had spoke WT III.ii.68
Euen since it could speake, from an Infant, freely,Even since it could speak, from an infant, freely WT III.ii.69
That it was yours. Now for Conspiracie,That it was yours. Now, for conspiracy, WT III.ii.70
I know not how it tastes, though it be dish'dI know not how it tastes, though it be disheddish (v.)
old form: dish'd
present on a dish, put in front of one
WT III.ii.71
For me to try how: All I know of it,For me to try how. All I know of it WT III.ii.72
Is, that Camillo was an honest man;Is that Camillo was an honest man; WT III.ii.73
And why he left your Court, the Gods themseluesAnd why he left your court the gods themselves, WT III.ii.74
(Wotting no more then I) are ignorant.Wotting no more than I, are ignorant.wot (v.)learn, know, be toldWT III.ii.75
Leo. LEONTES 
You knew of his departure, as you knowYou knew of his departure, as you know WT III.ii.76
What you haue vnderta'ne to doe in's absence.What you have underta'en to do in's absence. WT III.ii.77
Her. HERMIONE 
Sir,Sir, WT III.ii.78
You speake a Language that I vnderstand not:You speak a language that I understand not. WT III.ii.79
My Life stands in the leuell of your Dreames,My life stands in the level of your dreams,level (n.)
old form: leuell
[archery] direct aim, target, range
WT III.ii.80
Which Ile lay downe.Which I'll lay down. WT III.ii.81.1
Leo. LEONTES 
Your Actions are my Dreames.Your actions are my dreams. WT III.ii.81.2
You had a Bastard by Polixenes,You had a bastard by Polixenes, WT III.ii.82
And I but dream'd it: As you were past all shame,And I but dreamed it. As you were past all shame –  WT III.ii.83
(Those of your Fact are so) so past all truth;Those of your fact are so – so past all truth;fact (n.)evil deed, wicked act, crimeWT III.ii.84
Which to deny, concernes more then auailes: for asWhich to deny concerns more than avails; for as WT III.ii.85
Thy Brat hath been cast out, like to it selfe,Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself, WT III.ii.86
No Father owning it (which is indeedNo father owning it – which is indeed WT III.ii.87
More criminall in thee, then it) so thouMore criminal in thee than it – so thou WT III.ii.88
Shalt feele our Iustice; in whose easiest passage,Shalt feel our justice, in whose easiest passagepassage (n.)incident, occurrence, event, happeningWT III.ii.89
Looke for no lesse then death.Look for no less than death. WT III.ii.90.1
Her. HERMIONE 
Sir, spare your Threats:Sir, spare your threats! WT III.ii.90.2
The Bugge which you would fright me with, I seeke:The bug which you would fright me with I seek.fright (v.), past form frightedfrighten, scare, terrifyWT III.ii.91
bug (n.)
old form: Bugge
bogey, bugbear, imaginary terror
To me can Life be no commoditie;To me can life be no commodity:commodity (n.)
old form: commoditie
asset, advantage, benefit
WT III.ii.92
The crowne and comfort of my Life (your Fauor)The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, WT III.ii.93
I doe giue lost, for I doe feele it gone,I do give lost, for I do feel it gone,give (v.)
old form: giue
consider, account, hold [in mind]
WT III.ii.94
But know not how it went. My second Ioy,But know not how it went. My second joy, WT III.ii.95
And first Fruits of my body, from his presenceAnd first-fruits of my body, from his presence WT III.ii.96
I am bar'd, like one infectious. My third comfortI am barred, like one infectious. My third comfort, WT III.ii.97
(Star'd most vnluckily) is from my breastStarred most unluckily, is from my breast – starred (adj.)
old form: Star'd
born under a star
WT III.ii.98
(The innocent milke in it most innocent mouth)The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth –  WT III.ii.99
Hal'd out to murther. My selfe on euery PostHaled out to murder. Myself on every posthale (v.)
old form: Hal'd
drag, pull, haul
WT III.ii.100
Proclaym'd a Strumpet: With immodest hatredProclaimed a strumpet; with immodest hatredimmodest (adj.)improper, immoderate, inordinateWT III.ii.101
strumpet (n.)harlot, prostitute, whore
The Child-bed priuiledge deny'd, which longsThe childbed privilege denied, which 'longschildbed (adj.)
old form: Child-bed
of being in labour, belonging to confinement
WT III.ii.102
To Women of all fashion. Lastly, hurriedTo women of all fashion; lastly, hurriedfashion (n.)kind, type, sortWT III.ii.103
Here, to this place, i'th' open ayre, beforeHere to this place, i'th' open air, before WT III.ii.104
I haue got strength of limit. Now (my Liege)I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,limit (n.)prescribed time, fixed periodWT III.ii.105
liege (n.)lord, sovereign
Tell me what blessings I haue here aliue,Tell me what blessings I have here alive WT III.ii.106
That I should feare to die? Therefore proceed:That I should fear to die. Therefore proceed. WT III.ii.107
But yet heare this: mistake me not: no Life,But yet hear this – mistake me not: no life, WT III.ii.108
(I prize it not a straw) but for mine Honor,I prize it not a straw; but for mine honour,straw (n.)trivial matter, trifleWT III.ii.109
Which I would free: if I shall be condemn'dWhich I would free – if I shall be condemned WT III.ii.110
Vpon surmizes (all proofes sleeping else,Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else WT III.ii.111
But what your Iealousies awake) I tell youBut what your jealousies awake, I tell you WT III.ii.112
'Tis Rigor, and not Law. Your Honors all,'Tis rigour and not law. Your honours all, WT III.ii.113
I doe referre me to the Oracle:I do refer me to the oracle:refer (v.)
old form: referre
entrust, commit, commend
WT III.ii.114
Apollo be my Iudge.Apollo be my judge!Apollo (n.)Greek sun god, who pulls the sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot; god of prophecy [speaking through the Delphi oracle, poetry, music, archery, and healingWT III.ii.115.1
Lord. LORD 
This your requestThis your request WT III.ii.115.2
Is altogether iust: therefore bring forthIs altogether just. Therefore bring forth, WT III.ii.116
(And in Apollo's Name) his Oracle.And in Apollo's name, his oracle. WT III.ii.117
Exeunt certain Officers WT III.ii.117.1
Her. HERMIONE 
The Emperor of Russia was my Father.The Emperor of Russia was my father. WT III.ii.118
Oh that he were aliue, and here beholdingO that he were alive, and here beholding WT III.ii.119
His Daughters Tryall: that he did but seeHis daughter's trial! That he did but see WT III.ii.120
The flatnesse of my miserie; yet with eyesThe flatness of my misery; yet with eyesflatness (n.)
old form: flatnesse
completeness, absoluteness, limitless nature
WT III.ii.121
Of Pitty, not Reuenge.Of pity, not revenge! WT III.ii.122
Enter Officers, with Cleomenes and Dion WT III.ii.123
Officer. OFFICER 
You here shal sweare vpon this Sword of Iustice,You here shall swear upon this sword of justice WT III.ii.123
That you (Cleomines and Dion) haueThat you, Cleomenes and Dion, have WT III.ii.124
Been both at Delphos, and from thence haue broughtBeen both at Delphos, and from thence have broughtDelphos (n.)island of Delphi, C Greece, famous for its oracleWT III.ii.125
This seal'd-vp Oracle, by the Hand deliuer'dThis sealed-up oracle, by the hand delivered WT III.ii.126
Of great Apollo's Priest; and that since then,Of great Apollo's priest; and that since then WT III.ii.127
You haue not dar'd to breake the holy Seale,You have not dared to break the holy seal, WT III.ii.128
Nor read the Secrets in't.Nor read the secrets in't. WT III.ii.129.1
Cleo. Dio. CLEOMENES and DION 
All this we sweare.All this we swear. WT III.ii.129.2
Leo. LEONTES 
Breake vp the Seales, and read.Break up the seals and read.break up (v.)
old form: Breake vp
break, open [a seal]
WT III.ii.130
Officer. OFFICER  
(reads) WT III.ii.131
Hermione is chast, Polixenes blamelesse, Hermione is chaste; Polixenes blameless; WT III.ii.131
Camillo a true Subiect, Leontes a iealous Tyrant, his Camillo a true subject; Leontes a jealous tyrant; his WT III.ii.132
innocent Babe truly begotten, and the King shall liue without innocent babe truly begotten; and the King shall live without WT III.ii.133
an Heire, if that which is lost, be not found.an heir, if that which is lost be not found. WT III.ii.134
Lords. LORDS 
Now blessed be the great Apollo.Now blessed be the great Apollo! WT III.ii.135.1
Her. HERMIONE 
Praysed. Praised! WT III.ii.135.2
Leo. LEONTES 
Hast thou read truth?Hast thou read truth? WT III.ii.136.1
Offic. OFFICER 
I (my Lord) euen so Ay, my lord, even so WT III.ii.136.2
as it is here set downe.As it is here set down. WT III.ii.137
Leo. LEONTES 
There is no truth at all i'th' Oracle:There is no truth at all i'th' oracle! WT III.ii.138
The Sessions shall proceed: this is meere falsehood.The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood.mere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
WT III.ii.139
Enter Servant WT III.ii.140
Ser. SERVANT 
My Lord the King: the King?My lord the King, the King! WT III.ii.140.1
Leo. LEONTES 
What is the businesse?What is the business? WT III.ii.140.2
Ser. SERVANT 
O Sir, I shall be hated to report it.O sir, I shall be hated to report it: WT III.ii.141
The Prince your Sonne, with meere conceit, and feareThe Prince your son, with mere conceit and fearmere (adj.)
old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
WT III.ii.142
conceit (n.)imagining, brooding, fanciful thinking
Of the Queenes speed, is gone.Of the Queen's speed, is gone.speed (n.)fate, lot, fortuneWT III.ii.143.1
Leo. LEONTES 
How? gone?How! Gone? WT III.ii.143.2
Ser. SERVANT 
Is dead.Is dead. WT III.ii.143.3
Leo. LEONTES 
Apollo's angry, and the Heauens themseluesApollo's angry, and the heavens themselves WT III.ii.144
Doe strike at my Iniustice. Do strike at my injustice. WT III.ii.145.1
Hermione faints WT III.ii.145
How now there?How now there! WT III.ii.145.2
Paul. PAULINA 
This newes is mortall to the Queene: Look downeThis news is mortal to the Queen: look downmortal (adj.)
old form: mortall
fatal, deadly, lethal
WT III.ii.146
And see what Death is doing.And see what death is doing. WT III.ii.147.1
Leo. LEONTES 
Take her hence:Take her hence. WT III.ii.147.2
Her heart is but o're-charg'd: she will recouer.Her heart is but o'ercharged; she will recover.overcharged (adj.)
old form: o're-charg'd
overburdened, overtaxed, overwrought
WT III.ii.148
I haue too much beleeu'd mine owne suspition:I have too much believed mine own suspicion. WT III.ii.149
'Beseech you tenderly apply to herBeseech you, tenderly apply to her WT III.ii.150
Some remedies for life. Some remedies for life. WT III.ii.151.1
Exeunt Paulina and Ladies, bearing Hermione WT III.ii.151
Apollo pardonApollo, pardon WT III.ii.151.2
My great prophanenesse 'gainst thine Oracle.My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle! WT III.ii.152
Ile reconcile me to Polixenes,I'll reconcile me to Polixenes; WT III.ii.153
New woe my Queene, recall the good CamilloNew woo my queen; recall the good Camillo –  WT III.ii.154
(Whom I proclaime a man of Truth, of Mercy:)Whom I proclaim a man of truth, of mercy: WT III.ii.155
For being transported by my IealousiesFor, being transported by my jealousies WT III.ii.156
To bloody thoughts, and to reuenge, I choseTo bloody thoughts and to revenge, I chose WT III.ii.157
Camillo for the minister, to poysonCamillo for the minister to poison WT III.ii.158
My friend Polixenes: which had been done,My friend Polixenes; which had been done, WT III.ii.159
But that the good mind of Camillo tardiedBut that the good mind of Camillo tardiedtardy (v.)delay, retard, hold backWT III.ii.160
My swift command: though I with Death, and withMy swift command, though I with death and with WT III.ii.161
Reward, did threaten and encourage him,Reward did threaten and encourage him, WT III.ii.162
Not doing it, and being done: he (most humane,Not doing it and being done. He, most humane, WT III.ii.163
And fill'd with Honor) to my Kingly GuestAnd filled with honour, to my kingly guest WT III.ii.164
Vnclasp'd my practise, quit his fortunes hereUnclasped my practice, quit his fortunes here – practice (n.)
old form: practise
scheme, plot, stratagem, intrigue
WT III.ii.165
unclasp (v.)
old form: Vnclasp'd
reveal, display, divulge
(Which you knew great) and to the hazardWhich you knew great – and to the hazard WT III.ii.166
Of all Incertainties, himselfe commended,Of all incertainties himself commended,incertainty (n.)uncertaintyWT III.ii.167
commend (v.)commit, entrust, hand over
No richer then his Honor: How he glistersNo richer than his honour. How he glistersglister (v.)glitter, sparkle, gleamWT III.ii.168
Through my Rust? and how his PietieThrough my rust! And how his piety WT III.ii.169
Do's my deeds make the blacker?Does my deeds make the blacker! WT III.ii.170.1
Enter Paulina WT III.ii.170
Paul. PAULINA 
Woe the while:Woe the while! WT III.ii.170.2
O cut my Lace, least my heart (cracking it)O cut my lace, lest my heart, cracking it,lace (n.)lacing of stays, bodice-stringWT III.ii.171
Breake too.Break too! WT III.ii.172.1
Lord. LORD 
What fit is this? good Lady?What fit is this, good lady? WT III.ii.172.2
Paul. PAULINA 
What studied torments (Tyrant) hast for me?What studied torments, tyrant, hast for me?studied (adj.)deliberate, carefully planned, intentionalWT III.ii.173
What Wheeles? Racks? Fires? What flaying? boyling?What wheels? Racks? Fires? What flaying? Boiling WT III.ii.174
In Leads, or Oyles? What old, or newer TortureIn leads or oils? What old or newer tortureoil (n.)
old form: Oyles
[vat of] boiling oil
WT III.ii.175
lead (n.)cauldron [of molten lead]
Must I receiue? whose euery word deseruesMust I receive, whose every word deserves WT III.ii.176
To taste of thy most worst. Thy TyrannyTo taste of thy most worst? Thy tyranny, WT III.ii.177
(Together working with thy Iealousies,Together working with thy jealousies –  WT III.ii.178
Fancies too weake for Boyes, too greene and idleFancies too weak for boys, too green and idleidle (adj.)foolish, stupid, empty-headedWT III.ii.179
green (adj.)
old form: greene
weak, undeveloped
fancy (n.)imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
For Girles of Nine) O thinke what they haue done,For girls of nine – O think what they have done, WT III.ii.180
And then run mad indeed: starke-mad: for allAnd then run mad indeed, stark mad! For all WT III.ii.181
Thy by-gone fooleries were but spices of it.Thy bygone fooleries were but spices of it.spice (n.)touch, trace, dashWT III.ii.182
That thou betrayed'st Polixenes, 'twas nothing,That thou betrayedst Polixenes 'twas nothing: WT III.ii.183
(That did but shew thee, of a Foole, inconstant,That did but show thee of a fool inconstant, WT III.ii.184
And damnable ingratefull:) Nor was't much.And damnable ingrateful. Nor was't muchingrateful (adj.)
old form: ingratefull
ungrateful, unappreciative
WT III.ii.185
Thou would'st haue poyson'd good Camillo's Honor,Thou wouldst have poisoned good Camillo's honour WT III.ii.186
To haue him kill a King: poore Trespasses,To have him kill a king – poor trespasses, WT III.ii.187
More monstrous standing by: whereof I reckonMore monstrous standing by: whereof I reckon WT III.ii.188
The casting forth to Crowes, thy Baby-daughter,The casting forth to crows thy baby daughter WT III.ii.189
To be or none, or little; though a DeuillTo be or none or little, though a devil WT III.ii.190
Would haue shed water out of fire, ere don't;Would have shed water out of fire ere done't; WT III.ii.191
Nor is't directly layd to thee, the deathNor is't directly laid to thee, the death WT III.ii.192
Of the young Prince, whose honorable thoughtsOf the young Prince, whose honourable thoughts –  WT III.ii.193
(Thoughts high for one so tender) cleft the heartThoughts high for one so tender – cleft the heart WT III.ii.194
That could conceiue a grosse and foolish SireThat could conceive a gross and foolish sireconceive (v.)
old form: conceiue
imagine, fancy
WT III.ii.195
Blemish'd his gracious Dam: this is not, no,Blemished his gracious dam. This is not, no, WT III.ii.196
Layd to thy answere: but the last: O Lords,Laid to thy answer. But the last – O lords, WT III.ii.197
When I haue said, cry woe: the Queene, the Queene,When I have said, cry woe! The Queen, the Queen,said, I / you have
old form: haue
finished speaking, had one's say
WT III.ii.198
The sweet'st, deer'st creature's dead: & vengeance for'tThe sweet'st, dear'st creature's dead! And vengeance for't WT III.ii.199
Not drop'd downe yet.Not dropped down yet. WT III.ii.200.1
Lord. LORD 
The higher powres forbid.The higher powers forbid!power (n.)(usually plural) god, deity, divinityWT III.ii.200.2
Pau. PAULINA 
I say she's dead: Ile swear't. If word, nor oathI say she's dead; I'll swear't. If word nor oath WT III.ii.201
Preuaile not, go and see: if you can bringPrevail not, go and see. If you can bring WT III.ii.202
Tincture, or lustre in her lip, her eyeTincture or lustre in her lip, her eye,tincture (n.)colour, glow, brightnessWT III.ii.203
Heate outwardly, or breath within, Ile serue youHeat outwardly or breath within, I'll serve you WT III.ii.204
As I would do the Gods. But, O thou Tyrant,As I would do the gods. But, O thou tyrant, WT III.ii.205
Do not repent these things, for they are heauierDo not repent these things, for they are heavierheavy (adj.)
old form: heauier
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
WT III.ii.206
Then all thy woes can stirre: therefore betake theeThan all thy woes can stir. Therefore betake theebetake (v.)go, take oneself off, make one's wayWT III.ii.207
To nothing but dispaire. A thousand knees,To nothing but despair. A thousand knees, WT III.ii.208
Ten thousand yeares together, naked, fasting,Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting, WT III.ii.209
Vpon a barren Mountaine, and still WinterUpon a barren mountain, and still winterstill (adv.)constantly, always, continuallyWT III.ii.210
In storme perpetuall, could not moue the GodsIn storm perpetual, could not move the gods WT III.ii.211
To looke that way thou wer't.To look that way thou wert. WT III.ii.212.1
Leo. LEONTES 
Go on, go on:Go on, go on: WT III.ii.212.2
Thou canst not speake too much, I haue deseru'dThou canst not speak too much; I have deserved WT III.ii.213
All tongues to talke their bittrest.All tongues to talk their bitt'rest. WT III.ii.214.1
Lord. LORD 
Say no more;Say no more. WT III.ii.214.2
How ere the businesse goes, you haue made faultHowe'er the business goes, you have made fault WT III.ii.215
I'th boldnesse of your speech.I'th' boldness of your speech. WT III.ii.216.1
Pau. PAULINA 
I am sorry for't;I am sorry for't. WT III.ii.216.2
All faults I make, when I shall come to know them,All faults I make, when I shall come to know them, WT III.ii.217
I do repent: Alas, I haue shew'd too muchI do repent. Alas, I have showed too much WT III.ii.218
The rashnesse of a woman: he is touchtThe rashness of a woman! He is touched WT III.ii.219
To th' Noble heart. What's gone, and what's past helpeTo th' noble heart. What's gone and what's past help WT III.ii.220
Should be past greefe: Do not receiue afflictionShould be past grief. Do not receive affliction WT III.ii.221
At my petition; I beseech you, ratherAt my petition, I beseech you; rather WT III.ii.222
Let me be punish'd, that haue minded youLet me be punished, that have minded youmind (v.)put in mind, remindWT III.ii.223
Of what you should forget. Now (good my Liege)Of what you should forget. Now, good my liege, WT III.ii.224
Sir, Royall Sir, forgiue a foolish woman:Sir, royal sir, forgive a foolish woman. WT III.ii.225
The loue I bore your Queene (Lo, foole againe)The love I bore your queen – lo, fool again! WT III.ii.226
Ile speake of her no more, nor of your Children:I'll speak of her no more, nor of your children; WT III.ii.227
Ile not remember you of my owne Lord,I'll not remember you of my own lord,remember (v.)remind, bring to someone's mindWT III.ii.228
(Who is lost too:) take your patience to you,Who is lost too. Take your patience to you, WT III.ii.229
And Ile say nothing.And I'll say nothing. WT III.ii.230.1
Leo. LEONTES 
Thou didst speake but well,Thou didst speak but well WT III.ii.230.2
When most the truth: which I receyue much better,When most the truth; which I receive much better WT III.ii.231
Then to be pittied of thee. Prethee bring meThan to be pitied of thee. Prithee, bring me WT III.ii.232
To the dead bodies of my Queene, and Sonne,To the dead bodies of my queen and son. WT III.ii.233
One graue shall be for both: Vpon them shallOne grave shall be for both: upon them shall WT III.ii.234
The causes of their death appeare (vntoThe causes of their death appear, unto WT III.ii.235
Our shame perpetuall) once a day, Ile visitOur shame perpetual. Once a day I'll visit WT III.ii.236
The Chappell where they lye, and teares shed thereThe chapel where they lie, and tears shed there WT III.ii.237
Shall be my recreation. So long as NatureShall be my recreation. So long as naturerecreation (n.)refreshment, pastime, diversionWT III.ii.238
Will beare vp with this exercise, so longWill bear up with this exercise, so longexercise (n.)religious practice, spiritual observanceWT III.ii.239
I dayly vow to vse it. Come, I daily vow to use it. Come, WT III.ii.240
and leade me / To these sorrowes. And lead me to these sorrows. WT III.ii.241
ExeuntExeunt WT III.ii.241
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