The Winter's Tale

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Enter Autolicus, and a Gentleman.Enter Autolycus and a Gentleman WT V.ii.1
Beseech you (Sir) were you present at this Beseech you, sir, were you present at this WT V.ii.1
Relation?relation?relation (n.)
report, account, narration
WT V.ii.2
I was by at the opening of the Farthell, I was by at the opening of the fardel,fardel (n.)

old form: Farthell
burden, load, bundle
WT V.ii.3
heard the old Shepheard deliuer the manner how he heard the old shepherd deliver the manner how he WT V.ii.4
found it: Whereupon (after a little amazednesse) we were found it; whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were WT V.ii.5
all commanded out of the Chamber: onely this (me thought) all commanded out of the chamber. Only this methoughtmethinks(t), methought(s) (v.)
it seems / seemed to me
WT V.ii.6
I heard the Shepheard say, he found the Child.I heard the shepherd say: he found the child. WT V.ii.7
I would most gladly know the issue of it.I would most gladly know the issue of it.issue (n.)
outcome, result, consequence(s)
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I make a broken deliuerie of the I make a broken delivery of thedelivery (n.)

old form: deliuerie
account, statement, narration
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broken (adj.)
disjointed, fragmentary, disconnected
Businesse; but the changes I perceiued in the King, and business; but the changes I perceived in the King and WT V.ii.10
Camillo, were very Notes of admiration: they seem'd Camillo were very notes of admiration. They seemednote (n.)
sign, mark, token
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admiration (n.)
amazement, astonishment, wonder
almost, with staring on one another, to teare the Cases of almost, with staring on one another, to tear the cases ofcase (n.)
holder, covering, receptacle
WT V.ii.12
their Eyes. There was speech in their dumbnesse, Language their eyes. There was speech in their dumbness, language WT V.ii.13
in their very gesture: they look'd as they had in their very gesture. They looked as they had WT V.ii.14
heard of a World ransom'd, or one destroyed: a notable heard of a world ransomed, or one destroyed. A notable WT V.ii.15
passion of Wonder appeared in them: but the wisest passion of wonder appeared in them; but the wisest WT V.ii.16
beholder, that knew no more but seeing, could not say, if beholder that knew no more but seeing could not say ifseeing (n.)
appearance, observing, beholding
WT V.ii.17
th' importance were Ioy, or Sorrow; but in the extremitie th' importance were joy or sorrow: but in the extremityextremity (n.)

old form: extremitie
utmost degree, greatest amount
WT V.ii.18
importance (n.)
import, subject-matter
of the one, it must needs be. of the one it must needs be. WT V.ii.19
Enter another Gentleman.Enter another Gentleman WT V.ii.20.1
Here comes a Gentleman, that happily knowes more: The Here comes a gentleman that haply knows more. Thehaply (adv.)
perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
WT V.ii.20
Newes,, Rogero? WT V.ii.21
Nothing but Bon-fires: the Oracle Nothing but bonfires. The oracle WT V.ii.22
is fulfill'd: the Kings Daughter is found: such a deale of is fulfilled: the King's daughter is found. Such a deal of WT V.ii.23
wonder is broken out within this houre, that Ballad-makers wonder is broken out within this hour that ballad-makers WT V.ii.24
cannot be able to expresse it. cannot be able to express it. WT V.ii.25
Enter another Gentleman.Enter a third Gentleman WT V.ii.26.1
Here comes the Lady Paulina's Steward, hee can deliuerHere comes the Lady Paulina's steward; he can deliverdeliver (v.)
report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe
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you more. How goes it now (Sir.) This Newes (which is you more. How goes it now, sir? This news, which is WT V.ii.27
call'd true) is so like an old Tale, that the veritie of it is in called true, is so like an old tale that the verity of it is in WT V.ii.28
strong suspition: Ha's the King found his Heire?strong suspicion. Has the King found his heir? WT V.ii.29
Most true, if euer Truth were pregnant Most true, if ever truth were pregnantpregnant (adj.)
meaningful, compelling, convincing
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by Circumstance: That which you heare, you'le sweareby circumstance. That which you hear you'll swearcircumstance (n.)
detail(s), particular(s), specifics
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you see, there is such vnitie in the proofes. The Mantle ofyou see, there is such unity in the proofs: the mantle ofmantle (n.)
loose sleeveless cloak
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Queene Hermiones: her Iewell about the Neck of it: the Queen Hermione's; her jewel about the neck of it; the WT V.ii.33
Letters of Antigonus found with it, which they know to letters of Antigonus found with it, which they know to WT V.ii.34
be his Character: the Maiestie of the Creature, in resemblance be his character; the majesty of the creature in resemblancecharacter (n.)
handwriting, style of writing, lettering
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of the Mother: the Affection of Noblenesse, which of the mother; the affection of nobleness whichaffection (n.)
disposition, character, state of mind
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Nature shewes aboue her Breeding, and many other nature shows above her breeding, and many other WT V.ii.37
Euidences, proclayme her, with all certaintie, to be the Kings evidences proclaim her with all certainty to be the King's WT V.ii.38
Daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two Kings?daughter. Did you see the meeting of the two kings? WT V.ii.39
No.No. WT V.ii.40
Then haue you lost a Sight which Then have you lost a sight which WT V.ii.41
was to bee seene, cannot bee spoken of. There might you was to be seen, cannot be spoken of. There might you WT V.ii.42
haue beheld one Ioy crowne another, so and in such have beheld one joy crown another, so and in such WT V.ii.43
manner, that it seem'd Sorrow wept to take leaue of manner that it seemed sorrow wept to take leave of WT V.ii.44
them: for their Ioy waded in teares. There was casting vp them: for their joy waded in tears. There was casting up WT V.ii.45
of Eyes, holding vp of Hands, with Countenance of such of eyes, holding up of hands, with countenance of suchcountenance (n.)
demeanour, bearing, manner
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distraction, that they were to be knowne by Garment, not distraction that they were to be known by garment, notdistraction (n.)
perturbation, agitation, frenzied state
WT V.ii.47
by Fauor. Our King being ready to leape out of himselfe, by favour. Our king, being ready to leap out of himselffavour (n.)

old form: Fauor
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
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for ioy of his found Daughter; as if that Ioy were now for joy of his found daughter, as if that joy were now WT V.ii.49
become a Losse, cryes, Oh, thy Mother, thy Mother: then become a loss cries ‘ O, thy mother, thy mother!’; then WT V.ii.50
askes Bohemia forgiuenesse, then embraces his Sonne-in-Law:asks Bohemia forgiveness; then embraces his son-in-law; WT V.ii.51
then againe worryes he his Daughter, with clipping then again worries he his daughter with clippingclip (v.)
embrace, clasp, hug
WT V.ii.52
her. Now he thanks the old Shepheard (which stands by, her; now he thanks the old shepherd, which stands by WT V.ii.53
like a Weather-bitten Conduit, of many Kings Reignes.) Ilike a weather-bitten conduit of many kings' reigns. Iconduit (n.)
channel, outflowing, water-spout, fountain
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neuer heard of such another Encounter; which lames never heard of such another encounter, which lameslame (v.)
give the appearance of lameness to, make deficient [by comparison]
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Report to follow it, and vndo's description to doe it. report to follow it and undoes description to do it.undo (v.)

old form: vndo's
ruin, destroy, wipe out
WT V.ii.56
undo (v.)

old form: vndo's
bring to nought
do (v.)

old form: doe
convey, deliver, transmit
What, 'pray you, became of Antigonus, What, pray you, became of Antigonus, WT V.ii.57
that carryed hence the Child?that carried hence the child? WT V.ii.58
Like an old Tale still, which will Like an old tale still, which will WT V.ii.59
haue matter to rehearse, though Credit be asleepe, and not have matter to rehearse, though credit be asleep and notmatter (n.)
subject-matter, content, substance
WT V.ii.60
rehearse (v.)
relate, recount, give an account of
credit (n.)
credibility, believing, belief
an eare open; he was torne to pieces with a Beare: This an ear open: he was torn to pieces with a bear. Thiswith (prep.)
WT V.ii.61
auouches the Shepheards Sonne; who ha's not onely his avouches the shepherd's son, who has not only hisavouch (v.)

old form: auouches
declare, assert, affirm
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Innocence (which seemes much) to iustifie him, but a innocence, which seems much, to justify him, but a WT V.ii.63
Hand-kerchief and Rings of his, that Paulina knowes.handkerchief and rings of his that Paulina knows. WT V.ii.64
What became of his Barke, and his What became of his bark and hisbark, barque (n.)

old form: Barke
ship, vessel
WT V.ii.65
Followers?followers? WT V.ii.66
Wrackt the same instant of their Wracked the same instant of theirwrack (v.)

old form: Wrackt
wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea
WT V.ii.67
Masters death, and in the view of the Shepheard: so that master's death, and in the view of the shepherd: so that WT V.ii.68
all the Instruments which ayded to expose the Child, were all the instruments which aided to expose the child were WT V.ii.69
euen then lost, when it was found. But oh the Noble even then lost when it was found. But O, the noble WT V.ii.70
Combat, that 'twixt Ioy and Sorrow was fought in combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in WT V.ii.71
Paulina. Shee had one Eye declin'd for the losse of her Paulina! She had one eye declined for the loss of her WT V.ii.72
Husband, another eleuated, that the Oracle was fulfill'd: husband, another elevated that the oracle was fulfilled. WT V.ii.73
Shee lifted the Princesse from the Earth, and so locks her She lifted the Princess from the earth, and so locks her WT V.ii.74
in embracing, as if shee would pin her to her heart, that in embracing as if she would pin her to her heart, that WT V.ii.75
shee might no more be in danger of loosing.she might no more be in danger of losing. WT V.ii.76
The Dignitie of this Act was worth The dignity of this act was worthact (n.)
activity, action, performance
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the audience of Kings and Princes, for by such was it the audience of kings and princes, for by such was it WT V.ii.78
acted.acted. WT V.ii.79
One of the prettyest touches of all, One of the prettiest touches of all, WT V.ii.80
and that which angl'd for mine Eyes (caught the Water, and that which angled for mine eyes – caught the water WT V.ii.81
though not the Fish) was, when at the Relation of the though not the fish – was when at the relation of therelation (n.)
report, account, narration
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Queenes death (with the manner how shee came to't, Queen's death, with the manner how she came to't WT V.ii.83
brauely confess'd, and lamented by the King) how bravely confessed and lamented by the King, how WT V.ii.84
attentiuenesse wounded his Daughter, till (from one signe attentiveness wounded his daughter; till, from one sign WT V.ii.85
of dolour to another) shee did (with an Alas) I would of dolour to another, she did, with an ‘ Alas!’, I woulddolour (n.)
sorrow, grief, lamentation
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faine say, bleed Teares; for I am sure, my heart wept blood. fain say bleed tears; for I am sure my heart wept blood.fain (adv.)

old form: faine
gladly, willingly
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Who was most Marble, there changed colour: some Who was most marble there changed colour; somemarble (adj.)
enduring, solid [as marble]
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swownded, all sorrowed: if all the World could haue seen't, swooned, all sorrowed. If all the world could have seen't,swoon (v.)

old form: swownded
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the Woe had beene vniuersall.the woe had been universal. WT V.ii.90
Are they returned to the Court?Are they returned to the court? WT V.ii.91
No: The Princesse hearing of her No: the Princess, hearing of her WT V.ii.92
Mothers Statue (which is in the keeping of Paulina) a mother's statue, which is in the keeping of Paulina – a WT V.ii.93
Peece many yeeres in doing, and now newly perform'd, by piece many years in doing and now newly performed bypiece (n.)

old form: Peece
work (of art), creation
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that rare Italian Master, Iulio Romano, who (had he that rare Italian master, Julio Romano, who, had herare (adj.)
unusual, striking, exceptional
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himselfe Eternitie, and could put Breath into his Worke) himself eternity and could put breath into his work, WT V.ii.96
would beguile Nature of her Custome, so perfectly he is would beguile Nature of her custom, so perfectly he isbeguile (v.)
cheat, deceive, trick
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custom (n.)

old form: Custome
trade, business, line of work
her Ape: He so neere to Hermione, hath done Hermione, her ape: he so near to Hermione hath done Hermioneape (n.)
mimic, imitator, impersonator
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that they say one would speake to her, and stand in hope that they say one would speak to her and stand in hope WT V.ii.99
of answer. Thither (with all greedinesse of affection) are of answer. Thither with all greediness of affection aregreediness (n.)

old form: greedinesse
eagerness, keenness, enthusiasm
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affection (n.)
love, devotion
they gone, and there they intend to Sup.they gone, and there they intend to sup.sup (v.)
have supper
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I thought she had some great I thought she had some great WT V.ii.102
matter there in hand, for shee hath priuately, twice or matter there in hand, for she hath privately, twice ormatter (n.)
affair(s), business, real issue
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thrice a day, euer since the death of Hermione, visitedthrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited WT V.ii.104
that remoued House. Shall wee thither, and with our that removed house. Shall we thither, and with ourremoved (adj.)

old form: remoued
remote, secluded, further away
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companie peece the Reioycing?company piece the rejoicing?piece (v.)

old form: peece
add to, join to, augment
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Who would be thence, that ha's the Who would be thence that has the WT V.ii.107
benefit of Accesse? euery winke of an Eye, some new Gracebenefit of access? Every wink of an eye some new gracewink (n.)

old form: winke
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will be borne: our Absence makes vs vnthriftie to ourwill be born. Our absence makes us unthrifty to ourunthrifty (adj.)

old form: vnthriftie
wasteful of the chance to increase
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Knowledge. Let's along. knowledge. Let's along. WT V.ii.110
Exit.Exeunt Gentlemen WT V.ii.110
Now (had I not the dash of my former life Now, had I not the dash of my former lifedash (n.)
trace, touch, tinge
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in me) would Preferment drop on my head. I brought in me, would preferment drop on my head. I broughtpreferment (n.)
advancement, promotion
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the old man and his Sonne aboord the Prince; told him, Ithe old man and his son aboard the Prince; told him I WT V.ii.113
heard them talke of a Farthell, and I know not what: but he heard them talk of a fardel and I know not what: but hefardel (n.)

old form: Farthell
burden, load, bundle
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at that time ouer-fond of the Shepheards Daughter (so he at that time overfond of the shepherd's daughter – so he WT V.ii.115
then tooke her to be) who began to be much Sea-sick,then took her to be – who began to be much sea-sick, WT V.ii.116
and himselfe little better, extremitie of Weather and himself little better, extremity of weatherextremity (n.)

old form: extremitie
utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardship
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continuing, this Mysterie remained vndiscouer'd. But 'tis continuing, this mystery remained undiscovered. But 'tis WT V.ii.118
all one to me: for had I beene the finder-out of this all one to me; for had I been the finder-out of this WT V.ii.119
Secret, it would not haue rellish'd among my other secret, it would not have relished among my otherrelish (v.)

old form: rellish'd
be acceptable, find favour
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discredits.discredits. WT V.ii.121
Enter Shepheard and Clowne.Enter Shepherd and Clown WT V.ii.122
Here come those I haue done good to against my will,Here come those I have done good to against my will, WT V.ii.122
and alreadie appearing in the blossomes of their Fortune.and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.blossoms (n.)

old form: blossomes
prime, peak, full flowering [as of a plant]
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Come Boy, I am past moe Children: but thyCome, boy, I am past more children; but thy WT V.ii.124
Sonnes and Daughters will be all Gentlemen borne.sons and daughters will be all gentlemen born. WT V.ii.125
Clow. CLOWN 
You are well met (Sir:) you deny'd to fight with You are well met, sir. You denied to fight with WT V.ii.126
mee this other day, because I was no Gentleman borne. me this other day because I was no gentleman born. WT V.ii.127
See you these Clothes? say you see them not, and thinke See you these clothes? Say you see them not and think WT V.ii.128
me still no Gentleman borne: You were best say these me still no gentleman born. You were best say these WT V.ii.129
Robes are not Gentlemen borne. Giue me the Lye: doe: and robes are not gentlemen born. Give me the lie, do, andlie (n.)

old form: Lye
accusation of lying, charge of falsehood
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try whether I am not now a Gentleman borne.try whether I am not now a gentleman born.try (v.)
contest, decide, fight out
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I know you are now (Sir) a Gentleman borne.I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born. WT V.ii.132
Clow. CLOWN 
I, and haue been so any time these foure houres.Ay, and have been so any time these four hours. WT V.ii.133
And so haue I, Boy.And so have I, boy. WT V.ii.134
Clow. CLOWN 
So you haue: but I was a Gentleman borne before So you have; but I was a gentleman born before WT V.ii.135
my Father: for the Kings Sonne tooke me by the hand, and my father: for the King's son took me by the hand, and WT V.ii.136
call'd mee Brother: and then the two Kings call'd my called me brother; and then the two kings called my WT V.ii.137
Father Brother: and then the Prince (my Brother) and the father brother; and then the Prince my brother and the WT V.ii.138
Princesse (my Sister) call'd my Father, Father; and so wee Princess my sister called my father father. And so we WT V.ii.139
wept: and there was the first Gentleman-like teares that wept; and there was the first gentlemanlike tears that WT V.ii.140
euer we shed.ever we shed. WT V.ii.141
We may liue (Sonne) to shed many more.We may live, son, to shed many more. WT V.ii.142
Clow. CLOWN 
I: or else 'twere hard luck, being in so Ay, or else 'twere hard luck, being in so WT V.ii.143
preposterous estate as we are.preposterous estate as we are.preposterous (adj.)
malapropism for ‘prosperous’
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I humbly beseech you (Sir) to pardon me all I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all WT V.ii.145
the faults I haue committed to your Worship, and to giuethe faults I have committed to your worship, and to give WT V.ii.146
me your good report to the Prince my your good report to the Prince my master. WT V.ii.147
'Prethee Sonne doe: for we must be gentle, nowPrithee, son, do: for we must be gentle, nowgentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
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we are Gentlemen.we are gentlemen. WT V.ii.149
Clow. CLOWN 
Thou wilt amend thy life?Thou wilt amend thy life? WT V.ii.150
I, and it like your good Worship.Ay, an it like your good (v.)
please, suit
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and, an (conj.)
if, whether
Clow. CLOWN 
Giue me thy hand: I will sweare to the Prince, thou Give me thy hand. I will swear to the Prince thou WT V.ii.152
art as honest a true Fellow as any is in as honest a true fellow as any is in Bohemia.true (adj.)
honest, upright, law-abiding
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You may say it, but not sweare it.You may say it, but not swear it. WT V.ii.154
Clow. CLOWN 
Not sweare it, now I am a Gentleman? Let Boores Not swear it, now I am a gentleman? Let boorsboor (n.)

old form: Boores
peasant, rustic
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and Francklins say it, Ile sweare it.and franklins say it, I'll swear it.franklin (n.)

old form: Francklins
landowner ranking below the gentry, rich freeholder, yeoman
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How if it be false (Sonne?)How if it be false, son?false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
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Clow. CLOWN 
If it be ne're so false, a true Gentleman mayIf it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may WT V.ii.158
sweare it, in the behalfe of his Friend: And Ile sweare to the swear it in the behalf of his friend; and I'll swear to the WT V.ii.159
Prince, thou art a tall Fellow of thy hands, and that thou Prince thou art a tall fellow of thy hands, and that thoutall (adj.)
brave, valiant, bold
WT V.ii.160
wilt not be drunke: but I know thou art no tall Fellow of wilt not be drunk; but I know thou art no tall fellow of WT V.ii.161
thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunke: but Ile sweare it, thy hands, and that thou wilt be drunk. But I'll swear it, WT V.ii.162
and I would thou would'st be a tall Fellow of thy hands.and I would thou wouldst be a tall fellow of thy hands. WT V.ii.163
I will proue so (Sir) to my power.I will prove so, sir, to my power.power (n.)
faculty, function, ability
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Clow. CLOWN 
I, by any meanes proue a tall Fellow: if I do notAy, by any means prove a tall fellow. If I do not WT V.ii.165
wonder, how thou dar'st venture to be drunke, not beingwonder how thou dar'st venture to be drunk, not being WT V.ii.166
a tall Fellow, trust me not. Harke, the Kings and a tall fellow, trust me not. Hark, the kings and the WT V.ii.167
Princes (our Kindred) are going to see the Queenes princes, our kindred, are going to see the Queen's WT V.ii.168
Picture. Come, follow vs: wee'le be thy good Masters. picture. Come, follow us: we'll be thy good masters.picture (n.)
likeness, image, imitation
WT V.ii.169
Exeunt.Exeunt WT V.ii.169
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