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I that please some, try all: both ioy and terrorI that please some, try all; both joy and terrorWT IV.i.1
Of good, and bad: that makes, and vnfolds error,Of good and bad; that makes and unfolds error,WT IV.i.2
Now take vpon me (in the name of Time)Now take upon me, in the name of Time,WT IV.i.3
To vse my wings: Impute it not a crimeTo use my wings. Impute it not a crimeWT IV.i.4
To me, or my swift passage, that I slideTo me or my swift passage that I slideWT IV.i.5
Ore sixteene yeeres, and leaue the growth vntrideO'er sixteen years, and leave the growth untriedWT IV.i.6
Of that wide gap, since it is in my powreOf that wide gap, since it is in my powerWT IV.i.7
To orethrow Law, and in one selfe-borne howreTo o'erthrow law, and in one self-born hourWT IV.i.8
To plant, and ore-whelme Custome. Let me passeTo plant and o'erwhelm custom. Let me passWT IV.i.9
The same I am, ere ancient'st Order was,The same I am ere ancient'st order wasWT IV.i.10
Or what is now receiu'd. I witnesse toOr what is now received. I witness toWT IV.i.11
The times that brought them in, so shall I doThe times that brought them in; so shall I doWT IV.i.12
To th' freshest things now reigning, and make staleTo th' freshest things now reigning, and make staleWT IV.i.13
The glistering of this present, as my TaleThe glistering of this present, as my taleWT IV.i.14
Now seemes to it: your patience this allowing,Now seems to it. Your patience this allowing,WT IV.i.15
I turne my glasse, and giue my Scene such growingI turn my glass, and give my scene such growingWT IV.i.16
As you had slept betweene: Leontes leauingAs you had slept between. Leontes leaving – WT IV.i.17
Th' effects of his fond iealousies, so greeuingTh' effects of his fond jealousies so grievingWT IV.i.18
That he shuts vp himselfe. Imagine meThat he shuts up himself – imagine me,WT IV.i.19
(Gentle Spectators) that I now may beGentle spectators, that I now may beWT IV.i.20
In faire Bohemia, and remember well,In fair Bohemia; and remember well,WT IV.i.21
I mentioned a sonne o'th' Kings, which FlorizellI mentioned a son o'th' King's, which FlorizelWT IV.i.22
I now name to you: and with speed so paceI now name to you; and with speed so paceWT IV.i.23
To speake of Perdita, now growne in graceTo speak of Perdita, now grown in graceWT IV.i.24
Equall with wond'ring. What of her insuesEqual with wond'ring. What of her ensuesWT IV.i.25
I list not prophesie: but let Times newesI list not prophesy; but let Time's newsWT IV.i.26
Be knowne when 'tis brought forth. A shepherds daughterBe known when 'tis brought forth. A shepherd's daughter,WT IV.i.27
And what to her adheres, which followes after,And what to her adheres, which follows after,WT IV.i.28
Is th' argument of Time: of this allow,Is th' argument of Time. Of this allow,WT IV.i.29
If euer you haue spent time worse, ere now:If ever you have spent time worse ere now;WT IV.i.30
If neuer, yet that Time himselfe doth say,If never, yet that Time himself doth sayWT IV.i.31
He wishes earnestly, you neuer may. He wishes earnestly you never may.WT IV.i.32
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