Speeches (Lines) for Autolycus in "The Winter's Tale"

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1 IV / 3
  • When daffodils begin to peer,
    With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
    Why, t...
  • When daffodils begin to peer,
    With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
    Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year;
    For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.
    The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,
    With heigh! the sweet birds, O, how they sing!
    Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
    For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.
    The lark, that tirra-lyra chants,
    With heigh! with heigh! the thrush and the jay,
    Are summer songs for me and my aunts,
    While we lie tumbling in the hay.
    I have served Prince Florizel and in my time
    wore three-pile; but now I am out of service:
    But shall I go mourn for that, my dear?
    The pale moon shines by night:
    And when I wander here and there,
    I then do most go right.
    If tinkers may have leave to live,
    And bear the sow-skin budget,
    Then my account I well may, give,
    And in the stocks avouch it.
    My traffic is sheets; when the kite builds, look to
    lesser linen. My father named me Autolycus; who
    being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise
    a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. With die and
    drab I purchased this caparison, and my revenue is
    the silly cheat. Gallows and knock are too powerful
    on the highway: beating and hanging are terrors to
    me: for the life to come, I sleep out the thought
    of it. A prize! a prize!
  • Polixenes. My best Camillo! We must disguise ourselves.

    Autolycus. When daffodils begin to peer,
    With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
    Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year;
    For the red blood reigns in the winter's pale.
    The white sheet bleaching on the hedge,
    With heigh! the sweet birds, O, how they sing!
    Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;
    For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.
    The lark, that tirra-lyra chants,
    With heigh! with heigh! the thrush and the jay,
    Are summer songs for me and my aunts,
    While we lie tumbling in the hay.
    I have served Prince Florizel and in my time
    wore three-pile; but now I am out of service:
    But shall I go mourn for that, my dear?
    The pale moon shines by night:
    And when I wander here and there,
    I then do most go right.
    If tinkers may have leave to live,
    And bear the sow-skin budget,
    Then my account I well may, give,
    And in the stocks avouch it.
    My traffic is sheets; when the kite builds, look to
    lesser linen. My father named me Autolycus; who
    being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise
    a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. With die and
    drab I purchased this caparison, and my revenue is
    the silly cheat. Gallows and knock are too powerful
    on the highway: beating and hanging are terrors to
    me: for the life to come, I sleep out the thought
    of it. A prize! a prize!

2 IV / 3
  • [Aside]
    If the springe hold, the cock's mine.
  • [Aside]
    If the springe hold, the cock's mine.
  • Clown. Let me see: every 'leven wether tods; every tod
    yields pound and odd shilling; fifteen hundred
    shorn. what comes the wool to?

    Autolycus. [Aside]
    If the springe hold, the cock's mine.

3 IV / 3
  • O that ever I was born!
  • O that ever I was born!
  • Clown. I cannot do't without counters. Let me see; what am
    I to buy for our sheep-shearing feast? Three pound
    of sugar, five pound of currants, rice,--what will
    this sister of mine do with rice? But my father
    hath made her mistress of the feast, and she lays it
    on. She hath made me four and twenty nose-gays for
    the shearers, three-man-song-men all, and very good
    ones; but they are most of them means and bases; but
    one puritan amongst them, and he sings psalms to
    horn-pipes. I must have saffron to colour the warden
    pies; mace; dates?--none, that's out of my note;
    nutmegs, seven; a race or two of ginger, but that I
    may beg; four pound of prunes, and as many of
    raisins o' the sun.

    Autolycus. O that ever I was born!

4 IV / 3
  • O, help me, help me! pluck but off these rags; and
    then, death, death!
  • O, help me, help me! pluck but off these rags; and
    then, death, death!
  • Clown. I' the name of me--

    Autolycus. O, help me, help me! pluck but off these rags; and
    then, death, death!

5 IV / 3
  • O sir, the loathsomeness of them offends me more
    than the stripes I have rec...
  • O sir, the loathsomeness of them offends me more
    than the stripes I have received, which are mighty
    ones and millions.
  • Clown. Alack, poor soul! thou hast need of more rags to lay
    on thee, rather than have these off.

    Autolycus. O sir, the loathsomeness of them offends me more
    than the stripes I have received, which are mighty
    ones and millions.

6 IV / 3
  • I am robbed, sir, and beaten; my money and apparel
    ta'en from me, and these...
  • I am robbed, sir, and beaten; my money and apparel
    ta'en from me, and these detestable things put upon
    me.
  • Clown. Alas, poor man! a million of beating may come to a
    great matter.

    Autolycus. I am robbed, sir, and beaten; my money and apparel
    ta'en from me, and these detestable things put upon
    me.

7 IV / 3
  • A footman, sweet sir, a footman.
  • A footman, sweet sir, a footman.
  • Clown. What, by a horseman, or a footman?

    Autolycus. A footman, sweet sir, a footman.

8 IV / 3
  • O, good sir, tenderly, O!
  • O, good sir, tenderly, O!
  • Clown. Indeed, he should be a footman by the garments he
    has left with thee: if this be a horseman's coat,
    it hath seen very hot service. Lend me thy hand,
    I'll help thee: come, lend me thy hand.

    Autolycus. O, good sir, tenderly, O!

9 IV / 3
  • O, good sir, softly, good sir! I fear, sir, my
    shoulder-blade is out.
  • O, good sir, softly, good sir! I fear, sir, my
    shoulder-blade is out.
  • Clown. Alas, poor soul!

    Autolycus. O, good sir, softly, good sir! I fear, sir, my
    shoulder-blade is out.

10 IV / 3
  • [Picking his pocket]
    Softly, dear sir; good sir, softly. You ha' done me
  • [Picking his pocket]
    Softly, dear sir; good sir, softly. You ha' done me
    a charitable office.
  • Clown. How now! canst stand?

    Autolycus. [Picking his pocket]
    Softly, dear sir; good sir, softly. You ha' done me
    a charitable office.

11 IV / 3
  • No, good sweet sir; no, I beseech you, sir: I have
    a kinsman not past three...
  • No, good sweet sir; no, I beseech you, sir: I have
    a kinsman not past three quarters of a mile hence,
    unto whom I was going; I shall there have money, or
    any thing I want: offer me no money, I pray you;
    that kills my heart.
  • Clown. Dost lack any money? I have a little money for thee.

    Autolycus. No, good sweet sir; no, I beseech you, sir: I have
    a kinsman not past three quarters of a mile hence,
    unto whom I was going; I shall there have money, or
    any thing I want: offer me no money, I pray you;
    that kills my heart.

12 IV / 3
  • A fellow, sir, that I have known to go about with
    troll-my-dames; I knew him...
  • A fellow, sir, that I have known to go about with
    troll-my-dames; I knew him once a servant of the
    prince: I cannot tell, good sir, for which of his
    virtues it was, but he was certainly whipped out of the court.
  • Clown. What manner of fellow was he that robbed you?

    Autolycus. A fellow, sir, that I have known to go about with
    troll-my-dames; I knew him once a servant of the
    prince: I cannot tell, good sir, for which of his
    virtues it was, but he was certainly whipped out of the court.

13 IV / 3
  • Vices, I would say, sir. I know this man well: he
    hath been since an ape-bea...
  • Vices, I would say, sir. I know this man well: he
    hath been since an ape-bearer; then a
    process-server, a bailiff; then he compassed a
    motion of the Prodigal Son, and married a tinker's
    wife within a mile where my land and living lies;
    and, having flown over many knavish professions, he
    settled only in rogue: some call him Autolycus.
  • Clown. His vices, you would say; there's no virtue whipped
    out of the court: they cherish it to make it stay
    there; and yet it will no more but abide.

    Autolycus. Vices, I would say, sir. I know this man well: he
    hath been since an ape-bearer; then a
    process-server, a bailiff; then he compassed a
    motion of the Prodigal Son, and married a tinker's
    wife within a mile where my land and living lies;
    and, having flown over many knavish professions, he
    settled only in rogue: some call him Autolycus.

14 IV / 3
  • Very true, sir; he, sir, he; that's the rogue that
    put me into this apparel....
  • Very true, sir; he, sir, he; that's the rogue that
    put me into this apparel.
  • Clown. Out upon him! prig, for my life, prig: he haunts
    wakes, fairs and bear-baitings.

    Autolycus. Very true, sir; he, sir, he; that's the rogue that
    put me into this apparel.

15 IV / 3
  • I must confess to you, sir, I am no fighter: I am
    false of heart that way; a...
  • I must confess to you, sir, I am no fighter: I am
    false of heart that way; and that he knew, I warrant
    him.
  • Clown. Not a more cowardly rogue in all Bohemia: if you had
    but looked big and spit at him, he'ld have run.

    Autolycus. I must confess to you, sir, I am no fighter: I am
    false of heart that way; and that he knew, I warrant
    him.

16 IV / 3
  • Sweet sir, much better than I was; I can stand and
    walk: I will even take my...
  • Sweet sir, much better than I was; I can stand and
    walk: I will even take my leave of you, and pace
    softly towards my kinsman's.
  • Clown. How do you now?

    Autolycus. Sweet sir, much better than I was; I can stand and
    walk: I will even take my leave of you, and pace
    softly towards my kinsman's.

17 IV / 3
  • No, good-faced sir; no, sweet sir.
  • No, good-faced sir; no, sweet sir.
  • Clown. Shall I bring thee on the way?

    Autolycus. No, good-faced sir; no, sweet sir.

18 IV / 3
  • Prosper you, sweet sir!
    [Exit Clown]
    Your purse is not hot enough to pur...
  • Prosper you, sweet sir!
    [Exit Clown]
    Your purse is not hot enough to purchase your spice.
    I'll be with you at your sheep-shearing too: if I
    make not this cheat bring out another and the
    shearers prove sheep, let me be unrolled and my name
    put in the book of virtue!
    [Sings]
    Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,
    And merrily hent the stile-a:
    A merry heart goes all the day,
    Your sad tires in a mile-a.
  • Clown. Then fare thee well: I must go buy spices for our
    sheep-shearing.

    Autolycus. Prosper you, sweet sir!
    [Exit Clown]
    Your purse is not hot enough to purchase your spice.
    I'll be with you at your sheep-shearing too: if I
    make not this cheat bring out another and the
    shearers prove sheep, let me be unrolled and my name
    put in the book of virtue!
    [Sings]
    Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,
    And merrily hent the stile-a:
    A merry heart goes all the day,
    Your sad tires in a mile-a.

19 IV / 4
  • Lawn as white as driven snow;
    Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
    Gloves as s...
  • Lawn as white as driven snow;
    Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
    Gloves as sweet as damask roses;
    Masks for faces and for noses;
    Bugle bracelet, necklace amber,
    Perfume for a lady's chamber;
    Golden quoifs and stomachers,
    For my lads to give their dears:
    Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
    What maids lack from head to heel:
    Come buy of me, come; come buy, come buy;
    Buy lads, or else your lasses cry: Come buy.
  • Perdita. Ay, good brother, or go about to think.

    Autolycus. Lawn as white as driven snow;
    Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
    Gloves as sweet as damask roses;
    Masks for faces and for noses;
    Bugle bracelet, necklace amber,
    Perfume for a lady's chamber;
    Golden quoifs and stomachers,
    For my lads to give their dears:
    Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
    What maids lack from head to heel:
    Come buy of me, come; come buy, come buy;
    Buy lads, or else your lasses cry: Come buy.

20 IV / 4
  • And indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
    therefore it behoves men to be w...
  • And indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
    therefore it behoves men to be wary.
  • Clown. Have I not told thee how I was cozened by the way
    and lost all my money?

    Autolycus. And indeed, sir, there are cozeners abroad;
    therefore it behoves men to be wary.

21 IV / 4
  • I hope so, sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.
  • I hope so, sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.
  • Clown. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose nothing here.

    Autolycus. I hope so, sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.

22 IV / 4
  • Here's one to a very doleful tune, how a usurer's
    wife was brought to bed of...
  • Here's one to a very doleful tune, how a usurer's
    wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags at a
    burthen and how she longed to eat adders' heads and
    toads carbonadoed.
  • Mopsa. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in print o'
    life, for then we are sure they are true.

    Autolycus. Here's one to a very doleful tune, how a usurer's
    wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags at a
    burthen and how she longed to eat adders' heads and
    toads carbonadoed.

23 IV / 4
  • Very true, and but a month old.
  • Very true, and but a month old.
  • Mopsa. Is it true, think you?

    Autolycus. Very true, and but a month old.

24 IV / 4
  • Here's the midwife's name to't, one Mistress
    Tale-porter, and five or six ho...
  • Here's the midwife's name to't, one Mistress
    Tale-porter, and five or six honest wives that were
    present. Why should I carry lies abroad?
  • Dorcas. Bless me from marrying a usurer!

    Autolycus. Here's the midwife's name to't, one Mistress
    Tale-porter, and five or six honest wives that were
    present. Why should I carry lies abroad?

25 IV / 4
  • Here's another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon
    the coast on Wednesday t...
  • Here's another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon
    the coast on Wednesday the four-score of April,
    forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this
    ballad against the hard hearts of maids: it was
    thought she was a woman and was turned into a cold
    fish for she would not exchange flesh with one that
    loved her: the ballad is very pitiful and as true.
  • Clown. Come on, lay it by: and let's first see moe
    ballads; we'll buy the other things anon.

    Autolycus. Here's another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon
    the coast on Wednesday the four-score of April,
    forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this
    ballad against the hard hearts of maids: it was
    thought she was a woman and was turned into a cold
    fish for she would not exchange flesh with one that
    loved her: the ballad is very pitiful and as true.

26 IV / 4
  • Five justices' hands at it, and witnesses more than
    my pack will hold.
  • Five justices' hands at it, and witnesses more than
    my pack will hold.
  • Dorcas. Is it true too, think you?

    Autolycus. Five justices' hands at it, and witnesses more than
    my pack will hold.

27 IV / 4
  • This is a merry ballad, but a very pretty one.
  • This is a merry ballad, but a very pretty one.
  • Clown. Lay it by too: another.

    Autolycus. This is a merry ballad, but a very pretty one.

28 IV / 4
  • Why, this is a passing merry one and goes to
    the tune of 'Two maids wooing a...
  • Why, this is a passing merry one and goes to
    the tune of 'Two maids wooing a man:' there's
    scarce a maid westward but she sings it; 'tis in
    request, I can tell you.
  • Mopsa. Let's have some merry ones.

    Autolycus. Why, this is a passing merry one and goes to
    the tune of 'Two maids wooing a man:' there's
    scarce a maid westward but she sings it; 'tis in
    request, I can tell you.

29 IV / 4
  • I can bear my part; you must know 'tis my
    occupation; have at it with you.
  • I can bear my part; you must know 'tis my
    occupation; have at it with you.
  • Dorcas. We had the tune on't a month ago.

    Autolycus. I can bear my part; you must know 'tis my
    occupation; have at it with you.

30 IV / 4
  • Get you hence, for I must go
    Where it fits not you to know.
  • Get you hence, for I must go
    Where it fits not you to know.
  • Autolycus. I can bear my part; you must know 'tis my
    occupation; have at it with you.

    Autolycus. Get you hence, for I must go
    Where it fits not you to know.

31 IV / 4
  • Neither.
  • Neither.
  • Dorcas. If to either, thou dost ill.

    Autolycus. Neither.

32 IV / 4
  • Neither.
  • Neither.
  • Dorcas. What, neither?

    Autolycus. Neither.

33 IV / 4
  • And you shall pay well for 'em.
    [Follows singing]
    Will you buy any tape,...
  • And you shall pay well for 'em.
    [Follows singing]
    Will you buy any tape,
    Or lace for your cape,
    My dainty duck, my dear-a?
    Any silk, any thread,
    Any toys for your head,
    Of the new'st and finest, finest wear-a?
    Come to the pedlar;
    Money's a medler.
    That doth utter all men's ware-a.
  • Clown. We'll have this song out anon by ourselves: my
    father and the gentlemen are in sad talk, and we'll
    not trouble them. Come, bring away thy pack after
    me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both. Pedlar, let's
    have the first choice. Follow me, girls.

    Autolycus. And you shall pay well for 'em.
    [Follows singing]
    Will you buy any tape,
    Or lace for your cape,
    My dainty duck, my dear-a?
    Any silk, any thread,
    Any toys for your head,
    Of the new'st and finest, finest wear-a?
    Come to the pedlar;
    Money's a medler.
    That doth utter all men's ware-a.

34 IV / 4
  • Ha, ha! what a fool Honesty is! and Trust, his
    sworn brother, a very simple...
  • Ha, ha! what a fool Honesty is! and Trust, his
    sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have sold
    all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not a
    ribbon, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad,
    knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, horn-ring,
    to keep my pack from fasting: they throng who
    should buy first, as if my trinkets had been
    hallowed and brought a benediction to the buyer:
    by which means I saw whose purse was best in
    picture; and what I saw, to my good use I
    remembered. My clown, who wants but something to
    be a reasonable man, grew so in love with the
    wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes
    till he had both tune and words; which so drew the
    rest of the herd to me that all their other senses
    stuck in ears: you might have pinched a placket, it
    was senseless; 'twas nothing to geld a codpiece of a
    purse; I could have filed keys off that hung in
    chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song,
    and admiring the nothing of it. So that in this
    time of lethargy I picked and cut most of their
    festival purses; and had not the old man come in
    with a whoo-bub against his daughter and the king's
    son and scared my choughs from the chaff, I had not
    left a purse alive in the whole army.
  • Camillo. My lord,
    Fear none of this: I think you know my fortunes
    Do all lie there: it shall be so my care
    To have you royally appointed as if
    The scene you play were mine. For instance, sir,
    That you may know you shall not want, one word.

    Autolycus. Ha, ha! what a fool Honesty is! and Trust, his
    sworn brother, a very simple gentleman! I have sold
    all my trumpery; not a counterfeit stone, not a
    ribbon, glass, pomander, brooch, table-book, ballad,
    knife, tape, glove, shoe-tie, bracelet, horn-ring,
    to keep my pack from fasting: they throng who
    should buy first, as if my trinkets had been
    hallowed and brought a benediction to the buyer:
    by which means I saw whose purse was best in
    picture; and what I saw, to my good use I
    remembered. My clown, who wants but something to
    be a reasonable man, grew so in love with the
    wenches' song, that he would not stir his pettitoes
    till he had both tune and words; which so drew the
    rest of the herd to me that all their other senses
    stuck in ears: you might have pinched a placket, it
    was senseless; 'twas nothing to geld a codpiece of a
    purse; I could have filed keys off that hung in
    chains: no hearing, no feeling, but my sir's song,
    and admiring the nothing of it. So that in this
    time of lethargy I picked and cut most of their
    festival purses; and had not the old man come in
    with a whoo-bub against his daughter and the king's
    son and scared my choughs from the chaff, I had not
    left a purse alive in the whole army.

35 IV / 4
  • If they have overheard me now, why, hanging.
  • If they have overheard me now, why, hanging.
  • Camillo. Who have we here?
    [Seeing AUTOLYCUS]
    We'll make an instrument of this, omit
    Nothing may give us aid.

    Autolycus. If they have overheard me now, why, hanging.

36 IV / 4
  • I am a poor fellow, sir.
  • I am a poor fellow, sir.
  • Camillo. How now, good fellow! why shakest thou so? Fear
    not, man; here's no harm intended to thee.

    Autolycus. I am a poor fellow, sir.

37 IV / 4
  • I am a poor fellow, sir.
    [Aside]
    I know ye well enough.
  • I am a poor fellow, sir.
    [Aside]
    I know ye well enough.
  • Camillo. Why, be so still; here's nobody will steal that from
    thee: yet for the outside of thy poverty we must
    make an exchange; therefore discase thee instantly,
    --thou must think there's a necessity in't,--and
    change garments with this gentleman: though the
    pennyworth on his side be the worst, yet hold thee,
    there's some boot.

    Autolycus. I am a poor fellow, sir.
    [Aside]
    I know ye well enough.

38 IV / 4
  • Are you in earnest, sir?
    [Aside]
    I smell the trick on't.
  • Are you in earnest, sir?
    [Aside]
    I smell the trick on't.
  • Camillo. Nay, prithee, dispatch: the gentleman is half
    flayed already.

    Autolycus. Are you in earnest, sir?
    [Aside]
    I smell the trick on't.

39 IV / 4
  • Indeed, I have had earnest: but I cannot with
    conscience take it.
  • Indeed, I have had earnest: but I cannot with
    conscience take it.
  • Florizel. Dispatch, I prithee.

    Autolycus. Indeed, I have had earnest: but I cannot with
    conscience take it.

40 IV / 4
  • Adieu, sir.
  • Adieu, sir.
  • Camillo. Nay, you shall have no hat.
    [Giving it to PERDITA]
    Come, lady, come. Farewell, my friend.

    Autolycus. Adieu, sir.

41 IV / 4
  • I understand the business, I hear it: to have an
    open ear, a quick eye, and...
  • I understand the business, I hear it: to have an
    open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is
    necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requisite
    also, to smell out work for the other senses. I see
    this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive.
    What an exchange had this been without boot! What
    a boot is here with this exchange! Sure the gods do
    this year connive at us, and we may do any thing
    extempore. The prince himself is about a piece of
    iniquity, stealing away from his father with his
    clog at his heels: if I thought it were a piece of
    honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would not
    do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it;
    and therein am I constant to my profession.
    [Re-enter Clown and Shepherd]
    Aside, aside; here is more matter for a hot brain:
    every lane's end, every shop, church, session,
    hanging, yields a careful man work.
  • Camillo. The swifter speed the better.

    Autolycus. I understand the business, I hear it: to have an
    open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is
    necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requisite
    also, to smell out work for the other senses. I see
    this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive.
    What an exchange had this been without boot! What
    a boot is here with this exchange! Sure the gods do
    this year connive at us, and we may do any thing
    extempore. The prince himself is about a piece of
    iniquity, stealing away from his father with his
    clog at his heels: if I thought it were a piece of
    honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would not
    do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it;
    and therein am I constant to my profession.
    [Re-enter Clown and Shepherd]
    Aside, aside; here is more matter for a hot brain:
    every lane's end, every shop, church, session,
    hanging, yields a careful man work.

42 IV / 4
  • [Aside] Very wisely, puppies!
  • [Aside] Very wisely, puppies!
  • Clown. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off you
    could have been to him and then your blood had been
    the dearer by I know how much an ounce.

    Autolycus. [Aside] Very wisely, puppies!

43 IV / 4
  • [Aside] I know not what impediment this complaint
    may be to the flight of my...
  • [Aside] I know not what impediment this complaint
    may be to the flight of my master.
  • Old Shepherd. Well, let us to the king: there is that in this
    fardel will make him scratch his beard.

    Autolycus. [Aside] I know not what impediment this complaint
    may be to the flight of my master.

44 IV / 4
  • [Aside] Though I am not naturally honest, I am so
    sometimes by chance: let m...
  • [Aside] Though I am not naturally honest, I am so
    sometimes by chance: let me pocket up my pedlar's excrement.
    [Takes off his false beard]
    How now, rustics! whither are you bound?
  • Clown. Pray heartily he be at palace.

    Autolycus. [Aside] Though I am not naturally honest, I am so
    sometimes by chance: let me pocket up my pedlar's excrement.
    [Takes off his false beard]
    How now, rustics! whither are you bound?

45 IV / 4
  • Your affairs there, what, with whom, the condition
    of that fardel, the place...
  • Your affairs there, what, with whom, the condition
    of that fardel, the place of your dwelling, your
    names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and any
    thing that is fitting to be known, discover.
  • Old Shepherd. To the palace, an it like your worship.

    Autolycus. Your affairs there, what, with whom, the condition
    of that fardel, the place of your dwelling, your
    names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and any
    thing that is fitting to be known, discover.

46 IV / 4
  • A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me have no
    lying: it becomes none but tr...
  • A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me have no
    lying: it becomes none but tradesmen, and they
    often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them for
    it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; therefore
    they do not give us the lie.
  • Clown. We are but plain fellows, sir.

    Autolycus. A lie; you are rough and hairy. Let me have no
    lying: it becomes none but tradesmen, and they
    often give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them for
    it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; therefore
    they do not give us the lie.

47 IV / 4
  • Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier. Seest
    thou not the air of the cou...
  • Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier. Seest
    thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings?
    hath not my gait in it the measure of the court?
    receives not thy nose court-odor from me? reflect I
    not on thy baseness court-contempt? Thinkest thou,
    for that I insinuate, or toaze from thee thy
    business, I am therefore no courtier? I am courtier
    cap-a-pe; and one that will either push on or pluck
    back thy business there: whereupon I command thee to
    open thy affair.
  • Old Shepherd. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir?

    Autolycus. Whether it like me or no, I am a courtier. Seest
    thou not the air of the court in these enfoldings?
    hath not my gait in it the measure of the court?
    receives not thy nose court-odor from me? reflect I
    not on thy baseness court-contempt? Thinkest thou,
    for that I insinuate, or toaze from thee thy
    business, I am therefore no courtier? I am courtier
    cap-a-pe; and one that will either push on or pluck
    back thy business there: whereupon I command thee to
    open thy affair.

48 IV / 4
  • What advocate hast thou to him?
  • What advocate hast thou to him?
  • Old Shepherd. My business, sir, is to the king.

    Autolycus. What advocate hast thou to him?

49 IV / 4
  • How blessed are we that are not simple men!
    Yet nature might have made me as...
  • How blessed are we that are not simple men!
    Yet nature might have made me as these are,
    Therefore I will not disdain.
  • Old Shepherd. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock nor hen.

    Autolycus. How blessed are we that are not simple men!
    Yet nature might have made me as these are,
    Therefore I will not disdain.

50 IV / 4
  • The fardel there? what's i' the fardel?
    Wherefore that box?
  • The fardel there? what's i' the fardel?
    Wherefore that box?
  • Clown. He seems to be the more noble in being fantastical:
    a great man, I'll warrant; I know by the picking
    on's teeth.

    Autolycus. The fardel there? what's i' the fardel?
    Wherefore that box?

51 IV / 4
  • Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
  • Age, thou hast lost thy labour.
  • Old Shepherd. Sir, there lies such secrets in this fardel and box,
    which none must know but the king; and which he
    shall know within this hour, if I may come to the
    speech of him.

    Autolycus. Age, thou hast lost thy labour.

52 IV / 4
  • The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a
    new ship to purge melanch...
  • The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a
    new ship to purge melancholy and air himself: for,
    if thou beest capable of things serious, thou must
    know the king is full of grief.
  • Old Shepherd. Why, sir?

    Autolycus. The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a
    new ship to purge melancholy and air himself: for,
    if thou beest capable of things serious, thou must
    know the king is full of grief.

53 IV / 4
  • If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly:
    the curses he shall have,...
  • If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly:
    the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall
    feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster.
  • Old Shepherd. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should have
    married a shepherd's daughter.

    Autolycus. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly:
    the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall
    feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster.

54 IV / 4
  • Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy
    and vengeance bitter; but...
  • Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy
    and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to
    him, though removed fifty times, shall all come
    under the hangman: which though it be great pity,
    yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue a
    ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into
    grace! Some say he shall be stoned; but that death
    is too soft for him, say I. draw our throne into a
    sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.
  • Clown. Think you so, sir?

    Autolycus. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy
    and vengeance bitter; but those that are germane to
    him, though removed fifty times, shall all come
    under the hangman: which though it be great pity,
    yet it is necessary. An old sheep-whistling rogue a
    ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into
    grace! Some say he shall be stoned; but that death
    is too soft for him, say I. draw our throne into a
    sheep-cote! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.

55 IV / 4
  • He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then
    'nointed over with honey, set...
  • He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then
    'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a
    wasp's nest; then stand till he be three quarters
    and a dram dead; then recovered again with
    aqua-vitae or some other hot infusion; then, raw as
    he is, and in the hottest day prognostication
    proclaims, shall be be set against a brick-wall, the
    sun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he
    is to behold him with flies blown to death. But what
    talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries
    are to be smiled at, their offences being so
    capital? Tell me, for you seem to be honest plain
    men, what you have to the king: being something
    gently considered, I'll bring you where he is
    aboard, tender your persons to his presence,
    whisper him in your behalfs; and if it be in man
    besides the king to effect your suits, here is man
    shall do it.
  • Clown. Has the old man e'er a son, sir, do you hear. an't
    like you, sir?

    Autolycus. He has a son, who shall be flayed alive; then
    'nointed over with honey, set on the head of a
    wasp's nest; then stand till he be three quarters
    and a dram dead; then recovered again with
    aqua-vitae or some other hot infusion; then, raw as
    he is, and in the hottest day prognostication
    proclaims, shall be be set against a brick-wall, the
    sun looking with a southward eye upon him, where he
    is to behold him with flies blown to death. But what
    talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries
    are to be smiled at, their offences being so
    capital? Tell me, for you seem to be honest plain
    men, what you have to the king: being something
    gently considered, I'll bring you where he is
    aboard, tender your persons to his presence,
    whisper him in your behalfs; and if it be in man
    besides the king to effect your suits, here is man
    shall do it.

56 IV / 4
  • After I have done what I promised?
  • After I have done what I promised?
  • Old Shepherd. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business for
    us, here is that gold I have: I'll make it as much
    more and leave this young man in pawn till I bring it you.

    Autolycus. After I have done what I promised?

57 IV / 4
  • Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?
  • Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?
  • Old Shepherd. Ay, sir.

    Autolycus. Well, give me the moiety. Are you a party in this business?

58 IV / 4
  • O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: hang him,
    he'll be made an example...
  • O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: hang him,
    he'll be made an example.
  • Clown. In some sort, sir: but though my case be a pitiful
    one, I hope I shall not be flayed out of it.

    Autolycus. O, that's the case of the shepherd's son: hang him,
    he'll be made an example.

59 IV / 4
  • I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side;
    go on the right hand: I w...
  • I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side;
    go on the right hand: I will but look upon the
    hedge and follow you.
  • Clown. Comfort, good comfort! We must to the king and show
    our strange sights: he must know 'tis none of your
    daughter nor my sister; we are gone else. Sir, I
    will give you as much as this old man does when the
    business is performed, and remain, as he says, your
    pawn till it be brought you.

    Autolycus. I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side;
    go on the right hand: I will but look upon the
    hedge and follow you.

60 IV / 4
  • If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would
    not suffer me: she drops b...
  • If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would
    not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth. I am
    courted now with a double occasion, gold and a means
    to do the prince my master good; which who knows how
    that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring
    these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he
    think it fit to shore them again and that the
    complaint they have to the king concerns him
    nothing, let him call me rogue for being so far
    officious; for I am proof against that title and
    what shame else belongs to't. To him will I present
    them: there may be matter in it.
  • Old Shepherd. Let's before as he bids us: he was provided to do us good.

    Autolycus. If I had a mind to be honest, I see Fortune would
    not suffer me: she drops booties in my mouth. I am
    courted now with a double occasion, gold and a means
    to do the prince my master good; which who knows how
    that may turn back to my advancement? I will bring
    these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he
    think it fit to shore them again and that the
    complaint they have to the king concerns him
    nothing, let him call me rogue for being so far
    officious; for I am proof against that title and
    what shame else belongs to't. To him will I present
    them: there may be matter in it.

61 V / 2
  • Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?
  • Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?
  • Leontes. I thought of her,
    Even in these looks I made.
    [To FLORIZEL]
    But your petition
    Is yet unanswer'd. I will to your father:
    Your honour not o'erthrown by your desires,
    I am friend to them and you: upon which errand
    I now go toward him; therefore follow me
    And mark what way I make: come, good my lord.

    Autolycus. Beseech you, sir, were you present at this relation?

62 V / 2
  • I would most gladly know the issue of it.
  • I would most gladly know the issue of it.
  • First Gentleman. I was by at the opening of the fardel, heard the old
    shepherd deliver the manner how he found it:
    whereupon, after a little amazedness, we were all
    commanded out of the chamber; only this methought I
    heard the shepherd say, he found the child.

    Autolycus. I would most gladly know the issue of it.

63 V / 2
  • Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me,
    would preferment drop on my...
  • Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me,
    would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old
    man and his son aboard the prince: told him I heard
    them talk of a fardel and I know not what: but he
    at that time, overfond of the shepherd's daughter,
    so he then took her to be, who began to be much
    sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of
    weather continuing, this mystery remained
    undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me; for had I
    been the finder out of this secret, it would not
    have relished among my other discredits.
    [Enter Shepherd and Clown]
    Here come those I have done good to against my will,
    and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.
  • First Gentleman. Who would be thence that has the benefit of access?
    every wink of an eye some new grace will be born:
    our absence makes us unthrifty to our knowledge.
    Let's along.

    Autolycus. Now, had I not the dash of my former life in me,
    would preferment drop on my head. I brought the old
    man and his son aboard the prince: told him I heard
    them talk of a fardel and I know not what: but he
    at that time, overfond of the shepherd's daughter,
    so he then took her to be, who began to be much
    sea-sick, and himself little better, extremity of
    weather continuing, this mystery remained
    undiscovered. But 'tis all one to me; for had I
    been the finder out of this secret, it would not
    have relished among my other discredits.
    [Enter Shepherd and Clown]
    Here come those I have done good to against my will,
    and already appearing in the blossoms of their fortune.

64 V / 2
  • I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
  • I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born.
  • Clown. You are well met, sir. You denied to fight with me
    this other day, because I was no gentleman born.
    See you these clothes? say you see them not and
    think me still no gentleman born: you were best say
    these robes are not gentlemen born: give me the
    lie, do, and try whether I am not now a gentleman born.

    Autolycus. I know you are now, sir, a gentleman born.

65 V / 2
  • I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the
    faults I have committed to y...
  • I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the
    faults I have committed to your worship and to give
    me your good report to the prince my master.
  • Clown. Ay; or else 'twere hard luck, being in so
    preposterous estate as we are.

    Autolycus. I humbly beseech you, sir, to pardon me all the
    faults I have committed to your worship and to give
    me your good report to the prince my master.

66 V / 2
  • Ay, an it like your good worship.
  • Ay, an it like your good worship.
  • Clown. Thou wilt amend thy life?

    Autolycus. Ay, an it like your good worship.

67 V / 2
  • I will prove so, sir, to my power.
  • I will prove so, sir, to my power.
  • Clown. If it be ne'er so false, a true gentleman may swear
    it in the behalf of his friend: and I'll swear to
    the prince thou art a tall fellow of thy hands and
    that thou wilt not be drunk; but I know thou art no
    tall fellow of thy hands and that thou wilt be
    drunk: but I'll swear it, and I would thou wouldst
    be a tall fellow of thy hands.

    Autolycus. I will prove so, sir, to my power.

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