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  • Title: The Winter's Tale (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editor: Hardin Aasand
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-367-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardin Aasand
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    The Winter's Tale (Folio 1, 1623)

    Actus Tertius. Scœna Prima.
    Enter Cleomines and Dion.
    Cleo. The Clymat's delicate, the Ayre most sweet,
    Fertile the Isle, the Temple much surpassing
    The common prayse it beares.
    Dion. I shall report,
    1150For most it caught me, the Celestiall Habits,
    (Me thinkes I so should terme them) and the reuerence
    Of the graue Wearers. O, the Sacrifice,
    How ceremonious, solemne, and vn-earthly
    It was i'th' Offring?
    1155Cleo. But of all, the burst
    And the eare-deaff'ning Voyce o'th' Oracle,
    Kin to Ioues Thunder, so surpriz'd my Sence,
    That I was nothing.
    Dio. If th' euent o'th' Iourney
    1160Proue as successefull to the Queene (O be't so)
    As it hath beene to vs, rare, pleasant, speedie,
    The time is worth the vse on't.
    Cleo. Great Apollo
    Turne all to th' best: these Proclamations,
    1165So forcing faults vpon Hermione,
    I little like.
    Dio. The violent carriage of it
    Will cleare, or end the Businesse, when the Oracle
    (Thus by Apollo's great Diuine seal'd vp)
    1170Shall the Contents discouer: something rare
    Euen then will rush to knowledge. Goe: fresh Horses,
    And gracious be the issue.