The Winter's Tale

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Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizell, Perdita, Camillo,Enter Leontes, Polixenes, Florizel, Perdita, Camillo, WT V.iii.1.1
Paulina: Hermione (like a Statue:) Lords, &c.Paulina, Lords, and Attendants WT V.iii.1.2
O graue and good Paulina, the great comfortO grave and good Paulina, the great comfortgrave (adj.)

old form: graue
respected, revered, wise
WT V.iii.1
That I haue had of thee?That I have had of thee! WT V.iii.2.1
What (Soueraigne Sir)What, sovereign sir, WT V.iii.2.2
I did not well, I meant well: all my SeruicesI did not well, I meant well. All my services WT V.iii.3
You haue pay'd home. But that you haue vouchsaf'dYou have paid home: but that you have vouchsafed,home (adv.)
fully, thoroughly, unsparingly
WT V.iii.4
(With your Crown'd Brother, and these your contractedWith your crowned brother and these your contracted WT V.iii.5
Heires of your Kingdomes) my poore House to visit;Heirs of your kingdoms, my poor house to visit, WT V.iii.6
It is a surplus of your Grace, which neuerIt is a surplus of your grace, which never WT V.iii.7
My life may last to answere.My life may last to answer. WT V.iii.8.1
O Paulina,O Paulina, WT V.iii.8.2
We honor you with trouble: but we cameWe honour you with trouble. But we came WT V.iii.9
To see the Statue of our Queene. Your GallerieTo see the statue of our queen: your gallery WT V.iii.10
Haue we pass'd through, not without much contentHave we passed through, not without much contentcontent (n.)
pleasure, satisfaction, happiness
WT V.iii.11
In many singularities; but we saw notIn many singularities; but we saw notsingularity (n.)
rarity, curiosity, noteworthy object
WT V.iii.12
That which my Daughter came to looke vpon,That which my daughter came to look upon, WT V.iii.13
The Statue of her Mother.The statue of her mother. WT V.iii.14.1
As she liu'd peerelesse,As she lived peerless, WT V.iii.14.2
So her dead likenesse I doe well beleeueSo her dead likeness I do well believe WT V.iii.15
Excells what euer yet you look'd vpon,Excels whatever yet you looked upon, WT V.iii.16
Or hand of Man hath done: therefore I keepe itOr hand of man hath done; therefore I keep it WT V.iii.17
Louely, apart. But here it is: prepareLonely, apart. But here it is: preparelonely (adj.)

old form: Louely
isolated, secluded, standing apart
WT V.iii.18
To see the Life as liuely mock'd, as euerTo see the life as lively mocked as ever WT V.iii.19
Still Sleepe mock'd Death: behold, and say 'tis well.Still sleep mocked death. Behold, and say 'tis well!mock (v.)

old form: mock'd
imitate, mimic, copy
WT V.iii.20
still (adj.)
silent, quiet
Paulina draws a curtain and reveals Hermione, standing WT V.iii.21.1
like a statue WT V.iii.21.2
I like your silence, it the more shewes-offI like your silence: it the more shows off WT V.iii.21
Your wonder: but yet speake, first you (my Liege)Your wonder. But yet speak: first you, my liege.liege (n.)
lord, sovereign
WT V.iii.22
Comes it not something neere?Comes it not something near?something (adv.)
somewhat, rather
WT V.iii.23.1
Her naturall Posture.Her natural posture! WT V.iii.24.2
Chide me (deare Stone) that I may say indeedChide me, dear stone, that I may say indeedchide (v.), past form chid
scold, rebuke, reprove
WT V.iii.25
Thou art Hermione; or rather, thou art she,Thou art Hermione; or rather, thou art she WT V.iii.26
In thy not chiding: for she was as tenderIn thy not chiding, for she was as tender WT V.iii.27
As Infancie, and Grace. But yet (Paulina)As infancy and grace. But yet, Paulina, WT V.iii.28
Hermione was not so much wrinckled, nothingHermione was not so much wrinkled, nothing WT V.iii.29
So aged as this seemes.So aged as this seems. WT V.iii.29.1
Oh, not by much.O, not by much! WT V.iii.29.2
So much the more our Caruers excellence,So much the more our carver's excellence, WT V.iii.30
Which lets goe-by some sixteene yeeres, and makes herWhich lets go by some sixteen years and makes her WT V.iii.31
As she liu'd now.As she lived now. WT V.iii.32.1
As now she might haue done,As now she might have done, WT V.iii.32.2
So much to my good comfort, as it isSo much to my good comfort as it is WT V.iii.33
Now piercing to my Soule. Oh, thus she stood,Now piercing to my soul. O, thus she stood, WT V.iii.34
Euen with such Life of Maiestie (warme Life,Even with such life of majesty – warm life, WT V.iii.35
As now it coldly stands) when first I woo'd her.As now it coldly stands – when first I wooed her! WT V.iii.36
I am asham'd: Do's not the Stone rebuke me,I am ashamed. Does not the stone rebuke me WT V.iii.37
For being more Stone then it? Oh Royall Peece:For being more stone than it? O royal piece!piece (n.)

old form: Peece
specimen, masterpiece
WT V.iii.38
There's Magick in thy Maiestie, which ha'sThere's magic in thy majesty, which has WT V.iii.39
My Euils coniur'd to remembrance; andMy evils conjured to remembrance, andremembrance (n.)
memory, bringing to mind, recollection
WT V.iii.40
From thy admiring Daughter tooke the Spirits,From thy admiring daughter took the spirits,admiring (adj.)
marvelling, filled with wonder
WT V.iii.41
Standing like Stone with thee.Standing like stone with thee. WT V.iii.42.1
And giue me leaue,And give me leave, WT V.iii.42.2
And doe not say 'tis Superstition, thatAnd do not say 'tis superstition, that WT V.iii.43
I kneele, and then implore her Blessing. Lady,I kneel and then implore her blessing. Lady, WT V.iii.44
Deere Queene, that ended when I but began,Dear queen, that ended when I but began, WT V.iii.45
Giue me that hand of yours, to kisse.Give me that hand of yours to kiss! WT V.iii.46.1
O, patience:O, patience! WT V.iii.46.2
The Statue is but newly fix'd; the Colour'sThe statue is but newly fixed, the colour'sfixed (adj.)

old form: fix'd
painted, made fast, finished off
WT V.iii.47
Not dry.Not dry. WT V.iii.48
My Lord, your Sorrow was too sore lay'd-on,My lord, your sorrow was too sore laid on,sore (adv.)
seriously, greatly, very much
WT V.iii.49
Which sixteene Winters cannot blow away,Which sixteen winters cannot blow away, WT V.iii.50
So many Summers dry: scarce any IoySo many summers dry. Scarce any joy WT V.iii.51
Did euer so long liue; no Sorrow,Did ever so long live; no sorrow WT V.iii.52
But kill'd it selfe much sooner.But killed itself much sooner. WT V.iii.53.1
Deere my Brother,Dear my brother, WT V.iii.53.2
Let him, that was the cause of this, haue powreLet him that was the cause of this have power WT V.iii.54
To take-off so much griefe from you, as heTo take off so much grief from you as he WT V.iii.55
Will peece vp in himselfe.Will piece up in himself.piece up (v.)

old form: peece vp
add to, make up, parcel up
WT V.iii.56.1
Indeed my Lord,Indeed, my lord, WT V.iii.56.2
If I had thought the sight of my poore ImageIf I had thought the sight of my poor imageimage (n.)
effigy, statue, sculpture
WT V.iii.57
Would thus haue wrought you (for the Stone is mine)Would thus have wrought you – for the stone is mine – work (v.), past form wrought
affect, stir, act upon
WT V.iii.58
Il'd not haue shew'd it.I'd not have showed it. WT V.iii.59.1
Doe not draw the Curtaine.Do not draw the curtain. WT V.iii.59.2
No longer shall you gaze on't, least your FancieNo longer shall you gaze on't, lest your fancyfancy (n.)

old form: Fancie
imagination, mind, mental state
WT V.iii.60
May thinke anon, it moues.May think anon it moves.anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
WT V.iii.61.1
Let be, let be:Let be, let be!let be
be quiet
WT V.iii.61.2
Would I were dead, but that me thinkes alreadie.Would I were dead but that methinks already – methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thinkes
it seems / seemed to me
WT V.iii.62
(What was he that did make it?) See (my Lord)What was he that did make it? See, my lord: WT V.iii.63
Would you not deeme it breath'd? and that those veinesWould you not deem it breathed, and that those veins WT V.iii.64
Did verily beare blood?Did verily bear blood?verily (adv.)
in truth, truly, indeed
WT V.iii.65.1
'Masterly done:Masterly done! WT V.iii.65.2
The very Life seemes warme vpon her Lippe.The very life seems warm upon her lip. WT V.iii.66
The fixure of her Eye ha's motion in't,The fixture of her eye has motion in'tfixure (n.)
fixture, position, attitude
WT V.iii.67
As we are mock'd with Art.As we are mocked with art. WT V.iii.68.1
Ile draw the Curtaine:I'll draw the curtain. WT V.iii.68.2
My Lord's almost so farre transported, thatMy lord's almost so far transported that WT V.iii.69
Hee'le thinke anon it liues.He'll think anon it lives. WT V.iii.70.1
Oh sweet Paulina,O sweet Paulina, WT V.iii.70.2
Make me to thinke so twentie yeeres together:Make me to think so twenty years together! WT V.iii.71
No setled Sences of the World can matchNo settled senses of the world can matchsense (n.)

old form: Sences
mind, power of reason, wits
WT V.iii.72
settled (adj.)

old form: setled
calm, steadfast, composed
The pleasure of that madnesse. Let't alone.The pleasure of that madness. Let't alone. WT V.iii.73
I am sorry (Sir) I haue thus farre stir'd you: butI am sorry, sir, I have thus far stirred you; but WT V.iii.74
I could afflict you farther.I could afflict you farther. WT V.iii.75.1
Doe Paulina:Do, Paulina: WT V.iii.75.2
For this Affliction ha's a taste as sweetFor this affliction has a taste as sweet WT V.iii.76
As any Cordiall comfort. Still me thinkesAs any cordial comfort. Still methinks WT V.iii.77
There is an ayre comes from her. What fine ChizzellThere is an air comes from her. What fine chisel WT V.iii.78
Could euer yet cut breath? Let no man mock me,Could ever yet cut breath? Let no man mock me, WT V.iii.79
For I will kisse her.For I will kiss her. WT V.iii.80.1
Good my Lord, forbeare:Good my lord, forbear.forbear (v.)
stop, cease, desist
WT V.iii.80.2
The ruddinesse vpon her Lippe, is wet:The ruddiness upon her lip is wet: WT V.iii.81
You'le marre it, if you kisse it; stayne your owneYou'll mar it if you kiss it; stain your own WT V.iii.82
With Oyly Painting: shall I draw the Curtaine.With oily painting. Shall I draw the curtain?painting (n.)
paint, pigment, colour
WT V.iii.83
No: not these twentie yeeres.No, not these twenty years. WT V.iii.84.1
So long could ISo long could I WT V.iii.84.2
Stand-by, a looker-on.Stand by, a looker-on. WT V.iii.85.1
Either forbeare,Either forbear,forbear (v.)
withdraw, leave, give way
WT V.iii.85.2
Quit presently the Chappell, or resolue youQuit presently the chapel, or resolve youpresently (adv.)
immediately, instantly, at once
WT V.iii.86
resolve (v.)

old form: resolue
decide, make up one's mind
For more amazement: if you can behold it,For more amazement. If you can behold it, WT V.iii.87
Ile make the Statue moue indeed; descend,I'll make the statue move indeed, descend WT V.iii.88
And take you by the hand: but then you'le thinkeAnd take you by the hand: but then you'll think –  WT V.iii.89
(Which I protest against) I am assistedWhich I protest against – I am assisted WT V.iii.90
By wicked Powers.By wicked powers.power (n.)
(usually plural) god, deity, divinity
WT V.iii.91.1
What you can make her doe,What you can make her do WT V.iii.91.2
I am content to looke on: what to speake,I am content to look on; what to speakcontent (adj.)
agreeable, willing, ready
WT V.iii.92
I am content to heare: for 'tis as easieI am content to hear; for 'tis as easy WT V.iii.93
To make her speake, as moue.To make her speak as move. WT V.iii.94.1
It is requir'dIt is required WT V.iii.94.2
You doe awake your Faith: then, all stand still:You do awake your faith. Then all stand still; WT V.iii.95
On: those that thinke it is vnlawfull BusinesseOr those that think it is unlawful business WT V.iii.96
I am about, let them depart.I am about, let them depart. WT V.iii.97.1
Proceed:Proceed. WT V.iii.97.2
No foot shall stirre.No foot shall stir. WT V.iii.98.1
Musick; awake her: Strike:Music, awake her, strike!strike (v.)
beat, sound, strike up
WT V.iii.98.2
Music WT V.iii.99
'Tis time: descend: be Stone no more: approach:'Tis time: descend; be stone no more; approach; WT V.iii.99
Strike all that looke vpon with meruaile: Come:Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come, WT V.iii.100
Ile fill your Graue vp: stirre: nay, come away:I'll fill your grave up. Stir; nay, come away. WT V.iii.101
Bequeath to Death your numnesse: (for from him,Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him WT V.iii.102
Deare Life redeemes you) you perceiue she stirres:Dear life redeems you. You perceive she stirs. WT V.iii.103
Hermione descends WT V.iii.104.1
Start not: her Actions shall be holy, asStart not: her actions shall be holy asstart (v.)
jump, recoil, flinch
WT V.iii.104
You heare my Spell is lawfull: doe not shun her,You hear my spell is lawful. (To Leontes) Do not shun her WT V.iii.105
Vntill you see her dye againe; for thenUntil you see her die again, for then WT V.iii.106
You kill her double: Nay, present your Hand:You kill her double. Nay, present your hand.double (adv.)
doubly, for the second time, twice over
WT V.iii.107
When she was young, you woo'd her: now, in age,When she was young you wooed her: now, in age, WT V.iii.108
Is she become the Suitor?Is she become the suitor? WT V.iii.109.1
Oh, she's warme:O, she's warm! WT V.iii.109.2
If this be Magick, let it be an ArtIf this be magic, let it be an art WT V.iii.110
Lawfull as Eating.Lawful as eating. WT V.iii.111.1
She embraces him.She embraces him. WT V.iii.111.2
She hangs about his necke,She hangs about his neck. WT V.iii.112
If she pertaine to life, let her speake too.If she pertain to life, let her speak too.pertain (v.)

old form: pertaine
belong, have a right
WT V.iii.113
I, and make it manifest where she ha's liu'd,Ay, and make it manifest where she has lived, WT V.iii.114
Or how stolne from the dead?Or how stol'n from the dead. WT V.iii.115.1
That she is liuing,That she is living, WT V.iii.115.2
Were it but told you, should be hooted atWere it but told you, should be hooted at WT V.iii.116
Like an old Tale: but it appeares she liues,Like an old tale: but it appears she lives, WT V.iii.117
Though yet she speake not. Marke a little while:Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while.mark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
WT V.iii.118
Please you to interpose (faire Madam) kneele,(To Perdita) Please you to interpose, fair madam; kneel, WT V.iii.119
And pray your Mothers blessing: turne good Lady,And pray your mother's blessing. Turn, good lady: WT V.iii.120
Our Perdita is found.Our Perdita is found. WT V.iii.121.1
You Gods looke downe,You gods, look down, WT V.iii.121.2
And from your sacred Viols poure your gracesAnd from your sacred vials pour your gracesvial (n.)

old form: Viols
phial, small bottle, flask
WT V.iii.122
Vpon my daughters head: Tell me (mine owne)Upon my daughter's head! Tell me, mine own, WT V.iii.123
Where hast thou bin preseru'd? Where liu'd? How foundWhere hast thou been preserved? Where lived? How found WT V.iii.124
Thy Fathers Court? For thou shalt heare that IThy father's court? For thou shalt hear that I, WT V.iii.125
Knowing by Paulina, that the OracleKnowing by Paulina that the oracle WT V.iii.126
Gaue hope thou wast in being, haue preseru'dGave hope thou wast in being, have preserved WT V.iii.127
My selfe, to see the yssue.Myself to see the issue.issue (n.)

old form: yssue
outcome, result, consequence(s)
WT V.iii.128.1
There's time enough for that,There's time enough for that, WT V.iii.128.2
Least they desire (vpon this push) to troubleLest they desire upon this push to troublepush (n.)
climactic moment, critical time
WT V.iii.129
Your ioyes, with like Relation. Go togetherYour joys with like relation. Go together,relation (n.)
report, account, narration
WT V.iii.130
like (adj.)
same, similar, alike, equal
You precious winners all: your exultationYou precious winners all; your exultation WT V.iii.131
Partake to euery one: I (an old Turtle)Partake to everyone. I, an old turtle,partake (v.)
make known, impart, communicate
WT V.iii.132
Will wing me to some wither'd bough, and thereWill wing me to some withered bough, and there WT V.iii.133
My Mate (that's neuer to be found againe)My mate, that's never to be found again, WT V.iii.134
Lament, till I am lost.Lament till I am lost.lost (adj.)
ruined, perished, destroyed
WT V.iii.135.1
O peace Paulina:O, peace, Paulina! WT V.iii.135.2
Thou shouldst a husband take by my consent,Thou shouldst a husband take by my consent,consent (n.)
opinion, feeling, counsel
WT V.iii.136
As I by thine a Wife. This is a Match,As I by thine a wife. This is a match, WT V.iii.137
And made betweene's by Vowes. Thou hast found mine,And made between's by vows. Thou hast found mine –  WT V.iii.138
But how, is to be question'd: for I saw herBut how is to be questioned: for I saw her, WT V.iii.139
(As I thought) dead: and haue (in vaine) said manyAs I thought, dead; and have in vain said many WT V.iii.140
A prayer vpon her graue. Ile not seeke farreA prayer upon her grave. I'll not seek far –  WT V.iii.141
(For him, I partly know his minde) to finde theeFor him, I partly know his mind – to find thee WT V.iii.142
An honourable husband. Come Camillo,An honourable husband. Come, Camillo, WT V.iii.143
And take her by the hand: whose worth, and honestyAnd take her by the hand; whose worth and honesty WT V.iii.144
Is richly noted: and heere iustifiedIs richly noted, and here justifiednoted (adj.)
recognizable, well-known, familiar
WT V.iii.145
richly (adv.)
abundantly, fully, amply
justify (v.)

old form: iustified
affirm, acknowledge, corroborate
By Vs, a paire of Kings. Let's from this place.By us, a pair of kings. Let's from this place. WT V.iii.146
What? looke vpon my Brother: both your pardons,(To Hermione) What! Look upon my brother. Both your pardons WT V.iii.147
That ere I put betweene your holy lookesThat e'er I put between your holy looks WT V.iii.148
My ill suspition: This your Son-in-law,My ill suspicion. This' your son-in-law,ill (adj.)
evil, wicked, immoral
WT V.iii.149
And Sonne vnto the King, whom heauens directingAnd son unto the King, whom heavens directing, WT V.iii.150
Is troth-plight to your daughter. Good Paulina,Is troth-plight to your daughter. Good Paulina,troth-plight (adj.)
engaged, betrothed
WT V.iii.151
Leade vs from hence, where we may leysurelyLead us from hence, where we may leisurely WT V.iii.152
Each one demand, and answere to his partEach one demand and answer to his part WT V.iii.153
Perform'd in this wide gap of Time, since firstPerformed in this wide gap of time since first WT V.iii.154
We were disseuer'd: Hastily lead away. We were dissevered. Hastily lead away.dissevered (adj.)

old form: disseuer'd
divided, split, broken
WT V.iii.155
Exeunt.Exeunt WT V.iii.155
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