Act 3 - Scene 2
Bohemia. The palace of POLIXENES.
Enter POLIXENES and CAMILLO
I pray thee, good Camillo, be no more importunate:
'tis a sickness denying thee any thing; a death to
It is fifteen years since I saw my country: though
I have for the most part been aired abroad, I
desire to lay
my bones there. Besides, the penitent
king, my master, hath sent for me; to whose feeling
sorrows I might
be some allay, or I o'erween to
think so, which is another spur to my departure.
As thou lovest me, Camillo, wipe not out the rest of
thy services by leaving me now: the need I have of
thine own goodness hath made; better not to
have had thee than thus to want thee: thou, having
businesses which none without thee can
sufficiently manage, must either stay to execute
them thyself or
take away with thee the very
services thou hast done; which if I have not enough
considered, as too much
I cannot, to be more
thankful to thee shall be my study, and my profit
therein the heaping friendships. Of
country, Sicilia, prithee speak no more; whose very
naming punishes me with the remembrance
penitent, as thou callest him, and reconciled king,
my brother; whose loss of his most precious
and children are even now to be afresh lamented.
Say to me, when sawest thou the Prince Florizel,
son? Kings are no less unhappy, their issue not
being gracious, than they are in losing them when
have approved their virtues.
Sir, it is three days since I saw the prince. What
his happier affairs may be, are to me unknown: but I
missingly noted, he is of late much retired
from court and is less frequent to his princely
formerly he hath appeared.
I have considered so much, Camillo, and with some
care; so far that I have eyes under my service which
upon his removedness; from whom I have this
intelligence, that he is seldom from the house of a
homely shepherd; a man, they say, that from
very nothing, and beyond the imagination of his
is grown into an unspeakable estate.
I have heard, sir, of such a man, who hath a
daughter of most rare note: the report of her is
more than can be thought to begin from such a cottage.
That's likewise part of my intelligence; but, I
fear, the angle that plucks our son thither. Thou
us to the place; where we will, not
appearing what we are, have some question with the
whose simplicity I think it not
uneasy to get the cause of my son's resort thither.
Prithee, be my present
partner in this business, and
lay aside the thoughts of Sicilia.
I willingly obey your command.
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