SCENE IAntechamber in LEONTES' palace.
Enter CAMILLO and ARCHIDAMUS.
If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit
Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my
services are now on foot, you shall see, as I
have said, great difference betwixt our Bohemia
and your Sicilia.
I think, this coming summer, the
King of Sicilia means to pay Bohemia the visitation
which he justly owes him.
Wherein our entertainment shall
shame us we will be justified in our loves; for
Verily, I speak it in the freedom of
my knowledge: we cannot with such magnificence
--in so rare--I know not what to say.
We will give you sleepy drinks, that your
senses, unintelligent of our insufficience, may,
though they cannot praise us, as little accuse us.
You pay a great deal too dear for
what's given freely. (20)
Believe me, I speak as my understanding
instructs me and as mine honesty
puts it to utterance.
Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind
to Bohemia. They were trained together in
their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt
them then such an affection, which cannot
choose but branch now. Since their more mature
dignities and royal necessities made separation
of their society, their encounters,
though not personal, have been royally attorneyed
with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
embassies; that they have seemed to be together,
though absent, shook hands, as over a
vast, and embraced, as it were, from the ends
of opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves!
I think there is not in the world
either malice or matter to alter it. You have
an unspeakable comfort of your young prince
Mamillius: it is a gentleman of the greatest
promise that ever came into my note. (41)
I very well agree with you in the
hopes of him: it is a gallant child; one that
indeed physics the subject, makes old hearts
fresh: they that went on crutches ere he was
born desire yet their life to see him a man.
Would they else be content to die?
Yes; if there were no other excuse
why they should desire to live. (49)
If the king had no son, they would
desire to live on crutches till he had one. [Exeunt.