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Act 1, Scene 1


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.

CAMILLO: I think, this coming summer, the King of Sicilia
means to pay Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him.     [5]

ARCHIDAMUS: Wherein our entertainment shall shame us: we
will be justified in our loves; for indeed --

CAMILLO: Beseech you --

ARCHIDAMUS: Verily, I speak it in the freedom of my knowledge:
we cannot with such magnificence -- in so rare -- I know not what     [10]
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.

CAMILLO: You pay a great deal too dear for what's
given freely.     [15]

ARCHIDAMUS: Believe me, I speak as my understanding
instructs me, and as mine honesty puts it to utterance.

CAMILLO: Sicilia cannot show himself overkind to Bohemia. They
were trained together in their childhoods; and there rooted betwixt
them then such an affection, which cannot choose but branch now.     [20]
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     [25]
opposed winds. The heavens continue their loves!

ARCHIDAMUS: 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.     [30]

CAMILLO: 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.

ARCHIDAMUS: Would they else be content to die?     [35]

CAMILLO: Yes; if there were no other excuse why they should
desire to live.

ARCHIDAMUS: If the King had no son, they would desire to live
on crutches till he had one.


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