Act 1 Scene 1

ACT 1

Scene 1

[Enter Camillo and Archidamus.]


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.

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

ARCHIDAMUS  Wherein our entertainment shall shame
 us; we will be justified in our loves. For indeed—

[10]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 to say. We will give you
 sleepy drinks, that your senses, unintelligent of our
[15] insufficience, may, though they cannot praise us, as
 little accuse us.

CAMILLO  You pay a great deal too dear for what’s given
 freely.

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

CAMILLO  Sicilia cannot show himself over-kind to Bohemia.
 They were trained together in their childhoods,
 and there rooted betwixt them then such an


[25]  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, hath been royally
 attorneyed with interchange of gifts, letters, loving
[30]  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.

ARCHIDAMUS  I think there is not in the world either
[35]  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.

CAMILLO  I very well agree with you in the hopes of
[40]  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?

[45]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.
[They exit.]



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