[Enter Paulina, a Gentleman, and Paulina’s Attendants.]
PAULINA , [to Gentleman]
The keeper of the prison, call to him.
Let him have knowledge who I am.
No court in Europe is too good for thee.
 What dost thou then in prison?
[Enter Jailer, with the Gentleman.]
Now, good sir,
You know me, do you not?
JAILER For a worthy lady
And one who much I honor.
PAULINA Pray you then,
Conduct me to the Queen.
JAILER I may not, madam.
To the contrary I have express commandment.
Here’s ado, to lock up honesty and honor from
 Th’ access of gentle visitors. Is ’t lawful, pray you,
To see her women? Any of them? Emilia?
JAILER So please you, madam,
To put apart these your attendants, I
Shall bring Emilia forth.
PAULINA I pray now, call her.—
[Attendants and Gentleman exit.]
And, madam, I must be present at your conference.
PAULINA Well, be ’t so, prithee. [Jailer exits.]
Here’s such ado to make no stain a stain
 As passes coloring.
[Enter Emilia with Jailer.]
How fares our gracious lady?
As well as one so great and so forlorn
May hold together. On her frights and griefs,
 Which never tender lady hath borne greater,
She is something before her time delivered.
EMILIA A daughter, and a goodly babe,
Lusty and like to live. The Queen receives
 Much comfort in ’t, says “My poor prisoner,
I am innocent as you.”
PAULINA I dare be sworn.
These dangerous unsafe lunes i’ th’ King, beshrew
 He must be told on ’t, and he shall. The office
Becomes a woman best. I’ll take ’t upon me.
If I prove honey-mouthed, let my tongue blister
And never to my red-looked anger be
The trumpet anymore. Pray you, Emilia,
 Commend my best obedience to the Queen.
If she dares trust me with her little babe,
I’ll show ’t the King and undertake to be
Her advocate to th’ loud’st We do not know
How he may soften at the sight o’ th’ child.
 The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails.
EMILIA Most worthy madam,
Your honor and your goodness is so evident
That your free undertaking cannot miss
 A thriving issue. There is no lady living
So meet for this great errand. Please your Ladyship
To visit the next room, I’ll presently
Acquaint the Queen of your most noble offer,
Who but today hammered of this design,
 But durst not tempt a minister of honor
Lest she should be denied.
PAULINA Tell her, Emilia,
I’ll use that tongue I have. If wit flow from ’t
As boldness from my bosom, let ’t not be doubted
 I shall do good.
EMILIA Now be you blest for it!
I’ll to the Queen. Please you come something
JAILER , [to Paulina]
Madam, if ’t please the Queen to send the babe,
 I know not what I shall incur to pass it,
Having no warrant.
PAULINA You need not fear it, sir.
This child was prisoner to the womb, and is
By law and process of great nature thence
 Freed and enfranchised, not a party to
The anger of the King, nor guilty of,
If any be, the trespass of the Queen.
JAILER I do believe it.
Do not you fear. Upon mine honor, I
 Will stand betwixt you and danger.