"sea ran high, the winter wind. ..,'Wailed o'er a desert, rocky shore,Up which a grave and stately nmaI"A little sleeping i fant bore.' His br: was sad, his eyes were imIn truthi h ie had great caus to gcve,For he lhl4I orn h.t hapl ss b4b.Al ... land to leave.With no one near the child to ch,As helpless on the earth it lahyxEposed to rain, ad wid, atd ow,And to th savage ;beasts o"4pr'Its father was a cruel KiWho, angry with his blameless e,Had sworn that she should sirely die,Nor would he spare her -bYs life,;''; ,<< ^a~tte- /*^
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But Lord Antigonus knelt down,Mercy for the poor babe to crave,And the stern King in anger crie" What will you do its life to save ?'" Whatever you command, my king,"He answered then, "I gladly swearTo do or suffer for its sake,If the poor innocent you'll spare."Then the false King this order spoke:" The hated infant you must bearK To a far-off and desert land,"And leave it to wild Nature's care." Go! bear her hence !"-And, for the sakeSOf that rash oath which he had sworn,Poor Lord Antigonus, with grief,N The little Princess here has borne.' / t'
A desolate and dreary spotUpon this shore the noble found,And, grieving sadly for its fate,He laid the infant on the ground."Blossom, lie there!" he sadly said;'" :And here beside thee on the earthI place a casket full of gold,And papers which will tell thy birth."While he thus spoke, a savage growl"Was borne upon the wintry air;He turned; his danger saw, and fled,Chased by a fierce and hungry bear.Meantime, upon the desert plain,Unharmed the little infant lay,Till, seeking for some wand'ring sheep,A poor old Shepherd came that way.,iI
With pity moved, he raised the child,And, looking in its sleeping face,: T::'- Wondered if fairies had been there,y And left a changeling in the place..' Just then his son came rushing up,His honest face with terror pale,And, scarcely knowing what he said,Told a most strange and piteous tale." -" ,Of how he saw a gallant ship!Engulfed within the raging sea-And how a bear had killed a manB--Who vainly sought from "it to flee-When the Clown's awful tale was o erThe Shepherd his good-fortune told-How he had found a sleeping babe,And casket full of coins of gold
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"'Tis fairy gold," the Shepherd said;" We must not of our fortune speak,Or it will vanish from our sight.:?: Nor may we for the giver seek."We'll take this pretty little lassTo mother, who will love her well,And as a daughter in our houseThis tiny Perdita shall dwell."...And well the Shepherd kept his word,! They reared the child with tender care,And, as the years flew by, she grewSA blooming maiden, good and fair.gl The gold had bought the Shepherd land,S And all with the good man went well,S When to young Perdita one day"A strange and happy chance befell.:?f
A gallant falcon took its flightOne morn across her father's groundIn search of it, its owner came,And 'midst the flow'rs the maiden found./ Amidst the lilies there she stood,S:The roses blooming on her cheek,i A nd, seeing her, Prince Florizel,-- I' Forgot the bird he came to seek.SHe loved her from that very hour,And as a shepherd clad would come,With dog and crook, at evening's close,To woo her in her rustic home.'And now the shearing times had come,The sheep are from their wool released,And, thankful for his growing gains,:The Shepherd held a shearing feast.yj ^I P '' " '%. ,. "' o^'' ^,*W '' ..:y
And Perdita to ev'ry guestGave nosegays of the brightest flow'rs,SThat lingered still in summer's lap,\ And decked its swiftly-fleeting hours.Amongst the merry rural throngTwo unknown guests the Shepherd brought,And bade his daughter kindly greetThe strangers who their friendship sought.She welcomed them with sunny smiles,And gave them flowers with playful grace,And much they wondered one so fairShould dwell in such a humble place.Beside her stood Prince Florizel,Princely in person as in birth,k. Eager to do the maiden's will,SAnd share with her the rustic mirth,
He led her forth to join the dance,Nor greater than his love would seem-% .- The younger stranger smiled and said," " This is the queen of curds and cream."But now a Pedlar joined the guests,lBearing a basket of gay wares,SLaces and ribbons, pins and scent,SAnd trinkets sold at country fairs.SI Around him the glad maidens came,To view his ribbons and his lace,To buy a brooch or amber pin,Or mirror to behold their face.But when his ballads they would tryThe Clown the merry party tookAway from the grave stranger guests,Who ill, he thought, their noise would brook.
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With laughter and gay shouts they went;Perdita with the Prince remained,Who, leading her before the groupOf elders, her white hands retained,And said. " Before you, rev'rend men,S'--- And you, old father, now I stand,To beg for a most precious gift-SYour lovely daughter's snowy hand."Were 1 the mightiest monarch crowned,Or fairest prince that eye had seen,Or wisest and most learned known,Yet Perdita should be my queen."SThe Shepherd said, "And you, my child,S/ ,'Love you as well this gentle youth ? "-She blushed and answered, " In his words!I pray you read my equal truth."A :
S"A bargain!' the old Shepherd cried;"Give ne your hands; these friends un-knownAre witnesses; and I will giveA dowry equalling your own.""Oh, that must in her virtue be,"The unknown Prince amused replied;" But now before these rev'rend men"Let our betrothal knot be tied."Then one of the grave strangers spoke," Have you no father, my good youth,Who should be present when you pledgeThe bridal oath of lasting truth ?""" " I have a father," said the Prince," But he must not this matter know."S'" Let, him, my son," the Shepherd urged," : His blessing on the match bestow."is^O W.A, Z Z~~~ s~e~~~-j:
" Nay, he must not," the Prince declared;"Now hear me claim my fairest brideAnd swear to her"-" Nay, pause rash boy!"A voice of thunder near him cried.He turned, and gazed in silent awe,A For there the King, his father, stood,Revealed by casting off his cloak,"'- And throwing back the heavy hood."No bride of thine," that stern King said," " Shall ever from a sheepcot come:Never again this spot approach-Or never dare come near thy home" For crown of mine shall never restS Upon thy most unworthy head!For thee-thou fair but low born-maid,Who to great wrong thy Prince hast led.I " I'll have thy beauty scratched with briars,And made more homely than thy state,And, if the Prince thou still should'st seek,A cruel death shall be thy fate.". ...... .... ...........
"For thee, old churl, thoughmuch displeased,We leave thee in thy cabin free."Then the King turned, withscornful air,-I: And left them, frowning heavily.The other stranger lingered still;Camillo was that noble's name,Who, long ago, from his ownlandWith Florizel's stern father ca'me.And now he reasoned with thePrince,Urging him to forsake his love;But neither reason, threats, orprayersH1is steadfast constancy couldmove.Finding his words were all invain,vCamillo urged the Prince to fly,Advising him to take his love~ At once to distant Sicily.CiQ~
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" The king," he said, "will gladlysee" The son of one who was his. /' friend,A And in my own Sicilian home: ..My Prince some happy daysmay spend."' The Prince approved of hisadvice,".He had a vessel in the bay,Well stored for sea, in which,A .his',hrideAt once he-meant to bear away."" But, lest his movements shouldbe watched'- .i;.By some of the King s eady spit'--.Camillo counselled that the PrinceSShould carefully himself disguise.S.'Just then the Pedlar came einsight,They called him, and at once,arranged ."That his quaint garmenits a d ",gay wares ;;:Should for the Prince's dre slsbechanged.S.... _h >" #,a:+.
Perdita in her lover's cloakAnd hat, Camillo, careful, hides,And thus towards the ship they go-The Pedlar near the cot abides.And here, after a time, he sawThe Shepherd and his son appear,Bearing a bundle and a box,With looks of mingled hope and fear.The Pedlar, in his rich attire,By neither of the two was known,So, putting on a lordly air,He bade the men their purpose own.It was to carry to the KingThe box and bundle, and to sayS That Perdita was none of theirs,But a poor foundling castaway.The Pedlar was a cunning rogue;He guessed that this strange shep-herd's tale,And papers- which they could notM read--Might much Prince Florizel avail.
,So to the ship he coaxed the pair,SAnd thus across the dancing seaSThe Shepherd, Clown, andS --- PerditaWere borne away to Sicily.And there a wonder came tolight:Hidden within the box of gold,S;i A letter from Antigonus1 '' The little infant's story told.The King of Sicily then knewSShe was the child whose harm-_ less life"He had exposed to beasts ofprey,When angry with his gentle wife.But long ago he knew the QueenHad been much wronged, andfor her sake,SWith joy, and tenderness, and"tears,Perdita to his heart could take.uaHM'.^g.'-^ ** : *" cr iid l.^^^^^aB^w^^W^N^B^^f^^~'a-ss^^B^tswiws^ ^'^^K^atass^^^ar"s^
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