The Winter’s Tale: Act III, Scene ii


The Winter’s Tale.         Act 3, Scene 2.      Paulina

This speech is used in our interview with Patrena Murray.

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229.  I say she’s dead; I’ll swear’t. If word nor oath
230.  Prevail not, go and see: if you can bring
231.  Tincture or lustre in her lip, her eye,
232.  Heat outwardly or breath within, I’ll serve you
233.  As I would do the gods. But, O thou tyrant!
234.  Do not repent these things, for they are heavier
235.  Than all thy woes can stir; therefore betake thee
236.  To nothing but despair. A thousand knees
237.  Ten thousand years together, naked, fasting,
238.  Upon a barren mountain and still winter
239.  In storm perpetual, could not move the gods
240.  To look that way thou wert.