Winter's Tale, Shakespeare
1. You speak a language that I understand not.
2. My life stands in the level of your dreams,
3. Which I'll lay down.
4. Your actions are my dreams.
5. You had a bastard by Polixenes,
6. And I but dreamed it. As you were past all shame-
7. Those of your fact are so- so past all truth;
8. Which to deny concerns more than avails; for as
9. Thy brat hath been cast out, like to itself,
10. No father owning it- which is indeed
11. More criminal in thee than it- so thou
12. Shalt feel our justice; in whose easiest passage
13. Look for no less than death.
14. spare your threats.
15. The bug which you would fright me with I seek.
16. To me can life be no commodity.
17. The crown and comfort of my life, your favour,
18. I do give lost, for I do feel it gone,
19. But know not how it went; my second joy
20. And first fruits of my body, from his presence
21. I am barred, like one infectious; my third comfort,
22. Starr'd most unluckily, is from my breast-
23. The innocent milk in it most innocent mouth-
24. Haled out to murder; myself on every post
25. Proclaimed a strumpet; with immodest hatred
26. The child-bed privilege denied, which 'longs
27. To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried
28. Here to this place, I' the' open air, before
29. I have got strength of limit. Now, my liege,
30. Tell me what blessings I have here alive
31. That I should fear to die. Therefore proceed.
32. But yet hear this- mistake me not: no life,
33. I prize it not a straw, but for mine honour
34. Which I would free- if I shall be condemned
35. Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else
36. But what your jealousies awake, I tell you
37. 'Tis rigour, and not law. Your honours all,
38. I do refer me to the oracle:
39. Apollo be my judge!
When Hermione concludes that “this rigour, and not law” she is making a contrast between