Leontes. This sessions, to our great gri...

The Winter's Tale

Leontes Hermione Ensemble

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Leontes. This sessions, to our great grief we pronounce,

Even pushes 'gainst our heart: the party tried

The daughter of a king, our wife, and one

Of us too much beloved. Let us be clear'd

Of being tyrannous, since we so openly

Proceed in justice, which shall have due course,

Even to the guilt or the purgation.

Produce the prisoner.

Officer. It is his highness' pleasure that the queen

Appear in person here in court. Silence!

[Enter HERMIONE guarded;]

PAULINA and Ladies attending]

Leontes. Read the indictment.

Officer. [Reads] Hermione, queen to the worthy

Leontes, king of Sicilia, thou art here accused and

arraigned of high treason, in committing adultery

with Polixenes, king of Bohemia, and conspiring

with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign

lord the king, thy royal husband:

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