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The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale Translation Act 3, Scene 1

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Enter CLEOMENES and DION

CLEOMENES

The climate's delicate, the air most sweet,Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassingThe common praise it bears.

CLEOMENES

The weather's fantastic, the air is fresh, the island is lush, and the temple is even more beautiful than everyone says it is.

DION

I shall report,For most it caught me, the celestial habits,Methinks I so should term them, and the reverenceOf the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!How ceremonious, solemn and unearthlyIt was i' the offering!

DION

I'll talk about the thing that impressed me the most: the super-spiritual lifestyle (that's how I'd describe it, anyway) and discipline of the priests. 

CLEOMENES

But of all, the burstAnd the ear-deafening voice o' the oracle,Kin to Jove's thunder, so surprised my senseThat I was nothing.

CLEOMENES

The best part was the blast of the oracle's ear-defeaning voice; it was like thunder! I was scared senseless. I felt tiny and insignificant.

DION

If the event o' the journeyProve as successful to the queen,—O be't so!—As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,The time is worth the use on't.

DION

Hopefully the reading of the prophecy is as successful as our journey (for the queen's sake). It was a great, enjoyable, quick trip, but we can only hope it was worth the time.

CLEOMENES

Great ApolloTurn all to the best! These proclamations,So forcing faults upon Hermione,I little like.

CLEOMENES

Dear Apollo, help it all go well! I don't like these accusations against Hermione one bit.

DION

The violent carriage of it Will clear or end the business: when the oracle, Thus by Apollo's great divine seal'd up, Shall the contents discover, something rare Even then will rush to knowledge. Go: fresh horses! And gracious be the issue!

DION

Leontes's violent way of going about it all is about to come to an end. When we read the oracle's prophecy, sealed and endorsed by Apollo, we'll find out the truth. Let's get fresh horses! Let's hope the oracle has something good to say!

Exeunt

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About the Translator: Bailey Sincox

Bailey Sincox is a PhD student in English at Harvard University, where she researches the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Her teaching experience includes accessible online courses with edX on Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. She holds a Master's from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's from Duke University.