In the first scene of act II of The Winter's Tale, Leontes says:
How blest am I
In my iust Censure? in my true Opinion?
Alack, for lesser knowledge, how accurs'd,
In being so blest? There may be in the Cup
A Spider steep'd, and one may drinke; depart,
And yet partake no venome: (for his knowledge
Is not infected) but if one present
Th' abhor'd Ingredient to his eye, make knowne
How he hath drunke, he cracks his gorge, his sides
With violent Hefts: I haue drunke, and seene the Spider.
Camillo was his helpe in this, his Pandar:
There is a Plot against my Life, my Crowne;
All's true that is mistrusted: that false Villaine,
Whom I employ'd, was pre-employ'd by him:
He ha's discouer'd my Designe, and I
Remaine a pinch'd Thing; yea, a very Trick
For them to play at will: how came the Posternes
So easily open?
I tried to decode Leontes in his speech but to no avail.
What does he mean by saying that he is blessed? Does he claim to have divine aid?
He claims to haue drunke, and seene the Spider and he shares his knowledge of the details of the supposed plot. Why then does he speak earlier of not having enough knowledge, Alack, for lesser knowledge, how accurs'd, In being so blest? ? Can he mean here his not knowing of Camillo being pre-employed?