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so puts himself into the shipman's toil,

Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life: wih whom each minute threatens lite or death. Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; Tual. Well, I perceive

Aside. Here many sink, yet those which see them fall
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, Is not this true ?
He 'seap'd the land, to perish on the seas.- Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre! Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. And her prosperities so largely taste,
Thal. From him I come

With their supertluous riots, hear these tears! With message unto princely Pericles:

The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.
But, since my landing, as I have understood

Enter a Lord.
Your lord has took himself to unknown travels,
My message must return from whence it came. Lord. Where's the lord governor!
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since

Cle. Here.
Commended to our master, not to us :

Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring st, iz Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,–

haste, As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. For comfort is too far for us to expect.

(Exeunt. Lord. We have descried, upon our neighboring

shore, SCENE IV.-Tarsus. A Room in the Governor's A portly sail of ships make hitherward. House.

Cle. I thought as much. Enter CLEOX, DIONYZA, and Attendants.

One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,

That may succeed as his inheritor; Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,

And so in ours: some neighboring nation, And, by relating tales of others' griefs,

Taking advantage of our misery, See it 'iwill teach us to forget our own?

Hath stuff d these hollow vessels with their power, Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to To beat us down, the which are down already; quench it;

And make a conquest of unhappy me, For who digs hills because they do aspire, Whereas no glory's got to overcome. Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher. Lord. That's the least fear: for, by the semblance O my distressed lord, even such our griefs; of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, And come to us as favorers, not as foes. But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise. Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat; Cle. O Dionyza,

Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit. Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, But bring they what they will, what need we fear? Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish? The ground's the low'st, and we are half-way there. Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes Go tell their general, we attend him here, Into the air : our eyes do weep, till lungs

To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, Fetch breath thai may proclaim them louder; And what he craves. that,

Lord. I go, my lord.

[Exi. If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist ;) They may awake their helps to comfort them. If wars, we are unable to resist. I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.

Enter PERICLES, with Attendants. Dio. I'll do my best, sir.

Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, Let not our ships and number of our men, A city. on whom plenty held full hand,)

Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. for riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the And seen the desolation of your streets: clouds,

Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; But to relieve them of their heavy load;. Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, And these our ships you happily may think Like one another's glass to trim them by:

Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff®d within, Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, With bloody views, expecting overthrow, And not so much to feed on, as delight;

Are stored with corn, to make your needy bread, All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, hali The name of help grew odious to repeat.

dead. Dio. 0, 'tis too true.

All. The gods of Greece protect you! Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our And we'll pray for you. change,


Rise, I pray you, rise; These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, We do not look for reverence, but for love, Were all too little to content and please,

And harborage for ourself, our ships, and men. Although they gave their creatures in abundance, Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, As houses are defild for want of use,

Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, They are now starv'd for want of exercise: Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, These palates, who, not yet two summers younger, The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils ! Must have inventions to delight the taste,

Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,) Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it; Your grace is welcome to our town and us. Those mothers who, to nousles up their babes, Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here Thought naught too curious, are ready now

a while, To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd. Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife



Enter Gower.
Goro. Here have you seen a mighty king
His child, I wis, to incest bring;
A better prince, and benign lord.
Prove awful both in deed and word.
Be quiet then, as men should be,
Till he hath pass'd necessity.
I'll show you those in trouble's reign,
• To jet is to strut, to walk proudly.
Nurse fondly.

• Know.

Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
The good in conversation
(To whom I give my benizon)
is still at Tharsus, where each man
Thinks all is writ he spoken can:
And, to remember what he does,
Gild his statue glorious :
But tidings to the contrary,
Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?

If he stands on peace. .i.e. Conduct, behavle

Duml Show. Enter at one Door, PERICLES, talking 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that! if it with Cleon, all the Train with them. Enter, at be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, itnother Door, a Gentleman, with a Letter to and nobody will look after it. PERICLES; PERICLES shows the Letter to CLEON; Per. Nay, see, the sea bath cast upon your coastthen gives the Messenger a reward, and knights 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, te him. Exeunt PERICLES, CLEOX, &c., severally. cast thee in our way! Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home,

Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind, Not to eat honey, like a drone,

In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball From others' labors; forth he strive

For them to play upon, entreats you pity him; To killen bad, keep good alive;

He asks of you, that never used to beg: Anil to fulfil his prince' desire,

1 Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg! here's them Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:

in our country of Greece, gets more with begging How Thaliard came full bent with sin,

than we can do with working. And hid intent, to murder him;

2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then! And that in Tharsus was not best

Per. I never practised it. Longer for him to make his rest:

2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for He knowing so, put forth to seas,

here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless the Where when men been, there's seldom ease;

canst fish for't. For now the wind begins to blow;

Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; Thunder above, and deeps below,

But what I am, want teaches me to think on; Make such unquiet, that the ship.

A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split;

And have no more of life, than may suffice And he, good prince, having all lost,

To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; By waves from coast to coast is tost:

Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, All perishen of man, of pelf,

For I am a man, pray see me buried. Ne aught escapen but himself;

1 Fish. Die, quoth-a ? Now gods forbid! I have Till fortune, tired with doing bad,

a gown here; come, put it on; keep thee warte. Threw him ashore, to give him glad:

Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou And here he comes: what shall be next,

shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for bolidays Pardon old Gower: this long's the text. (Exit. fish for fasting days, and moreo'er, puddings and

flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome. SCENE I.-Pentapolis. An open Place by the

Per. I thank you, sir.

2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could

not beg: Enter PERICLES, wet.

Per. I did but crave. Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven! 2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man and so I shall 'scape whipping. Is but a substance that must yield to you;

Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped, then! And I, as fits my nature, do obey you;

2 Fish. o, not all, my friend, not all; for it all Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,

your beggars were whipped, I would wish no betWash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath ter office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go Nothing to think on, but ensuing death :

draw up the net. [Exeunt two of the Fishermen. Let it suffice the greatness of your powers,

Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;

labor! And having thrown him from your wat’ry grave, 1 Fish. Hark you, sir; do you know where you Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave.

are? Enter three Fishermen.

Per. Not well.

1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Penta1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!

polis, and our king, the good Simonides. 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him! 1 Fish. What, Patch-breech, I say!

1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so called, 3 Fish. What say you, master ?

for his peaceable reign, and good government, i Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.

He gains the name of good, by his government. 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor How far is his court distant from this shore ! men that were cast away before us, even now. 1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and l'i!

1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, her birth-day; and there are princes and knights when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves. come from all parts of the world, to just and tour

3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when ney for her love. I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? Per. Did but

my fortunes equal my desires, They say, they are half fish, half flesh; a plague on I'd wish to make one there. them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. 1 Fish. 0, sir, things must be as they may; and Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for

i Fish. Why, as men do a-land: the great ones his wife's soul. eat up the little ones: I can compare pur rich mi

Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a Nel. sers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at 2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish hangs last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; 'will have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping, hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church, and 'tis turned to a rusty armor. steeple, bells, and all.

Per. An armor, friends! I pray you, let me see il Per. A pretty moral.

Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself; would have been that day in the belfry.

And, though it was mine own, part of mine heritage, 2 Fish. Why, man?

Which my dead father did bequeath to me, 3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me With this strict charge, (even as he left his life, too: and when I had been in his belly, I would Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he 'Twixt me and death, (and pointed to this brace should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, For that it sav'd me, keep it; in like necessity, church, and parish, up again. But if the good | Which gods protect thee fruin! it may defend the king Simonides were of my mind

It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it; Per. Simonides!

Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, 3 Fish. We would purge the lard of these drones, Took it in rage, though, calm'd, they give't again: that rob the bee of her honey.

I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Since I have here my father's gift by will. These fishers tell the infirmities of men;

1 Fish. What mean you, sir? And from their wat'ry empire recollect

Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of All that may men approve, or men detect!

worth, Peace be to your labor, honest tishermen.

• Pan-cakes.

Armar ut vara

For it was sometime target to a king:

The sixth Knight passes. I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,

Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the And for his sake, I wish the having of it;

knight himself And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court, With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Where with't I may appear a gentleman;

Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is And if that ever my low fortunes better,

A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your debtor. The motto, In hac'spe vivo.

i Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? Sim. A pretty moral; Per. I ll show the virtue I have borne in arms.' From the dejected state wherein he is, 1 Fish. Wory, do ye take it, and the gods give He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. ther good or,'t!

1 Lord. He had need mean better than his out 2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend: 'twas we

ward show that made up this garment through the rough seams Can any way speak in his just commend : of the waters: there are certain condolements, cer- For, by his rusty, outside, he appears tain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remem- To have practis'd more the whipstock, than ina ber from whence you had it.

lance. Per. Believe't, I will.

2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he contex Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; To an honor'd triumph, strangely furnished. And spite of all the rupture of the sea,

3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armor rust, This jewel bolds his bidding2 on my arm;

Until this day, to scour it in the dust. Unto thy value will I mount myself

Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan Upon a courser, whose delightful steps

The outward habit by the inward man. Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.- But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdraw Only, my friend, I yei am unprovided

Into the gallery:

[Exeunt. of a pair of bases.

(Great shouts; and all cry, The mean knight! 2 Fish. We'll sure provide : thou shalt have my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee SCENE III.-The same. A Hall of State.-A to the court myself.

Banquet prepared. Per. Then honor be but a goal to my will; This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. (Exeunt. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Knights, and

Attendants. SCENE II.-The same. A Public Way, or Plat- Sim. Knights, form, leading to the Lists. A Pavilion by the To say you are welcome, were superfluous. side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, to place upon the volume of your deeds, Lords, &c.

As in a title-page, your worth in arms, Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants. Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,

Since every worth in show commends itself. Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast: 1 Lord. They are, my liege;

You are my guests. And stay your coming to present themselves.


But you, my knight and guest, Sim. "Return them, we are ready; and our To whom this wreath of victory I give, daughter,

And crown you king of this day's happiness. In honor of whose birth these triumphs are,

Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit. Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat Sim, Call it by what you will, the day is yours; For me to see, and seeing, wonder at.

And here, I hope, is none that envies it. [Exit a Lord.

In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express To make some good, but others to exceed; My commendations great, whose merit's less. And you're her labor'd scholar. Come,

queen o' Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are

the feast, A model, which heaven makes like to itself:

(For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place: As jewels lose their glory, if neglected,

Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. So princes their renown, if not respected.

Knights. We are honor'd much by good Simo'Tis now your honor, daughter, to explain

nides. The labor of each knight, in his device.

Sim. Your presence glads our days; honor we Thai. Which, to preserve mine honor, I'll per


For who hates honor, hates the gods above.
Enter a Knight; he passes over the Stage, and his Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Squire presents his Shield to the Princess. Per.

Some other is more fit. Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself?

1 Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentleThai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes,

, And the device he bears upon his shield, is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun;

Envy the great, nor do the low despise. The word, Lur tua-vita mihi.

Per. You are right courteous knights.

Sim. Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you.

Sit, sit, sir; sit. [The second Knight passes. These cales resist me,6 she not thought upon

Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, Who is the second, that presents himself? Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father;

Thai. By Juno, that is queen And the device he bears upon his shield

Of marriage, all the viands that I eat lian arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady:

Do seem unsavory, wishing him my meat; The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcura que

Sure he's a gallant gentleman.

(The third Knight passes. A country gentleman;
per fue ca.5

He's but
Sim. And what's the third ?
The third, of Antioch; | Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass.

He has done no more than other knights have done.
And his device, a wreath of chivalry :
The word, Me pompæ provexit apex,

Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass. [The fourth Knight passes.

Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picSim. What is the fourth?

ture, Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside down: Which tells me, in that glory once he was;

Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne, Sim. Which shows that beauty bath his power None that beheld him, but, like lesser lights,

and will, Which can as well inflame, as it can kill.

Did vail their crowns to his supremacy; (The fifth Knight passes. The which hath fire in darkness, none in light:

Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, Thai. The fifth, a hand environed with clouds; Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried:

Whereby I see that time's the king of men, The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides.

For he's their parent, and he is their grave,

And gives them what he will, not what they crave. . Keeping. : A kind of loose breeches.

Sim. What, are you merry, knights? .ie. Return them notice. ".. More by sweetness than by force.

• i.e. These delicacies go ngrinst my stomach.

our censure :

1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre- | Even in the height and pride of all his glory, sence?

When he was seated, and his daughter with him, Sim. Here, with a cup wat's stor'd unto the brim, In a chariot of inestimable value, As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,)

A fire from heaven came, and shriveli'd up We drink this health to you.

Their bodies even to loathing; for they so stunk, Knights.

We thank your grace. That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall, Sim. Yet pause a while;

Scorn now their hand should give them burial. Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, Esca. 'Twas very strange. As if the entertainment in our court


And yet but just; for thongh Had not a show might countervail his worth. This king was great, his greatness was no guard Note it not you, Thaisa ?

To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward. Thai. What is it

Esca. 'Tis very true. To me, myʻfather?

Enter three Lords. Sim.

0, attend, my daughter; Princes, in this, should live like gods above,

1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Who freely give to every one that comes

Or council, has respect with him but he. To honor them: and princes, not doing so,

2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof. Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd

3 Lord. Follow me then: Lord Helicane, a word. Are wonderd at.

Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day, my Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say,

lords. We drink this standing bowl of wine to him.

1 Lord. Know that our griefs are risen to the top, Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me

And now at length they overtlow their banks. Unto a stranger knight to be so bold;

Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the prince He may my proffer take for an offence,

you love. Since men take women's gifts for impudence.

1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble Helicane. Sim. How!

But if the prince do live, let us salute him, Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.

Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please me

If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; better.

[ Aside.

If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; Sim. And further tell him we desire to know,

And be resolvid he lives to govern us, Of whence he is, his name and parentage.

Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, Thai. The king, my father, sir, has drunk to you.

And leaves us to our free election. Per. I thank him.

2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him And knowing this kingdom, if without a head, freely.

(Like goodly buildings left without a roof,) Thai. And further he desires to know of you,

Will soon to ruin fall, your noble sell, Of whence you are, your name and parentage.

That best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, Per. A gentleman of Tyre;-(my name, Pericles; We thus submit unto-our sovereign. My education being in arts and arms;),

All. Live, Lord Helicane! Who, looking for adventures in the world,

Hel. Try honoris cause, forbear your suffrages, Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,

If that you love prince Pericles, forbcar. And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore.

Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease. Pericles,

A twelvemonth longer let me then entreat you A gentleman of Tyre, who only by

To forbear choice i' the absence o' the kingi Misfortune of the seas has been bereft

If in which time expir'd, he not return, Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore.

I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. Sim. Now by the gods, I píty his misfortune,

But if I cannot win you to his love; And will awake him from his melancholy.

Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects, Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,

And in your search spend your adventurous worth And waste the time, which looks for other revels.

Whom if you find, and win unto return, Even in your armors, as you are address'd,

You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Will very well become a soldier's dance.

1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield I will not have excuse, with saying, this

And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us, Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads;

We with our travels will endeavor it. Since they love men in arms, as well as beds.

Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp (The Knights dance.

hands; So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform’d.

When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. Come, sir;

(Ereunt. Here is a lady that wants breathing too:

SCENE V.-Penta polis. A Room in the Palace. And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making ladies trip;

Enter SIMONIDES, reading a Letter, the Knights And that their measures are as excellent.

meet him. Per. In those that practise them, they are, my 1 Knight. Good-morrow to the good Simonides. lord.

Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you Sim. O, that's as much as you would be deny'd

know, [The Knights and Ladies dance. That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake Of your fair courtesy.-Unclasp, unclasp;

A married life. Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, Her reason to herself is only known, But you the best. (To Pericles.] Pages and lights, which from herself by no means can I get. conduct

2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, lord ? sir,

Sim. "Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly We have given orders to be next our own.

tied her Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.

To her chamber, that it is impossible. Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love.

One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery; For that's the mark I know you level at:

This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, Therefore each one betake him to his rest;

And on her virgin honor will not break it. To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. (Exeunt. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we ako

our leaves. SCENE IV.-Tyre. A Room in the Governor's | They're well despatch’d; now to my daughtert

Sim. So


She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,- Or never more to view nor day nor light. Antiochus from incest lıv'd not free;

Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with mine For which, the most high gods not minding longer I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's in'! To withhold the vengeance that they had in store, Not minding whether I dislike or no! Due to this heinous capital offence,

Well. I commend her clivi e

(Errunt. sir, of

And will no longer have it be delay'd.

Per. Even in his throat (unless it be the king) Soft, here he comes :- I must dissemble it.

That calls me traitor, I return the lie.

Sim. Now, by the gods, I do aprilaul his cou

(Aside Per. All fortune to the good Simonides !

Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to That never relish'd of a base descent.

you, For your sweet music this last night: my ears,

I came unto your court, for honoris cause,

And not to be a rebel to her state; I do protest, were never better fed

And he that otherwise accounts of me, With such delightful pleasing harmony.

This sword shall prove he's honor's enemy
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend;

Sim. No!
Not my desert.
Sir, you are music's master.

Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.

Enter Thaisa.
Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you think, Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as xir,

Resolve your angry father, if my tongue
My daughter?

Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe Per. As of a most virtuous princess. To any syllable that made love to you? Sim. And she is fair too, is she not?

Thai. Why, sir, say if you had,
Per. As a fair day in summer; wondrous fair. Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you ; Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory!--
Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, I am glad of it with all my heart. ( Aside.] I'll tamo
And she'll your scholar be; therefore, look to it.

Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster. I'll bring you in subjection.-
Sim. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else. Will you, not having my consent, bestow
Per. What's here !

Your love and your affections on a stranger ?
A letter that she loves the knight of Tyre?

(Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. (Aside. or think, may be as great in blood as l.) (Aside 0. seek not to intrap, my gracious lord,

Hear, therefore, mistress: frame your will to mine,A stranger and distressed gentleman,

And you, sir, hear you.--Either be rul'd be me, That never aim'd so high to love your daughter, Or I will make you-man and wife But bent all offices to honor her.

Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it too.Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and And heing join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy ;thou art

And for a further grief-God give you joy! A villain.

What, are you both pleas'd ? Per. By the gods, I have not, sir :


Yes, if you love me, sir Never did thought of mine levy offence;

Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it. Nor never did my actions yet commence

Sim. What, are you both agreed? A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure. Both.

Yes, 'please your majesty Sim. Traitor, thou liest.

Sim. It pleaseth me so well, i'll see you wed; Per. Traitor!

Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed. Sim. Ay, traitor, sir.



Enter Gower.
Gow. Now sleep yslaked7 hath the rout,
No din but snores, the house about,
Made louder by the o'er-fed bruast,
Of this most pompous marriage-feast.
The cat, with eyne of burning coal,
Now crouches 'fore the mouse's hole;
And crickets sing at the oven's mouth,
As the blither for their drouth.
Hymen hath brought the bride to bed,
Where, by the loss of maidenhead,
A babe is moulded ;-Be attent,
And time that is so briefly spent,
With your fine fancies quaintly eche:9
What's dumb in show, i'll plain with speech.
Dumb show. Enter PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one
door, with Attendants; a Messenger meets him,
kneels, and gives PERICLES a Letter. PERICLES
shoes it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to the
former. Then enter THAISA with child, and Ly-
CHORIDA. SIMONIDES shows his Daughter the
Letter; she rejoices: she and PERICLES take
kare of her Father, and depart. Then SIMONIDES,
&c. relire.

Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch,
Of Pericles the careful search,
By the four opposing coignes,
Which the world together joins,
Is made with all due diligence,
That horse, and sail, and high expense,
Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre,
(Fame answering the most strong inquire,)
To the court of king Simonides
Are letters brought; the tenor these:
Antiochus and his daughter's dead;
De men of Tyrus, on the head
Of Helicanus would set on
The crown of Tyre, but he will none:
Quenched. 1 Eke out. • Lonely. 1 A measure.
* Corners.

• Help, or assist the search.

The mutiny there he hastes t'appease:
Says to them, if king Pericles
Come not, in twice six moons, home,
He, obedient to their doom,
Will take the crown. The sum of this,
Brought hither to Pentapolis,
Y-ra vished the regions round,
And every one with claps 'gan sound,
Our heir apparent is a king;
Who dream d, who thought of such a thing
Brief, he must hence depart to Tyre:
His queen, with child, makes her desire
(Which who shall cross?) along to go;
(Omit we all their dole and wo;)
Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
And so to sea. Their vessel shakes
On Neptune's billow; half the flood
Hath their keel cut; but fortune's mood
Varies again; the grizzled north
Disgorges such a tempest forth,
That, as a duck for life that dives,
So up and down the poor ship drives.
The lady shrieks, and, well-a-near!
Doth fall in travail with her fear:
And what ensues in this fell storm,
Shall, for itself, itself perform.
I nilli relate; action may
Conveniently the rest convey;
Which might not what by me is told.
In your imagination hold
This stage, the ship, upon whose deck
The sea-tost prince appears to speak. (Exit.

Enter PERICLES, on a Ship at Sea.
Per. Thou god of this great vast, rebuke those

Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, that

• An exclamation equivalent to well-a-day.
$ I shall not.

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