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My scars can witness, dumb although they are, | Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips:
That my report is just, and full of truth. 0, were the sum of these that I should pay
But, soft; methinks, I do digress too much, Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them!
Citing my worthless praise: 0, pardon me; Luc. Come bither, boy; come, come, and
For when no friends are by, men praise them-

learn of us

(well: selves.

To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lovd thee Mar. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee, child,

Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; [Pointing to the Child in the arms of an At. Many a matter hath he told to thee, tendant.

Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy; Of this was Tamora delivered ;

In that respect then, like a loving child, The issue of an irreligious Moor,

Shed yet some small drops from thy tender Chief architect and plotter of these woes ;

spring, The villain is alive in Titus' house,

Because kind nature doth require it so: (woe: Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true. Friends should associate friends in griet and Now judge, what cause had Titus to revenge Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave; These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience, Do him that kindness, and take leave of hin. Or more than any living man could bear. Boy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with al Now you have heard the truth, what say you,

my heart Romans ?

Would I were dead, so you did lire again! Have we dope aught amiss? Show us wherein, o lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; And, from the place where you behold us now, My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth. The poor remainder of Andronici Will, band in hand, all headlong cast us down,

Enter Attendants, with AARON. And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, 1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with And make a mutual closure of our house.

woes; Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say, we Give sentence on this execrable wretch, shall,

That bath been breeder of these dire events. Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall. Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish Æmil. Come, come, thou reverend man of

him; Rome,

There let him stand, and rave and cry for food: And bring our emperor gently in thy hand, If any one relieves or pities him, Lucius our emperor; for, well I know, For the offence he dies. This is our doom: The common voice do cry, it shall be so. Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth. Rom. (Several speak.) Lucius, all hail; Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury Rome's royal emperor!

dumb?

I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, Lucius, &c. descend.

I should repent the evils I have done: Mar. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house; Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did,

[To an Attendant. Would I perform, if I might have my will; And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, If one good deed in all my life I did, To be adjudg'd some direful slaughtering I do repent it from my very soul. death,

Luc. Some loving friends convey the empera As punishment for his most wicked life.

hence, Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all bail ; And give him burial in his father's grare: Rome's gracious governor!

My father, and Lavinia, shall forth with Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; May I govern Be closed'in our household's monument. So,

(woe! As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, But, gentle people, give me aim awhile, No mournful bell shall ring her burial ; [prey: For nature puts me to a heavy task;

But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of Stand all aloof :-but, uncle, draw you pear, Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk :- And, being so, shall have like want of pity. 0, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips, See justice done to Aaron, that damn'd'Mour,

(Kisses Títus. By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain's Then, afterwards, to order well the state; The last true duties of thy poble son! [face, That like events may de'er it ruinate. Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss,

(Esezat.

PERICLES, PRINCE OF

OF TYRE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

ANTIOCHUS, King of Antioch.

THAISA, Daughter to Simonides. PERICLES, Prince of Tyre.

MARINA, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa. HELICANUS, Two Lords of Tyre.

LYCHORIDA,

Nurse to Marina.
ESCANES,

DIANA.
SIMONIDES, King of Pentapolis.
CLEON, Governor of Tharsus.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, LYSIMACHUS, Governor of Mitylene.

Pirates, Fishermen, and Messengers, &c. CERIMON, a Lord of Ephesus. THALIARD, a Lord of Antioch.

Scene, dispersedly in various countries." PHILEMON, Servant to Cerimon. LEONINE, Servant to Dionyza.-MARSHAL. * That the reader may know through how many regions A PANDAR, and his Wife.—Boult, their Ser- the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to obvant.

serve, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria ; Tyre a Gower, as Chorus.

city of Phenicia in Asia; Tarsus, the metropolis of "Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capital of Les

bos, an Island in the Ægean sea ; and Ephesus, the capi. The DAUGHTER of Antiochus.

tal of Ionia, a country of the Lesser Asia. DIONYZA, Wife to Cleon.

[graphic]

The senate-house of planets all did sit, | That give heaven countless eyes to view men's To knit in her their best perfections.

acts,

Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, Enter the DAUGHTER of ANTIOCHUS. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it? Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still. the spring,

[Takes hold of the hand of the princess. Graces ber subjects, and her thoughts the king Were not this glorious casket stor's with ill: Of every virtue gives renown to men!

But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts revolt; Her face, the book of praises, where is read For he's no man on whom perfections wait, Nothing but

curious pleasures, as from thence That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. Sorrow were ever raz'd, and testy wrath

You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings; Could never be her mild companion.

Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music, Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to That have inflam'd desire in my breast,

hearken; To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

But, being play'd upon before your time, Or die in the adventure, be my helps,

Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime : As I am son and servant to your will,

Good sooth, I care not for you. To compass such a boundless happiness!

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch pot, upon thy Ant. Prince Pericles,

For that's an article within our law,..(life, Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. As dangerous as the rest. Your time's ex Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,

pir'd ; With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd; Either expound now, or receive your sentence For death-like dragons here affright thee hard :

Per. Great king, Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view

Few love to hear the sins they love to act; A countless glory, which desert must gain:

'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to And which, without desert, because thine eye

tell it. Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must Who has a book of all that monarchs do, MM die.

He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; Tell thee with speechless tongues, and sem

And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, blance pale,

The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: That, without covering, save yon field of stars, To stop the air would hurt them. The blind They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's | Copp’d" hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth

wars; And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,

is wrong'd For going on death's Det, whom none resist,

By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath

die for't. My frail mortality to know itself, (taught Kings are earth's gods: in vice their law's And by those fearful objects to prepare

their will; This body, like to them, to what I must: And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth For death remember’d, should be like a mirror, it is enough you know; and it is fit, Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, What being more known grows worse, to

sinother it. I'll make my will then ; and as sick men do,

All love the womb that their first beings bred, Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling Then give my tongue like leave to love my woe,

head. Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did;

Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! He has So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

found the meaning; And all good men, as every prince should do ; But I will glozer with him. (Aside.] Young My riches to the earth from whence they came; Though by the tenour of our strict edict, But my unspotted fire of love to you.

[To the Daughter of Antiochus. Your exposition misinterpreting, Thus ready for the way of life or death,

We might proceed to cancel of your days;: I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Scorning advice.

As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise: Ant. Read the conclusion then ;

Forty days longer we do respite you; Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed,

If by which time our secret be undone, As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed.

This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son: Daugh. In all, save that,

may'st thou prove And until then, your entertain shall be, prosperous !

As doth befit our honour, and your worth. In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!

[Exeunt ANTIOCHUS, his DAUGHTER, and Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,

Attendants. Nor ask advice of any other thought

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! But faithfulness, and courage.

When what is done is like a hypocrite,

The which is good in nothing but in sight, [He reads the Riddle.)

If it be true that I interpret false,

Then were it certain, you were not so bad,
I am no viper, yet I feed

As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
On mother's flesh, which did me breed:
I sought a husband, in which labour,

Whereg now you're both a father and a son,
I found that kindness in a father.

By your untimely claspings with your child,

(Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father;) He's father, son, and husband mild,

And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
I mother, wife, and yet his child.

By the defiling of her parent's bed;
How they may be, and yet in two,

[feed As you will lice, resolve it you.

And both like serpents are, who though they Sharp physic is the last: but you powers!

* Rising to a top or head. + Flatter, insinuate 1 To tho destruction of your life,

Whereas

error.

On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men And so with me;-the great Antiochus Blush not in actions blacker than the pight, ('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Will shun no course to keep them from the Since he's so great, can make bis will his act,) light,

Will think me speaking, though I swear to One sin, I know, another doth provoke ;

silence; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, Poison and treason are the hands of sin, If he suspect I may dishonour him: Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: And what may make him blush in being Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear,

known,

[known; By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. He'll stop the course by which it might be

(Exit. With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.

And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the Our men be vanquish’d, ere they do resist,

Amazement shall drive courage from the state; which we mean To have his head.

And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought of

fence : He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, which care of them, not pity of myself, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin

(Who am no more but as the tops of trees, In such a loathed manner:

Which fence the roots they grow by, and deAnd therefore instantly this prince must die; fend them,) For by his fall my honour must keep high. Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, Who attends on us there?

And punish that before, that he would punish. Enter THALIARD.

i Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred

breast! Thul. Doth your highness call ?

2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and Peaceful and comfortable !

[to us, our mind Partakes her private actions to your secrecy;

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expe

rience tongue. And for your faithfulness we will advance you. They do abuse the king, that fatter him: Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's Forfattery is the bellows blows up sin; gold;

The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must To which that breath gives heat and stronger kill him;

glowing; It fits thee not to ask the reason why,

Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Because we bid it. Say, is it done

Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. Thal. My lord,

When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, 'Tis done.

He flatters you, makes war upon your life: Enter a MESSENGER.

Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please; Ant. Enough;

[haste. I cannot be much lower than my knees. Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your

Per. All leave us else; but let your cares Mess. My lord, pripce Pericles is fled.

o'erlook [Exit MESSENGER. What shipping and what lading's in our haven, Ant. As thou

And then return to us. (Exeunt Lords.) HeliWilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow, shot

canus, thou From a well experienc'd archer, hits the mark Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks? His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead. Per. If there be such a dart in princes' Thal. My lord, if I

frowns? Can get him once within my pistol's length, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? I'll make him sure: so farewell to your high- Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven

[Erit.

from whence Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, They have their nourishment ? My heart can lend no succour to my head.

Per. Thou know'st I have power (Exit. To take thy life.

Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe mySCENE II.-Tyre.-A Room in the Palace. Do you but strike the blow.

(self; Enter Pericles, HELICANUS, and other Lords. Sit down, sit down; thou art no flatterer:

Per. Rise, pr’ythee rise; Per. Let none disturb us: Why this charge I thank thee for it, and high heaven forbid, of thoughts?

That kings should let their ears hear their The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,

faults bid! By mne so usd a guest is, not an hour, Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, Who by thy wisdom mak’st a prince thy ser. (The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed What would'st thou have me do?

(vant, me quiet!

Hel. With patience bear Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. shun them,

Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, HeliAnd danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, Who minister'st a potion unto me, [canus; Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Attend me then: I went to Antioch, (death, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Where, as thou know'st, against the face of Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, That have their first conception by mis-dread, From wbence an issue I might propagate, Have after-nourishment and life by care; Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. And what was first but fear what might be Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; done,

The rest (bark in thine ear,) as black as incest;

ness.

cence:

come.

Which, by my knowledge found, the sinful his oath to be one.--Hush, here come the londe father

of Tyre. Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st this,

Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords. 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.

Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Which fear so grew in me, I hither filed,

Tyre, Under the covering of a careful night, (here, Further to question of your king's departure. Who seem'd my good protector; and being His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Bethought me what was past, what might suc- Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel: ceed.

Thal. How! the king gone! (Aside I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than their years: why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,

Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. That I should open to the listening air,

Being at AntiochHow many worthy princes' bloods were shed,

Thal. What from Antioch?

Aside. To keep his bed of blackness uplaid ope,To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms,

Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know And make pretence of wrong that I have done Took some displeasure at him ; at least be

not,). him; When all, for mine, if I may call't offence,

judg'd so: Must feel war's blow, wbo spares not inno. To show his sorrow, would

correct himself;

And doubting lest that he had err'd or sino'd, Which love to all (of which thyself art one,

So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,

With whom each minute threatens life or death. Who now reprov'st me for it).

Thal. Well, I perceive

(Aside. Hel. Alas, Sir! Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from But since he's gone, the king it sure must

I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; my cheeks, Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts

please, How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;

He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas,And finding little comfort to relieve them,

But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of

Tyre! I thought it princely charity to grieve them.

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is wel. Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak,

Thal. From him I come
Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,

With message unto princely Pericles;
And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
Who either by public war, or private treason,

But, since my landing, as I have understood, Will take away your life.

Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,

My message must return frons whence it came. Till that his rage and anger be forgot,

Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.

Commended to our master, not to us : Your rule direct to any; if to me,

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Per. I do not doubt thy faith;

(Ererat But should he wrong my liberties in absence-SCENE IV.-Tharsus.-A Room in the Go Het. We'll mingle bloods together in the

vernor's House. earth From whence we had our being and our birth.

Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants. Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tharsus

Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by relating tales of others' griefs, And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? The care I had and have of subjects' good, Dio. That were to blow at fre, in hope to On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can

quench it: bear it.

For who digs hills because they do aspire. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Throws down one mountain, to castupa higher. Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack O my distressed lord, even such our griets ; both :

Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful But in our orbs* we'll live so round and safe,

eyes, That time of both this truth shal? ne'er con- But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher vincent

Cle. O Dionyza, Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, prince.

[Exeunt. Or can conceal bis hunger, till he famish? SCENE III.-Tyre -- An Ante-chamber in the Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our Palace.

Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till langs
Enter THALIARD.

Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court.

that, Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do if heaven slumber, while their creatures want, not, I am sure to be hanged at home : 'tis dan- They may awake their helps to comfort them. gerous.-Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, and had good discretion, that being bid to ask | And wanting breath to speak, help me with what he would of the king, desired he might

tears. know none of his secrets, Now do I see he Dio. I'll do my best, Sir. had some reason for it: for if a king bid a man

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have governbe a villain, he is bound by the indenture of

ment,

(A city, on whom plenty held full band,) In our different spheres. + Overcome, For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets;

(rise.

woes

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