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Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our 2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you retorn mind

Peaceful and comfortable ! Partakes her private actions to your secresy; Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience And for your faithfulness we will advance you.

tongue. Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold; They do abuse the king, that flatter him We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill For flattery is the bellows blows up sin ; It fits thee not to ask the reason why, [him; The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, Because we bid it. Say, is it done ?

To which that breath gives heat and stronger Thal. My lord,

glowing; Tis done.

Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,
Enter a Messenger.

Fits kings, as they are men, for they may ert. Ant. Enough;

When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your haste. He latters you, makes war upon your life; Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is fled.

Prince, pardon me, or strike if

you please; [exit Mess. I cannot be much lower than my knees. [look Ant. As thou

Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erWilt live, dy after : and, as an arrow, shot What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, From a well-experienc'd archer, hits the mark And then return to us. [exeunt Lords] Helicanus, His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

thon Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead.

Hast mov'd us : what seest thou in our looks? Thal. My lord, if I

Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. Can get him once within my pistol's length, Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, I'll make him sare: so farewell to your highness. How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?

[exit. Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven Ant. Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead,

from whence My heart can lend no succour to my head. [exit. They have their nourishment ?

Per. Thou know'st I have power Enter Pericles, Helicanus, and other Lords. To take thy life. Per. Let none disturb us : Why this charge of Hel. [kneeling.] I have ground the axe myself ; thoughts?

Do you but strike the blow. The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,

Per. Rise, prythee, rise ; By me so us'd a guest is, not an hour,

Sit down, sit down ; thou art no flatterer: In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid, (The tomb where grief should sleep), can breed That kings should let their ears hear their faults me quiet!

Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, [hid ! Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, shun them.

What would'st thou have me do? And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch,

Hel. With patience bear Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.

Who minister'st a potion unto me, Then it is thus : the passions of the mind, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. That have their first conception by mis-dread, Attend me then: I went to Antioch, Have after-nourishment and life by care ;

Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death, And what was first but fear what might be done, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, Grows elder now, and cares. it be not done. From whence an issue I might propagate, And so with me ;-the great Antiochus

Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. ('Gainst whom I am too little to contend,

Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; Since he's so great, can make his will his act), The rest (bark in thine ear), as black as incest; Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence; Which by my knowledge found, the sinful fatber Nor boots it me to say, I honour bim,

Seem'd not to strike, but smooth : but thou If he suspect I may dishonour him :

kuow'st this, And what may make him blush in being knowo, 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. He'll stop the course byavhich it might be known; Which fear so grew in me, I hither fied ; With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Under the covering of a careful night, And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, Amazement shall drive courage from the state ; Bethought me what was past, what might succeedo Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought offence: Decrease not, but grow faster than their years : Which care of them, not pity of myself

And should he doubt it (as no doubt he doth), (Who am no more but as the tops of trees, (them), That I should open to the listning air, Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend How many worthy princes' bloods were sherl, Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, — And punish that before, that he would punish. To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arma 1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred And make pretence of wrong that I have done


him ;




When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, To show his sorrow, would correct himself;
Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence : So puts himself into the shipman's toil,
Which love to all (of which thyself art one, With whom each minute threatens life or death,
Who now reprovist me for it)

Thal. Well, I perceive

[aside. Hel. Alas, sir !

[my cheeks, I shall not be hang'd now, although I would ; Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts He 'scap'd the land, to perisb on the seas.How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;

But I'll present me.

Peace to the lords of Tyre ! And, finding little comfort to relieve them,

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. I thought it princely charity to grieve them.

Thal. From him I come Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me with message unto princely Pericles; leave to speak,

But, since my landing, as I have understood Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,

Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant, My message must return from whence it came. Who, either by public war, or private treason,

Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since Will take away your life.

Commended to our master, not to us : Therefore, my lord, go travel for awhile,

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, Till that his rage and anger be forgot,

As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Or destinies do cut his thread of life.

[ereunt. Your rule direct to any; if to me,

A ROOM IN THE GOVERNOR'S Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. Per. I do not doubt thy faith;

Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants. But should he wrong my liberties in absence- Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,

Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, And, by relating tales of others' griefs, From whence we had our being and our birth. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to Tharsus

quench it; Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; For who digs hills because they do aspire, And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.

Throws down one mountain, to cast up a bigher. The care I had and have of subjects good, [it. O my distressed lord, even such our griefs; On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise. Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both:

Cle. O Dionyza, But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish ? Thou showd'st a subject's shine, I a true prince. Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes

[exeunt. Into the air: our eyes do weep, till lungs

Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that,

If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, Enter Thaliard.

They may awake their helps to comfort them. Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court.

I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, Here must I kill king Pericles; and, if I do not, And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears. I am sure to be bang'd at home: 'tis dangerous.- Dio. I'll do my best, sir.

[ment Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have governgood discretion, that being bid to ask what he (A city, on whom plenty held full hand), would of the king, desired be might know none For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; of his secrets. Now do I see he had some reason Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the for it: for if a king bid a man be a villain, he is

clouds, bound by the indenture of his oath to be one.- And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; Hush, here come the lords of Tyre.

Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, Enter Helicanus, Escanes, and other Lords. Like one another's glass to trim them by : Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sigbt, Tyre,

And not so much to feed on, as delight; Further to question of your king's departure. All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, The name of help grew odious to repeat. Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel.

Dio. O, 'tis too true. Thal. How! the king gone!

[aside. Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied,

our change, Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,

These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Were all too little to content and please, (air, Being at Antioch

Although they gave their creatures in abundance, Thal. What from Antioch?

[aside. As houses are defil'd for want of Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know They now are starv'd for want of exercise : not),

[so: Those palates, who, not yet two summers younger, Took some displeasure at him : at least be judg’d Must have inventions to delight the taste, And doubting lest that he had err’d or sinn'd, Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it;




Those mothers, who, to nousle up their babes, Who makes the fairest show, means most decelt. Thought nought too curious, are ready now, But bring they what they will, what need we fear? To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd. The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there. So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife

Go tell their general, we attend him bere, Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life : To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; And what he craves. Here many sink, yet those that see them fall, Lord. I go, my lord.

[ezut Have scarce strength left to give them burial. Cle. Welcome is peace, if hc on peace consist; Is not this true ?

If wars, we are unable to resist. Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.

Enter Pericles, with Attendants. Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, And her prosperities so largely taste,

Let not our ships and number of our men, With their superfluous riots, hear these tears ! Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.

We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, Enter a Lord.

And seen the desolation of your streets : Lord. Where's the lord governor ?

Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, Cle. Here.

But to relieve them of their heavy load; Speak out thy sorrows, which thou bring'st, in And these our ships you happily may think For comfort is too far for us to expect. [haste, Are, like the cojan horse, war-stuft”d within, Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring With bloody views, expecting overthrow, shore,

Are stor'd with corn, to make your needy bread, A portly sail of ships make hitherward.

And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half Cle. I thought as much.

All. The gods of Greece protect you ! [deach
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, And we'll pray for you.
That may succeed as his inheritor;

Per. Rise, I pray you, rise!
And so in ours : some neighbouring nation, We do not look for reverence, but for love,
Taking advantage of our misery,

And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and med. Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power, Cle. The which when any shall not gratify To beat us down, the which are down already ; Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, And make a conquest of unhappy me,

Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.

The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils! Lord. That's the least fear : for, by the sem- Till when (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be scen), blance


is welcome to our town and us.
Of their white slags display'd, they bring us peace, Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast hert
And come to us as favourers, not as foes. (peat, awhile,
Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to re- Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. [cxeunt

Enter Gower.

And, to fulfil his prince' desire,
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king

Sends word of all that haps in Tyre.
His child, I wis, to incest bring;

How Thaliard came full bent with sin, A better prince, and benign lord,

And hid intent, to murder him ; Prove awful both in deed and word.

And that in Tharsus was not best Be quiet then, as men should be,

Longer for him to make his rest: Till he hath pass'd necessity,

He knowing so, put forth to seas, I'll show you those in trouble reign,

Where when men been, there's seldom ease; Losing a mite, a mountain gain.

For now the wind begins to blow; The good in coversation

Thunder above, and deeps below, (To whom I give my benizon),

Make such unquiet, that the ship Is still at Tharsus, where each man

Should bouse him safe, is wreck'd and split; Thinks all is writ he spoken can:

And he, good prince, having all lost, And, to remember what he does,

By waves from coast to coast is tost: Gild his statue glorious:

All perishen of man, of pelf, But tidings to the contrary

Ne aught escapen but himself;
Are brought your eyes : what need spcak I

Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Dumb Show.

Threw him ashore, to give him glad : Enter, at onc door, Pericles, talking with Cleon ; And here he comes : what shall be next,

all the train with them. Enter, at another door, Pardon old Gower: this long's the text. [exit. a Gentleman with a letter to Pericles; Pericles SCENE I. PENTAPOLIS. AN OPEN PLACE BY THE shows the letter to Cleon; then gives the Messenger a reward, and knights him. Excunt Peri

Enter Pericles, wet. cles, Cleon, gc. scverally.

Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven! Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home. Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, eartbly mau Not to eat honey, like a drone,

Is but a substance that must yield to you
From others' labours; forth he strive

And I, as fits my nature, do obey you;
To killen bad, keep good alive;

Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks




Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath | here's nothing to be got now a-days, unless thou' Nothing to think on, but ensuing death :

canst fish for't. Let it suffice the greatness of your powers,

Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes ; But what I am, want teaches me to think on; And having thrown him from your wat’ry grave, A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave. And have no more of life, than may suffice Enter three Fishermen.

To give iny tongue that heat, to ask your help; 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!

Which if


shall refuse, when I am dead, 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. For I am a man, pray see me buried. 1 Fish. What, Patch-breech, I say !

1 Fish. Die, quoth-a? Now, gods forbid ! I 3 Fish. Wbat say you, master ?

have a gown here; come, put it on; keep theo 1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come

Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.

Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er poor men that were cast away before us, even now. puddings and flap-jacks; and thou shalt be wel

1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help Per. I thank you, sir. them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you ourselves.

could not beg. 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when Per. I did but crave. I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? 2 Fish. But crave? then I'll turn craver too, they say, they are half fish, half flesh; a plague and so I shall 'scape whipping. on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd then? Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if

1 Fish. Why as men do a-land; the great ones all your beggars were whipp'd, I would wish no eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich better office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays go draw up the net. [ereunt two of the Fishermen. and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and Per. How well this honest mirth becomes at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such their labour ! whales have I heard on a'the land, who never 1 Fish. Hark you, sir! do you know where leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole you are ? parish, church, steeple, bells and all.

Per. Not well. Per. A pretty moral.

1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pen3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, tapolis, and our king, the good king Simonides. I would have been that day in the belfrey.

Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him? 2 Fish. Why, man?

1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so call’d, 3 Fish. Because be should have swallowed me for his peaceable reign, and good government, too: and when I had been in his belly, I would Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects. have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he He gains the name of good, by his government. should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, How far is his court distant from this shore? church, and parish, up again. But if the good i Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and king Simonides were of my mind

I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and toPer. Simonides?

morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes 3 Fish. We would purge the land of these and knights come from all parts of the world, to. drones, that rob the bee of her honey.

just and tourney for her love. Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, These fishers tell the infirmities of men;

I'd wish to make one there. And from their watry empire recollect

1 Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may: All that may men approve, or men detect ! and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. deal for his wife's soul

2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net. it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, 2 Fish. Help, master, belp; here's a fish hangs and nobody will look after it.

[coast, in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your | 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty armour. [it. st thee in our way!

(wind, Per. An armour, friends! I pray you let me sce Per. A man, whom both the waters and the Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself; For them to play upon, entreats you pity him: And, though it was mine own, part of my heritage, He asks of you, that never us'd to beg.

Which my dead father did bequeath to me, 1 Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's With this strict charge (even as he left his life), them in our country of Greece, gets more with Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield begging, than we can do with working.

'Twixt me and death (and pointing to this brace); 2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then? For that it saved me, keep it ; in like necessity, Per. I never practis'd it.

Which gods protect thee from ! it may defend theet 2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it;

Til the rough seas, that spare not any man, Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of Took it in rage, though calm’d, they give't again :


[the second Knight passes. I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Who is the second, that presents himself? Since I have here my father's gift by will.

Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ; 1 Fish. What mean you, sir ?

And the device he bears upon his shield Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: For it was sometime target to a king; (worth, The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per


que I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,

per fuerca.

[the third Knight passes. And for his sake, I wish the having of it;

Sim. And what's the third ? And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court,

Thai. The third of Antioch ; Where with’t I may appear a gentleman; And his device, a wreath of chivalry : And if that ever my low fortunes better,

The word, Me pompæ prouocil aper. I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your debtor.

(the fourth Knight passes. Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady ? Sim. What is the fourth ? Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside

i Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give | The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit. {down : thee good on't!

Sim. Which shows, that beauty hath his power 2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas

and will, we that made up this garment through the rough which can as well inflame, as it can kill. scams of the waters: there are certain condole

(the fifth Knight passes. ments, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, Thai. The fifth an band environed with clouds : you'll remember from whence you had it. Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried ; Per. Believe't, I will.

The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides. Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;

(the sixth Knight passes. And spite of all the rupture of the sea,

Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the This jewel holds his biding on my arm;

knight himself Unto thy value will I mount myself

With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Upon a courser, whose delightful steps

Thai. He seems a stranger : but his present is Shall make the gazer joy to see bim tread.

A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided

The motto, In hac spe vivo. Of a pair of bases.

Sim. A pretty moral : 2 Fish. We'll sure provide : thou shalt have From the dejected state wherein he is, my best gown to make thee a pair ; and I'll bring He hopes by you his fortune yet may flourish. thee to the court myself.

1 Lord. He had need mean better than his Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will ;

outward show This day I'll rise, or elso add ill to ill. [ereunt. Can any way speak in bis just commend :

For, by his rusty outside, he appears A public way, or platform, leading to the lists. A To have practis'd more the whipstock than the

pavilion by the side of it, for the reception of lance. the King, Princess, Lords, &c.

2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he Enter Simonides, Thaisa, Lords, and Attendants.

Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnish'd. I Lord. They are, my liege ;

3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust, And stay_your coming to present themselves. Until this day, to scour it in the dust. Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan daughter,

The outward babit by the inward man. In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, But stay, the knights are coming ; we'll withdraw Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat Into the gallery.

[exeunt. For men to see, and seeing wonder at. (exit a Lord. [great shouts, and all cry, · The mean Knight!

Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express SCENE III. THE SAME. A HALL OF STATE. A My commendations great, whose merit's less.

BANQUET PREPARED. Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so ; for princes are Enter Simonides, Thaisa, Lords, Knights, and A model, which heaven makes like to itself:

Attendants. As jewels lose their glory, if neglected,

Sim. Knighte, So princes their renown, if not respected,

To say you are welcome, were superfluous. 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain To place upon the volume of your deeds, The labour of each knight, in his device.

As in a title-page, your worth in arms, Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll Were more than you expect, or more than's fit, perform

Since every worth in show commends itself. Enter a Knight; he passes over the stage, and his Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:

Squire presents his shield to the Princess. You are my guests.
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself? Thai. But you, my knight and guest;

Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; To whom this wreath of victory I give,
And the device he bears upon his shield

And crown you king of this day's happiness. Is a black /Ethiop, reaching to the sun ;

Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit. The word, Lur tua vita mihi.

Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours;



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