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am sure to be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might know none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some reason for it: for if a king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by the indenture of his oath to be one.-Hush, here come the lords of Tyre.
Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords. Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre, Further to question of your king's departure. His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Doth speak sufficiently; he's gone to travel. Thal. How! the king gone!
Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Being at AntiochThal.
What from Antioch? (Aside.) Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not,) [so: Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg'd And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd, To shew his sorrow, would correct himself; So puts himself into the shipman's toil, With whom each minute threatens life or death. Thal. Well, I perceive
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
With message unto princely Pericles;
[Exeunt. SCENE IV.-Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's House.
Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.
And by relating tales of other's griefs,
Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench
Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, (A city, on whom plenty held full hand,) For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the clouds,
And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at;
These months, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air,
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Enter a Lord.
Lord. Where's the lord governor ?
Speak out thy sorrows, which thou bring'st, in haste,
Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore,
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
And so in ours: some neighbouring nation,
Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power,
[blance Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semOf their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, And come to us as favourers, not as foes.
Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor❜d to repeat, Who makes the fairest shew, means most deceit. But bring they what they will, what need we fear? The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there. Go tell their general, we attend him here, To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, And what he craves.
Lord. I go, my lord.
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist; If wars, we are unable to resist.
Enter PERICLES, with Attendants. Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Let not our ships and number of our men Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, And seen the desolation of your streets : Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load; And these our ships you happily may think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff'd within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow, Are stor❜d with corn, to make your needy bread, And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half
All. The gods of Greece protect you! And we'll pray for you.
Rise, I pray you, rise; We do not look for reverence, but for love, And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils! Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,) Your grace is welcome to our town and us. Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here a while,
Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. [Exeunt.
ACT II. Enter GOWER.
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king
I'll shew you those in troubles reign,
Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?
Enter at one door PERICLES, talking with CLEON; all the Train with them. Enter at another door, a Gentleman, with a letter to Pericles; Pericles shews the letter to Cleon: then gives the Messenger a reward, and knights him. Exeunt Pericles, Cleon, &c. severally.
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home,
Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split;
By waves from coast to coast is tost;
Ne aught escapen but himself;
Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Threw him ashore, to give him glad : And here he comes: what shall be next, Pardon old Gower; this long's the text. [Exit. SCENE I.-Pentapolis. An open Place by the Seaside.
Enter PERICLES, wet.
Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven!
Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath
1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!
2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. 1 Fish. What Patch-breech, I say!
3 Fish. What say you, master?
1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.
3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor men that were cast away before us, even now.
1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to bear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ?..
say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all.
Per. A pretty moral.
3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry. 2 Fish. Why, man?
3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that be should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind—
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones, that rob the bee of her honey.
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea These fishers tell the infirmities of men ; And from their watry empire recollect All that may men approve, or men detect!— Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and no body will look after it. [constPer. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast thee in our way!
Per. Aman, whom both the waters and the wind, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball For them to play upon, entreats you pity him; He asks of you, that never us'd to beg."
1 Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's them in our country of Greece, gets more with begging, than we can do with working.
2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then? Per. I never practis'd it.
2 Fish. Nay, then, thou wilt starve sure; for here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou can'st fish for't.
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; But what I am, want teaches me to think on; A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, And have no more of life, than may suffice To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, For I am a man, pray see me buried.
1 Fish. Die, quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here; come, put it on; keep thee warm. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, flap-jacks; and thou shalt be welcome. fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er, puddings and
Per. I thank you, sir.
[not beg. 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could Per. I did but crave.
2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, and so I shall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then! 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no better office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up the net. [Exeunt two of the Fishermen. Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their labour !
1 Fish. Hark you, sir! do you know where you Per. Not well. [are?
1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and our king, the good king Simonides. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him? 1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so called, for his peaceable reign, and good government. Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects
He gains the name of good, by his government.
1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes and knights come from all parts of the world, to just and tourney for her love.
Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, I'd wish to make one there.
1 Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal forhis wife's soul.
Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net. 2 Fish. Help, master, help! here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty armour. [see it. Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself: And, though it was mine own, part of mine heri
Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
[worth, Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of For it was sometime target to a king; I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly, And for his sake, I wish the having of it; And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court, Where with't I may appear a gentleman; And if that ever my low fortunes better, I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your debtor. 1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? Per. I'll shew the virtue I have borne in arms. 1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give thee good on't!
2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up this garment through the rough seams of the waters: there are certain condolements, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from whence you had it.
Per. Believe't, I will.
Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;
Unto thy value will I mount myself
Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.
Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt. SCENE II.-The same. A public way, or platform, leading to the lists. A pavilion by the side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, Lords, &c. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants. Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? 1 Lord. They are, my liege;
And stay your coming to present themselves.
Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our
In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are A model, which heaven makes like to itself: As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, So princes their renown, if not respected. 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain The labour of each knight, in his device. Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perEnter a Knight; he passes over the stage, and his Squire presents his shield to the Princess. Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself? Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; The word, Lux tua vita mihi.
Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you. (The second Knight passes.). Who is the second, that presents himself? Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcura que per fuerça. (The third Knight passes.)
Sim. And what's the third?
Thai. The third of Antioch ; And his device, a wreath of chivalry: The word, Me pompa provexit apex.
(The fourth Knight passes.)
Sim. What is the fourth? Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside down; The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit.
Sim. Which shews, that beauty hath his power and will,
Which can as well inflame, as it can kill.
(The sixth Knight passes.) Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the knight himself
With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; The motto, In hac spe vivo.
Sim. A pretty moral;
From the dejected state wherein he is, He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his outward shew
Can any way speak in his just commend:
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan The outward habit by the inward man. But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdraw Into the gallery. [Exeunt. (Great shouts, and all cry, The mean knight.) SCENE III.-The same. A Hall of State. A Banquet prepared.
Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Knights, and
In framing artists, art hath thus decreed,
(For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place:
"Some other is more fit. 1 Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentlemen, That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, Envy the great, nor do the low despise. Per. You are right courteous knights. Sim. Sit, sit, sir; sit. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, These cates resist me, she not thought upon.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat!
A country gentleman;
[done; He has done no more than other knights have Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass.
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass. Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picture,
Which tells me, in that glory once he was;
None, that beheld him, but, like lesser lights,
1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre[brim, Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the (As you do love, fill to your mistress lips,) We drink this health to you. Knights.
Sim. Yet pause a while;
We thank your grace.
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy,
Had not a shew might countervail his worth.
To me, my father?
What is it
Sim. O, attend, my daughter; Princes, in this, should live like gods above, Who freely give to every one that comes To honour them: and princes, not doing so, Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd Are wonder'd at.
Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say, We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him.
Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
Unto a stranger knight to be so bold;
He may my proffer take for an offence,
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.
Thai. And further he desires to know of Of whence you are, your name and parentage. Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pericles;
My education being in arts and arms;)-—
Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love,
Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,-
When he was seated, and his daughter with him,
A fire from heaven came, and shrivell'd up
Enter Three Lords.
Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Or council, has respect with him but he. [proof 2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without re3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not second it. 1 Lord. Follow me then: Lord Helicane, a word. Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day, my [top
1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the And now at length they overflow their banks. Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the prince you love. [cane 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble HeliBut if the prince do live, let us salute him, Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; And be resolv'd, he lives to govern us, Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, And leaves us to our free election.
2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in
And knowing this kingdom, if without a head,
Hel. Try honour's cause; forbear your suffrages:
Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects,
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
SCENE V.-Pentapolis. A Room in the Palace. Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, the Knights meet him.
1 Knight. Good-morrow to the good Simonides. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you know,
That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake
Her reason to herself is only known,
2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my lord? Sim. Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly
To her chamber, that it is impossible.
And will no longer have it be delay'd.
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides!
With such delightful pleasing harmony.
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; Not my desert.
Sir, you are music's master.
Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord. Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you think, My daughter?
As of a most virtuous princess. Sim. And she is fair too, is she not? Per. As a fair day in summer; wond'rous fair. Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you; Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, And she'll your scholar be; therefore look to it. Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster.
Sim. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else. Per. What's here!
A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre?
'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. (Aside.) O, seek not to intrap, my gracious lord, A stranger and distressed gentleman,
Per. Never did thought of mine levy offence; Nor never did my actions yet commence A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure. Sim. Traitor, thou liest. Traitor!
By the gods, I have not, sir.
Ay, traitor, sir. Per. Even in his throat, (unless it be the king,) That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage. (Aside.)
Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts, That never relish'd of a base descent.
I came unto your court, for honour's cause,
Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair, Resolve your angry father, if my tongue Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe To any syllable that made love to you? Who takes offence at that would make me glad? Thai. Why, sir, say if you had, Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?I am glad of it with all my heart. (Aside.) I'll tame I'll bring you in subjection.Will you, not having my consent, bestow Your love and your affections on a stranger? Or think, may be as great in blood as I.) (Aside.) (Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Hear therefore, mistress; frame your will to mine,And you, sir, hear you.-Either be rul'd by me, Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it too. Or I will make you-man and wife. And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy;— What, are you both pleas'd? And for a further grief,-God give you joy!
Thai. Yes, if you love me, sir. Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it. Sim. What, are you both agreed? Yes, please your majesty. Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed;
Gow. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout;
Enter PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one door, with Attendants; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives Pericles a letter. Pericles shews it to Simonides; the Lords kneel to the former. Then enter THAISA with child, and LYCHORIDA. Simonides shews his daughter the letter; she rejoices: she and Pericles take leave of her Futher, and depart. Then Simonides, &c. retire.
Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch, Of Pericles the careful search
By the four opposing coignes,
Which the world together joins,