« PreviousContinue »
leave me ;
And eas'd as richly: in pace another Juno ; My daughter's buried. [Aside.) Well:-wbere Who starves the ears she feeds, and makes
were you bred ? them hungry,
I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story, The more she gives them speech.-Where do And never interrupt you. you live?
Mar. You'll scarce believe me : 'twere be Mar. Where I am but a stranger: from the
I did give o'er. You may discern the place.
(deck Per. I will believe you by the syllable Per. Where were you bred ?
Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give meleare:And how achiev'd you these endowments, How came you in these parts?' Where were you You make more rich to owe?*
bred ? Mar. Should I tell my history, [ing. Mar. The king, my father, did in Tbarsus "Twould seem like lies disdain'd in the reporiPer. Pr’ythee speak;
[look'st Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife, Falseness cannot come from thee, for thou Did seek to murder me: and having wood Modest as justice, and thou seem'st a palace A villain to attempt it, who haviag draws, For the crown'd truth to dwell in : I'll believe A crew of pirates came and rescu'à me; thee,
Brought me to Mitylene. But now, good Sir, And make my senses credit thy relation, Whither will you have me? Why do you keep To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
It may be, Like one I lov'd indeed. What were thy friends? You think me an impostor ; do, good faith; Didst thou not say, when I did push thee back, I am the daughter to king Pericles, (Which was when I perceiv'd thee,) that thou If good king Pericles be. cam'st
Per. Ho, Helicanus ! From good descending?
Hel. Calls my gracious lord ? Mar. So indeed I did.
Per. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor, Per. Report thy parentage. I think thou Most wise in generala Tell me, if thou canst, said'st
What this maid is, or what is like to be, Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury,
That thus hath made me weep? And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal
Hel. I know not; but If both were open'd.
(mine, Here is the regent, Sir, of Mitylene, Mar. Some such thing indeed
Speaks Dobly of her.
Her parentage, being demanded that,
She would sit still and weep. If thine consider'd prove the thousandth part Per. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd Sir; Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I Give me a gash, put me to present pain ; Have suffer'd like a girl : yet thou dost look Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me, Like Patience, gazing on kings' graves, and O'erbear the shores of my mortality, smiling
And drown me with their sweetness. 0, Extremity out of act. What were thy friends? come hither, How lost thou them? Thy name, my most Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget; kind virgin?
Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tharsas, Recount, I do beseech thee; come, sit by me. And found at sea again! 0 Helicanus, Mar. My name, Sir, is Marina.
Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods, as Per. (, I am mock'd,
loud And thou by some incensed god sent hither As thunder threatens us: This is Maripa.To make the world laugh at me.
What was thy mother's name? Tell me bot Mar. Patience, good Sir,
that, Or here I'll cease.
For truth can never be confirm'd enough, Per. Nay, I'll be patient;
Though doubts did ever sleep. Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
Mar. First, Sir, I pray, To call thyself Marina.
What is your title? Mar. The name, Marina,
Per. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now Was given me by one that had some power;
(As in the rest thou hast been godlike perfect;) My father, and a king.
My drown'd queen's name, thou art the beir of Per. How! a king's daughter?
kingdoms, And call’a Marina ?
And another life to Pericles thy father. Mar. You said you would believe me;
Mar. Is it no more to be your daughter, that But, not to be a troubler of your peace,
To say, my mother's name was Thaisa ? I will end here.
Thaisa was my mother, who did end, Per. But are you flesh and blood ?
The minute I began. Have you a working pulse ? and are no fairy? Per. Now, blessing on thee, rise; thou art No motion ?t-Well; speak on. Where were you born ?
Give me fresh
garments. Mine own, Helicanus, And wherefore call's Marina ?
(Not dead at Tharsus, as she should have been, Mar. Callid Marina,
By savage Cleon,) she shall tell thee all; For I was born at sea.
When thou shalt kneel and justify in knowPer. At sea? thy mother?
She is thy very princess.-Who is this? [ledge, Mar. My mother was the daughter of a king; Hel. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mitylene, Who died the very minute I was born, Who, hearing of your melancholy state, As my good purse Lychorida hath oft
Did come to see you. Deliver'd weeping.
Per. I embrace you, Sir. Per. O, stop there a little !
Give me my robes; I am wild in my beholding. This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep () heavens bless my girl! But hark, what Did mock sad fools withal: this cannot be.
Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him (music!
O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt, Possese.
How sure you are my daughter. But what + 1. c. No puppet dressed up to deceive me.
Het. My lord, I hear none.
In feather'd briefness sails are fill'd,
And wishes fall out as they're will'd.
· That he can hither come so svon, Per. Rarest sounds!
Is by your fancy's thankful boon. [Exit. Do ye not hear? Lys. Music? My lord, I hear
SCENE III.-The Temple of Diana at EphPer. Most heavenly music:
esus: THAISA standing near the Altar, as high It nips me unto list'ning, and thick slumber Priestess ; a number of Virgins on each side ; Hangs on mine eye-lids; let merest. (file sleeps. CERIMON and other Inhabitants of Ephesus atLys. A pillow for his head;
Enter PERICLES, with his Train; LYSIMACHUS,
Per. Hail Dian! to perform thy just comI'll well remember you.
The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis.
Wears yet thy silver livery.* She at Tharsus thee thither,
Was nürs’d with Cleon; whom at fourteen And do upon mine altar sacrifice. [gether,
years There, when my maiden priests are met to
He sought to murder: but her better stars Before the people all,
Brought her to Mitylenę; against whose shore Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife :
Riding, ber fortunés brought the maid aboard To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call,
(she And give them repetition to the life.*
Where, by her own most clear remembrance, Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe:
Made known herself my daughter. Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow.
Thai. Voice and favour ! Awake, and tell thy dream.
You are--you are-- () royal Pericles ! [Diana disappears.
[She faints. Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
Per. What means the woman? she dies! I will obey thee!-Helicanus!
Cer. Neble Sir,
This is your wife.
Per. Reverend appearer, no; The inhospitable Cleon; but I am (strike
I threw her o'erboard with these very arms. For other service first : toward Ephesus
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
Per. 'Tis most certain.
Cer. Look to the lady ;-0, she's but o'erShall we refresh us, Sir, upon your shore.
joy'd. .. And give you gold for such provision
Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was As our intents will peed ?
Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coffin, and Lys. With all my heart, Sir; and when you
Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and come ashore,
plac'd her I have another suit.
Here in Diana's temple. Per. You shall prevail,'
Per. May we see them? Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems Cer. Great Sir, they shall be brought you to You have been noble towards her.
my house, Lys. Sir, lend your arm,
Whither l'invite you. Look! Thaisa is Per. Come, my Marina.
Thai. (), let me look!
Will to my senset bend no licentious ear,
But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord, More a little, and then done.
Are you pot Pericles ? Like him you speak, This, as my last boon, give me,
Like bim you are: Did you not name a tem
A birth, and death? (For such kindness must relieve me,)
(pest, That you aptly will suppose
Per. The voice of dead Thaisa ! What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead, What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
And drown'd. The regent made in Mitylin,
Per. Immortal Diap! To greet the king. So he has thriv'd,
Thai. Now I know you better.That he is promis'd to be wiv'd
When we with tears parted Pentapolis, To fair Marina; but in no wise,
The king, my father, gave you such a ring. Till hell had done his sacrifice,
[Shows a Ring. As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
Per. This, this: no more, you gods! your. The interim, pray you, all confound.
Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do * Repeat a lively narrative of your adventures.
That on the touching of her lips I may + I. e. Regent of the silver moon.
Ie. Her white robe of innocence.
+ Sensual passion.
Melt, and no more be seen. () come, be buried | Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now, A second time within these arms.
This ornament* that makes me look so dismal, Mar. My heart
Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form; Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom, And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,
[Kneels to Thaisa. To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify. Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good flesh, Thaisa ; Sir, that my father's dead.
(credit, Thy burden at the sea, and call’d Marina, Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, For she was yielded there.
my queen, Thai. Bless'd and mine own!
We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!
Will in that kingdom spend our following days; Thai. I know you not.
Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign. Per. You have heard me say, when I did Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay, fly from Tyre,
To hear the rest untold.—Sir, lead the way. I left behind an ancient substitute
(Ercant. Can you remember what I call'd the man? I have nam'd him oft.
Gow. In Antioch,t and his daughter, you Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
have heard Now do I long to hear how you were found;
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward: How possibly preserv'd; an, whom to thank, In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man
keen,) Through whom the gods have shown their Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last.
Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast, power; that can From first to last resolve you.
In Helicanus may you well descry Per. Reverend Sir,
A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty : The gods can have no mortal officer
In reverend Cerimon there well appears, More like a god than you. Will you deliver
The worth that learned charity ayet wears. How this dead queen re-lives?
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fane Cer. I will, my lord.
Had spread their cursed deed, and bonour'd Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
Of Pericles, to rage the city turn; (Dame Where shall be shown you all was found with That him and his they in his palace burn.
The gods for murder seemed so content How she came placed here within the temple; So on your patience evermore attending,
To punish them; although not done, but meant. No needful thing omitted, Per. Pure Diana!
New joy wait on you! Flere our play has endI bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
[E.rit Gower My night oblations to thee. Thaisa, [ter,
* I. e. His beard. This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daugh
ple. The king of Antioch.
KING L E A R.
An OFFICER, employed by Edmund.
LEAR, King of Britain.
Daughters to Lear.
Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.
Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away SCENE 1.- A Room of State, in King LEAR's he shall again:- The king is coming. Palace.
[Trumpets sound within. Enter Kent, GLOSTER, and EDMUND. Kent. I thought, the king had more affected
Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL,
REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendunts. the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.
Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burin the division of the kingdom, it appears noi Gloster,
(gundy, which of the dukes he values most ; for equal- Glo. I shall, my liege. ities are so weigh'd, that curiosity* in neither
[Exeunt GLOSTER and EDMUND. can make choice of either's moiety.!
Lear, Meantime we shall express our dark. Kent. Is not this youy son, my lord ?
er purpose. Glo. His breeding, Sir, hath been at my Give me the nap there.-Know, that we have charge: I have so often blush'd to acknow
(tentt ledge him, that now I am brazed to it. In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast inKent. I cannot conceive you.
To shake all cares and business from our age; Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could: Conferring them on younger strengths, while we whereupon she grew round-wombed; and had, Unburden'd crawl toward death.–Our son of indeed, Sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a
Cornwall, husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault? And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the We have this hour a constant will to publish issue of it being so proper.
Our daughters' several dowers, that future Glo. But I have, Sir, a son by order of law,
strife some year elder than this, who yet is no dear? May be prevented now. The princes, France er in my account: though this knave came and Burgundy, somewhat saucily into the world before he was Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was Long in our court have made their amorous good sport at his making, and the whoreson
(daughters, must be acknowledged.-Do you know this And here are to be answer'd. - Tell me, my noble gentleman, Edmund ?
(Since now we will divest us, both of' rule, Edm. No, my lord.
Interest of territory, cares of state,) Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him here. Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most? after as my honourable friend.
That we our largest bounty may extend Edm. My services to your lordship.
Where merit doth most challenge it.-Goneril, Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you Our eldest-born, speak first. better.
Gon. Sir, I
| Do love you more than words can wield the Most scrupulous nicety: + Part or division. # Handsome.
+ Determined resolution.
Dearer than eye-sight, space and liberty ; Propinquity and property of blood,
Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and reliev'd, Beyond all manner of so much I love you. As thou my sometime daughter. Čor. What shall Cordelia do? Love, and be Kent. Good my liege,silent,
[Aside. Lear. Peace, Kent! Leur. Of all these bounds, even from this Come not between the dragon and his wrath : line to this,
I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest With shadowy forests and with champains* On her kind nursery.--Hence, and avoid my rich'd,
(To CORDELIA. With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, So be my grave my peace, as here I give We make thee lady: To thine and Albany's Her father's heart from her!-Call France ;issue
Who stirs ? Be this perpetual.—What says our second Call Burgundy.--Cornwall, and Albany, Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall ? Speak. With my two daughters' dowers digest this Reg. I am made of that self metal as my
Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry And prize me at her worth. In my true heart I do invest you jointly with my power, I find, she names my very deed of love ; Pre-eminence, and all the large effects Only she coines too short,
-that I profess That troop with majesty.–Ourself, by monthly Myself an enemy to all other joys, [sesses;
course, Which the most precious squaret of sense pos- With reservation of a hundred knights, And find, I am alone felicitate
By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode (retain In your dear highness' love.
Make with you by due turns. Only we still Cor. Then poor Cordelia !
[Aside. The name, and all the additionse to a king; And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love's More richer than my tongue.
Revenue, execution of the rest,|| Lear. To thee, and thine, hereditary ever, Beloved sons, be yours: which to confirm, Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom; This coronet part between you. No less in space, validity, § and pleasure,
[Giving the Creur. Than that coufirm'd on Goneril.- Now, our joy, Kent. Royal Lear, * Although the last, not least; to whose young Whom I have ever honour'd as my king, love
Lov'd as my father, as my master follow'd, The vines of France, and milk of Burgundy, As my great patron thought on in my prayers, Strive to be interess'd: what can you say, to
Lear. The bow is bent and drawn, make draw
from the shaft. A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
Kent. Let it fall rather, though the fork inCor. Nothing, my lord.
vade Leur. Nothing ?
The region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly, Cor. Nothing.
When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, Lear. Nothing can come of nothing: speak
old man ?
Think'st thou, that duty shall have dread to Cor. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave When power to flattery bows? To plainness My heart into my mouth : I love your majesty When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy
[doom; According to my bond ; nor more, nor less. Leur. How, how, Cordelia?' mend your And, in thy best consideration, check speech a little,
This hideous rashness: answer my life, my Lest it may mar your fortunes.
judgement, Cor. Good my lord,
Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least; You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me: I Nor are those empty-hearted, whose low sound Return those duties back as are right fit,
Reverbs no hollowness. Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
Lear. Kent, on thy life, no more. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say,
Kent. My life I never held but as a pawn They love you, all ? Haplyl when I shall wed, To wage against thine enemies; nor sear to Tbat lord, whose hand must take my plight,
Thy safety being the motive. Half my love with him, half my care, and duty:
Lear. Out of my sight! Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,
Kent. See better, Lear; and let me still reTo love my father all.
The true blank** of thine eye.
(main Lear. But goes this with thy heart ?
Lear. Now, by Apollo,Cor. Ay, good my lord.
Kent. Now, by Apollo, king, Lear. So young, and so untender?
Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. Cor. So young, my lord, and true.
Leur. O, vassal! miscreant ! Lear. Let it be so.-Thy truth then be thy
[Laying his Hand on his Swora, dower:
Alb. Corn. Dear Sir, forbear.
Upon the foul disease. Revoke thy gift;
Or, whilst I can vent clamour from my throat, Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
I'll tell thee, thou dost evil.
* Kindred. + From this time. His children * Open plans. + Comprehension. Macie happy.
Titles. ! All other subjects. Rererberates Value. Il l'erhajis.
** The inark to shoot at.