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Sorrow were ever ras'd, and testy wrath
I am no viper, yet I feed On mother's flesh, which did me breed: I sought a husband, in which labour, I found that kindness in a father. He's father, son, and husband mild, I mother, wife, and yet his child. How they may be, and yet in two, ...As you will live, resolve it you. Sharp physic is the last; but O you powers! That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, If this be true, which makes me pale to read it? Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, [Takes hold of the hand of the princess. Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill: But I must tell you, -now, my thoughts revolt; For he's no man on whom perfections wait, That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings:
(1) Rising to a top or head. (2) Flatter, insinuate
Who, finger'd to make man his lawful raisi.
casts Copp'di hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is wrong'd By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth die for’t. Kings are earth's gods: in vice their law's their will; And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove dothill? It is enough you know; and it is fit, What being more known sworse, tosmotherit All love the womb that their first beings bred, Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. ...Ani. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found the meaning :- But I will #. with him. [..Aside.] Young prince yre, Though by the tenor of our strict edict, Your exposition ...; We might proceed to cancel of your days; Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise: Forty days longer we do respite you; If by which time our secret be undone, This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son: And until then, your entertain shall be, As doth befit our honour, and your worth. Ereunt Antiochus, his Daughter, and Attend er. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! When what is done is like a hypocrite, The which is good in nothing but in sight. If it be true that I interpret false, Then were it certain, you were not so bad, As with foul incest to abuse your soul; Where now you're both a father and a son, By your untimely claspings with your child (Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father:) And she an eater of her mother's flesh, By the defiling of her parent's bed; And both like serpents are, who though they feed On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Will shun no course to keep them from the light One sin, I know, another doth provoke; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Poison and treason are the hands of sin, Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. [Erit.
Re-enter Antiochus. ...Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which
(3) To the destruction of your life. (4) Whereas
Per. Let none disturb us: Why this charge of thoughts? The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, By me so us’d a guest is, not an hour, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night (The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed me quiet! Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun them, And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, arm seems far too short to hit me here: Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, That have their first conception by mis-dread, Have after-nourishment and life by care; And what was first but fear what might be done, Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. And so with me;—the great Antiochus ("Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Since he's so great, can make his will his act.) Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence; Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, If he suspect I may dishonour him: And what may make him blush in being known, He'll stop the course by which it might be known; With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Amazement shall drive courage from the state; Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought offence: Which care of them, not pity of myself (Who Roomore but as the tops of trees, vol. ii.
Ing; Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, He flatters you, makes war upon your life: Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please; I cannot be much lower than my knees. Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, And then return to us. [Ereunt Lords.] Helicanus, thou Hast moved us: what see'st thou in our looks? Hel. An brow, dread lord. Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face: Hel. How Ho: the plants look up to heaven, fro whence o They have their nourishment? Per. lif Thou know'st I have power e. *
"...o. haveground the axe myself; blow. - Rise, pr’ythee, rise; Sit down, sit down; thou art no flatterer: I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid, That kings should lettheir ears heartheir faults hid! Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, What would'st thou have me do?
Hel. With patience bear Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself.
Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus; Who minister'st a potion unto me, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. Attend me then: I went to Antioch, Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, From whence an issue I might propagate, Bring arms to princes, and to . joys. Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest; Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st
To take th Hel.
this, 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled; Under the covering of a carefurnight, Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than their years' And should he doubt it (as no doubt he doth,) That I should open to the listening air, How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid opeTo lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, And make pretence of wrong that I have done him, When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence: Which love to all (of which thyself art one, Who now reprov'st me for it)—
Hel. Alas, sir! Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks, Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; And finding little comfort to relieve them, I thought it princely charity to grieve them. Hel. Well, mylord, since you havegiven meleave to speak, Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear, And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant, Who either by public war, or private treason, Will take away your life. Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while, Till that his rage and anger be #". Or destinies do cut his thread of life. Your rule direct to any; if to me, Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. er. I do not doubt thy faith; But should he wrong my liberties in absence— Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, From whence we had our being and our birth. Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to harsus Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. The care I had and have of subjects' good, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bearit. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both: But in our orbs, we'll live so round and safe, That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince,” Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. [Exeunt.
SCENTE III—Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace. Enter Thaliard.
Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Here must I kill king Pericles; and, if I do not, I am sure to be o 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! [Aside.
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 Antioch—
Thal. What from Antioch? [4.
Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know
Took some displeasure at him; at leasthe judg’d so:
Thal. Well, I perceive [Aside.
(1) In our different spheres, (2) Overcome. (3) To let is to strut, to walk proudly.
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
Thal. From him I come
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
SCENTE IV.-Tharsus. A room in the Gorernor's house. Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and -ittendants.
Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, And by relating tales of others' griefs, See if 'twill teach us to forget our own 2 Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to uench it; For who digs hills because they do aspire, Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher. O my distressed lord, even such our griefs; Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise. Cle. O Dionyza, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish: Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes Into the air: our eyes do weep, till lungs Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that, If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, They may awake their helps to comfort them. I'll then #. our woes, felt several years, And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears. Dio. I’ll É. my best, sir. 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; Whose men and dames so jetted" and adorn'd, Like one another's glass to trim' them by: Their tables were stor'd full, to i. the sight, And not so much to feed on, as delight; All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, The name of help grew odious to repeat. Dio. O, 'tis too true. Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our change, These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Were all too little to content and please, Although they gave their creatures in abundance, As houses are defil'd for want of use, They are now starv'd for want of exercise: Those palates, who, not yet two summers younger, Must have inventions to delight the taste, . Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it: Those mothers who, to nousles up their babes, Thought nought too curious, are ready now, To eat those little darlings whom they lov’d. So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life: Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; Here many sink, yet those which see them foll, Have scarce strength left to give them burial. Is not this true? - Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup And her prosperities so largely taste, r With their superfluous riots, hear these teams:
(4) To dress them by. (5) Nurse fondly.
The misery of Tharsus may be theirs. Enter a Lord.
Lord. Where's the lord governor?
Cle. Here. Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in haste, For comfort is too far for us to expect.
Lord. We have descried; upon our neighbouring
shore, A portly sail of ships make hitherward. le. I thought as much. One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, That may succeed as his inheritor; And so in ours: some neighbouring nation, Taking advantage of our misery, Hath stuff"d these hollow vessels with their power," To beat us down, the which are down already; And make a conquest of unhappy me, Whereas no glory's got to overcome. Lord. That's the leastfear; for, by the semblance Of 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 show, 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. [Exit. 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 §. eves. 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 #. needy bread, And so life, who are hunger-starv'd, half ead. ..All. The gods of Greece protect you! And we'll pray for you. Per. 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, Qr pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Beit 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, Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. [Ere.
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, Losing a mite, amountain gain. The good in conversations §. whom I give my benizon,") s 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?
Dumb show. Enter at one door Pericles, talking with Cleon; all the train with them. Enter an another door, a Gentleman with a letter to Pericles; Pericles shows the letter to Cleon; then gives the Messenger a reward, and knights him. Ereunt Pericles, Cleon, &c. severally.
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home, Not to eat honey, like a drone, From others’ labours; forth he strive To killen bad, keep good alive; And, to fulfil his prince' desire, Sends word of all that haps in Tyre: How Thaliard came full bent with sin, And hid intent, to murder him; And that in Tharsus was not best Longer for him to make his rest: He knowing so, put forth to seas, Where when men been, there's seldom ease; For now the wind *. to blow ; Thunder above, and deeps below, Make such unquiet, that the shi Should house him safe, is yond split; And he, good prince, having all lost, By waves from coast to coast is tost: All perishen of man, of pels, Ne aught escapen but himself; Till fortune, tir’d with doing bad, Threw him ashore, to give ń. glad: And here he comes: what shall be next, Pardon old Gower: this long's the text. [Er.
SCENE I–Pentapolis. An open place by the sea-side. Enter Pericles, wet.
Per. Yet ceaseyourire, ye angry stars of heaven! Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man Is but a substance that must yield to you; And I, as fits my nature, do obey you; Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks, Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath Nothing to think on, but ensuing death: Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes; And having thrown him from you wat'ry grave, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave.
Enter three Fishermen. 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 stirrestnow! 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 griev'd my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help o: when, well-a-day, we could scarce help out seives.
(5) . e. Conduct, behaviour. (6) Blessing.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled? they say, *: are half fish, half flesh; a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash'd. 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 heardon a'the land, who never leavegaping, 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 swallow'd me too; and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, - church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind— er. Simonides ' 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 wat'ry 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 nobody will look after it. Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your coast— 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast thee in our way! Per. A man 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 canst 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. fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome. Per. I thank you, sir. 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could
not o 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 whipp'd then? 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your beggars were whipp'd, I would wish no better office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go
(1) Pancakes. (2) Totilt, mock-fight.
draw up the net. [... two of the Fishermen. Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their
labour! 1 Fish. Hark you, sir; do you know where you re?
are: Per. Not well. 1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you; this is called Pentapolis, and our king, the good Simonides. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him? 1 Fish, Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so call'd, for his peaceable reign, and good government. Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects He gains the name of , by his government. How far is his court distant from this shore? 1 Fish, Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and I'll tell you, he o 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 tour. ney? 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 for— his wife's soul.
see it. 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 heritage, Which my dead father did bequeath to me, With this strict charge (even as he left his life,) Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield 'Twixt me and death (and pointed to this brace*) For that it sav'd me, keep it; in like necessity, Which gods protect thee from it may defendthee. It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov’d it; Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, Took it in rage, though, calm’d, they give’t again: I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Since I have here my father's gift by will. 1 Fish. What mean you, sir? Per. To ...; of you, kind friends, this coat of worth, 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 show the virtue I have borne in arms. 1 Fish: Why, do ye take it, and the gods give thee 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, cer tain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remem. ber from whence you had it. Per. Believe't, I will. Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; And spite of all the rupture of the sea, This jewel holds his bidding on my arm; Unto thy value will I mount myself Upon a courser, whose delightful steps Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread(4) Keeping.
(3) Armour for the arm.