To place upon the volume of your deeds,
As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
Since every worth in show commends itself.
Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:
You are princes, and my guests.

But you, my knight and guest;
To whom this wreath of victory I give,
And crown you king of this day's happiness.

Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit.

Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours; And here, I hope, is none that envies it. In framing an artist art hath thus decreed, To make some good, but others to exceed; And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o’the

feast, (For, daughter, so you are) here take your place: Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.

Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simonides.

Sim. Your presence glads our days: honour we love, For who hates honour, hates the gods above.

Marshal. Sir, yond's 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.

Sit, sir; sit.
By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts,
These cates resist me, he not thought upon’.

Thai. By Juno, that is queen

9 To place--] The old copies, anterior to the folio, 1685, have“ I place.” i That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes,

Envy the great, nor do the low despise.] This is the reading of the quarto, 1619, and of all subsequent impressions. The quarto, 1609, has llade for “ That,” Enries for “ Envy," and shall for “ do."

2 -- he not thought upon.] We follow all the old editions in giving these two lines to Simonides, instead of Pericles, to whom they seem to have been need. lessly transferred.

, gallant gentle bim my,


Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat!
Sure he's a gallant gentleman.

Sim. He's but a country gentleman:
He has done no more than other knights have done,
He has broken a staff, or so; so, let it pass.

Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass.

Per. Yond' king's to me like to my father's picture,
Which tells me in that glory once he was;
Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
And he the sun for them to reverence.
None that beheld him, but like lesser lights
Did vail their crowns to his supremacy;
Where now his son, like a glow-worm in the night,
The which hath fire in darkness, none in light:
Whereby I see that Time's the king of men;
He's both their parent, and he is their grave,
And gives them what he will, not what they crave.

Sim. What! are you merry, knights?
I Knight. Who can be other, in this royal presence ?

Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the brim,
(As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips)
We drink this health to you.

We thank your grace.
Sim. Yet pause a while;
Yond' knight doth sit too melancholy,
As if the entertainment in our court
Had not a show might countervail his worth.
Note it not you, Thaisa ?

What is it
To me, my father?

O! attend, my daughter:
Princes, in this, should live like gods above,
Who freely give to every one that comes

3 Which tells ME-] The quarto, 1609, omits “ me,” found in all later copies. In the last line but one of this speech, the quarto, 1609, alone reads, “ He's both their parent."

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 his 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,
Since men take women's gifts for impudence.

Sim. How!
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Thai. [Aside.] Now, by the gods, he could not please

me better.
Sim. And farther tell him, we desire to know,
Of whence he is, his name, and parentage.

Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
Per. I thank him.
Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him

Thai. And, farther, he desires to know of you,
Of whence you are, your name and parentage.

Per. A gentleman of Tyre (my name, Pericles,
My education been in arts and arms“)
Who looking for adventures in the world,
Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
And after shipwreck driven upon this shore.

Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself Pericles,
A gentleman of Tyre,
Who only by misfortune of the seas
Bereft of ships and men, cast on the shore 5.

4 My education been in arts and arms,] i. e. My education having been in arts and arms. Malone altered “been” of all the old editions to being; but that “been” is the right word we have the evidence of the novel founded upon “ Pericles," where we meet with the very same words—“ his education been in arts and arms."

5 - cast on the shore.] This speech is perfectly intelligible : we print it in the words of all the old copies, which we prefer to patching up a text, as modern editors seem to have done, under the supposition that they could restore the versification.

Sim. Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
And will awake him from his melancholy.
Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,
And waste the time which looks for other revels.
Even in your armours, as you are address’d,
Will very well become a soldier's dance.
I will not have excuse, with saying, this
Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads,
Since they love men in arms, as well as beds.

[The Knights dance.
So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform’d.
Come, sir;
Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre
Are excellent in making ladies trip,
And that their measures are as excellent.

Per. In those that practise them, they are, my lord.
Sim. O! that's as much, as you would be denied

[The Knights and Ladies dance.
Of your fair courtesy.—Unclasp, unclasp;
Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well,
But you the best. [To PERICLES.] Pages and lights, to

conduct These knights unto their several lodgings !--Yours, sir, We have given order to be next our own.

Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.

Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love “, And that's the mark I know you level at: Therefore, each one betake him to his rest; To-morrow all for speeding do their best. [Exeunt. SCENE IV.

Princes, it is too late to talk of love,] In the quarto, 1609, this speech is made part of what is said by Pericles; but the obvious error is corrected, in a hand-writing of the time, in the copy belonging to the Duke of Devonshire.

Tyre. A Room in the Governor's House.

Hel. No, Escanes; know this of me,
Antiochus from incest liv'd not free:
For which the most high gods, not minding longer
To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
Due to this heinous capital offence,
Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
When he was seated, and his daughter with him,
In a chariot of inestimable value,
A fire from heaven came, and shrivell’d up
Those bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
That all those eyes ador'd them ere their fall,
Scorn now their hand should give them burial.

Esca. 'Twas very strange.

And yet but just; for though
This king were great, his greatness was no guard
To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.

Esca. 'Tis very true.

Enter Three Lords.

1 Lórd. See ! not a man, in private conference Or council, has respect with him but he.

2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof. 3 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

lords. 1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the top, And now at length they overflow their banks. Hel. Your griefs ! for what? wrong not the prince

you love.

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