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For nature puts me to a heavy task ;

|There let him stand, and rave and cry for food : Stand all aloof:-but, uncle, draw you near, If any one relieves or pities him, To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk :

For the offence he dies. This is our doom: o, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips, Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth.

[Kisses Titus. Mar, 0, why should wrath be mute, and fury These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd face, I dumb ? The last true duties of thy noble son!

I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss, I should repent the evils I have done ; Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips :

Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did,
O, were the sum of these that I should pay

Would I perform, if I might have my will;
Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them! If one good deed in all my life I did,
Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and learn I do repent it from my very soul.
of us

Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov'd thee well :

hence, Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee,

And give him burial in his father's grave: Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; My father, and Lavinia, shall forthwith Many a matter hath he told to thee,

Be closed in our household's monument. Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy;

As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, In that respect then, like a loving child,

No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring, No mournful bell shall ring her burial; Because kind nature doth require it so:

But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of prey : Friends should associate friends in grief and wo: Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; Bid him farewell ; commit him to the grave; And, being so, shall have like want of pity. Do him that kindness, and take leave of himn. See justice done to Aaron, that damn'd Moor, Boy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with all my By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: heart

Then, afterwards, to order well the state; Would I were dead, so you did live again ! That like events may ne'er it ruinate. (Examt. O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.

Enter Attendants, with Aaron. i Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with woes; l.

All the editors and critics agree in supposing Give sentence on this execrable wretch,

this play spurious. I see no reason for differing That hath been breeder of these dire events.

from them; for the colour of the style is wholly Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish different from that of the other plays. him;

JOHNSON.

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

Antiochus, king of Antioch.
Pericles, prince of Tyre.
Helicanus, } two lords of Tyre.
Escanes, S."
Simonides, king of Pentapolis.
Cleon, governor of Tharsus.
Lysimachus, governor of Mitylene.
Cerimon, a lord of Ephesus.
Thaliard, a lord of Antioch.
Philemon, servant to Cerimon.
Leonine, servant to Dionyza. Marshal.
A Pandar, and his Wife. Boult, their servant.
Gower, as chorus.
The Daughter of Antiochus.
Dionyza, wife to Cleon.
Thaisa, daughter to Simonides.

Marina, daughter to Pericles and Thaisa.
Lychorida, nurse to Marina.
Diana.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pi-

rates, Fishermen, and Messengers, 8-c.

Scene, dispersedly in various countries.' (1) That the reader may know through how many regions the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to observe, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria ; Tyre a city of Phænicia, in Asia; Tarsus, the metropolis of Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Milylene, the capitol of Lesbos, an island in the Ægean sea; and Ephesus, the capitol of Jonia, a country of the Lesser Asia.

ACT І.

The beauty of this sinful dame

Made many princes thither frame,
Enter Gower.' Before the palace of Antioch. To seek her as a bed-fellow,
To sing a song of old? was sung,

In marriage-pleasures play-fellow:

Which to prevent, he made a law From ashes aneient Gower is come;

(To keep her still, and men in awe,) Assuming man's infirmities,

That whoso ask'd her for his wife, To glad your ear, and please your eyes.

His riddle told rot, lost his life : It hath been sung at festivals,

So for her many a wight did die, On ember-eyes, and holy ales ;3

As yon grin looks do testify. And lords and ladies of their lives

What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye Have read it for restoratives :

I give, my cause who best can justify. (Exil. Purpose to make men glorious ; Et quo antiquius, eo melius.

SCENE 1.-Antioch. A room in the palace. If you, born in these latter times,

Enter Antiochus, Pericles, and Attendants. When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large And that to hear an old man sing,

receiv'd May to your wishes pleasure bring,

The danger of the task you undertake. I life would wish, and that I might

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul Waste it for you, like taper-light.

Embolden'd with This city then, Antioch the great

Think death no hazard, in this enterprize. (Music. Built up for his chiefest seat;

Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride, The fairest in all Syria;

For the embracements even of Jove himself; (I tell you what mine authors say :)

At whose conception (till Lucina reign'd,) This king unto him took a pheere,

Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, Who died and left a female heir,

The senate-house of planets all did sit,
So buxom, blithe, and full of face,

To knit in her their best perfections.
As heaven had lent her all his grace;
With whom the father liking took,

Enter the Daughter of Antiochus.
And her to incest did provoke :

Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like the Bad father! to entice his own

spring, To evil, should be done by none.

Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king By custom, what they did begin,

Of every virtue gives renown to men! Was, with long use, account no sin.

Her face, the book of praises, where is read

Nothing but curious pleasurés, as from thence (1) Chorus, in the character of Gower, an ancient English poet, who has related the story of this (5) Accounted. play in his Confessio Amantis.

(6) Pointing to the scene of the palace gate (2) i. e. That of old. (3) Whitsun-ales, &c. Antioch, on which the heads of those unfortuno 14) Wife, the word signifies a mate or companion. wights were fixed.

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Sorrow were ever ras'd, and testy wrath

Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music, Could never be her mild companion,

Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love,

hearken; That have inflam'd desire in my breast,

But, being play'd upon before your time, To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime: Or die in the adventure, be my helps,

Good sooth, I care not for you. As I am son and servant to your will,

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, To compass such a boundless happiness!

For that's an article within our law, Ant. Prince Pericles,

As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd; Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. Either expound now, or receive your sentence.

Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides, Per. Great king, With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch

Few love to hear the sins they love to act: For death-like dragons here affright thee hard : 'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view Who has a book of all that monarchs do, A countless glory, which desert must gain : He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; And which, without desert, because thine eye For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die. Blows dust in others' Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: Tell thee with speechless tongues, and semblance to stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole pale,

casts That, without covering, save yon field of stars, Copp'd' hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars;

wrong'd And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist, By man's oppression ; and the poor worm doth die For going on death's act, whom none resist.

for't. Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught |Kings are earth's gods : in vice their law's their will; My frail mortality to know itself,

And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? And by those fearful objects to prepare

It is enough you know; and it is fit, This body, like to them, to what I must:

What being more known grows worse, to smother it, For death remember'd, should be like a mirror, All love the womb that their first beings bred, Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, error. Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. I'll make my will then; and as sick men do,

Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling wo,

the meaning ;Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did ; But I will gloze? with him. (Aside.) Young prince So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

of Tyre,
And all good men, as every prince should do; Though by the tenor of our strict edíct,
My riches to the earth, from whence they came; Your exposition misinterpreting,
But my unspotted fire of love to you.

We might proceed to cancel of your days;' [To the Daughter of Antiochus. Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Thus ready for the way of life or death,

As your fair self, doth tuné us otherwise: I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

Forty days longer we do respite you ;
Scorning advice.

If by which time our secret be undone,
Read the conclusion then ;

This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son:
Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, And until then, your entertain shall be,
As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed. | As doth befit our honour, and your worth.
Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove pros [Exeunt Antiochus, his Daughter, and Altend.
perous !

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!

When what is done is like a hypocrite,
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists, I The which is good in nothing but in sight
Nor ask advice of any other thought

If it be true that I interpret false,
But faithfulness, and courage.

Then were it certain, you were not so bad, (He reads the riddle.]

| As with foul incest to abuse your soul;

Where* now you're both a father and a son,
I am no viper, yet I feed
On mother's flesh, which did me breed:

By your untimely claspings with your child

(Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father ;) I sought a husband, in which labour,

And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
I found that kindness in a father.
He's father, son, and husband mild,

By the defiling of her parent's bed;

And both like serpents are, who though they feed I mother, wife, and yel his child.

On sweetest flowers, vet they poison breed. How they may be, and yet in two,

Antioch, farewel!! for wisdom secs, those men As you will live, resolve it you.

Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Sharp physic is the last: but () you powers! Will shun no course to keep them from the light. That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, One sin, I know, another doth provoke; Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, Murder's as near to lust, as fame to smoke. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it? Poison and treason are the hands of sin, Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still,

Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: [Takes hold of the hand of the princess. Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill : By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. (Exit. But I must tell you, --now, my thoughts revolt; For he's no man on whom perfections wait,

Re-enter Antiochus. That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which You're a fair viol, and your sense the stings:

we mean (1) Rising to a top or head. (2) Flatter, insinuate. (3) To the destruction of your life. (4) Whereas,

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