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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 dulçura 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:
Sim. What is the fourth?
[The fourth Knight passes.
Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside down ; The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit.
Sim. Which shows, that beauty hath his power and
Which can as well inflame, as it can kill.
[The fifth Knight passes. Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with clouds ; Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried : The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides.
[The sixth Knight passes. Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the knight
With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is
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 show
Can any way speak in his just commend:
For, by his rusty outside, he appears
To have practis'd more the whipstock, than the lance. 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes
To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished.
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust
Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
 That is, more by sweetness than by force. The author should have written Mas per dulcura, &c. Piu in Italian signifies more: but, I believe, there is no such Spanish word.
 That is, the carter's whip.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us sean
[Exeunt. [Great Shouts, and all cry, The mean knight.
A Hall of State —A Banquet prepared. Enter S1-
To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
Thai. 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 artists, 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. Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Per. 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. '
 That is, that makes us scan the inward man by the outward habit.
MALONE.  If this speech belongs to Pericles, he must mean to say, that when he
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat!
Sim. He's but
A country gentleman;
He has done no more than other knights have done;
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; 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's 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, For he's their parent, and he is their grave, And gives them what he will, not what they crave. Sim. What, are you merry, knights?
1 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.
Knights. We thank your grace.
Sim. Yet pause a while;
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy,
Had not a show might countervail his worth.
Thai. What is it
To me, my father?
Sim. O, attend, my daughter ;
Princes, in this, should live like gods above,
To honour them and princes, not doing so,
ceases to think of his mistress, his stomach fails him. As displeasing sen. sations are known to diminish appetite, so pleasant ideas may be supposed to increas: it. MALONE.
 The sense appears to be this.-When kings, like insects, lie dead before us, our admiration is excited by contemplating how in both instances the powers of creating bustle were superior to those which either object should
Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say,
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please me bet
Sim. And further, tell him, we desire to know, Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
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 you,
Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pericles ; My education being in arts and arms ;)
Who looking for adventures in the world,
Was, by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself Pericles,
A gentleman of Tyre, who only by
Misfortune of the seas has been bereft
Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore.
[The Knights dance.
seem to have promised. The worthless monarch, and the idle gnat, have only lived to make an empty biuster; and when both alike are dead, we wonder how it happened that they made so much, or that we permitted them to make it :-a natural reflection on the death of an unserviceable prince, who having dispensed no blessings, can hope for no better character.
 A standing-bowl was a bowl resting on a foot.  i. e. the loud noise made by the clashing of their armour. MALONE
So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform'd.
Here is a lady that wants breathing too;
And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre
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. [TOPERICLES.] Pages and lights 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, For 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.
Tyre. A Room in the Governor's House. Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES.
Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,-
For which, the most high gods not minding longer
Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
A fire from heaven came, and shrivell'd up
Hel. And yet but just; for though
This king were great, his greatness was no guard
Enter Three Lords.
1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Or council, has respect with him but he.