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Did the sea toss upon our shore this chest ; 'Tis of some wreck.
Cer. Set 't down, let's look on it.
2 Gent. 'Tis like a coffin, sir.
Cer. Whate'er it be,
'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight;
It belches upon us.*
2 Gent. 'Tis so, my lord.
Cer. How close 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd !—
Did the sea cast it up?
Serv. I never saw so huge a billow, sir,
As toss'd it upon shore.
Cer. Come, wrench it open ;
Soft, soft!-it smells most sweetly in my sense. 2 Gent. A delicate odour.
Cer. As ever hit my nostril; so,-up with it.
O you most potent god! what's here ? a corse! i Gent. Most strange !
Cer. Shrouded in cloth of state; balm'd and entreasur'd
With bags of spices full! A passport too!
Apollo, perfect me i'the characters! [Unfolds a scroll.
Here I give to understand,
(If e'er this coffin drive a-land,)
I, king Pericles, have lost
This queen, worth all our mundane cost.
Who finds her, give her burying,
She was the daughter of a king :
The gods requite his charity !
If thou liv'st, Pericles, thou hast a heart
That even cracks for woe !-This chanc'd to-night. 2 Gent. Most likely, sir.
Cer. Nay, certainly to-night;
For look, how fresh she looks!-They were too rough, That threw her in the sea. Make fire within;
Fetch hither all the boxes in my closet.
 This singular expression is again applied by our author to the sea, in
"You are three men of sin, whom destiny
"(That hath to instrument this lower world,
Death may usurp on nature many hours,
Enter a Servant, with Boxes, Napkins, and Fire. Well said, well said; the fire and the cloths.The rough and woful music that we have,` Cause it to sound, 'beseech you.5
The vial once more ;-How thou stirr'st, thou block ?—
This queen will live: nature awakes; a warmth
1 Gent. The heavens, sir,
Through you, increase our wonder, and set up
Cer. She is alive; behold,
Her eyelids, cases to those heavenly jewels
Begin to part their fringes of bright gold ;
The diamonds of a most praised water
Appear, to make the world twice rich. O live,
And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creature,
Rare as you seem to be!
Thai. O dear Diana,
Where am I? Where's my lord? What world is this?
2 Gent. Is not this strange?
1 Gent. Most rare.
Cer. Hush, gentle neighbours;
Lend me your hands: to the next chamber bear her.
Get linen; now this matter must be look'd to,
For her relapse is mortal. Come, come, come;
[Exeunt, carrying THAISA away.
 Paulina in like manner in The Winter's Tale, when she pretends to bring Hermione to life, orders music to be played, to awake her from her So also, the Physician in King Lear, when the King is about to wake from the sleep he had fallen into, after his frenzy: "Please you draw near ;-Louder the music there!"
 So, in The Tempest:
"The fringed curtains of thine eye advance,
"And say what thou seest yond?"
Tharsus. A Room in CLEON'S House.
CLEON, DIONYZA, LYCHORIDA, and MARINA.
Per. Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be gone ;
Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods
Cle. Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt you mortally,
Yet glance full wand'ringly on us."
Dion. O your sweet queen!
That the strict fates had pleas'd you had brought her hither,
To have bless'd mine eyes!
Per. We cannot but obey
The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
To give her princely training, that she may be
Cle. Fear not, my lord:
Your grace, that fed my country with your corn,
The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
Per. I believe you;
Your honour and your goodness teach me credit,
 The sense of the passage should seem to be as follows.-All the mal ice of fortune is not confined to yourself. Though her arrows strike deeply at you, yet wandering from their mark, they sometimes glance on us; as at present, when the uncertain state of Tyre deprives us of your company at
Though I show will in't. So I take my leave.
Dion. I have one myself,
Who shall not be more dear to my respect,
Per. Madam, my thanks and prayers.
Cle. We'll bring your grace even to the edge o'the shore ;
Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune, and
The gentlest winds of heaven.
Per. I will embrace
Your offer. Come, dear'st madam.--O, no tears,
Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
You may depend hereafter.-Come, my lord. [Exeunt.
Ephesus. A Room in CERIMON's House. Enter CERIMON and THAISA.
Cer. Madam, this letter, and some certain jewels,
That I was shipp'd at sea, I well remember,
I cannot rightly say: But since king Pericles,
And never more have joy.
Cer. Madam, if this you purpose as you speak,
Diana's temple is not distant far,
Where you may 'bide until your date expire."
 "Though I appear wilful and perverse by such conduct." MALONE. 19] Insidious waves that wear a treacherous smile:
"Subdola pellacis ridet clementia ponti." Lucretius. STEEV.  Until you die. So, in Romeo and Juliet:
"The date is out of such prolixity."
The expression of the text is again used by our author in The Rape of
"An expir'd date, cancell'd, ere well begun."
Again, in Romeo and Juliet:
and expire the term
"Of a despised life."
Moreover, if you please, a niece of mine
Thai. My recompense is thanks, that's all ;
Gow. Imagine Pericles at Tyre,
Now to Marina bend your mind,
In music, letters; who hath gain'd
Of education all the grace,
Which makes her both the heart and place
That monster envy, oft the wrack
Of earned praise, Marina's life
Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
And in this kind hath our Cleon
One daughter, and a wench full grown,
For certain in our story, she
Would ever with Marina be :
Be't when she weav'd the sleided silk 4
 Such an education as rendered her the center and situation of general wonder. We still use the heart of oak for the central part of it, and the heart of the land in much such another sense. Shakspeare in Coriolanus says, that one of his ladies is-" the spire and top of praise." STEEVENS.
 i. e. the combats of Venus; or night, which needs no explanation. "Let heroes in the dusty field delight,
"Those limbs were fashion'd for a softer fight."
 Sleided silk is untwisted silk, prepared to be used in the weaver's sley or slay.