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Antiochus, King of Antioch.
ELICANUS, two Lords of Tyre.
The Daughter of Antiochus.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates,
Fishermen, and Messengers, fic.
SCENE, dispersedly in various Countries.t
* We meet with Pentapolitana regio, a country in Africa, consisting of fire cities. Pentapolis occurs in the thirty-seventh chapter of King Appolyn of Tyre, 1510; in Gower ; the Gesta Romanorum ; and Twine's translation from it. Its site is marked in an ancient map of the world. MS. in the Cotton Library, Brit. Mus. Tiberius, b, v. In the original Latin romance of Apollonius Tyrius, it is most accurately called Pentapolis Cyrenorum, and was, as both Strabo and Ptolemy inform us, a district of Cyrenaica in Africa, comprising five cities, of which Cyrene was one. That the reader may know through how many regions the scene
the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to observe that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria ; Tyre, a city of Phoenicia, in Asia ; Tharsus, the metropolis of Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capital of Lesbos, an island in the Agean sea ; and Ephesus, the capital of Ionia, a country of the Lesser Asia.
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Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates,
Enter Gower. Before the Palace of Antioch.
To sing a song that old ? was sung,
persedly in various Countries.t
1 regio, a country in Africa, consisting of the most eventh chapter of King Appolin of Trre. 151); *
and Twine's translation from it is site is nulla VS. in the Cotton Library. Brit. Vas. Theria, t. of Apollonius Tyrius, it is most accuratels miled as both Strabo and Prolemy inform us, a distract ar ve cities, of which Cyrene was one. rough how many regions the scene of this dramas e that Antioch was the metropolis ora: 7771 F. the metropolis of Cilicia, a country of Asa. Voor sland in the Egean sea ; and Episto, lhe capital
i Chorus, in the character of Gower, an ancient English poet, who has related the story of this play in his Confessio Amantis.
2 i. e. that of old.
3 That is, says Dr. Farmer, by whom this emendation was made, churchales. The old copy has “ holy days."
4 “ The purchase” is the reading of the old copy, which Steevens changed to purpose. The word purchase was anciently used to signify gain, profit ; any good or advantage obtained.
This king unto him took a pheere,
SCENE I. Antioch. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Antiochus, PERICLES, and Attendants. Ant. Young prince of Tyre,s you have at large re
ceived The danger of the task you undertake.
i Wife; the word signifies a mate or companion.
5 “ To keep her still to himself, and to deter others from demanding her in marriage.”
6 Gower must be supposed to point to the scene of the palace gate at Antioch, on which the heads of those unfortunate wights were fixed.
7 Which (the judgment of your eye) best can justify, i. e. prove its resemblance to the ordinary course of nature.
8 By prince, throughout this play, we are to understand prince regnant. Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul Imboldened with the glory of her praise, Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. [Music.
Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride, For the embracements even of Jove himself; At whose conception, (till Lucina reigned, Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence,)? The senate-house of planets all did sit. To knit in her their best perfections.
Enter the Daughter of AntiochUS.
Ant. Prince Pericles,
Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
“Music, bring in our daughter clothed like a bride." Malone thinks it a marginal direction inserted in the text by mistake. Mr. Boswell thinks it only an Alexandrine.
2 The words whose and her refer to the daughter of Antiochus.
3 “ The Graces are her subjects, and her thoughts the sovereign of every virtue that gives renown to men.”
4 By “ her mild companion” «the companion of her mildness" is meant.
5 Hesperides is here taken for the name of the garden in which the golden apples were kept; as we find it in Love's Labor's Lost, Act iv.
And which, without desert, because thin
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who ha
[To the Daughter of
Ant. Scorning advice. Read the conclu Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed Daugh. In all, save that, mayst thou i
perous! In all, save that, I wish thee happiness ! 4
1 i. e." for fear of going,” or “lest they should go."
3 “I will act as sick men do; who, having had expei
“Of all said yet, mayst thou prove prosperous;
of all said yet, I wish thee happiness ! ” The emendation is Mr. Mason's.