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Thai. And further he desires to know of you,
Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pericles ;
Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
The Knights dance.
Per. In those that practise them, they are, my lord.
[The Knights and Ladies dance.
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.
1 “ As you are accoutred, prepared for combat.”
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. [Exeunt.
Tyre. A Room
in the Governor's
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES.
Esca. 'Twas very strange.
Esca. 'Tis very true.
Enter three Lords. 1 Lord. 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 curst be he that will not second it. 2 Lord. Follow me, then. Lord Helicane, a word. Hel. With me? and welcome. Happy day, my
1 i. e. which adored them.
2 To what this charge of partiality was designed to conduct, we do not learn; for it appears to have no influence over the rest of the dialogue.
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. 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself, then, noble Helicane; But if the prince do live, let us salute him, Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there ; And be resolved,' he lives to govern us, Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, And leaves us to our free election. 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in our
censure ; ? And knowing this kingdom, if without a head, (Like goodly buildings left without a roof,) Will soon to ruin fall, your noble self, That best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, We thus submit unto,-our sovereign.
All. Live, noble Helicane!
Hel. Try honor's cause, forbear your suffrages;
2 i. e. “ the most probable in our opinion.” Censure is frequently used for judgment, opinion, by Shakspeare. 3 The old copy reads :
“Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,” &c. Steevens contends for the old reading, that it is merely figurative.
4 Some word being omitted in this line in the old copy, Steevens thus supplied it:
“To forbear choice i’the absence of your king."
And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
hands; When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.
A Room in the Palace.
Enter Simonides, reading a letter ; the Knights meet
1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides.
2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my lord ? Sim. Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly tied
her To her chamber, that it is impossible. One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery; This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vowed, And on her virgin honor will not break it. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.
[Exeunt. Sim. So, They're well despatched ; now to my daughter's letter. She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger-knight, Or never more to view nor day nor light. Mistress, 'tis well ; your choice agrees with mine; I like that well. Nay, how absolute she's in't, Not minding whether I dislike or no ! Well, I commend her choice ;
And will no longer have it be delayed.
Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to you,
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend;
Sir, you are music's master.
sir, of My daughter ?
As of a most virtuous princess.
Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you ;
Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster.
Per. What's here?
art A villain.
Per. By the gods, I have not, sir.
Sim. Traitor, thou liest.