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Scene I. PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

151 To seek her as a bed-fellow,

Ant. Read the conclusion thea ; In marriage pleasures play fellow :

Which read, and not expounded, 'tis decreed, Which to prevent, he made a law,

As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. (To keep ber still, and men in awe,)

Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove That whoso ask'd ber for his wife,

prosperous ! His riddle told not, lost his life :

Per. Like a bold champion, I assume tie So for her many a wight did die,

lists, As yon grim looks do testify..

Nor ask advice of any other thought W bat now ensues, to the judgment of But faithfulness, and courage.

your eye I give, my cause who best can justify.

(He reads the Riddle.) [Exit.

I am no viper, yet I seed

On mother's fresh, which did me brecd : SOENE 1.-Antioch.-A Room in the Palace.

I sought a husband, in which labour, Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERICLES, and Attendants.

I found that kindness in a father.

He's father, son, and husband mild, Aat. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large

I mother, wife, and yet his child. receix'a

How they may be, and yet in two,
The danger of the task you undertake.

As you will live, resolve it you.
Per. I have, Antiocbus ; and with a soul
Embolden'd with the glory of her praise, Sharp physic is the last : but, O you powers!
Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. That give heaven countless eyes to viuw meu's

(Music.

acts, Ant. Bring in our daughter clothed like a Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, bride,

If this be true, which makes me pale to read it! For the embracements even of Jove himself; Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, At whose conception, (till Lucina reign'd,)

[Takes hold of the hand of the princess. Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, Were not this glorious casket storld with ill : The senate-bouse of planets all did sit,

But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts revolt; To knit in her their best perfections.

For he's no man oli whom perfections wait,

That knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
Enter the DAUGHTER OF ANTIOCHUS.

You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings; Per. See where she comes, apparell'd like the who, finger'd to make man bis lawful music, spring,

Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king

hearken ; of every virtue + gives renown to men !

But, being play'd upon before your time,
Her face, the book of praises, where is read Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime :
Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence Good sooth, I care not for you.
Sorrow were ever raz'd, and testy wrath

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, Could never be her mild companion.

For that's an article within our law, Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd : Thai bare inflam'd desire within my breast, Either expound now, or receive your sentence. To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

Per. Great king, Or die in the adventure,-be my helps,

Few love to hear the sins they love to act : As I am son and servant to your will,

'Twould 'braid yourself too wear for me to To compass such a boundless happiness!

tell it.
Ant. Prince Pericles,

Who has a book of all that monarchis do,
Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. He's more secure to keep it sbut, than shown;

Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides, For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind,
With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd; Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself;
For death-like dragons here affright thee bard : And yet the end of all is bought thus dear,
Her face, like heaven, enticetb thee to view The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear :
A countless glory, which desert must gain : To stop the air would hurt them. The blind
And which, without desert, because thine eye

mole casts Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die. Copp'd . hills towards heaven, to tell the earth Yon' sometime famous princes, like thyself,

is wrong'd

(die for't. Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

By man's oppres jon; and the poor worm doth Tell thee with speechless tongues, and semblance Kings are earthi’s gods : in vice their law's pale,

their will ;
Tbat, without covering, save yon' field of stars, And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill
They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars : It is enough you know; and it is fit,
And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist, What, being more known, grows worse, to
For going on death's net, whom none resist.

smother it.
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hast tanght all love the womb that their first beings bred,
My frail mortality to know itself,

Then give my tongue like leave to love my And by those fearful objects to prepare

head. This body, like to them, to what I must :

Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head; He has For death remember'd, should be like a mirror,

found the meaning:
Who tells us life's but' breath ; to trust it, error. But I will gloze + with him. (Aside.) Young prince
P'll make my will then ; and as sick men do,

of Tyre,
Who know the world, see beaven, but feeling Though by the tenour of our strict edict,
wie,

Your exposition misinterpreting,
Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did : We might proceed to cancel of your days ; *
So i bequeath a happy peace to you,

Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree
And all good men, as every prince should do ; As your fair sell, doth tune us otherwise :
My riches to tbe earth from whence they came; Forty days longer we do respite you ;
But my unspotted fire of love to you.

If by which time our secret be undone,
(To the DAUGHTER Of ANTIOCHUS. This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son ;
Thus ready for tbe way of life or death,

And, until then, your entertain shall be,
I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

As doth betit our honour, and your worth.
Scorning advice.

(Exeunt ANTIOCHUS, his DAUGHTER, and

Attendants.
• Pointing to the scene of the palace gate at Antioch,
ea bich the heads of these unfortunate wights were

• Rising to n top or bead.
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Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin ! Yet neither p.easure's art can joy my spirits, When what is done is like an hypocrite,

Nor yet the other's distance confort nie.
The which is good in nothing but in sighi. Then it is thus : the passions of the inind,
If it be true that I interpret false,

That bave their first conception by mis-dicad,
Then were it certain you were not so bad, Have after-nourishment and hire by care ;
As with foul incest to abuse your soul :

And what was first but fear wbat might be
Where * now you're both a father and a son,

done, By your untimely claspings with your child, Grows elder now, and cares it be not doue.. (Which pleasure fits au husband, not a father ;) And so with me :-the great Antiochus And she an eater of her mother's flesh,

('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, By the detiling of her parent's bed;

Since he's so great, can make bis will his act) And both like serpents are, who though they feed Will think me speaking, though I swear to On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.

silence; Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, * Blush not in actions blacker than the night, If he suspect I may dishonour him : Will shun no course to keep thein from the And what may make him blush in being known, light :

He'll stop the course by which it might be One sin, I know, another doth provoke ;

known:
Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke : With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land,
Poison and treason are the hands of sin,

And with the ostent of war will look so buge,
Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame :-- Amazement shall drive courage from the state ;
Then, lest my life he cropp'd to keep you clear, our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist,
By Alight I'll shun the danger wbich I lear. And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought of.

(Erit.

fence :

Which care of them, not pity of myself,
Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.

(Who am no more but as the tops of trees,
Ant. He bath found the meaning, for the which which fence the roots they grow by, and defend

them,) To have his head.

Makes both my body pine, and soul to languisk, He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, And punish that before, that he would punish. Nor tell the word, Antiochus doth sin

1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred In such a loathed manner :

breast ! And therefore instantly this prince must die ; 2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return For by bis fall my honour must keep high. Peaceful and comfortable !

(to us, Who attends on us there?

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expe

rience tongue. Enter THALIARD.

They do abuse the king, that Matter bim Thal. Doth your bigliness call?

For tlattery is the bellows blows up siu; Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, mind

To which that breath gives heat and stronger Partakes her private actions to your secrecy;

glowing : And for your faithfulness we will advance you. Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Thaliard, behold, here's poisoni, and here's gold: Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. We bate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill When simujor Sooth here does proclaim a peace, him.

He fatters you, makes war upon your life : It fits thee not to ask the reason why,

Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please ; Because we bid it. Say, is it done ?

cannot be much lower than my knees. Thal. My lord,

Per. All leave us else : but let your cares Tis done.

o'erlook

What shipping and what lading's in our baven,
Enter a MESSENGER.

Auu luen return to us. [Exeunt Lords.) Heli.
Ant. Enough:

canus, thon Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your baste. Hast moved us : what seest thou in our looks ? Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is iled.

het. Au angry brow, dread lord.

[Exit MESSENGER. Per. If there be such a dart in princes' Ant. As thou

frowns,
Wilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow, shot How durst thy tongue move anger to our face ?
From a well experienced archer, bits the mark Hcl. How dare the plants look up to heaven,
His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

from whence
Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead. They have their nourishment?
Thal. My lord, if I

Per. Thou know'st I have power
Can get hiin once within my pistol's length, To take thy life.
I'll make bin sure : so farewell to your bighness. Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe my.
(Exit. Do you but strike the blow.

(seli;
Ant. Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead, Per. Rise, pr’ythee rise ;
My heart can lead no succour to my head. Sit down, sit down ; thou art no flatterer :

(Exit. I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid

That kings should let their ears bear their faults SCENE II.-Tyre --A Room in the Palace.

hid!

Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
Enter PERICLES, HELICANUS, and other

Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant
Lords.

What would'st thou have me do? Per. Let none disturb us : Why this charge of Hel. With patience bear thoughts?

Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself.
The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus;
By me so usd a guest is, not an hour,

Who minister'st a potion unto me,
In the day's glorious walk or peacerul night, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself.
(The tomb where grief sbould sleep,) can breed Attend me then: I went to Antioch,
me quiet!

Where, as thou know'st, agalust the face of death
Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
shun them,

From whence an issue I pright propagate,
And danger, wbich I feared, is at Antioch, Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.
Whose arm seems far too short too bit me here: Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder ;
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The rest (hark in thine ear) as black as incest ; His seal'd commission, left in trust with me. Which, by my knowledge found, the sinful Doth speak sufliciently-he's gone to travel. father

Thal. How ! the king gone !

(Aside. Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, know'st tbis,

Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. He would depart, I'll give some light unto yohl, Which fear so grew in me, I bither fled,

Being at Antioch Under the covering of a careful night,

Thal. What from Antioch?

(Aside. Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, Hel. Royal Antiocbus (on what cause I know Bethought me what was past, what might suc

not,) ceed.

Took some displeasure at bim; at least he I knew him tyrannons; and tyrants' fears

judg'd so : Decrease not, but grow faster than their years : And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd, And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth) To show his sorrow, would correct bimseli ; That I should open to the listening air

So puts himself unto the shipmau's toil, How many worthy princes' bloods were shea, With whom each minute threatens life or death. To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,

Thal. Well, I perceive

(A side. To lop that donbt, he'll fill this land with arms, I shall not be baug'd now, although I would : And make pretence of wrong that I have done But since he's gone, the king it sure must

please : When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas, -Must feel war's blow, who spares not inno- But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of cence :

Tyre! Which love to all (of wbich thyself art one, Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is wel Who now reprov'st me for it)

come. Hel. Alas, Sir!

Thal. From him I come Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from With message unto princely Pericles; my cheeks,

But, since my landing, as I have understood, Masings into my mind; a thousand doubts Your lord has took hiinself to upknown travels, How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; My message must return from whence it came. And, finding little comfort to relieve them, Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since I thought it princely charity to grieve them. Commended to our master not to us : Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, leave to speak,

As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Freely I'll speak." Antiochus you fear ;

(Ereunt. And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant, Who either by public war, or private treason, SCENE IV.-Tharsus.-A Room in the GoWill take away your life.

vernor's House. Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while, Till that bis rage and anger be forgot,

Enter CLEO 1, DIONYZA, and Attendants. Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.

Cle. My Dirnyza, shall we rest us here, Your rule direct to any; if to me,

And by relating tales of others' griefs, Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Per. I do not doubt thy faith :

Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to But should he wrong my liberties in absence

quench it: Hel. We'l miogle bloods together in the For who digs bills because they do aspireearth,

Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher. From whence we had our being and our birth. O my distressed lord, even such our griets ; Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful Tharsus

eyes, Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.

Cle. O Dionyza, The care I had and have of subjects' good, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can Or can conceal his hunger till be famil? bear it.

Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ;

woes Who sbuus not to break one, will sure crack Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till lungs both :

Fetch breath that may proclaim thein louder ; But in our orbs • we'll live so round and såre,

that, That time of both this truth shall ne'er con- If heaven slumber while their creatures want, vince, +

They may awake their helps to comfort them. Thoa show'dst a subject's shine, I true l'il then discourse our woes, felt several years, prince.

(Exeunt. And wanting breath to speak, Irelp me with

tears. SCENE 111.-Tyre.-An Ante-chamber in the Dio. I'll do my best, Sir. Palace.

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I bave govern

ment, Enter THALIARD.

(A city on whom plenty held full band, Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets ;) Here must 1 kill king Pericles; and if I do not, whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the I am sure to be banged at bome : 'tis danger

clouds, ous.-Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and And strangers ne'er bebeld, but wonder'd at; had good discretion, that being bid to ask what Whose men and dames so jetted * and adora'd, bé would of the king, desired be might know Like one another's glass to trim + them by : none of bis secrets. Now do I see he bad some Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, reason for it; for if a king did a man be a vil. And not so much to feed on, as delight ; lain, he is bound by the indenture of his oath to All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, be one.--Hush, here come the lords of Tyre. The name of help grew odious to repeat.

Dio, Oh ! 'is too true. Enter HELICANUS, Escanes, and other Lords.

Cle. Rut see what heaven can do! By this Hel. You shall not need, by fellow peers of onr change,

(air, Tyre,

These mouths whom but of late, eartlı, sea, and Further to question of your ling's departure. Were all too little to content and please, • In gur diferent spheres + Overcome.

• To jel, to strut.

+ To dress them by.

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Although they gave their creatures in abun- | The curse of heaven and men succced their dance,

evils !

(seen, As houses are defled for want of use ;

Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be They are now stary'd for want of exercise : Your grace is welcome to our town and us. Tbose palates, who not yet too summers Per. Which welcome we'll accept : feast here younger,

a while, Must have inventions to delight the taste, Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it :

(Exeunt. Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes, Thought nought too curious, are ready now To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd : So sbarp are bunger's teeth, that man and

ACT II.
wife

Enter GOWER.
Draws lots who first shall die, to lengthen life :
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;

Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king
Here many sink, yet those wbich see them fall, His child, I wis, . to incest bring ;
Have scarce strength left to give them burial. A better prince, and benign lord,
Is not this true ?

Prove awful both in deed and word.
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness Be quiet then, as meu should be,
it.

Till be hath pass'd necessity.
Cle. Oh! let those cities, that of plenty's cup I'll show you those in trouble's reign,
And her prosperities so bargely taste,

Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears ! The good in conversation +
The misery of Tharsus may be their's.

(To whom I give my benizon,)

is still at Tharsus, where each man Enter a LORD.

Thinks all is writ he spoken can : Lord. Where's the lord governor?

And, to remember what he does, Cle. Here.

(baste, Gild his statue glorious : Speak out thy sorrows wbichtbou bring'st, in But tidings to the contrary, For comfort is too far for us to expect.

Are brought your eyes ; what need speak It Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore

Dumb Slou.
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much.

Enter at one door Pericles, talking with One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,

CLEON; all the train with them. Enter at That may succeed as his inheritor ;

another door, a GENTLEMAN u ith a Letter to And so in our's : some neighbouring nation,

PERICLES; PERICLES shows the letter to Taking advantage of our misery, (power, t

CLEON ; then gives lhe Messenger a reward,

and knights him. Eceunt PERICLES, CLEON, Hatb stuff'd these bollow vessels with their To beat us down, the which are down already;

fr. severally. And make a conquest of unhappy me,

Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.

Not to eat boney, like a drone, Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the sem- From others' labours; forth be strive blance

(peace, To killen bad, keep good alive ; of their white fags display'd, they bring us And to fulfil his prince' desire, And come to us as favourers, not as foes.

Sends word of all that haps in Tyre : Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to How Thaliard came full bent with sin, repeat;

(deceit. And hid intent, to murder him ; Who makes the fairest show, means most And that in Tharsus was not best But bring they what they will, what need we Longer for him to make his rest : fear ?

(there. He knowing so, put forth to seas, The ground's the low'st, and we are hair way Where when men bean, there's seldom ease ; Go tell their general, we attend him bere,

For now the wind begins to blow ; To know for what he comes, and whence he Thunder above, and deeps below, And what be craves.

(coines, Make such unquiet, that the ship (split; Lord. I go, my lord.

(Exit. Should house bim safe, is wreck'd and Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace con. And he, good prince, baving all lost, If wars we are unable to resist.

(sist; 1

By waves froin coast to coast is tost :

All perishen of man, of pelf,
Enter PERICLES with Attendants.

Ne augbt escapen but himself;
Per. Lord governor, (for so we hear you are) Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Let not our ships and number of our men,

Threw him ashore, to give him glad : Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes.

And bere he comes what shall be next, We have beard your miseries as far as Tyre, Pardou old Gower ; this 'longs the text. And seen the desolation of your streets ;

(Erit. Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load;

SCENE 1.-Pentapolis. 5---An open Place by And these our ships (you happily ý may think

the Sea Side. Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff 'd within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow)

Enter PERICLES, wet. Are stor'd' with corn, to make your needy Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of bread,

heaven!

(man And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, carthy half dead.

Is but a substance that must yield to you ; All. The gods of Greece protect you.

And I, as tits my nature, do obey you. And we'll pray for you.

Alas! the sea bath cast me on the rocks, Per Rise, I pray you, rise :

Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me We tot look for reverence but for love,

breath
And barbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. Nothing to think on, but ensuing death :

Cle. The which when any sball not gratify, Let it suttice the greatness of your powers,
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
Re it our wives, our cbildren, or ourselves,

• I suppose.

+ I. e. In behaviour.

1 Blessing Although Pentapolis is found • Nurse fondly.

in an ancient map of the world, M. S. in the Cotton 1 + Forces.

brary, this is esteemed an imaginary name bs.rowed * If he hands on peace.

Perhaps.

fron some romance.

To bave bereft a prince of all his fortunes ; puddings and fap-jacks, and thou shalt be And having thrown him from your wat'ry welcome. grave,

Per. I thank you, Sir. Here to have death in peace, is all be'll crave. 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said yoa

could not beg. Enter three FISHERMEN.

Per. I did but crave. 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!

2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, 2 Fish. Hol come and bring away the nets. and so I shall 'scape whipping.

(then i 1 Fish. What Patch-breech I say !

Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd 3 Fish. Wbat say you, master ?

2 Fish. Oh! not all, my friend, uot all: for if i Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come all your beggars were whipp’d, I would wish no away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.

better office than to be beadle. But, master, I'll 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the go draw up the net. poor men that were cast away before us, even

(Ereunt two of the FishERMEN. now.

Per. How well this honest mirth becomes I Fish. Alas, poor souls, it griev'd my heart

their labour ! to bear what pitiful cries they made to us to 1 Fish. Hark you, Sir! do you know where help them, wben, well-a-day, we could scarce you are? belp ourselves.

Per. Not well. 2 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, i Fish. Wby, I'll tell you : this is called when I saw the porpus, how be bounced and Pentapolis, and our king, the good Simonides. tumbled ? they say, they are balf fish half flesh : Per. The good king Simonides, do you call a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look him ? to be wash'd. Master, I marvel how the fishes 1 Fish. Ay, Sir, and he deserves to be so live in the sea.

call'd, for his peaceable reign and good goveru. 1 Fish. Why as men do a-land ; the great ment. ones eat up the little ones : I can coinpare our Per. He is a happy king, since from his subrich misers to nothing so filly as to a whale ; 'a jects plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before He gains the name of good, by his government. bim, and at last devours them all at a mouth- How far is his court distant from this shore ? fal. Such whales bave I heard on a'the land, who 1 Fish. Marry, Sir, half a day's journey ; never leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the and I'll tell you he hath a fair daughter, and whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all. to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are prin. Per. A pretty moral.

ces and knights come from all parts of the 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, world, to just and tourney + for her love. I would have been that day in the belfry.

Per. Did but my forti nes equal my desires, 2 Fish. Why, man 3

I'd wish to make one there. 3 Fish. Because he should have swallow'd me 1 Fish. O Sir, things must be as they may ; too: and when I had been in his belly, I would and what a man cannut get, he may lawfully have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he deal for-his wife's soul should bave never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if

Re-enter the Two FISHERMEN, drawing up a

net. the good king Simonides were of my mindPer. Simonides !

2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish 3 Fish. We would purge the land of these haugs in the net, like a poor man's right in the drones that rob the bee of her honey,

law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha ! bots on't, Per. How from the finny subject of the sea 'tis come at last, and 'tis turn'd to a rusty arThese fishers tell the infirmities of men ; Add from their wat'ry empire recollect

Per. An armour, friends ! I pray you, let me All that may men approve, or men detect !

see it. Peace be at your labour, bonest fishermen. Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses,

2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself ; if it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calen. And, though it was mine own, part of inine heri. dar, and no body will look after it.

tage, Per. Nay, see, the sea bath cast upon your which my dead father did bequeath to me, coast

With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,) 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield to cast thee in our way!

'Tuirt me and death: (and pointed to this Per. A man whom both the waters and the

brace) wind,

For that it sav'd me, keep it ; in like necessity In tbat vast tennis-cout, hath made the ball Which gods protect thee from ! it may defend For them to play upon, entreats you pity him :

thee. He asks of you, that never us'd to beg.

It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it ; i Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg ? here's Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, them in our country of Greece gets more with Took it in rage, though calm'd, they give't begging than we can do with working.

again : 2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then ? I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Per. I never practis'd it.

Since I have here my father's gift by will. 2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure ; for 1 Fish. What mean you, Sir ? here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of canst fish for't.

worth, Per. What I bave been, I bare forgot to For it was sometime target to a king ; know;

I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly, But what I am, want teaches me to think on: And for his sake I wish the having of it ; A man shrunk up with cold; my veins are And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's chill,

court, And have no more of life than may suffice Where with't I may appear a gentlema! To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help ; And if that ever my low fortunes better, Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, I'll pay your bounties : till then, rest your For I am a man, pray see me buried.

debtor. 1 Fish. Die quoth-a ? Now gods forbid ! I i Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady! have a gown here; come, put it on; keep thee Per. I'll show the virtue I bave borne ip arnis. warm. Now, afore mne, a handsome fellow ! Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh

• Pancakes.

+ To tilt as at a tournament. for holidays, tish for fasting-days, and moreo'er

Armour for the arin.

mour.

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