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My scars can witness, dumb although they are, | Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips:
learn of us
To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov a thee Mar. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this Many a time he danc'd thee on his knee, child,
Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; (Pointing to the Child in the arms of an At Many a matter hath he told to thee, tendant.
Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy; Of this was Tamora delivered ;
In that respect then, like a loving child, The issue of an irreligious Moor,
Shed yet some small drops from thy tender Chief architect and plotter of these woes;
spring, The villain is alive in Titus' house,
Because kind nature doth require it so: Woe: Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true. Friends should associate friends in griet and Now judge, what cause had Titus to revenge Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave; These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience, Do him that kindness, and take leave of hin. Or more than any living man could bear. | Boy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with al Now you have heard the truth, what say you,
my heart Romans?
Would I were dead, so you did live again! Have we dope aught amiss ? Show us wherein, o lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; And, from the place where you behold us now, My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth. The poor remainder of Andronici Will, band in hand, all headlong cast us down,
Enter Attendunts, with AARON. And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, | Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with And make a mutual closure of our house.
woes; Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say, we | Give sentence on this execrable wretch, · shall,
That bath been breeder of these dire events. Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall. | Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish · Emil. Come, come, thou reverend man of
There let him stand, and rave and cry for food: And bring our emperor gently in thy hand,
If any one relieves or pities him, Lucius our emperor; for, well I know,
For the offence he dies. This is our doom: The common voice do cry, it shall be so.
Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth. Rom. (Several speak.) Lucius, all hail; Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury Rome's royal emperor !
dumb? Lucius, &c. descend.
I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers,
I should repent the evils I have done: Mar. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house; Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did,
[To an Attendant. / Would I perform, if I might have my will; And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, If one good deed in all my life I did, To be adjudg'd some direful slaughtering I do repent it from my very soul. death,
Luc. Some loving friends convey ihe empera As punishment for his most wicked life. .
hence, Rom. [Several speak.) Lucius, all bail ; And give him burial in his father's grave: Rome's gracious governor!
My father, and Lavinia, shall forthwith Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; May I govern Be closed'in our household's monument. so,
[woe! As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, But, gentle people, give me aim awhile, No mournful bell shall ring her burial ; [pret: For nature puts me to a heavy task;
But throw her forth to beasts, and birds o Stand all aloof :-but, uncle, draw you near, Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk :- And, being so, shall have like want of pity. 0, take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips, See justice done to Aaron, that damn'd Moür,
(Kisses Titus. By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd Then, afterwards, to order well the state; The last true duties of thy poble son! (face, That like events may ne'er it ruinate. Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss,
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.
ANTIOCHUS, King of Antioch.
THAISA, Daughter to Simonides. PERICLES, Prince of Tyre.
MARINA, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa. : HELICANUS, & Two Lords of Tyre.
LYCHORIDA, Nurse to Marina.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, LYSIMACHUS, Governor of Mitylene.
Pirates, Fishermen, and Messengers, &c. CERIMON, a Lord of Ephesus. THALIARD, a Lord of Antioch.
Scene, dispersedly in various countries." PHILEMON, Servant to Cerimon. LEONINE, Servant to Diodyza.-MARSHALL
* That the reader may know through how many regions A PANDAR, and his Wife.-BUULT, their Ser- the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to obvant.
serve, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria ; Tyre a Gower, as Chorus.
city of Phenicia in Asia; Tarsus, the metropolis of 'Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capital of Les
bos, an Island in the Ægean sea ; and Ephesus, the capi. The DAUGHTER of Antiochus.
tal of Ionia, a country of the Lesser Asia. DIONYZA, Wife to Cleon.
824 The senate-house of planets all did sit, That give heaven countless eyes to view it's To knit in her their best perfections.
Why cloud they not their sights perpetually. Enter the DAUGHTER OF ANTIOCHUS. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could sti. the spring,
(Takes hold of the hand of the princess Graces ber subjects, and her thoughts the king Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ül: Of every virtue gives renown to men!
But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts rerek, Her face, the book of praises, where is read For he's no man on whom perfections wait Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. Sorrow were ever raz'd, and testy wrath
You're a fair viol, and your sense the string; Could never be her mild companion.
Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music, Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to That have inflam'd desire in my breast,
hearken; To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,
But, being play'd upon before your time, Or die in the adventure, be my helps,
Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime : As I am son and servant to your will,
Good sooth, I care not for you. To compass such a boundless happiness!
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch pot, upon to Ant. Prince Pericles,-
For that's an article within our law, Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. As dangerous as the rest. Your time's e Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
pir'd ; With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd;
Either expound now, or receive your sentente For death-like dragons here affright thee hard :
| Per. Great king, Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
Few love to hear the sins they love to act; A countless glory, which desert must gain :
| 'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me i And which, without desert, because thine eye Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must
Who has a book of all that monarchs do, die.
He's more secure to keep it shut, than showa: Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,
Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; Tell thee with speechless tongues, and sem
And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, blanc
The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear. That, without covering, save yon field of stars,
To stop the air would hurt them. The blind They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's
Copp'd* hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth wars; And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,
is wrong'd For going on death's net, whom none resist. By man's oppression; and the poor worm dote Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath
die for't. My frail mortality to know itself, (taught
Kings are earth's gods : in vice their lar's And by those fearful objects to prepare
their will; This body, 'like to them, to what I must:
And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth For death remember'd, should be like a mirror,
It is enough you know; and it is fit, Who tells us life's but breath: to trust it! | What being more known grows worse, to error.
sinother it. I'll make my will then; and as sick men do,
All love the womb that their first beings bred. Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling | Then give my tongue like leave to love woe,
head. Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did;
Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! He has So I bequeath a happy peace to you,
found the meaning ;And all good men, as every prince should do ;
But I will glozet with him. (Aside.] Young My riches to the earth from whence they came;
prince of Tyre, But my unspotted fire of love to you.
Though by the tenour of our strict edict, [To the DAUGHTER of ANTIOCHUS.
Your exposition misinterpreting, Thus ready for the way of life or death,
We might proceed to cancel of your days;t I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,
Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Scorning advice.
As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise: Ant. Read the conclusion then;
Forty days longer we do respite you ; Which read and pot expounded, 'tis decreed,
If by which time our secret be undone, As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed.
This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son: Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove
And until then, your entertain shall be, prosperous !
As doth befit our honour, and your worth. In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!
[Exeunt ANTIOCHUS, his DAUGHTER, and Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,
Attendants. Nor ask advice of any other thought
Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! But faithfulness, and courage.
When what is done is like a hypocrite,
The which is good in nothing but in sight, [He reads the Riddle.]
If it be true that I interpret false,
Then were it certain, you were not so bad,
As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
Where now you're both a father and a son,
By your untimely claspings with your child, I found that kindness in a father.
(Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father ;) He's father, son, and husband mild,
And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
By the defiling of her parent's bed; [feed
And both like serpents are, who though they
Rising to a top or head. + Flatter, inimate
On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Grows elder now, and cares it be not done.
Will think me speaking, though I swear to One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
silence; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, Poison and treason are the hands of sin, If he suspect I may dishonour him: Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: And what may make him blush in being Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear,
[known; By flight I'll sbun the danger which I fear. He'll stop the course by which it might be
With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.
And with the ostent of war will look so huge,
Amazement shall drive courage from the state; Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, which we mean
And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought ofTo have his head.
fence: He must not live to trumpet forth niy infamy, Which care of them, not pity of myself, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin
(Who am no more but as the tops of trees, In such a loathed manner;
Which fence the roots they grow by, and deAnd therefore instantly this prince must die;
fend them,) For by his fall my honour must keep high. Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, Who attends on us there?
And punish that before, that he would punish. Enter THALIARD.
1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred
breast! Thal. Doth your highness call ?
2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and Peaceful and comfortable !
(to us, our mind
Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expePartakes her private actions to your secrecy ;
rience tongue. And for your faithfulness we will advance you.
They do abuse the king, that flatter him : Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; gold;
The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must To which that breath gives heat and stronger kill him;
glowing; It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Because we bid it. Say, is it done '
Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. Thal. My lord,
When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, 'Tis done.
He flatters you, makes war upon your life: Enter a MESSENGER.
Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if yon please; Ant. Enough;
| I cannot be much lower than my knees. Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your Per. All leave us else; but let your cares Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is fled.
o'erlook [Exit MESSENGER. What shipping apd what lading's in our haven, Ant. As thou
And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] HeliWilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow, shot
canus, thou From a well experienc'd archer, bits the mark Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks? His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead. Per. If there be such a dart in princes' Thal. My lord, if I
frowns? Can get him once within my pistol's length, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? I'll make him sure: so farewell to your high
Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven ness.
from whence Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, They have their nourishment ? My heart can lend no succour to my head.
Per. Thou know'st I have power (Exit. To take thy life.
Hel. (Kneeling.] I have ground the axe mySCENE II.-Tyre.- A Room in the Palace. Do you but strike the blow. Enter PERICLES, Helicanus, and other Lords.
Per. Rise, pr'ythee rise;
Sit down, sit down; thou art no flatterer : Per. Let none disturb us: Why this charge I thank thee for it, and high heaven forbid, of thoughts?
That kings should let their ears hear their The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,
faults hid! By me so us'd a guest is, not an hour,
Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy ser(The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed What would'st thou have me do? (vant, me quiet!
Hel. With patience bear Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself, shun them,
Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, HeliAnd danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, Who minister'st a potion unto me, [canus; Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Attend me then: I went to Antioch, (death, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Where, as thou know'st, against the face of Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, That have their first conception by mis-dread, From whence an issue I might propagate, Have after-nourishment and life by care; Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. And what was first but fear what might be Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; dope
The rest (bark in thine ear,) as black as incest;
Which, by my knowledge found, the sinful his oath to be one.--Hush, here come the lorde father
of Tyre. Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st this,
Enter HELICANUS, Escanes, and other Lords. "Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Which fear so grew in me, I hither fied,
Tyre, Under the covering of a careful night, (here, | Further to question of your king's departure. Who seem'd my good protector; and being His seal'd commission, left in trast with me, Bethought me wbat was past, what might suc- | Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel. ceed.
Thal. How! the king gone! (Aside. I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
| Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Decrease not, but grow faster than their years:
| Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) | That I should open to the listening air,
- He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.
Being at Antioch-
[Aside. Thal. What from Antioch ?
Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I kaow To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, And make pretence of wrong that I have done took som
Took some displeasure at him ; at least be
judg'd so: When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, Must feel war's blow, who spares not inno.
And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
To show his sorrow, would correct himself; cence: Which love to all (of which thyself art one,
So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
With whom each minute threatens life or death. Who now reprov'st me for it)
Thal. Well, I perceive
(Aside. Hel. Alas, Sir! Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
But since he's gone, the king it sure must my cheeks, Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts
He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas,How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; And finding little comfort to relieve them,
But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of
yre! I thought it princely charity to grieve them. Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is wel
come. leave to speak, Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
Thal. From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles;
But, since my landing, as I have understood,
Your lord has took himself to anknown travels, Will take away your life. Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
My message must return frons whence it came.
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
Commended to our master, not to us: Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.
Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,Your rule direct to any; if to me,
As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
(Ereunt Per. I do not doubt thy faith; But should he wrong my liberties in absence- SCENE IV.-Tharsus.-A Room in the Go Het. We'll mingle bloods together in the
vernor's House. earth From whence we had our being and our birth.
Enter Cleon, DIONYZA, and Attendants. Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tharsus .
Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by relating tales of others' griefs, And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? The care I had and have of subjects' good,
Dio. That were to blow at fre, in hope to On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can
quench it: bear it.
For who digs hills because they do aspire. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Throws down one mountain, to castupa higher. Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack | mv distressed lord, even such our griefs; both:
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful But in our orbs* we'll live so round and safe,
(rise. That time of both this truth shall ne'er con-| But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher vincent
Cle. () Dionyza, Thou show'dst a subject's shipe, I a true who wanteth food. and will not say be wants it, prince.
[Exeunt. Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish? SCENE III.-Tyre.--An Ante-chamber in the
Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our
Into the air; our eyes do weep, till langs
Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court.
that, Here must I kill king Pericles ; and if I do If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, not, I am sure to be hanged at home : 'tis dan. They may awake their helps to comfort them. gervus.-Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, / I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, and had good discretion, that being bid to ask | And wanting breath to speak, help me with what he would of the king, desired he might
tears. . know none of his secrets,Now do I see he
Dio. I'll do my bad some reason for it: for if a king bid a man | Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have governbe a villain, he is bound by the indenture of L,
T(A city, on whom plenty held full band,) * In our different spheres + Overcome, For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets;