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Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd Enter PERICLES, with Attendants.
the clouds, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; Let not our ships and number of our men,
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Whose men and danes so jetted* and adorn'd, Be, like a beacon fir’d, to amaze your eyes. Like one another's glass to trimt them by : Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, And seen the desolation of your streets:
We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, And not so much to feed on, as delight;
Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
But to relieve them of their heavy load; The name of help grew odious to repeat.
And these our ships you happily* may think Dio. (, 'tis too true. Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff' within,
With bloody views, expecting overthrow, our change,
Are stor'd 'with corn, to make your needy These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air,
And give them life, who are hunger-starv’d, Were all too little to content and please,
half dead. Although they gave their creatures in abun.
All. The gods of Greece protect you! dance,
And we'll pray for you. As houses are defil'd for want of use,
Per. Rise, I pray you, rise; They are now stary'd for want of exercise:
We do not look for reverence, but for love, Those palates, who not yet two summers And harbourage for ourself, our sbips, and younger,
med. Must have inventions to delight the taste, Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it;
Or Those mothers who, to nouslet up their babes, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Thought nought too curious, are ready now,
The curse of heaven and men succeed their To eat those little darlings whom they lov’d.
(seen) So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be
wife Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life : Your grace is welcome to our town and us.
Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
here a while, Here many sink, yet those which see them fall, Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
[Exeunt. Is not this true? Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness
ACT II. it. Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Enter Gower. And her prosperities so largely taste,
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king With their superfluous riots, hear these tears! His child, I wis,t to incest bring; The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.
A better prince, and benign lord,
Prove awful both in deed and word.
Be quiet then, as men should be,
Till he hath pass'd necessity. Cle. Here.
[haste, I'll show you those in trouble's reign, Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in Losing a mite, a mountaiu gain. For comfort is too far for us to expect.
The good in conversation: Lord. We have descried, upon our neigh- (To whom I give my benizon,) bouring shore
is still at Tharsus, where each man A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Thinks all is writ he spoken can:
And, to remember what he does,
But tidings to the contrary,
[I? And so in ours : some neighbouring nation, Are brought your eyes; what need speak Taking advantage of our misery, (power, ģ Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their
Dumb show. To beat us down, the which are down already; Enter ut one door Pericles, talking with Cleon; And make a conquest of unhappy me,
all the train with them. Enter ut another door, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
a GENTLEMAN with a Letter to PERICLES; Lord. That's the least fear: for, by the sem- PERICLES shows the Letter to Cleon; then blance
[peace, gives the Messenger a rewurd, and knights Of their white flags display'd, they bring us him. Exeunt Pericles, Cleon, &c. severalAnd come to us as favourers, not as foes. ly. Cle. Thou speak’st like him's untutor'd to repeat,
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home, Who makes the fairest show, means most
Not to eat honey, like a drone, But bring they what they will, what need we
From others' labours; forth he strive fear?
To killen bad, keep good alive; The ground's the low'st, and we are half way
And, to fulfil bis prince' desire, Go tell their general, we attend him here,
Sends word of all that haps in Tyre: To know for what he comes, and whence he
How Thaliard came full bent with sin, And what he craves.
And hid intent, to murder him; Lord. I go, my lord.
And that in Tharsus was not best Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace con.
Longer for him to make bis rest: If wars, we are unable to resist.
He knowing so, put forth to seas,
Where when men been, there's seldom . To je is to strut, or walk proudly,
ease; + To dress them by. 1 Nurse fondly,
11. c. Conduct, behaviour. Blessing,
For now the wind begins to blow;
These fishers tell the infirmities of men; Thunder above, and deeps below, And from their wat'ry empire recollect Make such unquiet, that the ship (split; All that may men approve, or med detect! Should house him 'safe, is wreck'd and Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. And he, good prince, having all lost, 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? By waves from coast to coast is tost: if it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calAll perishen of man, of pelt,,
endar, and no body will look after it. Ne aught escapen but himself;
Per. Nay, see, the sea bath cast upon your Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
coastThrew him ashore, to give him glad : 2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea; And here he comes : what shall be next, to cast thee in our way! Pardon old Gower; this ’longs the text. Per. A man whom both the waters and the
Io that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball SCENE I.-Pentapolis.-- An open Place by the For them to play apon, entreats you pity him; Sea Side.
He asks of you, that never us’d to beg.
i Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of them in our country of Greece, gets more with heaven!
begging, than we can do with working. Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly
2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then? Is but a substance that must yield to you;
Per. I never practis'd it. And I, as tits my nature, do obey you;
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,
here's nothing to be got dow-a-days, unless Wash'd me from shore to shore, and lest me
thou canst fish for't.
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to breath
know; Nothing to think on, but ensuing death : Let it suffice the greatness of your powers,
But what I am, want teaches me to think oa; To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes ;
A man shrupk up with cold: my veins are And having thrown him from your wat’ry And have no more of life than may suffice
chill, grave, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave. Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead,
To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Enter three FISHERMEN.
For I am a man, pray see me buried.
1 Fish. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid ! 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!
have a gown here; come, put it on; keep the 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. warm. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow. i Fish. What Patch-breech, I say!
Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have 3 Fish. What say you, master ?
flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and 1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks,* and thou away, or I'll fetch thee with a wapnion. shalt be welcome. 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the
Per. I thank you, Sir. poor men that were cast away before us, even 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you
could not beg. 1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it griev'd my heart
Per. I did but crave. to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to
2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce and so I shall'scape whipping. help ourselves.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much,
then ? when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if tumbled ? they say, they are balf fish, half all your beggars were whipp'd, I would wish flesh: a plague on them, they ne'er come, but no better office, than to be beadle. But, masI look to be wash'd. Master, I marvel how ter, I'll go draw up the net. the fishes live in the sea.
(Exeunt two of the FISHERMEN. 1 Fish. Why as men do a-land; the great Per. How well this honest mirth becomes ones eat up the little ones : I can compare our
their labour! rich misers to pothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a 1 Fish. Hark you, Sir! do you know where plays and tumbles, driving ihe poor fry before you are? him, and at last devours them all at a mouth- Per. Not well. ful. Such whales have I beard on a'the land, 1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called who never leave gaping, till they've swallow's Pentapolis, and our king, the good Simonides
. the whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and Per. The good king Simonides, do you call all.
him? Per. A pretty moral.
i Fish. Ay, Sir; and he deserves to be so 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sex- call’d, for his peaceable reigp, and good gov. ton, I would have been that day in the belfry. ernment. 2 Fish. Why, man?
Per. He is a happy king, since from his 3 Fish. Because he should have swallow'd
subjects me too: and when I had been in his belly, I He gains the name of good, by his government. would have kept such a jangling of the bells, How far is his court distant from this shore? that he should never have left, till he cast 1 Pish. Marry, Sir, half a day's journey; bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. and I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and But if the good king Simonides were of my to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are mind
princes and knights come from all parts of Per. Simonides?
the world, to just and tourneyt for her love. 3 Fish. We would purge the land of these Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, drones that rob the bee of her honey.
I'd wish to make one there. Per. How from the finny subject of the sea
+ To tilt, mock fight
1 Fish. O, Sir, things must be as they may; 1 Lord. They are, my liege; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully And stay your coming to present themselves. deal for his wife's soul.
Sim. Return them,* we are ready; and our
daughter, Re-enter the Tuco Fishermen, druwing up a net. In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the For men to see, and seeing wonder at. law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't,
[Erit a Lord. 'tis come at last, and 'tis turn'd to a rusty ar- Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to ex
press Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me My commendations great, whose merit's less. see it.
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, A model, which heaven makes like to itself: Thou giv’st me somewhat to repair myself; As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, And, though it was mine own, part of mine So princes their renown, if not respected. heritage,
'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
The labour of each knight, in his device. With this strict charge, (even as he left his Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield [life,) perform. "Tuixt me and death; (and pointed to this Enter u Knight ; he passes over the Stage, und
brace :)* For that it sad'd me, keep it; in like necessity,
his Squire presents his Shield to the Princess. Which gods protect thee from! it may defend thee. Şim. Who is the first that doth prefert himIt kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it;
self? Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned 'Took it in rage, though calm’d, they give't
And the device he bears upon his shield
Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat
[The second Knight passes. of worth,
Who is the second, that presents bimseli? For it was sometime target to a king;
Tha. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ; I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly, And the device he bears upon his shield And for his sake, I wish the having of it; Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulgura, court,
que per fuerçu.) Where with’t I may appear a gentleman;
(The third Knight passes. And if that ever my low fortunes better,
Sim. And what's the third ? I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your Thai. The third, of Antioch; debtor.
And his device, a wreath of chivalry: 1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? The word, Me pompa prorexit apex. Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms.
[The fourth Knight passes. 1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods Sim. What the fourth? give thee good ou't !
Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside 2 Fish. Ay, but bark you, my friend ; 'twas
down; we that made up this garment through the The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit, rough seams of the waters: there are certain Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his condolements, certain veils. I hope, Sir, if power and will, you thrive, you'll remember from whence you Which can as well inflame, as it can kill. had it.
(The fifth Knight passes. Per. Believe't, I will.
Thai. The fifth, a hand environed with Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;
(tried : And spite of all the rupture of the sea, Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone This jewel holds his bidingt on my arm; The motto thus, Sic spectunda fides. Unto thy value will I mount myself
The sixth Knight pusses Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
the knight himself Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Of a pair of bases.
Thai. He seems a stranger;
but his present is 2 Fish. We'll sure provide : thou shalt have A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll The motto, In hac spe viro. bring thee to the court myself.
Sim. A pretty moral; Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; From the dejected state wherein he is, This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
[Exeunt. 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his SCENE II.-The same.-A public, Way, OT
, Can any way speak in his just commend:
outward show the Side of it, for the reception of the King, For, by his rusty outside, he appears Princess, Lords, &c.
To have practis'd more the whipstock, f than
the lance. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Atten- 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he
dunts. Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the To an honour'd triumph strangely furnish’d. triumph?
* I. e. Return them notice. + Emblem on a shield. Armour for the arm. + Keeping
Il 1 c. More by sweetness 1 A kind of loose breaches.
than by force.
Handle ce a whip
3 Lord. And on set purpose let bis armour 1 Knight. Who can be o:ber, in this royal Until this day, to scour it in the dust. (rust presence?
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the The outward habit by the inward man.
brim, But stay, the knights are coming; we'll with (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,) draw
We drink this health to you. Into the gallery.
(Exeunt. Knights. We thank your grace. [Great shouts, and all cry, The mcan knight! Sim. Yet pause a while;
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, SCENE III.--The same.--A Hall of State.-- As if the entertainment in our court A Banquet prepared.
Had not a show might countervail his worth. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, LORDS, Knights,
Note it not you, Thaisa ? and Attendants.
Thai. What is it Sim. Knights,
To me, my father?
Sim. O, attend, my daughter; To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
Princes, in this, should live like gods above, To place upon the volume of your deeds,
Who freely give to every one thai comes As in a title-page, your worth in arms, [fit, To honour them: and princes, not doing so. Were more than you expect, or more than's Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but Since every worth in show commends itself.
Are wonder'd at.
kilid Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:
Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here You are my guests.
say, Thai. But you, my knight and guest;
We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him. To whom this wreath of victory I give,
Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
Unto a stranger knight to be so bold; merit. Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is Since men take women's gifts for impudence.
. yours; And here, I hope, is done that envies it.
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please In framing artists, art hath thus decreed,
(4 side. To make some good, but others to exceed;
Sim. And further tell him, we desire to And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen
know, o'the feast,
[place: Of whence he is, his name and parentage. (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
Thai. The king my father, Sir, has drunk to
you. Knights. We are honour'd much by good
Per. I thank him.
Thai. Wishing it so niuch blood unto your Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour
life. we love,
Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge For who hates honour, hates the gods above.
him freely. Marsk. Sir, yond's your place.
Thai. And further he desires to know of Per. Some other is more fit. 1 Knight. Contend not, Sir; for we are gen- of whence you are, your name and parentage.
you, tlemen, That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes,
Per. A gentleman of Tyre—my name, Peri
cles ; Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
My education being in arts and arms ;) Per. You are right courteous knights.
Who, looking for adventures in the world, Sim. Sit, sit, Sir; sit. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men, thoughts,
And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore. These cates resisi me, she not thought upon.
Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself
Pericles, Thai. By Juno, that is queen
A gentleman of Tyre, who only by Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
Misfortune of the seas bas been bereft Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat;
Of ships and men, and cast upon this sbore. Sure he's a gallant gentleman.
Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity bis misfor Sim. He's but
tune, A country gentleman; He has done no more than other knights have come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trities
And will awake him from bis melancholy. Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass. (done; And waste the time, which looks for other reThai. To me he seems like diamond to a glass.
vels. Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's Even in your armours, as you are address’d," picture,
Will very well become a soldier's dance. Which tells me, in that glory once he was;
I will not have excuse, with saying, this Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads; And he the sun, for them to reverence, Since they love men in arms, as well as beds. None that beheld him, but like lesser lights, Did veilt their crown to his supremacy;
(The KNIGHTS dance Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, Come, Sir;
So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well per
[formid. The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; Here is a lady that wants breathing too: Whereby I see that time's the king of men,
And I have often beard, you knights of Tyre For he's their parent, and he is their grave, And gives them what he will, not what they | And that their measurest are as excellent.
Are excellent in making ladies trip;
Per. In those that practise them, they are Sim. What, are you merry, knights? . I.e. These delicacies go against my stomach. + Lower.
• Prepared for combat.
Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be AU. Live, noble Helicane ! denya
Hel. Try honour's cause, forbear your suff[The Knights and Ladies dance.
rages : Of your fair courtesy.—Unclasp, unclasp; If that you love priuce Pericles, forbear. Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well; Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, But you the best. (To Pericles.] Pages and Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease. lights, conduct
A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat These knights unto their several lodgings :
you Yours, Sir,
To forbear choice i'the absence of your king; We have given order to be next our own.
If in which time expir'd, he not return, Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, But if I cannot win you to this love, For that's the mark I know you level at:
Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects, Therefore each one betake him to his rest; And in your search spend your adventurous To-morrow, all for speeding do their best.
You shall like diamonds sit about his crown, SCENE IV.-Tyre.- A Room in the Gover
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not nor's House.
And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us, (yield; Enter HELICANES and ESCANES.
We with our travels will endeavour it. Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of
Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; (me,
clasp hands; For which, the most high gods not minding When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. longer [store,
(Exeunt. To withhold the vengeance that they had in
SCENE V.-Pentapolis.-A Room in the Due to this heinous capital offence,
Palace. Even in the height and pride of all his glory, When he was seated, and his daughter with Enter SIMONIDES, reading a Letter, the KNIGHTS In a chariot of inestiinable value, [him,
meet him. A fire from heaven came, and shriveli'd up Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so
1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simon
ides. stunk, That all those eyes ador'd them,* ere their fall,
Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let Scorn now their hand should give them burial. That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake
A married lite.
Which from herself by no means can I get. Esca. "Tis very true.
2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my
lord ? Enter three LORDS.
Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she bath so strict1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, To her chamber, that it is impossible.
ly tied her Or council, has respect with him but he. 2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without re
One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's proof.
Jivery; 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not second This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, it.
And on her virgin honour will not break it. 1 Lord. Follow me, then: Lord Helicane, a
3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we word.
take our leaves.
(Exeunt. Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day,
Sim. So my lords.
They're well despatch'd; now to my daugh'1 Lord. Know that our griefs are risen to the
She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger And now at length they overflow their banks. Or never more to view nor day nor light. Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with prince you love.
mine; 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble Heli- I like that well:-nay, how absolute she's in't, cane;
Not minding whether I dislike or no! But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
Well, I commend her choice;
Soft, here he comes :-I must dissemble it.
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides! Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral,
Sim. To you as much, Sir! I am beholden And leaves us to our free election. 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest For your sweet music this last night: my ears, in our censure :
I do protest, were never better fed And knowing this kingdom, if without a head, With such delightful pleasing harmony. (Like goodly buildings left without a roof,)
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; Will soon to ruin fall, your noble seif,
Not my desert. That best know'st how to rule, and how to
Sim. Sir, you are music's master. reign,
Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good We thus submit unto-our sovereign.
Sim, Let me ask one thing. What do you * Which adored them,
think, Sir, of # Judgement, opinion.