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My scars can witness, dumb although they are, | Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips:
That my report is just, and full of truth. (), were the sum of these that I should pay
But, soft; methinks, I do digress too much, Countless and infinite, yet would I pay then!
Citing my worthless praise : (), pardon me; Luc. Come hither, boy; come, conie, and
For when no friends are by, men praise them-

learn of us

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To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov'd 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 pillon; [Pointing to the Child in the arms of un At. Many a matter hath he told to thee, iendant,

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: (voe: 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 hua. Or more than any living man could bear. Boy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with all Now you have heard the truth, what say you, Romans?

Would I were dead, so you did live again!Have we done aught amiss? Show us wherein, O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; And, from the place where you behoid us now, My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth. The poor remainder of Andronici Will, hand in hand, all headlong cast us down, Enter Attendants, with Aarox. And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, i 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

him; Rome,

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. (Sereral speak.) Lucius, all hail; Aar, 0, why should wrath be mute, and fury Rome's royal emperor!

dumb?

I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, Lucius, fc. descend.

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 bale 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 the emperor As punishment for his most wicked life.

hence, Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all hail; And give him burial in his father's grare: Rome's gracious governor!

My father, and Lavinia, shall forth with Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans; May I govern Be closed in our household's monument.

(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 a while, No mournful bell shall ring her burial; (pres: For naiure puts me to a heavy task ;

But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of Stand all aloof :-but, uncle, draw you near, Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity; To shed obsequious tears upon this irunk :- 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 Moor,

(Kisses Títus. By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: Thesc sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd Then, afterwards, to order well the state; The last true duties of thy noble son! [face, That like events may ne'er it ruinate. Mss. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kisse!

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PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

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.
ESCANES,

DIANA.
SIMONIDES, King of Pentapolis.
CLEON, Governor of Tharsus.

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 Dionyza.-MARSHAL.

That the reader may know through how many regions A PANDár, and his Wife.—Boult, their Ser- the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to obvant.

serve, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria; lyre 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 lonia, a country of the Lesser Asia, DiosYZA, Wife to Cleon.

By custom, what they did begin,
Was, with long use, account* no sin.
The beauty of this sinful dame
Made many princes thither frame,
To seek her as a bed-tellow,
In marriage-pleasures play-fellow:
Which to prevent, he made a law,
(To keep her still, and men in awe,)
That whoso ask'd her for his wise,
His riddle told not, lost his life :
So for her many a wight did die,
As yon grim looks do testify.t
What now ensues, to the judgement of

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

(Exit.

ACT I.

Enter Gower."
Before the Palace of Antı ich.
To sing a song of oldt was su ag,
From ashes ancient Gower is come;
Assuming man's infirmities,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.
It bath been sung at festival.,
On ember-eves, and holy ale.it
And lords and ladies of their lives
Have read it for restoratives
'Purpose to make men glorio is;
Et quo antiquius, eo melius.
If you, born in these latter ti pes,
When wit's more ripe, accep. my rhyrues,
And that to hear an old man sing,
May to your wishes pleasure bring,
I life would wish, and that I might
Waste it for you, like taper-righi.
This city then, Antioch the çreat
Built up for his chiefest seat;
The fairest in all Syria;
(I tell you what mine authors say:)
This king unto him took a pheere,
Who died and left a female heir,
So buxom, blithe, and full of face,
As heaven had lent her all his grace;
With whom the father liking took,
And her to incest did provoke :
Bad father! to entice his own

To evil, should be done by none.
• Chorus, in the character of Gover, an ancient Eng.
hah Poet, wlio has related the story of this play in his con-
Exsi Amantis.
+ I. e. That of old.

SCENE I.-Antioch.-A Room in the Palace.
Enter ANTIOCHUS, Pericles, and Attendants.
Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large

receiv'd
The danger of the task you undertake.

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul
Embolden'd with the glory of her praise,
Think death no hazard, in this enterprise.

[Music. Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like

bride,
For the embracements even of Jove himself;
At whose conception, (till Lucina reign'd,)
Nature this dowry gave, to glad ber presence

1 Whitsun-ales, &c. Wife, the word signifies a mate or companion.

* Accounted. + Pointing to the scene of the palace gate at Antioch on which the heads of those unfortunate wights were flx'

od.

The senate-house of planets all did sit, | That give heaven countless eyes to view mea's To knit in her their best perfections.

acts,

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 lor'd you, and could still. the spring,

(Takes hold of the hand of the princess Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king were not this glorious casket stor's with ill : Of every virtue gives renown to men!

But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts revolt; 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 strings; 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 not, upon thy Ant. Prince Pericles,

For that's an article within our law, [life, Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. As dangerous as the rest. Your time's ex Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,

pir'd; With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touchd; Either expound now, or receive your sentence 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 to And which, withont desert, because thine eye

tell it. 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 shows; 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, blance pale,

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

mole casts They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars;

Copp'd* bills towards heaven, to tell, the earth And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,

is wrong'd For going on death's net, whom none resist. By mar.'s oppression; and the poor worm doth 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 law's And by those fearful objects to prepare

their will;

(ill? 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

sinother it. I'll make my will theu ; 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 my

head. woe, 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; Though by the tenour of our strict edict,

prince of Tyre. But my unspotted fire of love to you. [To the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS.

Your exposition misinterpreting, Thus ready for the way of life or death,

We might proce to cancel of your days; 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 not 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 enteriain 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, I am no viper, yet I feed

As with foul incest to abuse your soul; On mother's flesh, which did me breed: Where now you're both a father and a son, I sought a husband, in which lubuur,

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, I mother, wife, and yet his child.

By the defiling of her parent's bed;
How they may be, and yet in two,

And both like serpents are, who though
As you will lire, resolre youl.
Sharp physic is thr last: but you powers!

• Rising to a top or head.

+ Flatter: To tho destruction of your life

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error.

On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Grows elder now, and cares it be not depe.
Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men And so with me ;-the great Antiochus
Blush not in actions blacker than the night. ('Gainst whom I ar too little to contend,
Will shun no course to keep them from the Since he's so great, can make his will his act,)
light,

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,

[known; By flight I'll shun the danger which I tear. He'll stop the course by which it might be

[Exit. With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Re-enter ANTIOCHUS,

And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the Our men be vanquish’d, ere they do resist,

Amazement shall drive courage from the state; which we mean

And subjects punish’d, that ne'er thought ofTo have his head.

tence: He must not live to trumpet forth ny infamy, which care of them, not pity of myself, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doti 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 instanly 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! Thul. Doth your highness call ?.

2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and Peaceful and comforiable!

(to us, our mind

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expePartakes her private actions to your secrecy ;

rience tongue. And for your iaithfulness 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 crr. Thal. My lord,

When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, 'Tis done.

He flaiters you, makes war upon your life: Enter a MESSENGER.

Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please; Ant. Enough;

[haste. 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 tied.

o'erlook [Exit Messenger. What shipping and 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 From a well experienc'd archer, hits 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' Thul. My lord, if I

frowns? Can get biin 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.

Exit.

from whence Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, They have their nourishment ? My heart can lend no succour to my head.

Per. Thou hnow'st I have power (Exit. To take thy life.

Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe my. SCENE II.--Tyre.- A Room in the Palace. Do you but strike the blow.

(self; Enler Pericles, Helicanus, and other Lords. Sit down, sit down; thou art no fatterer:

Per. Rise, pr’ythee rise; 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 bid! 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; pane

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Which, by my knowledge found, the sinful | his oath to be one.--Hush, aere come the 'ords 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 lyrants seem to kiss. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled,

Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Under the covering of a careful night, (here, Further to question of your king's departnre.

Tyre, Who seem'd my good protector; and being His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Bethought me what was past, what might suc. Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to trarel.

ceed. I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears

Thal. How! the king gone!. (A side. Decrease not, but grow faster than their years: Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,

Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. That I should open to the listening air, How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,

Being at AntiochTo keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,

Thal. What from Antioch?

[ Aside. To lop ihat doubt, he'll fill this land with arms,

Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I krow And make pretence of wrong that I have done Took some"displeasure at him; at least he

not,) When all, for mine, if I may call't offence,

judg'd so: Must feel war's blow, who spares not inno- To show his sorrow, would correct himself;

And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'i, Which love to all (of which thyself art one,

So puts himself unto the shipman's toil, Who now reprov'st me for it)

With whom each minute threatens life or death, Hel. Alas, Sir!

Thal. Well, I perceive

[Aside. Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes,

I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;

blood from But since he's gone, the king it sure must my cheeks, Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts

please,

He 'd the land, to perish on the seas.How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; But

scar And finding little comfort to relieve them,

present me.

Peace to the lords of

Tyre!
I thought it princely charity to grieve them.
Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is wel. leave to speak,

Thal. From him I come
Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,

With message unto princely Pericles;
Who either by public war, or private treason,

But, since my landing, as I have understood, Will take away your life.

Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,

My message must return frons whence it came. Till that his rage and anger be forgot,

Hel. We have no reason to desire it, sinc'. Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.

Commended to our master, not to us: Your rule direct to any ; if to me,

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Per. I do not doubt thy faith ;

[Erernt But should he wrong my liberties in absence- SCENE IV.-Tharsus.-A Room in the Go Hei. We'll mingle bloods together in the

ternor'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 iharsus

Cle. My Dionyra, 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 l'll dispose myself. See 'twill teach us to forget our own? The care I had and have of subjects' good, Dio. That were to blow at fire, 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 O my distressed lord, even such our griets; both :

Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful But in our orbs* we'll live so round and safe,

eyes,

(rise. That time of both this truth shak ne'er con- But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher vincent

Cle. O Dionyza, Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, prince.

(Exeunt. Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish ? SCENE III.-Tyre.--An Anle-chamber in the Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our Palace.

Into the air; our eyes do weep, till lungs
Enter THALIARD.

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, pot, I am sure to be hanged at home : 'tis dan- They may awake their helps to comfort them. gerous.

Well, ! 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 best, Sir. had some reason for it: for if a king bid a man

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have govern. be a villain, he is bound by the indenture of

ment,

(A city, on whom plenty held full hand,) à In our different spheresa + Overcome. For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets

woes

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