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And here, I hope, is none that envies it.

Sim. How! In framing artists, art hath thus decreed,

Do as I bid you, or you'll move mc else. To make some good, but others to exceed ;

Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen

me better.

[aside. o'the feast

Sim. And farther tell him, we desire to know, (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place: Of whence he is, his name and parentage. Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. Thai. The king, my father, sir, has drunk to Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simo- you. nides.

(we love, Per. I thank him. Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. For who hates honour, hates the gods above. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.

him freely. Per. Some other is more fit.

[men, Thai. And further he desires to know of you, 1 Knight. Contend not, sir ; for we are gentle Of whence you are, your name and parentage. That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name Peri. Envy the great, nor do the low despise.

My education being in arts and arms ;)— [cles ; Per. You are right courteous knights.

Who, looking for adventures in the world,
Sim. Sit, sit, sir; sit.

Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore.
These cates resist me, she got thought upon. Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself
Thui. By Juno, that is

A gentleman of Tyre, who only by [Pericles, Of marriage, all the viands that I eat

Misfortune of the seas, has been bereft Do seem unsavory, wishing him my meat! Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore. Sure he's a gallant gentleman.

Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune, i Sim. He's but

And will awake him from his melancholy. A country gentleman ;

Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles, He has done no more than other knights have And waste the time, which looks for other revels Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass. [done; Even in your armours, as you are address'd,

Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass. Will very well become a soldier's dance. Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's I will not have excase, with saying, this picture,

Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads ; Which tells me, in that glory once he was ; Since they love men in arms, as well as bede. Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,

[the Knights dance. And be the sun, for them to reverence.

So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform’d. None, that beheld him, but, like lesser lights, Come, sir; Did vail their crowns to his supremacy ;

Here is a lady that wants breathing too : Where now his son's a glowworm in the night, And I have often heard, you knights of Tyro The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; Are excellent in making ladies trip; Whereby I see that Time's the king of men, And that their measures are as excellent. For he's their parent, and he is their grave,

Per. In those that practise them, they are, my And gives them what he will, not what they crave.

lord. Sim. What, are you merry, knights? (sence ? Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be deny'd 1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre

(the Knights and Ladies dance. Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the Of your fair courtesy.-- Unclasp, unclasp ; (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,) [brim Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, We drink this health to you.

But you the best. [to Pericles) Pages and lights, Knights. We thank your grace.

conduct Sim. Yet pause awhile;

These knights unto their several loagings: yours, Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, We bave given order to be next our own. [sir, As if the entertainment in our court

Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
Had not a show might countervail his worth. Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love,
Note it not you, Thaisa ?

For that's the mark I know you level at :
Thai. What is it.

Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
To me, my father?

To-morrow, all for speeding do their best; (exeunt. Sim. O, attend, my daughter ;

SCENE IV. TYRE. A ROOM IN THE GOVERNOR'S Princes, in this, should live like gods above, Who freely give to every one that comes

Enter Helicanus and Escanes. To honour them; and princes, not doing so, Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me, Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd | Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; Are wonder'd at.

For which, the most high gods not minding longer Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say, To withhold the vengeance that they had in store, We drink this standing bowl of wine to him. Due to this heinous capital offence;

Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me Even in the height and pride of all his glory, Unto a stranger knight to be so bold;

When he was seated, and his daughter with Luiro, He may my proffer take for an offence,

In a chariot of inestimable value,
Since men take women's gifts for impudence. A fire from heaven came, and shrivell'd up


Their bodles, even to loathing; for they so stunk, Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall, To her chamber, that it is impossible. [tied her Scorn now their hand should give thein burial. One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's Esca. 'Twas very strange.

livery; Hel. And yet but just; for though

This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow d, This king were great, his greatness was no guard And on her virgin honour will not break it. To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward. 3 Knight. Though loth to bid farewell, we Esca. 'Tis very fine.

take our leaves.

(exeunt Enter three Lords. Sim. So,

[letter. 1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, They're well despatch'd: now to my daughter's Or council, has respect with him but he. (reproof. She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight,

2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve, without Or never more to view nor day nor light. 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not second it. Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with mine ; | Lord. Follow me, then : Lord Helicane, a I like that well :—nay, how absolute she's in't word.

[lords. Not minding whether I dislike or no! Hel. With me? and welcome : happy day, my Well, I commend her choice; I Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the And will no longer have it be delay'd. top,

Soft, here he comes :- -I must dissemble it. And now at length they overflow their banks.

Enter Pericles. Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the Per. All fortune to the good Simonides ! (you, prince you love.

[cane ;

Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself, then, noble Heli- For your sweet music this last night: my cars, But if the prince do live, let us salute bim, I do protest, were never better fed Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. With such delightful pleasing barmony. If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; Not my desert. And be resolv'd, he lives to govern us,

Sim. Sir, you are music's master. Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral,

Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord. And leaves us to our free election. [our censure : Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you think, 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in

sir, of And knowing this kingdom, if without a head My daughter? (Like goodly buildings left without a roof,)

Per. As of a most virtuous princess. Will soon to ruin fall, your noble selt,

Sim. And she is fair too, is she not? Tbat best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, Per. As a fair day in summer; wondrous fair. We thus submit unto,—our sovereign.

Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very

well of

you; AN. Live, noble Helicane!

Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, Hel. Try honour's cause; forbear yoursuffrages : And she'll your scholar be; therefore, look to it. If that you love prince Pericles, forbear.

Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster. Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,

Sim. She thinks not so; peruse this writing Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease.

Per. What's here!

(else. d twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre ? To forbear choice i'the absence of your king; 'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. [aside If in which time expir’d, he not return,

O, seek not to entrap, my gracious lord, I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. A stranger, and distressed gentleman, But if I cannot win you to this love,

That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter, Go, search like noblemen, like noble subjects, But bent all offices to honour her. And in your search spend your adventurous Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and Whom if you find, and win unto return, (worth ;

thou art You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. A villain.

1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not Per. By the gods, I have not, sir. And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us, (yield; Never did thought of mine levy offence; We with our travels will endeavour it. [hands; Nor never did my actions yet commence

Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure. When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. Sim. Traitor, thou liest.

[ereunt. Per. Traitor ! SCENE V. PENTAPOLIS. A ROOM IN THE PALACE. Sim. Ay, traitor, sir. Enter Simonides, reading a letter; the Knights Per. Even in his throat (unless it be the king), mect him.

That calls me traitor, I return the lie. 1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides. Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let courage.

{aside. you know,

Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughton That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake That never relish'd of a base descent. A married life.

I came unto your court for honour's cause, Her reason to herself is only known,

And not to be a rcbel to her state; Which from herself by no means can I get. [lord? And he that otherwise accounts of me,

2 Knight. May wo not get access to her, my | This sword shall prove he’s honou's cueny.

you had,


Sim. No!

Or think, may be as great in blood as I.) (asite. Here comes my daughter, she can witness it. Hear, therefore, mistress; frame yourwill to mine,-. Enter Thaisa.

And you, sir, hear you.--Either be rul'd by me, Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair, Or I will make you—man and wife. Resolve your angry father, if my tongue

Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it too. Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe

And being join'd, I'll thus your bopcs destroy;— To any syllable that made love to you?

And for a further grief,—God give you joy! Thai. Why, sir, say if

What, are you both pleas'd ? Who takes offence at that would make me glad ? Thai. Yes, if you love me, sir.

Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory? Per. Even as my life, my blood that foston in I am glad of it with all my beart. [aside.] I'll tame Sim. What, are you both agreed ? I'll bring you in subjection.-


Both. Yes, 'please your majesty. Will you, not bavivg my consent, bestow

Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed; Your love and your affections on a stranger? Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed. (Who, for aught I know to the contrary,

Enter Gower.

His queen with child makes her desire
Gow. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout; (Which who shall cross?) along to go
No din but snores, the house about,

(Omit we all their dole

nd woe); Made louder by the o'er-fed breast

Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
Of this most pompous marriage-feast.

And so to sea. Their vessel shakes
The cat, with eyne of burning coal,

On Neptune's billow; half the flood
Now couches 'fore the mouse's hole;

Hath their keel cut; but fortune's mood
And crickets sing at the oven's mouth,

Varies again: the grizzled north
As the blither for their drouth.

Disgorges such a tempest forth,
Hymen bath brought the bride to bed,

That, as a duck for life that dives,
Where, by the loss of maidenhead,

So up and down the poor ship drives.
A babe is moulded ;-be attent,

The lady shrieks, and, well-a-near!
And time that is so briefly spent,

Doth fall in travail, with her fear :
With your fine fancies quaintly eche :

And what ensues in this fell storm,
What's dumb in show, I'll plain with speech. Shall, for itself, itself perform.

I nill relate; action may
Enter Pericles and Simonides at one door, with Conveniently the rest convey :

Attendants ; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and Which might not what by me is told. gives Pericles a letter. Pericles shows it to Si- In your imagination hold monides; the Lords kneel to the former. Then This stage, the ship, upon whose deck, enter Thaisa with child, and Lychorida. Si- The sea-tost prince appears to speak. [exit. monides shows his daughter the letter ; she re

SCENE I. joices : she and Pericles take leave of her Father, Enter Pericles, on a ship, at sea. and depart. Then Simonides, 8c. retire. Per. Thou God of this great vast, rebuke these Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch,


{hast Of Pericles the careful search

Wbich wash both heaven and hell; and thou, tha: By the four opposing coignes,

Upon the winds command, biod them in brass, Which the world together joins,

Having call'd them from the deep! O, still thy Is made with all due diligence,

deafning, That horse, and sail, and high expense, Thy dreadful thunders; gently quench thy nimble, Can stead the quest.

At last from Tyre Sulphureous flashes! — how, Lychorida, (mously (Fame answering the most strong inquire), How does my queen ?- Thou storm, thou! vena To the court of king Simonides

Wilt thou spit all thyself ?- The seaman's whistlo
Are letters brought the tenour these : Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
Antiochus and his daughter's dead; Unheard.-Lychorida !—Lucina, O
The men of Tyrus, on the head

Divinest patroness, and midwife, gentle
Of Helicanus would set on

To those that cry by night, convey thy deity
The crown of Tyre, but he will done: Aboard our dancing boat; make swift the pangs
The mutiny there he hastes t'appease : Of my queen's travails !– Now, Lychorida
Says to them, if king Pericles,

Enter Lychorida, with an Infant.
Come not, in twice six moons, home,

Lyc. Here is a thing
He, obedient to their doom,

Too young for such a place, who, if it had
'Will take the crown. The sum of this, Conceit, would die as I am like to do.
Brought hither to Pentapolis,

Take in your arms this piece of your dead queen
Y-ravished the regions round,

Per. How! how, Lychorida !
And every one, with claps 'gan sound, Lyc. Patience, good sir; do not assist the storm.
Our heir apparent is a king :

Here's all that is left living of your queen,
Who dream'd, who thought, of such a thing? A little daughter; for the sake of it,
Brief, he must hence depart to Tyre : Be manly, and take comforto

Per O you gods :

SCENE II, EPHESUS. A ROOM IN CERIMON'S ROOSE Why do you make us love your goodly gifts, Enter Cerimon, a Servant, and some Persons who And snatch them straight away? We here below,

have been shipwrecked. Recall not what we give, and therein may

Cer. Philemon, ho! Vie honour with yourselves.

Enter Philemon. Lyc. Patience, good sir,

Phil. Doth my lord call ? Even for this charge.

Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor med; Per. Now, mil may be thy life!

It ha been a turbulent and stormy night. For a more blust'rous birth had never babe :

Serv. I have been in many; but such a night Quiet and gentle thy conditions !

'Till now, I ne'er endur'd.

(as this, For thou’rt the rudeliest welcom'd to this world, Cer. Your master will be dead e're you return; That e'er was prince's child. Happy what follows! There's nothing can be minister'd to nature, Thou hast as chiding a nativity,

That can recover him. Give this to the 'pothecary, As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make, And tell me how it works. [to Philemon. To herald thee from the womb: even at the first, [ereunt Philemon, Servant, and those who Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit,

had been shipwrecked. With all thou canst find here. Now the good gods

Enter two Gentlemen. Throw their best eyes upon It!

1 Gent. Good morrow, sir. Enter two Sailors.

2 Gent. Good morrow to your lordship. i Sail. What courage, sir? God save you. Cer. Gentlemen,

Per. Courage enough: I do not fear the flaw; Why do you stir so early?
It hath done to me the worst. Yet, for the love 1 Gent. Sir,
Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer, Our lodgings, standing bleak upon


sea, I would, it would be quiet.

Shook, as the earth did quake 1 Sail. Slack the bolius there; thou wilt not, The very principals did seem to rend, wilt thou ? Blow, and split thyself.

And all to topple; pure surprise and fear 2 Sail. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy Made me to quit the house. billow kiss the moon, I care not.

2 Gent. That is the cause we trouble you so 1 Sail. Sir, your queen must overboard ; the 'Tis not our husbandry.

(early; sea works high, the wind is loud, and will not lie Cer. O, you say well.

[having till the ship be cleared of the dead.

1 Gent. But I much marvel that your lordship, Per. That's your superstition.

Rich tire about you, should at these early hours 1 Sail. Pardon us, sir; with us at sea it still Shake off the golden slumber of repose. hath been observed; and we are strong in earnest. It is most strange, Therefore briefly yield her: for she must over- Nature should be so conversant with pain, board straight.

Being thereto not compellid.
Per. Be it as you think meet-Most wretched Cer. I held it ever,
Lyc. Here she lies, sir.

[queen! Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
Per. A terrible child-bed hast thou had, my dear: Than nobleness and riches : careless heirs
No light, no fire: the unfriendly elements May the two latter darken and expend;
Forgot thee utterly; nor have I time

But immortality attends the former, To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight Making a man a god. 'Tis known, I ever Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze; Have studied physic, through which secret art, Where, for a monument upon thy bones,

By turning o'er authorities, I have And aye-remaining lamps, the belching whale (Together with my practice), made familiar And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, To me and my aid, the blest infusions Lying with simple shells. Lychorida,

That dwell in vegetives, in metals, stones; Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink, and paper; And I can speak of the disturbances (me My casket, and my jewels; and bid Nicander That nature works, and of her cures ; which give Bring me the satin coffer : lay the babe

A more content in course of true delight Upon the pillow ; bie thee, whiles I say

Than to be thirsty after tottering honour, A priestly farewell to her : suddenly, woman. Or tie my treasure up in silken bags,

[exit Lychorida. To please the fool and death. 2 Sail. Sir, we have a chest beneath the batches, 2 Gent. Your honour has through Ephesus caulk'd and bitumed ready.

pour'd forth Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say, what coast Your charity, and hundreds call themselves 2 Sail. We are near Tharsus. (is this? | Your creatures, who by you have been restor'd : Per. Thither, gentle mariner,

And not your knowledge, personal pain, but even Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou Your purse, still open, hath built lord Cerimon reach it?

Such strong renown as time shall never2 Sail. By break of day, if the wind cease.

Enter two Servants, with a chest. Per. O make for Tharsus.

Serv. So; lift there. There will I visit Cleon, for the babe

Cer. What is that? Cannot hold out to Tyrus : there I'll leave it Serv. Sir, even now At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner; Did the sea toss upon our shore chis chest; I'U bring the body presently.

[excunt. 'Tis of some wreck

Cer. Set it down, let's look on it

Cer. Hush, gentle neighbours;

[her. 2 Gent. 'Tis like a coffin, sir.

Lend me your hands : to the next chamber bear Cer. Whate'er it be,

Get linen; now this matter must be look'd to, 'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight: For her relapse is mortal. Come, come, come ; If the sea's stomach be o'ercharg'd with gold, And Æsculapius guide us ! It is a good constraint of fortune, that

(exeunt carrying Thaisa away. It belches upon us.

SCENE III. THARSUS. A ROOM IN CLEON'S HOUSE. 2 Gent. 'Tis so, my lord.

Enter Pericles, Cleon, Dionyza, Lychorida, and Cer. How close 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd!

Marina. Did the sea cast it up?

Per. Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be Serv. I never saw so huyh a billow, sir,

gone; As toss'd it upon shore.

My twelve months are expir'd, and Tyrus stands Cer. Come, wrench it open ;

In a litigious peace. You, and your lady, Soft, soft! it smells most sweetly in my sense. Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods 2 Gent. A delicate odour.

Make up the rest upon you ! Cer. As ever hit my nostril ; 80,-up with it. Cle. Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt O you most potent god! what's here? a corse !

you mortally, i Gent. Most strange!

[entreasur'd Yet glance full wand'ringly on us. Cer. Shrouded in cloth of state ; balm'd and Dion. O your sweet queen! With bags of spices full!

passport too!

That the strict fates had pleas'd you bad brought Apollo, perfect me i'the characters! (reads the scroll. To have bless'd mine eyes ! [her hither, Here I give to understand

Per. We cannot but obey (If e'er this coffin drive a-land),

The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
1, king Pericles, have lost
This queen, worth all our mundane cost

As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end
Who finds her, give her burying,

Must be as 'tis. My babe Marina (whom,
She was the daughter of a king :
Besides this treasure for a fee,

For she was born at sea, I have nam'd so), bere :
The gods requite his clarity!

I charge your charity withal, and leave her If thou liv'st, Pericles, thou hast a heart

The infant of your care: beseecbing you That even cracks for woe!— This chanc'd to-night. To give her princely training, that she may be 2 Gent. Most likely, sir.

Manner'd as she is born. Cer. Nay, certainly to-night; (rough, Cle. Fear not, my lord : Por look, how fresh she looks! They were too Your grace, that fed my country with your corn That threw her in the sea, Make fire within; (For which the people's prayers still fall upon you), Fetch hither all the boxes in my closet.

Must in your child be thought on. If neglection Death may usurp on nature many hours,

Should therein make me vile, the common body, And yet the fire of life kindle again

By you reliev'd, would force me to my duty: The overpressed spirits. I have heard

But if to that my nature need a spur, Of an Egyptian, had nine hours lien dead, The gods revenge it upon me and mine, By good appliance was recovered.

To the end of generation ! Enter a Servant, with boxes, napkins, and fire.

Per. I believe you ; Well said, well said ; the fire and the cloths. Your honour and your goodness teach me credit, The rough and woeful music that we have, Without your vows. 'Till she be married, madum, Cause it to sound, 'beseech you.

By bright Diana, whom we honour all, The vial once more;-How thou stirrist, thou Unscissar'd shall this hair of mine remain, block !

Though I show will jn't: So I take my leave. The music there.--I pray you, give her air :- Good madam, make me blessed in your care Gentlemen,

In bringing up iny child.
This queen will live: nature wakes; a warmth Dion. I have one myself,
Breathes out of her; she hath not been entrano'd Who shall not be more dear to my respect,
Above five hours. See, how she 'gins to blow Than yours, my lord.
Into life's flower again ?

Per. Madam, my thanks and prayers. 1 Gent. The heavens, sir,

Cle. We'll bring your grace even to the edge Through you, increase our wonder, and set up

o'the shore; Your fame for cver.

Then give you up to mask'd Neptune, and Cer. She is alive; behold,

The gentlest winds of heaven. Her eyelids, cases to those heavenly jewels

Per. I will embrace Which Pericles hath lost,

Your offer. Come, dear'st madam.0, no tears, Begin to part their fringes of bright gold ; Lychorida, no tears : The diamonds of a most praised water

Look to your little mistress, on whose grace Appear, to make the world twice rich. O live, You may depend hereafter.-Come, my lord. And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creature,

[exeunt. Rare as you seem to be!

(she moves. SCENE IV. EPHESUS. A ROOM IN CERIMONS HOUSE, Thai. O dear Diana,

Enter Cerimon and Thaisa. Where am I? Where's my lord? What world Cer. Madam, this letter, and some certain jewels

2 Gent. Is not this strange? [is this? Lay with you in your coffer :: which are now ] Gent. Most rare.

At your command. Know you the chasis iuss

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