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In their apprmend me to them;
of their griefs,
this is who hath outstretch'd bis span :
To the protection of the prosperous gods, And made us speak like friends :-- this inan was As thieves to keepers
riding Flav. Stay not, all's in vain.
From Alciabiades to Timon's cave,
Enter SENATORs from Timox.
i Sen. Here come our brothers. And last so long enough!
2 Sen. No talk of Timon, nothing of him ex1 Sen. We speak in vain.
ring, Tim. But yet I love my country : and am not The enemies' drum is heard, and fearful scourOne that rejoices in the common wreck,
Doth choke the air with dust : in and prepare ; As common bruit i doth put it.
Our's is the fall, I fear ; our foes, the snare. 1 Sen. That's well spoke.
(Exeunt. Tim. Commend me to my loving countrymen,
SCENE IV.-The Woods.-Timon's Care, i Sen. These words become your lips as they
and a Tomb-stone seen. pass througb them. 2 Sen. And enter in our ears like great trium
Enter a SOLDIER, seeking Timon. phers
Sol. By all description this should be the In their applauding gates.
Who's here? speak, ho!--No answer ?-What is And tell them, that, to ease them of their griefs, Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Timon is dead, who hath outstretch'd his span : Their pangs of love, with other incident throes Some beast reard this ; there does not live a man. That nature's fragile vessel doth sustain
Dead, sure ; and this his grave.In life's uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do What's on this tomb I cannot read; the character them :
I'll take with wax. I'll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades' | Our captain bath in every figure skill : wrath.
An ag'd interpreter, though young in days : 2 Sen. I like this well, he will return again. Before proud Athens he's set down by this. Tim. I have a tree, which grows here in my
which grows here in my Whose fall the mark of his ambition is. close,
[Exit. That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shortly must I fell it ; Tell my friends,
SCENE V.-Before the Walls of Athens. Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree,
Trumpets sound. Enter ALCIBIADES, and From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his haste,
Forces. Come bither, ere my tree hath felt tbe axe,
Alcib. Sound to this coward and lascivious town And hang himself ;-I pray you do my greet- Our terrible approach. (A Parley sounded.
ing, Flav. Trouble him no further, thus you still
Enter SENATORS on the Walls. shall find him.
Till now you bave gone on, and fill'd the time Tim. Come not to me again : but say to
again: but say to With all licentious measure, making your wills Athens,
The scope of justice ; till now, myself, and Timon bath made his everlasting mansion
such Upon the beached verge of the salt food;
As slept within the shadow of your power, Which once a day with his embossed froth | Have wander'd with our travers'd arms, and The turbulent surge shall cover; thither come,
breath'd, And let my grave-stone be your oracle,
Our sufferance vainly: Now the time is flush Lips, let sour words go by, and language end : When crouching marrow, in the bearer strong, What is amiss, plague and infection mend ! Cries, of itself, No more : vow breathless wrong, Graves only be men's works : and death, their Shall sit and pant in your great chairs of ease : gain !
And pursy insolence shall break his wind, Sun, bide thy beams! Timon hath done bis With fear and horrid flight. reign.
1 Sen. Noble and young, 1 Sen. His discontents are unremoveably
When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit, Coupled to nature.
Ere thou hadst power, or we bad cause of fear, 2 Sen. Our hope in him is dead : let us re We sent to thee; to give thy rages balm, turn,
To wipe out our ingratitude with loves
2 Sen. So did we woo 3 Sen. It requires swift foot.
Breunt. | Transformed Timon to our city's love,
By humble message, and by promis'd means;t SCENE III.-The Walls of Athens.
We were not all unkind, nor all deserve
The common stroke of war. Enter two SENATORS, and a MESSENGER. 1 Sen. These walls of ours | Sen. Thou hast painfully discoverd; are bis
Were not erected by their hands, from whom files
You have receiv'd your griefs : nor are they such, As full as thy report?
Than these great towers, trophies, and schools Mess. I have spoke the least :
shonld fall Besides, his expedition promises
For private faults in them. Present approach.
2 Sen. Nor are they living, 2 Sen. We stand much hazard, if they bring
Who were the motives that you first went out; not Timon.
Shame, that they wanted cunoing, in excess Mess. I met a courier, one mine ancient
Hath broke their hearts. March, noble lord, friend :
Into our city with thy banners spread :
(If thy reveriges hunger for that food,
tenth; • The gods who especially dispense prosperity. + The disease of life is drawing to a period. * Rrport. In due succession from highest to
• Arms revers'd.
+ Mature. lomot. Swollen froth.
Ile, By promising him a competent subsistence.
And by the hazard of the spotted die,
Both, Tis most nobly spoken. Let die the spotted.
Alcib. Descend, and keep your words. i Sen. All have not offended; For those that were, it is not square,* to take,
The Senators descend, and open the Gates. On those that are, revenges: crimes like lands,
Enter a SOLDIER.
Entomb'd upon the very bem o'the sea :
Alcib. [Reads.] Here lies a wretched corse, Thou rather shalt enforce it with thy smile.
of wretched soul berest: Than hew to't with thy sword.
Seek not my name : A plague consume you 1 Sen. Set but thy foot
wicked caitiff's left! Against our rampir'd gates, and they shall ope : Here lie I Timon; who, alive, all living men So thou wilt send thy gentle heart before.
did hate : To say, thou'lt enter friendly.
Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass, and 2 Sen. Throw thy glove.
stay not here thy gait. Or any token of thine honour else, That thou wilt use the wars as thy redress, These well express in thee thy latter spirits : And not as our confusion, all thy powers
Though thou abhorr'dst in us our human griefs, Shall make their harbour in our town, till we Scorn'dst our brain's flow, . and those our drop Have seal'd thy full desire.
lets which Alcib. Then there's my glove ;
From niggard pature fall, yet rich conceit Descend, and open your uncharged ports ;t Taught thee to make vast Neptune weep for aye Those enemies of Timon's, and mine own, On thy low grave, on faults forgiven. Dead Whom you yourselves shall set out for reproof, Is noble Timon ; of whose memory Fall, and no more : and, -to atone I your fears Hereafter more.-Bring me into your city. With my more noble meaning, -not a man
And I will use the olive with my sword: Shall pass his quarter, or offend the stream Make war breed peace; make peace stint | war ; of regular justice in your city's bounds,
make each But shall be remedied, to your public laws Prescribe to other, as each other's letch. I At heaviest answer.
Let our drums strike.
• Not regular, uct equitable. Unattacked gates.
• I.e. Our tears.
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THIS play, the authorship of which has been much disputed, was probably written about the year 1608. Pope
ranks it among “ the wretched pieces," which cannot be attributed to Shakspeare ; but Malone, who divided it into scenes, considers the internal evidence, (such as the congenial sentiments, the situation of the persons, the colour of the style, and the similitude of its expressions, to passages in bis undisputed dramas) suflici ently decisive as to his having written the last three acts, and occasional portions of the preceding two. Indeed, unless it be considered as the production of some inferior playwright, amended by Shakspeare, an earlier date must be assigned to its production, than acknowledged authorities will warrant ; for no play in the English language is so incorrect as this.--the metre is seldomn attended to---verse is frequently printed as prose--and the grossest errors appear throughout. With all these fanlts, howerer, it is mentioned as a very popular per formance ; and may still be read with pleasure ; for it abounds with situations of difficulty and danger, is full of bustle and rivacity, the iaterest never lags, and the results are all gratifying. Some of the dialogues are nevertheless gross and nonsensical---those which take place in the brothel are superlatively disgusting, nor can they be excused by the moral intended to be drawn from them, Steevens, upon this portion, has judiciously remarked, that Marioa, who is designed for a character of juvenile innocence, appears much too knowing in the impurities of a brothel; nor are her expressions more chastised than her ideas. The unities of time and place are equally outraged: the action of the piece is alternately occurring at Antioch in Syria--Tyre in Phoenicia---Tarsus in Cilicia---Mitglepe in the island of Lesbos--- and Ephesus the capital of lonia. The story on which the play is founded, is of great antiquity ; but the dramatic hero bears no resemblance to his great Athenian namesake. It is taken from the history of Appo lonins, king of Tyre, in the Gesta Romanorum, a very old book : which is also related by Gower, in his Confessio Amantis, a poem. Many incidents of the play may be found in the latter work, and even a few of its particular expressions ; and, therefore, as Gower himself in introduced, (like the chorus of old) it is reasonable to suppose that Shakspeare chiefly followed the work of that poet.
GOWER, as Chorus.
THE DAUGHTER of Antiochus.
DIONYZA, Wife to Cleon. SIMONIDES, King of Pentapolis.
THAISA, Daughter to Simonides. CLEON, Governor of Tharsus.
MARINA, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa. LYSIMACHUS, Governor of Mitylene.
LYCHORIDA, Nurse to Marina.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, San LEONINE, Servant to Dionyza.-MARSHAL
lors, Pirates, Fishermen, and MessenA PAXDAR, and his WIFE.-BOULT, their Ser
ger, &c. vant.
SCENE, dispersedly in various countries.
I life would wish and that I might,
• Wife, the word signifies a mate or companie