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SCEXE II.—The satne.—Pericles on the
Deck asleep: Diana appearing to him as
in a vision.
Via. My temple stands in Ephesus; bic thee
thither,

Ami do upon iniue altar sacrifice.
There, when my maiden priests are met to-
gether,
Before the people all,

Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's call,
And give them repetition to the life.
Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe:
Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow.
Awake, and tell thy dream.

[diana disappears.
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
I will obey thee!—Helicanus t

Enter Ltsimachus, Helicanus, and
Marina.

Hel. Sir.

Per. My purpose was for Tharsus, there to strike

The inhospitable Cleon; but I am
For other service first: toward Ephesus
Turn our blown sails; eftsoons* I'll tell thee
why-— [To Helicanus.

Shall we refresh us, Sir, upon your shore,
And give you gold for such provision
As our intents will need i

ljys. With all my heart. Sir; and, when you come ashore, I have another suit.

Per. You shall prevail,
Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems
You have been noble towards her.

Jbys. Sir, lend your arm.

Per. Come, my Marina.

[ Exeunt.

Enter Gowrr, before the Temple of Diana
at Ephesus.
Gow. Now our sands are almost run;
More a little, and then done.
This, as my last boon, «ive me,
(For such kindness must relieve me,)
That you aptly will suppose
What pageantry, what feats, wont shows,
What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
The regent made in Mitylin,
To greet the king. So he has thriv'd,
That he is promis'd to be wiv'd
To fair Marina; but In no wise,
Till he t had done his sacrifice,
As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
The interim, pray you, all confound. J
In feather'd briefness sails are llll'd,
And wishes fall out as they're will'd.
At Ephesus, the temple see,
Our king, and all his company.
That he can hither coine so soon,
Is by your fancy's thankful boon.

[Exit.

SCEXE III.—The Temple of Diana at Ephesus: Thaisa standing near the, Altar, as high Priestess; a number of Virgins on each side; Cbrimon and other inhabitants oj Ephesus attending.

Enter Pericles, with his Train; LysiMtcHUs, Hklicanus, Marina, and a Lady.

Per. Hail Dian!
mand,

1 here confess myself the king of Tyre;
Who, frighted from my country, did wed
The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis.
At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
A maid-child call'd Marina; who, O poddes?,

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1 < ui.tnuud here signifies to c

to perform thy just corn

Wears yet thy silver livery. * She at Tharsus Was uursM with Cleon: whom at fourteen years

He sought to murder: but her better stars Brought her to Mitylene; against whose shore (tiding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us.

Where, by her own most clear remeiubiauce, she
Made known herself my daughter.

Thau Voice and favour !—
You are—you are— O royal Pericles 1

[She faints.

Per. What means the woman 1 she dies 1 help, gentlemen 1

Cer. Noble Sir.
If you have told Diana's altar true,
This is your wife.

Per. Reverend appearer, no:
I threw her o'erboard with these very arms,

Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.

Per, Tis most certaiu.

Cer. Look to the lady;—Oh! she's but o'er joy'd.

Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coftin, and Fouud there rich jewels; recover'd her, and

plac'd her Here in Diana's temple.

Per. May we see them?

Cer. Great Sir, they shall be brought you to my house. Whither I invite you. Look 1 Thaisa is Recover'd.

That* Oh 1 let me look t If he be none of mine, my sanctity Will to my sensef bend uo licentious ear. But curb U, spite of seeing. O my lord, Are you not Pericles? Like him you speak, Like him you are: Did you not uaine a tempest,

A birtb, and death!

Per. The voice of dead Thaisa I

Thai. That Thaisa am 1, supposed dead. And drowu'd. J

Per. Immortal Dian 1

Thai. Now I know you better.—
When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
The king, my father, gave you such a ring.

[Shows a ring.

Per. This, this: no more, you gudi I your present kindness Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do well,

That on the touching of her lips I may Melt, and no more be seen, o come, be buried

A second time within these arms.

Mar* My heart
Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.

[Kttevls to Thaisa.

Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy iii -it, Thaisa; Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina, For she was yielded there.

Thai. Bless'd and mine own I

Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen 1

Thai. I know you not.

Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre, I left behiud au ancient substitute: Can you remember what I call'd the man 1 1 have nam'd him oft.

Thai. 'Twas Helicanus then.

Per. Still confirmation:
Embrace him, dear Thaisa: this is be.
Now do 1 long to hear how you were found;
How possibly preserv'd ; and whom to thank.
Besides the gods, for this great miracle.

Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord ; this inn Through whom the gods have :hown their power ,

that can From first to last resolve you.

• /, t. Her wtaitt rol>c of inoctnc*. * S*nsiml pMtiM. J Drow n'd ben menu iv«r

wbcluird, not *ulrVcaicd.

Per. Reverend Sir,
Tbe gods can have no mortal officer
More like a god than you. Will you deliver
How this dead queen re-lives 1

Cer. I will, my lord.
Beseeeh yon, first go with me to my house,
Where shall be shown you all was found with
her;

How she came placed here within tbe temple; No needful thing omitted.

Per. Pure Diana I
I bless Ihee for thy vision, and will offer
My night oblations to thee. Thaisa,
This prince, tbe fair-betrothed of your daugh-
ter,

Shall marry her at Pentapolls. And now,
This ornament * that makes me look so dismal,
Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form;
And what this fourteen years no razor touch *d.
Tojrrace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.
Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good
credit,

Sir, that my father's dead.
Per. Heavens make a star of him i Yet there,

my queen,

We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
Will in that kingdom spend our following days;
Our sou and daughter shall In Tyrns reign.

* l.t. flu beard.

Lord Cerimon, we do our lunging stay.
To bear the rest untold.—Sir, lead tbe way.

[AMNtf.

Enter Gowsr. Owe. In Antioch, * and his daughter, you have beard

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen
(Although assail'd with foitune tierce and
keen,)

Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blaii. Led on by heaven, and crowu'd with joy at last.

In Helicanua may you well descry
A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
In reverend Cerimon there weH appears, .
The worth that learned charity aye wears.
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
Had Bpread their cursed deed, aud bvuour'd
name

Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;
That him and bis they iu bis palace burn.
The gods for murder seemed so content
To punish them; although not done, but meaji
So ou your patience ever more attending.
New joy wait ou you I Here our play has end-
ing, [fait GCWER.

* 1. r. Hit king of Auiiucb.

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Pol. What do you read, my lord I Ham. Go thy ways to a nunnery.

Ham. Words, words, words! Act III. Scene I.

^c/ II. Scene II.

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Opfce. [ffcyv.] *9 dead and gone, lady, lit. Clown. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for

He is dead and gone; your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating.

At his head a grass-green turf, . Act V. Scene I.

At his heels a stone.

Act IV. Scene V.

HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK

LITERARY AND HISTORICAL NOTICE. THIS tragedy is supposed to hire been written in 1596. The principal incidents were probably drawn from a dramatic piece by on* Thomas Ryd, and from a Historic of Hambtet, in black let'er, adopted by Bellcforest in hi* collection of novel* (published 1564) from the narrative of Saxo-Grainmaticus, the old Danish historian. The play has long been accounted a first-rate dramatic production, for, with some egregious blunders, it con tains a varirty of unparalleled beauties. As originally written, it consumed four hours in the representation i persons, in Shakspearc's time, visiting the theatre so early as four o'clock, and regarding the quality less tnan the quantity obtaiucd for their money i this will excuse some of those trilling interlocutions which yet remain. Perhaps none of our poet's undertakings have been subjected to so much erudite and ingenious criticism as this ; and none, certainly, after its most severe exercise, have been left with so much to approve. For although it has been observed, with some appearance of justice, that in the management of the piece, Sbakspeare has been rather unfortunate, all its most striking circumstances arising so early In the formation, as 41 not to leave him room for a conclusion suitable to the importance of its beginning ;" yet this defect la amply recompensed by the sublimity of conception, the didactic morality of sentiment, the pathetic intenseness of feeling, the power and comprehensiveness of diction, and the delightful diversity of character, which are displayed in almost every scene. Indeed, were each drama of Shakapeare to be characterized by the particular quality which distinguishes it from the rest, the praise of variety must especially be given to the tragedy of Hamlet t as it is interchangeably contrasted " with merriment that includes judicious and instructive observations; and with solemnity not strained by poetical violence above the natural sentiments of man." To those, however, who are mentally capable of appreciating its excellences as a play, the charm of perusing it in the closet will probably be greater than the delight of witnessing us exhibition i siuce it is rich in the treasures of contemplative and philosophical speculation | divested of the glare and bustle which captivate or bewilder the senses; whilst the principal character, though furnishad with abundant materials, is almost the only support of the piece, and seldom meets with a representative in whom the beauties of the original are effectively embodied. Of the plot it may be observed, that it teems with slaughter, and is justly obnoxious to criticism in many of its parts ; but the catastrophe is certainly its most disgusting feature, and can only be tolerated by the known partiality of an English audience for a multiplicity pf deaths and bloodshed. ** The manner of Hamlet's death (says Dr. Johnson) is not very happily produced ( for the exchange of weapons is ralher an expedient of necessity, than a stroke of art."

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