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That I came with no ill intent; for to me
The very doors and windows savour vilely.
Fare thee well. Thou art a piece of virtue, and
I doubt not but thy training hath been noble.
Hold, here's more gold for thee.

A curse upon him, die he like a thief,
That robs thee of thy goodness! If thou dost
Hear from me, it shall be for thy good.


Re-enter BOULT.

Boult. I beseech your honour, one piece for

Lys. Avaunt, thou damned door-keeper!

Your house, but for this virgin that doth prop it,
Would sink and overwhelm you. Away! [Exit.


Boult. How's this? We must take another course with you. If your peevish chastity, 130 which is not worth a breakfast in the cheapest country under the cope, shall undo a whole household, let me be gelded like a spaniel. Come your ways.

Mar. Whither would you have me?

Boult. I must have your maidenhead taken off, or the common hangman shall execute it. Come your ways.

men driven away.

We'll have no more gentle-
Come your ways, I say.

Re-enter Bawd.

Bawd. How now! what's the matter?

Boult. Worse and worse, mistress; she has here spoken holy words to the Lord Lysimachus. Bawd. O abominable!

Boult. She makes our profession as it were to stink afore the face of the gods.

Bawd. Marry, hang her up for ever!

132. the cope, the vault of heaven.


Boult. The nobleman would have dealt with her like a nobleman, and she sent him away as cold as a snowball: saying his prayers too.

Bawd. Boult, take her away; use her at thy 150 pleasure crack the glass of her virginity, and make the rest malleable.

Boult. An if she were a thornier piece of ground than she is, she shall be ploughed. Mar. Hark, hark, you gods!



Will you

Bawd. She conjures : away with her! she had never come within my doors! hang you! She's born to undo us. not go the way of women-kind ? Marry, come up, my dish of chastity with rosemary and bays!



Boult. Come, mistress; come your ways with

Mar. Whither wilt thou have me?

Boult. To take from you the jewel you hold so dear.

Mar. Prithee, tell me one thing first. Boult. Come now, your one thing. Mar. What canst thou wish thine enemy to be? Boult. Why, I could wish him to be my master, or rather, my mistress.

Mar. Neither of these are so bad as thou art, Since they do better thee in their command. Thou hold'st a place, for which the pained'st fiend Of hell would not in reputation change: Thou art the damned doorkeeper to every Coistrel that comes inquiring for his Tib; To the choleric fisting of every rogue

160. rosemary and bays; commonly used as a garnishing for various dishes at Christmas. 176. Coistrel, base fellow.



176. Tib, cant term for a low


177. fisting, clutch.

Thy ear is liable; thy food is such

As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs.

Boult. What would you have me do? go to 180 the wars, would you? where a man may serve seven years for the loss of a leg, and have not money enough in the end to buy him a wooden


Mar. Do any thing but this thou doest. Empty Old receptacles, or common shores, of filth; Serve by indenture to the common hangman : Any of these ways are yet better than this; For what thou professest, a baboon, could he speak, Would own a name too dear. O, that the gods Would safely deliver me from this place! Here, here's gold for thee.

If that thy master would gain by me,

Proclaim that I can sing, weave, sew, and dance,
With other virtues, which I'll keep from boast;
And I will undertake all these to teach.

I doubt not but this populous city will
Yield many scholars.

Boult. But can you teach all this you speak of?
Mar. Prove that I cannot, take me home again,
And prostitute me to the basest groom
That doth frequent your house.

Boult. Well, I will see what I can do for thee: if I can place thee, I will.

Mar. But amongst honest women.



Boult. 'Faith, my acquaintance lies little amongst them. But since my master and mistress have bought you, there's no going but by their consent: therefore I will make them acquainted with your purpose, and I doubt not but 210 I shall find them tractable enough. Come, I'll do for thee what I can; come your ways. [Exeunt.

186. shores, sewers.


Enter GOWER.

V Gow. Marina thus the brothel 'scapes, and chances

Into an honest house, our story says.

She sings like one immortal, and she dances

As goddess-like to her admired lays;

Deep clerks she dumbs; and with her neeld composes

Nature's own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
That even her art sisters the natural roses;
Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry :
That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
Who pour their bounty on her; and her gain
She gives the cursed bawd. Here we her place;
And to her father turn our thoughts again,
Where we left him, on the sea. We there him


Whence, driven before the winds, he is arrived Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived

God Neptune's annual feast to keep from whence
Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,

His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expense;
And to him in his barge with fervour hies.
In your supposing once more put your sight
Of heavy Pericles; think this his bark:

8. inkle, a kind of tape. 21. In your supposing once more put your sight of heavy



Pericles, once more imagine that you see the sorrowful


Where what is done in action, more, if might,
Shall be discover'd; please you, sit and hark.


SCENE I. On board Pericles' ship, off Mytilene. A close pavilion on deck, with a curtain before it; Pericles within it, reclined on a couch. barge lying beside the Tyrian vessel.


Enter two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel, the other to the barge; to them HELICANUS.

Tyr. Sail. [To the Sailor of Mytilene] Where is Lord Helicanus? he can resolve you.

O, here he is.

Sir, there's a barge put off from Mytilene,
And in it is Lysimachus the governor,

Who craves to come aboard.

What is your will?

Hel. That he have his. Call up some gentle


Tyr. Sail. Ho, gentlemen! my lord calls.

Enter two or three Gentlemen.

First Gent. Doth your lordship call?

Hel. Gentlemen, there's some of worth would

come aboard;

I pray ye, greet them fairly.

[The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend,

and go on board the barge.

Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the Gentlemen and the two Sailors.

Tyr. Sail. Sir,

23. more, if might, i.e. the supposed action would be more


fully set forth if the conditions of the stage allowed.

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