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Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father; Since every worth in show commends itself. And the device he bears upon his shield Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast: Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: You are my guests. The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcura Thai. But you, my knight and guest ; que per fuerca.
To whom this wreath of victory I give, [The third Knight passes. And crown you king of this day's happiness
. Sim. And what's the third ?
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit. Thai. The third of Antioch ;
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours; And his device, a wreath of chivalry :
And here, I hope, is none that envies it. The word, Me pompæ proverit ape.r.
In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, [The fourth Knight passes. To make some good, but others to exceel; Sim. What is the fourth ?
And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside
o'the feast, down ;
(For, daughter, so you are,) here take your The word, Quod me alit, me ertinguit.
place: Sim. Which shows, that beauty hath his Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. power and will,
Knights. We are honour'd much by good SiWhich can as well inflame, as it can kill.
monides. [The fifth Kright passes. Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with we love, clouds;
For who hates honour, hates the gods above. Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried: Marsh. Sir, yond's your place. The motro thus, Sic spectanda fides.
Per. Some other is more fit. [The sixth Knight passes. 1 Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gene Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which tlemen, the knight himself
That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is Per. You are right courteous knights. A wither'd branch, that's only green at top ; Sim. Sit, sit, sir; sit. The motto, In hac spe vivo.
Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of Sim. A pretty moral ;
thoughts, From the dejected state wherein he is,
These cates resist me, she not thought upon. He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. Thai. By Juno, that is queen 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his Of marriage, all the viands that I eat outward show
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat! Can any way speaķ in his just commend : Sure he's a gallant gentleman. For, by his rusty outside, he appears
Sim. He's but To have practis'd more the whipstock, than the A country gentleman ; lance.
He has done no more than other knights have 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, før he
Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass. To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished. Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glase 3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's rust
picture, Until this day, to scour it in the dust. Which tells me, in that glory once he was ;
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
Did vail their crowns to his supremacy;
ÇExeunt. Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, [Great shouts, and all cry, The mean The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; knight.
Whereby I see that Time's the king of men,
For he's their parent, and he is their grave, SCENE III.-The same. A hall of state.-A And gives them what he will, not what they banquet prepared.
Sim. What, are you merry, knights? Enter SIMONIDES, Thaisa, Lords, Knights,
1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal and Attendants.
presence ? Sim. Knights,
Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
brim, To place upon the volume of your deeds, (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,) As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
We drink this health to you. Were more than you expect, or more than's fit, Knights. We thank your grace.
Sim. Yet pause a while ;
Per. In those that practise them, they are, Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, As if the entertainment in our court
Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be deHad not a show might countervail his worth.
nied [The Knights and Ladies dance. Note it not you, Thaisa ?
Of your fair courtesy.- Unclasp, unclasp; Thai. What is it
Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, To me, my father?
But you the best. [To Pericles.] Pages and Sim. 0, attend, my daughter ;
lights, conduct Princes, in this, should live like gods above, These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, Who freely give to every one that comes
sir, To honour them : and princes, not doing so, We have given order to be next our own. : Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd Per. I am at your grace's pleasure. Are wonder'd at.
Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, 2. Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here For that's the mark I know you level at: say,
Therefore each one betake him to his rest; We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him. To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
[Ereunt. Unto a stranger knight to be so bold; He may my proffer take for an offence,
SCENE IV.-Tyre. A room in the Governor's Since men take women's gifts for impudence.
house. Sim. How ! Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES. Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please
Hel. No, no, my Escanes ; know this of me, me better.
Antiochus from incest liv'd not free ; Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know,
For which, the most high gods not minding Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
longer Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to To withhold the vengeance that they had in you.
store, Per. I thank him. Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
Due to this heinous capital offence ; life. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge In a chariot of inestimable value,
When he was seated, and his daughter with him, him freely. Thaj. And further he desires to know of you, Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
A fire from heaven came, and shrivell’d up Of whence you are, your name and parentage. That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall, Per. A gentleman of Tyre-my name, Pe- Scorn now their hand should give them burial. ricles;
Esca. 'Twas very strange. My education being in arts and arms ;)
Hel. And yet but just; for though Who, looking for adventures in the world,
This king were great, his greatness was no guard Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward. And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore.
Esca. 'Tis very true.
Enter three Lords.
i Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore. Or council, has respect with him but he.
Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune, 2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reAnd will awake him from his melancholy.
proof. Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles, 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not seAnd waste the time, which looks for other revels. cond it. Even in your armours, as you are address'd, 1 Lord. Follow me then : Lord Helicane, a Will very well become a soldier's dance.
word. I will not have excuse, with saying, this Hel. With me? and welcome : Happy day, Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads; Since they love men in arms, as well as beds. I Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to
[The Knights dance. So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform’d. And now at length they overflow their banks. Come, sir;
Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
prince you love. And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble HeAre excellent in making ladies trip;
licane; And that their measures are as excellent. But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
Orknow what ground's made happy by his breath. They're well despatch'd ; now to my daughter's If in the world he live, we'll seek him out;
letter: If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, And be resolv’d, he lives to govern us,
Or never more to view nor day nor light. Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with mine: And leaves us to our free election.
I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's in't, i 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest Not minding whether I dislike or no ! in our censure :
Well, I commend her choice;
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides! AU. Live, noble Helicane !
Sim. To you as much, sir ! I am beholden te Hel. Try honour's cause ; forbear your suf- you frages :
For your sweet music this last night: my ears, If that you love prince Pericles, forbear. I do protest, were never better fed Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
With such delightful pleasing harınony. Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease. Per. It is your grace's pleasure to coinmend; A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you Not my desert. To forbear choice i'the absence of your king; Sim. Sir, you are music's master. If in which time expir’d, he not return,
Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
lord. But if I cannot win you to this love,
Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects,
think, sir, of And in your search spend your adventurous My daughter? worth;
Per. As of a most virtuous princess. Whom if you find, and win unto return,
Sim. And she is fair too, is she not? You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Per. As a fair day in summer; wond'rous fair. 1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of yield;
you ; And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us,
Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, We with our travels will endeavour it.
And she'll your scholar be; therefore look to it Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster. clasp hands;
Sim. She thinks not so ; peruse this writing When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. else.
[Exeunt. Per. What's here!
A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre? SCENE V.-Pentapolis. A room in the palace. 'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, the Knights Oh, seek not to intrap, my gracious lord, meet him.
A stranger and distressed gentleman, 1 Knight. Good-morrow to the good Simo- That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter, nides.
But bent all offices to honour her. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and
thou art That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake A villain. A married life.
Per. By the gods, I have not, sir. Her reason to herself is only known,
Never did thought of mine levy offence; Which from herself by no means can I get. Nor never did my actions yet commence 2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure lord ?
Sim. Traitor, thou liest. Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly Per. Traitor! tied her
Sim. Ay, traitor, sir. To her chamber, that it is impossible.
Per. Even in his throat, (unless it be the One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's li. king,) very ;
That calls me traitor, I return the lie. This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his And on her virgin honour will not break it.
[.isue. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts
, take our leaves.
[Exeunt. That never relish'd of a base descent. Sim. So,
I came unto your court, for honour's cause,
And not to be a rebel to her state;
Thai. Why, sir, say if you had,
Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory ? I am glad of it with all my heart. [Aside. I'll
tame you; I'll bring you in subjection.Will you, not having my consent, bestow Your love and your affections on a stranger ?
(Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Or think, may be as great in blood as I.)
[Aside. Hear therefore, mistress ; frame your will to
mine, And you, sir, hear you.—Either be rul'd by me, Or I will make you—man and wife. Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it
too. And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy ;And for a further grief,—God give you joy! What, are you both pleas'd ?
Thai. Yes, if you love me, sir. Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it. Sim. What, are you both agreed ? Both. Yes, 'please your majesty. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed; Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed.
Enter GOWER. Gow. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout; No din but snores, the house about, Made louder by the o'er-fed breast Of this most pompous marriage feast. The cat, with eyne of burning coal, Now couches 'fore the mouse's hole ; And crickets sing at th’oven's mouth, As the blither for their drouth. Hymen hath brought the bride to bed, Where, by the loss of maidenhead, A babe is moulded ;
-Be attent, And time that is so briefly spent, With your fine fancies quaintly eche; What's dumb in show, I'll plain with speech.
Dumb show. Enter PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one door,
with Attendants; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives PERICLES a letter. PERICLES shows it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to the former. Then enter THAISA with child, and LYCHORIDA. SIMONIDES shows his daughter the letter ; she rejoices: she and PERICLES take leave of her Father, and depart. Then SIMONIDES, &c. retire.
Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch, Of Pericles the careful search By the four opposing coignes, Which the world together joins, Is made with all due diligence, That horse, and sail, and high expence, Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre (Fame answering the most strong inquire,) To the court of king Simonides Are letters brought, the tenour these :
Antiochus and his daughter's dead;
and down the poor ship drives,
Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer,
I would, it would be quiet.
. Slack the bolins there ; thou wilt dot, Enter PERICLES, on a ship at sea.
wilt thou ? Blow and split thyself.
2 Sail. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy Per. Thou God of this great vast, rebuke billow kiss the moon, I care not.
1 Sail. Sir, your queen must overboard ; the Which wash both heaven and hell ; and thou, sea works high, the wind is loud, and will not that hast
lie till the ship be cleared of the dead. Upon the winds command, bind them in brass, Per. That's your superstition. Having call’d them from the deep ! 0, still thy 1 Sail. Pardon us, sir ; with us at sea it still deaf"ning,
hath been observed; and we are strong in earThy dreadful thunders; gently quench thy nest. Therefore briefly yield her ; for she must nimble,
overboard straight. Sulphureous flashes !- how, Lychorida, Per. Be it as you think meet.—Most wretchHow does my queen ? --Thou storm, thou ! ve
ed queen! nomously
Lyc. Here she lies, sir. Wilt thou spit all thyself ? The seaman's Per. A terrible child-bed hast thou had, my
whistle Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
No light, no fire: the unfriendly elements Unheard.-Lychorida !-Lucina, O
Forgot thee utterly; nor have I time Divinest patroness, and midwife, gentle To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight To those that cry by night, convey thy deity Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ocze; Aboard our dancing boat; make swift the pangs Where, for a monument upon thy bones, Of my queen's travails ! Now, Lychorida — And aye-remaining lamps, the belching whale,
And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, Enter LYCHORIDA, with an Infant.
Lying with simple shells. Lychorida, Lyc. Here is a thing
Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper, Too young for such a place, who, if it had My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander Conceit; would die as I am like to do.
Bring me the sattin coffer: lay the babe Take in your arms this piece of your dead queen. Upon the pillow; hie thee, whiles I say Per. How! how, Lychorida!
A priestly farewell to her : suddenly, woman. Lyc. Patience, good sir ; do not assist the
(Erit Lychordu. storm.
2 Sail. Sir, we have a chest bencath the Here's all that is left living of your queen, hatches, caulk'd and bitumed ready. A little daughter; for the sake of it,
Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coas: Be manly, and take comfort.
is this? Per. O you gods !
2 Sail. We are near Tharsus. Why do you make us love your goodly gifts, Per. Thither, gentle mariner, And snatch them straight away? We, here be- Alter thy course for Tyre. When can'st thou low,
reach it? Recall not what we give, and therein may 2 Suil. By break of day, if the wind cease. Vie honour with yourselves.
Per. O make for Tharsus. Lyc. Patience, good sir,
There will I visit Cleon, for the babe Even for this charge.
Cannot hold out to Tyrus: there 111 leave it Per. Now, mild may be thy life!
At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariFor a more blust'rous birth had never babe:
ner ; Quiet and gentle thy conditions !
I'll bring the body presently,
[Esexet. For thou'rt the rudeliest welcom'd to this world, That e’er was prince's child. Happy what fol- SCENE II.—Ephesus. A room in Cerisos's lows !
house. Thou hast as chiding a nativity, As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make,
Enter CERIMON, a Serrant, and stime Persus To herald thee from the womb: even at the first
who have been shipwrecked. Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit, Cer. Philemon, ho! With all thou canst find here.Now the good gods
Enter PHILEMON. Throw their best eyes upon it !
Phil. Doth my lord call ?
Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor men: Enter two Sailors.
It hath been a turbulent and stormy night. 1 Sail. What courage, sir? God save you. Serv. I have been in many; but such a night
Per. Courage enough : I do not fear the Haw; as this,