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Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid, That have their first conception by mis-dread, That kings should let their ears hear their faults Have after-nourishment and life by care ;
hid! And what was first but fear what might be done, Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, And so with me;-the great Antiochus What would'st thou have me do? ('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Hel. With patience bear Since he's so great, can make his will his act,) Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. Will think me speaking, though I swear to si- Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicalence;
nus; Nor boots it me to say, I honour him,
Who minister’st a potion unto me, If he suspect I may dishonour him:
That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. And what may make him plush in being known, Attend me then : I went to Antioch, He'll stop the course by which it might be Where, as thou know’st, against the face of death, known;
I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, From whence an issue I might propagate, And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. Amazement shall drive courage from the state ; Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder ; Our men be vanquish’d, e'er they do resist, The rest (hark in thine car,) as black as incest; And subjects punish’d, that ne'er thought offence: Which by my knowledge found, the sinful faWhich care of thein, not pity of myself,
ther (Who am no more but as the tops of trees, Seem'd not to strike, but smooth : but thou Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend know'st this, them,)
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled, And punish that before, that he would punish. Under the covering of a careful night, 1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, breast !
Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. 2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return I him tyrannous; and tyrants fears to us,
Decrease not, but grow faster than their years : Peaceful and comfortable !
And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experi- That I should open to the listening air, ence tongue.
How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, They do abuse the king that flatter him: To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, And make pretence of wrong that I have done To which that breath gives heat and stronger him; glowing;
When all, for mine, if I may call’t offence, Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence : Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. Which love to all (of which thyself art one, When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, Who now reprov'st me for it) He flatters you, makes war upon your life: Hel. Alas, sir ! Prince, pardon me, or strike ine, if you please ; Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from I cannot be much lower than my knees.
my cheeks, Per. All leave us else; but let your cares Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts o'erlook
How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, And finding little comfort to relieve them, And then return to us. [Ereunt Lords.] Heli- I thought it princely charity to grieve them. canus, thou
Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me Hast mov'd us: what seest thou in our looks ? leave to speak, Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear, Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? Who either by public war, or private treason, Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven, Will take away your life. from whence
Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while, They have their nourishment?
Till that his rage and anger be forgot, Per. Thou know'st I have power
Or destinies do cut his thread of life, To take thy life.
Your rule direct to any; if to me, Hel. [Kneeling: ] I have ground the axe my- Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. self;
Per. I do not doubt thy faith; Do you but strike the blow.
But should he wrong my liberties in absencePer. Rise, pr’ythee, rise;
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the carth, Sit down, sit down ; thou art no fatterer : From whence we had our being and our birth. Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since Tharsus
Commended to our master, not to us : Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. The care I had and have of subjects' good,
(Eseunt. On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it.
SCENE IV.—Tharsus. A room in the Gover. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ;
nor's house. Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both:
Enter Cleon, DIONYZA, and Attendants. But in our orhs we'll live so round and safe, Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, That time of both this truth shall ne'er con- And by relating tales of other's griefs, vince,
See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to
[Ereunt. quench it;
For who digs hills because they do aspire, SCENE III.-Tyre. An anti-chamber in the Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher. palace.
O my distressed lord, eyen such our griefs ;
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, Enter THALIARD.
But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher risc. Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Cle. O Dionyza, Here must I kill king
Pericles; and if I do not, who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, I am sure to be hanged at home : 'tis danger- Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish? ous.-Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes had good discretion, that being bid to ask what Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till lungs he would of the king, desired he might know Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder ; none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some that, reason for it: for if a king bid a man be a vil- If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, lain, he is bound by the indenture of his oath to They may awake their helps to comfort thera. be one.-Hush, here come the lords of Tyre. I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears, Enter Helicanus, Escanes, and other Lords.
Dio. I'll do my best, sir. Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have governTyre,
ment, Further to question of your king's departure. (A city, on whom plenty held full hand,) His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; Doth speak sufficiently; he's gone to travel. Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd Thal. How ! the king gone!
the clouds, Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; Why, as it were unlicens’d of your loves, Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Like one another’s glass to trim them by : Being at Antioch
Their tables were stor'd full to glad the sight,
The name of help grew odious to repeat.
Cle. But see what heaven can do ! By this our
air, With whom each minute threatens life or death. Were all too little to content and please, Thal. Well, I perceive
[Aside. Although they gave their creatures in abundance, I shall not be hang'd now, although I would ; As houses are defil'd for .want of use, But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, They are now starv'd for want of exercise ; He 'scap'd the land, to perish on the seas.- Those palates, who not yet two summers younger, But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre! Must have inventions to delight the taste, Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is wel. Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it;
Those mothers, who, to nousle up their babes, Tal. From bim I come
Thought nought too curious, are ready now, With message unto princely Pericles ; To eat those little darlings, whom they lov'd. But, since my landing, as I have understood So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life : My message must return from whence it came. Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Here many sink, yet those which see them fall, Go tell their general, we attend him here,
[Erit. And her prosperities so largely taste,
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
Enter Pericles, with Attendants.
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Lord. Where's the lord governor?
Let not our ships and number of our men Cle. Here.
Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. Speak out thy sorrows, which thou bring'st, in We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre,
And seen the desolation of your streets : For comfort is too far for us to expect.
Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbour- But to relieve them of their heavy load; ing shore,
And these our ships you happily may think A portly sail of ships make hitherward. Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuffd within, Cle. I thought as much.
With bloody views, expecting overthrow, One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, Are stor’d with corn, to make your needy bread, That may succeed as his inheritor;
And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half And so in ours : some neighbouring nation,
dead. Taking advantage of our misery,
AU. The gods of Greece protect you ! # Hath stuff’d these hollow vessels with their power, And we'll pray for you.
To beat us down, the which are down already; Per. Rise, I pray you, rise ;
We do not look for reverence, but for love, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men, Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the sem- Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, blance
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, And come to us as favourers, not as foes. The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils ! Cle. Thou speak’st like him's untutor’d to re- Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be peat,
seen,) Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit. Your grace is welcome to our town and us. But bring they what they will, what need we Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here fear?
a while, The ground's the low'st, and we are half way Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. there.
all the Train with them. Enter at anothen
He knowing so, put forth to seas,
2 Fish. Why, man? Where when men been, there's seldom ease : 3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me For now the wind begins to blow;
too: and when I had been in his belly, I would Thunder above, and deeps below,
have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he Make such unquiet, that the ship,
should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; church, and parish, up again. But if the good And he, good prince, having all lost,
king Simonides were of my mind By waves from coast to coast is tost ;
Per. Simonides ? All perishen of man, of pelf,
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these Ne aught escapen but himself;
drones, that rob the bee of her honey. Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Threw him ashore, to give him glad :
These fishers tell the infirmities of men ; And here he comes: what shall be next, And from their watry empire recollect Pardon old Gower ; this long's the text. [Exit
. All that may men approve, or men detect!
Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. SCENE 1.--Pentapolis. An open place by the 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if sea-side.
it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calen
dar, and no body will look after it. Enter PERICLES, wet.
Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of coastheaven!
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man to cast thee in our way! Is but a substance that must yield to you; Per. A man, whom both the waters and the And I, as fits my nature, do obey you :
Per. I never practis'd it.
2 Fish. Nay, then, thou wilt starve sure ; for 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche !
here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. can’st fish for't. I Fish. What, Patch-breech, I say !
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; 3 Fish. What say you, master ?
But what I am, want teaches me to think on; 1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion. And have no more of life, than may suffice
3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; poor men that were cast away before us, even which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, pow.
For I am a man, pray see me buried. 1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart 1 Fish. Die, quoth-a ? Now gods forbid ! I to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to have a gown here; come, put it on ; keep the help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce warm. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! help ourselves,
Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er, I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled puddings and flap-jacks; and thou shalt be wel. they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague come. on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash- Per. I thank you, sir. ed. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you
could not beg. i Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great Por. I did but crave. ones cat up the little ones: I can compare our
2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn crayer too, rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale ; 'a and so I shall 'scape whipping. plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then? him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful. 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no never leave gaping, till they've swallowed the better office, than to be beadle. But, master, whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all. I'll go draw up the net. Per. A pretty moral.
[Exeunt two of the Fishermen. 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, Per. How well this honest mirth becomes I would have been that day in the belfry. their labour!
i Fish. Hark you, sir ! do you know where 1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give you are
thee good on't! Per. Not well,
2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend ; 'twas i Fish. Why, I'll tell you : this is called Pen- we that made up this garment through the tapolis, and our king, the good king Simonides. rough seams of the waters: there are certain
Per. The good king Simonides, do you call condolements, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you him?
thrive, you'll remember from whence you had it. 1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so Per. Believe't, I will. called, for his peaceable reign, and good go- Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel ;
And spite of all the rupture of the sea, Per. He is a happy king, since from his sub- This jewel holds his biding on my arm ; jects
Unto thy value will I mount myself He gains the name of good, by his government. Upon a courser, whose delightful steps How far is his court distant from this shore ? Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to- of a pair of bases. morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes 2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have and knights come from all parts of the world, to my best gown to make thee a pair ; and I'll just and tourney for her love.
bring thee to the court myself. Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will ; I'd wish to make one there.
This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt. 1 Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully SCENE II.-The same. A public way, or platdeal for-his wife's soul.
form, leading to the lists. A pavilion by the Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net.
side of it, for the reception of the King, Prine
cess, Lords, fc. 2 Fish. Help, master, help! here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't,
Attendants. 'tis come at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty ar- Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the tri
umph ? Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me i Lord. They are, my liege ;
And stay your coming to present themselves. Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself:
daughter, And, though it was mine own, part of mine he- In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, ritage,
Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat Which my dead father did bequeath to me, For men to see, and seeing wonder at. With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,)
[Exit a Lord. Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express 'Tvirt me and death; (and pointed to this My commendations great, whose merit's less. brace :)
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so ; for princes are For that it sai'd me, keep it ; in like necessity, A model, which heaven makes like to itself; Which gods protect thee from! it may defend thee. As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov’d'it; So princes their renown, if not respected. Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain Took it in rage, though calm’d, they give't again: The labour of each knight, in his device. I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll Since I have here my father's gift by will.
perform. I Fish. What mean you, sir? Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Enter a Knight ; he passes over the stage, and worth,
his squire presents his shield to the Princess. For it was sometime target to a king ;
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himI know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,
self? And for his sake, I wish the having of it; Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned faAnd that you'd guide me to your sovereign’scourt, Where with’t I may appear a gentleman ; And the device he bears upon his shield And if that ever my low fortunes better, Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; I'll pay your bounties ; till then, rest your The word, Lur tua vita mihi. debtor.
Thai. He loves you well, that holds his life 1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?
[The second Knight pussese Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. Who is the second, that presents himself?)