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1 Fisk. Hark you, sir! do you know where you Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
Of a pair of bases. Per. Not well.
2 Fish. We'll sure provide : thou shalt have my 1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you : this is called Penta- best gown to make thee a pair ; and I'll bring thee polis, and our king, the good Simonides.
to the court myself. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him ? Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will ;
1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so called, This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt. for his peaceable reign, and good government. Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects SCENE II.
The same. A publick Way, or He gains the name of good, by his government. Platform, leading to the Lists. A Pavilion by the How far is his court distant from this shore ?
side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, 1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and I'll Lords, &c. El tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes and knights
Enter SIMONIDES, Thaisa, Lords, and Attendants. come from all parts of the world, to just and tourney Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? for her love.
1 Lord. They are, my liege; Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, And stay your coming to present themselves. -- I'd wish to make one there.
Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our 1 Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; and
daughter, what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, his wife's soul.
Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat [ Re-enter the Two Fishermen, drawing up a net.
For men to see, and seeing wonder at. (Erit a Lord.
Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express 2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish hangs My commendations great, whose merit's less. in the net, like a poor man's right in the law ; 'twill Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, A model, which heaven makes like to itself : and 'tis turned to a rusty armour.
As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me So princes their renown, if not respected. see it.
'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, The labour of each knight, in his device. Thou giv’st me somewhat to repair myself :
Thaj. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perAnd, though it was mine own, part of mine
form. heritage, Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
Enter a Knight; he passes over the stage, and his With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,)
Squire presents his shield to the Princess. Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself?" 'Twist me and death; (and pointed to this brace :) Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father ; For that it sav'd me, keep it ; in like necessity, And the device he bears upon his shield Which gods protect thee from ! it may defend thee. Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov’d it;
The word, Lur tua vita mihi. Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you. Took it in rage, though calm'd, they give't again :
[The second Knight passes. I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Who is the second, that presents himself? Since I have here my father's gift by will.
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ; 1 Fish. What mean you, sir ?
And the device he bears upon his shield Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: worth,
The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulgura que For it was sometime target to a king;
[The third Knight passes. I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly, Sim. And what's the third ? And for his sake, I wish the having of it;
The third of Antioch ; And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court, And his device, a wreath of chivalry: Where with't I may appear a gentleman ;
The word, Me pompa proverit aper. And if that ever my low fortunes better,
(The fourth Knight passes. I'll pay your bounties ; till then, rest your debtor. Sim. What is the fourth ?
1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside down; Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit.
1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give Sin. Which shows, that beauty hath his power thee good on't!
and will, 2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend ; 'twas we Which can as well inflame, as it can kill. that made up this garment through the rough seams
[The fifth Knight passes. of the waters : there are certain condolements, cer- Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with clouds; tain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remem- Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried : ber from whence you had it.
The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides. Per. Believe't, I will.
(The sirth Knight passes. Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; Sim. And what's 'the sixth and last, which the And spite of all the rupture of the sea,
knight himself This jewel holds his biding on my arm;
With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Unto thy value will I mount myself
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is. Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
A wither'd branch, that's only green at top ; Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
The motto, In hac spe vivo.
Sim. A pretty moral;
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's From the dejected state wherein he is,
picture, He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. Which telīs me, in that glory once he was; 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his out- Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne, ward show
And he the sun, for them to reverence. Can any way speak in his just commend :
None that beheld him, but like lesser lights, For, by his rusty outside, he appears
Did vail their crowns to his supremacy ; To have practis'd more the whipstock, than the Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, lance.
The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes Whereby I see that Time's the king of men, To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished. For he's their parent, and he is their grare,
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust And gives them what he will, not what they crave. Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. What, are you merry, knights? Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan 1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre The outward habit by the inward man,
sence? But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdraw Sim. Here, with a cup that's stord unto to Into the gallery.
We drink this health to you.
We thank your grace. A Banquet prepared.
Sim. Yet pause a while ;
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Knights, and As if the entertainment in our court Attendants.
Had not a show might countervail his worth. Sim. Knights,
Note it not you, Thaisa ? To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
What is it To place upon the volume of your deeds,
To me, my father? As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
O, attend, my daughter ; Were more than you expect, or more than's fit, Princes, in this, should live like gods above, Since every worth in show commends itself.
Who freely give to every one that comes Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast : To honour them; and princes, not doing so, You are my guests.
Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd ** Thai.
But you, my knight and guest; Are wonder'd at. To whom this wreath of victory I give,
Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say, And crown you king of this day's happiness. We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him. Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my
merit. Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is Unto a stranger knight to be so bold : yours;
He may my proffer take for an offence, And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
Since men take women's gifts for impudence. In framing artists, art hath thus decreed,
Sim. How ! To make some good, but others to exceed,
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else. And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please me o'the feast,
better. (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place : Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace, Of whence he is, his name and parentage. Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simo- Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you nides.
Per. I thank him. Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour we Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life love,
Pet. I thank both him and you, and pledge bine For who hates honour, hates the gods above.
freely. Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Thai. And further he desires to know of yes, Per.
Some other is more fit. Of whence you are, your name and parentage. 1 Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentle- Per. A gentleman of Tyre - (my name, Po men,
ricles; That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, My education being in arts and arms ;) Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
Who looking for adventures in the world, Per. You are right courteous knights.
Was by the rough sens reft of ships and men, Sim.
Sit, sit, sir; sit, And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself These cates resist me, she not the
Pericles, Thai. By Juno, that is queen
A gentleman of Tyre, who only by
Misfortune of the seas has been bereft
Şim. Now by the gods, I pity tris misfortune, Sim.
And will awake him from his melancholy. A country gentleman;
Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trites, He has done no more than other knights have And waste the time, which looks for other revelt. done;
Even in your armours, as you are address'd, Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass.
Wil very well become a soldier's dance. Thai. To me he seems like diamondon glass., I will not have excuse, with saying, this
Loud musick is too harsh for ladies' heads; Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral,"
[The Knights dance. 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in So, this was well askid, 'twas so well perform'd.
our censure : Come, sir ;
And knowing this kingdom, if without a head, Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
(Like goodly buildings left without a roof,) And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre Will soon to ruin fall, your noble self, Are excellent in making ladies trip;
That best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, And that their measures are as excellent.
We thus submit unto, our sovereign. Per. In those that practice them, they are, my AU. Live, noble Helicane ! lord.
Hel. Try honour's cause; forbear your suffrages: Sim. O, that's as much as you would be denied If that you love prince Pericles, forbear.
[The Knights and Ladies dance. Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, of your fair courtesy. Unclasp, unclasp; Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease. Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you But you the best. (To PERICLES. ] Pages and lights, To forbear choice i'the absence of your king; conduct
If in which time expir’d, he not return, These knights unto their several lodgings : Yours, I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. sir,
But if I cannot win you to this love, We have given order to be next our own.
Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects, Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
And in your search, spend your adventurous worth; Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love. Whom if you find, and win unto return, For that's the mark I know you level at :
You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. (Exeunt.
And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us, SCENE IV.-Tyre. A Room in the Governor's We with our travels will endeavour it. House.
Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES.
When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. Hel. No, no, my Escanes ; know this of me,
[Ereunt. Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; Por which, the most high gods not minding longer SCENE V. -Pentapolis. A Room in the Palace. To withhold the vengeance that they had in store, Due to this heinous capital offence;
Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, the Knights meet Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
him. When he was seated, and his daughter with him, 1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides. In a chariot of inestimable value,
Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you A fire from heaven came, and shrivell’d up
know, 'Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk, That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake That all those eyes ador'd them ere their fall, A married life. Scorn now their hand should give them buriál. Her reason to herself is only known, Esca. 'Twas very strange.
Which from herself by no means can I get. Hel.
And yet but just; for though 2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my lord ? This king were great, his greatness was no guard Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.
tied her Esca. 'Tis very true.
To her chamber, that it is impossible.
One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery; Enter Three Lords.
This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, 1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, And on her virgin honour will not break it. Dr council, has respect with him but he.
3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we take 2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve, without re
Sim. So 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not second it. They're well despatch'd ; now to my daughter's 1 Lord. Follow me then: Lord Helicane, a
letter : word.
She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, Hel. With me? and welcome : Happy day, my Or never more to view nor day nor light. lords.
Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with mine; 1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the I like that well:-nay, how absolute she's in't, top,
Not minding whether I dislike or no! nd now at length they overflow their banks. Well, I commend her choice; He. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the prince And will no longer have it be delay'd. you love.
Soft, here he comes : – - I must dissemble it. I Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble Heli
Enter PERICLES. cane; at if the prince do live, let us salute him,
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides ! - know what ground's made happy by his breath. Sint. To you as much, sir ! I am beholden to you, in the world he live, we'll seek him out; For your sweet musick this last night: my ears, En his grave he rest, we'll find him there ; I do protest, were never better fed d be resolv’d, he lives to govern us,
With such delightful pleasing harmony.
3 G 4
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; That never relish'd of a base descent.
I came unto your court, for honour's cause, Sim.
Sir, you are musick's master. And not to be a rebel to her state; Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord. And he that otherwise accounts of me, Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you think, This sword shall prove, he's honour's enemy, sir, of
Sim. No! My daughter ?
Here comes my daughter, she can witness in Per.
As of a most virtuous princess. Sim. And she is fair too, is she not?
Enter THAISA. Per. As a fair day in summer ; wond'rous fair. Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you ; Resolve your angry father, if my tongue Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe And she'll your scholar be; therefore look to it. To any syllable that made love to you? Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster.
Thai. Why, sir, say if you had, Sim. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else. Who takes offence at that would make me glad? Per. What's here!
Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so perémptory?A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre ? I am glad of it with all my heart. (Aside.] I'll tame 'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. [Aside.
you; O, seek not to intrap, my gracious lord,
I'll bring you in subjection. A stranger and distressed gentleman,
Will you, not having my consent, bestow That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter, Your love and your affections on a stranger ? But bent all offices to honour her.
(Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou Or think, may be as great in blood as I.) (Aside
Hear therefore, mistress; frame your will to mine,A villain.
And you, sir, hear you. — Either be ruld by me,' Per. By the gods, I have not, sir.
Or I will make you - man and wife. Never did thought of mine levy offence;
Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it too. Nor never did my actions yet commence
And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy; -
What, are you both pleas'd ?
Yes, if you love me, sir. Sim.
Ay, traitor, sir. Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it. Per. Even in his throat, (unless it be the king,) Sim. What are you both agreed ? That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
Yes, 'please your majesty. Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed;
[Aside. Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed. Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
What's dumb in show, I'll plain with speech.
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.
Gorr. By many a dearn and painful perch, Of Pericles the careful search
By the four opposing coignes,
Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
Enter Two Sailors.
1 Sail. What courage, sir ? God save you.
Per. Courage enough: I do not fear the faw; Varies again; the grizzled north
It hath done to me the worst. Yet, for the fove
Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer,
I would it would be quiet.
I Sail. Slack the bolins there; thou wilt not,
wilt thou ? Blow, and split thyself.'
2 Sail. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy
billow kiss the moon, I care not.
1 Sail. Sir, your queen must overboard; the sea
works high, the wind is loud, and will not lie till Conveniently the rest convey :
the ship be cleared of the dead.
Per. That's your superstition.
1 Sail. Pardon us, sir ; with us at sea it still This stage, the ship, upon whose deck
hath been observed ; and we are strong in earnest. The sea-tost prince appears to speak. [Exit. Therefore briefly yield her; for she must overboard
straight. SCENE I.
Per. Be it as you think meet. - Most wretched Enter PERICLES, on a ship at sea.
queen! Per Thou God of this great vast, rebuke these
Lyc. Here she lies, sir.
Per. 'A terrible child-bed hast thou had, my surges, Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, that No light, no fire: the unfriendly elements
hast Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
Forgot thee utterly ; nor have I time Having callid them from the deep ! O still thy Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze;
To give thee hallow'd, to thy grave, but straight deaf"ning, Thy dreadful thunders ; gently quench thy nimble, And aye-remaining lamps, the belching whale
Where, for a monument upon thy bones, Sulphureous flashes ! - how, Lychorida,
And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, How does my queen ? - Thou storm, thou! venomously
Lying with simple shells. Lychorida,
Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper,
My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander Unheard. - Lychorida ! - Lucina, O
Bring me the sattin coffer : lay the babe Divinest patroness, and midwife, gentle
Upon the pillow ; hie thee, whiles I say To those that cry by night, convey thy deity
A priestly farewell to her: suddenly, woman.
[Exit LYCHORIDA. Aboard our dancing boat; make swift the pangs
2 Sail. Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches, of my queen's travails ! - Now, Lychorida
caulk'd and bitumed ready. Enter LYCHORIDA, with an infant.
Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coast is
this? Lyc. Here is a thing
2 Sail. We are near Tharsus. Too young for such a place, who, if it had
Per. Thither, gentle mariner, Conceit, would die as I am like to do.
Alter thy course for Tyre. When can’st thou reach Take in your arms this piece of your dead queen.
it ? Per. How! how, Lychorida!
2 Sail. By break of day, if the wind cease. Lyc. Patience, good sir ; do not assist the storm.
Per. O make for Tharsus. Here's all that is left living of your queen,
There will I visit Cleon, for the babe A little daughter for the sake of it,
Cannot hold out to Tyrus : there I'll leave it Be manly, and take comfort,
At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner; Per.
O you gods!
SCENE II. - Ephesus. A Room in Cerimon's Vie honour with yourselves.
Patience, good sir,
Enter CERIMON, a Servant, and some persons wio Even for this charge.
have been shipwrecked. Per.
Now, mild may be thy life! For a more blust'rous birth had never babe :
Cer. Philemon, ho !
Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor men :
this, With all thou canst find here. Now the good Till now, I ne'er endur'd. gods
Cer. Your master will be dead ere you return; Throw their best eyes upon it!
There's nothing can be minister'd to nature,