Imatges de pÓgina

Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.
Your rule direct to any; if to me,
Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.

Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
But should he wrong my liberties in absence-

Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth,
From whence we had our being and our birth.

Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tharsus Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. The care I had and have of subjects' good, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; Who shuns not to break one, will fure crack both : But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Thou show'dít a subject's shine, I a true prince. [Exeunt.


Tyre. An Ante-chamber in the Palace.


Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do not, I am sure to be hang'd at home: 'tis dangerous.- Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had goud discretion, that being bid to ask what he would of the king, defired he might know none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some reason for it: for if a king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by


the indenture of his oath to be one.Huh, here come the lords of Tyre.

Enter HELICANUS, Escanes, and other Lords.

of Tyre,

Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers Further to question of your king's departure. His seal'd commision, left in trust with me, Doth speak fufficiently, he's gone to travel. Thal. How! the king gone!

Afide Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Being at Antioch. Thal.

What from Antioch? [Afide, Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not,) Took some displeasure at him ; at least he judg'd so : And doubting left that he had err'd or finn'd, To show his forrow, would correct himself; So puts himself unto the fhipman's toil, With whom, each minute threatens life or death. Thal. Well, I perceive

[Aide. I shall not be hang'd now, although I would ; But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, He 'fcap'd the land, to perish on the seas.But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre!

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

Thal. From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles ;
But, fince my landing, as I have understood
Your lord has took himself to unknown travels,
My message must return from whence it came.

Hel. We have no reason to defire it, since
Commended to our master, not to us :

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.



Tharsus. A Room in the Governour's House.

Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.

Cle. My Dionyza, fhall we rest ús here,
And by relating tales of others' griefs,
See if 'twill teach us to forget our own?

Dio. I bat were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it ;
For who digs hills because they do aspire,
Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher.
O my distressed lord, even fuch our griefs ;
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes,
But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.

Gle. O Dionyza,
Who wanteth food, and will not say, he wants it,
Or can conceal his hunger till he famish ?
Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes
Into the air; our eyes do weep, till lungs
Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder ; that,
If heaven number, while their creatures want,
They may awake their helps to comfort them.
I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.

Dio. I'll do my best, fir.

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, (A city, on whom plenty held full hand,) For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss’d the clouds, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at;


Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd,
Like one another's glass to trim them by :
Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the fight,
And not so much to feed on, as delight;
All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
The name of help grew odious to repeat.

Dio, 0, 'tis too true.

Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our change, These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Were all too little to content and please, Although they gave their creatures in abundance, As houses are defil'd for want of use, They are now starv'd for want of exercise : Those palates, who not yet two lummers younger, Must have inventions to delight the talte, Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it; Those mothers who, to noulle up their babes, Thought nought too curious, are ready now, To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd. So Tharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife Draw lots, who first hall die to lengthen life : Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; Here many fink, yet those which see them fall, Have scarce strength left to give them burial. Is not this true ?

Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.

Cle, o, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
And her profperities fo largely taste,
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.

Enter a Lord.

Lord. Where's the lord governor ?


Cle. Here.
Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring it, in haftė,
For comfort is too far for us to expect.

Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore, A portly fail of Mips make hitherward.

Cle. I thought as much.
One forrow never comes, but brings an heir,
That may succeed as his inheritor;
And so in our's : fome neighbouring nation,
Taking advantage of our misery,
Hath Ituff'd these hollow vessels with their power,
To beat us down, the which are down already;
And make a conquest of unhappy me,
Whereas no glory's got to overcome.

Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance
Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,
And come to us as favourers, not as foes.

Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor’d to repeat,
Who makes the fairest show, means moft deceit.
But bring they what they will, what need we fear?
The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there.
Go tell their general, we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,
And what he craves.
Lord. I
go, my

[Exit. Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist; If wars, we are unable to resist.

Enter PERICLES, with Attendants.

Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are,
Let not our ships and number of our men,
Be, like a beacon fir’d, to amaze your eyes.
We have heard your miferies as far as Tyre,


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