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Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth,
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.
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
Hel. We have no reason to defire it, since
Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
Tharsus. A Room in the Governour's House.
Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.
Cle. My Dionyza, fhall we rest ús here,
Dio. I bat were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it ;
Gle. O Dionyza,
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,
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
Enter a Lord.
Lord. Where's the lord governor ?
Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore, A portly fail of Mips make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much.
Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance
Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor’d to repeat,
[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,