Imatges de pÓgina

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin !
When what is done is like an hypocrite,
The which is good in nothing but in sight.
If it be true that I interpret false,
Then were it certain you were not so bad,
As with foul incest to abuse your soul:
Where now you're both a father and a son,
By your untimely claspings with your child,
(Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father;)
And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
By the defiling of her parent's bed;
And both like serpents are, who though they feed
Ou sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.
Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men
Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
Will shun no course to keep them from the

One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke:
Poison and treason are the hauds of sin,
Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame :-
Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear,
By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear.



Yet neither p.casure's art can joy my spirits,
Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.
Then it is thus: the passions of the mind,
That have their first conception by mis-dread,
Have after-nourishment and life by care;
And what was first but fear what might be

Grows elder now, and cares it be not done.⚫
And so with me :-the great Antiochus
('Gainst whom I am too little to contend,
Since he's so great, can make his will his act,)
Will think me speaking, though I swear to

Nor boots it me to say, I honour him,
If he suspect I may dishonour him:
Aud what may make him blush in being known,
He'll stop the course by which it might be

With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land,
And with the ostent of war will look so huge,
Amazement shall drive courage from the state;
Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist,
And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought of-
Which care of them, not pity of myself,
(Who am no more but as the tops of trees,

Ant. He bath found the meaning, for the which Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend

we mean

To have his head.

He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
Nor tell the word, Antiochus doth sin

In such a loathed manner:

And therefore instantly this prince must die;
For by his fall my honour must keep high.
Who attends on us there?


Thal. Doth your highness call?


Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish,
And punish that before, that he would punish.
1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred


2 Lord. Aud keep your mind, till you return
Peaceful and comfortable!
[to us,
Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expe.
rience tongue.

They do abuse the king, that flatter him
For flattery is the bellows blows up siu;

Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark,


Partakes her private actions to your secrecy;
And for your faithfulness we will advance you.
Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold:
We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill

It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
Because we bid it. Say, is it done ?
That. My lord,

'Tis done.


Ant. Enough:

Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your haste.
Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is fled.

Ant. As thou

Wilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow, shot
From a well experienced archer, hits the mark
His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,
Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead.
Thal. My lord, if I

Cau get him once within my pistol's length,
I'll make him sure: so farewell to your highness.

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Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,
Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err.
When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace,
He flatters you, makes war upon your life:
Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please;
I cannot be much lower than my knees.

P'er. All leave us else; but let your cares

What shipping and what lading's in our haven,
And then return to us. [Exeunt LORDS.] Heli-
canus, thon

Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks?
Liel. Au angry brow, dread lord.

Per. If there be such a dart in princes'

How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven,

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Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, My heart can lend no succour to my head.

SCENE II.-Tyre.-A Room in the Palace.
Enter PERICLES, HELICANUS, and other

Per. Let none disturb us: Why this charge of

The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,
By me so us'd a guest is, not an hour,
In the day's glorious walk or peaceful night,
(The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed
me quiet!

Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes
shun them,

And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch,
Whose arm seems far too short too hit me here:

• Whereas.


Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant
What would'st thou have me do?

Hel. With patience bear

Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself.

Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus,
Who minister'st a potion unto me,
That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself.
Attend me then: I went to Antioch,
Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death,
sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
From whence an issue I might propagate,
Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.
Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;

1. e. Takes care it be not done.

The rest (hark in thine ear) as black as incest ;
Which, by my knowledge found, the sinful


Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st this,

'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled, Under the covering of a careful night,

Who seem'd my good protector; and being here,
Bethought me what was past, what might suc-

1 knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
Decrease not, but grow faster than their years:
And should be doubt it, (as no doubt he doth)
That I should open to the listening air

How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,-
To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms,
And make pretence of wrong that I have done


His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
Doth speak sufficiently—he's gone to travel.
Thal. How! the king gone!
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-

That. What from Antioch?

[Aside. Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not,)

Took some displeasure at him; at least he
judg'd so:

And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
To show his sorrow, would correct himself;
So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
With whom each minute threatens life or death.
That. Well, I perceive

I shall not be hang'd now, although I would:
But since he's gone, the king it sure must

He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas,-
Peace to the lords of

When all, for mine, if I may call❜'t offence,
Must feel war's blow, who spares not inno-But I'll present me.


Which love to all (of which thyself art one,
Who now reprov'st me for it)—

Hel. Alas, Sir !

Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from
my cheeks,

Masings into my mind; a thousand doubts
How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;
And, finding little comfort to relieve them,
i thought it princely charity to grieve them.
Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me
leave to speak,

Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear;
And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
Who enher by public war, or private treason,
We take away your life.

Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Til: that his rage and anger be forgot,

Or Decanes de cat his thread of life.
Yar rale direct to any; if to me,

Day serves Bot light more faithful than I'll be.
Per. I do not doubt thy faith:

But should be wrong my liberties in absence-
Bet. We'll mingle bloods together in the

From whence we had our being and our birth.
Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to

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— Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; kuf good discretion, that being bid to ask what Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, arwad of the king, desired be might know Like one another's glass to trim + them by : of his secrets. Now do I see he had some Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, Fring for it; for if a king bid a man be a vil-And not so much to feed on, as delight; la br is bound by the indenture of his oath to mr.—Hash, here come the lords of Tyre.

Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords.
Het You shall not need, my fellow peers of

Ta Gar lo question of your king's departure.
• In our diferent -pheres.
+ Overcome.

All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
The name of help grew odious to repeat.
Dio. Oh! 'tis too true.

Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this
our change,
These mouths whom but of late, earth, sea, and
Were all too little to content and please,

• To jet, to strut.

To dress them by.

Although they gave their creatures in abun- [The curse of heaven and men succced their


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Must have inventions to delight the taste,
Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it:
Those mothers who, to nousle⚫ up their babes,
Thought nought too curious, are ready now
To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd :
So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and

Draws lots who first shall die, to lengthen life :
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Here many sink, 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. Oh! let those cities, that of plenty's cup And her prosperities so largely taste, With their superfluous riots, hear these tears! The misery of Tharsus may be their's.

Enter a LORD.

Lord. Where's the lord governor ?

Cle. Here.


Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in For comfort is too far for us to expect.

Lord. We have descried, upou our neighbouring shore

A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much.

One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
That may succeed as bis inheritor ;-
And so in our's: some neighbouring nation,
Taking advantage of our misery,

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Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their
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

[peace, Of their white flags display'd, they bring us And come to us as favourers, not as foes.

Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat; [deceit.

Who makes the fairest show, means most But bring they what they will, what need we fear?


The ground's the low'st, and we are half way
Go tell their general, we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he
And what he craves.

[comes, [Exit.

Lord. I go, my lord. Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace conIf 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 miseries as far as Tyre, And seen the desolation of your streets; Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load; And these our ships (you happily may think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff'd within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow)

Are stor'd with corn, to make your needy bread,

And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half dead.

All. The gods of Greece protect you.

And we'll pray for you.

Per. Rise, I pray you, rise:

We do not look for reverence but for love,
And barbourage for ourself, our ships, and men.
Cle. The which when any shall not gratify,
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
Re it our wives, our children, or ourselves,

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evils! [seen,) Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be Your grace is welcome to our town and us.

Per. Which welcome we'll accept: feast here a while,

Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. [Exeunt.


Enter Gower.

Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king His child, I wis, to incest bring; A better prince, and benign lord, Prove awful both in deed and word. Be quiet then, as men should be, Till he hath pass'd necessity. I'll show you those in trouble's reign, Losing a mite, a mountain gain. The good in conversation ✦ (To whom I give my benizon,) ↑ is still at Tharsus, where each man Thinks all is writ he spoken can: And, to remember what he does, Gild his statue glorious :

But tidings to the contrary

Are brought your eyes; what need speak 1?

Dumb Show.

Enter at one door PERICLES, talking with CLEON; all the train with them. Enter at another door, a GENTLEMAN with a Letter to PERICLES; PERICLES shows the letter to CLEON; then gives the Messenger a reward, and knights him. Exeunt PERICLES, CLLON, &c. severally.

Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home,
Not to eat honey, like a drone,
From others' labours; forth he strive
To killen bad, keep good alive;
And to fulfil his prince' desire,


Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
How Thaliard came full bent with sin,
And hid intent, to murder him ;
And that in Tharsus was not best
Longer for him to make his rest:
He knowing so, put forth to seas,
Where when men been, there's seldom ease;
For now the wind begins to blow;
Thunder above, and deeps below,
Make such unquiet, that the ship
Should house him safe, is wreck'd and
And he, good prince, having all lost,
By waves from coast to coast is tost:
All perishen of man, of pelf,
Ne aught escapeh but himself;
Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Threw him ashore, to give him glad :
And here he comes what shall be next,
Pardon old Gower; this 'longs the text.

SCENE 1.-Pentapolis.§-An open Place by
the Sea Side.
Enter PERICLES, wet.

Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of



Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly
Is but a substance that must yield to you;
And I, as fits my nature, do obey you.
Alas! the sea hath cast me on the rocks,
Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me

Nothing to think on, but ensuing death:
Let it suffice the greatness of your powers,

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Scene I.


To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;
And having thrown him from your wat'ry

Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave.

Enter three FISHERMEN.

1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!

2 Fish. Ho! come and bring away the nets.
1 Fish. What Patch-breech I say!
3 Fish. What say you, master?

1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.

3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the pour men that were cast away before us, even


1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it griev'd my heart to hear what piliin cries they made to us to belp them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.

2 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tabled? they say, they are half fish half flesh : a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash'd. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.


puddings and flap-Jacks, and thou shalt be

Per. I thank you, Sir.

2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you! could not be s

Per. I did but crave.

2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too,
and so I shall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd
2 Fish. Oh! not all, my friend, not all: for if
all your beggars were whipp'd, I would wish no
better office than to be beadle. But, master, I'll
go draw up the net.

[Exeunt two of the FISHERMEN.
Per. How well this honest mirth becomes
their labour !

1 Fish. Hark you, Sir! do you know where
you are?
Per. Not well.

1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and our king, the good Simonides. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him?

1 Fish. Ay, Sir, and he deserves to be 80 call'd, for his peaceable reign and good govern. ment. Per. He is a happy king, since from his sub

1 Fish. Why as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouth-How ful. Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who Bever leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all. Per. A pretty moral.

3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry. 2 Fish. Why, man?

3 Fut. Because he should have swallow'd me too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he bald have never have left, till he cast bells, repie, church, and parish, up again. the good king Simonides were of my mind→→→ Per. Simonides!

But if

3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones that rob the bee of her honey.

Per. How from the finny subject of the sea
These fishers tell the intirmities of men;
And from their wat'ry empire recollect
A that may men approve, or men detect!
Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen.

2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? If it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and no body will look after it.

Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your


2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast thee in our way!

Per. A man whom both the waters and the


In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball
For them to play upon, entreats you pity him :
Hess of you, that never us'd to beg.

1 Fr. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's them in ear country of Greeee gets more with begging than we can do with working.

2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then?
Per. 1 never practis'd it.

2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for bee's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou qut bsb for't.

Per. What I have been, I have forgot to


hat what I am, want teaches me to think on:
A za shrank up with cold; my veins are

And have no more of life than may suffice
Tove my tongue that heat, to ask your help;
ach if you shall refuse, when I am dead,
For I am a man, pray see me buried.

1 Fish. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! 1 kaw a gown here; come, put it on; keep thee Now, afore me, a handsome fellow ! thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh As Lulatayı, fish for fasting days, and moreo'er

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He gains the name of good, by his government.
far is his court distant from this shore?
1 Fish. Marry, Sir, half a day's journey;
and I'll tell you he hath a fair daughter, and
to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are prin-
ces and knights come from all parts of the
world, to just and tourney for her love.

Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires,
I'd wish to make one there.

1 Fish. O Sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for-his wife's soul.

Re-enter the Two FISHERMEN, drawing up a


2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish Ha! bots on't, hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly come out. 'tis come at last, and 'tis turn'd to a rusty ar


Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me
see it.

Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses,
Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself;
And, though it was mine own, part of inine hert.

Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,)
Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield
'Twixt me and death: (and pointed to this
brace) t

For that it sav'd me, keep it; in like necessity
Which gods protect thee from! it may defend

It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it;
Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
Took it in rage, though calm'd, they give't
again :

I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill,
Since I have here my father's gift by will.
1 Fish. What mean you, Sir ?

Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of

For it was sometime target to a king;

I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,
And for his sake I wish the having of it;
And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's

Where with't I may appear a gentleman;
And if that ever my low fortunes better,
I'll pay your bounties: till then, rest your

1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady
Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms.

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1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give thee good on't!

2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up this garment through the rough seams of the waters: there are certain condolements, certain veils. I hope, Sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from whence you bad it.

Per. Believe't, I will.

Now by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;
And, spite of all the rupture of the sea,
This jewel holds his biding on my arm:
Unto thy value will I mount myself
Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.-
Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
Of a pair of bases. +

2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.

Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill.

[Exeunt. SCENE II.-The same.-A public Way, or Platform, leading to the Lists. A Pavilion by the Side of it, for the reception of the KING, PRINCESS, LORDS, &c.



Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph?

1 Lord. They are, my liege : And stay your coming to present themselves. Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our daughter,

In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat For men to see, and seeing wonder at.

[Exit a LORD. Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express My commendations great, whose merit's less. Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are A model, which heaven makes like to itself: As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, So princes their renown, if not respected. 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain The labour of each knight, in his device. § Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, perform.


Enter a Knight; he passes over the Stage. and his Squire presents his Shield to the Princess.

Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer | himself?

Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father;

And the device he bears upon his shield
Is a black Ethiop, reaching at the sun :
The word, Lux tua vita mihi.


Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of [The second Knight passes. Who is the second, that presents himself? Tha. A prince of Macedon, my royal father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcura que per fuerca. **

[The third Knight passes.
Sim. And what's the third ?
Thai. The third, of Antioch;
And his device, a wreath of chivalry:
The word, Me pompa provexit apex.
The fourth Knight passes.

Sim. What is the fourth?
Thdi. A burning torch, that's turned upside


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Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,

Which can as well inflame, as it can kill

[The fifth Knight passes. Thai. The fifth, a band environed with clouds; Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried: The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides. [The sixth Knight passes. Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the knight himself

With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ?

Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is A wither'd branch, that's only green at top: The motto, In hac spe vivo.

Sim. A pretty moral;

From the dejected state wherein he is,

He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
1 Lord. He had need mean better than his
outward show

Can any way speak in his just commend:
For, by his rusty outside, he appears
To have practis'd more the whipstock,

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Sim. Knights,

To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
To place upon the volume of your deeds,
As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
Since every worth in show commends itself.
Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast :
You are my guests.

Thai. But you, my knight and guest:
To whom this wreath of victory I give,
And crown you king of this day's happiness.
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my


Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours;

And here, I hope, is none that envies it. In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, To make some good, but others to exceed ; And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o'the feast, [place : (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simonides.

Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour we love,

For who hates honour, hates the gods above.
Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Per. Some other is more fit.

1 Knight. Contend not, Sir; for we are gen. tlemen,

That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes,
Envy the great, nor do the low despise.

Per. You are right courteous knights.
Sim. Sit, sit, Sir; sit.

Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts,

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These cates resist me, she not thought upon.
Thai. By Juno, that is queeu

Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my mcat :
Sure he's a gallant gentleman.

• Handle of a whip.

↑ I. c. These delicacies go against my stomach.

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