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The purchase is to make men glorious; And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,
Et bonum quo antiquius, eo melius.

For going on death's net, whoin none resist.
If you, born in these latter times,

Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes, My frail mortality to know itself,
And that to hear an old man sing,

And by those fearful objects to prepare
May to your wishes pleasure bring,

This body, like to them, lo what I must :
I life would wish, and that I might

For death remember'd, should be like a mirror,
Waste it for you, like taper-light.-

Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, error, This city then, Antiochus the Great

I'll make my will then ; and as sick men do, Built up this city for his chiefest seat; Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling The fairest in all Syria ;

wo,
(I tell you what mine authors say :)

Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did;
This king unto him took a pheere,

So I bequeath a happy peace to you,
Who died and left a fernale heir,

And all good men, as every prince should do;
So bu xom, blithe, and full of face,

My riches to the earth from whence they came;
As heaven had lent her all his grace;

But my unspotted fire of love to you.
With whom the father liking took,

(To the Daughter of Antiochus. And her to incest did provoke :

Thus ready for ihe way of life or death,
Bad father! to entice his own

I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,
To evil, should be done by none.

Scorning advice.
By custom, what they did begin,

Ant.

Read the conclusion then ; Was, with long use, account no sin.

Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, The beauty of this sinful dame

As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. Made many princes thither frame,

Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove To seek her as a bed-fellow,

prosperous !
In marriage-pleasures play-fellow :

In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!
Which 10 prevent, he made a law

Per. Like a bold chainpion, I assume the lists, (To keep her still, and men in awe.)

Nor ask advice of any other thought
That whoso ask'd her for his wife,

But faithfulness, and courage.
His riddle told not, lost his life :
So for her many a wight did die,

(He reads the Riddle.)
As yon grim looks do testify.

I am no viper, yet I feed
What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye On mother's flesh, which did me breed;
I give, my cause who best can justify. (Erit.

I sought a husband, in which labour,

I found that kindness in a father.
SCENE I. Antioch. A Room in the Palace.

He's father, son, and husband mild,
Enter Antiochus, Pericles, and Attendants. I mother, wife, and yet his child.

How they may be, and yet in two,
Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large
receiv'd

As you will híve, resolve it you.
The danger of the task you undertake. Sharp physick is the last : but you powers !

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul That give heaven countless eyes to view men's Embolden'd with the glory of her praise,

acts, Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. Why cloud they not their sights perpetually,

(Musick. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it ? Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a Fair glass of light, I lov's you, and could still, bride.

( Takes hold of the Hand of the Princess. For the embracements even of Jove himself; Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill: At whose conception (ill Lucina reign'd, But I must tell you,--now, my thonghts revolt; Nature this dowry gave to glad her presence,) For he's no man on whom perfections wait, The senate-house of planets all did sit,

That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. To knit in her their best perfections.

You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings: Enter the Daughter of Antiochus.

Who, finger'd to make man his lawful musick,

Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like the hearken; spring,

But, being play'd upon before your time, Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime: Of every virtue gives renown to men!

Good sooth, I care not for you. Her face, the book of praises, where is read Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence For that's an article within our law, Sorrow where ever ras'd, and testy wrath

As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd; Could never be her mild companion.

Either exponnd now, or receive your sentence. Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, Per. Great king. That have inflam'd desire in my breast,

Few love to hear the sins they love to act : To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. Or die in the adventure, be my helps,

Who has a book of all that monarchs do, As I am son and servant to your will,

He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; To compass such a boundless happiness!

For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Ant. Prince Pericles,

Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; Per. That would be son to great Antiochus.

And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,

The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touchd; To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole For death-like dragons here aftright thee hard : Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view

Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is Her countless glory, which desert must gain:

throng'd Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap musy die. By man's oppression ; and the poor worm doth Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, Kings are earth's gods: in vice their law's their Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

will; Tell thee with speechless tongues, and semblance And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? pale,

It is enough you know, and it is fit, That without covering, save yon field of stars, What being more known grows worse, to smaa They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars ;) ther it.

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All love the womb that their first beings bred, SCENE II. Tyre. A Room in the Palace
Then give my tongue like leave to love my head.
Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has Per. Let none disturbas: Why should this

Enter Pericles, Helicanus, and other Lords But I will gloze with him. (Aside.]Young Prince The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,

of Tyre, Though by the tenour of our strict edict, By me so us'd a guest is, not an hour, Your exposition misinterpreting,

In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night We might proceed to cancel of your days;

(The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree

me quiet! As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise : Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes Forty days longer we do respite you ;

shun them, If by which time our secret be undone,

And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son :

Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: And until then, your entertain shall be,

Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, As doth befit our honour, and your worth.

Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. {Exeuni Ant. his Daughter, and Attendants. Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin !

That have their first conception by misdread, When what is done is like a hypocrite,

Have after-nourishment and life hy care ; The which is good in nothing but in sight.

And what was first but fear what might be done, If it be true that I interpret false,

Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Then were it certain, you were not so bad,

And so with me ;-the great Antiochus As with foul incest to abuse your soul ;

('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Where now you're both a father and a son,

Since he's so great, can make his will his act.) By your untímely claspings with your child

Will think me speaking, though I swear to s (Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father ;)

lence; And she an eater of her mother's flesh,

Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, By the defiling of her parent's bed ;

If he suspect I may dishonour him: And both like serpents are, who though they feed And what may make him blush in being known; On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.

He'll stop the course by which it might be known; Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men

With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land,

And with the ostent of war will look so hage, Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Will shun no course to keep them from the light. Amazement shall drive courage from the state: One sin, I know, another doth provoke;

Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke. And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought at Poison and treason are the hands of sin,

fence :

Which care of them, not pity of myself, Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, (Who am no more but as the tops of trees, By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. Which fence the roots they grow by, and defied

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Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, Re-enter Antiochus.

And punish that before that he would punish. Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which 1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred

breast 1 To have his head.

2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us, He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, Peaceful and comfortable ! Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give expert In such a loathed manner :

ence tongue.
And therefore instantly this prince must die; They do abuse the king, that flatter him:
For by his fall my honour must keep high. For flattery is the bellows blows up sin ;
Who attends on us there?

The thing the which is fatter'd, but a spark,
Enter Thaliard.

To which that breath gives heat and stroaga Thal. Doth your highness call? Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order,

glowing; Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our Fits kings, as they are men, for they may ert. mind

When Signior Sooth here does procla'm a peace Partakes her private actions to your secrecy ; He flatters you, makes war upon your life : And for your faithfulness we will advance you.. Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please; Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold; I cannot be much lower than my knees. We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill

Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'er him :

look It fits thee not to ask the reason why,

What shipping, and what lading's in our hared, Because we bid it. Say, is it done ?

And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords ] Hes T'hal.

My lord,

canus, thou 'Tis done.

Hath moved us: what seest thou in our looks 1 Enter a Messenger.

Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. Ant. Enough.

Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frosne Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste. How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? Mess. My lord, Prince Pericles is filed.

Hel. How dare the plants look up to be res,

[Erit Messenger from whence Ant.

As thou They have their nourishment ? Wilt live, fly after : and, as an arrow, shot Per.

Thou know'st I have pove From a well experienc'd archer, hits the mark To take thy life. His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

Hel.[ Kneeling. ] I have ground the axe mysell; Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead. Do you but strike the blow. Thal. My lord, if I

Per.

Rise, pr'ythee rise; Cap get him once within my pistol's length, Sit down, sit down; thou art no flatterer: I'll make him sure ; so farewell to your highness. I thank thee for it, and high heaven forbid,

(Exit. That kings should let their ears hear their faula Ant. Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead,

hid ! My heart can lend no succour to my head. Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince,

[Exit. Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servaal,

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What would'st thou have me do ?

some reason for it: for if a king bid a man be Hel.

With patience bear a villain, he is bound by the indenture of his Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. oath to be one. Hush, here come the lords of Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus ; Tyre. Who minister'st a portion unto me, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself.

Enter Helicanus, Escanes, and other Lords. Attend me then: I went to Antioch,

Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death, Tyre, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, Further to question of your king's departure. From whence an issue I might propagate, His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Are arins to princes, and bring to subjects joys. Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel. Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; Thal. How ! the king gone !

[Aside The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest; Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, Seem'd not to strike, but smooth : but thou He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. know'st this,

Being at Antioch "Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Thal.

What from Antioch? [Aside. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled,

Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know Under the covering of a careful night,

not.) Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg'd Bethought me what was past, what might succeed.

And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd, I knew him tyrannous: and tyrants' fears "To show his sorrow, would correct himself; Decrease not, but grow faster than their years: So puts himself unto the shipman's toil, And should he doubt it (as no doubl he doth,) With whom each minute threatens life or death That I should open to the listening air,

Thal. Well, I perceive

[ Aside. How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas.And make pretence of wrong that I have done But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre! bim;

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, Thal. From him I come Most feel war's blow, who spares not innocence: With message unto princely Pericles; Which love to all (of which thyself art one, But, since my landing, as I have understood Who now reprov'st me for it)

Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, Hel.

Alas, sir ! My message must return from whence it came. Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since my cheeks,

Commended to our master, not to us : Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. And finding little comfort io relieve them,

(Exeunt. I thought it princely charity to grieve them.

SCENE IV. Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak,

Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's House. Freely I'll speak. Antiochus yon fear, And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,

Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants. Who, either by public war, or private treason,

Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, Will take away your life.

And hy relating tales of others' griefs, Therefore, iny lord, go travel for a while,

See if 't will teach us to forget our own ? Till that his rage and anger be forgot,

Dio. That were to blow at fire, in bope to Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.

quench it: Your rule direct to any ; it to me,

For who digs hills because they do aspire, Day serves not light inore faithful than I'll be. Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher. Per. I do not doubt thy faith;

O my distressed lord, even such onr griefs ; But should he wrong my liberties in absence Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes,

Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise: From whence we had our being and our birth.

Cle. O Dionyza, Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, Tharsus

Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish ? Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee: Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes And by whose letters I'll dispose mysell.

Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till lungs The care I had and have of subjects' good, Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder ; On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear

that, it.

If the gods slumber, while their creatures want, I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; They may awake their helps to comfort them. Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both : I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, Rut in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears. That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Dio. l'll do my best, sir. Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true

prince. Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have govern

[Ereunt. ment, SCENE III.

A city on whom plenty held full hand

(For riches strew'd herself even in the streets ;) Tyre. An Ante-Chamber in the Palace. Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the

clonds, Enter Thaliard.

And strangers ne'er beheld, bnt wonder'd at; Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do not, Like one anothers glass to trim them by : I am sure to be hang'd at home: 'tis danger. Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, ous. Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, And not so much to feed on, as delight; and had good discretion, that being bid to ask All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, what he would of the king, desired he might The name of help grew odious to repeal. know zone of his secrets. Now do I see he had trio. 0, 'tis too true.

Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, change,

The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and Till when (the which, I hope, shall De'er be seen.) air,

Your grace is welcome to our town and as. Were all too little to content and please,

Per. Which welcome we'll accept ; feast bert Although they gave their creatures in abundance, a while, As houses are defil'd for want of use,

Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. They are now starv'd for want of exercise :

(Eseunt Those palates, who not yet two summers younger, Must have inventions to delight the taste,

АСТ II.
Would now be glad of bread and beg for it,
Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes,

Enter Gower.
Thought nought too curious, are ready now, Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king
To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd. His child, I wis, to incest bring;
So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife A better prince, and benign lord,
Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen

life :

Prove awful both in deed and word.
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; Be quiet then, as men should be,
Here many sink, yet those which see them fall, Till be hath pass'd necessity:
Have scarce strength left give them burial. I'll show you those in trouble's reign,
Is not this true.

Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it. The good in conversation
Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup

(To whom I give my benison,) And her prosperities so largely laste,

Is still at Tharsus, where each man With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!

Thinks all is writ he spoken can: The misery of Tharsis may be theirs.

And, to remember what he does,

Gild his statue to make it glorious :
Enter a Lord.

But tidings to the contrary,
Lord. Where's the lord governor ?

Are brought your eyes; what need speak 17 Cle. Here.

Dumb show. Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring`st, in Enter at one door Pericles, talking with Cleon;

haste, For comfort is too far for us to expect.

all the Train with them. Enter at another Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbour

door, a Gentleman with a Letter to Pericles;

Pericles shows the Letter to Cleon; then gives ing shore, A portly sail of ships make hitherward.

the Messenger a reward, and knights his Cle. I thonght as much.

Ereunt Pericles, Cleon, &c. severally. One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, Gow. Good Helicane, that staid at home That may succeed as his inheritor;

(Not to eat honey, like a drone, And so in ours : some neighbouring nation,

From others' labours; for though he strive Taking advantage of our misery,

To killen bad, keep good alive ; Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power,

And, to fulfil his prince' desire,) To beat us down, the which are down already ;

Sends word of all that haps in Tyre: And make a conquest of unhappy me,

How Thaliard came full bent with sin, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.

And hid intent, to murder him ; Lord. That's the least fear : for by the semblance And that in Tharsus was not best Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, Longer for him to make his rest : And come to us, as favourers, not as foes.

He knowing so, put forth to seas, Cle. Thou speak'st like him untutor'd to repeat,

Where when men heen, there's seldom ease; Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.

For now the wind begins to blow; But bring they what they will, what need we Thunder above, and deeps below, fear?

Make such ungniet, that the ship The ground's the low'st, and we are half way

Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; there.

And he, good prince, having all lost, Go tell their general, we attend him here,

By waves from coast to coast is tost: To know for what he comes, and whence he All perishen of man, of pelf, comes,

Ne aught escapen but hinself; And what he craves.

Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad, Lord. I go, my lord.

(Erit. Threw him ashore, to give him glad: Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;

And here he comes : what shall be next, If wars, we are unable to resist.

Pardon old Gower; this 'longs the text (Erit Enter Pericles, with Attendants.

SCENE L Pentapolis.
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are,

An open place by the Sea Side.
Let not our ships, and number of our men,
Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes.

Enter Pericles, wet.
We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre,

Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of bes And see the desolation of your streets !

ven! Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly ansa But to relieve them of their heavy load;

Is but a substance that must yield to you; And these our ships you happily may think

And I, as fits my nature, do obey you ; Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuftd within, Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks, With bloody views, expecting overthrow,

Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath Are stor'd with corn, to niake your needy bread, Nothing to think on, but ensuing death; And give them life, who are hunger-starr'd, half Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, dead.

To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes ; All. The gods of Greece protect you!

And having thrown him from your watery grave, And we'll pray for you.

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

Rise, I pray you, rise; We do not look for reverence, but for love.

Enter three Fishermen. And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men.

1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche! Cle. The which when any shall not gratify,

2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the net Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,

i Fish. What, Patch-breech, I say!

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3 Fish. What say you, master ?

| better office, than to be beadle. But, master, 1'll 1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now I come go draw up the net. away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.

[Ereunt two of the Fishermen. 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their poor men that were cast away before us, even labour ! Dow.

1 Fish. Hark you, sir I do you know where you 1 Fish. Alas, poor sonls, it griev'd my heart to are ? bear what pitiful cries they made to tis, to help Per. Not well. them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce helpl. 1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you : this is called Penourselves.

tapolis, and our king, the good Simonides.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him ?
I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? 1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so callid,
they say, ihey are half fish, half fesh : & plague for his peaceable reign, and good government.
on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash'd. Per. He is a happy king, since he gains from
Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. his subjects the name of good, by his government.

1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones How far is his court distant from this shore ?
eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich 1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and
misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays I'll tell you, he hath 'a fair daughter, and to-mor-
and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, row is her birth-day; and there are princes and
and at last devours them all at a niouthful. Such knights come from all parts of the world, to just
whales have I heard on a'the land, who never and tourney for her love.
leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole Per. Were my fortunes equal to my desires, I
parish, church, steeple, bells and all.

could wish to make one there.
Per. A pretty moral.

i Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; 3 Fish But, master, if I had been the sexton, 1 and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully would have been that day in the belfry. deal for-bis wife's soul. 2 Fisit. Why, man? 3 Fish. Because he should have swallow'd me Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net. too : and when I had been in his belly, I would 2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish hange have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; should never have left, till he cast bell, steeple, 'will hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come church, and parish, up again. But if the good at last, and 'tis turn'd to rusty armour. king Simonides were of my mind

Per. An armour, friends ! I pray you, let me Per. Simonides?

see it.
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses,
drones, that rob the bee of her honey:

Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself;,
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea And, though it was mine own, part of mine heri-
These fishers tell the infirmities of men ;
And from their watery empire recollect Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
All that may men approve, or men detect - With this strict charge (even as he left his life,)
Peace be at your labour, honest fisherinen. Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield

2 Fish Honest! good fellow, what's that ? if it'Troirt me and death (and pointed to this brace:)
be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, For that it sav'd me, keep it: in like necessity,
and no body will look after it.

The which the gods protect thee from! it may Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your defend thee. coast.

It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it;
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
cast thee in our way !

Took it in rage, though calm'd, have given it
Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind, again.
In that vast tennis court, hath made the ball I thank thee for't: my shipwreck's now no ill,
For them to play npon, entreats you pity him; Since I have here my father's gift by will.
He asks of you, that never us'd to beg.

1 Fish. What mean you, sir?
I Fish. No, friend, cannot you heg? here's Per. To heg of you, kind friends, this coat of
them in our country of Greece, gets more with worth,
begging, than we can do with working. For it was sometime target to a king;

2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then ? I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly, Per. I never practis'd it.

And for his sake, I wish the having of it;
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure: for And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's
here's nothing to be got nowadays, unless thou court,
canst fish for'i.

Where with't I may appear a gentleman;
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; And if that ever my low fortunes better,
But what I am, want teaches me to think on; I'll pay your bounties ; till then, rest your
A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, debtor.
And have no more of life than may suffice I Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?
To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help ; Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms.
Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, i Fish. Why, do you take it, and the gods give
For I am a man, pray see me buried.

thee good on't! 1 Fish. Die quoth-a ? Now gods forbid ! I have 2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend ; 'twas we a gown here; come, put it on ; keep thee warm that made up this garment through the rough Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou seams of the waters: there are certain condoleshalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, ments, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and you'll remember from whence you had it. flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.

Per. Believe't, I will.
Per. I thank you, sir.

Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could And spite of all the rupture of the sea, not beg.

This jewel holds his biding on my arm :
Per. I did but crave?

Unto thy value will I mount myself
2 Fish. But crave ? Then I'll turn craver too, Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
and so I shall 'scape whipping.

Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread. Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then? Only, my friend, I yei am unprovided

2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all of a pair of bases. your beggars were whipp'd, 'I would wish no 2 Fish We'll sure provide : thou shalt have my

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