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best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes thee to the court myself.
To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished. Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; 3 Lord And on set purpose let his armour rust This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. (Ezeunt. Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan SCENE IL.
The outward habit by the inward man. The same. A public Way, or Platform, lead- But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdrav ing to the Lists. A Pavilion by the side of it, Into the gallery.
[Ezeunt for the reception of the King, Princess (Great shouis, and all cry, The mean knight Lords, &c.
The same A Hall of State. A Banquet Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the
prepared triumph? 1 Lord. They are, my liege;
Enter Simonides, Thaisa, Lords, Knights, and
To say you are welcome, were superfluous In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
To place upon the volume of your deeds, Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat
As in a title-page, your worth in arms, For men to see, and seeing wonder at.
Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
[Erit a Lord. Since every worth in show commends itse! Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express
Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast : My commendations great, whose merit's less.
You are my guests. Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so: for princes are
But you, my knight and guest; A model, which heaven makes like to itself:
To whom this wreath of victory I give As jewels lose their glory, if neglected,
And crown you king of this day's happiness. So princes their renown, if not respected.
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my feril "Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is your; The labour of each knight, in his device.
And here, I hope, is none that envies it. Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, l'11 In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, perform.
To make some good, but others to exceed;
And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen Enter a Knight: he passes over the Stage, and o' the feast his Squire presents his Shield to the Princess. (For daughter,so you are,) here take your place: Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself ? Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; Knights. We are honour'd much by good SAnd the device he bears upon his shield
monides. Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun;
Sim. Your presence glads our days; hongar The word, Lur lua vita mihi.
we love, Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of For who hates honour, hates the gods above. you. [The second Knight passes.
Marsh. Sir, yond's your place. Who is the second, that presents himself?
Some other is more fit. Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father; i Knight. Contend not, sir : for we are gentle And the device he bears upon his shield
men, Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady: That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcure que Envy the great, nor do the low despise. per fuerca. [The third Knight passes.
Per. You are right courteous knigbts. Sim. And what's the third ?
Sit, sit, sir; st. Thai.
The third, of Antioch ; Per. By Jove, I wonder that is king of thougha, And his device, a wreath of chivalry :
These cates resist me, be not thought upon The word, Me pompæ proverit aper.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen [ The fourth Knight passes. Of marriage, all the viands that I eat Sim. What is the fourth ?
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat; Thai. A burning torch; that's turned upside Sure he's a galant gentleman.
He's bat The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit. A country gentleman; Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his power He's done no more than other knights have done ; and will,
Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass. Which can as well inflame, as it can kill.
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glas. [The fifth Knight passes.
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's pio Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with ture, clouds ;
Which tells me, in that glory once he was; Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried: Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne, The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides.
And he the sun, for them to reverence. ( The sixth Knight passes. None that beheld him, but, like lesser lights Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the Did vail their crowns to his supremacy
Where now his son's a glowworm in the night, With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; Thai. He seems to be a stranger; but his pre- Whereby I see that time's the king of men, sent is
For he's their parent, and he is their grave, A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; And gives them what he will not what they crea The motto, In hac. spe vivo.
Sim. What, are you merry knights ? Sim. A pretty moral;
1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre From the dejected state wherein he is,
sence ? He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his out brim ward show
(As you do love fill to your mistress' lips) Can any way speak in his just commend;
We drink this health to you. For, by his rusty outside, he appears
We thank your grad To have practis'd more the whipstock, than the Sim. Yet pause a while ; lance.
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit loo melancholy
As if the entertainment in our court
To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
Even in th: height and pride of all his glory,
When he was seated, and his daughter with him,
In a chariot of inestimable value,
0, attend, my daughter; A fire from heaven came, and shrivel'd up
And yet but just ; for though
Esca. 'Tis very true.
Enter three Lords.
I Lord. See, not a man in private conference,
2 Lord. It'shall no longer grieve without reproof Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
3 Lord. And curst be he that will not second it. Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please 1 Lord. Follow me then: Lord Helicane, a me better.
(Aside. word. Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, Hel. With me? and welcome : Happy day, Of whence he is, his name, and parentage.
my lords. Thai. The king,my father, sir,has drunk to you. 1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the Per. I thank him.
top, Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. And now at length they overflow their banks. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him Hel. Your griefs, for what I wrong not the freely.
prince you love.
Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral,
And leaves is to our free election.
2 Lord Whose death's, indeed, the strongest in Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore.
our censure : Sim. Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune, And knowing this kingdom, if without a head And will awake him from his melancholy. (Like goodly buildings left without a roof,) Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles, Will soon to ruin fall, your noble sell, And waste the time, which looks for other revels. That best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, Even in your armours, as you are address'd, We thus submit unto,our sovereign. Will very well become a soldier's dance.
All. Live, noble Helicane! I will not have excuse, with saying, this. Hel. Try, honour's cause, forbear your sufLoud musick is too harsh for ladies' heads;
frages : Since they love men in arms, as well as beds. If that you love prince Pericles, forbear.
[The Knights dance. Take I your wish, I leap into the seat, So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform'd. Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease. Come, sir ;
A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you Here is a lady that wants breathing too: To forbear choice if the absence of your king; And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre If in which time expir'd, he not return, Are excellent in making ladies trip:
I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. And that their measures are as excellent. But if I cannot win you to this love, Per. In those that practice them, they are, my Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects, lord.
And in your search spend your adventurous ! Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be de
worth; nied [The Knights and Ladies dance. Whom if you find, and win unto return, of your fair courtesy.- Unclasp, unclasp ; ou shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well; 1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not But you the best. [To Pericles.] Pages and yield; lights, conduct
And, since Lord Helicane enjoineth us, These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours We with our travels will endeavour it. sir,
Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp We have given order to be next our own.
hands; Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love,
[Exeunt. For that's the mark I know you level at: Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
SCENE V. Pentapolis. A Room in the Palace. To-morrow, all for speeding do their best.
Enter Simonides, reading a Letter; the Knights [Ereunt.
meet himn. SCENE IV.
1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides. Tyre. A Room in the Governor's House. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you
know, Enter Helicanus and Escanes.
That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me, Aer reason to herself is only known, Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; for which, the most high gods not minding longer Which from herself by no porans eo I get.
2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my I am glad of it with all my heart. (Aside) l'i lord ?
tame you; Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly I'll bring you in subjection.tied her
Will you, not having my consent, bestov To her chamber, that it is impossible.
Your love and your affections on a stranger ? One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's (Who, for aught I know to the contrary, livery ;
Or think, may be as great in blood as I.) Aside This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, Hear therefore, mistress ; fraine your will 12 And on her virgin honour will not break it.
mine, 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we And you, sir, hear you.--Either be rul'd by me, take our leaves.
[Eteunt. Or I will make you-man and wife. Sim. So
Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal k They're well despatch'd ; now to my daughter's too. letter:
And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, And for a further grief,-God give you joy! Or never more to view nor day nor light. What, are you both pleas'd ? Mistress, 'lis well, your choice agrees with mine ;
Yes, if you love me, sit. I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's in't, Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it Not minding whether' I dislike or no!
Sim. What, are you both agreed ? Wel., 1 commend her choice;
Yes, please your majesty, And will no longer have it be delay'd.
Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed; Soft, here he comes :- I must dissemble it. Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed Enter Pericles.
(Eseunt. Per. All fortune to the good Simonides !
Gowo. Now sleep yslacked hath the rout; With such delightful pleasing harmony.
No din but snores, the house about, Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; Made louder by the o'er-fed breast Not my desert.
of this most pompous marriage-feast. Sim. Sir, you are musick's master.
The cat, with eyne of barning coal, Per. The worst of all her scholars,my good lord. Now couches 'fore the mouse's hole; Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you And crickets sing at th' ovens' mouth, think, sir, of
As the blither for their drouth. My daughter ?
Hymen hath brought the bride to bed, As of a most virtuous princess. Where, by the loss of maidenhead, Sim. And she is fair too, is she not?
A babe is moulded ;-Be atten', Per. As a fair day in summer; wondrous fair. And time that is so briefly spent, Sim, My daughter. sir, thinks very well of you; With your fine fancies quaintly eche; Ay, so well, sir, that you must be ber master, What's dumb in show, I'll plain with speech And she'll your scholar be; therefore look to it
Dumb Shou. Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster. Sim. She thinks not so ; peruse this writing else. Enter Pericles and Simonides at one door, with Per. What's here ?
A tendants : a Messenger meets them, kneels, A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre?
and gives Pericles a Letter. Pericles shoes* 'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life. [Aside.
to Simonides; the Lords kneel to the former. O, seek not to entrap, my gracious lord,
Then enter Thaisa with child, and Lychori A stranger, and distressed gentleman,
Simonides shows his Daughter the Letter, she That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter,
rejoices: she and Pericles take leare of her Fa. But ben: all offices to honour her.
ther, and depart. Then Simonides, 8c. retire Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and Gow. By many a dearn and painfui perch, thou art
Of Pericles the careful search A villain.
By the four opposing coignes, Per. By the gods, I have not, sir.
Which the world together joins, Never did thought of mine levy offence;
Is made, with all due diligence, Nor never did my actions yet commence
That horse, and sail, and high expense, A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure. Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre Sim. Traitor, thou liest.
(Fame answering the most strong inquire.) Per. Traitor !
To the court of King Simonides Sim.
Ay, traitor, sir. Are letters brought; the tenon these : Per. Even in his throat (unless it be the king) Antiochus and his daughter's dead: That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
The men of Tyrus, on the head Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his cou Or Helicanus would set on rage.
[Aside. The crown of Tyre, but he will none: Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts, The mutiny there he hastes l'oppress; That never relish'd of a base descent.
Says to them, if King Pericles
He, obedient to their dooms,
Will take the crown. The sum of this,
Y-ravished the regions round,
Our heir apparent is a king:
Who dream'd, who thought of such a thing?
His queen, with child, makes her desire Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe
(Which who shall cross ?) along to go To any syllable that made love to you ?
(Omit we all their dole and wo ;) Thaí. Why, sir, say if you had,
Lychorida, her nurse she takes, Who takes offence at that would make me glad ? And so to sea. Their vessel shakes Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory |-! On Neptune's billow; half the food
Hath their keel cat; but fortune's mood 1 Sail. Pardon us, sir ; with us at sea it still Varies again; the grizzled north
bath been observed'; and we are strong in cusDisgorges such a tempest forth,
tom. Therefore briefly yield her; for she must That, as a duck for life that dives,
overboard straight. So up and down the poor ship drives.
Per. Be it as you think meet.-Most wretched The lady shrieks, and, well-a-near!
queen! Doth fall in travail with her fear:
Lyc. Here she lies, sir. And what ensues in this fell storm,
Per. A terribie child-bed hast thou had,my dear, Shall, for itself, itself perform.
No light, no fire; the unfriendly elements I nill 'relate; action may
Forgot thee utterly ; nor have I time Conveniently the rest convey :
To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straigh! Which inight not what by me is told.
Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze ; In your imagination hold
Where, for a nionument upon thy bones, This stage, the ship, upon whose deck And ayc-remaining lamps, the belching whale, The sea.lost prince appears to speak. [Exit. And humming water must o'erwhelm ihy corpse, SCENE I.
Lying with simple shells. Lychorida,
Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink, and paper, Enter Pericles, on a Ship at Sea. My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander Per. Thou God of this great vast, rebuke these Bring me the satin cofter: lay the habe surges,
Upon the pillow: hie thee, whiles I say Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, A priestly farewell to her : suddenly, woman. that hast
[Erit Lychorida. Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
2 Sail. Sir,we have a chest bencath the hatches, Having call'd them from the deep ! O still thy caulk'd and bitumed ready. deaf 'ning,
Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coast is Thy dreadful thunders; gently quench thy nimble
this? Sulphureous flashes !- how, Lychorida,
2 Sail. We are near Tharsus. How does my queen - Thou storm, thou! veno
Per. Thither, gentle mariner, mously
Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou Wilt thou spit all thyself?- The seaman's whistle reach it? Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
2 Sail. By break of day, if the wind cease. Unheard. --Lychorida !-Licina, 0
Per. O make for Tharsus.
Cannot hold out to Tyrus; there I'll leave it Abward our dancing boat, make swift the pangs At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner; Of my queen's travails !-Now, Lychorida-l'll bring the body presently. (Exeunt. Enter Lychorida, with an Infant.
SCENE II. Lye. Here is a thing
Ephesus. A Room in Cerimon's House. Too young for such a place, who if it had Enter Cerimon, a Servant, and some Persous Conceit would die as I am like to do.
who have been shipwrecked. Take in your arms this piece of your dead queen. Por. How ! how, Ly chorida!
Cer. Philemon, ho!
Enter Philemon. 1 Lyc: Patience, good sir; do not assist the storm.
is , Phil. Doth my lord call? A llule daughter; for the sake of it,
Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor men; Be manly, and take confort.
It has been a turbulent and stormy night. Pur.
O you gods !
Serv. I have been in many ; but such a night Wwy do you make us love your goodly gifts,
as this, And snatch them straight away? We, here below, Till now I ne'er endur'd. Rocall not what we give, and therein may Cer. Your master will be dead ere you return; Vi honour with yourselves.
There's nothing can be minister'd to nature, Iyc.
Patience, good sir, Thatcan recover him. Give this to the 'pothecary, Even for this charge.
And tell me how it works. [ To Philemon. Per. Now, mild may be thy life!
[Exeunt Philemon, Servant, and those who For a more blust'rons birth had never babe :
had been shipwrecked. Quiet and gentle thy conditions !
Enter Two Gentlemen. Por thou art the rudeliest welcom'd to this world,
Good morrow, sir. That e'er was prince's child. Happy what fol") i Gent. lows!
2 Gent. Good morrow to your lordship.
Cer. Thou hast as chiding a nativity,
Gentlemen, As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make, Why do you stir so 'early ? to herald thee from the womb : even at the first, our lodging, standing bleak upon the sea, Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit, With all thou canst find here.-Now the good Shook as the earth did quake; gods
The very principals did seem to rend, Throw their best eyes upon it!
And all to topple; pure surprise and fear
Made me to quit the house."
2 Gent. That is the cause we trouble you so early; 1 Sail. What courage, sir ? Goil save you. 'Tis not our husbandry. Per. Courage enough : I do not fear the tlaw ;) Cer.
0, you say well. It hath done to me the worst. Yet, for the love i Gent. But I much marvel that your lordship, Of this poor infant, this fresh new sea-farer,
having I would, it would be quiet.
Rich tire about you, should at these early hours 1 Sail. Slack the bolins there ; thou wilt not, Shake off the golden slumber of repose. wilt thou ? Blow and split thyself.
It is most strange, 2 Sail. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy Nature should be so conversant with pain, billow kiss the moon, I care not.
Being thereto not compellid. 1 Sail. Sir, your queen must overboard ; the Cer.
I held it ever, sea works high, the wind is loud, and will not Virtue and cunning were endowments greater je till the ship be cleared of the dead.
Than nobleness and riches; careless heirs. Per. That's your superstition.
May the two latter darken and expend;
But immortality attends the former,
Gentlemen, Making a man a god. 'Tis known, I ever This queen will live : nature awakes; a warmth Have studied physick, through which secret art, Breathes out of her;
she hath not been entrane'd By turning o'er authorities, I have
Above five hours. See, how she 'gins to blow (f'ogether with my practice,) made familiar Into life's flower again! To me and to my aid, the blest infusions
The heavens, sir, That dwell in vegetives, in metals, stones; Through you, increase our wonder, and set up And I can speak of the disturbances
Your fame for ever. That nature works, and of her cures; which gives Cer.
She is alive; behold,
Her eyelids, cases to those heavenly jewels
Than to be thirsty after tottering honour, Begin to part their fringes of bright gold;
The diamonds of a most praised water
Appear, to make the world twice rich. O live, 2 Gent. Your honour has through Ephesus And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creapour'd forth
ture, Your charity, and hundreds call themselves Rare as you seem to be!
[She moves Your creatures, who by you have been restor'd : Thai.
O dear Diana, And not your knowledge, personal pain, but even Where am I? Where's my lord ? What world is Your purse, still open, hath built Lord Cerimon 2 Gent. Is not this strange ?
(this? Such strong renown as time shall never
Hush, gentle neighbours;
Lend me your hands: to the next chamber bear Serv. So: lift there.
her. Cer. What is that?
Get linen ; now this matter must be look'd to, Serv.
Sir, even now For her relapse is mortal. Come, come, come; Did the sea toss upon our shore this chest; And Æsculapius guide us ! 'Tis of soune wreck,
(Ereunt, carrying Thaisa away. Cer.
Set't down, let's look on it. 2 Gent. 'Tis like a coffin, sir.
SCENE M. Cer.
Whate'er it be,
Tharsus. A Room in Cleon's House. 'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight; If the sea's stomach be o'ercharg'd with gold,
Enter Pericles, Cleon, Dionyza, Lychorida,
and Marina It is a good constraint of fortune, that It belches upon us.
Per. Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be 2 Gent. 'Tis so, my lord.
gone; Cer. How close 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd! My twelve months are expir'd, and Tyrus stands Did the sea cast it up!
In a litigious peace. You, and your lady, Serv. I never saw so huge a billow, sir, Take from my heart all thankfulness ! The gods As toss'd it upon shore.
Make up the rest upon you! Ser,
Come, wrench it open ; Cle. Your shafts of fortune, though they hart Soft, soft!-it smells most sweetly in my sense. you mortally, 2 Gent. A delicate odour.
Yet glance full wand'ringly on us. Cer. As ever hit my nostril ; so,-up with it. Dion.
O your sweet queen! O you most potent gods! what's here? a corse! That the strict fates had pleas'd you had brought i Gent. Most strange!
her hither, Cer. Shrouded in cloth of state ; balm'd and To have bless'd mine eyes! entreasur'd
We cannot but obey With bags of spices full! A passport too! The powers above us. Could I rage and roar Apollo, perfect me i' the characters !
As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end
( Unfolds a Scroll. Must be as 'tis. My babe Marina (whom, Here I give to understand [Reads. For she was born at sea, I have nam'd so) here (If e'er this coffin drive a land,)
I charge yon charity withal, and leave her I, king Pericles, have lost
The infant of yonr care; beseeching you This queen, worth all our mundane cost. To give her princely training, that she may be Who finds her, give her burying,
Manner'd as she is born. She was the daughter of a king :
Fear not, my lord, but think Besides this treasure for a fee,
Your grace, that fed my country with your core The gods requite his charity!
(For which the people's prayers still fall upoa If thou liv'st, Pericles, thou hast a heart
you) That even cracks for wo!--This chanc'd 10- Must in your child be thought on. If neglection night
Should therein make me vile, the common body, 2 Gent. Most likely, sir.
By you reliev'd, would force me to my duty: Cer.
Nay, certainly to-night; But if to that my nature need a spur, For look, how fresh she looks 1-They were too The gods revenge it upon me and mine, rongh,
To the end of generation ! That threw her in the sea. Make fire within ; Per.
I believe you ; Fetch hither all the boxes in my closet.
Your honour and your goodness teach me credit, Death may usurp on nature many hours, Without your vows. Till she be married, madam, And yet the fire of life kindle again
By brighé Diana, whom we honour all, The overpressed spirits. I have heard
Unscissar'd shall this hair of mine remain, Of an Egyptian, had nine hours lien dead, Though I show will in 't. So I take my leave By good appliance was recover'd.
Good madam, make me blessed in your care Enter a Servant, with Boxes, Napkins, and
In bringing up my child.
I have one mysel,
Who shall not be more dear to my respect, Well said, well said ; the fire and the cloths. Than you.s, my lord The rough and woful music that we have, Per.
Madam, my thapks and prayers Cause it to sound, 'beseech yon.
Cle. We'll bring your grace e'en to the edge The vial once more ;-How thou stirrist, thou o the shore; block !
Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune ; and The musick there. I pray you, give her air :- The gentlest winds of beaveu.