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When it should move you to attend me most, Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans: May I govern Lending your kind commiseration :

so, Here is a captain, let him tell the tale ; To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away.ner woel Your hearts will throb and weep to hear him But, gentle people, give me aim awhile, speak.

[you, For nature puts me to a heavy task ;Luc. Then noble avditory, be it known to Stand all aloof :-but, uncle, draw you near, That cursed Chiron and Demetrius [ther; To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk : Were they that murdered our emperor's bro. | 0, take this warm kiss on ihy pale cold lips, And they it were that ravished our sister :

(Kisses Titus. For their fell faults our brothers were behead. These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd

[zén'a | The last true duties of thy noble son! (face, Our father's tears despised ; and basely co. Mar. Tear for tear, and loving kiss kiss, Of that true hand, that fought Rome's quarrel | Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips: And sent her enemies unto the grave. (out, 0, were the som of these that I should pay Lastly, myself unkindly banished,

Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them! The gates shut on me, and turn'd weeping out, Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and To beg relief among Rome's enemies;

learn of us

(well : Who drown'd their eninity in my true tears,

To melt in showers: Thy grandsire loved thee And oped their arms to embrace me as a friend : Many a time he danced thee on bis knee, And I am the turn’d-forth, be it known to you, Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; That have preserved her welfare in my blood; Many a matter bath he told to thee, And from her bosom took the enemy's point, Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy; Sheathing the steel in my advent'rous body. In that respect then, like a loving child, (spring, Alas! you know I am no vaunter, I;

Shed yet some small drops from thy tender My scars can witness, dumb although they are, Because kind nature doth require it so: (woe : That my report is just, and full of truth. Friends should associate friends in grief and But, soft; methinks, I do digress too much, Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave; Citing my worthless praise : 0, pardon me; Do him that kindness, and take leave of him. For when no friends are by, men praise them- Boy. O grandsire, grandsire! even with all selves.

(child. Mar. Now is my turn to speak; Behold this Would I were dead, so you did live again! [Pointing to the Child in the arms of lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping an Attendant.

My tears will choke me, if I ope my mouth.' Of this was Tamora delivered;

Enter Attendants, with AARON. The issue of an irreligious Moor,

1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with Chief architect and plotter of these woes;

Give sentence on this execrable wretch, (woes, The villain is alive in Titus' house,

That hath been breeder of these dire events. Damn'd as he is, to witness this is true.

Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and faNow judge, what cause had Titus to revenge

mish him These wrongs, unspeakable, past patience,

There let him stand and rave, and cry for food! Or more than any living man could bear. If any one relieves or pilies lim, Now you have heard the truth, what say you, For the offence he dies. This is our doom: Romans?

Some stay, to see him fastened in the earth. Have we done aught amiss? Show us wherein, Aar. O, why should wrath be myte, and And, from the place where you behold us now,

fury dumb ? The poor remainder of Andronici

I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, Will, hand in hand, all leadlong cast us down, I should repent the evils I have done; And on the ragged stones beat forth our brains, Ten thousand worse, than ever yet I did, And make a mutual closure of our house. Would I perform, if I migbt bave my will Speak, Romans, speak; and, if you say, we If one good deed in all my life I did, shall,

I do refent it from my very soul. Lo, hand in hand, Lucius and I will fall. Luc. Some loving friends convey the emÆmil. Come, come, tlou reverend man of

peror hence, Rome,

And give him burial in his father's grave:
And bring our emperor gently in thy band, My father, and Lavinia, shall forth with
Lucius oar emperor; for, well I know, Be closed in our household's monument.
The common voice do cry, it shall be so. As for that heinous tiger, Tamora,
Rom. [Several speak.) Lucius, all bail ; No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds,
Řome's royal emperor!

No mournful bell shall ring her burial;
Lucius, &c. descend.

But throw her forth to beasts and birds of prey: Mar. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house; Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity;

[To an Attendant. And, being so, shall bave like want of pity. And hither hale that misbelieving Moor, See justice dope to Aaron, that damn'd Moor To be adjudged some direful slaughtering death, By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: As punishment for his most wicked life. Then afterwards, 10 order well the state ; Kom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all hail; That like events may ne'er it rainate. Rome's gracious governor!

(Exeunt

PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

Persons represented. ANTIOCRUS, King of Antioch.

BOULT, their servant.
PERICLES, Prince of Tyre.

Gower, as Chorus.
HHLICANUS,} Two Lords of Tyre.
ESCANES,

The Daughter of Antiochus.
SINONIDES, King of Penta polis.

DIONYZA, wife to Cleon. Cleok, governor of Thursus.

THAIsa, daughter to Simonides. LYSIMACHUS, governor of Mitylene. MARINA, duughter to Pericles and Thaisa. CERIMON, a Lord of Ephesus.

LYCHORIDA, nurse to Murina. DIANA. THALLARD, a Lord of Antioch, PHILEMON, servant to Cerimon.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, LEONINE, servant to Dionyza.

Pirates, Fishermen, Messengers, &c. Marshal. A Pander, and his Wife.

Scene,-dispersedly in various countries. That the reader may know torough how many regions the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to observe, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria; Tyre, a city of Phenicia, in Asia ; Tarsus, the metropolis of Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capital of Lesbos, an island in the Ægean sea; and Ephesus, the capital of lovia, a country of the Lesser Asia.

ACT I.
Enter Gower.

By custom, what they did begin,
Before the Palace of Antioch.

Was, with long use, account no sig.
To sing a song of old + was sung,

The beauty of this sintul dame From ashes ancient Gower is come;

Made many princes thither frame,

To seek her as a bed-fellow, Assuming man's infirmities,

In marriage pleasures play-fellow :
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.

Which to prevent, be made a law,
It hath been suug at festivals,
On ember-eves, and holy ales i;

(To keep her still, and men in awe,)

That whoso ask'd her for his wife, And lords and ladies of their lives

His riddle told not, lost his life : Have read it for restoratives :

So for her many a wight did die, 'Purpose to make men glorious;

As yon grim looks do testify . Et quo antiquius, eo melius.

What now ensues, to the judgment of your If you, born in these latter times, When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes,

eye And that to hear an old man sing,

I give, my cause who best can justify. May to your wishes pleasure bring,

(Exit. I life would wish, and that I might

SCENE I. Antioch. A Room in the Waste it for you, like taper-light.

Palace.
This city then, Antioch the great
Built up for his chiefest seat;

Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERICLES, and AtThe fairest in all Syria;

tendants. (I tell you what mine authors say :)

Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at This king onto him took a pheere ,

large received Who died and left a female heir,

The danger of the task you undertake. So buxom, blithe, and fall of face,

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul As heaven had lent her all his grace; Embolden'd with the glory of her praise, With whom the father liking took, Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. And her to incest did provoke:

(Music. Bad father ! tu entice his own

Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a To evil, should be done by none.

bride, Chorus, in the character of Gower, an ancient English Poet, who has related the story of this play in his Confessio Amantis. + i.e., That of old. | Whitson-ales, &c. Wife, the word signifies a mate or companion.

Accounted. Pointing to the scene of the palace-gate at Antiochi, on which the heads of those unfortunate

wights were fixed.

For the embracements even of Juve himself; Nor ask advice of any other thought
At whose conception, (till Lucina reign'd,) But faithfulness, and courage.
Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence,

(He reads the Riddle.]
The senate house of planets all did sit,
To knit in her their best perfections.

I am no viper, yet I feed
Enter the Daughter of Antiochus.

On mother's fresh, which did me Breed: Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like

I sought a husband, in which latour, the spring,

I found that kindness in a futher. Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king

he's father, son, and husband mild, Of every virtue gives renown to men !

I mother, wife, and yet his child. Her face, the book of praises, where is read

How they may be, und yet in two,

As you will live, resolve it you. Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence Sorrow were ever rased, and testy wrath Sharp physic is the last: but, O you powers ! Could never be her mild companion.

That give heaven countless eyes to view men's Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, acts, That have infamed desire in my breast, Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

If this be true, which makes me pale to read Or die in the adveuture, be my helps,

it? As I am son and servant to your will,

Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still, To compass snch a boundless happiness !

[s'akes hold of the hand of the princess. Ant. Prince Pericles,

Were not this glorious casket stored with ill: Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts reAnt. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,

volt; With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd; For he's no man ou whom perfections wait, For death-like dragons hiere affright thee hard : That knowing sio within, will touch the gate. Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings : A countless glory, which desert must gain : Who, finger'd to make man bis lawsul music, And which, without desert, because thine eye would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must

hearken; die,

But, being play'd upon before your time, Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, Heli only danceth at so harsh a chime : Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire, Good sooth, 1 care not for you.

[life, Tell thee with speechless tongues, and sem.

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch' not, upon thy blance pale,

For that's an article within our law, That, without covering, save yon field of stars, As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expired; They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's Either expound now, or receive your senience. wars;

Per. Great king, And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist, few love to hear the sins they love to act ; For going on death's net, whom none resist. 'T'wonld "braid yourself too near for me to Per. Antiochos, I thank thee, who hath

tell it; My frail mortality to know itself, (taught Who has a book of all that monarchs do, And by those fearful objects to prepare

He's more secure to keep it shut than shown; This body, like to them, to what I must: For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, For death remember'd, should be like a mir- Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; ror,

[error. And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Who tells us, life's but breath ; to trust it, I be breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: I'll make my will then; and as sick men do, To stop the air would hurt them. The blind Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling

mole casts

(is wrong'd woe,

Copp'd * hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did; By man's oppression, and the poor worm So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

doth die for't. And all good men, as every prince should do; Kings are earth's gods : in vice their law's My riches to the earth from whence they came;

their will; But my onspotted fire of love to you.

And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth [To the Daughter of Antiochus. It is enough you know; and it is fit, {ill? Thus ready for the way of life or death, What being more known gruws worse, to I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

smother it. Scorniug advice.

All love the womb that their first beings bred, Ant.

Read the conclusion then; Then give my tongue like leave to love my Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed,

head. As these before thee thou thyself shalt leed. Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove

found the meaning ;prosperous !

But I will glozet with him. (Aside.) Young In all, save ihat, I wish thee happiness!

prince of Tyre, Per. Like a bold champion, 'I assume the Though by the tenoor of our strict cdict, lists,

Your exposition misinterpreting, • Rising to a top or head.

+ Flatter, insingale.

ness.

cover

We might proceed to cancel of your days.; His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,
Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Unless thou say, prince Pericles is dead.
As your fair self, doch tune us otherwise : Thal. My lord, if I
Torty days longer we do respite you ; Can get him once within my pistol's length,
If by which time our secret be undone, l'll make him sure; so farewell to your high-
This merey shows, we'll joy in such a son:

(Exit, And until then, your entertain shall be, Ant. Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead, As doth befit our honour, and your worth. My heart can lend no succour to my head. (Ereunt ANTIOC&US, his Daughter,

(Erit. and Attendants. Per. How conrtesy would seem to

SCENE II. Tyre. A Room in the Palace. When what is done is like an hypocrite, [sin! Enter PERICLES, HELICANUS, and other

Lords.
The which is good is nothing but in sight.
If it be true that I interpret false,

Per. Let none disturb us: Why this change Then were it certain, you were not so bad,

of thoughts? As with foul incest to abuse your soul ; The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, Where t now you're both a father and a son, By me so used a guest is, not an hour, By your untimely claspings with your child, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, (Which pleasure its an husband, not a father;)|(The tomb where grief should sleep,) ean And she an eater of her mother's flesh,

breed me quiet! [eyes shun them, By the detiling of her parent's bed;

Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine And both like serpents are, who though they And danger, which I feared, is át Antioch, feed

Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, Will shun no course to keep theru froin the That have their first conception by mis-dread, light.

Have after-nourishment and life by care; One sin, i know, another doth provoke; And what was first but fear what might be Murder's as near to last, as flame to sinoke.

done, Poison and treason are the bands of sin, Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: And so with me :-the great Antioches Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you (Gainst whom I am too little to contend, clear,

Since he's so great, can make his will his act) By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. Will think me speaking, though I swear to

[Erit. silence; Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.

Nor boots it me to say, I honour him, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the If he suspect I may dishonour him: To have his head.

(which we mean and what may make him blush in being known, He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, He'll stop the course by which it might be Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin

known; In such a loathed manner:

With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, And therefore instantly this prince must die; And with the ostent of war will look so huge, For by his fall my honour must keep high. Amazement shall drive courage from the state; Who attends on us there?

Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, Enter THALIARD.

And subjects punish'd, that no'er thought Thal.

Doth your highness call? offence: Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and which care of them, not pity of myself, our mind

(Who am no more but as the tops of trees, Partakes her private actions to your secresy; Which fence the roots they grow by, and de And for your faithfulness we will advance you. fend them,)

[guish, Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's Makes both my body pine, and soul to lan gold;

[kill him; And punish that before, that he wou'd panish. We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must i Lord. Joy and all comfort in rour sacred It fits thee not to ask the reason why,

breast?

{turn to us, Because we bid it. Say, is it done?

2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you reThal.

My lord, Peaceful and comfortable ! 'Tis done.

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give ex. Enter a Messenger,

perience tongue. Ant. Enough?

(haste. They do abuse the king, that flatter him: Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your For flattery is the bellows blows up sın; Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is filed. The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark,

[Erit Messenger. To which that breath gives heat and stronger Ant.

As thou

glowing; Wilt live, fly after : and, as an arrow, shot Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, From a well-experienced archer, hits the mark] Fits kings, as they are men. for they may ert • To the destruction of your life.

Whereas.

Per.

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Wben signior Sooth here does proclaim aj Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood peace,

froin my cheeks, He flatters yon, makes war upon your life : Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; please;

And finding little comfort to relieve them, I cannot be much lower than my knees. I thought it princely charity to grieve them. Per. All leave 11g else; but let your cares Hei. Well, my lord, siuce you have given o'erlook

(heaven, me leave tv speak, What shipping, and what lading's in our Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear, And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] Heli- And justly too. I think, you fear the tyrant, canis, thout

Who either by public war, or private treason, Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks? Will take away your life.

Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. (frowns, Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,

Per. If there he soch a dart in princes' Till that his raye and anger be forgot, How durst thy tonyne move anyer to var face? Or Destinies do cut his thread of life. Hel. Ilow dare the plants look up to baven, Your rule direct to any; if to ine, from whence

Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. They have their nourishment ?

Per. I do not doubt thy faith ;
Per.

Thou knowest I have power But should he wrong my liberties in absenceTo take thy life.

(myself; Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the Hel. [Kierling.) I have ground the axe earth Do you but strike the blow.

From whence we had our being and our birth.

Rise, prythee rise ; Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and Sit down, sit down ; thou art no flatterer :

to Tharsus I thank thee for it; and high heaveu forbid Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; That kings should let their ears hear their And by whose letters I'li dispose myself. faults hid!

The care i had and have of subjects' good, Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can Who by thy wisdom mikest a prince thy ser- bear it What wouldst thou have me do? (vant, I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Hel.

With patience bear Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack Such griefs as yon do lay npon yourself,

both : Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Heli- But in our orbs * we'll live so round and sare, Who minister'st a potion unto me,

(cans ; That time of both this truth shall pe'cr conThat thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.

vineet, Attend me then: I went to Antioch, death, Thou show'úst a subject's shine, I a trne prince. Where, as thou know'st, against the face of

[Ereunt. I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, From whence an issue I might propagate,

SCENE III. Tyre. An Ante-chamber in the

Paluce.
Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.
Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;

Enter THALIARD.
The rest (hark in thiue ear,) as black as incest; Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court.
Which by my knowleilge found, the sinful Here most I kill king Pericles; and if I do
father

(know'st this, not, I am sure to be hang'd at home : 'lis Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: bai thou dangerous.-Well, I perceive he was a wise Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. fellow, and had good discretion, that being bid Which fear so grew in me, I hither fed, to ask what he would of the king, desired he Under the covering of a careful night, might know none of his secrets. Now do I Who seem'd my good protector; and being see he had some reason for it: for if a king here,

(ceed. biil a man be a villain, he is bound by the inBethonght me what was past, what miglit suco venture of his oath to be one.-Hush, here I knew hiin tyrannons; and tyrants' fears come the lords of Tyre.

but grow faster than their years: Enler HELICANUS, Escanes, and other And should lie doust it, (18 no doubt he doth,)

Lords. That I should open to the listening air,

Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, of Tyre, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,

Further to ques'ion of your king's departure. To lop ihat donbt, he'll fill this land with arms, His seal'd commission, left in trust with me. And make pretence of wrong that I have done Drith speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel.

Thal. How! the king gone ! [Aside. When all, for mine, if I may call't offence, Hit. If further yet you will be satisfied, Must feel war's blow, who spares not inno- Why, as it were nnlicensed of your loves,

He would depart, I'll give some light uuto you Which love to all of which thyself art one, Being at Antioch — Who now reprovest me for it)

Thul.

What from Autioch
Hal.
Alas, sir!

[.4 side * In onr different spheres

Overcome.

Decrease not,

him;

cence:

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