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Thou know'st I have power | On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. To take thy life
I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; Hel. [K'neeling.) I have ground the axe myself; Who sluns not to break one, will sure crack both : Do you but strike the blow.
But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, Per.
Rise, pr’ythee rise ; That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Sit down, sit down ; thou art no flatterer :
Thou show’dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid,
(Eseunt. That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid! Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince,
SCENE III. - Tyre. An Ante-chamber in the Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant,
Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus ; Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do not, I am Who minister'st a potion unto me,
sure to be banged at home : 'tis dangerous. — Well, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. I perceive he was a wise fellow, and liad good disAttend me then: I went to Antioch,
cretion, that being bid to ask what he would of the Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death, king, desired he might know none of his secrets I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
Now do I see he had some reason for it : for if a From whence an issue I might propagate,
king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by the inBring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.
denture of his oath to be one. - Ilush, here come Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder ; the lords of Tyre. The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest ; Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
Enter HelicanUS, ESCANES, and other Lords. Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre, this,
Further to question of your king's departure. "Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
His seald commission, left in trust with me, Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled,
Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
lhal. How! the king gone!
He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.
What from Antioch? (Aside, That I should open to the listening air,
Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
not) To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg'd so: To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, And doubting lest that he had err’d or sinn'd And make pretence of wrong that I have done bim ; To show his sorrow, would correct himself; When all, for mine, if I may call't offence,
So puts himself unto the shipman's toil, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence : With whom each minute threatens life or death. Which love to all (of which thyself art one,
Thal. Well, I perceive
[ Aside Who now reprov'st me for it)
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; Ilel.
Alas, sir ! But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from He 'scap'd the land, to perish on the seas. — my cheeks,
But I'll present me.
Peace to the lords of Tyre! usings into my mind, a thousand doubts
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;
Thal. From him I come And finding little comfort to relieve them,
With message unto princely Pericles; I thought princely charity to grieve them. But, since my landing, as I have understood Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, leave to speak,
My message must return from whence it came. Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
Commended to our master, not to us : Who either by publick war, or private treason, Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, Will take away your life.
As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
[Errurile Till that his rage and anger be forgot, Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.
SCENE IV. - Tharsus. A Room :n the Your rule direct to any; if to me,
Governour's House. Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants. Per. I do not doubt thy faith ; But should he wrong my liberties in absence - Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, And by relating tales of other's griefs, From whence we had our being and our birth. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quen Tharsus
it ; Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; For who digs hills because they do aspire, And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.
Throws down one mountain, to cast up a ligheThe care I had and have of subjects' good,
O my distressed lord, even such our grief: ;
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.
shore, Cle. O Dionyza,
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
And so in ours : some neighbouring nation,
Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semCle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
blance (A city, on whom plenty held full hand,)
Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets ; And come to us as favourers, not as foes. Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor’d to repeat, clouds,
Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit. And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; But bring they what they will, what need we fear ? Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn’d, The ground's the lowest, and we are half way there. Like one another's glass to trim them by :
Go tell their general, we attend him here, Their tables were stor’d full, to glad the sight, To know for what he comes, and whence he comes And not so much to feed on, as delight;
And what he craves. All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
Lord. I go, my lord.
(Ert. The name of help grew odious to repeat.
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist; Dio. (), 'tis too true.
If wars, we are unable to resist. Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our
Enter Pericles, with Attendants. change, These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Were all too little to content and please,
Let not our ships and number of our men, Although they gave their creatures in abundance, Be, vike a beacon fir’d, to amaze your eyes. As houses are defil'd for want of use,
We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, They are now starv'd for want of exercise :
And seen the desolation of your streets : Those palates, who not yet two summers younger,
Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, Must have inventions to delight the taste,
But to relieve them of their heavy load ; Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it,
And these our ships you happily may think Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes,
Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff’d within, Thought nought too curious, are ready now,
With bloody views, expecting overthrow, To eat those little darlings whom they lov’d. Are stor'd with corn, to make your needy bread, So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life:
dead. Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping ;
A. The gods of Greece protect you ! Here many sink, yet those which see them fall,
And we'll pray for you.
Per. Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
Rise, I pray you, rise ; Is not this true?
We do not look for reverence, but for love, Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it. And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, And her prosperities so largely taste,
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, With their superfluous riots, hear these tears ! Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.
The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils !
Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,) Enter a Lord.
Your grace is welcome to our town and us. Lord. Where's the lord governor?
Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here a Cle. Here.
while, Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring 'st in baste. Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. For comfort is too far for us to expect.
I'll show you those in troubles reign,
But tidings to the contrary
eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich Are brought your eyes; what need speak I? misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale: 'a plays
and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and Dumb show.
at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales Enter at one door Pericles, talking with Cleon; have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping,
all the Train with them. Enter at another door a till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church.
would have been that day in the belfry.
3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me From others' labours; forth he strive
too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have To killen bad, keep good alive;
kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should And, to fulfil his prince' desire,
never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
and parish, up again. But if the good king SiHow Thaliard came full bent with sin, monides were of my mind And hid intent, to murder him ;
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones, Longer for him to make his rest :
that rob the bee of her honey. He knowing so, put forth to seas,
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Where when men been, there's seldom case: These fishers tell the infirmities of men; For now the wind begins to blow ;
And from their watry empire recollect Thunder above, and deeps below,
All that may men approve, or men detect ! Make such unquiet, that the ship
Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if it And he, good prince, having all lost,
be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and By waves from coast to coast is tost;
no body will look after it. All perishen of man, of pelf,
Per. Nay, see, the sea bath cast upon your Ne auglit escapen but himself; Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to Threw him ashore, to give him glad :
cast thee in our way! And here he comes : what shall be next,
Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind, Pardon old Gower; this long's the text. [Erit. In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball
For them to play upon, entreats you pity him ; SCENE I. — Pentapolis. An open Place by the He asks of you, that never us'd to beg: Sea Side.
1 Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's themi
in our country of Greece, gets more with begging, Enter PERICLES, wet.
than we can do with working. Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven! 2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then ? Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man Per. I never practis'd it. Is but a substance that must yield to you ;
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure ; for here's And I, as fits my nature, do obey you.
nothing to be got now a-days, unless thou can'st Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,
fish for't. Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know ; Nothing to think on, but ensuing death :
But what I want teaches me to think on; Let it suffice the greatness of your powers,
A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;
And have no more of life, than may suffice And having thrown him from your watry grave, To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave. Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, Enter Three Fishermen.
For I am a man, pray see me buried.
1 Fish. Die quoth-a ? Now gods forbid! I have 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche !
a gown here ; come put it on; keep thee warm. 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou 1 Fish. What Patch-breech, I say !
shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish S Fish. What say you, master?
for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, jacks; and thou shalt be welcome. or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.
Per. I thank you, sir. 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could men that were cast away before us, even now. not beg. 1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to
Per. I did but crave. hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help 2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver tow, them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help and so I shall 'scape whipping. ourselves. 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then? saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? they your beggars were whipped, I would wish no better
2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all say, they are half fish, half flesh : a plague on them, office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Master, up the net. I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
[Ereunt Two of the Fishermen. 1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones
Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their
1 Fish. Hark you, sir! do you know where you Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided are?
Of a pair of bases. Per. Not well.
2 Fish. We'll sure provide : thou shalt have my | Fish. Why, I'll tell you : this is called Penta- best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee polis, and our king, the good Simonides.
to the court myself. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call him? Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will ;
1 Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so called, | This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. (Ereunt. for his peaceable reign, and good government. Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects SCENE II.
A publick Way, or He gains the name of good, by his government. Platform, leading to the Lists. A Pavilion by the How far is his court distant from this shore ?
side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, 1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and I'll Lords, g-c. tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes and knights
Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants, come from all parts of the world, to just and tourney Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? for her love.
1 Lord. They are, my liege; Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, And stay your coming to present themselves. I'd wish to make one there.
Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our 1 Fish. 0, sir, things must be as they may; and
daughter, what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for
In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, his wife's soul.
Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat Re-enter the Two Fishermen, drawing up a net.
For men to see, and seeing wonder at. [Erit a Lord.
Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express 2 Fish. Help, master, help ; here's a fish hangs | My commendations great, whose merit’s less. in the net, like a poor man's right in the law ; 'twill Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, A model, which heaven makes like to itself: and 'tis turned to a rusty armour.
As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me So princes their renown, if not respected.
'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, The labour of each kniglit, in his device. Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself :
Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll per. And, though it was mine own, part of mine
form, heritage, Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
Enter a Knight; he passes over the stage, and his With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,)
Squire presents shield to the Princess. Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself? 'Twist me and death ; (and pointed to this brace :) Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father ; For that it sav'd me, keep it ; in like necessity, And the device he bears upon his shield Which gods protect thee from! it may defend thee. Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd it;
The word, Lur tua vita mihi. Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you. Took it in rage, though calm’d, they give't again :
[The second Knight passes. I thank thee for’t; my shipwreck's now no ill, Who is the second, that presents himself? Since I have here my father's gift by will.
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ; 1 Fish. What mean you, sir ?
And the device he bears upon his shield Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady : worth,
The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulqura que For it was sometime target to a king;
(The third Knight passes I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,
Sim. And what's the third ? And for his sake, I wish the having of it;
The third of Antioch; And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court, And his device, a wreath of chivalry : Where with't I may appear a gentleman;
The word, Me pompæ proverit aper. And if that ever my low fortunes better,
(The fourth Knight passes. I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your debtor. Sim. What is the fourth ?
1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? Thai. A burning torch, that's turned upside down; Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. The word, Quod me alit, me extinguit.
1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give Sim. Which shows, that beauty hath his power thee good on't!
and will, 2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend ; 'twas we Which can as well inflame, as it can kill. that made up this garinent through the rough seams
[ The fifth Knight passes. of the waters : there are certain condolements, cer- Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with clouds; tain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remem- Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried : ber from whence you had it.
The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides. Per. Believe't, I will.
[The sixth Knight passes. Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the And spite of all the rupture of the sea,
knight himself This jewel holds his biding on my arm ;
With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Unto thy value will I mount myself
Thai. He seems a stranger ; but his present is Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; Shall make the gizer joy to see him tread.
The motto, In hac spe
Sim. A pretty moral;
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's From the dejected state wherein he is,
picture, He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. Which tells me, in that glory once he was ; 1 Lord. He had need mean better than his out- Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne. ward show
And be the sun, for thein to reverence. Can any way speak in his just commend :
None that beheld him, but like lesser lights, For, by his rusty outside, he appears
Did vail their crowns to his supremacy ; To have practis'd more the whipstock, than the Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, lance.
The which bath fire in darkness, none in light; 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes Whereby I see that Time's the king of men, To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished. For he's their parent, and he is their grave,
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust And gives them what he will, not what they crave. Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. What, are you merry, knights ? Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan 1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal preThe outward habit by the inward man.
sence? But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdraw Sin. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the Into the gallery
We drink this health to you.
We thank your grace. A Banquet prepared.
Sim. Yet pause a while ;
Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, Enter SIMONIDES, THAIsa, Lords, Knights, and As if the entertainment in our court Attendants.
Had not a show might countervail his worth. Sim. Knights,
Note it not you, Thaisa ? To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
What is it To place upon the volume of your deeds,
To me, my father? As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
0, attend, my daughter; Were more than you expect, or more than's fit, Princes, in this, should live like gods above, Since every worth in show commends itself.
Who freely give to every one that comes Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast : To honour them; and princes, not doing so, You are my guests.
Are like to gnats, which make a sound, but kill'd Thai. But you, my knight and guest ;
Are wonder'd at. To whom this wreath of victory I give,
Therefore to make's entrance more sweet, here say, And crown you king of this day's happiness. We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him. Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than
merit. Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is Unto a stranger knight to be so bold: yours;
may my proffer take for an offence, And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
Since men take women's gifts for impudence. In framing artists, art hath thus decreed,
Sim. How ! To make some good, but others to exceed,
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else. And you're her labour'd scholar.
Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please me o'the feast,
(Aside. (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place : Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
Of wlience he is, his name and parentage. Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simo- Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you. nides.
Per. I thank him. Sim. Your presence glads our days ; honour we Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. love,
Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him For who hates honour, hates the gods above.
freely. Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Thar. And further he desires to know of you, Per.
Some other is more fit. Of whence you are, your name and parentage. 1 Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentle- Per. A gentleman of Tyre -(my name, Pemen,
ricles; That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, My education being in arts and arms ;) Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
Who looking for adventures in the world, Per. You are right courteous knights.
Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men, Sim.
Sit, sit, sir; sit. And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself These cates resist me, she not thought upon.
Pericles, Thai. By Juno, that is queen
A gentleman of Tyre, who only by
Misfortune of the seas has been bereft
Sim. Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune, Sim.
And wiil awake him from his melancholy. A country gentleman ;
Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles, He has done no more than other knights have And waste the time, which looks for other revels. done;
Even in your armours, as you are address'd, Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass.
Will very well become a soldier's dance, Thei. To me he seems like diamond to glass. I will not have excuse, with saying, this