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Enter Two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel,
the other to the barge; to them HELICANUS.
Tyr. Sail. Where's the lord Helicanus? he can
resolve you. [To the Sailor of Mitylene.

O here he is.
Sir, there's a barge put off from Mitylene,
And in it is Lysimachus the governor,
Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
Hel. That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.
Tyr. Sail. Ho, gentlemen! my lord calls.

Enter Two Gentlemen.

1. Gent. Doth your lordship call? Hel. Gentlemen,

There is some of worth would come aboard; I pray

you,

To greet them fairly.

[The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descend and go on board the barge.

Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the
Tyrian Gentlemen, and the Two Sailors.
Tyr. Sail. Sir,

This is the man that can, in aught you would,
Resolve you.

Lys. Hail, reverend sir! The gods preserve you:

Hel. And you, sir, to cut-live the age I am,

And die as I would do.

Lys. You wish me well. Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us, I made to it, to know of whence you are. Hel. First, sir, what is your place?

Lys. I am governor of this place you lie before. Hel. Sir,

Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;

A man, who for this three months hath not spoken
To any one, nor taken sustenance,
But to prorogue his grief.

Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature?
Hel. Sir, it would be too tedious to repeat;
But the main grief of all springs from the loss
Of a beloved daughter and a wife.

Lys. May we not see him, then?
Hel.

You may indeed, sir.
But bootless is your sight; he will not speak
To any

Lys. Yet, let me obtain my wish.

Hel. Behold him, sir: [PERICLES discovered.] this was a goodly person,

Till the disaster, that, one mortal night,
Drove him to this.

Lys. Sir, king, all hail! the gods preserve you!

Hail!

Hail, royal sir!

Hel. It is in vain; he will not speak to you.

I Lord. Sir, we have a maid in Mitylene, I durst

wager, Would win some words of him.

Lys. Ts well bethought. She, questionless, with her sweet harmony And other choice attractions, would allure, And make a battery through his deafen'd parts, Which now are midway stopp'd: She, all as happy as of all the fairest, Is, with her fellow maidens, now within The leafy shelter that abuts against The island's side.

[He whispers one of the attendant Lords. Exit Lord. in the barge of LYSIMACHUS. Hel. Sure all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit That bears recovery's name. But, since your kind

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Lys. O, here is The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one! Is't not a goodly presence?

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Lys.
Mar. No, nor look'd on us.
Lys.
See, she will speak to him.
Mar. Hail, sir! my lord, lend ear:
Per. Hum! ha!

Mar.

I am a maid,
My lord, that ne'er before invited eyes,

But have been gaz'd on, comet-like she speaks,
My lord, that, may be, hath endur'd a grief
Might equal yours, if both were justly weigh'd.
Though wayward fortune did malign my state,
My derivation was from ancestors
Who stood equivalent with mighty kings:
But time hath rooted out my parentage,
And to the world and aukward casualties
Bound me in servitude. — I will desist;
But there is something glows upon my cheek,
And whispers in mine ear, Go not till he speak.

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Per. My fortunes — parentage age

To equal mine! -was it not thus? what say you? Mar. I said, my lord, if you did know my pa

Aside. good parent

Per.

I do think so. I pray you, turn your eyes again upon me.— You are like something that What country woman? Here of these shores?

Mar.

No, nor of any shores :
Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am
No other than I appear.

Per. I am great with wou, and shall deliver weep

ing.

My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one
My daughter might have been my queen's square
brows;
Her stature to an inch; as wand-like straight;
As silver-voic'd; her eyes as jewel-like,
And cas'd as richly in pace another Juno;
Who starves the ears she feeds, and makes them

:

Where do you

hungry, The more she gives them speech. live? Mar. Where I am but a stranger: from the deck You may discern the place.

Per.

Where were you bred? And how achiev'd you these endowments, which You make more rich to owe?

Falseness cannot come from thee, for thou look'st
Modest as justice, and thou seem'st a palace
For the crown'd truth to dwell in: I'll believe thee,
And make my senses credit thy relation,
To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
Like one I lov'd indeed. What were thy friends?
Didst thou not say, when I did push thee back,
(Which was when I perceiv'd thee,) that thou cam'st
From good descending?

Mar. Should I tell my history, "Twould seem like lies disdain'd in the reporting. Per. Pr'ythee speak;

Mar.

So indeed I did.

Per. Report thy parentage. I think thou said'st Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury, And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal mine,

Per.

If both were open'd.
Mar.
Some such thing indeed
I said, and said no more but what my thoughts
Did warrant me was likely.
Tell thy story;
If thine consider'd prove the thousandth part
Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I
Have suffer'd like a girl yet thou dost look
Like Patience, gazing on kings' graves, and smiling
Extremity out of act. What were thy friends?
How lost thou them? Thy name, my most kind
virgin?

Recount, I do beseech thee; come, sit by me.
Mar. My name, sir, is Marina,

Per.

O, I am mock'd, And thou by some incensed god sent hither To make the world laugh at me.

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kingdoms,

And another life to Pericles thy father.

First, sir, I pray

What is your title?

Per. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now (As in the rest thou hast been godlike perfect,) My drown'd queen's name, thou art the heir of

Mar. Is it no more to be your daughter, than
To say, my mother's name was Thaisa?
Thaisa was my mother, who did end,
The minute I began.

Per. Now, blessing on thee, rise; thou art my child.

Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus,
(Not dead at Tharsus, as she should have been,
By savage Cleon,) she shall tell thee all;
When thou shalt kneel and justify in knowledge,
She is thy very princess. ·

Who is this?

Hel. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mitylene, Who, hearing of your melancholy state, Did come to see you.

Hel. My lord, I hear none.

Per. None?

Per.

I embrace you, sir. Give me my robes; I am wild in my beholding. O heavens bless my girl! But hark, what musick? Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him

O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt, How sure you are my daughter. But what

musick?

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SCENE II.- The same.

PERICLES on the deck asleep; DIANA appearing to him as in a vision.

Dia. My temple stands in Ephesus; hie thee thither,

And do upon mine altar sacrifice.

There, when my maiden priests are met together,
Before the people all,

Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife :
To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call,
And give them repetition to the life.
Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe:
Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow.
Awake, and tell thy dream. [DIANA disappears.
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,

I will obey thee! Helicanus!

Enter LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, and MARINA. Hel.

Sir.

Per. My purpose was for Tharsus, there to strike The inhospitable Cleon; but I am For other service first: toward Ephesus Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'll tell thee why. [To HELICANUS. Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore, And give you gold for such provision As our intents will need?

Lys. With all my heart, sir; and when you come

ashore,

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Gow. Now our sands are almost run; More a little, and then done.

This, as my last boon, give me,

(For such kindness must relieve me,)
That you aptly will suppose

What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
The regent made in Mitylin,

To greet the king. So he has thriv'd,
That he is promis'd to be wiv'd
To fair Marina; but in no wise,
Till he had done his sacrifice,
As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
The interim, pray you, all confound,
In feather'd briefness sails are fill'd
And wishes fall out as they're will'd.
At Ephesus, the temple see,

Our king, and all his company.
That he can hither come so soon,
Is by your fancy's thankful boon.

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Per. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
I here confess myself the king of Tyre;
Who, frighted from my country, did wed
The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis.

At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
A maid-child call'd Marina; who, O goddess,
Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus
Was nurs'd with Cleon; whom at fourteen years
He sought to murder: but her better stars
Brought her to Mitylene; against whose shore
Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
Made known herself my daughter.

Thai.

Voice and favour! You are, you are — O royal Pericles! [She faints. Per. What means the woman? she dies! help, gentlemen!

Cer. Noble sir,

If you have told Diana's altar true,

This is your wife.

Per.

Reverend appearer, no; I threw her o'erboard with these very arms. Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.

Per.

'Tis most certain. Cer. Look to the lady; - O, she's but o'erjoy'd. Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coffin, and Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and plac'd

her

Here in Diana's temple.

Per.

May we see them?

Cer. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house, Whither I invite you. Recover'd.

Look! Thaisa is

Thai. O, let me look!

If he be none of mine, my sanctity
Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord,
Are you not Pericles? Like him you speak,
Like him you are: Did you not name a tempest,
A birth, and death?

Per.

The voice of dead Thaisa! Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead, And drown'd.

Per. Immortal Dian! Thai.

Now I know you better.
When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
The king, my father, gave you such a ring.

[Shows a ring. Per. This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindness

Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do well,
That on the touching of her lips I may
Melt, and no more be seen. O come, be buried

A second time within these arms.

Mar.

My heart Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom. [Kneels to THAISA. Flesh of thy flesh,

Per. Look, who kneels here! Thaisa;

Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina For she was yielded there.

Thai.

Bless'd, and mine own! Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen! Thai. I know you not.

Tyre,

Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from I left behind an ancient substitute. Can you remember what I call'd the man? I have ram'd him oft.

'Twas Helicanus then.

Thai.
Per. Still confirmation:
Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
Now do I long to hear how you were found;
How possibly preserv'd; and whom to thank,
Besides the gods, for this great miracle.

Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man Through whom the gods have shown their power;

that can

From first to last resolve you.

Per.

Reverend sir,

The gods can have no mortal officer
More like a god than you. Will you deliver
How this dead queen re-lives?

Cer.

I will, my lord. Beseech you, first go with me to my house, Where shall be shown you all was found with her; How she came placed here within the temple; No needful thing omitted.

Per.
Pure Diana!
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
Thaisa,
My night oblations to thee.
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
Shall marry her at Pentapolis.
And now,
This ornament that makes me look so dismal,
Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form ;
And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,
To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.

Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, Sir, that my father's dead. [my queen,

Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves Will in that kingdom spend our following days; Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign. Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay, To hear the rest untold.

Sir, lead the way.

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Enter GoWER.

Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward :
In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen
(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen,)
Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast,
Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last.
In Helicanus may you well descry

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
In reverend Cerimon there well appears
The worth that learned charity aye wears.
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd name
Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;

That him and his they in his palace burn.
The gods for murder seemed so content
To punish them; although not done, but meant.
So on your patience evermore attending,
New joy wait on you! Here our play has
[Exit GoWER.

ending.

LEAR, King of Britain.
KING OF FRANCE.
DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
DUKE OF CORNWALL.
DUKE OF ALBANY.
EARL OF KENT.
EARL OF GLOSTER.

EDGAR, son to Gloster.

EDMUND, bastard son to Gioster.

CURAN, a courtier.

Old Man, tenant to Gloster.

Physician. Fool.

KING LEAR.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

SCENE I.- A Room of State in King Lear's Palace.

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Enter KENT, GLOSTER, and EDMUND.

Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.

Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weigh'd, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.

Kent. Is not this your son, my lord?

Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to it.

Kent. I cannot conceive you.

Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could: whereupon she grew round-wombed; and had, indeed, sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?

Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.

Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account: though this knave came somewhat saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. know this noble gentleman, Edmund ?

Do you

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OSWALD, steward to Goneril.
An Officer, employed by Edmund.
Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia.
A Herald.

Servants to Cornwall.

GONERIL,

REGAN, CORDELIA,

ACT I.

Knights attending on the King, Officers, Messengers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

daughters to Lear.

Edm. No, my lord.

Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.

Edm. My services to your lordship.

Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better.

Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving.

Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again : — The king is coming.

[Trumpets sound within. Enter LEAR, CORNWALL, ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, and Attendants. Lear. Attend the lords of France and Burgundy, Gloster.

Glo. I shall, my liege.

[Exeunt GLOSTER and EDMUND. Lear. Mean-time we shall express our darker

purpose. Give me the map there. divided,

Know, that we have

In three, our kingdom: and 'tis our fast intent
To shake all cares and business from our age;
Conferring thein on younger strengths, while we
Unburden'd crawl toward death. Our son of
Cornwall

And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
We have this hour a constant will to publish
Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife
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