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Enter Two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel,
O here he is.
Enter Two Gentlemen.
1. Gent. Doth your lordship call? Hel. Gentlemen,
There is some of worth would come aboard; I pray
To greet them fairly.
[The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descend and go on board the barge.
Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the
This is the man that can, in aught you would,
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
Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature?
Lys. May we not see him, then?
You may indeed, sir.
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,
Lys. Sir, king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
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
Lys. O, here is The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one! Is't not a goodly presence?
I am a maid,
But have been gaz'd on, comet-like she speaks,
rentage, You would not do me violence.
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
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?
No, nor of any shores :
Per. I am great with wou, and shall deliver weep
My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one
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.
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
Mar. Should I tell my history, "Twould seem like lies disdain'd in the reporting. Per. Pr'ythee speak;
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,
If both were open'd.
Recount, I do beseech thee; come, sit by me.
O, I am mock'd, And thou by some incensed god sent hither To make the world laugh at me.
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
Per. Now, blessing on thee, rise; thou art my child.
Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus,
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.
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
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,
Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife :
I will obey thee! Helicanus!
Enter LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, and MARINA. Hel.
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
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,)
What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
To greet the king. So he has thriv'd,
Our king, and all his company.
Per. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
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.
Reverend appearer, no; I threw her o'erboard with these very arms. Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
'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
Here in Diana's temple.
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
The voice of dead Thaisa! Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead, And drown'd.
Per. Immortal Dian! Thai.
Now I know you better.
[Shows a ring. Per. This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindness
Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do well,
A second time within these arms.
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.
Bless'd, and mine own! Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen! Thai. I know you not.
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. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man Through whom the gods have shown their power;
From first to last resolve you.
The gods can have no mortal officer
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.
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.
Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward :
A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
That him and his they in his palace burn.
LEAR, King of Britain.
EDGAR, son to Gloster.
EDMUND, bastard son to Gioster.
CURAN, a courtier.
Old Man, tenant to Gloster.
SCENE I.- A Room of State in King Lear's Palace.
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 ?
OSWALD, steward to Goneril.
Servants to Cornwall.
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
And you, our no less loving son of Albany,