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With patience bear Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus: Who minister'st a potion unto me, That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself. Attend me then: I went to Antioch, Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, From whence an issue I might propagate, Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest; Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st this,
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.
Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks,
Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts
Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
But should he wrong my liberties in absence
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, From whence we had our being and our birth.
Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to
Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee;
Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do not, I am sure to be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. — Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might know none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some reason for it for if a king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by the indenture of his oath to be one. - Hush, here come the lords of Tyre.
Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords.
Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre, Further to question of your king's departure. His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
thal. How the king gone!
Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Being at Antioch
What from Antioch? | Aside Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not,)
Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg'd so:
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
With message unto princely Pericles;
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise. Cle. O Dionyza,
Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, (A city, on whom plenty held full hand,) For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets; Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the clouds,
And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at;
Dio. 0, 'tis too true.
Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our
These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air,
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it. Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup And her prosperities so largely taste, With their superfluous riots, hear these tears! The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.
Enter a Lord.
Lord. Where's the lord governor ?
Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st in haste. For comfort is too far for us to expect.
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king His child, I wis, to incest bring; A better prince, and benign lord, Prove awful both in deed and word. Be quiet then, as men should be, Till he hath pass'd necessity.
Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore,
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance
Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, And come to us as favourers, not as foes.
Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat, Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit. But bring they what they will, what need we fear? The ground's the lowest, and we are half way there. Go tell their general, we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, And what he craves.
Lord. I go, my lord.
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist; If wars, we are unable to resist.
Enter PERICLES, with Attendants.
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Let not our ships and number of our men, Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, And seen the desolation of your streets : Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load; And these our ships you happily may think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff'd within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow, Are stor'd with corn, to make your needy bread, And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half dead.
All. The gods of Greece protect you! And we'll pray for
Per. Rise, I pray you, rise; We do not look for reverence, but for love, And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils! Till when, (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,) Your grace is welcome to our town and us.
Per. Which welcome we'll accept ; feast here a while,
Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile.
I'll show you those in troubles reign,
But tidings to the contrary
Enter at one door PERICLES, talking with CLEON; all the Train with them. Enter at another door a Gentleman, with a letter to PERICLES; PERICLES shows the letter to CLEON; then gives the Messenger a reward, and knights him. Exeunt PERICLES, CLEON, &c. severally.
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home, Not to eat honey like a drone, From others' labours; forth he strive To killen bad, keep good alive; And, to fulfil his prince' desire, Sends word of all that haps in Tyre: How Thaliard came full bent with sin, And hid intent, to murder him; And that in Tharsus was not best Longer for him to make his rest : He knowing so, put forth to seas, Where when men been, there's seldom ease: For now the wind begins to blow; Thunder above, and deeps below, Make such unquiet, that the ship Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; And he, good prince, having all lost, By waves from coast to coast is tost; All perishen of man, of pelf, Ne aught escapen but himself; Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad, Threw him ashore, to give him glad : And here he comes: what shall be next, Pardon old Gower; this long's the text. [Exit. SCENE I.
Pentapolis. An open Place by the Sea Side.
Enter PERICLES, wet.
Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven! Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man Is but a substance that must yield to you; And I, as fits my nature, do obey you. Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks, Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath Nothing to think on, but ensuing death : Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes; And having thrown him from your watry grave, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave. Enter Three Fishermen.
1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche!
2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets.
1 Fish. What Patch-breech, I say!
3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor men that were cast away before us, even now.
1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help
eat up the little ones: I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale: 'a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church. steeple, bells and all.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled? they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones
Per. A pretty moral.
3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry.
2 Fish. Why, man?
3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones, that rob the bee of her honey.
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea
2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and no body will look after it.
Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast thee in our way!
Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball For them to play upon, entreats you pity him; He asks of you, that never us'd to beg.
1 Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's them in our country of Greece, gets more with begging, than we can do with working.
2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then? Per. I never practis'd it.
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for here's nothing to be got now a-days, unless thou can'st fish for't.
3 Fish. What say you, master?
1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, jacks; and thou shalt be welcome. or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; But what I am, want teaches me to think on; A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, And have no more of life, than may suffice To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, For I am a man, pray see me buried.
1 Fish. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here; come put it on; keep thee warm. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap
Per. I thank you, sir.
2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you not beg.
Per. I did but crave.
2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too,
and so I shall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then? 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no better office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up the net. [Exeunt Two of the Fishermen. Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their labour !
Re-enter the Two Fishermen, drawing up a net.
2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty armour.
Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me
Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses,
Which my dead father did bequeath to me,
1 Fish. What mean you, sir?
For it was sometime target to a king;
I know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,
And for his sake, I wish the having of it;
1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. 1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give thee good on't!
2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up this garment through the rough seams of the waters: there are certain condolements, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from whence you had it.
Per. Believe't, I will.
Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;
Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.
Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt.
SCENE II. - The same. A publick Way, or Platform, leading to the Lists. A Pavilion by the side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, Lords, &c.
Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants. Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph? 1 Lord. They are, my liege;
And stay your coming to present themselves.
In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are
Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perform.
Enter a Knight; he passes over the stage, and his Squire presents his shield to the Princess.
Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer'd by a lady :
The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulçura que per fuerça. [The third Knight passes
Sim. And what's the third?
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself? Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; The word, Lux tua vita mihi.
Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you. [The second Knight passes. Who is the second, that presents himself?
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father; And the device he bears upon his shield
To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit. Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours;
And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
(For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place : Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simo
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picture,
Which tells me, in that glory once he was;
1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal presence?
Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor❜d unto the brim,
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Of marriage, all the viands that I eat
A country gentleman;
He has done no more than other knights have done; Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass.
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.
That. And further he desires to know of you,
A gentleman of Tyre, who only by
Sim. Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune,