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This mercy shows we'll joy in such a son:
[Esceunt Ant., his Daughter, and Attendants.
[Exit. Re-enter ANTIOCHUS. Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which we mean To have his head. He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, Nor tell the world Antiochus doth sin In such a loathed manner; And therefore instantly this prince must die; For by his fall my honour must keep high. Who attends us there?
Doth your highness call?
Enter a Messenger.
Thal. My lord,
Ant. Thaliard, adieu! [Exit THAL.] Till Pericles be dead My heart can lend no succour to my head.
SCENE II.-TYRE. A Room in the Palace.
Enter PERICLES. Per. [to those without.] Let none disturb us.—Why should
this change of thoughts, The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, Be my so us'd a guest as not an hour In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, The tomb where grief should sleep,—can breed me quiet? Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun them, And danger, which I fear'd, is at Antioch, Whose aim seems far too short to hit me here: . Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, That have their first conception by mis-dread, Have after-nourishment and life by care; And what was first but fear what might be done, Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. And so with me:--the great Antiochus,'Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Since he's so great, can make his will his act, Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence; Nor boots it me to say I honour him, If he suspect I may dishonour him: And what may make him blush in being known, He'll stop the course by which it might be known;
With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land,
Enter HELICANUS and other Lords.
2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us, Peaceful and comfortable!
Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience tongue. They do abuse the king that flatter him: For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing; Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. When Signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace He flatters you, makes war upon your life. Prince, pardon me, or strike me if you please; I cannot be much lower than my knees.
Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook What shipping and what lading's in our haven, And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] Helicanus, thou Hast nioved us: what seest thou in our looks?
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence They have their nourishment? Per.
Thou know'st I have power To take thy life from thee.
Hel. [kneeling.) I have ground the axe myself ;
Rise, pr’ythee, rise.
To bear with patience Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.
Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus, That minister'st a potion unto me That thou wouldst 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, Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects. 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. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled, Under the covering of a careful night, Who seem'd my good protector; and, being here, Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than their years : And should he doubt it,—as no doubt he doth, That I should open to the listening air How many worthy princes' bloods were shed To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,– To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, And make pretence of wrong that I have done him; When all, for mine, if I may call offence, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence: Which love to all,- of which thyself art one, Who now reprov'st me for it, Hel.
Your rule direct to any; if to me,
Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
Hel. We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
Per. Tyre, I now look from thee, then, and to Tharsus Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by whose letters I'll dispuse myself. The care I had and have of subjects' good On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath: Who shuns not to break one will sure crack both: But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Thou showdst a subject's shine, I a true prince.[Exeunt.
SCENE III.-TYRE. An Ante-chamber in the Palace.
Enter THALIARD. Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to be hanged sat 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't: 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.
Thal. [aside.] How! the king gone!
Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied,
Thal. [aside.] What from Antioch?
Hel. Royal Antiochus,-on what cause I know not,