Per. I thank him.
Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge him

Thai. And further he desires to know of you,
Of whence you are, your name and parentage.

Per. A gentleman of Tyre—(my name, Pericles;
My education being in arts and arms);-
Who looking for adventures in the world,
Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore.
Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself

A gentleman of Tyre, who only by
Misfortune of the seas has been bereft
Of ships and men, and cast upon

this shore.
Sim. Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
And will awake him from his melancholy.
Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,
And waste the time, which looks for other revels.
Even in your armours, as you are address’d?,

well become a soldier's dance.
I will not have excuse, with saying, this
Loud musick is too harsh for ladies' heads;
Since they love men in arms, as well as beds.

[The Knights dance.
So, this was well ask’d, 'twas so well perform’d.
Come, sir;
Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre
Are excellent in making ladies trip;,
And that their measures are as excellent.

Per. In those that practise them, they are, my lord. 7 As you are accoutred, prepared for combat.' So in King Henry V.:

• To-morrow for the march are we address'd.'

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Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be denied

[The Knights and Ladies dance. Of your fair courtesy.--Unclasp, unclasp; Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well; But you the best. [To PERICLES]. Pages and

lights, conduct These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, sir, We have given order to be next our own.

Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.

Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, For that's the mark I know you level at : Therefore each one betake him to his rest; To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. [Exeunt.

Tyre. A Room in the Governor's House.

Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,
Antiochus from incest liv'd not free;
For which, the most high gods not minding longer,
To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
Due to this heinous capital offence,
Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
When he was seated, and his daughter with him,
In a chariot of inestimable value,
A fire from heaven came, and shriveld up
Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
That all those eyes ador'd them? ere their fall,
Scorn now their hand should give them burial.

Esca. 'Twas very strange.

And yet but just; for though
This king were great, his greatness was no guard
To bar heaven's shaft; but sin had his reward.
Esca. 'Tis very true.

1 i. e, which ador'd them.

Enter Three Lords. 1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Or council, has respect with him but he?.

2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof. 3 Lord. And curst be he that will not second it. 2 Lord. Follow me then : Lord Helicane, a word. Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day, my

lords. 1 Lord. Know that our griefs are risen to the top, And now at length they overflow their banks.

Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the prince

you love.

1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble Helicane; But if the prince do live, let us salute him, Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; And be resolv'd”, he lives to govern us, Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, And leaves us to our free election. 2 Lord. Whose death's indeed, the strongest in

our censure 4: And knowing this kingdom, if without a head (Like goodly buildings left without a roof), Will soon to ruin fall, your

poble self, That best know'st how to rule, and how to reign, We thus submit unto,ếour sovereign.

All. Live, noble Helicane!

Hel. Try honour's cause, forbear your suffrages : If that you love prince Pericles, forbear.

2 To what this charge of partiality was designed to conduct we do not learn; for it appears to have no influence over the rest of the dialogue.'—Steevens.

3 Satisfied.

4 i. e. ' the most probable in our opinion.' Censure is frequently used for judgment, opinion, by Shakspeare. VOL. IX.


Take I your wish, I leap into the seat",
Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease.
A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you
To forbear choice i’ the absence of your king 6;
If in which time expir’d, he not return,
I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
But if I cannot win you to this love,
Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects,
And in your search spend your adventurous worth ;
Whom if you find, and win unto return,
You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.

1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
And, since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
We with our travels will endeavour it.
Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp

hands; When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.



Pentapolis. A Room in the Palace.

Enter SIMONIDES, reading a Letter; the Knights

meet him. 1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you

know, That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake A married life.

5 Tho old copy reads:

• Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,' &c. Steevens contends for the old reading; that it is merely figurative, and means, 'I embark too hastily on an expedition in which ease is disproportioned to labour.'

6 Some word being omitted in this line in the old copy, Stee. vens thus supplied it :

• To forbear choice i’ the absence of your king.

Her reason to herself is only known,
Which from herself by no means can I get.

2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my lord ? Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly

tied her To her chamber, that it is impossible. One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery; This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd', And on her virgin honour will not break it. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.

[Exeunt. Sim.. So They're well despatch'd; now to my daughter's

letter: She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, Or never more to view nor day nor light. Mistress, 'tis well, your choice


with mine; I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's in't, Not minding whether I dislike or no! Well, I commend ler choice; And will no longer have it be delay'd. Soft, here he comes :-I must dissemble it.

Per. All fortune to the good Simonides!

Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to you,
For your sweet musick this last night: my ears,
I do protest, were never better fed
With such delightful pleasing harmony.

Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; Not my desert.

1. It were to be wished (says Steevens), that Simonides, who is represented as a blameless character, had hit on some more ingenious expedient for the dismission of these wooers. Here he tells them, as a solemn truth, what he knows to be a fiction of his own.'

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