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Per. I thank him.
Per. A gentleman of Tyre—(my name, Pericles;
well become a soldier's dance.
[The Knights dance.
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.'
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.
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES.
Esca. 'Twas very strange.
And yet but just; for though
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
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.
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",
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
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,
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.
Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to you,
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.'