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Then it is thus : the passions of the mind,
1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast !
2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us, Peaceful and comfortable ! Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience
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 moved 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 apger 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.
Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe myself; Do you but strike the blow. Per.
Rise, pr’ythee rise; Sit down, sit down; thou art no fatterer: I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid, That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid! Fit couusellor, and servant for a prince, Who by thy wisdom mak’st a prince thy servant, What would'st thou have me do? Hel.
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 re ve 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. Which fear so grew in me, I hither filed; Under the covering of a careful night,
Who seem'd my good protector; and being here,
Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth,
The care I had and have of subjects' good,
Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.
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 hang'd 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 bis 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!
[ Aside. 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 AntiochThal. What from Antioch?
(Aside. * In our different spheres.
Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know
not), Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg'd so: And doubting lest that he had err’d or sinn'd, To show his sorrow, would correct himself; So puts himself unto the shipman's toil, With whom eachi minute threatens life or death. Thal. Well, I perceive
[Aside. I shall not be hang'd now, although I would ; But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas.But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre!
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
Thal. From him I come
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
Tharsus. A room in the Governor's house.
Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants.
Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it;