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Cle. O Dionyza, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it, Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish ? Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes Into the air: our eyes do weep, till lungs Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that, If heaven slumber, while their creatures want, They may awake their helps to comfort them. I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years, And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.
Dio. l'll do my best, sir.
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government
Dio. 0, 'tis too true.
* To jet is to strut, to walk proudly.
So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Enter a Lord. Lord. Where's the lord governor?
cle. Here. Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in haste, For comfort is too far for us to expect. Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring
shore, A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much. One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, That may succeed as his inheritor; And so in ours: some neighbouring nation, Taking advantage of our misery, Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power*, To beat us down, the which are down already ; And make a conquest of unhappy me, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
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 bim'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 low'st, and we are half way there. Go tell their general, we attend him here,
To know for wbat he comes, and whence he comes,
[Exit. 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,
Rise, I pray you, rise;
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, Uutil our stars that frown, lend us a smile.
. If he stands on peace.
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king
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. Ereunt Pericles, Cleon, &c. severally.
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home,
i.e. Conduct, behaviour.
And, to fulfil his prince' desire,
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 wat’ry grave, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave.