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Tharsus. A Room in Cleon's House.
Enter CLEON and DIONYZA.
Dion. Why, are you foolish? Can it be undone ?
Cle. O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter
Cle. Were I chief lord of all the spacious world,
Dion. That she is dead. Nurses are not the fates,
O, go to. Well, well,
Be one of those, that think
* Becoming well thy feat :] Feat, i. e. of a piece with the rest of thy exploit.
+ " at night;"—MALONE.
• Unless you play the impious innocent,) She calls him, an impious simpleton, because such a discovery would touch the life of one of his own family, his wife. An innocent was ly a common appellation for an idiot.
The pretty wrens of Tharsus will fly hence,
To such proceeding
Be it so then :
Heavens forgive it! Dion. And as for Pericles, What should he say? We wept after her hearse, And even yet we mourn: her monument Is almost finish’d, and her epitaphs In glittering golden characters express A general praise to her, and care in us, At whose expence 'tis done. Cle.
Thou art like the harpy,
† coward a spirit.”—Malone.
a malkin, Not worth the time of day.] A malkin is a coarse wench. Not worth the time of day, is not worth a good day, or good morrow; undeserving the most common and usual salutation.
7 It greets me,] Perhaps it greets me, may mean, it pleases me, c'est à mon gré. If greet be used in its ordinary sense of saluting or meeting with congratulation, it is surely a very harsh phrase.
Which, to betray, doth wear an angel's face,
Dion. You are like one, that superstitiously
Enter GOWER, before the Monument of MARINA, at
Gow. Thus time we waste, and longest leagues
I do beseech you,
doth with thine angel's face Seize with thine eagle's talons.”—Malone. Making, (to take your imagination)
From bourn to bourn,] Making, &c. is travelling (with the hope of engaging your attention) from one division or boundary of the world to another ; i. e. we hope to interest you by the variety of our scene, and the different countries through which we pursue our story.
Like motes and shadows see them move awhile ;
Enter, at one door, PERICLES with his Train ; Cleon and
DIONYZA at the other. CLEON shows PERICLES the
Gow. See how belief may suffer by foul show;
[Reads the Inscription on Marina's Monument.
- for true old woe ;] i. e. for such tears as were shed when, the world being in its infancy, dissimulation was unknown. All poetical writers are willing to persuade themselves that sincerity expired with the first ages.
A tempest, which his mortal vessel tears,] What is here called his mortal vessel, (i. e. his body,) is styled by Cleopatra her mortal house.
Now please you wit -] Now be pleased to know.
Wherefore she does, (and swears she'll never stint ',)
Mitylene. A Street before the Brothel.
Enter, from the Brothel, Two Gentlemen.
1 Gent. Did you ever hear the like?
2 Gent. No, nor never shall do in such a place as this, she being once gone.
1 Gent. But to have divinity preached there! did you ever dream of such a thing?
2 Gent. No, no. Come, I am for no more bawdyhouses : Shall we go hear the vestals sing?
1 Gent. I'll do any thing now that is virtuous; but I am out of the road of rutting, for ever. [Eceunt.
Pand. Well, I had rather than twice the worth of her, she had ne'er come here.
(and swear she'll never stint)] She'll never cease.
" while our scene must play"- Malone. VOL. VII.