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DAUGHTER OF ANTIOCH US.
DIONYZA, wife to Cleon.
THAISA, daughter to Simonides.
MARINA, daughter to Pericles and Thaisa.
LYCHORIDA, nurse to Marina.
Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pirates, Fishermen, and Messengers, &c.
SCENE, dispersedly in various countries.
PRINCE OF TYRE.
Before the palace of Antioch.
To sing a song that old was sung,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes:
On ember-eves, and holy-ales ; 1
Have read it for restoratives:
The purpose is to make men glorious;
If you, born in these latter times,
When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes,
1 Ales drunk at church festivals.
I life would wish, and that I might
This Antioch then, Antiochus the great
(I tell you what mine authors say)
Bad child, worse father! to entice his own
By custom, what they did begin,
Was, with long use, account no sin.
The beauty of this sinful dame
Wife: this word signifies a mate or companion.
2 Pointing to the heads of those unfortunate suitors which were fixed on the gate of the palace at Antioch.
What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye I give, my cause who best can justify.
Antioch. A room in the palace.
Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERICLES, and Attendants.
Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large received
The danger of the task you undertake.
For the embracements even of Jove himself;
Enter DAUGHTER OF ANTIOCHUS.
Per. See, where she comes, apparel'd like the spring,
Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king
Her face, the book of praises, where is read
Could never be her mild companion.1
Ye gods, that made me man, and sway in love,
Per. That would be son to great Antiochus.
Tell thee, with speechless tongues and semblance
That, without covering, save yon field of stars,
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught My frail mortality to know itself,
And by those fearful objects to prepare
1 i. e. the companion of her mildness.