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When all, for mine, if I
Alas, sir !
leave to speak,
Per. I do not doubt thy faith ;
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth,
Tharsus - Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. The care I had and have of subjects' good, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both : But in our orbs' we'll live so round and safe,
to grieve them.] That is to lament their fate. . But in our orbs] i. e. in our different spheres.
That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince," Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince.
Tyre. An Ante-chamber in the Palace.
Enter THALIARD. 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 hanged 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 his 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 seald 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 Antioch Thal.
What from Antioch? [Aside. Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know
not) Took some displeasure at him ; at least he judg’d so:
this truth shall ne'er convince,] Overcome,
And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd
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 Governour's House.
Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants. Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, And by relating tales of other's griefs, See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench
it; For who digs hills because they do aspire, Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher. O my
distressed lord, even such our griefs; Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes, But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.
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. I'll do my best, sir.
Cle. This Tharsús, o'er which I have government,
Dio. O, 'tis too true.
so jetted) To jet is to strut, to walk proudly.
Thought nought too curious, are ready now,
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Ènter 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
their power,] By power is meant forces. * Whereas no glory's- Whereas, it las been already observed, was anciently used for where. VOL. VIII.