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Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, And come to us as favourers, not as foes.
Cle. Thou speak'st like him'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 what he comes, and whence he comes, And what he craves. Lord. I go, my lord. .
[Exit. Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist ;o If wars, we are unable to resist.
Enter PERICLES, with Attendants.
your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load; And these our ships you happily may,
think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuff?d within, With bloody views expecting overthrow, Are stor'd with corn, to make your needy bread, And give them life, who are hunger-starv'd, half
dead. All. The gods of Greece protect you! And we'll
Rise, I pray you, rise ;
s Thou speak'st like him's untutorid to repeat,] The sense isDeluded by the pacifick appearance of this navy, you talk like one, who has never learned the common adage, " that the fairest outsides are most to be suspected.”
if he on peace consist ;] If he stands on peace.
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, Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile.
? I'll show
those-] I will now exhibit to you persons, who, after suffering small and temporary evils, will at length be blessed with happiness.
8 The good in conversation-] Conversation is conduct, behaviour. Gower means to say—The good prince (on whom I bestow my best wishes) is still engaged at Tharsus, where every
9 Thinks all is writ he spoken can:] Pays as much respect to whatever Pericles says, as if it were holy writ.
And, to remember what he does,
Dumb show, Enter at one door Pericles, talking with CLÉON;
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. Exeunt PERICLES, Cleon, &c. severally.
Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home,
-forth, &c.] i. e. thoroughly, from beginning to end.
And here he comes : what shall be next,
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 watry grave, Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave.
Enter Three Fishermen.
i Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.3 3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the
poor men that were cast away before us, even now.
what shall be next, Pardon old Gower; this long's the text.] The meaning of this may be-Excuse old Gower from telling you what follows. The very text to it has proved of too considerable length already.
with a wannion.) A phrase of which the meaning is obvious, though I cannot explain the word at the end of it. It is common in many of our old plays. STEEYENS.
i Fiish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ?4 they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
i Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones : I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping, till they've swallowed the whole parish, church, steeple, bells and all,
Per. A pretty moral.
3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry.
2 Fish. Why, man?
3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones, that rob the bee of her honey.
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea
when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled? ] Malone considers this prognostick as arising merely from the superstition of the sailors: but Captain Cook, in his second voyage to the South Seas, mentions the playing of porpusses round the ship as a certain sign of a violent gale of wind.