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He knowing so, put forth to seas,
2 Fish. Why, man? Where when men been, there's seldom ease : 3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me For now the wind begins to blow;
too: and when I had been in his belly, I would Thunder above, and deeps below,
have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he Make such unquiet, that the ship
should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; church, and parish, up again. But if the good And he, good prince, having all lost,
king Simonides were of my mind By waves from coast to coast is tost ;
Per. Simonides ? All perishen of man, of pelf,
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these Ne aught escapen but himself;
drones, that rob the bee of her honey. Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Threw him ashore, to give him glad :
These fishers tell the infirmities of men ; And here he comes: what shall be next, And from their watry empire recollect Pardon old Gower ; this long's the text. [Erit. All that may men approve, or men detect !
Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen. SCENE 1.-Pentapolis. An open place by the 2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if sea-side.
it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calen
dar, and no body will look after it. Enter PERICLES, wet.
Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of coastheaven!
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man to cast thee in our way! Is but a substance that must yield to you; Per. A man, whom both the waters and the And I, as fits my nature, do obey you :
wind, Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath For them to play upon, entreats you pity him; Nothing to think on, but ensuing death : He asks of you, that never us’d to beg. Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, i Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes ; them in our country of Greece, gets more with And having thrown him from your watry grave, begging, than we can do with working. Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave, 2 Fish. Canst thou catch any fishes then? Enter three Fishermen.
Per. I never practis'd it.
2 Fish. Nay, then, thou wilt starve sure ; for 1 Fish. What, ho, Pilche !
here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. can'st fish for't. I Fish. What, Patch-breech, I say !
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; 3 Fish. What say you, master ?
But what I am, want teaches me to think on; 1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come A man shrunk up with cold : my veins are chill, away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion. And have no more of life, than may suffice
3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; poor men that were cast away before us, even Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, pow.
For I am a man, pray see me buried. 1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart 1 Fish. Die, quoth-a? Now gods forbid ! I to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to have a gown here; come, put it on ; keep the help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce Now, afore me, a handsome fellow ! help ourselves,
Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er
, I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? puddings and flap-jacks; and thou shalt be wel. they say, they are half fish, half flesh : a plague come. on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash- Per. I thank you, sir. ed. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the 2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you sea.
could not beg. i Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great Per. I did but crave. ones cat up the little ones: I can compare our 2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn crayer too, rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale ; 'a and so I shall 'scape whipping. plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then! him, and at last deyours them all at a mouthful. 2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no never leave gaping, till they've swallowed the better office, than to be beadle. But, master, whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all. I'll go draw up the net. Per. A pretty moral.
[Ereunt two of the Fishermen. 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, Per. How well this honest' mirth becomes I would have been that day in the belfry. their labour !
to you are?
1 Fish. Hark you, sir! do you know where 1 Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give
thee good on't! Per. Not well.
2 Fish. Ay, but hạrk you, my friend ; 'twas 1 Fish. Why, I'll tell you : this is called Pen- we that made up this garment through the de tapolis
, and our king, the good king Simonides. rough seams of the waters: there are certain Per. The good king Simonides, do you call condolements, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you him?
thrive, you'll remember from whence you had it. 1 Fish. Ay, sir ; and he deserves to be so Per. Believe't, I will. called, for his peaceable reign, and good go- Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel;
And spite of all the rupture of the sea, Per. He is a happy king, since from his sub- This jewel holds his biding on my arm ; jects
Unto thy value will I mount myself He gains the name of good, by his government. Upon a courser, whose delightful steps How far is his court distant from this shore? Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread. 1 Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to- of a pair of bases. morrow is her birth-day; and there are princes 2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have and knights come from all parts of the world, to my best gown to make thee a pair ; and I'll just and tourney for her love.
bring thee to the court myself. Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will ; I'd wish to make one there.
This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt. 1 Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully SCENE II.-The same. A public way, or platdeal for his wife's soul.
form, leading to the lists. A pavilion by the 2. Re-enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net.
side of it, for the reception of the King, Prin
cess, Lords, fc. 2 Fish. Help, master, help! here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the
Enter SIMONIDES, THAIsa, Lords, and Law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't,
Attendants. 'tis come at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty ar- Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the tri
umph ? Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me 1 Lord. They are, my liege ; see it.
And stay your coming to present themselves. Thanks, fortune, yet, that after all my crosses, Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our Thou giv'st me somewhat to repair myself:
daughter, And, though it was mine own, part of mine he- In honour of whose birth these triumphs are, ritage,
Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat Which my dead father did bequeath to me, For men to see, and seeing wonder at. With this strict charge, (even as he left his life,)
[Erit a Lord. Keep it, my Pericles, it hath been a shield Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express *Twist me and death; (and pointed to this My commendations great, whose merit's less.
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are For that it sav'd me, keep it ; in like necessity, A model, which heaven makes like to itself: Which gods protect thee from! it may defend thee. As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, It kept where I kept, I so dearly lov'd'it; I
So princes their renown, if not respected. Till the rough seas, that spare not any man, 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain Took it in rage, though calm'd, they give't again: The labour of each knight, in his device. I thank thee for't; my shipwreck's now no ill, Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll Since I have here my father's gift by will.
perform. 1 Fish. What mean you, sir? Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of Enter a Knight ; he passes over the stage, and worth,
his squire presents his shield to the Princess. For it was sometime target to a king;
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himI know it by this mark. He lov'd me dearly,
self? And for his sake, I wish the having of it;
Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned faAnd that you'd guide me to your sovereign’scourt, Where with’t I may appear a gentleman ; And the device he bears upon his shield And if that ever my low fortunes better, Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun ; I'll pay your bounties; till then, rest your The word, Lux tua vita mihi. debtor.
Thai. He loves you well, that holds his life I Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady? of you. [ The second Knight pusse's. Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. Who is the second, that presents himself?
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ; | Since every worth in show commends itself. And the device he bears upon his shield I'repare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast: Is an arm'd knight, that's conquer’d by a lady: You are my guests. The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu per dulcura Thai. But you, my knight and guest ; que per fuerca.
To whom this wreath of victory I give, [The third Knight passes. And crown you king of this day's happiness. Sim. And what's the third ?
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit. Thai. The third of Antioch;
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours; And his device, a wreath of chivalry :
And here, I hope, is none that envies it. The word, Me pompæ proverit aper.
In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, [The fourth Knight passes. To make some good, but others to exceel; Sim. What is the fourth ?
And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen Thại. A burning torch, that's turned upside o'the feast, down;
(For, daughter, so you are,) here take your The word, Quod me alit, me ertinguit.
place: Sim. Which shows, that beauty hath his Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. power and will,
Knights. We are honour'd much by good SiWhich can as well inflame, as it can kill.
monides. [The fifth Kright passes. Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with we love, clouds;
For who hates honour, hates the gods above. Holding out gold, that's by the touchstone tried : Marsh. Sir, yond's your place. The motio thus, Sic spectanda fides.
Per. Some other is more fit. [The sixth Knight passes. 1 Knight. Contend not, sir ; for we are genSim. And what's the sixth and last, which tlemen, the knight himself
That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes, With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ? Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is Per. You are right courteous knights.
Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of Sim. A pretty moral;
thoughts, From the dejected state wherein he is, These cates resist me, she not thought upon. He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. Thai. By Juno, that is queen i Lord. He had need mean better than his Of marriage, all the viands that I eat outward show
Do seem unsavoury, wishing him my meat! Can any way speak in his just commend : Sure he's a gallant gentleman. For, by his rusty outside, he appears
Sim. He's but To have practis'à more the whipstock, than the A country gentleman ; lance.
He has done no more than other knights have 2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he
Broken a staff, or so; so let it pass. To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished. Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass. 3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's rust
picture, Until this day, to scour it in the dust. Which tells me, in that glory once he was ;
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
Did vail their crowns to his supremacy; Into the gallery. [Exeunt. Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night
, [Great shouts, and all cry, The mean The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; knight.
Whereby I see that Time's the king of men,
For he's their parent, and he is their grave, SCENE III.-The same. A hall of state. A And gives them what he will, not what they
banquet prepared. Enter SIMONIDES, Thaisa, Lords, Knights,
Sim. What, are you merry, knights?
1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal and Attendants.
presence ? Sim. Knights,
Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor’d unto the To say you are welcome, were superfluous.
brim, To place upon the volume of your deeds, (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,) As in a title-page, your worth in arms, We drink this health to you. Were more than you expect, or inore than's fit, Knights. We thank your grace.
Sim. Yet pause a while ;
Per. In those that practise them, they are, Yon knight, methinks, doth sit too melancholy, As if the entertainment in our court
Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be deHad not a show might countervail his worth.
nied [The Knights and Ladies dance. Note it not you, Thaisa ?
Of your fair courtesy.- Unclasp, unclasp; Thai. What is it
Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, To me, my father?
But you the best. [To Pericles.] Pages and Sim. o, attend, my daughter ;
lights, conduct Princes, in this, should live like gods above, These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, Who freely give to every one that comes
Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, Therefore to make’s entrance more sweet, here For that's the mark I know you level at:
Therefore each one betake him to his rest; : We drink this standing-bowl of wine to him. To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
[Ereunt. Unto a stranger knight to be so bold; He may my proffer take for an offence,
SCENE IV.-Tyre. A room in the Governor's Since men take women's gifts for impudence.
house. Sim. How ! Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES. Thai. Now, by the gods, he could not please
Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,me better.
[Aside. Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, For which, the most high gods not minding Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
longer Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to To withhold the vengeance that they had in you.
store, Per. I thank him.
Due to this heinous capital offence ; Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
life. Per. I thank both him and you, and pledge in a chariot of inestimable value,
When he was seated, and his daughter with him, him freely Thaj. And further he desires to know of you, Their bodies, even to loathing ; for they so stunk,
A fire from heaven came, and shrivell’d up Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall, Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pe- Scorn now their hand should give them burial. ricles ;
Esca. 'Twas very strange.
This king were great, his greatness was no guard Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward. And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore.
Esca. 'Tis very true.
Enter three Lords.
1 Lord. See, not a man in private conference, Of ships and men, and cast upon this shore. Or council, has respect with him but he.
Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune, 2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reAnd will awake him from his melancholy.
proof. Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles, 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not seAnd waste the time, which looks for other revels.
cond it. Even in your armours, as you are address’d, 1 Lord. Follow me then : Lord Helicane, a Will very well become a soldier's dance.
word. I will not have excuse, with saying, this
Hel. With me? and welcome : Happy day, Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads; Since they love men in arms, as well as beds. 1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to
[The Knights dance. So, this was well ask'd, 'twas so well perform'd. And now at length they overflow their banks. Corne, sir;
Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
prince you love. And I have often heard, you knights of Tyre 1 Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble HeAre excellent in making ladies trip;
licane; And that their measures are as excellent. But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. They're well despatchd ; now to my daughters If in the world he live, we'll seek him out;
letter: If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, And be resolv'd, he lives to govern us,
Or never more to view nor day nor light. Or dead, gives cause to mourn his funeral, Mistress, 'tis well, your choice agrees with mine: And leaves us to our free election.
I like that well :-nay, how absolute she's in', 2 Lord. Whose death's, indeed, the strongest Not minding whether I dislike or no! in our censure :
Well, I commend her choice ; And knowing this kingdom, it without a head, and will no longer have it be delay'd. (Like goodly buildings left without a roof,) Soft, here he comes :- I must dissemble it. Will soon to ruin fall, your noble self, That best know’st how to rule, and how to reign,
Enter PERICLES. We thus submit unto,-our sovereign.
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides! AU. Live, noble Helicane !
Sim. To you as much, sir ! I am beholden to Hel. Try honour's cause ; forbear your suf- you frages :
For your sweet music this last night: my ears, If that you love prince Pericles, forbear. I do protest, were never better fed Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, With such delightful pleasing harmony. Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease. Per. It is your grace's pleasure to coinmend; A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you Not my desert. To forbear choice i'the absence of your king; Sim. Sir, you are music's master. If in which time expir’d, he not return,
Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
lord. But if I cannot win you to this love,
Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do you Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects,
think, sir, of And in your search spend your adventurous My daughter? worth ;
Per. As of a most virtuous princess. Whom if you find, and win unto return,
Sim. And she is fair too, is she not? You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Per. As a fair day in summer ; wond'rous fair
, 1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not
Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of yield;
you; And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us,
Ay, so well, sir, that you must be her master, We with our travels will endeavour it.
And she'll your scholar be; therefore look to it Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll Per. Unworthy I to be her schoolmaster. clasp hands;
Sim. She thinks not so ; peruse this writing When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. else.
[Exeunt, Per. What's here !
A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre? SCENE V.-Pentapolis. A room in the palace. 'Tis the king's subtilty, to have my life.
Aside Enter Simonides, reading a letter, the Knights Oh, seek not to intrap, my gracious lord, meet him.
A stranger and distressed gentleman, 1 Knight. Good-morrow to the good Simo- That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter, nides.
But bent all offices to honour her. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and you know,
thou art That for this twelvemonth, she'll not undertake A villain. A married life.
Per. By the gods, I have not, sir. Her reason to herself is only known,
Never did thought of mine levy offence; Which from herself by no means can I get. Nor never did my actions yet commence 2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure lord ?
Sim. Traitor, thou liest. Sim. 'Faith, by no means ; she hath so strictly Per. Traitor ! tied her
Sim. Ay, traitor, sir. To her chamber, that it is impossible.
Per. Even in his throat, (unless it be the One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's li- king) very ;
That calls me traitor, I return the lie. This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his And on her virgin honour will not break it.
courage. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts, take our leaves.
[Ereunt. That never relish'd of a base descent. Sim. So,
I came unto your court, for honour's cause,