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And not to be a rebel to her state;
Thai. Why, sir, say if you had,
Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so perémptory?I am glad of it with all my heart. [Aside. I'll
tame you; I'll bring you in subjection.Will you, not having my consent, bestow Your love and your affections on a stranger ?
(Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Or think, may be as great in blood as I.)
[ Aside. Hear therefore, mistress; frame your will to
mine, And you, sir, hear you. Either be ruld by me, Or I will make you-man and wife.Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it
too.And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy ;And for a further grief,—God give you joy! What, are you both pleas'd ?
Thai. Yes, if you love me, sir. Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it. Sim. What, are you both agreed ? Both. Yes, 'please your majesty. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, i'll see you wed; Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed.
your fine fancies quaintly eche ; What's dumb in show, I'll plain with speech.
Dumb show. Enter PERICIEs and SIMONIDES at one door,
with Attendants ; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives Pericles a letter. PERICLES shows it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to the former. Then enter Thaisa with child, and LYCHORIDA. SIMONIDES shows his daughter the letter ; she rejoices : she and PERICLES take leave of her Father, and depart. Then Simonides, &c. retire.
Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch, Of Pericles the careful search By the four opposing coignes, Which the world together joins, Is made with all due diligence, That horse, and sail, and high expence, Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre (Fame answering the most strong inquire,) To the court of king Simonides Are letters brought, the tenour these :
Antiochus and his daughter's dead;
queen with child makes her desire
Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer, SCENE I.
I would, it would be quiet.
1 Sail. Slack the bolins there; thou wilt dot, Enter PERICLES, on a ship at sea.
wilt thou ? Blow and split thyself.
2 Sail. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy Per. Thou God of this great vast, rebuke billow kiss the moon, I care not.
1 Sail. Sir, your queen must overboard ; the Which wash both heaven and hell ; and thou, sea works high, the wind is loud, and will not that hast
lie till the ship be cleared of the dead. Upon the winds command, bind them in brass, Per. That's your superstition. Having call’d them from the deep ! O, still thy 1 Sail. Pardon us, sir ; with us at sea it still deaf"ning,
hath been observed ; and we are strong in earThy dreadful thunders; gently quench thy nest. Therefore briefly yield her ; for she must nimble,
overboard straight. Sulphureous flashes !-0 how, Lychorida, Per. Be it as you think meet.—Most wretchHow does my queen ? - Thou storm, thou ! ve- ed queen! nomously
Lyc. Here she lies, sir. Wilt thou spit all thyself ?--The seaman's Per. A terrible child-bed hast thou had, my
whistle Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
No light, nó fire: the unfriendly elements Unheard.-Lychorida !-Lucina, O
Forgot thee utterly; nor have I time Divinest patroness, and midwife, gentle To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight To those that cry by night, convey thy deity Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ocze; Aboard our dancing boat ; make swift the pangs Where, for a monument upon thy bones, Of my queen's travails !—Now, Lychorida- And aye-remaining lamps, the belching whale,
And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, Enter LYCHORIDA, with an Infant.
Lying with simple shells. Lychorida, Lyc. Here is a thing
Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper, Too young for such a place, who, if it had My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander Conceit, would die as I am like to do.
Bring me the sattin coffer: lay the babe Take in your arms this piece of your dead queen. Upon the pillow; hie thee, whiles I say Per. How ! how, Lychorida!
A priestly farewell to her : suddenly, woman. Lyc. Patience, good sir; do not assist the
[Erit Lychorida. storm.
2 Sail. Sir, we have a chest bencath the Here's all that is left living of your queen, hatches, caulk'd and bitumed ready. A little daughter; for the sake of it,
Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coas: Be manly, and take comfort.
is this? Per. O you gods!
2 Sail. We are near Tharsus. Why do you make us love your goodly gifts, Per. Thither, gentle mariner, And snatch them straight away? We, here be- Alter thy course for Tyre. When can'st thou low,
reach it? Recall not what we give, and therein may 2 Suil. By break of day, if the wind cease. Vie honour with yourselves.
Per. O make for Tharsus. Lyc. Patience, good sir,
There will I visit Cleon, for the babe Even for this charge.
Cannot hold out to Tyrus: there 111 leave it Per. Now, mild may be thy life!
At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariFor a more blust'rous birth had never babe:
ner ; Quiet and gentle thy conditions !
I'll bring the body presently. For thou’rt the rudeliest welcom'd to this world, That e'er was prince's child. Happy what fol- SCENE II.—Ephesus. A room in Cerimon's lows !
house. Thou hast as chiding a nativity, As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make,
Enier CERIMON, a Serrant, and some Persus To herald thee from the womb: even at the first
who have been shipuruihu. Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit, Cer. Philemon, ho! With all thou canst find here. Now the good gods
Enter PHILEMON. Throw their best eyes upon it!
Phil. Doth my lord call?
Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor men: Enter two Sailors.
It hath been a turbulent and stormy night. 1 Sail. What courage, sir ? God save you. Serv. I have been in many; but such a night
Per. Courage enough : I do not fear the Haw; as this,
Cer. Your master will be dead ere you return; Cer. Set it down, let's look on it.
'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight; And tell me how it works. [To Philemon. If the sea's stomach be o'ercharg'd with gold,
[Exeunt Philemon, Servant, and those who It is a good constraint of fortune, that had been shipwrecked.
It belches upon us.
2 Gent. 'Tis so, my lord. Enter two Gentlemen.
Cer. How close 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd!1 Gen. Good morrow, sir.
Did the sea cast it up? 2 Gent. Good morrow to your lordship. Serv. I never saw so huge a billow, sir, Cer. Gentlemen,
As toss'd it upon shore. Why do you stir so early?
Cer. Come, wrench it open ; i Gent. Sir,
Soft, soft!-it smells most sweetly in my sense. Our lodgings, standing bleak upon the sea, 2 Gent. A delicate odour. Shook, as the earth did quake;
Cer. As ever hit my nostril ; 80,-up with it. The very principals did seem to rend,
O you most potent god! what's here? a corse ! And all to topple; pure surprise and fear
i Gent. Most strange! Made me to quit the house.
Cer. Shrouded in cloth of state; balm'd and 2 Gent. That is the cause we trouble you so entreasur'd early;
With bags of spices full ! A passport too! 'Tis not our husbandry.
Apollo, perfect me i'the characters! Cer. O, you say well.
[Unfolds a scroll. i Gent. But I'much marvel that your lordship, having
Here I give to understand, [Reads. Rich tire about you, should at these early hours (If e'er this coffin drive a-land) Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
1, king Pericles, have lost It is most strange,
This queen, worth all our mundane cost. Nature should be so conversant with pain,
Who finds her, give her burying, Being thereto not compell’d.
She was the daughter of a king :
Besides this treasure for a fee,
That even cracks for woe!—This chanc'd toMaking a man a god. 'Tis known, I ever
night. Have studied physic, through which secret art, 2 Gent. Most likely, sir. By turning o'er authorities, I have
Cer. Nay, certainly to-night; (Together with my practice,) made familiar For look, how fresh she looks !—They were too To me and to my aid, the blest infusions
rough, That dwell in vegetives, in metals, stones; That threw her in the sea. Make fire within ; And I can speak of the disturbances
Fetch hither all the boxes in my closet. That nature works, and of her cures ; which Death may usurp on nature many hours, give me
And yet the fire of life kindle again A more content in course of true delight
The overpressed spirits. I have heard Than to be thirsty after tottering honour, Of an Egyptian, had nine hours lien dead, Or tie my treasure up in silken bags,
By good appliance was recovered. To please the fool and death. 2 Gent. Your honour has through Ephesus Enter a Servant, with boxes, napkins, and fire. pour'd forth
Well said, well said; the fire and the cloths.
will live: nature awakes; a warmth Serv. So; lift there.
Breathes out of her ; she hath not been enCer. What is that?
tranc'd Serv. Sir, even now
Above five hours. See, how she 'gins to blow Did the sea toss upon our shore this chest; Into life's flower again! Tis of some wreck.
1 Gent. The heavens, sir,
Through you, increase our wonder, and set up Must in your child be thought on. If neglection Your fame for ever.
Should therein make me vile, the common body, Cer. She is alive ; behold,
By you reliev'd, would force me to my duty:
The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
Per. I believe you;
dam, Rare as you seem to be!
[She moves. By bright Diana, whom we honour all, Thai. O dear Diana,
Unscissar'd shall this hair of mine remain, Where am I? Where's my lord? What world Though I show will in't. So I take my leave. is this?
Good madam, make me blessed in your care 2 Gent. Is not this strange?
In bringing up my child. 1 Gent. Most rare.
Dion. I have one myself, Cer. Hush, gentle neighbours;
Who shall not be more dear to my respect, Lend me your hands; to the next chamber bear Than yours, my lord. her.
Per. Madam, my thanks and prayers. Get linen ; now this matter must be look'd to, Cle. We'll bring your grace even to the edge For her relapse is mortal. Come, come, come;
o'the shore; And Æsculapius guide us !
Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune, and [Exeunt, carrying Thaisa away. The gentlest winds of heaven.
Per. I will embrace SCENE III.-Tharsus. A room in Cleon's Your offer. Come, dear’st madam.-0, no tears, house.
Lychorida, no tears:
Look to your little mistress, on whose grace Enter PERICLES, CLEON, DIONYZA, Lycho
You may depend hereafter. Come, my lord. RIDA, and MARINA.
Eseunt. Per. Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be gone;
SCENE IV.-Ephesus. A room in CERIMON'S My twelve months are expir'd, and Tyrus stands
house. In a litigious peace. You, and your lady, Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods
Enter CERIMON and THAISA. Make up the rest upon you!
Cer. Madam, this letter, and some certain Cle. Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt jewels, you mortally,
Lay with you in your coffer: which are now Yet glance full wand'ringly on us.
At your command. Know you the character? Dion. O your sweet queen!
Thai. It is my lord's. That the strict fates had pleas’d you had brought That I was shipp'd at sea, I well remember, her hither,
Even on my yearning time; but whether there To have bless'd mine eyes !
Delivered or no, by the holy gods, Per. We cannot but obey
I cannot rightly say: But since king Pericles, The powers above us. Could I rage and roar My wedded lord, I ne'er shall see again, As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end A vestal livery will I take me to, Must be as 'tis. My babe Marina (whom And never more have joy. For she was born at sea, I have nam'd so,) here Cer. Madam, if this you purpose as you speak, I charge your charity withal, and leave her Diana's temple is not distant far, The infant of your care; beseeching you Where you may 'bide until your date expire. To give her princely training, that she may be Moreover, if you please, a niece of mine Manner'd as she is born.
Shall there attend you. Cle. Fear not, my lord :
Thai. My recompense is thanks, that's all; Your grace, that fed my country with your corn, Yet my good will is great, though the gift small. (For which the people's prayers still fall upon
SCENE I.-Tharsus. An open place near the Gow. Imagine Pericles at Tyre,
sea-shore. Welcom'd to his own desire. His woeful queen leave at Ephess,
Enter Dionyza, and LEONINE. To Dian there a votaress.
Dion. Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn Now to Marina bend your mind,
to do it: Whom our fast growing scene must find 'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known. At Tharsus, and by Cleon train'd
Thou canst not do a thing i'the world so soon, In music, letters; who hath gain'd
To yield thee so much profit. Let not conOf education all the grace,
science, Which makes her both the heart and place Which is but cold, inflame love in thy bosom, Of general wonder. But alack !
Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which That monster envy, oft the wrack
Even women have cast off, melt thee, but bu Of earned praise, Marina's life
A soldier to thy purpose. Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
Leon. I'll do't; but yet she is a goodly creaAnd in this kind hath our Cleon
ture. One daughter, and a wench full grown,
Dion. The fitter then the gods should have Even ripe for marriage fight; this maid
her. Here Hight Philoten: and it is said
Weeping she comes for her old nurse's death. For certain in our story, she
Thou art resolv’d?
Leon. I am resoly'd.
Enter MARINA, with it basket of flowers.
While summer days do last. Ah me! poor maid, Vail to her mistress Dian; still
Born in a tempest, when my mother died, This Philoten contends in skill
This world to me is like a lasting storm, With absolute Marina : so
Whirring me from my friends. With the dove of Paphos might the crow Dion. How now, Marina ! why do you keep Vie feathers white. Marina gets
alone? All praises, which are paid as debts,
How chance my daughter is not with you? Do And not as given. This so darks
not In Philoten all graceful marks,
Consume your blood with sorrowing: you have That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,
A nurse of me. Lord! how your favour's A present murderer does prepare
chang'a For good Marina, that her daughter
With this unprofitable woe! Come, come ; Might stand peerless by this slaughter. Give me your wreath of flowers, ere the sea mar The sooner her vile thoughts to steed,
it. Lychorida, our nurse, is dead ;
Walk forth with Leonine: the air is quick there, And cursed Dionyza hath
Piercing, and sharpens well the stomach. Come;The pregnant instrument of wrath
Leonine, take her by the arın, walk with her. Prest for this blow. The unborn event
Mar. No, I pray you; I do commend to your content:
I'll not bereave you of your servant. Only I carry winged time
Lion. Come, come; Post on the lame feet of my rhyme;
I love the king your father, and yourself, Which never could I so convey,
With more than foreign heart. We every day Unless your thoughts went on my way.- Expect him here: when he shall come and find Dionyza does appear,
Our paragon to all reports, thus blasted, With Leonine, a murderer,
[Exit. \ He will repent the breadth of his great voyage; VOL, II.