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Enter Two Gentlemen. i Gent. Doth your lordship call ?
Hel. Gentlemen, There is some of worth would come aboard; I pray
you, To greet them fairly. [The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descend,
and go on board the Barge.
Enter, from thence LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the
Tyrian Gentlemen, and the Two Sailors.
Lys. Hail, reverend sir! The gods preserve you!
Hel. And you, sir, to out-live the age I am,
You wish me well.
Hel. First, sir, what is your place?
Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature?
Hel. Sir, it would be too tedious to repeat; But the main grief of all springs from the loss Of a beloved daughter and a wife.
Lys. May we not see him, then?
• But to prorogue his grief.) To lengthen or prolong his grief.
You may indeed, sir. But bootless is your sight; he will not speak Lys. Yet, let me obtain
wish. Hel. Behold him, sir : [Pericles discovered.]
this was a goodly person, Till the disaster, that, one mortal night, Drove him to this. Lys. Sir, king, all hail ! the gods preserve you!
Hail ! Hail, roval sir!
Hel. It is in vain; he will not speak to you. i Lord. Sir, we have a maid in Mitylene, I durst
wager, Would win some words of him. Lys.
'Tis well bethought. She, questionless, with her sweet harmony And other choice attractions, would allure, And make a battery through his deafen'd parts, Which now are midway stopp'd: She, all as happy as of all the fairest, Is, with her fellow maidens, now within The leafy shelter that abuts against The island's side.
[He whispers one of the attendant Lords.
Exit Lord, in the Barge of LYSIMACHUS.'
one mortal night,] Mortal is here used for pernicious, destructive.
through his deafen'd parts,] i. e. his ears. 9 Exit Lord, in the Barge of Lysimachus.] It may seem strange that a fable should have been chosen to form a drama upon, in which the greater part of the business of the last Act should be transacted at sea: and wherein it should even be necessary to produce two vessels on the scene at the same time. But the customs and exhibitions of the modern stage give this objection to the play before us a greater weight than it really has. It appears, that, when Pericles was originally performed, the theatres were furnished with no such apparatus as by any stretch of the imagination could be supposed to present either a sea, or a ship; and that the audi
Hel. Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit That bears recovery's name. But, since your kind
We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
fur. ther, That for our gold we may provision have, Wherein we are not destitute for want, But weary for the staleness. Lys.
O, sir, a courtesy,
Sit, sir, I will recount it;But see, I am prevented.
Enter, from the Barge, Lord, Marina, and a
young Lady Lys.
O, here is
A gallant lady.
ence were contented to behold vessels sailing in and out of port, in their mind's eye only. This licence being once granted to the poet, the lord, in the instance now before us, walked off the stage, and returned again in a few minutes, leading in Marina, without any sensible impropriety; and the present drama, exhibited before such indulgent spectators, was not more incommodious in the representation than any other would have been.
MALONE. | Is't not a goodly presence ?] Is she not beautiful in her form?
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