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Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, Thus ready for the way of life or death,
I wait the sharpest blow.
Ant, Scorning advice; read the conclusion
then ; Music. Enter the Daughter of ANTIOCHIUS.
Which read and not expounded, 't is decreed,
As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. Per. See where she comes, apparel'd like the Daugu. Of all 'say’dd yet, mayst thou prove spring,
prosperous ! Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Of all 'say'd yet, I wish thee happiness! Of every virtue gives renown to men !
Per. Like a bold champion I assume the lists, Her face the book of praiess, where is read
Nor ask advice of
HE READS THE RIDDLE.
“ I am no viper, yet I feed
On mother's flesh which did me breed : Or die in the adventure, be my helps,
I sought a husband, in which labour
I found that kindness in a father:
He's father, son, and husband mild,
I mother, wife, and yet his child.
How they may be, and yet in two,
will live, resolve it you.” With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touchd, Sharp physic is the last: but O, you powers ! For death-like dragons here affright thee hard : That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, Her face, like heav'n, enticeth thee to view Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, IIer countless glory, which desert must gain : If this be true, which makes me pale to read it? And which, without desert, because thine eye Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, Presumes to reach, all thy † whole heap must die.
[Takes the hand of the Princess. Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, Were not this glorious casket stor’d with ill: Drawn by report, adventurous by desire,
But I must tell you,—now, my thoughts revolt, Tell thee, with speechless tongues and semblance For he's no man on whom perfections wait, pale,
That, knowing sin within, will touch the gate. That, without covering, save yon field of stars,(1) You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings ; Here they stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars ; Who, finger’d to make man his lawful music, And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist
Would draw heav'n down, and all the gods to For going on death's net, whom none resist.
hearken; Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught | But being play'd
But being play'd upon before your time, My frail mortality to know itself,
IIell only danceth at so harsh a chime: And by those fearful objects to prepare
Good sooth, I care not for you. This body, like to them, to what I must:
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, For death remember'd should be like a mirror, For that 's an article within our law, Who tells us, life's but breath, to trust it, error. As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expird ; I'll make my will then ; and, as sick men do, Either expound now, or receive your sentence. Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling woe, Per. Great king, Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did; Few love to hear the sins they love to act ; So I bequeath a happy peace to you
'T would ’braid yourself too near for me to tell it. And all good men, as every prince should do ; Who has a book of all that monarchs do, My riches to the earth from whence they came ;- He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown : But my unspotted fire of love to you.
For vice repeated 's like the wandering wind, [To the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS. Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself ;
(*) old copies, bondlesse. (1) Old copies, the. · Her mild companion.] That is, companion of her mildness.MASON.
b Who knore the world, see heaven, but feeling, woe,-) We should, perhaps, read :
" Who know the world's heaven," &c.
c Read the conclusion then;] In the old copies these lines are thus arranged :
"I wayt the sharpest blow (Antiochus),
Scorning advice: read the conclusion then:
Which read," &c. d of all 'say'd yet, &c.] That is, of all who have yet assay'd. • How they may be,-) In Wilkins' novel, “How this may be," which is probably the genuine reading.
And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, But I will gloze with him. Young prince of The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear
Tyre, To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole Though by the tenour of our* strict edict, casts
Your exposition misinterpreting, Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell the earth is We might proceed to cancel t of your days; throng'd
Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree By man's oppression ; and the poor worm doth As
fair self, doth tune us otherwise: die for't.
Forty days longer we do respite you, Kings are earth's gods ; in vice their law's their If by which time our secret be undone, will,
This mercy shows we'll joy in such a son :
As doth befit our honour; and your worth.
[Exeunt all but PERICLES. it.
Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin, All love the womb that their first being bred, When what is done is like an hypocrite, Then give my tongue like leave to love
head. The which is good in nothing but in sight! Ant. (A side.] Heaven, that I had thy head ! If it be true that I interpret false, he has found the meaning!
Then were it certain you were not so bad,
(*) Quartos, your.
(+) Quartos, counsel.
a. To tell the earth is throng'd—] That is, oppressed, or shrunk. So in Act II. Sc. 1 :—“A man throng'd up."
As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
As thou Where now you're both a father and a son, Wilt live, fly after; and like an arrow shot By your untimely claspings with your child, From a well-experienc'd archer hits the mark (Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father,) His
doth level at, so thou; never return, And sh an eater of her mother's flesh,
Unless thou say’st, prince Pericles is dead ! By the defiling of her parent's bed;
THAL. My lord, if I can get him within my And both like serpents are, who though they feed
pistol's length, On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. I'll make him sure enough : so farewell to your Antioch, farewell ! for wisdom sees, those men
[be dead, Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
Ant. Thaliard, adieu![Erit THAL.] Till Pericles Will shun* no course to keep them from the light. My heart can lend no succour to my head. [Exit. One sin, I know, another doth provoke ; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
SCENE II.— Tyre. A Room in the Palace. Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame: Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, ,
Enter: PERICLES.C By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. [Exit.
PER. [To those without.] Let none disturb us. Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.
Why should this change of thoughts ?"
The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for which
By me soo us’d a guest, as not an hour,
In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, To have his head.
(The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed Ile must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
me quiet. Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin
IIere pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes In such a loathed manner :
shun them, And therefore instantly this prince must die;
And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, For by his fall my honour must keep high.
Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here; Who attends us there?
Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits,
Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.
Then it is thus; the passions of the mind,
That have their first conception by mis-dread, Ant. Thaliard, you are of our chamber, and
Have after-nourishment and life by care;
And what was first but fear what might be done, Partakes her private actions to your secrecy ;
Grows elder now,
and cares it be not done. And for your faithfulness we will advance you. And so with me;—the great Antiochus,Thaliard, behold here's poison, and here's gold;
'Gainst whom I am too little to contend, We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill Since he's so great, can make his will his act,him ;
Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence ; It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
Nor boots it me to say I honour him,* Because we bid it.(2) Say, is it done ?
If he suspect I may dishonour him : THAL. My lord, 't is done.
And what may make him blush in being known, ANT.
He'll stop the course by which it might be known;
With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Enter a Messenger.
And with th' ostent of war will look so huge,
Amazement shall drive courage from the state; Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste. Our men be vanquish'd ere they do resist, MEs. My lord, prince Pericles is filed.
And subjects punish’d, that ne'er thought offence:
(*) Old copies, shew; corrected by Malone. · Thaliard.) In Twine's translation this character is called Thaliarch and Thaliarchus : in Wilkins' novel, Thalyart, and Thaliart, and in Gower's poem, Taliart.
b Partakes-) Imparts.
c Enter Pericles. The first quarto has here, “Enter Pericles and his Lords;" and after Pericles' speech, which certainly reads like a soliloquy, it has another stage-direction, “Enter all the Lords to Pericles." The other old copies have only the first direction; but we must not infer from that, the lords entered at the same time as the Prince. Nothing is more common in early plays than to have the entrance of all the characters who are to take part in a scene indicated at the beginning of it.
(*) Him was added by Rowe. d Why should this change of thoughts ?) So the old copies. The usual reading in modem editions is, “Why should this charge of thoughts?" Neither lection is very perspicuous. We might, with advantage to the sense, read :
why should this change our thoughts ?” or,
why should this charge our thoughts ?” © By me so us'd-] Query, “By me's so used,"? &c.
f And with th'ostent of war-) The old editions have "the stent of warre." Ostent was suggested by Tyrwhitt.
Which care of them, not pity of myself,
What wouldst thou have me do? Who am* no more but as the tops of trees,
To bear with patience Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself. them,
Pen. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus; Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, That minister'st a potion unto me, And punish that before that he would punish. That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
Attend me then; I went to Antioch,
Where, as thou know’st, against the face of death, Enter HELICANUS, and other Lords. I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
From whence an issue I might propagate, 1 Lond. Joy and all comfort in your sacred Are o arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects. breast!
[us, Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder ; 2 LORD. And keep your mind till you return to The rest (hark in thine ear) as black as incest; Peaceful and comfortable !
Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father, HEL. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue: Seem'd not to strike, but smooth : but thou know'st They do abuse the king that flatter him,
this, For flattery is the bellows blows up sin ;
'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled, To which that blast“ gives heat and stronger Under the covering of a careful night, glowing;
Who sceni'd my good protector: and, being here, Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order,
Bethought me* what was past, what might succeed;
HIow many worthy princes' bloods were shed, Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook To keep his bed of blackness unlaid
ope, What shipping and what lading's in our haven, To lop that doubt. he'll fill this land with arms, And then return to us. [ Exeunt Lords.] Helicanus, And make pretence of wrong that I have done him; thou
When all, for mine, if I may call’t, † offence, Hast moved us ; what seest thou in our looks ? Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence: HEL. An angry brow, dread lord.
Which love to all of which thyself art one, Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, Who now reprov'st me for itIIow durst thy tongue move anger to our face? HEL.
Alas, sir ! HEL. HIow dare the plants look up to heaven, Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from from whence
my cheeks, They have their nourishment?
Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts PER.
Thou know'st I have power How I might stop this tempest ere it came; To take thy life from thee.
And finding little comfort to relieve them, HIEL.
I have ground the axe myself; I thought it princely charity to grieve them. Do you but strike the blow.
HEL. Well, my lord, since you have given me PER, Rise, pr‘ythee, rise:
leave to speak, Sit down, thou art no flatterer ;
Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear, I thank thee for it; and heaven forbid,
And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant, That kings should let their ears hear their faults Who either by public war, or private treason, hid !
Will take away your
life. Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince,
travel for a while, Who by thy wisdom mak’st a prince thy servant, Till that his
be forgot ;
(*) Old copies, once; corrected by Farmer.
(t) Old editions omit, a. a To which that blast gives heat, &c.] The old copies have “that sparke," a word caught by the compositor from the preceding line. Blast, a judicious emendation, was proposed by Mason.
6 That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid!] Thus the old editions; the meaning appearing to be, as Holt White explained it," Forbid it, heaven, that kings should suffer their ears to hear their failings palliated.” Mr. Dyce, however, whose excellent edition of the poet's works has been published while the sheets of this play are preparing for press, conceives that let bears here its old signification to hinder, and reads,
(*) Old editions omit, me.
(t) Old copies, call. "--and heaven forbid That kings should let their ears hear their faults chid." e Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects.] Steevens reads:
“Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys." That the text of the old editions is corrupted here, there can be no question; but whether by misprint or the omission of a line, who shall determine ?
d And should he doubt it,- ) Adapted by Malone upon the reading of the quarto 1609:
“And shold he doo't," &c.