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PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
Antiochus, King of Antioch.
two Lords of Tyre.
The Daughter of Antiochus.
Fishermen, and Messengers, 8c..
SCENE, dispersedly in various Countries.
Before the Palace of Antiochus.
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.
It hath been sung at festivals, On ember-eves, and holy-ales; And lords and ladies of their lives Have read it for restoratives : 'Purpose to make men' glorious ; Et quo antiquius, eo melius. If you, born in these latter times, When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes, And that to hear an old man sing, May to your wishes pleasure bring, I life would wish, and that I might Waste it for you, like taper-light. This city then, Antioch the great Built up for his chiefest seat; The fairest in all Syria ; (I tell you what mine authors say :) This king unto him took a pheere, Who died, and left a female heir, So buxom, blithe, and full of face, As heaven had lent her all his grace; With whom the father liking took, And her to incest did provoke: Bad father! to entice his own To evil, should be done by none. By custom, what they did begin, Was, with long use, account no sin. The beauty of this sinful dame Made many princes thither frame, To seek her as a bed-fellow, In marriage-pleasures play-fellow: Which to prevent, he made a law, (To keep her still, and men in awe,)
That whoso ask'd her for his wife,
SCENE I.-Antioch, A Room in the Palace.
Enter Antiochus, Pericles, and Attendants. Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large re
ceiv'd The danger of the task you undertake.
Per. I have, Antiochus; and with a soul
Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride,
Enter the Daughter of Antiochus. Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like the spring, Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Of every virtue gives renown to men ! Her face, the book of praises, where is read Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence Sorrow were ever ras’d, and testy wrath Could never be her mild companion.