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Mar. Hark, hark, you gods!
Bawd. She conjures away with her. Would she had never come within my doors.-Marry hang you !-She's born to undo us.-Will you not go the way of woman-kind? Marry come up, my dish of chastity with rosemary and bays! [Exit Bawd.
Boult. Come, mistress; come your way with me.
Boult. To take from you the jewel you hold so dear.
Boult. Come now, your one thing.
Mar. What canst thou wish thine enemy to be?
Boult. Why, I could wish him to be my master; or rather, my mistress.
Mar. Neither of these are so bad as thou art,
As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs.
Boult. What would you have me do? go to the wars, would you? where a man may serve seven years for the loss of a leg, and have not money enough in the end to buy him a wooden one?
Mar. Do any thing but this thou doest. Empty
If that thy master would gain by me,
to every COYSTREL] Coystrel" seems to be corrupted from kestrel, a bastard kind of hawk. The word has occurred before in Vol. ii. p. 646. In the 4to, 1609, it is spelt custerell. The Rev. Mr. Dyce (" Remarks," p. 269), who too often pins his faith upon Gifford, here ventures to declare, "in spite of the note on Jonson's Works, i. p. 109," that "coystrel" and kestrel are distinct words. Malone said so sixty or seventy years ago, and it is strange that Mr. Dyce should not have known it: if he had known it, he would surely have mentioned it.
If that thy master would gain by me,] This line, consisting only of nine
Proclaim that I can sing, weave, sew, and dance,
Mar. Prove that I cannot, take me home again,
Boult. Well, I will see what I can do for thee : if I can place thee, I will.
Mar. But, amongst honest women ?
Boult. Faith, my acquaintance lies little amongst them. But since my master and mistress have bought you, there's no going but by their consent; therefore, I will make them acquainted with your purpose, and I doubt not but I shall find them tractable enough. Come; I'll do for thee what I can : come your ways.
Gow. Marina thus the brothel scapes, and chances
syllables, may be considered defective, but it is so in every ancient edition, which we prefer to follow : modern editors insert aught in it:
“If that thy master would gain aught by me,” in order to make up the measure ; but what pretence is there for saying that aught was Shakespeare's word, when other monosyllables would have answered the purpose as well? It is surely much better to alter the text as little as possible for the sense, and when words are necessarily inserted, to inform the reader of the fact. It is only justice to Mr. Singer to add, that here he follows our text; but in other places he has fallen into the traps set for him by Steevens and others, and has inserted many words in his text with no other authority, and that not stated.
7 Her INKLE,) In a note to “ Love's Labour's Lost," Vol. ii. p. 120, it is said 8 — with FERVOUR bies.] Malone's copy of the 4to, 1609, reads "with former hies :" this is another passage corrected as the play went through the press, because the copy in the library of the Duke of Devonshire has the true word “with fervour hies."
That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
pour their bounty on her; and her gain
On board PERICLES' Ship, off Mitylene. A Pavilion on deck,
with a Curtain before it ; PERICLES within it, reclining on a Couch.
A Barge of Mitylene lying beside the Tyrian Vessel.
Enter two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel, the other
to the barge of Mitylene. Tyr. Sail. Where's the lord Helicanus ? he can resolve you.
[To the Sailor of Mitylene.
Oh here he is.-
that “inkle" is a kind of tape, and this passage in “ Pericles” is usually referred to; but here it should rather seem to mean a species of coloured thread or worsted, used in the working of fruit and flowers. See also Vol. iii. p. 76. In this line the old copies have twine for “ twin," which Malone substituted.
Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
Enter two or three Gentlemen.
1 Gent. Doth your lordship call?
There is some of worth would come aboard: I pray
[Gentlemen and Sailors descend, and go on board
Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the Tyrian
Tyr. Sail. Sir,
This is the man that can, in aught you would,
Lys. Hail, reverend sir! The gods preserve you.
And die as I would do.
You wish me well.
Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs,
I made to it to know of whence you are.
Hel. First, what is your place?
Lys. I am the governor of this place you lie before.
Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
man, who for this three months hath not spoken
To any one, nor taken sustenance,
But to prorogue his grief".
Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature?
9 Greet THEM fairly.] "Greet him fairly" in the 4to, 1609, but subsequent impressions alter him to "them :" "them" refers to "Lysimachus and lords." 10 But to PROROGUE his grief.] To protract or lengthen his grief: from the Fr. proroguer.
1 It would be too tedious to repeat;] Malone, to complete the measure, began this line with Sir, and he added it elsewhere afterwards, when he thought a syllable was wanting. In the case before us, if we could be content to aid the limping measure, we should be disposed to do so in this way, according to the known phraseology of the time,
"It would be too too tedious to relate." Shakespeare and other dramatists constantly employ a repetition of "too" in this manner to add force to the expression; but we consider it a far better rule to give
But the main grief of all springs from the loss
Lys. May we not see him, then ?
Hel. You may,
But bootless is your sight; he will not speak
Lys. Yet, let me obtain my wish'.
Hel. Behold him. [PERICLES is discovered'.] This was a
Lys. Sir king, all hail! the gods preserve you.
Hail, royal sir!
Hel. It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
1 Lord. Sir, we have a maid in Mitylene, I durst wager, Would win some words of him.
And make a battery through his deafen'd parts",
She is all happy as the fair'st of all,
And with her fellow maids is now upon
The island's side.
[He speaks apart to one of the attendant Lords.-Exit Lord.
Hel. Sure, all effectless; yet nothing we'll omit, That bears recovery's name.
But, since your kindness we have stretch'd thus far,
the passages as they stand in the old copies, than to take upon ourselves to mend the versification. If sir, or any other expletive of the kind, be necessary, the reader can supply such words quite as well as the editor: it requires no particular skill to find out that a line consists of only nine syllables, and to thrust in some harmless particle to make a tenth. Malone furnished a mere garbled text, and, in the instance to which we are particularly adverting, as well as in others, he probably chose a wrong word.
2 Yet, let me obtain my wish.] In the 4to, 1609, alone, these words are made part of the speech of Helicanus. The next speech was therefore assigned to Lysimachus. "Mortal night" is misprinted "mortal wight" in all the old editions: even Rowe has it, as if it referred to Thaisa.
* Pericles is discovered.] i. e. By the withdrawing of the traverse-curtain.
- through his DEAFEN'D PARTS,] The old copies all read "defended parts:" the alteration was made by Malone: Steevens would read ports for "parts." Three lines lower, the old copies are corrupt by omitting "with," and "is," both necessary to the sense.