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Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all hail ; Rome's Boy. O grandsire, grandsire ! even with all my royal emperor!

heart Lucius, &c. descend.

Would I were dead so you did live again!

O lord, I cannot speak to him for weeping; Marc. Go, go into old Titus' sorrowful house ;

My tears will choke me,

ope my mouth. [To an Attendant. And hither hale that misbelieving Moor,

Enter Attendants, with Aaron. To be adjudg'd some direful slaughtering death, 1 Rom. You sad Andronici, have done with woes; As punishment for his most wicked life.

Give sentence on this execrable wretch, Rom. [Several speak.] Lucius, all hail; Rome's That hath been breeder of these dire events. gracious governor !

Luc. Set him breast-deep in earth, and famish Luc. Thanks, gentle Romans, may I govern so,

him. To heal Rome's harms, and wipe away her woe! There let him stand, and rave and cry for food; But, gentle people, give me aim awhile,

If any one relieves or pities him, For nature puts me to a heavy task ;

For the offence he dies. This is our doom : Stand all aloof :-but, uncle, draw you near, Some stay, to see him fasten'd in the earth. To shed obsequious tears upon this trunk:

Aar. O, why should wrath be mute, and fury O take this warm kiss on thy pale cold lips,

dumb ?

[Kisses Titus. I am no baby, I, that, with base prayers, These sorrowful drops upon thy blood-stain'd face, I should repent the evils I have done; The last true duties of thy noble son!

Ten thousand, worse than ever yet I did, Marc. Tear for tear, and loving kiss for kiss, Would I perform, if I might have my will ; Thy brother Marcus tenders on thy lips :

If one good deed in all my life I did, 0, were the sum of these that I should pay I do repent it from my very soul. Countless and infinite, yet would I pay them. Luc. Some loving friends convey the emperor Luc. Come hither, boy; come, come, and learn hence,

And give him burial in his father's grave: To melt in showers: Thy grandsire lov’d thee My father, and Lavinia, shall forthwith well:

Be closed in our household's monument. Many a time he danced thee on his knee,

As for that heinous tiger, Tamora, Sung thee asleep, his loving breast thy pillow; No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, Many a matter hath he told to thee,

No mournful bell shall ring her burial; Meet, and agreeing with thine infancy ;

But throw her forth to beasts, and birds of prey: In that respect then, like a loving child,

Her life was beast-like, and devoid of pity ; Shed yet some small drops from thy tender spring, And, being so, shall have like want of pity. Because kind nature doth require it so:

See justice done to Aaron, that damn'd Moor, Friends should associate friends in grief and woe: By whom our heavy haps had their beginning: Bid him farewell; commit him to the grave; Then, afterwards, to order well the state; Do him that kindness, and take leave of him. That like events may ne'er it ruinate. [Exeunt.

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Antiochus, King of Antioch.

A Pandar, and his Wife. Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Boult, their Servant. HELICANUS, { Two Lords of Tyre.

Gower, as Chorus. SIMONES, King of Pentapolis.

The Daughter of Antiochus. Cleon, Governor of Tharsus.

Dionyza, Wife to Cleon. LysimachUS, Governor of Mitylene.

Thaisa, Daughter to Simonides. Cerimon, a Lord of Ephesus.

Marina, Daughter to Pericles and Thaisa.

LYCHORIDA, Nurse to Marina.
THALLARD, a Lord of Antioch.

DIANA.
PHILEMON, Servant to Cerimon.
LEONINE, Servant to Diony za.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, PiMarshal.

rates, Fishermen, and Messengers, de. SCENE, dispersedly in various countries. That the reader may know through how many regions the scene of this drama is dispersed, it is necessary to observe, that Antioch was the metropolis of Syria; Tyre a city of Phænicia, in Asa; Tharsus, the metropolis of Cilicia, a country of Asia Minor; Mitylene, the capital of Lesbos, an island in the Ægean sea; and Ephesus, the capital of Ionia, a country of the Lesser Asia.

ACT I.

Enter Gower.' Before the Palace of Antioch. With whom the father liking took,

And her to incest did provoke :
To sing a song of old' was sung,

Bad father! to entice his own
From ashes ancient Gower is come:

To evil, should be done by none.
Assuming man's infirmities,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.

By custom, what they did begin,

Was, with long use, account' no sin.
It hath been sung at festivals,
On ember-eyes, and holy ales;

The beauty of this sinful dame
And lords and ladies of their lives

Made many princes thither frame,

To seek her as a bed-fellow, Have read it for restoratives:

In marriage-pleasures play-fellow: 'Purpose to make men glorious;

Which to prevent, he made a law, Et quo antiquius, eo melius.

(To keep her still, and men in awe,) If you, born in these latter times,

That whoso ask'd her for his wife, When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes ;

His riddle told not, lost his life:
And that to hear an old man sing,

So for her many a wight did die,
May to your wishes pleasure bring,
I life would wish, and that I might

As yon grim looks do testify.

What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye Waste it for you, like taper-light

I give, my cause who best can justify.' [Erit

. This city then, Antioch the great Built up for his chiefest seat;

SCENE I.-Antioch. A Room in the Palace. The fairest in all Syria;

Enter Antiochus, PERICLES, and Attendants. (I tell you what mine authors say :) This king unto him took a pheere,'

Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large Who died and left a female heir,

receiv'd So buxom, blithe, and full of face,

The danger of the task you undertake. As heaven had lent her all his grace;

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul

Embolden'd with the glory of her praise, 1 Chorus, in the character of Gower, an ancient English Think death no hazard, in this enterprize. [Music. poet, who has related the story of this play in his Confessio Amantis.

s Accounted. s. e. That of old.

3 Whitsun-ales, &c. • Pointing to the scene of the palace gate at Antioch, on • Wife, the word signifies a mate or companion. which the heads of those unfortunate wights were fixed

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Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride, How they may be, and yet in two, For the embracements even of Jove himself;

As you

will live, resolve it you. At whose conception, (till Lucina reign’d,)

Sharp physic is the last: but you powers! Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, The senate-house of planets all did sit,

Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, To knit in her their best perfections.

If this be true, which makes me pale to read it? Enter the Daughter of Antiochus.

Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still,

[Takes hold of the Hand of the Princess. Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like the were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill: spring,

But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts revolt; Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king For he's no man on whom perfections wait, Of every virtue gives renown to men !

That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. Her face, the book of praises, where is read You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings: Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence Who, finger'd to make man his lawsul music, Sorrow were ever ras'd, and testy wrath

Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to Could never be her mild companion.

hearken; Ye gods that made me man, and sway in love, But, being play'd upon before your time, That have inflam'd desire in my breast,

Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime: To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,

Good sooth, I care not for you. Or die in the adventure, be my helps,

Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, As I am son and servant to your will,

For that's an article within our law, To compass such a boundless happiness!

As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir’d; Ant. Prince Pericles,

Either expound now, or receive your sentence. Per. That would be son to great Antiochus. Per. Great king,

Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides, Few love to hear the sins they love to act; With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd; "Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. For death-like dragons here affright thee hard : Who has a book of all that monarchs do, Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view

He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; A countless glory, which desert must gain : For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, And which, without desert, because thine eye Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die. And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: Drawn by report, advent’rous by desire,

To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole Tell thee with speechless tongues, and semblance

casts pale,

Cop'd' hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is That, without covering, save yon field of stars,

wrong'd They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars; By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth die And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,

sor't. For going on death's net, whom none resist. Kings are earth's gods: in vice their law's their will;

Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? My frail mortality to know itself,

It is enough you know; and it is fit, And by those fearful objects to prepare

What being more known grows worse, to smother it. This body, like to them, to what I must:

All love the womb that their first beings bred, For death remember’j, should be like a mirror,

Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, error. Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found I'll make my will then; and as sick men do,

the meaning ; Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling wo, But I will gloze with him. [Aside.] Young prince Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did;

of Tyre, So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

Though by the tenor of our strict edíct,
And all good men, as every prince should do; Your exposition misinterpreting,
My riches to the earth, from whence they came; We might proceed to cancel of your days:'
But my unspotted fire of love to you.

Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree
[To the Daughter of Antiochus. As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise:
Thus ready for the way of life or death,

Forty days longer we do respite you; I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

If by which time our secret be undone,
Scorning advice.

This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son:
Ant.
Read the conclusion then;

And until then, your entertain shall be,
Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, As doth befit our honor, and your worth.
As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed.

[Exeunt Antiochus, his Daughter, and Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove pros

Attendants. perous !

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!

When what is done is like a hypocrite,
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists, The which is good in nothing but in sight.
Nor ask advice of any other thought

If it be true that I interpret false,
But faithfulness, and courage.

Then were it certain, you were not so bad, [He reads the Riddle.]

As with foul incest to abuse your soul;

Where' now you're both a father and a son, I am no viper, yet I feed

By your untimely claspings with your child ;
On mother's flesh, which did me breed: (Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father;)
I sought a husband, in which labor,

And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
I found that kindness in a father.

By the defiling of her parent's bed;
He's father, son, and husband mild,

* Rising to a top or head.

. Flatter, insinuate. I mother, wife, and yet his child.

, To the destruction of your life. 1 Whereas.

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And both like serpents are, who though they feed | (Gainst whom I am too little to contend,
On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Since he's so great, can make his will his act)
Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence;
Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Nor boots it me to say, I honor him,
Will shun no course to keep them from the light. If he suspect I may dishonor him:
One sin, I know, another doth provoke;

And what may make him blush in being known, Murder's

's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. He'll stop the course by which it might be known; Poison and treason are the hands of sin,

With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame:

And with the ostent of war will look so huge, Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, Amazement shall drive courage from the state; By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. [Exit. Our men be vanquish d, ere they do resist,

And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought offence: Re-enter AntiochUS.

Which care of them, not pity of myself, Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which (Who am no more but as the tops of trees, we mean

Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend To have his head.

them,) He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,

Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin

And punish that before, that he would punish. In such a loathed manner:

i Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast! And therefore instantly this prince must die; 2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us For by his fall my honor must keep high.

Peaceful and comfortable ! Who attends on us there?

Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience Enter THALIARD.

tongue. Thal. Doth your bighness call ? Forfattery is the bellows blows up sin;

They do abuse the king that flatter him: Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, mind

To which that breath gives heat and stronger glow Partakes her private actions to your secresy;

ing; And for your faithfulness we will advance you.

Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold; We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace,

Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. him;

He flatters you, makes war upon your life : It fits thee not to ask the reason why,

Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please ; Because we bid it. Say, is it done?

I cannot be much lower than my knees. Thal.

My lord,

Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook 'Tis done.

What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, Enter a Messenger.

And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] Helicanus Ant. Enough;

thou Lest your breath cool yourself, telling your haste. Hast moved us: what see'st thou in our looks!

Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is fled. [Exit. Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Ant.

As thou Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, Wilt live, fly after : and, as an arrow, shot How durst thy tongue move anger to our face ! From a well-experienced archer, hits the mark Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven, His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

from whence Unless thou say, prince Pericles is dead.

They have their nourishment ? Thal. My lord, if I

Per.

Thou know'st I have POMET Can get him once within my pistol's length, To take thy life. I'll make him sure: so farewell to your highness. Hel. [Kneeling.) I have ground the axe myself;

[Exit. Do you but strike the blow. Ant. Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead, Per.

Rise, pr’ythee, rise ; My heart can lend no succor to my head. [Exit. Sit down, sit down; thou art no flatterer: SCENE II.-Tyre. A Room in the Palace.

I thank thee for it; and high heaven forbid,

That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid! Enter Pericles, HELICANUS, and other Lords.

Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, Per. Let none disturb us: Why this change of Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, thoughts?

What wouldst thou have me do ? The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,

Hel.

With patience bear By me so used a guest is, not an hour,

Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself. In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus; (The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed me Who minister'st a potion unto me, quiet! That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself

. Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes Attend me then: I went to Antioch, shun them,

Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: From whence an issue I might propagate, Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys. Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.

Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, The rest, (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest; That have their first conception by mis-dread, Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father Have after-nourishment and life by care ;

Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou And what was first but fear what might be done,

know'st this, Grows elder now, and cares it be not done, 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. And so with me ;—the great Antiochus

Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled;

Under the covering of a careful night,

He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.
Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, Being at Antioch-
Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. Thal.

What from Antioch? [Aside.
I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears

Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know Decrease not, but grow faster than their years :

not)
And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg’d so:
That I should open to the listening air,

And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, To show his sorrow, would correct himself;
To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, With whom each minute threatens life or death.
And make pretence of wrong that I have done him, Thal. Well, I perceive

[Aside.
When all, for mine, if I may callt offence, I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence: But since he's gone, the king it sure must please,
Which love to all (of which thyself art one, He 'scap'd the land, to perish on the seas.-
Who now reprov'st me for it)

But I'll present me.

Peace to the lords of Tyre! Hel.

Alas, sir !

Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from Thal. From him I come
my cheeks,

With message unto princely Pericles:
Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts But, since my landing, as I have understood
How I might stop this tempest, ere it came; Your lord has took himself to unknown travels,
And finding little comfort to relieve them,

My message must return from whence it came.
I thought it princely charity to grieve them.

Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me

Commended to our master, not to us: leave to speak,

Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,— Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,

As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,

[Exeunt. Who either by public war, or private treason,

SCENE IV.-Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's
Will take away your life.

House.
Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Till that his rage and anger be forgot,

Enter Clxon, DIOnyza, and Attendants.
Or destinies do cut his thread of life.

Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here, Your rule direct to any; if to me,

And by relating tales of others' griefs, Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. See if 'twill teach us to forget our own? Per. I do not doubt thy faith;

Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to | But should he wrong my liberties in absence

quench it;
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, For who digs hills because they do aspire,
From whence we had our being and our birth. Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher.
Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to O my distressed lord, even such our griefs;
Tharsus

Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes,
Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.
And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.

Cle. O Dionyza,
The care I had and have of subjects' good, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish?
I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes
Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both: Into the air: our eyes do weep, till lungs
But in our orbs' we'll live so round and safe, Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that,
That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, If heaven slumber, while their creatures want,
Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. They may awake their helps to comfort them.

[Exeunt. I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,

And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.
SCENE III.-Tyre. An Ante-chamber in the

Dio. I'll do my best, sir.
Palace.

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
Enter THALIARD.

(A city, on whom plenty held full hand.)
Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. For riches, strewd herself even in the streets;
Here must I kill king Pericles; and, if I do not, I Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the
am sure to be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous.-

clouds, Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; good discretion, that being bid to ask what he would Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, of the king, desired he might know none of his Like one another’s glass to trim them by: secrets. Now do I see he had some reason for it: Their tables were stor’d full, to glad the sight, For if a king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by And not so much to feed on, as delight; he indenture of his oath to be one.-Hush, here All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, come the lords of Tyre.

The name of help grew odious to repeat.

Dio. 0, 'tis too true. Enter HELICANUS, Escanes, and other Lords.

Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,

change, 'urther to question of your king's departure. These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Iis seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Were all too little to content and please, Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel.

Although they gave their creatures in abundance, Thal. How! the king gone?

[Aside. As houses are defil'd for want of use, Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, They are now starv'd for want of exercise: Vhy, as it were unlicens’d of your loves,

Those palates, who, not yet two summers younger, In our different spheres.

3 Overcome.

* To jet is to strut, to walk proudly.

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