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I'll use thee kindly for thy mistress' sake,
That us'd me so; or else, by Jove, I vow,

I sliould have scratch'd out your unseeing eyes,
To make my master out of love with thee. [exit.

PLEXE 1. THE SAME. AN ABBEY.

SCENE II.

THE SAME.

ACT V.

Aim he knew well, and guess'd that it was she;
Enter Eglamour.

But, being mask’d, he was not sure of it :
Egl. The sun begins to gild the western sky; Besides, she did intend confession
And now, it is about the very hour

At Patrick's cell this even; and there she was not: That Silvia, at Patrick's cell, should meet me. These likelihoods confirm her flight from bence. She will not fail ; for lovers break not hours, Therefore, I pray you, stand not to discourse, Unless it be to come before their time;

But mount you presently; and meet with me So much they spur their expedition.

Upon the rising of the mountain-foot,
Enter Silvia.

That leads towards Mantua, whither they are filed. See, where she comes : lady, a happy evening! Despatch, sweet gentlemen, and follow me. [exit.

Sil. Amen, amen! go on, good Eglamour ! Thu. Why, this it is to be a peevish girl, Out at the postern by the abbey-wall;

That flies her fortune when it follows her: I fear, I am attended by some spies. [off ; I'll after; more to be reveng'd on Eglamour,

Egl. Fear not: the forest is not three leagues Than for the love of reckless Silvia. [erit. If we recover that, we are sure enough. [exeunt. Pro. And I will follow, more for Silvia's love,

AN APARTMENT IN THE Than hate of Eglamour that goes with her. [exit DUKE'S PALACE.

Jul. And I will follow, more to cross that love, Enter Thurio, Proteus, and Julia.

Than hate for Silvia, that is gone for love. [exit. Thu. Sir Proteus, what says Silvia to my suit? SCENE III. FRONTIERS OF MANTUA. THE FOREST Pro. O, sir, I find her milder than she was ;

Enter Silvia and Outlaws. And yet she takes exceptions at your person.

Out. Come, come; Thu. What, that my leg is too long?

Be patient, we must bring you to our captain. Pro. No; that it is too little. (rounder. Sil. A thousand more mischances than this one Thu. I'll wear a boot, to make it somewhat Have learned me how to brook this patiently. Pro. But love will not be spurr'd to what it 2 Out. Come, bring her away.

[her? Thu. What says she to my face? [loaths. 1 Out. Where is the gentleman that was with Pro. She says, it is a fair one. (black.

3 Out. Being nimble-footed, he hath out-run us, Thu. Nay, then the wanton lies; my face is But Moyses and Valerius follow him.

Pro. But pearls are fair; and the old saying is, Go thou with her to the west end of the wood, Black men are pearls in beauteous ladies' eyes. There is our captain ; we'll follow him that's fled :

Jul. 'Tis true; such pearls as put out ladies' eyes; The thicket is beset, he cannot 'scape. For I had rather wink than look on them. [aside. 1 Out. Come, I must bring you to our captain's. Thu. How likes she my discourse?

Fear not; he bears an honourable mind, [cave: Pro. Ill, when you talk of war. [peace? And will not use a woman lawlessly. Thu. But well, when I discourse of love and Sil. O Valentine, this I endure for thee! (exeuna Jul. But better, indeed, when you hold your peace.

[aside.

Enter Valentine. Thu. What says she to my valour?

Val. How use doth breed a habit in a man : Pro. O, sir, she makes no doubt of that. This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, Jul. She needs not, when she knows it cowardice. I better brook than flourishing peopled towns:

[aside. Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, Thu. What says she to my birth?

And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Pro. That you are well derived.

Tune my distresses, and record my woes. Jul. True; from a gentleman to a fool. [aside. O thou, that dost inhabit in my breast, Thu. Considers she my possessions ?

Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Pro. O, ay; and pities them.

Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, Thu. Wherefore?

And leave no memory of what it was! Jul. That such an ass should owe them. (aside. Repair me with thy presence, Silvia ; Pro. That they are out by lease.

Thou gentle nymph, cherish thy forlorn swain ! Jul.' Here comes the duke.

What halloing, and what stir, is this to-day? Enter Duke.

These are my mates, that make their wills their law Duke. How now, sir Proteus? how now, Thurio? Have some unhappy passenger in chase : Which of you saw sir Eglamour of late ?

They love me well; yet I have inuch to do, Thu. Not I.

To keep them from uncivil outrages. Pro. Nor I.

Withdraw thee, Valentine ; who's this comes here? Duke. Saw you my daughter?

(steps aside. Pro. Neither.

Enter Proteus, Silvia, and Julia. Duke. Why, then she's fled unto that peasant Pro. Madam, this service I have done for you, And Eglamour is in her company. (Valentine; (Though you respect not aught your servant doth,} 'Tis true; for friar Laurence met them both, To hazard life, and rescue you from him As he in penance wander'd through the forest : That would have forc'd your honour and your love

SCENE IV. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST.

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Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look ; By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeas'd :A smaller boon than this I cannot beg,

And, that my love may appear plain and free, And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give. All that was mine in Silvia I give thee. Val. How like a dream is this I see and hear! Jul. O me, unhappy!

[faints. Love, lend me patience to forbear awhile. [aside. Pro. Look to the boy. Sil. O miserable, unhappy that I am !

Val. Why, boy! why, wag! how now? what Pro. Unhappy were you, madam, ere I came; is the matter? But, by my coming, I have made you happy. Look up; speak. Sil. By thy approach thou mak'st me most Jul. O good sir, my master charg'd me urhappy.

To deliver a ring to madam Silvia ; Jul. And me, when he approacheth to your Which, out of my neglect, was never done. presence.

[aside.

Pro. Where is that ring, boy? Sil. Had I been seized by a hungry lion,

Jul. Here 'tis : this is it. [gives a ring I would have been a breakfast to the beast,

Pro, How ! let me see :
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. Why this is the ring I gave to Julia.
O, heaven be judge, how I love Valentine,

Jul. O, cry you mercy, sir, I have mistook ; Whose life's as tender to me as my soul ;

This is the ring you sent to Silvia. And full as much (for more there cannot be,)

[shows another ring. I do detest false perjur'd Proteus :

Pro. But how cam'st thou by this ring? at my Therefore be gone, solicit me no more.

depart, Pro. What dangerous action, stood it next to I gave it unto Julin. Would I not undergo for one calm look? (death, Jul. And Julia herself did give it me; O, 'tis the curse in love, and still approv'd, And Julia herself hath brought it hither. When women cannot love where they're belov'd. Pro. How! Julia ! Sil. When Proteus cannot love where he's Jul. Behold her, that gave aim to all thy oaths, beloved.

And entertain'd them deeply in her heart : Read over Julia's heart, thy first best love, How oft hast thou with perjury cleft the root! For whose dear sake thou didst then rend thy faith o Proteus, let this habit make thee blush ! Into a thousand oaths; and all those oaths Be thou asham'd that I have took upon me Descended into perjury, to love me.

Such an immodest raiment; if shame live Thou hast no faith left now, unless thou hadst two, In a disguise of love: And that's far worse than none; better have none It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Than plural faith, wbich is too much by one ; Women to change their shapes, than men their Thou counterfeit to thy true friend !

minds. Pro. In love,

Pro. Than men their minds ! 'tis true; O Who respects friends ?

heaven ; were man Sil. All men but Proteus.

But constant, he were perfect : that one error Pro. Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Fills bim with faults; makes him run througb Can no way change you to a milder form, Inconstancy falls off, ere it begins : [all sius : I'll woo you like a soldier, at arm's end ;

What is in Silvia's face, but I may spy And love you 'gainst the nature of love, force you. More fresh in Julia's with a constant eye? Sil. O heaven !

Val. Come, come, a hand from either : Pro. I'll force thee yield to my desire.

Let me be blest to make this happy close ; Val. Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch ; 'Twere pity two such friends should be long focs. Thon friend of an ill fashion !

Pro. Bear witness, heaven, I have my wish Pro. Valentine!

(or love;
Jul. And I have mine.

{for ever. Val. Thou common friend, that's without faith Enter Outlaws, with Duke and Thurio. (For such is a friend now,) treacherous man! Out. A prize, a prize, a prize! Thou hast beguil'd my hopes; nought but mine eye Val. Forbear, I say; it is my lord the duke. Could have persuaded me: now I dare not say Your grace is welcome to a man disgrao'd, I have one friend alive ; thou would'st disprove me.

Banish'd Valentine. Who should be trusted now, when one's right

Duke. Sir Valentine! Is perjur'd to the bosom? Proteus, [hand Thu. Yonder is Silvia; and Silvia's mine. I am sorry I must never trust thee more,

Val. Thurio, give back, or else embrace thy But count the world a stranger for thy sake. Come not within the measure of my wrath ; (death; The private wound is deepest: O time, most curst! Do not name Silvia thine ; if once again, Mongst all foes, that a friend should be the worst! Milan shall not behold thee. Here she stands,

Pro. My shame and guilt confounds me. Take but possession of her with a touch,Forgive me, Valentine : if hearty sorrow

I dare thee but to breathe upon my love. Be a sufficient ransom for offence,

Thu. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I; I tender it here; I do as truly suffer,

I hold him but a fool, that will endanger Aş e'er I did commit.

His body for a girl, that loves him not: Val. Then I am paid ;

I claim her not, and therefore she is thine. And once again I do receive thee honest.

Duke. The more degenerate and base art thou, Who by repentance is not satisfied,

To make such means for her as thou hast done, 18 nor of heaven, nor earth; for these are pleas'd ; | And leave her on such slight conditions.com

.

Now, by the honour of my ancestry,

And fit for great employment, worthy lord. I do applaud thy spirit, Valentine,

Duke. Thou hast prevail'd: I pardon them And think thee worthy of an empress' love.

and thee; Know then, I here forget all former griefs, Dispose of them, as thou know'st their deserts, Cancel all grudge, repeal thee home again.- Come, let us go; we will include all jars Plead a new state in thy unrivall’d merit, With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. To which I thus subscribe,—Sir Valentine,

Val. And, as we walk along, I dare be bold Thou art a gentleman, and well deriv'd :

With our discourse to make your grace to smile : Take thou thy Silvia, for thou hast deserv'd her, What think you of this page, my lord ? Val. I thank your grace; the gift hath made Duke. I think the boy hath grace in him ; bo me happy.

blushes. I now beseech you for your daughter's sake,

Val. I warrant you, my lord; more grace than To grant one boon that I shall ask of you.

Duke. What mean you by that saying? [boy: Duke. I grant it, for thine own, whate'er it be. Val. Please you, I'll tell you as we pass along, Val. These banish'd men, that I have kept That you will wonder what hath fortuned.withal,

Come, Proteus ; 'tis your penance, but to hear Are men endued with worthy qualities;

The story of your loves discovered : Forgive them what they have committed here, That done, our day of marriage shall be yours: And let them be recall'd from their exile :

One feast, one house, one mutual happiness. i'brug are reformed, civil, full of good,

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BEFORE THE PALACE OF ANTIOCA.

Enter Gower.
To sing a song of old was sung,
From ashes antient Gower is comc;
Assuming man's infirmities,
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 :
Rad father! to entice his

Own,
To evil, should be done by none.
By custom, wbat 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,
His riddle told not, lost bis life:

So for her many a wight did die,

As yon grim looks do testify. What now ensues, to th' judgment of your eye I give, my cause who best can justify. (erit.

SCENE I. ANTIOCH. A ROOM IN THE PALACE. Enter Antiochus, Pericles, and Attendants. Ant. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large The danger of the task you undertake. (received

Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul Embolden'd with the glory of her praise, Think death no hazard, in this enterprise. [music.

Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride, For the embracements even of Jove himself; At whose conception (till Lucina reign'd,) Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence, The senate-house of planets all did sit, To knit in her their best perfections.

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.
Ve gods, that made me man, and sway in love,
That have inflam'd desire in my breast,
To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,
Or die in the adventure, be my helps,
As I am son and servant to your will,
To compass such a boundless happiness!

Ant. Prince Pericles,
Per. That would be son to great Antiochus.

Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd;
For death-like dragons here affright thee hard
Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
A countless glory, which desert must gain :
And which, without desert, because thino eye

Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die. Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself, He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown;
Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,

For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Tell thee with speechless tongues, and semblance Blows dust in'others' eyes to spread itself: pale,

And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, That, without covering, save yon field of stars, The breath is gone, and the sore cyes see clear: They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars ; | To stop the air would hurt them. The blind And with dead cheeks, advise thee to desist,

mole casts For going on death's net, whom none resist. Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is

Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught wrong'd My frail mortality to know itself,

By man's oppression ; and the poor worm doth And by those fearful objects to prepare

die for't.

(will; This body, like to them, to what I must: Kings are earth's gods : in vice, their law's their For death remember'd, should be like a mirror, And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? Who tells us, life's but breath : to trust it, error. It is enough you know; and it is fit, [it. I'll make my will then; and, as sick men du, What being more known, grows worse, to smother Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling woe, All love the womb that their first beings bred, Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did; Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. So I bequeath a happy peace to you,

Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has And all good men, as every prince should do ;

fou
the meaning ;-

[of Tyre, My riches to the earth, from whence they came; But I will gloze with him. [aside.] Young prince But my unspotted fire of love to you.

Though by the tenour 'of our strict edict, [to the Daughter of Antiochus. Your exposition misinterpreting, Thus ready for the way of life or death,

We might proceed to cancel of your days; I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Scorning advice.

As

your fair self, doth tune us otherwise : Ant. Read the conclusion, then;

Forty days longer we do respite you;
Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, If by which time our secret be undone,
As these before thee, thou thyself sbalt bleed. This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son:

Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove pros- And until then, your entertain shall be,
In all, save that, I wish thee happiness! [perous! As doth befit our honour and your worth.
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,

[ereunt Ant. his Daugh. and Attend. Nor ask advice of any other thought

Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin ! But faithfulness, and courage.

When what is done is like an hypocrite,
[He reads the Riddle.]

The which is good in nothing but in sight.
I am no viper, yet I feed

If it be true that I interpret falsc,
On mother's flesh that did me brecd :

Then were it certain, you were not so bad,
I sought a husband, in which labour,

As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
I found that kindness in a father.
He's father, son, and husband mild,

Where now you're both a father and a son,
I motner, wife, and yet his child.
How they may be, and yet in two,

By your untimely claspings with your child,
As you will live, resolve it you.

(Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father ;) Sharp physic is the last : but, O you powers ! And she an eater of her mother's ficsh,, That give heaven countless eyes to view men's By the defiling of her parent's bed ; acts,

And both like serpents are, who though Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. If this be true, which makes me pale to read it ? Antioch, farewell ! for wisdom sees, those Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, Blush not in actions blacker than the night,

(takes hold of the hand of the Princess. Will shun no course to keep them from the lights Were oppt this glorious casket stor'd with ill : One sin, I know, another doth provoke; But I must tell you,—now my thoughts revolt; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. For he's no man on whom perfections wait, Poison and treason are the hands of sin, That, kirwing sin within, will touch the gate. Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame : You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings ; Then, lest my lite be cropp'd to keep you clear, . Who, finger'd to make inan his lawful music, By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. (c.7. Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to

Re-enter Antiochus. hearken;

Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which But, being play'd upon before your time,

we mean Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime:

To have his head. Good sooth, I care not for you.

He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin For that's an article within our law,

In such a loathed manner : As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd; And therefore instantly tliis prince must die ; Either expound now, or receive your sentence. For by his fall my honour must keep high. Per. Great king,

Who attends on us there? Few love to hear the sins they love to act;

Enter Thaliard "Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. ! Thal. Doth your lighuess call ?

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