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They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars ; Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime :
Good sooth, I care not for you,
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not,'° upon thy life,
Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
Blows dust in others' eyes, 10 spread itself;ií (To the Daughier of ANTIOCHUS. And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Thus ready for the way of life or death,
The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus.
To stop the air would hurt them. The blind molo Ant. Scorning advice.--Read the conclusion then;
casts Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, Copp'di2 hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed.
throng'd Daugh. In all, save thai, may'st thou prove pros- By man's oppression ;13 and the poor worm" doth perous !
die for't. In all, save that, I wish thee happiness !* Kings are earth's guds : in vice their law's their will;
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists, And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? Nor ask advice of any other thought
It is enough you know; and it is fit, But faithfulness, and courage."
What being more known grows worse, to smother it. (He reads the Riddle.)
All love the womb that their first beings bred, I am no viper, yet I feed
Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. On mother's flesh which did me breed :
Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found I sought a husband, in which labour,
the meaning ;I found that kindness in a father.
But I will gloze's with him. (Aside.] Young prince He's father, son, and husband mild,
of Tyre, 1, mother, wife, and yet his child.
Though by the tenor of our strict edict, How they may be, and yet in two,
Your exposition misinterpreting, As you will live, resolve it you.
We might proceed to cancel of your days ;18 Sharp physic is the last :6 but 0, you powers !
Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree Thai give heaven countless eyesto view men's As your fair self, doch tune us otherwise : acts,
Forty days longer we do respite you ; Why cloud they not their sights perpetuallye
If by which time our secret be undoné, If this be true, which makes me pale to read it ?
This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a 'son: Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still,
And until then, your entertain shall be, (Takes hold of the Hand of the Princess. As doth befit our honour, and your worth. Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ill :
(Ereunt Ant. his Daughter, and Attend. But I must tell you,-now, my thoughts revolt;
Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin! For he's no man on whom perfections wait,
When what is done is like a hypocrite, That knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
The which is good in nothing but in sight. You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings:
If it be true that I interpret false,
Then were it certain, you were not so bad,
Where!' now you're both a faiher and a son,
2 That is, to prepare this body for that state to his daughter Theocrine, to when he was betrothed. which I must come.'
11 The man who knows the ill practices of princes is 3 'I will act as sick men do ; who having had expe- unwise if he reveals what he knows; for the publisher rience of the pleasures of the world, and only a vision of vicious actions resembles the wind, which while it ary and distant prospect of heaven, have neglected the passes along, blows dust into men's eyes.
When the laiter for the former; but at length, feeling them. I blast is over, the eyes that have been affected by the selves decaying, grasp no longer at temporal pleasures, dust, though sore, see clear enough to stop for the fubut prepare calmly for futurity.
ture the air that would annoy them.' Pericles meane 4 The old copy reads :
by this similitude to show the danger of revealing the • Of all said yet, may'st thou prove prosperous ; crimes of princes; for as they feel hurt by the publica. of all said yel, I wish thee happiness!'
tion of their shame, they will of course prevent the The emendation is Mr. Mason's.
repetition of it, by destroying the person who divulged. 5 This is from the third book of Sidney's Arcadia SHe pursues the same idea in the instance of the mole. Whereupon asking advice of no other thought but 12 Copp'd hills' are hills rising in a conical form, faithfulness and courage, he presently lighted from something of the shape of a sugarloaf. Thus in Hor his own horse,' &c.
man's Vulgaria, 1519: Sometime men wear copped 6 1. e. the intimation in the last line of the riddle, that caps like a sugar loaf. So Baret : To make copped, his life depends on resolving it: which he properly or sharpe at top; cacumino.' In Anglo-Saxon, cop is a enough calis sharp physic, or a bitter potion.
head. 7 Thus in A Midsummer Night's Dream :
13 The earth is oppressed by the injuries which crowd who more engilds the night
Steevens altered throng'd lo wrong'd;
14 The mole is called poor worm as a term of com-
miseration. In The Tempest, Prospero, speaking to 9 i. e. he is no perfect or honest man, that knowing, Miranda, says, ' Poor worm, thou art infected.". The &c.
mole remains secure till it has thrown up those hillocks 10 This is a stroke of nature. The incestuous king which betray his course to the mole-catcher. cannot bear to see a rival touch the hand of the woman
15 Flatter, insinuate. he loves. His jealousy resembles that of Antony :- 16 To the de
of your life. to let him be familiar with
17 Where has here the power of rchereas; as in Mfy play-fellow, your hand; this kingly seal other passages of these plays. It occurs again with the And plighter of high hearts,
same meaning in Act ii. Sc. 3, of this play
By your untimely claspings with your child, (The tomb where grief should sleep,) can breed (Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father ;)
me quiet! And she an ealer of her mother's flesh,
Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes By the defiling of her parent's bed ;
shun them, And both like sepents ar., who though they feed And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here: Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Will shun' no course to keep them from the light. Then it is thus : the passions of the mind, One sin, I know, another doth provoke ;
That have their first conception by misdread, Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Have after-nourishment and life by care; Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
And what was first but fear what might be done, Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame : Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear, And so with me; the great Antiochus, By tlight I'll shun the danger which I fear. (Erit. ('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.
Since he's so great, can make his will his act, I Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which Nor boots it me to say, 'I honour him,
Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence ,
If he suspect I may dishonour him : To have his head.
And whai may make him blush in being known, He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
He'll stop the course by which it mighi be known; Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin
With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, In such a loathed manner :
And with the ostent of war? will look so huge, And therefore instantly this prince must die;
Amazement shall drive courage from the state ;: For by his fall my honour must keep high.
Our men be vanquish'd, ere they do resist, Who attends on us there?
And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought offence :: Enter THALIARD.
Which care of them, not pity of myself, Thal.
Doth your highness call? (Who am no more but as the tops of trees, Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our Which fence the roots they grow by, and defendi mind
them,) Partakes her private actions to your secrecy; Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish And for your faithfulness we will advance you. And punish that before, that he would punish. Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold; 1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast ! We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him; 2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us,, It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
Peaceful and comfortable ! Because we bid it. Say, is it done?
Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience Thal.
tongue. 'Tis done.
They do abuse the king, that flatter him:
For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste.
To which that breatho gives heat and stronges Mess. My lord, Prince Pericles is filed.
glowing; (Exit Messenger.
Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Ant.
As thou Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err, Wilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow, shot
When Sigmor Soothio here does proclaim a peacon From a well experienc'd archer, hits the mark
He flatters you, makes war upon your life : His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,
Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please ; Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead.
I cannot be much lower than my knees. Thal. My lord, if I
Per. All leave us else ; but lei your cares o'erlook: Can get him once within my pistol's length,
What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, I'll make him sure; so farewell to your highness.
And then return to us. (Ereunt Lords.] Helicanus,
(Erit. Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead,
Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks? My heart can lend no succour to my head. (Erit.
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord. SCENE II. Tyre. A Room in the Palace. Enter How durst thy tongue move anger to our face ?
Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, Pericles, HELICANUS, and other Lords.
Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven, from Per. Let none disturb us: Why should this
whence change of thought ?5
They have their nourishment ? The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy,
Thou know'st I have power By me so usd a guest is, not an hour,
To take thy life. In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe myself ;; 1 The old copy erroneously reads show. The emen.
Do you but strike the blow, dation is Malone's. The expression here is elliptical :
Rise, pr'ythee rise; For wisdom sees that those men who do not blush to commit actions blacker than the night, will not shun 6 Him was supplied by Rowe for the sake of the any course in order to preserve them from being inade metre. public.
7 Old copies :2. To prevent any suspicion from falling on you.'- * And with the stent of war will look so huge." So in Macbeth :
The emendation, suggested by Mr. Tyrwhitr, is con always thought, that I
firmed by the following passage in Decker's EntertainRequire a clearness."
ment to King James T. 1604:3 In The Winter's Tale the word parlake is used in * And why you bear alone th’ ostent of warre.' an active sense for participate :
Again in Chapman's translation of Homer's Batracho your exultation
muomachia :Partuke to every one.'
* Both heralds bearing the ostents of war.' These words are addressed to the Messenger, who 8 The old copy reads, “Who once no more,' &c. enters in haste.
The emendation is by Steevens. Malone reads, "Who 5:- Why should this change of thought?' This panis no more,' &c. is the rearling of the old copies; which Steevens 9 i. e. the breath of flattery. The word spark was changed to, Why this churge of thoughts?' I think here accidentally repeated by the compositor in the old without necessity. Pericles, addressing the Lords, says, copy.
Let none disturb us.' Then apostrophising himself, 10 A near kinsman of this gentleman is mentioned in says, “Why should this change in our thoughts disturt The Winter's Tale :- And his pond Ashed by his next
neighbour, by Sir Smiley
Sit down, sit down ; thou art no flatterer :
Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth, I thank thee for it ; and high heaven forbid, From whence we had our being and our birth. That kings should let their ears hear their faults Per. Tvre, I now look from thee, then, and to
Tharsus Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince,
Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee; Who by thy wisdomn mak'st a prioce thy servant,
And by whose letters I'll dispuse myself. What would'st thou have me do?
The care I had and have of subjects' good, Hel.
With patience bear On thee I lay, whose wisdorn's strength can bear ile Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself.
I'll tako thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus ; Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both : Who minister'si a potion unto me,
But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe, That thou woulu'si tremble to receive thyself. That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Attend me then: I went to Antioch,
Thou show'dst a subject's slune, I a true prince." Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death,
(Ereunt. I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
SCENE III. Tyre. An Ante-Chamber in the From whence an issue I might propagate,
Palace. Enter THALIARD. Are arms to princes, and bring to subjects joys.?
Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the court. Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder; Here must í kill king Pericles; and if I do not, I The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest;
am sure to be hang'd at home : 'lis dangerous.Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father Seem'd not to strike, bui smooth :' but thou know'st discretion, that being bid to ask what he would of
Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had good this,
the king, desired he might know none of his secrets.10 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Now do I see he had some reason for it: for if a Which fear so grew in me, I hiilir fled,
king bid a man be a villain, he is bound by the inUnder the covering of a careful night,
denture of his oath to be one.-Hush, here come Who seem'd my good protector; and being here, the lords of Tyre. Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords. Decrease not, but grow faster than their years:
He. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre, And should he doubt it,4 (as no doubt he doth,)
Further to question of your king's departure. That I should open to the listening air,
His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel. To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
Thal. How! the king gone!
(Aside. To lop that doubt, he ll fill this land with arms,
Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied,
Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,
Being at Antioch-
What from Antioch? (Aside. Who now reprov'si me for it)
Hel. Royal Antiochus, (on what cause I know not,) Hel,
Alas, sir ! Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg’d so: Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my
And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd, cheeks,
To show his sorrow, would correct himself; Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts
So puts himself" unto the shipman's toil, How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;
With whom each minute threatens life or death. And finding little comfort to relieve them,
Thal. Well, I perceive
(Aside. I thought it princely charity to grieve them."
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, leave to speak,
He scap'd the land, to perish on the seas.isFreely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre ! And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. Who, either by public war, or private treason,
Thal. From him I come, Will take away your life.
With message unto princely Pericles: Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
But, since my landing, as I have understood Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
Your lord has took himself to unknown travels, Or Destinies do cut his thread of life.
My message must return from whence it camé. Your rule direct to any; if to me,
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since13 Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be. Commended to our master, not to us : Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
7 i. e. in our different spheres. But should he wrong my liberties in absence
in seipso totius teres atque rotundus.'
8 Overcome. 1 Forbid it, heaven, that kings should suffer their shall think the better of myself and thee during my
9 This sentiment is not much unlike that of Falstaff:ears to hear their feelings palliated !! 2 From whence I might propagate an issue that are
life; I for a valiant lion, and thou for a true prince."
The same idea is more clearly expressed in King Henry arms,' &c. Steevens reads :
VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2:* Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.'
A loyal subject is 3 To smooth is to sooth, coar, or flatter. Thus in
Therein illustrated.' King Richard III. :
10 Who this wise fellow was, may be known from the Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and cog.' following passage in Barnabie Riches Souldier's Wishe So in Titus Andronicus :
in Briton's Welfare, or Captaine Skill and Captaine "Yield to his humour, smooth, and speak him sair.' Pill, 1604, p. 27:- I will therefore commende the poet The verb to smooth is frequently used in this sense by Philipiiles, who being demaunded by King Lisimachus, our elder writers; for instance, by Stubbes in his Ana- what favour he mighit doe unto him for that he loved tomie of Abuses, 1583 :--If you will learn to deride, bim, made this answere to the king-That your majesty scofle, mock, and flowt, to flatter and smooth,' &c. would never impart unto me any of your secrets.'
4 The quarto of 1603 reads, And should he doot,' 11 Steevens has thought ihis phrase wanted illustra. &c.; from which the reading of the text has been forined. tion; but it is of very common occurrence.
• To pul • Should he be in doubl that I shall keep his secret, (as himselfe in daunger of his life ; In periculum caput se there is no doubt but he is,) why, to'lop that doubt,' inferre.' - Baret. i. e. to get rid of that painful uncertainty, he will strive 12 The old copy reads :to make me appear the aggressor, by attacking me first . But since he's gone the king's seas must please : as the author of some supposed injury to himself.'
He scap'd the land, to perish at the sea.' Th is, to lament their fate. The first quarto The emendation is by Dr. Percy. ready, 'to grieve for them.'
13 The adverb since, which is wanting in the old copy, 6 This transfer of authority naturally brings the first was supplied by Steevens for the sake of sense and scene or Measure for Measure to our mind.
Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. Here many sink, yet those which see them fall,
[Excunt. Have scarce strength left to give them burial. SCENE IV. Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's
Is not this true ? House. Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants.
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
And her prosperities so largely taste,
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears !
The inisery of Tharsus may be theirs. For who digs hills because they do aspire,
Enter a Lord. Throws down one mountain, to cast up a bigher. Lord. Where's the lord governor ? O, my distressed lord, even such our griefs ;
Cle. Here. Here they're but feit, and seen with mistful eyes,'
Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in haste, But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rige.
For comfort is too far for us to expect. Cle. O, Dionyza,
Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
shore, Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish?
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much.
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
louder; that, That may succeed as his inheritor ; If the gods slumber," while their creatures want,
And so in ours: some neighbouring nation, They may awake their helps to comfort them.
Taking advantage of our misery, I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
Hath stuff''d these hollow vessels with their power," And wanting brea:b to speak, help me with tears. Dio. I'll do my best, sir.
To beat us down, the which are down already; Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
And make a conquest of unhappy me, A city, on whom plenty held full hand
Lord. That's the least fear: for, by the semblance (For riches strew'd herself even in the streets ;) Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the And come to us as tavourers, not as foes.
of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace, clouds,
Cle. Thou speak'st like him'untutor'd to repeat, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at;
Who makes the fairest show ineans most deceit. Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd,
But bring they what they will, what need we fear? Like one another's glass to trim them by :*
The ground's ihe low'st, and we are half way there.'' Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sighi,
Go tell their general, we attend him here, And not so much to feed on, as delight;
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, And what he craves. The name of help grew odious to repeat.
Lord, I Dio, 0, 'tis too true.
go, my lord.
(Erit. Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this our Ir wars, we are unable to resist.
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist : 12 change, These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Enter PERICLES, with Attendants. Were all too little to content and please,
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, Although they gave their creatures in abundance, Let not our ships, and number of our men, As houses are defild for want of use,
Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes.
Those palates, who not vet two summers younger, ' | And see the desolation of your streets !
Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
their babes, And these our ships you happily may think Thought nought 100 curious, are ready now, Are like the Trojan horse, war-stult'd within, To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd. So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
ters to show that the tere je rizht. This in New Cus. Draw lots, who first shall die to lengihen life :
tom; Dodsley's Oll Plays, vol. i. p. 294:
* Borne to all wickedness, and nusled in all evil.' 1 The old copy reads :
So Spenser, Faerie Queenr, i. vi. 23:and seen with mischiefs eye.'
“Whom, till to ryper years he gan aspyre, The alteration was made by Steeveos, who thus ex. He nousled up in life and maners wilde.' plains the passage :-*Withirawn as we now are from • Il were a more vaunuage and profit by a great dele that the scene we describe, our sorrows are simply felt, and yonge children's wytles were otherwyse sette a warke, appear indistinct, as through a misi.' Malone reails:- ihan nossel them in suche errouri --Horman's Vul. unseen with mischief's eyes.'
garia, 1519, fo. 86. i. e. 'unseen by those who would feel a malignant plea. Noustred in virtuous disposition, and framed to an sure in our misfortunes, and add to thein by their triumph honest trade of living.'-- Udal's popthegmer, fo. 75. over us.'
So in The Death of King Arthur, 1601, cited by Ma. 2 The old copy reads, 'I hearen slumber,' &c. This lone :was probably an alteration of the licencer of the press,
“ Being nuzzled in effeminate delights.' Sense and grammar require that we should real, 'If the
7 Hollow, applied to ships, is a Homeric epithet. See gols,' &c.
Iliad, v. 26. By pucer is meant forces. 3 To jel is to strut, to walk proudly.
8 A letter has seen probably dropped at press: we may 4 Thuy in the Second part of King Henry IV.:-
read, of unhappy men.' He was indeed the glass,
9 It has been already observed that inherens was someWherein the noble youth did dress themselves.'
times used for where; as well as the converse, a here for Again in Cymbeline :
whereas. * A sample to the youngest, to the more mature
10 The quarto of 1609 reade: A glass that frated them."
• Thou speak’rt like himnes untutorid to repeal.' 5 The old copy has :
Like him incitorid,' for like him ?cho is unthitored who not yet too sarers youger.'
Deluded by the pacific appearance of this navy, you The emendation was proposed by Mason. Steevens re
talk like one who has nerer learned the common adago, marks that Shakspeare computes time by the same number of summers in Romeo and Juliet :--
--thal the fairest outsides are must tu 0€ kuspected.' Iet tiro more summers wither in their pride,' &c.
11 The quarto of 1619 reads :Malone reads ;-
• But bring they what they will, and what they can, - who not useil to hunger's savour.'
What need we fear? 6 Steevens thought that this word should be nursle; The ground's the low'st, and we are hallway there." but the examples are numerous enough in our old wri. 12 i. e. if he rest or stand on peace.
With bloody views, expecting overthrow,' He knowing so, put forth to seas,
Thunder above, and deeps below,
Make such unquiet, that the ship And we'll pray for you.
Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; Per.
Rise, I pray you, rise ; And he, good prince, having all lost, We do not look for reverence, but for love
By waves from coast to coast is tost : And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. All perishen of man, of pell,
Cle. The which when any shall not gratify, Ne anght escapen but himself; Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought, Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves, Threw him ashore, to give him glad : The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils ! And here he comes : what shall be next, Till when (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,) Pardon old Gower; this ’longs the text.® [Exil. Your grace is welcome to our town and us. Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here SCENE I. Pentapolis. An open Place by the
Sea Side. a while,
Enter PERICLES, wel. Until our stars that frown, lend us a smile. Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven!
(Exeunt. Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man
Is but a substance that must yield to you ;
And I, as fits my nature, do obey you;
Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,
Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath
Nothing to think on, but ensuing death : Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, His child, I wis, to incest bring;
To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes; A better prince, and benign lord,
And having thrown him from your watery grave, Prove awful both in deed and word.?
Here to have death in peace, is all he'll crave. Be quiet, then, as men should be, Till he hath pass'd necessity.
Enter Three Fishermen. I'll show you those in trouble's reign,
1 Fish. Whai, ho, Pilche !" Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets. The good in conversation,
1 Fish. What, Patch-breechi, I say! (To whom I give my benizon,)
3 Fish. What say you, master ? Is still at Tharsus, where each man
1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, Thinks all is writ he spoken can :*
or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.' And, to remember what he does,
3 Fish, Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor Gild his statue to make it glorious : 5
men that were cast away before us, even now. But tidings to the contrary
I Fish. Alas, poor souls, it griev'd my heart to Are brought your eyes; what need speak I ? hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help Dumb Show.
them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help our
selves. Enter at one Door PERICLES, talking with CLEON; 3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when
all the Train with them. Enter al another Door, I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ?" a Gentleman with a Letter to PerICLES; Peri- they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on CLES shows the Letter to Cleon; then gives the thein, they ne'er come, but I look to he wash'd. Messenger a reward, and knights him. Ereunt Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. PERICLES, CLEON, f.c. severally.
1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones Gow. Good Helicane, that staid at home,
eat up the little ones : I can compare our rich misers (Not to cat honey, like a drone,
to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and From others' labours; for though he strive tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at To killen bad, keep good alive;
last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales And, to fulfil his prince' desire, )
have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping Sends word of all that haps in Tyre;'
till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church, How Thaliard came full bent with sin,
steeple, bells and all. And hid intent, to murder him;
Per. A pretty moral. And that in Tharsus was not best
3 Fish. 'But, master, if I had been the sexton, I Longer for him to make his rest :
would have been that day in the belfry.
2 Fish. Why, man? 1 The old copy reads:-
3 Fish. Because he should have swallow'd me * And these our ships you happily may think
and when I had been in his belly, I would Are like the Trojan horse, wus stuti d within With bloody reines,' &c.
6 Thus the old copy.
Sreevens reads: The emendation is Steevens's. Mr. Boswell says that
Good Helicane hath staid at home.' the old reading may mean, elliptically, 'which was 7 Old copy :- Sar'd one of all,' &c. The emenda. stuffed.
tion is Steevene's. 2 i. e. ' you have seen a better prince, &c. that will 9 Pardon old Gower from telling what ensues, it prove auful,' i. e. rererent. The verb in the first line belongs to the text, not to his province as chorus.'is carried on to the third.
Steevens justly reinarks, that the language of our « The good in conversation
fictitious Gower, like that of the Pseudo. Rowley, is so (To whom I give iny benizon,)
often irreconcilable to the practice of any age, that Is still at Tharsus, where
criticism on such bungling imitations is almost thrown Gower means to say, “The good prince on whom I away.' bestow my best wishes) is still engaged at Tharsus, 9 The old copy reads :where every man,' &c. Contersution is conduct, be.
• What to pelche.' haviour. See the Second Epistle of St. Peter, iii. 11. The emendation was suggested by Mr. Tyrwhiti, who
4 Pays de much respect to whatever Pericles says, remarks that Pilche is a leathern coal. as if it were Holy Writi
10 This expression, which is equivalent to with a 5 This circumstance, as well as the foregoing, is found mischief, or rith a rengeance, is of very frequent oc. in the Confessio Amantis :-
currence in old writers. * That thei for ever in remembrance
u Sailors have observed, that the playing of porMade a figure in resemblance
poises round a ship is a certain prognostic of a violent of hym, and in a common place
gale of wind. The set it up; so that his face
12 So in Coriolanus:Might every maner man beholde,
like scaled sculls I was or lacon orer gylle,' &c.
Before the belching whale.'