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How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
Make deeds ill done!

      — King John, Act IV Scene 2

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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Act I

Prologue

1. Antioch. A room in the palace.

2. Tyre. A room in the palace.

3. Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.

4. Tarsus. A room in the Governor’s house.

Act II

1. Pentapolis. An open place by the sea-side.

2. The same. A public way or platform leading to the

3. The same. A hall of state: a banquet prepared.

4. Tyre. A room in the Governor’s house.

5. Pentapolis. A room in the palace.

Act III

Prologue

1. On ship.

2. Ephesus. A room in CERIMON’s house.

3. Tarsus. A room in CLEON’s house.

4. Ephesus. A room in CERIMON’s house.

Act IV

Prologue

1. Tarsus. An open place near the sea-shore.

2. Mytilene. A room in a brothel.

3. Tarsus. A room in CLEON’s house.

4. Chorus.

5. Mytilene. A street before the brothel.

6. The same. A room in the brothel.

Act V

Prologue

1. On board PERICLES’ ship, off Mytilene. A close

2. Chorus.

3. The temple of Diana at Ephesus; THAISA standing

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[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. To sing a song that old was sung,
    From ashes ancient Gower is come;
    Assuming man's infirmities,
    To glad your ear, and please your eyes. 5
    It hath been sung at festivals,
    On ember-eves and holy-ales;
    And lords and ladies in their lives
    Have read it for restoratives:
    The purchase is to make men glorious; 10
    Et bonum 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 15
    I life would wish, and that I might
    Waste it for you, like taper-light.
    This Antioch, then, Antiochus the Great
    Built up, this city, for his chiefest seat:
    The fairest in all Syria, 20
    I tell you what mine authors say:
    This king unto him took a fere,
    Who died and left a female heir,
    So buxom, blithe, and full of face,
    As heaven had lent her all his grace; 25
    With whom the father liking took,
    And her to incest did provoke:
    Bad child; worse father! to entice his own
    To evil should be done by none:
    But custom what they did begin 30
    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: 35
    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 his life:
    So for her many a wight did die, 40
    As yon grim looks do testify.
    What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye
    I give, my cause who best can justify.

[Exit]

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Act I, Scene 1

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[Enter ANTIOCHUS, Prince PERICLES, and followers]

  • Antiochus. Young prince of Tyre, you have at large received
    The danger of the task you undertake.
  • Pericles. I have, Antiochus, and, with a soul
    Embolden'd with the glory of her praise,
    Think death no hazard in this enterprise. 50
  • Antiochus. 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, 55
    To knit in her their best perfections.

[Music. Enter the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS]

  • Pericles. See where she comes, apparell'd like the spring,
    Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king
    Of every virtue gives renown to men! 60
    Her face the book of praises, where is read
    Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence
    Sorrow were ever razed and testy wrath
    Could never be her mild companion.
    You gods that made me man, and sway in love, 65
    That have inflamed 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! 70
  • Pericles. That would be son to great Antiochus.
  • Antiochus. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
    With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd;
    For death-like dragons here affright thee hard: 75
    Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
    Her countless glory, which desert must gain;
    And which, without desert, because thine eye
    Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die.
    Yon sometimes famous princes, like thyself, 80
    Drawn by report, adventurous by desire,
    Tell thee, with speechless tongues and semblance pale,
    That without covering, save yon field of stars,
    Here they stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars;
    And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist 85
    For going on death's net, whom none resist.
  • Pericles. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
    My frail mortality to know itself,
    And by those fearful objects to prepare
    This body, like to them, to what I must; 90
    For death remember'd should be like a mirror,
    Who tells us life's but breath, to trust it error.
    I'll make my will then, and, as sick men do
    Who know the world, see heaven, but, feeling woe,
    Gripe not at earthly joys as erst they did; 95
    So I bequeath a happy peace to you
    And all good men, as every prince should do;
    My riches to the earth from whence they came;
    But my unspotted fire of love to you.
    [To the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS] 100
    Thus ready for the way of life or death,
    I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus.
  • Antiochus. Scorning advice, read the conclusion then:
    Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed,
    As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed. 105
  • Daughter of Antiochus. Of all say'd yet, mayst thou prove prosperous!
    Of all say'd yet, I wish thee happiness!
  • Pericles. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,
    Nor ask advice of any other thought
    But faithfulness and courage. 110
    [He reads the riddle]
    I am no viper, yet I feed
    On mother's flesh which did me breed.
    I sought a husband, in which labour
    I found that kindness in a father: 115
    He's father, son, and husband mild;
    I mother, wife, and yet his child.
    How they may be, and yet in two,
    As you will live, resolve it you.
    Sharp physic is the last: but, O you powers 120
    That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts,
    Why cloud they not their sights perpetually,
    If this be true, which makes me pale to read it?
    Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still,
    [Takes hold of the hand of the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS] 125
    Were not this glorious casket stored with ill:
    But I must tell you, now my thoughts revolt
    For he's no man on whom perfections wait
    That, knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
    You are a fair viol, and your sense the strings; 130
    Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music,
    Would draw heaven down, and all the gods, to hearken:
    But being play'd upon before your time,
    Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime.
    Good sooth, I care not for you. 135
  • Antiochus. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life.
    For that's an article within our law,
    As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expired:
    Either expound now, or receive your sentence.
  • Pericles. Great king, 140
    Few love to hear the sins they love to act;
    'Twould braid yourself too near for me to tell it.
    Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
    He's more secure to keep it shut than shown:
    For vice repeated is like the wandering wind. 145
    Blows dust in other's eyes, to spread itself;
    And yet the end of all is bought thus dear,
    The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear:
    To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole casts
    Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell the earth is throng'd 150
    By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth die for't.
    Kings are earth's gods; in vice their law's
    their will;
    And if Jove stray, who dares say Jove doth ill?
    It is enough you know; and it is fit, 155
    What being more known grows worse, to smother it.
    All love the womb that their first being bred,
    Then give my tongue like leave to love my head.
  • Antiochus. [Aside] Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found
    the meaning: 160
    But I will gloze with him.—Young prince of Tyre,
    Though by the tenor of our strict edict,
    Your exposition misinterpreting,
    We might proceed to cancel of your days;
    Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree 165
    As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise:
    Forty days longer we do respite you;
    If by which time our secret be undone,
    This mercy shows we'll joy in such a son:
    And until then your entertain shall be 170
    As doth befit our honour and your worth.

[Exeunt all but PERICLES]

  • Pericles. How courtesy would seem to cover sin,
    When what is done is like an hypocrite,
    The which is good in nothing but in sight! 175
    If it be true that I interpret false,
    Then were it certain you were not so bad
    As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
    Where now you're both a father and a son,
    By your untimely claspings with your child, 180
    Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father;
    And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
    By the defiling of her parent's bed;
    And both like serpents are, who though they feed
    On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. 185
    Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men
    Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
    Will shun no course to keep them from the light.
    One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
    Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke: 190
    Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
    Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame:
    Then, lest my lie be cropp'd to keep you clear,
    By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear.

[Exit]

[Re-enter ANTIOCHUS]

  • Antiochus. He hath found the meaning, for which we mean
    To have his head.
    He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
    Nor tell the world Antiochus doth sin 200
    In such a loathed manner;
    And therefore instantly this prince must die:
    For by his fall my honour must keep high.
    Who attends us there?

[Enter THALIARD]

  • Antiochus. Thaliard,
    You are of our chamber, and our mind partakes
    Her private actions to your secrecy;
    And for your faithfulness we will advance you. 210
    Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold;
    We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him:
    It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
    Because we bid it. Say, is it done?
  • Antiochus. Enough.
    [Enter a Messenger]
    Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste.
  • Messenger. My lord, prince Pericles is fled. 220

[Exit]

  • Antiochus. As thou
    Wilt live, fly after: and like an arrow shot
    From a well-experienced archer hits the mark
    His eye doth level at, so thou ne'er return 225
    Unless thou say 'Prince Pericles is dead.'
  • Thaliard. My lord,
    If I can get him within my pistol's length,
    I'll make him sure enough: so, farewell to your highness.
  • Antiochus. Thaliard, adieu! 230
    [Exit THALIARD]
    Till Pericles be dead,
    My heart can lend no succor to my head.

[Exit]

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Act I, Scene 2

Tyre. A room in the palace.

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[Enter PERICLES]

  • Pericles. [To Lords without] Let none disturb us.—Why should
    this change of thoughts,
    The sad companion, dull-eyed melancholy,
    Be my so used a guest as not an hour,
    In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, 240
    The tomb where grief should sleep, can breed me quiet?
    Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun them,
    And danger, which I fear'd, is at Antioch,
    Whose aim seems far too short to hit me here:
    Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, 245
    Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.
    Then it is thus: the passions of the mind,
    That have their first conception by mis-dread,
    Have after-nourishment and life by care;
    And what was first but fear what might be done, 250
    Grows elder now and cares it be not done.
    And so with me: the great Antiochus,
    'Gainst whom I am too little to contend,
    Since he's so great can make his will his act,
    Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence; 255
    Nor boots it me to say I honour him.
    If he suspect I may dishonour him:
    And what may make him blush in being known,
    He'll stop the course by which it might be known;
    With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land, 260
    And with the ostent of war will look so huge,
    Amazement shall drive courage from the state;
    Our men be vanquish'd ere they do resist,
    And subjects punish'd that ne'er thought offence:
    Which care of them, not pity of myself, 265
    Who am no more but as the tops of trees,
    Which fence the roots they grow by and defend them,
    Makes both my body pine and soul to languish,
    And punish that before that he would punish.

[Enter HELICANUS, with other Lords]

  • First Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast!
  • Second Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us,
    Peaceful and comfortable!
  • Helicanus. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
    They do abuse the king that flatter him: 275
    For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
    The thing which is flatter'd, but a spark,
    To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing;
    Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,
    Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. 280
    When Signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace,
    He flatters you, makes war upon your life.
    Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please;
    I cannot be much lower than my knees.
  • Pericles. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook 285
    What shipping and what lading's in our haven,
    And then return to us.
    [Exeunt Lords]
    Helicanus, thou
    Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks? 290
  • Pericles. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns,
    How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
  • Helicanus. How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
    They have their nourishment? 295
  • Pericles. Thou know'st I have power
    To take thy life from thee.
  • Helicanus. [Kneeling]
    I have ground the axe myself;
    Do you but strike the blow. 300
  • Pericles. Rise, prithee, rise.
    Sit down: thou art no flatterer:
    I thank thee for it; and heaven forbid
    That kings should let their ears hear their
    faults hid! 305
    Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
    Who by thy wisdom makest a prince thy servant,
    What wouldst thou have me do?
  • Helicanus. To bear with patience
    Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself. 310
  • Pericles. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus,
    That minister'st a potion unto me
    That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
    Attend me, then: I went to Antioch,
    Where as thou know'st, against the face of death, 315
    I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty.
    From whence an issue I might propagate,
    Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects.
    Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
    The rest—hark in thine ear—as black as incest: 320
    Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
    Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou
    know'st this,
    'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.
    Such fear so grew in me, I hither fled, 325
    Under the covering of a careful night,
    Who seem'd my good protector; and, being here,
    Bethought me what was past, what might succeed.
    I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
    Decrease not, but grow faster than the years: 330
    And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth,
    That I should open to the listening air
    How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
    To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
    To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, 335
    And make pretence of wrong that I have done him:
    When all, for mine, if I may call offence,
    Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence:
    Which love to all, of which thyself art one,
    Who now reprovest me for it,— 340
  • Pericles. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks,
    Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts
    How I might stop this tempest ere it came;
    And finding little comfort to relieve them, 345
    I thought it princely charity to grieve them.
  • Helicanus. Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak.
    Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
    And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
    Who either by public war or private treason 350
    Will take away your life.
    Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
    Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
    Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
    Your rule direct to any; if to me. 355
    Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
  • Pericles. I do not doubt thy faith;
    But should he wrong my liberties in my absence?
  • Helicanus. We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
    From whence we had our being and our birth. 360
  • Pericles. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tarsus
    Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee;
    And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.
    The care I had and have of subjects' good
    On thee I lay whose wisdom's strength can bear it. 365
    I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath:
    Who shuns not to break one will sure crack both:
    But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe,
    That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince,
    Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. 370

[Exeunt]

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Act I, Scene 3

Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.

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[Enter THALIARD]

  • Thaliard. So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I
    kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to
    be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive 375
    he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that,
    being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired
    he might know none of his secrets: now do I see he
    had some reason for't; for if a king bid a man be a
    villain, he's bound by the indenture of his oath to 380
    be one! Hush! here come the lords of Tyre.

[Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES, with other Lords of Tyre]

  • Helicanus. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
    Further to question me of your king's departure:
    His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, 385
    Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
  • Helicanus. If further yet you will be satisfied,
    Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves,
    He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. 390
    Being at Antioch—
  • Helicanus. Royal Antiochus—on what cause I know not—
    Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
    And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd, 395
    To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
    So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
    With whom each minute threatens life or death.
  • Thaliard. [Aside] Well, I perceive
    I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; 400
    But since he's gone, the king's seas must please:
    He 'scaped the land, to perish at the sea.
    I'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre!
  • Helicanus. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
  • Thaliard. From him I come 405
    With message unto princely Pericles;
    But since my landing I have understood
    Your lord has betook himself to unknown travels,
    My message must return from whence it came.
  • Helicanus. We have no reason to desire it, 410
    Commended to our master, not to us:
    Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
    As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.

[Exeunt]

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Act I, Scene 4

Tarsus. A room in the Governor’s house.

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[Enter CLEON, the governor of Tarsus, with DIONYZA,] [p]and others]

  • Cleon. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
    And by relating tales of others' griefs,
    See if 'twill teach us to forget our own?
  • Dionyza. That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it; 420
    For who digs hills because they do aspire
    Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.
    O my distressed lord, even such our griefs are;
    Here they're but felt, and seen with mischief's eyes,
    But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise. 425
  • Cleon. O Dionyza,
    Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
    Or can conceal his hunger till he famish?
    Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep
    Our woes into the air; our eyes do weep, 430
    Till tongues fetch breath that may proclaim them louder;
    That, if heaven slumber while their creatures want,
    They may awake their helps to comfort them.
    I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
    And wanting breath to speak help me with tears. 435
  • Cleon. This Tarsus, o'er which I have the government,
    A city on whom plenty held full hand,
    For riches strew'd herself even in the streets;
    Whose towers bore heads so high they kiss'd the clouds, 440
    And strangers ne'er beheld but wondered at;
    Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd,
    Like one another's glass to trim them by:
    Their tables were stored full, to glad the sight,
    And not so much to feed on as delight; 445
    All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
    The name of help grew odious to repeat.
  • Cleon. But see what heaven can do! By this our change,
    These mouths, who but of late, earth, sea, and air, 450
    Were all too little to content and please,
    Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
    As houses are defiled for want of use,
    They are now starved for want of exercise:
    Those palates who, not yet two summers younger, 455
    Must have inventions to delight the taste,
    Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it:
    Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes,
    Thought nought too curious, are ready now
    To eat those little darlings whom they loved. 460
    So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
    Draw lots who first shall die to lengthen life:
    Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
    Here many sink, yet those which see them fall
    Have scarce strength left to give them burial. 465
    Is not this true?
  • Dionyza. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
  • Cleon. O, let those cities that of plenty's cup
    And her prosperities so largely taste,
    With their superfluous riots, hear these tears! 470
    The misery of Tarsus may be theirs.

[Enter a Lord]

  • Lord. Where's the lord governor?
  • Cleon. Here.
    Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st in haste, 475
    For comfort is too far for us to expect.
  • Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore,
    A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
  • Cleon. I thought as much.
    One sorrow never comes but brings an heir, 480
    That may succeed as his inheritor;
    And so in ours: some neighbouring nation,
    Taking advantage of our misery,
    Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power,
    To beat us down, the which are down already; 485
    And make a conquest of unhappy me,
    Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
  • Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance
    Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,
    And come to us as favourers, not as foes. 490
  • Cleon. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat:
    Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
    But bring they what they will and what they can,
    What need we fear?
    The ground's the lowest, and we are half way there. 495
    Go tell their general we attend him here,
    To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,
    And what he craves.
  • Lord. I go, my lord.

[Exit]

  • Cleon. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
    If wars, we are unable to resist.

[Enter PERICLES with Attendants]

  • Pericles. Lord governor, for so we hear you are,
    Let not our ships and number of our men 505
    Be like a beacon fired to amaze your eyes.
    We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre,
    And seen the desolation of your streets:
    Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
    But to relieve them of their heavy load; 510
    And these our ships, you happily may think
    Are like the Trojan horse was stuff'd within
    With bloody veins, expecting overthrow,
    Are stored with corn to make your needy bread,
    And give them life whom hunger starved half dead. 515
  • All. The gods of Greece protect you!
    And we'll pray for you.
  • Pericles. Arise, I pray you, rise:
    We do not look for reverence, but to love,
    And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men. 520
  • Cleon. The which when any shall not gratify,
    Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
    Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
    The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils!
    Till when,—the which I hope shall ne'er be seen,— 525
    Your grace is welcome to our town and us.
  • Pericles. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here awhile,
    Until our stars that frown lend us a smile.

[Exeunt]

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Act II, Scene 1

Pentapolis. An open place by the sea-side.

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[Enter PERICLES, wet]

  • Pericles. Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven! 580
    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 585
    Nothing to think on but ensuing death:
    Let it suffice the greatness of your powers
    To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;
    And having thrown him from your watery grave,
    Here to have death in peace is all he'll crave. 590

[Enter three FISHERMEN]

  • First Fisherman. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll
    fetch thee with a wanion.
  • Third Fisherman. Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor men that
    were cast away before us even now.
  • First Fisherman. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what 600
    pitiful cries they made to us to help them, when,
    well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.
  • Third Fisherman. Nay, master, said not I as much when I saw the
    porpus how he bounced and tumbled? they say
    they're half fish, half flesh: a plague on them, 605
    they ne'er come but I look to be washed. Master, I
    marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
  • First Fisherman. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the
    little ones: I can compare our rich misers to
    nothing so fitly as to a whale; a' plays and 610
    tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at
    last devours them all at a mouthful: such whales
    have I heard on o' the land, who never leave gaping
    till they've swallowed the whole parish, church,
    steeple, bells, and all. 615
  • Third Fisherman. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have
    been that day in the belfry.
  • Third Fisherman. Because he should have swallowed me too: and when I 620
    had been in his belly, I would have kept such a
    jangling of the bells, that he should never have
    left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and
    parish up again. But if the good King Simonides
    were of my mind,— 625
  • Third Fisherman. We would purge the land of these drones, that rob
    the bee of her honey.
  • Pericles. [Aside] How from the finny subject of the sea
    These fishers tell the infirmities of men; 630
    And from their watery empire recollect
    All that may men approve or men detect!
    Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen.
  • Second Fisherman. Honest! good fellow, what's that? If it be a day
    fits you, search out of the calendar, and nobody 635
    look after it.
  • Pericles. May see the sea hath cast upon your coast.
  • Pericles. A man whom both the waters and the wind, 640
    In that vast tennis-court, have made the ball
    For them to play upon, entreats you pity him:
    He asks of you, that never used to beg.
  • First Fisherman. No, friend, cannot you beg? Here's them in our
    country Greece gets more with begging than we can do 645
    with working.
  • Second Fisherman. Nay, then thou wilt starve, sure; for here's nothing
    to be got now-a-days, unless thou canst fish for't. 650
  • Pericles. What I have been I have forgot to know;
    But what I am, want teaches me to think on:
    A man throng'd up with cold: my veins are chill,
    And have no more of life than may suffice
    To give my tongue that heat to ask your help; 655
    Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead,
    For that I am a man, pray see me buried.
  • First Fisherman. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here;
    come, put it on; keep thee warm. Now, afore me, a
    handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home, and 660
    we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for
    fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks,
    and thou shalt be welcome.
  • Second Fisherman. But crave! Then I'll turn craver too, and so I
    shall 'scape whipping.
  • Pericles. Why, are all your beggars whipped, then?
  • Second Fisherman. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your 670
    beggars were whipped, I would wish no better office
    than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up the
    net.

[Exit with Third Fisherman]

  • Pericles. [Aside] How well this honest mirth becomes their labour! 675
  • First Fisherman. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and
    our king the good Simonides.
  • Pericles. The good King Simonides, do you call him. 680
  • First Fisherman. Ay, sir; and he deserves so to be called for his
    peaceable reign and good government.
  • Pericles. He is a happy king, since he gains from his subjects
    the name of good by his government. How far is his
    court distant from this shore? 685
  • First Fisherman. Marry, sir, half a day's journey: and I'll tell
    you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her
    birth-day; and there are princes and knights come
    from all parts of the world to just and tourney for her love.
  • Pericles. Were my fortunes equal to my desires, I could wish 690
    to make one there.
  • First Fisherman. O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man
    cannot get, he may lawfully deal for—his wife's soul.

[Re-enter Second and Third Fishermen, drawing up a net]

  • Second Fisherman. Help, master, help! here's a fish hangs in the net, 695
    like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly
    come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, and
    'tis turned to a rusty armour.
  • Pericles. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me see it.
    Thanks, fortune, yet, that, after all my crosses, 700
    Thou givest me somewhat to repair myself;
    And though it was mine own, part of my heritage,
    Which my dead father did bequeath to me.
    With this strict charge, even as he left his life,
    'Keep it, my Pericles; it hath been a shield 705
    Twixt me and death;'—and pointed to this brace;—
    'For that it saved me, keep it; in like necessity—
    The which the gods protect thee from!—may
    defend thee.'
    It kept where I kept, I so dearly loved it; 710
    Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
    Took it in rage, though calm'd have given't again:
    I thank thee for't: my shipwreck now's no ill,
    Since I have here my father's gift in's will.
  • Pericles. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of worth,
    For it was sometime target to a king;
    I know it by this mark. He loved me dearly,
    And for his sake I wish the having of it;
    And that you'ld guide me to your sovereign's court, 720
    Where with it I may appear a gentleman;
    And if that ever my low fortune's better,
    I'll pay your bounties; till then rest your debtor.
  • Pericles. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms. 725
  • Second Fisherman. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up
    this garment through the rough seams of the waters:
    there are certain condolements, certain vails. I
    hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from 730
    whence you had it.
  • Pericles. Believe 't, I will.
    By your furtherance I am clothed in steel;
    And, spite of all the rapture of the sea,
    This jewel holds his building on my arm: 735
    Unto thy value I will mount myself
    Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
    Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
    Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
    Of a pair of bases. 740
  • Second Fisherman. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to
    make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.
  • Pericles. Then honour be but a goal to my will,
    This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill.

[Exeunt]

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Act II, Scene 2

The same. A public way or platform leading to the

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lists. A pavilion by the side of it for the [p]reception of King, Princess, Lords, &c.

[Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants]

  • Simonides. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph?
  • First Lord. They are, my liege; 750
    And stay your coming to present themselves.
  • Simonides. Return them, we are ready; and our daughter,
    In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
    Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat
    For men to see, and seeing wonder at. 755

[Exit a Lord]

  • Thaisa. It pleaseth you, my royal father, to express
    My commendations great, whose merit's less.
  • Simonides. It's fit it should be so; for princes are
    A model which heaven makes like to itself: 760
    As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
    So princes their renowns if not respected.
    'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain
    The labour of each knight in his device.
  • Thaisa. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perform. 765
    [Enter a Knight; he passes over, and his Squire]
    presents his shield to the Princess]
  • Simonides. Who is the first that doth prefer himself?
  • Thaisa. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father;
    And the device he bears upon his shield 770
    Is a black Ethiope reaching at the sun
    The word, 'Lux tua vita mihi.'
  • Simonides. He loves you well that holds his life of you.
    [The Second Knight passes over]
    Who is the second that presents himself? 775
  • Thaisa. A prince of Macedon, my royal father;
    And the device he bears upon his shield
    Is an arm'd knight that's conquer'd by a lady;
    The motto thus, in Spanish, 'Piu por dulzura que por fuerza.'

[The Third Knight passes over]

  • Thaisa. The third of Antioch;
    And his device, a wreath of chivalry;
    The word, 'Me pompae provexit apex.'

[The Fourth Knight passes over]

  • Thaisa. A burning torch that's turned upside down;
    The word, 'Quod me alit, me extinguit.'
  • Simonides. Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,
    Which can as well inflame as it can kill. 790

[The Fifth Knight passes over]

  • Thaisa. The fifth, an hand environed with clouds,
    Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried;
    The motto thus, 'Sic spectanda fides.'

[The Sixth Knight, PERICLES, passes over]

  • Simonides. And what's
    The sixth and last, the which the knight himself
    With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
  • Thaisa. He seems to be a stranger; but his present is
    A wither'd branch, that's only green at top; 800
    The motto, 'In hac spe vivo.'
  • Simonides. A pretty moral;
    From the dejected state wherein he is,
    He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
  • First Lord. He had need mean better than his outward show 805
    Can any way speak in his just commend;
    For by his rusty outside he appears
    To have practised more the whipstock than the lance.
  • Second Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes
    To an honour'd triumph strangely furnished. 810
  • Third Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust
    Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
  • Simonides. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan
    The outward habit by the inward man.
    But stay, the knights are coming: we will withdraw 815
    Into the gallery.

[Exeunt]

[Great shouts within and all cry 'The mean knight!']

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Act II, Scene 3

The same. A hall of state: a banquet prepared.

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[Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Attendants, and] [p]Knights, from tilting]

  • Simonides. Knights,
    To say you're welcome were superfluous.
    To place upon the volume of your deeds,
    As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
    Were more than you expect, or more than's fit, 825
    Since every worth in show commends itself.
    Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:
    You are princes and my guests.
  • Thaisa. But you, my knight and guest;
    To whom this wreath of victory I give, 830
    And crown you king of this day's happiness.
  • Pericles. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit.
  • Simonides. Call it by what you will, the day is yours;
    And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
    In framing an artist, art hath thus decreed, 835
    To make some good, but others to exceed;
    And you are her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o'
    the feast,—
    For, daughter, so you are,—here take your place:
    Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. 840
  • Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simonides.
  • Simonides. Your presence glads our days: honour we love;
    For who hates honour hates the gods above.
  • Marshal. Sir, yonder is your place.
  • First Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentlemen
    That neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
    Envy the great nor do the low despise.
  • Pericles. You are right courteous knights.
  • Pericles. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts,
    These cates resist me, she but thought upon.
  • Thaisa. By Juno, that is queen of marriage,
    All viands that I eat do seem unsavoury.
    Wishing him my meat. Sure, he's a gallant gentleman. 855
  • Simonides. He's but a country gentleman;
    Has done no more than other knights have done;
    Has broken a staff or so; so let it pass.
  • Thaisa. To me he seems like diamond to glass.
  • Pericles. Yon king's to me like to my father's picture, 860
    Which tells me in that glory once he was;
    Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
    And he the sun, for them to reverence;
    None that beheld him, but, like lesser lights,
    Did vail their crowns to his supremacy: 865
    Where now his son's like a glow-worm in the night,
    The which hath fire in darkness, none in light:
    Whereby I see that Time's the king of men,
    He's both their parent, and he is their grave,
    And gives them what he will, not what they crave. 870
  • Knights. Who can be other in this royal presence?
  • Simonides. Here, with a cup that's stored unto the brim,—
    As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,—
    We drink this health to you. 875
  • Simonides. Yet pause awhile:
    Yon knight doth sit too melancholy,
    As if the entertainment in our court
    Had not a show might countervail his worth. 880
    Note it not you, Thaisa?
  • Thaisa. What is it
    To me, my father?
  • Simonides. O, attend, my daughter:
    Princes in this should live like gods above, 885
    Who freely give to every one that comes
    To honour them:
    And princes not doing so are like to gnats,
    Which make a sound, but kill'd are wonder'd at.
    Therefore to make his entrance more sweet, 890
    Here, say we drink this standing-bowl of wine to him.
  • Thaisa. Alas, my father, it befits not me
    Unto a stranger knight to be so bold:
    He may my proffer take for an offence,
    Since men take women's gifts for impudence. 895
  • Simonides. How!
    Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
  • Thaisa. [Aside] Now, by the gods, he could not please me better.
  • Simonides. And furthermore tell him, we desire to know of him,
    Of whence he is, his name and parentage. 900
  • Thaisa. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
  • Thaisa. Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
  • Pericles. I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.
  • Thaisa. And further he desires to know of you, 905
    Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
  • Pericles. A gentleman of Tyre; my name, Pericles;
    My education been in arts and arms;
    Who, looking for adventures in the world,
    Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men, 910
    And after shipwreck driven upon this shore.
  • Thaisa. He thanks your grace; names himself Pericles,
    A gentleman of Tyre,
    Who only by misfortune of the seas
    Bereft of ships and men, cast on this shore. 915
  • Simonides. Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
    And will awake him from his melancholy.
    Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,
    And waste the time, which looks for other revels.
    Even in your armours, as you are address'd, 920
    Will very well become a soldier's dance.
    I will not have excuse, with saying this
    Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads,
    Since they love men in arms as well as beds.
    [The Knights dance] 925
    So, this was well ask'd,'twas so well perform'd.
    Come, sir;
    Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
    And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
    Are excellent in making ladies trip; 930
    And that their measures are as excellent.
  • Pericles. In those that practise them they are, my lord.
  • Simonides. O, that's as much as you would be denied
    Of your fair courtesy.
    [The Knights and Ladies dance] 935
    Unclasp, unclasp:
    Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well.
    [To PERICLES]
    But you the best. Pages and lights, to conduct
    These knights unto their several lodgings! 940
    [To PERICLES]
    Yours, sir,
    We have given order to be next our own.
  • Pericles. I am at your grace's pleasure.
  • Simonides. Princes, it is too late to talk of love; 945
    And that's the mark I know you level at:
    Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
    To-morrow all for speeding do their best.

[Exeunt]

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Act II, Scene 4

Tyre. A room in the Governor’s house.

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[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. Here have you seen a mighty king
    His child, I wis, to incest bring;
    A better prince and benign lord,
    That will prove awful both in deed and word.
    Be quiet then as men should be, 535
    Till he hath pass'd necessity.
    I'll show you those in troubles reign,
    Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
    The good in conversation,
    To whom I give my benison, 540
    Is still at Tarsus, where each man
    Thinks all is writ he speken can;
    And, to remember what he does,
    Build his statue to make him glorious:
    But tidings to the contrary 545
    Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?
    DUMB SHOW.
    [Enter at one door PERICLES talking with CLEON; all]
    the train with them. Enter at another door a
    Gentleman, with a letter to PERICLES; PERICLES 550
    shows the letter to CLEON; gives the Messenger a
    reward, and knights him. Exit PERICLES at one
    door, and CLEON at another]
    Good Helicane, that stay'd at home,
    Not to eat honey like a drone 555
    From others' labours; for though he strive
    To killen bad, keep good alive;
    And to fulfil his prince' desire,
    Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
    How Thaliard came full bent with sin 560
    And had intent to murder him;
    And that in Tarsus was not best
    Longer for him to make his rest.
    He, doing so, put forth to seas,
    Where when men been, there's seldom ease; 565
    For now the wind begins to blow;
    Thunder above and deeps below
    Make such unquiet, that the ship
    Should house him safe is wreck'd and split;
    And he, good prince, having all lost, 570
    By waves from coast to coast is tost:
    All perishen of man, of pelf,
    Ne aught escapen but himself;
    Till fortune, tired with doing bad,
    Threw him ashore, to give him glad: 575
    And here he comes. What shall be next,
    Pardon old Gower,—this longs the text.

[Exit]

[Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES]

  • Helicanus. No, Escanes, know this of me,
    Antiochus from incest lived not free:
    For which, the most high gods not minding longer
    To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
    Due to this heinous capital offence, 955
    Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
    When he was seated in a chariot
    Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
    A fire from heaven came and shrivell'd up
    Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk, 960
    That all those eyes adored them ere their fall
    Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
  • Helicanus. And yet but justice; for though
    This king were great, his greatness was no guard 965
    To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.

[Enter two or three Lords]

  • First Lord. See, not a man in private conference
    Or council has respect with him but he. 970
  • Second Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof.
  • Third Lord. And cursed be he that will not second it.
  • First Lord. Follow me, then. Lord Helicane, a word.
  • Helicanus. With me? and welcome: happy day, my lords.
  • First Lord. Know that our griefs are risen to the top, 975
    And now at length they overflow their banks.
  • Helicanus. Your griefs! for what? wrong not your prince you love.
  • First Lord. Wrong not yourself, then, noble Helicane;
    But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
    Or know what ground's made happy by his breath. 980
    If in the world he live, we'll seek him out;
    If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there;
    And be resolved he lives to govern us,
    Or dead, give's cause to mourn his funeral,
    And leave us to our free election. 985
  • Second Lord. Whose death indeed's the strongest in our censure:
    And knowing this kingdom is without a head,—
    Like goodly buildings left without a roof
    Soon fall to ruin,—your noble self,
    That best know how to rule and how to reign, 990
    We thus submit unto,—our sovereign.
  • All. Live, noble Helicane!
  • Helicanus. For honour's cause, forbear your suffrages:
    If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
    Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, 995
    Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease.
    A twelvemonth longer, let me entreat you to
    Forbear the absence of your king:
    If in which time expired, he not return,
    I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. 1000
    But if I cannot win you to this love,
    Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
    And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
    Whom if you find, and win unto return,
    You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. 1005
  • First Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
    And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
    We with our travels will endeavour us.
  • Helicanus. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands:
    When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. 1010

[Exeunt]

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Act II, Scene 5

Pentapolis. A room in the palace.

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[Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, at one door:] [p]the Knights meet him]

  • Simonides. Knights, from my daughter this I let you know, 1015
    That for this twelvemonth she'll not undertake
    A married life.
    Her reason to herself is only known,
    Which yet from her by no means can I get.
  • Simonides. 'Faith, by no means; she has so strictly tied
    Her to her chamber, that 'tis impossible.
    One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery;
    This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd
    And on her virgin honour will not break it. 1025

[Exeunt Knights]

  • Simonides. So,
    They are well dispatch'd; now to my daughter's letter:
    She tells me here, she'd wed the stranger knight, 1030
    Or never more to view nor day nor light.
    'Tis well, mistress; your choice agrees with mine;
    I like that well: nay, how absolute she's in't,
    Not minding whether I dislike or no!
    Well, I do commend her choice; 1035
    And will no longer have it be delay'd.
    Soft! here he comes: I must dissemble it.

[Enter PERICLES]

  • Pericles. All fortune to the good Simonides!
  • Simonides. To you as much, sir! I am beholding to you 1040
    For your sweet music this last night: I do
    Protest my ears were never better fed
    With such delightful pleasing harmony.
  • Pericles. It is your grace's pleasure to commend;
    Not my desert. 1045
  • Pericles. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.
  • Simonides. Let me ask you one thing:
    What do you think of my daughter, sir?
  • Pericles. A most virtuous princess. 1050
  • Pericles. As a fair day in summer, wondrous fair.
  • Simonides. Sir, my daughter thinks very well of you;
    Ay, so well, that you must be her master,
    And she will be your scholar: therefore look to it. 1055
  • Pericles. I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
  • Simonides. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.
  • Pericles. [Aside] What's here?
    A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre!
    'Tis the king's subtlety to have my life. 1060
    O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
    A stranger and distressed gentleman,
    That never aim'd so high to love your daughter,
    But bent all offices to honour her.
  • Simonides. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou art 1065
    A villain.
  • Pericles. By the gods, I have not:
    Never did thought of mine levy offence;
    Nor never did my actions yet commence
    A deed might gain her love or your displeasure. 1070
  • Pericles. Even in his throat—unless it be the king—
    That calls me traitor, I return the lie. 1075
  • Simonides. [Aside] Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
  • Pericles. My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
    That never relish'd of a base descent.
    I came unto your court for honour's cause,
    And not to be a rebel to her state; 1080
    And he that otherwise accounts of me,
    This sword shall prove he's honour's enemy.
  • Simonides. No?
    Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.

[Enter THAISA]

  • Pericles. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
    Resolve your angry father, if my tongue
    Did ere solicit, or my hand subscribe
    To any syllable that made love to you.
  • Thaisa. Why, sir, say if you had, 1090
    Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
  • Simonides. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?
    [Aside]
    I am glad on't with all my heart.—
    I'll tame you; I'll bring you in subjection. 1095
    Will you, not having my consent,
    Bestow your love and your affections
    Upon a stranger?
    [Aside]
    who, for aught I know, 1100
    May be, nor can I think the contrary,
    As great in blood as I myself.—
    Therefore hear you, mistress; either frame
    Your will to mine,—and you, sir, hear you,
    Either be ruled by me, or I will make you— 1105
    Man and wife:
    Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too:
    And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy;
    And for a further grief,—God give you joy!—
    What, are you both pleased? 1110
  • Thaisa. Yes, if you love me, sir.
  • Pericles. Even as my life, or blood that fosters it.
  • Both. Yes, if it please your majesty.
  • Simonides. It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you wed; 1115
    And then with what haste you can get you to bed.

[Exeunt]

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Prologue

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[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. Now sleep y-slaked hath the rout;
    No din but snores the house about, 1120
    Made louder by the o'er-fed breast
    Of this most pompous marriage-feast.
    The cat, with eyne of burning coal,
    Now crouches fore the mouse's hole;
    And crickets sing at the oven's mouth, 1125
    E'er the blither for their drouth.
    Hymen hath brought the bride to bed.
    Where, by the loss of maidenhead,
    A babe is moulded. Be attent,
    And time that is so briefly spent 1130
    With your fine fancies quaintly eche:
    What's dumb in show I'll plain with speech.
    DUMB SHOW.
    [Enter, PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one door, with]
    Attendants; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and 1135
    gives PERICLES a letter: PERICLES shows it
    SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to him. Then enter
    THAISA with child, with LYCHORIDA a nurse. The
    KING shows her the letter; she rejoices: she and
    PERICLES takes leave of her father, and depart with 1140
    LYCHORIDA and their Attendants. Then exeunt
    SIMONIDES and the rest]
    By many a dern and painful perch
    Of Pericles the careful search,
    By the four opposing coigns 1145
    Which the world together joins,
    Is made with all due diligence
    That horse and sail and high expense
    Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre,
    Fame answering the most strange inquire, 1150
    To the court of King Simonides
    Are letters brought, the tenor these:
    Antiochus and his daughter dead;
    The men of Tyrus on the head
    Of Helicanus would set on 1155
    The crown of Tyre, but he will none:
    The mutiny he there hastes t' oppress;
    Says to 'em, if King Pericles
    Come not home in twice six moons,
    He, obedient to their dooms, 1160
    Will take the crown. The sum of this,
    Brought hither to Pentapolis,
    Y-ravished the regions round,
    And every one with claps can sound,
    'Our heir-apparent is a king! 1165
    Who dream'd, who thought of such a thing?'
    Brief, he must hence depart to Tyre:
    His queen with child makes her desire—
    Which who shall cross?—along to go:
    Omit we all their dole and woe: 1170
    Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
    And so to sea. Their vessel shakes
    On Neptune's billow; half the flood
    Hath their keel cut: but fortune's mood
    Varies again; the grisly north 1175
    Disgorges such a tempest forth,
    That, as a duck for life that dives,
    So up and down the poor ship drives:
    The lady shrieks, and well-a-near
    Does fall in travail with her fear: 1180
    And what ensues in this fell storm
    Shall for itself itself perform.
    I nill relate, action may
    Conveniently the rest convey;
    Which might not what by me is told. 1185
    In your imagination hold
    This stage the ship, upon whose deck
    The sea-tost Pericles appears to speak.

[Exit]

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Act III, Scene 1

On ship.

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[Enter PERICLES, on shipboard]

  • Pericles. Thou god of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
    Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, that hast
    Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
    Having call'd them from the deep! O, still
    Thy deafening, dreadful thunders; gently quench 1195
    Thy nimble, sulphurous flashes! O, how, Lychorida,
    How does my queen? Thou stormest venomously;
    Wilt thou spit all thyself? The seaman's whistle
    Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
    Unheard. Lychorida!—Lucina, O 1200
    Divinest patroness, and midwife gentle
    To those that cry by night, convey thy deity
    Aboard our dancing boat; make swift the pangs
    Of my queen's travails!
    [Enter LYCHORIDA, with an Infant] 1205
    Now, Lychorida!
  • Lychorida. Here is a thing too young for such a place,
    Who, if it had conceit, would die, as I
    Am like to do: take in your arms this piece
    Of your dead queen. 1210
  • Lychorida. Patience, good sir; do not assist the storm.
    Here's all that is left living of your queen,
    A little daughter: for the sake of it,
    Be manly, and take comfort. 1215
  • Pericles. O you gods!
    Why do you make us love your goodly gifts,
    And snatch them straight away? We here below
    Recall not what we give, and therein may
    Use honour with you. 1220
  • Lychorida. Patience, good sir,
    Even for this charge.
  • Pericles. Now, mild may be thy life!
    For a more blustrous birth had never babe:
    Quiet and gentle thy conditions! for 1225
    Thou art the rudeliest welcome to this world
    That ever was prince's child. Happy what follows!
    Thou hast as chiding a nativity
    As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make,
    To herald thee from the womb: even at the first 1230
    Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit,
    With all thou canst find here. Now, the good gods
    Throw their best eyes upon't!

[Enter two Sailors]

  • Pericles. Courage enough: I do not fear the flaw;
    It hath done to me the worst. Yet, for the love
    Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer,
    I would it would be quiet.
  • First Sailor. Slack the bolins there! Thou wilt not, wilt thou? 1240
    Blow, and split thyself.
  • Second Sailor. But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy billow kiss
    the moon, I care not.
  • First Sailor. Sir, your queen must overboard: the sea works high,
    the wind is loud, and will not lie till the ship be 1245
    cleared of the dead.
  • First Sailor. Pardon us, sir; with us at sea it hath been still
    observed: and we are strong in custom. Therefore
    briefly yield her; for she must overboard straight. 1250
  • Pericles. As you think meet. Most wretched queen!
  • Pericles. A terrible childbed hast thou had, my dear;
    No light, no fire: the unfriendly elements
    Forgot thee utterly: nor have I time 1255
    To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight
    Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze;
    Where, for a monument upon thy bones,
    And e'er-remaining lamps, the belching whale
    And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse, 1260
    Lying with simple shells. O Lychorida,
    Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper,
    My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander
    Bring me the satin coffer: lay the babe
    Upon the pillow: hie thee, whiles I say 1265
    A priestly farewell to her: suddenly, woman.

[Exit LYCHORIDA]

  • Second Sailor. Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches, caulked
    and bitumed ready.
  • Pericles. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coast is this? 1270
  • Pericles. Thither, gentle mariner.
    Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou reach it?
  • Pericles. O, make for Tarsus! 1275
    There will I visit Cleon, for the babe
    Cannot hold out to Tyrus: there I'll leave it
    At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner:
    I'll bring the body presently.

[Exeunt]

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Act III, Scene 2

Ephesus. A room in CERIMON’s house.

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[Enter CERIMON, with a Servant, and some Persons who] [p]have been shipwrecked]

[Enter PHILEMON]

  • Cerimon. Get fire and meat for these poor men:
    'T has been a turbulent and stormy night.
  • Servant. I have been in many; but such a night as this,
    Till now, I ne'er endured.
  • Cerimon. Your master will be dead ere you return; 1290
    There's nothing can be minister'd to nature
    That can recover him.
    [To PHILEMON]
    Give this to the 'pothecary,
    And tell me how it works. 1295

[Exeunt all but CERIMON]

[Enter two Gentlemen]

  • Cerimon. Gentlemen, 1300
    Why do you stir so early?
  • First Gentleman. Sir,
    Our lodgings, standing bleak upon the sea,
    Shook as the earth did quake;
    The very principals did seem to rend, 1305
    And all-to topple: pure surprise and fear
    Made me to quit the house.
  • Second Gentleman. That is the cause we trouble you so early;
    'Tis not our husbandry.
  • First Gentleman. But I much marvel that your lordship, having
    Rich tire about you, should at these early hours
    Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
    'Tis most strange,
    Nature should be so conversant with pain, 1315
    Being thereto not compell'd.
  • Cerimon. I hold it ever,
    Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
    Than nobleness and riches: careless heirs
    May the two latter darken and expend; 1320
    But immortality attends the former.
    Making a man a god. 'Tis known, I ever
    Have studied physic, through which secret art,
    By turning o'er authorities, I have,
    Together with my practise, made familiar 1325
    To me and to my aid the blest infusions
    That dwell in vegetives, in metals, stones;
    And I can speak of the disturbances
    That nature works, and of her cures; which doth give me
    A more content in course of true delight 1330
    Than to be thirsty after tottering honour,
    Or tie my treasure up in silken bags,
    To please the fool and death.
  • Second Gentleman. Your honour has through Ephesus pour'd forth
    Your charity, and hundreds call themselves 1335
    Your creatures, who by you have been restored:
    And not your knowledge, your personal pain, but even
    Your purse, still open, hath built Lord Cerimon
    Such strong renown as time shall ne'er decay.

[Enter two or three Servants with a chest]

  • First Servant. Sir, even now
    Did the sea toss upon our shore this chest:
    'Tis of some wreck. 1345
  • Cerimon. Set 't down, let's look upon't.
  • Cerimon. Whate'er it be,
    'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight:
    If the sea's stomach be o'ercharged with gold, 1350
    'Tis a good constraint of fortune it belches upon us.
  • Cerimon. How close 'tis caulk'd and bitumed!
    Did the sea cast it up?
  • First Servant. I never saw so huge a billow, sir, 1355
    As toss'd it upon shore.
  • Cerimon. Wrench it open;
    Soft! it smells most sweetly in my sense.
  • Cerimon. As ever hit my nostril. So, up with it. 1360
    O you most potent gods! what's here? a corse!
  • Cerimon. Shrouded in cloth of state; balm'd and entreasured
    With full bags of spices! A passport too!
    Apollo, perfect me in the characters! 1365
    [Reads from a scroll]
    'Here I give to understand,
    If e'er this coffin drive a-land,
    I, King Pericles, have lost
    This queen, worth all our mundane cost. 1370
    Who finds her, give her burying;
    She was the daughter of a king:
    Besides this treasure for a fee,
    The gods requite his charity!'
    If thou livest, Pericles, thou hast a heart 1375
    That even cracks for woe! This chanced tonight.
  • Cerimon. Nay, certainly to-night;
    For look how fresh she looks! They were too rough
    That threw her in the sea. Make a fire within: 1380
    Fetch hither all my boxes in my closet.
    [Exit a Servant]
    Death may usurp on nature many hours,
    And yet the fire of life kindle again
    The o'erpress'd spirits. I heard of an Egyptian 1385
    That had nine hours lien dead,
    Who was by good appliance recovered.
    [Re-enter a Servant, with boxes, napkins, and fire]
    Well said, well said; the fire and cloths.
    The rough and woeful music that we have, 1390
    Cause it to sound, beseech you.
    The viol once more: how thou stirr'st, thou block!
    The music there!—I pray you, give her air.
    Gentlemen.
    This queen will live: nature awakes; a warmth 1395
    Breathes out of her: she hath not been entranced
    Above five hours: see how she gins to blow
    Into life's flower again!
  • First Gentleman. The heavens,
    Through you, increase our wonder and set up 1400
    Your fame forever.
  • Cerimon. She is alive; behold,
    Her eyelids, cases to those heavenly jewels
    Which Pericles hath lost,
    Begin to part their fringes of bright gold; 1405
    The diamonds of a most praised water
    Do appear, to make the world twice rich. Live,
    And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creature,
    Rare as you seem to be.

[She moves]

  • Thaisa. O dear Diana,
    Where am I? Where's my lord? What world is this?
  • Cerimon. Hush, my gentle neighbours! 1415
    Lend me your hands; to the next chamber bear her.
    Get linen: now this matter must be look'd to,
    For her relapse is mortal. Come, come;
    And AEsculapius guide us!

[Exeunt, carrying her away]

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Act III, Scene 3

Tarsus. A room in CLEON’s house.

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[Enter PERICLES, CLEON, DIONYZA, and LYCHORIDA with] [p]MARINA in her arms]

  • Pericles. Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be gone;
    My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
    In a litigious peace. You, and your lady, 1425
    Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods
    Make up the rest upon you!
  • Cleon. Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt you mortally,
    Yet glance full wanderingly on us.
  • Dionyza. O your sweet queen! 1430
    That the strict fates had pleased you had brought her hither,
    To have bless'd mine eyes with her!
  • Pericles. We cannot but obey
    The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
    As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end 1435
    Must be as 'tis. My gentle babe Marina, whom,
    For she was born at sea, I have named so, here
    I charge your charity withal, leaving her
    The infant of your care; beseeching you
    To give her princely training, that she may be 1440
    Manner'd as she is born.
  • Cleon. Fear not, my lord, but think
    Your grace, that fed my country with your corn,
    For which the people's prayers still fall upon you,
    Must in your child be thought on. If neglection 1445
    Should therein make me vile, the common body,
    By you relieved, would force me to my duty:
    But if to that my nature need a spur,
    The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
    To the end of generation! 1450
  • Pericles. I believe you;
    Your honour and your goodness teach me to't,
    Without your vows. Till she be married, madam,
    By bright Diana, whom we honour, all
    Unscissor'd shall this hair of mine remain, 1455
    Though I show ill in't. So I take my leave.
    Good madam, make me blessed in your care
    In bringing up my child.
  • Dionyza. I have one myself,
    Who shall not be more dear to my respect 1460
    Than yours, my lord.
  • Pericles. Madam, my thanks and prayers.
  • Cleon. We'll bring your grace e'en to the edge o' the shore,
    Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune and
    The gentlest winds of heaven. 1465
  • Pericles. I will embrace
    Your offer. Come, dearest madam. O, no tears,
    Lychorida, no tears:
    Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
    You may depend hereafter. Come, my lord. 1470

[Exeunt]

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Act III, Scene 4

Ephesus. A room in CERIMON’s house.

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[Enter CERIMON and THAISA]

  • Cerimon. Madam, this letter, and some certain jewels,
    Lay with you in your coffer: which are now
    At your command. Know you the character? 1475
  • Thaisa. It is my lord's.
    That I was shipp'd at sea, I well remember,
    Even on my eaning time; but whether there
    Deliver'd, by the holy gods,
    I cannot rightly say. But since King Pericles, 1480
    My wedded lord, I ne'er shall see again,
    A vestal livery will I take me to,
    And never more have joy.
  • Cerimon. Madam, if this you purpose as ye speak,
    Diana's temple is not distant far, 1485
    Where you may abide till your date expire.
    Moreover, if you please, a niece of mine
    Shall there attend you.
  • Thaisa. My recompense is thanks, that's all;
    Yet my good will is great, though the gift small. 1490

[Exeunt]

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Prologue

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[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre,
    Welcomed and settled to his own desire.
    His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus, 1495
    Unto Diana there a votaress.
    Now to Marina bend your mind,
    Whom our fast-growing scene must find
    At Tarsus, and by Cleon train'd
    In music, letters; who hath gain'd 1500
    Of education all the grace,
    Which makes her both the heart and place
    Of general wonder. But, alack,
    That monster envy, oft the wrack
    Of earned praise, Marina's life 1505
    Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
    And in this kind hath our Cleon
    One daughter, and a wench full grown,
    Even ripe for marriage-rite; this maid
    Hight Philoten: and it is said 1510
    For certain in our story, she
    Would ever with Marina be:
    Be't when she weaved the sleided silk
    With fingers long, small, white as milk;
    Or when she would with sharp needle wound 1515
    The cambric, which she made more sound
    By hurting it; or when to the lute
    She sung, and made the night-bird mute,
    That still records with moan; or when
    She would with rich and constant pen 1520
    Vail to her mistress Dian; still
    This Philoten contends in skill
    With absolute Marina: so
    With the dove of Paphos might the crow
    Vie feathers white. Marina gets 1525
    All praises, which are paid as debts,
    And not as given. This so darks
    In Philoten all graceful marks,
    That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,
    A present murderer does prepare 1530
    For good Marina, that her daughter
    Might stand peerless by this slaughter.
    The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,
    Lychorida, our nurse, is dead:
    And cursed Dionyza hath 1535
    The pregnant instrument of wrath
    Prest for this blow. The unborn event
    I do commend to your content:
    Only I carry winged time
    Post on the lame feet of my rhyme; 1540
    Which never could I so convey,
    Unless your thoughts went on my way.
    Dionyza does appear,
    With Leonine, a murderer.

[Exit]

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Act IV, Scene 1

Tarsus. An open place near the sea-shore.

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[Enter DIONYZA and LEONINE]

  • Dionyza. Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do't:
    'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.
    Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon,
    To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience, 1550
    Which is but cold, inflaming love i' thy bosom,
    Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which
    Even women have cast off, melt thee, but be
    A soldier to thy purpose.
  • Leonine. I will do't; but yet she is a goodly creature. 1555
  • Dionyza. The fitter, then, the gods should have her. Here
    she comes weeping for her only mistress' death.
    Thou art resolved?

[Enter MARINA, with a basket of flowers]

  • Marina. No, I will rob Tellus of her weed,
    To strew thy green with flowers: the yellows, blues,
    The purple violets, and marigolds,
    Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave,
    While summer-days do last. Ay me! poor maid, 1565
    Born in a tempest, when my mother died,
    This world to me is like a lasting storm,
    Whirring me from my friends.
  • Dionyza. How now, Marina! why do you keep alone?
    How chance my daughter is not with you? Do not 1570
    Consume your blood with sorrowing: you have
    A nurse of me. Lord, how your favour's changed
    With this unprofitable woe!
    Come, give me your flowers, ere the sea mar it.
    Walk with Leonine; the air is quick there, 1575
    And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. Come,
    Leonine, take her by the arm, walk with her.
  • Marina. No, I pray you;
    I'll not bereave you of your servant.
  • Dionyza. Come, come; 1580
    I love the king your father, and yourself,
    With more than foreign heart. We every day
    Expect him here: when he shall come and find
    Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,
    He will repent the breadth of his great voyage; 1585
    Blame both my lord and me, that we have taken
    No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you,
    Walk, and be cheerful once again; reserve
    That excellent complexion, which did steal
    The eyes of young and old. Care not for me 1590
    I can go home alone.
  • Marina. Well, I will go;
    But yet I have no desire to it.
  • Dionyza. Come, come, I know 'tis good for you.
    Walk half an hour, Leonine, at the least: 1595
    Remember what I have said.
  • Dionyza. I'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while:
    Pray, walk softly, do not heat your blood:
    What! I must have a care of you. 1600
  • Marina. My thanks, sweet madam.
    [Exit DIONYZA]
    Is this wind westerly that blows?
  • Marina. When I was born, the wind was north. 1605
  • Marina. My father, as nurse said, did never fear,
    But cried 'Good seaman!' to the sailors, galling
    His kingly hands, haling ropes;
    And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea 1610
    That almost burst the deck.
  • Marina. When I was born:
    Never was waves nor wind more violent;
    And from the ladder-tackle washes off 1615
    A canvas-climber. 'Ha!' says one, 'wilt out?'
    And with a dropping industry they skip
    From stem to stern: the boatswain whistles, and
    The master calls, and trebles their confusion.
  • Leonine. Come, say your prayers. 1620
  • Leonine. If you require a little space for prayer,
    I grant it: pray; but be not tedious,
    For the gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn
    To do my work with haste. 1625
  • Marina. Why will you kill me?
  • Marina. Why would she have me kill'd?
    Now, as I can remember, by my troth,
    I never did her hurt in all my life: 1630
    I never spake bad word, nor did ill turn
    To any living creature: believe me, la,
    I never kill'd a mouse, nor hurt a fly:
    I trod upon a worm against my will,
    But I wept for it. How have I offended, 1635
    Wherein my death might yield her any profit,
    Or my life imply her any danger?
  • Leonine. My commission
    Is not to reason of the deed, but do it.
  • Marina. You will not do't for all the world, I hope. 1640
    You are well favour'd, and your looks foreshow
    You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately,
    When you caught hurt in parting two that fought:
    Good sooth, it show'd well in you: do so now:
    Your lady seeks my life; come you between, 1645
    And save poor me, the weaker.
  • Leonine. I am sworn,
    And will dispatch.

[He seizes her]

[Enter Pirates]

[LEONINE runs away]

  • Third Pirate. Half-part, mates, half-part.
    Come, let's have her aboard suddenly. 1655

[Exeunt Pirates with MARINA]

[Re-enter LEONINE]

  • Leonine. These roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes;
    And they have seized Marina. Let her go:
    There's no hope she will return. I'll swear 1660
    she's dead,
    And thrown into the sea. But I'll see further:
    Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,
    Not carry her aboard. If she remain,
    Whom they have ravish'd must by me be slain. 1665

[Exit]

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Act IV, Scene 2

Mytilene. A room in a brothel.

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[Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT]

  • Pandar. Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full of 1670
    gallants. We lost too much money this mart by being
    too wenchless.
  • Bawd. We were never so much out of creatures. We have but
    poor three, and they can do no more than they can
    do; and they with continual action are even as good as rotten. 1675
  • Pandar. Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay for
    them. If there be not a conscience to be used in
    every trade, we shall never prosper.
  • Bawd. Thou sayest true: 'tis not our bringing up of poor
    bastards,—as, I think, I have brought up some eleven— 1680
  • Boult. Ay, to eleven; and brought them down again. But
    shall I search the market?
  • Bawd. What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind
    will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.
  • Pandar. Thou sayest true; they're too unwholesome, o' 1685
    conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that
    lay with the little baggage.
  • Boult. Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast-meat
    for worms. But I'll go search the market.

[Exit]

  • Pandar. Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a
    proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
  • Bawd. Why to give over, I pray you? is it a shame to get
    when we are old?
  • Pandar. O, our credit comes not in like the commodity, nor 1695
    the commodity wages not with the danger: therefore,
    if in our youths we could pick up some pretty
    estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
    Besides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods
    will be strong with us for giving over. 1700
  • Bawd. Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
  • Pandar. As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend worse.
    Neither is our profession any trade; it's no
    calling. But here comes Boult.

[Re-enter BOULT, with the Pirates and MARINA]

  • Boult. [To MARINA] Come your ways. My masters, you say
    she's a virgin?
  • Boult. Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see:
    if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest. 1710
  • Bawd. Boult, has she any qualities?
  • Boult. She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent
    good clothes: there's no further necessity of
    qualities can make her be refused.
  • Bawd. What's her price, Boult? 1715
  • Boult. I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.
  • Pandar. Well, follow me, my masters, you shall have your
    money presently. Wife, take her in; instruct her
    what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her
    entertainment. 1720

[Exeunt Pandar and Pirates]

  • Bawd. Boult, take you the marks of her, the colour of her
    hair, complexion, height, age, with warrant of her
    virginity; and cry 'He that will give most shall
    have her first.' Such a maidenhead were no cheap 1725
    thing, if men were as they have been. Get this done
    as I command you.
  • Boult. Performance shall follow.

[Exit]

  • Marina. Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow! 1730
    He should have struck, not spoke; or that these pirates,
    Not enough barbarous, had not o'erboard thrown me
    For to seek my mother!
  • Bawd. Why lament you, pretty one?
  • Marina. That I am pretty. 1735
  • Bawd. Come, the gods have done their part in you.
  • Bawd. You are light into my hands, where you are like to live.
  • Marina. The more my fault
    To scape his hands where I was like to die. 1740
  • Bawd. Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.
  • Bawd. Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all
    fashions: you shall fare well; you shall have the
    difference of all complexions. What! do you stop your ears? 1745
  • Bawd. What would you have me be, an I be not a woman?
  • Marina. An honest woman, or not a woman.
  • Bawd. Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall have
    something to do with you. Come, you're a young 1750
    foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would have
    you.
  • Bawd. If it please the gods to defend you by men, then men
    must comfort you, men must feed you, men must stir 1755
    you up. Boult's returned.
    [Re-enter BOULT]
    Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?
  • Boult. I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs;
    I have drawn her picture with my voice. 1760
  • Bawd. And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the
    inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?
  • Boult. 'Faith, they listened to me as they would have
    hearkened to their father's testament. There was a
    Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to 1765
    her very description.
  • Bawd. We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.
  • Boult. To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know the
    French knight that cowers i' the hams?
  • Bawd. Who, Monsieur Veroles? 1770
  • Boult. Ay, he: he offered to cut a caper at the
    proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore
    he would see her to-morrow.
  • Bawd. Well, well; as for him, he brought his disease
    hither: here he does but repair it. I know he will 1775
    come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the
    sun.
  • Boult. Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, we
    should lodge them with this sign.
  • Bawd. [To MARINA] Pray you, come hither awhile. You 1780
    have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me: you must
    seem to do that fearfully which you commit
    willingly, despise profit where you have most gain.
    To weep that you live as ye do makes pity in your
    lovers: seldom but that pity begets you a good 1785
    opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.
  • Marina. I understand you not.
  • Boult. O, take her home, mistress, take her home: these
    blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practise.
  • Bawd. Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for your 1790
    bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go
    with warrant.
  • Boult. 'Faith, some do, and some do not. But, mistress, if
    I have bargained for the joint,—
  • Bawd. Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit. 1795
  • Bawd. Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like the
    manner of your garments well.
  • Boult. Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.
  • Bawd. Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a 1800
    sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom.
    When nature flamed this piece, she meant thee a good
    turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou
    hast the harvest out of thine own report.
  • Boult. I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake 1805
    the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stir up
    the lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.
  • Bawd. Come your ways; follow me.
  • Marina. If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
    Untied I still my virgin knot will keep. 1810
    Diana, aid my purpose!
  • Bawd. What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you go with us?

[Exeunt]

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Act IV, Scene 3

Tarsus. A room in CLEON’s house.

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[Enter CLEON and DIONYZA]

  • Dionyza. Why, are you foolish? Can it be undone? 1815
  • Cleon. O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter
    The sun and moon ne'er look'd upon!
  • Dionyza. I think
    You'll turn a child again.
  • Cleon. Were I chief lord of all this spacious world, 1820
    I'ld give it to undo the deed. O lady,
    Much less in blood than virtue, yet a princess
    To equal any single crown o' the earth
    I' the justice of compare! O villain Leonine!
    Whom thou hast poison'd too: 1825
    If thou hadst drunk to him, 't had been a kindness
    Becoming well thy fact: what canst thou say
    When noble Pericles shall demand his child?
  • Dionyza. That she is dead. Nurses are not the fates,
    To foster it, nor ever to preserve. 1830
    She died at night; I'll say so. Who can cross it?
    Unless you play the pious innocent,
    And for an honest attribute cry out
    'She died by foul play.'
  • Cleon. O, go to. Well, well, 1835
    Of all the faults beneath the heavens, the gods
    Do like this worst.
  • Dionyza. Be one of those that think
    The petty wrens of Tarsus will fly hence,
    And open this to Pericles. I do shame 1840
    To think of what a noble strain you are,
    And of how coward a spirit.
  • Cleon. To such proceeding
    Who ever but his approbation added,
    Though not his prime consent, he did not flow 1845
    From honourable sources.
  • Dionyza. Be it so, then:
    Yet none does know, but you, how she came dead,
    Nor none can know, Leonine being gone.
    She did disdain my child, and stood between 1850
    Her and her fortunes: none would look on her,
    But cast their gazes on Marina's face;
    Whilst ours was blurted at and held a malkin
    Not worth the time of day. It pierced me through;
    And though you call my course unnatural, 1855
    You not your child well loving, yet I find
    It greets me as an enterprise of kindness
    Perform'd to your sole daughter.
  • Cleon. Heavens forgive it!
  • Dionyza. And as for Pericles, 1860
    What should he say? We wept after her hearse,
    And yet we mourn: her monument
    Is almost finish'd, and her epitaphs
    In glittering golden characters express
    A general praise to her, and care in us 1865
    At whose expense 'tis done.
  • Cleon. Thou art like the harpy,
    Which, to betray, dost, with thine angel's face,
    Seize with thine eagle's talons.
  • Dionyza. You are like one that superstitiously 1870
    Doth swear to the gods that winter kills the flies:
    But yet I know you'll do as I advise.

[Exeunt]

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Act IV, Scene 4

Chorus.

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[Enter GOWER, before the monument of MARINA at Tarsus]

  • Gower. Thus time we waste, and longest leagues make short; 1875
    Sail seas in cockles, have an wish but for't;
    Making, to take your imagination,
    From bourn to bourn, region to region.
    By you being pardon'd, we commit no crime
    To use one language in each several clime 1880
    Where our scenes seem to live. I do beseech you
    To learn of me, who stand i' the gaps to teach you,
    The stages of our story. Pericles
    Is now again thwarting the wayward seas,
    Attended on by many a lord and knight. 1885
    To see his daughter, all his life's delight.
    Old Escanes, whom Helicanus late
    Advanced in time to great and high estate,
    Is left to govern. Bear you it in mind,
    Old Helicanus goes along behind. 1890
    Well-sailing ships and bounteous winds have brought
    This king to Tarsus,—think his pilot thought;
    So with his steerage shall your thoughts grow on,—
    To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
    Like motes and shadows see them move awhile; 1895
    Your ears unto your eyes I'll reconcile.
    DUMB SHOW.
    [Enter PERICLES, at one door, with all his train;]
    CLEON and DIONYZA, at the other. CLEON shows
    PERICLES the tomb; whereat PERICLES makes 1900
    lamentation, puts on sackcloth, and in a mighty
    passion departs. Then exeunt CLEON and DIONYZA]
    See how belief may suffer by foul show!
    This borrow'd passion stands for true old woe;
    And Pericles, in sorrow all devour'd, 1905
    With sighs shot through, and biggest tears
    o'ershower'd,
    Leaves Tarsus and again embarks. He swears
    Never to wash his face, nor cut his hairs:
    He puts on sackcloth, and to sea. He bears 1910
    A tempest, which his mortal vessel tears,
    And yet he rides it out. Now please you wit.
    The epitaph is for Marina writ
    By wicked Dionyza.
    [Reads the inscription on MARINA's monument] 1915
    'The fairest, sweet'st, and best lies here,
    Who wither'd in her spring of year.
    She was of Tyrus the king's daughter,
    On whom foul death hath made this slaughter;
    Marina was she call'd; and at her birth, 1920
    Thetis, being proud, swallow'd some part o' the earth:
    Therefore the earth, fearing to be o'erflow'd,
    Hath Thetis' birth-child on the heavens bestow'd:
    Wherefore she does, and swears she'll never stint,
    Make raging battery upon shores of flint.' 1925
    No visor does become black villany
    So well as soft and tender flattery.
    Let Pericles believe his daughter's dead,
    And bear his courses to be ordered
    By Lady Fortune; while our scene must play 1930
    His daughter's woe and heavy well-a-day
    In her unholy service. Patience, then,
    And think you now are all in Mytilene.

[Exit]

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Act IV, Scene 5

Mytilene. A street before the brothel.

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[Enter, from the brothel, two Gentlemen]

  • Second Gentleman. No, nor never shall do in such a place as this, she
    being once gone.
  • First Gentleman. But to have divinity preached there! did you ever
    dream of such a thing? 1940
  • Second Gentleman. No, no. Come, I am for no more bawdy-houses:
    shall's go hear the vestals sing?
  • First Gentleman. I'll do any thing now that is virtuous; but I
    am out of the road of rutting for ever.

[Exeunt]

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Act IV, Scene 6

The same. A room in the brothel.

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[Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT]

  • Pandar. Well, I had rather than twice the worth of her she
    had ne'er come here.
  • Bawd. Fie, fie upon her! she's able to freeze the god
    Priapus, and undo a whole generation. We must 1950
    either get her ravished, or be rid of her. When she
    should do for clients her fitment, and do me the
    kindness of our profession, she has me her quirks,
    her reasons, her master reasons, her prayers, her
    knees; that she would make a puritan of the devil, 1955
    if he should cheapen a kiss of her.
  • Boult. 'Faith, I must ravish her, or she'll disfurnish us
    of all our cavaliers, and make our swearers priests.
  • Pandar. Now, the pox upon her green-sickness for me!
  • Bawd. 'Faith, there's no way to be rid on't but by the 1960
    way to the pox. Here comes the Lord Lysimachus disguised.
  • Boult. We should have both lord and lown, if the peevish
    baggage would but give way to customers.

[Enter LYSIMACHUS]

  • Lysimachus. How now! How a dozen of virginities? 1965
  • Bawd. Now, the gods to-bless your honour!
  • Boult. I am glad to see your honour in good health.
  • Lysimachus. You may so; 'tis the better for you that your
    resorters stand upon sound legs. How now!
    wholesome iniquity have you that a man may deal 1970
    withal, and defy the surgeon?
  • Bawd. We have here one, sir, if she would—but there never
    came her like in Mytilene.
  • Lysimachus. If she'ld do the deed of darkness, thou wouldst say.
  • Bawd. Your honour knows what 'tis to say well enough. 1975
  • Boult. For flesh and blood, sir, white and red, you shall
    see a rose; and she were a rose indeed, if she had but—
  • Boult. O, sir, I can be modest. 1980
  • Lysimachus. That dignifies the renown of a bawd, no less than it
    gives a good report to a number to be chaste.

[Exit BOULT]

  • Bawd. Here comes that which grows to the stalk; never
    plucked yet, I can assure you. 1985
    [Re-enter BOULT with MARINA]
    Is she not a fair creature?
  • Lysimachus. 'Faith, she would serve after a long voyage at sea.
    Well, there's for you: leave us.
  • Bawd. I beseech your honour, give me leave: a word, and 1990
    I'll have done presently.
  • Bawd. [To MARINA] First, I would have you note, this is
    an honourable man.
  • Marina. I desire to find him so, that I may worthily note him. 1995
  • Bawd. Next, he's the governor of this country, and a man
    whom I am bound to.
  • Marina. If he govern the country, you are bound to him
    indeed; but how honourable he is in that, I know not.
  • Bawd. Pray you, without any more virginal fencing, will 2000
    you use him kindly? He will line your apron with gold.
  • Marina. What he will do graciously, I will thankfully receive.
  • Bawd. My lord, she's not paced yet: you must take some
    pains to work her to your manage. Come, we will 2005
    leave his honour and her together. Go thy ways.

[Exeunt Bawd, Pandar, and BOULT]

  • Lysimachus. Now, pretty one, how long have you been at this trade?
  • Lysimachus. Why, I cannot name't but I shall offend. 2010
  • Marina. I cannot be offended with my trade. Please you to name it.
  • Lysimachus. How long have you been of this profession?
  • Marina. E'er since I can remember.
  • Lysimachus. Did you go to 't so young? Were you a gamester at
    five or at seven? 2015
  • Marina. Earlier too, sir, if now I be one.
  • Lysimachus. Why, the house you dwell in proclaims you to be a
    creature of sale.
  • Marina. Do you know this house to be a place of such resort,
    and will come into 't? I hear say you are of 2020
    honourable parts, and are the governor of this place.
  • Lysimachus. Why, hath your principal made known unto you who I am?
  • Lysimachus. Why, your herb-woman; she that sets seeds and roots
    of shame and iniquity. O, you have heard something 2025
    of my power, and so stand aloof for more serious
    wooing. But I protest to thee, pretty one, my
    authority shall not see thee, or else look friendly
    upon thee. Come, bring me to some private place:
    come, come. 2030
  • Marina. If you were born to honour, show it now;
    If put upon you, make the judgment good
    That thought you worthy of it.
  • Lysimachus. How's this? how's this? Some more; be sage.
  • Marina. For me, 2035
    That am a maid, though most ungentle fortune
    Have placed me in this sty, where, since I came,
    Diseases have been sold dearer than physic,
    O, that the gods
    Would set me free from this unhallow'd place, 2040
    Though they did change me to the meanest bird
    That flies i' the purer air!
  • Lysimachus. I did not think
    Thou couldst have spoke so well; ne'er dream'd thou couldst.
    Had I brought hither a corrupted mind, 2045
    Thy speech had alter'd it. Hold, here's gold for thee:
    Persever in that clear way thou goest,
    And the gods strengthen thee!
  • Marina. The good gods preserve you!
  • Lysimachus. For me, be you thoughten 2050
    That I came with no ill intent; for to me
    The very doors and windows savour vilely.
    Fare thee well. Thou art a piece of virtue, and
    I doubt not but thy training hath been noble.
    Hold, here's more gold for thee. 2055
    A curse upon him, die he like a thief,
    That robs thee of thy goodness! If thou dost
    Hear from me, it shall be for thy good.

[Re-enter BOULT]

  • Boult. I beseech your honour, one piece for me. 2060
  • Lysimachus. Avaunt, thou damned door-keeper!
    Your house, but for this virgin that doth prop it,
    Would sink and overwhelm you. Away!

[Exit]

  • Boult. How's this? We must take another course with you. 2065
    If your peevish chastity, which is not worth a
    breakfast in the cheapest country under the cope,
    shall undo a whole household, let me be gelded like
    a spaniel. Come your ways.
  • Marina. Whither would you have me? 2070
  • Boult. I must have your maidenhead taken off, or the common
    hangman shall execute it. Come your ways. We'll
    have no more gentlemen driven away. Come your ways, I say.

[Re-enter Bawd]

  • Bawd. How now! what's the matter? 2075
  • Boult. Worse and worse, mistress; she has here spoken holy
    words to the Lord Lysimachus.
  • Bawd. O abominable!
  • Boult. She makes our profession as it were to stink afore
    the face of the gods. 2080
  • Bawd. Marry, hang her up for ever!
  • Boult. The nobleman would have dealt with her like a
    nobleman, and she sent him away as cold as a
    snowball; saying his prayers too.
  • Bawd. Boult, take her away; use her at thy pleasure: 2085
    crack the glass of her virginity, and make the rest malleable.
  • Boult. An if she were a thornier piece of ground than she
    is, she shall be ploughed.
  • Marina. Hark, hark, you gods!
  • Bawd. She conjures: away with her! Would she had never 2090
    come within my doors! Marry, hang you! She's born
    to undo us. Will you not go the way of women-kind?
    Marry, come up, my dish of chastity with rosemary and bays!

[Exit]

  • Boult. Come, mistress; come your ways with me. 2095
  • Marina. Whither wilt thou have me?
  • Boult. To take from you the jewel you hold so dear.
  • Marina. Prithee, tell me one thing first.
  • Boult. Come now, your one thing.
  • Marina. What canst thou wish thine enemy to be? 2100
  • Boult. Why, I could wish him to be my master, or rather, my mistress.
  • Marina. Neither of these are so bad as thou art,
    Since they do better thee in their command.
    Thou hold'st a place, for which the pained'st fiend
    Of hell would not in reputation change: 2105
    Thou art the damned doorkeeper to every
    Coistrel that comes inquiring for his Tib;
    To the choleric fisting of every rogue
    Thy ear is liable; thy food is such
    As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs. 2110
  • 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?
  • Marina. Do any thing but this thou doest. Empty 2115
    OLD receptacles, or common shores, of filth;
    Serve by indenture to the common hangman:
    Any of these ways are yet better than this;
    For what thou professest, a baboon, could he speak,
    Would own a name too dear. O, that the gods 2120
    Would safely deliver me from this place!
    Here, here's gold for thee.
    If that thy master would gain by thee,
    Proclaim that I can sing, weave, sew, and dance,
    With other virtues, which I'll keep from boast: 2125
    And I will undertake all these to teach.
    I doubt not but this populous city will
    Yield many scholars.
  • Boult. But can you teach all this you speak of?
  • Marina. Prove that I cannot, take me home again, 2130
    And prostitute me to the basest groom
    That doth frequent your house.
  • Boult. Well, I will see what I can do for thee: if I can
    place thee, I will.
  • Marina. But amongst honest women. 2135
  • 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. 2140
    Come, I'll do for thee what I can; come your ways.

[Exeunt]

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Prologue

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[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. Marina thus the brothel 'scapes, and chances
    Into an honest house, our story says. 2145
    She sings like one immortal, and she dances
    As goddess-like to her admired lays;
    Deep clerks she dumbs; and with her needle composes
    Nature's own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
    That even her art sisters the natural roses; 2150
    Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry:
    That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
    Who pour their bounty on her; and her gain
    She gives the cursed bawd. Here we her place;
    And to her father turn our thoughts again, 2155
    Where we left him, on the sea. We there him lost;
    Whence, driven before the winds, he is arrived
    Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast
    Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived
    God Neptune's annual feast to keep: from whence 2160
    Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
    His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expense;
    And to him in his barge with fervor hies.
    In your supposing once more put your sight
    Of heavy Pericles; think this his bark: 2165
    Where what is done in action, more, if might,
    Shall be discover'd; please you, sit and hark.

[Exit]

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Act V, Scene 1

On board PERICLES’ ship, off Mytilene. A close

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pavilion on deck, with a curtain before it; PERICLES [p]within it, reclined on a couch. A barge lying [p]beside the Tyrian vessel. [p][Enter two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian] [p]vessel, the other to the barge; to them HELICANUS]

  • Tyrian Sailor. [To the Sailor of Mytilene] Where is lord Helicanus?
    he can resolve you. 2175
    O, here he is.
    Sir, there's a barge put off from Mytilene,
    And in it is Lysimachus the governor,
    Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
  • Helicanus. That he have his. Call up some gentlemen. 2180

[Enter two or three Gentlemen]

  • Helicanus. Gentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;
    I pray ye, greet them fairly. 2185
    [The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend, and go]
    on board the barge]
    [Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the]
    Gentlemen and the two Sailors]
  • Tyrian Sailor. Sir, 2190
    This is the man that can, in aught you would,
    Resolve you.
  • Lysimachus. Hail, reverend sir! the gods preserve you!
  • Helicanus. And you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
    And die as I would do. 2195
  • Lysimachus. You wish me well.
    Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs,
    Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us,
    I made to it, to know of whence you are.
  • Lysimachus. I am the governor of this place you lie before.
  • Helicanus. Sir,
    Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
    A man who for this three months hath not spoken
    To any one, nor taken sustenance 2205
    But to prorogue his grief.
  • Lysimachus. Upon what ground is his distemperature?
  • Helicanus. 'Twould be too tedious to repeat;
    But the main grief springs from the loss
    Of a beloved daughter and a wife. 2210
  • Helicanus. You may;
    But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.
  • Helicanus. Behold him. 2215
    [PERICLES discovered]
    This was a goodly person,
    Till the disaster that, one mortal night,
    Drove him to this.
  • Lysimachus. Sir king, all hail! the gods preserve you! 2220
    Hail, royal sir!
  • Helicanus. It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
  • First Lord. Sir,
    We have a maid in Mytilene, I durst wager,
    Would win some words of him. 2225
  • Lysimachus. 'Tis well bethought.
    She questionless with her sweet harmony
    And other chosen attractions, would allure,
    And make a battery through his deafen'd parts,
    Which now are midway stopp'd: 2230
    She is all happy as the fairest of all,
    And, with her fellow maids is now upon
    The leafy shelter that abuts against
    The island's side.

[Whispers a Lord, who goes off in the barge of LYSIMACHUS]

  • Helicanus. Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
    That bears recovery's name. But, since your kindness
    We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
    That for our gold we may provision have,
    Wherein we are not destitute for want, 2240
    But weary for the staleness.
  • Lysimachus. O, sir, a courtesy
    Which if we should deny, the most just gods
    For every graff would send a caterpillar,
    And so afflict our province. Yet once more 2245
    Let me entreat to know at large the cause
    Of your king's sorrow.
  • Helicanus. Sit, sir, I will recount it to you:
    But, see, I am prevented.
    [Re-enter, from the barge, Lord, with MARINA, and a] 2250
    young Lady]
  • Lysimachus. O, here is
    The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one!
    Is't not a goodly presence?
  • Lysimachus. She's such a one, that, were I well assured
    Came of a gentle kind and noble stock,
    I'ld wish no better choice, and think me rarely wed.
    Fair one, all goodness that consists in bounty
    Expect even here, where is a kingly patient: 2260
    If that thy prosperous and artificial feat
    Can draw him but to answer thee in aught,
    Thy sacred physic shall receive such pay
    As thy desires can wish.
  • Marina. Sir, I will use 2265
    My utmost skill in his recovery, Provided
    That none but I and my companion maid
    Be suffer'd to come near him.
  • Lysimachus. Come, let us leave her;
    And the gods make her prosperous! 2270

[MARINA sings]

  • Marina. No, nor look'd on us.
  • Marina. Hail, sir! my lord, lend ear. 2275
  • Marina. I am a maid,
    My lord, that ne'er before invited eyes,
    But have been gazed on like a comet: she speaks,
    My lord, that, may be, hath endured a grief 2280
    Might equal yours, if both were justly weigh'd.
    Though wayward fortune did malign my state,
    My derivation was from ancestors
    Who stood equivalent with mighty kings:
    But time hath rooted out my parentage, 2285
    And to the world and awkward casualties
    Bound me in servitude.
    [Aside]
    I will desist;
    But there is something glows upon my cheek, 2290
    And whispers in mine ear, 'Go not till he speak.'
  • Pericles. My fortunes—parentage—good parentage—
    To equal mine!—was it not thus? what say you?
  • Marina. I said, my lord, if you did know my parentage,
    You would not do me violence. 2295
  • Pericles. I do think so. Pray you, turn your eyes upon me.
    You are like something that—What country-woman?
    Here of these shores?
  • Marina. No, nor of any shores:
    Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am 2300
    No other than I appear.
  • Pericles. I am great with woe, and shall deliver weeping.
    My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one
    My daughter might have been: my queen's square brows;
    Her stature to an inch; as wand-like straight; 2305
    As silver-voiced; her eyes as jewel-like
    And cased as richly; in pace another Juno;
    Who starves the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry,
    The more she gives them speech. Where do you live?
  • Marina. Where I am but a stranger: from the deck 2310
    You may discern the place.
  • Pericles. Where were you bred?
    And how achieved you these endowments, which
    You make more rich to owe?
  • Marina. If I should tell my history, it would seem 2315
    Like lies disdain'd in the reporting.
  • Pericles. Prithee, speak:
    Falseness cannot come from thee; for thou look'st
    Modest as Justice, and thou seem'st a palace
    For the crown'd Truth to dwell in: I will 2320
    believe thee,
    And make my senses credit thy relation
    To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
    Like one I loved indeed. What were thy friends?
    Didst thou not say, when I did push thee back— 2325
    Which was when I perceived thee—that thou camest
    From good descending?
  • Pericles. Report thy parentage. I think thou said'st
    Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury, 2330
    And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal mine,
    If both were open'd.
  • Marina. Some such thing
    I said, and said no more but what my thoughts
    Did warrant me was likely. 2335
  • Pericles. Tell thy story;
    If thine consider'd prove the thousandth part
    Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I
    Have suffer'd like a girl: yet thou dost look
    Like Patience gazing on kings' graves, and smiling 2340
    Extremity out of act. What were thy friends?
    How lost thou them? Thy name, my most kind virgin?
    Recount, I do beseech thee: come, sit by me.
  • Pericles. O, I am mock'd, 2345
    And thou by some incensed god sent hither
    To make the world to laugh at me.
  • Marina. Patience, good sir,
    Or here I'll cease.
  • Pericles. Nay, I'll be patient. 2350
    Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
    To call thyself Marina.
  • Marina. The name
    Was given me by one that had some power,
    My father, and a king. 2355
  • Pericles. How! a king's daughter?
    And call'd Marina?
  • Marina. You said you would believe me;
    But, not to be a troubler of your peace,
    I will end here. 2360
  • Pericles. But are you flesh and blood?
    Have you a working pulse? and are no fairy?
    Motion! Well; speak on. Where were you born?
    And wherefore call'd Marina?
  • Marina. Call'd Marina 2365
    For I was born at sea.
  • Marina. My mother was the daughter of a king;
    Who died the minute I was born,
    As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft 2370
    Deliver'd weeping.
  • Pericles. O, stop there a little!
    [Aside]
    This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
    Did mock sad fools withal: this cannot be: 2375
    My daughter's buried. Well: where were you bred?
    I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
    And never interrupt you.
  • Marina. You scorn: believe me, 'twere best I did give o'er.
  • Pericles. I will believe you by the syllable 2380
    Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give me leave:
    How came you in these parts? where were you bred?
  • Marina. The king my father did in Tarsus leave me;
    Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife,
    Did seek to murder me: and having woo'd 2385
    A villain to attempt it, who having drawn to do't,
    A crew of pirates came and rescued me;
    Brought me to Mytilene. But, good sir,
    Whither will you have me? Why do you weep?
    It may be, 2390
    You think me an impostor: no, good faith;
    I am the daughter to King Pericles,
    If good King Pericles be.
  • Pericles. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor,
    Most wise in general: tell me, if thou canst,
    What this maid is, or what is like to be,
    That thus hath made me weep?
  • Helicanus. I know not; but 2400
    Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
    Speaks nobly of her.
  • Lysimachus. She would never tell
    Her parentage; being demanded that,
    She would sit still and weep. 2405
  • Pericles. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd sir;
    Give me a gash, put me to present pain;
    Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me
    O'erbear the shores of my mortality,
    And drown me with their sweetness. O, come hither, 2410
    Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget;
    Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tarsus,
    And found at sea again! O Helicanus,
    Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods as loud
    As thunder threatens us: this is Marina. 2415
    What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
    For truth can never be confirm'd enough,
    Though doubts did ever sleep.
  • Marina. First, sir, I pray,
    What is your title? 2420
  • Pericles. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now
    My drown'd queen's name, as in the rest you said
    Thou hast been godlike perfect,
    The heir of kingdoms and another like
    To Pericles thy father. 2425
  • Marina. Is it no more to be your daughter than
    To say my mother's name was Thaisa?
    Thaisa was my mother, who did end
    The minute I began.
  • Pericles. Now, blessing on thee! rise; thou art my child. 2430
    Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus;
    She is not dead at Tarsus, as she should have been,
    By savage Cleon: she shall tell thee all;
    When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
    She is thy very princess. Who is this? 2435
  • Helicanus. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
    Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
    Did come to see you.
  • Pericles. I embrace you.
    Give me my robes. I am wild in my beholding. 2440
    O heavens bless my girl! But, hark, what music?
    Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him
    O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt,
    How sure you are my daughter. But, what music?
  • Pericles. None!
    The music of the spheres! List, my Marina.
  • Lysimachus. It is not good to cross him; give him way.
  • Pericles. Rarest sounds! Do ye not hear?

[Music]

  • Pericles. Most heavenly music!
    It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
    Hangs upon mine eyes: let me rest.

[Sleeps]

  • Lysimachus. A pillow for his head:
    So, leave him all. Well, my companion friends,
    If this but answer to my just belief,
    I'll well remember you.

[Exeunt all but PERICLES]

[DIANA appears to PERICLES as in a vision]

  • Diana. My temple stands in Ephesus: hie thee thither,
    And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
    There, when my maiden priests are met together,
    Before the people all, 2465
    Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
    To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call
    And give them repetition to the life.
    Or perform my bidding, or thou livest in woe;
    Do it, and happy; by my silver bow! 2470
    Awake, and tell thy dream.

[Disappears]

  • Pericles. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
    I will obey thee. Helicanus!

[Re-enter HELICANUS, LYSIMACHUS, and MARINA]

  • Pericles. My purpose was for Tarsus, there to strike
    The inhospitable Cleon; but I am
    For other service first: toward Ephesus
    Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'll tell thee why. 2480
    [To LYSIMACHUS]
    Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,
    And give you gold for such provision
    As our intents will need?
  • Lysimachus. Sir, 2485
    With all my heart; and, when you come ashore,
    I have another suit.
  • Pericles. You shall prevail,
    Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems
    You have been noble towards her. 2490

[Exeunt]

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Act V, Scene 2

Chorus.

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[Enter GOWER, before the temple of DIANA at Ephesus]

  • Gower. Now our sands are almost run; 2495
    More a little, and then dumb.
    This, my last boon, give me,
    For such kindness must relieve me,
    That you aptly will suppose
    What pageantry, what feats, what shows, 2500
    What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
    The regent made in Mytilene
    To greet the king. So he thrived,
    That he is promised to be wived
    To fair Marina; but in no wise 2505
    Till he had done his sacrifice,
    As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
    The interim, pray you, all confound.
    In feather'd briefness sails are fill'd,
    And wishes fall out as they're will'd. 2510
    At Ephesus, the temple see,
    Our king and all his company.
    That he can hither come so soon,
    Is by your fancy's thankful doom.

[Exit]

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Act V, Scene 3

The temple of Diana at Ephesus; THAISA standing

       
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near the altar, as high priestess; a number of [p]Virgins on each side; CERIMON and other Inhabitants [p]of Ephesus attending. [p][Enter PERICLES, with his train; LYSIMACHUS,] [p]HELICANUS, MARINA, and a Lady]

  • Pericles. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
    I here confess myself the king of Tyre;
    Who, frighted from my country, did wed
    At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
    At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth 2525
    A maid-child call'd Marina; who, O goddess,
    Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
    Was nursed with Cleon; who at fourteen years
    He sought to murder: but her better stars
    Brought her to Mytilene; 'gainst whose shore 2530
    Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
    Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
    Made known herself my daughter.
  • Thaisa. Voice and favour!
    You are, you are—O royal Pericles! 2535

[Faints]

  • Pericles. What means the nun? she dies! help, gentlemen!
  • Cerimon. Noble sir,
    If you have told Diana's altar true,
    This is your wife. 2540
  • Pericles. Reverend appearer, no;
    I threw her overboard with these very arms.
  • Cerimon. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
  • Cerimon. Look to the lady; O, she's but o'erjoy'd. 2545
    Early in blustering morn this lady was
    Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
    Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and placed her
    Here in Diana's temple.
  • Cerimon. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
    Whither I invite you. Look, Thaisa is recovered.
  • Thaisa. O, let me look!
    If he be none of mine, my sanctity
    Will to my sense bend no licentious ear, 2555
    But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord,
    Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,
    Like him you are: did you not name a tempest,
    A birth, and death?
  • Pericles. The voice of dead Thaisa! 2560
  • Thaisa. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead
    And drown'd.
  • Thaisa. Now I know you better.
    When we with tears parted Pentapolis, 2565
    The king my father gave you such a ring.

[Shows a ring]

  • Pericles. This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindness
    Makes my past miseries sports: you shall do well,
    That on the touching of her lips I may 2570
    Melt and no more be seen. O, come, be buried
    A second time within these arms.
  • Marina. My heart
    Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.

[Kneels to THAISA]

  • Pericles. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa;
    Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina
    For she was yielded there.
  • Pericles. You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre,
    I left behind an ancient substitute:
    Can you remember what I call'd the man?
    I have named him oft. 2585
  • Thaisa. 'Twas Helicanus then.
  • Pericles. Still confirmation:
    Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
    Now do I long to hear how you were found;
    How possibly preserved; and who to thank, 2590
    Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
  • Thaisa. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man,
    Through whom the gods have shown their power; that can
    From first to last resolve you.
  • Pericles. Reverend sir, 2595
    The gods can have no mortal officer
    More like a god than you. Will you deliver
    How this dead queen re-lives?
  • Cerimon. I will, my lord.
    Beseech you, first go with me to my house, 2600
    Where shall be shown you all was found with her;
    How she came placed here in the temple;
    No needful thing omitted.
  • Pericles. Pure Dian, bless thee for thy vision! I
    Will offer night-oblations to thee. Thaisa, 2605
    This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
    Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,
    This ornament
    Makes me look dismal will I clip to form;
    And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd, 2610
    To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.
  • Thaisa. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
    My father's dead.
  • Pericles. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,
    We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves 2615
    Will in that kingdom spend our following days:
    Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.
    Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay
    To hear the rest untold: sir, lead's the way.

[Exeunt]

[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard
    Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
    In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen,
    Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen, 2625
    Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast,
    Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last:
    In Helicanus may you well descry
    A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
    In reverend Cerimon there well appears 2630
    The worth that learned charity aye wears:
    For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
    Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd name
    Of Pericles, to rage the city turn,
    That him and his they in his palace burn; 2635
    The gods for murder seemed so content
    To punish them; although not done, but meant.
    So, on your patience evermore attending,
    New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.

[Exit]

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