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Tyre. A room in the palace.
Per. [To Lords without] Let none disturb
In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night,
Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun them,
And danger, which I fear'd, is at Antioch,
Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here:
And what was first but fear what might be done,
Since he's so great can make his will his act,
If he suspect I may dishonour him :
And what may make him blush in being known,
1. [To Lords without.] Dyce supplied this direction, Qq and Ff making the Lords enter with Pericles.
1. change of thoughts, that
which dyes all thoughts its own colour.
3. Be my, Dyce's emendation for Qq and Ff by me.
15. cares it be not done, is anxious lest it should be done.
With hostile forces he 'll o'erspread the land,
Who am no more but as the tops of trees,
Which fence the roots they grow by and defend
Makes both my body pine and soul to languish,
Enter HELICANUS, with other Lords.
First Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast!
Sec. Lord. And keep your mind, till you return
Peaceful and comfortable!
Hel. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue. They do abuse the king that flatter him:
For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark,
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.
but let your cares
41. blast, Mason's proposal for spark of the old copies, repeated by an oversight from v. 40.
44. Sooth, flattering assent.
What shipping and what lading 's in our haven,
Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks?
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
They have their nourishment?
Thou know'st I have power
To take thy life from thee.
Hel. [Kneeling] I have ground the axe my
Do you but strike the blow.
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
Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
Who by thy wisdom makest a prince thy servant,
That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
Where as thou know'st, against the face of death,
62. hear their faults hid, hear the flattery which hides their faults.
74. A line is probably lost
between 73 and 74, such as: Worthy to heir my throne; for kingly boys (Sydney Walker).
Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.
Who now reprovest me for it,—
Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from
Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts
Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
78. smooth, flatter.
86. doubt, suspect. Malone's emendation of do't, Q 1-3.
Will take away your life.
Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
But should he wrong my liberties in my absence? Hel. We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
From whence we had our being and our birth.
Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee;
On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it.
I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath :
SCENE III. Tyre. An ante-chamber in the
Thal. 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
105-110. Printed as prose in Qq Ff. Arranged as verse by Rowe.
123. convince, refute, over