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Wersons of the Drama.
Antiochus, king of Antioch.

A Pander, and his wife.
Pericles, prince of Tyre.

BULLT, their servant.
ESCANES,
two lords of Tyre.

GOWER, as Chorus.
Simonides, king of Pentapolis.

The Daughter of Antiochus.
Cleon, governor of Tharsus.

Dionyza, wife to Cleon.
LYSIMACHUS, governor of Mitylene.

Thisa, Daughter to Simonides.
Cerimon, a lord of Ephesus.

Marina, Daughter to Pericles und Thaisa.
Thaliard, a lord of Antioch.

LYCHorida, nurse to Marina.

DIANA.
Philemon, servant to Cerimon.
Leonine, servant to Dionyza.

Lords, Ladies, Knights, Gentlemen, Sailors, Pi-
Marshall.

rates, Fishermen, and Messengers, etc. Scene, — dispersedly in various countries.

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Think death no hazard in this enterprize. [Music.

Ant. Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride,
Enter Gower.

For the embracements even of Jove himself;
Before the palace of Antioch.

At whose conception (till Lucina reign’d,)
To sing a song of old was sung,

Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence,
From ashes ancient Gower is come;

The senate-house of planets all did sit,
Assuming man's infirmities,

To knit in her their best perfections.
To glad your ear and please your eyes.

Lnter the daughter of Antiochus.
It hath been sung at festivals,

Per. See, where she comes, apparell'd like the spring,
On ember-eves, and holy ales;

Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king And lords and ladies of their lives

of every virtue gives renown to men! Have read it for restoratives :

Her face, the book of praises, where is read 'Purpose to make men glorious;

Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence quo antiquius, eo melius.

Sorrow were ever ras'd, and testy wrath
If you, born in these latter times,

Could never be her mild co

companion. When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes,

Ye gods, that made me man, and sway in love,
And that to hear an old man sing,

That have inflam'd desire in my breast,
May to your wishes pleasure bring,

To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,
J life would wish, and that I might

Or die in the adventure, be my helps,
Waste it for you, like taper- light.-

As I am son and servant to your will,
This city, then, Antioch the Great

To compass such a boundless happiness!
Puilt up for his chiefest seat,

Ant. Prince Pericles,
The fairest in all Syria ;

Per. That would be son to great Antiochus.
(I tell you what mine authors say;)

Ant. Before thee stands this fair Hesperides, This king unto him took a pheere,

With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'l ; Who died, and left a female heir,

For death-like dragons here affright thee hard: So buxomn, blithe, and full of face,

fler face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
As heaven had lent her all his grace;

A countless glory, which desert must gain ;
With whom the father liking took,

And which, without desert, because thine eye
And her to incest did provoke;

Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die.
But father! to entice his own

Yon sometime famous princes, like thyself,
To evil, should be done by none.

Drawn by report, advent'rous by desire,
By custom, what they did begin,

Tellthee with speechless tongues, and semblance pale,
Was, with long use, account no sin.

That, without covering, save yon field of stars, The beauty of this sinful dame

They here stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars;
Made many princes thither frame,

And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist,
To seek her as a bed-fellow,

For going on death's net, whom none resist.
In marriage-pleasures play-fellow:

Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
Which to prevent, he made a law,

My frail mortality to know itself,
(To keep her still, and men in awe,)

And by those fearful objects to prepare
That whoso ask'd her for his wife,

This body, like to them, to what I must:
His riddle told not, lost his life :

For death remember'd, should be like a mirror,
So for her many a wight did die,

Who tells us, life's but breath; to trust it, error. As yon grim looks do testify,

r'll make my will then; and, as sick men do, What now ensues, to th' judgment of your eye Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling woe, I give, my cause who best can justify. (Exit. Gripe not at earthly joys, as erst they did;

So I bequeath a happy peace to you, SCENE I. Antioch. A room in the palace. And all good men, as every prince should do ; Enter ANTIOCHUS, PERICLES, and Atcendants. My riches to the earth from whence they came ; Ant. Young prince of Tyre,you have at large rcceiv'd But my unspotted fire of love to you. The danger of the task you undertake.

[To the daughter of Antiochus. Per. I have, Antiochus, and with a soul

Thus ready for the way of life or death, Embolden'd with the glory of her praise,

I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus,

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As doth befit our honour and your worth. Ant. Read the conclusion then;

(Exeunt Antiochus , his daughter, and Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed,

Attendants.
As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin!
Daugh. In all, save that, may'st thou prove pros- When what is done is like an hypocrite,
perous!

The which is good in nothing but in sight.
In all, save that, I wish thee happiness!
If it be true that I interpret false,

1 Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists, Then were it certain, you were not so bad,

1 Nor ask advice of any other thought As with foul incest to abuse your soul;

IT But faithfulpess, and courage.

Where now you're both a father and a son,
(He reads the Riddle.]
By your untimely claspings with your child,

C I am no viper, yet I feed (Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father;

А On mother's flesh, which did me breed: And she an eater of her mother's flesh,

ľ I sought a husband, in which labour, By the defiling of her parent's bed;

S I found that kindness in a father.

And both like serpents are, who though they foed
He's father, son, and husband mild,

On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed,
I mother, wife, and yet his child.
Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men

11 How they may be, and yet in two, Blash not in actions blacker, than the night,

A As you will live, resolve it you.

I
Will shun no course to keep them from the light

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Sharp physic is the last: but, O you powers ! One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke.
Why cloud they not their sights perpetually, Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
If this be true, which makes me pale to read it?

C
Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame:
Fair glass of light, I lov'd you, and could still, Then, lest my life be cropp'd to keep you clear,

(Tukes hold of the hand of the Princess. By flight I'll shan the danger, which I fear. (Eris. Were not this glorious casket stored with ill:

Re-enter ANTIOCHUS.
But I must tell you, -now, my thoughts revolt;

Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which we
For he's no man on whom perfections wait,
That, knowiog sin within, will touch the gate.

To have his head.
You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings ; He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music,
Would draw heaven down, and all the gods to hearken; In such a loathed manner:
Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin

1 But being play'd upon before your time,

And therefore instantly this prince must die; Hell only danceth as so harsh a chime :

For by his fall my honour must keep high.
Good sooth, I care not for you.

Who attends on us there?
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life,
For that's an article within our law,

Enter THALIARD.

Thal. Doth your highuess call ?
As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expir'd;
Either expound now, or receive your sentence.

Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our mind

Partakes her private actions to your secrecy;
Per. Great king,
Few love to hear the sins they love to act;

And for your faithfulness we will advance you.. 'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it.

Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold;

We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill his; Who has a book of all that monarchs do,

It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
He's more secure to keep it shut than shown;
For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind,

Because we bid it. Say, is it done?

Thal. My lord, Blows dust in others' eyes to spread itself;

"Tis done. And yet the end of all is bought thus dear,

Enter a Messengers The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear: To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole Lest your breath cool yourself, telling you hate.

Ant. Enough; Gopp'd hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth is

Mess. My lord, prince Pericles is led. By man's oppression: and the poor worm doth die Wilt live, fly after! and as an arrow, shot

Ant. As thou for't. Kings are earth’s gods: in vice their law's their will ; His eye doth level at, so ne'er return,

From a well-experienc'd archer, hits the mark And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? It is enough you know; and it is fit,

Unless thou say, Prince Pericles is dead! What being more known grows worse, to smother it.

Thal. My lord, if I All love the womb that their first beings bred,

Can get him once within my pistol's length,

P'll make him sure: 50 farewell to your highnese Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found the meaning;

Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, But I will gloze with him. (Aside.] Young prince of

My heart can lend no succour to my head. [Eestit Tyre, Though by the tenour of our strict edíct,

SCENE II. — Tyre. A room in the palace. Your exposition misinterpreting,

Enter Pericles, Helicasus, and other Lords. We might proceed to cancel of your days ; Per. Let none disturb us! Why this charge ri Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree

thoughts? As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise : The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, Forty days looger we do respite you;

By me so usd a guest is, not an hour, If by which time our secret be undone,

In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night

, This mercy shows, we'll joy in such a son: And until then, your entertain shall be,

quiet!

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Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun, Where, as thou know'st, against the face of death,
them,

I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty,
And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch, From whence an issue 1 might propagate,
Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here:

Bring arms to princes, and to subjects joys.
Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.

The rest (hark in thine ear,) as black as incest;
Then it is thus: the passions of the mind, Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
That have their first conception by mis-dread, Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st
Have aster-nourishment and life by care;

this,
And what was first but fear what might be done, 'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seems to kiss.
Grows elder now, and cares it be not done. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled,
And so with me; – the great Antiochus

Under the covering of a careful night,
('Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Who seem'd my good protector; and being here,
Since he's so great, can make his will his act) Bethought me what was past, what might succeed.
Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence: I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears,
Nor boots it me to say, I honour him,

Decrease not, but grow faster, than their years :
If he suspect I may dishonour him:

And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,)
And what may make him blush in being known, That I should open to the listening air,
He'll stop the course by which it might be known; How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
With hostile forces he'll o’erspread the land, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,-
And with the ostent of war will look so huge, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms,
Amazement shall drive courage from the state ; And make pretence of wrong that I have done him ;
Our men be vanquish’d, e'er they do resist, When all, for mine, if I may call't offence,
And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought olence: Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence:
Which care of them, not pity of myself,

Which love to all (of which thyself art one,
(Who am no more but as the tops of trees, Who now reprov'st me for it) –
Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend Hel. Alas, sir!
them)

Per. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my
Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish, cheeks,
And punish that before, that he would punish. Musings into my mind, a thousand doubts

1 Lord. Joy and all comfort iu your sacred breast! How I might stop this tempest, ere it came;
2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us, and finding little comfort to relieve them,
Peaceful and comfortable!

I thought it princely charity to grieve them.
llel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience Hel. Well, my lord, since you have given me leave
tongue!

to speak,
They do abuse the king that flatter him:

Freely I'll speak. Antiochus you fear,
For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;

And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, Who either by public war, or private treason,
To which that breath gires heat and stronger glowing; Will take away your life.
Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,

Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, Or destinies do cut his thread of life.
He flatters you, makes war upon your life: Your role direct to any; if to me,
Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please! Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
I cannot be much lower than my knees !

Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
Per. All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook But should he wrong my liberties in absence —
What shipping, and what lading's in our haven, Hel. We'll mingle bloods together in the earth,
And then return to us! (Exeunt Lords.] Helicanus, from whence we had our being and our birth.
thou

Per. Tyre, I now look from thce then, and to Tharsus
Hast mov'd us: what seest thou in our looks? Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee;
llel. An angry brow, dread lord !

And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, The care I had and have of subjects' good, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. llel. How dare the plants look up to heaveo, from I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; whence

Who shans not to break one, will sure crack both:
They have their nourishment ?

But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe,
Per. Thou know'st I have power

That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince,
To take thy life.

Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prioce. Hel. (Kneeling.) I have ground the axe myself;

(Exeunt. Do you but strike the blow.

SCENE III. – Tyre. An antichamber in the palace.
Per. Rise, pr’ythee, rise!

Enter THALIARD.
Sit down, sit down! thou art no flatterer:

Thal. So, this is Tyre, and this is the conrt. Here
I thank thee for it! and high heaven forbid, must I kill king Pericles; and if I do not, I am sure
That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid! to be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. - Well, I
Fit counsellor, and servant for a prioce,

perceive he was a wise fellow, and had good discreWho by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, tion, that being bid to ask what he would of the What would'st thou huve me do?

king, desired he might know none of his secrets. Hel. With patience bear

Now do I see he had some reason for it; forif a king bic? Such griefs as you do lay upon yourself.

a man be a villain, he is bound by the indenture of Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus;

his oath to be one. flush, here come the lords of Who minister'st a potion auto me,

Tyre!
That thou would'st tremble to receive thyself.

Enter Helicans, EsCakers, and other Lords.
Attend me then: I went to Antioch,

Hel. You shall not need, my

fellow peers

of Tyre,

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And give them life, who are huuger-starv'd, half dead.

The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils!

Further to qnestion of your king's departure. They are now starv'd for fant of exercise:
His seal'd commission, left in trust with me, Those palates, who not yet two summers younger,
Doth speak sufficiently; he's gone to travel. Must have inventions do delight the tase,
Thal. How! the king gone!

[ Aside. Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it; Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied,

Those mothers, who, to nousle up their babes, Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,

Thought nought too curious, are ready now, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. To eat those lille darlings, whom they lov'd. Being at Antioch

So sharp are hunger's tecth, that man and wife Thal. What froin Antioch?

(Aside. Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life: Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not,) Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping; Took some displeasure at him; at least he judg’d so : Here many sink, yet those which see them fall

, And doubting lest that he had err’d or siun'd, Have scarce strength left to give them burial. To show his sorrow, would correct himself;

Is not this true ? So puts himself into the shipman's toil,

Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness ita
With whom each minute threatens life or death. Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Thal. Well, I perceive

(Aside. And her prosperities so largely taste,
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.
Ile 'scap'd the land, to perish on the seas. —

Enter a Lord.
But I'll present me. Peace to the lords of Tyre!

Lord. Where's the lord governor?
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome!

Cle. Here.
Thul. From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles ;

Speak out thy sorrows, which thou bring'st, in haste,

For comfort is too far for us to expect. But, siuce my landing, as I have understood

Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbouring Your lord has took himself to unknown travels,

shore, My message must return from whence it came. Tel. We have no reason to desire it, siuce

A portly sail of ships make hitherward. Commended to our master, not to us :

Cle. I thought as much. Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,

One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir, As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. (Exeunt. And so in ours: some neighbouring nation,

That may succeed as his inheritor; SCENE IV. - Tharsus. A room in the Governor's Taking advantage of our misery,

Hath stufl'd these hollow vessels with their power, house.

To beat us down, the which are down already; Enter Cleon, Dionyza, and Attendants.

And make a conquest of unhappy me,
Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,

Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
And by relating tales of other's griefs,
See if 'twill teach us to forget our own?

Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it; of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,

And come to us as favourers, not as foes.
For who digs hills because they do aspire,
Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.

Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repert

,

Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit O my distressed lord, even such our griefs; Here they're but felt , and seen with mistful eyes, The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there. But bring they what they will, what need we lear

? But like to groves, being topp’d, they higher rise. Cle. 0 Dionyza,

Go tell their general, we attend him here, Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,

To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,

And what he craves. Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish?

Lord. I go, my lord!
Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes

Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
Into the air; our eyes do weep, till lungs
Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that,

If wars, we are unable to resist.
If heaven slumber, while their creatures want,

Enter Pericles, with Attendants. They may awake their helps to comfort them. Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are, I'll then discourse our woes,

felt several years,

Let not our ships and number of our med And wanting breath to speak, help mo with tears, Be, like a beacon fir'd, to amaze your eyes. Dio. I'll do my best, sir.

We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government, And seen the desolation of your streets : (A city, on whom plenty held full hand)

Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
For riches, strew'd herself even in the streets ; But to relieve them of their heavy load;
Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the And these our ships you happily may think
clouds,

Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stufi'd within,
And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; With bloody views, expecting overthrow,
Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, Are stor’d with corn, to make your needy bread,
Like one another's glass to trim them by:
Their tables were stor'd full to glad the sight, All. The gods of Greece protect you!
And not so much to feed on, as delight;

And we'll

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all poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, Per. Rise, I pray you, rise!
The name of help grew odious to repeat.

We do not look for reverence, but for love, Dio. 0, 'tis too true !

And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and meta Cle. But see what hcaven can do! By this our Cle. The which when any shall not gratify

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change,
These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,

Or pay you with unthankfuluess in thought,
Were all too little to content and please,
Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
As houses are defil'd for want of use,

Your grace is welcome to our town and us.

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Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here a while, 3 Fish. What say you, master?
Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. i Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away,

[Exeunt. or I'll fetch thee with a waunion!

3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor А ст II.

men that were cast away before ys, even now.

1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear Enter Gower.

what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, when, Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king

well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves. His child, I wis, to incest bring;

3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much. when I A better prince, and benign lord,

saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? I'rove awful both in deed and word.

they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on Be quiet then, as men should be,

them, they ne'er come, but I look to be washed. Master, Till he hath pass'd necessity,

I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. I'll show you those in troubles reign,

1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones Losing a mite, a mountain gain.

cat up the little ones : I can compare our rich miThe good in conversation

sers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays and (To whom I give my benizon,)

tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last Is still as Tharsis, where each man

devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I Thinks all is writ he spoken can:

heard on a’the land, who never leave gaping, till And, to remember what he does,

they've swallowed the whole parish, church, steeple, Gild his statue glorious :

bells, and all. But tidings to the contrary,

Per. A pretty moral. Are brought your eyes; what need speak I? 3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I Dumb show.

would have been that day in the belfry. Enter at one door Pericles, talking with Cleor;| 2 Fish. Why, man? all the train with them. Enter at anoiher door, 3 Fish. Because he should have swallowed me too: a Gentleinan, with a letter to Pericles: Pericles and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept shows the letter to Cleox: then gives the Messen- such a jangling of the bells, that he should never ger a reward, and knights him. Exeunt PERICLES, have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, Cleon, etc. severully.

up again. But if the good king Simonides were of Gow. Good Helicane hath staid at home, Not to eat honey, like a drone,

Per. Simonides ? From others' labours; forth he strive

3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones, To killen bad, keep good alive;

that rob the bee of her honey. And, to fulfl his prince' desire,

Per. How from the finny subject of the sea Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:

These fishers tell the infirmities of men; Ilow Thaliard canie full bent with sin,

And from their watry empire recollect And hid intent, to murder him ;

All that may men approve, or men detect! And that in Tharsus was not best

Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen! Longer for him to make his rest:

2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if it be He knowing so, put forth to seas,

a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and no Where when men heen, there's seldom ease: body will look after it. For now the wind begins to blow:

Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast npon your coastThunder above, and deeps below,

2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast Make such unquiet, that the ship

thee in our way! Should house him safe, is wreck'd and split; Per. A man, whom both the waters and the wind, Aud he, good prince, having all lost,

In that vast tennis court, hath made the ball By waves from coast to coast is tost;

For them to play upon, ertreats you pity him; All perishen of man, of pelf,

He asks of you, that never us'd to beg. Ne aught escapen but himself;

| Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's them Till fortune, tir'd with doing bad,

in onr country of Greece, gets more with beggiog, Threw hiin ashore, to give him glad:

than we can do with working. And here he comes : what shall be next,

2 Fish. Canst thon catch any fishes then ? Pardon old Gower; this long's the text. [Exit. Per. I never practis'd it.

2 Fish. Nay, then, thou wilt starve sure; for here's SCENE I. - Pentapolis. An open place by the sea- nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou cau'st side.

fish for't. Enter PERICLES, wet.

Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know; Per. Yet cease your ire, ye angry stars of heaven ! But what I am, want teaches me to think on; Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, Is but a substance that must yield to you;

And have no more of life, than may suffice And I, as fits my nature, do obey you:

To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,

Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath For I am a man, pray see me buried. Nothing to think on, but ensuing death!

1 Fish. Die, quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have Let it suffice the greatness of your powers, a gown here; come, put it on! keep thee warm! Now, To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes ! afore me,a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home And having thrown him from your watry grave,

and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for lastingIlere to have death in peace, is all he'll crave ! days, and moreo'er, puddings and flap-jacks; and thon Enter three Fishermen.

shalt be welcome! 1 Tish. What, ho, Pilche!

Per. I thank you, sir ! 2 Fish. Ho! come, and bring away the nets ! 2 Fish. Hark you, my, friend, you said

you

could 1 Tish. What, Patch-breech, I say!

not beg.

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