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dangerous. Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow,
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES, with other
Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of
Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves,
Thal. [Aside] What from Antioch?
Hel. Royal Antiochus-on what cause I know
Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged
And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
To show his sorrow, he 'ld correct himself;
4f. he was a wise fellow, etc. This story is more fully referred to in Barnabie Riche's 'Souldier's Wish to Britaine's Welfare': 'I will therefore commend the poet Philipides, who, being demanded by King Lysimachus what favour he might do unto him for that
he loved him, made this answer to the king, that your majesty would never impart unto me any of your secrets' (Steevens).
11-40. Printed as prose in Qq Ff. First arranged as verse by Rowe.
Thal. [Aside] Well, I perceive I shall not be hang'd now, although I would; 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!
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome. Thal. From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles;
But since my landing I have understood
SCENE IV. Tarsus. A room in the Governor's
Enter CLEON, the Governor of Tarsus, with
Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
Dio. That were to blow at fire in hope to
For who digs hills because they do aspire
26-30. This being 'aside' it seems probable that the prose may be here intended to mark the distinction between Thaliard's informal soliloquies (as in vv. I
10) and his ceremonial addresses. It is therefore retained.
8. mischief's, (apparently) 'misery's.' Steevens proposed mistful, S. Walker misery's.
But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.
Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
That, if heaven slumber while their creatures
They may awake their helps to comfort them.
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;
And strangers ne'er beheld but wonder'd at;
All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
Dio. O, 'tis too true.
Cle. But see what heaven can do! By this
These mouths, who but of late, earth, sea, and air,
Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
9. topp'd, lopp'd. The attempt to diminish grief by reciting the griefs of others is like
lopping trees, which only grow the higher for it.
26. jetted, strut.
As houses are defiled for want of use,
They are now starved for want of exercise:
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
Enter a Lord.
Lord. Where's the lord governor ?
Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st in haste,
For comfort is too far for us to expect.
Lord. We have descried, upon our neighbour
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
Cle. I thought as much.
One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
39. two summers. Monk 43. curious, 'recherché.
Mason's correction (confirmed
by the novel) of Qq Ff too (to)
42. nousle, cherish.
54. With their superfluous riots, running riot in superfluity.
61. sail, fleet.
That may succeed as his inheritor ;
And so in ours: some neighbouring nation,
Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power, .
Whereas no glory 's got to overcome.
Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the sem-
Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,
Cle. Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to
Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
The ground's the lowest, and we are half way
Go tell their general we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes, 80 And what he craves.
Lord. I go, my lord.
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
If wars, we are unable to resist.
Enter PERICLES with Attendants.
Per. Lord governor, for so we hear you are,
67. Hath. Rowe's correction
for Qq Ff that.
70. Whereas no glory's got to overcome, where victory brings no glory.
74. him's, him that is.
lone's emendation for Qq Ff
83. on peace consist, stand on,
71. semblance (three syllables). demand, peace.