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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 120 he will 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 Mar.] Pray you, come hither awhile. You 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 130 pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.

Mar. I understand you not.

Boult. O, take her home, mistress, take her home these blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practice.

Bawd. Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for your bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go with warrant.

But, 140

Boult. 'Faith, some do, and some do not. mistress, if I have bargained for the joint,Bawd. Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit. Boult. I may so.

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 sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom. When nature framed this 150

132. mere, pure, unalloyed.

custom, you will profit by the

149. you'll lose nothing by customers you procure.

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 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.

Mar. If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,

Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.

Diana, aid my purpose!

Bawd. What have we to do with Diana? Pray

you, will you go with us?


SCENE III. Tarsus. A room in Cleon's house.


Dion. Why, are you foolish? Can it be un


Cle. O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter The sun and moon ne'er look'd upon!


You'll turn a child again.

I think

Cle. Were I chief lord of all this spacious world,

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:

If thou hadst drunk to him, 't had been a kindness
Becoming well thy fact: what canst thou say

12. fact, crime.



When noble Pericles shall demand his child? Dion. That she is dead. Nurses are not the fates,

To foster it, nor ever to preserve.

Who can cross it?

She died at night; I'll say so.
Unless you play the pious innocent,
And for an honest attribute cry out
'She died by foul play.'


O, go to. Well, well,

Of all the faults beneath the heavens, the gods
Do like this worst.

The petty wrens of Tarsus will fly hence,
And open this to Pericles. I do shame
To think of what a noble strain you are,
And of how coward a spirit.

Be one of those that think


To such proceeding

Who ever but his approbation added,

Though not his prime consent, he did not flow
From honourable sources.


Be it so, then :

Yet none does know, but you, how she came dead,
Nor none can know, Leonine being gone.

She did distain my child, and stood between
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

And though you call my course unnatural,
You not your child well loving, yet I find
It greets me as an enterprise of kindness

18. for an honest attribute, at; derided. to gain the title of an honourable


34. blurted at, cried 'pish'



34. a malkin not worth the time of day, a common wench not worth greeting.

Perform'd to your sole daughter.


Dion. And as for Pericles,


Heavens forgive it!

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
At whose expense 'tis done.

Thou art like the harpy,
Which, to betray, dost, with thine angel's face,
Seize with thine eagle's talons.

Dion. You are like one that superstitiously
Doth swear to the gods that winter kills the flies:
But yet I know you'll do as I advise. [Exeunt.




Enter GOWER, before the monument of MARINA
at Tarsus.

Gow. Thus time we waste, and longest leagues
make short;

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

Where our scenes seem to live. I do beseech


To learn of me, who stand i' the gaps to teach


The stages of our story. Pericles

Is now again thwarting the wayward seas,

2. have an wish but for't, have a wish merely by wishing. VOL. IV



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Attended on by many a lord and knight,
To see his daughter, all his life's delight.
Old Helicanus goes along. Behind

Is left to govern it, you bear in mind,

Old Escanes, whom Helicanus late

Advanced in time to great and high estate.

Well-sailing ships and bounteous winds have

This king to Tarsus,-think his pilot thought;
So with his steerage shall your thoughts grow


To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
Like motes and shadows see them move awhile;
Your ears unto your eyes I'll reconcile.


Enter PERICLES, at one door, with all his train;
CLEON and DIONYZA, at the other. CLEON
shows PERICLES the tomb; whereat PERICLES
makes lamentation, puts on sackcloth, and in
a mighty passion departs. Then exeunt CLEON

See how belief may suffer by foul show!
This borrow'd passion stands for true old woe;
And Pericles, in sorrow all devour'd,

With sighs shot through, and biggest tears o'er


Leaves Tarsus and again embarks.

He swears

Never to wash his face, nor cut his hairs:

13-16. These lines were radically rearranged by Steevens, whom most modern edd. have followed. Daniel's punctuation, though not convincing, gives a fair sense to the original order.


18. think his pilot thought, suppose thought his pilot; then your own thoughts will keep pace with the thought-like swiftness of his voyage.

19. steerage, steering.
24. passion, grief.

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