Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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The nautical tale of a wandering prince, Pericles is narrated by John Gower, a poet from the English past. Gower explains that Pericles, Prince of Tyre, hopes to win the hand of a princess in Antioch. When Pericles learns that she and the king, her father, are lovers, he flees for his life.

Pericles brings grain to Tarsus during a famine, but loses his ships and men in a storm. In Pentapolis, Pericles wins a tournament and marries the king’s daughter, Thaisa. With Thaisa pregnant, she and Pericles sail for Tyre. Thaisa bears a daughter, Marina, at sea, but apparently dies. Her coffin drifts ashore at Ephesus, where she is revived and becomes a priestess of Diana.

Pericles leaves the baby Marina with the king and queen of Tarsus. Fourteen years later, Marina, kidnapped by pirates, is sold to a brothel, but her eloquence protects her. Told that she has died, a grief-stricken Pericles rediscovers her. Guided by a vision from the goddess Diana, Pericles and Marina reunite with Thaisa.

Characters in the Play
Gower, fourteenth-century poet and Chorus of the play
Pericles, prince of Tyre
Thaisa, princess of Pentapolis and wife to Pericles
Marina, daughter of Pericles and Thaisa
lords of Tyre
Three other LORDS of Tyre
Antiochus, king of Antioch
Daughter, princess of Antioch
Thaliard, nobleman of Antioch
Cleon, governor of Tarsus
Dionyza, wife to Cleon
Leonine, servant to Dionyza
A Lord of Tarsus
Three Pirates
Simonides, king of Pentapolis
Three Fishermen
Five Knights, suitors for the hand of Thaisa
Lords of Pentapolis
Lychorida, attendant to Thaisa and, later, to Marina
Two Sailors, mariners onboard ship from Pentapolis
Lord Cerimon, a wiseman/physician in Ephesus
Philemon, servant to Cerimon
Two Suppliants
Two Gentlemen of Ephesus
Diana, goddess of chastity
Lysimachus, governor of Mytilene
Pander, owner of brothel
Bawd, mistress of brothel and wife to Pander
Bolt, servant to Pander and Bawd
Two Gentlemen, visitors to brothel
Tyrian Sailor
Sailor from Mytilene
Gentleman of Tyre
Lord of Mytilene
Followers of Antiochus, Attendants to Pericles, Attendants to Simonides, Squires to the five Knights, Tyrian gentlemen, Citizens of Tarsus, Ladies of Pentapolis, Servants to Cerimon, Companion to Marina, Priestesses in Diana’s temple, Messenger from Tyre

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Enter Gower.

editorial emendationGOWEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 0001 To sing a song that old was sung,
FTLN 0002 From ashes ancient Gower is come,
FTLN 0003 Assuming man’s infirmities
FTLN 0004 To glad your ear and please your eyes.
FTLN 00055 It hath been sung at festivals,
FTLN 0006 On ember eves and holy days,
FTLN 0007 And lords and ladies in their lives
FTLN 0008 Have read it for restoratives.
FTLN 0009 The purchase is to make men glorious,
FTLN 001010 Et bonum quo antiquius, eo melius.
FTLN 0011 If you, born in editorial emendationtheseeditorial emendation latter times
FTLN 0012 When wit’s more ripe, accept my rhymes,
FTLN 0013 And that to hear an old man sing
FTLN 0014 May to your wishes pleasure bring,
FTLN 001515 I life would wish, and that I might
FTLN 0016 Waste it for you like taper light.
FTLN 0017 This Antioch, then: Antiochus the Great
FTLN 0018 Built up this city for his chiefest seat,
FTLN 0019 The fairest in all Syria.
FTLN 002020 I tell you what mine authors say.
FTLN 0021 This king unto him took a peer,
FTLN 0022 Who died and left a female heir

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0023 So buxom, blithe, and full of face
FTLN 0024 As heaven had lent her all his grace;
FTLN 002525 With whom the father liking took
FTLN 0026 And her to incest did provoke.
FTLN 0027 Bad child, worse father! To entice his own
FTLN 0028 To evil should be done by none.
FTLN 0029 But custom what they did begin
FTLN 003030 Was with long use accounted no sin.
FTLN 0031 The beauty of this sinful dame
FTLN 0032 Made many princes thither frame
FTLN 0033 To seek her as a bedfellow,
FTLN 0034 In marriage pleasures playfellow;
FTLN 003535 Which to prevent he made a law
FTLN 0036 To keep her still, and men in awe,
FTLN 0037 That whoso asked her for his wife,
FTLN 0038 His riddle told not, lost his life.
FTLN 0039 So for her many editorial emendationaeditorial emendation wight did die,
FTLN 004040 As yon grim looks do testify.
editorial emendationHe indicates heads above the stage.editorial emendation
FTLN 0041 What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye
FTLN 0042 I give my cause, who best can justify.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Antiochus, Prince Pericles, and followers.

FTLN 0043 Young Prince of Tyre, you have at large received
FTLN 0044 The danger of the task you undertake.
FTLN 0045 I have, Antiochus, and with a soul
FTLN 0046 Emboldened with the glory of her praise
FTLN 00475 Think death no hazard in this enterprise.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0048 Music! editorial emendationMusic sounds offstage.editorial emendation
FTLN 0049 Bring in our daughter, clothèd like a bride
FTLN 0050 For embracements even of Jove himself,
FTLN 0051 At whose conception, till Lucina reigned,
FTLN 005210 Nature this dowry gave: to glad her presence,
FTLN 0053 The senate house of planets all did sit
FTLN 0054 To knit in her their best perfections.

Enter Antiochus’ daughter.

FTLN 0055 See where she comes, appareled like the spring,
FTLN 0056 Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king
FTLN 005715 Of every virtue gives renown to men!
FTLN 0058 Her face the book of praises, where is read
FTLN 0059 Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence
FTLN 0060 Sorrow were ever editorial emendationrazed,editorial emendation and testy wrath
FTLN 0061 Could never be her mild companion.
FTLN 006220 You gods that made me man, and sway in love,
FTLN 0063 That have inflamed desire in my breast
FTLN 0064 To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree
FTLN 0065 Or die in th’ adventure, be my helps,
FTLN 0066 As I am son and servant to your will,
FTLN 006725 To compass such a boundless happiness.
FTLN 0068 Prince Pericles—
FTLN 0069 That would be son to great Antiochus.
FTLN 0070 Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
FTLN 0071 With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touched;
FTLN 007230 For deathlike dragons here affright thee hard.
FTLN 0073 Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
FTLN 0074 Her countless glory, which desert must gain;
FTLN 0075 And which without desert, because thine eye
FTLN 0076 Presumes to reach, all the whole heap must die.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

editorial emendationHe points to the heads.editorial emendation
FTLN 007735 Yon sometimes famous princes, like thyself,
FTLN 0078 Drawn by report, advent’rous by desire,
FTLN 0079 Tell thee with speechless tongues and semblance pale
FTLN 0080 That, without covering save yon field of stars,
FTLN 0081 Here they stand martyrs slain in Cupid’s wars,
FTLN 008240 And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist
FTLN 0083 For going on death’s net, whom none resist.
FTLN 0084 Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
FTLN 0085 My frail mortality to know itself,
FTLN 0086 And by those fearful objects to prepare
FTLN 008745 This body, like to them, to what I must.
FTLN 0088 For death remembered should be like a mirror
FTLN 0089 Who tells us life’s but breath, to trust it error.
FTLN 0090 I’ll make my will, then, and as sick men do
FTLN 0091 Who know the world, see heaven but, feeling woe,
FTLN 009250 Gripe not at earthly joys as erst they did;
FTLN 0093 So I bequeath a happy peace to you
FTLN 0094 And all good men, as every prince should do;
FTLN 0095 My riches to the earth from whence they came,
FTLN 0096  editorial emendationTo the Daughter.editorial emendation But my unspotted fire of love to
FTLN 009755 you.—
FTLN 0098 Thus ready for the way of life or death,
FTLN 0099 I wait the sharpest blow.
FTLN 0100 Scorning advice, read the conclusion, then:
FTLN 0101 Which read and not expounded, ’tis decreed,
FTLN 010260 As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed.
FTLN 0103 Of all ’sayed yet, mayst thou prove prosperous;
FTLN 0104 Of all ’sayed yet, I wish thee happiness.
FTLN 0105 Like a bold champion I assume the lists,
FTLN 0106 Nor ask advice of any other thought
FTLN 010765 But faithfulness and courage.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

editorial emendationHe readseditorial emendation the Riddle:
FTLN 0108 I am no viper, yet I feed
FTLN 0109 On mother’s flesh which did me breed.
FTLN 0110 I sought a husband, in which labor
FTLN 0111 I found that kindness in a father.
FTLN 011270 He’s father, son, and husband mild;
FTLN 0113 I mother, wife, and yet his child.
FTLN 0114 How they may be, and yet in two,
FTLN 0115 As you will live resolve it you.

FTLN 0116  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation Sharp physic is the last! But, O you powers
FTLN 011775 That gives heaven countless eyes to view men’s acts,
FTLN 0118 Why cloud they not their sights perpetually
FTLN 0119 If this be true which makes me pale to read it?
FTLN 0120 Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still
FTLN 0121 Were not this glorious casket stored with ill.
FTLN 012280 But I must tell you now my thoughts revolt;
FTLN 0123 For he’s no man on whom perfections wait
FTLN 0124 That, knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
FTLN 0125 You are a fair viol, and your sense the strings
FTLN 0126 Who, fingered to make man his lawful music,
FTLN 012785 Would draw heaven down and all the gods to
FTLN 0128 hearken;
FTLN 0129 But, being played upon before your time,
FTLN 0130 Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime.
FTLN 0131 Good sooth, I care not for you.
FTLN 013290 Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life,
FTLN 0133 For that’s an article within our law
FTLN 0134 As dangerous as the rest. Your time’s expired.
FTLN 0135 Either expound now or receive your sentence.
PERICLES  FTLN 0136Great king,
FTLN 013795 Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
FTLN 0138 ’Twould braid yourself too near for me to tell it.
FTLN 0139 Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
FTLN 0140 He’s more secure to keep it shut than shown.
FTLN 0141 For vice repeated is like the wand’ring wind,
FTLN 0142100 Blows dust in others’ eyes to spread itself;

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0143 And yet the end of all is bought thus dear:
FTLN 0144 The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear
FTLN 0145 To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole casts
FTLN 0146 Copped hills towards heaven, to tell the Earth is
FTLN 0147105 thronged
FTLN 0148 By man’s oppression, and the poor worm doth die
FTLN 0149 for ’t.
FTLN 0150 Kings are Earth’s gods; in vice their law’s their will;
FTLN 0151 And if Jove stray, who dares say Jove doth ill?
FTLN 0152110 It is enough you know; and it is fit,
FTLN 0153 What being more known grows worse, to smother it.
FTLN 0154 All love the womb that their first being bred;
FTLN 0155 Then give my tongue like leave to love my head.
ANTIOCHUS , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0156 Heaven, that I had thy head! He has found the
FTLN 0157115 meaning.
FTLN 0158 But I will gloze with him.—Young Prince of Tyre,
FTLN 0159 Though by the tenor of editorial emendationoureditorial emendation strict edict,
FTLN 0160 Your exposition misinterpreting,
FTLN 0161 We might proceed to editorial emendationcanceleditorial emendation of your days,
FTLN 0162120 Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree
FTLN 0163 As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise.
FTLN 0164 Forty days longer we do respite you,
FTLN 0165 If by which time our secret be undone,
FTLN 0166 This mercy shows we’ll joy in such a son.
FTLN 0167125 And until then, your entertain shall be
FTLN 0168 As doth befit our honor and your worth.
All except Pericles exit.
FTLN 0169 How courtesy would seem to cover sin
FTLN 0170 When what is done is like an hypocrite,
FTLN 0171 The which is good in nothing but in sight.
FTLN 0172130 If it be true that I interpret false,
FTLN 0173 Then were it certain you were not so bad
FTLN 0174 As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
FTLN 0175 Where now editorial emendationyou’reeditorial emendation both a father and a son

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 1

FTLN 0176 By your untimely claspings with your child,
FTLN 0177135 Which pleasures fits a husband, not a father,
FTLN 0178 And she an eater of her mother’s flesh
FTLN 0179 By the defiling of her parents’ bed;
FTLN 0180 And both like serpents are, who, though they feed
FTLN 0181 On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.
FTLN 0182140 Antioch, farewell, for wisdom sees those men
FTLN 0183 Blush not in actions blacker than the night
FTLN 0184 Will editorial emendation’scheweditorial emendation no course to keep them from the light.
FTLN 0185 One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
FTLN 0186 Murder’s as near to lust as flame to smoke.
FTLN 0187145 Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
FTLN 0188 Ay, and the targets to put off the shame.
FTLN 0189 Then, lest my life be cropped to keep you clear,
FTLN 0190 By flight I’ll shun the danger which I fear. He exits.

Enter Antiochus.

ANTIOCHUS  FTLN 0191He hath found the meaning,
FTLN 0192150 For which we mean to have his head.
FTLN 0193 He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
FTLN 0194 Nor tell the world Antiochus doth sin
FTLN 0195 In such a loathèd manner.
FTLN 0196 And therefore instantly this prince must die,
FTLN 0197155 For by his fall my honor must keep high.—
FTLN 0198 Who attends us there?

Enter Thaliard.

THALIARD  FTLN 0199Doth your Highness call?
FTLN 0200 Thaliard, you are of our chamber, Thaliard,
FTLN 0201 And our mind partakes her private actions
FTLN 0202160 To your secrecy; and for your faithfulness
FTLN 0203 We will advance you, Thaliard. Behold,
FTLN 0204 Here’s poison, and here’s gold.  editorial emendationHe gives poison and
 money.editorial emendation 
FTLN 0205We hate the Prince
FTLN 0206 Of Tyre, and thou must kill him. It fits thee not

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0207165 To ask the reason why: because we bid it.
FTLN 0208 Say, is it done?
THALIARD  FTLN 0209 My lord, ’tis done.
ANTIOCHUS  FTLN 0210 Enough.

Enter a Messenger.

FTLN 0211 Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste.
MESSENGER  FTLN 0212170My lord, Prince Pericles is fled. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
ANTIOCHUS , editorial emendationto Thaliardeditorial emendation  FTLN 0213As thou wilt live, fly after,
FTLN 0214 and like an arrow shot from a well-experienced
FTLN 0215 archer hits the mark his eye doth level at, so thou
FTLN 0216 never return unless thou say Prince Pericles is
FTLN 0217175 dead.
THALIARD  FTLN 0218My lord, if I can get him within my pistol’s
FTLN 0219 length, I’ll make him sure enough. So, farewell to
FTLN 0220 your Highness.
editorial emendationANTIOCHUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0221 Thaliard, adieu. Till Pericles be dead,
FTLN 0222180 My heart can lend no succor to my head.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Pericles with editorial emendationan Attendant.editorial emendation

FTLN 0223 Let none disturb us.  (editorial emendationAttendant exits.editorial emendation) Why should
FTLN 0224 this change of thoughts,
FTLN 0225 The sad companion dull-eyed Melancholy,
FTLN 0226 editorial emendationBe myeditorial emendation so used a guest as not an hour
FTLN 02275 In the day’s glorious walk or peaceful night,
FTLN 0228 The tomb where grief should sleep, can breed me
FTLN 0229 quiet?
FTLN 0230 Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun
FTLN 0231 them;
FTLN 023210 And danger, which I feared, is at Antioch,

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0233 Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here.
FTLN 0234 Yet neither pleasure’s art can joy my spirits,
FTLN 0235 Nor yet the other’s distance comfort me.
FTLN 0236 Then it is thus: the passions of the mind
FTLN 023715 That have their first conception by misdread
FTLN 0238 Have after-nourishment and life by care;
FTLN 0239 And what was first but fear what might be done
FTLN 0240 Grows elder now, and cares it be not done.
FTLN 0241 And so with me. The great Antiochus,
FTLN 024220 ’Gainst whom I am too little to contend,
FTLN 0243 Since he’s so great can make his will his act,
FTLN 0244 Will think me speaking though I swear to silence;
FTLN 0245 Nor boots it me to say I honor editorial emendationhimeditorial emendation
FTLN 0246 If he suspect I may dishonor him.
FTLN 024725 And what may make him blush in being known,
FTLN 0248 He’ll stop the course by which it might be known.
FTLN 0249 With hostile forces he’ll o’er-spread the land,
FTLN 0250 And with editorial emendationth’ ostenteditorial emendation of war will look so huge
FTLN 0251 Amazement shall drive courage from the state,
FTLN 025230 Our men be vanquished ere they do resist,
FTLN 0253 And subjects punished that ne’er thought offense;
FTLN 0254 Which care of them, not pity of myself,
FTLN 0255 Who editorial emendationameditorial emendation no more but as the tops of trees
FTLN 0256 Which fence the roots they grow by and defend them,
FTLN 025735 Makes both my body pine and soul to languish
FTLN 0258 And punish that before that he would punish.

Enter editorial emendationHelicanus andeditorial emendation all the Lords to Pericles.

FTLN 0259 Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast.
FTLN 0260 And keep your mind till you return to us
FTLN 0261 Peaceful and comfortable.
FTLN 026240 Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
FTLN 0263 They do abuse the King that flatter him,

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0264 For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
FTLN 0265 The thing the which is flattered, but a spark
FTLN 0266 To which that editorial emendationwindeditorial emendation gives heat and stronger glowing;
FTLN 026745 Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,
FTLN 0268 Fits kings as they are men, for they may err.
FTLN 0269 When Signior Sooth here does proclaim peace,
FTLN 0270 He flatters you, makes war upon your life.
editorial emendationHe kneels.editorial emendation
FTLN 0271 Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please.
FTLN 027250 I cannot be much lower than my knees.
FTLN 0273 All leave us else; but let your cares o’erlook
FTLN 0274 What shipping and what lading’s in our haven,
FTLN 0275 And then return to us. editorial emendationThe Lords exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 0276 Helicanus,
FTLN 027755 Thou hast moved us. What seest thou in our looks?
HELICANUS  FTLN 0278An angry brow, dread lord.
FTLN 0279 If there be such a dart in princes’ frowns,
FTLN 0280 How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
FTLN 0281 How dares the plants look up to heaven,
FTLN 028260 From whence they have their nourishment?
FTLN 0283 Thou knowest I have power to take thy life from thee.
HELICANUS  FTLN 0284I have ground the ax myself;
FTLN 0285 Do but you strike the blow.
FTLN 0286 Rise, prithee rise. editorial emendationHelicanus rises.editorial emendation
FTLN 028765 Sit down. Thou art no flatterer.
FTLN 0288 I thank thee for ’t; and heaven forbid
FTLN 0289 That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid.
FTLN 0290 Fit counselor and servant for a prince,
FTLN 0291 Who by thy wisdom makes a prince thy servant,
FTLN 029270 What wouldst thou have me do?
HELICANUS  FTLN 0293To bear with patience such griefs
FTLN 0294 As you yourself do lay upon yourself.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 2

FTLN 0295 Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus,
FTLN 0296 That ministers a potion unto me
FTLN 029775 That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
FTLN 0298 Attend me, then: I went to Antioch,
FTLN 0299 Where, as thou know’st, against the face of death
FTLN 0300 I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty
FTLN 0301 From whence an issue I might propagate,
FTLN 030280 Are arms to princes and bring joys to subjects.
FTLN 0303 Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder,
FTLN 0304 The rest—hark in thine ear—as black as incest,
FTLN 0305 Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
FTLN 0306 Seemed not to strike, but smooth. But thou know’st
FTLN 030785 this:
FTLN 0308 ’Tis time to fear when tyrants seems to kiss;
FTLN 0309 Which fear so grew in me I hither fled
FTLN 0310 Under the covering of a careful night,
FTLN 0311 Who seemed my good protector; and, being here,
FTLN 031290 Bethought editorial emendationmeeditorial emendation what was past, what might succeed.
FTLN 0313 I knew him tyrannous, and tyrants’ editorial emendationfearseditorial emendation
FTLN 0314 Decrease not but grow faster than the years;
FTLN 0315 And should he editorial emendationdoubt,editorial emendation as no doubt he doth,
FTLN 0316 That I should open to the list’ning air
FTLN 031795 How many worthy princes’ bloods were shed
FTLN 0318 To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
FTLN 0319 To lop that doubt he’ll fill this land with arms,
FTLN 0320 And make pretense of wrong that I have done him;
FTLN 0321 When all, for mine—if I may editorial emendationcall ’teditorial emendation—offense,
FTLN 0322100 Must feel war’s blow, who spares not innocence;
FTLN 0323 Which love to all—of which thyself art one,
FTLN 0324 Who now reproved’st me for ’t—
HELICANUS  FTLN 0325Alas, sir!
FTLN 0326 Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks,
FTLN 0327105 Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts
FTLN 0328 How I might stop this tempest ere it came;
FTLN 0329 And finding little comfort to relieve them,

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 3

FTLN 0330 I thought it princely charity to grieve for them.
FTLN 0331 Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak,
FTLN 0332110 Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
FTLN 0333 And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
FTLN 0334 Who either by public war or private treason
FTLN 0335 Will take away your life.
FTLN 0336 Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
FTLN 0337115 Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
FTLN 0338 Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
FTLN 0339 Your rule direct to any. If to me,
FTLN 0340 Day serves not light more faithful than I’ll be.
PERICLES  FTLN 0341I do not doubt thy faith.
FTLN 0342120 But should he wrong my liberties in my absence?
FTLN 0343 We’ll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
FTLN 0344 From whence we had our being and our birth.
FTLN 0345 Tyre, I now look from thee, then, and to Tarsus
FTLN 0346 Intend my travel, where I’ll hear from thee,
FTLN 0347125 And by whose letters I’ll dispose myself.
FTLN 0348 The care I had and have of subjects’ good
FTLN 0349 On thee I lay, whose wisdom’s strength can bear it.
FTLN 0350 I’ll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath.
FTLN 0351 Who shuns not to break one will crack both.
FTLN 0352130 But in our orbs editorial emendationwe’lleditorial emendation live so round and safe
FTLN 0353 That time of both this truth shall ne’er convince.
FTLN 0354 Thou showed’st a subject’s shine, I a true prince.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Thaliard alone.

editorial emendationTHALIARDeditorial emendation  FTLN 0355So this is Tyre, and this the court. Here
FTLN 0356 must I kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 3

FTLN 0357 sure to be hanged at home. ’Tis dangerous. Well, I
FTLN 0358 perceive he was a wise fellow and had good discretion
FTLN 03595 that, being bid to ask what he would of the
FTLN 0360 king, desired he might know none of his secrets.
FTLN 0361 Now do I see he had some reason for ’t, for if a
FTLN 0362 king bid a man be a villain, he’s bound by the
FTLN 0363 indenture of his oath to be one. Husht! Here
FTLN 036410 comes the lords of Tyre. editorial emendationHe steps aside.editorial emendation

Enter Helicanus editorial emendationandeditorial emendation Escanes, with other Lords.

FTLN 0365 You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
FTLN 0366 Further to question me of your king’s departure.
FTLN 0367 His sealed commission left in trust with me
FTLN 0368 Does speak sufficiently he’s gone to travel.
THALIARD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 036915How? The King gone?
FTLN 0370 If further yet you will be satisfied
FTLN 0371 Why, as it were, unlicensed of your loves
FTLN 0372 He would depart, I’ll give some light unto you.
FTLN 0373 Being at Antioch—
THALIARD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 037420What from Antioch?
FTLN 0375 Royal Antiochus, on what cause I know not,
FTLN 0376 Took some displeasure at him—at least he judged so;
FTLN 0377 And doubting lest he had erred or sinned,
FTLN 0378 To show his sorrow, he’d correct himself;
FTLN 037925 So puts himself unto the shipman’s toil,
FTLN 0380 With whom each minute threatens life or death.
THALIARD , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0381Well, I perceive I shall not be hanged
FTLN 0382 now, although I would; but since he’s gone, the
FTLN 0383 King’s editorial emendationears iteditorial emendation must please. He ’scaped the land to
FTLN 038430 perish at the sea. I’ll present myself.—Peace to the
FTLN 0385 lords of Tyre!
editorial emendationHELICANUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0386 Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 4

THALIARD  FTLN 0387From him I come with message unto princely
FTLN 0388 Pericles, but since my landing I have understood
FTLN 038935 your lord has editorial emendationbetookeditorial emendation himself to unknown travels.
FTLN 0390 Now message must return from whence it came.
HELICANUS  FTLN 0391We have no reason to desire it,
FTLN 0392 Commended to our master, not to us.
FTLN 0393 Yet ere you shall depart, this we desire:
FTLN 039440 As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Cleon the Governor of Tarsus, with his wife
editorial emendationDionyzaeditorial emendation and others.

FTLN 0395 My Dionyza, shall we rest us here
FTLN 0396 And, by relating tales of others’ griefs,
FTLN 0397 See if ’twill teach us to forget our own?
FTLN 0398 That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it;
FTLN 03995 For who digs hills because they do aspire
FTLN 0400 Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.
FTLN 0401 O, my distressèd lord, even such our griefs are.
FTLN 0402 Here they are but felt, and seen with mischief’s eyes,
FTLN 0403 But like to groves, being topped, they higher rise.
CLEON  FTLN 040410O Dionyza,
FTLN 0405 Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
FTLN 0406 Or can conceal his hunger till he famish?
FTLN 0407 Our tongues and sorrows editorial emendationdoeditorial emendation sound deep our woes
FTLN 0408 Into the air, our eyes editorial emendationdoeditorial emendation weep till editorial emendationlungseditorial emendation
FTLN 040915 Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder, that
FTLN 0410 If heaven slumber while their creatures want,
FTLN 0411 They may awake their helpers to comfort them.
FTLN 0412 I’ll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
FTLN 0413 And, wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 4

DIONYZA  FTLN 041420I’ll do my best, sir.
FTLN 0415 This Tarsus, o’er which I have the government,
FTLN 0416 A city on whom Plenty held full hand,
FTLN 0417 For Riches strewed herself even in her streets;
FTLN 0418 Whose towers bore heads so high they kissed the
FTLN 041925 clouds,
FTLN 0420 And strangers ne’er beheld but wondered at;
FTLN 0421 Whose men and dames so jetted and adorned,
FTLN 0422 Like one another’s glass to trim them by;
FTLN 0423 Their tables were stored full to glad the sight,
FTLN 042430 And not so much to feed on as delight;
FTLN 0425 All poverty was scorned, and pride so great,
FTLN 0426 The name of help grew odious to repeat.
DIONYZA  FTLN 0427O, ’tis too true.
FTLN 0428 But see what heaven can do by this our change:
FTLN 042935 These mouths who but of late earth, sea, and air
FTLN 0430 Were all too little to content and please,
FTLN 0431 Although editorial emendationtheyeditorial emendation gave their creatures in abundance,
FTLN 0432 As houses are defiled for want of use,
FTLN 0433 They are now starved for want of exercise.
FTLN 043440 Those palates who not yet two savors younger
FTLN 0435 Must have inventions to delight the taste,
FTLN 0436 Would now be glad of bread and beg for it.
FTLN 0437 Those mothers who, to nuzzle up their babes,
FTLN 0438 Thought naught too curious, are ready now
FTLN 043945 To eat those little darlings whom they loved.
FTLN 0440 So sharp are hunger’s teeth that man and wife
FTLN 0441 Draw lots who first shall die to lengthen life.
FTLN 0442 Here stands a lord and there a lady weeping;
FTLN 0443 Here many sink, yet those which see them fall
FTLN 044450 Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
FTLN 0445 Is not this true?
FTLN 0446 Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 4

FTLN 0447 O, let those cities that of Plenty’s cup
FTLN 0448 And her prosperities so largely taste,
FTLN 044955 With their superfluous riots, hear these tears.
FTLN 0450 The misery of Tarsus may be theirs.

Enter a Lord.

LORD  FTLN 0451Where’s the Lord Governor?
CLEON  FTLN 0452Here.
FTLN 0453 Speak out thy sorrows, which thee bring’st in haste,
FTLN 045460 For comfort is too far for us to expect.
FTLN 0455 We have descried upon our neighboring shore
FTLN 0456 A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
CLEON  FTLN 0457I thought as much.
FTLN 0458 One sorrow never comes but brings an heir
FTLN 045965 That may succeed as his inheritor;
FTLN 0460 And so in ours. Some neighboring nation,
FTLN 0461 Taking advantage of our misery,
FTLN 0462 editorial emendationHatheditorial emendation stuffed the hollow vessels with their power
FTLN 0463 To beat us down, the which are down already,
FTLN 046470 And make a conquest of unhappy editorial emendationmen,editorial emendation
FTLN 0465 Whereas no glory’s got to overcome.
FTLN 0466 That’s the least fear, for, by the semblance
FTLN 0467 Of their white flags displayed, they bring us peace
FTLN 0468 And come to us as favorers, not as foes.
FTLN 046975 Thou speak’st like him’s untutored to repeat
FTLN 0470 “Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.”
FTLN 0471 But bring they what they will and what they can,
FTLN 0472 What need we editorial emendationfear?editorial emendation
FTLN 0473 editorial emendationTheeditorial emendation ground’s the lowest, and we are halfway there.
FTLN 047480 Go tell their general we attend him here,
FTLN 0475 To know for what he comes and whence he comes
FTLN 0476 And what he craves.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 1. SC. 4

LORD  FTLN 0477I go, my lord. editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0478 Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
FTLN 047985 If wars, we are unable to resist.

Enter Pericles with Attendants.

FTLN 0480 Lord Governor, for so we hear you are,
FTLN 0481 Let not our ships and number of our men
FTLN 0482 Be like a beacon fired t’ amaze your eyes.
FTLN 0483 We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre
FTLN 048490 And seen the desolation of your streets;
FTLN 0485 Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
FTLN 0486 But to relieve them of their heavy load;
FTLN 0487 And these our ships, you happily may think
FTLN 0488 Are like the Trojan horse was stuffed within
FTLN 048995 With bloody veins expecting overthrow,
FTLN 0490 Are stored with corn to make your needy bread
FTLN 0491 And give them life whom hunger starved half dead.
ALL , editorial emendationkneelingeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0492 The gods of Greece protect you, and we’ll pray for
FTLN 0493 you.
PERICLES  FTLN 0494100Arise, I pray you, rise.
FTLN 0495 We do not look for reverence, but for love,
FTLN 0496 And harborage for ourself, our ships, and men.
CLEON , editorial emendationrising, with the otherseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0497 The which when any shall not gratify
FTLN 0498 Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
FTLN 0499105 Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
FTLN 0500 The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils!
FTLN 0501 Till when—the which I hope shall ne’er be seen—
FTLN 0502 Your Grace is welcome to our town and us.
FTLN 0503 Which welcome we’ll accept, feast here awhile,
FTLN 0504110 Until our stars that frown lend us a smile.
They exit.

editorial emendationACT 2editorial emendation
editorial emendation2 Choruseditorial emendation
Enter Gower.

editorial emendationGOWEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 0505 Here have you seen a mighty king
FTLN 0506 His child, iwis, to incest bring;
FTLN 0507 A better prince and benign lord
FTLN 0508 That will prove awful both in deed and word.
FTLN 05095 Be quiet, then, as men should be,
FTLN 0510 Till he hath passed necessity.
FTLN 0511 I’ll show you those in troubles reign,
FTLN 0512 Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
FTLN 0513 The good in conversation,
FTLN 051410 To whom I give my benison,
FTLN 0515 Is still at Tarsus, where each man
FTLN 0516 Thinks all is Writ he speken can,
FTLN 0517 And, to remember what he does,
FTLN 0518 Build his statue to make him glorious.
FTLN 051915 But tidings to the contrary
FTLN 0520 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 shows the letter to
Cleon. Pericles gives the Messenger a reward and knights
him. Pericles exits at one door, and Cleon at another.


Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

FTLN 0521 Good Helicane, that stayed at home—
FTLN 0522 Not to eat honey like a drone
FTLN 0523 From others’ labors, for though he strive
FTLN 052420 To killen bad, keep good alive,
FTLN 0525 And to fulfill his prince’ desire—
FTLN 0526 editorial emendationSends wordeditorial emendation of all that haps in Tyre:
FTLN 0527 How Thaliard came full bent with sin,
FTLN 0528 And had intent to murder him;
FTLN 052925 And that in Tarsus was not best
FTLN 0530 Longer for him to make his rest.
FTLN 0531 He, doing so, put forth to seas,
FTLN 0532 Where when men been there’s seldom ease;
FTLN 0533 For now the wind begins to blow;
FTLN 053430 Thunder above and deeps below
FTLN 0535 Makes such unquiet that the ship
FTLN 0536 Should house him safe is wracked and split,
FTLN 0537 And he, good prince, having all lost,
FTLN 0538 By waves from coast to coast is tossed.
FTLN 053935 All perishen of man, of pelf,
FTLN 0540 Ne aught escapend but himself;
FTLN 0541 Till Fortune, tired with doing bad,
FTLN 0542 Threw him ashore to give him glad.
FTLN 0543 And here he comes. What shall be next,
FTLN 054440 Pardon old Gower—this ’longs the text.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Pericles, wet.

FTLN 0545 Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven!
FTLN 0546 Wind, rain, and thunder, remember earthly man
FTLN 0547 Is but a substance that must yield to you,
FTLN 0548 And I, as fits my nature, do obey you.
FTLN 05495 Alas, the seas hath cast me on the rocks,

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

FTLN 0550 Washed me from shore to shore, and left my breath
FTLN 0551 Nothing to think on but ensuing death.
FTLN 0552 Let it suffice the greatness of your powers
FTLN 0553 To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;
FTLN 055410 And, having thrown him from your wat’ry grave,
FTLN 0555 Here to have death in peace is all he’ll crave.

Enter three Fishermen.

FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0556What editorial emendationho,editorial emendation Pilch!
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0557Ha, come and bring away the nets!
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0558What, Patchbreech, I say!
THIRD FISHERMAN  FTLN 055915What say you, master?
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0560Look how thou stirr’st now! Come
FTLN 0561 away, or I’ll fetch thee with a wanion.
THIRD FISHERMAN  FTLN 0562Faith, master, I am thinking of the
FTLN 0563 poor men that were cast away before us even now.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 056420Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart
FTLN 0565 to hear what pitiful cries they made to us to help
FTLN 0566 them, when, welladay, we could scarce help
FTLN 0567 ourselves!
THIRD FISHERMAN  FTLN 0568Nay, master, said not I as much
FTLN 056925 when I saw the porpoise how he bounced and tumbled?
FTLN 0570 They say they’re half fish, half flesh. A plague
FTLN 0571 on them! They ne’er come but I look to be washed.
FTLN 0572 Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0573Why, as men do a-land: the great
FTLN 057430 ones eat up the little ones. I can compare our rich
FTLN 0575 misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale: he plays
FTLN 0576 and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him and
FTLN 0577 at last editorial emendationdevourseditorial emendation them all at a mouthful. Such
FTLN 0578 whales have I heard on a’ the land, who never leave
FTLN 057935 gaping till they swallowed the whole parish—
FTLN 0580 church, steeple, bells and all.
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0581A pretty moral.
THIRD FISHERMAN  FTLN 0582But, master, if I had been the sexton,
FTLN 0583 I would have been that day in the belfry.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

editorial emendationTHIRDeditorial emendation FISHERMAN  FTLN 0585Because he should have swallowed
FTLN 0586 me too. And when I had been in his belly, I would
FTLN 0587 have kept such a jangling of the bells that he should
FTLN 0588 never have left till he cast bells, steeple, church, and
FTLN 058945 parish up again. But if the good King Simonides
FTLN 0590 were of my mind—
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 0591Simonides?
THIRD FISHERMAN  FTLN 0592We would purge the land of these
FTLN 0593 drones that rob the bee of her honey.
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 059450 How from the editorial emendationfinnyeditorial emendation subject of the sea
FTLN 0595 These fishers tell the infirmities of men,
FTLN 0596 And from their wat’ry empire recollect
FTLN 0597 All that may men approve or men detect!—
FTLN 0598 Peace be at your labor, honest fishermen.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 059955Honest good fellow, what’s that? If
FTLN 0600 it be a day fits you, search out of the calendar, and
FTLN 0601 nobody look after it!
FTLN 0602 May see the sea hath cast upon your coast—
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0603What a drunken knave was the sea
FTLN 060460 to cast thee in our way!
FTLN 0605 A man whom both the waters and the wind
FTLN 0606 In that vast tennis court hath made the ball
FTLN 0607 For them to play upon entreats you pity him.
FTLN 0608 He asks of you that never used to beg.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 060965No, friend, cannot you beg? Here’s
FTLN 0610 them in our country of Greece gets more with begging
FTLN 0611 than we can do with working.
SECOND FISHERMAN , editorial emendationto Pericleseditorial emendation  FTLN 0612Canst thou catch any
FTLN 0613 fishes, then?
PERICLES  FTLN 061470I never practiced it.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0615Nay, then, thou wilt starve sure,
FTLN 0616 for here’s nothing to be got nowadays unless thou
FTLN 0617 canst fish for ’t.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

FTLN 0618 What I have been I have forgot to know,
FTLN 061975 But what I am want teaches me to think on:
FTLN 0620 A man thronged up with cold. My veins are chill
FTLN 0621 And have no more of life than may suffice
FTLN 0622 To give my tongue that heat to ask your help—
FTLN 0623 Which, if you shall refuse, when I am dead,
FTLN 062480 For that I am a man, pray you see me buried.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0625Die, quotha? Now gods forbid ’t, an I
FTLN 0626 have a gown. Here, come, put it on; keep thee
FTLN 0627 warm.  editorial emendationPericles puts on the garment.editorial emendation Now, afore
FTLN 0628 me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home,
FTLN 062985 and we’ll have flesh for editorial emendationholidays,editorial emendation fish for fasting
FTLN 0630 days, and, editorial emendationmoreo’er,editorial emendation puddings and flapjacks, and
FTLN 0631 thou shalt be welcome.
PERICLES  FTLN 0632I thank you, sir.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0633Hark you, my friend. You said you
FTLN 063490 could not beg?
PERICLES  FTLN 0635I did but crave.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0636But crave? Then I’ll turn craver
FTLN 0637 too, and so I shall ’scape whipping.
PERICLES  FTLN 0638Why, are editorial emendationyoureditorial emendation beggars whipped, then?
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 063995O, not all, my friend, not all; for if
FTLN 0640 all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no
FTLN 0641 better office than to be beadle.—But, master, I’ll go
FTLN 0642 draw up the net. editorial emendationHe exits with Third Fisherman.editorial emendation
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0643 How well this honest mirth becomes their labor!
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0644100Hark you, sir, do you know where
FTLN 0645 you are?
PERICLES  FTLN 0646Not well.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0647Why, I’ll tell you. This editorial emendationiseditorial emendation called Pentapolis,
FTLN 0648 and our king the good Simonides.
PERICLES  FTLN 0649105“The good Simonides” do you call him?
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0650Ay, sir, and he deserves so to be called
FTLN 0651 for his peaceable reign and good government.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

PERICLES  FTLN 0652He is a happy king, since he gains from his
FTLN 0653 subjects the name of “good” by his government.
FTLN 0654110 How far is his court distant from this shore?
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0655Marry, sir, half a day’s journey. And
FTLN 0656 I’ll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and tomorrow
FTLN 0657 is her birthday; and there are princes and knights
FTLN 0658 come from all parts of the world to joust and tourney
FTLN 0659115 for her love.
PERICLES  FTLN 0660Were my fortunes equal to my desires, I
FTLN 0661 could wish to make one there.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0662O, sir, things must be as they may;
FTLN 0663 and what a man cannot get he may lawfully deal
FTLN 0664120 for his wife’s soul.

Enter the two editorial emendationothereditorial emendation Fishermen, drawing up a net.

SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0665Help, master, help! Here’s a fish
FTLN 0666 hangs in the net like a poor man’s right in the law:
FTLN 0667 ’twill hardly come out. Ha! Bots on ’t, ’tis come at
FTLN 0668 last, and ’tis turned to a rusty armor.
FTLN 0669125 An armor, friends? I pray you let me see it.
editorial emendationThey pull out the armor.editorial emendation
FTLN 0670 Thanks, Fortune, yet, that after all editorial emendationthyeditorial emendation crosses
FTLN 0671 Thou givest me somewhat to repair myself;
FTLN 0672 And though it was mine own, part of my heritage
FTLN 0673 Which my dead father did bequeath to me
FTLN 0674130 With this strict charge even as he left his life,
FTLN 0675 “Keep it, my Pericles; it hath been a shield
FTLN 0676 ’Twixt me and death,” and pointed to this brace,
FTLN 0677 “For that it saved me, keep it. In like necessity—
FTLN 0678 The which the gods protect thee editorial emendationfromeditorial emendationeditorial emendationmay ’teditorial emendation
FTLN 0679135 defend thee.”
FTLN 0680 It kept where I kept, I so dearly loved it,
FTLN 0681 Till the rough seas, that spares not any man,
FTLN 0682 Took it in rage, though calmed have given ’t again.
FTLN 0683 I thank thee for ’t; my shipwrack now’s no ill
FTLN 0684140 Since I have here my father gave in his will.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 1

FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0685What mean you, sir?
FTLN 0686 To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of worth,
FTLN 0687 For it was sometime target to a king;
FTLN 0688 I know it by this mark. He loved me dearly,
FTLN 0689145 And for his sake I wish the having of it,
FTLN 0690 And that you’d guide me to your sovereign’s court,
FTLN 0691 Where with it I may appear a gentleman.
FTLN 0692 And if that ever my low fortune’s better,
FTLN 0693 I’ll pay your bounties; till then, rest your debtor.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0694150Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?
FTLN 0695 I’ll show the virtue I have borne in arms.
FIRST FISHERMAN  FTLN 0696Why, do ’ee take it, and the gods give
FTLN 0697 thee good on ’t.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0698Ay, but hark you, my friend, ’twas
FTLN 0699155 we that made up this garment through the rough
FTLN 0700 seams of the waters. There are certain condolements,
FTLN 0701 certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you’ll
FTLN 0702 remember from whence you had them.
PERICLES  FTLN 0703Believe ’t, I will. editorial emendationHe puts on the armor.editorial emendation
FTLN 0704160 By your furtherance I am clothed in steel,
FTLN 0705 And spite of all the rupture of the sea,
FTLN 0706 This jewel holds his editorial emendationbidingeditorial emendation on my arm.
FTLN 0707 Unto thy value I will mount myself
FTLN 0708 Upon a courser, whose editorial emendationdelightfuleditorial emendation steps
FTLN 0709165 Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
FTLN 0710 Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
FTLN 0711 Of a pair of bases.
SECOND FISHERMAN  FTLN 0712We’ll sure provide. Thou shalt have
FTLN 0713 my best gown to make thee a pair; and I’ll bring
FTLN 0714170 thee to the court myself.
FTLN 0715 Then honor be but a goal to my will;
FTLN 0716 This day I’ll rise or else add ill to ill.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 2

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationKingeditorial emendation Simonides, with editorial emendationLords,editorial emendation Attendants,
and Thaisa.

FTLN 0717 Are the knights ready to begin the triumph?
FIRST LORD  FTLN 0718They are, my liege,
FTLN 0719 And stay your coming to present themselves.
FTLN 0720 Return them we are ready, and our daughter here,
FTLN 07215 In honor of whose birth these triumphs are,
FTLN 0722 Sits here like Beauty’s child, whom Nature gat
FTLN 0723 For men to see and, seeing, wonder at.
editorial emendationAn Attendant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 0724 It pleaseth you, my royal father, to express
FTLN 0725 My commendations great, whose merit’s less.
FTLN 072610 It’s fit it should be so, for princes are
FTLN 0727 A model which heaven makes like to itself.
FTLN 0728 As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
FTLN 0729 So princes their renowns if not respected.
FTLN 0730 ’Tis now your honor, daughter, to entertain
FTLN 073115 The labor of each knight in his device.
FTLN 0732 Which to preserve mine honor, I’ll perform.

The first Knight passes by. editorial emendationHis Squire presents a shield
to Thaisa.editorial emendation

FTLN 0733 Who is the first that doth prefer himself?
FTLN 0734 A knight of Sparta, my renownèd father,
FTLN 0735 And the device he bears upon his shield
FTLN 073620 Is a black Ethiop reaching at the sun;
FTLN 0737 The word: Lux tua vita mihi.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 2

FTLN 0738 He loves you well that holds his life of you.

The second Knight editorial emendationpasses by. His Squire presents a
shield to Thaisa.editorial emendation

FTLN 0739 Who is the second that presents himself?
FTLN 0740 A prince of Macedon, my royal father,
FTLN 074125 And the device he bears upon his shield
FTLN 0742 Is an armed knight that’s conquered by a lady.
FTLN 0743 The motto thus, in Spanish: Pue per doleera kee per
FTLN 0744 forsa

The third Knight editorial emendationpasses by. His Squire presents a shield
to Thaisa.editorial emendation

FTLN 0745 And editorial emendationwhat’seditorial emendation the third?
THAISA  FTLN 074630 The third, of Antioch;
FTLN 0747 And his device a wreath of chivalry;
FTLN 0748 The word: Me pompae provexit apex.

The fourth Knight editorial emendationpasses by. His Squire presents a
shield to Thaisa.editorial emendation

SIMONIDES  FTLN 0749What is the fourth?
FTLN 0750 A burning torch that’s turnèd upside down;
FTLN 075135 The word: Qui me alit me extinguit.
FTLN 0752 Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,
FTLN 0753 Which can as well inflame as it can kill.

The fifth Knight editorial emendationpasses by. His Squire presents a shield
to Thaisa.editorial emendation

FTLN 0754 The fifth, an hand environèd with clouds,
FTLN 0755 Holding out gold that’s by the touchstone tried;
FTLN 075640 The motto thus: Sic spectanda fides.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 2

The sixth Knight, editorial emendationPericles, passes by. He presents a
shield to Thaisa.editorial emendation

FTLN 0757 And what’s the sixth and last, the which the knight
FTLN 0758 himself
FTLN 0759 With such a graceful courtesy delivered?
FTLN 0760 He seems to be a stranger; but his present is
FTLN 076145 A withered branch that’s only green at top,
FTLN 0762 The motto: In hac spe vivo.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 0763A pretty moral.
FTLN 0764 From the dejected state wherein he is,
FTLN 0765 He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
FTLN 076650 He had need mean better than his outward show
FTLN 0767 Can any way speak in his just commend,
FTLN 0768 For by his rusty outside he appears
FTLN 0769 To have practiced more the whipstock than the lance.
FTLN 0770 He well may be a stranger, for he comes
FTLN 077155 To an honored triumph strangely furnishèd.
FTLN 0772 And on set purpose let his armor rust
FTLN 0773 Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
FTLN 0774 Opinion’s but a fool that makes us scan
FTLN 0775 The outward habit by the inward man.
FTLN 077660 But stay, the knights are coming.
FTLN 0777 We will withdraw into the gallery.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

Great shouts editorial emendationoffstage,editorial emendation and all cry, “The mean knight.”

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 3

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter the King editorial emendationSimonides, Thaisa, Marshal, Ladies,
Lords, Attendants,editorial emendation and Knights editorial emendationin armor,editorial emendation from tilting.

SIMONIDES  FTLN 0778Knights,
FTLN 0779 To say you’re welcome were superfluous.
FTLN 0780 editorial emendationToeditorial emendation place upon the volume of your deeds,
FTLN 0781 As in a title page, your worth in arms
FTLN 07825 Were more than you expect or more than ’s fit,
FTLN 0783 Since every worth in show commends itself.
FTLN 0784 Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast.
FTLN 0785 You are princes and my guests.
THAISA , editorial emendationto Pericleseditorial emendation  FTLN 0786But you my knight and guest,
FTLN 078710 To whom this wreath of victory I give
FTLN 0788 And crown you king of this day’s happiness.
editorial emendationShe places a wreath on Pericles’ head.editorial emendation
FTLN 0789 ’Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit.
FTLN 0790 Call it by what you will, the day is editorial emendationyours,editorial emendation
FTLN 0791 And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
FTLN 079215 In framing an artist, Art hath thus decreed,
FTLN 0793 To make some good but others to exceed,
FTLN 0794 And you are her labored scholar.—Come, queen o’
FTLN 0795 the feast,
FTLN 0796 For, daughter, so you are; here, take your place.—
FTLN 079720 Marshal, the rest as they deserve their grace.
FTLN 0798 We are honored much by good Simonides.
FTLN 0799 Your presence glads our days. Honor we love,
FTLN 0800 For who hates honor hates the gods above.
MARSHAL , editorial emendationto Pericleseditorial emendation  FTLN 0801Sir, yonder is your place.
PERICLES  FTLN 080225Some other is more fit.
FTLN 0803 Contend not, sir, for we are gentlemen

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 3

FTLN 0804 Have neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
FTLN 0805 Envies the great, nor shall the low despise.
FTLN 0806 You are right courteous knights.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 080730 Sit, sir, sit. editorial emendationThey sit.editorial emendation
FTLN 0808  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation By Jove I wonder, that is king of thoughts,
FTLN 0809 These cates resist me, he not thought upon.
THAISA , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0810 By Juno, that is queen of marriage,
FTLN 0811 All viands that I eat do seem unsavory,
FTLN 081235 Wishing him my meat.—Sure, he’s a gallant
FTLN 0813 gentleman.
FTLN 0814 He’s but a country gentleman;
FTLN 0815 Has done no more than other knights have done;
FTLN 0816 Has broken a staff or so. So let it pass.
THAISA , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 081740 To me he seems like diamond to glass.
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0818 editorial emendationYoneditorial emendation king’s to me like to my father’s picture,
FTLN 0819 Which tells in that glory once he was—
FTLN 0820 Had princes sit like stars about his throne,
FTLN 0821 And he the sun for them to reverence.
FTLN 082245 None that beheld him but like lesser lights
FTLN 0823 Did vail their crowns to his supremacy;
FTLN 0824 Where now his editorial emendationson’seditorial emendation like a glowworm in the night,
FTLN 0825 The which hath fire in darkness, none in light;
FTLN 0826 Whereby I see that Time’s the king of men.
FTLN 082750 He’s both their parent, and he is their grave,
FTLN 0828 And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 0829What, are you merry, knights?
FTLN 0830 Who can be other in this royal presence?
FTLN 0831 Here, with a cup that’s editorial emendationstorededitorial emendation unto the brim,
FTLN 083255 As do you love, fill to your mistress’ lips.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 3

FTLN 0833 We drink this health to you. editorial emendationHe drinks.editorial emendation
KNIGHTS  FTLN 0834 We thank your Grace.
FTLN 0835 Yet pause awhile. Yon knight doth sit too melancholy,
FTLN 0836 As if the entertainment in our court
FTLN 083760 Had not a show might countervail his worth.—
FTLN 0838 Note it not you, Thaisa?
THAISA  FTLN 0839What is ’t to me, my father?
FTLN 0840 O, attend, my daughter. Princes in this
FTLN 0841 Should live like gods above, who freely give
FTLN 084265 To everyone that come to honor them.
FTLN 0843 And princes not doing so are like to gnats,
FTLN 0844 Which make a sound but, killed, are wondered at.
FTLN 0845 Therefore, to make his entrance more sweet,
FTLN 0846 Here, say we drink this standing-bowl of wine to him.
editorial emendationHe drinks.editorial emendation
FTLN 084770 Alas, my father, it befits not me
FTLN 0848 Unto a stranger knight to be so bold.
FTLN 0849 He may my proffer take for an offense,
FTLN 0850 Since men take women’s gifts for impudence.
FTLN 085275 Do as I bid you, or you’ll move me else.
THAISA , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0853 Now, by the gods, he could not please me better.
FTLN 0854 And furthermore tell him we desire to know of him
FTLN 0855 Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
THAISA , editorial emendationgoing to Pericleseditorial emendation 
FTLN 0856 The King, my father, sir, has drunk to you.
PERICLES  FTLN 085780I thank him.
FTLN 0858 Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
FTLN 0859 I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.
editorial emendationHe drinks to Simonides.editorial emendation

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 3

FTLN 0860 And further, he desires to know of you
FTLN 0861 Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
FTLN 086285 A gentleman of Tyre, my name Pericles.
FTLN 0863 My education been in arts and arms,
FTLN 0864 Who, looking for adventures in the world,
FTLN 0865 Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
FTLN 0866 And after shipwrack driven upon this shore.
THAISA , editorial emendationreturning to her placeeditorial emendation 
FTLN 086790 He thanks your Grace; names himself Pericles,
FTLN 0868 A gentleman of Tyre,
FTLN 0869 Who only by misfortune of the seas,
FTLN 0870 Bereft of ships and men, cast on this shore.
FTLN 0871 Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
FTLN 087295 And will awake him from his melancholy.—
FTLN 0873 Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles
FTLN 0874 And waste the time which looks for other revels.
FTLN 0875 Even in your armors, as you are addressed,
FTLN 0876 Will well become a soldiers’ dance.
FTLN 0877100 I will not have excuse with saying this:
FTLN 0878 “Loud music is too harsh for ladies’ heads,”
FTLN 0879 Since they love men in arms as well as beds.
They dance.
FTLN 0880 So, this was well asked, ’twas so well performed.
FTLN 0881 Come, sir. editorial emendationHe presents Pericles to Thaisa.editorial emendation
FTLN 0882105 Here’s a lady that wants breathing too,
FTLN 0883 And I have heard you knights of Tyre
FTLN 0884 Are excellent in making ladies trip,
FTLN 0885 And that their measures are as excellent.
FTLN 0886 In those that practice them they are, my lord.
FTLN 0887110 O, that’s as much as you would be denied
FTLN 0888 Of your fair courtesy. They dance.
FTLN 0889 Unclasp, unclasp!

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 4

FTLN 0890 Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well;
FTLN 0891  editorial emendationTo Pericles.editorial emendation But you the best.—Pages and lights, to
FTLN 0892115 conduct
FTLN 0893 These knights unto their several lodgings.  editorial emendationTo
 Pericles.editorial emendation 
FTLN 0894Yours, sir,
FTLN 0895 We have given order be next our own.
PERICLES  FTLN 0896I am at your Grace’s pleasure.
editorial emendationSIMONIDESeditorial emendation 
FTLN 0897120 Princes, it is too late to talk of love,
FTLN 0898 And that’s the mark I know you level at.
FTLN 0899 Therefore each one betake him to his rest,
FTLN 0900 Tomorrow all for speeding do their best.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Helicanus and Escanes.

FTLN 0901 No, Escanes, know this of me:
FTLN 0902 Antiochus from incest lived not free,
FTLN 0903 For which the most high gods not minding longer
FTLN 0904 To withhold the vengeance that they had in store
FTLN 09055 Due to this heinous capital offense,
FTLN 0906 Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
FTLN 0907 When he was seated in a chariot of
FTLN 0908 An inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
FTLN 0909 A fire from heaven came and shriveled up
FTLN 091010 Those bodies even to loathing, for they so stunk
FTLN 0911 That all those eyes adored them, ere their fall,
FTLN 0912 Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
ESCANES  FTLN 0913’Twas very strange.
FTLN 0914 And yet but justice; for though this king were great,
FTLN 091515 His greatness was no guard to bar heaven’s shaft,
FTLN 0916 But sin had his reward.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 4

ESCANES  FTLN 0917 ’Tis very true.

Enter two or three Lords.

FTLN 0918 See, not a man in private conference
FTLN 0919 Or counsel has respect with him but he.
FTLN 092020 It shall no longer grieve without reproof.
FTLN 0921 And cursed be he that will not second it.
FTLN 0922 Follow me, then.—Lord Helicane, a word.
FTLN 0923 With me? And welcome. Happy day, my lords.
FTLN 0924 Know that our griefs are risen to the top,
FTLN 092525 And now at length they overflow their banks.
FTLN 0926 Your griefs? For what? Wrong not your prince you
FTLN 0927 love.
FTLN 0928 Wrong not yourself, then, noble Helicane.
FTLN 0929 But if the Prince do live, let us salute him,
FTLN 093030 Or know what ground’s made happy by his breath.
FTLN 0931 If in the world he live, we’ll seek him out;
FTLN 0932 If in his grave he rest, we’ll find him there,
FTLN 0933 And be resolved he lives to govern us,
FTLN 0934 Or dead, give ’s cause to mourn his funeral
FTLN 093535 And leave us to our free election.
FTLN 0936 Whose editorial emendationdeath’seditorial emendation indeed the strongest in our censure;
FTLN 0937 And knowing this kingdom is without a head—
FTLN 0938 Like goodly buildings left without a roof
FTLN 0939 Soon fall to ruin—your noble self,
FTLN 094040 That best know how to rule and how to reign,
FTLN 0941 We thus submit unto, our sovereign.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 5

ALL  FTLN 0942Live, noble Helicane!
FTLN 0943 Try honor’s cause; forbear your suffrages.
FTLN 0944 If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
FTLN 094545 Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
FTLN 0946 Where’s hourly trouble for a minute’s ease.
FTLN 0947 A twelve-month longer let me entreat you
FTLN 0948 To forbear the absence of your king;
FTLN 0949 If in which time expired, he not return,
FTLN 095050 I shall with agèd patience bear your yoke.
FTLN 0951 But if I cannot win you to this love,
FTLN 0952 Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
FTLN 0953 And in your search spend your adventurous worth,
FTLN 0954 Whom if you find and win unto return,
FTLN 095555 You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.
FTLN 0956 To wisdom he’s a fool that will not yield.
FTLN 0957 And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
FTLN 0958 We with our travels will endeavor.
FTLN 0959 Then you love us, we you, and we’ll clasp hands.
FTLN 096060 When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter the King, editorial emendationSimonides,editorial emendation reading of a letter at one
door; the Knights meet him.

FTLN 0961 Good morrow to the good Simonides.
FTLN 0962 Knights, from my daughter this I let you know,
FTLN 0963 That for this twelvemonth she’ll not undertake
FTLN 0964 A married life. Her reason to herself is only known,
FTLN 09655 Which from her by no means can I get.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 5

FTLN 0966 May we not get access to her, my lord?
FTLN 0967 Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly tied her
FTLN 0968 To her chamber that ’tis impossible.
FTLN 0969 One twelve moons more she’ll wear Diana’s livery.
FTLN 097010 This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vowed,
FTLN 0971 And on her virgin honor will not break it.
FTLN 0972 Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.
editorial emendationThe Knights exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 0974 They are well dispatched. Now to my daughter’s letter.
FTLN 097515 She tells me here she’ll wed the stranger knight
FTLN 0976 Or never more to view nor day nor light.
FTLN 0977 ’Tis well, mistress, your choice agrees with mine.
FTLN 0978 I like that well. Nay, how absolute she’s in ’t,
FTLN 0979 Not minding whether I dislike or no!
FTLN 098020 Well, I do commend her choice, and will no longer
FTLN 0981 Have it be delayed. Soft, here he comes.
FTLN 0982 I must dissemble it.

Enter Pericles.

FTLN 0983 All fortune to the good Simonides.
FTLN 0984 To you as much. Sir, I am beholding to you
FTLN 098525 For your sweet music this last night. I do
FTLN 0986 Protest, my ears were never better fed
FTLN 0987 With such delightful pleasing harmony.
FTLN 0988 It is your Grace’s pleasure to commend,
FTLN 0989 Not my desert.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 099030 Sir, you are music’s master.
FTLN 0991 The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 2. SC. 5

SIMONIDES  FTLN 0992Let me ask you one thing:
FTLN 0993 What do you think of my daughter, sir?
PERICLES  FTLN 0994A most virtuous princess.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 099535And she is fair too, is she not?
FTLN 0996 As a fair day in summer, wondrous fair.
FTLN 0997 Sir, my daughter thinks very well of you,
FTLN 0998 Ay, so well that you must be her master,
FTLN 0999 And she will be your scholar. Therefore, look to it.
FTLN 100040 I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
FTLN 1001 She thinks not so. Peruse this writing else.
PERICLES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation  FTLN 1002What’s here?
FTLN 1003 A letter that she loves the knight of Tyre?
FTLN 1004 ’Tis the King’s subtlety to have my life.—
FTLN 100545 O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
FTLN 1006 A stranger and distressèd gentleman
FTLN 1007 That never aimed so high to love your daughter,
FTLN 1008 But bent all offices to honor her.
FTLN 1009 Thou hast bewitched my daughter, and thou art
FTLN 101050 A villain.
PERICLES  FTLN 1011By the gods, I have not!
FTLN 1012 Never did thought of mine levy offense;
FTLN 1013 Nor never did my actions yet commence
FTLN 1014 A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.
FTLN 101555 Traitor, thou liest!
PERICLES  FTLN 1016 Traitor?
SIMONIDES  FTLN 1017 Ay, traitor.
FTLN 1018 Even in his throat, unless it be the King
FTLN 1019 That calls me traitor, I return the lie.

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ACT 2. SC. 5

SIMONIDES , editorial emendationasideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 102060 Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
FTLN 1021 My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
FTLN 1022 That never relished of a base descent.
FTLN 1023 I came unto your court for honor’s cause,
FTLN 1024 And not to be a rebel to her state,
FTLN 102565 And he that otherwise accounts of me,
FTLN 1026 This sword shall prove he’s honor’s enemy.
FTLN 1028 Here comes my daughter. She can witness it.

Enter Thaisa.

FTLN 1029 Then as you are as virtuous as fair,
FTLN 103070 Resolve your angry father if my tongue
FTLN 1031 Did e’er solicit or my hand subscribe
FTLN 1032 To any syllable that made love to you.
FTLN 1033 Why, sir, say if you had, who takes offense
FTLN 1034 At that would make me glad?
FTLN 103575 Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?
FTLN 1036  (Aside.) I am glad on ’t with all my heart.—
FTLN 1037 I’ll tame you! I’ll bring you in subjection.
FTLN 1038 Will you, not having my consent,
FTLN 1039 Bestow your love and your affections
FTLN 104080 Upon a stranger?  (Aside.) Who, for aught I know,
FTLN 1041 May be—nor can I think the contrary—
FTLN 1042 As great in blood as I myself.—
FTLN 1043 Therefore, hear you, mistress: either frame
FTLN 1044 Your will to mine—and you, sir, hear you:
FTLN 104585 Either be ruled by me—or I’ll make you
FTLN 1046 Man and wife.
FTLN 1047 Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too.
FTLN 1048 And being joined, I’ll thus your hopes destroy.

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ACT 2. SC. 5

FTLN 1049 And for further grief—God give you joy!
FTLN 105090 What, are you both pleased?
THAISA  FTLN 1051Yes,  (editorial emendationto Pericleseditorial emendation) if you love me, sir.
FTLN 1052 Even as my life my blood that fosters it.
SIMONIDES  FTLN 1053What, are you both agreed?
BOTH  FTLN 1054Yes, if ’t please your Majesty.
FTLN 105595 It pleaseth me so well that I will see you wed,
FTLN 1056 And then with what haste you can, get you to bed.
They exit.

editorial emendationACT 3editorial emendation
editorial emendation3 Choruseditorial emendation
Enter Gower.

editorial emendationGOWEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 1057 Now sleep yslackèd hath the rout;
FTLN 1058 No din but snores about the house,
FTLN 1059 Made louder by the o’erfed breast
FTLN 1060 Of this most pompous marriage feast.
FTLN 10615 The cat with eyne of burning coal
FTLN 1062 Now couches from the mouse’s hole,
FTLN 1063 And editorial emendationcricketseditorial emendation sing at the oven’s mouth
FTLN 1064 Are the blither for their drouth.
FTLN 1065 Hymen hath brought the bride to bed,
FTLN 106610 Where, by the loss of maidenhead,
FTLN 1067 A babe is molded. Be attent,
FTLN 1068 And time that is so briefly spent
FTLN 1069 With your fine fancies quaintly eche.
FTLN 1070 What’s dumb in show I’ll plain with speech.

editorial emendationDumb Show.editorial emendation

Enter Pericles and Simonides at one door with
Attendants. A Messenger meets them, kneels, and 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 take leave of her father, and
depart editorial emendationwith Lychorida and their Attendants. Then
Simonides and the others exit.editorial emendation


Pericles, Prince of Tyre

FTLN 107115 By many a dern and painful perch
FTLN 1072 Of Pericles the careful search,
FTLN 1073 By the four opposing coigns
FTLN 1074 Which the world together joins,
FTLN 1075 Is made with all due diligence
FTLN 107620 That horse and sail and high expense
FTLN 1077 Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre,
FTLN 1078 Fame answering the most strange enquire,
FTLN 1079 To th’ court of King Simonides
FTLN 1080 Are letters brought, the tenor these:
FTLN 108125 Antiochus and his daughter dead,
FTLN 1082 The men of Tyrus on the head
FTLN 1083 Of Helicanus would set on
FTLN 1084 The crown of Tyre, but he will none.
FTLN 1085 The mutiny he there hastes t’ oppress,
FTLN 108630 Says to ’em, if King Pericles
FTLN 1087 Come not home in twice six moons,
FTLN 1088 He, obedient to their dooms,
FTLN 1089 Will take the crown. The sum of this,
FTLN 1090 Brought hither to Pentapolis,
FTLN 109135 Y-ravishèd the regions round,
FTLN 1092 And everyone with claps can sound,
FTLN 1093 “Our heir apparent is a king!
FTLN 1094 Who dreamt, who thought of such a thing?”
FTLN 1095 Brief, he must hence depart to Tyre.
FTLN 109640 His queen, with child, makes her desire—
FTLN 1097 Which who shall cross?—along to go.
FTLN 1098 Omit we all their dole and woe.
FTLN 1099 Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
FTLN 1100 And so to sea. Their vessel shakes
FTLN 110145 On Neptune’s billow. Half the flood
FTLN 1102 Hath their keel cut. But Fortune, moved,
FTLN 1103 Varies again. The grizzled North
FTLN 1104 Disgorges such a tempest forth
FTLN 1105 That, as a duck for life that dives,
FTLN 110650 So up and down the poor ship drives.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 1

FTLN 1107 The lady shrieks and, well-anear,
FTLN 1108 Does fall in travail with her fear.
FTLN 1109 And what ensues in this fell storm
FTLN 1110 Shall for itself itself perform.
FTLN 111155 I nill relate; action may
FTLN 1112 Conveniently the rest convey,
FTLN 1113 Which might not what by me is told.
FTLN 1114 In your imagination hold
FTLN 1115 This stage the ship upon whose deck
FTLN 111660 The editorial emendationsea-tossededitorial emendation Pericles appears to speak.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Pericles, a-shipboard.

FTLN 1117 The god of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
FTLN 1118 Which wash both heaven and hell! And thou that hast
FTLN 1119 Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
FTLN 1120 Having called them from the deep! O, still
FTLN 11215 Thy deaf’ning dreadful thunders, gently quench
FTLN 1122 Thy nimble sulfurous flashes.—O, how, Lychorida,
FTLN 1123 How does my queen?—Then, storm, venomously
FTLN 1124 Wilt thou spit all thyself? The seaman’s whistle
FTLN 1125 Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
FTLN 112610 Unheard.—Lychorida!—Lucina, O
FTLN 1127 Divinest patroness and editorial emendationmidwifeeditorial emendation gentle
FTLN 1128 To those that cry by night, convey thy deity
FTLN 1129 Aboard our dancing boat, make swift the pangs
FTLN 1130 Of my queen’s travails!—Now, Lychorida!

Enter Lychorida, editorial emendationcarrying an infant.editorial emendation

FTLN 113115 Here is a thing too young for such a place,
FTLN 1132 Who, if it had conceit, would die, as I

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 1

FTLN 1133 Am like to do. Take in your arms this piece
FTLN 1134 Of your dead queen.
PERICLES  FTLN 1135 How? How, Lychorida?
FTLN 113620 Patience, good sir. Do not assist the storm.
FTLN 1137 Here’s all that is left living of your queen,
FTLN 1138 A little daughter. For the sake of it,
FTLN 1139 Be manly and take comfort.
PERICLES  FTLN 1140 O you gods!
FTLN 114125 Why do you make us love your goodly gifts
FTLN 1142 And snatch them straight away? We here below
FTLN 1143 Recall not what we give, and therein may
FTLN 1144 Use honor with you.
LYCHORIDA  FTLN 1145 Patience, good sir,
FTLN 114630 Even for this charge. editorial emendationShe hands him the infant.editorial emendation
PERICLES , editorial emendationto the infanteditorial emendation  FTLN 1147 Now mild may be thy life,
FTLN 1148 For a more blusterous birth had never babe.
FTLN 1149 Quiet and gentle thy conditions, for
FTLN 1150 Thou art the rudeliest welcome to this world
FTLN 115135 That ever was prince’s child. Happy what follows!
FTLN 1152 Thou hast as chiding a nativity
FTLN 1153 As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make
FTLN 1154 To herald thee from the womb.
FTLN 1155 Even at the first, thy loss is more than can
FTLN 115640 Thy portage quit, with all thou canst find here.
FTLN 1157 Now the good gods throw their best eyes upon ’t.

Enter two Sailors.

FIRST SAILOR  FTLN 1158What courage, sir? God save you.
FTLN 1159 Courage enough. I do not fear the flaw.
FTLN 1160 It hath done to me the worst. Yet for the love
FTLN 116145 Of this poor infant, this fresh new seafarer,
FTLN 1162 I would it would be quiet.
FIRST SAILOR  FTLN 1163Slack the bowlines there!—Thou wilt not,
FTLN 1164 wilt thou? Blow, and split thyself!

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 1

SECOND SAILOR  FTLN 1165But searoom, an the brine and cloudy
FTLN 116650 billow kiss the moon, I care not.
FIRST SAILOR  FTLN 1167Sir, your queen must overboard. The sea
FTLN 1168 works high, the wind is loud, and will not lie till
FTLN 1169 the ship be cleared of the dead.
PERICLES  FTLN 1170That’s your superstition.
FIRST SAILOR  FTLN 117155Pardon us, sir; with us at sea it hath been
FTLN 1172 still observed, and we are strong in editorial emendationcustom.editorial emendation
FTLN 1173 Therefore briefly yield ’er, editorial emendationfor she must overboard
FTLN 1174 straight.editorial emendation
PERICLES  FTLN 1175As you think meet.—Most wretched queen!
LYCHORIDA  FTLN 117660Here she lies, sir.
FTLN 1177 A terrible childbed hast thou had, my dear,
FTLN 1178 No light, no fire. Th’ unfriendly elements
FTLN 1179 Forgot thee utterly. Nor have I time
FTLN 1180 To give thee hallowed to thy grave, but straight
FTLN 118165 Must cast thee, scarcely coffined, in editorial emendationthe ooze,editorial emendation
FTLN 1182 Where, for a monument upon thy bones
FTLN 1183 editorial emendationAnd e’er-remainingeditorial emendation lamps, the belching whale
FTLN 1184 And humming water must o’erwhelm thy corpse,
FTLN 1185 Lying with simple shells.—O, Lychorida,
FTLN 118670 Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink, and editorial emendationpaper,editorial emendation
FTLN 1187 My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander
FTLN 1188 Bring me the satin coffin. Lay the babe
FTLN 1189 Upon the pillow. Hie thee, whiles I say
FTLN 1190 A priestly farewell to her. Suddenly, woman!
editorial emendationLychorida exits.editorial emendation
SECOND SAILOR  FTLN 119175Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches,
FTLN 1192 caulked and bitumed ready.
FTLN 1193 I thank thee, mariner. Say, what coast is this?
SECOND SAILOR  FTLN 1194We are near Tarsus.
PERICLES  FTLN 1195Thither, gentle mariner.
FTLN 119680 Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou reach it?
SECOND SAILOR  FTLN 1197By break of day if the wind cease.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 2

PERICLES  FTLN 1198O, make for Tarsus!
FTLN 1199 There will I visit Cleon, for the babe
FTLN 1200 Cannot hold out to Tyrus. There I’ll leave it
FTLN 120185 At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner.
FTLN 1202 I’ll bring the body presently.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter Lord Cerimon with editorial emendationtwo Suppliants.editorial emendation

CERIMON  FTLN 1203Philemon, ho!

Enter Philemon.

PHILEMON  FTLN 1204Doth my lord call?
CERIMON  FTLN 1205Get fire and meat for these poor men.
FTLN 1206 ’T has been a turbulent and stormy night.
editorial emendationPhilemon exits.editorial emendation
editorial emendationFIRST SUPPLIANTeditorial emendation 
FTLN 12075 I have been in many; but such a night as this,
FTLN 1208 Till now, I ne’er endured.
FTLN 1209 Your master will be dead ere you return.
FTLN 1210 There’s nothing can be ministered to nature
FTLN 1211 That can recover him.  editorial emendationTo Second Suppliant.editorial emendation Give
FTLN 121210 this to the ’pothecary,
FTLN 1213 And tell me how it works. editorial emendationSuppliants exit.editorial emendation

Enter two Gentlemen.

FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1214Good morrow.
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1215Good morrow to your Lordship.
FTLN 1216 Gentlemen, why do you stir so early?
FTLN 1218 Our lodgings, standing bleak upon the sea,
FTLN 1219 Shook as the earth did quake.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 2

FTLN 1220 The very principals did seem to rend
FTLN 1221 And all to topple. Pure surprise and fear
FTLN 122220 Made me to quit the house.
FTLN 1223 That is the cause we trouble you so early.
FTLN 1224 ’Tis not our husbandry.
CERIMON  FTLN 1225 O, you say well.
FTLN 1226 But I much marvel that your Lordship, having
FTLN 122725 Rich tire about you, should at these early hours
FTLN 1228 Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
FTLN 1229 ’Tis most strange
FTLN 1230 Nature should be so conversant with pain,
FTLN 1231 Being thereto not compelled.
CERIMON  FTLN 123230 I hold it ever
FTLN 1233 Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
FTLN 1234 Than nobleness and riches. Careless heirs
FTLN 1235 May the two latter darken and expend,
FTLN 1236 But immortality attends the former,
FTLN 123735 Making a man a god. ’Tis known I ever
FTLN 1238 Have studied physic, through which secret art,
FTLN 1239 By turning o’er authorities, I have,
FTLN 1240 Together with my practice, made familiar
FTLN 1241 To me and to my aid the blessed infusions
FTLN 124240 That dwells in vegetives, in metals, stones;
FTLN 1243 And can speak of the disturbances
FTLN 1244 That Nature works, and of her cures; which doth
FTLN 1245 give me
FTLN 1246 A more content in course of true delight
FTLN 124745 Than to be thirsty after tottering honor,
FTLN 1248 Or tie my pleasure up in silken bags
FTLN 1249 To please the fool and death.
FTLN 1250 Your Honor has through Ephesus poured forth
FTLN 1251 Your charity, and hundreds call themselves
FTLN 125250 Your creatures, who by you have been restored;

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 2

FTLN 1253 And not your knowledge, your personal pain, but even
FTLN 1254 Your purse, still open, hath built Lord Cerimon
FTLN 1255 Such strong renown, as time shall never—

Enter two or three editorial emendationServantseditorial emendation with a chest.

FTLN 1256 So, lift there.
CERIMON  FTLN 125755 What’s that?
SERVANT  FTLN 1258 Sir, even now
FTLN 1259 Did the sea toss up upon our shore this chest.
FTLN 1260 ’Tis of some wrack.
CERIMON  FTLN 1261 Set ’t down. Let’s look upon ’t.
FTLN 126260 ’Tis like a coffin, sir.
CERIMON  FTLN 1263 What e’er it be,
FTLN 1264 ’Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight.
FTLN 1265 If the sea’s stomach be o’ercharged with gold,
FTLN 1266 ’Tis a good constraint of Fortune it belches upon us.
FTLN 126765 ’Tis so, my lord.
CERIMON  FTLN 1268 How close ’tis caulked and editorial emendationbitumed!editorial emendation
FTLN 1269 Did the sea cast it up?
FTLN 1270 I never saw so huge a billow, sir,
FTLN 1271 As tossed it upon shore.
CERIMON  FTLN 127270 Wrench it open.
FTLN 1273 Soft! It smells most sweetly in my sense.
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1274A delicate odor.
FTLN 1275 As ever hit my nostril. So, up with it.
editorial emendationThey open the chest.editorial emendation
FTLN 1276 O, you most potent gods! What’s here? A corse?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 127775Most strange!
FTLN 1278 Shrouded in cloth of state, balmed and entreasured
FTLN 1279 With full bags of spices. A passport too!

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 2

FTLN 1280 Apollo, perfect me in the characters.
editorial emendationHe reads.editorial emendation
FTLN 1281 Here I give to understand,
FTLN 128280 If e’er this coffin drives aland,
FTLN 1283 I, King Pericles, have lost
FTLN 1284 This queen, worth all our mundane cost.
FTLN 1285 Who finds her, give her burying.
FTLN 1286 She was the daughter of a king.
FTLN 128785 Besides this treasure for a fee,
FTLN 1288 The gods requite his charity.

FTLN 1289 If thou livest, Pericles, thou hast a heart
FTLN 1290 That ever cracks for woe. This chanced tonight.
FTLN 1291 Most likely, sir.
CERIMON  FTLN 129290 Nay, certainly tonight,
FTLN 1293 For look how fresh she looks. They were too rough
FTLN 1294 That threw her in the sea.—Make a fire within;
FTLN 1295 Fetch hither all my boxes in my closet.
editorial emendationA servant exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 1296 Death may usurp on nature many hours,
FTLN 129795 And yet the fire of life kindle again
FTLN 1298 The o’erpressed spirits. I heard of an Egyptian
FTLN 1299 That had nine hours lain dead,
FTLN 1300 Who was by good appliance recoverèd.

Enter one with editorial emendationboxes,editorial emendation napkins, and fire.

FTLN 1301 Well said, well said! The fire and cloths.
FTLN 1302100 The rough and woeful music that we have,
FTLN 1303 Cause it to sound, beseech you.  editorial emendationMusic sounds.editorial emendation The
FTLN 1304 viol once more!
FTLN 1305 How thou stirr’st, thou block! The music there.
editorial emendationMusic sounds.editorial emendation
FTLN 1306 I pray you, give her air. Gentlemen,
FTLN 1307105 This queen will live. Nature awakes a editorial emendationwarmeditorial emendation breath
FTLN 1308 Out of her. She hath not been entranced

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 3

FTLN 1309 Above five hours. See how she gins to blow
FTLN 1310 Into life’s flower again.
FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1311 The heavens, through you,
FTLN 1312110 Increase our wonder, and sets up your fame
FTLN 1313 Forever.
CERIMON  FTLN 1314She is alive. Behold her eyelids—
FTLN 1315 Cases to those heavenly jewels which Pericles hath
FTLN 1316 lost—
FTLN 1317115 Begin to part their fringes of bright gold.
FTLN 1318 The diamonds of a most praised water doth
FTLN 1319 Appear to make the world twice rich.—Live,
FTLN 1320 And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creature,
FTLN 1321 Rare as you seem to be.
She moves.
THAISA  FTLN 1322120 O dear Diana,
FTLN 1323 Where am I? Where’s my lord? What world is this?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1324Is not this strange?
CERIMON  FTLN 1326Hush, my gentle neighbors!
FTLN 1327125 Lend me your hands. To the next chamber bear her.
FTLN 1328 Get linen. Now this matter must be looked to,
FTLN 1329 For her relapse is mortal. Come, come;
FTLN 1330 And Aesculapius guide us.
They carry her away editorial emendationaseditorial emendation they all exit.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Pericles, at Tarsus, with Cleon and Dionyza, editorial emendationand
Lychorida with the child.editorial emendation

FTLN 1331 Most honored Cleon, I must needs be gone.
FTLN 1332 My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
FTLN 1333 In a litigious peace. You and your lady
FTLN 1334 Take from my heart all thankfulness. The gods
FTLN 13355 Make up the rest upon you.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 3

FTLN 1336 Your shakes of fortune, though they haunt you
FTLN 1337 mortally,
FTLN 1338 Yet glance full wond’ringly on us.
FTLN 1339 O, your sweet queen! That the strict Fates had pleased
FTLN 134010 You had brought her hither to have blessed mine
FTLN 1341 eyes with her!
FTLN 1342 We cannot but obey the powers above us.
FTLN 1343 Could I rage and roar as doth the sea
FTLN 1344 She lies in, yet the end must be as ’tis.
FTLN 134515 My gentle babe Marina,
FTLN 1346 Whom, for she was born at sea, I have named so,
FTLN 1347 Here I charge your charity withal,
FTLN 1348 Leaving her the infant of your care,
FTLN 1349 Beseeching you to give her princely training,
FTLN 135020 That she may be mannered as she is born.
CLEON  FTLN 1351Fear not, my lord, but think
FTLN 1352 Your Grace, that fed my country with your corn,
FTLN 1353 For which the people’s prayers still fall upon you,
FTLN 1354 Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
FTLN 135525 Should therein make me vile, the common body,
FTLN 1356 By you relieved, would force me to my duty.
FTLN 1357 But if to that my nature need a spur,
FTLN 1358 The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
FTLN 1359 To the end of generation!
PERICLES  FTLN 136030 I believe you.
FTLN 1361 Your honor and your goodness teach me to ’t
FTLN 1362 Without your vows.—Till she be married, madam,
FTLN 1363 By bright Diana, whom we honor, all
FTLN 1364 editorial emendationUnscissorededitorial emendation shall this hair of mine remain,
FTLN 136535 Though I show editorial emendationilleditorial emendation in ’t. So I take my leave.
FTLN 1366 Good madam, make me blessèd in your care
FTLN 1367 In bringing up my child.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 4

DIONYZA  FTLN 1368 I have one myself,
FTLN 1369 Who shall not be more dear to my respect
FTLN 137040 Than yours, my lord.
PERICLES  FTLN 1371 Madam, my thanks and prayers.
FTLN 1372 We’ll bring your Grace e’en to the edge o’ th’ shore,
FTLN 1373 Then give you up to the maskèd Neptune
FTLN 1374 And the gentlest winds of heaven.
FTLN 137545 I will embrace your offer.—Come, dearest madam.—
FTLN 1376 O, no tears, Lychorida, no tears!
FTLN 1377 Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
FTLN 1378 You may depend hereafter.—Come, my lord.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
Enter Cerimon and Thaisa.

FTLN 1379 Madam, this letter and some certain jewels
FTLN 1380 Lay with you in your coffer, which are
FTLN 1381 At your command. Know you the character?
editorial emendationHe shows her the letter.editorial emendation
FTLN 1382 It is my lord’s. That I was shipped at sea
FTLN 13835 I well remember, even on my editorial emendationbearingeditorial emendation time,
FTLN 1384 But whether there delivered, by the holy gods
FTLN 1385 I cannot rightly say. But since King Pericles,
FTLN 1386 My wedded lord, I ne’er shall see again,
FTLN 1387 A vestal livery will I take me to,
FTLN 138810 And never more have joy.
CERIMON  FTLN 1389 Madam, if this
FTLN 1390 You purpose as you speak, Diana’s temple
FTLN 1391 Is not distant far, where you may abide

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 3. SC. 4

FTLN 1392 Till your date expire. Moreover, if you
FTLN 139315 Please, a niece of mine shall there attend you.
FTLN 1394 My recompense is thanks, that’s all;
FTLN 1395 Yet my good will is great, though the gift small.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationACT 4editorial emendation
editorial emendation4 Choruseditorial emendation
Enter Gower.

editorial emendationGOWEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 1396 Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre,
FTLN 1397 Welcomed and settled to his own desire.
FTLN 1398 His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus,
FTLN 1399 Unto Diana there ’s a votaress.
FTLN 14005 Now to Marina bend your mind,
FTLN 1401 Whom our fast-growing scene must find
FTLN 1402 At Tarsus, and by Cleon trained
FTLN 1403 In editorial emendationmusic,editorial emendation letters; who hath gained
FTLN 1404 Of education all the grace
FTLN 140510 Which makes high both the art and place
FTLN 1406 Of general wonder. But, alack,
FTLN 1407 That monster envy, oft the wrack
FTLN 1408 Of earnèd praise, Marina’s life
FTLN 1409 editorial emendationSeekseditorial emendation to take off by treason’s knife.
FTLN 141015 And in this kind our Cleon hath
FTLN 1411 One daughter and a full grown wench,
FTLN 1412 Even editorial emendationripeeditorial emendation for marriage editorial emendationrite.editorial emendation This maid
FTLN 1413 Hight Philoten, and it is said
FTLN 1414 For certain in our story she
FTLN 141520 Would ever with Marina be.
FTLN 1416 Be ’t when they weaved the sleided silk
FTLN 1417 With fingers long, small, white as milk;
FTLN 1418 Or when she would with sharp needle wound
FTLN 1419 The cambric, which she made more sound

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 1

FTLN 142025 By hurting it; or when to the lute
FTLN 1421 She sung, and made the night editorial emendationbirdeditorial emendation mute,
FTLN 1422 That still records with moan; or when
FTLN 1423 She would with rich and constant pen
FTLN 1424 Vail to her mistress Dian, still
FTLN 142530 This Philoten contends in skill
FTLN 1426 With absolute Marina. So
FTLN 1427 editorial emendationWitheditorial emendation the dove of Paphos might the crow
FTLN 1428 Vie feathers white. Marina gets
FTLN 1429 All praises, which are paid as debts
FTLN 143035 And not as given. This so darks
FTLN 1431 In Philoten all graceful marks
FTLN 1432 That Cleon’s wife, with envy rare,
FTLN 1433 A present murderer does prepare
FTLN 1434 For good Marina, that her daughter
FTLN 143540 Might stand peerless by this slaughter.
FTLN 1436 The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,
FTLN 1437 Lychorida, our nurse, is dead,
FTLN 1438 And cursèd Dionyza hath
FTLN 1439 The pregnant instrument of wrath
FTLN 144045 Prest for this blow. The unborn event
FTLN 1441 I do commend to your content.
FTLN 1442 Only I editorial emendationcarryeditorial emendation wingèd Time
FTLN 1443 Post on the lame feet of my rhyme,
FTLN 1444 Which never could I so convey
FTLN 144550 Unless your thoughts went on my way.
FTLN 1446 Dionyza does appear,
FTLN 1447 With Leonine, a murderer.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Dionyza with Leonine.

FTLN 1448 Thy oath remember. Thou hast sworn to do ’t.
FTLN 1449 ’Tis but a blow which never shall be known.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 1

FTLN 1450 Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon
FTLN 1451 To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience,
FTLN 14525 Which is but cold in flaming, thy bosom inflame
FTLN 1453 Too nicely. Nor let pity, which even women
FTLN 1454 Have cast off, melt thee; but be a soldier
FTLN 1455 To thy purpose.
LEONINE  FTLN 1456 I will do ’t; but yet
FTLN 145710 She is a goodly creature.
DIONYZA  FTLN 1458 The fitter, then,
FTLN 1459 The gods should have her. Here she comes weeping
FTLN 1460 For her only mistress’ death. Thou art resolved?
LEONINE  FTLN 1461I am resolved.

Enter Marina with a basket of flowers.

FTLN 146215 No, I will rob Tellus of her weed
FTLN 1463 To strew thy green with flowers. The yellows, blues,
FTLN 1464 The purple violets and marigolds
FTLN 1465 Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave
FTLN 1466 While summer days doth last. Ay me, poor maid,
FTLN 146720 Born in a tempest when my mother died,
FTLN 1468 This world to me is editorial emendationaseditorial emendation a lasting storm,
FTLN 1469 Whirring me from my friends.
FTLN 1470 How now, Marina? Why do you keep alone?
FTLN 1471 How chance my daughter is not with you?
FTLN 147225 Do not consume your blood with sorrowing.
FTLN 1473 Have you a nurse of me! Lord, how your favor ’s
FTLN 1474 Changed with this unprofitable woe.
FTLN 1475 Come, give me your flowers. editorial emendationO’er the sea margeeditorial emendation
FTLN 1476 Walk with Leonine. The air is quick there,
FTLN 147730 And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.—Come,
FTLN 1478 Leonine,
FTLN 1479 Take her by the arm. Walk with her.
FTLN 1481 I pray you, I’ll not bereave you of your servant.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 1

DIONYZA  FTLN 148235Come, come.
FTLN 1483 I love the king your father and yourself
FTLN 1484 With more than foreign heart. We every day
FTLN 1485 Expect him here. When he shall come and find
FTLN 1486 Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,
FTLN 148740 He will repent the breadth of his great voyage,
FTLN 1488 Blame both my lord and me that we have taken
FTLN 1489 No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you,
FTLN 1490 Walk, and be cheerful once again. Reserve
FTLN 1491 That excellent complexion, which did steal
FTLN 149245 The eyes of young and old. Care not for me.
FTLN 1493 I can go home alone.
MARINA  FTLN 1494 Well, I will go,
FTLN 1495 But yet I have no desire to it.
DIONYZA  FTLN 1496 Come, come,
FTLN 149750 I know ’tis good for you.—Walk half an hour,
FTLN 1498 Leonine, at the least. Remember
FTLN 1499 What I have said.
LEONINE  FTLN 1500 I warrant you, madam.
FTLN 1501 I’ll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while.
FTLN 150255 Pray walk softly; do not heat your blood.
FTLN 1503 What, I must have care of you.
MARINA  FTLN 1504My thanks, sweet madam. editorial emendationDionyza exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 1505 Is this wind westerly that blows?
LEONINE  FTLN 1506 Southwest.
FTLN 150760 When I was born, the wind was north.
LEONINE  FTLN 1508 Was ’t so?
FTLN 1509 My father, as nurse says, did never fear,
FTLN 1510 But cried “Good seamen!” to the sailors,
FTLN 1511 Galling his kingly hands haling ropes,
FTLN 151265 And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
FTLN 1513 That almost burst the deck.
LEONINE  FTLN 1514 When was this?

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 1

MARINA  FTLN 1515When I was born.
FTLN 1516 Never was waves nor wind more violent,
FTLN 151770 And from the ladder-tackle washes off
FTLN 1518 A canvas-climber. “Ha!” says one, “Wolt out?”
FTLN 1519 And with a dropping industry they skip
FTLN 1520 From stern to stern. The Boatswain whistles, and
FTLN 1521 The Master calls and trebles their confusion.
LEONINE  FTLN 152275Come, say your prayers.
editorial emendationHe draws his sword.editorial emendation
MARINA  FTLN 1523What mean you?
FTLN 1524 If you require a little space for prayer,
FTLN 1525 I grant it. Pray, but be not tedious, for
FTLN 1526 The gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn
FTLN 152780 To do my work with haste.
MARINA  FTLN 1528Why will you kill me?
LEONINE  FTLN 1529To satisfy my lady.
MARINA  FTLN 1530Why would she have me killed?
FTLN 1531 Now, as I can remember, by my troth,
FTLN 153285 I never did her hurt in all my life.
FTLN 1533 I never spake bad word, nor did ill turn
FTLN 1534 To any living creature. Believe me, la,
FTLN 1535 I never killed a mouse, nor hurt a fly.
FTLN 1536 I trod upon a worm against my will,
FTLN 153790 But I wept for ’t. How have I offended
FTLN 1538 Wherein my death might yield her any profit
FTLN 1539 Or my life imply her any danger?
LEONINE  FTLN 1540My commission
FTLN 1541 Is not to reason of the deed, but do ’t.
FTLN 154295 You will not do ’t for all the world, I hope.
FTLN 1543 You are well-favored, and your looks foreshow
FTLN 1544 You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately
FTLN 1545 When you caught hurt in parting two that fought.
FTLN 1546 Good sooth, it showed well in you. Do so now.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 2

FTLN 1547100 Your lady seeks my life. Come you between,
FTLN 1548 And save poor me, the weaker.
LEONINE  FTLN 1549 I am sworn
FTLN 1550 And will dispatch. editorial emendationHe seizes her.editorial emendation

Enter Pirates.

FIRST PIRATE  FTLN 1551Hold, villain! editorial emendationLeonine runs offstage.editorial emendation
SECOND PIRATE  FTLN 1552105A prize, a prize! editorial emendationHe seizes Marina.editorial emendation
THIRD PIRATE  FTLN 1553Half-part, mates, half-part. Come, let’s
FTLN 1554 have her aboard suddenly.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit, editorial emendationcarrying Marina.editorial emendation

Enter Leonine.

FTLN 1555 These roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes,
FTLN 1556 And they have seized Marina. Let her go.
FTLN 1557110 There’s no hope she will return. I’ll swear she’s dead,
FTLN 1558 And thrown into the sea. But I’ll see further.
FTLN 1559 Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,
FTLN 1560 Not carry her aboard. If she remain,
FTLN 1561 Whom they have ravished must by me be slain.
He exits.

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationPander, Bawd, and Bolt.editorial emendation

PANDER  FTLN 1562Bolt!
BOLT  FTLN 1563Sir?
PANDER  FTLN 1564Search the market narrowly. Mytilene is full
FTLN 1565 of gallants. We lost too much money this mart by
FTLN 15665 being too wenchless.
BAWD  FTLN 1567We were never so much out of creatures. We
FTLN 1568 have but poor three, and they can do no more than
FTLN 1569 they can do; and they with continual action are
FTLN 1570 even as good as rotten.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 2

PANDER  FTLN 157110Therefore let’s have fresh ones, whate’er we
FTLN 1572 pay for them. If there be not a conscience to be
FTLN 1573 used in every trade, we shall never prosper.
BAWD  FTLN 1574Thou sayst true. ’Tis not our bringing up of poor
FTLN 1575 bastards—as I think I have brought up some
FTLN 157615 eleven—
BOLT  FTLN 1577Ay, to eleven, and brought them down again. But
FTLN 1578 shall I search the market?
BAWD  FTLN 1579What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong
FTLN 1580 wind will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully
FTLN 158120 sodden.
PANDER  FTLN 1582Thou sayst true. There’s two unwholesome, a’
FTLN 1583 conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead that
FTLN 1584 lay with the little baggage.
BOLT  FTLN 1585Ay, she quickly pooped him. She made him
FTLN 158625 roast-meat for worms. But I’ll go search the
FTLN 1587 market. He exits.
PANDER  FTLN 1588Three or four thousand chequins were as
FTLN 1589 pretty a proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
BAWD  FTLN 1590Why to give over, I pray you? Is it a shame to get
FTLN 159130 when we are old?
PANDER  FTLN 1592O, our credit comes not in like the commodity,
FTLN 1593 nor the commodity wages not with the danger.
FTLN 1594 Therefore, if in our youths we could pick up some
FTLN 1595 pretty estate, ’twere not amiss to keep our door
FTLN 159635 hatched. Besides, the sore terms we stand upon
FTLN 1597 with the gods will be strong with us for giving o’er.
BAWD  FTLN 1598Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
PANDER  FTLN 1599As well as we? Ay, and better too; we offend
FTLN 1600 worse. Neither is our profession any trade; it’s no
FTLN 160140 calling. But here comes Bolt.

Enter Bolt with the Pirates and Marina.

BOLT  FTLN 1602Come your ways, my masters. You say she’s a
FTLN 1603 virgin?
editorial emendationPIRATEeditorial emendation  FTLN 1604O, sir, we doubt it not.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 2

BOLT  FTLN 1605Master, I have gone through for this piece you
FTLN 160645 see. If you like her, so; if not, I have lost my
FTLN 1607 earnest.
BAWD  FTLN 1608Bolt, has she any qualities?
BOLT  FTLN 1609She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent
FTLN 1610 good clothes. There’s no farther necessity of
FTLN 161150 qualities can make her be refused.
BAWD  FTLN 1612What’s her price, Bolt?
BOLT  FTLN 1613I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.
PANDER  FTLN 1614Well, follow me, my masters; you shall have
FTLN 1615 your money presently.—Wife, take her in. Instruct
FTLN 161655 her what she has to do, that she may not be raw in
FTLN 1617 her entertainment. editorial emendationHe exits with Pirates.editorial emendation
BAWD  FTLN 1618Bolt, take you the marks of her: the color of her
FTLN 1619 hair, complexion, height, her age, with warrant of
FTLN 1620 her virginity, and cry “He that will give most shall
FTLN 162160 have her first.” Such a maidenhead were no cheap
FTLN 1622 thing, if men were as they have been. Get this done
FTLN 1623 as I command you.
BOLT  FTLN 1624Performance shall follow. He exits.
FTLN 1625 Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow!
FTLN 162665 He should have struck, not spoke. Or that these
FTLN 1627 pirates,
FTLN 1628 Not enough barbarous, had editorial emendationbuteditorial emendation o’erboard thrown me
FTLN 1629 For to seek my mother.
BAWD  FTLN 1630Why lament you, pretty one?
MARINA  FTLN 163170That I am pretty.
BAWD  FTLN 1632Come, the gods have done their part in you.
MARINA  FTLN 1633I accuse them not.
BAWD  FTLN 1634You are light into my hands, where you are like
FTLN 1635 to live.
MARINA  FTLN 163675The more my fault, to ’scape his hands where
FTLN 1637 I was to die.
BAWD  FTLN 1638Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 2

BAWD  FTLN 1640Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all
FTLN 164180 fashions. You shall fare well; you shall have the
FTLN 1642 difference of all complexions. What, do you stop
FTLN 1643 your ears?
MARINA  FTLN 1644Are you a woman?
BAWD  FTLN 1645What would you have me be, an I be not a
FTLN 164685 woman?
MARINA  FTLN 1647An honest woman, or not a woman.
BAWD  FTLN 1648Marry, whip the gosling! I think I shall have
FTLN 1649 something to do with you. Come, you’re a young
FTLN 1650 foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would
FTLN 165190 have you.
MARINA  FTLN 1652The gods defend me!
BAWD  FTLN 1653If it please the gods to defend you by men, then
FTLN 1654 men must comfort you, men must feed you, men
FTLN 1655 stir you up. Bolt’s returned.

editorial emendationEnter Bolt.editorial emendation

FTLN 165695 Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?
BOLT  FTLN 1657I have cried her almost to the number of her
FTLN 1658 hairs. I have drawn her picture with my voice.
BAWD  FTLN 1659And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the inclination
FTLN 1660 of the people, especially of the younger
FTLN 1661100 sort?
BOLT  FTLN 1662Faith, they listened to me as they would have
FTLN 1663 hearkened to their father’s testament. There was a
FTLN 1664 Spaniard’s mouth watered an he went to bed to her
FTLN 1665 very description.
BAWD  FTLN 1666105We shall have him here tomorrow with his best
FTLN 1667 ruff on.
BOLT  FTLN 1668Tonight, tonight! But, mistress, do you know the
FTLN 1669 French knight that cowers i’ the hams?
BAWD  FTLN 1670Who? Monsieur Verolles?
BOLT  FTLN 1671110Ay, he. He offered to cut a caper at the proclamation,
FTLN 1672 but he made a groan at it and swore he would
FTLN 1673 see her tomorrow.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 2

BAWD  FTLN 1674Well, well, as for him, he brought his disease
FTLN 1675 hither; here he does but repair it. I know he will
FTLN 1676115 come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the
FTLN 1677 sun.
BOLT  FTLN 1678Well, if we had of every nation a traveler, we
FTLN 1679 should lodge them with this sign.
BAWD , editorial emendationto Marinaeditorial emendation  FTLN 1680Pray you, come hither awhile. You
FTLN 1681120 have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me: you
FTLN 1682 must seem to do that fearfully which you commit
FTLN 1683 willingly, despise profit where you have most gain.
FTLN 1684 To weep that you live as you do makes pity in your
FTLN 1685 lovers. Seldom but that pity begets you a good
FTLN 1686125 opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.
MARINA  FTLN 1687I understand you not.
BOLT  FTLN 1688O, take her home, mistress, take her home!
FTLN 1689 These blushes of hers must be quenched with
FTLN 1690 some present practice.
editorial emendationBAWDeditorial emendation  FTLN 1691130Thou sayst true, i’ faith, so they must, for your
FTLN 1692 bride goes to that with shame which is her way to
FTLN 1693 go with warrant.
BOLT  FTLN 1694Faith, some do and some do not. But, mistress,
FTLN 1695 if I have bargained for the joint—
BAWD  FTLN 1696135Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.
BOLT  FTLN 1697I may so.
BAWD  FTLN 1698Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like
FTLN 1699 the manner of your garments well.
BOLT  FTLN 1700Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.
BAWD  FTLN 1701140Bolt, spend thou that in the town.  (editorial emendationShe gives him
 money.editorial emendation) 
FTLN 1702Report what a sojourner we have. You’ll
FTLN 1703 lose nothing by custom. When Nature framed this
FTLN 1704 piece, she meant thee a good turn. Therefore say
FTLN 1705 what a paragon she is, and thou hast the harvest
FTLN 1706145 out of thine own report.
BOLT  FTLN 1707I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so
FTLN 1708 awake the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty
FTLN 1709 stirs up the lewdly inclined. I’ll bring home some
FTLN 1710 tonight.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 3

BAWD , editorial emendationto Marinaeditorial emendation  FTLN 1711150Come your ways. Follow me.
FTLN 1712 If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
FTLN 1713 Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
FTLN 1714 Diana aid my purpose!
BAWD  FTLN 1715What have we to do with Diana, pray you? Will
FTLN 1716155 you go with us?
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
Enter Cleon and Dionyza.

FTLN 1717 Why, editorial emendationareeditorial emendation you foolish? Can it be undone?
FTLN 1718 O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter
FTLN 1719 The sun and moon ne’er looked upon!
DIONYZA  FTLN 1720I think you’ll turn a child again.
FTLN 17215 Were I chief lord of all this spacious world,
FTLN 1722 I’d give it to undo the deed. editorial emendationAeditorial emendation lady
FTLN 1723 Much less in blood than virtue, yet a princess
FTLN 1724 To equal any single crown o’ th’ Earth
FTLN 1725 I’ the justice of compare. O villain Leonine,
FTLN 172610 Whom thou hast poisoned too!
FTLN 1727 If thou hadst drunk to him, ’t had been a kindness
FTLN 1728 Becoming well thy face. What canst thou say
FTLN 1729 When noble Pericles shall demand his child?
FTLN 1730 That she is dead. Nurses are not the Fates.
FTLN 173115 To foster editorial emendationiseditorial emendation not ever to preserve.
FTLN 1732 She died at night; I’ll say so. Who can cross it
FTLN 1733 Unless you play the impious innocent
FTLN 1734 And, for an honest attribute, cry out
FTLN 1735 “She died by foul play!”

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 3

CLEON  FTLN 173620 O, go to. Well, well,
FTLN 1737 Of all the faults beneath the heavens, the gods
FTLN 1738 Do like this worst.
DIONYZA  FTLN 1739 Be one of those that thinks
FTLN 1740 The petty wrens of Tarsus will fly hence
FTLN 174125 And open this to Pericles. I do shame
FTLN 1742 To think of what a noble strain you are,
FTLN 1743 And of how coward a spirit.
CLEON  FTLN 1744 To such proceeding
FTLN 1745 Whoever but his approbation added,
FTLN 174630 Though not his editorial emendationprimeeditorial emendation consent, he did not flow
FTLN 1747 From honorable courses.
DIONYZA  FTLN 1748 Be it so, then.
FTLN 1749 Yet none does know but you how she came dead,
FTLN 1750 Nor none can know, Leonine being gone.
FTLN 175135 She did editorial emendationdistaineditorial emendation my child and stood between
FTLN 1752 Her and her fortunes. None would look on her,
FTLN 1753 But cast their gazes on Marina’s face,
FTLN 1754 Whilst ours was blurted at and held a malkin
FTLN 1755 Not worth the time of day. It pierced me through,
FTLN 175640 And though you call my course unnatural,
FTLN 1757 You not your child well loving, yet I find
FTLN 1758 It greets me as an enterprise of kindness
FTLN 1759 Performed to your sole daughter.
CLEON  FTLN 1760 Heavens forgive it.
DIONYZA  FTLN 176145And as for Pericles,
FTLN 1762 What should he say? We wept after her hearse,
FTLN 1763 And yet we mourn. Her monument is
FTLN 1764 Almost finished, and her epitaphs
FTLN 1765 In glitt’ring golden characters express
FTLN 176650 A general praise to her, and care in us
FTLN 1767 At whose expense ’tis done.
CLEON  FTLN 1768 Thou art like the Harpy,
FTLN 1769 Which, to betray, dost with thine angel’s face
FTLN 1770 Seize with thine eagle’s talons.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 4

FTLN 177155 You’re like one that superstitiously
FTLN 1772 Do swear to the gods that winter kills the flies.
FTLN 1773 But yet I know you’ll do as I advise.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 4editorial emendation
editorial emendationEnter Gower.editorial emendation

FTLN 1774 Thus time we waste, and long leagues make short,
FTLN 1775 Sail seas in cockles, have and wish but for ’t,
FTLN 1776 Making to take our imagination
FTLN 1777 From bourn to bourn, region to region.
FTLN 17785 By you being pardoned, we commit no crime
FTLN 1779 To use one language in each several clime
FTLN 1780 Where our scenes seems to live. I do beseech you
FTLN 1781 To learn of me, who stand editorial emendationin theeditorial emendation gaps to teach you
FTLN 1782 The stages of our story. Pericles
FTLN 178310 Is now again thwarting editorial emendationtheeditorial emendation wayward seas,
FTLN 1784 Attended on by many a lord and knight,
FTLN 1785 To see his daughter, all his life’s delight.
FTLN 1786 Old Helicanus goes along. Behind
FTLN 1787 Is left to govern it, you bear in mind,
FTLN 178815 Old Escanes, whom Helicanus late
FTLN 1789 Advanced in time to great and high estate.
FTLN 1790 Well-sailing ships and bounteous winds have brought
FTLN 1791 This king to Tarsus—think editorial emendationhiseditorial emendation pilot thought;
FTLN 1792 So with his steerage shall your thoughts editorial emendationgo oneditorial emendation
FTLN 179320 To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
FTLN 1794 Like motes and shadows see them move awhile;
FTLN 1795 Your ears unto your eyes I’ll reconcile.

editorial emendationDumb Show.editorial emendation

Enter Pericles at one door, with all his train, Cleon and
Dionyza at the other. Cleon shows Pericles the tomb,

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 4

whereat Pericles makes lamentation, puts on sackcloth,
and in a mighty passion departs. editorial emendationCleon and Dionyza exit.editorial emendation

FTLN 1796 See how belief may suffer by foul show!
FTLN 1797 This borrowed passion stands for true old woe.
FTLN 179825 And Pericles, in sorrow all devoured,
FTLN 1799 With sighs shot through and biggest tears
FTLN 1800 o’ershowered,
FTLN 1801 Leaves Tarsus and again embarks. He swears
FTLN 1802 Never to wash his face nor cut his hairs.
FTLN 180330 He editorial emendationputseditorial emendation on sackcloth, and to sea. He bears
FTLN 1804 A tempest which his mortal vessel tears,
FTLN 1805 And yet he rides it out. Now please you wit
FTLN 1806 The epitaph is for Marina writ
FTLN 1807 By wicked Dionyza:

FTLN 180835 The fairest, sweetest, and best lies here,
FTLN 1809 Who withered in her spring of year.
FTLN 1810 She was of Tyrus, the King’s daughter,
FTLN 1811 On whom foul death hath made this slaughter.
FTLN 1812 Marina was she called, and at her birth,
FTLN 181340 Thetis, being proud, swallowed some part o’ th’ earth.
FTLN 1814 Therefore the Earth, fearing to be o’erflowed,
FTLN 1815 Hath Thetis’ birth-child on the heavens bestowed.
FTLN 1816 Wherefore she does—and swears she’ll never stint—
FTLN 1817 Make raging battery upon shores of flint.

FTLN 181845 No visor does become black villainy
FTLN 1819 So well as soft and tender flattery.
FTLN 1820 Let Pericles believe his daughter’s dead,
FTLN 1821 And bear his courses to be orderèd
FTLN 1822 By Lady Fortune, while our editorial emendationsceneeditorial emendation must play
FTLN 182350 His daughter’s woe and heavy welladay
FTLN 1824 In her unholy service. Patience, then,
FTLN 1825 And think you now are all in Mytilene. He exits.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 6

editorial emendationScene 5editorial emendation
Enter two Gentlemen.

FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1826Did you ever hear the like?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1827No, nor never shall do in such a
FTLN 1828 place as this, she being once gone.
FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1829But to have divinity preached there!
FTLN 18305 Did you ever dream of such a thing?
SECOND GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1831No, no. Come, I am for no more
FTLN 1832 bawdy houses. Shall ’s go hear the vestals sing?
FIRST GENTLEMAN  FTLN 1833I’ll do anything now that is virtuous,
FTLN 1834 but I am out of the road of rutting forever.
editorial emendationTheyeditorial emendation exit.

editorial emendationScene 6editorial emendation
Enter editorial emendationBawd, Pander, and Bolt.editorial emendation

PANDER  FTLN 1835Well, I had rather than twice the worth of her
FTLN 1836 she had ne’er come here.
BAWD  FTLN 1837Fie, fie upon her! She’s able to freeze the god
FTLN 1838 Priapus and undo a whole generation. We must
FTLN 18395 either get her ravished or be rid of her. When she
FTLN 1840 should do for clients her fitment and do me the
FTLN 1841 kindness of our profession, she has me her quirks,
FTLN 1842 her reasons, her master reasons, her prayers, her
FTLN 1843 knees, that she would make a puritan of the devil if
FTLN 184410 he should cheapen a kiss of her.
BOLT  FTLN 1845Faith, I must ravish her, or she’ll disfurnish us of
FTLN 1846 all our cavalleria, and make our swearers priests.
PANDER  FTLN 1847Now the pox upon her greensickness for me!
BAWD  FTLN 1848Faith, there’s no way to be rid on ’t but by the
FTLN 184915 way to the pox.

Enter Lysimachus.

FTLN 1850 Here comes the Lord Lysimachus disguised.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 6

BOLT  FTLN 1851We should have both lord and lown, if the peevish
FTLN 1852 baggage would but give way to customers.
LYSIMACHUS , editorial emendationremoving his disguiseeditorial emendation  FTLN 1853How now! How a
FTLN 185420 dozen of virginities?
BAWD  FTLN 1855Now the gods to-bless your Honor!
BOLT  FTLN 1856I am glad to see your Honor in good health.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1857You may so. ’Tis the better for you that
FTLN 1858 your resorters stand upon sound legs. How now?
FTLN 185925 Wholesome iniquity have you that a man may deal
FTLN 1860 withal and defy the surgeon?
BAWD  FTLN 1861We have here one, sir, if she would—but there
FTLN 1862 never came her like in Mytilene.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1863If she’d do the deeds of darkness, thou
FTLN 186430 wouldst say?
BAWD  FTLN 1865Your Honor knows what ’tis to say, well enough.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1866Well, call forth, call forth. editorial emendationPander exits.editorial emendation
BOLT  FTLN 1867For flesh and blood, sir, white and red, you shall
FTLN 1868 see a rose; and she were a rose indeed, if she had
FTLN 186935 but—
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1870What, prithee?
BOLT  FTLN 1871O, sir, I can be modest.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1872That editorial emendationdignifieseditorial emendation the renown of a bawd no
FTLN 1873 less than it gives a good report to a number to be
FTLN 187440 chaste.

editorial emendationEnter Pander with Marina.editorial emendation

BAWD  FTLN 1875Here comes that which grows to the stalk, never
FTLN 1876 plucked yet, I can assure you. Is she not a fair
FTLN 1877 creature?
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1878Faith, she would serve after a long voyage
FTLN 187945 at sea. Well, there’s for you. editorial emendationHe gives money.editorial emendation
FTLN 1880 Leave us.
BAWD  FTLN 1881I beseech your Honor, give me leave a word, and
FTLN 1882 I’ll have done presently.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1883I beseech you, do. editorial emendationHe moves aside.editorial emendation
BAWD , editorial emendationto Marinaeditorial emendation  FTLN 188450First, I would have you note this is
FTLN 1885 an honorable man.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 4. SC. 6

MARINA  FTLN 1886I desire to find him so, that I may worthily
FTLN 1887 note him.
BAWD  FTLN 1888Next, he’s the governor of this country and a
FTLN 188955 man whom I am bound to.
MARINA  FTLN 1890If he govern the country, you are bound to him
FTLN 1891 indeed, but how honorable he is in that I know
FTLN 1892 not.
BAWD  FTLN 1893Pray you, without any more virginal fencing,
FTLN 189460 will you use him kindly? He will line your apron
FTLN 1895 with gold.
MARINA  FTLN 1896What he will do graciously, I will thankfully
FTLN 1897 receive.
LYSIMACHUS , editorial emendationcoming forwardeditorial emendation  FTLN 1898Ha’ you done?
BAWD  FTLN 189965My lord, she’s not paced yet. You must take some
FTLN 1900 pains to work her to your manage.—Come, we will
FTLN 1901 leave his Honor and her together. Go thy ways.
editorial emendationBawd, Pander, and Bolt exit.editorial emendation
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1902Now, pretty one, how long have you been
FTLN 1903 at this trade?
MARINA  FTLN 190470What trade, sir?
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1905Why, I cannot editorial emendationname ’teditorial emendation but I shall offend.
MARINA  FTLN 1906I cannot be offended with my trade. Please
FTLN 1907 you to name it.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1908How long have you been of this profession?
MARINA  FTLN 190975E’er since I can remember.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1910Did you go to ’t so young? Were you a
FTLN 1911 gamester at five or at seven?
MARINA  FTLN 1912Earlier too, sir, if now I be one.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1913Why, the house you dwell in proclaims
FTLN 191480 you to be a creature of sale.
MARINA  FTLN 1915Do you know this house to be a place of such
FTLN 1916 resort, and will come into ’t? I hear say you’re of
FTLN 1917 honorable parts and are the governor of this place.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1918Why, hath your principal made known
FTLN 191985 unto you who I am?
MARINA  FTLN 1920Who is my principal?

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LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1921Why, your herbwoman, she that sets
FTLN 1922 seeds and roots of shame and iniquity. O, you have
FTLN 1923 heard something of my power, and so stand editorial emendationaloofeditorial emendation
FTLN 192490 for more serious wooing. But I protest to thee,
FTLN 1925 pretty one, my authority shall not see thee, or else
FTLN 1926 look friendly upon thee. Come, bring me to some
FTLN 1927 private place. Come, come.
FTLN 1928 If you were born to honor, show it now;
FTLN 192995 If put upon you, make the judgment good
FTLN 1930 That thought you worthy of it.
FTLN 1931 How’s this? How’s this? Some more. Be sage.
MARINA  FTLN 1932 For me
FTLN 1933 That am a maid, though most ungentle Fortune
FTLN 1934100 Have placed me in this sty, where, since I came,
FTLN 1935 Diseases have been sold dearer than physic—
FTLN 1936 That the gods
FTLN 1937 Would set me free from this unhallowed place,
FTLN 1938 Though they did change me to the meanest bird
FTLN 1939105 That flies i’ the purer air!
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1940 I did not think
FTLN 1941 Thou couldst have spoke so well, ne’er dreamt thou
FTLN 1942 couldst.
FTLN 1943 Had I brought hither a corrupted mind,
FTLN 1944110 Thy speech had altered it. Hold, here’s gold for thee.
FTLN 1945 Persevere in that clear way thou goest
FTLN 1946 And the gods strengthen thee! editorial emendationHe gives her money.editorial emendation
MARINA  FTLN 1947The good gods preserve you.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1948For me, be you thoughten
FTLN 1949115 That I came with no ill intent, for to me
FTLN 1950 The very doors and windows savor vilely.
FTLN 1951 Fare thee well. Thou art a piece of virtue,
FTLN 1952 And I doubt not but thy training hath been noble.
FTLN 1953 Hold, here’s more gold for thee. editorial emendationHe gives her money.editorial emendation
FTLN 1954120 A curse upon him, die he like a thief,

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FTLN 1955 That robs thee of thy goodness! If thou dost
FTLN 1956 Hear from me, it shall be for thy good.
editorial emendationHe begins to exit.editorial emendation
BOLT , editorial emendationat the dooreditorial emendation  FTLN 1957I beseech your Honor, one piece
FTLN 1958 for me.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 1959125Avaunt, thou damnèd doorkeeper!
FTLN 1960 Your house, but for this virgin that doth prop it,
FTLN 1961 Would sink and overwhelm you. Away! editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation
BOLT  FTLN 1962How’s this? We must take another course with
FTLN 1963 you! If your peevish chastity, which is not worth a
FTLN 1964130 breakfast in the cheapest country under the cope,
FTLN 1965 shall undo a whole household, let me be gelded
FTLN 1966 like a spaniel. Come your ways.
MARINA  FTLN 1967Whither would you have me?
BOLT  FTLN 1968I must have your maidenhead taken off, or the
FTLN 1969135 common hangman shall execute it. Come your
FTLN 1970 way. We’ll have no more gentlemen driven away.
FTLN 1971 Come your ways, I say.

Enter editorial emendationBawd and Pander.editorial emendation

BAWD  FTLN 1972How now, what’s the matter?
BOLT  FTLN 1973Worse and worse, mistress. She has here spoken
FTLN 1974140 holy words to the Lord Lysimachus!
BAWD  FTLN 1975O, abominable!
BOLT  FTLN 1976He makes our profession as it were to stink afore
FTLN 1977 the face of the gods.
BAWD  FTLN 1978Marry, hang her up forever.
BOLT  FTLN 1979145The nobleman would have dealt with her like a
FTLN 1980 nobleman, and she sent him away as cold as a
FTLN 1981 snowball, saying his prayers too.
BAWD  FTLN 1982Bolt, take her away, use her at thy pleasure,
FTLN 1983 crack the glass of her virginity, and make the rest
FTLN 1984150 malleable.
BOLT  FTLN 1985An if she were a thornier piece of ground than
FTLN 1986 she is, she shall be plowed.
MARINA  FTLN 1987Hark, hark, you gods!

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BAWD  FTLN 1988She conjures. Away with her! Would she had
FTLN 1989155 never come within my doors.—Marry, hang you!—
FTLN 1990 She’s born to undo us.—Will you not go the way of
FTLN 1991 womenkind? Marry come up, my dish of chastity
FTLN 1992 with rosemary and bays! editorial emendationBawd and Pander exit.editorial emendation
BOLT  FTLN 1993Come, mistress, come your way with me.
MARINA  FTLN 1994160Whither wilt thou have me?
BOLT  FTLN 1995To take from you the jewel you hold so dear.
MARINA  FTLN 1996Prithee, tell me one thing first.
BOLT  FTLN 1997Come, now, your one thing.
FTLN 1998 What canst thou wish thine enemy to be?
BOLT  FTLN 1999165Why, I could wish him to be my master, or
FTLN 2000 rather, my mistress.
FTLN 2001 Neither of these are so bad as thou art,
FTLN 2002 Since they do better thee in their command.
FTLN 2003 Thou hold’st a place for which the pained’st fiend
FTLN 2004170 Of hell would not in reputation change.
FTLN 2005 Thou art the damnèd doorkeeper to every
FTLN 2006 Coistrel that comes enquiring for his Tib.
FTLN 2007 To the choleric fisting of every rogue
FTLN 2008 Thy ear is liable. Thy food is such
FTLN 2009175 As hath been belched on by infected lungs.
BOLT  FTLN 2010What would you have me do? Go to the wars,
FTLN 2011 would you, where a man may serve seven years for
FTLN 2012 the loss of a leg, and have not money enough in the
FTLN 2013 end to buy him a wooden one?
FTLN 2014180 Do anything but this thou dost. Empty
FTLN 2015 Old receptacles, or common shores, of filth;
FTLN 2016 Serve by indenture to the common hangman.
FTLN 2017 Any of these ways are yet better than this.
FTLN 2018 For what thou professest, a baboon, could he speak,
FTLN 2019185 Would own a name too dear. That the gods
FTLN 2020 Would safely deliver me from this place!

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FTLN 2021 Here, here’s gold for thee. editorial emendationShe gives him money.editorial emendation
FTLN 2022 If that thy master would gain by me,
FTLN 2023 Proclaim that I can sing, weave, sew, and dance,
FTLN 2024190 With other virtues which I’ll keep from boast,
FTLN 2025 And will undertake all these to teach.
FTLN 2026 I doubt not but this populous city
FTLN 2027 Will yield many scholars.
BOLT  FTLN 2028But can you teach all this you speak of?
FTLN 2029195 Prove that I cannot, take me home again
FTLN 2030 And prostitute me to the basest groom
FTLN 2031 That doth frequent your house.
BOLT  FTLN 2032Well, I will see what I can do for thee. If I can
FTLN 2033 place thee, I will.
MARINA  FTLN 2034200But amongst honest editorial emendationwomen.editorial emendation
BOLT  FTLN 2035Faith, my acquaintance lies little amongst them.
FTLN 2036 But since my master and mistress hath bought
FTLN 2037 you, there’s no going but by their consent. Therefore
FTLN 2038 I will make them acquainted with your
FTLN 2039205 purpose, and I doubt not but I shall find them
FTLN 2040 tractable enough. Come, I’ll do for thee what I can.
FTLN 2041 Come your ways.
They exit.

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Enter Gower.

editorial emendationGOWEReditorial emendation 
FTLN 2042 Marina thus the brothel ’scapes, and chances
FTLN 2043  Into an honest house, our story says.
FTLN 2044 She sings like one immortal, and she dances
FTLN 2045  As goddesslike to her admirèd lays.
FTLN 20465 Deep clerks she dumbs, and with her neele composes
FTLN 2047  Nature’s own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
FTLN 2048 That even her art sisters the natural roses.
FTLN 2049  Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry,
FTLN 2050 That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
FTLN 205110  Who pour their bounty on her, and her gain
FTLN 2052 She gives the cursèd bawd. Here we her place,
FTLN 2053  And to her father turn our thoughts again,
FTLN 2054 Where we left him, on the sea. We there him editorial emendationlost,editorial emendation
FTLN 2055  Where, driven before the winds, he is arrived
FTLN 205615 Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast
FTLN 2057  Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived
FTLN 2058 God Neptune’s annual feast to keep, from whence
FTLN 2059  Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
FTLN 2060 His banners sable, trimmed with rich expense,
FTLN 206120  And to him in his barge with fervor hies.
FTLN 2062 In your supposing once more put your sight
FTLN 2063  Of heavy Pericles. Think this his bark,
FTLN 2064 Where what is done in action—more, if might—
FTLN 2065  Shall be discovered. Please you sit and hark.
He exits.


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ACT 5. SC. 1

editorial emendationScene 1editorial emendation
Enter Helicanus, to him two Sailors, editorial emendationone from the
Tyrian ship and one from Mytilene.editorial emendation

TYRIAN SAILOR , editorial emendation(to Sailor from Mytilene)editorial emendation 
FTLN 2066 Where is Lord Helicanus? He can resolve you.
FTLN 2067 O, here he is.—
FTLN 2068 Sir, there is a barge put off from Mytilene,
FTLN 2069 And in it is Lysimachus, the Governor,
FTLN 20705 Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
FTLN 2071 That he have his. editorial emendationSailor from Mytilene exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2072 Call up some gentlemen.
editorial emendationTYRIANeditorial emendation SAILOR  FTLN 2073Ho, gentlemen, my lord calls.

Enter two or three Gentlemen.

FTLN 2074 Doth your Lordship call?
HELICANUS  FTLN 207510 Gentlemen,
FTLN 2076 There is some of worth would come aboard.
FTLN 2077 I pray, greet him fairly.

Enter Lysimachus, editorial emendationwith Lords and Sailor from Mytilene.editorial emendation

SAILOR editorial emendationFROM MYTILENE , to Lysimachuseditorial emendation  FTLN 2078Sir,
FTLN 2079 This is the man that can, in aught you would,
FTLN 208015 Resolve you.
LYSIMACHUS , editorial emendationto Helicanuseditorial emendation 
FTLN 2081 Hail, reverend sir. The gods preserve you.
HELICANUS  FTLN 2082And you, to outlive the age I am,
FTLN 2083 And die as I would do.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2084 You wish me well.
FTLN 208520 Being on shore, honoring of Neptune’s triumphs,
FTLN 2086 Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us,
FTLN 2087 I made to it to know of whence you are.
HELICANUS  FTLN 2088First, what is your place?
FTLN 2089 I am the governor of this place you lie before.

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FTLN 2091 Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the King,
FTLN 2092 A man who for this three months hath not spoken
FTLN 2093 To anyone, nor taken sustenance
FTLN 2094 But to prorogue his grief.
FTLN 209530 Upon what ground is his distemperature?
HELICANUS  FTLN 2096’Twould be too tedious to repeat,
FTLN 2097 But the main grief springs from the loss
FTLN 2098 Of a belovèd daughter and a wife.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2099May we not see him?
HELICANUS  FTLN 210035You may,
FTLN 2101 But bootless is your sight. He will not speak
FTLN 2102 To any.
editorial emendationLYSIMACHUSeditorial emendation  FTLN 2103 Yet let me obtain my wish.
editorial emendationHELICANUSeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2104 Behold him.  editorial emendationPericles is revealed.editorial emendation This was a goodly
FTLN 210540 person,
FTLN 2106 Till the disaster that one mortal editorial emendationnighteditorial emendation
FTLN 2107 Drove him to this.
FTLN 2108 Sir king, all hail! The gods preserve you. Hail,
FTLN 2109 Royal sir!
FTLN 211045 It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
FTLN 2111 Sir, we have a maid in Mytilene,
FTLN 2112 I durst wager would win some words of him.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2113’Tis well bethought.
FTLN 2114 She, questionless, with her sweet harmony
FTLN 211550 And other chosen attractions, would allure
FTLN 2116 And make a batt’ry through his editorial emendationdefended ports,editorial emendation
FTLN 2117 Which now are midway stopped.
FTLN 2118 She is all happy as the fairest of all,
FTLN 2119 And, editorial emendationwitheditorial emendation her fellow editorial emendationmaid, iseditorial emendation now upon
FTLN 212055 The leafy shelter that abuts against
FTLN 2121 The island’s side.

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FTLN 2122 Sure, all effectless; yet nothing we’ll omit
FTLN 2123 That bears recovery’s name.
editorial emendationLysimachus signals to a Lord, who exits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2124 But since your kindness
FTLN 212560 We have stretched thus far, let us beseech you
FTLN 2126 That for our gold we may provision have,
FTLN 2127 Wherein we are not destitute for want,
FTLN 2128 But weary for the staleness.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2129 O, sir, a courtesy
FTLN 213065 Which, if we should deny, the most just God
FTLN 2131 For every graft would send a caterpillar,
FTLN 2132 And so inflict our province. Yet once more
FTLN 2133 Let me entreat to know at large the cause
FTLN 2134 Of your king’s sorrow.
FTLN 213570 Sit, sir, I will recount it to you. But see,
FTLN 2136 I am prevented.

editorial emendationEnter Lord with Marina and her companion.editorial emendation

LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2137O, here’s the lady that I sent for.—
FTLN 2138 Welcome, fair one.—Is ’t not a goodly editorial emendationpresence?editorial emendation
HELICANUS  FTLN 2139She’s a gallant lady.
FTLN 214075 She’s such a one that, were I well assured
FTLN 2141 Came of a gentle kind and noble stock,
FTLN 2142 editorial emendationI’deditorial emendation wish no better choice, and think me rarely wed.—
FTLN 2143 Fair one, all goodness that consists in beauty:
FTLN 2144 Expect even here, where is a kingly patient,
FTLN 214580 If that thy prosperous and artificial editorial emendationfeateditorial emendation
FTLN 2146 Can draw him but to answer thee in aught,
FTLN 2147 Thy sacred physic shall receive such pay
FTLN 2148 As thy desires can wish.
MARINA  FTLN 2149 Sir, I will use
FTLN 215085 My utmost skill in his recovery, provided
FTLN 2151 That none but I and my companion maid
FTLN 2152 Be suffered to come near him.

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LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2153 Come, let us
FTLN 2154 Leave her, and the gods make her prosperous.
editorial emendationLysimachus, Helicanus and others move aside.editorial emendation
editorial emendationMARINA  singseditorial emendation
The Song.

LYSIMACHUS , editorial emendationcoming forwardeditorial emendation 
FTLN 215590 editorial emendationMarkededitorial emendation he your music?
MARINA  FTLN 2156 No, nor looked on us.
LYSIMACHUS , editorial emendationmoving asideeditorial emendation 
FTLN 2157 See, she will speak to him.
MARINA , editorial emendationto Pericleseditorial emendation  FTLN 2158 Hail, sir! My lord, lend ear.
PERICLES  FTLN 2159Hum, ha! editorial emendationHe pushes her away.editorial emendation
MARINA  FTLN 216095I am a maid, my lord,
FTLN 2161 That ne’er before invited eyes, but have
FTLN 2162 Been gazed on like a comet. She speaks,
FTLN 2163 My lord, that may be hath endured a grief
FTLN 2164 Might equal yours, if both were justly weighed.
FTLN 2165100 Though wayward Fortune did malign my state,
FTLN 2166 My derivation was from ancestors
FTLN 2167 Who stood equivalent with mighty kings.
FTLN 2168 But time hath rooted out my parentage,
FTLN 2169 And to the world and awkward casualties
FTLN 2170105 Bound me in servitude.  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation I will desist,
FTLN 2171 But there is something glows upon my cheek,
FTLN 2172 And whispers in mine ear “Go not till he speak.”
FTLN 2173 My fortunes—parentage—good parentage,
FTLN 2174 To equal mine! Was it not thus? What say you?
FTLN 2175110 I said, my lord, if you did know my parentage,
FTLN 2176 You would not do me violence.
PERICLES  FTLN 2177 I do think so.
FTLN 2178 Pray you turn your eyes upon me.
FTLN 2179 editorial emendationYou’reeditorial emendation like something that—What
FTLN 2180115 editorial emendationcountrywoman?editorial emendation
FTLN 2181 Here of these editorial emendationshores?editorial emendation

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MARINA  FTLN 2182 No, nor of any editorial emendationshores.editorial emendation
FTLN 2183 Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am
FTLN 2184 No other than I appear.
FTLN 2185120 I am great with woe, and shall deliver weeping.
FTLN 2186 My dearest wife was like this maid, and such
FTLN 2187 A one my daughter might have been: my queen’s
FTLN 2188 Square brows, her stature to an inch;
FTLN 2189 As wandlike straight, as silver-voiced; her eyes
FTLN 2190125 As jewel-like, and cased as richly; in pace
FTLN 2191 Another Juno; who starves the ears she feeds
FTLN 2192 And makes them hungry the more she gives them
FTLN 2193 speech.—
FTLN 2194 Where do you live?
MARINA  FTLN 2195130 Where I am but a stranger.
FTLN 2196 From the deck you may discern the place.
FTLN 2197 Where were you bred? And how achieved you these
FTLN 2198 Endowments which you make more rich to owe?
FTLN 2199 If I should tell my history, it would seem
FTLN 2200135 Like lies disdained in the reporting.
PERICLES  FTLN 2201 Prithee, speak.
FTLN 2202 Falseness cannot come from thee, for thou lookest
FTLN 2203 Modest as Justice, and thou seemest a palace
FTLN 2204 For the crownèd Truth to dwell in. I will believe thee
FTLN 2205140 And make editorial emendationmyeditorial emendation senses credit thy relation
FTLN 2206 To points that seem impossible, for thou lookest
FTLN 2207 Like one I loved indeed. What were thy friends?
FTLN 2208 Didst thou not editorial emendationsay,editorial emendation when I did push thee back—
FTLN 2209 Which was when I perceived thee—that thou cam’st
FTLN 2210145 From good descending?
MARINA  FTLN 2211 So indeed I did.
FTLN 2212 Report thy parentage. I think thou said’st
FTLN 2213 Thou hadst been tossed from wrong to injury,

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FTLN 2214 And that thou thought’st thy griefs might equal mine,
FTLN 2215150 If both were opened.
MARINA  FTLN 2216 Some such thing I said,
FTLN 2217 And said no more but what my thoughts
FTLN 2218 Did warrant me was likely.
PERICLES  FTLN 2219 Tell thy story.
FTLN 2220155 If thine considered prove the thousand part
FTLN 2221 Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I
FTLN 2222 Have suffered like a girl. Yet thou dost look
FTLN 2223 Like Patience gazing on kings’ graves and smiling
FTLN 2224 Extremity out of act. What were thy friends?
FTLN 2225160 How lost thou editorial emendationthem?editorial emendation Thy name, my most kind
FTLN 2226 virgin,
FTLN 2227 Recount, I do beseech thee. Come, sit by me.
editorial emendationShe sits.editorial emendation
FTLN 2228 My name is Marina.
PERICLES  FTLN 2229 O, I am mocked,
FTLN 2230165 And thou by some incensèd god sent hither
FTLN 2231 To make the world to laugh at me!
MARINA  FTLN 2232 Patience, good sir,
FTLN 2233 Or here I’ll cease.
PERICLES  FTLN 2234 Nay, I’ll be patient.
FTLN 2235170 Thou little know’st how thou dost startle me
FTLN 2236 To call thyself Marina.
MARINA  FTLN 2237The name
FTLN 2238 Was given me by one that had some power—
FTLN 2239 My father, and a king.
PERICLES  FTLN 2240175 How, a king’s daughter?
FTLN 2241 And called Marina?
MARINA  FTLN 2242 You said you would believe me.
FTLN 2243 But not to be a troubler of your peace,
FTLN 2244 I will end here.
PERICLES  FTLN 2245180 But are you flesh and blood?
FTLN 2246 Have you a working pulse, and are no fairy
FTLN 2247 Motion? Well, speak on. Where were you born?
FTLN 2248 And wherefore called Marina?

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ACT 5. SC. 1

MARINA  FTLN 2249 Called Marina
FTLN 2250185 For I was born at sea.
PERICLES  FTLN 2251 At sea? What mother?
FTLN 2252 My mother was the daughter of a king,
FTLN 2253 Who died the minute I was born,
FTLN 2254 As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
FTLN 2255190 Delivered weeping.
PERICLES  FTLN 2256 O, stop there a little!
FTLN 2257  editorial emendationAside.editorial emendation This is the rarest dream that e’er editorial emendationdulleditorial emendation sleep
FTLN 2258 Did mock sad fools withal. This cannot be
FTLN 2259 My daughter, buried.—Well, where were you bred?
FTLN 2260195 I’ll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
FTLN 2261 And never interrupt you.
FTLN 2262 You scorn. Believe me, ’twere best I did give o’er.
FTLN 2263 I will believe you by the syllable
FTLN 2264 Of what you shall deliver. Yet give me leave:
FTLN 2265200 How came you in these parts? Where were you bred?
FTLN 2266 The King my father did in Tarsus leave me,
FTLN 2267 Till cruel Cleon with his wicked wife
FTLN 2268 Did seek to murder me; and having wooed a villain
FTLN 2269 To attempt it, who, having drawn to do ’t,
FTLN 2270205 A crew of pirates came and rescued me,
FTLN 2271 Brought me to Mytilene—But, good sir,
FTLN 2272 Whither will you have me? Why do you weep?
FTLN 2273 It may be you think me an impostor.
FTLN 2274 No, good faith.
FTLN 2275210 I am the daughter to King Pericles,
FTLN 2276 If good King Pericles be.
editorial emendationPERICLESeditorial emendation  FTLN 2277 Ho, Helicanus!
HELICANUS  FTLN 2278Calls my lord?
FTLN 2279 Thou art a grave and noble counselor,

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FTLN 2280215 Most wise in general. Tell me, if thou canst,
FTLN 2281 What this maid is, or what is like to be,
FTLN 2282 That thus hath made me weep.
HELICANUS  FTLN 2283 I know not;
FTLN 2284 But here’s the regent, sir, of Mytilene
FTLN 2285220 Speaks nobly of her.
LYSIMACHUS  FTLN 2286 She never would tell
FTLN 2287 Her parentage. Being demanded that,
FTLN 2288 She would sit still and weep.
FTLN 2289 O, Helicanus! Strike me, honored sir.
FTLN 2290225 Give me a gash, put me to present pain,
FTLN 2291 Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me
FTLN 2292 O’erbear the shores of my mortality
FTLN 2293 And drown me with their sweetness.—O, come hither,
FTLN 2294 Thou that beget’st him that did thee beget,
FTLN 2295230 Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tarsus,
FTLN 2296 And found at sea again!—O, Helicanus,
FTLN 2297 Down on thy knees! Thank the holy gods as loud
FTLN 2298 As thunder threatens us. This is Marina.—
FTLN 2299 What was thy mother’s name? Tell me but that,
FTLN 2300235 For truth can never be confirmed enough,
FTLN 2301 Though doubts did ever sleep.
FTLN 2302 First, sir, I pray, what is your title?
FTLN 2303 I am Pericles of Tyre. But tell me now
FTLN 2304 My drowned queen’s name, as in the rest you said
FTLN 2305240 Thou hast been godlike perfect, the heir of kingdoms,
FTLN 2306 And another editorial emendationlifeeditorial emendation to Pericles thy father.
FTLN 2307 Is it no more to be your daughter than
FTLN 2308 To say my mother’s name was Thaisa?
FTLN 2309 Thaisa was my mother, who did end
FTLN 2310245 The minute I began.

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FTLN 2311 Now, blessing on thee! Rise. Thou ’rt my child.—
FTLN 2312 Give me fresh garments.—Mine own Helicanus,
FTLN 2313 She is not dead at Tarsus, as she should
FTLN 2314 Have been, by savage Cleon. She shall tell thee all,
FTLN 2315250 When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
FTLN 2316 She is thy very princess. Who is this?
FTLN 2317 Sir, ’tis the Governor of Mytilene,
FTLN 2318 Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
FTLN 2319 Did come to see you.
PERICLES , editorial emendationto Lysimachuseditorial emendation  FTLN 2320255 I embrace you.—
FTLN 2321 Give me my robes.—I am wild in my beholding.
editorial emendationThey put fresh garments on him.editorial emendation
FTLN 2322 O heavens bless my girl! But hark, what music?
FTLN 2323 Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him o’er
FTLN 2324 Point by point, for yet he seems to editorial emendationdoubt,editorial emendation
FTLN 2325260 How sure you are my daughter.—But what music?
HELICANUS  FTLN 2326My lord, I hear none.
FTLN 2328 The music of the spheres!—List, my Marina.
FTLN 2329 It is not good to cross him. Give him way.
PERICLES  FTLN 2330265Rarest sounds! Do you not hear?
FTLN 2331 Music, my lord? I hear—
PERICLES  FTLN 2332 Most heavenly music.
FTLN 2333 It nips me unto list’ning, and thick slumber
FTLN 2334 Hangs upon mine eyes. Let me rest. editorial emendationHe sleeps.editorial emendation
FTLN 2335270 A pillow for his head. So, leave him all.
editorial emendationLysimachus and others begin to exit.editorial emendation
FTLN 2336 Well, my companion friends, if this but answer
FTLN 2337 To my just belief, I’ll well remember you.
editorial emendationAll but Pericles exit.editorial emendation

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 5. SC. 1

Diana editorial emendationdescends.editorial emendation

FTLN 2338 My temple stands in Ephesus. Hie thee thither
FTLN 2339 And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
FTLN 2340275 There, when my maiden priests are met together,
FTLN 2341 Before the people all,
FTLN 2342 Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife.
FTLN 2343 To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter’s, call,
FTLN 2344 And give them repetition to the editorial emendationlife.editorial emendation
FTLN 2345280 Or perform my bidding, or thou livest in woe;
FTLN 2346 Do ’t, and happy, by my silver bow.
FTLN 2347 Awake, and tell thy dream. editorial emendationShe ascends.editorial emendation
PERICLES  FTLN 2348 Celestial Dian,
FTLN 2349 Goddess argentine, I will obey thee.—
FTLN 2350285 Helicanus!

editorial emendationEnter Helicanus, Lysimachus, Marina, and
Attendants.editorial emendation

FTLN 2352 My purpose was for Tarsus, there to strike
FTLN 2353 The inhospitable Cleon, but I am
FTLN 2354 For other service first. Toward Ephesus
FTLN 2355290 Turn our blown sails. Eftsoons I’ll tell thee why.—
FTLN 2356 Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,
FTLN 2357 And give you gold for such provision
FTLN 2358 As our intents will need?
FTLN 2360295 With all my heart. And when you come ashore,
FTLN 2361 I have another editorial emendationsuit.editorial emendation
PERICLES  FTLN 2362 You shall prevail
FTLN 2363 Were it to woo my daughter, for it seems
FTLN 2364 You have been noble towards her.
FTLN 2365300 Sir, lend me your arm.
PERICLES  FTLN 2366 Come, my Marina.
They exit.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 5. SC. 3

editorial emendationScene 2editorial emendation
editorial emendationEnter Gower.editorial emendation

FTLN 2367 Now our sands are almost run,
FTLN 2368 More a little, and then dumb.
FTLN 2369 This my last boon give me—
FTLN 2370 For such kindness must relieve me—
FTLN 23715 That you aptly will suppose
FTLN 2372 What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
FTLN 2373 What minstrelsy and pretty din
FTLN 2374 The regent made in Mytilene
FTLN 2375 To greet the King. So he thrived
FTLN 237610 That he is promised to be wived
FTLN 2377 To fair Marina, but in no wise
FTLN 2378 Till he had done his sacrifice
FTLN 2379 As Dian bade, whereto being bound,
FTLN 2380 The interim, pray you, all confound.
FTLN 238115 In feathered briefness sails are filled,
FTLN 2382 And wishes fall out as they’re willed.
FTLN 2383 At Ephesus the temple see
FTLN 2384 Our king and all his company.
FTLN 2385 That he can hither come so soon
FTLN 238620 Is by your fancies’ thankful doom.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation

editorial emendationScene 3editorial emendation
editorial emendationEnter Cerimon and Diana’s Priestesses, including
Thaisa; at another door enter Pericles, Marina,
Helicanus, Lysimachus, and Attendants.editorial emendation

FTLN 2387 Hail, Dian! To perform thy just command,
FTLN 2388 I here confess myself the King of Tyre,
FTLN 2389 Who, frighted from my country, did wed

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 5. SC. 3

FTLN 2390 At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
FTLN 23915 At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
FTLN 2392 A maid child called Marina, whom, O goddess,
FTLN 2393 Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
FTLN 2394 Was nursed with Cleon, who at fourteen years
FTLN 2395 He sought to murder. But her better stars
FTLN 239610 Brought her to Mytilene, ’gainst whose shore riding,
FTLN 2397 Her fortunes brought the maid aboard us, where,
FTLN 2398 By her own most clear remembrance, she made known
FTLN 2399 Herself my daughter.
THAISA  FTLN 2400Voice and favor!
FTLN 240115 You are, you are—O royal Pericles!
editorial emendationShe falls in a faint.editorial emendation
FTLN 2402 What means the editorial emendationnun?editorial emendation She dies! Help, gentlemen!
CERIMON  FTLN 2403Noble sir,
FTLN 2404 If you have told Diana’s altar true,
FTLN 2405 This is your wife.
PERICLES  FTLN 240620 Reverend appearer, no.
FTLN 2407 I threw her overboard with these very arms.
FTLN 2408 Upon this coast, I warrant you.
PERICLES  FTLN 2409 ’Tis most certain.
FTLN 2410 Look to the lady. O, she’s but overjoyed.
FTLN 241125 Early editorial emendationoneeditorial emendation blustering morn this lady was
FTLN 2412 Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
FTLN 2413 Found there rich jewels, recovered her, and placed her
FTLN 2414 Here in Diana’s temple.
PERICLES  FTLN 2415 May we see them?
FTLN 241630 Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
FTLN 2417 Whither I invite you. Look, Thaisa
FTLN 2418 Is recoverèd. editorial emendationThaisa rises.editorial emendation
THAISA  FTLN 2419 O, let me look!
FTLN 2420 If he be none of mine, my sanctity

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 5. SC. 3

FTLN 242135 Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
FTLN 2422 But curb it, spite of seeing.—O, my lord,
FTLN 2423 Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,
FTLN 2424 Like him you are. Did you not name a tempest,
FTLN 2425 A birth and death?
PERICLES  FTLN 242640 The voice of dead Thaisa!
FTLN 2427 That Thaisa am I, supposèd dead
FTLN 2428 And drowned.
FTLN 2429 editorial emendationImmortaleditorial emendation Dian!
THAISA  FTLN 2430 Now I know you better.
editorial emendationShe points to the ring on his hand.editorial emendation
FTLN 243145 When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
FTLN 2432 The king my father gave you such a ring.
FTLN 2433 This, this! No more, you gods! Your present kindness
FTLN 2434 Makes my past miseries sports. You shall do well
FTLN 2435 That on the touching of her lips I may
FTLN 243650 Melt and no more be seen.—O, come, be buried
FTLN 2437 A second time within these arms! editorial emendationThey embrace.editorial emendation
MARINA , editorial emendationkneelingeditorial emendation  FTLN 2438 My heart
FTLN 2439 Leaps to be gone into my mother’s bosom.
FTLN 2440 Look who kneels here, flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa,
FTLN 244155 Thy burden at the sea, and called Marina
FTLN 2442 For she was yielded there.
THAISA , editorial emendationembracing Marinaeditorial emendation  FTLN 2443 Blessed, and mine own!
FTLN 2444 Hail, madam, and my queen.
THAISA  FTLN 2445 I know you not.
editorial emendationPERICLESeditorial emendation 
FTLN 244660 You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre
FTLN 2447 I left behind an ancient substitute.
FTLN 2448 Can you remember what I called the man?
FTLN 2449 I have named him oft.
THAISA  FTLN 2450 ’Twas Helicanus then.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
ACT 5. SC. 3

PERICLES  FTLN 245165Still confirmation!
FTLN 2452 Embrace him, dear Thaisa. This is he.
editorial emendationThey embrace.editorial emendation
FTLN 2453 Now do I long to hear how you were found,
FTLN 2454 How possibly preserved, and who to thank,
FTLN 2455 Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
THAISA  FTLN 245670Lord Cerimon, my lord, this man
FTLN 2457 Through whom the gods have shown their power,
FTLN 2458 that can
FTLN 2459 From first to last resolve you.
PERICLES  FTLN 2460 Reverend sir,
FTLN 246175 The gods can have no mortal officer
FTLN 2462 More like a god than you. Will you deliver
FTLN 2463 How this dead queen relives?
CERIMON  FTLN 2464 I will, my lord.
FTLN 2465 Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
FTLN 246680 Where shall be shown you all was found with her,
FTLN 2467 How she came placed here in the temple,
FTLN 2468 No needful thing omitted.
FTLN 2469 Pure Dian, editorial emendationIeditorial emendation bless thee for thy vision, and
FTLN 2470 Will offer night oblations to thee.—Thaisa,
FTLN 247185 This prince, the fair betrothèd of your daughter,
FTLN 2472 Shall marry her at Pentapolis.—And now this
FTLN 2473 ornament
FTLN 2474 Makes me look dismal will I clip to form,
FTLN 2475 And what this fourteen years no razor touched,
FTLN 247690 To grace thy marriage day I’ll beautify.
FTLN 2477 Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
FTLN 2478 My father’s dead.
FTLN 2479 Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,
FTLN 2480 We’ll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
FTLN 248195 Will in that kingdom spend our following days.
FTLN 2482 Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.—

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

FTLN 2483 Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay
FTLN 2484 To hear the rest untold. Sir, lead ’s the way.
editorial emendationThey exit.editorial emendation

editorial emendationEPILOGUEeditorial emendation
editorial emendationEnter Gower.editorial emendation

FTLN 2485 In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard
FTLN 2486 Of monstrous lust the due and just reward.
FTLN 2487 In Pericles, his queen, and daughter seen,
FTLN 2488 Although assailed with fortune fierce and keen,
FTLN 24895 Virtue editorial emendationpreservededitorial emendation from fell destruction’s blast,
FTLN 2490 Led on by heaven, and crowned with joy at last.
FTLN 2491 In Helicanus may you well descry
FTLN 2492 A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty.
FTLN 2493 In reverend Cerimon there well appears
FTLN 249410 The worth that learnèd charity aye wears.
FTLN 2495 For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
FTLN 2496 Had spread his cursèd deed editorial emendationtoeditorial emendation the honored name
FTLN 2497 Of Pericles, to rage the city turn,
FTLN 2498 That him and his they in his palace burn.
FTLN 249915 The gods for murder seemèd so content
FTLN 2500 To punish, although not done, but meant.
FTLN 2501 So on your patience evermore attending,
FTLN 2502 New joy wait on you. Here our play has ending.
editorial emendationHe exits.editorial emendation