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And which, without desert, because thine eye
Per. Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
[To the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS. Thus ready for the way of life or death, I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus.
Ant. Scorning advice.--Read the conclusion then; Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed. Daugh. In all, save that, mayst thou prove pros
perous! In all, save that, I wish thee happiness ! 4
1 i. e. “for fear of going,” or “lest they should go." 2 That is, “to prepare this body for that state to which I must come."
3 “I will act as sick men do; who, having had experience of the pleasures of the world, and only a visionary and distant prospect of heaven, have neglected the latter for the former; but at length, feeling themselves decaying, grasp no longer at temporal pleasures, but prepare calmly for futurity.” 4 The old copy reads :
“ Of all said yet, mayst thou prove prosperous ;
Of all said yet, I wish thee happiness !” The emendation is Mr. Mason's.
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,
[He reads the Riddle.]
you will live, resolve it you.
[Takes hold of the hand of the Princess
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life,
Per. Great king,
1 i. e. the intimation in the last line of the riddle, that his life depends on resolving it. 2 i. e. he is no perfect or honest man that knowing, &c. VOL. VI.
Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
thronged By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth die
for't. Kings are earth’s gods ; in vice their law's their will; And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill ? It is enough you know; and it is fit, What being more known grows worse, to smother it. All love the womb that their first beings bred ; Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found
the meaning ;-But I will gloze with him. [Aside.] Young prince of
[Exeunt Ant., his Daughter, and Attend.
? Pericles means by this similitude to show the danger of revealing the crimes of princes; for as they feel hurt by the publication of their shame, they will of course prevent the repetition of it
, by destroying the person who divulged. He pursues the same idea in the instance of the mole. Copped hills
are hills rising in a conical form, something of the shape of a sugarloaf. In Anglo-Saxon, cop is a head.
3 Steevens altered thronged to wronged; but apparently without necessity.
4 To the destruction of your life.
Per. How courtesy would seem to cover sin ! When what is done is like a hypocrite, The which is good in nothing but in sight. If it be true that I interpret false, Then were it certain, you were not so bad, As with foul incest to abuse your soul; Where now you're both a father and a son, By your untimely claspings with your child, (Which pleasure fits a husband, not a father;) And she an eater of her mother's flesh, By the defiling of her parent's bed ; And both like serpents are, who though they feed On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men Blush not in actions blacker than the night, Will shun” no course to keep them from the light. One sin, I know, another doth provoke ; Murder's as near to lust, as flame to smoke. Poison and treason are the hands of sin, Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame ; Then, lest my life be cropped to keep you clear, , By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. [Exit.
Enter THALIARD. Thal.
Doth your highness call? 1 Where has here the power of whereas. It occurs again in Act ii. Sc. 3. 2 The old copy erroneously reads show. The emendation is Malone's.
Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our mind Partakes her private actions to your secrecy; And for your faithfulness we will advance you. Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold. We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him ; It fits thee not to ask the reason why, Because we bid it. Say, is it done? Thal.
My lord, 'Tis done.
Enter a Messenger.
[Exit Messenger. Ant.
Thal. My lord, if I
[Exit. Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, My heart can lend no succor to my head. . [Exit.
SCENE II. Tyre. A Room in the Palace.
Enter Pericles, HELICANUS, and other Lords. Per. Let none disturb us; why should this change
of thought? The sad companion, dull-eyed melancholy, By me so used a guest is, not an hour,
1 In The Winter's Tale the word partake is used in an active sense for participate.
2 These words are addressed to the messenger, who enters in haste. 3 “Why should this change in our thoughts disturb us ? ”