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Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

Thal. From him I come,
With message unto princely Pericles;
But, since my landing, as I have understood
Your lord has took himself to unknown travels,
My message must return from whence it came.

Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
Commended to our master, not to us.
Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire, -
As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. [Exeunt.

1

SCENE IV. Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's

House.

O my

Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.
Cle. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
And by relating tales of others' griefs,
See if twill teach us to forget our own?

Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it;
For who digs hills because they do aspire,
Throws down one mountain, to cast up a higher.

distressed lord, even such our griefs;
Here they're but felt, and seen with mistful eyes,”
But like to groves, being topped, they higher rise.

Cle. O Dionyza,
Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish?
Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep our woes
Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till lungs
Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder; that,
If the gods slumber, while their creatures want,

1 The adverb since, which is wanting in the old copy, was supplied by Steevens for the sake of sense and metre. 2 The old copy

reads :

and seen with mischiefs eye.” The alteration was made by Steevens.

3 The old copy reads, “ If heaven slumber," &c. This was probably. an alteration of the licenser of the press.

They may awake their helps to comfort them.
I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
And wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.

Dio. I'll do my best, sir.

Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
A city on whom Plenty held full hand,
(For riches strewed herself even in the streets,)
Whose towers bore heads so high, they kissed the

clouds,
And strangers ne'er beheld, but wondered at;
Whose men and dames so jetted and adorned,
Like one another's glass to trim them by :
Their tables were stored full, to glad the sight,
And not so much to feed on, as delight;
All poverty was scorned, and pride so great,
The name of help grew odious to repeat.

Dio. 0, 'tis too true.
Cle. But see what Heaven can do! By this our

change,
These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air,
Were all too little to content and please,
Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
As houses are defiled for want of use,
They are now starved for want of exercise.
Those palates, who, not yet two summers younger,
Must have inventions to delight the taste,
Would now be glad of bread and beg for it.
Those mothers who, to nousle 3 up

their babes,
Thought nought too curious, are ready now,
To eat those little darlings whom they loved.
So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
Draw lots, who first shall die to lengthen life.

1 To jet is to strut, to walk proudly. 2 The old copy has :

who not yet too savers younger.” The emendation was proposed by Mason. 3 Thus in New Custom; Dodsley's Old Plays, vol. i. p. 284:

“ Borne to all wickedness, and nusled in all evil.” So Spenser, Faerie Queene, i. vi. 23:

“ Whom, till to ryper years he gan aspyre,
He nousled up in life and manners wilde.”

Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Here many sink, yet those which see them fall,
Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
Is not this true ?

Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.

Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
And her prosperities so largely taste,
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.

Enter a Lord. Lord. Where's the lord governor ?

Cle. Here. Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st, in haste, For comfort is too far for us to expect. Lord. We have descried, upon our neighboring

shore,
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.

Cle. I thought as much.
One sorrow never comes, but brings an heir,
That may succeed as his inheritor;
And so in ours. Some neighboring nation,
Taking advantage of our misery,
Hath stuffed these hollow vessels with their power,
To beat us down, the which are down already ;
And make a conquest of unhappy me,?
Whereas 3 no glory's got to overcome.

Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance Of their white flags displayed, they bring us peace, And come to us as favorers, not as foes.

Cle. Thou speak’st like him 4 untutored to repeat, Who makes the fairest show means most deceit. But bring they what they will, what need we fear?

1 By power is meant forces.

2 A letter has been probably dropped at press : we may read, "of unhappy men."

3 It has been already observed, that whereas was sometimes used for where ; as well as the converse, where for whereas. 4 The quarto of 1609 reads :

“ Thou speak’st like himnes untutored to repeat.”

The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there. "
Go tell their general, we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,
And what he craves.
Lord.

I
Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;?
If wars, we are unable to resist.

go, my lord.

[Exit.

3

Enter PERICLES, with Attendants. Per. Lord governor,—for so we hear you are, Let not our ships, and number of our men, Be, like a beacon fired, to amaze your eyes. We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, And seen the desolation of your streets ! Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load ; And these our ships you happily may think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuffed within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow, Are stored with corn, to make your needy bread, And give them life, who are hunger-starved, half dead.

All. The gods of Greece protect you ! And we'll

pray

for

you. Per.

Rise, I pray you, rise;
We do not look for reverence, but for love;
And harborage for ourself, our ships, and men.

Cle. The which when any shall not gratify,
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
The curse of Heaven and men succeed their evils !

1 The quarto of 1619 reads :

“But bring they what they will, and what they can,

What need we fear?

The ground's the low'st, and we are halfway there." 2 i. e. if he rest or stand on peace. 3 The old copy reads :

• And these our ships you happily may think
Are like the Trojan horse, was stuffed within

With bloody veines," &c.
The emendation is Steevens's.

Till when (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,)
Your grace is welcome to our town and us.
Per. Which welcome we'll accept; feast here a

while, Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. (Exeunt.

ACT II.

Enter GOWER.
Gow. Here have you seen a mighty king
His child, I wis, to incest bring;
A better prince, and benign lord,
Prove awful both in deed and word.
Be quiet, then, as men should be,
Till he hath passed necessity.
I'll show you those in trouble's reign,
Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
The good in conversation,
(To whom I give my benizon,)
Is still at Tharsus, where each man
Thinks all is writ he spoken can; 3
And, to remember what he does,
Gild his statue to make it glorious.
But tidings to the contrary,
Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?

2

Dumb Show.

Enter, at one door, Pericles, talking with Cleon;

all the Train with them. Enter, at another door, a

1 i. e. you have seen a better prince, &c. that will prove awful,i. e. reverent. The verb in the first line is carried on to the third.

2 “The good prince (on whom I bestow my best wishes) is still engaged at Tharsus, where every man," &c. Conversation is conduct, behavior.

3. “ Pays as much respect to whatever Pericles says, as if it were Holy Writ."

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