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And will no longer have it be delayed.
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides!
Sim. To you as much, sir! I am beholden to you, For your sweet music this last night. My ears, I do protest, were never better fed With such delightful, pleasing harmony.
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend; Not my desert.
Sim. Sir, you are music's master. Per. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord. Sim. Let me ask one thing. What do What do you think, sir, of My daughter?
Sim. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.
A letter that she loves the knight of Tyre!
Sim. Thou hast bewitched my daughter, and thou
Per. By the gods, I have not, sir.
A deed might gain her love, or your displeasure.
Ay, traitor, sir. Per. Even in his throat (unless it be the king) That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts, That never relished of a base descent.
I came unto your court for honor's cause,
Here comes my daughter; she can witness it.
Per. Then as you are as virtuous as fair,
Who takes offence at that would make me glad.
[Aside.] I'll tame
I'll bring you in subjection.—
Nay, come; your hands and lips must seal it too.-
Yes, if you love me, sir.
Per. Even as my life, my blood that fosters it.1 Sim. What, are you both agreed? Both. Yes, please your majesty. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed; Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed.
Gower. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout;
Hymen hath brought the bride to bed,
With your fine fancies quaintly eche;
Enter PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one door, with Attendants: a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives PERICLES a letter. PERICLES shows it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to the former.3 Then
1 The quarto of 1619 reads:
"Even as my life or blood that fosters it."
2 Eke out.
3 The lords kneel to Pericles, because they are now, for the first time, informed by this letter, that he is king of Tyre.
enter THAISA with child, and LYCHORIDA. SIMONIDES shows his daughter the letter; she rejoices; she and PERICLES take leave of her father, and depart. Then SIMONIDES, &c. retire.
Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch1
By the four opposing coignes,
The crown of Tyre; but he will none.
The sum of this,
And every one with claps 'gan sound.
Who dreamed, who thought of such a thing?
1 Dearn signifies lonely, solitary. A perch is a measure of five yards and a half.
2 i. e. help, befriend, or assist the search.
3 i. e. to suppress: opprimere,
On Neptune's billow; half the flood
This stage, the ship,3 upon whose deck
Enter PERICLES, on a ship at sea.
Per. Thou god of this great vast, rebuke these
1 An exclamation equivalent to well-a-day.
2 "The further consequences of this storm I shall not describe; what ensues may be conveniently exhibited in action; but action could not well have displayed all the events that I have now related."
3 It is clear, from these lines, that when the play was originally performed, no attempt was made to exhibit either a sea or a ship.
4 It should be remembered that Pericles is supposed to speak from the deck. Lychorida, on whom he calls, is supposed to be in the cabin beneath. "This great vast" is "this wide expanse." This speech is exhibited in so strange a form in the old editions, that it is here given to enable the reader to judge in what a corrupt state it has come down to us, and be induced to treat the attempts to restore it to integrity with indulgence:
"The God of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou that hast