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Gow. Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre, Welcomed and settled to his own desire. His woful queen leave at Ephesus, Unto Diana there a votaress. Now to Marina bend
mind, Whom our fast-growing scene must find At Tharsus, and by Cleon trained In music, letters; who hath gained Of education all the grace, Which makes her both the heart and place Of general wonder. But, alack ! That monster envy, oft the wrack Of earned praise, Marina's life Seeks to take off by treason's knife. And in this kind hath our Cleon One daughter, and a wench full grown, Even ripe for marriage fight; this maid Hight Philoten: and it is said For certain in our story, she Would ever with Marina be ; Be't when she weaved the sleided - silk With fingers long, small, white as milk; Or when she would with sharp neeld wound The cambric, which she made more sound
1 This chorus, and the two following scenes, in the old editions, are printed as part of the third act. 2 The same expression occurs in the chorus to The Winter's Tale :
your patience this allowing,
As you had slept between.” 3 The old copies read :
“Which makes high both the art and place.” The emendation is by Steevens. Place here signifies residence.
4 “Sleided silk” is unwrought silk, prepared for weaving by passing it through the weaver's sley or reed-comb.
5 The old copies read needle ; but the metre shows that we should read neeld. The word is thus abbreviated in a subsequent passage in the first quarto. See King John, Act v. Sc. 2.
By hurting it; or when to the lute
SCENE 1. Tharsus. An open Place near the Sea
shore. Enter DIONYZA and LEONINE. Dion. Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do it; 'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.
1 To record anciently signified to sing.
2 l'ail is probably a misprint. Steevens suggests that we should read “ Hail.” Malone proposes to substitute “ Wail."
3 i. e. highly accomplished, perfect. 4 Pregnant, in this instance, means apt, quick. Prest is ready. 5 Steevens conjectures that the Poet wrote consent instead of content.
Thou canst not do a thing i' the world so soon,
Leon. I'll do't; but yet she is a goodly creature.
I am resolved.
Enter MARINA, with a basket of flowers. Mar. No, no, I will rob Tellus of her weed, To strew thy green with flowers; the yellows, blues, The purple violets, and marigolds, Shall, as a chaplet, hang upon thy grave, While summer days do last. Ah me! poor maid, Born in a tempest, when my mother died, 1 The first quarto reads :
Let not conscience,
Enflame too nicelie, nor let pitie,” &c.
Let not conscience,
Inflame too nicely, nor let pity,” &c. Steevens proposed to omit the words "Inflame too nicely," and " which even,” adding the pronoun that, in the following manner :
66 - Let not conscience,
Melt thee, but be a soldier to thy purpose.” The reading here given is sufficiently intelligible, and deviates less from the old copy. Nicely here means tenderly, fondly. 2 The old copy reads :
“ Here she comes weeping for her onely mistresse death." The suggestion and emendation are Dr. Percy's.
3 This is the reading of the quarto copy; the folio reads grave. Weed, in old language, meant garment.
4 The old copy reads, “ Shall as a carpet hang,” &c. The emendation is by Steevens.
This world to me is like a lasting storm,
Dion. How now, Marina! why do you keep alone ?
Mar. No, I pray you;
and old. Care not for me;
Well, I will go ;
Dion. Come, come, I know 'tis good for you.
I warrant you, madam.
1 Thus the earliest copy. The second quarto, and all subsequent impressions, read :
Hurrying me from my friends." Whirring or whirrying had formerly the same meaning; a bird that flies with a quick motion is still said to whirr away.
2 Countenance, look. 3 i. e. ere the sea, by the coming in of the tide, mar your walk. 4 That is, with the same warmth of affection as if I was his countryman. 5 Our fair charge, whose beauty was once equal to all that fame said of it.
6 Reserve has here the force of preserve.
Dion. I'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while ; Pray you walk softly, do not heat your blood. What! I must have a care of
Thanks, sweet madam.
[Exit DIONYZA. Is this wind westerly that blows ? Leon.
South-west. Mar. When I was born, the wind was north. Leon.
Was't so ?
Leon. When was this?
When I was born.
Leon. Come, say your prayers.
What mean you ? Leon. If you require a little space
Why will you kill me? Leon. To satisfy my lady.
1 i. e. a sailor, one who climbs the mast to furl or unfurl the canvass or sails. 2 Mr. Steevens thus regulates and reads this passage :
“ That almost burst the deck, and from the ladder-tackle
Washed off a canvass-climber. Ha! says one,
Leon. And when was this?
It was when I was born:
Leon. Come, say your prayers speedily.”