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Pentapolis. A Room in the Palace.
Enter SIMONIDES, reading a Letter : the Knights meet
1 Knight. Good morrow to the good Simonides. Sim. Knights, from my daughter this I let you
know, That for this twelvemonth she'll not undertake A married life. Her reason to herself is only known, Which yet from her by no means can I get. 2 Knight. May we not get access to her, my
lord? Sim. 'Faith, by no means; she hath so strictly tied
her To her chamber, that it is impossible. One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery; This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd, And on her virgin honour will not break it. 3 Knight. Though loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.
[Exeunt. Sim. So, They're well despatch'd ; now to my daughter's letter. She tells me here, she'll wed the stranger knight, Or never more to view nor day nor light. 'Tis well, mistress; your choice agrees with mine; I like that well :nay, how absolute she's in't, Not minding whether I dislike or no. Well, I commend her choice, And will no longer have it be delay’d. Soft! here he comes : I must dissemble it.
Per. All fortune to the good Simonides !
Sim. To you as much, sir. I am beholding to you,
Per. It is your grace's pleasure to commend,
Sir, you are music's master.
Sim. Let me ask one thing.
Per. As of a most virtuous princess.
Sim. My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you;
Per. I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
Per. [Aside.] What's here?
life. [To him.] 0! seek not to entrap me, gracious lord, A stranger and distressed gentleman, That never aim'd so high, to love your daughter, But bent all offices to honour her.
Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou art A villain.
Per. By the gods, I have not,
— were never better fed] Malone thought fit to invert the passage thusMy ears, I do protest, were never better fed,” without authority or necessity.
Sim. Traitor, thou liest.
Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
Thai. Why, sir, if you had,
Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory ?-
And for farther grief,—God give you joy !
Yes, if you love me, sir.
Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed ; Then, with what haste you can get you to bed.
Gow. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout;
the house about,] “ About the house ” in every old copy; and in all but the first,“ Now ysleep slaked hath the route"
'FORE the mouse's hole ;] The old copies have from for “ 'fore," a very probable misprint, though not so necessarily.
quaintly ECHE ;) A form of eke that is found in Chaucer and Gower, as well as in some later writers. Eke is the more modern mode of spelling the word.
Enter PERICLES and SIMONIDES at one door, with At
tendants ; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gires PERICLES a Letter : PERICLES shows it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to PERICLES. Then, enter THAISA with child, and LYCHORIDA: SIMONIDES shows his Daughter the Letter ; she rejoices : she and PERICLES take leave of her Father, and all depart.
Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch
queen, with child, makes her desire