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Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
Thal. From him I come,
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
SCENE IV. Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's
Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.
Dio. That were to blow at fire, in hope to quench it;
distressed lord, even such our griefs;
Cle. O Dionyza,
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
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.
Dio. I'll do my best, sir.
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
Dio. 0, 'tis too true.
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,
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Cle. 0, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
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
Cle. I thought as much.
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, my lord.
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
Rise, I pray you, rise;
Cle. The which when any shall not gratify,
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
With bloody veines," &c.
Till when (the which, I hope, shall ne'er be seen,)
while, Until our stars, that frown, lend us a smile. (Exeunt.
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."