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SCENE II. Tyre. A room in the palace.
Per. [To Lords without] Let none disturb
us. Why should this change of thoughts, The sad companion, dull-eyed melancholy, Be my so used a guest as not an hour, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, The tomb where grief should sleep, can breed
me quiet ? Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes
shun them, And danger, which I fear’d, is at Antioch, Whose arm seems far too short to hit me here : Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Then it is thus : the passions of the mind, That have their first conception by mis-dread, Have after-nourishment and life by care ; And what was first but fear what might be done, Grows elder now and cares it be not done. And so with me: the great Antiochus, 'Gainst whom I am too little to contend, Since he's so great can make his will his act, Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence; Nor boots it me to say I honour him, If he suspect I may dishonour him : And what may make him blush in being known, He'll stop the course by which it might be known;
1. [To Lords without.] Dyce which dyes all thoughts its own supplied this direction, Qq and colour. Ff making the Lords enter with 3. Be my, Dyce's emendation Pericles.
for Qq and Ff by me.
15. cares it be not done, is I. change of thoughts, that anxious lest it should be done.
With hostile forces he 'll o'erspread the land,
Enter HELICANUS, with other Lords.
Peaceful and comfortable !
Hel. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue. They do abuse the king that flatter him : For flạttery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, To which that blast gives heat and stronger
glowing ; Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. When Signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, He flatters you, makes war upon your life. Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please; I cannot be much lower than my knees. Per. All leave us else; but let your cares
o'erlook 25. ostent, display.
41. blast, Mason's proposal 26. Amazement, bewilder- for spark of the old copies,
repeated by an oversight from 30. am, Farmer's emendation of once, Ff.
44. Sooth, flattering assent.
What shipping and what lading's in our haven, And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] Heli
Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks ?
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face? Hel. How dare the plants look up to heaven,
from whence They have their nourishment? Per.
Thou know'st I have power To take thy life from thee.
Hel. [Kneeling] I have ground the axe my
Do you but strike the blow.
Rise, prithee, rise.
To bear with patience Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.
Per. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus,
62. hear their faults hid, hear between 73 and 74, such as : the flattery which hides their faults. Worthy to heir my throne ; for 74. A line is probably lost kingly boys (Sydney Walker).
Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
Alas, sir !
leave to speak,
78. smooth, flatter.
Will take away your life.
Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
earth, From whence we had our being and our birth. Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to
SCENE III. Tyre. An ante-chamber in the
105-110. Printed as prose in 123. convince, refute, overFf. Arranged as verse by Rowe. come.