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And the device he bears upon his shield
Is an arm'd knight that's conquer'd by a lady;
[The Third Knight passes over.
The third of Antioch ;
Sim. And what's the third?
[The Fourth Knight passes over.
Sim. What is the fourth?
Thai. A burning torch that's turned upside
The word 'Quod me alit, me extinguit.'
Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his power
Which can as well inflame as it can kill.
[The Fifth Knight passes over. Thai. The fifth, an hand environed with clouds, Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried; The motto thus, 'Sic spectanda fides.'
[The Sixth Knight, Pericles, passes over.
Sim. And what's
The sixth and last, the which the knight himself
Thai. He seems to be a stranger; but his present is
A wither'd branch, that's only green at top;
27. Piu por dulzura, etc. Wilkins adds the English version: 'More by lenity than by force.'
30. Me pompa, etc. Englished by Wilkins: The desire of renown drew him to this enterprise.'
Sim. A pretty moral;
From the dejected state wherein he is,
He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish. First Lord. He had need mean better than his outward show
Can any way speak in his just commend;
For by his rusty outside he appears
To have practised more the whipstock than the lance.
Sec. Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he
To an honour'd triumph strangely furnished.
Third Lord. And on set purpose let his armour
Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan The outward habit by the inward man.
But stay, the knights are coming: we will with
Into the gallery.
[Great shouts within, and all cry 'The mean
SCENE III. The same. A hall of state: a
Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Attendants,
To say you're welcome were superfluous.
57. The outward habit by the inward man. Either an awkward inversion must be supposed (the
outward habit by), or a confusion of thought.
Were more than you expect, or more than 's fit,
Thai. But you, my knight and guest;
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit.
For, daughter, so you are,—here take your place :
Knights. We are honour'd much by good
Sim. Your presence glads our days: honour we
For who hates honour hates the gods above.
Marshal. Sir, yonder is your place.
Some other is more fit.
First Knight. Contend not, sir; for we are gentlemen
That neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
Per. You are right courteous knights.
Thai. [Aside] By Juno, that is queen of marriage, 30 All viands that I eat do seem unsavoury,
Wishing him my meat. Sure, he's a gallant gentleman.
29. resist me, repel, are distasteful to.
Sim. [Aside] He's but a country gentleman; Has done no more than other knights have done; Has broken a staff or so; so let it pass.
Thai. [Aside] To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Per. [Aside] Yon king 's to me like to my father's
Which tells me in that glory once he was;
Knights. Who can be other in this royal presence?
Sim. Here, with a cup that's stored unto the brim,
you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,— We drink this health to you.
Sim. Yet pause awhile :
We thank your grace.
Yon knight doth sit too melancholy,
As if the entertainment in our court
Had not a show might countervail his worth.
Note it not you, Thaisa?
To me, my father?
What is it
O, attend, my daughter:
Princes in this should live like gods above,
42. vail, lower.
50. stored; Steevens' correction of Qq stur'd, Ff stirr'd.
Who freely give to every one that comes
To honour them :
And princes not doing so are like to gnats,
Which make a sound, but kill'd are wonder'd at.
Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
Thai. [Aside] Now, by the gods, he could not
Sim. And furthermore tell him, we desire to
Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
Thai. Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
Thai. And further he desires to know of you, Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
Per. A gentleman of Tyre; my name, Pericles; My education been in arts and arms; Who, looking for adventures in the world, Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men And after shipwreck driven upon this shore. Thai. He thanks your grace; names himself Pericles,
63. kill'd are wonder'd at, i.e. prove, in spite of their sound, to be marvellously small.
64. entrance (three syllables).
65. standing-bowl, a bowl resting on a foot.
69. impudence, immodesty.