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Per. You are right courteous knights.
Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, These cates resist me, she not thought upon.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Sim. He's but
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picture, Which tells me, in that glory once he was ; Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne, And he the sun, for them to reverence. None, that beheld him, but, like lesser lights, Did vail their crowns to his supremacy; Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; Whereby I see that Time's the king of men, For he's their parent, and he is their grave, And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
Sim. What, are you merry, knights ? 1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre
sence? Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the brim, (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips) We drink this health to you.
Knights. We thank your grace.
Sim. Yet pause a while;
Thai. What is it To me, my father?
Sim. o, attend, my daughter;
Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
Sim. How !
[Aside. Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pericles;
Sim. Now, by the gods, I pity bis misfortune,
[The Knights dance.
lord. Sim. O, that's as much, as you would be denied
[The Knights and Ladies dance. Of your fair courtesy.—Unclasp, unclasp ; Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well, But you the best. [To Pericles.] Pages and lights,
conduct These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, sir, We have given order to be next our own.
Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, For that's the mark I know you level at: Therefore each one betake him to his rest; To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. Exeunt.
SCENE IV.-Tyre. A room in the Governor's
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES. Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me, Antiochus from incest liv'd not free; For which, the most high gods not minding longer To withhold the vengeance that they had in store, Due to this heinous capital offence; Even in the height and pride of all his glory, When he was seated, and his daughter with him, In a chariot of inestimable value, A fire from heaven came, and shrivelld up Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk, That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall, Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
Esca. 'Twas very strange.
Hel. And yet but just for though
Enter Three Lords.
2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof. 3 Lord. And curs'd be he that will not second it. i Lord. Follow me then: Lord Helicane, a word. Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day, my
lords. 1 Lord. Know, that our griefs are risen to the
top, And now at length they overflow their banks.
Hel. Your griefs, for what? wrong not the prince i Lord. Wrong not yourself then, noble Helicane;
But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
our censure :
All. Live, noble Helicane !
Hel. Try honour's cause; forbear your suffrages : If that you love prince Pericles, forbear. Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease. A twelvemonth longer, let me then entreat you To forbear choice i’the absence of your king; If in which time expir’d, he not return, I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. But if I cannot win you to this love, Go search like noblemen, like noble subjects, And in your search spend your adventurous worth ; Whom if you find, and win unto return, You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.
1 Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield; And, since lord Helicane enjoineth us, We with our travels will endeavour it. Hel. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp
hands; When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.