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Enter Two Gentlemen. í Gent. Doth your lordship call ? : Hel. Gentlemen, There is some of worth would come aboard ; I pray
you, To greet them fairly. The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descendo
and go on board the Barge.
Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the
Tyrian Gentlemen, and the Two Sailors.
Lys. Hail, reverend sir! The gods preserve you!
Hel. And you, sir, tó out-live the age I am,
You wish me well. 1
Lys. I am governor of this place you lie before. · Hel. Sir, Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king; A man, who for this three months hath not spoken To any one, nor taken sustenance, But to prorogue his grief. • Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature ?
Hel. Sir, it would be too tedious to repeat; But the main grief of all springs from the loss Of a beloved daughter and a wife.
Lys. May we not see him, then?
I made to s goodly vesselng of Neptune well.
* But to prorogue his grief.] To lengthen or prolong his grief,
. You may indeed, sir. But bootless is your sight; he will not speak To any. - Lys. Yet, let me obtain my wish. Hel. Behold him, sir: [PERICLES discovered.]
this was a goodly person, Till the disaster, that, one mortal night, Drove him to this. Lys. Sir, king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
Hel. It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
'Tis well bethought. She, questionless, with her sweet harmony And other choice attractions, would allure, And make a battery through his deafen'd parts, 8 Which now are midway stopp'd: She, all as happy as of all the fairest, Is, with her fellow maidens, now within The leafy shelter that abuts against The island's side.
[He whispers one of the attendant Lords.
Exit Lord, in the Barge of LYSIMACHUS.
'— one mortal night,] Mortal is here used for pernicious, destructive.
8 — through his deafen'd parts,] i.e. his ears.
9 Exit Lord, in the Barge of Lysimachus.] It may seem strange that a fable should have been chosen to form a drama upon, in which the greater part of the business of the last Act should be transacted at sea: and wherein it should even be necessary to produce two vessels on the scene at the same time. But the customs and exhibitions of the modern stage give this objection to the play before us a greater weight than it really has. It appears, that, when Pericles was originally performed, the theatres were furnished with no such apparatus as by any stretch of the imagination could be supposed to present either a sea, or a ship; and that the audi.
Hel. Sure, all's effectless ; yet nothing we'll omit That bears recovery's name. But, since your kind
O, sir, a courtesy,
Sit, sir, I will recount it ;mier
Enter, from the Barge, Lord, MARINA, and a
O, here is
A gallant lady.
ence were contented to behold vessels sailing in and out of port, in their mind's eye only. This licence being once granted to the poet, the lord, in the instance now before us, walked off the stage, and returned again in a few minutes, leading in Marina, without any sensible impropriety; and the present drama, exhibited before such indulgent spectators, was not more incommo. dious in the representation than any other would have been.
MALONE. ? Is't not a goodly presence?] Is she not beautiful in her form?