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And subjects punish'd, that ne'er thought offence :
Which care of them, not pity of myself,
(Who am no more but as the tops of trees,
Which fence the roots they grow by, and defend them,)
Makes both my body pine, and soul to languish,
And punish that before, that he would punish.

1 LORD. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast !

2 LORD. And keep your mind, till you return to us, Peaceful and comfortable !

HEL. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue:
They do abuse the king that flatter him,
For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark,
To which that spark 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 doth 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

What shipping, and what lading 's in our haven,
And then return to us. Helicanus, thou
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. I have ground the axe myself ; do but you strike the

blow. PER. Rise, prithee, rise : sit down, thou art no flatterer ; I thank thee for it; and heaven forbid, That kings should let their ears hear their faults hid ! Fit counsellor, and servant for a prince, Who by thy wisdom mak'st a prince thy servant, What wouldst thou have me do ? HEL.

To bear with patience Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.

PER. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus ; That minister'st a potion unto me, That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself. Attend me then ; I went to Antioch, Whereas, thou know'st, against the face of death, I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty, From whence an issue I might propagate ; Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects. Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder ; The rest (hark in thine ear) as black as incest ; Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father, Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou know'st this, 'T is time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss. Which fear so grew in me, I hither fled, Under the covering of a careful night, Who seem'd my good protector : and, being here, Bethought me what was past, what might succeed; I knew him tyrannous, and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than the years : And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) That I should open to the listening air, How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, To lop that doubt, he 'll fill this land with arms, And make pretence of wrong that I have done him ; When all, for mine, if I may call 't offence, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence : Which love to all (of which thyself art one, Who now reprov'st me for it)

HEL Alas, sir !

PER. Drew sleep out of nine eyes, blood from my cheeks, Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts How I might stop this tempest ere it came ; And finding little comfort to relieve them, I thought it princely charity to grieve them. HEL. Well

, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak, Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear ; And justly too, I think; you fear the tyrant, Who either by public war, or private treason, Will take away your life.

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Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
Till that his rage and anger be forgot;
Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life :
Your rule direct to any; if to me,
Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.

Per. I do not doubt thy faith;
But should he wrong my liberties in my absence-

HEL. We 'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
From whence we had our being and our birth.

Per. Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tharsus Intend my travel, where I 'll hear from thee

; And by whose letters I'll dispose myself. The care I had and have of subjects' good, On thee I lay, whose wisdom's strength can bear it. I 'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath ; Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both : But in our orbs we 'll live so round and safe, That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince, Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince. [Exeunt.



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Enter THALIARD. THAL. So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I kill king Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to be hanged at home: 't is dangerous.—Well, I perceive, he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that, being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might know none of his secrets. Now do I see he had some reason for it: for if a king bid à man be a villain, he is bound by the indenture of his oath to be one. Hush, here come the lords of Tyre.

Enter HELICANUS, ESCANES, and other Lords of Tyre.
HEL. You shall not need, my fellow-peers of Tyre,
Further to question me of your king's departure.
His seal’d commission, left in trust with me,
Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel.
TAAL. How! the king gone !

[Aside. HEL. If further yet you will be satisfied,

Why, as it were unlicens'd of your loves,
He would depart, I 'll give some light unto you.
Being at Antioch-
THAL. What from Antioch ?

HEL. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not)
Took some displeasure at him, at least he judg’d so:
And doubting lest he had err’d or sinn'd,
To show his sorrow,

he'd correct himself;
So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
With whom each minute threatens life or death.

TAAL. Well, I perceive
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would ;
But since he's gone, the king sure must please
He 'scap'd the land, to perish at the sea.-
I 'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre.

HEL. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

THAL. From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles;
But since my landing I have understood,
Your lord hath betook himself to unknown travels;
My message must return from whence it came.

HEL. We have no reason to desire it,
Commended to our master, not to us :
Yet ere you shall depart, this we desire,
As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre. [Exeunt.

SCENE IV.-Tharsus.

Enter CLEON, DIONYZA, and others.
CLE. My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
And, by relating tales of others' griefs,
See if 't will teach us to forget our own ?

Dio. That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it;
For who digs hills because they do aspire,
Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.
O my distressed lord, ev’n such our griefs are ;
Here they 're but felt, and seen with mischief's eyes,
But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.

CLE. O Dionyza,
Who wanteth food, and will vot say he wants it,

Or can conceal his hunger, till he famish?
Our tougues and sorrows do sound deep our woes
Into the air ; our eyes do weep, till tongues
Fetch breath that may proclaim them louder, that
If heaven slumber, while their creatures want,
They may awake their helpers to comfort them.
I'll then discourse our woes felt several years,
And, wanting breath to speak, help me with tears.

Dio. I 'll do my best, sir.

CLE. This Tharsus, over which I have the government, A city, on whom plenty held full hand, For riches strew'd herself even in the streets; Whose towers bore heads so high, they kiss'd the clouds, And strangers ne'er beheld, but wonder'd at; Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd, Like one another's glass to trim them by : Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight, And not so much to feed on, as delight; All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great, The name of help grew odious to repeat.

Dio. Oh, 't is too true.

CLE. But see what heaven can do! By this our change, These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air, Were all too little to content and please, Although they gave their creatures in abundance, As houses are defild for want of use, They are now starv'd for want of exercise ; Those palates, who, not us'd to hunger's savour, Must have inventions to delight the taste, Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it; Those mothers who, to nouzle up their babes, Thouglit nought too curious, are ready now, To eat those little darlings whom they lov’d; So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife Draw lots who first shall die to lengthen life : Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping ; Here many sink, yet those which see them fall Have scarce strength left to give them burial. Is not this true ?

Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.

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