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Is left to govern. Bear you it in mind, 1. Old Helicanus goes along behind. Well-sailing ships, and bounteous winds, have
brought ... This king to Tharsus, (think his pilot thought; · So with his steerage shall your thoughts grow
on) :: To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
Likë motes and shadows see them move awhile; ..! Your ears unto your eyes I'll reconcile.
Enter at one door, PerICLES with his Train; CLEON ... and DIONYZA at the other. CLEON shows PE
RICLES the Tomb of MARINA; whereat PERICLES makes lamentation, puts on Sackcloth, and in a mighty passion departs. Then Cleon and DioNYZA retire.
Gow. See how belief may suffer by foul show!
This borrow'd passion stands for true old woe;' .. And Pericles, in sorrow all devour'd, With sighs shot through, and biggest tears
for true old woe;] i. e. for such tears as were shed when, the world being in its infancy, dissimulation was unknown All poetical writers are willing to persuade themselves that sincerity expired with the first ages.
' A tempest, which his mortal vessel tears,] What is here called · his mortal vessel, (i. e. his body,) is styled by Cleopatra her mortal = house,
* Now please you wit ---] Now be pleased to know,
By wicked Dionyza.
The fairest, sweet'st, and best, lies here, ; ,
And bear his courses to be ordered to ... By lady fortune; while our scenes display:
His daughter's woe and heavy well-a-day, :
SCENE V. Mitylene. A Street before the Brothel. : - Enter, from the Brothel, Two Gentlement wit
i Gent. Did you ever hear the like? : 2 Gent. No, nor never shall do in such a place as
this, she being once gone.. . i Gent. But to have divinity preached there! did
you ever dream of such a thing?
Cand swears she'll never stint,)] She'll never cease.
2 Gent. No, no. Come, I am for no more bawdy-houses: Shall we go hear the vestals sing?
i Gent. I'll do any thing now that is virtuous ; but I am out of the road of rutting, for ever.
House Enter PANDER, Bawd, and Boult.
Pand. Well, I had rather than twice the worth of her, she had ne'er come here. ::
Bawd. Fye, fye upon her; she is able to freeze the god Priapus, and undo a whole generation. We must either get her ravished, or be rid of her. When she should do for clients her fitment, and do me the kindness of our profession, she has me her quirks, her reasons, her master reasons, her prayers, her knees; that she would make a puritan of the devil, if he should cheapen a kiss of her. in
Boult. 'Faith, I must ravish her, or she'll disfurnish us of all our cavaliers, and make all qur swearers priests.
Pand. Now, the pox upon her green-sickness for, me! :
Bawd. 'Faith, there's no way to be rid on't, but by the way to the pox, Here comes the lord Lysi, machus, disguised.
Boult. We should have both lord and lown, if the peevish baggage would but give way to customers.
Lys. How now? How a dozen of virginities
· Bawd. Now, the gods to bless your honour ! Boult. I am glad to see your honour in good
health. Lys. You may so; 'tis the better for you that your resorters stand upon sound legs. How now, wholesome iniquity ? Have you that a man may deal withal, and defy the surgeon?
Bawd. We have here one, sir, if she would but there never came her like in Mitylene.
Lys. If she'd do the deeds of darkness, thou would'st say.
Bawd. Your honour knows what 'tis to say, well enough.
Lys. Well; call forth, call forth. · Boult. For flesh and blood, sir, white and red, you shall see a rose; and she were a rose indeed, if she had but · Lys. What, pr'ythee?
Boult. 0, sir, I can be modest.. • Lys: That dignifies the renown of a bawd, no less than it gives a good report to a number to be chaste.
Enter MARINA Bawd. Here comes that which grows to the stalk;-never plucked yet, I can assure you. Is she not a fair creature ?
Lys. 'Faith, she would serve after a long voyage åt sea. Well, there's for you;-leave us.
Bawd. I beseech your honour, give me leave; a word, and I'll have done presently.
Lys. I beseech you, do.
* Now, the gods to-bless your honour !) This use of to in composition with verbs (as Mr. Tyrwhitt remarks) is very common in Gower and Chaucer.
- Bawd. First, I would have you note, this is an honourable man.
. [TO MARINA, whom she takes aside. Mar. I desire to find him so, that I may worthily note him.
Bawd. Next, he's the governor of this country, and a man whom I am bound to.
Mar. If he govern the country, you are bound to him indeed; but how honourable he is in that, I know not.
Bawd. 'Pray you, without any more virginal fencing, will you use him kindly? He will line your apron with gold..
Mar. What he will do graciously, I will thankfully receive.
Lys. Have you done?
Bawd. My lord, she's not paced yet; you must take some pains to work her to your manage. Come, we will leave his honour and her together.
[Exeunt Bawd, PANDER, and Boult. Lys. Go thy ways. Now, pretty one, how long have you been at this trade?
Mar. What trade, sir?
Mar. I cartnot be offended with my trade. Please you to name it.
Lys. How long have you been of this profession?
Lys. Did you go to it so young? Were you a gamester at five, or at seven ?"
Mar. Earlier too, sir, if now I be one.. :
Lys. Why, the house you dwell in, proclaims you to be a creature of sale.
Mar. Do you know this house to be a place of such resort, and will come into it? I hear say, you
5 Were you a gamester, fc.] A gamester was formerly used to signify a wanton,