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God Neptune's annual feast to keep: from
His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expence;
On board Pericles' Ship, off Mitylene. A close
Pavilion on deck, with a Curtain before it ; PERIbiçues, within it, reclined on a Couch. A Barge
lying beside the Tyrian Vessel.
Bora resolve you.
Enter Two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian Vessel,
!, the other to the Barge; to them HeliCANUS. Tyr. Sail. Where's the lord Helicanus? he can
[To the Sailor of Mitylene. O here he is. Sir, there's a barge put off from Mitylene. And in it is Lysimachus the governor, Who craves to come aboard. What is \, Hel. That he have his. Call up some gentlemen. e Tyr. Sail. Ho, gentlemen! my lord calls. +
** In your supposing once more put your sight;] Once more put your sight under the guidance of your imagination.
• Where, what is done in action, more, it might,] Where all that may be displayed in action, shall be cxhibited, and more should be shown, if our stage would permit. The poet seems to be aware of the difficulty of representing the ensuing scene.
Enter Two Gentlemen.
pray you, To greet them fairly. [The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descend,
and go on board the Barge.
Enter, from thence LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the
Tyrian Gentlemen, and the Two Sailors.
Hel. And you, sir, to out-live the age I am,
You wish me well.
Hel. First, sir, what is your place?
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?
* But to prorogue his grief.] To lengthen or prolong his grief.
You may indeed, sir. But bootless is your sight; he will not speak
Lys. Yet, let me obtain my wish.
this was a goodly person,
Hail ! Hail, royal sir !
Hel. It is in vain; he will not speak to you. 1 Lord. Sir, we have a maid in Mitylene, I durst
wager, Would win some words of him. Lys.
'Tis well bethought. She, questionless, with her sweet harmony And other choice attractions, would allure, And make a battery through his deafen'd parts, 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. Hel. Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit That bears recovery's name. But, since
1-one mortal night,] Mortal is here used for pernicious, destructive.
$_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 customsand 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
But, since your kind ness We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech
further, That for our gold we may provision have, Wherein we are not destitute for want, But weary for the staleness. Lys.
O, sir, a courtesy,
Sit, sir, I will recount it; But see, I am prevented.
Enter, from the Barge, Lord, MARINA, and a
young Lady Lys:
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 incommodious in the representation than any other would have been.
MALONE, · Is't not a goodly presence?] Is she not beautiful in her form?
If that thy prosperous-artificial feat
Sir, I will use
Come, let us leave her, And the gods make her prosperous!
[MARINA 'sings. Lys.
Mark'd he your musick?
See, she will speak to him.
I am a maid,
[ Aside. * Per. My fortunes-parentage-good parentage
-was 14 Mar. I said, my lord, if you did know my pa
rentage, You would not do me violence.
and aukward casualties+] Aukward is adverse, VOL. VIII.