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Bawd. Pray you, come hither awhile. You have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me; you must seem to do that fearfully, which you commit willingly; to despise profit, where you have most gain. To weep that you live as you do, makes pity in your lovers: Seldom, but that pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.?
Mar. I understand you not.
Boult. O, take her home, mistress, take her home: these blushes of her's must be quenched with some present practice.
Bawd. Thou say'st true, i'faith, so they must: for your bride goes to that with shame, which is her way to go with warrant.
Boult. ’Faith some do, and some do not. But, mistress, if I have bargained for the joint,
Bawd. Thou may'st cut a morsel off the spit.
Bawd. Who should deny it? Come, young one," I like the manner of your garments well.
Boult. Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.
Bawd. Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom. When nature framed this piece, she meant thee a good turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou hast the harvest out of thine own report.
Boult. I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake the beds of eels, as my giving out her beauty stir up the lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.
: - a mere profit.] i. e. an absolute, a certain profit.
• thunder shall not so awake the beds of ecls] Thunder is not supposed to have an effect on fish in general, but on eels only, which are roused by it from the mud, and are therefore more easily taken.
Bawd. Come your ways; follow me.
Bawd. What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you go with us?
Enter Cleon and DIONYZA.
Cle. O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter
Cle. Were I chief lord of all the spacious world, I'd give it to undo the deed. O lady, Much less in blood than virtue, yet a princess To equal any single crown o'the earth, l'the justice of compare! O villain Leonine, Whom thou hast poison'd too! If thou hadst drunk to him, it had been a kindness Becoming well thy feat:4 what canst thou say, When noble Pericles shall demand his child?
Dion. That she is dead. Nurses are not the fates, To foster it, nor ever to preserve. She died by night; I'll say so. Who can cross it? Unless you play the impious innocent,
* Becoming well thy feat:] Feat, i.e. of a piece with the rest of thy exploit.
's Unless you play the impious innocent,] She calls him, an impious simpleton, because such a discovery would touch the life of one of his own family, his wife. An innocent was formerly a common appellation for an idiot.
And for an honest attribute, cry out,
go to. Well, well,
Be one of those, that think
To such proceeding
Be it so then:
Heavens forgive it! Dion. And as for Pericles, What should he say? We wept after her hearse, And even yet we mourn: her monument
- a malkin, Not worth the time of day.] A malkin is a coarse wench. Not worth the time of day, is, not worth a good day, or, good morrow ; undeserving the most common and usual salutation.
7 It greets me,] Perhaps it greets me, may mean, it pleases me; c'est a mon gré. If greet be used in its ordinary sense of saluting or meeting with congratulation, it is surely a very harsh phrase.
Is almost finish'd, and her epitaphs
Thou art like the harpy,
Dion. You are like one, that superstitiously
Enter Gower, before the Monument of MARINA
Gow. Thus time we waste, and longest leagues
8 Making, (to take your imagination,)
From bourn to bourn,) Making, &c. is travelling (with the hope of engaging your attention) from one division or boundary of the world to another; i. e. we hope to interest you by the variety of our scene, and the different countries through which we pursue our story.
Is left to govern. Bear you it in mind,
Enter at one door, PERICLES with his Train; CLEON
and DIONYZA at the other. CLEON shows PeRICLES 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!
The epitaph is for Marina writ i— 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.