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be hanged at home; 'tis 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 a 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. Hel. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre, Further to question of your king's departure. His sealed commission, left in trust with me, Doth speak sufficiently, he's gone to travel. Thal. How! the king gone!
[ Aside. Hel. If further yet you will be satisfied, Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves, He would depart, I'll give some light unto you. Being at AntiochThal. What from Antioch?
[Aside. Hel. Royal Antiochus (on what cause I know not) Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so ; And doubting lest that he had erred or sinned, To show his sorrow, would correct himself; So puts himself unto the shipman's toil, With whom each minute threatens life or death. Thal. Well, I perceive
[Aside. I shall not be hanged now, although I would; But since he's gone, the king it sure must please, He scaped the land, to perish on the seas. – But I'll present me.
Peace to the lords of Tyre!
1 Who this wise fellow was, may be known from the following passage in Barnabie Riche's Souldier's Wishe to Briton's Welfare, or Captaine Skill and Captaine Pill, 1604, p. 27:4“ I will therefore commende the poet Philipides, who being demaunded by king Lisimachus, what favour he might doe unto him for that he loved him, made this answere to the king—“That your majesty would never impart unto me any of your secrets.'” 2 The old copy reads :
“ But since he's gone the king's seas must please :
He scaped the land, to perish at the sea."
Hel. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
Thal. From him I come,
Hel. We have no reason to desire it, since
SCENE IV. Tharsus. A Room in the Governor's
Enter ClEON, DIONYZA, and Attendants.
Dio. That were to blow. at fire, in hope to quench it;
Cle. O Dionyza,
1 The adverb since, which is wanting in the old copy, was supplied by Steevens for the sake of sense and metre. 2 The old copy reads :
- and seen with mischiefs eye.” The alteration was made by Steevens.
3 The old copy reads, “ If heaven slumber,” &c. This was probably an alteration of the licenser of the press.
They may awake their helps to comfort them.
Dio. I'll do my best, sir.
Cle. This Tharsus, o'er which I have government,
Dio. 0, 'tis too true.
These mouths, whom but of late, earth, sea, and air,
1 To jet is to strut, to walk proudly. 2 The old copy has :
who not yet too savers younger.” The emendation was proposed by Mason. 3 Thus in New Custom; Dodsley's Old Plays, vol. i. p. 284:
« Borne to all wickedness, and nusled in all evil.” So Spenser, Faerie Queene, i. vi. 23:
“Whom, till to ryper years he gan aspyre,
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Dio. Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
Cle. O, let those cities, that of Plenty's cup
Enter a Lord. Lord. Where's the lord governor ?
Cle. Here. Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring’st, in haste, For comfort is too far for us to expect. Lord. We have descried, upon our neighboring
Cle. I thought as much.
Lord. That's the least fear; for, by the semblance Of their white flags displayed, they bring us peace, And come to us as favorers, not as foes.
Cle. Thou speak’st like him * untutored to repeat, Who makes the fairest show means most deceit. But bring they what they will, what need we fear?
1 By power is meant forces.
2 A letter has been probably dropped at press : we may read, "of unhappy men.”
3 It has been already observed, that whereas was sometimes used for where ; as well as the converse, where for whereas. 4 The quarto of 1609 reads :
“ Thou speak’st like himnes untutored to repeat."
The ground's the low'st, and we are half way there.
[Exit. Cle. Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist ; * If wars, we are unable to resist.
go, my lord.
your streets !
Enter PERICLES, with Attendants. Per. Lord governor,-for so we hear you are,Let not our ships, and number of our men, Be, like a beacon fired, to amaze your eyes. We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre, And seen the desolation of Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears, But to relieve them of their heavy load; And these our ships you happily may think Are, like the Trojan horse, war-stuffed within, With bloody views, expecting overthrow, Are stored with corn, to make your needy bread, And give them life, who are hunger-starved, half dead.
All. The gods of Greece protect you ! And we'll
Rise, I pray you, rise ;
Cle. The which when any shall not gratify,
1 The quarto of 1619 reads :
“ But bring they what they will, and what they can,
What need we fear?
The ground's the low'st, and we are halfway there." 2 i. e. if he rest or stand on peace. 3 The old copy reads :
And these our ships you happily may think
With bloody veines," &c.