Pericles, Prince of Tyre


William Shakespeare

Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a story about a young prince named Pericles who embarks on a journey of love, loss, and redemption. Pericles is the prince of Tyre, a city in ancient Greece, and he sets out on a journey to win the hand of a princess named Thaisa. Along the way, Pericles encounters many challenges and obstacles that test his courage and determination.

During his journey, Pericles faces a series of trials and tribulations that threaten to derail his quest for love and happiness. He is shipwrecked, separated from his beloved Thaisa, and forced to wander the seas alone. He eventually comes to the city of Pentapolis, where he participates in a tournament and wins the heart of the beautiful Princess Thaisa.

However, their happiness is short-lived, as Thaisa dies giving birth to their daughter, Marina. Pericles is devastated by her death and entrusts Marina to the care of a trusted friend before setting out on another journey. On this journey, he encounters pirates who kidnap Marina and sell her into slavery.

Marina eventually finds her way to a brothel, where she uses her wit and intelligence to win the hearts of her clients and gain their respect. Meanwhile, Pericles continues his search for his daughter and eventually reunites with her in a miraculous turn of events. The play ends with Pericles being reunited with his daughter and finding happiness once again.

Act I

Act 1 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre follows the story of Pericles, a prince who is traveling to the city of Antioch to solve a riddle in order to win the hand of the King's daughter. However, the riddle is revealed to be a dark secret, and Pericles flees for his life.

He then sets sail to the city of Tarsus, where he is welcomed by the governor, Cleon, and his wife, Dionyza, who offer him food and shelter. While there, Pericles learns that the city is suffering from a severe famine, and he decides to travel to the nearby island of Pentapolis to participate in a tournament. The winner will be awarded the hand of the Princess Thaisa in marriage.

Pericles wins the tournament and marries Thaisa, but on their journey back to Tyre, Thaisa appears to die during childbirth. Pericles, heartbroken and in despair, orders that her body be cast overboard. The play ends with Thaisa's body washing up on the shore of Ephesus, where she is revived by a group of fishermen.



Before the palace of Antioch

To sing a song that old was sung,
From ashes ancient Gower is come;
Assuming man's infirmities,
To glad your ear, and please your eyes.
It hath been sung at festivals,
On ember-eves and holy-ales;
And lords and ladies in their lives
Have read it for restoratives:
The purchase is to make men glorious;
Et bonum quo antiquius, eo melius.
If you, born in these latter times,
When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes.
And that to hear an old man sing
May to your wishes pleasure bring
I life would wish, and that I might
Waste it for you, like taper-light.
This Antioch, then, Antiochus the Great
Built up, this city, for his chiefest seat:
The fairest in all Syria,
I tell you what mine authors say:
This king unto him took a fere,
Who died and left a female heir,
So buxom, blithe, and full of face,
As heaven had lent her all his grace;
With whom the father liking took,
And her to incest did provoke:
Bad child; worse father! to entice his own
To evil should be done by none:
But custom what they did begin
Was with long use account no sin.
The beauty of this sinful dame
Made many princes thither frame,
To seek her as a bed-fellow,
In marriage-pleasures play-fellow:
Which to prevent he made a law,
To keep her still, and men in awe,
That whoso ask'd her for his wife,
His riddle told not, lost his life:
So for her many a wight did die,
As yon grim looks do testify.
What now ensues, to the judgment of your eye
I give, my cause who best can justify.


SCENE I. Antioch. A room in the palace.

Scene 1 of Act 1 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins with King Antiochus telling his daughter that she should marry him instead of any other man. The daughter is horrified and reveals that she knows a terrible secret about her father. She then tells the secret in a riddle, and says that any man who can solve it will win her hand in marriage. Many suitors have tried, but none have succeeded.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, arrives in Antioch and learns about the riddle. He decides to try and solve it, despite the danger it poses. He is successful and learns the terrible truth about King Antiochus. Pericles is horrified and immediately leaves the city, fearing for his life.

As he travels, he encounters a storm and is shipwrecked. He washes up on the shore of Pentapolis, where he meets Thaisa, the daughter of the king. They fall in love and decide to marry. However, before the wedding can take place, Pericles is forced to leave on a mission for the king.

While he is away, Thaisa gives birth to a daughter and appears to die in childbirth. Her body is placed in a coffin and set adrift at sea. Pericles returns and learns of his wife's apparent death. He is grief-stricken and decides to return to Tyre with his daughter.

Meanwhile, Thaisa's coffin washes up on the shore of Ephesus, where she is revived by a doctor. She becomes a priestess of the goddess Diana and lives in seclusion for many years.

Scene 1 of Act 1 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre sets the stage for the rest of the play, introducing many of the major characters and establishing the themes of love, loss, and redemption that will be explored throughout the story.

Enter ANTIOCHUS, Prince PERICLES, and followers

Young prince of Tyre, you have at large received
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The danger of the task you undertake.
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I have, Antiochus, and, with a soul
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Embolden'd with the glory of her praise,
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Think death no hazard in this enterprise.
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Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride,
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For the embracements even of Jove himself;
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At whose conception, till Lucina reign'd,
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Nature this dowry gave, to glad her presence,
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The senate-house of planets all did sit,
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To knit in her their best perfections.
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Music. Enter the Daughter of ANTIOCHUS

See where she comes, apparell'd like the spring,
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Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king
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Of every virtue gives renown to men!
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Her face the book of praises, where is read
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Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence
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Sorrow were ever razed and testy wrath
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Could never be her mild companion.
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You gods that made me man, and sway in love,
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That have inflamed desire in my breast
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To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree,
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Or die in the adventure, be my helps,
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As I am son and servant to your will,
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To compass such a boundless happiness!
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Prince Pericles,--
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That would be son to great Antiochus.
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Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,
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With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touch'd;
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For death-like dragons here affright thee hard:
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Her face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view
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Her countless glory, which desert must gain;
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And which, without desert, because thine eye
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Presumes to reach, all thy whole heap must die.
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Yon sometimes famous princes, like thyself,
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Drawn by report, adventurous by desire,
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Tell thee, with speechless tongues and semblance pale,
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That without covering, save yon field of stars,
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Here they stand martyrs, slain in Cupid's wars;
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And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist
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For going on death's net, whom none resist.
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Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught
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My frail mortality to know itself,
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And by those fearful objects to prepare
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This body, like to them, to what I must;
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For death remember'd should be like a mirror,
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Who tells us life's but breath, to trust it error.
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I'll make my will then, and, as sick men do
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Who know the world, see heaven, but, feeling woe,
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Gripe not at earthly joys as erst they did;
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So I bequeath a happy peace to you
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And all good men, as every prince should do;
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My riches to the earth from whence they came;
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But my unspotted fire of love to you.
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Thus ready for the way of life or death,
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I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus.
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Scorning advice, read the conclusion then:
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Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed,
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As these before thee thou thyself shalt bleed.
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Of all say'd yet, mayst thou prove prosperous!
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Of all say'd yet, I wish thee happiness!
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Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,
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Nor ask advice of any other thought
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But faithfulness and courage.
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I am no viper, yet I feed
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On mother's flesh which did me breed.
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I sought a husband, in which labour
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I found that kindness in a father:
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He's father, son, and husband mild;
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I mother, wife, and yet his child.
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How they may be, and yet in two,
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As you will live, resolve it you.
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Sharp physic is the last: but, O you powers
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That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts,
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Why cloud they not their sights perpetually,
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If this be true, which makes me pale to read it?
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Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still,
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Were not this glorious casket stored with ill:
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But I must tell you, now my thoughts revolt
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For he's no man on whom perfections wait
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That, knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
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You are a fair viol, and your sense the strings;
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Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music,
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Would draw heaven down, and all the gods, to hearken:
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But being play'd upon before your time,
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Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime.
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Good sooth, I care not for you.
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Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life.
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For that's an article within our law,
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As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expired:
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Either expound now, or receive your sentence.
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Great king,
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Few love to hear the sins they love to act;
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'Twould braid yourself too near for me to tell it.
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Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
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He's more secure to keep it shut than shown:
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For vice repeated is like the wandering wind.
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Blows dust in other's eyes, to spread itself;
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And yet the end of all is bought thus dear,
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The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear:
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To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole casts
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Copp'd hills towards heaven, to tell the earth is throng'd
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By man's oppression; and the poor worm doth die for't.
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Kings are earth's gods; in vice their law's
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their will;
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And if Jove stray, who dares say Jove doth ill?
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It is enough you know; and it is fit,
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What being more known grows worse, to smother it.
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All love the womb that their first being bred,
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Then give my tongue like leave to love my head.
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(Aside) Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found
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the meaning:
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But I will gloze with him.--Young prince of Tyre,
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Though by the tenor of our strict edict,
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Your exposition misinterpreting,
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We might proceed to cancel of your days;
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Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree
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As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise:
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Forty days longer we do respite you;
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If by which time our secret be undone,
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This mercy shows we'll joy in such a son:
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And until then your entertain shall be
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As doth befit our honour and your worth.
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Exeunt all but PERICLES

How courtesy would seem to cover sin,
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When what is done is like an hypocrite,
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The which is good in nothing but in sight!
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If it be true that I interpret false,
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Then were it certain you were not so bad
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As with foul incest to abuse your soul;
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Where now you're both a father and a son,
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By your untimely claspings with your child,
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Which pleasure fits an husband, not a father;
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And she an eater of her mother's flesh,
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By the defiling of her parent's bed;
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And both like serpents are, who though they feed
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On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed.
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Antioch, farewell! for wisdom sees, those men
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Blush not in actions blacker than the night,
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Will shun no course to keep them from the light.
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One sin, I know, another doth provoke;
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Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke:
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Poison and treason are the hands of sin,
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Ay, and the targets, to put off the shame:
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Then, lest my lie be cropp'd to keep you clear,
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By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear.
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He hath found the meaning, for which we mean
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To have his head.
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He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy,
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Nor tell the world Antiochus doth sin
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In such a loathed manner;
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And therefore instantly this prince must die:
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For by his fall my honour must keep high.
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Who attends us there?
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Doth your highness call?
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You are of our chamber, and our mind partakes
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Her private actions to your secrecy;
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And for your faithfulness we will advance you.
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Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold;
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We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him:
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It fits thee not to ask the reason why,
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Because we bid it. Say, is it done?
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My lord,
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'Tis done.
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Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste.
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My lord, prince Pericles is fled.
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Wilt live, fly after: and like an arrow shot
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From a well-experienced archer hits the mark
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His eye doth level at, so thou ne'er return
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Unless thou say 'Prince Pericles is dead.'
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My lord,
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If I can get him within my pistol's length,
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I'll make him sure enough: so, farewell to your highness.
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Thaliard, adieu!
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Till Pericles be dead,
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My heart can lend no succor to my head.
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SCENE II. Tyre. A room in the palace.

In Scene 2 of Act 1, a council is being held in the city of Antioch where the King is present along with his daughter. The King is speaking with a suitor who is interested in marrying his daughter. However, the King has devised a sinister plan where he has created a riddle that must be solved in order to win his daughter's hand in marriage. The riddle is a secret that only he knows and it involves a dark secret that the suitor must uncover. If the suitor fails to solve the riddle, he will be put to death.

The suitor is hesitant, but the King's daughter pleads with him to take the challenge. She is desperate to be free from her father's control and sees this as a way out. The suitor agrees and is given a day to solve the riddle.

As soon as the suitor leaves, the King reveals the dark secret to his daughter. He has committed incest with her and their child is the product of their relationship. The King warns his daughter not to reveal this secret as it would mean the end of their lives. The daughter is horrified and begs for forgiveness.

Meanwhile, Pericles, the Prince of Tyre arrives in Antioch and is welcomed by the King. However, he becomes suspicious when he overhears the King talking about his daughter's secret. Pericles decides to investigate the matter further and discovers the truth about the incestuous relationship between the King and his daughter. He decides to leave Antioch and flee to another city, fearing for his life.


(To Lords without) Let none disturb us.--Why should
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this change of thoughts,
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The sad companion, dull-eyed melancholy,
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Be my so used a guest as not an hour,
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In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night,
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The tomb where grief should sleep, can breed me quiet?
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Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun them,
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And danger, which I fear'd, is at Antioch,
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Whose aim seems far too short to hit me here:
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Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits,
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Nor yet the other's distance comfort me.
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Then it is thus: the passions of the mind,
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That have their first conception by mis-dread,
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Have after-nourishment and life by care;
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And what was first but fear what might be done,
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Grows elder now and cares it be not done.
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And so with me: the great Antiochus,
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'Gainst whom I am too little to contend,
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Since he's so great can make his will his act,
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Will think me speaking, though I swear to silence;
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Nor boots it me to say I honour him.
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If he suspect I may dishonour him:
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And what may make him blush in being known,
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He'll stop the course by which it might be known;
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With hostile forces he'll o'erspread the land,
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And with the ostent of war will look so huge,
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Amazement shall drive courage from the state;
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Our men be vanquish'd ere they do resist,
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And subjects punish'd that ne'er thought offence:
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Which care of them, not pity of myself,
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Who am no more but as the tops of trees,
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Which fence the roots they grow by and defend them,
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Makes both my body pine and soul to languish,
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And punish that before that he would punish.
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Enter HELICANUS, with other Lords

First Lord
Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast!
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Second Lord
And keep your mind, till you return to us,
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Peaceful and comfortable!
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Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
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They do abuse the king that flatter him:
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For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
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The thing which is flatter'd, but a spark,
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To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing;
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Whereas reproof, obedient and in order,
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Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err.
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When Signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace,
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He flatters you, makes war upon your life.
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Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please;
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I cannot be much lower than my knees.
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All leave us else; but let your cares o'erlook
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What shipping and what lading's in our haven,
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And then return to us.
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Helicanus, thou
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Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks?
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An angry brow, dread lord.
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If there be such a dart in princes' frowns,
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How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
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How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
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They have their nourishment?
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Thou know'st I have power
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To take thy life from thee.
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I have ground the axe myself;
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Do you but strike the blow.
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Rise, prithee, rise.
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Sit down: thou art no flatterer:
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I thank thee for it; and heaven forbid
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That kings should let their ears hear their
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faults hid!
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Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
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Who by thy wisdom makest a prince thy servant,
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What wouldst thou have me do?
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To bear with patience
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Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.
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Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus,
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That minister'st a potion unto me
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That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
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Attend me, then: I went to Antioch,
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Where as thou know'st, against the face of death,
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I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty.
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From whence an issue I might propagate,
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Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects.
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Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
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The rest--hark in thine ear--as black as incest:
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Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
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Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou
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know'st this,
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'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.
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Such fear so grew in me, I hither fled,
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Under the covering of a careful night,
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Who seem'd my good protector; and, being here,
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Bethought me what was past, what might succeed.
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I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears
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Decrease not, but grow faster than the years:
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And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth,
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That I should open to the listening air
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How many worthy princes' bloods were shed,
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To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,
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To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms,
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And make pretence of wrong that I have done him:
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When all, for mine, if I may call offence,
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Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence:
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Which love to all, of which thyself art one,
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Who now reprovest me for it,--
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Alas, sir!
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Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks,
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Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts
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How I might stop this tempest ere it came;
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And finding little comfort to relieve them,
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I thought it princely charity to grieve them.
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Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak.
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Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
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And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
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Who either by public war or private treason
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Will take away your life.
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Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
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Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
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Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
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Your rule direct to any; if to me.
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Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
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I do not doubt thy faith;
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But should he wrong my liberties in my absence?
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We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
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From whence we had our being and our birth.
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Tyre, I now look from thee then, and to Tarsus
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Intend my travel, where I'll hear from thee;
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And by whose letters I'll dispose myself.
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The care I had and have of subjects' good
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On thee I lay whose wisdom's strength can bear it.
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I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath:
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Who shuns not to break one will sure crack both:
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But in our orbs we'll live so round and safe,
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That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince,
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Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince.
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SCENE III. Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.

In Scene 3 of Act 1, a young prince named Pericles is seeking advice from a wise man named Helicanus. Pericles has recently become the Prince of Tyre after the death of his father, and he is unsure of the responsibilities that come with his new title.

Helicanus advises Pericles to be just and fair in his rule, to listen to the needs of his people, and to be careful in choosing his advisors. He also warns Pericles about the dangers of flattery and the importance of staying true to his own beliefs.

Pericles takes Helicanus' advice to heart and vows to rule with wisdom and integrity. However, his newfound power attracts the attention of a jealous and vengeful ruler named Antiochus, who sends an assassin to kill Pericles.

The scene ends with Pericles narrowly escaping the assassin's attack and fleeing from Tyre in order to protect himself. He sets sail on a perilous journey that will take him on a series of adventures and trials before he can eventually return home and claim his rightful place as ruler of Tyre.


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

You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
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Further to question me of your king's departure:
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His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
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Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
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(Aside) How! the king gone!
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If further yet you will be satisfied,
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Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves,
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He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.
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Being at Antioch--
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(Aside) What from Antioch?
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Royal Antiochus--on what cause I know not--
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Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
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And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
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To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
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So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
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With whom each minute threatens life or death.
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(Aside) Well, I perceive
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I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
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But since he's gone, the king's seas must please:
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He 'scaped the land, to perish at the sea.
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I'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre!
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Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
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From him I come
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With message unto princely Pericles;
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But since my landing I have understood
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Your lord has betook himself to unknown travels,
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My message must return from whence it came.
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We have no reason to desire it,
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Commended to our master, not to us:
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Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
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As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.
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SCENE IV. Tarsus. A room in the Governor's house.

In Scene 4 of Act 1, a messenger arrives at the court of King Antiochus and delivers a disturbing message. The messenger informs the king that Prince Pericles of Tyre has discovered a terrible secret about him and his daughter. The secret is so scandalous that the messenger cannot bring himself to say it out loud. The king becomes angry and demands that the messenger reveal the secret. The messenger finally relents and tells the king that his daughter is in an incestuous relationship with him. The king is horrified and orders the messenger to be killed. However, the messenger manages to escape and flees the city.

The king is deeply troubled by this revelation and decides to take drastic action to protect his secret. He decides to send an assassin after Pericles to kill him before he can reveal the truth to anyone else. Meanwhile, Pericles is unaware of the danger he is in and is traveling to another kingdom to find a bride. The scene ends with the king's decision to kill Pericles and the messenger's escape from the city.

Enter CLEON, the governor of Tarsus, with DIONYZA, and others

My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,
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And by relating tales of others' griefs,
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See if 'twill teach us to forget our own?
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That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it;
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For who digs hills because they do aspire
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Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.
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O my distressed lord, even such our griefs are;
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Here they're but felt, and seen with mischief's eyes,
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But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.
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O Dionyza,
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Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,
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Or can conceal his hunger till he famish?
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Our tongues and sorrows do sound deep
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Our woes into the air; our eyes do weep,
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Till tongues fetch breath that may proclaim them louder;
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That, if heaven slumber while their creatures want,
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They may awake their helps to comfort them.
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I'll then discourse our woes, felt several years,
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And wanting breath to speak help me with tears.
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I'll do my best, sir.
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This Tarsus, o'er which I have the government,
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A city on whom plenty held full hand,
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For riches strew'd herself even in the streets;
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Whose towers bore heads so high they kiss'd the clouds,
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And strangers ne'er beheld but wondered at;
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Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd,
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Like one another's glass to trim them by:
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Their tables were stored full, to glad the sight,
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And not so much to feed on as delight;
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All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
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The name of help grew odious to repeat.
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O, 'tis too true.
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But see what heaven can do! By this our change,
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These mouths, who but of late, earth, sea, and air,
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Were all too little to content and please,
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Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
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As houses are defiled for want of use,
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They are now starved for want of exercise:
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Those palates who, not yet two summers younger,
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Must have inventions to delight the taste,
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Would now be glad of bread, and beg for it:
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Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes,
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Thought nought too curious, are ready now
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To eat those little darlings whom they loved.
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So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
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Draw lots who first shall die to lengthen life:
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Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
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Here many sink, yet those which see them fall
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Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
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Is not this true?
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Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
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O, let those cities that of plenty's cup
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And her prosperities so largely taste,
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With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
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The misery of Tarsus may be theirs.
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Enter a Lord

Where's the lord governor?
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Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st in haste,
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For comfort is too far for us to expect.
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We have descried, upon our neighbouring shore,
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A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
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I thought as much.
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One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
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That may succeed as his inheritor;
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And so in ours: some neighbouring nation,
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Taking advantage of our misery,
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Hath stuff'd these hollow vessels with their power,
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To beat us down, the which are down already;
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And make a conquest of unhappy me,
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Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
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That's the least fear; for, by the semblance
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Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,
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And come to us as favourers, not as foes.
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Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat:
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Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
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But bring they what they will and what they can,
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What need we fear?
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The ground's the lowest, and we are half way there.
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Go tell their general we attend him here,
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To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,
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And what he craves.
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I go, my lord.
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Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
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If wars, we are unable to resist.
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Enter PERICLES with Attendants

Lord governor, for so we hear you are,
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Let not our ships and number of our men
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Be like a beacon fired to amaze your eyes.
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We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre,
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And seen the desolation of your streets:
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Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
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But to relieve them of their heavy load;
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And these our ships, you happily may think
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Are like the Trojan horse was stuff'd within
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With bloody veins, expecting overthrow,
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Are stored with corn to make your needy bread,
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And give them life whom hunger starved half dead.
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The gods of Greece protect you!
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And we'll pray for you.
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Arise, I pray you, rise:
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We do not look for reverence, but to love,
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And harbourage for ourself, our ships, and men.
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The which when any shall not gratify,
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Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
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Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
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The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils!
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Till when,--the which I hope shall ne'er be seen,--
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Your grace is welcome to our town and us.
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Which welcome we'll accept; feast here awhile,
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Until our stars that frown lend us a smile.
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Act II

Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre continues the story of Pericles, a prince who is on a journey to find a wife. He arrives in the city of Tarsus where he is welcomed by the governor, Cleon, and his wife, Dionyza. Pericles is told of a famine that has been plaguing the city and he offers to help by bringing food from his ship. He also learns of a princess named Thaisa who is the daughter of the king of Pentapolis and decides to travel there in hopes of marrying her.

Meanwhile, in Pentapolis, a tournament is being held to determine who will marry Princess Thaisa. The winner of the tournament is a knight named Simonides who is impressed with Pericles when he arrives. Pericles wins the favor of Simonides and Thaisa and they agree to marry. However, before the wedding can take place, Pericles receives news that his father has died and he must return home to Tyre.

Pericles sets sail for Tyre with Thaisa, but during the journey, a storm hits and Thaisa appears to die in childbirth. Pericles, grief-stricken, orders that Thaisa's body be put in a chest and thrown overboard. The chest washes up on the shores of Ephesus where it is discovered by a doctor who revives Thaisa. She decides to become a priestess and live in the temple of Diana.

Meanwhile, Pericles arrives in Tyre where he learns that his trusted advisor, Helicanus, has taken over as regent. Pericles decides to leave Tyre and sets sail again. He ends up in Mytilene where he meets a young woman named Marina who is being sold into prostitution. Pericles saves her and decides to take her with him on his journey.

Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre sets the stage for the rest of the play as Pericles continues on his journey to find love and happiness. The themes of love, loss, and redemption are explored throughout the play as Pericles faces numerous challenges and obstacles on his journey.



Here have you seen a mighty king
His child, I wis, to incest bring;
A better prince and benign lord,
That will prove awful both in deed and word.
Be quiet then as men should be,
Till he hath pass'd necessity.
I'll show you those in troubles reign,
Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
The good in conversation,
To whom I give my benison,
Is still at Tarsus, where each man
Thinks all is writ he speken can;
And, to remember what he does,
Build his statue to make him glorious:
But tidings to the contrary
Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?
Good Helicane, that stay'd at home,
Not to eat honey like a drone
From others' labours; for though he strive
To killen bad, keep good alive;
And to fulfil his prince' desire,
Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
How Thaliard came full bent with sin
And had intent to murder him;
And that in Tarsus was not best
Longer for him to make his rest.
He, doing so, put forth to seas,
Where when men been, there's seldom ease;
For now the wind begins to blow;
Thunder above and deeps below
Make such unquiet, that the ship
Should house him safe is wreck'd and split;
And he, good prince, having all lost,
By waves from coast to coast is tost:
All perishen of man, of pelf,
Ne aught escapen but himself;
Till fortune, tired with doing bad,
Threw him ashore, to give him glad:
And here he comes. What shall be next,
Pardon old Gower,--this longs the text.


SCENE I. Pentapolis. An open place by the sea-side.

In Scene 1 of Act 2, the protagonist Pericles visits Antiochus' daughter in her chamber as part of the riddle contest he must solve to win her hand in marriage. The princess attempts to seduce Pericles, but he resists her advances. She then reveals the answer to the riddle, which is that she and her father have committed incest.

Pericles is horrified by this revelation and flees Antioch as quickly as possible. He is pursued by assassins sent by Antiochus, but manages to escape and sets sail for Tarsus. Along the way, a storm strikes and Pericles is washed ashore in Pentapolis.

There he meets the king's daughter, Thaisa, and they fall in love. Pericles is invited to compete in a tournament for her hand in marriage. He wins the tournament and marries Thaisa, but their happiness is short-lived as Thaisa dies during childbirth. Her body is cast into the sea, but miraculously washes ashore in Ephesus, where she is revived by a doctor.

Pericles, unaware of his wife's survival, grieves for her and entrusts their newborn daughter, Marina, to the care of Cleon and Dionyza, the rulers of Tarsus.

Overall, Scene 1 of Act 2 sets the stage for Pericles' journey and introduces several key characters and plot points that will be developed throughout the play.

Enter PERICLES, wet

Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven!
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Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man
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Is but a substance that must yield to you;
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And I, as fits my nature, do obey you:
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Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,
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Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath
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Nothing to think on but ensuing death:
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Let it suffice the greatness of your powers
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To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;
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And having thrown him from your watery grave,
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Here to have death in peace is all he'll crave.
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Enter three FISHERMEN

First Fisherman
What, ho, Pilch!
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Second Fisherman
Ha, come and bring away the nets!
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First Fisherman
What, Patch-breech, I say!
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Third Fisherman
What say you, master?
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First Fisherman
Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll
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fetch thee with a wanion.
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Third Fisherman
Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor men that
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were cast away before us even now.
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First Fisherman
Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what
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pitiful cries they made to us to help them, when,
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well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.
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Third Fisherman
Nay, master, said not I as much when I saw the
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porpus how he bounced and tumbled? they say
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they're half fish, half flesh: a plague on them,
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they ne'er come but I look to be washed. Master, I
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marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
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First Fisherman
Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the
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little ones: I can compare our rich misers to
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nothing so fitly as to a whale; a' plays and
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tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at
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last devours them all at a mouthful: such whales
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have I heard on o' the land, who never leave gaping
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till they've swallowed the whole parish, church,
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steeple, bells, and all.
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(Aside) A pretty moral.
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Third Fisherman
But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have
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been that day in the belfry.
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Second Fisherman
Why, man?
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Third Fisherman
Because he should have swallowed me too: and when I
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had been in his belly, I would have kept such a
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jangling of the bells, that he should never have
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left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and
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parish up again. But if the good King Simonides
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were of my mind,--
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(Aside) Simonides!
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Third Fisherman
We would purge the land of these drones, that rob
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the bee of her honey.
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(Aside) How from the finny subject of the sea
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These fishers tell the infirmities of men;
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And from their watery empire recollect
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All that may men approve or men detect!
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Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen.
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Second Fisherman
Honest! good fellow, what's that? If it be a day
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fits you, search out of the calendar, and nobody
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look after it.
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May see the sea hath cast upon your coast.
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Second Fisherman
What a drunken knave was the sea to cast thee in our
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A man whom both the waters and the wind,
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In that vast tennis-court, have made the ball
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For them to play upon, entreats you pity him:
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He asks of you, that never used to beg.
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First Fisherman
No, friend, cannot you beg? Here's them in our
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country Greece gets more with begging than we can do
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with working.
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Second Fisherman
Canst thou catch any fishes, then?
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I never practised it.
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Second Fisherman
Nay, then thou wilt starve, sure; for here's nothing
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to be got now-a-days, unless thou canst fish for't.
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What I have been I have forgot to know;
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But what I am, want teaches me to think on:
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A man throng'd up with cold: my veins are chill,
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And have no more of life than may suffice
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To give my tongue that heat to ask your help;
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Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead,
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For that I am a man, pray see me buried.
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First Fisherman
Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here;
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come, put it on; keep thee warm. Now, afore me, a
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handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home, and
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we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for
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fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks,
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and thou shalt be welcome.
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I thank you, sir.
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Second Fisherman
Hark you, my friend; you said you could not beg.
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I did but crave.
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Second Fisherman
But crave! Then I'll turn craver too, and so I
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shall 'scape whipping.
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Why, are all your beggars whipped, then?
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Second Fisherman
O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your
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beggars were whipped, I would wish no better office
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than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up the
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Exit with Third Fisherman

(Aside) How well this honest mirth becomes their labour!
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First Fisherman
Hark you, sir, do you know where ye are?
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Not well.
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First Fisherman
Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and
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our king the good Simonides.
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The good King Simonides, do you call him.
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First Fisherman
Ay, sir; and he deserves so to be called for his
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peaceable reign and good government.
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He is a happy king, since he gains from his subjects
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the name of good by his government. How far is his
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court distant from this shore?
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First Fisherman
Marry, sir, half a day's journey: and I'll tell
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you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her
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birth-day; and there are princes and knights come
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from all parts of the world to just and tourney for her love.
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Were my fortunes equal to my desires, I could wish
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to make one there.
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First Fisherman
O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man
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cannot get, he may lawfully deal for--his wife's soul.
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Re-enter Second and Third Fishermen, drawing up a net

Second Fisherman
Help, master, help! here's a fish hangs in the net,
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like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly
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come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, and
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'tis turned to a rusty armour.
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An armour, friends! I pray you, let me see it.
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Thanks, fortune, yet, that, after all my crosses,
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Thou givest me somewhat to repair myself;
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And though it was mine own, part of my heritage,
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Which my dead father did bequeath to me.
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With this strict charge, even as he left his life,
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'Keep it, my Pericles; it hath been a shield
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Twixt me and death;'--and pointed to this brace;--
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'For that it saved me, keep it; in like necessity--
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The which the gods protect thee from!--may
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defend thee.'
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It kept where I kept, I so dearly loved it;
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Till the rough seas, that spare not any man,
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Took it in rage, though calm'd have given't again:
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I thank thee for't: my shipwreck now's no ill,
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Since I have here my father's gift in's will.
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First Fisherman
What mean you, sir?
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To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of worth,
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For it was sometime target to a king;
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I know it by this mark. He loved me dearly,
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And for his sake I wish the having of it;
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And that you'ld guide me to your sovereign's court,
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Where with it I may appear a gentleman;
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And if that ever my low fortune's better,
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I'll pay your bounties; till then rest your debtor.
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First Fisherman
Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?
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I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms.
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First Fisherman
Why, do 'e take it, and the gods give thee good on't!
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Second Fisherman
Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up
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this garment through the rough seams of the waters:
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there are certain condolements, certain vails. I
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hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from
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whence you had it.
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Believe 't, I will.
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By your furtherance I am clothed in steel;
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And, spite of all the rapture of the sea,
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This jewel holds his building on my arm:
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Unto thy value I will mount myself
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Upon a courser, whose delightful steps
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Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread.
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Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided
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Of a pair of bases.
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Second Fisherman
We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to
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make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.
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Then honour be but a goal to my will,
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This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill.
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SCENE II. The same. A public way or platform leading to the lists. A pavilion by the side of it for the reception of King, Princess, Lords, c.

Scene 2 of Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre features the character of Pericles, who seeks refuge in a temple after a storm at sea. He is greeted by three priests who offer him sanctuary and inquire about his identity. Pericles tells them that he is a prince of Tyre who has been forced to flee his city due to political turmoil.

The priests are sympathetic to Pericles' plight and offer him comfort and assistance. They also inform him about a tournament that is taking place in the nearby city of Pentapolis, where the winner will be granted the hand of the king's daughter in marriage. Pericles decides to participate in the tournament, hoping to win the princess's hand and establish a new life for himself.

The scene is significant because it sets the stage for the rest of the play, which follows Pericles' journey as he faces various challenges and obstacles in his quest for love and redemption. It also highlights the theme of hospitality and the importance of kindness and compassion in times of need.

Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attendants

Are the knights ready to begin the triumph?
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First Lord
They are, my liege;
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And stay your coming to present themselves.
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Return them, we are ready; and our daughter,
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In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
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Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat
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For men to see, and seeing wonder at.
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Exit a Lord

It pleaseth you, my royal father, to express
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My commendations great, whose merit's less.
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It's fit it should be so; for princes are
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A model which heaven makes like to itself:
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As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
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So princes their renowns if not respected.
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'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain
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The labour of each knight in his device.
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Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perform.
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Enter a Knight; he passes over, and his Squire presents his shield to the Princess

Who is the first that doth prefer himself?
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A knight of Sparta, my renowned father;
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And the device he bears upon his shield
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Is a black Ethiope reaching at the sun
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The word, 'Lux tua vita mihi.'
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He loves you well that holds his life of you.
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Who is the second that presents himself?
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A prince of Macedon, my royal father;
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And the device he bears upon his shield
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Is an arm'd knight that's conquer'd by a lady;
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The motto thus, in Spanish, 'Piu por dulzura que por fuerza.'
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The Third Knight passes over

And what's the third?
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The third of Antioch;
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And his device, a wreath of chivalry;
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The word, 'Me pompae provexit apex.'
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The Fourth Knight passes over

What is the fourth?
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A burning torch that's turned upside down;
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The word, 'Quod me alit, me extinguit.'
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Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,
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Which can as well inflame as it can kill.
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The Fifth Knight passes over

The fifth, an hand environed with clouds,
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Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried;
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The motto thus, 'Sic spectanda fides.'
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The Sixth Knight, PERICLES, passes over

And what's
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The sixth and last, the which the knight himself
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With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
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He seems to be a stranger; but his present is
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A wither'd branch, that's only green at top;
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The motto, 'In hac spe vivo.'
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A pretty moral;
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From the dejected state wherein he is,
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He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
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First Lord
He had need mean better than his outward show
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Can any way speak in his just commend;
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For by his rusty outside he appears
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To have practised more the whipstock than the lance.
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Second Lord
He well may be a stranger, for he comes
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To an honour'd triumph strangely furnished.
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Third Lord
And on set purpose let his armour rust
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Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
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Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan
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The outward habit by the inward man.
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But stay, the knights are coming: we will withdraw
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Into the gallery.
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Great shouts within and all cry 'The mean knight!'

SCENE III. The same. A hall of state: a banquet prepared.

Scene 3 of Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre takes place in a palace in Tarsus. Pericles, the prince of Tyre, arrives in Tarsus after being shipwrecked and losing his men. He is greeted by Cleon, the governor of Tarsus, and his wife Dionyza. Cleon offers Pericles his condolences for his loss and invites him to stay in Tarsus and rest.

Pericles accepts Cleon's offer and expresses his gratitude. He tells Cleon and Dionyza about his journey and how he lost his men in the storm. Dionyza is moved by Pericles' story and offers to help him in any way she can. She also tells Pericles that she has a daughter who is sick and asks him if he knows of any cure for her illness.

Pericles sympathizes with Dionyza and offers to help her daughter. He tells her that he knows of a physician who is skilled in healing and offers to bring him to Tarsus. Dionyza is grateful for Pericles' kindness and thanks him.

Cleon then tells Pericles about the famine in Tarsus and how the people are suffering. He asks Pericles if he has any food or supplies that he can spare. Pericles tells Cleon that he does not have much but offers to share what he has with the people of Tarsus.

Cleon and Dionyza are impressed by Pericles' generosity and offer to help him in any way they can. They also invite him to a feast that they are hosting in his honor. Pericles accepts the invitation and thanks Cleon and Dionyza for their hospitality.

The scene ends with Cleon and Dionyza expressing their admiration for Pericles and his noble character.

Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Attendants, and Knights, from tilting

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To say you're welcome were superfluous.
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To place upon the volume of your deeds,
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As in a title-page, your worth in arms,
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Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
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Since every worth in show commends itself.
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Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast:
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You are princes and my guests.
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But you, my knight and guest;
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To whom this wreath of victory I give,
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And crown you king of this day's happiness.
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'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit.
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Call it by what you will, the day is yours;
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And here, I hope, is none that envies it.
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In framing an artist, art hath thus decreed,
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To make some good, but others to exceed;
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And you are her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o'
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the feast,--
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For, daughter, so you are,--here take your place:
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Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
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We are honour'd much by good Simonides.
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Your presence glads our days: honour we love;
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For who hates honour hates the gods above.
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Sir, yonder is your place.
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Some other is more fit.
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First Knight
Contend not, sir; for we are gentlemen
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That neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
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Envy the great nor do the low despise.
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You are right courteous knights.
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Sit, sir, sit.
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By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts,
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These cates resist me, she but thought upon.
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By Juno, that is queen of marriage,
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All viands that I eat do seem unsavoury.
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Wishing him my meat. Sure, he's a gallant gentleman.
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He's but a country gentleman;
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Has done no more than other knights have done;
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Has broken a staff or so; so let it pass.
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To me he seems like diamond to glass.
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Yon king's to me like to my father's picture,
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Which tells me in that glory once he was;
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Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne,
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And he the sun, for them to reverence;
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None that beheld him, but, like lesser lights,
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Did vail their crowns to his supremacy:
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Where now his son's like a glow-worm in the night,
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The which hath fire in darkness, none in light:
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Whereby I see that Time's the king of men,
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He's both their parent, and he is their grave,
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And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
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What, are you merry, knights?
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Who can be other in this royal presence?
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Here, with a cup that's stored unto the brim,--
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As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,--
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We drink this health to you.
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We thank your grace.
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Yet pause awhile:
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Yon knight doth sit too melancholy,
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As if the entertainment in our court
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Had not a show might countervail his worth.
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Note it not you, Thaisa?
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What is it
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To me, my father?
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O, attend, my daughter:
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Princes in this should live like gods above,
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Who freely give to every one that comes
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To honour them:
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And princes not doing so are like to gnats,
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Which make a sound, but kill'd are wonder'd at.
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Therefore to make his entrance more sweet,
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Here, say we drink this standing-bowl of wine to him.
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Alas, my father, it befits not me
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Unto a stranger knight to be so bold:
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He may my proffer take for an offence,
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Since men take women's gifts for impudence.
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Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.
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(Aside) Now, by the gods, he could not please me better.
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And furthermore tell him, we desire to know of him,
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Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
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The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
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I thank him.
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Wishing it so much blood unto your life.
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I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.
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And further he desires to know of you,
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Of whence you are, your name and parentage.
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A gentleman of Tyre; my name, Pericles;
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My education been in arts and arms;
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Who, looking for adventures in the world,
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Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
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And after shipwreck driven upon this shore.
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He thanks your grace; names himself Pericles,
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A gentleman of Tyre,
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Who only by misfortune of the seas
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Bereft of ships and men, cast on this shore.
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Now, by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
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And will awake him from his melancholy.
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Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,
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And waste the time, which looks for other revels.
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Even in your armours, as you are address'd,
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Will very well become a soldier's dance.
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I will not have excuse, with saying this
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Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads,
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Since they love men in arms as well as beds.
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So, this was well ask'd,'twas so well perform'd.
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Come, sir;
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Here is a lady that wants breathing too:
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And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
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Are excellent in making ladies trip;
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And that their measures are as excellent.
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In those that practise them they are, my lord.
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O, that's as much as you would be denied
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Of your fair courtesy.
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Unclasp, unclasp:
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Thanks, gentlemen, to all; all have done well.
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But you the best. Pages and lights, to conduct
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These knights unto their several lodgings!
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Yours, sir,
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We have given order to be next our own.
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I am at your grace's pleasure.
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Princes, it is too late to talk of love;
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And that's the mark I know you level at:
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Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
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To-morrow all for speeding do their best.
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SCENE IV. Tyre. A room in the Governor's house.

Scene 4 of Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins with Pericles arriving in Tarsus, a city suffering from famine. He meets with the governor, Cleon, and his wife, Dionyza, who offer him assistance and invite him to a feast. During the feast, a messenger arrives with news that their daughter, Marina, has died. The couple grieves, but Pericles suspects foul play and demands to see the body.

When he does, he discovers that Marina is not actually dead, but has been stolen away by pirates and sold into prostitution. He vows to find her and sets off on a journey to do so. Meanwhile, Marina is taken to a brothel in Mytilene, where she refuses to engage in any sexual activity and instead spends her time reading and singing. The owner of the brothel, Lysimachus, takes pity on her and decides to help her escape.

Pericles eventually arrives in Mytilene and, with the help of Lysimachus, is reunited with Marina. The two return to Tarsus, where Pericles confronts Cleon and Dionyza about their role in Marina's kidnapping. The couple confesses to their wrongdoing and Pericles forgives them. The play ends with Pericles and Marina returning to Tyre, where they are greeted by Pericles' estranged wife, Thaisa, who was believed to have died at sea.


No, Escanes, know this of me,
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Antiochus from incest lived not free:
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For which, the most high gods not minding longer
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To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
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Due to this heinous capital offence,
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Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
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When he was seated in a chariot
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Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
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A fire from heaven came and shrivell'd up
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Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
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That all those eyes adored them ere their fall
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Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
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'Twas very strange.
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And yet but justice; for though
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This king were great, his greatness was no guard
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To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.
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'Tis very true.
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Enter two or three Lords

First Lord
See, not a man in private conference
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Or council has respect with him but he.
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Second Lord
It shall no longer grieve without reproof.
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Third Lord
And cursed be he that will not second it.
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First Lord
Follow me, then. Lord Helicane, a word.
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With me? and welcome: happy day, my lords.
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First Lord
Know that our griefs are risen to the top,
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And now at length they overflow their banks.
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Your griefs! for what? wrong not your prince you love.
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First Lord
Wrong not yourself, then, noble Helicane;
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But if the prince do live, let us salute him,
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Or know what ground's made happy by his breath.
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If in the world he live, we'll seek him out;
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If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there;
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And be resolved he lives to govern us,
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Or dead, give's cause to mourn his funeral,
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And leave us to our free election.
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Second Lord
Whose death indeed's the strongest in our censure:
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And knowing this kingdom is without a head,--
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Like goodly buildings left without a roof
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Soon fall to ruin,--your noble self,
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That best know how to rule and how to reign,
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We thus submit unto,--our sovereign.
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Live, noble Helicane!
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For honour's cause, forbear your suffrages:
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If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
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Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
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Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease.
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A twelvemonth longer, let me entreat you to
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Forbear the absence of your king:
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If in which time expired, he not return,
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I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
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But if I cannot win you to this love,
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Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
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And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
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Whom if you find, and win unto return,
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You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.
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First Lord
To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
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And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
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We with our travels will endeavour us.
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Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands:
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When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.
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SCENE V. Pentapolis. A room in the palace.

Scene 5 of Act 2 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is set in a temple where Pericles has taken refuge. He is praying for guidance and comfort as he has lost his wife and daughter. Suddenly, a group of fishermen enters the temple and one of them recognizes Pericles as the man who saved his life during a storm.

The fishermen tell Pericles that they have found something in their nets that they believe belongs to him. They present him with a casket and Pericles opens it to find a letter and a suit of armor. The letter reveals that the suit of armor belonged to the father of his wife and that she died in childbirth. The letter also reveals that their daughter, Marina, is still alive and has been raised by a noblewoman.

Pericles is overjoyed at this news and he decides to set sail to find his daughter. However, he is warned by the fishermen of the dangers that he will face on his journey. They recommend that he travel in disguise to avoid being recognized by his enemies. Pericles agrees and he sets off on his journey with a renewed sense of hope and purpose.

Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, at one door: the Knights meet him

First Knight
Good morrow to the good Simonides.
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Knights, from my daughter this I let you know,
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That for this twelvemonth she'll not undertake
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A married life.
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Her reason to herself is only known,
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Which yet from her by no means can I get.
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Second Knight
May we not get access to her, my lord?
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'Faith, by no means; she has so strictly tied
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Her to her chamber, that 'tis impossible.
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One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery;
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This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd
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And on her virgin honour will not break it.
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Third Knight
Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.
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Exeunt Knights

They are well dispatch'd; now to my daughter's letter:
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She tells me here, she'd wed the stranger knight,
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Or never more to view nor day nor light.
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'Tis well, mistress; your choice agrees with mine;
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I like that well: nay, how absolute she's in't,
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Not minding whether I dislike or no!
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Well, I do commend her choice;
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And will no longer have it be delay'd.
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Soft! here he comes: I must dissemble it.
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All fortune to the good Simonides!
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To you as much, sir! I am beholding to you
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For your sweet music this last night: I do
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Protest my ears were never better fed
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With such delightful pleasing harmony.
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It is your grace's pleasure to commend;
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Not my desert.
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Sir, you are music's master.
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The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.
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Let me ask you one thing:
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What do you think of my daughter, sir?
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A most virtuous princess.
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And she is fair too, is she not?
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As a fair day in summer, wondrous fair.
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Sir, my daughter thinks very well of you;
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Ay, so well, that you must be her master,
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And she will be your scholar: therefore look to it.
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I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
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She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.
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(Aside) What's here?
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A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre!
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'Tis the king's subtlety to have my life.
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O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
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A stranger and distressed gentleman,
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That never aim'd so high to love your daughter,
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But bent all offices to honour her.
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Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou art
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A villain.
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By the gods, I have not:
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Never did thought of mine levy offence;
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Nor never did my actions yet commence
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A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.
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Traitor, thou liest.
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Ay, traitor.
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Even in his throat--unless it be the king--
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That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
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(Aside) Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
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My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
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That never relish'd of a base descent.
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I came unto your court for honour's cause,
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And not to be a rebel to her state;
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And he that otherwise accounts of me,
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This sword shall prove he's honour's enemy.
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Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
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Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
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Resolve your angry father, if my tongue
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Did ere solicit, or my hand subscribe
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To any syllable that made love to you.
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Why, sir, say if you had,
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Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
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Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?
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I am glad on't with all my heart.--
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I'll tame you; I'll bring you in subjection.
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Will you, not having my consent,
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Bestow your love and your affections
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Upon a stranger?
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who, for aught I know,
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May be, nor can I think the contrary,
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As great in blood as I myself.--
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Therefore hear you, mistress; either frame
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Your will to mine,--and you, sir, hear you,
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Either be ruled by me, or I will make you--
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Man and wife:
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Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too:
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And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy;
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And for a further grief,--God give you joy!--
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What, are you both pleased?
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Yes, if you love me, sir.
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Even as my life, or blood that fosters it.
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What, are you both agreed?
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Yes, if it please your majesty.
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It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you wed;
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And then with what haste you can get you to bed.
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Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a dramatic and intense section of the play that sees the titular character facing a number of challenges and obstacles. At the beginning of the act, Pericles is forced to flee from Antiochus, the ruler of Antioch, after discovering a terrible secret about him. Pericles then finds himself in a storm at sea and is shipwrecked on the shores of Pentapolis.

Once in Pentapolis, Pericles is challenged to win the hand of Thaisa, the daughter of King Simonides, in a tournament of knights. Despite being an outsider, Pericles proves himself to be a skilled and competent fighter, and he ultimately wins the tournament and the hand of Thaisa.

However, Pericles' happiness is short-lived, as he soon learns that his father has died and he must return to Tyre to take his rightful place as ruler. Along the way, Pericles and Thaisa are once again caught in a storm at sea, and Thaisa dies in childbirth. Pericles, grief-stricken, buries Thaisa at sea and leaves his newborn daughter, Marina, in the care of strangers.

Overall, Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a powerful and emotionally charged section of the play that sees the protagonist facing a series of challenges and tragedies. Despite these setbacks, however, Pericles remains determined to fulfill his obligations and overcome the obstacles in his path, demonstrating his strength of character and resilience in the face of adversity.



Now sleep y-slaked hath the rout;
No din but snores the house about,
Made louder by the o'er-fed breast
Of this most pompous marriage-feast.
The cat, with eyne of burning coal,
Now crouches fore the mouse's hole;
And crickets sing at the oven's mouth,
E'er the blither for their drouth.
Hymen hath brought the bride to bed.
Where, by the loss of maidenhead,
A babe is moulded. Be attent,
And time that is so briefly spent
With your fine fancies quaintly eche:
What's dumb in show I'll plain with speech.
By many a dern and painful perch
Of Pericles the careful search,
By the four opposing coigns
Which the world together joins,
Is made with all due diligence
That horse and sail and high expense
Can stead the quest. At last from Tyre,
Fame answering the most strange inquire,
To the court of King Simonides
Are letters brought, the tenor these:
Antiochus and his daughter dead;
The men of Tyrus on the head
Of Helicanus would set on
The crown of Tyre, but he will none:
The mutiny he there hastes t' oppress;
Says to 'em, if King Pericles
Come not home in twice six moons,
He, obedient to their dooms,
Will take the crown. The sum of this,
Brought hither to Pentapolis,
Y-ravished the regions round,
And every one with claps can sound,
'Our heir-apparent is a king!
Who dream'd, who thought of such a thing?'
Brief, he must hence depart to Tyre:
His queen with child makes her desire--
Which who shall cross?--along to go:
Omit we all their dole and woe:
Lychorida, her nurse, she takes,
And so to sea. Their vessel shakes
On Neptune's billow; half the flood
Hath their keel cut: but fortune's mood
Varies again; the grisly north
Disgorges such a tempest forth,
That, as a duck for life that dives,
So up and down the poor ship drives:
The lady shrieks, and well-a-near
Does fall in travail with her fear:
And what ensues in this fell storm
Shall for itself itself perform.
I nill relate, action may
Conveniently the rest convey;
Which might not what by me is told.
In your imagination hold
This stage the ship, upon whose deck
The sea-tost Pericles appears to speak.



In Scene 1 of Act 3, Pericles, the prince of Tyre, is in Antioch where he discovers a terrible secret about the king. He finds out that the king is in an incestuous relationship with his daughter and that he has killed anyone who has tried to reveal the truth. Pericles is horrified and decides to flee Antioch immediately to save his own life.

As Pericles is leaving, he encounters the king's daughter who is also horrified by her father's actions. She tells Pericles that she too is in danger and begs him to take her with him. Pericles agrees and they flee together.

However, their escape is not easy. The king sends his men after them and they are chased across the sea. Eventually, they are shipwrecked and separated. Pericles is washed ashore in Pentapolis where he is welcomed by the king and his daughter Thaisa.

Pericles falls in love with Thaisa and they marry. However, their happiness is short-lived as Thaisa dies giving birth to their daughter Marina. Pericles is devastated and decides to leave Marina with the king and queen of Tarsus while he goes on a journey to mourn his wife's death.

Scene 1 of Act 3 sets the stage for the rest of the play as Pericles' journey becomes more perilous and he encounters many challenges and difficulties. The themes of family, love, and betrayal are explored as Pericles tries to navigate his way through a world that is full of danger and deception.

Enter PERICLES, on shipboard

Thou god of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
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Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, that hast
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Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
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Having call'd them from the deep! O, still
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Thy deafening, dreadful thunders; gently quench
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Thy nimble, sulphurous flashes! O, how, Lychorida,
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How does my queen? Thou stormest venomously;
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Wilt thou spit all thyself? The seaman's whistle
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Is as a whisper in the ears of death,
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Unheard. Lychorida!--Lucina, O
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Divinest patroness, and midwife gentle
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To those that cry by night, convey thy deity
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Aboard our dancing boat; make swift the pangs
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Of my queen's travails!
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Now, Lychorida!
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Here is a thing too young for such a place,
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Who, if it had conceit, would die, as I
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Am like to do: take in your arms this piece
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Of your dead queen.
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How, how, Lychorida!
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Patience, good sir; do not assist the storm.
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Here's all that is left living of your queen,
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A little daughter: for the sake of it,
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Be manly, and take comfort.
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O you gods!
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Why do you make us love your goodly gifts,
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And snatch them straight away? We here below
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Recall not what we give, and therein may
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Use honour with you.
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Patience, good sir,
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Even for this charge.
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Now, mild may be thy life!
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For a more blustrous birth had never babe:
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Quiet and gentle thy conditions! for
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Thou art the rudeliest welcome to this world
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That ever was prince's child. Happy what follows!
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Thou hast as chiding a nativity
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As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make,
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To herald thee from the womb: even at the first
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Thy loss is more than can thy portage quit,
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With all thou canst find here. Now, the good gods
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Throw their best eyes upon't!
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Enter two Sailors

First Sailor
What courage, sir? God save you!
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Courage enough: I do not fear the flaw;
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It hath done to me the worst. Yet, for the love
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Of this poor infant, this fresh-new sea-farer,
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I would it would be quiet.
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First Sailor
Slack the bolins there! Thou wilt not, wilt thou?
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Blow, and split thyself.
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Second Sailor
But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy billow kiss
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the moon, I care not.
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First Sailor
Sir, your queen must overboard: the sea works high,
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the wind is loud, and will not lie till the ship be
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cleared of the dead.
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That's your superstition.
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First Sailor
Pardon us, sir; with us at sea it hath been still
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observed: and we are strong in custom. Therefore
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briefly yield her; for she must overboard straight.
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As you think meet. Most wretched queen!
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Here she lies, sir.
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A terrible childbed hast thou had, my dear;
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No light, no fire: the unfriendly elements
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Forgot thee utterly: nor have I time
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To give thee hallow'd to thy grave, but straight
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Must cast thee, scarcely coffin'd, in the ooze;
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Where, for a monument upon thy bones,
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And e'er-remaining lamps, the belching whale
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And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse,
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Lying with simple shells. O Lychorida,
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Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper,
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My casket and my jewels; and bid Nicander
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Bring me the satin coffer: lay the babe
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Upon the pillow: hie thee, whiles I say
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A priestly farewell to her: suddenly, woman.
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Second Sailor
Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches, caulked
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and bitumed ready.
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I thank thee. Mariner, say what coast is this?
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Second Sailor
We are near Tarsus.
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Thither, gentle mariner.
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Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou reach it?
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Second Sailor
By break of day, if the wind cease.
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O, make for Tarsus!
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There will I visit Cleon, for the babe
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Cannot hold out to Tyrus: there I'll leave it
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At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner:
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I'll bring the body presently.
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SCENE II. Ephesus. A room in CERIMON's house.

Scene 2 of Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins with Pericles arriving in Pentapolis, where he is greeted by Helicanus and two gentlemen. Pericles reveals that he has come to compete in the tournament for the hand of Thaisa, the daughter of King Simonides. The gentlemen are skeptical of Pericles' chances, as he is a stranger to Pentapolis and has never competed in a tournament before.

Pericles is undeterred and asks Helicanus to help him prepare for the tournament. Helicanus agrees and gives Pericles some advice on how to win the favor of the people of Pentapolis. Pericles is grateful for Helicanus' help and promises to reward him if he wins the tournament and marries Thaisa.

The scene then shifts to the palace of King Simonides, where Thaisa and her handmaidens are preparing for the tournament. Thaisa is nervous about the outcome, as she is not sure if any of the suitors will be worthy of her hand in marriage. Her handmaidens try to reassure her and tell her that she will know the right man when she sees him.

The tournament begins and Pericles proves to be a skilled and brave competitor. He defeats all of his opponents and is declared the winner of the tournament. King Simonides is impressed by Pericles' skill and bravery and offers him the hand of Thaisa in marriage. Pericles accepts and the two are married in a grand ceremony.

The scene ends with Pericles and Thaisa expressing their love for each other and looking forward to a happy life together.

Enter CERIMON, with a Servant, and some Persons who have been shipwrecked

Philemon, ho!
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Doth my lord call?
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Get fire and meat for these poor men:
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'T has been a turbulent and stormy night.
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I have been in many; but such a night as this,
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Till now, I ne'er endured.
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Your master will be dead ere you return;
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There's nothing can be minister'd to nature
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That can recover him.
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Give this to the 'pothecary,
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And tell me how it works.
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Exeunt all but CERIMON

Enter two Gentlemen

First Gentleman
Good morrow.
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Second Gentleman
Good morrow to your lordship.
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Why do you stir so early?
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First Gentleman
Our lodgings, standing bleak upon the sea,
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Shook as the earth did quake;
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The very principals did seem to rend,
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And all-to topple: pure surprise and fear
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Made me to quit the house.
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Second Gentleman
That is the cause we trouble you so early;
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'Tis not our husbandry.
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O, you say well.
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First Gentleman
But I much marvel that your lordship, having
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Rich tire about you, should at these early hours
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Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
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'Tis most strange,
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Nature should be so conversant with pain,
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Being thereto not compell'd.
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I hold it ever,
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Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
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Than nobleness and riches: careless heirs
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May the two latter darken and expend;
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But immortality attends the former.
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Making a man a god. 'Tis known, I ever
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Have studied physic, through which secret art,
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By turning o'er authorities, I have,
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Together with my practise, made familiar
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To me and to my aid the blest infusions
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That dwell in vegetives, in metals, stones;
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And I can speak of the disturbances
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That nature works, and of her cures; which doth give me
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A more content in course of true delight
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Than to be thirsty after tottering honour,
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Or tie my treasure up in silken bags,
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To please the fool and death.
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Second Gentleman
Your honour has through Ephesus pour'd forth
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Your charity, and hundreds call themselves
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Your creatures, who by you have been restored:
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And not your knowledge, your personal pain, but even
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Your purse, still open, hath built Lord Cerimon
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Such strong renown as time shall ne'er decay.
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Enter two or three Servants with a chest

First Servant
So; lift there.
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What is that?
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First Servant
Sir, even now
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Did the sea toss upon our shore this chest:
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'Tis of some wreck.
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Set 't down, let's look upon't.
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Second Gentleman
'Tis like a coffin, sir.
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Whate'er it be,
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'Tis wondrous heavy. Wrench it open straight:
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If the sea's stomach be o'ercharged with gold,
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'Tis a good constraint of fortune it belches upon us.
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Second Gentleman
'Tis so, my lord.
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How close 'tis caulk'd and bitumed!
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Did the sea cast it up?
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First Servant
I never saw so huge a billow, sir,
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As toss'd it upon shore.
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Wrench it open;
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Soft! it smells most sweetly in my sense.
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Second Gentleman
A delicate odour.
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As ever hit my nostril. So, up with it.
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O you most potent gods! what's here? a corse!
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First Gentleman
Most strange!
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Shrouded in cloth of state; balm'd and entreasured
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With full bags of spices! A passport too!
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Apollo, perfect me in the characters!
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'Here I give to understand,
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If e'er this coffin drive a-land,
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I, King Pericles, have lost
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This queen, worth all our mundane cost.
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Who finds her, give her burying;
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She was the daughter of a king:
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Besides this treasure for a fee,
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The gods requite his charity!'
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If thou livest, Pericles, thou hast a heart
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That even cracks for woe! This chanced tonight.
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Second Gentleman
Most likely, sir.
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Nay, certainly to-night;
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For look how fresh she looks! They were too rough
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That threw her in the sea. Make a fire within:
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Fetch hither all my boxes in my closet.
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Death may usurp on nature many hours,
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And yet the fire of life kindle again
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The o'erpress'd spirits. I heard of an Egyptian
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That had nine hours lien dead,
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Who was by good appliance recovered.
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Well said, well said; the fire and cloths.
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The rough and woeful music that we have,
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Cause it to sound, beseech you.
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The viol once more: how thou stirr'st, thou block!
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The music there!--I pray you, give her air.
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This queen will live: nature awakes; a warmth
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Breathes out of her: she hath not been entranced
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Above five hours: see how she gins to blow
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Into life's flower again!
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First Gentleman
The heavens,
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Through you, increase our wonder and set up
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Your fame forever.
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She is alive; behold,
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Her eyelids, cases to those heavenly jewels
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Which Pericles hath lost,
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Begin to part their fringes of bright gold;
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The diamonds of a most praised water
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Do appear, to make the world twice rich. Live,
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And make us weep to hear your fate, fair creature,
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Rare as you seem to be.
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She moves

O dear Diana,
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Where am I? Where's my lord? What world is this?
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Second Gentleman
Is not this strange?
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First Gentleman
Most rare.
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Hush, my gentle neighbours!
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Lend me your hands; to the next chamber bear her.
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Get linen: now this matter must be look'd to,
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For her relapse is mortal. Come, come;
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And AEsculapius guide us!
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Exeunt, carrying her away

SCENE III. Tarsus. A room in CLEON's house.

Scene 3 of Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a dramatic moment in the play where the protagonist, Pericles, is reunited with his daughter, Marina, after they were separated for many years.

Pericles had believed that Marina was dead, but he discovers that she is alive and living in a brothel in Mytilene. He is shocked and horrified to see his daughter in such a place, but Marina reassures him that she has maintained her virtue and has not become a prostitute.

Pericles is overjoyed to be reunited with his daughter and vows to take her away from the brothel and back to Tyre. However, their reunion is short-lived as the brothel owner, Boult, intervenes and tries to prevent Marina from leaving. Pericles is outraged by Boult's behavior and threatens to kill him if he does not release Marina.

Marina then reveals that she has a plan to escape from the brothel, and with the help of a friend, she and Pericles are able to make their escape. The scene ends with Pericles and Marina fleeing the brothel and heading towards Tyre.


Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be gone;
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My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
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In a litigious peace. You, and your lady,
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Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods
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Make up the rest upon you!
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Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt you mortally,
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Yet glance full wanderingly on us.
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O your sweet queen!
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That the strict fates had pleased you had brought her hither,
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To have bless'd mine eyes with her!
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We cannot but obey
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The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
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As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end
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Must be as 'tis. My gentle babe Marina, whom,
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For she was born at sea, I have named so, here
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I charge your charity withal, leaving her
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The infant of your care; beseeching you
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To give her princely training, that she may be
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Manner'd as she is born.
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Fear not, my lord, but think
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Your grace, that fed my country with your corn,
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For which the people's prayers still fall upon you,
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Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
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Should therein make me vile, the common body,
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By you relieved, would force me to my duty:
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But if to that my nature need a spur,
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The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
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To the end of generation!
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I believe you;
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Your honour and your goodness teach me to't,
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Without your vows. Till she be married, madam,
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By bright Diana, whom we honour, all
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Unscissor'd shall this hair of mine remain,
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Though I show ill in't. So I take my leave.
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Good madam, make me blessed in your care
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In bringing up my child.
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I have one myself,
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Who shall not be more dear to my respect
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Than yours, my lord.
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Madam, my thanks and prayers.
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We'll bring your grace e'en to the edge o' the shore,
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Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune and
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The gentlest winds of heaven.
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I will embrace
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Your offer. Come, dearest madam. O, no tears,
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Lychorida, no tears:
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Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
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You may depend hereafter. Come, my lord.
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SCENE IV. Ephesus. A room in CERIMON's house.

Scene 4 of Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre revolves around the reunion of Pericles and his daughter, Marina. Pericles had left Marina with Cleon and Dionyza, two trusted friends, while he went off on his travels. However, when Pericles returns to see his daughter, he finds that she has been raised in a less than ideal environment.

Marina is now a young woman, known for her beauty and virtue. However, Cleon and Dionyza have become jealous of her popularity and have decided to kill her. In a stroke of luck, Marina is saved by pirates who take her away to another land.

Pericles, unaware of what has happened, arrives at Tarsus where he is greeted by Cleon and Dionyza. They tell him that Marina has died, and Pericles is devastated. However, as luck would have it, Marina is still alive and has been taken in by a kind and wealthy family. The family has given her a new name, and she is now known as the goddess Diana.

Pericles, not knowing any of this, visits the temple of Diana where he comes face to face with his daughter. Marina recognizes her father, but he does not recognize her. Marina tells her story to Pericles, and he is overjoyed to learn that his daughter is still alive. The two embrace, and Pericles is grateful to have found his daughter again.

Overall, Scene 4 of Act 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a touching and emotional reunion between a father and daughter. It highlights the themes of family, loyalty, and the power of love to overcome adversity.


Madam, this letter, and some certain jewels,
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Lay with you in your coffer: which are now
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At your command. Know you the character?
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It is my lord's.
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That I was shipp'd at sea, I well remember,
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Even on my eaning time; but whether there
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Deliver'd, by the holy gods,
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I cannot rightly say. But since King Pericles,
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My wedded lord, I ne'er shall see again,
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A vestal livery will I take me to,
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And never more have joy.
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Madam, if this you purpose as ye speak,
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Diana's temple is not distant far,
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Where you may abide till your date expire.
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Moreover, if you please, a niece of mine
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Shall there attend you.
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My recompense is thanks, that's all;
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Yet my good will is great, though the gift small.
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Act IV

Act 4 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre sees the title character, Pericles, reunited with his daughter Marina after years of separation. Marina has been living with a group of women who have taught her to be virtuous and skilled in various arts. However, their reunion is short-lived as Pericles receives a message informing him that Antiochus, the man who had previously tried to kill him, has died. Pericles is relieved, but his happiness is short-lived as he learns that his own kingdom is in turmoil.

Pericles makes his way back to Tyre and discovers that his trusted advisor, Helicanus, has been ruling in his absence. Helicanus explains that there has been a rebellion led by Thaliard, who was sent by Antiochus to kill Pericles. The rebellion has been put down, but there are still remnants of Antiochus' followers causing trouble. Pericles decides to go to war against these followers in order to regain control of his kingdom.

Meanwhile, Marina is kidnapped by pirates and sold into prostitution. She manages to maintain her virtue and refuses to engage in any sexual activity. A gentleman who sees her beauty and purity purchases her and takes her to Mytilene. There, Marina becomes famous for her beauty and her ability to heal people with her words. She eventually meets Pericles again and they are reunited.

The act ends with Pericles learning that his wife, Thaisa, whom he had believed to be dead, is actually alive and living in a temple. He decides to go and find her, setting the stage for the final act of the play.



Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre,
Welcomed and settled to his own desire.
His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus,
Unto Diana there a votaress.
Now to Marina bend your mind,
Whom our fast-growing scene must find
At Tarsus, and by Cleon train'd
In music, letters; who hath gain'd
Of education all the grace,
Which makes her both the heart and place
Of general wonder. But, alack,
That monster envy, oft the wrack
Of earned praise, Marina's life
Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
And in this kind hath our Cleon
One daughter, and a wench full grown,
Even ripe for marriage-rite; this maid
Hight Philoten: and it is said
For certain in our story, she
Would ever with Marina be:
Be't when she weaved the sleided silk
With fingers long, small, white as milk;
Or when she would with sharp needle wound
The cambric, which she made more sound
By hurting it; or when to the lute
She sung, and made the night-bird mute,
That still records with moan; or when
She would with rich and constant pen
Vail to her mistress Dian; still
This Philoten contends in skill
With absolute Marina: so
With the dove of Paphos might the crow
Vie feathers white. Marina gets
All praises, which are paid as debts,
And not as given. This so darks
In Philoten all graceful marks,
That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,
A present murderer does prepare
For good Marina, that her daughter
Might stand peerless by this slaughter.
The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,
Lychorida, our nurse, is dead:
And cursed Dionyza hath
The pregnant instrument of wrath
Prest for this blow. The unborn event
I do commend to your content:
Only I carry winged time
Post on the lame feet of my rhyme;
Which never could I so convey,
Unless your thoughts went on my way.
Dionyza does appear,
With Leonine, a murderer.


SCENE I. Tarsus. An open place near the sea-shore.

In Scene 1 of Act 4 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, the protagonist, Pericles, arrives in a new city and seeks refuge at a temple. He is grief-stricken and emotionally drained after losing his wife and daughter, and he prays to the goddess Diana for guidance and solace. The high priestess of the temple approaches him and inquires about his troubles. Pericles confesses his sorrow and expresses his desire to stay at the temple for a while.

The high priestess sympathizes with Pericles and offers him the comfort and protection of the temple. She assures him that no harm will come to him under the temple's roof and that he can rest easy. Pericles is grateful for her kindness and thanks her.

However, the tranquility is short-lived as Pericles is soon confronted by the knights of the city's governor, who demand that he leave the temple and surrender to them. Pericles is confused and alarmed by their aggression and refuses to comply with their demands. The high priestess intervenes and rebukes the knights for disrupting the sanctity of the temple. She reminds them that the temple is a sacred place of worship and refuge, and that they have no right to violate its sanctity.

The knights are taken aback by the high priestess's rebuke and apologize for their behavior. They explain that they were acting on the governor's orders, who suspects that Pericles is a threat to his rule. The high priestess is skeptical of their claims and demands that they leave the temple at once. She assures Pericles that he can stay as long as he needs to and that he will be safe under her protection.

Pericles is relieved and grateful for the high priestess's intervention. He thanks her and expresses his admiration for her courage and wisdom. The high priestess blesses Pericles and advises him to have faith in the goddess's plan for his life. Pericles takes her words to heart and resolves to trust in Diana's guidance as he continues his journey.


Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do't:
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'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.
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Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon,
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To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience,
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Which is but cold, inflaming love i' thy bosom,
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Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which
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Even women have cast off, melt thee, but be
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A soldier to thy purpose.
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I will do't; but yet she is a goodly creature.
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The fitter, then, the gods should have her. Here
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she comes weeping for her only mistress' death.
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Thou art resolved?
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I am resolved.
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Enter MARINA, with a basket of flowers

No, I will rob Tellus of her weed,
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To strew thy green with flowers: the yellows, blues,
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The purple violets, and marigolds,
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Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave,
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While summer-days do last. Ay me! poor maid,
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Born in a tempest, when my mother died,
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This world to me is like a lasting storm,
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Whirring me from my friends.
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How now, Marina! why do you keep alone?
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How chance my daughter is not with you? Do not
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Consume your blood with sorrowing: you have
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A nurse of me. Lord, how your favour's changed
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With this unprofitable woe!
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Come, give me your flowers, ere the sea mar it.
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Walk with Leonine; the air is quick there,
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And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. Come,
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Leonine, take her by the arm, walk with her.
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No, I pray you;
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I'll not bereave you of your servant.
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Come, come;
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I love the king your father, and yourself,
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With more than foreign heart. We every day
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Expect him here: when he shall come and find
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Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,
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He will repent the breadth of his great voyage;
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Blame both my lord and me, that we have taken
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No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you,
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Walk, and be cheerful once again; reserve
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That excellent complexion, which did steal
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The eyes of young and old. Care not for me
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I can go home alone.
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Well, I will go;
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But yet I have no desire to it.
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Come, come, I know 'tis good for you.
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Walk half an hour, Leonine, at the least:
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Remember what I have said.
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I warrant you, madam.
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I'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while:
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Pray, walk softly, do not heat your blood:
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What! I must have a care of you.
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My thanks, sweet madam.
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Is this wind westerly that blows?
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When I was born, the wind was north.
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Was't so?
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My father, as nurse said, did never fear,
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But cried 'Good seaman!' to the sailors, galling
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His kingly hands, haling ropes;
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And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
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That almost burst the deck.
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When was this?
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When I was born:
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Never was waves nor wind more violent;
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And from the ladder-tackle washes off
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A canvas-climber. 'Ha!' says one, 'wilt out?'
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And with a dropping industry they skip
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From stem to stern: the boatswain whistles, and
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The master calls, and trebles their confusion.
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Come, say your prayers.
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What mean you?
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If you require a little space for prayer,
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I grant it: pray; but be not tedious,
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For the gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn
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To do my work with haste.
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Why will you kill me?
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To satisfy my lady.
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Why would she have me kill'd?
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Now, as I can remember, by my troth,
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I never did her hurt in all my life:
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I never spake bad word, nor did ill turn
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To any living creature: believe me, la,
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I never kill'd a mouse, nor hurt a fly:
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I trod upon a worm against my will,
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But I wept for it. How have I offended,
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Wherein my death might yield her any profit,
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Or my life imply her any danger?
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My commission
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Is not to reason of the deed, but do it.
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You will not do't for all the world, I hope.
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You are well favour'd, and your looks foreshow
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You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately,
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When you caught hurt in parting two that fought:
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Good sooth, it show'd well in you: do so now:
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Your lady seeks my life; come you between,
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And save poor me, the weaker.
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I am sworn,
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And will dispatch.
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He seizes her

Enter Pirates

First Pirate
Hold, villain!
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LEONINE runs away

Second Pirate
A prize! a prize!
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Third Pirate
Half-part, mates, half-part.
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Come, let's have her aboard suddenly.
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Exeunt Pirates with MARINA

Re-enter LEONINE

These roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes;
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And they have seized Marina. Let her go:
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There's no hope she will return. I'll swear
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she's dead,
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And thrown into the sea. But I'll see further:
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Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,
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Not carry her aboard. If she remain,
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Whom they have ravish'd must by me be slain.
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SCENE II. Mytilene. A room in a brothel.

Scene 2 of Act 4 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre opens with a conversation between Marina, the daughter of Pericles, and the governor of Mytilene. The governor has been impressed by Marina's beauty and has offered to make her his wife. Marina, however, rejects his advances and insists that she will remain chaste.

The governor is angered by Marina's rejection and decides to sell her to a brothel. Marina is horrified by this turn of events and begs the governor to reconsider. She pleads with him to spare her life and offers to do any menial tasks he desires in exchange for her freedom.

The governor is unmoved by Marina's pleas and orders her to be taken away. But just as she is being led away, a group of pirates arrive and attack the city. Marina is able to escape in the chaos and is eventually rescued by a group of fishermen.

The fishermen take Marina to a nearby temple where she is able to find refuge. There, she meets a priestess who recognizes her as the daughter of Pericles. The priestess is amazed by Marina's beauty and goodness and decides to take her under her wing.

Meanwhile, Pericles himself has landed on the shores of Mytilene in search of his daughter. He is devastated to learn that she has been sold into prostitution. But with the help of the priestess and the fishermen, Pericles is eventually reunited with his daughter, and they are able to escape Mytilene together.

Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT

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Search the market narrowly; Mytilene is full of
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gallants. We lost too much money this mart by being
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too wenchless.
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We were never so much out of creatures. We have but
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poor three, and they can do no more than they can
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do; and they with continual action are even as good as rotten.
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Therefore let's have fresh ones, whate'er we pay for
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them. If there be not a conscience to be used in
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every trade, we shall never prosper.
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Thou sayest true: 'tis not our bringing up of poor
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bastards,--as, I think, I have brought up some eleven--
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Ay, to eleven; and brought them down again. But
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shall I search the market?
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What else, man? The stuff we have, a strong wind
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will blow it to pieces, they are so pitifully sodden.
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Thou sayest true; they're too unwholesome, o'
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conscience. The poor Transylvanian is dead, that
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lay with the little baggage.
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Ay, she quickly pooped him; she made him roast-meat
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for worms. But I'll go search the market.
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Three or four thousand chequins were as pretty a
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proportion to live quietly, and so give over.
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Why to give over, I pray you? is it a shame to get
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when we are old?
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O, our credit comes not in like the commodity, nor
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the commodity wages not with the danger: therefore,
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if in our youths we could pick up some pretty
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estate, 'twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
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Besides, the sore terms we stand upon with the gods
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will be strong with us for giving over.
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Come, other sorts offend as well as we.
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As well as we! ay, and better too; we offend worse.
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Neither is our profession any trade; it's no
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calling. But here comes Boult.
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Re-enter BOULT, with the Pirates and MARINA

(To MARINA) Come your ways. My masters, you say
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she's a virgin?
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First Pirate
O, sir, we doubt it not.
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Master, I have gone through for this piece, you see:
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if you like her, so; if not, I have lost my earnest.
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Boult, has she any qualities?
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She has a good face, speaks well, and has excellent
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good clothes: there's no further necessity of
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qualities can make her be refused.
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What's her price, Boult?
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I cannot be bated one doit of a thousand pieces.
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Well, follow me, my masters, you shall have your
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money presently. Wife, take her in; instruct her
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what she has to do, that she may not be raw in her
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Exeunt Pandar and Pirates

Boult, take you the marks of her, the colour of her
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hair, complexion, height, age, with warrant of her
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virginity; and cry 'He that will give most shall
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have her first.' Such a maidenhead were no cheap
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thing, if men were as they have been. Get this done
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as I command you.
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Performance shall follow.
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Alack that Leonine was so slack, so slow!
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He should have struck, not spoke; or that these pirates,
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Not enough barbarous, had not o'erboard thrown me
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For to seek my mother!
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Why lament you, pretty one?
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That I am pretty.
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Come, the gods have done their part in you.
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I accuse them not.
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You are light into my hands, where you are like to live.
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The more my fault
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To scape his hands where I was like to die.
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Ay, and you shall live in pleasure.
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Yes, indeed shall you, and taste gentlemen of all
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fashions: you shall fare well; you shall have the
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difference of all complexions. What! do you stop your ears?
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Are you a woman?
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What would you have me be, an I be not a woman?
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An honest woman, or not a woman.
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Marry, whip thee, gosling: I think I shall have
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something to do with you. Come, you're a young
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foolish sapling, and must be bowed as I would have
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The gods defend me!
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If it please the gods to defend you by men, then men
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must comfort you, men must feed you, men must stir
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you up. Boult's returned.
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Now, sir, hast thou cried her through the market?
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I have cried her almost to the number of her hairs;
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I have drawn her picture with my voice.
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And I prithee tell me, how dost thou find the
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inclination of the people, especially of the younger sort?
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'Faith, they listened to me as they would have
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hearkened to their father's testament. There was a
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Spaniard's mouth so watered, that he went to bed to
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her very description.
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We shall have him here to-morrow with his best ruff on.
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To-night, to-night. But, mistress, do you know the
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French knight that cowers i' the hams?
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Who, Monsieur Veroles?
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Ay, he: he offered to cut a caper at the
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proclamation; but he made a groan at it, and swore
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he would see her to-morrow.
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Well, well; as for him, he brought his disease
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hither: here he does but repair it. I know he will
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come in our shadow, to scatter his crowns in the
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Well, if we had of every nation a traveller, we
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should lodge them with this sign.
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(To MARINA) Pray you, come hither awhile. You
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have fortunes coming upon you. Mark me: you must
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seem to do that fearfully which you commit
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willingly, despise profit where you have most gain.
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To weep that you live as ye do makes pity in your
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lovers: seldom but that pity begets you a good
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opinion, and that opinion a mere profit.
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I understand you not.
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O, take her home, mistress, take her home: these
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blushes of hers must be quenched with some present practise.
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Thou sayest true, i' faith, so they must; for your
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bride goes to that with shame which is her way to go
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with warrant.
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'Faith, some do, and some do not. But, mistress, if
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I have bargained for the joint,--
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Thou mayst cut a morsel off the spit.
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I may so.
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Who should deny it? Come, young one, I like the
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manner of your garments well.
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Ay, by my faith, they shall not be changed yet.
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Boult, spend thou that in the town: report what a
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sojourner we have; you'll lose nothing by custom.
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When nature flamed this piece, she meant thee a good
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turn; therefore say what a paragon she is, and thou
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hast the harvest out of thine own report.
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I warrant you, mistress, thunder shall not so awake
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the beds of eels as my giving out her beauty stir up
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the lewdly-inclined. I'll bring home some to-night.
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Come your ways; follow me.
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If fires be hot, knives sharp, or waters deep,
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Untied I still my virgin knot will keep.
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Diana, aid my purpose!
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What have we to do with Diana? Pray you, will you go with us?
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SCENE III. Tarsus. A room in CLEON's house.

Act 4, Scene 3 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins with Pericles, the titular character, arriving at the temple of Diana where he plans to leave his daughter, Marina, in the care of the priestesses. Pericles is still grieving the loss of his wife and believes that Marina's presence is a constant reminder of her death. He believes that by leaving her with the priestesses, she will be safe and he will be able to continue his journey without the burden of his daughter.

As Pericles is about to leave, Marina arrives and they have an emotional reunion. Pericles tries to explain his decision to leave her at the temple, but Marina pleads with him to take her with him. Marina is aware of her father's grief and tries to comfort him, telling him that she will be happy wherever he is. Pericles is moved by Marina's words and decides to take her with him on his journey.

The scene ends with Pericles and Marina leaving the temple together, but not before the priestesses and the goddess Diana bless them and wish them well on their journey. The scene serves as a turning point in the play, as Pericles begins to heal from his grief and Marina becomes a central figure in the story.


Why, are you foolish? Can it be undone?
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O Dionyza, such a piece of slaughter
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The sun and moon ne'er look'd upon!
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I think
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You'll turn a child again.
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Were I chief lord of all this spacious world,
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I'ld give it to undo the deed. O lady,
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Much less in blood than virtue, yet a princess
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To equal any single crown o' the earth
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I' the justice of compare! O villain Leonine!
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Whom thou hast poison'd too:
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If thou hadst drunk to him, 't had been a kindness
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Becoming well thy fact: what canst thou say
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When noble Pericles shall demand his child?
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That she is dead. Nurses are not the fates,
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To foster it, nor ever to preserve.
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She died at night; I'll say so. Who can cross it?
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Unless you play the pious innocent,
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And for an honest attribute cry out
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'She died by foul play.'
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O, go to. Well, well,
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Of all the faults beneath the heavens, the gods
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Do like this worst.
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Be one of those that think
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The petty wrens of Tarsus will fly hence,
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And open this to Pericles. I do shame
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To think of what a noble strain you are,
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And of how coward a spirit.
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To such proceeding
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Who ever but his approbation added,
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Though not his prime consent, he did not flow
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From honourable sources.
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Be it so, then:
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Yet none does know, but you, how she came dead,
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Nor none can know, Leonine being gone.
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She did disdain my child, and stood between
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Her and her fortunes: none would look on her,
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But cast their gazes on Marina's face;
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Whilst ours was blurted at and held a malkin
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Not worth the time of day. It pierced me through;
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And though you call my course unnatural,
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You not your child well loving, yet I find
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It greets me as an enterprise of kindness
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Perform'd to your sole daughter.
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Heavens forgive it!
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And as for Pericles,
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What should he say? We wept after her hearse,
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And yet we mourn: her monument
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Is almost finish'd, and her epitaphs
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In glittering golden characters express
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A general praise to her, and care in us
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At whose expense 'tis done.
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Thou art like the harpy,
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Which, to betray, dost, with thine angel's face,
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Seize with thine eagle's talons.
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You are like one that superstitiously
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Doth swear to the gods that winter kills the flies:
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But yet I know you'll do as I advise.
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Scene 4 of Act 4 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre begins with Marina, who has been sold into prostitution, being taken by Lysimachus, the governor of Mytilene, to his house. Lysimachus is struck by Marina's beauty and is surprised by her calm and virtuous demeanor, which is unlike that of the other women in the brothel.

Marina, however, is not interested in becoming a prostitute and tells Lysimachus that she would rather die than be defiled. Lysimachus is moved by her words and decides to help her. He gives her money and urges her to flee the city and start a new life.

Marina is grateful for Lysimachus' kindness and prays for his happiness. She then leaves the brothel, determined to make a new life for herself and to find her father, Prince Pericles.

The scene highlights Marina's strength of character and her refusal to be defined by her circumstances. It also shows the power of kindness and compassion, as Lysimachus' actions have a profound impact on Marina's life and future.

Enter GOWER, before the monument of MARINA at Tarsus

Thus time we waste, and longest leagues make short;
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Sail seas in cockles, have an wish but for't;
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Making, to take your imagination,
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From bourn to bourn, region to region.
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By you being pardon'd, we commit no crime
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To use one language in each several clime
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Where our scenes seem to live. I do beseech you
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To learn of me, who stand i' the gaps to teach you,
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The stages of our story. Pericles
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Is now again thwarting the wayward seas,
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Attended on by many a lord and knight.
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To see his daughter, all his life's delight.
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Old Escanes, whom Helicanus late
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Advanced in time to great and high estate,
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Is left to govern. Bear you it in mind,
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Old Helicanus goes along behind.
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Well-sailing ships and bounteous winds have brought
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This king to Tarsus,--think his pilot thought;
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So with his steerage shall your thoughts grow on,--
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To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
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Like motes and shadows see them move awhile;
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Your ears unto your eyes I'll reconcile.
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See how belief may suffer by foul show!
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This borrow'd passion stands for true old woe;
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And Pericles, in sorrow all devour'd,
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With sighs shot through, and biggest tears
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Leaves Tarsus and again embarks. He swears
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Never to wash his face, nor cut his hairs:
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He puts on sackcloth, and to sea. He bears
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A tempest, which his mortal vessel tears,
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And yet he rides it out. Now please you wit.
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The epitaph is for Marina writ
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By wicked Dionyza.
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'The fairest, sweet'st, and best lies here,
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Who wither'd in her spring of year.
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She was of Tyrus the king's daughter,
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On whom foul death hath made this slaughter;
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Marina was she call'd; and at her birth,
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Thetis, being proud, swallow'd some part o' the earth:
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Therefore the earth, fearing to be o'erflow'd,
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Hath Thetis' birth-child on the heavens bestow'd:
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Wherefore she does, and swears she'll never stint,
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Make raging battery upon shores of flint.'
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No visor does become black villany
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So well as soft and tender flattery.
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Let Pericles believe his daughter's dead,
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And bear his courses to be ordered
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By Lady Fortune; while our scene must play
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His daughter's woe and heavy well-a-day
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In her unholy service. Patience, then,
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And think you now are all in Mytilene.
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SCENE V. Mytilene. A street before the brothel.

In Scene 5 of Act 4, we see the character of Marina being sold into prostitution by pirates. She is taken to a brothel and put on display for potential customers. However, Marina refuses to succumb to this fate and uses her wit and intelligence to convince her first customer, Lysimachus, to take pity on her and not engage in any sexual activity. She tells him her life story and how she was raised to be virtuous and educated, but was robbed of her rightful place as a princess. Moved by her words, Lysimachus agrees to help her escape her situation and provides her with money and a letter of recommendation. Marina uses this opportunity to leave the brothel and start a new life.

Enter, from the brothel, two Gentlemen

First Gentleman
Did you ever hear the like?
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Second Gentleman
No, nor never shall do in such a place as this, she
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being once gone.
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First Gentleman
But to have divinity preached there! did you ever
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dream of such a thing?
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Second Gentleman
No, no. Come, I am for no more bawdy-houses:
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shall's go hear the vestals sing?
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First Gentleman
I'll do any thing now that is virtuous; but I
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am out of the road of rutting for ever.
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SCENE VI. The same. A room in the brothel.

Scene 6 of Act 4 involves the reunion of Pericles with his daughter Marina. Pericles, who has been separated from Marina for a long time, finally finds her in a brothel after being directed there by the goddess Diana.

Pericles is overjoyed to see his daughter and tells her how much he has missed her. Marina, who has been raised by the brothel owner, is surprised and happy to see her father as well. Pericles then tells Marina about the death of her mother, which Marina takes very hard.

Pericles then reveals that he is the Prince of Tyre, and Marina is his heir. He also tells her that he plans to return to Tyre with her. Marina is thrilled to hear this news and agrees to leave with her father.

The scene ends with Pericles and Marina leaving the brothel and setting off on their journey back to Tyre. The reunion between father and daughter is a happy moment in the play, and it marks a turning point in Pericles' life, as he is finally able to reunite with his family and reclaim his rightful place as ruler of Tyre.

Enter Pandar, Bawd, and BOULT

Well, I had rather than twice the worth of her she
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had ne'er come here.
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Fie, fie upon her! she's able to freeze the god
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Priapus, and undo a whole generation. We must
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either get her ravished, or be rid of her. When she
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should do for clients her fitment, and do me the
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kindness of our profession, she has me her quirks,
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her reasons, her master reasons, her prayers, her
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knees; that she would make a puritan of the devil,
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if he should cheapen a kiss of her.
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'Faith, I must ravish her, or she'll disfurnish us
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of all our cavaliers, and make our swearers priests.
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Now, the pox upon her green-sickness for me!
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'Faith, there's no way to be rid on't but by the
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way to the pox. Here comes the Lord Lysimachus disguised.
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We should have both lord and lown, if the peevish
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baggage would but give way to customers.
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How now! How a dozen of virginities?
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Now, the gods to-bless your honour!
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I am glad to see your honour in good health.
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You may so; 'tis the better for you that your
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resorters stand upon sound legs. How now!
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wholesome iniquity have you that a man may deal
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withal, and defy the surgeon?
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We have here one, sir, if she would--but there never
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came her like in Mytilene.
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If she'ld do the deed of darkness, thou wouldst say.
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Your honour knows what 'tis to say well enough.
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Well, call forth, call forth.
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For flesh and blood, sir, white and red, you shall
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see a rose; and she were a rose indeed, if she had but--
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What, prithee?
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O, sir, I can be modest.
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That dignifies the renown of a bawd, no less than it
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gives a good report to a number to be chaste.
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Here comes that which grows to the stalk; never
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plucked yet, I can assure you.
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Is she not a fair creature?
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'Faith, she would serve after a long voyage at sea.
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Well, there's for you: leave us.
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I beseech your honour, give me leave: a word, and
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I'll have done presently.
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I beseech you, do.
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(To MARINA) First, I would have you note, this is
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an honourable man.
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I desire to find him so, that I may worthily note him.
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Next, he's the governor of this country, and a man
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whom I am bound to.
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If he govern the country, you are bound to him
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indeed; but how honourable he is in that, I know not.
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Pray you, without any more virginal fencing, will
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you use him kindly? He will line your apron with gold.
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What he will do graciously, I will thankfully receive.
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Ha' you done?
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My lord, she's not paced yet: you must take some
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pains to work her to your manage. Come, we will
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leave his honour and her together. Go thy ways.
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Exeunt Bawd, Pandar, and BOULT

Now, pretty one, how long have you been at this trade?
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What trade, sir?
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Why, I cannot name't but I shall offend.
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I cannot be offended with my trade. Please you to name it.
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How long have you been of this profession?
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E'er since I can remember.
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Did you go to 't so young? Were you a gamester at
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five or at seven?
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Earlier too, sir, if now I be one.
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Why, the house you dwell in proclaims you to be a
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creature of sale.
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Do you know this house to be a place of such resort,
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and will come into 't? I hear say you are of
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honourable parts, and are the governor of this place.
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Why, hath your principal made known unto you who I am?
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Who is my principal?
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Why, your herb-woman; she that sets seeds and roots
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of shame and iniquity. O, you have heard something
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of my power, and so stand aloof for more serious
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wooing. But I protest to thee, pretty one, my
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authority shall not see thee, or else look friendly
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upon thee. Come, bring me to some private place:
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come, come.
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If you were born to honour, show it now;
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If put upon you, make the judgment good
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That thought you worthy of it.
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How's this? how's this? Some more; be sage.
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For me,
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That am a maid, though most ungentle fortune
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Have placed me in this sty, where, since I came,
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Diseases have been sold dearer than physic,
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O, that the gods
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Would set me free from this unhallow'd place,
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Though they did change me to the meanest bird
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That flies i' the purer air!
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I did not think
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Thou couldst have spoke so well; ne'er dream'd thou couldst.
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Had I brought hither a corrupted mind,
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Thy speech had alter'd it. Hold, here's gold for thee:
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Persever in that clear way thou goest,
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And the gods strengthen thee!
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The good gods preserve you!
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For me, be you thoughten
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That I came with no ill intent; for to me
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The very doors and windows savour vilely.
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Fare thee well. Thou art a piece of virtue, and
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I doubt not but thy training hath been noble.
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Hold, here's more gold for thee.
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A curse upon him, die he like a thief,
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That robs thee of thy goodness! If thou dost
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Hear from me, it shall be for thy good.
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Re-enter BOULT

I beseech your honour, one piece for me.
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Avaunt, thou damned door-keeper!
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Your house, but for this virgin that doth prop it,
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Would sink and overwhelm you. Away!
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How's this? We must take another course with you.
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If your peevish chastity, which is not worth a
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breakfast in the cheapest country under the cope,
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shall undo a whole household, let me be gelded like
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a spaniel. Come your ways.
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Whither would you have me?
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I must have your maidenhead taken off, or the common
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hangman shall execute it. Come your ways. We'll
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have no more gentlemen driven away. Come your ways, I say.
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Re-enter Bawd

How now! what's the matter?
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Worse and worse, mistress; she has here spoken holy
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words to the Lord Lysimachus.
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O abominable!
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She makes our profession as it were to stink afore
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the face of the gods.
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Marry, hang her up for ever!
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The nobleman would have dealt with her like a
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nobleman, and she sent him away as cold as a
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snowball; saying his prayers too.
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Boult, take her away; use her at thy pleasure:
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crack the glass of her virginity, and make the rest malleable.
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An if she were a thornier piece of ground than she
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is, she shall be ploughed.
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Hark, hark, you gods!
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She conjures: away with her! Would she had never
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come within my doors! Marry, hang you! She's born
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to undo us. Will you not go the way of women-kind?
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Marry, come up, my dish of chastity with rosemary and bays!
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Come, mistress; come your ways with me.
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Whither wilt thou have me?
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To take from you the jewel you hold so dear.
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Prithee, tell me one thing first.
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Come now, your one thing.
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What canst thou wish thine enemy to be?
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Why, I could wish him to be my master, or rather, my mistress.
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Neither of these are so bad as thou art,
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Since they do better thee in their command.
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Thou hold'st a place, for which the pained'st fiend
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Of hell would not in reputation change:
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Thou art the damned doorkeeper to every
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Coistrel that comes inquiring for his Tib;
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To the choleric fisting of every rogue
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Thy ear is liable; thy food is such
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As hath been belch'd on by infected lungs.
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What would you have me do? go to the wars, would
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you? where a man may serve seven years for the loss
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of a leg, and have not money enough in the end to
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buy him a wooden one?
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Do any thing but this thou doest. Empty
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Old receptacles, or common shores, of filth;
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Serve by indenture to the common hangman:
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Any of these ways are yet better than this;
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For what thou professest, a baboon, could he speak,
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Would own a name too dear. O, that the gods
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Would safely deliver me from this place!
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Here, here's gold for thee.
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If that thy master would gain by thee,
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Proclaim that I can sing, weave, sew, and dance,
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With other virtues, which I'll keep from boast:
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And I will undertake all these to teach.
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I doubt not but this populous city will
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Yield many scholars.
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But can you teach all this you speak of?
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Prove that I cannot, take me home again,
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And prostitute me to the basest groom
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That doth frequent your house.
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Well, I will see what I can do for thee: if I can
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place thee, I will.
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But amongst honest women.
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'Faith, my acquaintance lies little amongst them.
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But since my master and mistress have bought you,
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there's no going but by their consent: therefore I
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will make them acquainted with your purpose, and I
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doubt not but I shall find them tractable enough.
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Come, I'll do for thee what I can; come your ways.
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Act V

Act 5 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a dramatic conclusion to the story of Pericles, a prince who has faced numerous challenges and hardships throughout his journey. In this act, Pericles reunites with his long-lost daughter Marina, who he had believed to be dead.

Pericles finds Marina in the city of Mytilene, where she has been living as a respected and virtuous woman. However, their reunion is cut short by the news of the death of Thaisa, Pericles' wife and Marina's mother. Pericles is devastated by this news and decides to return to Tyre.

On the way back to Tyre, Pericles is caught in a storm and is shipwrecked on the shores of Pentapolis. He is welcomed by the king of Pentapolis, who is impressed by Pericles' bravery and skill in a jousting competition. The king offers Pericles his daughter's hand in marriage, and Pericles accepts.

Pericles and his new wife, Thaisa, set sail for Tyre, but Thaisa dies in childbirth. In his grief, Pericles orders that her body be thrown overboard. However, unbeknownst to him, Thaisa is not dead but has been rescued by a group of fishermen.

Years later, Pericles returns to Mytilene and is reunited with Marina. He learns of her virtuous life and the good deeds she has done for the people of Mytilene. Pericles is overjoyed to see his daughter again and is grateful for the blessings that life has bestowed upon him.



Marina thus the brothel 'scapes, and chances
Into an honest house, our story says.
She sings like one immortal, and she dances
As goddess-like to her admired lays;
Deep clerks she dumbs; and with her needle composes
Nature's own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
That even her art sisters the natural roses;
Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry:
That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
Who pour their bounty on her; and her gain
She gives the cursed bawd. Here we her place;
And to her father turn our thoughts again,
Where we left him, on the sea. We there him lost;
Whence, driven before the winds, he is arrived
Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast
Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived
God Neptune's annual feast to keep: from whence
Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expense;
And to him in his barge with fervor hies.
In your supposing once more put your sight
Of heavy Pericles; think this his bark:
Where what is done in action, more, if might,
Shall be discover'd; please you, sit and hark.


SCENE I. On board PERICLES' ship, off Mytilene. A close pavilion on deck, with a curtain before it; PERICLES within it, reclined on a couch. A barge lying beside the Tyrian vessel.

Scene 1 of Act 5 opens with Pericles, the Prince of Tyre, arriving at the court of King Simonides in Pentapolis. Pericles has come to take part in a tournament organized by King Simonides, which is being held to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

Pericles is introduced to Thaisa, Simonides' daughter, and the two are immediately attracted to each other. However, Thaisa is not interested in the tournament or the suitors who have come to win her hand in marriage. She is more interested in Pericles and the stories he has to tell.

As the tournament begins, Pericles proves to be a skilled fighter and wins every match. However, he is not interested in the prize of marrying Thaisa, as he is still mourning the loss of his wife and daughter.

Despite Pericles' reluctance, Thaisa convinces him to marry her and they are wed in a grand ceremony. However, their happiness is short-lived as a storm arises on their voyage back to Tyre. Thaisa gives birth to a daughter during the storm but dies soon after.

Pericles, grief-stricken, orders his daughter to be thrown overboard, believing her to be cursed. However, the baby is rescued by pirates and eventually makes her way to Ephesus, where she is raised by a kind family.

Scene 1 of Act 5 sets the stage for the tragic events that will unfold in the rest of the play, as Pericles struggles to come to terms with his loss and searches for his daughter.

Enter two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel, the other to the barge; to them HELICANUS

Tyrian Sailor
(To the Sailor of Mytilene) Where is lord Helicanus?
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he can resolve you.
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O, here he is.
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Sir, there's a barge put off from Mytilene,
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And in it is Lysimachus the governor,
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Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
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That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.
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Tyrian Sailor
Ho, gentlemen! my lord calls.
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Enter two or three Gentlemen

First Gentleman
Doth your lordship call?
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Gentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;
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I pray ye, greet them fairly.
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The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend, and go on board the barge

Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the Gentlemen and the two Sailors

Tyrian Sailor
This is the man that can, in aught you would,
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Resolve you.
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Hail, reverend sir! the gods preserve you!
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And you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
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And die as I would do.
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You wish me well.
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Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs,
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Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us,
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I made to it, to know of whence you are.
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First, what is your place?
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I am the governor of this place you lie before.
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Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
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A man who for this three months hath not spoken
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To any one, nor taken sustenance
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But to prorogue his grief.
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Upon what ground is his distemperature?
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'Twould be too tedious to repeat;
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But the main grief springs from the loss
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Of a beloved daughter and a wife.
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May we not see him?
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You may;
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But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.
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Yet let me obtain my wish.
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Behold him.
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This was a goodly person,
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Till the disaster that, one mortal night,
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Drove him to this.
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Sir king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
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Hail, royal sir!
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It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
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First Lord
We have a maid in Mytilene, I durst wager,
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Would win some words of him.
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'Tis well bethought.
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She questionless with her sweet harmony
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And other chosen attractions, would allure,
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And make a battery through his deafen'd parts,
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Which now are midway stopp'd:
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She is all happy as the fairest of all,
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And, with her fellow maids is now upon
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The leafy shelter that abuts against
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The island's side.
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Whispers a Lord, who goes off in the barge of LYSIMACHUS

Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
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That bears recovery's name. But, since your kindness
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We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
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That for our gold we may provision have,
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Wherein we are not destitute for want,
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But weary for the staleness.
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O, sir, a courtesy
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Which if we should deny, the most just gods
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For every graff would send a caterpillar,
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And so afflict our province. Yet once more
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Let me entreat to know at large the cause
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Of your king's sorrow.
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Sit, sir, I will recount it to you:
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But, see, I am prevented.
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Re-enter, from the barge, Lord, with MARINA, and a young Lady

O, here is
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The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one!
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Is't not a goodly presence?
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She's a gallant lady.
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She's such a one, that, were I well assured
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Came of a gentle kind and noble stock,
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I'ld wish no better choice, and think me rarely wed.
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Fair one, all goodness that consists in bounty
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Expect even here, where is a kingly patient:
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If that thy prosperous and artificial feat
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Can draw him but to answer thee in aught,
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Thy sacred physic shall receive such pay
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As thy desires can wish.
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Sir, I will use
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My utmost skill in his recovery, Provided
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That none but I and my companion maid
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Be suffer'd to come near him.
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Come, let us leave her;
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And the gods make her prosperous!
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MARINA sings

Mark'd he your music?
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No, nor look'd on us.
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See, she will speak to him.
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Hail, sir! my lord, lend ear.
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Hum, ha!
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I am a maid,
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My lord, that ne'er before invited eyes,
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But have been gazed on like a comet: she speaks,
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My lord, that, may be, hath endured a grief
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Might equal yours, if both were justly weigh'd.
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Though wayward fortune did malign my state,
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My derivation was from ancestors
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Who stood equivalent with mighty kings:
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But time hath rooted out my parentage,
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And to the world and awkward casualties
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Bound me in servitude.
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I will desist;
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But there is something glows upon my cheek,
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And whispers in mine ear, 'Go not till he speak.'
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My fortunes--parentage--good parentage--
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To equal mine!--was it not thus? what say you?
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I said, my lord, if you did know my parentage,
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You would not do me violence.
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I do think so. Pray you, turn your eyes upon me.
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You are like something that--What country-woman?
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Here of these shores?
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No, nor of any shores:
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Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am
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No other than I appear.
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I am great with woe, and shall deliver weeping.
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My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one
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My daughter might have been: my queen's square brows;
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Her stature to an inch; as wand-like straight;
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As silver-voiced; her eyes as jewel-like
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And cased as richly; in pace another Juno;
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Who starves the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry,
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The more she gives them speech. Where do you live?
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Where I am but a stranger: from the deck
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You may discern the place.
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Where were you bred?
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And how achieved you these endowments, which
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You make more rich to owe?
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If I should tell my history, it would seem
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Like lies disdain'd in the reporting.
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Prithee, speak:
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Falseness cannot come from thee; for thou look'st
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Modest as Justice, and thou seem'st a palace
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For the crown'd Truth to dwell in: I will
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believe thee,
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And make my senses credit thy relation
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To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
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Like one I loved indeed. What were thy friends?
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Didst thou not say, when I did push thee back--
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Which was when I perceived thee--that thou camest
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From good descending?
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So indeed I did.
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Report thy parentage. I think thou said'st
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Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury,
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And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal mine,
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If both were open'd.
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Some such thing
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I said, and said no more but what my thoughts
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Did warrant me was likely.
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Tell thy story;
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If thine consider'd prove the thousandth part
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Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I
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Have suffer'd like a girl: yet thou dost look
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Like Patience gazing on kings' graves, and smiling
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Extremity out of act. What were thy friends?
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How lost thou them? Thy name, my most kind virgin?
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Recount, I do beseech thee: come, sit by me.
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My name is Marina.
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O, I am mock'd,
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And thou by some incensed god sent hither
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To make the world to laugh at me.
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Patience, good sir,
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Or here I'll cease.
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Nay, I'll be patient.
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Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
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To call thyself Marina.
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The name
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Was given me by one that had some power,
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My father, and a king.
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How! a king's daughter?
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And call'd Marina?
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You said you would believe me;
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But, not to be a troubler of your peace,
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I will end here.
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But are you flesh and blood?
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Have you a working pulse? and are no fairy?
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Motion! Well; speak on. Where were you born?
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And wherefore call'd Marina?
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Call'd Marina
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For I was born at sea.
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At sea! what mother?
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My mother was the daughter of a king;
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Who died the minute I was born,
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As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
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Deliver'd weeping.
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O, stop there a little!
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This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
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Did mock sad fools withal: this cannot be:
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My daughter's buried. Well: where were you bred?
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I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
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And never interrupt you.
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You scorn: believe me, 'twere best I did give o'er.
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I will believe you by the syllable
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Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give me leave:
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How came you in these parts? where were you bred?
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The king my father did in Tarsus leave me;
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Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife,
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Did seek to murder me: and having woo'd
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A villain to attempt it, who having drawn to do't,
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A crew of pirates came and rescued me;
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Brought me to Mytilene. But, good sir,
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Whither will you have me? Why do you weep?
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It may be,
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You think me an impostor: no, good faith;
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I am the daughter to King Pericles,
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If good King Pericles be.
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Ho, Helicanus!
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Calls my lord?
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Thou art a grave and noble counsellor,
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Most wise in general: tell me, if thou canst,
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What this maid is, or what is like to be,
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That thus hath made me weep?
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I know not; but
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Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
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Speaks nobly of her.
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She would never tell
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Her parentage; being demanded that,
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She would sit still and weep.
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O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd sir;
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Give me a gash, put me to present pain;
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Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me
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O'erbear the shores of my mortality,
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And drown me with their sweetness. O, come hither,
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Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget;
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Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tarsus,
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And found at sea again! O Helicanus,
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Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods as loud
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As thunder threatens us: this is Marina.
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What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
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For truth can never be confirm'd enough,
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Though doubts did ever sleep.
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First, sir, I pray,
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What is your title?
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I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now
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My drown'd queen's name, as in the rest you said
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Thou hast been godlike perfect,
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The heir of kingdoms and another like
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To Pericles thy father.
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Is it no more to be your daughter than
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To say my mother's name was Thaisa?
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Thaisa was my mother, who did end
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The minute I began.
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Now, blessing on thee! rise; thou art my child.
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Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus;
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She is not dead at Tarsus, as she should have been,
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By savage Cleon: she shall tell thee all;
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When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
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She is thy very princess. Who is this?
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Sir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
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Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
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Did come to see you.
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I embrace you.
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Give me my robes. I am wild in my beholding.
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O heavens bless my girl! But, hark, what music?
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Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him
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O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt,
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How sure you are my daughter. But, what music?
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My lord, I hear none.
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The music of the spheres! List, my Marina.
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It is not good to cross him; give him way.
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Rarest sounds! Do ye not hear?
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My lord, I hear.
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Most heavenly music!
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It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
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Hangs upon mine eyes: let me rest.
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A pillow for his head:
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So, leave him all. Well, my companion friends,
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If this but answer to my just belief,
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I'll well remember you.
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Exeunt all but PERICLES

DIANA appears to PERICLES as in a vision

My temple stands in Ephesus: hie thee thither,
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And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
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There, when my maiden priests are met together,
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Before the people all,
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Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
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To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call
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And give them repetition to the life.
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Or perform my bidding, or thou livest in woe;
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Do it, and happy; by my silver bow!
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Awake, and tell thy dream.
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Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
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I will obey thee. Helicanus!
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My purpose was for Tarsus, there to strike
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The inhospitable Cleon; but I am
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For other service first: toward Ephesus
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Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'll tell thee why.
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Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,
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And give you gold for such provision
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As our intents will need?
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With all my heart; and, when you come ashore,
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I have another suit.
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You shall prevail,
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Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems
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You have been noble towards her.
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Sir, lend me your arm.
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Come, my Marina.
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In Scene 2 of Act 5, the protagonist Pericles arrives in Mytilene and is greeted by Lysimachus, the governor of the city. Pericles is disguised as a poor man and asks Lysimachus for assistance in finding work. Lysimachus is impressed with Pericles' honesty and offers him a job as a fisherman.

As Pericles begins to work, he overhears Lysimachus and some other men discussing a young woman named Marina, who is the daughter of Pericles. They are planning to take her to a brothel and sell her into prostitution. Pericles is horrified and decides to intervene.

Pericles disguises himself as a knight and goes to the brothel, where he meets Marina. He reveals his true identity to her and they are joyfully reunited. Pericles then exposes the men's plan to Lysimachus, who is appalled and punishes the men for their actions.

Pericles and Marina then set sail for Tyre, where they are greeted by Pericles' old friend Helicanus. Pericles tells Helicanus about his adventures and the three of them sail off into the sunset, happy and reunited.

Enter GOWER, before the temple of DIANA at Ephesus

Now our sands are almost run;
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More a little, and then dumb.
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This, my last boon, give me,
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For such kindness must relieve me,
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That you aptly will suppose
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What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
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What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
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The regent made in Mytilene
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To greet the king. So he thrived,
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That he is promised to be wived
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To fair Marina; but in no wise
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Till he had done his sacrifice,
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As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
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The interim, pray you, all confound.
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In feather'd briefness sails are fill'd,
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And wishes fall out as they're will'd.
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At Ephesus, the temple see,
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Our king and all his company.
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That he can hither come so soon,
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Is by your fancy's thankful doom.
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SCENE III. The temple of Diana at Ephesus; THAISA standing near the altar, as high priestess; a number of Virgins on each side; CERIMON and other Inhabitants of Ephesus attending.

Scene 3 of Act 5 of Pericles, Prince of Tyre follows the reunion of Pericles with his long lost daughter, Marina. Pericles, who had believed Marina to be dead, is overjoyed to discover that she is alive and well. This scene takes place in a temple in Ephesus where Pericles is seeking refuge from his enemies.

As the scene opens, Marina is singing a song to the goddess Diana. Pericles, who is disguised as a pilgrim, is moved by her beautiful voice and enters the temple. Marina, who does not recognize her father, offers to sing for him. Pericles is so moved by her song that he reveals his identity to her.

Marina is overjoyed to see her father and they embrace. Pericles tells Marina of his many trials and tribulations, including the loss of his wife and the belief that Marina had died. Marina, in turn, tells her father of her own struggles, including being abducted and sold into prostitution.

Pericles is filled with gratitude for the goddess Diana, who he believes has brought him and his daughter back together. He decides to make an offering to the goddess and asks Marina to accompany him to the altar. There, he offers thanks for his reunion with Marina and prays for her continued safety and happiness.

The scene ends with Pericles and Marina leaving the temple together, both grateful for their reunion and looking forward to their future together.

Enter PERICLES, with his train; LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, MARINA, and a Lady

Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
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I here confess myself the king of Tyre;
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Who, frighted from my country, did wed
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At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
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At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
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A maid-child call'd Marina; who, O goddess,
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Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
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Was nursed with Cleon; who at fourteen years
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He sought to murder: but her better stars
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Brought her to Mytilene; 'gainst whose shore
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Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
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Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
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Made known herself my daughter.
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Voice and favour!
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You are, you are--O royal Pericles!
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What means the nun? she dies! help, gentlemen!
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Noble sir,
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If you have told Diana's altar true,
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This is your wife.
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Reverend appearer, no;
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I threw her overboard with these very arms.
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Upon this coast, I warrant you.
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'Tis most certain.
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Look to the lady; O, she's but o'erjoy'd.
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Early in blustering morn this lady was
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Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
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Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and placed her
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Here in Diana's temple.
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May we see them?
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Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
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Whither I invite you. Look, Thaisa is recovered.
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O, let me look!
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If he be none of mine, my sanctity
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Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
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But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord,
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Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,
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Like him you are: did you not name a tempest,
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A birth, and death?
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The voice of dead Thaisa!
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That Thaisa am I, supposed dead
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And drown'd.
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Immortal Dian!
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Now I know you better.
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When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
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The king my father gave you such a ring.
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Shows a ring

This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindness
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Makes my past miseries sports: you shall do well,
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That on the touching of her lips I may
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Melt and no more be seen. O, come, be buried
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A second time within these arms.
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My heart
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Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.
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Kneels to THAISA

Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa;
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Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina
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For she was yielded there.
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Blest, and mine own!
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Hail, madam, and my queen!
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I know you not.
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You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre,
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I left behind an ancient substitute:
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Can you remember what I call'd the man?
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I have named him oft.
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'Twas Helicanus then.
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Still confirmation:
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Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
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Now do I long to hear how you were found;
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How possibly preserved; and who to thank,
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Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
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Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man,
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Through whom the gods have shown their power; that can
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From first to last resolve you.
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Reverend sir,
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The gods can have no mortal officer
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More like a god than you. Will you deliver
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How this dead queen re-lives?
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I will, my lord.
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Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
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Where shall be shown you all was found with her;
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How she came placed here in the temple;
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No needful thing omitted.
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Pure Dian, bless thee for thy vision! I
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Will offer night-oblations to thee. Thaisa,
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This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
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Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,
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This ornament
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Makes me look dismal will I clip to form;
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And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,
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To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.
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Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
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My father's dead.
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Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,
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We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
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Will in that kingdom spend our following days:
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Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.
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Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay
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To hear the rest untold: sir, lead's the way.
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In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard
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Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
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In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen,
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Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen,
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Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast,
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Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last:
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In Helicanus may you well descry
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A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
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In reverend Cerimon there well appears
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The worth that learned charity aye wears:
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For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
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Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd name
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Of Pericles, to rage the city turn,
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That him and his they in his palace burn;
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The gods for murder seemed so content
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To punish them; although not done, but meant.
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So, on your patience evermore attending,
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New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.
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