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Nor never did my actions yet commence
Ay, traitor, sir. Per. Even in his throat (unless it be the king), That calls me traitor, I return the lie. Sim. Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
Thai. Why, sir, say if you had,
Sim. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?I am glad of it with all my heart. (Aside.] I'll
tame you; I'll bring you in subjection.Will you, not having my consent, bestow Your love and your affections on a stranger? (Who, for aught I know to the contrary, Or think, may be as great in blood as i). [Aside. Hear therefore, mistress; frame your will to mine. —
2 So in Hamlet :
• That has no relish of salvation in it.' And in Macbeth :
• So well thy words become thee as thy wounds, They smack of honour both.'
And you, sir, hear you.—Either be ruld by me,
Yes, if you love me, sir.
Yes, please your majesty. Sim. It pleaseth me so well, I'll see you wed; Then, with what haste you can, get you to bed.
3 The quarto of 1619 reads :-
‘Even as my life or blood that fosters it.' We have the same thought most exquisitely expressed in Julius Cæsar:
• As dear to me, as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.' 1 So Virgil, speaking of Rhamnes, who was killed in the midnight expedition of Nisus and Euryalus :
"Rhamneten aggreditur, qui forte tapetibus altis
A babe is moulded ;-Be attent,
Attendants: a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives PERICLES a Letter. PERICLES shows it to SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to the former3. Then enter THAISA with child, and LYCHORIDA. SIMONIDES shows his Daughter the Letter; she rejoices: she and PERICLES take leave of her
Father, and depart. Then SIMONIDES, &c. retire. Gow. By many a dearn and painful perch4 Of Pericles the careful search By the four opposing coignes, 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 strong inquire), To the court of King Simonides Are letters brought; the tenour these: Antiochus and his daughter's dead: The men of Tyrus, on the head
Eke ont. 3 The Lords kneel to Pericles, because they are now, for the first time, informed by this letter, that he is king of Tyré. No man,' says Gower, in his Confessio Amantis :
knew the soth cas, But he hym selfe; what man he was.' By the death of Antiochus and his daughter, Pericles has also succeeded to the throne of Antioch, in consequence of having rightly interpreted the riddle proposed to him.
4 Dearn signifies lonely, solitary. A perch is a measure of five yards and a half. “The careful search of Pericles is made by many a dearn and painful perch,- by the four opposing coignes which join the world together; with all due diligence.'
- i. e. help, befriend, or assist the search. So in Measure for Measure:
--- can you so stead me
To bring me to the sight of Isabella ?' Vol. IX.
Of Helicanus would set on
6 i. e. to suppress: opprimere. * An exclanation equivalent to well-a-day. 8 • The further consequences of this storm I shall not describe; what ensues may be conveniently exhibited in action; but action could not well have displayed all the events that I have now related.'
9 It is clear from these lines that when the play was originally performed, no attempt was made to exbibit either a sea or a ship. The ensuing scene and some others must have suffered considerably in the representation, from the poverty of the stage apparatus in the time of the author.
Enter PERICLES, on a Ship at Sea. Per. Thou God of this great vast?, rebuke these
surges, Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou, that
hast Upon the winds command, bind them in brass, Having call’d them from the deep! 0 still thy
deaf'ning, Thy dreadful thunders; gently quench thy nimble Sulphureous flashes!—0 how, Lychorida, How does my queen! - Thou storm, thou! venom
I It should be remembered that Pericles is supposed to speak from the deck. Lychorida, on whom he calls, is supposed to be in the cabin beneath. Tis great vast is this wide erpanse.' See vol. i. p. 26, note 32. This speech is exhibited in so strange a form in the old editions, that it is here given to enable the reader to judge in what a corrupt state it has come down to us, and be induced to treat the attempts to restore it to integrity with indulgence :
• The God of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
Of my queenes travayles ? now Lychorida ? Pericles, having called to Lychorida, without the power to make her hear on account of the tempest, at last with frantic peevishness addresses himself to it :
+--- Thou storm thou ! venemously
Wilt thon spit all thyself? Having indulged himself in this question, he grows cooler, and observes that the very boatswain's whistle 'has no more effect on the sailors than the voices of those who speak to the dead.
He then repeats his inquiries of Lychorida, but receiving no answer, concludes with a prayer for his queen.