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Per. [Aside] What's here?
A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre!
O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
That never aim'd so high to love your daughter,
Sim. Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and
By the gods, I have not:
A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.
Per. Even in his throat-unless it be the king— That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
Sim. [Aside] Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
Per. My actions are as noble as my thoughts, That never relish'd of a base descent.
I came unto your court for honour's cause,
And not to be a rebel to her state;
And he that otherwise accounts of me,
This sword shall prove he's honour's enemy.
Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
Per. Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
62. her, i.e. honour's. But the corresponding passage in
Wilkins makes it probable that the word should be your.
To any syllable that made love to you.
Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
Bestow your love and your affections
Upon a stranger? [Aside] who, for aught I know,
Therefore hear you, mistress; either frame
Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too:
Both. Yes, if it please your majesty.
Sim. It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you
And then with what haste you can get you to
Gow. Now sleep yslaked hath the rout;
1. yslaked, laid to rest.
Made louder by the o'er-fed breast
Enter, PERICLES and SIMONIDES, at one door, with Attendants; a Messenger meets them, kneels, and gives PERICLES a letter: PERICLES shows it SIMONIDES; the Lords kneel to him. Then enter THAISA with child, with LYCHORIDA a nurse. The KING shows her the letter; she rejoices: she and PERICLES take leave of her father, and depart with LYCHORIDA and their Attendants. Then exeunt SIMONIDES and the rest.
By many a dern and painful perch
By the four opposing coigns
That horse and sail and high expense
At last from Tyre,
15. perch, rod (of distance). 17. coigns, angles, i.e. the points of the compass.
21. stead, promote.
Fame answering the most strange inquire,
The crown of Tyre, but he will none :
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?
Disgorges such a tempest forth,
That, as a duck for life that dives,
So up and down the poor ship drives :
And what ensues in this fell storm
Which might not what by me is told.
In your imagination hold
This stage the ship, upon whose deck
Enter PERICLES, on shipboard.
Per. Thou god of this great vast, rebuke these surges,
Which wash both heaven and hell; and thou,
Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,
How does my queen? Thou storm, venomously
Enter LYCHORIDA, with an Infant.
Lyc. Here is a thing too young for such a
Who, if it had conceit, would die, as I
I. vast, boundless sea. 7. Thou; Malone's correction for Qq Ff then. Dyce's Thou stormest venomously, adopted by Camb. edd., is less in keeping with the situation than the bold
irregularity of the old reading,
8. The seaman's whistle, i. e. the whistle regularly carried by the boatswain of a ship. Cf. The Tempest, i. 1.
16. conceit, apprehension.