Enter SIMONIDES, reading a
letter, at one door:
|First Knight||Good morrow to the good Simonides.|
|SIMONIDES||Knights, from my daughter this I let you know,
That for this twelvemonth she'll not undertake
A married life.
Her reason to herself is only known,
Which yet from her by no means can I get.
|Second Knight||May we not get access to her, my lord?|
|SIMONIDES||'Faith, by no means; she has so strictly tied
Her to her chamber, that 'tis impossible.
One twelve moons more she'll wear Diana's livery;
This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vow'd
And on her virgin honour will not break it.
|Third Knight||Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.|
They are well dispatch'd; now to my daughter's letter:
She tells me here, she'd wed the stranger knight,
Or never more to view nor day nor light.
'Tis well, mistress; your choice agrees with mine;
I like that well: nay, how absolute she's in't,
Not minding whether I dislike or no!
Well, I do commend her choice;
And will no longer have it be delay'd.
Soft! here he comes: I must dissemble it.
|PERICLES||All fortune to the good Simonides!|
|SIMONIDES||To you as much, sir! I am beholding to you
For your sweet music this last night: I do
Protest my ears were never better fed
With such delightful pleasing harmony.
|PERICLES||It is your grace's pleasure to commend;
Not my desert.
|SIMONIDES||Sir, you are music's master.|
|PERICLES||The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.|
|SIMONIDES||Let me ask you one thing:
What do you think of my daughter, sir?
|PERICLES||A most virtuous princess.|
|SIMONIDES||And she is fair too, is she not?|
|PERICLES||As a fair day in summer, wondrous fair.|
|SIMONIDES||Sir, my daughter thinks very well of you;
Ay, so well, that you must be her master,
And she will be your scholar: therefore look to it.
|PERICLES||I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.|
|SIMONIDES||She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.|
|PERICLES||[Aside] What's here?
A letter, that she loves the knight of Tyre!
'Tis the king's subtlety to have my life.
O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
A stranger and distressed gentleman,
That never aim'd so high to love your daughter,
But bent all offices to honour her.
|SIMONIDES||Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou art
|PERICLES||By the gods, I have not:
Never did thought of mine levy offence;
Nor never did my actions yet commence
A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.
|SIMONIDES||Traitor, thou liest.|
|PERICLES||Even in his throat--unless it be the king--
That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
|SIMONIDES||[Aside] Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.|
|PERICLES||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.
|PERICLES||Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
Resolve your angry father, if my tongue
Did ere solicit, or my hand subscribe
To any syllable that made love to you.
|THAISA||Why, sir, say if you had,
Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
|SIMONIDES||Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?|
|I am glad on't with all my heart.--
I'll tame you; I'll bring you in subjection.
Will you, not having my consent,
Bestow your love and your affections
Upon a stranger?
|who, for aught I know,
May be, nor can I think the contrary,
As great in blood as I myself.--
Therefore hear you, mistress; either frame
Your will to mine,--and you, sir, hear you,
Either be ruled by me, or I will make you--
Man and wife:
Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too:
And being join'd, I'll thus your hopes destroy;
And for a further grief,--God give you joy!--
What, are you both pleased?
|THAISA||Yes, if you love me, sir.|
|PERICLES||Even as my life, or blood that fosters it.|
|SIMONIDES||What, are you both agreed?|
|BOTH||Yes, if it please your majesty.|
|SIMONIDES||It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you wed;
And then with what haste you can get you to bed.
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|Full Text||Act III, Scene 1 At sea.|
|Act I, Scene 1 Antioch. A room in the palace.||Act III, Scene 2 Ephesus. A room in Cerimon's house.|
|Act I, Scene 2 A room in the palace.||Act III, Scene 3 Tarsus. A room in Cleon's house./Act III, Scene 4 A room in Cerimon's house.|
|Act I, Scene 3 An ante-chamber in the palace.||Act IV, Scene 1 Tarsus. An open place near the sea=shore.|
|Act I, Scene 4 A room in the Governor's house||Act IV, Scene 2 Mytilene. A room in a brothel.|
|Act II, Scene 1 Pentapolis. An open place by the sea-side.||Act IV, Scene 3 Tarsus. A room in Cleon's house.|
|Act II, Scene 2 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, etc.||Act IV, Scene 4 Chorus dialogue./Act IV, Scene 5 Mytilene. A street before the brothel.|
|Act II, Scene 3 The same. A hall of state: a banquet prepared.||Act IV, Scene 6 The same. A room in the brothel.|
|Act II, Scene 4 Tyre. A room in the Governor's house.||Act V, Scene 1 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.|
|Act II, Scene 5 Pentapolis. A room in the palace.||Act V, Scene 2 Chorus dialogue./Act V, Scene 3 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.|
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