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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Tom Bishop
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Modern)


947.1
[2.5]
Enter the King[, Simonides,] reading of a letter, at one door. The Knights meet him.
9501 Knight Good morrow to the good Simonides.
Simonides Knights, from my daughter this I let you know:
That for this twelve-month, she'll not undertake
A married life.
Her reason to herself is only known,
Which from her by no means can I get.
9552 Knight May we not get access to her, my lord?
Simonides Faith, by no means. She hath 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 vowed,
960And, on her virgin honor, will not break it.
3 Knight Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.[Exeunt Knights.]
Simonides So, they are well dispatched.
Now to my daughter's letter.
She tells me here
she'll wed the stranger knight,
965Or 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
970have it be delayed.
Soft, here he comes.
I must dissemble it.
Enter Pericles.
Pericles All fortune to the good Simonides.
Simonides To you as much. Sir, I am beholding to you
975For 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.
980Simonides
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.
985Simonides 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.
990Pericles I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
Simonides She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.
[He gives Pericles the letter.]
Pericles [Aside] What's here?
A letter that she loves the knight of Tyre?
'Tis the king's subtlety to have my life!
[To Simonides] Oh, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
995A stranger and distressèd gentleman
That never aimed so high to love your daughter,
But bent all offices to honor her.
Simonides Thou hast bewitched my daughter,
and thou art
A villain!
1000Pericles
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.
1005Pericles Traitor?
Simonides Ay, traitor.
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.
1010Pericles My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
That never relished of a base descent.
I came unto your court for honor's cause,
And not to be a rebel to her state;
And he that otherwise accounts of me --
1015This sword shall prove, he's honor's enemy.
Simonides No?
Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
Enter Thaisa.
Pericles Then, as you are as virtuous as fair,
Resolve your angry father, if my tongue
1020Did e'er 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?
1025[Aside] I am glad on't with all my heart.
[Aloud] 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? [Aside] Who for aught I know
1030May be -- nor can I think the contrary --
As great in blood as I myself.
[Aloud] Therefore hear you, mistress: either frame
Your will to mine -- and you, sir, hear you:
Either be ruled by me, or I'll make you --
1035Man and wife!
Nay come, your hands
and lips must seal it too;
And being joined,
I'll thus your hopes destroy,
And for further grief --
God give you joy!
What are you both pleased?
Thaisa
Yes, [To Pericles] if you love me, sir.
1040Pericles Even as my life my blood that fosters it.
Simonides What are you both agreed?
Both Yes, if't please your Majesty.
Simonides It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you wed;
Then with what haste you can, get you to bed.
Exeunt.