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But you, my knight and guest; To whom this wreath of victory I give, And crown you king of this day's happiness.
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my meriț.
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours; And here, I hope, is none that envies it. In framing artists, art hath thus decreed, To make some good, but others to exceed; And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o'the
feast, (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place: Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace. Knights. We are honour'd much by good si
monides. Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour we
Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Some other is more fit.
Per. You are right courteous knights.
Sit, sit, sir; sit. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, These cates resist me, she not thought upon.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
77.c. These delicacies go against my stomach.
A country gentleman;
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picture, Which tells me, in that glory once he was ; Had princes sit, like stars, about his throne, And he the sun, for them to reverence. None that beheld him, but like lesser lights, Did vail8 their crowns to his supremacy ; Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night, The which hath fire in darkness, none in light; Whereby I see that time's the king of men, For he's their parent, and he is their grave, And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
Sim. What, are you merry, knights? 1 Knight. Who can be other, in this royal pre
sence ? Sim. Here, with a cup that's stor'd unto the brim, (As you do love, fill to your mistress' lips,) We drink this health to you. Knights.
We thank your grace.
What is it
0, attend, my daughter; Princes, in this, should live like gods above,
Who freely give to every one that comes
Thai. Alas, my father, it befits not me
Sim. How !
[Aside. Sim. And further tell him, we desire to know, Of whence he is, his name and parentage.
Thai. The king my father, sir, has drunk to you.
Per. A gentleman of Tyre-(my name, Pericles; My education being in arts and arms ;)Who looking for adventures in the world, Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men, And, after shipwreck, driven upon this shore. Thai. He thanks your grace ; names himself Pe
ricles, A gentleman of Tyre, who only by Misfortune of the seas has been bereft
Of ships and men, and cast upon
well become a soldier's dance.
[The Knights danca
Per. In those that practise them, they are, my lord,
[The Knights and Ladies dance,
conduct These knights unto their several lodgings: Yours, sir, We have given order to be next our own.
Per. I am at your grace's pleasure.
Sim. Princes, it is too late to talk of love, For that's the mark I know you level at : Therefore each one betake him to his rest; To-morrow, all for speeding do their best. [Exeunt.
9 Prepared for combat.
Tyre. A Room in the Governor's House.
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES.
Hel. No, no, my Escanes; know this of me,
Esca. 'Twas very strange.
And yet but just; for though This king were great, his greatness was no guard To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.
Esca. 'Tis very true.
Enter three Lords. 1 Lord, See, not a man in private conference, Or council, has respect with him but he.
2 Lord. It shall no longer grieve without reproof. 3 Lord. And curst be he that will not second it. 1 Lord. Follow me then : Lord Helicane, a word. Hel. With me? and welcome: Happy day, my lords,
2 Which ador'd them,