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Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Act 1 Scene 3
Scene III Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.
- [Enter THALIARD]
- So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I
- kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to
- be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive
- he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that,
- being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired
- he might know none of his secrets: now do I see he
- had some reason for't; for if a king bid a man be a
- villain, he's bound by the indenture of his oath to
- be one! Hush! here come the lords of Tyre.
- [Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES, with other Lords of Tyre]
- You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
- Further to question me of your king's departure:
- His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
- Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
- [Aside] How! the king gone!
- If further yet you will be satisfied,
- Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves,
- He would depart, I'll give some light unto you.
- Being at Antioch--
- [Aside] What from Antioch?
- Royal Antiochus--on what cause I know not--
- Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
- And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
- To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
- So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
- With whom each minute threatens life or death.
- [Aside] Well, I perceive
- I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
- But since he's gone, the king's seas must please:
- He 'scaped the land, to perish at the sea.
- I'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre!
- Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
- From him I come
- With message unto princely Pericles;
- But since my landing I have understood
- Your lord has betook himself to unknown travels,
- My message must return from whence it came.
- We have no reason to desire it,
- Commended to our master, not to us:
- Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
- As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.