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Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Act 2 Scene 5
Scene V Pentapolis. A room in the palace.
- [Enter SIMONIDES, reading a letter, at one door:
- the Knights meet him]
- FIRST KNIGHT
- Good morrow to the good 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?
- '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.
- [Exeunt Knights]
- 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.
- [Enter PERICLES]
- All fortune to the good 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.
- It is your grace's pleasure to commend;
- Not my desert.
- Sir, you are music's master.
- The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.
- Let me ask you one thing:
- What do you think of my daughter, sir?
- A most virtuous princess.
- And she is fair too, is she not?
- As a fair day in summer, wondrous fair.
- 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.
- I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.
- She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.
- [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.
- Thou hast bewitch'd my daughter, and thou art
- A villain.
- 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.
- Traitor, thou liest.
- Ay, traitor.
- Even in his throat--unless it be the king--
- That calls me traitor, I return the lie.
- [Aside] Now, by the gods, I do applaud his courage.
- 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.
- [Enter THAISA]
- 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.
- Why, sir, say if you had,
- Who takes offence at that would make me glad?
- 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?
- Yes, if you love me, sir.
- Even as my life, or blood that fosters it.
- What, are you both agreed?
- Yes, if it please your majesty.
- It pleaseth me so well, that I will see you wed;
- And then with what haste you can get you to bed.