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Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Act 4 Scene 1
- [Enter GOWER]
- Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre,
- Welcomed and settled to his own desire.
- His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus,
- Unto Diana there a votaress.
- Now to Marina bend your mind,
- Whom our fast-growing scene must find
- At Tarsus, and by Cleon train'd
- In music, letters; who hath gain'd
- Of education all the grace,
- Which makes her both the heart and place
- Of general wonder. But, alack,
- That monster envy, oft the wrack
- Of earned praise, Marina's life
- Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
- And in this kind hath our Cleon
- One daughter, and a wench full grown,
- Even ripe for marriage-rite; this maid
- Hight Philoten: and it is said
- For certain in our story, she
- Would ever with Marina be:
- Be't when she weaved the sleided silk
- With fingers long, small, white as milk;
- Or when she would with sharp needle wound
- The cambric, which she made more sound
- By hurting it; or when to the lute
- She sung, and made the night-bird mute,
- That still records with moan; or when
- She would with rich and constant pen
- Vail to her mistress Dian; still
- This Philoten contends in skill
- With absolute Marina: so
- With the dove of Paphos might the crow
- Vie feathers white. Marina gets
- All praises, which are paid as debts,
- And not as given. This so darks
- In Philoten all graceful marks,
- That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,
- A present murderer does prepare
- For good Marina, that her daughter
- Might stand peerless by this slaughter.
- The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,
- Lychorida, our nurse, is dead:
- And cursed Dionyza hath
- The pregnant instrument of wrath
- Prest for this blow. The unborn event
- I do commend to your content:
- Only I carry winged time
- Post on the lame feet of my rhyme;
- Which never could I so convey,
- Unless your thoughts went on my way.
- Dionyza does appear,
- With Leonine, a murderer.
Scene I Tarsus. An open place near the sea-shore.
- [Enter DIONYZA and LEONINE]
- Thy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do't:
- 'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.
- Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon,
- To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience,
- Which is but cold, inflaming love i' thy bosom,
- Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which
- Even women have cast off, melt thee, but be
- A soldier to thy purpose.
- I will do't; but yet she is a goodly creature.
- The fitter, then, the gods should have her. Here
- she comes weeping for her only mistress' death.
- Thou art resolved?
- I am resolved.
- [Enter MARINA, with a basket of flowers]
- No, I will rob Tellus of her weed,
- To strew thy green with flowers: the yellows, blues,
- The purple violets, and marigolds,
- Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave,
- While summer-days do last. Ay me! poor maid,
- Born in a tempest, when my mother died,
- This world to me is like a lasting storm,
- Whirring me from my friends.
- How now, Marina! why do you keep alone?
- How chance my daughter is not with you? Do not
- Consume your blood with sorrowing: you have
- A nurse of me. Lord, how your favour's changed
- With this unprofitable woe!
- Come, give me your flowers, ere the sea mar it.
- Walk with Leonine; the air is quick there,
- And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. Come,
- Leonine, take her by the arm, walk with her.
- No, I pray you;
- I'll not bereave you of your servant.
- Come, come;
- I love the king your father, and yourself,
- With more than foreign heart. We every day
- Expect him here: when he shall come and find
- Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,
- He will repent the breadth of his great voyage;
- Blame both my lord and me, that we have taken
- No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you,
- Walk, and be cheerful once again; reserve
- That excellent complexion, which did steal
- The eyes of young and old. Care not for me
- I can go home alone.
- Well, I will go;
- But yet I have no desire to it.
- Come, come, I know 'tis good for you.
- Walk half an hour, Leonine, at the least:
- Remember what I have said.
- I warrant you, madam.
- I'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while:
- Pray, walk softly, do not heat your blood:
- What! I must have a care of you.
- My thanks, sweet madam.
- [Exit DIONYZA]
- Is this wind westerly that blows?
- When I was born, the wind was north.
- Was't so?
- My father, as nurse said, did never fear,
- But cried 'Good seaman!' to the sailors, galling
- His kingly hands, haling ropes;
- And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
- That almost burst the deck.
- When was this?
- When I was born:
- Never was waves nor wind more violent;
- And from the ladder-tackle washes off
- A canvas-climber. 'Ha!' says one, 'wilt out?'
- And with a dropping industry they skip
- From stem to stern: the boatswain whistles, and
- The master calls, and trebles their confusion.
- Come, say your prayers.
- What mean you?
- If you require a little space for prayer,
- I grant it: pray; but be not tedious,
- For the gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn
- To do my work with haste.
- Why will you kill me?
- To satisfy my lady.
- Why would she have me kill'd?
- Now, as I can remember, by my troth,
- I never did her hurt in all my life:
- I never spake bad word, nor did ill turn
- To any living creature: believe me, la,
- I never kill'd a mouse, nor hurt a fly:
- I trod upon a worm against my will,
- But I wept for it. How have I offended,
- Wherein my death might yield her any profit,
- Or my life imply her any danger?
- My commission
- Is not to reason of the deed, but do it.
- You will not do't for all the world, I hope.
- You are well favour'd, and your looks foreshow
- You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately,
- When you caught hurt in parting two that fought:
- Good sooth, it show'd well in you: do so now:
- Your lady seeks my life; come you between,
- And save poor me, the weaker.
- I am sworn,
- And will dispatch.
- [He seizes her]
- [Enter Pirates]
- FIRST PIRATE
- Hold, villain!
- [LEONINE runs away]
- SECOND PIRATE
- A prize! a prize!
- THIRD PIRATE
- Half-part, mates, half-part.
- Come, let's have her aboard suddenly.
- [Exeunt Pirates with MARINA]
- [Re-enter LEONINE]
- These roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes;
- And they have seized Marina. Let her go:
- There's no hope she will return. I'll swear
- she's dead,
- And thrown into the sea. But I'll see further:
- Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,
- Not carry her aboard. If she remain,
- Whom they have ravish'd must by me be slain.