Roger Warren (ed.), The Oxford Shakespeare: Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Editor’s NoteSc. 9
Editor’s NoteEnter King Simonides at one door reading of a letter, the Knights enter ⌈at another door⌉ and meet him1
first knight Good morrow to the good Simonides.2
simonides Knights, from my daughter this I let you know:
3That for this twelvemonth she'll not undertake
Link 4A married life. Her reason to herself
Editor’s Note5Is only known, which from her none can get.Editor’s Note7
simonides Faith, by no means. It is impossible,
Editor’s Note10This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vowed,
11And on her virgin honour will not break it.12Critical Apparatus Exeunt Knights
third knight Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.13
simonides So, they are well dispatched. Now to my daughter's letter.
14She tells me here she'll wed the stranger knight,
Editor’s Note15Or never more to view nor day nor light.
Editor’s Note16I like that well. Nay, how absolute she's in't,
18Mistress, 'tis well, I do commend your choice,
19And will no longer have it be delayed.Enter Pericles
Editor’s Note20Soft, here he comes. I must dissemble that
Editor’s Note21In show, I have determined on in heart.pg 146 22
pericles All fortune to the good Simonides.Editor’s Note23
simonides To you as much, sir. I am beholden to you
Critical Apparatus24For your sweet music this last night. My ears,
25I do protest, were never better ed
26With such delightful pleasing harmony.27
pericles It is your grace's pleasure to commend,
28Not my desert.
simonides Sir, you are music's master.29
pericles The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.Critical Apparatus30
simonides Let me ask you one thing. What think you of my daughter?31
pericles A most virtuous princess.
simonides And she is fair, too, is she not?Editor’s Note32
pericles As a fair day in summer: wondrous fair.Critical Apparatus33
simonides My daughter, sir, thinks very well of you;
Editor’s Note34So well indeed that you must be her master
Editor’s Note35And she will be your scholar; therefore look to it.Link 36
pericles I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.Editor’s Note37He gives the letter to Pericles, who reads
simonides She thinks not so. Peruse this writing else.38
pericles (aside) What's here, a letter that she loves the knight of Tyre?pg 147
Editor’s Note39'Tis the King's subtlety to have my life.Editor’s Note ⌈He prostrates himself at the King's feet⌉
40O seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
41A stranger and distressèd gentleman
Editor’s Note42That never aimed so high to love your daughter,
Editor’s Note43But bent all offices to honour her.
Editor’s Note44Never did thought of mine levy offence,
45Nor never did my actions yet commence
Editor’s Note46A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.Critical Apparatus47
simonides Thou liest like a traitor.
simonides Ay, traitor,
48That thus disguised art stolen into my court
Critical Apparatus49With witchcraft of thy actions to bewitch
50The yielding spirit of my tender child.Editor’s Note51
pericles ⌈rising⌉ Who calls me traitor, unless it be the King,
52Even in his bosom I will write the lie.53
simonides (aside) Now by the gods, I do applaud his courage.Editor’s Note54
pericles My actions are as noble as my blood,
Editor’s Note55That never relished of a base descent.pg 148
58And he that otherwise accounts of me,
59This sword shall prove he's honour's enemy.Editor’s Note60
simonides I shall prove otherwise, since both your practice
61And her consent therein is evident
Editor’s Note62There, by my daughter's hand, as she can witness.Enter Thaisa63
pericles (to Thaisa) Then as you are as virtuous as fair,
64By what you hope of heaven or desire
65By your best wishes here i'th' world fulfilled,
Editor’s Note66Resolve your angry father if my tongue
Link 67Did e'er solicit, or my hand subscribe
Editor’s Note68To any syllable made love to you.Editor’s Note69
thaisa Why, sir, say if you had,
Editor’s Note70Who takes offence at that would make me glad?Editor’s Note71
simonides How, minion, are you so peremptory?(Aside)
Editor’s Note72I am glad on't.—Is this a fit match for you?
Editor’s Note73A straggling Theseus, born we know not where,
Editor’s Note74One that hath neither blood nor meritpg 149
Editor’s Note75For thee to hope for, or himself to challenge
76Of thy perfections e'en the least allowance.Editor’s Note77
thaisa (kneeling) Suppose his birth were base, when that his life
Editor’s Note78Shows that he is not so, yet he hath virtue,
79The very ground of all nobility,
80Enough to make him noble. I entreat you
81To remember that I am in love,
82The power of which love cannot be confined
83By the power of your will. Most royal father,
84What with my pen I have in secret written
85With my tongue now I openly confirm,
86Which is I have no life but in his love,
87Nor any being but in joying of his worth.88
simonides Equals to equals, good to good is joined.
Editor’s Note89This not being so, the bavin of your mind
90In rashness kindled must again be quenched,
91Or purchase our displeasure. And for you, sir,
92First learn to know I banish you my court,
93And yet I scorn our rage should stoop so low.
94For your ambition, sir, I'll have your life.95
thaisa (to Pericles) For every drop of blood he sheds of yours
96He'll draw another from his only child.Editor’s Note97
simonides I'll tame you, yea, I'll bring you in subjection.
98Will you, not having my consent,
99Bestow your love and your affections
Editor’s Note100Upon a stranger?—(aside) who for aught I know
101May be, nor can I think the contrary,
102As great in blood as I myself.pg 150
Editor’s Note103Therefore hear you, mistress: either frame your will to mine—
104And you, sir, hear you—either be ruled by me,⌈He claps their hands together⌉
man and wife.
106Nay, come, your hands and lips must seal it too,Pericles and Thaisa kiss
Editor’s Note107And being joined, I'll thus your hopes destroy,⌈He parts them⌉
108And for your further grief—God give you joy.
109What, are you pleased?
thaisa Yes, (to Pericles) if you love me, sir.Editor’s Note110
pericles Even as my life my blood that fosters it.111
simonides What, are you both agreed?
pericles and thaisa Yes, if't please your majesty.