Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
Editor’s Note[Flourish.] Enter King Simonides, Thaisa, [ladies, and attendants at one door; Editor’s Noteand at another door] a Marshal [conducting] Pericles and the other Knights from tiltingLink 1
king simonides Knights,
2To say you're welcome were superfluous.
Editor’s Note3To place upon the volume of your deeds
4As in a title page your worth in arms
5Were more than you expect, or more than's fit,
6Since every worth in show commends itself.
Editor’s Note7Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast.
8You are princes and my guests.
thaisa [to Pericles] But you, my knight and guest;
9To whom this wreath of victory I give,
10And crown you king of this day's happiness.[She crowns Pericles with a victory wreath]11
pericles 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit.12
king simonides Call it by what you will, the day is yours,
13And here I hope is none that envies it.
Editor’s Note14In framing artists art hath thus decreed:
15To make some good, but others to exceed.
Editor’s Note16And you are her laboured scholar. [To Thaisa] Come, queen o'th' feast—
17For, daughter, so you are—here take your place;[To Marshal]
Editor’s Note18Marshal, the rest as they deserve their grace.19
knights We are honoured much by good Simonides.20
king simonides Your presence glads our days. Honour we love,
21For who hates honour hates the gods above.pg 2683Editor’s Note22
marshal [to Pericles] Sir, yonder is your place.
pericles Some other is more fit.23
first knight Contend not, sir, for we are gentlemen
24Have neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
25Envied the great, nor shall the low despise.26
pericles You are right courteous knights.
king simonides Sit, sir, sit.[King, Simonides Thaisa, and the Knights, including Pericles, sit to feast] [Aside]
27By Jove I wonder, that is king of thoughts,
Editor’s Note28These cates distaste me, he but thought upon.Editor’s Note29
thaisa [aside] By Juno, that is queen of marriage,
Editor’s Note30All viands that I eat do seem unsavoury,
Editor’s Note31Wishing him my meat. [To King Simonides] Sure he's a gallant gentleman.32
king simonides He's but a country gentleman.
33He's done no more than other knights have done;
Editor’s Note34He's broke a staff or so; so let it pass.Editor’s Note35
thaisa [aside] To me he seems like diamond to glass.36
pericles [aside] Yon king's to me like to my father's picture,
37Which tells me in that glory once he was—
Editor’s Note38Had princes sit like stars about his throne,
Editor’s Note39And he the sun for them to reverence.
40None that beheld him but like lesser lights
Editor’s Note41Did vail their crowns to his supremacy;
Editor’s Note42Where now his son's a glow-worm in the night,
43The which hath fire in darkness, none in light;
44Whereby I see that time's the king of men,
45He's both their parent and he is their grave,
46And gives them what he will, not what they crave.Editor’s Note47
king simonides What, are you merry, knights?48
the other knights Who can be other in this royal presence?49
king simonides Here with a cup that's stored unto the brim,
50As you who love fill to your mistress' lips,
Editor’s Note51We drink this health to you.
the other knights We thank your grace.52
king simonides Yet pause awhile. Yon knight doth sit too melancholy,
53As if the entertainment in our court
Editor’s Note54Had not a show might countervail his worth.
55Note it not you, Thaisa?Editor’s Note56
thaisa What is't to me, my father?57
king simonides O, attend, my daughter.
58Princes in this should live like gods above,
59Who freely give to everyone that come to honour them;
Editor’s Note60And princes not doing so are like to gnats
61Which make a sound but, killed, are wondered at.
Editor’s Note63Here, say we drink this standing bowl of wine to him.64
thaisa Alas, my father, it befits not me
Editor’s Note65Unto a stranger knight to be so bold.
Editor’s Note66He may my proffer take for an offence,
67Since men take women's gifts for impudence.Editor’s Note68
king simonides How? Do as I bid you, or you'll move me else.69
thaisa [aside] Now, by the gods, he could not please me better.Link 70
king simonides And further, tell him we desire to know of him
71Of whence he is, his name and parentage.72
thaisa [to Pericles] The King my father, sir, has drunk to you.73
pericles I thank him.Editor’s Note74
thaisa Wishing it so much blood unto your life.75
pericles I thank both him and you, and pledge him freely.[Pericles pledges King Simonides]76
thaisa And further he desires to know of you
77Of whence you are, your name and parentage.78
pericles A gentleman of Tyre, my name Pericles,
79My education being in arts and arms,
80Who, looking for adventures in the world,
Editor’s Note81Was by the rough seas reft of ships and men,
82And after shipwreck driven upon this shore.[Thaisa returns to King Simonides]83
thaisa He thanks your grace, names himself Pericles,
84A gentleman of Tyre,
85Who, only by misfortune of the seas,
86Bereft of ships and men, cast on this shore.87
king simonides Now by the gods, I pity his misfortune,
88And will awake him from his melancholy.—
89Come, gentlemen, we sit too long on trifles,
Editor’s Note90And waste the time which looks for other revels.
Editor’s Note91Even your armours, as you are addressed,
92Will well become a soldier's dance.
93I will not have excuse with saying this:
94'Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads',
95Since they love men in arms as well as beds.Editor’s Note[The Knights, other than Pericles, and ladies] dance
96So, this was well asked, 'twas so well performed.[To Pericles]
Editor’s Note97Come, sir, here's a lady that wants breathing too.
98And I have heard the knights of Tyre
Editor’s Note99Are excellent in making ladies trip,
100And that their measures are as excellent.101
pericles In those that practise them they are, my lord.102
king simonides O, that's as much as you would be denied
103Of your fair courtesy.Editor’s NoteThey dance
Unclasp, unclasp.[To Pericles]
Editor’s Note105But you the best.—Pages and lights, to conduct
107We have given order to be next our own.108
pericles I am at your grace's pleasure.