Pericles


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Pericles a-shipboard
rebuke (v.) repress, put down, check
surge (n.) heavy wave, violent sea
vast (n.) 1 great expanse, immense space, waste


PERICLES

Thou god of this great vast rebuke these surges,

Which wash both heaven and hell. And thou that hast

Upon the winds command, bind them in brass,

Having called them from the deep! O, still

Thy deafening, dreadful thunders, gently quench

Thy nimble, sulphurous flashes! O, how, Lychorida,

How does my queen? Thou storm, venomously

Wilt thou spit all thyself? The seaman's whistle

Is as a whisper in the ears of death,

Unheard. Lychorida! Lucina, O

Divinest patroness and midwife gentle
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

To those that cry by night, convey thy deity

Aboard our dancing boat, make swift the pangs

Of my queen's travails! Now, Lychorida!
travail, travel (n.) 5 labour, pain of childbirth

Enter Lychorida with a baby


LYCHORIDA

Here is a thing too young for such a place,

Who, if it had conceit would die as I
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension

Am like to do. Take in your arms this piece
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

Of your dead queen.


PERICLES

                         How? How, Lychorida?


LYCHORIDA

Patience, good sir, do not assist the storm.

Here's all that is left living of your queen,

A little daughter; for the sake of it,

Be manly and take comfort.


PERICLES

                         O you gods!

Why do you make us love your goodly gifts

And snatch them straight away? We here below
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Recall not what we give, and therein may

Use honour with you.


LYCHORIDA

                         Patience, good sir,

Even for this charge.
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty


PERICLES

                         Now, mild may be thy life!

For a more blusterous birth had never babe;
blusterous (adj.) blustery, rough, stormy

Quiet and gentle thy conditions! for
condition (n.) 5 state, way of life
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence

Thou art the rudeliest welcome to this world
rudely (adj.) violent, rough, harsh

That ever was prince's child. Happy what follows!

Thou hast as chiding a nativity
chiding (adj.) noisy, brawling, tumultuous

As fire, air, water, earth, and heaven can make

To herald thee from the womb. Poor inch of nature!

Even at the first thy loss is more than can

Thy portage quit, with all thou canst find here.
portage (n.) 2 [unclear meaning] life's voyage, journey through life
quit (v.) 8 make compensation for, requite

Now the good gods throw their best eyes upon't.

Enter two Sailors


FIRST SAILOR

What courage, sir? God save you!


PERICLES

Courage enough. I do not fear the flaw;
flaw (n.) 1 gust, squall, blast

It hath done to me the worst. Yet for the love

Of this poor infant, this fresh new seafarer,

I would it would be quiet.


FIRST SAILOR

Slack the bolins there! – Thou wilt not,
bolin (n.) [nautical] bow-line, rope for steadying a sail

wilt thou? Blow and split thyself.


SECOND SAILOR

But sea-room, an the brine and cloudy
sea-room (n.) space at sea to manoeuvre a ship

billow kiss the moon, I care not.


FIRST SAILOR

Sir, your queen must overboard. The sea

works high, the wind is loud, and will not lie till the
work (v.), past form wrought 12 run, toss about, rage

ship be cleared of the dead.


PERICLES

That's your superstition.


FIRST SAILOR

Pardon us, sir; with us at sea it hath been

still observed, and we are strong in custom. Therefore
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

briefly yield 'er, for she must overboard straight.
briefly (adv.) 1 quickly, soon, in a moment
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count


PERICLES

As you think meet. Most wretched queen!
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper See Topics: Frequency count


LYCHORIDA

Here she lies, sir.

She reveals the body of Thaisa


PERICLES

A terrible childbed hast thou had, my dear;

No light, no fire; th' unfriendly elements

Forgot thee utterly. Nor have I time

To give thee hallowed to thy grave, but straight

Must cast thee, scarcely coffined, in the ooze,

Where, for a monument upon thy bones,

And e'er-remaining lamps, the belching whale
belching (adj.) spouting, spurting

And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse,
humming (adj.) murmuring

Lying with simple shells. O Lychorida,

Bid Nestor bring me spices, ink and paper,

My casket and my jewels. And bid Nicander

Bring me the satin coffer. Lay the babe

Upon the pillow. Hie thee, whiles I say
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

A priestly farewell to her. Suddenly, woman.

Exit Lychorida


SECOND SAILOR

Sir, we have a chest beneath the

hatches, caulked and bitumed ready.
bitumed (adj.) smeared with pitch [bitumen]


PERICLES

I thank thee. Mariner, say, what coast is this?


SECOND SAILOR

We are near Tarsus.


PERICLES

Thither, gentle mariner,
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Alter thy course for Tyre. When canst thou reach it?


SECOND SAILOR

By break of day, if the wind cease.


PERICLES

O, make for Tarsus!

There will I visit Cleon, for the babe

Cannot hold out to Tyrus. There I'll leave it

At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner;

I'll bring the body presently.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Exeunt

 
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