Pericles


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Enter Pericles at Tarsus with Cleon and Dionyza,

and Lychorida with the baby in her arms


PERICLES

Most honoured Cleon, I must needs be gone.

My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands

In a litigious peace. You and your lady
litigious (adj.) quarrelsome, contentious, marred by disputes

Take from my heart all thankfulness. The gods

Make up the rest upon you!
shake (n.) shaking, shock, blow


CLEON

                         Your shakes of fortune,

Though they haunt you mortally, yet glance
glance (v.) 1 touch, have an impact
haunt (v.) 2 pursue, afflict, beset
mortally (adv.) 2 grievously, bitterly, intensely

Full wonderingly on us.
wonderingly (adv.) with wonder, with amazement


DIONYZA

                         O, your sweet queen!

That the strict fates had pleased you had brought her hither,
strict (adj.) 3 harsh, cruel, unrelenting

To have blessed mine eyes with her.


PERICLES

                         We cannot but obey

The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities

As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end

Must be as 'tis. My gentle babe Marina,
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

Whom, for she was born at sea, I have named so,

Here I charge your charity withal, leaving her

The infant of your care, beseeching you

To give her princely training, that she may

Be mannered as she is born.


CLEON

                         Fear not, my lord, but think

Your grace, that fed my country with your corn,

For which the people's prayers still fall upon you,
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
neglection (n.) negligence, neglect, disregard

Should therein make me vile, the common body,
body (n.) 2 corporate body, collective mass [of people]

By you relieved would force me to my duty.

But if to that my nature need a spur,

The gods revenge it upon me and mine

To the end of generation.
generation (n.) 2 posterity, procreation, humankind


PERICLES

                         I believe you.

Your honour and your goodness teach me to't

Without your vows. Till she be married, madam,

By bright Diana, whom we honour, all

Unscissored shall this hair of mine remain,

Though I show will in't. So I take my leave.
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination
will (n.) 3 wilfulness, self-will, determination

Good madam, make me blessed in your care

In bringing up my child.


DIONYZA

                         I have one myself,

Who shall not be more dear to my respect
respect (n.) 3 regard, admiration, favour, opinion

Than yours, my lord.


PERICLES

                         Madam, my thanks and prayers.


CLEON

We'll bring your grace e'en to the edge o'th' shore,

Then give you up to the masked Neptune, and

The gentlest winds of heaven.
gentle (adj.) 4 peaceful, calm, free from violence


PERICLES

                         I will embrace

Your offer. Come, dearest madam. O, no tears,

Lychorida, no tears.

Look to your little mistress, on whose grace

You may depend hereafter. Come, my lord.

Exeunt

 
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