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Enter Antiochus, Prince Pericles, and followers.Enter Antiochus, Prince Pericles, and followers Per I.i.1.1
Anti.ANTIOCHUS 
Young Prince of Tyre, you haue at large receiuedYoung Prince of Tyre, you have at large receivedlarge, atat length, in full, thoroughlyPer I.i.1
receive (v.)
old form: receiued
understand, take in, comprehend
The danger of the taske you vndertake.The danger of the task you undertake? Per I.i.2
Peri.PERICLES 
I haue (Antiochus) and with a souleI have, Antiochus, and with a soul Per I.i.3
emboldned / With the glory of her prayse,Emboldened with the glory of her praise Per I.i.4
thinke death no hazard, / In this enterprise.Think death no hazard in this enterprise. Per I.i.5
Ant.ANTIOCHUS 
MusickeMusic! Per I.i.6
bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride,Bring in our daughter, clothed like a bride Per I.i.7
For embracements euen of Ioue himselfe;For the embracements even of Jove himself,embracement (n.)embrace, clasping, hugPer I.i.8
Jove (n.)[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
At whose conception, till Lucina rained,At whose conception, till Lucina reigned,Lucina (n.)[lu'seena] Roman goddess of childbirthPer I.i.9
Nature this dowry gaue; to glad her presence,Nature this dowry gave; to glad her presence,glad (v.)make a gladness ofPer I.i.10
The Seanate house of Planets all did sit,The senate-house of planets all did sit Per I.i.11
To knit in her, their best perfections.To knit in her their best perfections. Per I.i.12
Enter Antiochus daughter.Enter Antiochus's Daughter Per I.i.13.1
Per.PERICLES 
See where she comes, appareled like the Spring,See where she comes, apparelled like the spring,apparel (v.)clothe, dress up, trick outPer I.i.13
Graces her subiects, and her thoughts the King,Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Per I.i.14
Of euery Vertue giues renowne to men:Of every virtue gives renown to men; Per I.i.15
Her face the booke of prayses, where is read,Her face the book of praises, where is read Per I.i.16
Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence,Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thencecurious (adj.)exquisite, excellent, finePer I.i.17
Sorrow were euer racte, and teastie wrathSorrow were ever razed, and testy wrathraze, raze out
old form: racte
erase, obliterate, wipe out
Per I.i.18
Could neuer be her milde companion.Could never be her mild companion. Per I.i.19
You Gods that made me man, and sway in loue;You gods that made me man, and sway in love, Per I.i.20
That haue enflamde desire in my breast,That have inflamed desire in my breast Per I.i.21
To taste the fruite of yon celestiall tree,To taste the fruit of yon celestial tree Per I.i.22
(Or die in th'aduenture) be my helpes,Or die in the adventure, be my helps, Per I.i.23
As I am sonne and seruant to your will,As I am son and servant to your will, Per I.i.24
To compasse such a bondlesse happinesse.To compass such a boundless happiness!compass (v.)
old form: compasse
accomplish, fulfil, achieve, bring about
Per I.i.25
Anti.ANTIOCHUS 
Prince Pericles.Prince Pericles – Per I.i.26
Peri.PERICLES 
That would be sonne to great Antiochus.That would be son to great Antiochus. Per I.i.27
Ant.ANTIOCHUS 
Before thee standes this faire Hesperides,Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,Hesperides (n.)[pron: hes'perideez] daughters of the evening star (Hesper), who guard the garden of the gods where the golden apples growPer I.i.28
With golden fruite, but dangerous to be toucht:With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touched, Per I.i.29
For Death like Dragons heere affright thee hard:For deathlike dragons here affright thee hard.deathlike (adj.)
old form: Death like
deadly, mortal, fatal
Per I.i.30
affright (v.)frighten, terrify, scare
Her face like Heauen, inticeth thee to viewHer face, like heaven, enticeth thee to view Per I.i.31
Her countlesse glory; which desert must gaine:Her countless glory, which desert must gain; Per I.i.32
And which without desert, because thine eyeAnd which without desert because thine eye Per I.i.33
Presumes to reach, all the whole heape must die:Presumes to reach, all the whole heap must die. Per I.i.34
Yon sometimes famous Princes, like thy selfe,Yon sometimes famous princes, like thyself,sometimes (adv.)formerly, once, at one time, previouslyPer I.i.35
Drawne by report, aduentrous by desire,Drawn by report, adventurous by desire,adventurous (adj.)
old form: aduentrous
risk-taking, imprudently bold, rashly daring
Per I.i.36
Tell thee with speachlesse tongues, and semblance pale,Tell thee with speechless tongues and semblance palesemblance (n.)appearance, outward showPer I.i.37
That without couering, saue yon field of Starres,That without covering, save yon field of stars, Per I.i.38
Heere they stand Martyrs slaine in Cupids Warres:Here they stand martyrs slain in Cupid's wars;Cupid (n.)[pron: 'kyoopid] Roman god of love, son of Venus and Mercury; a winged, blindfolded boy with curved bow and arrowsPer I.i.39
And with dead cheekes, aduise thee to desist,And with dead cheeks advise thee to desist Per I.i.40
For going on deaths net, whom none resist.For going on death's net, whom none resist. Per I.i.41
Per.PERICLES 
Antiochus, I thanke thee, who hath taught,Antiochus, I thank thee, who hath taught Per I.i.42
My frayle mortalitie to know it selfe;My frail mortality to know itself, Per I.i.43
And by those fearefull obiectes, to prepareAnd by those fearful objects to prepare Per I.i.44
This body, like to them, to what I must:This body, like to them, to what I must; Per I.i.45
For Death remembered should be like a myrrour,For death remembered should be like a mirror, Per I.i.46
Who tels vs, life's but breath, to trust it errour:Who tells us life's but breath, to trust it error. Per I.i.47
Ile make my Will then, and as sicke men doe,I'll make my will then, and as sick men do Per I.i.48
Who know the World, see Heauen, but feeling woe,Who know the world, see heaven, but feeling woe Per I.i.49
Gripe not at earthly ioyes as earst they did;Gripe not at earthly joys as erst they did,erst (adv.)formerly, once, beforePer I.i.50
gripe (v.)clutch, grasp, seize
So I bequeath a happy peace to you,So I bequeath a happy peace to you Per I.i.51
And all good men, as euery Prince should doe;And all good men, as every prince should do; Per I.i.52
My ritches to the earth, from whence they came;My riches to the earth from whence they came, Per I.i.53
(to the Daughter) Per I.i.54
But my vnspotted fire of Loue, to you:But my unspotted fire of love to you. Per I.i.54
Thus ready for the way of life or death,Thus ready for the way of life or death, Per I.i.55
I wayte the sharpest blow (Antiochus)I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus. Per I.i.56
ANTIOCHUS 
Scorning aduice; read the conclusion then:Scorning advice, read the conclusion then,conclusion (n.)riddle, enigma, conundrumPer I.i.57
Which read and not expounded, tis decreed,Which read and not expounded, 'tis decreed, Per I.i.58
As these before thee, thou thy selfe shalt bleed.As these before thee, thou thyself shalt bleed. Per I.i.59
Daugh.DAUGHTER 
Of all sayd yet, mayst thou prooue prosperous,Of all 'sayed yet, mayst thou prove prosperous!assay (v.)attempt, try, venturePer I.i.60
Of all sayd yet, I wish thee happinesse.Of all 'sayed yet, I wish thee happiness. Per I.i.61
Peri.PERICLES 
Like a bold Champion I assume the Listes,Like a bold champion I assume the lists,list (n.)(usually plural) combat arena at a tournamentPer I.i.62
assume (v.)undertake, enter, choose
Nor aske aduise of any other thought,Nor ask advice of any other thought Per I.i.63
But faythfulnesse and courage.But faithfulness and courage. Per I.i.64
He reads aloud Per I.i.65.1
The Riddle.THE RIDDLE Per I.i.65.2
I am no Viper, yet I feedI am no viper, yet I feed Per I.i.65
On mothers flesh which did me breed:On mother's flesh which did me breed. Per I.i.66
I sought a Husband, in which labour,I sought a husband, in which labour Per I.i.67
I found that kindnesse in a Father;I found that kindness in a father. Per I.i.68
Hee's Father, Sonne, and Husband milde;He's father, son, and husband mild; Per I.i.69
I, Mother, Wife; and yet his child:I mother, wife, and yet his child. Per I.i.70
How they may be, and yet in two,How they may be, and yet in two, Per I.i.71
As you will liue resolue it you.As you will live, resolve it you.resolve (v.)
old form: resolue
answer, respond to
Per I.i.72
Sharpe Phisicke is the last: But ô you powers!(Aside) Sharp physic is the last. But O you powersphysic (n.)medicine, healing, treatmentPer I.i.73
power (n.)(usually plural) god, deity, divinity
That giues heauen countlesse eyes to view mens actes,That give heaven countless eyes to view men's acts, Per I.i.74
Why cloude they not their sights perpetually,Why cloud they not their sights perpetually,sight (n.)eyePer I.i.75
If this be true, which makes me pale to read it?If this be true which makes me pale to read it? Per I.i.76
Faire Glasse of light, I lou'd you, and could still,Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still,glass (n.)
old form: Glasse
mirror, looking-glass
Per I.i.77
Were not this glorious Casket stor'd with ill:Were not this glorious casket stored with ill.ill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilPer I.i.78
stored (adj.)
old form: stor'd
well supplied, rich, plentifully provided
But I must tell you, now my thoughts reuolt,But I must tell you now my thoughts revolt; Per I.i.79
For hee's no man on whom perfections waite,For he's no man on whom perfections wait Per I.i.80
That knowing sinne within, will touch the gate.That, knowing sin within, will touch the gate. Per I.i.81
You are a faire Violl, and your sense, the stringes;You are a fair viol, and your sense the strings,sense (n.)senses, sensation, organs of sensePer I.i.82
viol (n.)
old form: Violl
type of stringed instrument played with a bow
Who finger'd to make man his lawfull musicke,Who, fingered to make man his lawful music, Per I.i.83
Would draw Heauen downe, and all the Gods to harken:Would draw heaven down and all the gods to hearken, Per I.i.84
But being playd vpon before your time,But, being played upon before your time, Per I.i.85
Hell onely daunceth at so harsh a chime:Hell only danceth at so harsh a chime. Per I.i.86
Good sooth, I care not for you.Good sooth, I care not for you.sooth (n.)truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]Per I.i.87
Ant.ANTIOCHUS 
Prince Pericles, touch not, vpon thy life;Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life, Per I.i.88
For that's an Article within our Law,For that's an article within our law Per I.i.89
As dangerous as the rest: your time's expir'd,As dangerous as the rest. Your time's expired;dangerous (adj.)threatening, severe, menacingPer I.i.90
Either expound now, or receiue your sentence.Either expound now or receive your sentence. Per I.i.91
Peri.PERICLES 
Great King,Great King, Per I.i.92
Few loue to heare the sinnes they loue to act,Few love to hear the sins they love to act. Per I.i.93
T'would brayde your selfe too neare for me to tell it:'Twould braid yourself too near for me to tell it.near (adv.)
old form: neare
closely, intimately, seriously
Per I.i.94
braid (v.)
old form: brayde
upbraid, reproach, disparage
Who has a booke of all that Monarches doe,Who has a book of all that monarchs do, Per I.i.95
Hee's more secure to keepe it shut, then showne.He's more secure to keep it shut than shown, Per I.i.96
For Vice repeated, is like the wandring Wind,For vice repeated is like the wandering wind, Per I.i.97
Blowes dust in others eyes to spread it selfe;Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself; Per I.i.98
And yet the end of all is bought thus deare,And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, Per I.i.99
The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see cleare:The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear Per I.i.100
To stop the Ayre would hurt them, the blind Mole castesTo stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole casts Per I.i.101
Copt hilles towards heauen, to tell the earth is throng'dCopped hills towards heaven, to tell the earth is throngedthrong (v.)
old form: throng'd
crush, overwhelm
Per I.i.102
copped (adj.)
old form: Copt
humped, peaked, heaped up in a mound
By mans oppression, and the poore Worme doth die for't:By man's oppression, and the poor worm doth die for't. Per I.i.103
Kinges are earths Gods; in vice, their law's their will:Kings are earth's gods; in vice, their law's their will; Per I.i.104
And if Ioue stray, who dares say, Ioue doth ill:And if Jove stray, who dares say Jove doth ill?ill (n.)wrong, injury, harm, evilPer I.i.105
It is enough you know, and it is fit;It is enough you know, and it is fit, Per I.i.106
What being more knowne, growes worse, to smother it.What being more known grows worse, to smother it. Per I.i.107
All loue the Wombe that their first beeing bred,All love the womb that their first being bred; Per I.i.108
Then giue my tongue like leaue, to loue my head.Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. Per I.i.109
Ant.ANTIOCHUS  
(aside) Per I.i.110
Heauen, that I had thy head; he ha's found the mea-ning:Heaven, that I had thy head! He has found the meaning. Per I.i.110
But I will gloze with him. Young Prince of Tyre,But I will gloze with him. – Young Prince of Tyre,gloze (v.)speak fair words, flatter, talk plausiblyPer I.i.111
Though by the tenour of your strict edict,Though by the tenor of our strict edict, Per I.i.112
Your exposition misinterpreting,Your exposition misinterpreting, Per I.i.113
We might proceed to counsell of your dayes;We might proceed to cancel of your days,cancel of (v.)[unclear word-class] put an end to, wipe outPer I.i.114
Yet hope, succeeding from so faire a treeYet hope, succeeding from so fair a treesucceed (v.)proceed, result, issue naturallyPer I.i.115
As your faire selfe, doth tune vs otherwise;As your fair self, doth tune us otherwise. Per I.i.116
Fourtie dayes longer we doe respite you,Forty days longer we do respite you, Per I.i.117
If by which time, our secret be vndone,If by which time our secret be undone,undo (v.)
old form: vndone
unravel, solve, explain
Per I.i.118
This mercy shewes, wee'le ioy in such a Sonne:This mercy shows we'll joy in such a son.joy (v.)
old form: ioy
feel joy, be happy, rejoice
Per I.i.119
And vntill then, your entertaine shall beeAnd until then your entertain shall beentertain (n.)
old form: entertaine
entertainment, reception, treatment
Per I.i.120
As doth befit our honour and your worth.As doth befit our honour and your worth. Per I.i.121
Manet Pericles solus.Exeunt. Pericles remains alone Per I.i.121
Peri.PERICLES 
How courtesie would seeme to couer sinne,How courtesy would seem to cover sin,seem (v.)
old form: seeme
arrange, contrive, try speciously
Per I.i.122
When what is done, is like an hipocrite,When what is done is like an hypocrite, Per I.i.123
The which is good in nothing but in sight.The which is good in nothing but in sight.sight (n.)outward appearance, external showPer I.i.124
If it be true that I interpret false,If it be true that I interpret false,false (n.)false person, deceiverPer I.i.125
Then were it certaine you were not so bad,Then were it certain you were not so bad Per I.i.126
As with foule Incest to abuse your soule:As with foul incest to abuse your soul; Per I.i.127
Where now you both a Father and a Sonne,Where now you're both a father and a son Per I.i.128
By your vntimely claspings with your Child,By your untimely claspings with your child, Per I.i.129
(Which pleasures fittes a husband, not a father)Which pleasures fits a husband, not a father; Per I.i.130
And shee an eater of her Mothers flesh,And she an eater of her mother's flesh Per I.i.131
By the defiling of her Parents bed,By the defiling of her parent's bed; Per I.i.132
And both like Serpents are; who though they feedAnd both like serpents are, who, though they feed Per I.i.133
On sweetest Flowers, yet they Poyson breed.On sweetest flowers, yet they poison breed. Per I.i.134
Antioch farewell, for Wisedome sees those men,Antioch, farewell, for wisdom sees those men Per I.i.135
Blush not in actions blacker then the night,Blush not in actions blacker than the night Per I.i.136
Will shew no course to keepe them from the light:Will shun no course to keep them from the light.shew (v.)eschew, avoid, shirkPer I.i.137
course (n.)course of action, way of proceeding
One sinne (I know) another doth prouoke;One sin, I know, another doth provoke. Per I.i.138
Murther's as neere to Lust, as Flame to Smoake:Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke. Per I.i.139
Poyson and Treason are the hands of Sinne,Poison and treason are the hands of sin, Per I.i.140
I, and the targets to put off the shame,Ay, and the targets to put off the shame.target (n.)light round shieldPer I.i.141
put off (v.)keep away, avert, evade
Then least my life be cropt, to keepe you cleare,Then, lest my life be cropped to keep you clear,crop (v.)
old form: cropt
cut down, remove, hack off
Per I.i.142
clear (adj.)
old form: cleare
innocent, blameless, free from fault, not guilty
By flight, Ile shun the danger which I feare.By flight I'll shun the danger which I fear. Per I.i.143
Exit.Exit Per I.i.143
Enter Antiochus.Enter Antiochus Per I.i.144
Anti.ANTIOCHUS 
He hath found the meaning.He hath found the meaning, Per I.i.144
For which we meane to haue his head:For which we mean to have his head. Per I.i.145
He must not liue to trumpet foorth my infamie,He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, Per I.i.146
Nor tell the world Antiochus doth sinneNor tell the world Antiochus doth sin Per I.i.147
In such a loathed manner:In such a loathed manner. Per I.i.148
And therefore instantly this Prince must die,And therefore instantly this prince must die, Per I.i.149
For by his fall, my honour must keepe hie.For by his fall my honour must keep high. Per I.i.150
Who attends vs there?Who attends us there?attend (v.)serve, follow, wait [on/upon]Per I.i.151.1
Enter Thaliard.Enter Thaliard Per I.i.151
Thali.THALIARD 
Doth your highnes call?Doth your highness call? Per I.i.151.2
Antio.ANTIOCHUS 
Thaliard, you are of our Chamber, Thaliard,Thaliard, you are of our chamber, Thaliard,chamber (n.)bedchamber, bedroomPer I.i.152
And our minde pertakes her priuat actions,And our mind partakes her private actionspartake (v.)
old form: pertakes
make known, impart, communicate
Per I.i.153
To your secrecie; and for your faythfulnes,To your secrecy; and for your faithfulness Per I.i.154
We will aduaunce you, Thaliard:We will advance you, Thaliard. Per I.i.155
Behold, heere's Poyson, and heere's Gold:Behold, here's poison, and here's gold. Per I.i.156
Wee hate the Prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him;We hate the Prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him. Per I.i.157
It fittes thee not to aske the reason why?It fits thee not to ask the reason why, Per I.i.158
Because we bid it: say, is it done?Because we bid it. Say, is it done? Per I.i.159
Thali.THALIARD 
My Lord, tis done.My lord, 'tis done. Per I.i.160
Anti.ANTIOCHUS 
Enough.Enough. Per I.i.160.2
Enter a Messenger.Enter a Messenger Per I.i.161
Let your breath coole your selfe, telling your haste.Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste. Per I.i.161
Mess.MESSENGER 
My Lord, Prince Pericles is fled.My lord, Prince Pericles is fled. Per I.i.162
Exit Per I.i.162
Antin.ANTIOCHUS 
As thou wilt liue flie after, and like an arrowAs thou wilt live, fly after, and like an arrow Per I.i.163
shot from a well experienst Archer hits the marke hisshot from a well-experienced archer hits the mark his Per I.i.164
eye doth leuell at: so thou neuer returne vnlesse thou sayeye doth level at, so thou never return unless thou saylevel at (v.)
old form: leuell
aim for, have as a target
Per I.i.165
Prince Pericles is dead.‘ Prince Pericles is dead.’ Per I.i.166
Thal.THALIARD 
My Lord, if I can get him within my PistolsMy lord, if I can get him within my pistol's Per I.i.167
length, Ile make him sure enough , so farewell to yourlength, I'll make him sure enough. So farewell to yoursure (adj.)harmless, innocuous, unable to cause damagePer I.i.168
length (n.)range, reach, scope
highnesse.highness. Per I.i.169
ANTIOCHUS 
Thaliard adieu,Thaliard, adieu. Per I.i.170.1
Exit Thaliard Per I.i.170
till Pericles be dead,Till Pericles be dead, Per I.i.170.2
My heart can lend no succour to my head.My heart can lend no succour to my head. Per I.i.171
Exit Per I.i.171
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