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Enter Pericles wette.Enter Pericles, wet Per II.i.1
Peri.PERICLES 
Yet cease your ire you angry Starres of heauen,Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven! Per II.i.1
Wind, Raine, and Thunder, remember earthly manWind, rain, and thunder, remember earthly man Per II.i.2
Is but a substaunce that must yeeld to you:Is but a substance that must yield to you, Per II.i.3
And I (as fits my nature) do obey you.And I, as fits my nature, do obey you. Per II.i.4
Alasse, the Seas hath cast me on the Rocks,Alas, the seas hath cast me on the rocks, Per II.i.5
Washt me from shore to shore, and left my breathWashed me from shore to shore, and left my breathbreath (n.)life, spirit, living and breathing existencePer II.i.6
Nothing to thinke on, but ensuing death:Nothing to think on but ensuing death. Per II.i.7
Let it suffize the greatnesse of your powers,Let it suffice the greatness of your powers Per II.i.8
To haue bereft a Prince of all his fortunes;To have bereft a prince of all his fortunes, Per II.i.9
And hauing throwne him from your watry graue,And having thrown him from your watery grave Per II.i.10
Heere to haue death in peace, is all hee'le craue.Here to have death in peace is all he'll crave.crave (v.)
old form: craue
beg, entreat, request
Per II.i.11
He lies down Per II.i.12.1
Enter three Fisher-men.Enter three Fishermen Per II.i.12.2
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
What, to pelch?What ho, Pilch! Per II.i.12
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Ha, come and bring away the Nets.Ha, come and bring away the nets! Per II.i.13
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
What Patch-breech, I say.What, Patchbreech, I say! Per II.i.14
3.THIRD FISHERMAN 
What say you Maister?What say you, master? Per II.i.15
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Looke how thou stirr'st now: ComeLook how thou stirrest now! Come Per II.i.16
away, or Ile fetch'th with a wanion.away, or I'll fetch thee with a wanion.wanion, with awith a vengeance, with a plaguePer II.i.17
3.THIRD FISHERMAN 
Fayth Maister, I am thinking of theFaith, master, I am thinking of the Per II.i.18
poore men, / That were cast away before vs euen now.poor men that were cast away before us even now. Per II.i.19
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Alasse poore soules, it grieued my heartAlas, poor souls, it grieved my heart Per II.i.20
to heare, / What pittifull cryes they made to vs, to helpe them,to hear what pitiful cries they made to us to help them, Per II.i.21
When (welladay) we could scarce helpe our selues.when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.well-a-day (int.)exclamation of grief, sorrow, upset, etcPer II.i.22
3.THIRD FISHERMAN 
Nay Maister, sayd not I as much,Nay, master, said not I as much Per II.i.23
When I saw the Porpas how he bounst and tumbled?when I saw the porpoise how he bounced and tumbled? Per II.i.24
They say they're halfe fish, halfe flesh: / A plague on them,They say they're half fish, half flesh. A plague on them, Per II.i.25
they nere come but I looke to be washt. / Maister, Ithey ne'er come but I look to be washed. Master, I Per II.i.26
maruell how the Fishes liue in the Sea?marvel how the fishes live in the sea? Per II.i.27
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Why, as Men doe a-land; / The greatWhy, as men do a-land; the greata-land (adv.)on shore, on landPer II.i.28
ones eate vp the little ones: I can compare our richones eat up the little ones. I can compare our rich Per II.i.29
Misers to nothing so fitly, / As to a Whale; a playes andmisers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; 'a plays andfitly (adv.)justly, fittingly, aptlyPer II.i.30
tumbles, / Dryuing the poore Fry before him, / And at last,tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last Per II.i.31
deuowre them all at a mouthfull: / Such Whales haue I hearddevour them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I heard Per II.i.32
on, a'th land, Who neuer leaue gaping, till they swallow'don a-th' land who never leave gaping till they swallowed  Per II.i.33
The whole Parish, Church, Steeple, Belles and all.the whole parish, church, steeple, bells, and all. Per II.i.34
Peri.PERICLES  
(aside) Per II.i.35
A prettie morall.A pretty moral! Per II.i.35
3.THIRD FISHERMAN 
But Maister, if I had been theBut, master, if I had been the Per II.i.36
Sexton, I would haue been that day in the belfrie.sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry. Per II.i.37
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Why, Man?Why, man? Per II.i.38
1.THIRD FISHERMAN 
Because he should haue swallowedBecause he should have swallowed Per II.i.39
mee too, / And when I had been in his belly, I would haueme too, and when I had been in his belly I would have Per II.i.40
kept such a iangling of the Belles, / That he should neuerkept such a jangling of the bells that he should never Per II.i.41
haue left, / Till he cast Belles, Steeple, Church and Parish vp have left till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish up Per II.i.42
againe: / But if the good King Simonides were of myagain. But if the good King Simonides were of my Per II.i.43
minde.mind– Per II.i.44
Per. PERICLES  
(aside) Per II.i.45
Simonides?Simonides? Per II.i.45
3.THIRD FISHERMAN 
We would purge the land of theseWe would purge the land of these Per II.i.46
Drones, / That robbe the Bee of her Hony.drones that rob the bee of her honey. Per II.i.47
Per.PERICLES  
(aside)subject (n.)subjects, people [of a state]Per II.i.48
finny (adj.)
old form: fenny
provided with fins
How from the fenny subiect of the Sea,How from the finny subject of the sea Per II.i.48
These Fishers tell the infirmities of men,These fishers tell the infirmities of men,fisher (n.)fishermanPer II.i.49
And from their watry empire recollect,And from their watery empire recollectrecollect (v.)gather up, collect, amassPer II.i.50
All that may men approue, or men detect.All that may men approve or men detect! –approve (v.)
old form: approue
endorse, support, accept as true
Per II.i.51
Peace be at your labour, honest Fisher-men.Peace be at your labour, honest fishermen! Per II.i.52
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Honest good fellow what'sHonest, good fellow? What's Per II.i.53
that, if it be a day fits you / Search out of the Kalender,that? If it be a day fits you, search out of the calendar,fit (v.)suit, befit, be suitable [for]Per II.i.54
and no body looke after it?and nobody look after it. Per II.i.55
Peri.PERICLES 
May see the Sea hath cast vpon your coast:May see the sea hath cast upon your coast – Per II.i.56
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
What a drunken Knaue was the Sea,What a drunken knave was the seaknave (n.)
old form: Knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
Per II.i.57
To cast thee in our way?to cast thee in our way!cast (v.)cast up, throw up, regurgitatePer II.i.58
Per.PERICLES 
A man whom both the Waters and the Winde,A man whom both the waters and the wind, Per II.i.59
In that vast Tennis-court, hath made the BallIn that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball Per II.i.60
For them to play vpon, intreates you pittie him:For them to play upon entreats you pity him. Per II.i.61
Hee askes of you, that neuer vs'd to begge.He asks of you that never used to beg. Per II.i.62
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
No friend, cannot you begge? Heer'sNo, friend, cannot you beg? Here's Per II.i.63
them in our countrey of Greece, / Gets more with begging,them in our country of Greece gets more with begging Per II.i.64
then we can doe with working.than we can do with working. Per II.i.65
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Canst thou catch any Fishes then?Canst thou catch any fishes then? Per II.i.66
Peri.PERICLES 
I neuer practizde it.I never practised it.practise (v.)
old form: practizde
engage in, carry on, take up
Per II.i.67
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Nay then thou wilt starue sure:Nay then, thou wilt starve, sure, Per II.i.68
for heer's nothing to be got now-adayes, vnlesse thou canstfor here's nothing to be got nowadays unless thou canst Per II.i.69
fish for't.fish for't. Per II.i.70
Per.PERICLES 
What I haue been, I haue forgot to know;What I have been I have forgot to know; Per II.i.71
But what I am, want teaches me to thinke on:But what I am, want teaches me to think on: Per II.i.72
A man throng'd vp with cold, my Veines are chill,A man thronged up with cold; my veins are chill,throng up (v.)
old form: throng'd vp
cram, fill, burden
Per II.i.73
And haue no more of life then may suffize,And have no more of life than may suffice Per II.i.74
To giue my tongue that heat to aske your helpe:To give my tongue that heat to ask your help; Per II.i.75
Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead,Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, Per II.i.76
For that I am a man, pray you see me buried.For that I am a man, pray see me buried. Per II.i.77
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Die, ke-tha; now Gods forbid't, and IDie, quotha! Now gods forbid it an Iquoth (v.)saidPer II.i.78
quoth a, quotha (int.)
old form: ke-tha
did he say?, indeed!
and, an (conj.)if, whether
haue a Gowne heere, come put it on, keepe thee warme:have a gown here! Come, put it on, keep thee warm.gown (n.)
old form: Gowne
loose upper garment worn by men
Per II.i.79
now afore mee a handsome fellow : Come, thou shalt goeNow, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt goafore, 'fore (prep.)before, in front ofPer II.i.80
home, and wee'le haue Flesh for all day, Fish for fasting-dayeshome, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days,flesh (n.)meatPer II.i.81
and more; or Puddinges and Flap-iackes, and thouand moreo'er puddings and flapjacks, and thoupudding (n.)
old form: Puddinges
type of large savoury dish; dumpling, pasty
Per II.i.82
shalt be welcome.shalt be welcome. Per II.i.83
Per.PERICLES 
I thanke you sir.I thank you, sir. Per II.i.84
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Harke you my friend: You sayd youHark you, my friend, you said you Per II.i.85
could not beg?could not beg? Per II.i.86
Per.PERICLES 
I did but craue.I did but crave.crave (v.)
old form: craue
beg, entreat, request
Per II.i.87
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
But craue? Then Ile turne CrauerBut crave? Then I'll turn cravercraver (n.)
old form: Crauer
beggar, asker, supplicant
Per II.i.88
too, and so I shall scape whipping.too, and so I shall 'scape whipping.scape, 'scape (v.)escape, avoidPer II.i.89
Per.PERICLES 
Why, are you Beggers whipt then?Why, are your beggars whipped then? Per II.i.90
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Oh not all, my friend, not all: for ifO, not all, my friend, not all, for if Per II.i.91
all your Beggers were whipt, I would wish no betterall your beggars were whipped, I would wish no better Per II.i.92
office, then to be Beadle: But Maister, Ile goe draw vp theoffice than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up theoffice (n.)role, position, place, functionPer II.i.93
Net.net. Per II.i.994
Exit Second and Third Fisherman Per II.i.94
Per.PERICLES  
(aside)become (v.)be fitting, befit, be appropriate toPer II.i.95
How well this honest mirth becomes their labour?How well this honest mirth becomes their labour! Per II.i.95
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Harke you sir; doe you know where yeeHark you, sir, do you know where ye Per II.i.96
are?are? Per II.i.97
Per.PERICLES 
Not well.Not well. Per II.i.98
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Why Ile tell you, this I caldWhy, I'll tell you. This is called Per II.i.99
Pantapoles, / And our King, the good Symonides.Pentapolis, and our king the good Simonides.Pentapolis (n.)[pron: pen'tapolis] city region on N African coast, modern LibyaPer II.i.100
Per.PERICLES 
The good Symonides, doe you call him?The good Simonides do you call him? Per II.i.101
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
I sir, and he deserues so to be \Ay, sir, and he deserves so to be Per II.i.102
cal'd, / For his peaceable raigne, and good gouernement.called for his peaceable reign and good government. Per II.i.103
Per.PERICLES 
He is a happy King, since he gaines from / HisHe is a happy king, since he gains from his Per II.i.104
subiects the name of good, by his gouernment. How farresubjects the name of good by his government. How far Per II.i.105
is his Court distant from this shore?is his court distant from this shore? Per II.i.106
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Mary sir, halfe a dayes iourney: AndMarry, sir, half a day's journey. Andmarry (int.)[exclamation] by MaryPer II.i.107
Ile tell you, / He hath a faire Daughter, and to morrowI'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and tomorrow Per II.i.108
is her birth-day, / And there are Princes and Knights comeis her birthday, and there are princes and knights come Per II.i.109
from all partes of the World, to Iust and Turney for herfrom all parts of the world to joust and tourney for hertourney (v.)
old form: Turney
take part in a tournament
Per II.i.110
loue.love. Per II.i.111
Per.PERICLES 
Were my fortunes equall to my desires, I couldWere my fortunes equal to my desires, I could Per II.i.112
wish to make one there.wish to make one there. Per II.i.113
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
O sir, things must be as they may:O, sir, things must be as they may; Per II.i.114
and what a man can not get, he may lawfully deale for hisand what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for his Per II.i.115
Wiues soule.wife's soul. Per II.i.116
Enter the two Fisher-men, drawing vp a Net.Enter the two Fishermen, drawing up a net Per II.i.117
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Helpe Maister helpe; heere's a FishHelp, master, help! Here's a fish Per II.i.117
hanges in the Net, / Like a poore mans right in the law: t'willhangs in the net like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill Per II.i.118
hardly come out. / Ha bots on't, tis come at last; & tishardly come out. Ha, bots on't, 'tis come at last, and 'tisbots (n.)stomach worm affecting horsesPer II.i.119
turnd to a rusty Armour.turned to a rusty armour. Per II.i.120
Per.PERICLES 
An Armour friends; I pray you let me see it?An armour, friends? I pray you let me see it. Per II.i.121
Thankes Fortune, yet that after all crosses,Thanks, Fortune, yet that after all thy crossesFortune (n.)Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blindPer II.i.122
Thou giuest me somewhat to repaire my selfe:Thou givest me somewhat to repair myself, Per II.i.123
And though it was mine owne part of my heritage,And though it was mine own, part of my heritage, Per II.i.124
Which my dead Father did bequeath to me,Which my dead father did bequeath to me, Per II.i.125
With this strict charge euen as he left his life,With this strict charge, even as he left his life: Per II.i.126
Keepe it my Perycles, it hath been a Shield‘ Keep it, my Pericles; it hath been a shield Per II.i.127
Twixt me and death, and poynted to this brayse,'Twixt me and death,’ and pointed to this brace,brace (n.)
old form: brayse
armoured covering for the arms; or: coat of armour
Per II.i.128
For that it saued me, keepe it in like necessitie:‘ For that it saved me, keep it. In like necessity,like (adj.)same, similar, alike, equalPer II.i.129
The which the Gods protect thee, Fame may defend thee:The which the gods protect thee from, may't defend thee.’ Per II.i.130
It kept where I kept, I so dearely lou'd it,It kept where I kept, I so dearly loved it,keep (v.)
old form: keepe
lodge, live, dwell
Per II.i.131
Till the rough Seas, that spares not any man,Till the rough seas, that spares not any man, Per II.i.132
Tooke it in rage, though calm'd, haue giuen't againe:Took it in rage, though calmed have given't again. Per II.i.133
I thanke thee for't, my shipwracke now's no ill,I thank thee for't. My shipwreck now's no ill,ill (n.)trouble, affliction, misfortunePer II.i.134
Since I haue heere my Father gaue in his Will.Since I have here my father gave in his will. Per II.i.135
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
What meane you sir?What mean you, sir? Per II.i.136
Peri.PERICLES 
To begge of you (kind friends) this Coate of worth,To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of worth, Per II.i.137
For it was sometime Target to a King;For it was sometime target to a king.target (n.)light round shieldPer II.i.138
sometime (adv.)formerly, at one time, once
I know it by this marke: he loued me dearely,I know it by this mark. He loved me dearly, Per II.i.139
And for his sake, I wish the hauing of it;And for his sake I wish the having of it, Per II.i.140
And that you'd guide me to your Soueraignes Court,And that you'd guide me to your sovereign's court, Per II.i.141
Where with it, I may appeare a Gentleman:Where with it I may appear a gentleman.appear (v.)
old form: appeare
present oneself as, have the character of
Per II.i.142
And if that euer my low fortune's better,And if that ever my low fortune's better, Per II.i.143
Ile pay your bounties; till then, rest your debter.I'll pay your bounties; till then rest your debtor.bounty (n.)act of kindness, good turnPer II.i.144
pay (v.)repay, requite, recompense
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Why wilt thou turney for the Lady?Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?tourney (v.)
old form: turney
take part in a tournament
Per II.i.145
Peri.PERICLES 
Ile shew the vertue I haue borne in Armes.I'll show the virtue I have borne in arms.virtue (n.)
old form: vertue
quality, accomplishment, ability
Per II.i.146
1.FIRST FISHERMAN 
Why do'e take it: and the Gods giueWhy, d'ye take it, and the gods give Per II.i.147
thee good an't.thee good on't. Per II.i.148
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
I but harke you my friend, t'wasAy, but hark you, my friend, 'twas Per II.i.149
wee that made vp this Garment through the rough seameswe that made up this garment through the rough seams Per II.i.150
of the Waters: there are certaine Condolements, certaineof the waters. There are certain condolements, certaincondolement (n.)[unclear meaning] share-out, tangible expression of thanksPer II.i.151
Vailes: I hope sir, if you thriue, you'le remember fromvails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember fromvail (n.)
old form: Vailes
[textiles: remnant of cloth, leftover of material] tip, gratuity, perk
Per II.i.152
whence you had them.whence you had them. Per II.i.153
Peri.PERICLES 
Beleeue't, I will:Believe't, I will. Per II.i.154
By your furtherance I am cloth'd in Steele,By your furtherance I am clothed in steel,furtherance (n.)aid, assistance, helpPer II.i.155
And spight of all the rupture of the Sea,And spite of all the rapture of the searapture (n.)
old form: rupture
seizure, plundering, carrying away
Per II.i.156
This Iewell holdes his buylding on my arme:This jewel holds his building on my arm.building (n.)
old form: buylding
position, fixed place, location
Per II.i.157
Vnto thy value I will mount my selfeUnto thy value I will mount myself Per II.i.158
Vpon a Courser, whose delight steps,Upon a courser, whose delightful stepsdelightful (adj.)full of delight, experiencing great pleasurePer II.i.159
courser (n.)swift horse, sprinter, charger
Shall make the gazer ioy to see him tread;Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread. Per II.i.160
Onely (my friend) I yet am vnprouidedOnly, my friend, I yet am unprovided Per II.i.161
of a paire of Bases.Of a pair of bases.base (n.)[plural] type of knee-length skirt worn by a knight on horsebackPer II.i.162
2.SECOND FISHERMAN 
Wee'le sure prouide, thou shaltWe'll sure provide. Thou shalt Per II.i.163
haue / My best Gowne to make thee a paire; / And Ile bringhave my best gown to make thee a pair, and I'll bringgown (n.)
old form: Gowne
loose upper garment worn by men
Per II.i.164
thee to the Court my selfe.thee to the court myself. Per II.i.165
Peri.PERICLES 
Then Honour be but a Goale to my Will,Then honour be but a goal to my will, Per II.i.166
This day Ile rise, or else adde ill to ill.This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill.ill (n.)trouble, affliction, misfortunePer II.i.167
Exeunt Per II.i.167
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