Act II, Scene 4
Tyre. A room in the Governor’s house.
- Enter Helicanus and Escanes.
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- No, Escanes, know this of me,
- Antiochus from incest lived not free;
- For which, the most high gods not minding longer
- To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
- Due to this heinous capital offense,
- Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
- When he was seated in a chariot
- Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
- A fire from heaven came and shrivell’d up
- Those bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
- That all those eyes ador’d them ere their fall
- Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
- ’Twas very strange.
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- And yet but justice; for though
- This king were great, his greatness was no guard
- To bar heaven’s shaft, but sin had his reward.
- ’Tis very true.
- Enter two or three Lords of Tyre.
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- See, not a man in private conference
- Or council has respect with him but he.
Second Lord of Tyre20
- It shall no longer grieve without reproof.
Third Lord of Tyre21
- And curs’d be he that will not second it.
First Lord of Tyre22
- Follow me then. Lord Helicane, a word.
- With me? And welcome. Happy day, my lords.
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- Know that our griefs are risen to the top,
- And now at length they overflow their banks.
- Your griefs, for what? Wrong not your prince you love.
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- Wrong not yourself then, noble Helicane;
- But if the Prince do live, let us salute him,
- Or know what ground’s made happy by his breath.
- If in the world he live, we’ll seek him out;
- If in his grave he rest, we’ll find him there;
- And be resolved he lives to govern us,
- Or dead, give ’s cause to mourn his funeral,
- And leave us to our free election.
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- Whose death indeed the strongest in our censure,
- And knowing this kingdom is without a head—
- Like goodly buildings left without a roof
- Soon fall to ruin—your noble self,
- That best know how to rule and how to reign,
- We thus submit unto—our sovereign.
- Live, noble Helicane!
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- Try honor’s cause; forbear your suffrages.
- If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
- Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
- Where’s hourly trouble for a minute’s ease.
- A twelvemonth longer let me entreat you
- To forbear the absence of your king;
- If in which time expir’d he not return,
- I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
- But if I cannot win you to this love,
- Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
- And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
- Whom if you find, and win unto return,
- You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.
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- To wisdom he’s a fool that will not yield;
- And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
- We with our travels will endeavor.
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- Then you love us, we you, and we’ll clasp hands:
- When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.