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Pericles: Act II, Scene 5

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Pericles
Act II, Scene 5

Pentapolis. A room in the palace.

  1. Enter the King Simonides, reading of a letter, at one door;
  2. the Knights meet him.

First Knight

1
  1. Good morrow to the good Simonides.

Simonides

2 - 6
  1. Knights, from my daughter this I let you know,
  2. That for this twelvemonth she’ll not undertake
  3. A married life.
  4. Her reason to herself is only known,
  5. Which from her by no means can I get.

Second Knight

7
  1. May we not get access to her, my lord?

Simonides

8 - 12
  1. Faith, by no means, she hath so strictly tied
  2. Her to her chamber, that ’tis impossible.
  3. One twelve moons more she’ll wear Diana’s livery;
  4. This by the eye of Cynthia hath she vowed,
    Feb 25, 2019 Miko
    Both "Diana" and "Cynthia" are names for the goddess of the moon and of virginity.
  5. And on her virgin honor will not break it.

Third Knight

13
  1. Loath to bid farewell, we take our leaves.
  1. Exeunt Knights.

Simonides

14 - 23
  1. So,
  2. They are well dispatch’d; now to my daughter’s letter.
  3. She tells me here, she’ll wed the stranger knight,
  4. Or never more to view nor day nor light.
  5. ’Tis well, mistress, your choice agrees with mine;
  6. I like that well. Nay, how absolute she’s in’t,
  7. Not minding whether I dislike or no!
  8. Well, I do commend her choice,
  9. And will no longer have it be delayed.
  10. Soft, here he comes, I must dissemble it.
  1. Enter Pericles.

Pericles

24
  1. All fortune to the good Simonides!

Simonides

25 - 28
  1. To you as much! Sir, I am beholding to you
  2. For your sweet music this last night. I do
  3. Protest my ears were never better fed
  4. With such delightful pleasing harmony.

Pericles

29 - 30
  1. It is your Grace’s pleasure to commend,
  2. Not my desert.

Simonides

31
  1.                Sir, you are music’s master.

Pericles

32
  1. The worst of all her scholars, my good lord.

Simonides

33 - 34
  1. Let me ask you one thing:
  2. What do you think of my daughter, sir?

Pericles

35
  1. A most virtuous princess.

Simonides

36
  1. And she is fair too, is she not?

Pericles

37
  1. As a fair day in summer; wondrous fair.

Simonides

38 - 40
  1. Sir, my daughter thinks very well of you,
  2. Ay, so well, that you must be her master,
  3. And she will be your scholar; therefore look to it.

Pericles

41
  1. I am unworthy for her schoolmaster.

Simonides

42
  1. She thinks not so; peruse this writing else.

Pericles

43 - 49
  1. Aside.
  2. What’s here?
  3. A letter that she loves the knight of Tyre!
  4. ’Tis the King’s subtlety to have my life.—
  5. O, seek not to entrap me, gracious lord,
  6. A stranger and distressed gentleman,
  7. That never aim’d so high to love your daughter,
  8. But bent all offices to honor her.

Simonides

50 - 51
  1. Thou hast bewitch’d my daughter, and thou art
  2. A villain.

Pericles

52 - 55
  1. By the gods, I have not.
  2. Never did thought of mine levy offense;
  3. Nor never did my actions yet commence
  4. A deed might gain her love or your displeasure.

Simonides

56
  1. Traitor, thou liest.

Pericles

57
  1.                      Traitor?

Simonides

58
  1.          Ay, traitor.

Pericles

59 - 60
  1. Even in his throatunless it be the King
  2. That calls me traitor, I return the lie.

Simonides

61
  1. Aside.
  2. Now by the gods, I do applaud his courage.

Pericles

62 - 67
  1. My actions are as noble as my thoughts,
  2. That never relish’d of a base descent.
  3. I came unto your court for honor’s cause,
  4. And not to be a rebel to her state;
  5. And he that otherwise accounts of me,
  6. This sword shall prove he’s honor’s enemy.

Simonides

68 - 69
  1. No?
  2. Here comes my daughter, she can witness it.
  1. Enter Thaisa.

Pericles

70 - 73
  1. Then as you are as virtuous as fair,
  2. Resolve your angry father if my tongue
  3. Did e’er solicit, or my hand subscribe
  4. To any syllable that made love to you.

Thaisa

74 - 75
  1. Why, sir, say if you had, who takes offense
  2. At that would make me glad?

Simonides

76 - 92
  1. Yea, mistress, are you so peremptory?
  2. Aside.
  3. I am glad on’t with all my heart.—
  4. I’ll tame you; I’ll bring you in subjection.
  5. Will you, not having my consent,
  6. Bestow your love and your affections
  7. Upon a stranger?
  8. Aside.
  9.                  who, for aught I know,
  10. May be (nor can I think the contrary)
  11. As great in blood as I myself.—
  12. Therefore hear you, mistress, either frame
  13. Your will to mineand you, sir, hear you
  14. Either be rul’d by me, or I’ll make you
  15. Man and wife.
  16. Nay come, your hands and lips must seal it too;
  17. And being join’d, I’ll thus your hopes destroy,
  18. And for further griefGod give you joy!
  19. What, are you both pleased?

Thaisa

93
  1.                             Yes, if you love me, sir.

Pericles

94
  1. Even as my life my blood that fosters it.

Simonides

95
  1. What, are you both agreed?

Both Thaliard and Pericles

96
  1. Yes, if’t please your Majesty.

Simonides

97 - 98
  1. It pleaseth me so well that I will see you wed,
  2. And then with what haste you can, get you to bed.
  1. Exeunt.
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