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Daugh. In all, save that, may’st thou prove
prosperous ! In all, save that, I wish thee happiness12 !
Per. Like a bold champion, I assume the lists,
(He reads the Riddle.)
As you will live, resolve it you.
[Takes hold of the Hand of the Princess. Were not this glorious casket stor'd with ilt: But I must tell you, --now, my thoughts revolt; For he's no man on whom perfections wait17, That knowing sin within, will touch the gate. You're a fair viol, and your sense the strings:
12 The old copy reads :
• of all said yet, may'st thou prove prosperous ;
Of all said yet, I wish thee happiness !' The emendation is Mr. Mason's.
13 This is from the third book of Sidney's Arcadia :- Whereupon asking advice of no other thought but faithfulness and courage, he presently lighted from his own horse, &c.
14 i. e. the intimation in the last line of the riddle, that his life depends on resolving it; which he properly enough calls sharp physic; or a bitter potion. 15 Thus in A Midsummer Night's Dream :
who more engilds the night
stars, nide your fires,
Macbeth. 17 i, e. he is no perfect or honest man, that knowing, &e.
Who, finger'd to make man his lawful music,
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not18, upon thy life,
Per. Great king, Few love to hear the sins they love to act; 'Twould 'braid yourself too near for me to tell it. Who has a book of all that monarchs do, He's more secure to keep it shut, than shown; For vice repeated, is like the wand'ring wind, Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself19; And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear To stop the air would hurt them. The blind mole casts Copp’d20 hills towards heaven, to tell, the earth
18 This is a stroke of nature. The incestuous king cannot bear to see a rival touch the band of the woman he loves. His jealousy reseinbles that of Antony :
-- to let hin be familiar with
And plighter of high hearts.' Malefort, in Massinger's Unnatural Combat, expresses the like impatient jealousy, when Beaufort touches his daughter Theocrine, to whoin he was betrothed.
19 “The man who knows the ill practices of princes is unwise if he reveals what he knows; for the publisher of vicious actions resembles the wind, which, while it passes along, blows dust into men's eyes. When the blast is over, the eyes that have been affected by the dust, though sore, see clear enough to stop for the future the air that would annoy them. Pericles means by this similitude to show the danger of revealing the crimes of princes ; for as they feel hurt by the publication of ibeir shame, they will of course prevent a repetition of it, by destroying the person who divulged. He pursues the same idea in the instance of the mole.
20. Coppid hills' are hills rising in a conical form, something of the shape of a sugarloaf. Thus in Horman's Vulgaria, 1519 : "Sometime men wear copped caps like a sugar loaf. So Baret : • To make copped, or sharpe at top; cacumino.' In A. S. cop is a head. See voi. iii. p. 405, note 3; and vol. vii, p. 324, note 6.
By man's oppression 21; and the poor worm22 doth
die for't. kings are earth's gods: in vice their law's their will; And if Jove stray, who dares say, Jove doth ill? It is enough you know; and it is fit, What being more known grows worse, to smother it. All love the womb that their first beings bred, Then give my tongue like leave to love my head. Ant. Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found
the meaning; But I will gloze 23 with him. Aside.] Young prince
(Ereunt Ant. his Daughter, and Attend.
21 The earth is oppressed by the injuries which crowd upon her. Steevens altered throngid to wrong'd; but apparently without nccessity.
22 The mole is called poor worm as a term of commiseration. In The Tempest, Prospero, speaking to Miranda, say8, Poor worm, thou art infected.' The mole remains secure till it has thrown up those hillocks which betray his course to the molecatcher.
23 Flatter, insinuate. 24 To the destruction of your life. 25 Where has here the power of whereas; as in other passages of these plays. Sec vol. i p 131 ; ii 308 ; iii. 69, &c. It occurs again with the same meaning in Act ii. Sc. 3, of this play.
By your -untimely claspings with your child,
Enter THALIARD. Thal.
Doth your highness call? Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our mind
26 The old copy erroneously reads shew. The emendation is Malone's. The expression here is elliptical :-'For wisdom sees that those men who do not blush to coininit actions blacker than the night, will not shun any course in order to preserve them from being made public.'
• To prevent any suspicion from falling on you.' So in Macbeth:
--always thought, that I
Partakes28 her private actions to your secrecy;
My lord, "Tis done.
Enter a Messenger. Ant. Enough. Let your breath cool yourself, telling your haste29. Mess. My lord, Prince Pericles is fled.
[Exit Messenger. Ant.
As thou Wilt live, fly after: and, as an arrow,
Thal. My lord, if I
[Exit. Ant. Thaliard, adieu! till Pericles be dead, My heart can lend no succour to my head. (Erit.
SCENE II. Tyre. A Room in the Palace. Enter PERICLES, HELICANUS, and other Lords. Per. Let none disturb us: Why should this
change of thought??
28 Tu The Winter's Tale the word partake is used in an active sense for participate :
Partake to every one' 29 These words are addressed to the Messenger, who enters in haste.
I'--Why should this change of thought ?' This is the reading of the old copies; which Steevens changed to, 'Why this charge of