Pericles


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V

Enter Simonides with Lords and attendants, and Thaisa
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament


SIMONIDES

Are the knights ready to begin the triumph?


FIRST LORD

They are, my liege,

And stay your coming to present themselves.


SIMONIDES

Return them we are ready; and our daughter here,
return (v.) 1 answer, report, say in reply [to]

In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament

Sits here like beauty's child, whom Nature gat
get (v.) 1 beget, conceive, breed

For men to see and, seeing, wonder at.


THAISA

It pleaseth you, my royal father, to express

My commendations great, whose merit's less.


SIMONIDES

It's fit it should be so, for princes are

A model which heaven makes like to itself.

As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
jewel (n.) 1 fine ornament, costly adornment

So princes their renowns if not respected.
respect (v.) 3 value, have regard for, prize

'Tis now your honour, daughter, to entertain
entertain (v.) 1 receive, admit, let in

The labour of each knight in his device.
device (n.) 11 heraldic design, emblematic figure, armorial


THAISA

Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perform.
honour (n.) 2 credit, good name, reputation

The First Knight enters and passes by, his squire

presenting his shield to Thaisa


SIMONIDES

Who is the first that doth prefer himself?
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend


THAISA

A knight of Sparta, my renowned father,

And the device he bears upon his shield

Is a black Ethiop reaching at the sun.

The word, Lux tua vita mihi.
lux... thy light is life to me See Topics: Latin
word (n.) 3 maxim, saying, adage, motto


SIMONIDES

He loves you well that holds his life of you.
hold (v.) 2 keep, preserve, conserve

The Second Knight passes by

Who is the second that presents himself?


THAISA

A prince of Macedon, my royal father,

And the device he bears upon his shield

Is an armed knight that's conquered by a lady.

The motto thus in Spanish, Piu per dolcera che per forza.

The Third Knight passes by


SIMONIDES

And with the third?


THAISA

                         The third of Antioch,

And his device a wreath of chivalry.
chivalry (n.) 4 knightly rank [as displayed on a coat-of-arms: a twisted band encircling a helmet]

The word, Me pompae provexit apex.
me... the honour of the contest led me on See Topics: Latin

The Fourth Knight passes by


SIMONIDES

What is the fourth?


THAISA

A burning torch that's turned upside down.

The word, Qui me alit me extinguit.
qui... who feeds me extinguishes me See Topics: Latin


SIMONIDES

Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,

Which can as well inflame as it can kill.

The Fifth Knight passes by


THAISA

The fifth, an hand environed with clouds,

Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried.
touchstone (n.) type of stone used for testing the quality of a gold or silver alloy

The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides.
sic... thus is faithfulness to be tested See Topics: Latin

The Sixth Knight, Pericles, passes by


SIMONIDES

And what's the sixth and last, the which the knight himself

With such a graceful courtesy delivered?
deliver (v.) 5 present, show, display


THAISA

He seems to be a stranger, but his present is
present (n.) 3 object presented

A withered branch that's only green at top.

The motto, In hac spe vivo.
in hac... in this hope I live See Topics: Latin


SIMONIDES

A pretty moral,

From the dejected state wherein he is,
dejected (adj.) cast down, abased, humbled

He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.


FIRST LORD

He had need mean better than his outward show

Can any way speak in his just commend,
commend (n.) 1 commendation, support, praise
just (adj.) 2 proper, true

For by his rusty outside he appears

To have practised more the whipstock than the lance.
whipstock (n.) whip-handle


SECOND LORD

He well may be a stranger, for he comes

To an honoured triumph strangely furnished.


THIRD LORD

And on set purpose let his armour rust
furnished (adj.) equipped, fitted out, outfitted
triumph (n.) 1 public festivity, pageant, display of celebration, tournament

Until this day, to scour it in the dust.


SIMONIDES

Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan

The outward habit by the inward man.
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count
opinion (n.) 1 public opinion, popular judgement
scan (v.) 2 judge, assess, criticize

But stay, the knights are coming.

We will withdraw into the gallery.

Exeunt

(Within) Great shouts, and all cry ‘ The mean
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

knight!’

 
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