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Enter Hellicanus and Escanes.Enter Helicanus and Escanes Per II.iv.1
No Escanes, know this of mee,No, Escanes, know this of me, Per II.iv.1
Antiochus from incest liued not free:Antiochus from incest lived not free. Per II.iv.2
For which the most high Gods not minding, / LongerFor which the most high gods not minding longermind (v.)
intend, have a mind
Per II.iv.3
to with-hold the vengeance that / They had in store,To withhold the vengeance that they had in store, Per II.iv.4
due to this heynous / Capitall offence,Due to this heinous capital offence,capital (adj.)

old form: Capitall
worthy of the death penalty, punishable by death
Per II.iv.5
euen in the height and pride / Of all his glory,Even in the height and pride of all his glory, Per II.iv.6
when he was seated in / A ChariotWhen he was seated in a chariot Per II.iv.7
of an inestimable value, and his daughter / With him;Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him, Per II.iv.8
a fire from heauen came and shriueld / VpA fire from heaven came and shrivelled up Per II.iv.9
those bodyes euen to lothing, for they so stounke,Their bodies even to loathing; for they so stunk Per II.iv.10
That all those eyes ador'd them, ere their fall,That all those eyes adored them ere their fall Per II.iv.11
Scorne now their hand should giue them buriall.Scorn now their hand should give them burial.scorn (v.)

old form: Scorne
mock, jeer, express disdain [at]
Per II.iv.12
T'was very strange.'Twas very strange. Per II.iv.13.1
And yet but iustice; for though And yet but justice, for though Per II.iv.13.2
this King were great, / His greatnesse was no gardThis king were great, his greatness was no guard Per II.iv.14
to barre heauens shaft, / But sinne had his reward.To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward. Per II.iv.15
Tis very true.'Tis very true. Per II.iv.16
Enter two or three Lords.Enter two or three Lordstwo or three
a few, several
Per II.iv.17
See, not a man in priuate conference,See, not a man in private conference Per II.iv.17
Or counsaile, ha's respect with him but hee.Or council has respect with him but he. Per II.iv.18
It shall no longer grieue, without reprofe.It shall no longer grieve without reproof.grieve (v.)

old form: grieue
vex, hurt, trouble
Per II.iv.19
And curst be he that will not second it.And cursed be he that will not second it. Per II.iv.20
Follow me then: Lord Hellicane, a word.Follow me then. Lord Helicane, a word. Per II.iv.21
With mee? and welcome happy day , my Lords.With me? And welcome. Happy day, my lords. Per II.iv.22
Know, that our griefes are risen to the top,Know that our griefs are risen to the top,grief (n.)

old form: griefes
grievance, complaint, hurt, injury
Per II.iv.23
And now at length they ouer-flow their bankes.And now at length they overflow their banks. Per II.iv.24
Your griefes, for what? Wrong not your Prince, you loue.Your griefs? For what? Wrong not your prince you love. Per II.iv.25
Wrong not your selfe then, noble Hellican,Wrong not yourself then, noble Helicane, Per II.iv.26
But if the Prince do liue, let vs salute him,But if the prince do live, let us salute himsalute (v.)
greet, welcome, address
Per II.iv.27
Or know what ground's made happy by his breath:And know what ground's made happy by his breath. Per II.iv.28
If in the world he liue, wee'le seeke him out:If in the world he live, we'll seek him out; Per II.iv.29
If in his Graue he rest, wee'le find him there,If in his grave he rest, we'll find him there; Per II.iv.30
And be resolued he liues to gouerne vs:And be resolved he lives to govern us, Per II.iv.31
Or dead, giue's cause to mourne his funerall,Or dead, give's cause to mourn his funeral Per II.iv.32
And leaue vs to our free election.And leave us to our free election. Per II.iv.33
Whose death in deed, the strongest in our sensure,Whose death indeed's the strongest in our censure,strong (adj.)
certain, convincing, persuasive
Per II.iv.34
censure (n.)

old form: sensure
assessment, opinion, judgement, criticism
And knowing this Kingdome is without a head,And knowing this: kingdoms without a head, Per II.iv.35
Like goodly Buyldings left without a Roofe,Like goodly buildings left without a roof, Per II.iv.36
Soone fall to ruine: your noble selfe,Soon fall to ruin, your noble self, Per II.iv.37
That best know how to rule, and how to raigne,That best know how to rule and how to reign, Per II.iv.38
Wee thus submit vnto our Soueraigne.We thus submit unto, our sovereign. Per II.iv.39
Liue noble Hellicane.Live, noble Helicane! Per II.iv.40
Try honours cause; forbeare your suffrages:Try honour's cause; forbear your suffrages.suffrage (n.)
vote, approval, consent
Per II.iv.41
forbear (v.)

old form: forbeare
withdraw, leave, give way
If that you loue Prince Pericles, forbeare,If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear. Per II.iv.42
(Take I your wish, I leape into the seas,Take I your wish, I leap into the seas, Per II.iv.43
Where's howerly trouble, for a minuts ease)Where's hourly trouble, for a minute's ease. Per II.iv.44
A twelue-month longer, let me intreat youA twelvemonth longer let me entreat you Per II.iv.45
To forbeare the absence of your King;Further to bear the absence of your king; Per II.iv.46
If in which time expir'd, he not returne,If in which time expired he not return, Per II.iv.47
I shall with aged patience beare your yoake:I shall with aged patience bear your yoke. Per II.iv.48
But if I cannot winne you to this loue,But if I cannot win you to this love, Per II.iv.49
Goe search like nobles, like noble subiects,Go search like nobles, like noble subjects, Per II.iv.50
And in your search, spend your aduenturous worth,And in your search spend your adventurous worth. Per II.iv.51
Whom if you find, and winne vnto returne,Whom if you find, and win unto return, Per II.iv.52
You shall like Diamonds sit about his Crowne.You shall like diamonds sit about his crown. Per II.iv.53
To wisedome, hee's a foole, that will not yeeld:To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield, Per II.iv.54
And since Lord Hellicane enioyneth vs,And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us, Per II.iv.55
We with our trauels will endeauour.We with our travels will endeavour it. Per II.iv.56
Then you loue vs, we you, & wee'le claspe hands:Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands. Per II.iv.57
When Peeres thus knit, a Kingdome euer stands.When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands. Per II.iv.58
Exeunt Per II.iv.58
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