Act 1 - Scene 3
Tyre. An ante-chamber in the palace.
So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I
kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to
at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive
he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that,
to ask what he would of the king, desired
he might know none of his secrets: now do I see he
reason for't; for if a king bid a man be a
villain, he's bound by the indenture of his oath to
be one! Hush!
here come the lords of Tyre.
Enter HELICANUS and ESCANES, with other Lords of Tyre
You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
Further to question me of your king's departure:
commission, left in trust with me,
Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
[Aside] How! the king gone!
If further yet you will be satisfied,
Why, as it were unlicensed of your loves,
He would depart, I'll give some
light unto you.
Being at Antioch
[Aside] What from Antioch?
Royal Antiochuson what cause I know not
Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
So puts himself unto the shipman's
With whom each minute threatens life or death.
[Aside] Well, I perceive
I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
But since he's gone, the king's seas
He 'scaped the land, to perish at the sea.
I'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre!
Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
From him I come
With message unto princely Pericles;
But since my landing I have understood
has betook himself to unknown travels,
My message must return from whence it came.
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