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That knowing sin within, will touch the gate.
Ant. Prince Pericles, touch not, upon thy life,
Per. Great king,
i 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 with him. (Aside.] Young prince of Tyre, Though by the tenour of our strict edíct, Your exposition misinterpreting, We might proceed to cancel of your days;
 That is, which blows dust, &c. The man who knows of the ill prac. tices 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 eye that has been affected by the dust, suffers no farther pain, but can see as clearly, as before ; so by the relation of criminal acts, the eyes of mankind (though they are affected, and turn away with horror, are opened, and see clearly what before was not even suspected : bat by exposing the crimes of others the relater suffers himself, as the breeze passes away, so the breath of the informer is gone; he dies for his temerity. Yet, to stop the course or ventilation of the air, would hurt the eyes ; and to prevent informers from divulging the crimes of men would be prejudicial to mankind. Such, I think, is the meaning of this obscure passage.
Yet hope, succeeding from so fair a tree
[Exe. ANTIOCHUS, his Daughter, and Attendants,
Re-enter ANTIOCHUS. Ant. He hath found the meaning, for the which we
mean To have his head. He must not live to trumpet forth my infamy, Nor tell the world, Antiochus doth sin In such a loathed manner : And therefore instantly this prince must die ; For by his fall my honour must keep high.  Where in this place has the power of whereas. STEEVENS.  The expression is here, as in many other places in this play, eliptical; for wis 'om sees, that those who do not blush to commit actions blacker than the night, will not shun any course in order to preserve them from being made public. MALONE.
Who attends on us there?
Enter THALIARD. Thal. Doth your highness call ?
Ant. Thaliard, you're of our chamber, and our mind Partakes her private actions to your secresy : And for your faithfulness we will advance you. Thaliard, behold, here's poison, and here's gold ; We hate the prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him ; It fits thee not to ask the reason why, Because we bid it. Say, is it done?
Thal. My lord, 'Tis done.
Enter a Messenger.
Mes. My lord, prince Pericles is filed. [Exit Meas
Ant. As thou
Thal. My lord, if I
Anti Thaliard, adieu ! till Pericles be dead, My heart can lend no succour to my head. . [Exia,
SCENE IT." Tyre. A Room in the Palace. Enter PERICLES, HELICANUS; •
and other Lords. Per.Let none disturb us: Why this charge of thoughts? The sad companion, dull-ey'd melancholy, By me so usd a guest is, not an hour, In the day's glorious walk, or peaceful night, (The tomb where grief should sleep,)can breed me quiet! Here pleasures court mine eyes, and mine eyes shun
them, And danger, which i feared, is at Antioch, Whose arm seems far too short to hit ine here : Yet neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits, Nor yet the other's distance comfort me. Then it is thus : the passions of the mind; 2*
'That have their first conception by mis-dread,
1 Lord. Joy and all comfort in your sacred breast !
2 Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us, Peaceful and comfortable ! Hel. Peace, peace, my lords, and give experience
tongue. They do abuse the king, that flatter him : For flattery is the bellows blows up sin ; The thing the which is flatter'd, but a spark, To which that breath gives heat and stronger glowing ; Whereas reproof, obedient, and in order, Fits kings, as they are men, for they may err. When signior Sooth here does proclaim a peace, He flatters you, makes war upon your life : Prince, pardon me, or strike me, if you please ; I cannot be much lower than my knees.
Per. All leave us else ; but let your cares o'erlook What shipping and what lading's in our haven, And then return to us. [Exeunt Lords.] Helicanus, thou Hast moved us: what seest thou in our looks?
Hel. An angry brow, dread lord.
Per. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns, How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?
Hel How dare the plants look up to heaven, from
whence They have their nourishment?
Per. Thou know'st I have power To take thy life.
Hel. [Kneeling] I have ground the axe myself; Do you but strike the blow.
Per. Rise, pr’ythee rise ;
Hel. With patience bear
Per. Thou speak’st like a physician, Helicanus ;
hither fled, Under the covering of a careful night, Who seem'd my good protector ; and being here, Bethought me what was past, what might succeed. I knew him tyrannous ; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than their years : And should he doubt it, (as no doubt he doth,) T'hat I should open to the listening air, How many worthy princes' bloods were shed, To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope,To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms, And make pretence of wrong that I have done him ; When all, for mine, if I may call’t offence, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence :: Which love to all (of which thyself art one, Who now reprov'st me for it)