Speeches (Lines) for Helicanus in "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"

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1 I / 2
  • Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
    They do abuse the king that flatte...
  • Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
    They do abuse the king that flatter him:
    For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
    The thing which is flatter'd, but a spark,
    To which that blast 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.
  • Second Lord. And keep your mind, till you return to us,
    Peaceful and comfortable!

    Helicanus. Peace, peace, and give experience tongue.
    They do abuse the king that flatter him:
    For flattery is the bellows blows up sin;
    The thing which is flatter'd, but a spark,
    To which that blast 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.

2 I / 2
  • An angry brow, dread lord.
  • An angry brow, dread lord.
  • Pericles. 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?

    Helicanus. An angry brow, dread lord.

3 I / 2
  • How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
    They have their nourishme...
  • How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
    They have their nourishment?
  • Pericles. If there be such a dart in princes' frowns,
    How durst thy tongue move anger to our face?

    Helicanus. How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
    They have their nourishment?

4 I / 2
  • [Kneeling]
    I have ground the axe myself;
    Do you but strike the blow.
  • [Kneeling]
    I have ground the axe myself;
    Do you but strike the blow.
  • Pericles. Thou know'st I have power
    To take thy life from thee.

    Helicanus. [Kneeling]
    I have ground the axe myself;
    Do you but strike the blow.

5 I / 2
  • To bear with patience
    Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.
  • To bear with patience
    Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.
  • Pericles. Rise, prithee, rise.
    Sit down: thou art no flatterer:
    I thank thee for it; and heaven forbid
    That kings should let their ears hear their
    faults hid!
    Fit counsellor and servant for a prince,
    Who by thy wisdom makest a prince thy servant,
    What wouldst thou have me do?

    Helicanus. To bear with patience
    Such griefs as you yourself do lay upon yourself.

6 I / 2
  • Alas, sir!
  • Alas, sir!
  • Pericles. Thou speak'st like a physician, Helicanus,
    That minister'st a potion unto me
    That thou wouldst tremble to receive thyself.
    Attend me, then: I went to Antioch,
    Where as thou know'st, against the face of death,
    I sought the purchase of a glorious beauty.
    From whence an issue I might propagate,
    Are arms to princes, and bring joys to subjects.
    Her face was to mine eye beyond all wonder;
    The rest--hark in thine ear--as black as incest:
    Which by my knowledge found, the sinful father
    Seem'd not to strike, but smooth: but thou
    know'st this,
    'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.
    Such fear so grew in me, I 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 the years:
    And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth,
    That 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 offence,
    Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence:
    Which love to all, of which thyself art one,
    Who now reprovest me for it,--

    Helicanus. Alas, sir!

7 I / 2
  • Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak.
    Freely will I speak....
  • Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak.
    Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
    And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
    Who either by public war or private treason
    Will take away your life.
    Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
    Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
    Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
    Your rule direct to any; if to me.
    Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.
  • Pericles. Drew sleep out of mine eyes, blood from my cheeks,
    Musings into my mind, with thousand doubts
    How I might stop this tempest ere it came;
    And finding little comfort to relieve them,
    I thought it princely charity to grieve them.

    Helicanus. Well, my lord, since you have given me leave to speak.
    Freely will I speak. Antiochus you fear,
    And justly too, I think, you fear the tyrant,
    Who either by public war or private treason
    Will take away your life.
    Therefore, my lord, go travel for a while,
    Till that his rage and anger be forgot,
    Or till the Destinies do cut his thread of life.
    Your rule direct to any; if to me.
    Day serves not light more faithful than I'll be.

8 I / 2
  • We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
    From whence we had our being...
  • We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
    From whence we had our being and our birth.
  • Pericles. I do not doubt thy faith;
    But should he wrong my liberties in my absence?

    Helicanus. We'll mingle our bloods together in the earth,
    From whence we had our being and our birth.

9 I / 3
  • You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
    Further to question me of your...
  • You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
    Further to question me of your king's departure:
    His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
    Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.
  • Thaliard. So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I
    kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to
    be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive
    he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that,
    being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired
    he might know none of his secrets: now do I see he
    had some 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.

    Helicanus. You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
    Further to question me of your king's departure:
    His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
    Doth speak sufficiently he's gone to travel.

10 I / 3
  • If further yet you will be satisfied,
    Why, as it were unlicensed of your lov...
  • 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--
  • Thaliard. [Aside] How! the king gone!

    Helicanus. 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--

11 I / 3
  • Royal Antiochus--on what cause I know not--
    Took some displeasure at him; at...
  • Royal Antiochus--on what cause I know not--
    Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
    And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
    To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
    So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
    With whom each minute threatens life or death.
  • Thaliard. [Aside] What from Antioch?

    Helicanus. Royal Antiochus--on what cause I know not--
    Took some displeasure at him; at least he judged so:
    And doubting lest that he had err'd or sinn'd,
    To show his sorrow, he'ld correct himself;
    So puts himself unto the shipman's toil,
    With whom each minute threatens life or death.

12 I / 3
  • Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
  • Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.
  • Thaliard. [Aside] Well, I perceive
    I shall not be hang'd now, although I would;
    But since he's gone, the king's seas must please:
    He 'scaped the land, to perish at the sea.
    I'll present myself. Peace to the lords of Tyre!

    Helicanus. Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

13 I / 3
  • We have no reason to desire it,
    Commended to our master, not to us:
    Yet,...
  • We have no reason to desire it,
    Commended to our master, not to us:
    Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
    As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.
  • Thaliard. From him I come
    With message unto princely Pericles;
    But since my landing I have understood
    Your lord has betook himself to unknown travels,
    My message must return from whence it came.

    Helicanus. We have no reason to desire it,
    Commended to our master, not to us:
    Yet, ere you shall depart, this we desire,
    As friends to Antioch, we may feast in Tyre.

14 II / 4
  • No, Escanes, know this of me,
    Antiochus from incest lived not free:
    For...
  • No, Escanes, know this of me,
    Antiochus from incest lived not free:
    For which, the most high gods not minding longer
    To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
    Due to this heinous capital offence,
    Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
    When he was seated in a chariot
    Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
    A fire from heaven came and shrivell'd up
    Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
    That all those eyes adored them ere their fall
    Scorn now their hand should give them burial.
  • Simonides. Princes, it is too late to talk of love;
    And that's the mark I know you level at:
    Therefore each one betake him to his rest;
    To-morrow all for speeding do their best.

    Helicanus. No, Escanes, know this of me,
    Antiochus from incest lived not free:
    For which, the most high gods not minding longer
    To withhold the vengeance that they had in store,
    Due to this heinous capital offence,
    Even in the height and pride of all his glory,
    When he was seated in a chariot
    Of an inestimable value, and his daughter with him,
    A fire from heaven came and shrivell'd up
    Their bodies, even to loathing; for they so stunk,
    That all those eyes adored them ere their fall
    Scorn now their hand should give them burial.

15 II / 4
  • And yet but justice; for though
    This king were great, his greatness was no g...
  • And yet but justice; for though
    This king were great, his greatness was no guard
    To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.
  • Escanes. 'Twas very strange.

    Helicanus. And yet but justice; for though
    This king were great, his greatness was no guard
    To bar heaven's shaft, but sin had his reward.

16 II / 4
  • With me? and welcome: happy day, my lords.
  • With me? and welcome: happy day, my lords.
  • First Lord. Follow me, then. Lord Helicane, a word.

    Helicanus. With me? and welcome: happy day, my lords.

17 II / 4
  • Your griefs! for what? wrong not your prince you love.
  • Your griefs! for what? wrong not your prince you love.
  • First Lord. Know that our griefs are risen to the top,
    And now at length they overflow their banks.

    Helicanus. Your griefs! for what? wrong not your prince you love.

18 II / 4
  • For honour's cause, forbear your suffrages:
    If that you love Prince Pericles...
  • For honour's cause, forbear your suffrages:
    If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
    Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
    Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease.
    A twelvemonth longer, let me entreat you to
    Forbear the absence of your king:
    If in which time expired, he not return,
    I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
    But if I cannot win you to this love,
    Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
    And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
    Whom if you find, and win unto return,
    You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.
  • All. Live, noble Helicane!

    Helicanus. For honour's cause, forbear your suffrages:
    If that you love Prince Pericles, forbear.
    Take I your wish, I leap into the seas,
    Where's hourly trouble for a minute's ease.
    A twelvemonth longer, let me entreat you to
    Forbear the absence of your king:
    If in which time expired, he not return,
    I shall with aged patience bear your yoke.
    But if I cannot win you to this love,
    Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,
    And in your search spend your adventurous worth;
    Whom if you find, and win unto return,
    You shall like diamonds sit about his crown.

19 II / 4
  • Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands:
    When peers thus knit, a kin...
  • Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands:
    When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.
  • First Lord. To wisdom he's a fool that will not yield;
    And since Lord Helicane enjoineth us,
    We with our travels will endeavour us.

    Helicanus. Then you love us, we you, and we'll clasp hands:
    When peers thus knit, a kingdom ever stands.

20 V / 1
  • That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.
  • That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.
  • Tyrian Sailor. [To the Sailor of Mytilene] Where is lord Helicanus?
    he can resolve you.
    O, here he is.
    Sir, there's a barge put off from Mytilene,
    And in it is Lysimachus the governor,
    Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?

    Helicanus. That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.

21 V / 1
  • Gentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;
    I pray ye, greet them fa...
  • Gentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;
    I pray ye, greet them fairly.
    [The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend, and go]
    on board the barge]
    [Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the]
    Gentlemen and the two Sailors]
  • First Gentleman. Doth your lordship call?

    Helicanus. Gentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;
    I pray ye, greet them fairly.
    [The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend, and go]
    on board the barge]
    [Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the]
    Gentlemen and the two Sailors]

22 V / 1
  • And you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
    And die as I would do.
  • And you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
    And die as I would do.
  • Lysimachus. Hail, reverend sir! the gods preserve you!

    Helicanus. And you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
    And die as I would do.

23 V / 1
  • First, what is your place?
  • First, what is your place?
  • Lysimachus. You wish me well.
    Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs,
    Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us,
    I made to it, to know of whence you are.

    Helicanus. First, what is your place?

24 V / 1
  • Sir,
    Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
    A man who for this three mon...
  • Sir,
    Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
    A man who for this three months hath not spoken
    To any one, nor taken sustenance
    But to prorogue his grief.
  • Lysimachus. I am the governor of this place you lie before.

    Helicanus. Sir,
    Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
    A man who for this three months hath not spoken
    To any one, nor taken sustenance
    But to prorogue his grief.

25 V / 1
  • 'Twould be too tedious to repeat;
    But the main grief springs from the loss <...
  • 'Twould be too tedious to repeat;
    But the main grief springs from the loss
    Of a beloved daughter and a wife.
  • Lysimachus. Upon what ground is his distemperature?

    Helicanus. 'Twould be too tedious to repeat;
    But the main grief springs from the loss
    Of a beloved daughter and a wife.

26 V / 1
  • You may;
    But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.
  • You may;
    But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.
  • Lysimachus. May we not see him?

    Helicanus. You may;
    But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.

27 V / 1
  • Behold him.
    [PERICLES discovered]
    This was a goodly person,
    Till the...
  • Behold him.
    [PERICLES discovered]
    This was a goodly person,
    Till the disaster that, one mortal night,
    Drove him to this.
  • Lysimachus. Yet let me obtain my wish.

    Helicanus. Behold him.
    [PERICLES discovered]
    This was a goodly person,
    Till the disaster that, one mortal night,
    Drove him to this.

28 V / 1
  • It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
  • It is in vain; he will not speak to you.
  • Lysimachus. Sir king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
    Hail, royal sir!

    Helicanus. It is in vain; he will not speak to you.

29 V / 1
  • Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
    That bears recovery's name. B...
  • Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
    That bears recovery's name. But, since your kindness
    We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
    That for our gold we may provision have,
    Wherein we are not destitute for want,
    But weary for the staleness.
  • Lysimachus. 'Tis well bethought.
    She questionless with her sweet harmony
    And other chosen attractions, would allure,
    And make a battery through his deafen'd parts,
    Which now are midway stopp'd:
    She is all happy as the fairest of all,
    And, with her fellow maids is now upon
    The leafy shelter that abuts against
    The island's side.

    Helicanus. Sure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
    That bears recovery's name. But, since your kindness
    We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
    That for our gold we may provision have,
    Wherein we are not destitute for want,
    But weary for the staleness.

30 V / 1
  • Sit, sir, I will recount it to you:
    But, see, I am prevented.
    [Re-enter,...
  • Sit, sir, I will recount it to you:
    But, see, I am prevented.
    [Re-enter, from the barge, Lord, with MARINA, and a]
    young Lady]
  • Lysimachus. O, sir, a courtesy
    Which if we should deny, the most just gods
    For every graff would send a caterpillar,
    And so afflict our province. Yet once more
    Let me entreat to know at large the cause
    Of your king's sorrow.

    Helicanus. Sit, sir, I will recount it to you:
    But, see, I am prevented.
    [Re-enter, from the barge, Lord, with MARINA, and a]
    young Lady]

31 V / 1
  • She's a gallant lady.
  • She's a gallant lady.
  • Lysimachus. O, here is
    The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one!
    Is't not a goodly presence?

    Helicanus. She's a gallant lady.

32 V / 1
  • Calls my lord?
  • Calls my lord?
  • Pericles. Ho, Helicanus!

    Helicanus. Calls my lord?

33 V / 1
  • I know not; but
    Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
    Speaks nobly of her...
  • I know not; but
    Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
    Speaks nobly of her.
  • Pericles. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor,
    Most wise in general: tell me, if thou canst,
    What this maid is, or what is like to be,
    That thus hath made me weep?

    Helicanus. I know not; but
    Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
    Speaks nobly of her.

34 V / 1
  • Sir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
    Who, hearing of your melancholy state, <...
  • Sir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
    Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
    Did come to see you.
  • Pericles. Now, blessing on thee! rise; thou art my child.
    Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus;
    She is not dead at Tarsus, as she should have been,
    By savage Cleon: she shall tell thee all;
    When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
    She is thy very princess. Who is this?

    Helicanus. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
    Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
    Did come to see you.

35 V / 1
  • My lord, I hear none.
  • My lord, I hear none.
  • Pericles. I embrace you.
    Give me my robes. I am wild in my beholding.
    O heavens bless my girl! But, hark, what music?
    Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him
    O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt,
    How sure you are my daughter. But, what music?

    Helicanus. My lord, I hear none.

36 V / 1
  • Sir?
  • Sir?
  • Pericles. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
    I will obey thee. Helicanus!

    Helicanus. Sir?

37 V / 3
  • Hail, madam, and my queen!
  • Hail, madam, and my queen!
  • Thaisa. Blest, and mine own!

    Helicanus. Hail, madam, and my queen!

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