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Act II. Scene II.

Scene II.—The Same. A public Way. Plat-
form leading to the Lists. A Pavilion near
it, for the reception of the KING, Princess,
Ladies, Lords, &c.

Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, and Attend-

Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the
First Lord. They are, my liege;
And stay your coming to present themselves.
Sim. Return them, we are ready; and our
In honour of whose birth these triumphs are,
Sits here, like beauty's child, whom nature gat
For men to see, and seeing wonder at.
[Exit a Lord.
That. It pleaseth you, my royal father, to
My commendations great, whose merit's less.
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are
A model, which heaven makes like to itself:
As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
So princes their renowns if not respected.
'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain
The labour of each knight in his device
Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll

Enter a Knight; he passes over the stage,
and his Squire presents his shield to the
Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer him-
Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned
And the device he bears upon his shield
Is a black Ethiop reaching at the sun;
The word, Lux tua vita mihi.
Sim. He loves you well that holds his life
of you. [The Second Knight passes over.
Who is the second that presents himself?
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father;
And the device he bears upon his shield
Is an arm'd knight that's conquer'd by a lady;
The motto thus, in Spanish, Piu por dulzura
que por fuerza.
[The Third Knight passes over.
Sim. And what's the third?
Thai. The third of Antioch;
And his device, a wreath of chivalry;
The word, Me pompæ provexit apex.
[The Fourth Knight passes over.
Sim. What is the fourth?
Thai. A burning torch that's turned upside
The word, Quod me alit me extinguit.
Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his
power and will,
Which can as well inflame as it can kill.
[The Fifth Knight passes over.
Thai. The fifth, a hand environed with clouds,
Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried;
The motto thus. Sic spectanda fides.
[The Sixth Knight, PERICLES, passes over.
Sim. And what's
The sixth and last, the which the knight him-
With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
Thai. He seems to be a stranger; but his
present is
A wither'd branch, that's only green at top;
The motto. In hac spe vivo.
Sim. A pretty moral;
From the dejected state wherein he is,
He hopes by you his fortune yet may flourish.
First Lord. He had need mean better than
his outward show
Can any way speak in his just commend;
For, by his rusty outside he appears
To have practis'd more the whipstock than the
Sec. Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he
To an honour'd triumph strangely furnished.
Third Lord. And on set purpose let his
armour rust
Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us
The outward habit by the inward man.
But stay, the knights are coming; we'll withdraw
Into the gallery.
[Exeunt. Great shouts, and all cry,
'The mean knight!'
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