Speeches (Lines) for Helicanus
in "Pericles"

Total: 37

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1

I,2,274

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,2,291

An angry brow, dread lord.

3

I,2,294

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

4

I,2,298

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

5

I,2,309

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

6

I,2,341

Alas, sir!

7

I,2,347

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,2,359

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

9

I,3,383

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,3,388

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,3,393

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,3,404

Lord Thaliard from Antiochus is welcome.

13

I,3,410

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,4,951

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,4,964

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,4,974

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

17

II,4,977

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

18

II,4,993

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,4,1009

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

20

V,1,2180

That he have his. Call up some gentlemen.

21

V,1,2184

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,1,2194

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

23

V,1,2200

First, what is your place?

24

V,1,2202

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,1,2208

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

26

V,1,2212

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

27

V,1,2215

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

28

V,1,2222

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

29

V,1,2236

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,1,2248

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,1,2255

She's a gallant lady.

32

V,1,2395

Calls my lord?

33

V,1,2400

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

34

V,1,2436

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

35

V,1,2445

My lord, I hear none.

36

V,1,2476

Sir?

37

V,3,2580

Hail, madam, and my queen!

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