Enter Simonides, Thaisa, Lords, and Attendants
Return them, we are ready; and our daughter, 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
It's 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.
Enter a Knight; he passes over, and his Squire presents his shield to the Princess
A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is a black Ethiope reaching at the sun The word, 'Lux tua vita mihi.'
He loves you well that holds his life of you.
The Second Knight passes over
Who is the second that presents himself?
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
The third of Antioch; And his device, a wreath of chivalry; The word, 'Me pompae provexit apex.'
The Fourth Knight passes over
The Fifth Knight passes over
The fifth, an 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
And what's The sixth and last, the which the knight himself With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd?
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.'
A pretty moral; From the dejected state wherein he is, He hopes by you his fortunes yet may flourish.
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 practised more the whipstock than the lance.
Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan The outward habit by the inward man. But stay, the knights are coming: we will withdraw Into the gallery.
Great shouts within and all cry 'The mean knight!'