Pericles Prince of Tyre
Pericles Prince of Tyre Box 2: Tharsus

This series of boxes are based on the play "Pericles Prince of Tyre" by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins. Each of the boxes is based one one of the cities visited by Pericles, the hero of the play.

Pericles, forced to flee for his life sails from Antioch and eventually finds his way to Tharsus where there is a famine. At first his ships are mistaken as an enemy invasion fleet. Instead Pericles saves Tarsus by giving the grain contained in his ships to the starving citizens:

This Tharsus, o'er which I have the government,
A city on whom plenty held full hand,
For riches strew'd herself even in her streets;
Whose towers bore heads so high they kiss'd the clouds,
And strangers ne'er beheld but wond'red at;
Whose men and dames so jetted and adorn'd,
Like one another's glass to trim them by;
Their tables were stor'd full, to glad the sight,
And not so much to feed on as delight;
All poverty was scorn'd, and pride so great,
The name of help grew odious to repeat.
O, 'tis too true.
But see what heaven can do by this our change:
These mouths who, but of late, earth, sea, and air
Were all too little to content and please,
Although they gave their creatures in abundance,
As houses are defil'd for want of use,
They are now starv'd for want of exercise;
Those palates who, not yet two summers younger,
Must have inventions to delight the taste,
Would now be glad of bread and beg for it;
Those mothers who, to nousle up their babes,
Thought nought too curious, are ready now
To eat those little darlings whom they lov'd.
So sharp are hunger's teeth, that man and wife
Draw lots who first shall die to lengthen life.
Here stands a lord, and there a lady weeping;
Here many sink, yet those which see them fall
Have scarce strength left to give them burial.
Is not this true?
Our cheeks and hollow eyes do witness it.
O, let those cities that of plenty's cup
And her prosperities so largely taste,
With their superfluous riots, hear these tears!
The misery of Tharsus may be theirs.

Enter a Lord.

Where's the Lord Governor?
Speak out thy sorrows which thou bring'st in haste,
For comfort is too far for us to expect.
We have descried, upon our neighboring shore,
A portly sail of ships make hitherward.
I thought as much.
One sorrow never comes but brings an heir
That may succeed as his inheritor;
And so in ours, some neighboring nation,
Taking advantage of our misery,
Hath stuff'd the hollow vessels with their power
To beat us down, the which are down already,
And make a conquest of unhappy me,
Whereas no glory's got to overcome.
That's the least fear; for by the semblance
Of their white flags display'd, they bring us peace,
And come to us as favorers, not as foes.
Thou speak'st like him's untutor'd to repeat:
Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.
But bring they what they will and what they can,
What need we fear?
Our ground's the lowest, and we are half way there.
Go tell their general we attend him here,
To know for what he comes, and whence he comes,
And what he craves.
I go, my lord.


Welcome is peace, if he on peace consist;
If wars, we are unable to resist.

Enter Pericles with Lord and Attendants.

Lord Governor, for so we hear you are,
Let not our ships and number of our men
Be like a beacon fir'd t' amaze your eyes.
We have heard your miseries as far as Tyre,
And seen the desolation of your streets;
Nor come we to add sorrow to your tears,
But to relieve them of their heavy load;
And these our ships, you happily may think
Are like the Troyan horse was stuff'd within
With bloody veins, expecting overthrow,
Are stor'd with corn to make your needy bread,
And give them life whom hunger starv'd half dead.
The gods of Greece protect you!
And we'll pray for you.
Arise, I pray you, rise.
We do not look for reverence but for love,
And harborage for ourself, our ships, and men.
The which when any shall not gratify,
Or pay you with unthankfulness in thought,
Be it our wives, our children, or ourselves,
The curse of heaven and men succeed their evils!
Till when—the which I hope shall ne'er be seen—
Your Grace is welcome to our town and us.
Which welcome we'll accept; feast here awhile,
Until our stars that frown lend us a smile.

From the Nejedly staging area, on Carquinez Scenic Drive, Take the Hulet Hornbeck Trail to the junction with the Franklin loop.
A portion of the H. Hornbeck trail is fairly steep and may be difficult to negotiate if muddy or if it has rained recently.

From the junction follow the Franklin loop in a NW direction for about one mile. you will pass a number of side trails leading to lookout spots on your right. take the fifth of these side trails (the second after you pass under the power lines). I will lead to a bench on top of a hill.

From the SW end of the bench take 40 steps at 245 deg mag to a large boulder

From the boulder take 12 steps at 225 deg to an oak tree.

On the SW side of this tree look behind the rock nestled under the low lying branch.

There you will find the grain that broke the famine at Tharsus.

Total roundtrip distance: approx 3 miles.
Elevation gain: approx 500 ft The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
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