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Pericles: Epilogue


  1. Enter Gower.


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  1. In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard
  2. Of monstrous lust the due and just reward.
  3. In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen,
  4. Although assail’d with fortune fierce and keen,
  5. Virtue preserv’d from fell destruction’s blast,
  6. Led on by heaven, and crown’d with joy at last.
  7. In Helicanus may you well descry
  8. A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty.
  9. In reverend Cerimon there well appears
  10. The worth that learned charity aye wears.
  11. For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
  12. Had spread his cursed deed, the honor’d name
  13. Of Pericles to rage the city turn,
  14. That him and his they in his palace burn;
  15. The gods for murder seemed so content
  16. To punish, although not done, but meant.
  17. So, on your patience evermore attending,
  18. New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.
  1. Exit.
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