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Pericles: Act II, Prologue

Act II, Prologue

  1. Enter Gower.


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  1. Here have you seen a mighty king
  2. His child, I wis, to incest bring;
  3. A better prince and benign lord,
  4. That will prove awful both in deed and word.
  5. Be quiet then, as men should be,
  6. Till he hath pass’d necessity.
  7. I’ll show you those in troubles reign,
  8. Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
  9. The good in conversation,
  10. To whom I give my benison,
  11. Is still at Tharsus, where each man
  12. Thinks all is writ he speken can;
  13. And, to remember what he does,
  14. Build his statue to make him glorious.
  15. But tidings to the contrary
  16. Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?
  17. Dumb Show.
  18. Enter at one door Pericles talking with Cleon; all the Train
  19. with them. Enter at another door the First Tyrian Messenger
  20. with a letter to Pericles. Pericles shows the letter to
  21. Cleon. Pericles gives the Messenger a reward and knights
  22. him. Exit Pericles at one door and Cleon at another.
  23. Good Helicane, that stay’d at home,
  24. Not to eat honey like a drone
  25. From others’ labors; for though he strive
  26. To killen bad, keep good alive,
  27. And to fulfill his prince’ desire,
  28. Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
  29. How Thaliard came full bent with sin
  30. And hid intent to murder him;
  31. And that in Tharsus was not best
  32. Longer for him to make his rest.
  33. He, doing so, put forth to seas,
  34. Where when men been, there’s seldom ease,
  35. For now the wind begins to blow;
  36. Thunder above, and deeps below,
  37. Makes such unquiet, that the ship
  38. Should house him safe is wrack’d and split,
  39. And he, good prince, having all lost,
  40. By waves from coast to coast is toss’d.
  41. All perishen of man, of pelf,
  42. Ne aught escapend but himself;
  43. Till Fortune, tir’d with doing bad,
  44. Threw him ashore, to give him glad.
  45. And here he comes. What shall be next,
  46. Pardon old Gowerthis long’s the text.
  1. Exit.
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