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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Tom Bishop
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Quarto)

Pericles Prince of Tyre.
golde for thee, perseuer in that cleare way thou goest and
the gods strengthen thee.
Ma. The good Gods preserue you.
1885Li. For me be you thoughten, that I came with no ill
intent, for to me the very dores and windows sauor vilely,
fare thee well, thou art a peece of vertue, & I doubt not but
thy training hath bene noble, hold, heeres more golde for
thee, a curse vpon him, die he like a theefe that robs thee of
1890thy goodnes, if thou doest heare from me it shalbe for thy
Boult. I beseeche your Honor one peece for me.
Li. Auaunt thou damned dore-keeper, your house but
for this virgin that doeth prop it, would sincke and ouer-
1895whelme you. Away.
Boult. How's this? wee must take another course with
you? if your peeuish chastitie, which is not worth a breake-
fast in the cheapest countrey vnder the coap, shall vndoe a
whole houshold, let me be gelded like a spaniel, come your
1900Ma. Whither would you haue mee?
Boult. I must haue your mayden-head taken off, or the
cõmonhãg-man shal execute it, come your way, weele haue
no more Gentlemen driuen away, come your wayes I say.
Enter Bawdes.
1905Bawd. How now, whats the matter?
Boult. Worse and worse mistris, shee has heere spoken
holie words to the Lord Lisimachus.
Bawd. O abhominable.
Boult. He makes our profession as it were to stincke a-
1910fore the face of the gods.
Bawd. Marie hang her vp for euer.
Boult. The Noble man would haue dealt with her like
a Noble man, and shee sent him away as colde as a Snowe-
ball, saying his prayers too.
1915Bawd. Boult take her away, vse her at thy pleasure, crack
the glasse of her virginitie, and make the rest maliable.