Internet Shakespeare Editions

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

Pericles Prince of Tyre.
Per. Heauens make a Starre of him, yet there my
Queene, wee'le celebrate their Nuptialls, and our selues
2335will in that kingdome spend our following daies, our sonne
and daughter shall in Tyrus raigne.
Lord Cerimon wee doe our longing stay,
To heare the rest vntolde , Sir lead's the way.

F I N I S.

In Antiochus and his daughter you haue heard
Of monstrous lust, the due and iust reward:
In Pericles his Queene and Daughter seene,
Although assayl'de with Fortune fierce and keene.
Vertue preferd from fell destructions blast,
Lead on by heauen, and crown'd with ioy at last.
In Helycanus may you well descrie,
A figure of trueth, of faith, of loyaltie:
In reuerend Cerimon there well appeares,
2350The worth that learned charitie aye weares.
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when Fame
Had spred his cursed deede, the honor'd name
Of Pericles, to rage the Cittie turne,
That him and his they in his Pallace burne:
2355The gods for murder seemde so content,
To punish, although not done, but meant.
So on your Patience euermore attending,
New ioy wayte on you, heere our play has ending.