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  • Title: Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Quarto)
  • Editor: Tom Bishop

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

    1965Enter Gower.
    Marina thus the Brothell scapes, and chaunces
    Into an Honest-house our Storie sayes:
    Shee sings like one immortall, and shee daunces
    As Goddesse-like to her admired layes.
    1970Deepe clearks she dumb's, and with her neele compo-(ses,
    Natures owne shape, of budde, bird, branche, or berry.
    That euen her art sisters the naturall Roses
    Her Inckle, Silke Twine, with the rubied Cherrie,
    That puples lackes she none of noble race,
    1975Who powre their bountie on her: and her gaine
    She giues the cursed Bawd, here wee her place,
    And to hir Father turne our thoughts againe,
    Where wee left him on the Sea, wee there him left,
    Where driuen before the windes, hee is arriu'de
    1980Heere where his daughter dwels, and on this coast,
    Suppose him now at Anchor: the Citie striu'de
    God Neptunes Annuall feast to keepe, from whence
    Lysimachus our Tyrian Shippe espies,
    His banners Sable, trim'd with rich expence,
    1985 And to him in his Barge with former hyes,
    In your supposing once more put your sight,
    Of heauy Pericles, thinke this his Barke:
    Where what is done in action, more if might
    Shalbe discouerd, please you sit and harke. Exit.