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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)

    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.