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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)

    Pericles Prince of Tyre.
    And Time that is so briefly spent,
    With your fine fancies quaintly each,
    What's dumbe in shew, I'le plaine with speach.

    1060 Enter Pericles and Symonides at one dore with attendantes,
    a Messenger meetes them, kneeles and giues Pericles a letter,
    Pericles shewes it Symonides, the Lords kneele to him;
    then enter Thaysa with child, with Lichorida a nurse,
    the King shewes her the letter, she reioyces: she and Pericles
    1065take leaue of her father, and depart.

    By many a dearne and painefull pearch
    Of Perycles the carefull search,
    By the fower opposing Crignes,
    Which the world togeather ioynes,
    1070Is made with all due diligence,
    That horse and sayle and hie expence,
    Can steed the quest at last from Tyre:
    Fame answering the most strange enquire,
    To'th Court of King Symonides,
    1075Are Letters brought, the tenour these:
    Antiochus and his daughter dead,
    The men of Tyrus, on the head
    Of Helycanus would set on
    The Crowne of Tyre, but he will none:
    1080The mutanie, hee there hastes t'oppresse,
    Sayes to'em, if King Pericles
    Come not home in twise sixe Moones,
    He obedient to their doomes,
    Will take the Crowne: the summe of this,
    1085Brought hither to Penlapolis,
    Iranyshed the regions round,

    And euery one with claps can sound,
    Our heyre apparant is a King:
    Who dreampt? who thought of such a thing?
    1090Briefe he must hence depart to Tyre,
    His Queene with child, makes her desire,