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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.
    a generrall prayse to her, and care in vs at whose expence
    tis done.
    1710Cle. Thou art like the Harpie,
    Which to betray, doest with thine Angells face ceaze with
    thine Eagles talents.
    Dion. Yere like one that supersticiously,
    Doe sweare too'th Gods, that Winter kills
    1715The Fliies, but yet I know, youle
    doe as I aduise.
    Gower. Thus time we waste, & long leagues make short,
    Saile seas in Cockles, haue and wish but fort,
    Making to take our imagination,
    1720From bourne to bourne, region to region,
    By you being pardoned we commit no crime,
    To vse one language, in each seuerall clime,
    Where our sceanes seemes to liue,
    I doe beseech you
    1725To learne of me who stand with gappes
    To teach you.
    The stages of our storie Pericles
    Is now againe thwarting thy wayward seas,
    Attended on by many a Lord and Knight,
    1730To see his daughter all his liues delight.
    Old Helicanus goes along behind,
    Is left to gouerne it, you beare in mind.
    Old Escenes, whom Hellicanus late
    Aduancde in time to great and hie estate.
    1735Well sayling ships, and bounteous winds
    Haue brought
    This king to Tharsus, thinke this Pilat thought
    So with his sterage, shall your thoughts grone
    To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone
    1740Like moats and shadowes, see them
    Moue a while,
    Your eares vnto your eyes Ile reconcile.