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Pericles - ACT II - PROLOGUE Post by :candlestick Category :Plays Author :William Shakespeare Date :May 2011 Read :2001

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Pericles - ACT II - PROLOGUE

(Enter Gower.)

Mere have you seen a mighty king
His child, I wis, to incest bring;
A better prince and benign lord,
That will prove awful both in deed word.
Be quiet then as men should be,
Till he hath pass'd necessity.
I'll show you those in troubles reign,
Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
The good in conversation,
To whom I give my benison,
Is still at Tarsus, where each man
Thinks all is writ he speken can;
And, to remember what he does,
Build his statue to make him glorious:
But tidings to the contrary
Are brought your eyes; what need speak I?


(Enter at one door Pericles talking with Cleon talking with
CLEON; all the train with them. Enter at another door a
Gentleman, with a letter to Pericles; Pericles shows the
letter to Cleon; gives the Messenger a reward, and knights
him. Exit Pericles at one door, and Cleon at another.)

Good Helicane, that stay'd at home.
Not to eat honey like a drone
From others' labours; for though he strive
To killen bad, keep good alive;
And to fulfil his prince' desire,
Sends word of all that haps in Tyre:
How Thaliard came full bent with sin
And had intent to murder him;
And that in Tarsus was not best
Longer for him to make his rest.
He, doing so, put forth to seas,
Where when men been, there's seldom ease;
For now the wind begins to blow;
Thunder above and deeps below
Make such unquiet, that the ship
Should house him safe is wreck'd and split;
And he, good prince, having all lost,
By waves from coast to coast is tost:
All perishen of man, of pelf,
Ne aught escapen but himself;
Till fortune, tired with doing bad,
Threw him ashore, to give him glad:
And here he comes. What shall be next,
Pardon old Gower, -- this longs the text.


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Pericles - ACT II - SCENE I Pericles - ACT II - SCENE I

Pericles - ACT II - SCENE I
ACT II SCENE IPentapolis. An open place by the sea-side.(Enter Pericles, wet.)PERICLES.Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven!Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly manIs but a substance that must yield to you;And I, as fits my nature, do obey you:Alas, the sea hath cast me on the rocks,Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breathNothing to think on but ensuing death:Let it suffice the greatness of your powersTo have bereft a prince of all his fortunes;And having thrown him from your watery grave,Here to have death in peace is all he'll crave.(Enter three Fishermen.)FIRST FISHERMAN.What, ho,

Pericles - ACT I - SCENE IV Pericles - ACT I - SCENE IV

Pericles - ACT I - SCENE IV
ACT I SCENE IVTarsus. A room in the Governor's house.(Enter Cleon, the governor of Tarsus, with Dionyza, and others.)CLEON.My Dionyza, shall we rest us here,And by relating tales of others' griefs,See if 'twill teach us to forqet our own?DIONYZA.That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it;For who digs hills because they do aspireThrows down one mountain to cast up a higher.O my distressed lord, even such our griefs are;Here they're but felt, and seen with mischief's eyes,But like to groves, being topp'd, they higher rise.CLEON.O Dionyza,Who wanteth food, and will not say he wants it,Or can conceal his