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Pericles - Act 2, 2 Chorus
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Act 2, 2 Chorus
Gower tells of Pericles’ departure from Tarsus and of the storm that destroys his ships and men and tosses him ashore alone.Enter Gower.
0505 Here have you seen a mighty king
0506 His child, iwis, to incest bring;
0507 A better prince and benign lord
0508 That will prove awful both in deed and word.
0509 5 Be quiet, then, as men should be,
0510 Till he hath passed necessity.
0511 I’ll show you those in troubles reign,
0512 Losing a mite, a mountain gain.
0513 The good in conversation,
0514 10 To whom I give my benison,
0515 Is still at Tarsus, where each man
0516 Thinks all is Writ he speken can,
0517 And, to remember what he does,
0518 Build his statue to make him glorious.
0519 15 But tidings to the contrary
0520 Are brought your eyes. What need speak I?
Enter at one door Pericles 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. Pericles gives the Messenger a reward and knights
him. Pericles exits at one door, and Cleon at another.
p. 450521 Good Helicane, that stayed at home—
0522 Not to eat honey like a drone
0523 From others’ labors, for though he strive
0524 20 To killen bad, keep good alive,
0525 And to fulfill his prince’ desire—
0526 ⌜Sends word⌝ of all that haps in Tyre:
0527 How Thaliard came full bent with sin,
0528 And had intent to murder him;
0529 25 And that in Tarsus was not best
0530 Longer for him to make his rest.
0531 He, doing so, put forth to seas,
0532 Where when men been there’s seldom ease;
0533 For now the wind begins to blow;
0534 30 Thunder above and deeps below
0535 Makes such unquiet that the ship
0536 Should house him safe is wracked and split,
0537 And he, good prince, having all lost,
0538 By waves from coast to coast is tossed.
0539 35 All perishen of man, of pelf,
0540 Ne aught escapend but himself;
0541 Till Fortune, tired with doing bad,
0542 Threw him ashore to give him glad.
0543 And here he comes. What shall be next,
0544 40 Pardon old Gower—this ’longs the text.