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Pericles - Act 5, Chorus
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Act 5, Chorus
Gower describes Marina’s success in Mytilene and tells of Pericles’ ship landing on Mytilene’s shores.
2042 Marina thus the brothel ’scapes, and chances
2043 Into an honest house, our story says.
2044 She sings like one immortal, and she dances
2045 As goddesslike to her admirèd lays.
2046 5 Deep clerks she dumbs, and with her neele composes
2047 Nature’s own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
2048 That even her art sisters the natural roses.
2049 Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry,
2050 That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
2051 10 Who pour their bounty on her, and her gain
2052 She gives the cursèd bawd. Here we her place,
2053 And to her father turn our thoughts again,
2054 Where we left him, on the sea. We there him ⌜lost,⌝
2055 Where, driven before the winds, he is arrived
2056 15 Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast
2057 Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived
2058 God Neptune’s annual feast to keep, from whence
2059 Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
2060 His banners sable, trimmed with rich expense,
2061 20 And to him in his barge with fervor hies.
2062 In your supposing once more put your sight
2063 Of heavy Pericles. Think this his bark,
2064 Where what is done in action—more, if might—
2065 Shall be discovered. Please you sit and hark.