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Enter Gower


In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward;

In Pericles, his queen, and daughter seen,

Although assailed with fortune fierce and keen,

Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast,
fell (adj.) 1 cruel, fierce, savage

Led on by heaven, and crowned with joy at last.

In Helicanus may you well descry
descry (v.) 1 catch sight of, make out, espy, discover

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty.

In reverend Cerimon there well appears
aye (adv.) always, ever, for eternity

The worth that learned charity aye wears.

For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
fame (n.) 2 report, account, description

Had spread his cursed deed to the honoured name

Of Pericles, to rage the city turn,
city (n.) citizens, city community

That him and his they in his palace burn.

The gods for murder seemed to consent

To punish, although not done, but meant.

So on your patience evermore attending,
attend (v.) 6 regard, consider

New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.


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