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Enter Gower.Enter Gower Per chorus.II.1
Heere haue you seene a mightie King,Here have you seen a mighty king Per Chorus.II.1
His child I'wis to incest bring:His child, iwis, to incest bring;iwis (adv.)
old form: I'wis
[archaism] assuredly, certainly, truly
Per Chorus.II.2
A better Prince, and benigne Lord,A better prince and benign lord, Per Chorus.II.3
That Will proue awfull both in deed and word:That will prove awful both in deed and word.awful (adj.)
old form: awfull
awe-inspiring, worthy of respect
Per Chorus.II.4
Be quiet then, as men should bee,Be quiet then as men should be Per Chorus.II.5
Till he hath past necessitie:Till he hath passed necessity. Per Chorus.II.6
I'le shew you those in troubles raigne;I'll show you those in trouble's reign, Per Chorus.II.7
Loosing a Mite, a Mountaine gaine:Losing a mite, a mountain gain. Per Chorus.II.8
The good in conuersation,The good in conversation,conversation (n.)
old form: conuersation
way of life, behaviour, manners, conduct
Per Chorus.II.9
good (n.)good fellow
To whom I giue my benizon:To whom I give my benison,benison (n.)
old form: benizon
blessing, benediction
Per Chorus.II.10
Is still at Tharstill, where each man,Is still at Tarsus, where each manTarsus (n.)ancient city of Asia Minor, S TurkeyPer Chorus.II.11
Thinkes all is writ, he spoken can:Thinks all is writ he speken can;writ (n.)[archaism] gospel, holy scripturePer Chorus.II.12
speken (v.)
old form: spoken
[archaism] speak
And to remember what he does,And, to remember what he doesremember (v.)commemorate, acknowledge, reward, recognizePer Chorus.II.13
Build his Statue to make him glorious:Build his statue to make him glorious. Per Chorus.II.14
But tidinges to the contrarie,But tidings to the contrary Per Chorus.II.15
Are brought your eyes, what need speake I.Are brought your eyes; what need speak I? Per Chorus.II.16
Dombe shew.Dumb show: Per Chorus.II.17.1
Enter at one dore Pericles talking with Cleon, all the Enter at one door Pericles talking with Cleon, all the Per Chorus.II.17.2
traine with them: Enter at an other dore, a Gentleman train with them. Enter at another door a gentleman Per Chorus.II.17.3
with aLetter to Pericles, Pericles shewes the Letter towith a letter to Pericles. Pericles shows the letter to Per Chorus.II.17.4
Cleon; Pericles giues the Messenger a reward, and Cleon. Pericles gives the messenger a reward and Per Chorus.II.17.5
Knights him: Exit Pericles at one dore, and Cleon atknights him. Exit Pericles at one door and Cleon at Per Chorus.II.17.6
an other.another Per Chorus.II.17.7
Good Helicon that stayde at home,Good Helicane that stayed at home, Per Chorus.II.17
Not to eate Hony like a Drone,Not to eat honey like a drone Per Chorus.II.18
From others labours; for though he striueFrom others' labours, forthy he striveforthy (adv.)[archaism] therefore, for this reasonPer Chorus.II.19
To killen bad, keepe good aliue:To killen bad, keep good alive, Per Chorus.II.20
And to fulfill his prince desire,And to fulfil his prince' desire, Per Chorus.II.21
Sau'd one of all that haps in Tyre:Sends word of all that haps in Tyre;hap (v.)happen, take place, come to passPer Chorus.II.22
How Thaliart came full bent with sinne,How Thaliard came full bent with sinbent (adj.)determined, intent, resolvedPer Chorus.II.23
And had intent to murder him;And hid intent to murder him,intent (n.)intention, purpose, aimPer Chorus.II.24
And that in Tharsis was not best,And that in Tarsus was not best Per Chorus.II.25
Longer for him to make his rest:Longer for him to make his (n.)residence, lodging, stayPer Chorus.II.26
He doing so, put foorth to Seas;He, doing so, put forth to seas, Per Chorus.II.27
Where when men been, there's seldome ease,Where, when men been, there's seldom ease; Per Chorus.II.28
For now the Wind begins to blow,For now the wind begins to blow; Per Chorus.II.29
Thunder aboue, and deepes below,Thunder above and deeps below Per Chorus.II.30
Makes such vnquiet, that the Shippe,Make such unquiet that the ship Per Chorus.II.31
Should house him safe; is wrackt and split,Should house him safe is wracked and split,wrack (v.)
old form: wrackt
wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea
Per Chorus.II.32
split (v.)break up, split in two
And he (good Prince) hauing all lost,And he, good prince, having all lost, Per Chorus.II.33
By Waues, from coast to coast is tost:By waves from coast to coast is tossed. Per Chorus.II.34
All perishen of man, of pelfe,All perishen of man, of pelf,pelf (n.)
old form: pelfe
possessions, property, goods
Per Chorus.II.35
Ne ought escapend but himselfe;Ne aught escapend but himself;aught (n.)
old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
Per Chorus.II.36
ne (conj.)[archaism] nor
Till Fortune tir'd with doing bad,Till Fortune, tired with doing bad,Fortune (n.)Roman goddess, shown as a woman at a spinning wheel, or controlling a rudder, and as blindPer Chorus.II.37
Threw him a shore, to giue him glad:Threw him ashore, to give him glad.glad (n.)gladness, joy, delightPer Chorus.II.38
And heere he comes: what shall be next,And here he comes. What shall be next, Per Chorus.II.39
Pardon old Gower, this long's the text.Pardon old Gower – this longs the text.long (v.)belong to, be part ofPer Chorus.II.40
Exit Per Chorus.II.40
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