Here have you seen a mighty king
His child, iwis, to incest bring;
A better prince and benign lord,
That will prove awful both in deed and word.
Be quiet then as men should be
Till he hath passed necessity.
I'll show you those in trouble's 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, 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. Exit Pericles at one door and Cleon at
Good Helicane that stayed at home,
Not to eat honey like a drone
From others' labours, forthy he strive
To killen bad, keep good alive,
And to fulfil his prince' desire,
Sends word of all that haps in Tyre;
happen, take place, come to pass
How Thaliard came full bent with sin
And hid 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 wracked and split,
And he, good prince, having all lost,
By waves from coast to coast is tossed.
All perishen of man, of pelf,
Ne aught escapend 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.