Pericles


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Enter Gower
waste (v.) 1 pass, spend, while away


GOWER

Thus time we waste, and long leagues make short,

Sail seas in cockles, have and wish but for't,
cockle (n.) 2 cockleshell, mussel-shell

Making to take your imagination
take (v.) 6 captivate, delight, enrapture

From bourn to bourn, region to region.
bourn (n.) 1 frontier, destination, boundary

By you being pardoned, we commit no crime

To use one language in each several clime
clime (n.) land, region, realm
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

Where our scene seems to live. I do beseech you
scene (n.) 1 play, drama, performance
seem (v.) 1 have the look [of], give the appearance [of]

To learn of me, who stand i'th' gaps to teach you

The stages of our story. Pericles

Is now again thwarting the wayward seas,
thwart (v.) cross, traverse, go over
wayward (adj.) 3 hostile, contrary, antagonistic

Attended on by many a lord and knight.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

To see his daughter, all his life's delight.

Old Helicanus goes along. Behind

Is left to govern it, you bear in mind,

Old Escanes, whom Helicanus late
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

Advanced in time to great and high estate.
estate (n.) 2 high rank, standing, status

Well-sailing ships and bounteous winds have brought

This king to Tarsus – think his pilot thought;

So with his steerage shall your thoughts grow on –

To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone.
first (adv.) 2 already, before, previously

Like motes and shadows see them move awhile;
mote (n.) speck of dust, tiny particle, trifle

Your ears unto your eyes I'll reconcile.

Dumb show:

Enter Pericles at one door with all his train, Cleon and

Dionyza at the other. Cleon shows Pericles the tomb,

whereat Pericles makes lamentation, puts on sackcloth,

and in a mighty passion departs. The rest go out

See how belief may suffer by foul show!
foul (adj.) 2 false, hypocritical, shameful
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief
show (n.) 3 pretence, fabrication, deception
suffer (v.) 8 be wronged, be abused
suffer (v.) 6 perish, be destroyed, collapse

This borrowed passion stands for true old woe,
borrowed (adj.) assumed, pretended, feigned
passion (n.) 3 suffering, torment, deep grief

And Pericles, in sorrow all devoured,

With sighs shot through, and biggest tears o'ershowered,

Leaves Tarsus and again embarks. He swears

Never to wash his face, nor cut his hairs.

He puts on sackcloth, and to sea. He bears

A tempest which his mortal vessel tears,
mortal (adj.) 2 human, subject to death, characterized by mortality

And yet he rides it out. Now please you wit
wit (v.) know, be aware, realize

The epitaph is for Marina writ

By wicked Dionyza.

The fairest, sweetest, and best lies here,

Who withered in her spring of year.

She was of Tyrus the King's daughter

On whom foul death hath made this slaughter.

Marina was she called, and at her birth,

Thetis being proud swallowed some part o'th' earth.

Therefore the earth, fearing to be o'erflowed,

Hath Thetis' birth-child on the heavens bestowed.
birth-child (n.) native, local inhabitant

Wherefore she does, and swears she'll never stint,
stint (v.) 1 cease, stop short

Make raging battery upon shores of flint.

No visor does become black villainy
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

So well as soft and tender flattery.

Let Pericles believe his daughter's dead,

And bear his courses to be ordered
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count

By Lady Fortune, while our scene must play
scene (n.) 1 play, drama, performance

His daughter's woe and heavy well-a-day
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
well-a-day (n.) lamentation, grief, sorrowing See Topics: Regrets

In her unholy service. Patience then,

And think you now are all in Mytilene.

Exit

 
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