Modern text


Key line

Enter Gower.Enter Gower Per chorus.IV.1
Imagine Pericles arriude at Tyre,Imagine Pericles arrived at Tyre, Per Chorus.IV.1
Welcomd and setled to his owne desire:Welcomed and settled to his own desire. Per Chorus.IV.2
His wofull Queene we leaue at Ephesus,His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus,Ephesus (n.)
[pron: 'efesus] former port on W coast of Asia Minor; site of Diana's temple
Per Chorus.IV.3
Vnto Diana ther's a Votarisse.Unto Diana there's a votaress.votaress (n.)

old form: Votarisse
woman under vow, votary, devotee [of an order]
Per Chorus.IV.4
Diana, Dian (n.)
Roman goddess associated with the Moon, chastity, and hunting
Now to Marina bend your mind,Now to Marina bend your mind, Per Chorus.IV.5
Whom our fast growing scene must findeWhom our fast-growing scene must find Per Chorus.IV.6
At Tharsus, and by Cleon traindAt Tarsus, and by Cleon trainedTarsus (n.)
ancient city of Asia Minor, S Turkey
Per Chorus.IV.7
In Musicks letters, who hath gaindIn music's letters; who hath gainedletter (n.)
(plural) study, learning, knowledge
Per Chorus.IV.8
Of education all the grace,Of education all the grace,grace (n.)
gracefulness, charm, elegance
Per Chorus.IV.9
Which makes hie both the art and placeWhich makes her both the heart and place Per Chorus.IV.10
Of generall wonder: but alackeOf general wonder. But, alack, Per Chorus.IV.11
That monster Enuie oft the wrackeThat monster envy, oft the wrackenvy (n.)

old form: Enuie
admiration, desire [to be like], jealousy
Per Chorus.IV.12
oft (adv.)
wrack (n.)

old form: wracke
destruction, ruin
Of earned praise, Marinas lifeOf earned praise, Marina's life Per Chorus.IV.13
Seeke to take off by treasons knife,Seeks to take off by treason's knife.treason (n.)
treachery, betrayal, deceitfulness
Per Chorus.IV.14
And in this kinde, our Cleon hathAnd in this kind, our Cleon hath Per Chorus.IV.15
One daughter and a full growne wench,One daughter and a full-grown wench,wench (n.)
girl, lass
Per Chorus.IV.16
Euen right for marriage sight : this MaidEven ripe for marriage-rite. This maid Per Chorus.IV.17
Hight Philoten: and it is saidHight Philoten, and it is saidhight (v.)
[archaism] is called
Per Chorus.IV.18
For certaine in our storie, sheeFor certain in our story she Per Chorus.IV.19
Would euer with Marina bee.Would ever with Marina be; Per Chorus.IV.20
Beet when they weaude the sleded silke,Be't when she weaved the sleded silksleded, sleided (adj.)
finely divided, filamented
Per Chorus.IV.21
With fingers long, small, white as milke,With fingers long, small, white as milk;small (adj.)
slender, slim
Per Chorus.IV.22
Or when she would with sharpe needle wound,Or when she would with sharp needle wound Per Chorus.IV.23
The Cambricke which she made more soundThe cambric, which she made more soundcambric (n.)

old form: Cambricke
fine linen from Cambray, Flanders
Per Chorus.IV.24
By hurting it or when too'th LuteBy hurting it; or when to th' lute Per Chorus.IV.25
She sung, and made the night bed mute,She sung, and made the night-bird mute,night-bird (n.)
nightingale, bird that sings at night
Per Chorus.IV.26
That still records with mone, or whenThat still records with moan; or whenmoan (n.)

old form: mone
plaintiveness, mournfulness, melancholy
Per Chorus.IV.27
still (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
record (v.)
sing, warble, chant
She would with rich and constant pen,She would with rich and constant pen Per Chorus.IV.28
Vaile to her Mistresse Dian still,Vail to her mistress Dian. Stillstill (adv.)
constantly, always, continually
Per Chorus.IV.29
vail (v.)

old form: Vaile
do homage, pay respect, show devotion
This Phyloten contends in skillThis Philoten contends in skillcontend (v.)
compete, vie, rival
Per Chorus.IV.30
With absolute Marina: soWith absolute Marina. Soabsolute (adj.)
perfect, complete, incomparable
Per Chorus.IV.31
The Doue of Paphos might with the crowWith dove of Paphos might the crowPaphos (n.)
[pron: 'pafos] Cyprus; favourite abode of Venus, goddess of love
Per Chorus.IV.32
Vie feathers white, Marina getsVie feathers white. Marina getsvie (v.)
offer in competition, display in rivalry
Per Chorus.IV.33
All prayses, which are paid as debts,All praises, which are paid as debts, Per Chorus.IV.34
And not as giuen, this so darkesAnd not as given. This so darksdark (v.)

old form: darkes
eclipse, obscure, cloud
Per Chorus.IV.35
In Phyloten all gracefull markes,In Philoten all graceful marks Per Chorus.IV.36
That Cleons wife with Enuie rare,That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,envy (n.)

old form: Enuie
malice, ill-will, enmity
Per Chorus.IV.37
rare (adj.)
unusual, striking, exceptional
A present murderer does prepareA present murderer does prepare Per Chorus.IV.38
For good Marina, that her daughterFor good Marina, that her daughter Per Chorus.IV.39
Might stand peerlesse by this slaughter.Might stand peerless by this slaughter. Per Chorus.IV.40
The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,thought (n.)
intention, purpose, design
Per Chorus.IV.41
stead (v.)
help, assist, benefit
Lichorida our nurse is dead,Lychorida, our nurse, is dead, Per Chorus.IV.42
And cursed Dioniza hathAnd cursed Dionyza hath Per Chorus.IV.43
The pregnant instrument of wrath.The pregnant instrument of wrathpregnant (adj.)
well-disposed, ready, inclined, receptive
Per Chorus.IV.44
Prest for this blow, the vnborne euent,Prest for this blow. The unborn eventevent (n.)

old form: euent
outcome, issue, consequence
Per Chorus.IV.45
prest (adj.)
engaged, made ready, hired
I doe commend to your content,I do commend to your content.commend (v.)
present, introduce, bring [for favourable acceptance]
Per Chorus.IV.46
content (n.)
acceptance, acquiescence
Onely I carried winged Time,Only I carry winged time Per Chorus.IV.47
Post one the lame feete of my rime,Post on the lame feet of my rhyme,post (adv.)
in haste, with speed
Per Chorus.IV.48
Which neuer could I so conuey,Which never could I so convey Per Chorus.IV.49
Vnlesse your thoughts went on my way,Unless your thoughts went on my way. Per Chorus.IV.50
Dioniza does appeare,Dionyza does appear Per Chorus.IV.51
With Leonine a murtherer.With Leonine, a murderer. Per Chorus.IV.52
Exit.Exit Per Chorus.IV.52
 Previous Act IV, Chorus Next  

Jump directly to