Pericles :: Scenes :: Pericles: Act V Prologue
PrologueGowerGower tells the audience that Marina’s plan has worked and that she has escaped the brothel. Meanwhile, Pericles’s ship, decked in mourning, has made it to Mytilene; Lysimachus has seen it and is going to visit it.Enter Gower.GOW.Marina thus the brothel scapes, and chancesInto an honest house, our story says.She sings like one immortal, and she dancesAs goddess-like to her admired lays.Deep clerks she dumbs, and with her neele composesNature’s own shape of bud, bird, branch, or berry,That even her art sisters the natural roses;Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry,That pupils lacks she none of noble race,Who pour their bounty on her; and her gainShe gives the cursed bawd. Here we her place,And to her father turn our thoughts again,Where we left him, on the sea. We there him lost,Where, driven before the winds, he is arriv’dHere where his daughter dwells, and on this coastSuppose him now at anchor. The city striv’dGod Neptune’s annual feast to keep, from whenceLysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,His banners sable, trimm’d with rich expense,And to him in his barge with fervor hies.In your supposing once more put your sight:Of heavy Pericles think this his bark;Where what is done in action, more, if might,Shall be discover’d, please you sit and hark.Exit.


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