Pericles

  • Pericles: Act 1 Prologue

  • (Gower)

  • Enter Gower.

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    Gower

    To sing a song that old was sung,

  • From ashes ancient Gower is come,

  • Assuming man's infirmities,

  • To glad your ear and please your eyes.

  • It hath been sung at festivals,

  • On ember-eves and holy-ales;

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    Gower

    And lords and ladies in their lives

  • Have read it for restoratives.

  • The purchase is to make men glorious,

  • Et bonum quo antiquius, eo melius.

  • If you, born in those latter times,

  • When wit's more ripe, accept my rhymes,

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    Gower

    And that to hear an old man sing

  • May to your wishes pleasure bring,

  • I life would wish, and that I might

  • Waste it for you like taper-light.

  • This' Antioch, then; Antiochus the Great