Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1

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Gower. Thus time we waste, & long leagues make [we] short,

2Saile seas in Cockles, haue and wish but fort,

Critical Apparatus3Making to take [imagination],

4From bourne to bourne, region to region,

5By you being pardoned we commit no crime,

6To vse one language, in each seuerall clime,

pg 1412Critical Apparatus7Where our sceanes [seeme] to liue, I doe beseech you

Critical Apparatus8To learne of me who stand [ith] gappes to teach you.

9The stages of our storie Pericles

Critical Apparatus10Is now againe thwarting [the] wayward seas,

11Attended on by many a Lord and Knight,

Critical Apparatus12To see his daughter all his liues delight.

13Old Helicanus goes along behind,

Critical Apparatus14Is left to gouerne, [if] you beare in mind.

15Old Escenes, whom Hellicanus late

Critical Apparatus16Aduancde in [tyre] to great and hie estate.

Critical Apparatus17Well sayling ships, and bounteous winds haue brought

Critical Apparatus18This king to Tharsus, thinke [his] Pilat thought

Critical Apparatus19So with his sterage, shall your thoughts [go one]

20To fetch his daughter home, who first is gone

Critical Apparatus21Like moats and shadowes, see them moue a while,

Link 22Your eares vnto your eyes Ile reconcile.

G3r Enter Pericles at one doore, with all his trayne, Cleon and Dioniza at the other. Cleon shewes Pericles the tombe, whereat Pericles makes lamentation, puts on sacke-cloth, and in a mighty passion departs.

Gowr. See how beleefe may suffer by fowle showe,

Critical Apparatus24This borrowed passion stands for true [owde] woe:

25And Pericles in sorrowe all deuour'd,

26With sighes shot through, and biggest teares ore-showr'd.

27Leaues Tharsus, and againe imbarques, hee sweares

28Neuer to wash his face, nor cut his hayres:

Critical Apparatus29Hee [puts] on sack-cloth, and to Sea he beares,

30A Tempest which his mortall vessell teares.

31And yet hee rydes it out, Nowe please you wit:

Critical Apparatus32The Epitaph is for Marina writ,

33By wicked Dioniza.

Critical Apparatus34    The fairest, sweetest, and [most] best lyes heere,

35    Who withered in her spring of yeare:

Critical Apparatus36    She was of Tyrus the Kings daughter,

pg 141337    On whom fowle death hath made this slaughter.

38    Marina was shee call'd, and at her byrth,

Critical Apparatus39    Thetis being prowd, swallowed some part ath' earth:

40    Therefore the earth fearing to be ore-flowed,

41    Hath Thetis byrth-childe on the heauens bestowed.

42    Wherefore she does and sweares sheele neuer stint,

43    Make raging Battery vpon shores of flint.

44No vizor does become blacke villanie,

45So well as soft and tender flatterie:

46Let Pericles beleeue his daughter's dead,

47And beare his courses to be ordered;

Critical Apparatus48By Lady Fortune, while our [Sceane] must play,

49His daughters woe and heauie welladay.

50In her vnholie seruice: Patience then,

51And thinke you now are all in Mittelin.


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21.1 long 1creede; longest 4pavier
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21.1 make we taylor–jackson (Maxwell); make 1creede. The emendation regularizes the meter and improves the line's intelligibility.
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21.3 imagination hudson; our imagination 1creede; your imagination malone1780. Possibly correct if we compare 'time we waste', where Gower, as a choric commentator, directly addresses the audience who are being carried along by the play's fast-paced, expansive narrative. However, Hudson's emendation addresses meter, not sense, and with the pronunciation 'imaginatïon' produces a regular pentameter.
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21.7 sceanes seeme 4pavier; sceanes seemes 1creede; scene seems maxwell. Gower is speaking of multiple scenes 'from bourne to bourne'; a terminal 's' could have been easily added to 'seeme' in error.
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21.7–8 Where … teach you. 4pavier; 4 lines 1creede: liue,| beseech you| gappes|
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21.8 ith maxwell (Bullen); with 1creede; in 4pavier; i'the malone1780 (Steevens)
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21.10 the 2gosson; thy 1creede
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21.12 liues 1creede = life's
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21.14 gouerne, if taylor–jackson (Maxwell); gouerne it, 1creede. An easy misreading error. The comma is misplaced, and, as it responds to the sense of the assumed word, we have also emended the punctuation.
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21.16 tyre schanzer (W. S. Walker); time 1creede. Proper names were sometimes written without a capital letter, so we may more plausibly emend in the Reference edition to 'tyre'.
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21.17 Well … brought 4pavier; 2 lines 1creede: winds|
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21.18 his malone1780; this 1creede
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21.19 sterage 1creede; sternage gossett. Compare 'stirrage' in Romeo and Juliet 5.113.
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21.19 go one maxwell (Malone) = go on; grone 1creede; grow on malone1780
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21.21 Like … while, 4pavier; 2 lines 1creede: them|
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21.24 owde maxwell (Anon.); olde 1creede
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21.29 puts malone1780; put 1creede
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21.32–3 The … Dioniza. malone1780; 1 line 1creede
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21.34 and most best warren (Painfull Aduentures); and best 1 creede; best malone (Steevens). The emendation repairs the meter, and 'most' might be easily dropped in this cluster of '-st' endings; for the Shakespearean double superlative, 'most best', compare Hamlet (7.120) and King Lear (1.198).
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21.36–43 She … flint 1creede; In Natures garden, though by growth a Bud,| Shee was the chiefest flower, she was good taylor–jackson. taylor–jackson substitute two lines from Painfull Aduentures (530) for the eight lines in 1creede (which they include separately as an 'additional passage'). hoeniger describes the eight lines in 1creede as 'sheer poetic drivel'. taylor–jackson suggest that the two lines in Painfull Aduentures either 'represents Shakespeare's revised text, and [1creede] a first shot later cancelled in performance' or 'a revision (or alternative) by the collaborator Wilkins'. These hypotheses, if valid, do not provide grounds for emending by the criteria of the present edition.
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21.39 ath' 1creede = o'th'
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21.48 Sceane malone (scene); Steare 1creede; tears malone1780. Compare 21.7.
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