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Motion !–Well; speak on. Where were you born?
And wherefore call'd Marina?
For I was born at sea.
At sea! what mother?
Mar. My mother was the daughter of a king;
Who died the minute I was born,
As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
0, stop there a little!-
(A side.) This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
Did mock sad fools withal: this cannot be:
My daughter's buried. Well :-where were you bred?
l'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
And never interrupt you.
Mar. You'll scarce believe me: 'twere best I did give o'er.
Per. I will believe you by the syllable
Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give me leave, -
How came you in these parts? where were you bred?
Mar. The king my father did in Tharsus leave me;
Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife,
Did seek to murder me: and having woo'd
A villain to attempt it, who having drawn to do't,
A crew of pirates came and rescu'd me;
Brought me to Mitylene. But, good sir,
Whither will you have me? Why do you weep? It may be
You think me an impostor: no, good faith;
I am the daughter to King Pericles,
If good King Pericles be.
Per. Ho, Helicanus !
Calls my lord?
Per. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor,
Most wise in general: tell me, if thou canst,
What this maid is, or what is like to be,
That thus hath made me weep?_
I know not; but
Here is the regent, sir, of Mitylene
Speaks nobly of her.
She would never tell
Her parentage; being demanded that,
She would sit still and weep.
Per. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd sir;
Give me a gash, put me to present pain;
Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me
O'erbear the shores of my mortality,
And drown me with their sweetness.-0, come hither,
Thou that begett'st him that did thee beget;
Thou that was born at sea, buried at Tharsus,
And found at sea again!-0 Helicanus,
Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods as loud
As thunder threatens us : this is Marina. -
What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
For truth can never be confirm'd enough,
Though doubts did ever sleep.
First, sir, I pray,
What is your title?
Per. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now
My drown'd queen's name, -as in the rest you said
Thou'st been godlike perfect,—thou’rt the heir of kingdoms.
And another life to Pericles thy father.
Mar. Is it no more to be your daughter than
To say my mother's name was Thaisa ?
Thaisa was my mother, who did end
The minute I began.
Per. Now, blessing on thee! rise; thou art my child-
Give me fresh garments.-Mine own, Helicanus, -
She is not dead at Tharsus, as she should have been
By savage Cleon: she shall tell thee all;
When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
She is thy very princess.—Who is this?
Hel. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mitylene,
Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
Did come to see you.
I embrace you.—
Give me my robes.—I am wild in my beholding: -
O heavens bless my girl!-But, hark, what music?---
Tell Helicanus, my Marina, tell him
O’er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt,
How sure you are my daughter.-But, what music?
Hel. My lord, I hear none.
The music of the spheres !-List, my Marina.
Lys. It is not good to cross him; give him way.
Per. Rarest sounds! Do ye not hear?
My lord, I hear. [Music.
Per. Most heavenly music!
It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
Hangs upon mine eyes: let me rest.
[Sleeps. Lys. A pillow for his head :So, leave him all. — Well, my companion-friends, If this but answer to my just belief, I'll well remember you.
[Exeunt all but PERICLES.
DIANA appears to PERICLES as in a vision.
Dia. My temple stands in Ephesus: hie thee thither,
And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
There, when my maiden priests are met together,
Before the people all,
Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call,
And give them repetition to the life.
Or perform my bidding or thou liv’st in woe;
Do it, and happy; by my silver bow!
Awake, and tell thy dream.
[Disappears. Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine, I will obey thee.--Helicanus !
Re-enter HELICANUS, LYSIMACHUS, MARINA, &c.
Per. My purpose was for Tharsus, there to strike
The inhospitable Cleon; but I am
For other service first: toward Ephesus
Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'ìl tell thee why.--
Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,[7o LYSIMACHUS.
And give you gold for such provision
As our intents will need ?
With all my heart; and when you come ashore
I have another suit.
You shall prevail,
Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems
You have been noble towards her.
Sir, lend me your arm. Per. Come, my Marina.
Enter Gower, before the Temple of DIANA at Ephesus.
Gow. Now our sands are almost run;
More a little, and then done.
This, my last boon, give me,-
For such kindness must relieve me,-
That you aptly will suppose
What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
What minstrelsy, and pretty din,
The regent made in Mitylin,
To greet the king. So he thriv'd,
That he is promis'd to be wiy'd
To fair Marina ; but in no wise
Till he had done his sacrifice,
As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
The interim, pray you, all confound.
In feather'd briefness sails are fill’d,
And wishes fall out as they're will'd.
At Ephesus the temple see,
Our king, and all his company.
That he can hither come so soon,
Is by your fancy's thankful boon.
SCENE II.--The Temple of DIANA at Ephesus; THAISA
standing near the altar as high priestess; a number of Virgins on each side; CERIMON and other Inhabitants
of Ephesus attending. Enter PERICLES, with his Train; LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS,
MARINA, and, a Lady.
Per. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
I here confess myself the King of Tyre;
Who, frighted from my country, did wed
At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
A maid-child, call'd Marina; who, O goddess,
Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus
Was nurs'd with Cleon; who at fourteen years
He sought to murder: but her better stars
Brought her to Mitylene; 'gainst whose shore
Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
Made known herself my daughter.
Voice and favour!-
You are, you are–0 royal Pericles!—
[Faints. Per. What means the woman? she dies ! help, gentle
Cer. Noble sir,
If you have told Diana's altar true,
This is your wife.
Reverend appearer, no;
I threw her o'erboard with these very arms.
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
. 'Tis most certain.
Cer. Look to the lady ;-0, she's but o'erjoy'd.-
Early in blustering morn this lady was
Thrown upon this shore. I op'd the coffin,
Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and plac'd her
Here in Diana's temple.
May we see them?
Cer. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
Whither I invite you.—Look, Thaisa is
Thai. 0, let me look!
If he be none of mine, my sanctity
Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
But curb it, spite of seeing.-0, my lord,
Are you not Pericles? Like him you speak,
Like him you are: did you not name a tempest,
A birth and death?
The voice of dead Thaisa !
Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead
Per. Immortal Dian!
Now I know you better. --
When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
The king my father gave you such a ring. [Shows a ring.
Per. This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindMakes my past miseries sport: you shall do well, [ness That on the touching of her lips I may Melt, and no more be seen. O, come, be buried A second time within these arms. Mar.
My heart Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom. [Kneels to THAISA.
Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa ;
Thy burden at the sea, and call’d Marina
For she was yielded there.
Bless'd, and mine own!
Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!
I know you not.
Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre,
I left behind an ancient substitute:
Can you remember what I call'd the man ?
I have nam’d him oft.
'Twas Helicanus then.
Per. Still confirmation:
Embrace him, dear Thaisa ; this is he.
Now do I long to hear how you were found;
How possibly preserv'd; and who to thank,
Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man, through whom
The gods have shown their power; 'tis he
That can from first to last resolve you.