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Thaisa was my mother, who did end
Per. Now, blessing on thee; rise: thou art my
Give me fresh garments.
Mine own, Helicanus,
(Not dead at Tharsus, as she should have been
By savage Cleon) she shall tell thee all;
I embrace you, sir.
Give me my robes; I am wild in my beholding.
O'er, point by point, for yet he seems to doubt,
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 ?
Music? My lord, I hear
Per. Most heavenly music :
It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
Hangs on mine eyelids: let me rest.
Lys. A pillow for his head.
[the curtain before the pavilion of Pericles is closed.
So leave him all. Well, my companion-friends,
I'll well remember you.
[Exeunt Lysimachus, Helicanus, Marina, and attendant Lady.
PERICLES on the deck asleep; DIANA appearing to him as in a vision.
Diana. 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,
Perform my bidding, or thou livest in woe;
Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow.
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine,
I will obey thee !—Helicanus!
Enter LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, and MARINA.
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; eftsoons1 I'll tell thee why.
Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,
And give you gold for such provision
As our intents will need?
Lys. With all my heart, sir; 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.
Per. Come, my Marina.
Sir, lend your arm.
Enter GOWER, before the temple of Diana at Ephesus.
Gower. Now our sands are almost run;
More a little, and then dumb.
This, as 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 has thrived,
As Dian bade; whereto being bound,
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
The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis.
At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
2 i. e. her white robe of innocence.
Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
You are, you are-O royal Pericles!
Voice and favor!
Per. What means the woman? she dies! help, gentlemen!
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.
'Tis most certain.
Cer. Look to the lady.-O, she 's but o'erjoy'd.
Early, one blustering morn, this lady was
Thrown on this shore. I oped the coffin, and
Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and placed
Here in Diana's temple.
May we see them?
Cer. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my
Whither I invite you. Look! Thaisa is
Thai. O, let me look!
If he be none of mine, my sanctity
Will to my sense 1 bend no licentious ear,
1 Sensual passion.