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SCENE III.

THE TEMPLE OF DIANA AT EPHESUS; THAISA STANDING NEAR THE ALTAR, AS HIGH PRIESTA NUMBER OF VIRGINS ON EACH SIDE; CERIMON AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF EPHESUS ATTENDING.

ESS;

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
A maid-child called Marina; who, O goddess,
Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus
Was nurs'd with Cleon; whom at fourteen years
He sought to murder: but her better stars
Brought her to Mitylene; against whose shore
Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
Made known herself my daughter.

Thai. Voice and favour!You are, you are—O royal Pericles!— [She faints. Per. What means the woman? she dies! help,

gentlemen!

Cer. Noble sir,

If

you have told Diana's altar true,

This is

your wife.

H

Per.

Reverend appearer, no;

I threw her o'erboard with these very arms.
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.

Per.
'Tis most certain.
Cer. Look to the lady;-O, she's but o'erjoy'd.
Early, one blust'ring morn, this lady was
Thrown on this shore. I op'd the coffin, and
Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and plac'd

her

Here in Diana's temple.

Per.

May we see them? Cer. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,

Whither I invite you. Look! Thaisa is

Recover'd.

Thai. O, 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. O, 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!

Per.

Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead,

And drown'd.

Per. Immortal Dian!

Thai. 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 kindness

Makes my past miseries sport: You shall do well,
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.

Thai.
Bless'd, and mine own!
Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!

Thai.

I know you not.

Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from

Tyre,

I left behind an ancient substitute.

Can

I have nam'd him oft.

Thai.

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 whom to thank,
Besides the gods, for this great miracle.

Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man, Through whom the gods have shown their power;

that can

From first to last resolve you.

you remember what I call'd the man?

"Twas Helicanus then.

Reverend sir,

Per.
The gods can have no mortal officer
More like a god than you. Will you deliver

queen re-lives?

How this dead

Cer.

I will, my lord. Beseech you, first first go with me to my house, Where shall be shown you all was found with her; How she came placed here within the temple; No needful thing omitted.

Per.

Pure Diana!

I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
My night oblations to thee. Thaisa,
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
Shall marry her at Pentapolis.
her at Pentapolis. And now,

This ornament that makes me look so dismal,
Will I, my lov'd Marina, clip to form;
And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,
To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.

Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, Sir, that my father's dead.

Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,

We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
Will in that kingdom spend our following days;
Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.
Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay,
To hear the rest untold.—Sir, lead the way.

[Exeunt.

Enter Gower.

Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard

Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen

(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen,)

Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast, Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last.

In Helicanus may you well descry

A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty:
In reverend Cerimon there well appears,
The worth that learned charity aye wears.
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd

name

Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;

That him and his they in his palace burn.
The gods for murder seemed so content
To punish them; although not done, but

meant.

So, on your patience evermore attending, New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending. [Exit Gower.

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