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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.
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
Thai. Voice and favour!You are, you are—O royal Pericles!— [She faints. Per. What means the woman? she dies! help,
Cer. Noble sir,
you have told Diana's altar true,
Reverend appearer, no;
I threw her o'erboard with these very arms.
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. O, let me look!
If he be none of mine, my sanctity
Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
The voice of dead Thaisa!
Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead,
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,
[Kneels to Thaisa. Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa;
Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina,
I know you not.
Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from
I left behind an ancient substitute.
I have nam'd him oft.
Per. Still confirmation:
Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
Now do I long to hear how you were found;
Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man, Through whom the gods have shown their power;
From first to last resolve you.
you remember what I call'd the man?
"Twas Helicanus then.
How this dead
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.
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
This ornament that makes me look so dismal,
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
Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have heard
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
(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:
Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;
That him and his they in his palace burn.
So, on your patience evermore attending, New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending. [Exit Gower.