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Nay, I'll be patient;
Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
To call thyself Marina.
The name Marina
Was given me by one that had some power;
My father, and a king.
How! a king's daughter ?
And called Marina?
You said you would believe me;
But, not to be a troubler of your peace,
I will end here.
But are you flesh and blood ? Have you a working pulse ? and are no fairy? No motion? Well; speak on.
Where were you
And wherefore called Marina ?
For I was born at sea.
At sea? thy mother ?
Mar. My mother was the daughter of a king;
Who died the very minute I was born,
As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
0, stop there a little!
This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
Did mock sad fools withal. This cannot be ;
My daughter's buried. [Aside.] Well;— where were you
bred? I'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 wooed
A villain to attempt it, who having drawn to do't,
A crew of pirates came and rescued me;.
Brought me to Mitylene. But now, 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 gracious lord ?
Fer. 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, honored 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. O, come hither,
Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget;
Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tharsus,
And found at sea again! O 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 confirmed 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 drowned queen's name, (as in the rest thou hast
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,
(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, sir.
Give me my robes; I am wild in my beholding.
0 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.
Per. 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?
Music? My lord, I hear —
Per. Most heavenly music;
It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
Hangs on mine eyelids ; let me rest. [He sleeps.
Lys. A pillow for his head;
[The curtain before the pavilion of PERICLES
is closed. So leave him all.- Well, my companion-friends, If this but answer to my just belief, I'll well remember you. [Exenut LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, MARINA,
and attendant Lady.
PERICLES on the deck asleep; Diana appearing to him 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. Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe; Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow. Awake, and tell thy dream. [Diana disappears.
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 ; eftsoons 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.
Sir, lend your arm. Per. Come, my Marina.
[Exeunt. Enter Gower, before the temple of Diana, at Ephesus.
Gow. Now our sands are almost run;
More a little, and then done.
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,
That he is promised to be wived
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 feathered briefness sails are filled,
And wishes fall out as they're willed.
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 III. 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
A maid-child called Marina; who, O goddess,
Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus
Was nursed 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.
Voice and favor!
You are — you are
O royal Pericles !
[She faints. Per. What means the woman? She dies; help, gen
Cer. Noble sir,
If you have told Diana's altar true,
This is your wife.
Reverend appearer, no;
I threw her overboard with these very arms.
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
'Tis most certain.
Cer. Look to the lady;-0, she's but o'erjoyed !
Early, one blustering morn, this lady was
Thrown on this shore. I oped the coffin, and
Found there rich jewels; recovered her, and placed 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. 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 !
Thai. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead,
Per. Immortal Dian!
Now I know you better.
When we with tears parted at 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,