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THE TEMPLE OF DIANA AT EPHESUS;
STANDING NEAR THE ALTAR, AS HIGH PRIESTESS; A NUMBER OF VIRGINS ON EACH SIDE; CERIMON AND OTHER INHABITANTS OF EPHE
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
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,
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;-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
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
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 pre
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.
Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh,
Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina,
For she was yielded there.
Bless'd, and mine own!
I know you not.
Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!
Per. You have heard me say, when I did fly from
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;
Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man, Through whom the gods have shown their that can
From first to last resolve you.
The gods can have no mortal officer
More like a god than you. Will you deliver
How this dead
I will, my lord.
Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
How she came placed here within the temple;
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
My night oblations to thee.
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd,
Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, Sir, that my father's dead.
Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my
We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
(Although assail'd with fortune fierce and
Virtue preserv'd from fell destruction's blast, Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at
In Helicanus may you well descry
Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;
That him and his they in his palace burn.
So, on your patience evermore attending,