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Gow. Marina thus the brothel scapes, and chances
Into an honest house, our story says.
Deep clerks she dumbs: and with her neeld
Nature's own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or
That even her at sisters the natural roses;
Whence, driven before the winds, he is arriv'd
Suppose him now at anchor. The city striv'd God Neptune's annual feast to keep: from whence
Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expence ;
SCENE I.-On board Pericles' Ship, off Mitylene.
Enter Two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel,
Enter Two Gentlemen.
1. Gent. Doth your lordship call? Hel. Gentlemen,
There is some of worth would come aboard; I pray
To greet them fairly.
[The Gentlemen and the Two Sailors descend and go on board the barge.
Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; the Tyrian Gentlemen, and the Two Sailors.
Tyr. Sail. Sir,
This is the man that can, in aught you would,
Lys. Hail, reverend sir! The gods preserve you:
Hel. And you, sir, to cut-live the age I am, And die as I would do.
You wish me well.
Lys. Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us, I made to it, to know of whence you are. Hel. First, sir, what is your place?
Lys. I am governor of this place you lie before. Hel. Sir,
Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;
A man, who for this three months hath not spoken To any one, nor taken sustenance,
But to prorogue his grief.
Lys. Upon what ground is his distemperature? Hel. Sir, it would be too tedious to repeat; But the main grief of all springs from the loss Of a beloved daughter and a wife Lys. May we not see him, then? Hel.
You may indeed, sir. But bootless is your sight; he will not speak To any.
Lys. Yet, let me obtain my wish.
Hel. Behold him, sir: [PERICLES discovered.] this was a goodly person,
Till the disaster, that, one mortal night,
Lys. Sir, king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one!
Is't not a goodly presence?
My lord, that ne'er before invited eyes,
Aside. - parentage— good parent
To equal mine! was it not thus? what say you? Mar. I said, my lord, if you did know my parentage,
You would not do me violence.
I do think so. I pray you, turn your eyes again upon me. — You are like something that-What country woman? Here of these shores?
No, nor of any shores :
Per. I am great with wou, and shall deliver weeping.
My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one My daughter might have been my queen's square
Falseness cannot come from thee, for thou look'st
To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
Per. Report thy parentage. I think thou said'st Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury, And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal mine,
If both were open'd.
Some such thing indeed I said, and said no more but what my thoughts Did warrant me was likely.
Tell thy story ; If thine consider'd prove the thousandth_part Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I Have suffer'd like a girl: yet thou dost look Like Patience, gazing on kings' graves, and smiling Extremity out of act. What were thy friends?
How lost thou them? Thy name, my most kind
Per. 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 Deliver'd weeping.
O, stop there a little !
This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
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 woo'd
I know not; but
Here is the regent, sir, of Mitylene,
Per. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd ir;
And drown me with their sweetness. O, come hither,
Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget;
What is your title?
First, sir, I pray
Per. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now (As in the rest thou hast been godlike perfect,) My drown'd queen's name, thou art the heir of kingdoms,
And another life to Pericles thy father.
Mar. Is it no more to be your daughter, than
Per. Now, blessing on thee, rise; thou art my
It nips me unto list'ning, and thick slumber
[The curtain before the pavilion of PERICLES is
So leave him all. Well, my companion-friends, If this but answer to my just belief,
I'll well remember you.
[Exeunt LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, MARINA, and attendant Lady.
SCENE II.. The same.
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,
Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe:
Awake, and tell thy dream. [DIANA disappears.
I will obey thee! Helicanus !
Enter LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, and MARINA. Hel.
Per. Come, my Marina.
Sir, lend your arm. [Exeunt.
Enter GowER, before the temple of Diana at
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 thriv'd,
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,
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,
I will, my lord. Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
Where shall be shown you all was found with her;
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
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. [my queen,
Per. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, 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.
Gow. In Antioch, and his daughter, you have
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
That him and his they in his palace burn.
To punish them; although not done, but meant.
Enter KENT, GLOSTER, and Edmund. Kent. I thought, the king had more affected the duke of Albany, than Cornwall.
Glo. It did always seem so to us: but now, in the division of the kingdom, it appears not which of the dukes he values most; for equalities are so weigh'd, that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety.
Kent. Is not this your son, my lord?
Glo. His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am brazed to it.
Kent. I cannot conceive you.
Glo. Sir, this young fellow's mother could: whereupon she grew round-wombed; and had, indeed, sir, a son for her cradle, ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?
Kent. I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper.
Glo. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account: though this knave came somewhat saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. know this noble gentleman, Edmund ?
Edm. No, my lord.
Glo. My lord of Kent: remember him hereafter as my honourable friend.
Edm. My services to your lordship.
Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better.
Edm. Sir, I shall study deserving. Glo. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again :- - The king is coming.
[Trumpets sound within.