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Whither will you have me? Why do you weep? It
You think me an impostor; no, good faith;
I am the daughter to king
Ho, Helicanus !
Hel. Calls my gracious lord? Per. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor, Most wise in general: Tell me, if thou caust, What this maid is, or what is like to be, That thus hath made me weep?
Here is the regent, sir, of Mitylene,
Per. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd sir;
Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me,
And drown me with their sweetness. O, come hither,
And found at sea again! O Helicauus,
I know not; but
What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
First, sir, I pray,
What is your title?
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 king
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,
Hel. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mitylene,
I embrace you, sir. Give me my robes; I am wild in my beholding. O heavens bless my girl! But hark, what musick!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 musick? Hel. My lord, I hear none.
The musick of the spheres: list, my Marina,
Do ye not hear?
Per. Most heavenly musick :
It nips me unto list'ning, and thick slumber
Lys. A pillow for his head;
Musick? My lord, I hear
[The curtain before the pavilion of Pericles is closed.
So leave him all.-Well, my companion-friends,
I'll well remember you.
[Exeunt Lysimachus, Helicanus, Marina, and attendant Lady.
Pericles on the deck asleep; Diana appearing to him as in a vision.
Di My temple stands in Ephesus; hie thee thi
And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
There, when my maiden priests are met together,
Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentinet, I will obey thee!-Helicanus !
Enter Lysi chus, 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 blownt sails; eftsoons§ I'll tell thee why.[To Helicanus.
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.
• Repeat a lively narrative of your adventures.
ti. e. Regent of the silver moon.
You shall prevail, Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems You have been noble towards her.
Per. Come, my Marina.
Sir, lend your arm.
Enter Gower, before the temple of Diana at
Gow. Now our sands are almost run;
What pageantry, what feats, what shows,
To greet the king. So he has thriv'd,
i. e. Pericles.
+ Confound here signifies to consume.
The temple of Diana at Ephesus: Thaisa standing near the altar, as high-priestess; a number of virgins on each side; Cerimon and other inhabitunts 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 Thaísa, 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, gentlemen!
Cer. Noble sir,
If you have told Diana's altar true,
Reverend appearer, no;
'Tis most certain. Cer. Look to the lady;-O, she's but o'erjoy'd.
* i. e. Her white robe of innocence.