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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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Act V, Scene 3

The temple of Diana at Ephesus; THAISA standing


near the altar, as high priestess; a number of [p]Virgins on each side; CERIMON and other Inhabitants [p]of Ephesus attending. [p][Enter PERICLES, with his train; LYSIMACHUS,] [p]HELICANUS, MARINA, and a Lady]

  • Pericles. Hail, Dian! to perform thy just command,
    I here confess myself the king of Tyre;
    Who, frighted from my country, did wed
    At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
    At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth 2525
    A maid-child call'd Marina; who, O goddess,
    Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
    Was nursed with Cleon; who at fourteen years
    He sought to murder: but her better stars
    Brought her to Mytilene; 'gainst whose shore 2530
    Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
    Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
    Made known herself my daughter.
  • Thaisa. Voice and favour!
    You are, you are—O royal Pericles! 2535


  • Pericles. What means the nun? she dies! help, gentlemen!
  • Cerimon. Noble sir,
    If you have told Diana's altar true,
    This is your wife. 2540
  • Pericles. Reverend appearer, no;
    I threw her overboard with these very arms.
  • Cerimon. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
  • Cerimon. Look to the lady; O, she's but o'erjoy'd. 2545
    Early in blustering morn this lady was
    Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
    Found there rich jewels; recover'd her, and placed her
    Here in Diana's temple.
  • Cerimon. Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
    Whither I invite you. Look, Thaisa is recovered.
  • Thaisa. O, let me look!
    If he be none of mine, my sanctity
    Will to my sense bend no licentious ear, 2555
    But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord,
    Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,
    Like him you are: did you not name a tempest,
    A birth, and death?
  • Pericles. The voice of dead Thaisa! 2560
  • Thaisa. That Thaisa am I, supposed dead
    And drown'd.
  • Thaisa. Now I know you better.
    When we with tears parted Pentapolis, 2565
    The king my father gave you such a ring.

[Shows a ring]

  • Pericles. This, this: no more, you gods! your present kindness
    Makes my past miseries sports: you shall do well,
    That on the touching of her lips I may 2570
    Melt and no more be seen. O, come, be buried
    A second time within these arms.
  • Marina. My heart
    Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.

[Kneels to THAISA]

  • Pericles. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa;
    Thy burden at the sea, and call'd Marina
    For she was yielded there.
  • Pericles. You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre,
    I left behind an ancient substitute:
    Can you remember what I call'd the man?
    I have named him oft. 2585
  • Thaisa. 'Twas Helicanus then.
  • Pericles. Still confirmation:
    Embrace him, dear Thaisa; this is he.
    Now do I long to hear how you were found;
    How possibly preserved; and who to thank, 2590
    Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
  • Thaisa. Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man,
    Through whom the gods have shown their power; that can
    From first to last resolve you.
  • Pericles. Reverend sir, 2595
    The gods can have no mortal officer
    More like a god than you. Will you deliver
    How this dead queen re-lives?
  • Cerimon. I will, my lord.
    Beseech you, first go with me to my house, 2600
    Where shall be shown you all was found with her;
    How she came placed here in the temple;
    No needful thing omitted.
  • Pericles. Pure Dian, bless thee for thy vision! I
    Will offer night-oblations to thee. Thaisa, 2605
    This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
    Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,
    This ornament
    Makes me look dismal will I clip to form;
    And what this fourteen years no razor touch'd, 2610
    To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.
  • Thaisa. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
    My father's dead.
  • Pericles. Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,
    We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves 2615
    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's the way.


[Enter GOWER]

  • Gower. In Antiochus and his daughter you have heard
    Of monstrous lust the due and just reward:
    In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen,
    Although assail'd with fortune fierce and keen, 2625
    Virtue preserved 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:
    In reverend Cerimon there well appears 2630
    The worth that learned charity aye wears:
    For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
    Had spread their cursed deed, and honour'd name
    Of Pericles, to rage the city turn,
    That him and his they in his palace burn; 2635
    The gods for murder seemed so content
    To punish them; although not done, but meant.
    So, on your patience evermore attending,
    New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.