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Pericles - Act 3, scene 3
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Act 3, scene 3
Pericles leaves the infant, Marina, in the care of Cleon and Dionyza and sails for Tyre.Enter Pericles, at Tarsus, with Cleon and Dionyza, ⌜and
Lychorida with the child.⌝
1331 Most honored Cleon, I must needs be gone.
1332 My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
1333 In a litigious peace. You and your lady
1334 Take from my heart all thankfulness. The gods
1335 5 Make up the rest upon you.
1336 Your shakes of fortune, though they haunt you
1338 Yet glance full wond’ringly on us.
1339 O, your sweet queen! That the strict Fates had pleased
1340 10 You had brought her hither to have blessed mine
1341 eyes with her!
1342 We cannot but obey the powers above us.
1343 Could I rage and roar as doth the sea
1344 She lies in, yet the end must be as ’tis.
1345 15 My gentle babe Marina,
1346 Whom, for she was born at sea, I have named so,
1347 Here I charge your charity withal,
1348 Leaving her the infant of your care,
1349 Beseeching you to give her princely training,
1350 20 That she may be mannered as she is born.
CLEON 1351 Fear not, my lord, but think
1352 Your Grace, that fed my country with your corn,
1353 For which the people’s prayers still fall upon you,
1354 Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
1355 25 Should therein make me vile, the common body,
1356 By you relieved, would force me to my duty.
1357 But if to that my nature need a spur,
1358 The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
1359 To the end of generation!
PERICLES 1360 30 I believe you.
1361 Your honor and your goodness teach me to ’t
1362 Without your vows.—Till she be married, madam,
1363 By bright Diana, whom we honor, all
1364 ⌜Unscissored⌝ shall this hair of mine remain,
1365 35 Though I show ⌜ill⌝ in ’t. So I take my leave.
1366 Good madam, make me blessèd in your care
1367 In bringing up my child.
p. 109DIONYZA 1368 I have one myself,
1369 Who shall not be more dear to my respect
1370 40 Than yours, my lord.
PERICLES 1371 Madam, my thanks and prayers.
1372 We’ll bring your Grace e’en to the edge o’ th’ shore,
1373 Then give you up to the maskèd Neptune
1374 And the gentlest winds of heaven.
1375 45 I will embrace your offer.—Come, dearest madam.—
1376 O, no tears, Lychorida, no tears!
1377 Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
1378 You may depend hereafter.—Come, my lord.