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Pericles - Act 5, scene 3
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Act 5, scene 3
At Diana’s temple in Ephesus, Thaisa recognizes Pericles as her husband and is reunited with him and with her daughter.⌜Enter Cerimon and Diana’s Priestesses, including
Thaisa; at another door enter Pericles, Marina,
Helicanus, Lysimachus, and Attendants.⌝
2387 Hail, Dian! To perform thy just command,
2388 I here confess myself the King of Tyre,
2389 Who, frighted from my country, did wed
p. 1832390 At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.
2391 5 At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth
2392 A maid child called Marina, whom, O goddess,
2393 Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
2394 Was nursed with Cleon, who at fourteen years
2395 He sought to murder. But her better stars
2396 10 Brought her to Mytilene, ’gainst whose shore riding,
2397 Her fortunes brought the maid aboard us, where,
2398 By her own most clear remembrance, she made known
2399 Herself my daughter.
THAISA 2400 Voice and favor!
2401 15 You are, you are—O royal Pericles!
⌜She falls in a faint.⌝
2402 What means the ⌜nun?⌝ She dies! Help, gentlemen!
CERIMON 2403 Noble sir,
2404 If you have told Diana’s altar true,
2405 This is your wife.
PERICLES 2406 20 Reverend appearer, no.
2407 I threw her overboard with these very arms.
2408 Upon this coast, I warrant you.
PERICLES 2409 ’Tis most certain.
2410 Look to the lady. O, she’s but overjoyed.
2411 25 Early ⌜one⌝ blustering morn this lady was
2412 Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
2413 Found there rich jewels, recovered her, and placed her
2414 Here in Diana’s temple.
PERICLES 2415 May we see them?
2416 30 Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,
2417 Whither I invite you. Look, Thaisa
2418 Is recoverèd.⌜Thaisa rises.⌝
THAISA 2419 O, let me look!
2420 If he be none of mine, my sanctity
p. 1852421 35 Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,
2422 But curb it, spite of seeing.—O, my lord,
2423 Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,
2424 Like him you are. Did you not name a tempest,
2425 A birth and death?
PERICLES 2426 40 The voice of dead Thaisa!
2427 That Thaisa am I, supposèd dead
2428 And drowned.
2429 ⌜Immortal⌝ Dian!
THAISA 2430 Now I know you better.
⌜She points to the ring on his hand.⌝
2431 45 When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
2432 The king my father gave you such a ring.
2433 This, this! No more, you gods! Your present kindness
2434 Makes my past miseries sports. You shall do well
2435 That on the touching of her lips I may
2436 50 Melt and no more be seen.—O, come, be buried
2437 A second time within these arms!⌜They embrace.⌝
MARINA, ⌜kneeling⌝ 2438 My heart
2439 Leaps to be gone into my mother’s bosom.
2440 Look who kneels here, flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa,
2441 55 Thy burden at the sea, and called Marina
2442 For she was yielded there.
THAISA, ⌜embracing Marina⌝ 2443 Blessed, and mine own!
2444 Hail, madam, and my queen.
THAISA 2445 I know you not.
2446 60 You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre
2447 I left behind an ancient substitute.
2448 Can you remember what I called the man?
2449 I have named him oft.
THAISA 2450 ’Twas Helicanus then.
p. 187PERICLES 2451 65Still confirmation!
2452 Embrace him, dear Thaisa. This is he.
2453 Now do I long to hear how you were found,
2454 How possibly preserved, and who to thank,
2455 Besides the gods, for this great miracle.
THAISA 2456 70Lord Cerimon, my lord, this man
2457 Through whom the gods have shown their power,
2458 that can
2459 From first to last resolve you.
PERICLES 2460 Reverend sir,
2461 75 The gods can have no mortal officer
2462 More like a god than you. Will you deliver
2463 How this dead queen relives?
CERIMON 2464 I will, my lord.
2465 Beseech you, first go with me to my house,
2466 80 Where shall be shown you all was found with her,
2467 How she came placed here in the temple,
2468 No needful thing omitted.
2469 Pure Dian, ⌜I⌝ bless thee for thy vision, and
2470 Will offer night oblations to thee.—Thaisa,
2471 85 This prince, the fair betrothèd of your daughter,
2472 Shall marry her at Pentapolis.—And now this
2474 Makes me look dismal will I clip to form,
2475 And what this fourteen years no razor touched,
2476 90 To grace thy marriage day I’ll beautify.
2477 Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
2478 My father’s dead.
2479 Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,
2480 We’ll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves
2481 95 Will in that kingdom spend our following days.
2482 Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.—
p. 1892483 Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay
2484 To hear the rest untold. Sir, lead ’s the way.