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[Enter GOWER]
GOWERMarina thus the brothel 'scapes, and chances
Into an honest house, our story says.
She sings like one immortal, and she dances
As goddess-like to her admired lays;
Deep clerks she dumbs; and with her needle composes5
Nature's own shape, of bud, bird, branch, or berry,
That even her art sisters the natural roses;
Her inkle, silk, twin with the rubied cherry:
That pupils lacks she none of noble race,
Who pour their bounty on her; and her gain10
She gives the cursed bawd. Here we her place;
And to her father turn our thoughts again,
Where we left him, on the sea. We there him lost;
Whence, driven before the winds, he is arrived
Here where his daughter dwells; and on this coast15
Suppose him now at anchor. The city strived
God Neptune's annual feast to keep: from whence
Lysimachus our Tyrian ship espies,
His banners sable, trimm'd with rich expense;
And to him in his barge with fervor hies.20
In your supposing once more put your sight
Of heavy Pericles; think this his bark:
Where what is done in action, more, if might,
Shall be discover'd; please you, sit and hark.
ACT V SCENE I On board PERICLES' ship, off Mytilene. A close pavilion on deck, with a curtain before it; PERICLES within it, reclined on a couch. A barge lying beside the Tyrian vessel.
[ Enter two Sailors, one belonging to the Tyrian vessel, the other to the barge; to them HELICANUS ]
Tyrian Sailor[To the Sailor of Mytilene] Where is lord Helicanus?
he can resolve you.
O, here he is.
Sir, there's a barge put off from Mytilene,
And in it is Lysimachus the governor,5
Who craves to come aboard. What is your will?
HELICANUSThat he have his. Call up some gentlemen.
Tyrian SailorHo, gentlemen! my lord calls.
[Enter two or three Gentlemen]
First GentlemanDoth your lordship call?
HELICANUSGentlemen, there's some of worth would come aboard;10
I pray ye, greet them fairly.
[ The Gentlemen and the two Sailors descend, and go on board the barge ]
[ Enter, from thence, LYSIMACHUS and Lords; with the Gentlemen and the two Sailors ]
Tyrian SailorSir,
This is the man that can, in aught you would,
Resolve you.
LYSIMACHUSHail, reverend sir! the gods preserve you!15
HELICANUSAnd you, sir, to outlive the age I am,
And die as I would do.
LYSIMACHUSYou wish me well.
Being on shore, honouring of Neptune's triumphs,
Seeing this goodly vessel ride before us,20
I made to it, to know of whence you are.
HELICANUSFirst, what is your place?
LYSIMACHUSI am the governor of this place you lie before.
Our vessel is of Tyre, in it the king;25
A man who for this three months hath not spoken
To any one, nor taken sustenance
But to prorogue his grief.
LYSIMACHUSUpon what ground is his distemperature?
HELICANUS'Twould be too tedious to repeat;30
But the main grief springs from the loss
Of a beloved daughter and a wife.
LYSIMACHUSMay we not see him?
But bootless is your sight: he will not speak To any.35
LYSIMACHUSYet let me obtain my wish.
HELICANUSBehold him.
[PERICLES discovered]
This was a goodly person,
Till the disaster that, one mortal night,
Drove him to this.40
LYSIMACHUSSir king, all hail! the gods preserve you!
Hail, royal sir!
HELICANUSIt is in vain; he will not speak to you.
First LordSir,
We have a maid in Mytilene, I durst wager,45
Would win some words of him.
LYSIMACHUS'Tis well bethought.
She questionless with her sweet harmony
And other chosen attractions, would allure,
And make a battery through his deafen'd parts,50
Which now are midway stopp'd:
She is all happy as the fairest of all,
And, with her fellow maids is now upon
The leafy shelter that abuts against
The island's side.55
[ Whispers a Lord, who goes off in the barge of LYSIMACHUS ]
HELICANUSSure, all's effectless; yet nothing we'll omit
That bears recovery's name. But, since your kindness
We have stretch'd thus far, let us beseech you
That for our gold we may provision have,
Wherein we are not destitute for want,60
But weary for the staleness.
LYSIMACHUSO, sir, a courtesy
Which if we should deny, the most just gods
For every graff would send a caterpillar,
And so afflict our province. Yet once more65
Let me entreat to know at large the cause
Of your king's sorrow.
HELICANUSSit, sir, I will recount it to you:
But, see, I am prevented.
[ Re-enter, from the barge, Lord, with MARINA, and a young Lady ]
LYSIMACHUSO, here is70
The lady that I sent for. Welcome, fair one!
Is't not a goodly presence?
HELICANUSShe's a gallant lady.
LYSIMACHUSShe's such a one, that, were I well assured
Came of a gentle kind and noble stock,75
I'ld wish no better choice, and think me rarely wed.
Fair one, all goodness that consists in bounty
Expect even here, where is a kingly patient:
If that thy prosperous and artificial feat
Can draw him but to answer thee in aught,80
Thy sacred physic shall receive such pay
As thy desires can wish.
MARINASir, I will use
My utmost skill in his recovery, Provided
That none but I and my companion maid85
Be suffer'd to come near him.
LYSIMACHUSCome, let us leave her;
And the gods make her prosperous!
[MARINA sings]
LYSIMACHUSMark'd he your music?
MARINANo, nor look'd on us.90
LYSIMACHUSSee, she will speak to him.
MARINAHail, sir! my lord, lend ear.
MARINAI am a maid,
My lord, that ne'er before invited eyes,95
But have been gazed on like a comet: she speaks,
My lord, that, may be, hath endured a grief
Might equal yours, if both were justly weigh'd.
Though wayward fortune did malign my state,
My derivation was from ancestors100
Who stood equivalent with mighty kings:
But time hath rooted out my parentage,
And to the world and awkward casualties
Bound me in servitude.
I will desist;105
But there is something glows upon my cheek,
And whispers in mine ear, 'Go not till he speak.'
PERICLESMy fortunes--parentage--good parentage--
To equal mine!--was it not thus? what say you?
MARINAI said, my lord, if you did know my parentage,110
You would not do me violence.
PERICLESI do think so. Pray you, turn your eyes upon me.
You are like something that--What country-woman?

Here of these shores?
MARINANo, nor of any shores:115
Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am
No other than I appear.
PERICLESI am great with woe, and shall deliver weeping.
My dearest wife was like this maid, and such a one
My daughter might have been: my queen's square brows;120
Her stature to an inch; as wand-like straight;
As silver-voiced; her eyes as jewel-like
And cased as richly; in pace another Juno;
Who starves the ears she feeds, and makes them hungry,
The more she gives them speech. Where do you live?125
MARINAWhere I am but a stranger: from the deck
You may discern the place.
PERICLESWhere were you bred?
And how achieved you these endowments, which
You make more rich to owe?130
MARINAIf I should tell my history, it would seem
Like lies disdain'd in the reporting.
PERICLESPrithee, speak:
Falseness cannot come from thee; for thou look'st
Modest as Justice, and thou seem'st a palace135
For the crown'd Truth to dwell in: I will
believe thee,
And make my senses credit thy relation
To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
Like one I loved indeed. What were thy friends?140
Didst thou not say, when I did push thee back--
Which was when I perceived thee--that thou camest
From good descending?
MARINASo indeed I did.
PERICLESReport thy parentage. I think thou said'st145
Thou hadst been toss'd from wrong to injury,
And that thou thought'st thy griefs might equal mine,
If both were open'd.
MARINASome such thing
I said, and said no more but what my thoughts150
Did warrant me was likely.
PERICLESTell 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 look155
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 virgin?
Recount, I do beseech thee: come, sit by me.
MARINAMy name is Marina.160
PERICLESO, I am mock'd,
And thou by some incensed god sent hither
To make the world to laugh at me.
MARINAPatience, good sir,
Or here I'll cease.165
PERICLESNay, I'll be patient.
Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
To call thyself Marina.
MARINAThe name
Was given me by one that had some power,170
My father, and a king.
PERICLESHow! a king's daughter?
And call'd Marina?
MARINAYou said you would believe me;
But, not to be a troubler of your peace,175
I will end here.
PERICLESBut are you flesh and blood?
Have you a working pulse? and are no fairy?
Motion! Well; speak on. Where were you born?
And wherefore call'd Marina?180
MARINACall'd Marina
For I was born at sea.
PERICLESAt sea! what mother?
MARINAMy mother was the daughter of a king;
Who died the minute I was born,185
As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
Deliver'd weeping.
PERICLESO, stop there a little!
This is the rarest dream that e'er dull sleep
Did mock sad fools withal: this cannot be:190
My daughter's buried. Well: where were you bred?
I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
And never interrupt you.
MARINAYou scorn: believe me, 'twere best I did give o'er.
PERICLESI will believe you by the syllable195
Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give me leave:
How came you in these parts? where were you bred?
MARINAThe king my father did in Tarsus leave me;
Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife,
Did seek to murder me: and having woo'd200
A villain to attempt it, who having drawn to do't,
A crew of pirates came and rescued me;
Brought me to Mytilene. But, good sir,
Whither will you have me? Why do you weep?
It may be,205
You think me an impostor: no, good faith;
I am the daughter to King Pericles,
If good King Pericles be.
PERICLESHo, Helicanus!
HELICANUSCalls my lord?210
PERICLESThou art a grave and noble counsellor,
Most wise in general: tell me, if thou canst,
What this maid is, or what is like to be,
That thus hath made me weep?
HELICANUSI know not; but215
Here is the regent, sir, of Mytilene
Speaks nobly of her.
LYSIMACHUSShe would never tell
Her parentage; being demanded that,
She would sit still and weep.220
PERICLESO Helicanus, strike me, honour'd sir;
Give me a gash, put me to present pain;
Lest this great sea of joys rushing upon me
O'erbear the shores of my mortality,
And drown me with their sweetness. O, come hither,225
Thou that beget'st him that did thee beget;
Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tarsus,
And found at sea again! O Helicanus,
Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods as loud
As thunder threatens us: this is Marina.230
What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
For truth can never be confirm'd enough,
Though doubts did ever sleep.
MARINAFirst, sir, I pray,
What is your title?235
PERICLESI am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now
My drown'd queen's name, as in the rest you said
Thou hast been godlike perfect,
The heir of kingdoms and another like
To Pericles thy father.240
MARINAIs 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.
PERICLESNow, blessing on thee! rise; thou art my child.245
Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus;
She is not dead at Tarsus, as she should have been,
By savage Cleon: she shall tell thee all;
When thou shalt kneel, and justify in knowledge
She is thy very princess. Who is this?250
HELICANUSSir, 'tis the governor of Mytilene,
Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
Did come to see you.
PERICLESI embrace you.
Give me my robes. I am wild in my beholding.255
O heavens bless my girl! But, hark, what music?
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 music?
HELICANUSMy lord, I hear none.260
The music of the spheres! List, my Marina.
LYSIMACHUSIt is not good to cross him; give him way.
PERICLESRarest sounds! Do ye not hear?
LYSIMACHUSMy lord, I hear.265
PERICLESMost heavenly music!
It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber
Hangs upon mine eyes: let me rest.
LYSIMACHUSA pillow for his head:
So, leave him all. Well, my companion friends,270
If this but answer to my just belief,
I'll well remember you.
[Exeunt all but PERICLES]
[DIANA appears to PERICLES as in a vision]
DIANAMy temple stands in Ephesus: hie thee thither,
And do upon mine altar sacrifice.
There, when my maiden priests are met together,275
Before the people all,
Reveal how thou at sea didst lose thy wife:
To mourn thy crosses, with thy daughter's, call
And give them repetition to the life.
Or perform my bidding, or thou livest in woe;280
Do it, and happy; by my silver bow!
Awake, and tell thy dream.
PERICLESCelestial Dian, goddess argentine,
I will obey thee. Helicanus!
PERICLESMy purpose was for Tarsus, there to strike
The inhospitable Cleon; but I am
For other service first: toward Ephesus
Turn our blown sails; eftsoons I'll tell thee why.
Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore,290
And give you gold for such provision
As our intents will need?
With all my heart; and, when you come ashore,
I have another suit.295
PERICLESYou shall prevail,
Were it to woo my daughter; for it seems
You have been noble towards her.
LYSIMACHUSSir, lend me your arm.
PERICLESCome, my Marina.300

Continue to Pericles, Act 5, Scene 2


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