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[Enter GOWER]
GOWERImagine Pericles arrived at Tyre,
Welcomed and settled to his own desire.
His woeful queen we leave at Ephesus,
Unto Diana there a votaress.
Now to Marina bend your mind,5
Whom our fast-growing scene must find
At Tarsus, and by Cleon train'd
In music, letters; who hath gain'd
Of education all the grace,
Which makes her both the heart and place10
Of general wonder. But, alack,
That monster envy, oft the wrack
Of earned praise, Marina's life
Seeks to take off by treason's knife.
And in this kind hath our Cleon15
One daughter, and a wench full grown,
Even ripe for marriage-rite; this maid
Hight Philoten: and it is said
For certain in our story, she
Would ever with Marina be:20
Be't when she weaved the sleided silk
With fingers long, small, white as milk;
Or when she would with sharp needle wound
The cambric, which she made more sound
By hurting it; or when to the lute25
She sung, and made the night-bird mute,
That still records with moan; or when
She would with rich and constant pen
Vail to her mistress Dian; still
This Philoten contends in skill30
With absolute Marina: so
With the dove of Paphos might the crow
Vie feathers white. Marina gets
All praises, which are paid as debts,
And not as given. This so darks35
In Philoten all graceful marks,
That Cleon's wife, with envy rare,
A present murderer does prepare
For good Marina, that her daughter
Might stand peerless by this slaughter.40
The sooner her vile thoughts to stead,
Lychorida, our nurse, is dead:
And cursed Dionyza hath
The pregnant instrument of wrath
Prest for this blow. The unborn event45
I do commend to your content:
Only I carry winged time
Post on the lame feet of my rhyme;
Which never could I so convey,
Unless your thoughts went on my way.50
Dionyza does appear,
With Leonine, a murderer.
ACT IV SCENE I Tarsus. An open place near the sea-shore.
DIONYZAThy oath remember; thou hast sworn to do't:
'Tis but a blow, which never shall be known.
Thou canst not do a thing in the world so soon,
To yield thee so much profit. Let not conscience,
Which is but cold, inflaming love i' thy bosom,5
Inflame too nicely; nor let pity, which
Even women have cast off, melt thee, but be
A soldier to thy purpose.
LEONINEI will do't; but yet she is a goodly creature.
DIONYZAThe fitter, then, the gods should have her. Here10
she comes weeping for her only mistress' death.
Thou art resolved?
LEONINEI am resolved.
[Enter MARINA, with a basket of flowers]
MARINANo, I will rob Tellus of her weed,
To strew thy green with flowers: the yellows, blues,15
The purple violets, and marigolds,
Shall as a carpet hang upon thy grave,
While summer-days do last. Ay me! poor maid,
Born in a tempest, when my mother died,
This world to me is like a lasting storm,20
Whirring me from my friends.
DIONYZAHow now, Marina! why do you keep alone?
How chance my daughter is not with you? Do not
Consume your blood with sorrowing: you have
A nurse of me. Lord, how your favour's changed25
With this unprofitable woe!
Come, give me your flowers, ere the sea mar it.
Walk with Leonine; the air is quick there,
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach. Come,
Leonine, take her by the arm, walk with her.30
MARINANo, I pray you;
I'll not bereave you of your servant.
DIONYZACome, come;
I love the king your father, and yourself,
With more than foreign heart. We every day35
Expect him here: when he shall come and find
Our paragon to all reports thus blasted,
He will repent the breadth of his great voyage;
Blame both my lord and me, that we have taken
No care to your best courses. Go, I pray you,40
Walk, and be cheerful once again; reserve
That excellent complexion, which did steal

The eyes of young and old. Care not for me
I can go home alone.
MARINAWell, I will go;45
But yet I have no desire to it.
DIONYZACome, come, I know 'tis good for you.
Walk half an hour, Leonine, at the least:
Remember what I have said.
LEONINEI warrant you, madam.50
DIONYZAI'll leave you, my sweet lady, for a while:
Pray, walk softly, do not heat your blood:
What! I must have a care of you.
MARINAMy thanks, sweet madam.
Is this wind westerly that blows?55
MARINAWhen I was born, the wind was north.
LEONINEWas't so?
MARINAMy father, as nurse said, did never fear,
But cried 'Good seaman!' to the sailors, galling60
His kingly hands, haling ropes;
And, clasping to the mast, endured a sea
That almost burst the deck.
LEONINEWhen was this?
MARINAWhen I was born:65
Never was waves nor wind more violent;
And from the ladder-tackle washes off
A canvas-climber. 'Ha!' says one, 'wilt out?'
And with a dropping industry they skip
From stem to stern: the boatswain whistles, and70
The master calls, and trebles their confusion.
LEONINECome, say your prayers.
MARINAWhat mean you?
LEONINEIf you require a little space for prayer,
I grant it: pray; but be not tedious,75
For the gods are quick of ear, and I am sworn
To do my work with haste.
MARINAWhy will you kill me?
LEONINETo satisfy my lady.
MARINAWhy would she have me kill'd?80
Now, as I can remember, by my troth,
I never did her hurt in all my life:
I never spake bad word, nor did ill turn
To any living creature: believe me, la,
I never kill'd a mouse, nor hurt a fly:85
I trod upon a worm against my will,
But I wept for it. How have I offended,
Wherein my death might yield her any profit,
Or my life imply her any danger?
LEONINEMy commission90
Is not to reason of the deed, but do it.
MARINAYou will not do't for all the world, I hope.
You are well favour'd, and your looks foreshow
You have a gentle heart. I saw you lately,
When you caught hurt in parting two that fought:95
Good sooth, it show'd well in you: do so now:
Your lady seeks my life; come you between,
And save poor me, the weaker.
LEONINEI am sworn,
And will dispatch.100
[He seizes her]
[Enter Pirates]
First PirateHold, villain!
[LEONINE runs away]
Second PirateA prize! a prize!
Third PirateHalf-part, mates, half-part.
Come, let's have her aboard suddenly.
[Exeunt Pirates with MARINA]
[Re-enter LEONINE]
LEONINEThese roguing thieves serve the great pirate Valdes;105
And they have seized Marina. Let her go:
There's no hope she will return. I'll swear
she's dead,
And thrown into the sea. But I'll see further:
Perhaps they will but please themselves upon her,110
Not carry her aboard. If she remain,
Whom they have ravish'd must by me be slain.

Continue to Pericles, Act 4, Scene 2


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