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Though doubts did ever sleep.
First, sir, I pray, What is your title?
Per. I am Pericles of Tyre: but tell me now (As in the rest thou hast been godlike perfect,) My drown'd queen's name, thou art the heir of
kingdoms, And another life to Pericles thy father.
Mar. Is 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. Per. Now, blessing on thee, rise; thou art my
child. Give me fresh garments. Mine own, Helicanus, (Not dead at Tharsus, 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?
Hel. Sir, 'tis the governor of Mitylene,
I embrace you, sir.
Hel. My lord, I hear none.
Lys. It is not good to cross him; give him way.
Per. Rarest sounds! Do ye not hear?
8 Though doubts did ever sleep.] i. e. though nothing ever happened to awake a scruple or doubt concerning your veracity.
Musick? My lord, I hearPer. Most heavenly musick: It nips me unto list’ning, and thick slumber Hangs on mine eye-lids; let me rest. [He sleeps. Lys. A pillow for his head; [The Curtain before the Pavilion of PERICLES
is closed. So leave him all. Well, my companion-friends, If this but answer to my just belief, I'll well remember you. [Exeunt LYSIMACHUS, HELICANUS, MARINA;
and attendant Lady.
Pericles on the Deck asleep ; Diana appearing to
him as in a vision. Dia. My temple stands in Ephesus; hie thee
thither, And do upon mine altar sacrifice. There, when my maiden priests are met together, 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. Perform my bidding, or thou liv'st in woe: Do't, and be happy, by my silver bow. Awake, and tell thy dream. [Diana disappears.
Per. Celestial Dian, goddess argentine, I will obey thee!-Helicanus!
I will on Celestial Didream.
9 And give them repetition to the life.] i. e. Repeat your misfortunes so feelingly and so exactly, that the language of your narration may imitate to the life the transactions you relate.
- goddess argentine,] That is, regent of the silver moon. ;
Enter LYSIMACHus, Helicanus, and Marina. Hel.
Per. My purpose was for Tharsus, 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.
[To HELICANUS. Shall we refresh us, sir, upon your shore, And give you gold for such provision As our intents will need ? Lys. With all my heart, sir; and when you come
You shall prevail,
Sir, lend your arm.
[Exeunt. Enter Gower, before the Temple of Diana at
2 -blown sails ;] i. e. swollen.
Till he had done his sacrifice,] That is, till Pericles had done his sacrifice.
As Dian bade: whereto being bound,
The Temple of Diana at Ephesus; Thaisa stand
ing near the Altar, as high Priestess ; a number of Virgins on each side ; Cerimon and other Inhabitants of Ephesus attending.
Enter PERICLES, with his Train; LYSIMACHUS, HE
LICANUS, MARINA, and a Lady. Per. Hail Dian! to perform thy just command, I here confess myself the king of Tyre; Who, frighted from my country, did wed The fair Thaisa, at Pentapolis. At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth A maid-child callid Marina; who, O goddess, Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tharsus Was nurs'd with Cleon; whom at fourteen years He sought to murder: but her better stars Brought her to Mitylene; against whose shore
4 The interim, pray you, all confound.] To confound here signifies to consume. 5 That he can hither come so soon,
Is by your fancy's thankful boon.] Thankful boon may signifythe licence you grant us in return for the pleasure we have afforded you in the course of the play ; or, the boon for which we thank you. 6- who, O goddess,
Wears yet thy silver livery.) i. e. her white robe of innocence, as being yet under the protection of the goddess of chastity.
Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
Voice and favour!You are, you are- royal Pericles !--[She faints. Per. What means the woman? she dies! help,
Reverend appearer, no;
Cer. Upon this coast, I warrant you.
'Tis most certain.
May we see them?
Thai. O, let me look!
The voice of dead Thaisa !
t o my sense-] Sense is here used for sensual passion.