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You are like something that-What countrywoman?
Here of these shores ?
No, nor of any shores :
Yet I was mortally brought forth, and am
No other than I appear.
Per. I 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;
Her ftature to an inch; as wand-like straight;
As silver-voic'd; her eyes as jewel-like,
And cas'd as richly : in pace another Juno ;
Who starves the ears the feeds, and makes them hungry,
The more she gives them speech.-Where do you live?
Mar. Where I am but a Itranger: from the deck
You may discern the place.
Where were you bred ?
And how achiev'd you these endowments, which
You make more rich to owe?
Should I tell my history, 'Twould seem like lies disdain'd in the reporting.
Per. Prythee, speak;
Falseness cannot come from thee, for thou look lt
Modest as justice, and thou seem st a palace
For the crown'd truth to dwell in : l'll believe thee,
And make my senses credit thy relation,
To points that seem impossible; for thou look'st
Like one I lov'd indeed. What were thy friends ?
Didlt thou not say, when I did push thee back,
(Which was when I perceiv'd thee,) that thou cam'it
From good descending?
So indeed I did.
Per. Report thy parentage. I think thou saidst
Thou badst been toss’d from wrong to injury,
And that thou thought it thy griefs might equal mine,
If both were open'd.
Some such thing indeed
I faid, and said no more but what my thoughts
Did warrant me was likely.
Tell thy story;
If thine confider'd prove the thousandth part
Of my endurance, thou art a man, and I
Have suffer'd like a girl : yet thou dost look
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, fit by me.
Mar. My name, fir, is Marina.
O, I am mock'd,
And thou by some incensed god fen: hither
To make the world laugh at me.
Patience, good fir,
Or here I'll cease.
Nay, I'll be patient;
Thou little know'st how thou dost startle me,
To call thyself Marina.
The name Marina,
Was given me by one that had some power ;'
My father, and a king.
How! a king's daughter ?
And call'd Marina ?
You said you would believe me;
But, not to be a troubler of your peace,
I will end here.
But are you flesh and blood ?
Have you a working pulse? and are no fairy ?
No motion ?-Well; speak on. Where were you born ?
And wherefore call'd Marina?
For I was born at sea.
At sea ? thy mother?
Mar. My mother was the daughter of a king ;
Who died the very minute I was born,
As my good nurse Lychorida hath oft
O, stop there a little!
This is the rarest dream that e'er dull neep.
Did mock sad fools withal : this cannot be.
My daughter's buried. Afide.) Well :--where were you
I'll hear you more, to the bottom of your story,
And never interrupt you.
Mar. You'll scarce believe me; 'twere best I did give
Per. I will believe you by the syllable
Of what you shall deliver. Yet, give me leave :-
How came you in these parts ? where were you bred ?
Mar. The king, my father, did in Tharsus leave me;
Till cruel Cleon, with his wicked wife,
Did seek to murder me: and having woo’d
A villain to attempt it, who having drawn,
A crew of pirates came and rescued me;
Brought me to Mitylene. But, now, good fir,
Whither will you have me? Why do you weep? It may
You think me an impostor; no, good faith;
I am the daughter to king Pericles,
If good king Pericles be.
Per. Ho, Helicanus !
Calls my gracious lord ?
Per. Thou art a grave and noble counsellor,
Most wise in general : Tell me, if thou canlt,
What this maid is, or what is like to be,
That thus hath made me weep?
I know not; but
Here is the regent, sir, of Mitylene,
Speaks nobly of her.
She would never tell
Her parentage ; being demanded that,
She would fit ftill and weep.
Per. O Helicanus, strike me, honour'd fir;
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,
Thou that beget'it him that did thee beget;,
Thou that wast born at sea, buried at Tharsus,
And found at sea again !-O Helicanus,
Down on thy knees, thank the holy gods, as loud
As thunder threatens us: This is Marina.-
What was thy mother's name? tell me but that,
For truth can never be confirm’d enough,
Though doubts did ever sleep.
First, fir, I pray,
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 freih garments. Mine own, Helicanus,
(Not dead at Tharsus, as the thould have been,
By savage Cleon,) lhe 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,
Who, hearing of your melancholy state,
Did come to see you.
I embrace you, fir.
Give me my robes : I am wild in my beholding.
O heavens bless my girl! But hark, what musick ?-
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 musick ?
Hel. My lord, I hear none.
Per. None ?
The musick of the spheres: lift, my Marina.
Lys. It is not good to cross him; give hiin way.
Per. Rarest sounds!
Do ye not hear?
Musick ? My lord, I hear-
Per. Most heavenly musick:
It nips me unto lift'ning, and thick slumber
Hangs on mine eye-lids; let me rest.
[He seeps. 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