Act I
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Enter on one side Thaisa and virgin priestesses of

Diana, Cerimon, and other inhabitants of Ephesus;

on the other side, Pericles, Marina, Lysimachus,
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify See Topics: Frequency count

Helicanus, and Lords


Hail, Dian! To perform thy just command

I here confess myself the King of Tyre,

Who, frighted from my country, did wed

At Pentapolis the fair Thaisa.

At sea in childbed died she, but brought forth

A maid-child called Marina, who, O goddess,

Wears yet thy silver livery. She at Tarsus
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count

Was nursed with Cleon, whom at fourteen years

He sought to murder. But her better stars

Brought her to Mytilene; 'gainst whose shore

Riding, her fortunes brought the maid aboard us,
ride (v.) 4 lie at anchor

Where, by her own most clear remembrance, she
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

Made known herself my daughter.
favour (n.) 1 [facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks


                         Voice and favour!

You are, you are – O royal Pericles!

She faints


What means the nun? She dies! Help, gentlemen!


Noble sir,

If you have told Diana's altar true,

This is your wife.
appearer (n.) one who arrives on the scene


                         Reverend appearer, no;

I threw her overboard with these very arms.


Upon this coast, I warrant you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


                         'Tis most certain.


Look to the lady. O, she's but overjoyed.

Early one blustering morn this lady was
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

Thrown upon this shore. I oped the coffin,
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

Found there rich jewels, recovered her, and placed her

Here in Diana's temple.


                         May we see them?


Great sir, they shall be brought you to my house,

Whither I invite you. Look,

Thaisa is recovered.


                         O, let me look.

If he be none of mine, my sanctity

Will to my sense bend no licentious ear,

But curb it, spite of seeing. O, my lord,

Are you not Pericles? Like him you spake,

Like him you are. Did you not name a tempest,

A birth, and death?


                         The voice of dead Thaisa!


That Thaisa am I,

Supposed dead and drowned.


Immortal Dian!


                         Now I know you better:

When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit

The King my father gave you such a ring.


This, this! No more, you gods; your present kindness

Makes my past miseries sports; you shall do well
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

That on the touching of her lips I may

Melt, and no more be seen. O, come, be buried

A second time within these arms.


                         My heart

Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.

She kneels


Look who kneels here; flesh of thy flesh, Thaisa,

Thy burden at the sea, and called Marina

For she was yielded there.
yield (v.) 5 bring forth, produce


                         Blest, and mine own!


Hail, madam, and my queen!


                         I know you not.


You have heard me say, when I did fly from Tyre,

I left behind an ancient substitute.

Can you remember what I called the man?

I have named him oft.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


                         'Twas Helicanus then.


Still confirmation.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

Embrace him, dear Thaisa, this is he.

Now do I long to hear how you were found,

How possibly preserved, and who to thank,

Besides the gods, for this great miracle.


Lord Cerimon, my lord; this man

Through whom the gods have shown their power; that can

From first to last resolve you.
resolve (v.) 1 answer, respond to


                         Reverend sir,

The gods can have no mortal officer

More like a god than you. Will you deliver
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe

How this dead queen re-lives?


                         I will, my lord.

Beseech you first, go with me to my house,

Where shall be shown you all was found with her,

How she came placed here in the temple;

No needful thing omitted.


                         Pure Dian,

I bless thee for thy vision, and

Will offer night-oblations to thee. Thaisa,
night-oblations (n.) evening devotions

This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,

Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,

This ornament,

Makes me look dismal, will I clip to form,

And what this fourteen years no razor touched,

To grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.


Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit, sir,
credit (n.) 1 credibility, believing, belief

My father's dead.


Heavens make a star of him! Yet there, my queen,

We'll celebrate their nuptials, and ourselves

Will in that kingdom spend our following days.

Our son and daughter shall in Tyrus reign.

Lord Cerimon, we do our longing stay
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay

To hear the rest untold. Sir, lead's the way.


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