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Pericles :: Scenes :: Pericles: Act V, Scene 2

Scene 2

Ephesus. Before the temple of Diana.

(Thaisa; Virgins; Cerimon; Gower)

Gower tells the audience that his tale is always done. Lysimachus had a great festival in Mytilene when Pericles agreed to let him marry Marina, though not until after his trip to Ephesus. Both Marina and Lysimachus have therefore followed him there. ( line)

GOW.

Now our sands are almost run,

More a little, and then dumb.

This, my last boon, give me,

For such kindness must relieve me:

That you aptly will suppose

What pageantry, what feats, what shows,

What minstrelsy, and pretty din,

The regent made in Metelin,

To greet the King. So he thrived

That he is promis’d to be wived

To fair Marina, but in no wise

Till he had done his sacrifice,

As Dian bade; whereto being bound,

The interim, pray you, all confound.

In feather’d briefness sails are fill’d,

And wishes fall out as they’re will’d.

At Ephesus the temple see,

Our King and all his company.

That he can hither come so soon

Is by your fancies’ thankful doom.

Exit.

 
 
 
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