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. (20 lines)
The Temple of Diana at Ephesus; Thaisa standing near the altar, as high priestess; a number of Virgins on each side; Cerimon and other inhabitants of Ephesus attending.
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.