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Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Act 3 Scene 3
Scene III Tarsus. A room in CLEON's house.
- [Enter PERICLES, CLEON, DIONYZA, and LYCHORIDA with
- MARINA in her arms]
- Most honour'd Cleon, I must needs be gone;
- My twelve months are expired, and Tyrus stands
- In a litigious peace. You, and your lady,
- Take from my heart all thankfulness! The gods
- Make up the rest upon you!
- Your shafts of fortune, though they hurt you mortally,
- Yet glance full wanderingly on us.
- O your sweet queen!
- That the strict fates had pleased you had brought her hither,
- To have bless'd mine eyes with her!
- We cannot but obey
- The powers above us. Could I rage and roar
- As doth the sea she lies in, yet the end
- Must be as 'tis. My gentle babe Marina, whom,
- For she was born at sea, I have named so, here
- I charge your charity withal, leaving her
- The infant of your care; beseeching you
- To give her princely training, that she may be
- Manner'd as she is born.
- Fear not, my lord, but think
- Your grace, that fed my country with your corn,
- For which the people's prayers still fall upon you,
- Must in your child be thought on. If neglection
- Should therein make me vile, the common body,
- By you relieved, would force me to my duty:
- But if to that my nature need a spur,
- The gods revenge it upon me and mine,
- To the end of generation!
- I believe you;
- Your honour and your goodness teach me to't,
- Without your vows. Till she be married, madam,
- By bright Diana, whom we honour, all
- Unscissor'd shall this hair of mine remain,
- Though I show ill in't. So I take my leave.
- Good madam, make me blessed in your care
- In bringing up my child.
- I have one myself,
- Who shall not be more dear to my respect
- Than yours, my lord.
- Madam, my thanks and prayers.
- We'll bring your grace e'en to the edge o' the shore,
- Then give you up to the mask'd Neptune and
- The gentlest winds of heaven.
- I will embrace
- Your offer. Come, dearest madam. O, no tears,
- Lychorida, no tears:
- Look to your little mistress, on whose grace
- You may depend hereafter. Come, my lord.