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When we with tears parted Pentapolis,
The king, my father, gave you such a ring.

[Shows a ring. Per. This, this; no more, you gods! your present

kindness
Makes my past miseries sport. You shall do well,
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.
Mar.

My heart
Leaps to be gone into my mother's bosom.

[Kneels to Thaisa. Per. Look, who kneels here! Flesh of thy flesh,

Thaisa ;
Thy burden at the sea, and called Marina,
For she was yielded there.
Thai.

Blessed and mine own!
Hel. Hail, madam, and my queen!
Thai.

I know you not. Per. 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.
Thai.

'Twas Helicanus, then.
Per. Still confirmation.
Embrace him, dear Thaisa ; this is he.
Now do I long to hear how you were found ;
How possibly preserved ; and whom to thank,
Besides the gods, for this great miracle.

Thai. Lord Cerimon, my lord ; this man
Through whom the gods have shown their power; that

can
From first to last resolve you. .

Reverend sir,
The gods can have no mortal officer
More like a god than you.

Will
you

deliver How this dead

queen

re-lives? Cer.

I will, my lord. first

go with me to my house,

Per.

Beseech you,

Where shall be shown you all was found with her;
How she came placed here within the temple ;
No needful thing omitted.
Per.

Pure Diana!
I bless thee for thy vision, and will offer
My night oblations to thee. Thaisa,
This prince, the fair-betrothed of your daughter,
Shall marry her at Pentapolis. And now,
This ornament that makes me look so dismal,
Will I, my loved Marina, clip to form;
And what this fourteen years no razor touched,
To

grace thy marriage-day, I'll beautify.

Thai. Lord Cerimon hath letters of good credit,
Sir, that my father's dead.?
Per. 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,
To hear the rest untold.—Sir, lead the way.

[Exeunt.
Enter GOWER.
Gow. In Antioch,' and his daughter, you have heard
Of monstrous lust the due and just reward.
In Pericles, his queen and daughter, seen
(Although assailed with fortune fierce and keen)
Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast,
Led on by Heaven, and crowned with joy at last.
In Helicanus may you well descry
A figure of truth, of faith, of loyalty ;
In reverend Cerimon there well appears,
The worth that learned charity aye wears.
For wicked Cleon and his wife, when fame
Had spread their cursed deed, and honored name

1 i. e. fairly contracted, honorably affianced.

2 In the fragment of the Old Metrical Romance, the father dies in his daughter's arms. 3 i. e. the king of Antioch. The old copy reads Antiochus. VOL. VI.

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Of Pericles, to rage the city turn;
That him and his they in his palace burn.
The gods for murder seemed so content
To punish them; although not done, but meant.
So on your patience evermore attending,
New joy wait on you! Here our play has ending.

[Exit Gower.

That this tragedy has some merit, it were vain to deny ; but that it is the entire composition of Shakspeare, is more than can be hastily granted. I shall not venture, with Dr. Farmer, to determine that the hand of our great Poet is only visible in the last act; for I think it appears in several passages dispersed over each of these divisions. I find it difficult, however, to persuade myself that he was the original fabricator of the plot or the author of every dialogue, chorus, &c.

STEEVENS.

END OF VOL. VI.

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