This page contains the original text of Pericles Act 3, Scene 4. Shakespeare’s original Pericles text is extremely long, so we’ve split the text into one Scene per page. All Acts are listed on the Pericles text page, or linked to from the bottom of this page.
Pericles, Act 3, Scene 4. Ephesus. A room in Cerimon’s house.
Enter Cerimon and Thaisa.
Madam, this letter and some certain jewels
Lay with you in your coffer, which are
At your command. Know you the character?
It is my lord’s.
That I was shipp’d at sea I well remember,
Even on my eaning time, but whether there
Delivered, by the holy gods
I cannot rightly say. But since King Pericles,
My wedded lord, I ne’er shall see again,
A vestal livery will I take me to,
And never more have joy.
Madam, if this you purpose as ye speak,
Diana’s temple is not distant far,
Where you may abide till your date expire.
Moreover if you please a niece of mine
Shall there attend you.
My recompense is thanks, that’s all,
Yet my good will is great, though the gift small.
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