• A sea-port in Sicilia.
    Enter CLEOMENES and DION

    CLEOMENES

    The climate’s delicate, the air most sweet,
    Fertile the isle, the temple much surpassing
    The common praise it bears.

    DION

    I shall report,
    5For most it caught me, the celestial habits,
    Methinks I so should term them, and the reverence
    Of the grave wearers. O, the sacrifice!
    How ceremonious, solemn and unearthly
    It was i’ the offering!

    CLEOMENES

    10But of all, the burst
    And the ear-deafening voice o’ the oracle,
    Kin to Jove’s thunder, so surprised my sense.
    That I was nothing.

    DION

    If the event o’ the journey
    15Prove as successful to the queen,—O be’t so!—
    As it hath been to us rare, pleasant, speedy,
    The time is worth the use on’t.

    CLEOMENES

    Great Apollo
    Turn all to the best! These proclamations,
    20So forcing faults upon Hermione,
    I little like.
  • A seaport in Sicilia
    CLEOMENES and DION enter.
    They exit.

    CLEOMENES

    Delphos’s climate is exquisite, the air very sweet, the island fertile, and the temple is even more beautiful than people say.

    DION

    What most charmed me were the divine clothes and the great respect held by the wise men who wore them. And the sacrifice! The offering was so ceremonious, solemn, and otherworldly!

    CLEOMENES

    Of everything, the sudden and deafening voice of the oracle, like a clap of thunder, shocked me most and made me feel like I was nothing.

    DION

    If only the outcome of the journey is as successful for the queen as it was wonderful, pleasant, and quick for us, it would be a worthwhile trip.

    CLEOMENES

    May great Apollo make all turn out well! I don’t like these claims accusing Hermione of faults.