BALINOR: Merlin. [Merlin opens his eyes]
MERLIN: Father. [He turns his head the other way and sees his father’s ghost/spirit.]
BALINOR: My son.
MERLIN: Are you here? Are you real?
BALINOR: Dead or alive? Real or imagined? Past or present? These things are of no consequence. All that matters is that you heed the words of your father who loves you. Do not let go, Merlin, do not give in.
MERLIN: I have no reason to go on. The battle is already over. Morgana has won.
BALINOR: Only if you accept defeat. But if you fight, if you let hope into your heart, Morgana cannot be victorious.
MERLIN: What hope is there without my magic? [Balinor kneels down next to Merlin.]
BALINOR: Merlin, you are more than a son of you father. You are son of the earth, the sea, the sky, magic is the fabric of this world, and you were born of that magic. You are magic itself. You cannot lose what you are.
MERLIN: But how do I find myself…again?
BALINOR: Believe, Merlin. Believe what your heart knows to be true. That you have always been, and always will be.
MERLIN: Always will be.
BALINOR: Rest now. Rest my son. And soon you shall awaken into the light. [Merlin sleeps.]
-Merlin” The Diamond of the Day: Part One