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Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the

quick, Yet with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury Do I take part : the rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent, The sole drift of my purpose doth extend Not a frown further : Go, release them, Ariel; My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore, And they shall be themselves. Ari.

I'll fetch them, sir.

[Exit. Pro. Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and

groves; And ye, that on the sands with printless foot Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him, When he comes back; you demy-puppets, that By moon-shine do the green-sour ringlets make, Whereof the ewe not bites; and you, whose pastime Is to make midnight mushrooms; that rejoice To hear the solemn curfew ; by whose aid (Weak masters though ye be), I have be-dimm'd The noon-tide sun, call'd forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azur'd vault Set roaring war; to the dread rattling thunder Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak With his own bolt: the strong-bas'd promontory Have I made shake ; and by the spurs pluck'd up The pine and cedar : graves, at my command, Have wak'd their sleepers ; oped, and let them forth By my so potent art: But this rough magic I here abjure ; and, when I have requir'd Some heavenly music (which even now I do), To work mine end upon their senses, that This airy charm is for, l'll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound, I'll drown my book.

[Solemn music,

Re-enter Ariel : after him, Alonso, with a frantic

gesture, attended by Gonzalo; Sebastian and An. '

tonio in like manner, attended by Adrian and Fran-
cisco: They all enter the circle which Prospero
had made, and there stand charmed ; which Prospero

observing, speaks.
A solemn air, and the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
Now useless, boild within thy skull! There stand,
For you are spell-stopp’d.
Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
Mine eyes, even sociable to the show of thine,
Fall fellowly drops.The charm dissolves apace,
And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.-O my good Gonzalo,
My true preserver, and a loyal sir
To him thou follow'st; I will pay thy graces
Home, both in word and deed--Most cruelly
Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter :
Thy brother was a furtherer in the act;
Thou’rt pinch’d for't now, Sebastian.-Flesh and

blood,
You brother mine, that entertain'd ambition,
Expell’d remorse and nature; who with Sebastian
(Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong,)
Would here have killed your king; I do forgive thee,
Unnatural though thou art !- Their understanding
Begins to swell : and the approaching tide
Will shortly fill the reasonable shores,
That now lie foul and muddy. Not one of them,
That yet looks on me, or would know me : Ariel,
Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell; [Exit Ariel.
I will dis-case me, and myself present,
As I was sometime Milan :-quickly, spirit;
Thou shalt ere long be free.
Ariel re-enters, singing, and helps to attire Prospero.
Ari. Where the bee sucks, there suck I;

In a cowslip's bell I lie:

There I couch when owls do ery. VOL. I.

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On the bat's back I do fly,

After summer, merrily :
Merrily, merrily shall I live now,

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Pro. Why, that's my dainty Ariel; I shall miss

thee, But yet thou shalt have freedom : so, so, so.To the king's ship, invisible as thou art: . There shalt thou find the mariners, asleep Under the hatches; the master and the boatswain, Being awake, enforce them to this place; ; And presently, I pr’ythee.

Ari. I drink the air before me, and return
Or e'er your pulse twice beat. .. [Exit Ariel.
Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and amaze-

ment
Inhabits here : Some heavenly power guide us
Out of this fearful country!
Pro.

Behold, sir king,
The wronged duke of Milan, Prospero; .
For more assurance that a living prince
Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body;
And to thee, and thy company, I bid
A hearty welcome.
Alon.

Whe'r* thou beest he, or no,
Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me,
As late I have been, I not know : thy pulse
Beats, as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw thee,
The affliction of my mind amends, with which,
I fear, a madness held me: this must crave
(An if this be at all) a most strange story.
Thy dukedom I resign; and do entreat
Thou pardon me my wrongs :-But how should

Prospero
Be living, and be here?
Pro.

First, noble friend,
Let me embrace thine age; whose honour cannot
Be measur’d, or confin’d.
Gon.

. Whether this be, * Whether,

Or be not, I'll not swear.
Pro.

You do yet taste Some subtilties o’ the isle, that will not let you Believe things certain :-Welcome, my friends all : But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded,,

... [Aside to Seb, and Ant. I here could pluck his highness? frown upon you, And justify you traitors; at this time I'll tell no tales. Seb.

The devil speaks in him. (Aside.
Pro.

No;
For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive
Thy rankest fault; all of them; and require
My dukedom of thee, which, perforce, I know,
Thou must restore.

- sto
Alon. - i. If thou beest Prospero,
Give us particulars of thy preservation;
How thou hast met us here, who three hours since
Were wreck'd upon this shore; where I have lost,
How sharp.the point of this remembrance is!
My dear son Ferdinand.
· Pro.

· I am woe* for’t, sir. Alon. Irreparable is the loss; and Patience Says, it is past her cure,

Pro. . . . . I rather think You have not sought her help ; of whose soft grace For the like loss, I have her sovereign aid, And rest myself content. .. Alon.

You the like loss? Pro. As great to me, as late; and, portable + To make the dear loss, have I means much weaker Than you may call to comfort you; for I Have lost my daughter. Alon.

A daughter ? O heavens ! that they were living both in Naples, The king and queen there! that they were, I wish Myself were mudded in that oozy bed * Sorry

f Bearable,

Where my son lies. When did you lose your

. daughter ? Pro. In this last tempest. I perceive, these lords At this encounter do so much admire, That they devour their reason; and scarce think Their eyes do offices of truth, their words Are natural breath ; but, howsoe'er you have Been justled from your senses, know for certain, That I am Prospero, and that very duke Which was thrust forth of Milan; who most

strangely Upon this shore, where you were wreck’d, was

landed, To be the lord on't. No more yet of this; For 'tis a chronicle of day by day, Not a relation for a breakfast, nor Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir; This cell's my court: here have I few attendants, And subjects none abroad: pray you, look in. My dukedom since you have given me again, I will requite you with as good a thing; At least, bring forth a wonder, to content ye, As much as me my dukedom. The entrance of the cell opens, and discovers Ferdinand

and Miranda playing at chess. Mir. Sweet lord, you play me false. Fer.

No, my dearest love, I would not for the world. Mira. Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should

wrangle,
And I would call it fair play.
Alon.

If this prove
A vision of the island, one dear son
Shall I twice lose.'

Seb. - A most high miracle !

Fer. Though the seas threaten, they are merciful; I have curs’d them without cause.

· [Fer. kneels to Alon.

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