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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.
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-
In a cowslip's bell I lie:
There I couch when owls do ery. VOL. I.
On the bat's back I do fly,
After summer, merrily :
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
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
Behold, sir king,
Whe'r* thou beest he, or no,
First, noble friend,
. Whether this be, * Whether,
Or be not, I'll not swear.
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.
· 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
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
If this prove
Seb. - A most high miracle !
Fer. Though the seas threaten, they are merciful; I have curs’d them without cause.
· [Fer. kneels to Alon.