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Leipsic, March 2, 1824.
STEPHANO, a drunken butler.
Master of a ship, Boatswain, and Mariners.
PROSPERO, the rightful duke of Milan.
FERDINAND, Son to the king of Naples.
ANTONIO, his brother, the usurping duke of Milan.ARIEL, an airy spirit.
GONZALO, an honest old counsellor of Naples.
Other spirits attending on Prospero.
SCENE,— The sea, with a ship; afterwards an uninhabited island.
Mar.All lost! to prayers, to prayers! all lost! [Exeunt.
Ant. We are merely cheated of our lives by drunk-
This wide-chapped rascal; - 'Would thou might'st lie drowning,
The washing of ten tides!
Gon. He'll be hanged yet;
Boats. Do you not hear him? You mar our labour; And gape at wid'st to glut him.
Though every drop of water swear against it,
Boats. When the sea is. Hence! What care these roarers for the name of king? To cabin: silence: trouble us not.
[A confused noise within.] - Mercy on us! - We split,
Gon. Good; yet remember whom thou hast aboard. Boats. None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present, we shall not hand a rope more; use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make SCENE II. - The Island: before the Cell of PROSPERo. yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap.-Cheerly, good hearts.-Out of our Mira. If by your art, my dearest father, you have Enter PROSPERO and MIRANDA. way, I say. Gon. I have great comfort from this fellow: me- The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch, [Exit. Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them: thinks, he hath no drowning mark upon him; his com-But that the sea, mounting to the welkin's cheek, plexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good fate, to Dashes the fire out. his hanging! make the rope of his destiny our cable, With those I saw suffer! a brave vessel, for our own doth little advantage! If he be not born to Who had no doubt some noble creatures in her, be hanged, our case is miserable. [Exeunt. Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knock Boats. Down with the top-mast; yare; lower, lower; Had I been any god of power, I would Against my very heart! Poor souls! they perish'd. bing her to try with main-course.- -[A cry within.]-Have sunk the sea within the earth, or e'er A plague upon this howling! they are louder than the It should the good ship so have swallow'd, and weather, or our office.