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From eaves of reeds ; your charm so strongly works

That if you now beheld them, your affections
Would become tender.

Pro. Do'st thou think so, spirit ?
Ari. Mine would, sir, were I human,

Pro. And mine shall.
Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
Of their afflictions? and shall not myself,
One of their kind, that relish all as sharply,
Passion as they, be kindlier mov'd than thou art ?
Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the

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

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-shinę 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


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(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 50
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; op'd, and let them forth
By my so potent art: But this rough magick
I here abjure: and, when I have requir'd
Some heavenly musick (which even now I do),
To work mine end upon their senses, that
This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff, -
Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,

And, deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I'll drown my book.

[Solemn musick.]

Re-enter Ariel: after him Alonso with a frantick

gesture, attended by GONZALO. SEBASTIAN and
ANTHONIO in like manner, attended by ADRIAN and
Francisco. They all enter the Circle which Pros-
PERO had made, and there stand charm’d; which

PROSPERO observing, speaks.
¢ A solemn air, and the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
“ Now useless, boil'd within thy skull!" there stand,
For you are spell-stopp'd.
Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
Mine eyes, even sociable to the shew of thine,


Fall fellowly drops..The charm dissolves apace ; And as the morning steals upon the night, 70 Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason."O good Gonzalo, 56 My true preserver, and a loyal sir • To him thou follow'st; I will pay thy graces 5* 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, 89 Expel'd remorse, and nature; “who, with Sebastian, "(Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong) « Would here have kill'd your king;” I do forgive

thee, Unnatural though thou art!—Their understanding Begins to swells and the approaching tide Will shortly fill the reasonable shore, That now lies foul and muddy. Not one of them, That yet.looks on me, or would know me :

e:-Ariel, Fetch me the hat and rapier in my I will dis-case me, and myself present, [Exit ARIEL, As I was sometime Milan --quickly, spirit; Thou shalt e'er long be free.

Ariel enters singing, and helps to aitire him.

Where the bee sucks, there suck !;
In a cowslip's bell I lie;


cell ;

There I couch when owls do cry.
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



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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 proythee.

Ari. I drink the air before me, and return
Or e'er your pulse twice beat.

[Exit. 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 be'st he, or no, Or some inchanted trifle to abuse me, As late I have been, I not know : thy pulse Beats, as of Aesh 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 intreat,
Thou pardon me my wrongs :-But how should Pro.

Be living, and be here?

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

130 Gon. Whether this be, 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.

Alon. If thou be’st 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,


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