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Mira. O good sir, I do.
I pray thee mark me.
Mira. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.
Pro. To have no screen between this part he played
To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
O the heavens!
1 Alluding to the observation that a father above the common rate of men has generally a son below it.
26 Who having made his memory such a sinner to truth as to credit his own lie by telling of it."
To the winds, whose pity, sighing back again,
Alack! what trouble
O! a cherubim
How came we ashore ? Pro. By Providence divine. Some food we had, and some fresh water, that A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo, Out of his charity, (who being then appointed Master of this design,) did give us; with: Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries, Which since have steaded much; so, of his gentleness, Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me, From my own library, with volumes that I prize above my dukedom. Mira.
'Would I might But ever see that man! Pro.
Now I arise :Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow. Here in this island we arrived; and here Have I, thy school-master, made thee more profit Than other princes can, that have more time For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful. Mira. Heavens thank you for't! And now, I pray
Know thus far forth.---
1 Sprinkled. 2 A temper or frame of mind to bear.
I find my zenith doth depend upon
Will ever after droop.--Here cease more questions ;
[MIRANDA sleeps. Come away, servant, come: I am ready now; Approach, my Ariel ; come.
Enter ARIEL. Ari. All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come To answer thy best pleasure ; be’t to fly, To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride On the curled clouds: to thy strong bidding, task Ariel, and all his quality. Pro.
Hast thou, spirit, Performed to point, the tempest that I bade thee?
Ari. To every article. I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flamed amazement: Sometimes, I'd divide, And burn in many places; on the top-mast, The yards, and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly, Then meet, and join : Jove's lightnings, the precursors O'the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary And sight out-running were not: The fire, and cracks Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune Seemed to besiege, and make his bold waves tremble, Yea, his dread trident shake. Pro.
My brave spirit! Who was so firm, so constant, that his coil 4 Would not infect his reason?
Not a soul But felt a fever of the mad, and played
i The powers of his nature as a spirit. 2. To the minutest article.
3 The beak was a strong pointed body at the head of ancient galleys The waist is the part between the quarter-deck and the forecastle.
4 Bustle, tumult.