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Prospero. By wlict? by any other house, or person?
Of any thing the image tell me, whent
Hath kept with thy remembrance.

'Tis far off;
And rather like a dream than an assurance
That my remembrance warrants: Had I not
Four or five women once, that tended me?

Prospero. Thou had’st, and more, Miranda : But how

is it,

That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else
In the dark backward and abysm of time?
If thou remember’st aught, ere thou cam’st here,
How thou cam'st here, thou may'st.

But that I do not.
Prospero. Twelve years since,
Miranda, twelve years since, thy father was
The duke of Milan, and a prince of power.

Miranda. Sir, are not you my father?

Prospero. Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and
She said—thou wast my daughter; and thy father
Was duke of Milan; and his only heir
A princess ;—no worse issued.

O, the heavens!
What foul play had we, that we came from thence?
Or blessed was't we did ?

Both, both, my girl :
By foul play, as thou say’st, were we heav'd thence;
But blessedly holp hither.

O, my heart bleeds
To think o'the teens that I have turn'd you to,
Which is from my remembrance! Please you, further.
Prospero. My brother, and thy uncle, cali'd Anto-

I pray thee, mark me,—that a brother should
Be so perfidious !—he whom, next thyself,
Of all the world I lov'd, and to him put
The manage of my state; as, at that time,
Through all the signiories it was the first,


5 Sorrow.


And Prospero the prime duke; being so reputed
In dignity, and for the liberal arts,
Witham a parallel : those being all my study,
The government I cast upon my brother,
And to my state grew stranger, being transported,
And wrapt in secret studies. Thy false uncle
Dost thou attend me?

Sir, most heedfully.
Prospero. Being once perfected how to grant suits,
How to deny them; whom to advance, and whom
To trash for over-topping ; new-created
The creatures that were mine; I say, or chang'd them,
Or else new-form'd them: having both the key
Of officer and office, set all hearts
To what tune pleas’d his ear; that now he was
The ivy, which had hid my princely trunk,
And suck'd my verdure out on't.—Thou attend'st not:
I pray

thee mark me. Miranda.

O good sir, I do. Prospero. I thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicate To closeness, and the bettering of my mind With that, which, but by being so retir'd, O'er-priz'd all popular rate, in my false brother Awak'd an evil nature : and my trust, Like a good parent, did beget of him A falsehood, in its contrary as great As my trust was; which had, indeed, no limit, A confidence sans bound. He being thus lorded, Not only with what my revenue yielded, But what my power might else exact,—like one Who, having unto truth, by telling of it, Madé such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie,—he did believe He was the duke ; out of the substitution, And executing the outward face of royalty, With all prerogative :-Hence his ambition Growing, —Dost hear?

Miranda. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

6 Cut away

Prospero. To have no skreen between this part he

And him he play'd it for, he needs will be
Absolute Milan: Me, poor man !—my library
Was dukedom large enough; of temporal royalties
He thinks me now incapable: confederates
(So dry he was for sway) with the king of Naples,
To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend
The dukedom, yet unbow'd (alas, poor Milan!)
To most ignoble stooping.

O the heavens !
Prospero. Mark his condition, and the event; then

tell me,

If this might be a brother.

I should sin
To think but nobly of my grandmother.

Now the condition. This king of Naples, being an enemy To me inveterate, hearkens my brother's suit; Which


that he in lieu o’the premises,-
Of homage, and I know not how much tribute,-
Should presently extirpate me and mine
Out of the dukedom; and confer fair Milan,
With all the honours, on my brother: Whereon,
A treacherous army levied, one midnight
Fated to the purpose, did Antonio open
The gates of Milan; and i' the dead of darkness,
The ministers for the purpose hurried thence
Me, and thy crying self.

Alack, for pity!
I, not rememb’ring how I cried out then,

cry it o'er again, it is a hint, That wrings mine eyes. Prospero.

Hear a little further, And then I'll bring thee to the present business Which now's upon us; without the which, this story Were most impertinent.




Wherefore did they not
That hour destroy us?

Well demanded, wench;
My tale provokes that question. Dear, they durst not;
(So dear the love my people bore me) nor set
À mark so bloody on the business; but
With colours fairer painted their foul ends.
In few, they hurried us aboard a bark;
Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepar'd
A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg'd,
Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
Instinctively had quit it: there they hoist us,
To cry to the sea that roar'd to us; to sigh
To the winds, whose pity, sighing back again,
Did us but loving wrong.

Alack! what trouble
Was I then to you!

O! a cherubim
Thou wast, that did preserve me! Thou didst smile,
Infused with a fortitude from heaven,
When I have deck'd the sea with drops full salt;
Under my burden groan'd; which rais'd in me
An undergoing stomach, to bear up
Against what should ensue.

How came we ashore? Prospero. 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 lov'd my books, he furnish'd

me, From my own library, with volumes that I prize above


dukedom. Miranda.

'Would I might But ever see that man ! Prospero.

Now I arise :

7 Stubborn resolution.

Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.
Here in this island we arriv'd; and here
Have I, thy schoolmaster, made thee more profit
Than other princes can, that have more time
For vai hours, and tutor not so careful.
Miranda. Heavens thank


for’t ! And now I pray you, sir, (For still 'tis beating in my mind,) yoiir reason For raising this sea-storm? Prospero.

Know thus far forth.-
By accident most strange, bountiful fortune,

my dear lady, hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore : and by my prescience
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star; whose influence
If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop.—Here cease more questions;
Thou art inclined to sleep; ’tis a good dulness,
And give it way ;-I know thou canst not choose.—

[MIRANDA sleeps. Come away, servant, come: I am ready now: Approach, my Ariel; come.

Enter ARIEL. Ariel. 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 curl'd clouds; to thy strong bidding, task Ariel, and all his quality. Prospero.

Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to points the tempest that I bade thee?

Ariel. 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

& The minutest article.

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