The Tempest: Act 5, Scene 1
7 Confined together
8 In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
9 Just as you left them; all prisoners, sir,
10 In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell;
11 They cannot budge till your release. The king,
12 His brother and yours, abide all three distracted
13 And the remainder mourning over them,
14 Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly
15 Him that you term'd, sir, 'The good old lord Gonzalo;'
16 His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops
17 From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em
18 That if you now beheld them, your affections
19 Would become tender.
20 And mine shall.
21 Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
22 Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,
23 One of their kind, that relish all as sharply,
24 Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art?
25 Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick,
26 Yet with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury
27 Do I take part: the rarer action is
28 In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent,
29 The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
30 Not a frown further. Go release them, Ariel:
31 My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore,
32 And they shall be themselves.
33 Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves,
34 And ye that on the sands with printless foot
35 Do chase the ebbing Neptune and do fly him
36 When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
37 By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make,
38 Whereof the ewe not bites, and you whose pastime
39 Is to make midnight mushrumps, that rejoice
40 To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid,
41 Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm'd
42 The noontide sun, call'd forth the mutinous winds,
43 And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault
44 Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder
45 Have I given fire and rifted Jove's stout oak
46 With his own bolt; the strong-based promontory
47 Have I made shake and by the spurs pluck'd up
48 The pine and cedar: graves at my command
49 Have waked their sleepers, oped, and let 'em forth
50 By my so potent art. But this rough magic
51 I here abjure, and, when I have requir'd
52 Some heavenly music, which even now I do,
53 To work mine end upon their senses that
54 This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
55 Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
56 And deeper than did ever plummet sound
57 I'll drown my book.
** with a frantic gesture, attended by GONZALO;
58 A solemn air and the best comforter
59 To an unsettled fancy cure thy brains,
60 Now useless, boil'd within thy skull! There stand,
61 For you are spell-stopp'd.
62 Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
63 Mine eyes, even sociable to the show of thine,
64 Fall fellowly drops. The charm dissolves apace,
65 And as the morning steals upon the night,
66 Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
67 Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
68 Their clearer reason. O good Gonzalo,
69 My true preserver, and a loyal sir
70 To him you follow'st! I will pay thy graces
71 Home both in word and deed. Most cruelly
72 Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter:
73 Thy brother was a furtherer in the act.
74 Thou art pinch'd for't now, Sebastian. Flesh and blood,
75 You, brother mine, that entertain'd ambition,
76 Expell'd remorse and nature; who, with Sebastian,
77 Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong,
78 Would here have kill'd your king; I do forgive thee,
79 Unnatural though thou art. Their understanding
80 Begins to swell, and the approaching tide
81 Will shortly fill the reasonable shore
82 That now lies foul and muddy. Not one of them
83 That yet looks on me, or would know me Ariel,
84 Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell:
Where the bee sucks. there suck I:
89 In a cowslip's bell I lie;
90 There I couch when owls do cry.
91 On the bat's back I do fly
92 After summer merrily.
93 Merrily, merrily shall I live now
94 Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
95 Why, that's my dainty Ariel! I shall miss thee:
96 But yet thou shalt have freedom: so, so, so.
97 To the king's ship, invisible as thou art:
98 There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
99 Under the hatches; the master and the boatswain
100 Being awake, enforce them to this place,
101 And presently, I prithee.
106 Behold, sir king,
107 The wronged Duke of Milan, Prospero:
108 For more assurance that a living prince
109 Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body;
110 And to thee and thy company I bid
111 A hearty welcome.
111 Whe'r thou be'st he or no,
112 Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me,
113 As late I have been, I not know: thy pulse
114 Beats as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw thee,
115 The affliction of my mind amends, with which,
116 I fear, a madness held me: this must crave,
117 An if this be at all, a most strange story.
118 Thy dukedom I resign and do entreat
119 Thou pardon me my wrongs. But how should Prospero
120 Be living and be here?
129 The devil speaks in him.
130 For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother
131 Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive
132 Thy rankest fault; all of them; and require
133 My dukedom of thee, which perforce, I know,
134 Thou must restore.
134 If thou be'st Prospero,
135 Give us particulars of thy preservation;
136 How thou hast met us here, who three hours since
137 Were wreck'd upon this shore; where I have lost
138 How sharp the point of this remembrance is!
139 My dear son Ferdinand.
148 A daughter?
149 O heavens, that they were living both in Naples,
150 The king and queen there! that they were, I wish
151 Myself were mudded in that oozy bed
152 Where my son lies. When did you lose your daughter?
153 In this last tempest. I perceive these lords
154 At this encounter do so much admire
155 That they devour their reason and scarce think
156 Their eyes do offices of truth, their words
157 Are natural breath: but, howsoe'er you have
158 Been justled from your senses, know for certain
159 That I am Prospero and that very duke
160 Which was thrust forth of Milan, who most strangely
161 Upon this shore, where you were wreck'd, was landed,
162 To be the lord on't. No more yet of this;
163 For 'tis a chronicle of day by day,
164 Not a relation for a breakfast nor
165 Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir;
166 This cell's my court: here have I few attendants
167 And subjects none abroad: pray you, look in.
168 My dukedom since you have given me again,
169 I will requite you with as good a thing;
170 At least bring forth a wonder, to content ye
171 As much as me my dukedom.
*** Here Prospero discovers FERDINAND
188 Sir, she is mortal;
189 But by immortal Providence she's mine:
190 I chose her when I could not ask my father
191 For his advice, nor thought I had one. She
192 Is daughter to this famous Duke of Milan,
193 Of whom so often I have heard renown,
194 But never saw before; of whom I have
195 Received a second life; and second father
196 This lady makes him to me.
200 I have inly wept,
201 Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods,
202 And on this couple drop a blessed crown!
203 For it is you that have chalk'd forth the way
204 Which brought us hither.
205 Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue
206 Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice
207 Beyond a common joy, and set it down
208 With gold on lasting pillars: In one voyage
209 Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis,
210 And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife
211 Where he himself was lost, Prospero his dukedom
212 In a poor isle and all of us ourselves
213 When no man was his own.
*** BOATSWAIN amazedly following.
216 O, look, sir, look, sir! here is more of us:
217 I prophesied, if a gallows were on land,
218 This fellow could not drown. Now, blasphemy,
219 That swear'st grace o'erboard, not an oath on shore?
220 Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the news?
221 The best news is, that we have safely found
222 Our king and company; the next, our ship
223 Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split
224 Is tight and yare and bravely rigg'd as when
225 We first put out to sea.
226 My tricksy spirit!
229 If I did think, sir, I were well awake,
230 I'ld strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep,
231 Andhow we know notall clapp'd under hatches;
232 Where but even now with strange and several noises
233 Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains,
234 And moe diversity of sounds, all horrible,
235 We were awaked; straightway, at liberty;
236 Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld
237 Our royal, good and gallant ship, our master
238 Capering to eye her: on a trice, so please you,
239 Even in a dream, were we divided from them
240 And were brought moping hither.
240 Was't well done?
241 Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free.
245 Sir, my liege,
246 Do not infest your mind with beating on
247 The strangeness of this business; at pick'd leisure
248 Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you,
249 Which to you shall seem probable, of every
250 These happen'd accidents; till when, be cheerful
251 And think of each thing well.
267 Mark but the badges of these men, my lords,
268 Then say if they be true. This mis-shapen knave,
269 His mother was a witch, and one so strong
270 That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,
271 And deal in her command without her power.
272 These three have robb'd me; and this demi-devil
273 For he's a bastard onehad plotted with them
274 To take my life. Two of these fellows you
275 Must know and own; this thing of darkness I
276 Acknowledge mine.
301 Sir, I invite your highness and your train
302 To my poor cell, where you shall take your rest
303 For this one night; which, part of it, I'll waste
304 With such discourse as, I not doubt, shall make it
305 Go quick away; the story of my life
306 And the particular accidents gone by
307 Since I came to this isle: and in the morn
308 I'll bring you to your ship and so to Naples,
309 Where I have hope to see the nuptial
310 Of these our dear-beloved solemnized;
311 And thence retire me to my Milan, where
312 Every third thought shall be my grave.