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SCENE I. - On a ship at sea. 4 storm with thunder and lightning. Enter a Ship-master and a Boatswain. Master. Boatswain, – Boats. Here, master: What cheer? Master. Good: Speak to the mariners: fall to't yarely, or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir. Č. Enter Mariners. Boats. Heigh, my hearts; cheerly, cheerly, my hearts; yare, yare: Take in the top-sail; Tend to the *r's whistle.—Blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room enough *nter Alonso, Sznastian , ANToxio, FERDINAND, Gonzalo, and others. * Good boatswain, have care, where's the master? Play the men. *...I pray now, keep below. 4nt. Where is the master, boatswain? hoats. Do you not hear him? You mar our labour; keep your cabins: you do assist the storm. Øon. Nay, good, be patient. *a*. When the sea is. Hence! What care these roarers for the name of king? To cabin: silence: trouble us not. “”ood; yet remember whom thou hastaboard. Boats. None that I more love than myself. You are *Counsellor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present, we shall not hand arope more; use your authority. If you can– not, give thanks you have lived so long, and make . ready in your cabin for the oil. of the our, if it so hap.-Cheerly, good hearts.-out of our way, I say. [Exit * I have great comfort from this fellow: me– thinks, he hath no drowning mark upon him; his com— plexion * Perfect gallows. Stand fast, good fate, to *hanging ! make the rope of his destiny our cable, 9Tour own doth little advantage! If he be not born to °hanged, our caseismiserabi. [Exeunt. Ire-enter Boatswain. t Boats. Down with the top-mast; yare; lower, lower; !"sher to try with main-course.’ [4 cry within.]— A plague upon this howling! they are louder than the Weather, or our office. Y Re-enter SebastiAx, Antoxio, and Gonzalo. **śno what do you here? shall we give o'er, and drown? Have you a mind to sink? »
Ant. Hang, cur, hang! you whoreson, insolent moisemaker, we are less afraid to be drowned than thou art. Gon. I'll warrant him from drowning; tho’ the ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and as leaky as an unstaunched wench. IBoats. Lay her a-hold, a-hold; set her two courses; off to sea again, lay her off. Enter Mariners wet. Mar-All lost! to prayers,to prayers! all lost![Exeunt. JBoats. What, must our mouths be cold? Gon. The king and prince at prayers! let us assist For our case is as theirs. them, Seb. I am out of patience. Ant. We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards. – This wide-chapped rascal; – "Would thou might'st lie drowning, The washing of ten tides! Gon. He'll be hanged yet; Though every drop of water swear against it, And gape at wid'st to glut him. [A confused noise within.]- No. on us! – We split, we split' - Farewell, my wife and children – Farewell, brother - We split, we split, we split! 4nt. Let's all sink with the king. | | Exit. Seb. Let's take leave of him. Exit. Gon. Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground; long heath, brown furze, anything: The wills above be done but I would fain die a dry death. [Exit.
SCENE II. The Island; before the Cell of Prospero.
- |Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them:
The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,
Pro. Be collected;
Mira. O, woe the day !
Pro. No harm.
Boats. Work you, them.
I have done nothing but in care of thee,