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ACT V. SCENE I. Before the Cell of Prospero. Enter Prospero in his magic Robes, and Ariel.
Pro. Now does my project gather to a head : My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day?
Ari. On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord,
I did say so.
Dost thou thiuk so, spirit ?
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?
• Defends from bad weather.
Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the
quick, 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
groves; 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-shine 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 (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 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 waked their sleepers ; oped, and let them forth By my so potent art: But this rough magic I here abjure: and, when I have requir'd Some heavenly music (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.
Re-enter Ariel : after him, Alonso, with a frantic
gesture, attended by Gonzalo ; Sebastian and
Antonio in like manner, attended by Adrian and Francisco: They all enter the circle which Prospero had made, and therestand charmed; which Prospero observing, speaks.
A solein air, and the best comforter
[Exit Ariel. I will dis-case me, and myself present, As I was sometime Milan :-quickly, spirit; Thou shalt ere long be free,
• Pity, or tenderness of heart.
Ariel re-enters, singing, and helps to attire
Ari. Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie :
After summer, merrily:
Pro. Why, that'smy dainty Ariel ; I shall miss thee' 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 Voder the hatches; the master, and the boatswain, Being awake, enforce them to this place; And presently, I prythee.
Ari. I drink the air before me, and return Or e'er your pulse twice beat. (Exit Ariel.
Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement
Behold, sir king,
Whe'r* thou beest he, or no,
Thou pardon me my wrongs:But how should Pros.
. pero Be living, and be here! Pro.
First, noble friend,
Whether this be,
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 beest Prospero,
I am woe* fort, sir.
I rather think
You the like loss ?