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ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and as leaky as an unstanched wench.
Boats. Lay her a-hold, a-hold; set her two courses ;' off to sea again, lay her off.
Enter Mariners, wet.
[Exeunt. Boats. What, must our mouths be cold? Gon. The king and prince at prayers ! let us assist
For our case is as theirs.
Seb. I am out of patience.
ards.This wide-chapped rascal ;-_'Would, thou might'st lie
He'll be hanged yet;
gape at wid'st to glut [.A confused noise within.] Mercy on us !—We split, we split !--Farewell, my wife and children !-Farewell, brother !-We split, we split, we split. Ant. 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 4 heath, brown furze, any thing: The wills above be done! but I would fain die a dry death.
1 The courses are the main-sail and fore-sail. To lay a ship a-ha is to bring her to lie as near the wind as she can, in order to keep clear of the land and get her out to sea.
2 Absolutely, entirely.
SCENE II.-The Island: before the Cell of Prospero.
Enter PROSPERO and MIRANDA.
Mira. If by your art, my dearest father, you have
Be collected :
0, wo the day! Pro.
More to know
'Tis time I should inform thee further. Lend thy hand, And pluck my magic garment from me.-So:
[Lays down his mantle. Lie there, my art.-Wipe thou thine eyes; have
comfort. The direful spectacle of the wreck, which touched
1 The first folio reads fraughting.
2 To mix, or to interfere with
The very virtue of compassion in thee,
You have often
The hour's now come;
Certainly, sir, I can.
'Tis far off ;
Had I not
But that I do not. Pro. Twelve years since, Miranda, twelve years
Sir, are not you my father?
1 Entirely, quite.
Pro. Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and
0, the heavens!
Both, both, my girl : By foul play, as thou say'st, were we heaved thence ; But blessedly holp hither. Mira.
0, my heart bleeds To think o' the teen that I have turned you to, Which is from my remembrance! Please you, further.
Pro. My brother, and thy uncle, called AntonioI pray thee, mark me,—that a brother should Be so perfidious !-he whom, next thyself, Of all the world I loved, and to him put The manage of my state; as, at that time, Through all the signiories it was the first, And Prospero the prime duke; being so reputed In dignity, and, for the liberal arts, Without a parallel; those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother, And to my state grew stranger, being transported, And rapt in secret studies. Thy false uncleDost thou attend me? Mira.
Sir, most heedfully. Pro. Being once perfected how to grant suits, How to deny them; whom to advance, and whom To trash ? for overtopping; new created The creatures that were mine; I say, or changed them, Or else new formed them; having both the key Of officer and office, set all hearts i’ th' state To what tune pleased his ear; that now he was The ivy, which had hid my princely trunk, And sucked my verdure out on't.—Thou attend'st not.
1 Grief, sorrow
2 To check the pace or progress of any one. Trashes are clogs strapped round the neck of a dog to prevent his overspeed. There was another word of the same kind used in falconry.