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On a ship at sea. A storm with thunder and
Mast. Good : Speak to the mariners: fall to 't yarely,' or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.
[Exit. Enter MARINERS. Boat. Heigh, my hearts; cheerly, cheerly, my hearts; yare, yare : Take in the top-sail; Tend to the master's whistle.- Blow till thou burst thy wind, if room enough! Enter ALONSO,
SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, FERDINAND,
GONZALO, and others. Alon. Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master? Play the men.?
I Readily, nimbly, quickly.
2 Act with spirit, behave like men. So 2 Sam. x, 12. "Be of gooil courage, and let us play the men for our people.'
Boat. I pray now, keep below.
Boat. Do you not hear him? You mar our labor : keep your cabins : you do assist the storm.
Gon. Nay, good, be patient.
Boat. When the sea is. Hence! What care these roarers for the name of king? To cabin : silence : trouble us not. Gon. Good; yet remember whom thou hast
aboard. Boat. None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present, we will not hand a rope more; use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap. -Cheerly, good hearts.-Out of our way, I say.
[Exit. Gon. I have great comfort from this fellow : methinks, he hath no drowning mark upon him; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good fate, to his hanging! make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage ! If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable.
[Exeunt. Re-enter BOATSWAIN. Boat. Down with the top-mast; yare; lower, lower; bring her to try with main-course. [a cry within.] A plague upon this howling! they are louder than the weather, or our office.
1 Of the present instant. So in 1 Cor. xv. 6. •Of whom the greater part remuin unto this present.'
Re-enter SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, and GONZALO. Yet again? what do you here? Shall we give o'er, and drown ? Have you a mind to sink ?
Seb. A pox o' your throat! you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog !
Boat. Work you, then.
Ant. Hang, cur, hang! you whoreson, insolent noise-maker, we are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.
Gon. I'll warrant him from drowning ; though the ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and as leaky as an unstanched wench.
Boat. 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 Boat. What, must our mouths be cold? Gon. The king and prince at prayers ! let us
assist them, For our case is as theirs.
Seb. I am out of patience.
1 To lay a ship a-hold, is to bring her to lie as near the wind as she can, in order to keep clear of the land, and get ber out to sea.