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ALONSO, king of Naples.
SEBASTIAN, his brother.
PROSPERO, the rightful duke of Milan.
ANTONIO, his brother, the usurping duke of Milan.
FERDINAND, son to the king of Naples.
GONZALO, an honest old counsellor of Naples.

CALIBAN, a savage and deformed slave.
TRINCULO, a jester:
STEPHANO, a drunken butler.
Master of a ship, Boatswain, and Mariners.

MIRANDA, daughter to Prospero.

ARIEL, an airy spirit.
JUNO, >spirits.

Other Spirits, attending on Prospero.

SCENE, the sea, with a ship ; afterwards an unin

habited island.


On a ship at sea. A storm with thunder and lightning.
Enter a Shipmaster and a Boatswain.

Boats. Here, master : What cheer?

Mast. Good : Speak to the mariners : fall to't yarely, or we run ourselves aground : bestir, bestir. [Exit.

Enter Mariners. Boats. 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, FERDIC

NAND, GONZALO, and others. Alon. Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master? Play the men.

Boats. I pray now, keep below.
Ant. Where is the master, boatswain?

Boats. Do you not hear him? You mar our labouro; keep your cabins : you do assist the storm.

Gonz. Nay, good, be patient.

Boats. When the sea is. Hence !What care these roarers for the name of king? To cabin : silence : trouble us not.

Gonz. Good; yet remember whom thou hast aboard.

Boats. None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor ; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace o' 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.


Gonz. * 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 hang'd, our case is miserable.

[Exeunt. Re-enter Boatswain. Boats. 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.-

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 !

Boats. Work you, then.

Ant. Hang, cur, hang ! you whoreson, insolent noisemaker! we are less afraid to be drown'd than thou art.

Gonz. I'll warrant him from drowning ; though the ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and as leaky as an unstanch'd wench.

Boats. Lay ner 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! [Exe. Boats. What, must our mouths be cold? Gonz. The king and prince at prayers ; let us assist

For our case is as theirs.

Seb. I am out of patience.
Ant. We are merely cheated of our lives by drunk-

ards. This wide-chapped rascal:-'Would, thou might'st lie

The washing of ten tides !

Gonz. He'll be hang'd yet ;
Though every drop of water swear against it,
And gape at wid'st to glut him.

[1] It may be observed of Gonzalo, that being the only good man that apa pears with the king, he is the only man that preserves his cheerfulness in the wreck, and his hope on the island. JOHNSON

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