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On a ship at sea. A storm with thunder and

Mast. Boatswain,--
Boal. Here, master : what cheer ?

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,


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.'

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

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.

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