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  • Title: The Tempest (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editors: Brent Whitted, Paul Yachnin
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-370-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editors: Brent Whitted, Paul Yachnin
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    The Tempest (Folio 1, 1623)

    The Tempest.
    And seeke for grace: what a thrice double Asse
    Was I to take this drunkard for a god?
    And worship this dull foole?
    2295Pro. Goe to, away.
    Alo. Hence, and bestow your luggage where you
    Seb. Or stole it rather.
    Pro. Sir, I inuite your Highnesse, and your traine
    To my poore Cell: where you shall take your rest
    2300For this one night, which part of it, Ile waste
    With such discourse, as I not doubt, shall make it
    Goe quicke away: The story of my life,
    And the particular accidents, gon by
    Since I came to this Isle: And in the morne
    2305I'le bring you to your ship, and so to Naples,

    Where I haue hope to see the nuptiall
    Of these our deere-belou'd, solemnized,
    And thence retire me to my Millaine, where
    Euery third thought shall be my graue.
    2310Alo. I long
    To heare the story of your life; which must
    Take the eare starngely.
    Pro. I'le deliuer all,
    And promise you calme Seas, auspicious gales,
    2315And saile, so expeditious, that shall catch
    Your Royall fleete farre off: My Ariel; chicke
    That is thy charge: Then to the Elements
    Be free, and fare thou well: please you draw neere.
    Exeunt omnes.

    spoken by Prospero.

    NOw my Charmes are all ore-throwne,
    And what strength I haue's mine owne.
    Which is most faint: now 'tis true
    2325I must be heere confinde by you,
    Or sent to Naples, Let me not
    Since I haue my Dukedome got,
    And pardon'd the deceiuer, dwell
    In this bare Island, by your Spell,
    2330But release me from my bands
    With the helpe of your good hands:
    Gentle breath of yours, my Sailes
    Must fill, or else my proiect failes,
    Which was to please: Now I want
    2335Spirits to enforce: Art to inchant,
    And my ending is despaire,
    Vnlesse I be relieu'd by praier
    Which pierces so, that it assaults
    Mercy it selfe, and frees all faults.
    2340 As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
    Let your Indulgence set me free.

    The Scene, an vn-inhabited Island

    Names of the Actors.
    Alonso, K[ing]. of Naples:
    2345Sebastian his Brother.
    Prospero, the right Duke of Millaine.
    Anthonio his brother, the vsurping Duke of Millaine.
    Ferdinand, Son to the King of Naples.
    Gonzalo, an honest old Councellor.
    2350Adrian, & Francisco, Lords.
    Caliban, a saluage and deformed slaue.
    Trinculo, a Iester.
    Stephano, a drunken Butler.
    Master of a Ship.
    Miranda, daughter to Prospero.
    Ariell, an ayrie spirit.
    Iris }
    2360Ceres }
    Iuno } Spirits
    Nymphes }
    Reapers }
    Spirits. }