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That wrings mine eyes to 't.
Hear a little further
Pros. And then I'll bring thee to the present business Which now's upon 's; without the which this story Were most impertinent.
So dear the love my people bore me, nor set
Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepared
Was I then to you!
Alack, what trouble
O, a cherubin
Thou wast that did preserve me. Thou didst smile,
Infused with a fortitude from heaven,
When I have deck'd the sea with drops full salt,
Against what should ensue.
146. butt, (figuratively for) a broad, unwieldy boat, a 'tub.' That it was not literally a cask is shown by the description 'not rigged,' etc.
How came we ashore?
148. hoist, hoisted.
155. deck'd, sprinkled.
157. An undergoing stomach, a valiant courage.
Pros. By Providence divine.
Some food we had and some fresh water that
Out of his charity, who being then appointed
Rich garments, linens, stuffs and necessaries,
Knowing I loved my books, he furnish'd me
I prize above my dukedom.
But ever see that man!
Would I might
Now I arise: [Resumes his mantle.
Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.
Mir. Heavens thank you for 't! And now, I
For stiil 'tis beating in my mind, your reason
Know thus far forth.
The stage direction was first suggested by Dyce.
173. princess', princesses. Ff princesse. This is the regular Shakespearean plural of the
181. zenith, culminating point of fortune.
If now I court not but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop. Here cease more questions:
Come away, servant, come.
I am ready now.
Ari. All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I
To answer thy best pleasure; be 't to fly,
To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task
Hast thou, spirit,
Perform'd to point the tempest that I bade thee?
I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak,
O' the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary
193. quality, faculty, craft (perhaps in the collective rather than the abstract sense).
194. to point, precisely.
197. waist, the middle portion of a ship between forecastle and quarterdeck.
198. I flamed amazement. etc. The description is suggested by the 'fire of St. Elmo,'-flames seen during a storm to fly along from mast to mast. Accounts of it were accessible in Hakluyt. 200. distinctly, separately.
My brave spirit!
Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil
Would not infect his reason?
Not a soul But felt a fever of the mad and play'd Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel, Then all afire with me: the king's son, Ferdinand, With hair up-staring,-then like reeds, not hair,— Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty, And all the devils are here.'
But was not this nigh shore?
Why, that's my spirit,
Close by, my master.
Not a hair perish'd ;
Pros. But are they, Ariel, safe?
On their sustaining garments not a blemish,
The mariners say how thou hast disposed
Of the king's ship
Safely in harbour
Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once
From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, there she's hid:
207. coil, uproar.
210. tricks, wild acts.
213. up-staring, standing on end.
223. odd, out-of-the-way.
224. in this sad knot, 'sadly
The mariners all under hatches stow'd;
Who, with a charm join'd to their suffer'd labour,
Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd
Ariel, thy charge
Exactly is perform'd: but there's more work.
What is the time o' the day?
Past the mid season.
Pros. At least two glasses. The time 'twixt six
Must by us both be spent most preciously.
Ari. Is there more toil? Since thou dost give
Let me remember thee what thou hast promised,
What is 't thou canst demand?
How now ? moody?
Pros. Before the time be out? no more!
Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, served Without or grudge or grumblings: thou didst promise
To bate me a full year.
Dost thou forget
From what a torment I did free thee?
Pros. Thou dost, and think'st it much to tread
234. flote, flood.
240. glasses, hours.
252. ooze, oozy bottom.