Act 5 - Scene 1
Before PROSPERO'S cell.
Enter PROSPERO in his magic robes, and ARIEL
Now does my project gather to a head:
My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time
Goes upright with
his carriage. How's the day?
On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord,
You said our work should cease.
I did say so,
When first I raised the tempest. Say, my spirit,
How fares the king and's followers?
In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
Just as you left them; all prisoners, sir,
the line-grove which weather-fends your cell;
They cannot budge till your release. The king,
and yours, abide all three distracted
And the remainder mourning over them,
Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but
Him that you term'd, sir, 'The good old lord Gonzalo;'
His tears run down his beard, like winter's
From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em
That if you now beheld them, your affections
Dost thou think so, spirit?
Mine would, sir, were I human.
And mine shall.
Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,
of their kind, that relish all as sharply,
Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art?
their high wrongs I am struck to the quick,
Yet with my nobler reason 'gaitist my fury
Do I take part: the
rarer action is
In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent,
The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
a frown further. Go release them, Ariel:
My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore,
And they shall be
I'll fetch them, sir.
Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves,
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
the ebbing Neptune and do fly him
When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
By moonshine do the
green sour ringlets make,
Whereof the ewe not bites, and you whose pastime
Is to make midnight mushrooms,
To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid,
Weak masters though ye be, I have bedimm'd
noontide sun, call'd forth the mutinous winds,
And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault
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