| The Tempest
| Act 1, Scene 1
of thunder and lightning heard.Master
Enter a Master and a Boatswain
Here, master: what cheer?Master
Good, speak to the mariners: fall to't, yarely,Boatswain
or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.
Heigh, my hearts! cheerly, cheerly, my hearts!ALONSO
yare, yare! Take in the topsail. Tend to the
master's whistle. Blow, till thou burst thy wind,
if room enough!
Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, FERDINAND, GONZALO, and others
Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master?Boatswain
Play the men.
I pray now, keep below.ANTONIO
Where is the master, boatswain?Boatswain
Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep yourGONZALO
cabins: you do assist the storm.
Nay, good, be patient.Boatswain
When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarersGONZALO
for the name of king? To cabin: silence! trouble us not.
Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.Boatswain
None that I more love than myself. You are aGONZALO
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.
I have great comfort from this fellow: methinks heBoatswain
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.
Down with the topmast! yare! lower, lower! BringSEBASTIAN
her to try with main-course.
A cry withinA plague upon this howling! they are louder than
the weather or our office.
Re-enter SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, and GONZALOYet again! what do you here? Shall we give o'er
and drown? Have you a mind to sink?
A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous,Boatswain
Work you then.ANTONIO
Hang, cur! hang, you whoreson, insolent noisemaker!GONZALO
We are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.
I'll warrant him for drowning; though the ship wereBoatswain
no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an
Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set her two courses off toMariners
sea again; lay her off.
Enter Mariners wet
All lost! to prayers, to prayers! all lost!Boatswain
What, must our mouths be cold?GONZALO
The king and prince at prayers! let's assist them,SEBASTIAN
For our case is as theirs.
I'm out of patience.ANTONIO
We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards:GONZALO
This wide-chapp'd rascal--would thou mightst lie drowning
The washing of ten tides!
He'll be hang'd yet,ANTONIO
Though every drop of water swear against it
And gape at widest to glut him.
A confused noise within: 'Mercy on us!'-- 'We split, we split!'--'Farewell, my wife and children!'-- 'Farewell, brother!'--'We split, we split, we split!'
Let's all sink with the king.SEBASTIAN
Let's take leave of him.GONZALO
Exeunt ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN
Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an
acre of barren ground, long heath, brown furze, any
thing. The wills above be done! but I would fain
die a dry death.
| The Tempest
| Act 1, Scene 1