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Now the condition.
This king of Naples, being an enemy
To me inveterate, hearkens my brother's suit;
Which was, that he in lieu o' the premises,
Of homage, and I know not how much tribute,-
Should presently extirpate me and mine
Out of the dukedom; and confer fair Milan,
With all the honours, on my brother : Whereon,
A treacherous army levy'd, one midnight
Fated to the purpose, did Antonio open
The gates of Milan ; and, i' the dead of darkness,
The ministers for the purpose hurried thence
Me, and thy crying self.
Alack, for pity!
I, not rememb'ring how I cried out then,
Will cry it o'er again ; it is a hint,
That wrings mine eyes.
Hear a little further,
And then I'll bring thee to the present business
Which now's upon us; without the which, this story
Were most impertinent.
Wherefore did they not
That hour destroy us?
Well demanded, wench;
My tale provokes that question. Dear, they durft not;
(So dear the love my people bore me) nor set
A mark fo bloody on the business; but
With colours fairer painted their foul ends.
In few, they hurried us aboard a bark;
Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepar'd
A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg'd,
Nor tackle, fail, nor mast; the
Instinctively had quit it: there they hoist us,
To cry to the sea that roard to us; to figh
To the winds, whose pity, sighing back again,
Did us but loving wrong.
Alack! what trouble
Was I then to you!
0! a cherubim
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 falt;
Under my burden groan'd; which rais'd in me
An undergoing stomach, to bear up
Against what should ensue.
How came we ashore ?
Pro. By Providence divine.
Some food we had, and some fresh water, that
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,
Out of his charity, (who being then appointed
Master of this design,) did give us; with
Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and neceffaries,
Which fince have steaded much: so, of his gentleness,
Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnishid me,
From my own library, with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.
'Would I might
But ever see that man!
Now I arise :Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow. Here in this island we arriv'd; and here Have I, thy school-master, made thee more profit Than other princes can, that have more time For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful. Mira. Heav'ns thank you for't! And now, I pray you,
fir, (For still 'tis beating in my mind) your reason For raising this sea-storm?
Know thus far forth.
By accident most strange, bountiful fortune,
Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore: and by my prescience
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star; whose influence
If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop.—Here cease more questions ;
Thou art inclin'd to sleep; 'tis a good dulness,
And give it way ;-I know thou can'ft not choose.
(MIRANDA peeps. Come away, servant, come : I am ready now; Approach, my Ariel; come.
Enter ARIEL, Ari. All hail, great master ! grave fir, hail! I come To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride On the curld clouds; to thy strong bidding, talk Ariel, and all his quality. Pro.
Halt thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee?
iri. To ever, article. I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I fam`d amazement: Sometiines, I'd divide, And burn in many places; on the top-mast, The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly, Then meet, and join : Jove's lightnings, the precursors O the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary And light-out.running were not: The fire, and cracks Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune Seem'd to besiege, and make his bold waves tremble, Yea, his dread trident thake.
whert i June 1796 by Edwillardino 987au Mai