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I'll bring you to your ship and so to Naples,
Where I have hope to see the nuptial
Of these our dear-beloved solemnized;
And thence retire me to my Milan, where
Every third thought shall be my grave.
To hear the story of your life, which must
Take the ear strangely.
I'll deliver all;
And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales
And sail so expeditious that shall catch
Your royal fleet far off. (Aside to Ari.) My Ariel,
chick, That is thy charge: then to the elements Be free, and fare thou well! Please you, draw near.
Spoken by PROSPERO.
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have's mine own,
Which is most faint: now, 'tis true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell;
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands :
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
"Shakespeare closed the wonderful series of his dramatic writings by exhibiting the noblest elevation of character, the most admirable attainment of heart, of intellect, of will, which our present life admits, in the person of Prospero.
Dowden's Shak. Mind & Art, P. 76.
Francis Bacon-Advertisement touching on Holy
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Life of Henry VII.
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Letter to Lord Burleigh. (1591).
Letter to King James. (1623). Pg. 6.
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Denton J. Snyder.
James Russell Lowell.
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Richard Grant White.
"Shakespeare and Bacon, the Prince of Poets and the Prince of Philosophers, brought out their mighty works side by side, and nearly at the same time, though without any express recognition of each other. And why may we not regard Prospero as prognosticating in a poetic form those vast triumphs of man's rational spirit which the philosopher foresaw and prepared ?"
Henry N. HUDSON, 1872. “We contend with Tieck that the play was written for representation on occasion of the marriage of James the First's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, to Frederick, Elector Palatine; and that the chief human personages represent James himself and the princely bride and bridegroom. . . The little foibles which Shakespeare has allowed to mingle with Prospero's portrait are, because the purpose of the play compelled him partly to keep an eye on James the First."
THE HENRY IRVING SHAKESPEARE, 1890
chalked the way,
Lay her ahold,
lay her off,
Lie there, my art,