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On a ship at sea. A storm with thunder and
Mąst. Good : Speak to the mariners: fall to 't yarely,' or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.
[Exit. Enter MARINERS. Boat. Heigh, my hearts; cheerly, cheerly, my hearts; yare, yare : Take in the top-sail ; Tend to the master's whistle.— Blow till thou burst thy wind, if room enough! Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, FERDINAND,
GONZALO, and others. Alon. Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master? Play the men.2
I Readily, nimbly, quickly.
2 Act with spirit, behave like men. So 2 Sam. x. 12. "Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people.'
Boat. I pray now, keep below.
Boat. Do you not hear him? You mar labor : keep your cabins : you do assist the storm.
Gon. Nay, good, be patient.
Boat. When the sea is. Hence! What care these roarers for the name of king? To cabin : silence: trouble us not. Gon. Good; yet remember whom thou hast
aboard. Boat. None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present,1 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.
[Exit. Gon. I have great comfort from this fellow : methinks, he hath no drowning mark upon him ; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, food 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.
[Exeunt. Re-enter BOATSWAIN. Boat. Down with the top-mast; yare; lower, [a cry
1 Of the present instant. So in 1 Cor. xv. 6. •Of whom the greater part remain unto this present.'
lower; bring her to try with main-course. within.] A plague upon this howling! they are louder than the weather, or our office.
Re-enter SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, and GONZALO. Yet again ? what do you here? Shall we give o'er, and drown? Have you a mind to sink ?
Seb. A pox o’ your throat! you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog !
Boat. Work you, then.
Ant. Hang, cur, hang! you whoreson, insolent noise-maker, we are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.
Gon. I'll warrant him from drowning; though the ship were no stronger than a nut-shell, and as leaky as an unstanched wench.
Boat. Lay her a-hold, a-hold ;1 set her two courses; off to sea again, lay her off.
Enter MARINERS wet. Mar. All lost! to prayers, to prayers ! all lost !
[Exeunt. Boat. What, must our mouths be cold ? Gon. The king and prince at prayers ! let us
assist them, For our case is as theirs.
Seb. I am out of patience.
i To lay a ship a-hold, is to bring her to lie as near the wind as she can, in order to keep clear of the land, and get her out to sea.