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ALONSO, King of Naples.
Other Spirits, attending on Prospero.
SCENE, An uninhabited Ifand.
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On a Ship at Sea. A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning beard :
Enter a Ship-master, and a Boatswain.
Boats. Here, Mafter : what cheer ?
Maji. Good, speak to th' mariners : fall to't yarely, or we run our selves a-ground; bestir, beftir.
[Exit. Enter Mariners.. Boats. Hey, my hearts ; cheerly, my hearts; yare, yare; take in the top-fail ; tend to th' master's whistle ; blow, 'till thou burst thy wind, if room enough.
Enter The Temper.] These two first Plays, the Tempef and the Midfummer night's Dream, are the noblest Efforts of that sublime and amazing imagination, peculiar to Shakespear, which foars above the Bounds of Nature without forsaking Sense: or, more properly, carries Nature along with him beyond her established Limits. Fletcher seems particularly to have admired these two B 2
Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Anthonio, Ferdinand,
Gonzalo, and others. Alon. Good Boatswain, have care: where's the master ? play the men.
Boats. I pray now, keep below.
Boats. Do you not hear him? you mar our labour ; keep your cabins; you do assist the storm.
Gonz. Nay, good, be patient.
Boats. When the sea is. Hence—what care these Roarers for the name of King? to cabin ; trouble us not.
Gonz. Good, yet remember whom thou haft aboard.
Boats. None, that I more love than my self. You are a counsellor ; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace o’the present, we will not hand a rope more; use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have liv'd so long, and make your self ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap.. Cheerly, good hearts: out of our way, I say.
[Exit. Gonz. I have great comfort from this fellow ; methinks, he 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 hang'd, our case is miserable. [Exeunt.
Plays, and hath wrote two in Imitation of them, the Sea-voyage * and the Faithful Shepherdess. But when he presumes to break a Lance with Shakespear, and write in emulation of him, as he does in the False one, which is the Rival of Anthony and Cleopatra, he is not to successful. After him, Sir Jobn Suckling and Milton catched the brightest Fire of their Imagination from these two Plays; which thines fantastically indeed, in the Goblins, but much more nobly and serenely in The Mask at Ludlow-Cafle.