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ON THE PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE.

PREFIXED AS A FRONTISPIECE TO THE FIRST EDITION OF

HIS WORKS IN FOLIO, 1623.

TO THE READER.

THIS figure that thou here seest put,
It was for gentle Shakespeare cut,
Wherein the graver had a strife
With nature, to outdo the life :

O could he but have drawn his wit

As well in brass as he hath hit

His face; the print would then surpass
All that was ever writ in brass:
But since he cannot, reader, look
Not on his picture, but his book.

BEN JONSON.

THE TEMPEST.

A

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

ALONSO, King of Naples.
SEBASTIAN, his brother.

PROSPERO, the rightful Duke of Milan.

ANTONIO, his brother, the usurping Duke of Milan.

FERDINAND, Son to the King of Naples,

GONZALO, an honest old Counsellor.

ADRIAN,

Lords.

FRANCISCO,

CALIBAN, a savage and deformed Slave.

TRINCULO, a Jester.

STEPHANO, a drunken Butler.

Master of a Ship, Boatswain, and Mariners.

MIRANDA, daughter to PROSPERO.

ARIEL, an airy Spirit.

IRIS,

CERES,

JUNO,
Nymphs,

Reapers,

Spirits.

Other Spirits attending on PROSPero.

SCENE,- The Sea, with a Ship; afterwards an uninhabited Island.

THE TEMPEST.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-On a Ship at Sea.-A Storm with Thunder and

Lightning.

Enter a Ship-master and a Boatswain.

Master. Boatswain !

Boats. Here, master: what cheer?

Mast. Good, speak to the mariners: fall to't yarely, or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.

[Exit.

Enter Mariners.

Boats. 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. Where's the master?

Alon. Good boatswain, have care.

Play

the men.

Boats. I pray now, keep below.

Ant. Where is the master, boatswain ?

Boats. Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep your cabins: you do assist the storm.

Gon. Nay, good, be patient.

Boats. 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.

Boats. 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, we will not hand a rope more; use your authority: if you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself

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