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SCENE.- A Ship at Sea ; an island.
ACT I. SCENE I. On a ship at sea,
A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard. Enter a Ship-Master and a Boatswain, severally. Mast, Boatswain : Boats. Here, master : what cheer?
Mast. Good, speak to the mariners: fall to't, parely, or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir,
Enter Mariners. Boats. Heigh, my hearts ! cheerly, cheerly, my hearts ! yare, yare! Take in the topsail ; 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,
Boats. I pray now, keep below.
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 abroad,
Boats. None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor;
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 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,