Acting Shakespeare - The Tempest

  1. 2.1 Beginning
    Beseech you, sir, be merry. You have cause (So have we all) of joy; for our escape is much beyond our loss. Our hint of woe is common; every day some sailor's wife, The master of some merchant, and the merchant, Have just our theme of woe.
  2. 2.1 Sebastian: Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
  3. 2.1 Sebastian: One. Tell.
    But for the miracle, I mean our preservation, few in millions Can speak like us. Then wisely, good sir, weight Our sorrow with our comfort.
  4. 2.1 Alonso: I prithee, spare.
    Well, I have done. But yet--
  5. 2.1 Antonio: Or as 'twere perfumed by a fen.
    Here is everything advantageous to life.
  6. 2.1 Antonio: True; save means to live.
    How lush and lusty the grass looks! How green!
  7. 2.1 Antonio: The ground indeed is tawny.
    But the rarity of it is-- which is indeed almost beyond credit--
  8. 2.1 Sebastian: As many vouched rarities are.
    That our garments, being, as they were, drenched in the sea, hold, notwithstanding, their freshness and glosses, being rather new-dyed than stained with salt water. Methinks our garments are now as fresh as when we put them on first in Afric, at the marriage of the King's fair daughter Claribel to the King of Tunis.
  9. 2.1 Alonso: So is the dear'st o' th' loss.
    My Lord Sebastian, The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness, And time to speak it in. You rub the sore When you should bring the plaster.
  10. 2.1 Sebastian: Very well.
    I' th' commonwealth I would by contraries Execute all things. For no kind of traffic Would I admit; no name of magistrate; Letters should not be known; riches, poverty, And use of service, none; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none; No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil; No occupation; all men idle, all; And women too, but innocent and pure; No sovereignty.
  11. 2.1 Antonio: The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning.
    All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavor. Treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine Would I not have; but nature should bring forth Of it own kind, all foison, all abundance, To feed my innocent people.
  12. 2.1 Antonio: None, man, all idle--whores and knaves.
    I would with such perfection govern, sir, T' excel the Golden Age.
  13. 2.1 Antonio: Long live Gonzalo!
    And-- do you mark me, sir?
  14. 2.1 Alonso: Prithee, no more. Thou dost talk nothing to me.
    I do well believe your Highness; and did it to minister occasion to these gentlemen, who are of such sensible and nimble lungs that they always use to laugh at nothing.
  15. 2.1 Antonio: 'Twas you we laughed at.
    Who in this kind of merry fooling am nothing to you; so you may continue, and laugh at nothing still.
  16. 2.1 Antonio: Nay, good my lord, be not angry.
    No, I warrant you. I will not adventure my discretion so weakly. Will you laugh me asleep? For I am very heavy.
  17. 2.1 Spirits: While you here do snoring lie, Open-eyed conspiracy His time doth take. If of life you keep a care, Shake off slumber and beware. Awake! Awake!
    Now good angles Preserve the king!
  18. 2.1 Alonso: Why, how now? Ho, awake! Why are you drawn? Wherefore this ghastly looking?
    What's the matter?
  19. 2.1 Alonso: Heard you this, Gonzalo?
    Upon mine honor, sir, I heard a humming, And that a strange one too, which did awake me.
  20. 3.3 Beginning
    By'r Lady, I can go no further, sir; My old bones aches. Here's a maze trod indeed Through forthrights and meanders. By your patience, I needs must rest me.
  21. 3.3 Sebastian: Now I will believe That there are unicorns.
    If in Naples I should report this now, would they believe me If I should say I saw such islanders? (For certes these are people of the island) Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet note, Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of Our human generation you shall find Many-- nay, almost any.
  22. 5.1 Prospera/o: Thou shalt be free.
    All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement Inhabits here. Some heavenly power guide us Out of this fearful country!
  23. 5.1 Prospera/o: First, noble friend, Let me embrace thine age, whose honor cannot be measured or confined.
    Whether this be Or be not, I'll not swear.
  24. 5.1 Prospera/o: There, sir stop. Let us not burden our remembrance with A heaviness that's gone.
    I have inly wept, Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods, And on this couple drop a blessed crown! For it is you that have chalked forth the way Which brought us hither.
  25. 5.1 Alonso: I say amen, Gonzalo.
    Was Milan thrust from Milan that his issue Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice Beyond a common joy, and set it down With gold on lasting pillars. In one voyage Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis, And Ferdinand her brother found a wife Where he himself was lost; Prospero his dukedom In a poor isle; and all of us ourselves When no man was his own.
  26. 5.1 Alonso: Give me your hands. Let grief and sorrow still embrace his heart That doth not wish you joy.
    Be it so! Amen!
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Acting Shakespeare - The Tempest