The Tempest

  • The Tempest: Act 1, Scene 1

  • On a ship at sea.

  • (Ship-Master; Boatswain; Mariners; Alonso; Sebastian; Antonio; Ferdinand; Gonzalo)

  • A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard.

  • Enter a Ship-Master and a Boatswain.

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    Ship-master

    Boatswain!

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    Boatswain

    Here, master; what cheer?

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    Ship-master

    Good; speak to th' mariners. Fall to't, yarely, or we run ourselves aground. Bestir, bestir.

  • Exit.

  • Enter Mariners.

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    Boatswain

    Heigh, my hearts! Cheerly, cheerly, my hearts! Yare, yare! Take in the topsail. Tend to th' master's whistle.'Blow till thou burst thy wind, if room enough!

  • Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, and others.

  • Profile Picture of Alonso in The Tempest

    Alonso

    Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master? Play the men.

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    Boatswain

    I pray now keep below.

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    Antonio

    Where is the master, bos'n?

  • Profile Picture of Boatswain in The Tempest

    Boatswain

    Do you not hear him? You mar our labor. Keep your cabins; you do assist the storm.

  • Profile Picture of Gonzalo in The Tempest

    Gonzalo

    Nay, good, be patient.

  • Profile Picture of Boatswain in The Tempest

    Boatswain

    When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king? To cabin! Silence! Trouble us not.

  • Profile Picture of Gonzalo in The Tempest

    Gonzalo

    Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.

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    Boatswain

    None that I more love than myself. You are a councillor; 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 liv'd 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.