The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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GONZALO

    I have inly wept,
Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessèd crown,
For it is you that have chalked forth the way
210Which brought us hither.

GONZALO

I’ve been crying to myself just now, or I would’ve said the same thing. Dear gods, bless this couple, since you’re the ones who have shown us the path that led us here.

ALONSO

    I say amen, Gonzalo.

ALONSO

Amen to that, Gonzalo.

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
215Did 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.

GONZALO

Was the Duke of Milan kicked out of Milan so his children could become kings of Naples? Oh, this is cause for an extraordinary joy that should be engraved in gold on pillars to last forever. On one and the same trip Claribel found a husband in Tunis, and Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife where he was shipwrecked; Prospero found his dukedom on a poor island; and all of us found ourselves when we lost control of ourselves.

ALONSO

220 (to FERDINAND and MIRANDA) Give me your hands.
Let grief and sorrow still embrace his heart
That doth not wish you joy.

ALONSO

(to FERDINAND and MIRANDA) Give me your hands. May anyone who doesn’t wish you joy feel grief and sorrow.

GONZALO

     Be it so. Amen.

GONZALO

So be it. Amen.
Enter ARIEL, with the MASTER and BOATSWAIN amazedly following
ARIEL enters with the MASTER and BOATSWAIN following in amazement.
Oh, look, sir, look, sir! Here is more of us.
I prophesied if a gallows were on land,
225This fellow could not drown.
(to BOATSWAIN)  Now, blasphemy,
That swear’st grace o'erboard, not an oath on shore?
Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the news?
Oh, look, sir, look, sir! More of us are here. I remember I predicted that this guy could never drown, as long as there are gallows around on the land. (to BOATSWAIN) Hey, you curser, who defiled our ship with your foul language, don’t you have any gutter talk for us on shore? What’s going on?