The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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To him you follow’st, I will pay thy graces
Home both in word and deed.—
(to ALONSO)     Most cruelly
75Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter.
Thy brother was a furtherer in the act.—
(to SEBASTIAN) Thou art pinched for ’t now, Sebastian.—
(to ANTONIO)Flesh and blood,
You brother mine, that entertained ambition,
80Expelled remorse and nature, whom, with Sebastian,
Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong,
Would here have killed your king—I do forgive thee,
Unnatural though thou art.
(aside)     Their understanding
Begins to swell, and the approaching tide
85Will shortly fill the reasonable shore
That now lies foul and muddy. Not one of them
That yet looks on me, or would know me.—
(to ARIEL)      Ariel,
Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell.
90I will discase me, and myself present
As I was sometime Milan. Quickly, spirit.
Thou shalt ere long be free.
(to ALONSO) You, Alonso, manipulated me and my daughter cruelly, and your brother helped you.—(to SEBASTIAN) You’re paying the price for it now, Sebastian.—(to ANTONIO) My brother, you were so greedy for power that you forgot natural compassion and our bond as brothers, and were ready to kill your king—I forgive you, though you’re a monster.—(to himself) Look at them, they’re starting to understand. Soon their confused minds will clear up. But at this point not a single one of them recognizes me.—(to ARIEL) Ariel, get me my hat and sword from my room. I’ll take off the clothes I’m wearing now, and put on the ones I used to wear in Milan.—Soon, spirit, you’ll be free.

ARIEL

(sings and helps to attire PROSPERO)
Where the bee sucks, there suck I.
In a cowslip’s bell I lie.
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat’s back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

ARIEL

(he sings and helps PROSPERO dress)
Where the bee drinks, I drink dew.
I lie in the cup of a cowslip flower.
I sleep there when the owls hoot.
I fly on a bat’s back,
following the summer around the globe.
Happily, happily I will live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.

PROSPERO

Why, that’s my dainty Ariel. I shall miss thee,
95But yet thou shalt have freedom.—So, so, so.—
To the king’s ship, invisible as thou art.
There shalt thou find the mariners asleep

PROSPERO

Why, that’s my dainty Ariel singing now. I’ll miss you, Ariel, but you’ll be free.—Yes, you will, yes.—Go to the king’s ship in your invisible state. There you’ll find the sailors asleep below deck. Find the Master and