The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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ALONSO
      Now all the blessings
185Of a glad father, compass thee about.
Arise, and say how thou camest here.
ALONSO
Receive all the blessings of a happy father. Get up and tell me how you came here.
MIRANDA
      Oh, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in ’t!
MIRANDA
How amazing! How many wonderful creatures there are here! Mankind is so beautiful! Oh, what a wonderful new world, that has such people in it!
PROSPERO
     'Tis new to thee.
PROSPERO
It’s new to you.
ALONSO
190 (to FERDINAND )
What is this maid with whom thou wast at play?
Your eld’st acquaintance cannot be three hours.
Is she the goddess that hath severed us
And brought us thus together?
ALONSO
(to FERDINAND) Who is this girl you were playing chess with? You can’t have known her for more than three hours. Is she the goddess that separated us and then brought us back together?
FERDINAND
     Sir, she is mortal.
195But by immortal providence, she’s mine.
I chose her when I could not ask my father
For his advice, nor thought I had one. She
Is daughter to this famous Duke of Milan,
Of whom so often I have heard renown
200But never saw before, of whom I have
Received a second life. And second father
This lady makes him to me.
FERDINAND
No, sir, she’s human. But by the grace of God, she’s mine. I chose her for my wife when I thought I had no father to ask advice of. She’s the daughter of this famous Duke of Milan I heard so much about but never saw before. He’s given me a second life, and marrying her makes him a second father to me.
ALONSO
     I am hers.
But oh, how oddly will it sound that I
Must ask my child forgiveness!
ALONSO
And I’m her father as well. But oh, how odd it is to have to ask for my child’s forgiveness!
PROSPERO
     There, sir, stop.
205Let us not burden our remembrances with
A heaviness that’s gone.
PROSPERO
Stop right there, sir. Let’s not get gloomy in our reminiscing, since there’s no reason for sadness anymore.

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