The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter ARIEL invisible, playing solemn music
ARIEL enters, invisible, playing solemn music.

SEBASTIAN

We would so, and then go a-batfowling.

SEBASTIAN

That’s right, and then after we fixed the moon, we’d go bird-hunting.

ANTONIO

(to GONZALO) Nay, good my lord, be not angry.

ANTONIO

(to GONZALO) Don’t be angry with us, my lord.

GONZALO

155No, I warrant you. I will not adventure my discretion so weakly. Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?

GONZALO

I’m not. I’ve got good judgment, and I know you’ve got nothing against me. Will you laugh me to sleep? I’m feeling very sleepy.

ANTONIO

Go sleep, and hear us.

ANTONIO

Go to sleep, and listen to us laughing.
All sleep except ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, and ANTONIO
Everyone sleeps except ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, and ANTONIO.

ALONSO

What, all so soon asleep? I wish mine eyes
Would with themselves shut up my thoughts. I find
They are inclined to do so.

ALONSO

What, everybody falls asleep so fast? I wish I could sleep too—it would stop me from thinking. Come to think of it, I am feeling sleepy.

SEBASTIAN

     Please you, sir,
160Do not omit the heavy offer of it.
It seldom visits sorrow. When it doth,
It is a comforter.

SEBASTIAN

In that case you should sleep. People in grief need a good sleep. It doesn’t come to them often, but when it does come they should enjoy it.

ANTONIO

   We two, my lord,
Will guard your person while you take your rest
And watch your safety.

ANTONIO

The two of us will guard you while you sleep, my lord, and keep you safe.

ALONSO

     Thank you. Wondrous heavy.

ALONSO

Thank you. I’m terribly sleepy.
(falls asleep)
He falls asleep.
Exit ARIEL
ARIEL exits.