The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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Should not upbraid our course. For all the rest,
They’ll take suggestion as a cat laps milk.
255They’ll tell the clock to any business that
We say befits the hour.
for the other men, we can make them believe anything we choose. They’ll set their watches to whatever time we say.

SEBASTIAN

    Thy case, dear friend,
Shall be my precedent. As thou got’st Milan,
I’ll come by Naples. Draw thy sword. One stroke
Shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest.
260And I the king shall love thee.

SEBASTIAN

You’ll be my role model. Just as you got Milan, I’ll get Naples. Take out your sword. With one cut you can be through paying money to Naples. And as king I’ll love you forever.

ANTONIO

    Draw together.
And when I rear my hand, do you the like,
To fall it on Gonzalo.

ANTONIO

You take out your sword too. When I raise my hand, you do the same, and bring it down on Gonzalo’s head.
ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN draw their swords
ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN take out their swords.

SEBASTIAN

    O, but one word.
(speaks quietly to ANTONIO)

SEBASTIAN

Oh, but there’s one more thing to tell you. (he speaks quietly to ANTONIO)
Enter ARIEL invisible, with music and song
ARIEL enters, invisible, singing and playing music.

ARIEL

(to GONZALO) My master through his art foresees the danger
265That you, his friend, are, and sends me forth—
For else his project dies—to keep them living.
(sings in GONZALO ’s ear)
While you here do snoring lie,
Open-eyed conspiracy
His time doth take.
If of life you keep a care,
Shake off slumber and beware.
Awake, awake!

ARIEL

(to GONZALO) With his magic powers my master can see the dangers that you are in, my friend. So he sent me to make sure these men survive—and to guarantee his plans succeed. (sings in GONZALO ’s ear)
While you lie here snoring,
Men are plotting against you.
If you want to stay alive,
Wake up and beware.
Wake up, wake up!