The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 2 Scene 1

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ANTONIO

Then let us both be sudden.

ANTONIO

Let’s act quickly.

GONZALO

(waking and seeing them)
270Now, good angels preserve the king!

GONZALO

(waking and seeing them) God help the king! Save him!

ALONSO

(waking) Why, how now? Ho, awake!

ALONSO

(waking up) Hey, what’s this, what’s going on? Wake up!
All wake
Everyone wakes up.
    Why are you drawn?
Wherefore this ghastly looking?
Why are your swords out? Why do you look like that?

GONZALO

What’s the matter?

GONZALO

What’s this all about?

SEBASTIAN

Whiles we stood here securing your repose,
275Even now, we heard a hollow burst of bellowing
Like bulls, or rather lions. Did ’t not wake you?
It struck mine ear most terribly.

SEBASTIAN

While we were here guarding you as you slept, we heard a loud roar that sounded like bulls, or lions. Didn’t you hear it? We heard it very clearly.

ALONSO

    I heard nothing.

ALONSO

I didn’t hear anything.

ANTONIO

Oh, ’twas a din to fright a monster’s ear,
To make an earthquake! Sure, it was the roar
280Of a whole herd of lions.

ANTONIO

Oh, it was a monstrous roar, to make the earth tremble! I’m sure there was a herd of lions nearby.

ALONSO

    Heard you this, Gonzalo?

ALONSO

Did you hear this, Gonzalo?

GONZALO

Upon mine honor, sir, I heard a humming,
And that a strange one too, which did awake me.
I shaked you, sir, and cried. As mine eyes opened,
I saw their weapons drawn. There was a noise,
285That’s verily. 'Tis best we stand upon our guard,
Or that we quit this place. Let’s draw our weapons.

GONZALO

It’s true I heard a humming sound, a strange one, which woke me up. I shook you and shouted at you, sir. When I opened my eyes, I saw their swords out. There was a noise, that’s certainly true. We should either be on guard here constantly or move to a different camp. Let’s draw our own swords too.