The Tempest

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Prospero, in his magic robes, and Ariel


Now does my project gather to a head.

My charms crack not, my spirits obey, and time
crack (v.) 3 collapse, break down, fall to pieces

Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day?
carriage (n.) 5 burden, load
day (n.) 5 time, hour [of day]


On the sixth hour, at which time, my lord,

You said our work should cease.


                         I did say so,

When first I raised the tempest. Say, my spirit,

How fares the King and's followers?
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count


                         Confined together

In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
give in charge give orders, command, direct

Just as you left them – all prisoners, sir,

In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell.
cell (n.) small humble dwelling
line-grove (n.) grove of lime trees
weather-fend (v.) defend from the weather, shelter

They cannot budge till your release. The King,

His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted,
abide (v.) 3 stay, remain, stop [in a position]
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated

And the remainder mourning over them,

Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly,

Him that you termed, sir, the good old lord Gonzalo,

His tears runs down his beard like winter's drops

From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment
strongly (adv.) greatly, powerfully, violently
work (v.), past form wrought 3 affect, stir, act upon

That if you now beheld them your affections
affection (n.) 2 emotion, feeling

Would become tender.


                         Dost thou think so, spirit?


Mine would, sir, were I human.


                         And mine shall.

Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
touch (n.) 2 sense, feeling, intuition, hint

Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,

One of their kind, that relish all as sharply
relish (v.) 2 feel, experience, sense

Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art?
kindly (adv.) 2 with natural affection, with compassion
passion (v.) experience deep feeling, be profoundly moved, grieve

Though with their high wrongs I am struck to th' quick
high (adj.) 4 proud, haughty, grand
quick (n.) 1 sensitive parts [of the body], tender flesh

Yet with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury

Do I take part. The rarer action is
rare (adj.) 2 unusual, striking, exceptional

In virtue than in vengeance. They being penitent,

The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
drift (n.) 2 direction, progress, course
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Not a frown further. Go release them, Ariel.

My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore,
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment

And they shall be themselves.


                         I'll fetch them, sir.



Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves,
standing (adj.) 1 stagnant, not flowing

And ye that on the sands with printless foot
printless (adj.) making no print, leaving no trace

Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
fly (v.) 1 leave, run away [from], flee

When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
demi-puppet (n.) tiny puppet, dwarf-like creature

By moonshine do the green, sour ringlets make,
green (n.) 1 greenery, grass, vegetation
ringlet (n.) fairy dance in a ring, circular dance

Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime

Is to make midnight mushrumps, that rejoice
mushrump (n.) mushroom

To hear the solemn curfew, by whose aid –
curfew (n.) evening bell

Weak masters though ye be – I have bedimmed
bedim (v.) make dim, cover with cloud

The noontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds,

And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault
azure, azured (adj.) coloured blue, bright blue [as of an uncloudy sky]

Set roaring war; to the dread rattling thunder
dread (adj.) 2 frightening, terrifying, fearful

Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak
rift (v.) split, cleave, rend apart

With his own bolt; the strong-based promontory
bolt (n.) 3 thunderbolt

Have I made shake, and by the spurs plucked up
spur (n.) 2 root of a tree, main root

The pine and cedar; graves at my command

Have waked their sleepers, oped, and let 'em forth
ope (v.) open See Topics: Frequency count

By my so potent art. But this rough magic
potent (adj.) 1 powerful, influential
rough (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, cruel

I here abjure, and when I have required
abjure (v.) swear to abandon, solemnly reject
require (v.) 4 call up, make available

Some heavenly music – which even now I do –

To work mine end upon their senses that
end (n.) 1 purpose, aim, design
work (v.), past form wrought 2 perform, do, carry out

This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment

Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,

And deeper than did ever plummet sound
plummet (n.) weighted line used for measuring the depth of water

I'll drown my book.

Solemn music

Here enters Ariel before; then Alonso with a frantic

gesture, attended by Gonzalo; Sebastian and Antonio

in like manner, attended by Adrian and Francisco.

They all enter the circle which Prospero had made,

and there stand charmed; which Prospero observing,


A solemn air, and the best comforter
air (n.) 1 melody, tune, strain
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
before (adv.) 1 ahead, in advance
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
fancy (n.) 4 imagination, mind, mental state

Now useless, boiled within thy skull. There stand,

For you are spell-stopped.
spell-stopped (adj.) spellbound, mesmerized, transfixed

Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,

Mine eyes, ev'n sociable to the show of thine,
show (n.) 5 view, sight
sociable (adj.) sensitive, responsive, sympathetic

Fall fellowly drops. The charm dissolves apace.
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment
dissolve (v.) 5 lose influence, reduce to nothing
fellowly (adj.) companiable, sympathetic, of fellowship

And as the morning steals upon the night,

Melting the darkness, so their rising senses

Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
fume (n.) 1 harmful vapour [rising from the stomach to the brain]
mantle (v.) 1 cover, conceal, obscure

Their clearer reason. O good Gonzalo,
reason (n.) 1 power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]

My true preserver, and a loyal sir
sir (n.) 1 man, person, individual

To him thou follow'st, I will pay thy graces
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect
pay (v.) 1 repay, requite, recompense

Home both in word and deed. Most cruelly
home (adv.) 1 fully, thoroughly, unsparingly

Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter.

Thy brother was a furtherer in the act.

Thou art pinched for't now, Sebastian. Flesh and blood,
pinch (v.) 1 torment, pain, torture

You, brother mine, that entertained ambition,
entertain (v.) 4 cherish, harbour, welcome

Expelled remorse and nature, whom, with Sebastian –
nature (n.) 1 natural feelings, natural affection
remorse (n.) 2 pity, compassion, tenderness

Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong –
pinch (n.) 1 pain, pang, torment

Would here have killed your king, I do forgive thee,

Unnatural though thou art. Their understanding
unnatural (adj.) 1 against natural feeling, not in accord with kinship

Begins to swell, and the approaching tide

Will shortly fill the reasonable shore
reasonable (adj.) 1 endowed with reason, rational

That now lies foul and muddy. Not one of them

That yet looks on me, or would know me. Ariel,

Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell.

I will discase me, and myself present
discase (v.) 2 shed a disguise, take off outer garments

As I was sometime Milan. Quickly, spirit!
sometime (adv.) 1 formerly, at one time, once

Thou shalt ere long be free.

Ariel sings and helps to attire him


Where the bee sucks, there suck I,

In a cowslip's bell I lie;

There I couch when owls do cry.
couch (v.) 1 conceal, hide, lie hidden

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.


Why, that's my dainty Ariel! I shall miss thee,
dainty (adj.) 1 splendid, fine, excellent

But yet thou shalt have freedom – so, so, so.

To the King's ship, invisible as thou art!

There shalt thou find the mariners asleep

Under the hatches. The Master and the Boatswain

Being awake, enforce them to this place,
enforce (v.) 2 force, compel, constrain, drive

And presently, I prithee.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count


I drink the air before me, and return

Or ere your pulse twice beat.



All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement

Inhabits here. Some heavenly power guide us

Out of this fearful country!
power (n.) 9 (usually plural) gods, deities, divinities


                         Behold, sir King,

The wronged Duke of Milan, Prospero.

For more assurance that a living prince

Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body,

And to thee and thy company I bid

A hearty welcome.


                         Whe'er thou beest he or no,

Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me,
abuse (v.) 1 deceive, mislead, fool, cheat
trifle (n.) 1 fiction, illusion, trick

As late I have been, I not know. Thy pulse
late (adv.) recently, a little while ago / before

Beats as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw thee,

Th'affliction of my mind amends, with which
amend (v.) 2 get better, recover, revive, heal

I fear a madness held me. This must crave –
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require

An if this be at all – a most strange story.

Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat

Thou pardon me my wrongs. But how should Prospero

Be living, and be here?


                         First, noble friend,

Let me embrace thine age, whose honour cannot

Be measured or confined.


                         Whether this be

Or be not, I'll not swear.


                         You do yet taste

Some subtleties o'th' isle, that will not let you
subtlety (n.) 1 clever effect, ingenious contrivance

Believe things certain. Welcome, my friends all!

(aside to Sebastian and Antonio)
brace (n.) 1 group of two, couple, pair See Topics: Numbers

But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded,

I here could pluck his highness' frown upon you,
frown (n.) 1 fierce look, severe face
pluck (v.) 1 draw down, bring down

And justify you traitors. At this time
justify (v.) 2 prove, confirm, demonstrate

I will tell no tales.



                         The devil speaks in him.



For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother

Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive

Thy rankest fault – all of them; and require
rank (adj.) 5 large, serious, grievous
require (v.) 2 demand, claim, insist on

My dukedom of thee, which perforce, I know,
perforce (adv.) 2 of necessity, with no choice in the matter See Topics: Frequency count

Thou must restore.


                         If thou beest Prospero,

Give us particulars of thy preservation;
particular (n.) 5 (plural) details, full account

How thou hast met us here, whom three hours since

Were wracked upon this shore; where I have lost –
wrack (v.) 1 wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea

How sharp the point of this remembrance is! –
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

My dear son Ferdinand.
woe (adj.) sorry, sorrowful, sad See Topics: Regrets


                         I am woe for't, sir.


Irreparable is the loss, and patience

Says it is past her cure.


                         I rather think

You have not sought her help, of whose soft grace
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will
soft (adj.) 2 tender, compassionate, kind

For the like loss, I have her sovereign aid,
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

And rest myself content.
content (adj.) 3 satisfied, calm, easy in mind


                         You the like loss?


As great to me, as late, and supportable
late (adj.) 1 recent, not long past
supportable (adj.) bearable, endurable, sustainable

To make the dear loss, have I means much weaker
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard

Than you may call to comfort you, for I

Have lost my daughter.


                         A daughter?

O heavens, that they were living both in Naples,

The King and Queen there! That they were, I wish

Myself were mudded in that oozy bed
mud (v.) 1 bury in mud

Where my son lies. When did you lose your daughter?


In this last tempest. I perceive these lords

At this encounter do so much admire
admire (v.) 1 marvel, wonder, be astonished [at]

That they devour their reason, and scarce think
reason (n.) 1 power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]
scarce (adv.) 1 scarcely, hardly, barely, only just

Their eyes do offices of truth, their words
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Are natural breath. But, howsoe'er you have
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice

Been justled from your senses, know for certain
justle (v.) jostle, hustle, elbow

That I am Prospero, and that very Duke

Which was thrust forth of Milan, who most strangely
strangely (adv.) 3 unaccountably, surprisingly, unusually

Upon this shore, where you were wracked, was landed
wrack (v.) 1 wreck, shipwreck, lose at sea

To be the lord on't. No more yet of this,

For 'tis a chronicle of day by day,
chronicle (n.) 1 story, account, narrative

Not a relation for a breakfast, nor
relation (n.) 1 report, account, narration

Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir.

This cell's my court. Here have I few attendants,
cell (n.) small humble dwelling

And subjects none abroad. Pray you, look in.
abroad (adv.) 1 in the outside world, freely at large, elsewhere, everywhere

My dukedom since you have given me again,

I will requite you with as good a thing,

At least bring forth a wonder to content ye
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy

As much as me my dukedom.
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count

Here Prospero discovers Ferdinand and Miranda,
false (adv.) 2 unfairly, with a trick, cheatingly

playing at chess


Sweet lord, you play me false.


                         No, my dearest love,

I would not for the world.


Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle,
wrangle (v.) dispute, contest, argue over

And I would call it fair play.


                         If this prove

A vision of the island, one dear son

Shall I twice lose.


                         A most high miracle.


Though the seas threaten, they are merciful.

I have cursed them without cause.

He comes forward, and kneels


                         Now all the blessings

Of a glad father compass thee about!
compass (v.) 5 embrace, enfold

Arise, and say how thou cam'st here.


                         O, wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!
goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count

That has such people in't!


                         'Tis new to thee.


What is this maid with whom thou wast at play?

Your eld'st acquaintance cannot be three hours.
eldest (adj.) oldest, longest

Is she the goddess that hath severed us,

And brought us thus together?
mortal (adj.) 2 human, subject to death, characterized by mortality


                         Sir, she is mortal;

But 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,
renown (n.) 2 report, hearsay, rumour

But never saw before; of whom I have

Received a second life; and second father

This lady makes him to me.


                         I am hers.

But, O, how oddly will it sound that I

Must ask my child forgiveness!


                         There, sir, stop.

Let us not burden our remembrances with
burden, burthen (v.) 1 load down, weigh down
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count

A heaviness that's gone.
heaviness (n.) 1 sadness, grief, sorrow
inly (adv.) inwardly, deep within


                         I have inly wept,

Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods,

And on this couple drop a blessed crown!

For it is you that have chalked forth the way

Which brought us hither.


                         I say amen, Gonzalo.


Was Milan thrust from Milan that his issue
issue (n.) 1 child(ren), offspring, family, descendant See Topics: Frequency count

Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice

Beyond a common joy, and set it down

With gold on lasting pillars. In one voyage

Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis,

And Ferdinand her brother found a wife

Where he himself was lost; Prospero his dukedom

In a poor isle, and all of us ourselves

When no man was his own.


(to Ferdinand and Miranda)

                         Give me your hands.

Let grief and sorrow still embrace his heart
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

That doth not wish you joy.


                         Be it so! Amen.

Enter Ariel, with the Master and Boatswain amazedly


O look sir, look sir, here is more of us!

I prophesied, if a gallows were on land,

This fellow could not drown. Now, blasphemy,

That swear'st grace o'erboard, not an oath on shore?

Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the news?


The best news is that we have safely found

Our King and company; the next, our ship –

Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split –
give out (v.) 1 report, assert, make known
glass (n.) 3 [sand of the] hourglass
since (adv.) 1 recently, of late
split (v.) break up, split in two

Is tight and yare and bravely rigged, as when
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
tight (adj.) 1 water-tight, seaworthy, shipshape
yare (adj.) 1 [nautical] manageable, easy to manouevre, ready for sea

We first put out to sea.


(aside to Prospero)

                         Sir, all this service

Have I done since I went.


(aside to Ariel)
tricksy (adj.) full of tricks, cleverly playful

                         My tricksy spirit!


These are not natural events. They strengthen

From strange to stranger. Say, how came you hither?
strange (adj.) 1 remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural


If I did think, sir, I were well awake,

I'd strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep
dead (adj.) 5 death-like, lifeless, spiritless

And – how we know not – all clapped under hatches,

Where, but even now, with strange and several noises
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains,

And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,

We were awaked; straightway at liberty;
straightway (adv.) straightaway

Where we, in all our trim, freshly beheld
trim (n.) 4 readiness to sail, full preparedness

Our royal, good, and gallant ship, our Master

Cap'ring to eye her. On a trice, so please you,
caper (v.) 2 dance with joy, leap with delight
trice (n.) 1 brief period, moment, instant

Even in a dream, were we divided from them,

And were brought moping hither.


(aside to Prospero)
moping (adv.) in a daze, bewilderedly

                         Was't well done?


(aside to Ariel)
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
diligence (n.) 2 diligent person, attentive servant

Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free.


This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod,
maze (n.) 1 arrangement of paths, network of tracks

And there is in this business more than nature

Was ever conduct of. Some oracle
conduct (n.) 3 conductor, leader, director

Must rectify our knowledge.


                         Sir, my liege,

Do not infest your mind with beating on
beat (v.) 1 hammer away, ponder furiously
infest (v.) harass, trouble, assail

The strangeness of this business. At picked leisure,
picked (adj.) 3 specially chosen, selected

Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you,
resolve (v.) 3 inform, tell
single (adv.) alone, by oneself

Which to you shall seem probable, of every
probable (adj.) 1 provable, demonstrable, attestable

These happened accidents. Till when, be cheerful,
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

And think of each thing well. (aside to Ariel) Come hither, spirit.

Set Caliban and his companions free.

Untie the spell.

Exit Ariel
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count

                         How fares my gracious sir?

There are yet missing of your company

Some few odd lads that you remember not.
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Ariel, driving in Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo

in their stolen apparel


Every man shift for all the rest, and let no
shift (v.) 1 provide, look out, take care

man take care for himself, for all is but fortune. Coragio,

bully-monster, coragio!
bully (n./adj.) [especially as a warm form of address] fine fellow, good friend See Topics: Address forms


If these be true spies which I wear in my head,
spy (n.) 1 [of eyes] observer, watcher, witness

here's a goodly sight!
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine


O Setebos, these be brave spirits indeed!
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

How fine my master is! I am afraid
fine (adj.) 2 finely clothed, smartly dressed

He will chastise me.


                         Ha, ha!

What things are these, my lord Antonio?

Will money buy 'em?
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count


                         Very like. One of them

Is a plain fish, and no doubt marketable.


Mark but the badges of these men, my lords,
badge (n.) 2 livery, insignia of employment
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count

Then say if they be true. This misshapen knave,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
true (adj.) 4 honest, upright, law-abiding

His mother was a witch, and one so strong

That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,

And deal in her command without her power.
deal (v.) 1 proceed, behave, conduct oneself

These three have robbed me, and this demi-devil –
demi-devil (n.) half-devil

For he's a bastard one – had plotted with them

To take my life. Two of these fellows you

Must know and own. This thing of darkness I

Acknowledge mine.
pinch (v.) 1 torment, pain, torture


                         I shall be pinched to death.


Is not this Stephano, my drunken butler?


He is drunk now. Where had he wine?


And Trinculo is reeling ripe. Where should they

Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em?
gild (v.), past forms gilt, gilded 2 bring colour to, brighten, illuminate
liquor (n.) 1 [alcoholic] drink

How cam'st thou in this pickle?


I have been in such a pickle since I saw you

last that I fear me will never out of my bones. I shall

not fear fly-blowing.
fly-blowing (n.) having flies deposit their eggs


Why, how now, Stephano?


O, touch me not! I am not Stephano, but a



You'd be king o'th' isle, sirrah?


I should have been a sore one, then.


This is a strange thing as e'er I looked on.


He is as disproportioned in his manners
manner (n.) 2 (plural) morals, character, way of behaving

As in his shape. – Go, sirrah, to my cell.
cell (n.) small humble dwelling

Take with you your companions. As you look
look (v.) 1 expect, anticipate, hope, await the time

To have my pardon, trim it handsomely.
handsomely (adv.) 1 beautifully, elegantly, attractively
trim up, trim (v.) 1 decorate, array, deck out


Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter,

And seek for grace. What a thrice double ass
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will
thrice (adj.) three times See Topics: Numbers

Was I to take this drunkard for a god,

And worship this dull fool!
dull (adj.) 6 obtuse, stupid
worship (v.) esteem, honour, renown


                         Go to. Away!


Hence, and bestow your luggage where you found it.
bestow (v.) 6 stow away, dispose of
luggage (n.) stuff, trappings, goods


Or stole it, rather.

Exeunt Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo


Sir, I invite your highness and your train
train (n.) 1 retinue, following, entourage

To my poor cell, where you shall take your rest
cell (n.) small humble dwelling

For this one night; which, part of it, I'll waste
waste (v.) 1 pass, spend, while away

With such discourse as, I not doubt, shall make it
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat

Go quick away – the story of my life,

And the particular accidents gone by
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

Since I came to this isle. And in the morn,

I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples,
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count

Where I have hope to see the nuptial

Of these our dear-beloved solemnized;

And thence retire me to my Milan, where
retire (v.) 1 withdraw, take oneself away

Every third thought shall be my grave.


                         I long

To hear the story of your life, which must

Take the ear strangely.
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe
strangely (adv.) 4 admirably, wonderfully, marvellously
take (v.) 6 captivate, delight, enrapture


                         I'll deliver all,

And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales,
gale (n.) wind, breeze

And sail so expeditious, that shall catch
catch (v.) 2 catch up with, overtake
sail (n.) 3 voyage, passage, sailing

Your royal fleet far off. – My Ariel, chick,

That is thy charge. Then to the elements
element (n.) 1 (plural) substances from which all material things are made [believed to be earth, water, air, fire]

Be free, and fare thou well. – Please you, draw near.



Spoken by Prospero
charm (n.) 1 magic spell, enchantment


Now my charms are all o'erthrown,

And what strength I have's mine own,

Which is most faint. Now 'tis true

I must be here confined by you,

Or sent to Naples. Let me not,

Since I have my dukedom got

And pardoned the deceiver, dwell

In this bare island by your spell;

But release me from my bands
band (n.) 5 bond, shackle, chain

With the help of your good hands.

Gentle breath of yours my sails
breath (n.) 1 utterance, speech, voice
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Must fill, or else my project fails,

Which was to please. Now I want

Spirits to enforce, art to enchant;
art (n.) 6 magic, enchantment, trickery
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

And my ending is despair,

Unless I be relieved by prayer,

Which pierces so, that it assaults

Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardoned be,

Let your indulgence set me free.


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