The Tempest

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard

Enter a Shipmaster and a Boatswain




Here, Master. What cheer?


Good. Speak to th' mariners. Fall to't, yarely, or
good (n.) 2 good fellow
yarely (adv.) quickly, briskly, lively

we run ourselves aground. Bestir, bestir!
bestir (v.) arouse, rouse, make active


Enter Mariners
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions


Heigh, my hearts! Cheerly, cheerly, my

hearts! Yare, yare! Take in the topsail! Tend to
tend (v.) 4 attend, listen, pay attention
yare (adv.) quick, without delay, right now

th' Master's whistle! – Blow till thou burst thy wind, if

room enough.

Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo,

and others


Good Boatswain, have care. Where's the Master?

Play the men.


I pray now, keep below.


Where is the Master, Boatswain?


Do you not hear him? You mar our labour.
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage

Keep your cabins! You do assist the storm.
keep (v.) 2 stay within, remain inside


Nay, good, be patient.
good (n.) 2 good fellow


When the sea is. Hence! What cares these

roarers for the name of king? To cabin! Silence!
roarer (n.) roaring wave, thundering breaker

Trouble us not.


Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.


None that I more love than myself. You are

a councillor. If you can command these elements to
element (n.) 1 (plural) substances from which all material things are made [believed to be earth, water, air, fire]

silence, and work the peace of the present, we will not
work (v.), past form wrought 1 bring about, arrange, effect

hand a rope more. Use your authority. If you cannot,
hand (v.) lay hands on, handle, have to do with

give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself

ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it
mischance (n.) misfortune, calamity, mishap

so hap. – Cheerly, good hearts! – Out of our way, I
cheerly (adv.) 2 [cry of encouragement] heartily, with a will
hap (v.) happen, take place, come to pass
heart (n.) 6 (plural) grand-hearted lads, fine companions




I have great comfort from this fellow. Methinks

he hath no drowning-mark upon him: his complexion
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring
drowning-mark (n.) indication of death by drowning

is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his
fate (n.) destiny, fortune
gallows (n.) someone who deserves to be hanged
perfect (adj.) 1 complete, pure, sheer, utter

hanging. Make the rope of his destiny our cable, for
rope (n.) [cry of derision, imitating a parrot's cry] hangman's rope, halter See Topics: Exclamations

our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be
advantage (v.) 1 benefit, help, aid

hanged, our case is miserable.

Exeunt Gonzalo and the other nobles

Enter Boatswain
topmast (n.) section of mast fitted to the top of the lower mast See Topics: Roman history
yare (adv.) quick, without delay, right now


Down with the topmast! Yare! Lower,

lower! Bring her to try with main-course.
course (n.) 5 sail attached to the lower yards of a sailing ship See Topics: Ships
main-course (n.) principal sail of a ship, mainsail See Topics: Ships
try (v.) 8 [nautical] adjust sails so that the ship's bow is into the wind, lie to

A cry within

A plague upon this howling! They are louder than the

weather, or our office.
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo

Yet again? What do you here? Shall we give o'er and

drown? Have you a mind to sink?


A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous,

incharitable dog!
incharitable (adj.) uncharitable


Work you, then.


Hang, cur, hang, you whoreson, insolent noise-maker!

We are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.


I'll warrant him for drowning, though the ship
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count
warrant (v.) 3 act as a pledge for, give an assurance about

were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

unstanched wench.
unstanched (adj.) 2 not made staunch [water-tight]; loose, promiscuous


Lay her a-hold, a-hold! Set her two courses!
a-hold (adv.) [nautical] close to the wind [to hold steady]
course (n.) 5 sail attached to the lower yards of a sailing ship See Topics: Ships
lay (v.) 13 [nautical] steer away from the shore

Off to sea again! Lay her off!
lay (v.) 13 [nautical] steer away from the shore

Enter Mariners wet


All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!



What, must our mouths be cold?


The King and Prince at prayers, let's assist them,
assist (v.) accompany, attend, escort

For our case is as theirs.


                         I'm out of patience.


We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards.
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

This wide-chopped rascal – would thou mightst lie drowning
wide-chopped (adj.) wide-jawed, big-mouthed

The washing of ten tides!


                         He'll be hanged yet,

Though every drop of water swear against it,

And gape at wid'st to glut him.
glut (v.) swallow up, devour, engulf
split (v.) break up, split in two

A confused noise within: ‘ Mercy on us!’ – ‘ We

split, we split!’ – ‘ Farewell, my wife and children!’

– ‘ Farewell, brother!’ – ‘ We split, we split, we


Exit Boatswain


Let's all sink wi'th' King.


Let's take leave of him.

Exit, with Antonio


Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea

for an acre of barren ground. Long heath, brown furze,
furze (n.) spiny shrub, gorse
heath (n.) heather

anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count

a dry death.


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