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Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him
Dear life redeems you.
You perceive she stirs :
[Hermione comes down.
Start not; her actions shall be holy as
You kill her double. Nay, present your hand:
O, she's warm! If this be magic, let it be an art
Lawful as eating.
She embraces him
Cam. She hangs about his neck :
If she pertain to life let her speak too.
Pol. Ay, and make't manifest where she has
Or how stolen from the dead.
That she is living,
Were it but told you, should be hooted at
And pray your mother's blessing. Turn, good
Our Perdita is found.
You gods, look down
And from your sacred vials pour your graces
Upon my daughter's head!
Tell me, mine own,
Where hast thou been preserved? where lived?
Thy father's court? for thou shalt hear that I,
Gave hope thou wast in being, have preserved
There's time enough for that;
Lest they desire upon this push to trouble
Will wing me to some wither'd bough and there
Lament till I am lost.
O, peace, Paulina !
Thou hast found
But how, is to be question'd: for I saw her,
And take her by the hand, whose worth and
Is richly noted and here justified
By us, a pair of kings. Let's from this place. What! look upon my brother: both your pardons, That e'er I put between your holy looks
My ill suspicion. This' your son-in-law
And son unto the king, whom heavens directing,
131. precious winners, winners
of what you prize.
150. whom heavens directing.
'Who,' the subject of is, is made
richly noted, highly the object of 'heavens directing.'
ALONSO, King of Naples.
SEBASTIAN, his brother.
PROSPERO, the right Duke of Milan.
ANTONIO, his brother, the usurping Duke of Milan.
GONZALO, an honest old Counsellor.
The action occupies three or four hours of a single day, probably beginning about 2 P. M. (I. 2. 239, 240.)
THE TEMPEST, like most of Shakespeare's later plays, was first printed in the Folio edition of 1623, where it occupies the first place. It had then been, for at least ten years, one of his most popular and reputed pieces.
It was among the eighteen plays (six at least of them by Shakespeare) chosen for performance during the wedding festivities of the Palsgrave and the Princess Elizabeth in February 1613.1 Beyond this fact we have no direct evidence of its date.2 But it is extremely probable that the title contains an allusion to a tempest which wrecked Sir George Somers' ship, the 'Sea Venture,' in July 1609; and that various circumstances are drawn from the narratives afterwards published by Silvester Jourdain, one of the survivors, in October 1610, and by William Strachey, at a date which has not been precisely determined. The limits-October 1610 and February 1613-thus
1 Lord Treasurer Stanhope's Accounts (quoted in Century of Shakespeare's Praise, p. 103). The exact number of Shakespeare's plays given depends upon the identification of 'Hotspur' with Henry IV. and of Sir John Falstaff' with this or The Merry Wives. He probably had a share also in the
2 In the Induction to his Bartholomew Fair, 1614, Ben Jonson delivered a passing gibe at those that beget Tales, Tempests, and such like Drolleries,' and 'If there be never a Servant-master i' the Fayre who can help it?' But this adds nothing to our knowledge.