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Bequeath to death your numbness, for from him
[Hermione comes down.
O, she's warm !
She embraces him
lived, Or how stolen from the dead. Paul.
That she is living, Were it but told you, should be hooted at Like an old tale : but it appears she lives, Though yet she speak not. Mark a little while. Please you to interpose, fair madam : kneel And pray your mother's blessing. Turn, good
lady; Our Perdita is found. Her.
You gods, look down
There's time enough for that;
Lest they desire upon this push to trouble
O, peace, Paulina !
[Exeunt. 129. upon this push, incited reputed. by your story.
149. This', this is. 131. precious winners, winners 150. whom heavens directing. of what you prize.
Who,' the subject of is, is made 145. richly noted, highly the object of 'heavens directing.'
ALONSO, King of Naples.
Other Spirits attending on Prospero.
SCENE: A ship at Sea : an island.
DURATION OF TIME The action occupies three or four hours of a single day, probably beginning about 2 P.M. (1. 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 Cardenno.' Accounts (quoted in Century of 2 In the Induction to his Shakespeare's Praise, p. 103). Bartholomew Fair, 1614, Ben The exact number of Shake Jonson delivered a passing gibe speare's plays given depends at · those that beget Tales, upon the identification of "Hot Tempests, and such like Drolspur' with Henry IV. and of leries,' and `If there be never • Sir John Falstaff' with this or a Servant-master i the Fayre The Merry Wives.
who can help it?' But this ably had a share also in the adds nothing to our knowledge.