• Spoken by PROSPERO

    PROSPERO

    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,
    5Or 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
    10With the help of your good hands.
    Gentle breath of yours my sails
    Must fill, or else my project fails,
    Which was to please. Now I want
    Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
    15And 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,
    20Let your indulgence set me free.
    Exit
  • PROSPERO

    Now my spells are all broken,
    And the only power I have is my own,
    Which is very weak. Now you all
    Have got the power to keep me prisoner here,
    Or send me off to Naples. Please don’t
    Keep me here on this desert island
    With your magic spells. Release me
    So I can return to my dukedom
    With your help. The gentle wind
    You blow with your applause
    Will fill my ship’s sails. Without applause,
    My plan to please you has failed.
    Now I have no spirits to enslave,
    No magic to cast spells,
    And I’ll end up in despair
    Unless I’m relieved by prayer,
    Which wins over God himself
    And absolves all sins.
    Just as you’d like to have your sins forgiven,
    Indulge me, forgive me, and set me free.
    He exits.