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Act 1, Scene 1
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ACT 1
Scene 1
A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard.
Enter a Shipmaster and a Boatswain.


MASTER
    Boatswain!

BOATSWAIN
    Here, master. What cheer?

MASTER
    Good, speak to th' mariners. Fall to 't yarely,
    or we run ourselves aground. Bestir, bestir!
        He exits.

        Enter Mariners.

BOATSWAIN
    Heigh, my hearts! Cheerly, cheerly, my  [5]
    hearts! Yare, yare! Take in the topsail. Tend to th'
    Master's whistle.--Blow till thou burst thy wind, if
    room enough!

        Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand,
        Gonzalo, and others.

ALONSO
    Good boatswain, have care. Where's the Master?
    Play the men.  [10]

BOATSWAIN
    I pray now, keep below.

ANTONIO
    Where is the Master, boatswain?

BOATSWAIN
    Do you not hear him? You mar our labor.
    Keep your cabins. You do assist the storm.

GONZALO
    Nay, good, be patient.  [15]

BOATSWAIN
    When the sea is. Hence! What cares these 

The Shipwreck, a Mediterannean seascape. Voyagers struggle for survival, on ship and overboard.
Engraving by Abraham Casembrot (1573-1670?) © The Trustees of the British Museum.
 
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