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Since I came to this isle: and, in the morn,
I'll bring you to your ship; and so to Naples;
Where i have hope to see the nuptials
Of these our dear-beloved folemniz'd:
And thence retire me to my Milan, where
Every third thought shall be my grave.

Ålon. I long
To hear the story of your life, which must
Take the ear strangely.

Pro. I'll deliver all;
And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales,
And fail so expeditious, it shall catch
Your royal feet far off: my Ariel, chick,
That is thy charge: then to the elements
Be free, and fare thou well! Please you, draw near.

[Exeuut omnes.

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W my charms are all o'er-thrown,

And what Arength I have's mine own;
Which is most faint: and now, 'tis true,
I must be here confin’d by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have

my
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell;
But release me from my bands,
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. For now I want
Spirits t' enforce, art to enchant;
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be reliev’d by prayer;
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.

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