William Shakespeare: The Tempest, Act I
A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard. Enter a Master and a Boatswain.
Good. Speak to the mariners: fall to't, yarely, or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir. [Exit.]
Heigh, my hearts! cheerly, cheerly, my hearts! yare, yare! Take in the topsail. Tend to the Master's whistle. Blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room enough!
Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, and others.
When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of King? To cabin; silence! Trouble us not.
None that I more love than myself. You are a counsellor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work the peace of the present, we will not hand a rope more; use your authority: If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap. Cheerly, good hearts! Out of our way, I say. [Exit.]
I have great comfort from this fellow: methinks he hath no drowning mark upon him; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging: make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable. [Exit.]
Down with the topmast! yare! lower, lower! Bring her to try with main-course.
A cry within
A plague upon this howling! they are louder than the weather or our office.
Re-enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo
Yet again! What do you here? Shall we give o'er and drown? Have you a mind to sink?
Hang, cur! hang, you whoreson, insolent noisemaker! We are less afraid to be drowned than thou art.
I'll warrant him for drowning; though the ship were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an unstanched wench.
Enter Mariners wet
We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards. This wide-chapp'd rascal—would thou mightst lie drowning the washing of ten tides!
Though every drop of water swear against it
And gape at widest to glut him.
A confused noise within.
We split, we split!—Farewell, my wife and children!—
Farewell, brother!—We split, we split, we split!