Speeches (Lines) for Ariel in "The Tempest"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 2
  • All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come
    To answer thy best pleasure;...
  • All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come
    To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly,
    To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
    On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task
    Ariel and all his quality.
  • Prospero. Know thus far forth.
    By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune,
    Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies
    Brought to this shore; and by my prescience
    I find my zenith doth depend upon
    A most auspicious star, whose influence
    If now I court not but omit, my fortunes
    Will ever after droop. Here cease more questions:
    Thou art inclined to sleep; 'tis a good dulness,
    And give it way: I know thou canst not choose.
    [MIRANDA sleeps]
    Come away, servant, come. I am ready now.
    Approach, my Ariel, come.

    Ariel. All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come
    To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly,
    To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride
    On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task
    Ariel and all his quality.

2 I / 2
  • To every article.
    I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak,
    Now in the...
  • To every article.
    I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak,
    Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin,
    I flamed amazement: sometime I'ld divide,
    And burn in many places; on the topmast,
    The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly,
    Then meet and join. Jove's lightnings, the precursors
    O' the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary
    And sight-outrunning were not; the fire and cracks
    Of sulphurous roaring the most mighty Neptune
    Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble,
    Yea, his dread trident shake.
  • Prospero. Hast thou, spirit,
    Perform'd to point the tempest that I bade thee?

    Ariel. To every article.
    I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak,
    Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin,
    I flamed amazement: sometime I'ld divide,
    And burn in many places; on the topmast,
    The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly,
    Then meet and join. Jove's lightnings, the precursors
    O' the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary
    And sight-outrunning were not; the fire and cracks
    Of sulphurous roaring the most mighty Neptune
    Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble,
    Yea, his dread trident shake.

3 I / 2
  • Not a soul
    But felt a fever of the mad and play'd
    Some tricks of despera...
  • Not a soul
    But felt a fever of the mad and play'd
    Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners
    Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel,
    Then all afire with me: the king's son, Ferdinand,
    With hair up-staring,--then like reeds, not hair,--
    Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty
    And all the devils are here.'
  • Prospero. My brave spirit!
    Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil
    Would not infect his reason?

    Ariel. Not a soul
    But felt a fever of the mad and play'd
    Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners
    Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel,
    Then all afire with me: the king's son, Ferdinand,
    With hair up-staring,--then like reeds, not hair,--
    Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty
    And all the devils are here.'

4 I / 2
  • Close by, my master.
  • Close by, my master.
  • Prospero. Why that's my spirit!
    But was not this nigh shore?

    Ariel. Close by, my master.

5 I / 2
  • Not a hair perish'd;
    On their sustaining garments not a blemish,
    But fre...
  • Not a hair perish'd;
    On their sustaining garments not a blemish,
    But fresher than before: and, as thou badest me,
    In troops I have dispersed them 'bout the isle.
    The king's son have I landed by himself;
    Whom I left cooling of the air with sighs
    In an odd angle of the isle and sitting,
    His arms in this sad knot.
  • Prospero. But are they, Ariel, safe?

    Ariel. Not a hair perish'd;
    On their sustaining garments not a blemish,
    But fresher than before: and, as thou badest me,
    In troops I have dispersed them 'bout the isle.
    The king's son have I landed by himself;
    Whom I left cooling of the air with sighs
    In an odd angle of the isle and sitting,
    His arms in this sad knot.

6 I / 2
  • Safely in harbour
    Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once
    Thou...
  • Safely in harbour
    Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once
    Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew
    From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, there she's hid:
    The mariners all under hatches stow'd;
    Who, with a charm join'd to their suffer'd labour,
    I have left asleep; and for the rest o' the fleet
    Which I dispersed, they all have met again
    And are upon the Mediterranean flote,
    Bound sadly home for Naples,
    Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd
    And his great person perish.
  • Prospero. Of the king's ship
    The mariners say how thou hast disposed
    And all the rest o' the fleet.

    Ariel. Safely in harbour
    Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once
    Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew
    From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, there she's hid:
    The mariners all under hatches stow'd;
    Who, with a charm join'd to their suffer'd labour,
    I have left asleep; and for the rest o' the fleet
    Which I dispersed, they all have met again
    And are upon the Mediterranean flote,
    Bound sadly home for Naples,
    Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd
    And his great person perish.

7 I / 2
  • Past the mid season.
  • Past the mid season.
  • Prospero. Ariel, thy charge
    Exactly is perform'd: but there's more work.
    What is the time o' the day?

    Ariel. Past the mid season.

8 I / 2
  • Is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains,
    Let me remember thee what...
  • Is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains,
    Let me remember thee what thou hast promised,
    Which is not yet perform'd me.
  • Prospero. At least two glasses. The time 'twixt six and now
    Must by us both be spent most preciously.

    Ariel. Is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains,
    Let me remember thee what thou hast promised,
    Which is not yet perform'd me.

9 I / 2
  • My liberty.
  • My liberty.
  • Prospero. How now? moody?
    What is't thou canst demand?

    Ariel. My liberty.

10 I / 2
  • I prithee,
    Remember I have done thee worthy service;
    Told thee no lies,...
  • I prithee,
    Remember I have done thee worthy service;
    Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, served
    Without or grudge or grumblings: thou didst promise
    To bate me a full year.
  • Prospero. Before the time be out? no more!

    Ariel. I prithee,
    Remember I have done thee worthy service;
    Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, served
    Without or grudge or grumblings: thou didst promise
    To bate me a full year.

11 I / 2
  • No.
  • No.
  • Prospero. Dost thou forget
    From what a torment I did free thee?

    Ariel. No.

12 I / 2
  • I do not, sir.
  • I do not, sir.
  • Prospero. Thou dost, and think'st it much to tread the ooze
    Of the salt deep,
    To run upon the sharp wind of the north,
    To do me business in the veins o' the earth
    When it is baked with frost.

    Ariel. I do not, sir.

13 I / 2
  • No, sir.
  • No, sir.
  • Prospero. Thou liest, malignant thing! Hast thou forgot
    The foul witch Sycorax, who with age and envy
    Was grown into a hoop? hast thou forgot her?

    Ariel. No, sir.

14 I / 2
  • Sir, in Argier.
  • Sir, in Argier.
  • Prospero. Thou hast. Where was she born? speak; tell me.

    Ariel. Sir, in Argier.

15 I / 2
  • Ay, sir.
  • Ay, sir.
  • Prospero. O, was she so? I must
    Once in a month recount what thou hast been,
    Which thou forget'st. This damn'd witch Sycorax,
    For mischiefs manifold and sorceries terrible
    To enter human hearing, from Argier,
    Thou know'st, was banish'd: for one thing she did
    They would not take her life. Is not this true?

    Ariel. Ay, sir.

16 I / 2
  • Yes, Caliban her son.
  • Yes, Caliban her son.
  • Prospero. This blue-eyed hag was hither brought with child
    And here was left by the sailors. Thou, my slave,
    As thou report'st thyself, wast then her servant;
    And, for thou wast a spirit too delicate
    To act her earthy and abhorr'd commands,
    Refusing her grand hests, she did confine thee,
    By help of her more potent ministers
    And in her most unmitigable rage,
    Into a cloven pine; within which rift
    Imprison'd thou didst painfully remain
    A dozen years; within which space she died
    And left thee there; where thou didst vent thy groans
    As fast as mill-wheels strike. Then was this island--
    Save for the son that she did litter here,
    A freckled whelp hag-born--not honour'd with
    A human shape.

    Ariel. Yes, Caliban her son.

17 I / 2
  • I thank thee, master.
  • I thank thee, master.
  • Prospero. Dull thing, I say so; he, that Caliban
    Whom now I keep in service. Thou best know'st
    What torment I did find thee in; thy groans
    Did make wolves howl and penetrate the breasts
    Of ever angry bears: it was a torment
    To lay upon the damn'd, which Sycorax
    Could not again undo: it was mine art,
    When I arrived and heard thee, that made gape
    The pine and let thee out.

    Ariel. I thank thee, master.

18 I / 2
  • Pardon, master;
    I will be correspondent to command
    And do my spiriting g...
  • Pardon, master;
    I will be correspondent to command
    And do my spiriting gently.
  • Prospero. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak
    And peg thee in his knotty entrails till
    Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters.

    Ariel. Pardon, master;
    I will be correspondent to command
    And do my spiriting gently.

19 I / 2
  • That's my noble master!
    What shall I do? say what; what shall I do?
  • That's my noble master!
    What shall I do? say what; what shall I do?
  • Prospero. Do so, and after two days
    I will discharge thee.

    Ariel. That's my noble master!
    What shall I do? say what; what shall I do?

20 I / 2
  • My lord it shall be done.
  • My lord it shall be done.
  • Prospero. Come forth, I say! there's other business for thee:
    Come, thou tortoise! when?
    [Re-enter ARIEL like a water-nymph]
    Fine apparition! My quaint Ariel,
    Hark in thine ear.

    Ariel. My lord it shall be done.

21 I / 2
  • To the syllable.
  • To the syllable.
  • Prospero. Thou shalt be free
    As mountain winds: but then exactly do
    All points of my command.

    Ariel. To the syllable.

22 II / 1
  • My master through his art foresees the danger
    That you, his friend, are in;...
  • My master through his art foresees the danger
    That you, his friend, are in; and sends me forth--
    For else his project dies--to keep them living.
    [Sings in GONZALO's ear]
    While you here do snoring lie,
    Open-eyed conspiracy
    His time doth take.
    If of life you keep a care,
    Shake off slumber, and beware:
    Awake, awake!
  • Sebastian. O, but one word.

    Ariel. My master through his art foresees the danger
    That you, his friend, are in; and sends me forth--
    For else his project dies--to keep them living.
    [Sings in GONZALO's ear]
    While you here do snoring lie,
    Open-eyed conspiracy
    His time doth take.
    If of life you keep a care,
    Shake off slumber, and beware:
    Awake, awake!

23 II / 1
  • Prospero my lord shall know what I have done:
    So, king, go safely on to seek...
  • Prospero my lord shall know what I have done:
    So, king, go safely on to seek thy son.
  • Alonso. Lead away.

    Ariel. Prospero my lord shall know what I have done:
    So, king, go safely on to seek thy son.

24 III / 2
  • Thou liest.
  • Thou liest.
  • Caliban. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a
    sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.

    Ariel. Thou liest.

25 III / 2
  • Thou liest; thou canst not.
  • Thou liest; thou canst not.
  • Caliban. Yea, yea, my lord: I'll yield him thee asleep,
    Where thou mayst knock a nail into his bead.

    Ariel. Thou liest; thou canst not.

26 III / 2
  • Thou liest.
  • Thou liest.
  • Stephano. Didst thou not say he lied?

    Ariel. Thou liest.

27 III / 2
  • This will I tell my master.
  • This will I tell my master.
  • Stephano. Ay, on mine honour.

    Ariel. This will I tell my master.

28 III / 3
  • You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
    That hath to instrument this lower w...
  • You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
    That hath to instrument this lower world
    And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea
    Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island
    Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men
    Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
    And even with such-like valour men hang and drown
    Their proper selves.
    [ALONSO, SEBASTIAN &c. draw their swords]
    You fools! I and my fellows
    Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
    Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
    Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
    Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
    One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
    Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
    Your swords are now too massy for your strengths
    And will not be uplifted. But remember--
    For that's my business to you--that you three
    From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
    Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it,
    Him and his innocent child: for which foul deed
    The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
    Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
    Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,
    They have bereft; and do pronounce by me:
    Lingering perdition, worse than any death
    Can be at once, shall step by step attend
    You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from--
    Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
    Upon your heads--is nothing but heart-sorrow
    And a clear life ensuing.
    [He vanishes in thunder; then, to soft music]
    enter the Shapes again, and dance, with
    mocks and mows, and carrying out the table]
  • Alonso. I will stand to and feed,
    Although my last: no matter, since I feel
    The best is past. Brother, my lord the duke,
    Stand to and do as we.
    [Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL, like a]
    harpy; claps his wings upon the table; and,
    with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes]

    Ariel. You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
    That hath to instrument this lower world
    And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea
    Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island
    Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men
    Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
    And even with such-like valour men hang and drown
    Their proper selves.
    [ALONSO, SEBASTIAN &c. draw their swords]
    You fools! I and my fellows
    Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
    Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
    Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
    Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
    One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
    Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
    Your swords are now too massy for your strengths
    And will not be uplifted. But remember--
    For that's my business to you--that you three
    From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
    Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it,
    Him and his innocent child: for which foul deed
    The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
    Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
    Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,
    They have bereft; and do pronounce by me:
    Lingering perdition, worse than any death
    Can be at once, shall step by step attend
    You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from--
    Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
    Upon your heads--is nothing but heart-sorrow
    And a clear life ensuing.
    [He vanishes in thunder; then, to soft music]
    enter the Shapes again, and dance, with
    mocks and mows, and carrying out the table]

29 IV / 1
  • What would my potent master? here I am.
  • What would my potent master? here I am.
  • Prospero. Fairly spoke.
    Sit then and talk with her; she is thine own.
    What, Ariel! my industrious servant, Ariel!

    Ariel. What would my potent master? here I am.

30 IV / 1
  • Presently?
  • Presently?
  • Prospero. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service
    Did worthily perform; and I must use you
    In such another trick. Go bring the rabble,
    O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place:
    Incite them to quick motion; for I must
    Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
    Some vanity of mine art: it is my promise,
    And they expect it from me.

    Ariel. Presently?

31 IV / 1
  • Before you can say 'come' and 'go,'
    And breathe twice and cry 'so, so,'
    ...
  • Before you can say 'come' and 'go,'
    And breathe twice and cry 'so, so,'
    Each one, tripping on his toe,
    Will be here with mop and mow.
    Do you love me, master? no?
  • Prospero. Ay, with a twink.

    Ariel. Before you can say 'come' and 'go,'
    And breathe twice and cry 'so, so,'
    Each one, tripping on his toe,
    Will be here with mop and mow.
    Do you love me, master? no?

32 IV / 1
  • Well, I conceive.
  • Well, I conceive.
  • Prospero. Dearly my delicate Ariel. Do not approach
    Till thou dost hear me call.

    Ariel. Well, I conceive.

33 IV / 1
  • Thy thoughts I cleave to. What's thy pleasure?
  • Thy thoughts I cleave to. What's thy pleasure?
  • Prospero. Come with a thought I thank thee, Ariel: come.

    Ariel. Thy thoughts I cleave to. What's thy pleasure?

34 IV / 1
  • Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
    I thought to have told thee of it,...
  • Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
    I thought to have told thee of it, but I fear'd
    Lest I might anger thee.
  • Prospero. Spirit,
    We must prepare to meet with Caliban.

    Ariel. Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
    I thought to have told thee of it, but I fear'd
    Lest I might anger thee.

35 IV / 1
  • I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
    So fun of valour that they...
  • I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
    So fun of valour that they smote the air
    For breathing in their faces; beat the ground
    For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
    Towards their project. Then I beat my tabour;
    At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd
    their ears,
    Advanced their eyelids, lifted up their noses
    As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears
    That calf-like they my lowing follow'd through
    Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss and thorns,
    Which entered their frail shins: at last I left them
    I' the filthy-mantled pool beyond your cell,
    There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake
    O'erstunk their feet.
  • Prospero. Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets?

    Ariel. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
    So fun of valour that they smote the air
    For breathing in their faces; beat the ground
    For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
    Towards their project. Then I beat my tabour;
    At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd
    their ears,
    Advanced their eyelids, lifted up their noses
    As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears
    That calf-like they my lowing follow'd through
    Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss and thorns,
    Which entered their frail shins: at last I left them
    I' the filthy-mantled pool beyond your cell,
    There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake
    O'erstunk their feet.

36 IV / 1
  • I go, I go.
  • I go, I go.
  • Prospero. This was well done, my bird.
    Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
    The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither,
    For stale to catch these thieves.

    Ariel. I go, I go.

37 IV / 1
  • Silver I there it goes, Silver!
  • Silver I there it goes, Silver!
  • Prospero. Hey, Mountain, hey!

    Ariel. Silver I there it goes, Silver!

38 IV / 1
  • Hark, they roar!
  • Hark, they roar!
  • Prospero. Fury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there! hark! hark!
    [CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, are]
    driven out]
    Go charge my goblins that they grind their joints
    With dry convulsions, shorten up their sinews
    With aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them
    Than pard or cat o' mountain.

    Ariel. Hark, they roar!

39 V / 1
  • On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord,
    You said our work should cease.
  • On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord,
    You said our work should cease.
  • Prospero. Now does my project gather to a head:
    My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time
    Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day?

    Ariel. On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord,
    You said our work should cease.

40 V / 1
  • Confined together
    In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
    Just as you...
  • Confined together
    In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
    Just as you left them; all prisoners, sir,
    In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell;
    They cannot budge till your release. The king,
    His brother and yours, abide all three distracted
    And the remainder mourning over them,
    Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly
    Him that you term'd, sir, 'The good old lord Gonzalo;'
    His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops
    From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em
    That if you now beheld them, your affections
    Would become tender.
  • Prospero. I did say so,
    When first I raised the tempest. Say, my spirit,
    How fares the king and's followers?

    Ariel. Confined together
    In the same fashion as you gave in charge,
    Just as you left them; all prisoners, sir,
    In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell;
    They cannot budge till your release. The king,
    His brother and yours, abide all three distracted
    And the remainder mourning over them,
    Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly
    Him that you term'd, sir, 'The good old lord Gonzalo;'
    His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops
    From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em
    That if you now beheld them, your affections
    Would become tender.

41 V / 1
  • Mine would, sir, were I human.
  • Mine would, sir, were I human.
  • Prospero. Dost thou think so, spirit?

    Ariel. Mine would, sir, were I human.

42 V / 1
  • I'll fetch them, sir.
  • I'll fetch them, sir.
  • Prospero. And mine shall.
    Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
    Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,
    One of their kind, that relish all as sharply,
    Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art?
    Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick,
    Yet with my nobler reason 'gaitist my fury
    Do I take part: the rarer action is
    In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent,
    The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
    Not a frown further. Go release them, Ariel:
    My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore,
    And they shall be themselves.

    Ariel. I'll fetch them, sir.

43 V / 1
  • I drink the air before me, and return
    Or ere your pulse twice beat.
  • I drink the air before me, and return
    Or ere your pulse twice beat.
  • Prospero. Why, that's my dainty Ariel! I shall miss thee:
    But yet thou shalt have freedom: so, so, so.
    To the king's ship, invisible as thou art:
    There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
    Under the hatches; the master and the boatswain
    Being awake, enforce them to this place,
    And presently, I prithee.

    Ariel. I drink the air before me, and return
    Or ere your pulse twice beat.

44 V / 1
  • [Aside to PROSPERO] Sir, all this service
    Have I done since I went.
  • [Aside to PROSPERO] Sir, all this service
    Have I done since I went.
  • Boatswain. The best news is, that we have safely found
    Our king and company; the next, our ship--
    Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split--
    Is tight and yare and bravely rigg'd as when
    We first put out to sea.

    Ariel. [Aside to PROSPERO] Sir, all this service
    Have I done since I went.

45 V / 1
  • [Aside to PROSPERO] Was't well done?
  • [Aside to PROSPERO] Was't well done?
  • Boatswain. If I did think, sir, I were well awake,
    I'ld strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep,
    And--how we know not--all clapp'd under hatches;
    Where but even now with strange and several noises
    Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains,
    And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,
    We were awaked; straightway, at liberty;
    Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld
    Our royal, good and gallant ship, our master
    Capering to eye her: on a trice, so please you,
    Even in a dream, were we divided from them
    And were brought moping hither.

    Ariel. [Aside to PROSPERO] Was't well done?

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