Speeches (Lines) for Boatswain in "The Tempest"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 1
  • Here, master: what cheer?
  • Here, master: what cheer?
  • Master. Boatswain!

    Boatswain. Here, master: what cheer?

2 I / 1
  • Heigh, my hearts! cheerly, cheerly, my hearts!
    yare, yare! Take in the topsa...
  • 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]
  • Master. Good, speak to the mariners: fall to't, yarely,
    or we run ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.

    Boatswain. 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]

3 I / 1
  • I pray now, keep below.
  • I pray now, keep below.
  • Alonso. Good boatswain, have care. Where's the master?
    Play the men.

    Boatswain. I pray now, keep below.

4 I / 1
  • Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep your
    cabins: you do assist the...
  • Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep your
    cabins: you do assist the storm.
  • Antonio. Where is the master, boatswain?

    Boatswain. Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep your
    cabins: you do assist the storm.

5 I / 1
  • When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers
    for the name of king? To ca...
  • When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers
    for the name of king? To cabin: silence! trouble us not.
  • Gonzalo. Nay, good, be patient.

    Boatswain. When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers
    for the name of king? To cabin: silence! trouble us not.

6 I / 1
  • None that I more love than myself. You are a
    counsellor; if you can command...
  • 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.
  • Gonzalo. Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard.

    Boatswain. 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.

7 I / 1
  • Down with the topmast! yare! lower, lower! Bring
    her to try with main-course...
  • 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?
  • Gonzalo. 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.

    Boatswain. 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?

8 I / 1
  • Work you then.
  • Work you then.
  • Sebastian. A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous,
    incharitable dog!

    Boatswain. Work you then.

9 I / 1
  • Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set her two courses off to
    sea again; lay her off.
  • Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set her two courses off to
    sea again; lay her off.
  • Gonzalo. I'll warrant him for drowning; though the ship were
    no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an
    unstanched wench.

    Boatswain. Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set her two courses off to
    sea again; lay her off.

10 I / 1
  • What, must our mouths be cold?
  • What, must our mouths be cold?
  • Mariners. All lost! to prayers, to prayers! all lost!

    Boatswain. What, must our mouths be cold?

11 V / 1
  • The best news is, that we have safely found
    Our king and company; the next,...
  • 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.
  • Gonzalo. Be it so! Amen!
    [Re-enter ARIEL, with the Master and Boatswain]
    amazedly following]
    O, look, sir, look, sir! here is more of us:
    I prophesied, if a gallows were on land,
    This fellow could not drown. Now, blasphemy,
    That swear'st grace o'erboard, not an oath on shore?
    Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the news?

    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.

12 V / 1
  • If I did think, sir, I were well awake,
    I'ld strive to tell you. We were dea...
  • 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.
  • Alonso. These are not natural events; they strengthen
    From strange to stranger. Say, how came you hither?

    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.

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