Speeches (Lines) for Ferdinand in "The Tempest"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 2
  • Where should this music be? i' the air or the earth?
    It sounds no more: and...
  • Where should this music be? i' the air or the earth?
    It sounds no more: and sure, it waits upon
    Some god o' the island. Sitting on a bank,
    Weeping again the king my father's wreck,
    This music crept by me upon the waters,
    Allaying both their fury and my passion
    With its sweet air: thence I have follow'd it,
    Or it hath drawn me rather. But 'tis gone.
    No, it begins again.
    [ARIEL sings]
    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
    [Burthen Ding-dong]
    Hark! now I hear them,--Ding-dong, bell.
  • Prospero. So, slave; hence!
    [Exit CALIBAN]
    [Re-enter ARIEL, invisible, playing and singing;]
    FERDINAND following]
    ARIEL'S song.
    Come unto these yellow sands,
    And then take hands:
    Courtsied when you have and kiss'd
    The wild waves whist,
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
    Hark, hark!
    [Burthen [dispersedly, within] Bow-wow]
    The watch-dogs bark!
    [Burthen Bow-wow]
    Hark, hark! I hear
    The strain of strutting chanticleer
    Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.

    Ferdinand. Where should this music be? i' the air or the earth?
    It sounds no more: and sure, it waits upon
    Some god o' the island. Sitting on a bank,
    Weeping again the king my father's wreck,
    This music crept by me upon the waters,
    Allaying both their fury and my passion
    With its sweet air: thence I have follow'd it,
    Or it hath drawn me rather. But 'tis gone.
    No, it begins again.
    [ARIEL sings]
    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
    [Burthen Ding-dong]
    Hark! now I hear them,--Ding-dong, bell.

2 I / 2
  • The ditty does remember my drown'd father.
    This is no mortal business, nor n...
  • The ditty does remember my drown'd father.
    This is no mortal business, nor no sound
    That the earth owes. I hear it now above me.
  • Ferdinand. Where should this music be? i' the air or the earth?
    It sounds no more: and sure, it waits upon
    Some god o' the island. Sitting on a bank,
    Weeping again the king my father's wreck,
    This music crept by me upon the waters,
    Allaying both their fury and my passion
    With its sweet air: thence I have follow'd it,
    Or it hath drawn me rather. But 'tis gone.
    No, it begins again.
    [ARIEL sings]
    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
    [Burthen Ding-dong]
    Hark! now I hear them,--Ding-dong, bell.

    Ferdinand. The ditty does remember my drown'd father.
    This is no mortal business, nor no sound
    That the earth owes. I hear it now above me.

3 I / 2
  • Most sure, the goddess
    On whom these airs attend! Vouchsafe my prayer
    Ma...
  • Most sure, the goddess
    On whom these airs attend! Vouchsafe my prayer
    May know if you remain upon this island;
    And that you will some good instruction give
    How I may bear me here: my prime request,
    Which I do last pronounce, is, O you wonder!
    If you be maid or no?
  • Prospero. [Aside] It goes on, I see,
    As my soul prompts it. Spirit, fine spirit! I'll free thee
    Within two days for this.

    Ferdinand. Most sure, the goddess
    On whom these airs attend! Vouchsafe my prayer
    May know if you remain upon this island;
    And that you will some good instruction give
    How I may bear me here: my prime request,
    Which I do last pronounce, is, O you wonder!
    If you be maid or no?

4 I / 2
  • My language! heavens!
    I am the best of them that speak this speech,
    Were...
  • My language! heavens!
    I am the best of them that speak this speech,
    Were I but where 'tis spoken.
  • Miranda. No wonder, sir;
    But certainly a maid.

    Ferdinand. My language! heavens!
    I am the best of them that speak this speech,
    Were I but where 'tis spoken.

5 I / 2
  • A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
    To hear thee speak of Naples. He d...
  • A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
    To hear thee speak of Naples. He does hear me;
    And that he does I weep: myself am Naples,
    Who with mine eyes, never since at ebb, beheld
    The king my father wreck'd.
  • Prospero. How? the best?
    What wert thou, if the King of Naples heard thee?

    Ferdinand. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
    To hear thee speak of Naples. He does hear me;
    And that he does I weep: myself am Naples,
    Who with mine eyes, never since at ebb, beheld
    The king my father wreck'd.

6 I / 2
  • Yes, faith, and all his lords; the Duke of Milan
    And his brave son being twa...
  • Yes, faith, and all his lords; the Duke of Milan
    And his brave son being twain.
  • Miranda. Alack, for mercy!

    Ferdinand. Yes, faith, and all his lords; the Duke of Milan
    And his brave son being twain.

7 I / 2
  • O, if a virgin,
    And your affection not gone forth, I'll make you
    The que...
  • O, if a virgin,
    And your affection not gone forth, I'll make you
    The queen of Naples.
  • Miranda. Why speaks my father so ungently? This
    Is the third man that e'er I saw, the first
    That e'er I sigh'd for: pity move my father
    To be inclined my way!

    Ferdinand. O, if a virgin,
    And your affection not gone forth, I'll make you
    The queen of Naples.

8 I / 2
  • No, as I am a man.
  • No, as I am a man.
  • Prospero. Soft, sir! one word more.
    [Aside]
    They are both in either's powers; but this swift business
    I must uneasy make, lest too light winning
    Make the prize light.
    [To FERDINAND]
    One word more; I charge thee
    That thou attend me: thou dost here usurp
    The name thou owest not; and hast put thyself
    Upon this island as a spy, to win it
    From me, the lord on't.

    Ferdinand. No, as I am a man.

9 I / 2
  • No;
    I will resist such entertainment till
    Mine enemy has more power.
  • No;
    I will resist such entertainment till
    Mine enemy has more power.
  • Prospero. Follow me.
    Speak not you for him; he's a traitor. Come;
    I'll manacle thy neck and feet together:
    Sea-water shalt thou drink; thy food shall be
    The fresh-brook muscles, wither'd roots and husks
    Wherein the acorn cradled. Follow.

    Ferdinand. No;
    I will resist such entertainment till
    Mine enemy has more power.

10 I / 2
  • So they are;
    My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.
    My father's lo...
  • So they are;
    My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.
    My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
    The wreck of all my friends, nor this man's threats,
    To whom I am subdued, are but light to me,
    Might I but through my prison once a day
    Behold this maid: all corners else o' the earth
    Let liberty make use of; space enough
    Have I in such a prison.
  • Prospero. Come on; obey:
    Thy nerves are in their infancy again
    And have no vigour in them.

    Ferdinand. So they are;
    My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.
    My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
    The wreck of all my friends, nor this man's threats,
    To whom I am subdued, are but light to me,
    Might I but through my prison once a day
    Behold this maid: all corners else o' the earth
    Let liberty make use of; space enough
    Have I in such a prison.

11 III / 1
  • There be some sports are painful, and their labour
    Delight in them sets off:...
  • There be some sports are painful, and their labour
    Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness
    Are nobly undergone and most poor matters
    Point to rich ends. This my mean task
    Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
    The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead
    And makes my labours pleasures: O, she is
    Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
    And he's composed of harshness. I must remove
    Some thousands of these logs and pile them up,
    Upon a sore injunction: my sweet mistress
    Weeps when she sees me work, and says, such baseness
    Had never like executor. I forget:
    But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours,
    Most busy lest, when I do it.
  • Stephano. O brave monster! Lead the way.

    Ferdinand. There be some sports are painful, and their labour
    Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness
    Are nobly undergone and most poor matters
    Point to rich ends. This my mean task
    Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
    The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead
    And makes my labours pleasures: O, she is
    Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
    And he's composed of harshness. I must remove
    Some thousands of these logs and pile them up,
    Upon a sore injunction: my sweet mistress
    Weeps when she sees me work, and says, such baseness
    Had never like executor. I forget:
    But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours,
    Most busy lest, when I do it.

12 III / 1
  • O most dear mistress,
    The sun will set before I shall discharge
    What I m...
  • O most dear mistress,
    The sun will set before I shall discharge
    What I must strive to do.
  • Miranda. Alas, now, pray you,
    Work not so hard: I would the lightning had
    Burnt up those logs that you are enjoin'd to pile!
    Pray, set it down and rest you: when this burns,
    'Twill weep for having wearied you. My father
    Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself;
    He's safe for these three hours.

    Ferdinand. O most dear mistress,
    The sun will set before I shall discharge
    What I must strive to do.

13 III / 1
  • No, precious creature;
    I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
    Than...
  • No, precious creature;
    I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
    Than you should such dishonour undergo,
    While I sit lazy by.
  • Miranda. If you'll sit down,
    I'll bear your logs the while: pray, give me that;
    I'll carry it to the pile.

    Ferdinand. No, precious creature;
    I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
    Than you should such dishonour undergo,
    While I sit lazy by.

14 III / 1
  • No, noble mistress;'tis fresh morning with me
    When you are by at night. I do...
  • No, noble mistress;'tis fresh morning with me
    When you are by at night. I do beseech you--
    Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers--
    What is your name?
  • Miranda. You look wearily.

    Ferdinand. No, noble mistress;'tis fresh morning with me
    When you are by at night. I do beseech you--
    Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers--
    What is your name?

15 III / 1
  • Admired Miranda!
    Indeed the top of admiration! worth
    What's dearest to t...
  • Admired Miranda!
    Indeed the top of admiration! worth
    What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady
    I have eyed with best regard and many a time
    The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
    Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues
    Have I liked several women; never any
    With so fun soul, but some defect in her
    Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed
    And put it to the foil: but you, O you,
    So perfect and so peerless, are created
    Of every creature's best!
  • Miranda. Miranda.--O my father,
    I have broke your hest to say so!

    Ferdinand. Admired Miranda!
    Indeed the top of admiration! worth
    What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady
    I have eyed with best regard and many a time
    The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
    Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues
    Have I liked several women; never any
    With so fun soul, but some defect in her
    Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed
    And put it to the foil: but you, O you,
    So perfect and so peerless, are created
    Of every creature's best!

16 III / 1
  • I am in my condition
    A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;
    I would, not...
  • I am in my condition
    A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;
    I would, not so!--and would no more endure
    This wooden slavery than to suffer
    The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speak:
    The very instant that I saw you, did
    My heart fly to your service; there resides,
    To make me slave to it; and for your sake
    Am I this patient log--man.
  • Miranda. I do not know
    One of my sex; no woman's face remember,
    Save, from my glass, mine own; nor have I seen
    More that I may call men than you, good friend,
    And my dear father: how features are abroad,
    I am skilless of; but, by my modesty,
    The jewel in my dower, I would not wish
    Any companion in the world but you,
    Nor can imagination form a shape,
    Besides yourself, to like of. But I prattle
    Something too wildly and my father's precepts
    I therein do forget.

    Ferdinand. I am in my condition
    A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;
    I would, not so!--and would no more endure
    This wooden slavery than to suffer
    The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speak:
    The very instant that I saw you, did
    My heart fly to your service; there resides,
    To make me slave to it; and for your sake
    Am I this patient log--man.

17 III / 1
  • O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound
    And crown what I profess with...
  • O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound
    And crown what I profess with kind event
    If I speak true! if hollowly, invert
    What best is boded me to mischief! I
    Beyond all limit of what else i' the world
    Do love, prize, honour you.
  • Miranda. Do you love me?

    Ferdinand. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound
    And crown what I profess with kind event
    If I speak true! if hollowly, invert
    What best is boded me to mischief! I
    Beyond all limit of what else i' the world
    Do love, prize, honour you.

18 III / 1
  • Wherefore weep you?
  • Wherefore weep you?
  • Prospero. Fair encounter
    Of two most rare affections! Heavens rain grace
    On that which breeds between 'em!

    Ferdinand. Wherefore weep you?

19 III / 1
  • My mistress, dearest;
    And I thus humble ever.
  • My mistress, dearest;
    And I thus humble ever.
  • Miranda. At mine unworthiness that dare not offer
    What I desire to give, and much less take
    What I shall die to want. But this is trifling;
    And all the more it seeks to hide itself,
    The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning!
    And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!
    I am your wife, it you will marry me;
    If not, I'll die your maid: to be your fellow
    You may deny me; but I'll be your servant,
    Whether you will or no.

    Ferdinand. My mistress, dearest;
    And I thus humble ever.

20 III / 1
  • Ay, with a heart as willing
    As bondage e'er of freedom: here's my hand.
  • Ay, with a heart as willing
    As bondage e'er of freedom: here's my hand.
  • Miranda. My husband, then?

    Ferdinand. Ay, with a heart as willing
    As bondage e'er of freedom: here's my hand.

21 III / 1
  • A thousand thousand!
  • A thousand thousand!
  • Miranda. And mine, with my heart in't; and now farewell
    Till half an hour hence.

    Ferdinand. A thousand thousand!

22 IV / 1
  • I do believe it
    Against an oracle.
  • I do believe it
    Against an oracle.
  • Prospero. If I have too austerely punish'd you,
    Your compensation makes amends, for I
    Have given you here a third of mine own life,
    Or that for which I live; who once again
    I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations
    Were but my trials of thy love and thou
    Hast strangely stood the test here, afore Heaven,
    I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand,
    Do not smile at me that I boast her off,
    For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise
    And make it halt behind her.

    Ferdinand. I do believe it
    Against an oracle.

23 IV / 1
  • As I hope
    For quiet days, fair issue and long life,
    With such love as 't...
  • As I hope
    For quiet days, fair issue and long life,
    With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den,
    The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion.
    Our worser genius can, shall never melt
    Mine honour into lust, to take away
    The edge of that day's celebration
    When I shall think: or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,
    Or Night kept chain'd below.
  • Prospero. Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition
    Worthily purchased take my daughter: but
    If thou dost break her virgin-knot before
    All sanctimonious ceremonies may
    With full and holy rite be minister'd,
    No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
    To make this contract grow: but barren hate,
    Sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew
    The union of your bed with weeds so loathly
    That you shall hate it both: therefore take heed,
    As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

    Ferdinand. As I hope
    For quiet days, fair issue and long life,
    With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den,
    The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion.
    Our worser genius can, shall never melt
    Mine honour into lust, to take away
    The edge of that day's celebration
    When I shall think: or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,
    Or Night kept chain'd below.

24 IV / 1
  • I warrant you sir;
    The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
    Abates the a...
  • I warrant you sir;
    The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
    Abates the ardour of my liver.
  • Prospero. Look thou be true; do not give dalliance
    Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw
    To the fire i' the blood: be more abstemious,
    Or else, good night your vow!

    Ferdinand. I warrant you sir;
    The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
    Abates the ardour of my liver.

25 IV / 1
  • This is a most majestic vision, and
    Harmoniously charmingly. May I be bold <...
  • This is a most majestic vision, and
    Harmoniously charmingly. May I be bold
    To think these spirits?
  • Ceres. Earth's increase, foison plenty,
    Barns and garners never empty,
    Vines and clustering bunches growing,
    Plants with goodly burthen bowing;
    Spring come to you at the farthest
    In the very end of harvest!
    Scarcity and want shall shun you;
    Ceres' blessing so is on you.

    Ferdinand. This is a most majestic vision, and
    Harmoniously charmingly. May I be bold
    To think these spirits?

26 IV / 1
  • Let me live here ever;
    So rare a wonder'd father and a wife
    Makes this p...
  • Let me live here ever;
    So rare a wonder'd father and a wife
    Makes this place Paradise.
    [Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on]
    employment]
  • Prospero. Spirits, which by mine art
    I have from their confines call'd to enact
    My present fancies.

    Ferdinand. Let me live here ever;
    So rare a wonder'd father and a wife
    Makes this place Paradise.
    [Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on]
    employment]

27 IV / 1
  • This is strange: your father's in some passion
    That works him strongly.
  • This is strange: your father's in some passion
    That works him strongly.
  • Prospero. [Aside] I had forgot that foul conspiracy
    Of the beast Caliban and his confederates
    Against my life: the minute of their plot
    Is almost come.
    [To the Spirits]
    Well done! avoid; no more!

    Ferdinand. This is strange: your father's in some passion
    That works him strongly.

28 IV / 1
  • [with Miranda] We wish your peace.
  • [with Miranda] We wish your peace.
  • Prospero. You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
    As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
    Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits and
    Are melted into air, into thin air:
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
    Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
    Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:
    If you be pleased, retire into my cell
    And there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,
    To still my beating mind.

    Ferdinand. [with Miranda] We wish your peace.

29 V / 1
  • No, my dear'st love,
    I would not for the world.
  • No, my dear'st love,
    I would not for the world.
  • Miranda. Sweet lord, you play me false.

    Ferdinand. No, my dear'st love,
    I would not for the world.

30 V / 1
  • Though the seas threaten, they are merciful;
    I have cursed them without caus...
  • Though the seas threaten, they are merciful;
    I have cursed them without cause.
  • Sebastian. A most high miracle!

    Ferdinand. Though the seas threaten, they are merciful;
    I have cursed them without cause.

31 V / 1
  • Sir, she is mortal;
    But by immortal Providence she's mine:
    I chose her w...
  • Sir, she is mortal;
    But by immortal Providence she's mine:
    I chose her when I could not ask my father
    For his advice, nor thought I had one. She
    Is daughter to this famous Duke of Milan,
    Of whom so often I have heard renown,
    But never saw before; of whom I have
    Received a second life; and second father
    This lady makes him to me.
  • Alonso. What is this maid with whom thou wast at play?
    Your eld'st acquaintance cannot be three hours:
    Is she the goddess that hath sever'd us,
    And brought us thus together?

    Ferdinand. Sir, she is mortal;
    But by immortal Providence she's mine:
    I chose her when I could not ask my father
    For his advice, nor thought I had one. She
    Is daughter to this famous Duke of Milan,
    Of whom so often I have heard renown,
    But never saw before; of whom I have
    Received a second life; and second father
    This lady makes him to me.

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