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The Tempest

The Tempest


by William Shakespeare

The Tempest Man and the Natural World Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the 2008 Norton edition.

Quote #10

   Where the bee sucks. there suck I:
   In a cowslip's bell I lie.
   There I couch when owls do cry. 
   On the bat's back I do fly
   After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bow
. (5.1.98-104)

Ariel sings of the natural world as he dresses Prospero in his hat and sword so Prospero can be recognized by the courtly folks. This is Ariel's last direct act for Prospero—he embraces the natural world while he dresses Prospero for the world of the court. This seems to be Ariel's delicate way of saying goodbye, which is kind of beautiful.

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