April 30, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 12

The end of an era

Jackson Silvanik, man of great intellect, will henceforth end his illustriouswriting career for The Georgetonian.

Jackson Silvanik, man of great intellect, will henceforth end his illustriouswriting career for The Georgetonian.

In this last tempest. I perceive these lords

At this encounter do so much admire

That they devour their reason and scarce

think

Their eyes do offices of truth, their words

Are natural breath: but, howsoe’er you have

Been justled from your senses, know for

certain

That I am Prospero and that very duke

Which was thrust forth of Milan, who most

strangely

Upon this shore, where you were wreck’d,

was landed,

To be the lord on’t. No more yet of this;

For ‘tis a chronicle of day by day,

Not a relation for a breakfast nor

Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir;

This cell’s my court: here have I few

attendants

To explain this picture would only cheapen its value.

To explain this picture would only cheapen its value.

And subjects none abroad: pray you, look in.

My dukedom since you have given me again,

I will requite you with as good a thing;

At least bring forth a wonder, to content ye

As much as me my dukedom.

Now my charms are all o’erthrown,

And what strength I have’s mine own,

Which is most faint: now, ‘tis true,

I must be here confined by you,

Or sent to Naples. Let me not,

Since I have my dukedom got

And pardon’d the deceiver, dwell

In this bare island by your spell;

But release me from my bands

With the help of your good hands:

Gentle breath of yours my sails

Must fill, or else my project fails,

Which was to please. Now I want

Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,

And my ending is despair,

Unless I be relieved by prayer,

Which pierces so that it assaults

Mercy itself and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon’d be,

Let your indulgence set me free.

-William Shakespeare,

Courtesy of http://www.william-shakespeare.info

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