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ACT THE FIRST.
The Cell of PROSPERO.
Enter PROSPERO, meeting MIRANDA, Pro. Miranda, where's your sister?
Mir. Sir, I saw her
Pro. Be collected;
Mir. More to know
Pro. 'Tis time,
[Lays down his Mantle and Wand.
Mir. You have often
Pro. The hour's now come;
ope Obey, and be attentive. [MIRANDA sits down. Canst thou remember A time before we came unto this cell ? I do not think thou canst; for then thou wast not Out three
Pro. By what? by any other house, or person?
Mir. 'Tis far off ; And rather like a dream than an assurance That my remembrance warrants :-Had I not Four or five women once, that tended me? Pro. Thou hadst, and more, Miranda : But how
is it, That this lives in thy mind? What see'st thou else In the dark backward and abysme of time? If thou remember'st aught, ere thou cam’st here, How thou cam’st here, thou may’st.
Mir. But that I do not.