Arial: All hail, great master! Grave Sir, hail! I come To answer thy best pleasure; be it to fly, To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride On the curled clouds, -- to thy strong bidding task Ariel and all his quality. [Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform'd to point the tempest that I bade thee?]1 Ariel: I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flamed amazement: sometime [I'ld]2 divide, And burn in many [places;]3 [on the topmast, The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly, Then meet and join. Jove's lightnings, the precursors O' the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary And sight-outrunning were not; the fire and cracks Of sulphurous roaring the most mighty Neptune Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble, Yea, his dread trident shake.]1
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1 omitted by Saariaho.
2 Saariaho: "I'd"
3 Saariaho: "places."
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), no title, appears in The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2 (Ariel) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952), "Ariel's Hail", 2000, published 2004? [soprano, harp, and flute], from The Tempest Songbook, no. 1
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (François Pierre Guillaume Guizot)
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Andrea Maffei) , no title, first published 1869
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