And now my charms are all o'erthrown
And what strength I have's mine own
Which is most faint; now t'is true
I must here be released by you

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 your crimes would pardon'd be
Let your indulgence set me free.


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Prospero's Speech song meanings
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    General CommentGORGEOUS song. Love it a lot.
    strybook23on May 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLovely...
    Sirius1on June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentComplex enough, this is actually the final speech of an actor in Shakesperean times. ("The Tempest" in this case, where the magiciian Prospero is one of the main figures) Plays ended with the actors saying their thanks to the audience. So, as magical as it sounds, it's a rather mundane matter.

    Doesn't change the fact, that it's a breathtaking piece, though. =)
    crystaleeron August 14, 2006   Link

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