Thursday, February 7, 2008
The Tempest's Miranda
I've been posting art that illustrates stories, and here's another one...
by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Miranda asks her father if his sorcery has sunk the vessel, saying:
O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer! a brave vessel
(Who had no doubt some noble creature in her)
Dashed all to pieces! O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart! Poor souls, they perished!
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere
It should the good ship so have swallowed and
The fraughting souls within her.
Prospero answers her, "Be collected. / No more amazement. Tell your piteous heart / There's no harm done."