“…like the baseless fabric of this vision…”

Image: George Henry Hall: “Miranda” (from “The Tempest”), 1856.

From: Act IV, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1611):

“Prospero. You do look, my son, in a moved sort,

As if you were dismay’d: be cheerful, sir.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and

Are melted into air, into thin air:

And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve

And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex’d;

Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:

Be not disturb’d with my infirmity:

If you be pleased, retire into my cell

And there repose: a turn or two I’ll walk,

To still my beating mind.”

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