William Shakespeare - Our Revels Now Are Ended - John Gielgud

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Sir John Gielgud performs Prospero's Our Revels Now Are Ended speech - The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1

Our Revels Now Are Ended
The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1
by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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,
Yea, 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.

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