From which act in The Tempest does the quote below come, and what are the circumstances in which it is spoken?

But this rough magic

I here abjure; and when I have required

Some heavenly music (which even now I do),

To work mine end upon their senses that

This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,

Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,

And deeper than did ever plummet sound

I'll drown my book.


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Prospero speaks these lines in act 5, scene 1 of The Tempest. This is the last scene of the play.

Prospero tells Ariel he is ready to forgive and release the prisoners if they are penitent. He instructs Ariel to free the men so he can break the spell and return them to their senses.

In this soliloquy , Prospero draws a magic circle and addresses magical beings. He has used magic throughout the play, but now he says he will give it up forever. Prospero gestures...

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