O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer! A brave vessel,
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,
Dash’d 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.
– William Shakespeare
The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2. Miranda is a very empathetic and sympathetic person and feels the suffering of those on board the ship caught in the wild tempest. She believes that they have drowned. But if she were a god with power, she tells her father Prospero, instead of sinking the ship she would sink the seas so that the ship and passengers could be saved.