As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.

– William Shakespeare

The Tempest, Epilogue. In the final lines of his closing speech, after forgiving the shipwreck passengers for their former betrayals, Prospero asks the audience for their forgiveness and his own freedom. He is about depart the island where he has been exiled and retake the dukedom of Milan. He is a happy and satisfied man who has avenged the wrongs done to him and made his enemies see the enormity of their crime.