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Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not approach, Till thou dost hear me call.
Well I conceive.
Pro. Look, thou be true; do not give dalliance Too much the rein; the strongest oaths are straw To the fire i' the blood: be more abstemious,
Or else, good night, your vow!
Fer. I warrant you, sir; The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart Abates the ardour of my liver.
Pro. Well.Now come, my Ariel; bring a corollary,1 Rather than want a spirit; appear, and pertly.No tongue; all eyes; be silent. [Soft music.
A Masque. Enter Iris.
Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and pease; Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep; Thy banks with peonied and lilied brims, Which spongy April at thy hest2 betrims, To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom groves,
Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,
Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,
Cer. Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er (2) Command.
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
On the bless'd lovers.
Tell me, heavenly bow,
Cutting the clouds towards Paphos; and her son Dove-drawn with her: here thought they to have
Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
rows, And be a boy right out.
Highest queen of state, Great Juno comes; I know her by her gait.
Juno. How does my bounteous sister? Go with
To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be, And honour'd in their issue.
Juno. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Earth's increase, and foizon1 plenty;
Fer. This is a most majestic vision, and Harmonious charmingly : May I be bold To think these spirits?
Spirits, which by mine art I have from their confines call'd to enact
My present fancies.
Let me live here ever;
[Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on employment.
Sweet now, silence;
Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
Iris. You nymphs, call'd Naiads, of the wand'ring brooks,
With your sedg'd crowns, and ever harmless looks, Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land Answer your summons; Juno does command:
(1) Abundance. (2) Able to produce such wonders
Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate A contract of true love; be not too late.
Enter certain Nymphs.
You sun-burn'd sicklemen, of August weary,
Enter certain Reapers, properly habited; they join with the Nymphs in a graceful dance; towards the end whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks; after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish.
Pro. [Aside.] I had forgot that foul conspiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, life; the minute of their plot
Against my Is almost come.-[To the Spirits.] Well done;avoid-no more.
Fer. This is most strange: your father's in some passion
That works him strongly.
Never till this day, Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper'd. Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd 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, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve; And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,!
Leave not a rack behind: We are such stuff
If you be pleas'd, retire into my cell,
We wish your peace. [Exeunt. Pro. Come with a thought:-I thank you :Ariel, come.
Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to; What's thy pleasure? Pro.
We must prepare to meet with Caliban.
I thought to have told thee of it; but I fear'd,
Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets?
Ari. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
So full of valour, that they smote the air
Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses,
(1) A body of clouds in motion; but it is most probable that the author wrote track.