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And my dear father : how features are abroad, Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid :** i am skill-less of; but, by my modesty,

thy eyes are almost set in thy heau. (The jewel in my dower,) I would not wish Trin. Where should they be set else ? he were : Any companion in the world but you ;

brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail. Nor can imagination form a shape,

Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in Beside yourself, to like of; But I prattle

sack : for my part, the sea cannot drown me: I Something too wildly, and my father's precepts swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty Therein forget.

leagues, off and on, by this light. — Thou shalt be Fer. I am, in my condition,

my lieutenant, monster, or my standard. A prince, Miranda ; I do think, a king;

Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no (I would, not so !) and would no more endure standard. This wooden slavery, than I would suffer

Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster. The flesh-fly blow my mouth. - Hear my soul Trin. Nor go neither : but you'll lie, like dogs ; speak;

and yet say nothing neither. The very instant that I saw you, did

Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou My heart fly to your service; there resides,

beest a good moon-calf. To make me slave to it; and for your sake,

Cal. How does thy honour ? Let me lick thy Am I this patient log-man.

shoe : Mira.

Do you love me? I'll not serve him, he is not valiant. Fer O heaven, 0 earth, bear witness to this Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster ; I am sound,

in case to justle a constable : why, thou deboshed And crown what I profess with kind event,

fish thou, was there ever a man a coward, that hath If I speak true ; if hollowly, invert

drunk so much sack as I to-day ? Wilt thou tell What best is boded me, to mischief! I,

a monstrous lie, being but half a fish, and half a Beyond all limit of what else i’ the world,

monster ? Do love, prize, honour you.

Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, Mira.

I am a fool, To weep at what I am glad of.

Trin. Lord, quoth he! that a monster should Pro.

Fair encounter be such a natural ! Of two most rare affections! Heavens rain grace Cal. Lo, lo, again ! bite him to death, I pr'ythee. On that which breeds between them !

Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head; Fer.

Wherefore weep you ? | if you prove a mutineer, the next tree – Mira. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indigWhat I desire to give ; and much less take,

nity What I die to want: But this is trifling; Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thot be And all the more it seeks to hide itself,

pleased The bigger bulk it shews. Hence, bashful cun- To hearken once again the suit I made thee? ning!

Ste. Marry will I : kneel and repeat it; I will And prompt me, plain and holy innocence !

stand, and so shall Trinculo. I am your wife, if you will marry me;

Enter Ariel, invisible.
If not I'll die your maid : to be your fellow
You may deny me; but I'll be your servant,

Cal. As I told thee
Whether you will or no.

Before, I am subject to a tyrant ; Fer.

My mistress, dearest, A sorcerer, that by his cunning hath
And I thus humble ever.

Cheated me of this island.
My husband then ?


Thou liest. Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing

Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou; As bondage e'er of freedom : here's my hand. I would, my valiant master would destroy thee: Mira. And mine, with my heart in't : And now

I do not lie. farewell,

Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in Till half an hour hence.

his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your Fer.

A thousand ! thousand ! teeth.

(Exeunt Fer. and Mir. Trin. Why, I said nothing. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be,

Ste. Mum then, and no more. — [To Caliban.) Who are surpriz'd with all ; but my rejoicing

Proceed. At nothing can be more. I'll to my book;

Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle ; For yet ere supper time, must I perform

From me he got it. If thy greatness will Much business appertaining.

Eru. Revenge it on him - for, I know, thou dar'st;

But this thing dare not. SCENE II. Another part of the Island.

Ste. That's most certain.

Cal. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thec. Enter Srephano and Trinculo; Caliban follow

Ste. How now shall this be compassed? ing with a bottle.

thou bring me to the party? Ste. Tell not me; — when the butt is oui, we Cal. Yea, yea, my lord ; I'll yield him thee asleep, will drink water; not a drop before: therefore bear Where thou may'st knock a nail into his head. up, and board 'em : Servant-monster, drink to me. Ari. Thou liest, thou canst not.

Trin. Servant-monster ? the folly of this island ! Cal. What a pied ninny's this? They say, there's but five upon this isle: we are

patch! three of them ; if the other two be brained like us, I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows, te stale wiers.

And take his bottle from him : when that's gone.

Thou scurty


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He shall drink nought but brine; for I'll not shew Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by him

the picture of No-body. Where the quick freshes are.

Ste. If thou beest a man, shew thysca in thy Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: in- likeness : if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list. terrupt the monster one word further, and, by this Trin. O, forgive me my sins ! hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a Ste. He that dies, pays all debts : I defy thee :stock-fish of thee.

Mercy upon us ! Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing ; I'll go Cal. Art thou afeard ? further off.

Ste. No, monster, not I. Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?

Cal. Be not afeard ; the isle is full of noises, Ari. Thou liest.

Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Ste. Do I so? take thou that. (Strikes him.] As Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments you like this, give me the lie another time.

Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, Trin. I did not give the lie: - Out o' your wits, That, if I then had wak’d after long sleep, and hearing too? A pox o' your bottle! this will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, can sack, and drinking do. - A murrain on your The clouds, methought, would open and shew riches monster, and the devil take your fingers !

Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d, Cal. Ha, ha, ha!

I cry'd to dream again. Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Pr’ythee stand Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where further off.

I shall have my musick for nothing. Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time,

Cal. When Prospero is destroyed. I'll beat him too.

Ste. That shall be by and by : I remember the story. Ste. Stand further - Come, proceed.

Trin. The sound is going away: let's follow it, Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him and after, do our work. l' the afternoon to sleep : there thou may'st brain Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow. - I would, I him,

could see this taborer : he lays it on. Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log

Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano. (Exeunt. Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake, Or cut his wezand with thy knife: Remember, SCENE III. – Another part of the Island. First to possess his books; for without them He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not

Enter Alonso, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, One spirit to command: They all do hate him,

ADRIAN, Francisco, and others. As rootedly as 1: Burn but his books ;

Gon. By'r lakin, I can go no further, sir ; He has brave utensils, (for so he calls them) My old bones ache : here's a maze trod, indeed, Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal. Through forth-rights and meanders ! by your paAnd that most deeply to consider, is

tience, The beauty of his daughter ; he himself

I needs must rest me. Calls her a non-pareil : I ne'er saw woman,


Old lord, I cannot blame thee, But only Sycorax my dam, and she;

Who am myself attach'd with weariness, But she as far surpasseth Sycorax,

To the dulling of my spirits : sit down, and rest. As greatest does least.

Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it Ste. Is it so brave a lass?

No longer for my flatterer : he is drown’d, Cal. Ay, lord ; she will become thy bed, I war- Whom thus we stray to find; and the sea mocks rant,

Our frustrate search on land : Well, let him go. And bring thee forth brave brood.

Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope. Ste. Monster, I will kill this man : his daughter

[ Aside to SEBASTIAN. and I will be king and queen; (save our graces !) Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys : - Dost That you resolv'd to effect. thou like the plot, Trinculo ?


The next advantage Trin. Excellent.

Will we take thoroughly. Ste. Give me thy hand; I am sorry I beat thee : Ant.

Let it be to-night; but, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they head.

Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
Cal. Within this half hour will he be asleep; As when they are fresh.
Wilt thou destroy him then ?


I say, to-night: no more. Ste.

Ay, on mine honour. Ari. This will I tell my master.

Solemn and strange musick; and Prospero above, in

visible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in Cal. Thou mak'st me merry: I am full of plea

a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actuns sure ;

of salutation ; and, inviting the king, fc. to eat, Let us be jocund: Will you troll the catch You taught me but while-ere?

they depart. Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, any reason : Come on, Trinculo, let us sing. (Sings.

hark !

Gon. Marvellous sweet musick! Flout 'em, and skout 'em; and skout 'em, and

Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! Wha flout 'em;

were these? Thought is free.

Seb. A living drollery: Now I will believe, Cal. That's not the tune.

That there are unicorns; that, in Arabia (Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe. | There is one tree, the phænix' throne ; one phonix Ste. What is this same ?

At this hour reigning there.


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I'll believe both; Are like invulnerable: if you could hurt, And what does else want credit, come to me, Your swords are now too massy for your strengths, And I'll be sworn 'tis true: Travellers ne'er did lie, And will not be uplifted : But, remember, Though fools at home condemn them.

(For that's my business to you,) that you three Gon.

If in Naples From Milan did supplant good Prospero ; I should report this now, would they believe me? Expos'd unto the sea, which hath requit it, If I should say, I saw such islanders,

Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed (For, certes, these are people of the island) The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note, Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures Their manners are more gentle-kind, than of Against your peace : Thee, of thy son, Alonso, Our human generation you shall find

They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Many, nay, almost any.

Ling'ring perdition (worse than any death
Honest lord,

Can be at once,) shall step by step attend
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present, You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you
Are worse than devils.

[ Aside.

from Alon.

I cannot too much muse, (Which here, in this most desolate isle; else falls
Such shapes, such gesture, und such sound, expressing Upon your heads,) is nothing, but heart's sorrow,
(Although they want the use of tongue,) a kind And a clear life ensuing.
Of excellent dumb discourse.

Praise in departing.

He vanishes in thunder : then to soft musick, enter (Aside.

the Shapes again, and dance with mops and moues, Fran. They vanish'd strangely.

and carry out the table. Seb.

No matter, since Pro. (Aside.] Bravely the figure of this harpy They have left their viands behind; for we have

hast thou stomachs.

Perform’d, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring: Will't please you taste of what is here?

Of my instruction hast thou nothing 'bated, Alon.

Not I. In what thou hadst to say : so, with good life, Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear : When we And observation strange, my meaner ministers were boys,

Their several kinds have done: my high charms work, Who would believe that there were mountaineers, And these, mine enemies, are all knit up Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging in their distractions : they now are in my power; at them

And in these fits I leave them, whilst I visit Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men, Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown’d,) Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we And his and my loved darling. find,

[Erit Prospero from above. Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us Gon. I the name of something holy, sir, why Good warrant of. Alon.

I will stand to, and feed, In this strange stare? Although my last : no matter, since I feel,


0, it is monstrous! monstrous' The best is past : — Brother, my lord the duke, Methought, the billows spoke, and told me of it; Stand to, and do as we.

The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder,

That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounc'd Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL like a harpy; The name of Prosper ; it did bass my trespass.

claps his wings upon the table, and with a quaint Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded; and device, the banquet vanishes.

I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded, Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny And with him there lie mudded.

[Erit. (That hath to instrument this lower world,


But one fiend at a time, And what is in't,) the never-surfeited sea

I'll fight their legions o'er. Hath caused to belch up; and on this island


I'll be thy second. Where man doth not inhabit ; you ’mongst men

(Ereunt Seb. and Ant. Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; Gon. All three of them are desperate ; their great (Seeing Alon. SEB. &c. draw their swords.

And even with such like valour, men hang and drown Like poison given to work a great time after,
Their proper selves. You fools! I and my fellows Now 'gins to bite the spirits : - I do beseech you
Are ministers of fate; the elements,

That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly,
Of whom your swords are temper’d, may as well And hinder them from what this ecstacy
Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs May now provoke them to.
Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish


Follow, I pray you. One dowle that's in my plume; my fellow-ministers


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I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand,

To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom Do not smile at me, that I boast her off,

groves, For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise, Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves, And make it halt behind her.

Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard : Fer.

I do believe it, And thy sea-marge, steril, and rocky-hard, Against an oracle.

Where thou thyself dost air : The queen o' the sky, Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition Whose watery arch, and messenger, am I, Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter : But Bids thee leave these ; and with her sovereign grace, If thou dost break her virgin knot before

Here on this grass-plot, in this very place, All sanctimonious ceremonies may

To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain; With full and holy rite be minister'd,

Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.
No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall

Enter CERES.
To make this contract grow : but barren hate,
Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew

Cer. Hail many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er
The union of your bed with weeds so loathly, Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
That you shall hate it both: therefore take heed, Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers
As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers ; Fer.

As I hope And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,

My bosky acres, and my unshrubb'd down, With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den, Rich scarf to my proud earth ; Why hath thy queen The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion Summon’d me hither, to this short-grass'd-green ? Our worser Genius can, shall never melt

Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate ; Mine honour into lust; to take away

And some donation freely to estate The edge of that day's celebration,

On the bless'd lovers. When I shall think, or Phæbus' steeds are founder'd, Cer.

Tell me, heavenly bow, Or night kept chain'd below.

If Venus, or her son, as thou dost know, Pro.

Fairly spoke: Do now attend the queen ? since they did plot Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own. The means, that dusky Dis my daughter got, What, Ariel; my industrious servant Ariel ! Her and her blind boys scandal'd company

I have forsworn.
Enter ARIEL.


Of her society An. What would my potent master ? here I am. Be not afraid ; I met her deity Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last ser- Cutting the clouds towards Paphos; and her son vice

Dove-drawn with her : here thought they to have Did worthily perform; and I must use you

done In such another trick : go, bring the rabble, Some wanton charm upon this man and maid, O'er whom I give thee power, here, to this place : Whose vows are that no bed-rite shall be paid Incite them to quick motion ; for I must

Till Hymen's torch be lighted : but in vain; Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple

Mars's hot minion is return'd again ; Some vanity of mine art; it is my promise, Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows, And they ezpect it from me.

Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows Ari.


And be a boy right out. Pro. Aye, with a twink.


Highest queen of state, Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,

Great Juno comes : I know her by her gait.
And breathe twice ; and cry, so, so ;
Each one, tripping on his toe,

Enter Juno.
Will be here with mop and mowe:

Jun. How does my bounteous sister? Go with me, Do you love me, master? no.

To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be,
Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not approach, And honour'd in their issue.
Till thou dost hear me call.
Well I conceive. (Erit.

Pro. Look, thou be true : do not give dalliance
Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw

Jun. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
To the fire i' the blood : be more abstemious,

Long continuance, and increasing,

Hourly joys be still upon you !
Or else, good night, your vow!

I warrant you, sir.

Juno sings her blessings on you.

Cer. Earth's increase, and foison plenty,
The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
Abates the ardour of my liver.

Barns and garners never empty :


Vines, with clust'ring bunches growing, Now come, my Ariel : bring a corollary,

Plants, with goodly burden bowing ; Rather than want a spirit: appear, and pertly.

Spring come to you, at the. rest, No tongue ; all eyes; be silent.

(Soft musick.

In the very end of harvest !

Scarcity and want shall shun you;
A Masque. Enter Iris.

Ceres' blessing so is on you.
Irs. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich lease Fer. This is a most majestic vision, and
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and pease; Harmonious charmingly: May I be bold
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, To think these spirits ?
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep; Pro.

Spirits, which by mine art Thy banks with peonied and lilied brims,

I have from their confines called to enact Which spongy April at thy hest betrims,

My present fancies.

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- no more.

Let me live here ever ;

Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these var. So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife,

lets ? Make this place Paradise.

Ari. I told you, sir, they were red-not with (Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on

drinking: employment.

So full of valour, that they smote the air Pro.

Sweet now, silence ; For breathing in their faces; beat the ground Juno and Ceres whisper seriously ;

For kissing of their feet ; yet always bending There's something else to do : hush, and be mute, Towards their project : Then I beat my tabor, Or else our spell is marr'd.

At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their Iris. You nymphs, call’d Naiads, of the wand'ring

ears, brooks,

Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, With your sedg'd crowns, and ever harmless looks, As they smelt musick ; so I charm'd their ears, Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd, through Answer your summons: Juno does command: Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss, and Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate

thorns, A contract of true love; be not too late.

Which enter'd their frail shins : at last I left them

l'the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell, Enter certain Nymphs.

There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake You sun-burn'd sicklemen, of August weary,

O'erstunk their feet. Come hither from the furrow, and be merry ;


This was well done, my bird ; Make holy-day : your rye-straw hats put on,

Thy shape invisible retain thou still : And these fresh nymphs encounter every one

The trumpery in my house, go, bring it hither, In country footing.

For stale to catch these thieves.

I go, I go. [Erit Enter certain Reapers, properly habited; they join Pro. A devil, a born devil, on whose nature

with the Nymphs in a graceful dance ; towards the Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
end whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks ; | Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost :
after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused And as, with age, his body uglier grows,
noise, they heavily vanish.

So his mind cankers : I will plague them all,
Pro. (aside.] I had forgot that foul conspiracy

Re-enter ARIEL loaden with glistering apparel, &c. Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, Against my life; the minute of their plot

Even to roaring : Come, hang them on this line. Is almost come. (To the Spirits.] Well done ;

PROSPERO and ARIEL remain invisible. Enter CAavoid;

LIBAN, STEPHANO, and TrInculo, all wet. Fer. This is most strange: your father's in some passion

Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole That works him strongly. Mira. Never till this day,

Hear a foot fall: we now are near his cell. Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper’d. Ste. Monster, your fairy, which, you say, is a

Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd sort harmless fairy, has done little better than played the As if you were dismay’d: be cheerful, sir :

Jack with us. Our revels now are ended : these our actors,

Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at As I foretold you, were all spirits, and

which my nose is in great indignation. Are melted into air, into thin air :

Ste. So is mine. Do you hear, monster? If I And, like the baseless fabrick of this vision,

should take a displeasure against you; look you, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,

Trin. Thou wert but a lost monster. The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still : Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve ;

Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Shall hood-wink this mischance : therefore speak Leave not a rack behind : We are such stuff

softly, As dreams are made of, and our little life

All's hush'd as midnight yet. is rounded with a sleep. — Sir, I am vex'd ;

Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool, Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled. Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in Be not disturb’d with my infirmity :

that, monster, but an infinite loss. If you be pleas'd, retire into my cell,

Trin. That's more to me than my wetting : yet And there repose ; a turn or two I'll walk,

this is your harmless fairy, monster. To still my beating mind.

Ste. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er Fer. Mira. We wish your peace.

ears for my labour.

[Exeunt. Cal. Prythee, my king, be quiet: Seest thou here, Pro. Come with a thought :- I thank you :

This is the mouth o' the cell : no noise, and enter. Ariel, come.

Do that good mischief, which may make this island

Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
Enter ARIEL.

For aye thy foot-licker. Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to: What's thy Ste. Give me thy hand: I do begin to have bloody pleasure ?

thoughts. Pro. Spirit,

Trin. 0 king Stephano! O peer! O worthy We must prepare to meet with Caliban.

Stephano! look, what a wardrobe here is for thee! dri. Ay, my commander; when I presented Ceres, Cal. Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash. I thought to have told thec of it; but I fear’d, Trin. O, ho, monster; we know what betongs to Lest I might anger thee.

a frippery: - O king Stephano!

may not


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