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A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;
(I would, nut so !) and would no more endure
This wooden slavery, than to suffer
The flesh-fly blow my mouth Hear my soul
Tne very instant that I saw you, did
Mira. Bo you love me?
Fer. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound, And crown what I profess with kind event, If 1 speak true; if hollowly, invert What best is boded me, to mischief! I, Beyond all limit of what else i'the world. Do lore, prize, honour you.
Mira. I am a fool,
To weep at what I'm gUd of.
Pro. Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections! Heavens rain grace On that which breeds between them!
Fer. Wherefore weep you?
Mira. At mine unworthlness, that dare not offer What I desire to give; and much less take. What I shall die to want: Rut this is trifling; And all the more it seeks to hide itself, [nlng! The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunAnd prompt me, plain and holy innocence 1 I am your wife. If you will marry me; If not, I'll die your maid: to be your fellow You may deny me; but III be your servant, Whether you will or no.
Fer. My mistreis, dearest,
And I thus humble ever.
Mira. My husband then?
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing
Mira. And mine with my heart in't: And now Till half an hour hence. [farewell,
Fer. A thousand! thousand!
[Exeunt Fer. and Mira.
Pro. So glad of this as they, 1 cannot be, Who are surpria'd with all; but my rejoicing At nothing can be more. I'll to my book; For yet, ere supper time, must I perform Much business appertaining. [Exit.
SCENE II. Another Part of the Island. Enter StepViano and Trinculo ; Caliban following tvtili a Itottle.
Ste. Tell not me;—when the butt is out, we will drink water; not a drop before : therefore bear up, and board 'em: Servant-monster, drink to me.
Twjs. Servant-monster? the folly of this island! They say, there's but live upon this isle: we are three of them j if the other two be brained tike us, the state totters.
Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee; thy eyes are almost set in thy head.
Tnn. Where should they be set else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack : for my part, the sea cannot drown me: I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty leagues, off and on, by this light.—Thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.
Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.
Trin. Nor go neither: but you'll lie like dogs; and yet say nothing neither.
Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.
Cat. How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe; I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
Tn'n. Thou liest, most Ignorant monster; I am In case to justle a constable: Why, thou deboshea fish thou, was there ever man a coward, that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish, and half a
Cat. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, ray lord?
Trin. Lord, quoth he!—that a monster should be such a natural!
Cat. Lo, lo, again ! bite him to death, I pr'ythee.
Ste. Trinculo. keep a good tongue in your head; if you prove a mutineer, the next tree—The poor monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.
Cat. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd To hearken once again the suit I made thee?
Str. Marry will I: kneel, and repeat it; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.
Enter Ariel, invisible.
Cat. As I told thee
Ari. Thou liest.
Cat. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou:
Ste. Trinculo, if you troubte him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum then, and no more.—[To Caliban.} Proceed.
Cal. I say by sorcery he got this isle; From me he got it. If thy greatness will Revenge It on him—for, I know, thou dar'at; But this thing dare not.
Ste. That's most certain.
Cat. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.
Ste. How now shall this be compassed? Canst thou bring me to the party?
Cat. Yea,yea, my lord: I'll yield him thee asleep. Where thou may'st knock a nail into his head.
Ari. Thou liest, thou canst not.
Cal. What a pied ninny's this? Thou scurvy patch!—
[ do beseech thy greatness, give him blows,
Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing; I'll go further off.
Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied?
Ari. Thou liest.
Ste. Do I so? take thou that. [Strikes Mm.] As you like this, give me the lie another time.
Trin. I did not give the lie:—Out o'your wits,
and hearing too? A pox o'your bottle! this can
sack, and drinking do.—A murrain on your monster, and the devil take your fingers!
Cal. Ha, ha, ha!
Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Pr'vthee stand further off.
Cat, Beat him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him too.
Ste. Stand further.—Come, proceed.
Cat. Why, as I told thee, lis a custom with him I'the afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst bruin him,
Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log
But the at far surpasseth Sycorax,
Cat. Ay, lord ; she will become thy bed, I warrant, And bring thee forth brave brood.
Ste. Monster, I will kill this man: his daughter and I will be king and queen; (save our graces!) and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys:—Dost than like the plot, Trinculo? 771*, Excellent.
Sit. Give me thy hand; I am sorry I beat thee: but, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.
Cat. Within this half horn- will he be asleep; Wilt thou destroy him then?
Ste. Ay, on mine honour.
Ari. This will I tell my master.
Col. Thou mak'fit me merry: I am full of pleasure; let us be jocund: Will you troll the catch Yon taught me but while-ere?
Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason: Come or, Trinculo, let us sing. [Stag*. Float'em,andskout 'cm: and skout 'em, andjlout 'em; Thought U fret.
Cat. That's not the tune.
[Ariel plays the tune on a Tabor and Pipe.
Ste. What is this same?
Triii. This is the tune of our catch, played by file picture of No-hody.
Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likenest; if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list. Trim. 0, forgive me my sins! Ste. He that die*, pays all debts: I defy thee:— Mercy upon us! CsJ. Art thou afeard? Sit. No, monster, not I. _ Cal. Be not afeard; the isle Is full of noises,
d tweet airs, that give delight, and hurt
—„s a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, The clouds, meth ought, would open, and shew riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak'd,
St*. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, *here I shall have my music for nothing.
Cat. When Prospero is destroyed.
Mr, That shall be by and by: I remember the story,
Tnn. The sound is going away: let's follow it, and after, do our work.
Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow—I would, I could see thit laborer : he lays it on.
Trip.. Wilt come? Ill follow, Stephano.
SCENE III. Another part ofthe Island.
Eafer Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian, Francisco, and othert.
Oon, By*r lakln, I can go no further, sir; My old bones ache: here's a maze trod, indeed. Throughforth-rights, and meanders! by your pa1 needs must rest me. [tience,
Aim. Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
Who am myself attach'd with weariness,
Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope.
[Aside to Sebastian. Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose That you resolv'd to effect.
Seb, The next advantage
Will we take thoroughly.
Ant. Let ^ b« to-nlirht;
roi, now ihej are oppress'd with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
As when they are fresh.
Solrmn and strange musick: and Prospero above, inlisible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a Itanquet: they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, inviting the King, o\c. to eat, they depart.
Aton. What harmony it this? my good friends, Gi'ti. Marvellous sweet musick! [hark! Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?
S'h. A living drollery: Now I will believe, That there are unicorns; that, in Arabia There is one tree, the phoenix' throne; one phoenix At this hour reigning there.
Ant. I'll believe both;
And what does else want credit, come to me,
Gait. If In Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me -
Pro. Honest lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present, Are worse than devils. [Aside.
Alon. I cannot too much muse.
Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing
(Although they want the use of tongue,) a kind
Pro. Praise in departing. [Aside.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
Seb. No matter, since
They have left their viands behind; for we have
stomachs.— Will't please you taste of what is heTe?
Alon. Not I.
Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear: When wc were boys,
Who would believe that there were mountaineers, Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at them
Wallets of flesh ? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find,
Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us
Alon. I will stand to, and feed,
Although my last: no matter, since I feel
Thunder and Lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy; claps his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet Vanishes.
Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny (That hath to instrument this lower world, And what is In't,) the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up; and on this Island Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
[Seeing Alon. Seb. &c. draw their sword*. And even with such like valour, men hang and drown
Their proper selves. You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of fate; the elements
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
Wound the loud winds °r with beinock'd-at stab*
Kill the stli:-closing writers, as diminish
One dowle that's in my plume; my fellow-ministers
Are like Invulnerable: if you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths,
And will not he uplifted: But, remember,
[For that's my business to you,) that you three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
Expos'd unto the sea, which hath reqult it.
Hevanithes in thunder: then, to tuft Mustek, enter the Shapet again, anil dance with mops and motoes, and carry out the table.
Pro. [Aside.] Bravely the figure of this harpy naat thou
Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring:
And these, mine enemies, are all knit up
[Exit Protpero from above.
Gon. I* the name of something holy, sir, why In this strange stare? [stand you
Alon. O, It Is monstrous! monstrous!
Methonght, the billows spoke, and told me of it;
Seh. But one fiend at a time,
I'll fight their legions o'er.
Ant. Ill be thy second.
[Exeunt Scb. and Ant.
Gon. All three of them arj desperate; their great guilt. Like poison given to work a great time after, Now 'gins to bite the spirits:—I do beseech you, That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly, And hinder them from what this ecstacy May now provoke them to.
Adr. Follow, 1 pray you.
SCENE I. Before Prosperous Cell.
Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd you,
Per, I do believe it,
Against an oracle.
Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter: But If thou dost break her virgin knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies may With full and holy rite be minister'd, No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall To make this contract grow; but barren hate, Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew l he union of your bed with weeds so loathly,
That you shall hate it both: therefore, take heed. As Hymen's lamps shall light you.
Fer. As I hope
For quiet days, fair issue, and long life.
Pro. Fairly spoke:
Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own—
Ari. What would my potent master? here I am.
P'O. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last serDid worthily perform ; and I must use you [vice In such another trick: go, bring the rabble, O'er whom I give thee power, here, to this place: Incite them to quick motion; for I must Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple Some vanity of mine art; it is my promise, And they expect it from me.
Pro. Ay, with a twlnk.
Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,
Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not approach, Till thou dost hear me call.
Ari, Well, I conceive. [Exit.
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 1
Per. I warrant you, sir;
The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart
Now come, my Ariel; bring a corollary,
A Masque. Enter Iris.
Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and peas: 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 hest betrims, To make cold nymphs chaste crowns: and thy
broom groves, Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves, Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard; And thy sea-marge, steril, and rocky-hard, Where thou thyself dost air: The queen o'the sky, Whose watery arch, and messenger, am I, Bids thee leave these; and with her sovereign grace, Here on this grass-plot, in this very place, To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain; Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.
Cer. Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er
Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate;
Cer, Tell me, heavenly bow,
If Venus, or her son, as thou dost know,
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company
Iris. Of her society
Be not afraid; I met her deity
Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Ctr. Highest queen of state,
Great Juno comes: I know her by her gait.
Jm. How does my bounteous sister? Go with me, To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be, And honour'd in their issue.
Jim. Honour, riches, maTriage-blessing,
Pro. Spirits, which by mine art
I hire from their confines call'd to enact
Per. Let me live here ever;
So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife,
[Juno and Ceres rvkisper, and send Iris on employment. Pro. Sweet now, silence;
Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
Enter certain Nymphs.
Eater certain Reapers, properly habited; they join
n-ith the Nymphs in a graceful dance; towards the
tad whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks;
Qfttr which, to a strange, hollow, and confused
*oitc, they heavily vanish.
Pro. [Aside] 1 had forgot that foul conspiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, Against my life; the minute of their plot It almost come.—[To the Spirits.] Well done;— avoid;—no more.
Per. This ts most strange: your father's in some That works him strongly. [passion
Xira. 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 you were dlsmay'd: be cheerful, sir: "ur reiels now are ended; these our actors,
An I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
Pro. Come with a thought:—I thank you :—Ariel, come.
Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to: 'What's thy
Pro. Spirit, [pleasure?
We must prepare to meet with Caliban.
Ari. Ay, my commander; when I presented Ceres, I thought to have told thee of it; but 1 fear'd, Lest I might anger thee.
Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets? [ing;
AH. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drink-
Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses,
Which entcr'd their frail shins: at last I left thein
Pro. This was well done, my bird:
Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
Ari. I go, I go. [Exit.
Pro. A devil, a bom devil, on whose nature
Re-enter Ariel loaden with glistering apparel, Even to roaring :—Come, hang them on this line.
Prospero and Ariel remain invisible. Enter Caliban,
Hear a foot-fall: we now are near his cell.
Ste. Monster, your fairy, which, you say, is a harmless fairy, has done little better than played the Jack with us.
Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation.
Ste. So is mine. Do you hear, monster? If I should take a displeasure against you; look you,—
Trin. Thou wert but a lost monster.
Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still: Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to Shall hood-wink this mischance: therefore speak softly,
All's hush'd as midnight yet.
Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool, — Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in
that, monster, but an infinite loss.
Trin. That's more to me than my wetting: yet
this is your harmless fairy, monster.
Ste. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears for my labour.
Cut. Pr*jthee. my king, be quiet: Seest thou here. This is the mouth o'the cell; no noise, and enter. Do that good mischief, which may m ike this island Thine own for ever, and 1, thy Caliban, For aye thy foot-ltcker.
Sir. Give me thy hand: I do begin to have bloody thoughts.
Trta. O king Steihano! O peer! O worthy Stepbano! look, what a wardrobe here is for thee!
Cat. Let It alone, thou fool; it is but trash.
Trin. O, bo, monster; we know what belongs to a frippery;—o king Stephano!
Ste. Put off that gown, Trlnculo; by this hand, I'll have that gown.
Trin. Thy grace shall have it. [mean,
Cat. The dropsy drown this fool! what do you To doat thus on >uch luggnge? Let's along, And do the murder first, ifhe awake, From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with pinches; Alake us strange stuff.
Ste. Be you quiet, monster Mistress line, is not
this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line: now, jerkin, you are like to lose your hair, and prove a bald Jerkin.
Trin. Do, do: We steal by line and level, an't Uke your grace.
Ste. I thank thee for that jest; here's a garment for't: wit shall not go unrewarded, while I am king of this country: Steal by lint and level, Is an excellent pass of pate; there's another garment for't.
Trin, Monster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and away with the rest.
Out. I will have none on't: we shall lose our time, And all be turn'd to barnacles, or to apes With foreheads viltanous low.
Ste. Monster, lay-to your fingers; help to bear this away, where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll Uiru you out of my kingdom: go to, carry this.
Trin. And this.
Sit. Ay, and this.
A matte of huntert heard. Enter divert tpiritt, in thape of houndt, and hunt them about, Prospero una Ariel, letting tliem on. Pro. Hey, Mountain, hey! Art. Silver! there it goes, Silver! Pro. Fury, Fury: there, Tyrant, there! hark, hark!
[Cat. Ste. and Trin. are driven out. Go, charge my goblins that they grind their joints With dry convulsions; shorten up their sinews With aged cramps; and more pinch-spotted make Than pard, or cat o' mountain. [them, Art. Hark, they roar.
Pro. Let them be hunted soundly: At this hour Lie at my mercy all mine enemies: Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou Shalt have the air of freedom: for a little, Follow, and do me service. [Exeunt.
SCENE L Before the celt of Prospero. Enter Prospero in hit magick rttbet; and Ariel.
Pro. Now does my project gather to a head: My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day?
Art. On the sixth hour; at which time,my lord. Vou said our work should cease.
Pro. I did say so,
Art. Confin'd together
In the lime-grove which weather-fends your cell; They cannot budge, tilt your release. The king, His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted;
And the remainder mourning over them,
That if you now beheld them, your affections
Pra. Dost thou think so, spirit?
Ari. Mine would, sir, were 1 human.
Pro. And mine shall. Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feellne; Of their afflictions? and shall not myself, One of their kind, that relish all as sharply, Passion as they, be kindlier mov'd than thuu art"' Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick,
Yet, with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury
Do l take part: the rarer action Is
In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent,
The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
Not a frown further: Go, release them, Ariel;
My charms 111 break, their senses I'll restore,
And they shall be themselves.
Art. I'll fetch them, sir. [Exit.
Pro. Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves;
And ye, that on the sands with print less foot
Re-enter Ariel: ofter him, Alonso, tvith a frantic gesture, attended by Gonzalo; Sebastian and Antonio in like manuer, attended by Adrian and Francisco: they all enter the circle which Prospero hud made, and there ttand charmed; which Prospero obterving, tpeakt.
A solemn air, and the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
Now useless, boil'd within thy skull! There stand.
For you are spell-stojtp'd.
Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
You brother mine, that entertain'd ambition.
Unnatural though thou art!—Their understanding