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I would, not so !-and would no more endure
This wooden slavery than to suffer

Hear my soul speak:

The flesh-fly blow my mouth.
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service; there resides,
To make me slave to it; and for your sake

Am I this patient log-man.

Miranda.

Do you love me?

Ferdinand. O heaven! O earth! bear witness to this

And crown what I profess with kind event,

If I speak true; if hollowly, invert

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What best is boded me to mischief! I,
Beyond all limit of what else i' th' world,
Do love, prize, honour you.

Miranda.

I am a fool

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Miranda. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer

What I desire to give; and, much less, take

What I shall die to want. But this is trifling ;

And all the more it seeks to hide itself,

The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning!
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!

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 I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

Ferdinand.

And I thus humble ever.

Miranda.

My mistress, dearest ;

My husband, then?

Ferdinand. Ay, with a heart as willing

As bondage e'er of freedom: here's my hand.

Miranda. And mine, with my heart in't: and now farewell Till half an hour hence. Ferdinand.

A thousand thousand!

[Exeunt Ferdinand and Miranda.

Prospero. So glad of this as they I cannot be,
Who are surpris'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.

SCENE II. Another part of the island.

Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO.

[Exit.

Stephano. 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.

Trinculo. Servant-monster! the folly of this island! They say there's but five upon this isle: we are three of them; if th' other two be brain'd like us, the State totters.

Stephano. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee: thy eyes are almost set in thy head.

Trinculo. Where should they be set else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.

Stephano. My man-monster hath drown'd 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.

Trinculo. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard. Stephano. We'll not run, Monsieur Monster.

Trinculo. Nor go neither; but you'll lie, like dogs, and yet say nothing neither.

Stephano. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.

Caliban. How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe. I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.

Trinculo. Thou liest, most ignorant monster: I am in case to justle a constable. Why, thou debosh'd 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 monster?

Caliban. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my lord? Trinculo. Lord, quoth he!—That a monster should be such a natural!

Caliban. Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I prithee.

Stephano. 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.

Caliban. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased To hearken once again to the suit I made to thee? Stephano. Marry, will I : kneel and repeat it; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.

Enter ARIEL, invisible.

Caliban. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, A sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me

Of the island.

Ariel. Thou liest.

Caliban.

Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou :

I would my valiant master would destroy thee!

I do not lie.

Stephano. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.

Trinculo. Why, I said nothing.

Stephano. Mum, then, and no more.-Proceed.

Caliban. 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'st, But this thing dare not.

Stephano. That's most certain.

Caliban. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.

Stephano. How now shall this be compass'd? Canst thou

bring me to the party?

Caliban. Yea, yea, my lord: I'll yield him thee asleep, Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.

Ariel. Thou liest; thou canst not.

Caliban. What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch !—

I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows,

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

He shall drink nought but brine; for I'll not show him
Where the quick freshes are.

Stephano. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out o' doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.

off.

Trinculo. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go farther

Stephano. Didst thou not say he lied?

Ariel. Thou liest.

Stephano. Do I so? take thou that. [Beats him.] As you like this, give me the lie another time.

Trinculo. 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!

Caliban. Ha, ha, ha!

Stephano. Now, forward with your tale.-Prithee, stand further off.

Caliban. Beat him enough: after a little time,

I'll beat him too.

Stephano.

Stand farther.-Come, proceed.

Caliban. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him
I' th' afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain him,
Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log
Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember
First to possess his books; for without them

He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not
One spirit to command: they all do hate him
As rootedly as I. Burn but his books.

He has brave utensils,—for so he calls them,-
Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal.
And that most deeply to consider is

The beauty of his daughter. He himself
Calls her a nonpareil: I never saw a woman,
But only Sycorax my dam and she;

But she as far surpasseth Sycorax

As great'st does least.

Stephano.

Is it so brave a lass?

Caliban. Ay, lord: she will become thy bed, I warrant, And bring thee forth brave brood.

Stephano. 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 thou like the plot, Trinculo?

Trinculo. Excellent.

Stephano. Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat thee; but, while thou liv'st, keep a good tongue in thy head.

Caliban. Within this half hour will he be asleep:

Wilt thou destroy him then?

Stephano.

Ay, on mine honour.

Ariel. This will I tell my master.

Caliban. Thou mak'st me merry; I am full of pleasure.

Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch

You taught me but while-ere?

Stephano. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any

reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.

[Sings.

Flout 'em and scout 'em, and scout 'em and flout em;

Thought is free.

Caliban. That's not the tune.

[Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe.

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