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'Tis as impossible that he's undrown'd, As he that sleeps here, swims.
Seb. I have no hope That he's undrown'd. Ant.
O! out of that no hope,
Then, tell me,
Claribel. Ant. She that is queen of Tunis; she that dwells Ten leagues beyond man's life; she that from Naples Can have no note, unless the sun were post, (The man i’ the moon 's too slow) till new-born chins Be rough and razorable; she, for whom We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again; And by that destiny to perform an act Whereof what's past is prologue, what's to come, In yours and my discharge. Seb.
What stuff is this !-How say you ? 'Tis true, my brother's daughter 's queen of Tunis; So is she heir of Naples; 'twixt which regions There is some space. Ant.
A space whose every cubit Seems to cry out, " How shall that Claribel Measure us back to Naples ?”—Keep in Tunis, And let Sebastian wake !-Say, this were death That now hath seized them ; why, they were no worse Than now they are. There be, that can rule Naples As well as he that sleeps ; lords that can prate As amply, and unnecessarily, As this Gonzalo; I myself could make A chough of as deep chat. O, that you bore The mind that I do! what a sleep were this For your advancement! Do you understand me?
Seb. Methinks, I do. Ant.
And how does your content Tender your own good fortune ? Seb.
I remember, 1 from : in f. e. % what : in f. e.
You did supplant your brother Prospero.
Seb. But, for your conscience
Ant. Ay, sir; where lies that ? if it were a kybe, 'T would put me to my slipper ; but I feel not This deity in my bosom: twenty consciences, That stand 'twixt me and Milan, candied be they, And melt, ere they molest! Here lies your brother, No better than the earth he lies upon, If he were that which now he's like, that's dead, Whom I, with this obedient steel, three inches of it, Can lay to bed for ever; whiles you, doing thus, To the perpetual wink for aye might put This ancient morsel, this Sir Prudence, who Should not upbraid our course : for all the rest, They'll take suggestion as a cat laps milk; They'll tell the clock to any business that We say befits the hour. Seb.
Thy case, dear friend, Shall be my precedent: as thou got'st Milan, I'll come by Naples. Draw thy sword: one stroke Shall free thee from the tribute which thou pay’st, And I, the king, shall love thee. Ant.
Draw together; And when I rear my hand, do you the like, To fall it on Gonzalo. Seb. O! but one word. [They converse apart.
Music. ARIEL descends invisible.?
Sings in GONZALO's ear.
His time doth take.
1 Music. Re-enter ARIEL, invisible: in f. e.
Gon. Now, good angels, preserve the king !
[They wake. Alon. Why, how now, ho! awake! Why are you
drawn? Wherefore thus' ghastly looking ? Gon.
What's the matter? Şeb. Whiles we stood here securing your repose, Even now, we heard a hollow burst of bellowing, Like bulls, or rather lions : did it not wake you? It struck mine ear most terribly. Alon.
I heard nothing. Ant. O! 't was a din to fright a monster's ear, To make an earthquake: sure, it was the roar Of a whole herd of lions. Alon.
Heard you this, Gonzalo? Gon. Upon mine honour, sir, I heard a humming, And that a strange one too, which did awake me. I shak'd you, sir, and cry'd: as mine eyes open'd, I saw their weapons drawn.-There was a noise, That's verity :: 'tis best we stand upon our guard, Or that we quit this place. Let's draw our weapons. Alon. Lead off this ground, and let's make farther
Gon. Heavens keep him from these beasts,
Lead away. [Exeunt. Ari. Prospero, my lord, shall know what I have done: So, king, go safely on to seek thy son.
[Escit. SCENE II.-Another part of the Island. Enter CALIBAN, with a burden of wood.
A noise of thunder heard. Cal. All the infections that the sun sucks up From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him By inch-meal a disease! His spirits hear me, And yet I needs must curse; but they'll not pinch, Fright me with urchin shows, pitch me i the mire, Nor lead me, like a fire-brand, in the dark Out of my way, unless he bid''em; but For every trifle are they set upon me: Sometime like apes, that moe and chatter at me,
r's ed., 1844, reads, " verily”-most of the other editions, "verity," as in the text. 3 nor: in f. e.
1 this : in f. e. 2
And after, bite me; then like hedge-hogs, which
Trin. Here's neither bush nor shrub to bear off any weather at all, and another storm brewing; I hear it sing i’ the wind : yond' same black cloud, yond' huge one, looks like a foul bombard' that would shed his liquor. If it should thunder, as it did before, I know not where to hide my head : yond' same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailfuls.-What have we here? [Seeing Caliban.*] a man or a fish? Dead or alive? A fish: he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fishlike smell; a kind of, not of the newest, Poor-John. A strange fish! Were I in England now, (as once I was) and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver : there would this monster make a man : any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Legg'd like a man! and his fins like arms! Warm, o' my troth! I do now let loose my opinion, hold it no longer; this is no fish, but an islander, that hath lately suffered by a thunder-bolt. [Thunder.] Alas! the storm is come again: my best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabout: misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. I will here shroud, till the drench' of the storm be past.
Enter STEPHANO, singing ; a bottle in his hand. Ste. I shall no more to sea, to sea,
Here shall I die a-shore.This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's funeral. Well, here's my comfort.
Drinks. The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I,
and his mate, Lov'd Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery, 1 The name of a large vessel to contain drink, as well as of a piece of artillery. 2 Not inf. e. 3 dregs : in f. e.
But none of us card for Kate;
Would cry to a sailor, Go, hang :
Then, to sea, boys, and let her go hang: This is a scurvy tune too; but here's
my comfort. [Drinks. Cal. Do not torment me: 0!
Ste. What's the matter? Have we devils here? Do you put tricks upon us with savages, and men of Inde? Ha! I have not 'scap'd drowning, to be afeard now of your four legs; for it hath been said, as proper a man as ever went on four legs cannot make him give ground, and it shall be said so again, while Stephano breathes at nostrils.
Cal. The spirit torments me: 0!
Ste. This is some monster of the isle, with four legs, who hath got, as I take it, an ague. Where the devil should he learn our language? I will give him some relief, if it be but for that: if I can recover him, and keep him tame, and get to Naples with him, he's a present for any emperor that ever trod on neat’s-leather.
Cal. Do not torment me, priythee: I'll bring my wood home faster.
Ste. He's in his fit now, and does not talk after the wisest. He shall taste of my bottle : if he have never drunk wine afore, it will go near to remove his fit. If I can recover him, and keep him tame, I will not take too much for him: he shall pay for him that hath him, and that soundly.
Cal. Thou dost me yet but little hurt; thou wilt anon, I know it by thy trembling: now Prosper works
Ste. Come on your ways: open your mouth ; here is that which will give language to you, cat. Open your mouth: this will shake your shaking, I can tell you, and that soundly: you cannot tell who's your friend; open your chaps again.
[CALIBAN drinks. Trin. I should know that voice. It should be but he is drowned, and these are devils. O, defend me !
Ste. Four legs, and two voices ! a most delicate monster. His forward voice, now, is to speak well of his friend; his backward voice is to utter foul speeches,
1 Not in f.e.