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Ar. Sir, all this service

Have I done since I went.


Pro. My tricksy spirit! [Aside. Alon. These are not natural events; they strengthen From strange to stranger. Say, how came you hither? Boats. If I did think, Sir, I were well awake, 230 I'ld strive to tell you. We were dead asleep,

And (how we know not) all clapp'd under hatches; Where, but even now, with strange and several noises Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains, And mo diversity of sounds; all horrible, 235 We were awak'd; straightway at liberty: Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld Our royal, good, and gallant ship; our master Capering to eye her. On a trice, so please you, Even in a dream, were we divided from them 240 And were brought moping hither.

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Pro. Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free. [Aside. Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod; And there is in this business more than nature

Was ever conduct of: some oracle

245 Must rectify our knowledge.

Pro. Sir, my liege,

Do not infest your mind with beating on

The strangeness of this business; at pick'd leisure, Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you (Which to you shall seem probable) of every 250 These happen'd accidents: till when, be cheerful, And think of each thing well.-Come hither, spirit; [Aside. Set Caliban and his companions free;

Untie the spell. [Exit Ariel.] How fares my gracious Sir? There are yet missing of your company

255 Some few odd lads that you remember not.

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Enter ARIEL, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and
TRINCULO, in their stolen apparel.

Ste. Every man shift for all the rest, and let no man take care for himself; for all is but fortune.-Coragio, bully-monster, coragio!

Trin. If these be true spies which I wear in my head, 260 here's a goodly sight.

Cal. O Setebos, these be brave spirits, indeed! How fine my master is! I am afraid

He will chastise me.

Seb. Ha, ha;

What things are these, my lord Antonio?

265 Will money buy 'em?

Ant. Very like; one of them

Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable.

Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords,
Then say, if they be true.-This misshapen knave,
His mother was a witch, and one so strong

270 That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,
And deal in her command, without her power.
These three have robb'd me; and this demi-devil
(For he's a bastard one) had plotted with them
To take my life: two of these fellows you
275 Must know and own; this thing of darkness I
Acknowledge mine.

Cal. I shall be pinch'd to death.
Alon. Is not this Stephano, my drunken butler?
Seb. He is drunk now: where had he wine?
Alon. And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where should they
280 Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em?-
How cam'st thou in this pickle?


Trin. I have been in such a pickle, since I saw you last, that, I fear me, will never out of my bones: I shall not fear fly-blowing.

Seb. Why, how now, Stephano?

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Ste. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but a cramp.
Pro. You'ld be king o' the isle, sirrah?
Ste. I should have been a sore one then.

Alon. This is a strange thing as e'er I look'd on.

[Pointing to Caliban. Pro. He is as disproportion'd in his manners, As in his shape.-Go, sirrah, to my cell; Take with you your companions; as you look To have my pardon, trim it handsomely.

Cal. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter, 295 And seek for grace. What a thrice-double ass Was I, to take this drunkard for a god,


And worship this dull fool!

Pro. Go to; away!

Alon. Hence, and bestow your luggage where you found it. Seb. Or stole it, rather. [Exeunt Cal., Ste., and Trin. Pro. Sir, I invite your Highness and your train To my poor cell: where you shall take your rest For this one night: which (part of it) I'll waste With such discourse, as, I not doubt, shall make it Go quick away: the story of my life

305 And the particular accidents gone by

Since I came to this isle: and in the morn

I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples,
Where I have hope to see the nuptial
Of these our dear beloved solemniz'd;

310 And thence retire me to my Milan, where
Every third thought shall be my grave.

Alon. I long
To hear the story of your life, which must
Take the ear strangely.

Pro. I'll deliver all;

And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales, 315 And sail so expeditious, that shall catch Your royal fleet far off.-My Ariel, chick,

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That is thy charge; then to the elements

Be free, and fare thou well!-Please you, draw near. [Exeunt.



Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have 's mine own;
Which is most faint: now, 't is true,
I must be here confin'd by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got,
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell;
But release me from my bands,
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant;

And my ending is despair,
Unless I be reliev'd by prayer;
Which pierces so, that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.

3 and now Pope. 13 for now Pope: it would be possible to conjecture now that (this sentence being joined to the preceding words).

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