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I prophesied, if a gallows were on land,
Boats. The best news is, that we have safely found
Sir, all this service Have I done since I went.
My tricksy 16 spirit ! Alon. These are not natural events; they
strengthen From strange to stranger : Say, how came you
There we, in all her trim, freshly beheld
Was't well done ? Pro. Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt [Aside.
be free. Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod: And there is in this business more than nature
:15 i. e. ready
16 i. e. adroit, nimble.
Was ever conduct of : 17
some oracle 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 These happen'd accidents : till when, be cheerful, And think of each thing well. — [Aside.] Come
hither, spirit : Set Caliban and his companions free; Untie the spell. [Exit ARIEL.] How fares my gra
cious sir ? There are yet missing of your company Some few odd lads, that
Re-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, here's a goodly sight.
Cal. O Setebos! these be brave spirits, indeed!
Very like : one of them Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable.
Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, 17 Conductor of.
18 There is a vulgar expression still in use, of similar import : “ Still hammering at it.”
Then say, if they be true : 19 - This misshapen
knave, His mother was a witch; and one so strong 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 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 Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them ? ” — 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 ?
[Pointing to CALIBAN. Pro. He is as disproportion’d in his manners, As in his shape : — Go, sirrah, to my cell ;
20 i. e. work the same effects as the moon without her delegated authority.
21 The phrase of being gilded was a trite one for being drunk. Fletcher uses it in The Chances, Act iv. sc. 3 :
Duke. Is she not drunk too ?
Take with you your companions : as you look
Cal. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter,
Go to ; away!
you found it.
Seb. Or stole it, rather.
[Ereunt CAL. STE. and TRIN.
I'll deliver all ;
SPOKEN BY PROSPERO.
my charms are all o'erthrown,
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
1 i. e. by your applause. Noise was supposed to dissolve a spell. Thus before in this play:
“ hush, and be mute, Or else our spell is marr'd.”