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Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance
As when they are fresh.
Seb. [Aside to Ant.] I say, to-night: no more. [Solemn and strange music. Alon. What harmony is this? My good friends, hark!
Marvellous sweet music!
Enter PROSPERO above, invisible. Enter several strange
Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?
Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe
If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
If I should say, I saw such islanders
For, certes, these are people of the island
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
Our human generation you shall find
Many, nay, almost any.
[Aside] Honest lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present
I cannot too much muse
Such shapes, such gesture and such sound, express
Although they want the use of tongue, a kind
[Aside] Praise in departing.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
No matter, since 40
They have left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.
Will 't please you taste of what is here?
Not I. Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear. When we were boys,
Who would believe that there were mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em
Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find
Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
Good warrant of.
I will stand to and feed, no matter, since I feel Brother, my lord the duke,
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 you; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with such-like valour men hang and drown
Their proper selves.
[Alon., Seb., &c. draw their swords. You fools! I and my fellows 60
Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths
Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
He vanishes in thunder; then, to soft music, enter the Shapes again, and dance, with mocks and mows, and carrying out the table
Pros. Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what thou hadst to say so, with good life And observation strange, my meaner ministers Their several kinds have done. My high charms work
And these mine enemies are all knit up
In their distractions; they now are in my power; 90
Gon. I' the name of something holy, sir, why stand you
In this strange stare?
O, it is monstrous, monstrous! Methought the billows spoke and told me of it ; The winds did sing it to me, and the thunder, That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounced The name of Prosper: it did bass my trespass. Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded, and I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded And with him there lie mudded. [Exit. But one fiend at a time,
I'll fight their legions o'er.
I'll be thy second.
Gon. All three of them are desperate: their great guilt,
Like poison given to work a great time after,
Follow, I pray you. [Exeunt.
SCENE I Before PROSPERO's cell
Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA
For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise
I do believe it
Against an oracle.
Pros. Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition
Worthily purchased, take my daughter: but