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SCENE III.-Another part of the Island.
Who would believe that there were mountaineers
Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO,
them ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and Others.
Wallets of flesh ? or that there were such men, Gon. By’r laʼkin,' I can go no farther, sir ; Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now, we find, My old bones ake: here's a maze trod, indeed, Each putter-out of five for one4 will bring us Through forth-rights, and meanders ! by your patience, Good warrant of. I needs must rest me.
I will stand to, and feed, Alon.
old lord, I cannot blame thee, Although my last: no matter, since I feel Who am myself attach'd with weariness,
The best is past.-Brother, my lord the duke,
Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL, like a harpy, No longer for my flatterer : he is drown'd,
claps his wing's upon the table, and, with a quaint Whom thus we stray to find ; and the sea mocks device, the banquet vanishes. Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go. Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope. (That hath to instrument this lower world,
[Aside to SEBASTIAN. And what is in't) the never-surfeited sea Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
Hath caused to belch up, and on this island That you resolv'd to effect.
Where man doth not inhabit; you ’mongst men Seb.
The next advantage Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad : Will we take thoroughly.
And even with such like valour men hang and drown Ant. Let it be to-night;
proper selves. You fools ! I and my fellows For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they Are ministers of fate: the elements, Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
[ALON., SEB., 8c., draw their Swords. As when they are fresh.
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well Seb.
I say, to-night: no more. Wound the loud winds, or with bemock’d-at stabs [Solemn and strange music; and PROSPERO above, invis- Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
ible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers banquet : they dance about it with gentle actions of Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt, salutations ; and, inviting the King, 8c. to eat, they Your swords are now too massy for your strengths,. depart.]
And will not be uplifted. But, remember, Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, hark! (For that's my business to you) that you three Gon. Marvellous sweet music!
From Milan did supplant good Prospero; Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were Expos'd unto the sea (which hath requit it) these ?
Him, and his innocent child: for which foul deed Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe
The powers, delaying not forgetting, have That there are unicorns; that in Arabia
Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures, There is one tree, the phenix' throne; one phenix Against your peace. Thee, of thy son, Alonso, At this hour reigning there.
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
I'll believe both; Lingering perdition (worse than any death And what does else want credit, come to me
Can be at once) shall step by step attend And I'll be sworn 'tis true : travellers ne'er did lie, You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from Though fools at home condemn them.
(Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
If in Naples Upon your heads) is nothing, but heart's sorrow, I should report this now, would they believe me? And a clear life ensuing. If I should say, I saw such islanders,
He vanishes in thunder : then, to soft music, enter the (For, certes, these are people of the island)
Shapes again, and dance with mocks and mowes, and Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
carry out the table. Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
Pro. [Above.®] Bravely the figure of this harpy hast Our human generation you shall find
thou Many, nay, almost any.
Perform’d, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring. Pro
[ Aside.] Honest lord, Of my instruction hast thou nothing''bated, Thou hast said well; for some of you there present, In what thou hadst to say: so, with good life Are worse than devils.
And observation strange, my meaner ministers Alon.
I cannot too much muse, [ing Their several kinds have done. My high charms work, Such shapes, such gestures, 2 and such sounds, express- And these, mine enemies, are all knit up (Although they want the use of tongue) a kind In their distractions : they now are in my power ; Of excellent dumb discourse.
And in these fits I leave them, while I visit Pro.
[Aside.] Praise in departing. Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown'd) Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
And his and my lov'd darling. [Exit PROSPERO. Seb.
No matter, since Gon. I' the name of something holy, sir, why stand you They have left their viands behind, for we have sto- In this strange stare ? machs.
0, it is monstrous! monstrous ! Will’t please you taste of what is here?
Methought, the billows spoke, and told me of it; Alon.
Not I. The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder, Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear. When we were That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounc'd boys,
The name of Prosper : it did base my trespass.
1 By our lady-kin. 2 gesture : in f. e. 3 sound: in f. e. 4 A custom of old travellers to put out a sum of money at interest, at the outset of a journey, for which they received at the rate of five to one, if they returned. 5 f. e. insert here this direction : Seeing ALON., SEB., 80., draw their Swords. 6 Omitted in f. e. , ? A feather or particle of down. 8 Aside : in f. e.
Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded ; and
Like poison given to work a great time after,
[Exit. That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly, Seb.
But one fiend at a time, And hinder them from what this ecstasy I'll fight their legions o’er.
May now provoke them to. Ant. I'll be thy second. [Exeunt SEB. and ANT. Adr. Follow, I pray you.
[Exeunt Gon. All three of them are desperate : their great guilt,
SCENE I.-Before PROSPERO's Cell.
Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel. Do not approach,
Till thou dost hear me call. Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA.
Well I conceive. [Exit. Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd
Pro. Look, thou be true. Do not give dalliance Your compensation makes amends; for I
Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw Have given you here a thread' of mine own life, To the fire i’ the blood. Be more abstemious, Or that for which I live : whom once again
Or else, good night, your vow. I tender to thy hand. All thy vexations
I warrant you, sir; Were but my trials of thy love, and thou
The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart
Now come, my Ariel ! bring a corollary,2
No tongue all eyes; be silent.
[Soft music, Fer, I do believe it,
A Masque. Enter IRIS. Against an oracle.
Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and peas; Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter: but
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, If thou dost break her virgin knot before
And flat meads thatch'd with stover,4 them to keep; All sanctimonious ceremonies may,
Thy banks with pioned and tilled brims, With full and holy rite, be minister'd,
Which spongy April at thy hest betrims, No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy brown? To make this contract grow; but barren hate,
groves, Sour-eyed disdain, and discord, shall bestrew Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves, The union of your bed with weeds so loathly,
Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard; That you shall hate it both : therefore, take heed, And thy sea-marge, steril, and rocky-hard, As Hymen's lamps shall light you.
Where thou thyself dost air; the queen o’ the sky, Fer.
As I hope
Whose watery arch and messenger am I, For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,
Bids thee leave these, and with her sovereign grace, With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den, Here on this grass-plot, in this very place, The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion
Juno descends slowly. Our worser genius can, shall never melt
To come and sport. Her peacocks fly amain: Mine honour into lust, to take away
Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain. The edge of that day's celebration,
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres, and my unshrubb’d down,
Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service Summon'd me hither, to this short-graz'd green? Did worthily perform, and I must use you
Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate,
And some donation freely to estate
Tell me, heavenly bow, Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
If Venus, or her son, as thou dost know, Some vanity of mine art: it is my promise,
Do now attend the queen ? since they did plot And they expect it from me.
The means that dusky Dis my daughter got, Ari.
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company Pro. Ay, with a twink.
I have forsworn. Ari. Before you can say, “ Come," and "go,"
Of her society And breathe twice; and cry, so so;?
Be not afraid : I met her deity Each one, tripping on his toe,
Cutting the clouds towards Paphos, and her son Will be here with mop and mow.
Dove-drawn with her. Here thought they to have done Do you love me, master ? no?
Some wanton charm upon this man and maid, 2 Surplusage. 3 pertly-quickly, skilfully. 4 Coarse grass, used sometimes for covering farm-buildings. to dig. 6 twilled : in f. e. 7 broom: in f. e. 8 This direction is omitted in most modern editions ; “slowly” is added in the MS., 1632.
1 third : in f. e.
Whose vows are, that no bed-right shall be paid As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
Highest queen of state, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack5 behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity.
If you be pleas'd retire into my cell,
And there repose : a turn or two I'll walk,
To still my beating mind.
We wish your peace. [Exeunt. Juno sings her blessings on you."
Pro. Come with a thought !-I thank thee.-Ariel, Earth's increase, foison plenty,
We must prepare to meet with Caliban.
Ari. Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
I thought to have told thee of it; but I fear'd
Lest I might' anger thee.
Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets ? Harmonious charmingly. May I be bold
Ari. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking : To think these spirits ?
So full of valour, that they smote the air Pro.
Spirits, which by mine art For breathing in their faces; beat the ground I have from their confines call'd to enact
For kissing of their feet, yet always bending
Towards their project. Then I beat my tabor,
At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their ears, So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife,
Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, Makes this place Paradise.
As they smelt music: so I charm’d their ears, [JUNO and CERES whisper, and send Iris on employment. That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd, through Pro. Sweet now, silence !
Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking gorse, and thorns, Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
Which enter'd their frail skins :6 at last I left them There's something else to do. Hush, and be mute, I’ the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell, Or else our spell is marrd.
There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake Iris. You nymphs, call’d Naiads, of the winding O’erstunk their feet. brooks,
This was well done, my bird, With your sedge4 crowns, and ever harmless looks, Thy shape invisible retain thou still: Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land The trumpery in my house, go, bring it hither, Answer your summons : Juno does command.
For stale? to catch these thieves. Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate
I go, I go. [Exit. A contract of true love: be not too late.
Pro. A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
Nurture never can stick; on whom my pains,
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost; Come hither from the furrow, and be merry.
And as with age his body uglier grows, Make holy-day: your rye-straw hats put on,
So his mind cankers. I will plague them all, And these fresh nymphs encounter every one
Re-enter ARIEL, loaden with glistering apparel
, &c. In country footing.
Even to roaring—Come, hang them on this line. Enter certain Reapers, properly habited: they join with, ARIEL hangs them on the line, and with PROSPERO the Nymphs in a graceful dance ; towards the end where
remains unseen.8 of Pros. starts suddenly, and speaks ; after which, to a Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet. . strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish. Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may
Pro. [Aside.] I had forgot that foul conspiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates,
Hear a foot fall : we now are near his cell. Against my life; the minute of their plot
Ste. Monster, your fairy, which, you say, is a harmIs almost come.-[To the Spirits.] Well done.- less fairy, has done little better than played the Jacko
Avoid ;- no more. Fer. This is strange : your father's in some passion Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss, at which That works him strongly.
my nose is in great indignation. Mira. Never till this day,
Ste. So is mine. Do you hear, monster ? If I should Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper'd. take a displeasure against you; look you, Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd sort,
Trin. Thou wert but a lost monster. As if you were dismay'd: bé cheerful, sir.
Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still. Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to
1 In f. e. the remainder of the song is given to Ceres. 2 Spring: in f. e. 3 wise : in f. e. 4 sedg'd: in f. e. 5 A vapor, from reek. 6 shins : in f. e. 7 A decoy. 8 f. e, have only the direction, PROSPERO and ARIEL remain unseen. 9 Jack o' lantern.
Shall hood-wink this mischance: therefore, speak softly; Trin. Do, do: we steal by line and level, and 't like All's hush'd as midnight yet.
your grace. Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool,- Ste. I thank thee for that jest; here's a garment
Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in for’t: wit shall not go unrewarded, while I am king of that, monster, but an infinite loss.
this country. “Steal by line and level," is an excelTrin. That's more to me than my wetting: yet this lent pass of pate; there's another garment for't. is your harmless fairy, monster.
Trin. Monster, come; put some lime upon your Ste. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears fingers, and away with the rest. for my labour.
Cal. I will have none on’t: we shall lose our time, Cal. Pr’ythee, my king, be quiet. Seest thou here ? And all be turn'd to barnacles, or to apes This is the mouth o' the cell: no noise, and enter : With foreheads villainous low. Do that good mischief, which may make this island Ste. Monster, lay to your fingers: help to bear this Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
away where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll turn you For aye thy foot-licker.
out of my kingdom. Go to; carry this. Ste. Give me thy hand. I do begin to have bloody Trin. And this. thoughts.
Ste. Ay, and this. Trin. O king Stephano! O peer! O worthy Ste- [4 noise of hunters heard. Enter divers Spirits, in phano! look, what a wardrobe here is for thee! shape of hounds, and hunt them about ; PROSPERO
[Seeing the apparel. and ARIEL setting them on.] Cal. Let it alone, thou fool : it is but trash.
Pro. Hey, Mountain, hey Trin. O, ho, monster! we know what belongs to a Ari. Silver! there it goes, Silver! frippery. 4-0 king Stephano!
Pro. Fury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there ! hark, hark! Ste. Put off that gown, Trinculo: by this hand, I'll
[CAL., STE., and Trin. are driven out. have that gown.
Go, charge my goblins that they grind their joints Trin. Thy grace shall have it.
With dry convulsions; shorten up their sinews Cal. The dropsy drown this fool! what do you mean, With aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them, To doat thus on such luggage ? Let't alone,
Than pard, or cat o mountain. Cries and roaring. And do the murder first: if he awake,
Hark! they roar. From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with pinches; Pro. Let them be hunted soundly. At this hour Make us strange stuff.
Lie at my mercy all mine enemies: Ste. Be you quiet, monster.---Mistress line, is not Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou this my jerkin ? Now is the jerkin under the line: Shalt have the air at freedom: for a little, now, jerkin, you are like to lose your hair, and prove Follow, and do me service.
[Ereunt a bald jerkin.
I did say so,
SCENE I.-Before the Cell of PROSPERO.
One of their kind, that relish all as sharply,
Passion as they, be kindlier mov'd than thou art? Enter PROSPERO in his magic robes ; and ARIEL. Tho' with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick, Pro. Now does my project gather to a head : Yet, with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury My charms crack not, my spirits obey, and time Do I take part. The rarer action is Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day? In virtue, than in vengeance: they being penitent,
Ari. On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord, The sole drift of my purpose doth extend You said our work should cease.
Not a frown farther. Go; release them, Ariel.
My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore,
I'll fetch them, sir. [Exit. Ari.
Pro. Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and In the same fashion as you gave in charge;
groves; Just as you left them: all prisoners, sir,
And ye, that on the sands with printless foot In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell; Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him, They cannot budge till your release. The king, When he comes back; you demy-puppets, that His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted, By moonshine do the green-swardó ringlets make, And the remainder mourning over them,
Whereof the ewe not bites; and you, whose pastime Brim-full of sorrow, and dismay; but chiefly
Is to make midnight mushrooms; that rejoice Him that you term'd, sir, the good old lord, Gonzalo: To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops (Weak masters though ye be) I have be-dimm’d From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works The noontide sun, call’d forth the mutinous winds, them,
And 'twixt the green sea and the azur'd vault That if you now beheld them, your affections
Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder Would become tender.
Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak Pro. Dost thou think so, spirit ?
With his own bolt: the strong-bas'd promontory Ari. Mine would, sir, were I human.
Have I made shake; and by the spurs pluck'd up Pro.
And mine shall. The pine and cedar: graves, at my command, Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling Have waked their sleepers; oped, and let them forth Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,
By my so potent art. But this rough magio
i Not in f. e.
2 An old clo? shop.
3 Not in f. e.
4 The old word for time.
green-sour : in f. e.
I here abjure; and, when I have requir’d
Whe'r thou beest he, or no, Some heavenly music, (which even now I do)
Or some enchanted devilo to abuse me, To work mine end upon their senses, that
As late I have been, I not know: thy pulse This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
Beats as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw thee, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
Th' affliction of my mind amends, with which, And, deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I fear, a madness held me.
This must crave I 'll drown my book.
[Solemn music. (An if this be at all) a most strange story. Re-enter ARIEL: after him ALONSO, with a frantic Thy dukedom I resign; and do entreat
gesture, attended by GONZALO; SEBASTIAN and An- Thou pardon me thy wrongs. But how should Prospero TONIO in like manner, attended by ADRIAN and Be living, and be here ? FRANCISCO: they all enter the circle which PROSPERO Pro.
First, noble friend, had made, and there stand charmed; which PROSPERO Let me embrace thine age, whose honour cannot observing, speaks
Be measur'd, or confin'd. A solemn air, and the best comforter
Whether this be, To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
Or be not, I'll not swear. Now useless, boil'd within thy skull! There stand, Pro.
You do yet taste For you are spell-stopp'd.
Some subtleties o' the isle, that will not let you Noble' Gonzalo, honourable man,
Believe things certain.-Welcome, my friends all.Mine eyes, even sociable to the flow of thine, But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded, Fall fellowly drops.--The charm dissolves apace;
[Aside to SEB. and Ant. And as the morning steals upon the night,
I here could pluck his highness' frown upon you, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
And justify you traitors : at this time Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
I will tell no tales. Their clearer reason.O good Gonzalo!
Seb. [Aside.] The devil speaks in him. My true preserver, and a loyal servant3
.No.To him thou follow'st, I will pay thy graces
For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother Home, both in word and deed.-Most cruelly
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive
My dukedom of thee, which, perforce, I know
If thou beest Prospero, Expell’d remorse and nature; who, with Sebastian, Give us particulars of thy preservation : (Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong) How thou hast met us here, who three hours since Would here have kill'd your king; I do forgive thee, Were wreck'd upon this shore; where I have lost, Unnatural though thou art.—Their understanding (How sharp the point of this remembrance is !) Begins to swell, and the approaching tide
My dear son Ferdinand. Will shortly fill the reasonable shores,
I am woe for’t, sir.
I rather think,
You have not sought her help ; of whose soft grace, As I was sometime Milan.--Quickly, spirit;
For the like loss I have her sovereign aid, Thou shalt ere long be free.
And rest myself content. ARIEL re-enters singing, and helps to attire PROSPERO. Alon.
You the like loss ? Ari. Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
Pro. As great to me, as late; and, supportable In a cowslip's bell I lie :
To make the dear loss, have I means much weaker
Than you may call to comfort you, for I
Have lost my daughter.
A daughter ?
O heavens ! that they were living both in Naples,
Pro. In this last tempest. I perceive, these lords There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
At this encounter do so much admire, Under the hatches; the master, and the boatswain, That they devour their reason, and scarce think Being awake, enforce them to this place,
Their eyes do offices of truth, their words And presently, I prythee.
Are natural breath; but, howsoe’er you have Ari. I drink the air before me, and return
Been justled from your senses, know for certain, Or e'er your pulse twice beat.
[Exit ARIEL. That I am Prospero, and that very duke Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement Which was thrust forth of Milan; who most strangely Inhabit here: some heavenly power guide us
Upon this shore, where you were wreck'd, was landed, Out of this fearful country!
To be the lord on't. No more yet of this;
Not a relation for a breakfast, nor
Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir; now speak to thee, I embrace thy body;
This cell's my court: here have I few attendants, And to thee, and thy company, I bid
And subjects none abroad : pray you, look in. A hearty welcome.
My dukedom since you have given me again, 1 Holy: in f. e.
6 trifle : in f. e.7 fault: in f. e.
རིག ༠. 2
3 sir : in f. e.
2 show: in f. e.
4 or : in f. e.
5 Not in f. e.