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The clouds, methought, would open, and show riches

Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again.

Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing.

Cal. When Prospero is destroyed.

Ste. That shall be by and by: I remember the story.

Trin. The sound is going away: let's follow it, and after, do our work.

Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow.---I would, I could see this taborer: he lays it on. Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.---Another part of the island. Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.

Gon. By'r lakin, I can go no further, Sir; My old bones ache: here's a maze trod, indeed, Through forth-rights, and meanders! by your I needs must rest me.

[patience,

Alon. Old lord, I cannot blame thee, Who am myself attach'd with weariness, To the dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest. Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd,'" Whom thus we stray to find; and the sea mocks Our frustrate search on land: Well, let him go. Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope. [Aside to SEBASTIAN. Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose That you resolv'd to effect.

Seb. The next advantage Will we take thoroughly.

Ant. Let it be to-night;

For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
As when they are fresh.

Seb. I say, to-night: no more. Solemn and strange music; and PROSPERO above, invisible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, inviting the king, &c. to eat, they depart.

Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends,

hark!

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Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing

(Although they want the use of tongue), a kind Of excellent dumb discourse. [Aside.

Pro. Praise in departing.

Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
Seb. No matter, since

They have left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.--

Will't please you taste of what is here?
Alon. Not I.

Gon. Faith, Sir, you need not fear: When we were boys, [eers, Who would believe that there were mountainDew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at them

Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find,

Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us Good warrant of.

Alon. I will stand to, and feed,

Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is past:---Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand too, and do as we.

Thunder and Lightning. Enter ARIEL like a
harpy; claps his wings upon the table, and,
with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.
(That hath to instrument this lower world,
Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny'
And what is in't,) the never-surfeited sea
Hath caused to belch up; and on this island
Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men
Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;

[Seeing ALON. SEB. &c. draw their swords. And even with such like valour, men hang and drown [fellows Their proper selves. You fools! I and my Are ministers of fate; the elements Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well [stabs Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish One dowle that's in my plume; my fellow

ministers

Are like invulnerable: if you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy for your
strengths,

And will not be uplifted: But, remember,
(For that's my business to you,) that you three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero,
Him, and his innocent child: for which foul
Expos'd unto the sea, which hath requit it,

deed

The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have Incens'd the seas and shores, yea all the creatures,

Against your peace: Thee, of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Lingering perdition (worse than any death
Can be at once,) shall step by step attend
You, and your ways; whose wrath to guard you
(Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
Upon your heads,) is nothing, but heart's sor-
And a cleart life ensuing.

from

[row,

He vanishes in thunder: then, to soft music, enter the Shapes again, and dance with mops and mowes, and curry out the table.

Pro. [Aside.] Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou

Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction hast thou nothing 'bated, fl'ure, blameless.

* Down.

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;
And in these fits I leave them, whilst I visit
Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is
drown'd,)

And his and my loved darling.

[Exit PROSPERO from above. Gon. I' the name of something holy, Sir, why

stand you

In this strange stare?

Alon. 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, pronounc'e c'd 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.

Seb. But one fiend at a time,
I'll fight their legions o'er.
Ant. I'll be thy second.

[Exit.

[Exeunt SEB. and ANT. Gon. All three of them are desperate; their

great guilt,

Like poison given to work a great time after,
Now 'gins to bite the spirits :-I do beseech you
That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly,
And hinder them from what this ecstacy*
May now provoke them to.

Adr. Follow, I pray you.

ACT IV.

[Exeunt.

SCENE I.---Before PROSPERO's cell. Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA. Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd you, Your compensation makes amends; for I Have given you here a thread of mine own life, Or that for which I live; whom once again I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations Were but my trials of thy love, and thou Hast strangely stood the test: here, afore HeaI ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand, [ven, Do not smile at me, that I boast her off, For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise, And make it halt behind her.

Fer. I do believe it, Against an oracle.

Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acqui

sition

Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter: But
If thou dost break her virgin knot before
All sanctimonious ceremonies may
With full and holy rite be minister'd,
No sweet aspersiont shall the heavens let fall
To make this contract grow; but barren hate,
Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew
The union of your bed with weeds so loathly,
That you shall hate it both: therefore, take
As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

Fer. As I hope

[heed,

For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,
With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den,
The most opportune place, the strong'st sug-
gestion

Our worser Genius can, shall never melt
Mine honour into lust; to take away
The edge of that day's celebration,
When I shall think, or Phoebus' steeds are
founder'd,

Or night kept chain'd below.

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Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service

Did worthily perform; and I must use you
In such another trick: go, bring the rabble,
O'er whom I give thee power, here, to this
place:

Incite them to quick motion; for I must
Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
Some vanity of mine art; it is my promise,
And they expect it from me.
Ari. Presently?

Pro. Ay, with a twink.

Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,
And breathe twice; and cry, so, so;
Each one, tripping on his toe,

Will be here with mop and mowe:
Do you love me, master? no.

Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not ap-
Till thou dost hear me call.
Ari. Well I conceive.

[proach, [Exit.

Pro. Look, thou be true; do not give dal

liance

[straw

Too much the rein; the strongest oaths are To the fire i' the blood: be more abstemious, Or else, good night, your vow!

Fer. I warrant you, Sir;

The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart
Abates the ardour of my liver.

Pro. Well.--

Now come, my Ariel; bring a corollary,* Rather than want a spirit; appear, and pertly.--No tongue; all eyes; be silent. [Soft music.

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Whose watery arch, and messenger, am I, Bids thee leave these; and with her sovereig grace,

Here on this grass-plot, in this very place, To come and sport, her peacocks fly amain; Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain. Enter CERES.

Cer. Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that [ne'er Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter; Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers: And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown My bosky acres, and my unshrubb'd down, Rich scarf to my proud earth; Why hath thy [green?

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son

Dove-drawn with her: here thought they to have done

Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Whose vows are, that no bed-rite shall be paid,
Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but in vain;
Mar's hot minion is return'd again;
Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows,
Swears he will shoot no more, but play with
And be a boy right out.
[sparrows,
Cer. Highest queen of state,
Great Juno comes; I know her by her gait.
Enter JUNO.

Juno. How does my bounteous sister? Go

with me,

To bless this twain, that they may prosperous

And honour'd in their issue.

SONG.

[be,

Juno. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings on you.
Cer. Earth's increase, and foison† plenty ;
Barns, and garners never empty;
Vines, with clust'ring bunches growing;
Plants, with goodly burden bowing;
Spring come to you, at the farthest,
In the very end of harvest!
Scarcity, and want, shall shun you;
Ceres' blessing so is on you.

Fer. This is a most majestic vision, and
Harmonious charmingly: May I be bold
To think these spirits?

Pro. Spirits, which by mine art

I have from their confines call'd to enact

My present fancies.

Fer. Let me live here ever;

So rare a wonder'd‡ father, and a wife,

Make this place Paradise."

the end whereof PROSPERO starts suddenly, and speaks; after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish.

Pro. [Aside.] I had forgot that foul conspiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, Against my life; the minute of their plot Is almost come.---[To the spirits.] Well done ;--avoid ;---no more.

Fer. This is most strange: your father's in That works him strongly. some passion

Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper'd. Mira. Never till this day,

Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd sort, As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, Sir: As I foretold you, were all spirits, and Our revels now are ended: these our actors, Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve; And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,* Leave not a rackt behind: We are such stuff As dreams are made of, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.---Sir, I am vex'd; Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled.

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.

Fer. Mira. We wish you peace. [Exeunt.
Pro. Come with a thought :---I thank you :---
Ariel, come.

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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?

Ari. I told you, Sir, they were red-hot with drinking;

So full of valour, that they smote the air

[Juno and Ceres whisper, and send IRIS on For breathing in their faces; beat the ground

employment.

Pro. Sweet now, silence:

Juno and Ceres whisper seriously; There's something else to do: hush, and be Or else our spell is marr'd. [mute, Iris. You nymphs, call'd Naiads, of the wand'ring brooks, [looks, With your sedg'd crowns, and ever harmless Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land

Answer your summons; Juno does command: Come, temperate nymphs, and help to cele

brate

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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,

Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, As they smelt music; so I charm'd their ears, That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd, through

Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss, and thorns, Which enter'd their frail shins: at last I left [them I' the filthy mantled pool beyond your cell, There dancing up to the chins, that the foul O'er-stunk their feet. [lake

Pro. This was well done, my bird: Thy shape invisible retain thou still: The trumpery in my house, go, bring it hither, For stalet to catch these thieves.

Ari. I go, I go.

[Exit.

Pro. A devil, a born devil, on whose nature Nurtures can never stick; on whom my pains,

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Trin. Thou wert but a lost monster.

Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still: Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to Shall hood-wink this mischance: therefore, speak softly,

All's hush'd as midnight yet. Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool,-

Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in that, monster, but an infinite loss.

Trin. That's more to me than my wetting: yet this is your harmless fairy, monster.

Ste. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears for my labour.

here,

Cal. Pr'ythee, my king, be quiet: Seest thou [enter: This is the mouth of the cell: no noise, and Do that good mischief, which may m ke this island

Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
For ayet thy foot-licker.

Ste. Give me thy hand: I do begin to have bloody thoughts.

Trin. O king Stephano! O peer! O worthy Stephano! look, what a wardrobe here is for

thee!

Cal. Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash. Trin. O, ho, monster; we know what belongs to a frippery :-O king Stephano! Ste. Put off that gown, Trinculo; by this hand, I'll have that gown.

Trin. Thy grace shall have it.

Cal. The dropsy drown this fool! what do

you mean,

To doat thus on such luggage? Let's along, And do the murder first: if he awake, From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with Make us strange stuff. [pinches; Ste. Be you quiet, monster.-Mistress line, is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line: now, jerkin, you are like to lose your hair, and prove a bald jerkin.

Trin. Du, do: We steal by line and level, and't like your grace.

Ste. I thank thee for that jest; here's a garment for't: wit shall not go unrewarded, while I am king of this country: Steal by line and level, is an excellent pass of pate; there's another garment for't.

Trin. Monster, come, put some limes upon your fingers, and away with the rest.

Cal. I will have none on't: we shall lose our time,

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The pine, and cedar: graves, at my command,
Have waked their sleepers; oped, and let them
forth

By my so potent art: But this rough magic
I here abjure: and, when I have requir'd
Some heavenly music, (which even now I do,)
To work mine end upon their senses, that
This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,
Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
And, deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I'll drown my book.
[Solemn music.

Re-enter ARIEL: after him, ALONSO, with a
frantic gesture, attended by GONZALO; SEBAS
TIAN and ANTONIO in like manner, attended
by ADRIAN and FRANCISCO: They all enter the
circle which PROSPERO had made, and there
stand charmed; which PROSPERO observing,
speaks.

A solemn air, and the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
Now useless, boil'd within thy skull! There
For you are spell-stopp'd.-

[stand,

Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
Mine eyes, even sociable to the show of thine,
Fall fellowly drops.-The charm dissolves
apace;

And as the morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness, so their rising senses
Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle
Their clearer reason.-O my good Gonzalo,
My true preserver, and a loyal sir

To him thou follow'st; I will pay thy graces
Home, both in word and deed. Most cruelly
Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter:
Thy brother was a furtherer in the act;-
Thou'rt pinch'd for't now, Sebastian.-Flesh
and blood,

You brother mine, that entertain❜d ambition,
Expell'd remorse and nature; who, with Se-
bastian,

(Whose inward pinches therefore are most
strong,)

Would here have kill'd your king; I do forgive
thee,
[standing
Unnatural though thou art!Their under-
Begins to swell; and the approaching tide
Will shortly fill the reasonable shores,
That now lie foul and muddy. Not one of them,
That yet looks on me, or would know me:-
Ariel,
Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell;
[Exit ARIEL.

Pity, or tenderness of heart.

I will dis-case me, and myself present,
As I was sometime Milan:-quickly, spirit;
Thou shalt ere long be free.

ARIEL re-enters, singing, and helps to attire
PROSPERO.

Ar. Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie:
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly,
After summer, merrily:

Merrily, merrily, shall I live now,

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough

Pro. Why, that's my dainty Ariel: I shall
miss thee;

But yet thou shalt have freedom: so, so, so.-
To the king's ship, invisible as thou art:
There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
Under the hatches; the master, and the boat-
swain,

Being awake, enforce them to this place;
And presently, I pr'ythee.

Ari. I drink the air before me, and return
Or e'er your pulse twice beat. [Exit ARIEL.
Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and

amazement

Inhabits here: Some heavenly power guide us
Out of this fearful country!

Pro. Behold, Sir king,

The wronged duke of Milan, Prospero:
For more assurance that a living prince
Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body;
And to thee, and thy company, I bid
A hearty welcome.

Alon. Whe'r thou beest he, or no,
Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me,
As late I have been, I not know: thy pulse
Beats, as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw

thee,

Th' affliction of my mind amends, with which,
I fear, a madness held me: this must crave
(An if this be at all,) a most strange story.
Thy dukedom I resign; and do entreat
Thou pardon me my wrongs:-But how should
Prospero
Be living, and be here?

Pro. First, noble friend,

Let me embrace thine age; whose honour can-
Be measur'd, or confin'd.

Gon. Whether this be,
Or be not, I'll not swear.

Pro. You do yet taste

[not

Some subtilties o' the isle, that will not let you
Believe things certain :- -Welcome, my friends

all:

But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded,
[Aside to SEB. and ANT.
I here could pluck his highness' frown upon
[you,
And justify you traitors; at this time
I'll tell no tales.

Seb. The devil speaks in him.
Pro. No:-

[Aside.

For you, most wicked Sir, whom to call brother
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive
Thy rankest fault; all of them; and require
My dukedom of thee, which, perforce, I know,
Thou must restore.

Alon. If thou beest Prospero,
Give us particulars of thy preservation :
How thou hast met us here, who three hours

since

[lost, Were wreck'd upon this shore; where I have How sharp the point of this remembrance is !. My dear son Ferdinand.

* Whether.

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