level,” is an excellent pass of pate; there's an- Pro. Hey, Mountain, hey! other garment for 't.

Ari. Silver! there it goes, Silver ! Trin. Monster, come, put some lime upon your Pro. Fury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there ! hark, fingers, and away with the rest.

hark ! Cal. I will have none on 't: we shall lose our [CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, are time,

driven out. And all be turned to barnacles, or to apes Go, charge my goblins that they grind their joints With foreheads villanous low.

With dry convulsions; shorten up their sinews Ste. Monster, lay to your fingers : help to bear With aged cramps; and more pinch-spotted make this away, where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll them turn you out of my kingdom: go to, carry this. Than pard or cat o' mountain. Trin. And this.

Ari. Hark, they roar.
Ste. Ay, and this.

Pro. Let them be hunted soundly: At this hour

Lie at my mercy all mine enemies :
A noise of hunters heard. Enter divers Spirits, Shortly shall all my labors end, and thou

in shape of hounds, and hunt them about. PROS- Shalt have the air at freedom : for a little,
PERO and ARIEL setting them on.

Follow and do me service.



SCENE I. Before the Cell of PROSPERO. That if you now beheld them, your affections

Would become tender. Enter PROSPERO, in his magic robes; and ARIEL.

Pro. Dost thou think so, spirit ?

Ari. Mine would, sir, were I human. Pro. Now does my project gather to a head : 1 Pro. And mine shall. My charms crack not; my spirits obey; and time Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day? Of their afflictions ? and shall not myself,

Ari. On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord, One of their kind, that relish all as sharply, You said our work should cease.

Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art ? Pro. I did say so,

Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the When first I raised the tempest. Say, my spirit,

quick, How fares the king and his followers ?

Yet, with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury Ari. Confined together

Do I take part: the rarer action is In the same fashion as you gave in charge ; In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent, Just as you left them, sir; all prisoners

The sole drift of my purpose doth extend In the lime-grove which weather-fends your cell; Not a frown further : Go, release them, Ariel; They cannot budge, till you release. The king, My charms I'll break, their senses I 'll restore, His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted; And they shall be themselves. And the remainder mourning over them,

Ari. I'll fetch them, sir. [Exit. Brim-full of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly | Pro. Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, Him you termed, sir, “The good old lord, Gon

and groves; zalo;”

And ye, that on the sands with printless foot His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him, From eaves of reeds: your charm so strongly When he comes back; you demi-puppets, that works them,

By moonshine do the green-sour ringlets make,


Whereof the ewe not bites; and you, whose pas- You brother mine, that entertained ambition, time

Expelled remorse and nature; who with Sebastian, Is to make midnight-mushrooms; that rejoice (Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong), To hear the solemn curfew; by whose aid Would here have killed your king; I do forgive (Weak masters though ye be) I have bedimmed

thee, The noontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds, Unnatural though thou art ! — Their understandAnd 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault

ing Set roaring war: to the dread rattling thunder Begins to swell; and the approaching tide [Aside. Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak Will shortly fill the reasonable shores, With his own bolt : the strong-based promontory That now lie foul and muddy. Not one of them Have I made shake; and by the spurs plucked up That yet looks on me, or would know me:The pine and cedar: graves, at my command,

Ariel, Have waked their sleepers ; oped, and let them Fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell; forth

[Exit ARIEL. By my so potent art: But this rough magic I will discase me, and myself present, I here abjure : and, when I have required As I was sometime Milan : quickly, spirit; Some heavenly music (which even now I do), Thou shalt ere long be free. To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff,

ARIEL re-enters, singing, and helps to attire Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,

PROSPERO. And, deeper than did ever plummet sound,

Where the bee sucks, there suck I; I'll drown my book.

[Solemn music. In a cowslip's bell I lie:

There I couch when owls do cry.
Re-enter ARIEL: after him, Alonso, with a fran On the bat's back I do fly,

tic gesture, attended by GONZALO; SEBASTIAN After summer, merrily:
and ANTONIO in like manner, attended by Merrily, merrily, shall I live now,
ADRIAN and FRANCISCO : they all enter the

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough. circle which PROSPERO had made, and there

Pro. Why, that's my dainty Ariel : I shall miss stand charmed; which PROSPERO observing,

thee; speaks.

But yet thou shalt have freedom : so, so, so. — A solemn air, and the best comforter

To the king's ship, invisible as thou art : To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,

There shalt thou find the mariners asleep Now useless, boiled within thy skull! There stand, Under the hatches; the master and the boatswain, For you are spell-stopped. —

Being awake, enforce them to this place; Holy Gonzalo, honorable man,

And presently, I pr’ythee. Mine eyes, even sociable to the show of thine, Ari. I drink the air before me, and return Fall fellowly drops. The charm dissolves apace; Or ere your pulse twice beat. [Exit ARIEL. And as the morning steals upon the night, Gon. All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazeMelting the darkness, so their rising senses

ment Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Inhabits here : Some heavenly power guide us Their clearer reason. – O my good Gonzalo, Out of this fearful country! My true preserver, and a loyal sir

Pro. Behold, sir king, To him thou followest; I will pay thy graces The wrongéd Duke of Milan, Prospero : Home, both in word and deed. — Most cruelly For more assurance that a living prince Didst thou, Alonso, use me and my daughter: Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body; Thy brother was a furtherer in the act; - And to thee, and thy company, I bid Thou 'rt pinched for 't now, Sebastian. — Flesh A hearty welcome. and blood,

Alon. Whe'r thou beest he, or no,

Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me,

To make the dear loss, have I means much As late I have been, I not know; thy pulse

Beats, as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw Than you may call to comfort you; for I

Have lost my daughter.
The affliction of my mind amends, with which, Alon. A daughter?

I fear, a madness held me: this must crave O heavens! that they were living both in !! (An if this be at all) a most strange story.

Naples, Thy dukedom I resign; and do entreat | The king and queen there! That they were, I Thou pardon me my wrongs:- But how should

wish Prospero

Myself were mudded in that oozy bed Be living, and be here ?

Where my son lies. When did you lose your Pro. First, noble friend,

daughter? Let me embrace thine age; whose honor cannot | Pro. In this last tempest. I perceive, these Be measured or confined.

lords Gon. Whether this be,

At this encounter do so much admire, Or be not, I'll not swear.

That they devour their reason; and scarce think Pro. You do yet taste

Their eyes do offices of truth, their words Some subtilties o’ the isle, that will not let you Are natural breath; but, howso'er you have Believe things certain :— Welcome, my friends, Been justled from your senses, know for certain all:

That I am Prospero, and that very duke But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded, Which was thrust forth of Milan ; who most [Aside to SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO.

strangely I here could pluck his highness' frown upon you, Upon this shore, where you were wrecked, was And justify you traitors; at this time

landed, I'll tell no tales.

To be the lord on 't. No more yet of this ;
Seb. The devil speaks in him. [Aside. For 't is a chronicle of day by day,
Pro. No:-

Not a relation for a breakfast, nor
For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother | Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir ;
Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive This cell 's my court: here have I few attendants,

Thy rankest fault; all of them; and require And subjects none abroad: pray you, look in. . My dukedom of thee, which, perforce, I know My dukedom since you have given me again, Thou must restore.

I will requite you with as good a thing; i' Alon. If thou beest Prospero,

At least, bring forth a wonder, to content ye, Give us particulars of thy preservation :

As much as me my dukedom. How thou hast met us here, who three hours since Were wrecked upon this shore; where I have lost | The entrance of the cell opens, and discovers (How sharp the point of this remembrance is !)

FERDINAND and MIRANDA playing at chess.. My dear son Ferdinand. Pro. I am woe for 't, sir.

Mira. Sweet lord, you play me false.
Alon. Irreparable is the loss; and Patience Fer. No, my dearest love,
! Says, it is past her cure.

I would not for the world.
Pro. I rather think

Mira. Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should You have not sought her help; of whose soft

wrangle, grace

And I would call it fair play. For the like loss, I have her sovereign aid,

Alon. If this prove
And rest myself content.

A vision of the island, one dear son
Alon. You the like loss ?

Shall I twice lose.
Pro. As great to me; as late; and, portable Seb. A most high miracle !

Fer. Though the seas threaten, they are merci. In a poor isle; and all of us, ourselves, ful;

When no man was his own. I have cursed them without cause.

Alon. Give me your hands : [FERDINAND kneels to ALONSO.

[To FERDINAND and MIRANDA. Alon. Now all the blessings

Let grief and sorrow still embrace his heart, Of a glad father compass thee about !

That doth not wish you joy!
Arise, and say how thou cam’st here.

Gon. Be't so! Amen!
Mira. O! wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here !

Re-enter ARIEL, with the Master and Boatswain How beauteous mankind is ! O brave new world,

amazedly following. That hath such people in 't!

O look, sir, look, sir; here are more of us ! Pro. Tis new to thee.

I prophesied, if a gallows were on land, Alon. What is this maid, with whom thou wast This fellow could not drown : Now, blasphemy, at play?

That swear'st grace o'erboard, not an oath on Your eld’st acquaintance cannot be three hours :

shore, Is she the goddess that hath served us,

Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the And brought us thus together?

news? Fer. Sir, she's mortal ;

Boats. The best news is, that we have safely But by immortal Providence she's mine;

found I chose her when I could not ask my father Our king and company : the next, our ship, For his advice, nor thought I had one: she Which, but three glasses since, we gave out Is daughter to this famous Duke of Milan,

split, – Of whom so often I have heard renown,

Is tight, and yare, and bravely rigged, as when But never saw before; of whom I have

We first put out to sea. Received a second life; and second father

Ari. Sir, all this service [Aside. This lady makes him to me.

Have I done since I went. Alon. I am hers :

Pro. My tricksy spirit! [Aside. But 0, how oddly will it sound, that I

Alon. These are not natural events; they Must ask my child forgiveness.

strengthen, Pro. There, sir, stop;

From strange to stranger :- Say, how came you Let us not burden our remembrances

hither? With a heaviness that's gone.

Boats. If I did think, sir, I were well awake, Gon. I have inly wept,

I'd strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep, Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you And (how, we know not) all clapped under gods,

hatches, And on this couple drop a blesséd crown; Where, but even now, with strange and several For it is you that have chalked forth the way

noises Which brought us hither!

Of roaring, shrieking, howling, gingling chains, Alon. I say Amen, Gonzalo!

And more diversity of sounds, all horrible, Gon. Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his We were awaked; straitway, at liberty: issue

Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice Our royal, good, and gallant ship; our master Beyond a common joy; and set it down

Capering to eye her: On a trice, so please you, With gold on lasting pillars : In one voyage Even in a dream, were we divided from them, Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis; And were brought moping hither. And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife

Ari. Was 't well done ? [Aside. Where he himself was lost; Prospero his duke Pro. Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be dom



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Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men Seb. He is drunk now: where had he wine ? trod :

Alon. And Trinculo is reeling ripe: Where And there is in this business more than nature

should they Was ever conduct of: some oracle

Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them?Must rectify our knowledge.

How cam’st thou in this pickle ?
Pro. Sir, my liege,

Trin. I have been in such a pickle, since I saw
Do not invest your mind with beating on you last, that, I fear me, will never out of my
The strangeness of this business : at picked leisure, bones : I shall not fear fly-blowing.
Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you Seb. Why, how now, Stephano ?
(Which to you shall seem probable) of every I Ste. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but
These happened accidents : till when, be cheerful, a cramp.
And think of each thing well. — Come hither, Pro. You'd be king of the isle, sirrah ?

[Aside. Ste. I should have been a sore one, then. Set Caliban and his companions free:

Alon. This is as strange a thing as c'er I Untie the spell. [Erit ARIEL.] How fares my looked on. [Pointing to CALIBAN. gracious sir ?

Pro. He is as disproportioned in his manners There are yet missing of your company

As in his shape :-Go, sirrah, to my cell; Soine few odd lads that you remember not. Take with you your companions; as you look

To have my pardon, trim it handsomely. 'Re-enter ARIEL, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO,

Cal. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter, a nd Trinculo, in their stolen apparel.

And seek for grace: What a thrice-double ass Ste. Every man shift for all the rest, and let Was I, to take this drunkard for a god, no man take care for himself; for all is but for- And worship this dull fool ! tune: - Coragio, bully-monster, coragio!

Pro. Go to; away! Trin. If these be true spies which I wear in my Alon. Hence, and bestow your luggage where head, here's a goodly sight.

you found it. Cal. O Setebos, these be brave spirits, indeed ! Seb. Or stole it rather. How fine my master is! I am afraid

[Exeunt CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO. He will chastise me.

Prð. Sir, I invite your highness, and your train. Seb. Ha, ha;

To my poor cell: where you shall take your rest What things are these, my lord Antonio ! For this one night : which (part of it) I'll waste Will money buy them?

With such discourses as, I not doubt, shall make it
Ant. Very like; one of them

Go quick away: the story of my life,
Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable. And the particular accidents, gone by,
Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my Since I came to this isle: And in the morn

I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples, Then say if they be true :- This mis-shapen Where I have hope to see the nuptials knave,

Of these our dear-belovéd solemnized;
His mother was a witch; and one so strong And thence retire me to my Milan, where
That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs, Every third thought shall be my grave.
And deal in her command without her power: Alon. I long
These three have robbed me: and this demi-devil To hear the story of your life, which must
(For he's a bastard one) had plotted with them Take the ear strangely.
To take my life: two of these fellows you | Pro. I'll deliver all;
Must know, and own; this thing of darkness I And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales,
Acknowledge mine.

And sail so expeditious, that shall catch
Cal. I shall be pinched to death. Your royal feet far off.— My Ariel; — chick, –
Alon. Is not this Stephano, my drunken butler ? That is thy charge; then to the elements

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