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Of roaring, shrieking, howling, gingling chains,
Was't well done?
shalt be free. Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men trods And there is in this business more than nature Was ever conduct of: 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.—Come hither, spirit;
(Aside. 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 you remember not. 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! How fine my master is ! I am afraid
He will chastise me.
Ha, ha ;
Very like; one of them
Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, Then say, if they be true:This mis-shapen 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?
Ste. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but a cramp.
Pro. You'd be king of the isle, sirrah?
[Pointing to Caliban.
you found it.
And seek for grace: What a thrice-double ass
Go to; away!
[Exeunt Cal. Ste. and Trin. Pro. Sir, I invite your highness, and your train, To my poor cell: where you shall take your rest For this one night; which (part of it) I'll waste With such discourse, as, I not doubt, shall make it Go quick away: the story of my life, And the particular accidents, gone by, Since I came to this isle: And in the morn, I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples, Where I have hope to see the nuptial Of these our dear-beloved solemniz'd; And thence retire me to my Milan, where Every third thought shall be my grave. Aion.
I long To hear the story of your life, which must Take the ear strangely. Pro.
I'll deliver all; And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales, And sail so expeditious, that shall catch Your royal fleet far off.--My Ariel ;-chick, That is thy charge; then to the elements Be free, and fare thou well !-[aside.] Please you draw near.
Spoken by Prospero.
pardon'd be, Let your indulgence set me free. (1) Applause : noise was supposed to dissolve a spell.
It is observed of The Tempest, that its plan is regular; this the author of The Revisal thinks, what I think too, an accidental effect of the story, not intended or regarded by our author. But, whatever might be Shakspeare's intention in forming or adopting the plot, he has made it instrumental to the production of many characters, diversified with boundless invention, and preserved with profound skill in
nature, extensive knowledge of opinions, and accurate observation of life. In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy spirits, and of an earthly goblin; the operations of magic, the tumults of a storm, the adventures of a desert island, the native effusion of untaught affection, the punishment of guilt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our passions and reason are equally interested.