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Which I dispers'd, they all have met again,
And are upon the Mediterranean flote,
Bound sadly home for Naples;
Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd,
And his great person perish.

Pros.
Ariel, thy charge
Exactly is perform'd: but there's more work.

What is the time o' the day?

Ari.

Past the mid season.

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Pros. At least two glasses. The time 'twixt

six and now

Must by us both be spent most preciously.

Thou know'st, was banish'd: for one thing she did,
They would not take her life. Is not this true?
Ari. Ay, sir.

Pros. This blue-eyed hag was hither brought

with child,

And here was left by the sailors. Thou, my slave,
As thou report'st thyself, was then her servant :
And, for thou wast a spirit too delicate
To act her earthy and abhorr'd commands,
Refusing her grand hests," she did confine thee,
By help of her more potent ministers,
And in her most unmitigable rage,

Ari. Is there more toil? Since thou dost give Into a cloven pine; within which rift

me pains,

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Pros. Dull thing, I say so; he, that Caliban,
Whom now I keep in service. Thou best know'st
What torment I did find thee in; thy groans
Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the breasts
Of ever-angry bears: it was a torment
To lay upon the doom'd, which Sycorax
Could not again undo. It was mine art,
When I arriv'd and heard thee, that made gape
The pine, and let thee out.
Ari.

thank thee, master. Pros. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an

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Pros. For this, be sure, to-night thou shalt have cramps,

Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up; urchins $2
Shall, for that vast of night 53 that they may work,
All exercise on thee: thou shalt be pinch'd
As thick as honeycomb, each pinch more stinging
Than bees that made them.
Cal.
I must eat my dinner.
This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,
Which thou tak'st from me. When thou camest
first,

Thou strok'dst me, and mad'st much of me;

wouldst give me

Water with berries in't; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less,

48. We cannot miss him. We cannot do without him; an expression still in provincial use.

49. Thou earth, thou! The terms in which Caliban is summoned suffice to proclaim the essence of his being. He is earthiness itself, grossly material; in elemental and entire contrast to Ariel.

50. When? An exclamation denoting impatience.

51. Wicked dew. "Wicked" is here used by Shakespeare as Spenser uses it in his expression "wicked weed," for baneful or harmful property. So, on the contrary, we still say the "virtues," or "virtuous" qualities in medicinal herbs and plants.

52. Urchins. An old name for hedgehogs; and also for evil sprites and mischievous fairies. lechins Thall forth at

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But certainly a maid. Fer.

No wonder, sir;

My language! heavens!

I am the best of. them that speak this speech,
Were I but where 'tis spoken.

Pros.
How! the best?
What wert thou, if the King of Naples heard thee?
Fer. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
To hear thee speak of Naples. He does hear me ;
And, that he does, I weep: myself am Naples ;
Who with mine eyes, ne'er since at ebb, beheld
The king, my father, wreck'd.
Mir.

Alack, for mercy!

Fer. Yes, faith, and all his lords; the Duke of Milan,

And his brave son, being twain.

Pros. [Aside] The Duke of Milan, And his more braver daughter, could control thee, If now 'twere fit to do't.-At the first sight

dances, in "the good old times of merry England." The next line seems to mean-" The waves hush'd to silence the while." 62. Of his bones are coral made. The false grammatical concord in this line is one of many that we shall have to notice, where the preceding noun ends with " ." Such licence was, in Shakespeare's time, allowable.

possess. The name found in books of travel, in Shake60. Setebos. speare's time, for a demon-deity.

Both these plea61. Court'sied when you have and kiss'd. sant observances were customary at the commencement of

63. The earth owes. "Owe' was formerly used for own See the name thou ow'st not," a few speeches farther on. 64. Control. Confute bring a contrary account. Bacon uses the word in precisely this sense.

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