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Mir.

Miranda :-O my father,
I have broke your hesti to say so!
Fer.

Admired Miranda !
Indeed, the top of admiration ; worth
What’s dearest to the world! Full many a lady
I have eyed with best regard ; and many a time
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
Brought my too diligent ear : for several virtues
Have I liked several women ; never any
With so full soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed,
And put it to the foil :3 But you, O you,
So perfect, and so peerless are created
Of every creature's best."
Mir.

I do not know :
One of my sex; no woman's face remember,
Save, from my glass, mine own; nor have I seen
More that I may call men, than you, good friend
And my dear father : how features are abroad,
I am skill-less of; but, by my modesty,
The jewel in my dower, I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you ;
Nor can imagination form a shape,
Besides yourself, to like of : but I prattle
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts
I therein do forget.

i Command.

2 Possessed. 3 Made it doubtful whether the virtue or the defect preponderated.

Alluding to the picture of Venus by Apelles.

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Fer. I am, in my condition,
A prince, Miranda ; I do think, a king;
(I would, not so !) and would no more endure
This wooden slavery, than to suffer
The Aesh-fly blow my mouth.1 Hear my soul

speak :-
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service ; there resides,
To make me slave to it; and, for your sake,
Am I this patient log-man.
Mir. .

Do you love me?
Fer. O heaven, 0 earth, bear witness to this

sound,
And crown what I profess with kind event,
If I speak true ; if hollowly, invert
What best is boded me, to mischief! 1,
Beyond all limit of what else 2 i' the world,
Do love, prize, honor you.
Mir.

I am a fool,
To weep at what I am glad of.
Pro.

Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections ! Heavens rain grace
On that which breeds between them!
Fer.

Wherefore weep you? Mir. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer What I desire to give; and much less take, What I shall die to want. But this is trifling ; And all the more it seeks to hide itself,

i Swell and inflame my mouth.

? Of aught else.

Fer.

The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning!
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence !
I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid: to be your fellow
You may deny me; but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

My mistress, dearest ;
And I thus humble ever.
Mir.

My husband then ?
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing
As bondage e'er of freedom : here's my hand,
Mir. And mine, with my heart in't: and now

farewell, Till half an hour hence. Fer.

A thousand ! thousand !

[Exeunt Fer, and Mir. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be, Who are surprised with all ; but my rejoicing At nothing can be more. I'll to my book ; For yet, ere supper time, must I perform Much business appertaining.

[Exit.

SCENE II.

Another part of the island. Enter STEPHANO and TRINCULO ; CALIBAN following

with a bottle. . Ste. Tell not me ;—when the butt is out, we will drink water ; not a drop before: therefore bear up, and board 'em. Servant-monster, drink to me.

Trin. Servant-monster ? the folly of this island ! They say, there's but five upon this isle : we are three of them ; if the other two be brained like us, the state totters.

Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee : thy eyes are almost set in thy head.

Trin. Where should they be set else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.

Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me: I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty leagues, off and on, by this light. Thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.

Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.1

Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.

Trin. Nor go neither : but you 'll lie like dogs ; and yet say nothing neither.

Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.

Cal. How does thy honor ? Let me lick thy shoe : I'll not serve him : he is not valiant.

Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster; I am in case to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed ? fish thou, was there ever man a coward, that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish, and half a monster?

1 Meaning, he is so much intoxicated, as not to be able to stand.

2 Debauched.

Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my lord ?

Trin. Lord, quoth he !-that a monster should be such a natural ! 1

Cal. Lo, lo, again ! bite him to death, I pr’ythee.

Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head : if you prove a mutineer, the next tree – The poor monster 's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.

Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased to hearken once again to the suit I made thee?

Ste. Marry will I : kneel, and repeat it; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.

poor monsre a mutineer, good tong

Enter ARIEL, invisible. Cal. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant; a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island.

Ari. Thou liest.

Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou :
I would, my valiant master would destroy thee :
I do not lie.

Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth. · Trin. Why, I said nothing.

Ste. Mum then, and no more.—[to Caliban.] Proceed.

1 Fool.

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