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And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,
Was't well done?
Pro. Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt [Aside.
Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod: And there is in this business more than nature
Was ever conduct of: some oracle
Must rectify our knowledge.
Sir, my liege,
Do not infest your mind with beating on
The strangeness of this business: at picked leisure,
Set Caliban and his companions free:
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.
What things are these, my lord Antonio?
Very like; one of them Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable.
Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, Then say, if they be true:-This misshapen 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 robbed 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.
I shall be pinched 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
Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? 2—
Trin. I have been in such a pickle, since I saw you last, that, I fear me, will never out of
I shall not fear fly-blowing.
Seb. Why, how now, Stephano?
Ste. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but a
Pro. You'd be king of the isle, sirrah?
Ste. I should have been a sore one then.
Alon. This is as strange a thing as e'er I looked on.
[Pointing to CAliban.
Pro. He is as disproportioned in his manners,
As in his shape:-Go, sirrah, to my cell;
Take with you your companions; as you look
I That is, work the same effects as the moon, without her delegated authority.
2 The phrase being gilded was a trite one for being drunk.
Cal. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter,
And worship this dull fool!
Go to; away!
Alon. Hence, and bestow your luggage where you
Seb. Or stole it, rather.
[Exeunt CAL. STE. and TRIN.
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,-
Be free, and fare thou well!-[Aside.] Please you,
SPOKEN BY PROSPERO.
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
1 By your 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.