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My foot my tutor ! -Put thy sword up, traitor ;
Who mak'st a shew, but dar'st not strike, thy conscience
Is so possess'd with guilt : come from thy ward ;
For I can here disarm thee with this stick,
And make thy weapon drop.
Mira. Beseech you, father!
Pro. Hence ; hang not on my garments.
Mira. Sir, have pity ;
I'll be his surety.
Pro. Silence : one word more
Shall make me chide thee, if not hate thee. What !
An advocate for an impostor? hush !
Thou think'st, there are no more such shapes as he,
Having seen but him and Caliban : Foolish wench !
To the most of men this is a Caliban,
And they to him are angels.
Mira. My affections
Are then most humble ; I have no ambition
see a goodlier man.
Pro. Come on ; obey :
[To FERD. Thy nerves are in their infancy again, And have no vigour in them.
Fer. So they are :
My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.
My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
The wreck of all my friends, or this man's threats,
To whom I am subdued, are but light to me,
Might I but through my prison once a day
Behold this maid : all corners else o' the earth
Let liberty make use of; space enough
Have I in such a prison !
Pro. It works : -Come on.
Thou hast done well, fine Ariel !
[T. FERD. and MIRA. [T. ARIEL.] Hark, what thou else shalt do me.
Mira. Be of comfort ;
My father's of a better nature, sir,
Than he appears by speech ; this is unwonted,
Which now came from him.
Pro. Thou shalt be as free
As mountain winds : but then exactly do
All points of my command.
Ari. To the syllable.
Pro. Come, follow :-Speak not for him. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. Another part of the Island. Enter ALON
20, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.
'BESEECH you, sir, be merry : you have cause
(So have we all) of joy ; for our escape
Is much beyond our loss : Our hint of woe
Is common; every day, some sailor's wife,
The masters of some merchant, and the merchant,
Have just our theme of woe : but for the miracle,
I mean our preservation, few in millions
Can speak like us : then wisely, good sir, weigh
Our sorrow with our comfort.
Alon. Pr’ythee, peace.
Seb. He receives comfort like cold porridge.
Ant. The visitor will not give him o'er so.
Seb. Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit ; by and by it will strike.
Seb. One :-Tell.
Gon. When every grief is entertain'd, that's offer'd, Comes to the entertainer
Seb. A dollar.
Gon. Dolour comes to him, indeed ; you have spoken truer than you purposed.
Seb. You have taken it wiselier than I meant you should.
Gon. Therefore, my lord,
Ant. Fie, what a spendthrift is he of his tongue !
Alon. I pr’ythee, spare.
Gon. Well, I have done : But yet
Seb. He will be talking.
Ant. Which of them, he, or Adrian, for a good wager, first begins to crow?
Seb. The old cock.
Ant. The cockrel.
Seb. Done : The wager?
Ant. A laughter.
10 VOL. I.
Seb. A match.
Adr. Though this island seem to be desert,-
Seb. Ha, ha, ha!
Ant. So you've pay'd.
Adr. Uninhabitable, and almost inaccessible,
Ant. He could not miss it.
Adr. It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
Ant. Temperance was a delicate wench.
Seb. Ay, and a subtle ; as he most learnedly deliver'd.
Adr. The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
Seb. As if it had lungs, and rotten ones.
Ant. Or, as 'twere perfumed by a fen.
Gon. Here is every thing advantageous to life.
Ant. True ; save means to live.
Seb. Of that there's none, or little.
Gon. How lush and lusty the grass looks? how green?
Ant. The ground, indeed, is tawny.
Seb. With an eye of green in't.
Ant. He misses not much.
Seb. No ; hę doth but mistake the truth totally.
Gon. But the rarity of it is (which is, indeed, almost beyond credit)
Seb. As many vouch'd rarities are.
Gon. Thatour garments, being, as they were, drench'd in the sea, hold, not withstanding, their freshness and glosses; being rather new-dy'd, than stain’d with salt water.
Ant. If but one of his pockets could speak, would it not say, he lies ?
Seb. Ay, or very falsely pocket up his report.
Gon. Methinks, ourgarments are now as fresh as when we put them on first in Africk, at the marriage of the king's fair daughter, Claribel, to the king of Tunis.
Seb. 'Twas a sweet marriage, and we prosper well in our return.
Adr. Tunis was never graced before with such a paragon to their queen. Gon. Not since widow Dido's time.
Ant. Widow ! a pox o' that ! How came that widow in ? Widow Dido !
Seb. What if he had said, widower Æneas too ? good lord, how you take it !
Adr. Widow Dido, said you ? you make me study of that: She was of Carthage, not of Tunis.
Gon. This Tunis, sir, was Carthage.
Adr. Carthage ?
Gon. I assure you, Carthage.
Ant. His word is more than the miraculous harp.'
Seb. He hath rais'd the wall, and houses too.
Ant. What impossible matter will he make easy next?
Seb. I think he will carry this island home in his pocket, and give it his son for an apple.
Ant. And, sowing the kernels of it in the sea, bring forth more islands.
Ant. Why, in good time.
Gon. Sir, we were talking, that our garments seem now as fresh, as when we were at Tunis at the marriage of your daughter, who is now queen.
Ant. And the rarest that e'er came there.
Seb. 'Bate, I beseech you, widow Dido.
Ant. 0, widow Dido ; ay, widow Dido.
Gon. Is not, sir, my doublet, as fresh as the first day I wore it? I mean, in a sort.
Ant. That sort was well fish'd for.
Gon. When I wore it at your daughter's marriage ?
Alon. You cram these words into mine ears, against
The stomach of my sense : 'Would I had never
Married my daughter there ! for, coming thence,
My son is lost; and, in my rate, she too,
Who is so far from Italy remov'd,
I ne'er again shall see her. Othou mine heir
Of Naples and of Milan, what strange fish
Hath made his meal on thee !
Fran. Sir, he may live ;
I saw him beat the surges under him,
And ride upon their backs; he trod the water,
Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted
The surge most swoln that met him : his bold head
'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oar'd
Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke
To the shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bow'd,
As stooping to relieve him : I not doubt,
He came alive to land.
Alon. No, no, he's gone.
(1) Alluding to the wonders of Amphion's music. STEEV.
Seb. Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss; That would not bless our Europe with your daughter, But rather lose her to an African ; Where she, at least, is banish'd from your eyes, Who hath cause to wet the grief on't.
Alon. Pr’ythee, peace.
Seb. You were kneel'd to, and importun'd otherwise
By all of us ; and the fair soul herself
Weigh'd, between lothness and obedience, at
Which end o’the beam she'd bow. We have lost your son,
I fear, for ever : Milan and Naples have
More widows in them of this business' making,
Than we bring men to comfort them : the fault's
Alon. So is the dearest of the loss.
Gon. My lord Sebastian,
The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,
And time to speak it in : you rub the sore,
When you should bring the plaster.
Seb. Very well.
Ant. And most chirurgeonly.
Gon. It is foul weather in us all, good sir,
When you are cloudy.
Seb. Foul weather ?
Ant. Very foul.
Gon. Had I plantation of this isle, my lord,
Ant. He'd sow it with nettle-seed.
Seb. Or docks, or mallows.
Gon. And were the king of it, What would I do?
Seb. 'Scape being drunk, for want of wine.
Gon. I'the commonwealth I would by contraries
Execute all things : for no kind of traffic
Would I admit ; no name of magistrate ;
Letters should not be known ; no use of service,
Of riches or of poverty ; no contracts,
Successions ; bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none :
No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil :
No occupation ; all men idle, all ;
And women too ; but innocent and pure :
No sovereignty :
Seb. And yet he would be king on't. 2
 All this dialogue is a fine satire on the Utopian treatises of government, and the impracticable, inconsistent schemes therein recommended. WARB.