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Trin. I took him to be killed with a thunder-stroke. Trin. By this light, a most pertidious and drunken -But art thou not drowned, Stephano? I hope now, monster: when his god's asleep, he'll rob his bottle. thou art not drowned. Is the storm overblown? I Cal. I'll kiss thy foot: I'll swear myself thy subject. hid me under the dead moon-calf's gaberdine for fear Ste. Come on, then; down and swear. of the storm. And art thou living, Stephano? O

(Caliban lies down. Stephano! two Neapolitans 'scaped ?

Trin. I shall laugh myself to death at this puppySte. Pr'ythee, do not turn me about: my stomach headed monster. A most scurvy monster: I could is not constant.

find in my heart to beat him,Cal. These be fine things, an if they be not sprites. Ste. Come, kiss. That's a brave god, and bears celestial liquor ::

Trin. — But that the poor monster's in drink. An I will kneel to him.

abominable monster ! Ste. How didst thou 'scape ? How cam'st thou Cal. I'll show thee the best springs; I'll pluck thee hither? swear by this bottle, how thou cam'st hither.

berries; I escaped upon a butt of sack, which the sailors heaved I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough. over-board, by this bottle ! which I made of the bark A plague upon the tyrant that I serve ! of a tree, with mine own hands, since I was cast | I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee, a-shore.

Thou wondrous man. Cal. I'll swear, upon that bottle, to be thy true Trin. A most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder subject, for the liquor is not earthly. [Kneels. of a poor drunkard ! Ste. Here: swear, then, how thou escap’dst.

Cal. I pr’ythee, let me bring thee where crabs grow; Trin. Swam a-shore, man, like a duck. I can swim And I with my long nails will dig thee pig-nuts ; like a duck, I'll be sworn.

Show thee a jay's nest, and instruct thee how Ste. Here, kiss the book. Though thou canst swim To snare the nimble marmozet: I'll bring thee like a duck, thou art made like a goose.

To clustering filberds, and sometimes I'll get thee Trin. O Stephano! hast any more of this ? Young scamels from the rock: Wilt thou go with me?

Ste. The whole butt, man: my cellar is in a rock Ste. I pr’ythee now, lead the way, without any more by the sea-side, where my wine is hid. How now, talking.–Trinculo, the king and all our company else moon-calf! how does thine ague?

being drowned, we will inherit here.—Here ; bear my Cal. Hast thou not dropped from heaven? bottle.— Fellow Trinculo, we'll fill him by and by again.

Ste. Out o' the moon, I do assure thee: I was the Cal. Farewell, master; farewell, farewell. man in the moon, when time was.

(Sings drunkenly. Cal. I have seen thee in her, and I do adore thee: my Trin. A howling monster; a drunken monster. mistress showed me thee, and thy dog, and thy bush. Cal. No more dams I'll make for fish; Ste. Come, swear to that; kiss the book: I will fur

Nor fetch in firing nish it anon with new contents. Swear,

At requiring, Trin. By this good light, this is a very shallow mon- Nor scrape trencher, nor wash dish; ster:-1 afeard of him ?-a very weak monster.—The

Ban 'Ban, Ca-Caliban, man i’ the moon !-a most poor credulous monster.

Has a new master-Get a new man. Well drawn, monster, in good sooth.

Freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom ! freedom ! heyCal. I'll show thee every fertile inch o' the island; day, freedom ! and I will kiss thy foot. I prythee, be my god. Ste. O brave monster ! lead the way. [Exeunt.

ACT IIT.
SCENE 1.-Before Prospero's Cell.

Is hard at study; pray now rest yourself :

He's safe for these three hours.
Enter Ferdinand, bearing a log.

Fer.

0, most dear mistress! Fer. There be some sports are painful, and their The sun will set, before I shall discharge labour

What I must strive to do. Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness Mira.

If you'll sit down, Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters I'll bear your logs the while. Pray, give me that: Point to rich ends. This my mean task

I'll carry it to the pile. Would be as heavy to me, as odious ; but

Fer.

No, precious creature:
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead, I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
And makes my labours pleasures : 0! she is Than you should such dishonour undergo,
Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed ; While I sit lazy by.
And he's composed of harshness. I must remove Mira.

It would become me
Some thousands of these logs, and pile them up, As well as it does you; and I should do it
Upon a sore injunction : my sweet mistress

With much more ease, for my good will is to it,
Weeps when she sees me work; and says, such baseness And yours it is against.
Had never like executor. I forget :

Pro.

Poor worm ! thou art infected ; But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours ; This visitation shows it.

[Aside. Most busy, blest when I do it.

Mira.

You look wearily.
Enter MIRANDA; and Prospero behind.

Fer. No, noble mistress ; 'tis fresh morning with me, Mira.

Alas! now, pray you, When you are by at night. I do beseech you,
Work not so hard : I would, the lightning had Chiefly' that I might set it in my prayers,
Burnt up those logs that you are enjoin'd to pile. What is your name?
Pray, set it down, and rest you: when this burns, Mira.

Miranda.–O my father! "Twill weep for having wearied you. My father I have broke your hest to say so. [To herself. bear up,

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Fer.

Admir'd Miranda !

SCENE II.- Another part of the Island.
Indeed, the top of admiration; worth
What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady

Enter Stephano and Trinculo; Caliban following
I have ey'd with best regard ; and many a time

with a bottle.
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Ste. Tell not me :-when the butt is out, we will
Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues drink water ; not a drop before: theref
Have I lik'd several women; never any

and board 'em.-Servant-monster, drink to me. With so full soul, but some defect in her

Trin. Servant-monster? the folly of this island ! Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd,

They say, there's but five upon this isle : we are three And put it to the foil: but you, O you !

of them; if the other two be brained like us, the state So perfect, and so peerless, are created

totters.
Of every creature's best.

Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee : thy
Mira.
I do not know

eyes are almost set in thy head.
One of my sex; no woman's face remember,

Trin. Where should they be set else ? he were a
Save, from my glass, mine own; nor have I seen brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
More that I may call men, than you, good friend, Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in
And my dear father. How features are abroad, sack : for my part, the sea cannot drown me : I swam,
I an skill-less of; but, by my modesty,

ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty leagues, (The jewel in my dower) I would not wish

off and on, by this light.—Thou shalt be my lieutenant, Any companion in the world but you;

monster, or my standard. Nor can imagination form a shape,

Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
Besides yourself, to like of. But I prattle

Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts Trin. Nor go neither; but you'll lie, like dogs, and
I therein do forget.

yet say nothing neither.
Fer.
I am, in my condition,

Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest
A prince, Miranda ; I do think, a king ;

a good moon-calf. (I would, not so !) and would no more endure

Cal. How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe.
This wooden slavery, than to suffer

I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
The flesh-fly blow my mouth.—Hear my soul speak: Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster: I am in
The
very instant that I saw you, did

case to justle a constable. Why, thou debauched fish My heart fly to your service; there resides,

thou, was there ever man a coward, that hath drunk so To make me slave to it; and for your sake,

much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous Am I this patient log-man.

lie, being but half a fish, and half a monster?
Mira.
Do you love me?

Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my
Per. O heaven ! ( earth! bear witness to this sound, lord ?
And crown what I profess with kind event,

Trin. Lord, quoth he!—that a monster should be
If I speak true; if hollowly, invert

such a natural ! What best is boded me to mischief! I,

Cal. Lo, lo, again ! bite bim to death, I pr’ythee. Beyond all limit of aught else i' the world,

Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head: if Do love, prize, honour you.

you prove a mutineer, the next tree–The poor monMira. I am a fool,

ster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity. To weep at what I am glad of.

Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd Pro.

Fair encounter to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee? Oftwo most rare affections! Heavens rain grace Ste. Marry will I; kneel and repeat it: I will stand, On that which breeds between them! [Aside. and so shall Trinculo.

[Caliban kneels.
Fer.
Wherefore weep you ?

Enter Ariel, invisible.
Mire. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer Cal. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant;
What I desire to give; and much less take,

a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the
What I shall die to want. But this is trifling; island.
And all the more it seeks to hide itself,

Ari. Thou liest.
The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning, Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou ;
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence !

I would, my valiant master would destroy thee :
I am your wife, if you will marry me ;

I do not lie.
If not, I'll die your maid : to be your fellow

Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in his
You may deny me; but I'll be your servant,

tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth. Whether you will or no.

Trin. Why, I said nothing.

[ceed. Fer. My mistress, dearest,

Ste. Mum then, and no more.- -[ To Caliban.) ProAnd I thus humble ever.

[Kneels. Cal. I say by sorcery he got this isle ;

My husband then ? From me he got it: if thy greatness will,
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing

[Rises. Revenge it on him—for, I know, thou dar’st;
As bondage e'er of freedom : here's my hand. But this thing dare not.
Mira. And mine, with my heart in't: and now fare- Ste. That's most certain.
well,

Cal. Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.
Till half an hour hence.

Ste. How, now, shall this be compassed? Canst ! Fer. A thousand thousand! [Exeunt Fer. and Mir. thou bring me to the party? Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be,

Cal. Yea, yea, my lord : I'll yield him thee asleep, Who are surpris'd with all; but

my rejoicing Where thou may'st knock a nail into his head.
At nothing can be more. I'll to my book ;

Ari. Thou liest; thou canst not.
For yet, ere supper time, must I perform

Cal. What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch!-
Much business appertaining.

[Exit. I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows,

!

Mira.

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And take his bottle from him : when that's gone, Ste. He that dies, pays all debts : I defy thee.-
He shall drink nought but brine; for I'll not show him Mercy upon us !
Where the quick freshes are.

Cal. Art thou afeard ? Ste. Trinculo, run into no farther danger: interrupt Ste. No, monster, not I. the monster one word farther, and, by this band, I'll Cal Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. thee.

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, farther off.

That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?

Will make me sleep again : and then, in dreaming, Ari. Thou liest.

The clouds, methought, would open, and show riches Ste. Do I so? take thou that. [Strikes him.] As Ready to drop upon me, that when I wak'd you like this, give me the lie another time.

I cry'd to dream again. Trin. I did not give the lie.-Out o' your wits, and Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where hearing too ?- A pox o' your bottle! this can sack, I shall have my music for nothing. and drinking do.-A murrain on your monster, and Cal. When Prospero is destroyed. the devil take your fingers !

Ste. That shall be by and by : I remember the story. Cal. Ha, ha, ha!

Trin. The sound is going away: let's follow it, and Ste. Now, forward with your tale.-Pr’ythee stand after do our work. farther off.

Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow.—I would, I could Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time,

see this taborer : he lays it on. I'll beat him too.

Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano. (Exeunt. Ste. Stand farther.—Come, proceed.

SCENE III.-Another part of the Island. Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him l'the afternoon to sleep: then thou may'st brain him,

Enter Alonso, SEBASTIAN, Antonio, Gonzalo, Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log

Adrian, Francisco, and Others. Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,

Gon. By'r la'kin, I can go no farther, sir ; Or cut his wezand with thy knife. Remember, My old bones ake: here's a maze trod, indeed, First to possess his books; for without them

Through forth-rights, and meanders! by your patience, He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not

I needs must rest me. One spirit to command: they all do hate him,

Alon.

Old lord, I cannot blame thee, As rootedly as I. Burn but his books;

Who am myself attach'd with weariness, He has brave utensils, (for so he calls them)

To the dulling of my spirits : sit down, and rest. Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal : Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it And that most deeply to consider is

No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd, The beauty of his daughter; he himself

Whom thus we stray to find; and the sea mocks Calls her a nonpareil : I never saw a woman,

Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go. But only Sycorax my dam, and she;

Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope. But she as far surpasseth Sycorax,

[Aside to SEBASTIAN. As great'st does least.

Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
Ste.
Is it so brave a lass?

That you resolv'd to effect.
Cal. Ay, lord ; she will become thy bed, I warrant,

Seb.

The next advantage And bring thee forth brave brood.

Will we take thoroughly.
Ste. Monster, I will kill this man: his daughter and Ant.

Let it be to-night;
I will be king and queen; (save our graces !) and For, now they are oppress’d with travel, they
Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys.-Dost thou Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
like the plot, Trinculo ?

As when they are fresh.
Trin. Excellent.

Seb.

I say, to-night: no more. Ste. Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat thee ; [Solemn and strange music; and Prospero above, invibut, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head. sible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a ban

Cal. Within this half hour will he be asleep; quet : they dance about it with gentle actions of salutaWilt thou destroy him then ?

tions ; and, inviting the King, &c. to eat, they depart.] Ste.

Ay, on mine honour. Alon. What harmony is this ? my good friends, hark ! Ari. This will I tell my master.

Gon. Marvellous sweet music! Cal. Thou mak'st me merry: I am full of pleasure. Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch

these? You taught me but while-ere ?

Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any That there are unicorns; that in Arabia

Come on, Trinculo, let us sing. [Sings. There is one tree, the phenix' throne; one phænix Flout 'em, and scout 'em; and scout 'em, and At this hour reigning there. flout 'em ;

Ant.

I'll believe both; Thought is free.

And what does else want credit, come to me, Cal. That's not the tune.

And I'll be sworn 'tis true : travellers ne'er did lie, [Ariel plays the tune on a Tabor and Pipe. Though fools at home condemn them. Ste. What is this same?

Gon.

If in Naples Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by the I should report this now, would they believe me? picture of No-body.

If I should say, I saw such islanders, Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy like- (For, certes, these are people of the island) ness: if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list. Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note, Trin. O, forgive me my sins !

Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of

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Our human generation you shall find

(For that's my business to you) that you

three Many, nay, almost any.

From Milan did supplant good Prospero; Pro.

[ Aside.] Honest lord, Expos'd unto the sea, (which hath requit it) Thou hast said well; for some of you there present, Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed Åre worse than devils.

The powers, delaying not forgetting, have Alon,

I cannot too much muse, Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures, Such shapes, such gestures, and such sounds, expressing Against your peace. Thee, of thy son, Alonso, (Although they want the use of tongue) a kind They have bereft; and do pronounce by me, Of excellent dumb discourse.

Lingering perdition (worse than any death Pro.

[ Aside.] Praise in departing. Can be at once) shall step by step attend Fran. They vanish'd strangely. 1

You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from Seb.

No matter, since (Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls They have left their viands behind, for we have sto- Upon your heads) is nothing, but heart's sorrow, machs.

And a clear life ensuing. Will't please you taste of what is here?

He vanishes in thunder : then, to soft music, enter the Alon.

Not I.

Shapes again, and dance with mocks and mowes, and Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear. When we were

carry out the table. boys,

Pro. [ Above.] Bravely the figure of this harpy hast Who would believe that there were mountaineers

thou Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring. them

Of my instruction hast thou nothing 'bated, ! Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men, In what thou hadst to say : so, with good life · Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now, we find, And observation strange, my meaner ministers Each putter-out of five for one will bring us

Their several kinds have done. My high charms work, Good warrant of.

And these, mine enemies, are all knit up
Alon.
I will stand to, and feed,

In their distractions : they now are in my power ; Althongh my last: no matter, since I feel

And in these fits I leave them, while I visit The best is past.-Brother, my lord the duke, Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown'd) Stand to, and do as we.

And his and my lov'd darling. [Exit Prospero. Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy, Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why stand you

claps his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint | In this strange stare ? derice, the banquet vanishes.

Alon.

0, it is monstrous! monstrous ! Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny Methought, the billows spoke, and told me of it; (That hath to instrument this lower world,

The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder, And what is in't) the never-surfeited sea

That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounc'd Hath caused to belch up, and on this island

The name of Prosper : it did base my trespass. Where man doth not inhabit; you ’mongst men Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded; and Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded, And even with such like valour men hang and drown And with him there lie mudded.

[Exit. Their proper selves. You fools! I and my fellows Seb.

But one fiend at a time, Are ministers of fate : the elements,

I'll fight their legions o'er. 1

[Alon., SEB., fc. draw their Swords. Ant. I'll be thy second. (Exeunt Seb. and Ant. Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well Gon. All three of them are desperate: theirgreat guilt, Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs Like poison given to work a great time after, Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish

Now 'gins to bite the spirits.- I do beseech you, One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly, Are like invulnerable.' If you could hurt,

And hinder them from what this ecstasy
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths, May now provoke them to.
And will not be uplifted. But, remember,

Adr. Follow, I pray you.

[Exeunt.

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ACT IV.
SCENE I.-Before PROSPERO's Cell.

Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter : but

If thou dost break her virgin knot before
Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA. All sanctimonious ceremonies may,
Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd you, With full and holy rite, be minister'd,
Four compensation makes amends; for i

No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall Have given you here a thread of mine own life, To make this contract grow; but barren hate, 0that for which I live; whom once again

Sour-eyed disdain, and discord, shall bestrew I tender to thy hand. All thy vexations

The union of your bed with weeds so loathly,
Tere but my trials of thy love, and thou

That
you

shall hate it both: therefore, take heed, Hast strangely stood the test : here, afore Heaven, As Hymen's lamps shall light you. I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand !

Fer.

As I hope Do not smile at me that I boast her off,

For quiet days, fair issue, and long life, ior thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise, With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den, dod make it halt behind her.

The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion Per.

I do believe it,

Our worser genius can, shall never melt Against an oracle.

Mine honour into lust, to take away Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition The edge of that day's celebration,

When I shall think, or Phæbus' steeds are founder'd, The means that dusky Dis my daughter got,
Or night kept chain'd below.

Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company
Pro.

Fairly spoke.

I have forsworn. Sit then, and talk with her; she is thine own.

Iris.

Of her society
What, Ariel! my industrious servant Ariel !

Be not afraid : I met her deity
Enter ARIEL.

Cutting the clouds towards Paphos, and her son
Ari. What would my potent master? here I am. Dove-drawn with her. Here thought they to have done
Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Did worthily perform, and I must use you

Whose vows are, that no bed-right shall be paid In such another trick. Go, bring the rabble, Till Hymen's torch be lighted; but in vain : O'er whom I give thee power, here, to this place : Mars's hot minion is return'd again; Incite them to quick motion; for I must

Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows, Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple

Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows, Some vanity of mine art: it is my promise,

And be a boy right out. And they expect it from me.

Cer.

Highest queen of state, Ari.

Presently?

Great Juno comes : I know her by her gait. Pro. Ay, with a twink.

Enter Juno. Ari. Before you can say, “Come," and "go," Jun. How does my bounteous sister? Go with me, And breathe twice; and cry, 80 s0;"

To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be, Each one, tripping on his toe,

And honour'd in their issue. Will be here with mop and mow.

Song. Do you love me, master? no?

Juno. Honour, riches, marriage, blessing, Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel. Do not approach,

Long continuance, and increasing,
Till thou dost hear me call.

Hourly joys be still upon you !
Ari.
Well I conceive. [Exit.

Juno sings her blessings on you.
Pro. Look, thou be true. Do not give dalliance

Earth's increase, foison plenty, Too much the rein : the strongest oaths are straw

Barns, and garners never empty; To the fire i’ the blood. Be more abstemious,

Vines, with clust'ring bunches growing ; Or else, good night, your vow.

Plants, with goodly burden bowing ;
Fer.
I warrant you, sir;

Rain come to you, at the farthest,
The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart

In the very end of harvest !
Abates the ardour of my liver.

Scarcity and want shall shun you ;
Pro.
Well.-

Ceres' Blessing so is on you.
Now come, my Ariel ! bring a corollary,

Fer. This is a most majestic vision, and Rather than want a spirit: appear, and pertly.- Harmonious charmingly. May I be bold No tongue, all eyes; be silent.

[Soft music. To think these spirits ? A Masque. Enter Iris.

Pro.

Spirits, which by mine art
Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas I have from their confines call d to enact
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and peas ; My present fancies.
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, Fer.

Let me live here ever:
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep; So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife,
Thy banks with pioned and tilled brims,

Makes this place Paradise.
Which spongy April at thy hest betrims,

[Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on employment. To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy brown Pro. Sweet now, silence ! groves,

Juno and Ceres whisper seriously; Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,

There's something else to do. Hush, and be mute, Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard;

Or else our spell is marr'd. And thy sea-marge, steril, and rocky-hard,

Iris. You nymphs, callid Naiads, of the wandering Where thou thyself dost air ; the queen o' the sky,

brooks, Whose watery arch and messenger am I,

With your sedge crowns, and ever harmless looks, Bids thee leave these, and with her sovereign grace, Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,

Answer your summons: Juno does command.

[Juno descends slowly. Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate To come and sport. Her peacocks fly amain : A contract of true love: be not too late. Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.

Enter certain Nymphs.
Enter Ceres.

You sun-burn'd sicklemen, of August weary,
Cer. Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er Come hither from the furrow, and be merry.
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;

Make holy-day : your rye-straw hats put on, Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers And these fresh nymphs encounter every one Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers;

In country footing. And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown Enter certain Reapers, properly habited : they join with My bosky acres, and my unshrubb’d down,

the Nymphs in a graceful dance; towards the end whereRich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy queen of Pros. starts suddenly, and speaks ; after which, to a Summon’d me hither, to this short-graz'd green? strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish. Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate,

Pro. [Aside.] I had forgot that foul conspiracy And some donation freely to estate

Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, On the bless'd lovers.

Against my life; the minute of their plot Cer.

Tell me, heavenly bow, Is almost come.—[To the Spirits.] Well done.If Venus, or her son, as thou dost know,

Avoid ;-no more. Do now attend the queen ? since they did plot

Fer. This is strange : your father's in some passion

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