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What best is boded me to mischief! I
Beyond all limit of what else i' the world
Do love, prize, honour you.

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

Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections! Heavens rain grace
On that which breeds between 'em!

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,

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 huinble ever.

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

90 Till half an hour hence. Fer.

A thousand thousand!

[Exeunt Fer. and Mir. severally. Pros. So glad of this as they I cannot be, Who are surprised withal; 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 CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO. 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 th' 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 drown'd 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.

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.

*A nickname. Cal. How does thy honour? 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?

*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!*

*An idiot. Cal. Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I prithee.

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 to thee?

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

your teeth.

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 the island.

50 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's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of

Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum, then, and no more.

Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle; 60
From me he got it. If thy greatness will
Revenge it on him,--for I know thou darest,
But this thing dare not, --

Ste. That's' most certain.
Cal. Thou shalt be lord of it and I'll serve thee.

Ste. How now shall this be compassed? Canst thou bring me to the party? Cal. Yea, yea, my lord: I'll yield him thee

asleep, Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head. Ari. Thou liest; thou canst not.

70 Cal. What a pied ninny's* this! Thou scurvy patch!t

*Motley-coated fool. Mean fellow. I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows And take his bottle from him: when that's gone He shall drink nought but brine; for I'll not

show him Where the quick freshes* are.

*Springs. Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out o' doors and make a stock-fish of thee.

Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go farther off.

81 Ste. Didst thou not say he lied ? Ari. Thou liest.

Ste. Do I so? take thou that. [Beats Trin. As you like this, give me the lie another time.

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Trin. I did not give the lie. Out o' your wits and hearing too? A pox o' your bottle! this can sack and drinking do. A murrain on your monster, and the devil take your fingers! Cal. Ha, ha, ha!

90 Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Prithee, stand farther off.

Cal. Beat him enough: after a little time
I'll beat him too.

Stand farther. Come, proceed. Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with

him, l'th' afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain

him, Having first seized his books, or with a log Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake, Or cut his wezand* with thy knife. Remember First to possess his books; for without them He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not *Windpipe. One spirit to command: they all da hate him As rootedly as I. Burn but his books. He has brave utensils,-for so he calls them,Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal. And that most deeply to consider is The beauty of his daughter; he himself Calls her a nonpareil: I never saw a woman, But only Sycorax my dam and she; But she as far surpasseth Sycorax As great’st does least. Ste.

Is it so brave a lass ? Cal. Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant. And bring thee forth brave brood.

Ste. Monster, I will kill this man: his daughter and I will be king and queen, -save our graces! and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys. Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo ?

Trin. Excellent.

Ste. Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat thee; but, while thoú livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.

Cal. Within this half hour will he be asleep: Wilt thou destroy him then ? Ste.

Ay, on mine honour.


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Ari. This will I tell my master.
Cal. Thou makest me merry; I am full of

Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch
You taught me but while-ere?* *Little while ago.

At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing [Sings. Flout 'em and scout 'em

130 And scout 'em and flout 'em;

Thought is free. Cal. That's not the tune.

[Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe. Ste. What is this same ?

Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody.

Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness: if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list.

Trin. O, forgive me my sins!
Ste. He that dies pays all debts: I defy thee.
Mercy upon us!

Cal. Art thou afeard ?
Ste. No, monster, not I.

Cal. Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt

not. Sometimes a thousand twangling* instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,

*Twanging. The clouds methought would open and show riches

150 Ready to drop upon me, that, when I waked, I cried to dream again.

Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing.

Cal. When Prospero is destroyed.
Ste. That shall be 'by and by: I remember

the story Trin. The sound is going away; let's follow it, and after do our work.

Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would I

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