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How came we ashore?
Pro. By Providence divine.
Some food we had and some fresh water that
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,

Out of his charity,—who being then appointed
Master of this design,-did give us; with 163
Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries,
Which since have steaded much; so, of his

Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me,
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.


But ever see that man!


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Yea, his dread trident shake.
My brave spirit!
Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil
Would I might 168 Would not infect his reason?
Not a soul 208
But felt a fever of the mad and play'd
Some tricks of desperation. All but mariners,
Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the

Now I arise:
[Resumes his mantle.
Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.
Here in this island we arriv'd; and here
Have I, thy schoolmaster, made thee more profit
Than other princes can, that have more time
For vainer hours and tutors not so careful.
Mira. Heavens thank you for 't! And now, I
pray you, sir,—

For still 'tis beating in my mind,-your



For raising this sea-storm?
Know thus far forth.
By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune,
Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore; and by my prescience 180
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star, whose influence
If now I court not but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop. Here cease more ques-

Thou art inclin'd to sleep; 'tis a good dulness,
And give it way;-I know thou canst not
[MIRANDA sleeps.
Come away, servant, come! I'm ready now.
Approach, my Ariel; come!

Enter ARIEL.


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But was not this nigh shore?

Not a hair perish'd;

Close by, my master. 216
Pro. But are they, Ariel, safe?
On their sustaining garments not a blemish,
But fresher than before: and, as thou bad'st me,
In troops I have dispers'd them 'bout the isle.
The king's son have I landed by himself;
Whom I left cooling of the air with sighs
In an odd angle of the isle and sitting,
His arms in this sad knot.
Of the king's ship 224
The mariners, say how thou hast dispos'd,
And all the rest o' the fleet.


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As fast as mill-wheels strike. Then was this island,

Save for the son that she did litter here,

A freckled whelp hag-born,-not honour'd with A human shape.

Ari. Yes; Caliban her son. 284 Pro. Dull thing, I say so; he that Caliban, Whom now I keep in service. Thou best know'st What torment I did find thee in; thy groans Did make wolves howl and penetrate the breasts Of ever-angry bears: it was a torment To lay upon the damn'd, which Sycorax Could not again undo; it was mine art, When I arriv'd and heard thee, that made gape The pine, and let thee out. Ari.


I thank thee, master. Pro. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak

And peg thee in his knotty entrails till
Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters.

Pardon, master; 296

I will be correspondent to command, And do my spiriting gently.


I will discharge thee. Ari.

Do so; and after two days

That's my noble master! What shall I do? say what? what shall I do? Pro. Go make thyself like a nymph of the sea: be subject


To no sight but thine and mine; invisible To every eyeball else. Go, take this shape, And hither come in't: go, hence with diligence! [Exit ARIEL. Awake, dear heart, awake! thou hast slept well; Awake!

Mira. [Waking.] The strangeness of your story put Heaviness in me.

Shake it off. Come on;
We'll visit Caliban my slave, who never
Yields us kind answer.

'Tis a villain, sir, I do not love to look on.

But, as 'tis,


Pro. We cannot miss him: he does make our fire, Fetch in our wood; and serves in offices


That profit us.-What ho! slave! Caliban!
Thou earth, thou! speak.

Cal. [Within.] There's wood enough within.
Pro. Come forth, I say; there's other busi-
ness for thee:

Come, thou tortoise! when?

Re-enter ARIEL, like a water-nymph. Fine apparition! My quaint Ariel,

Hark in thine ear.


My lord, it shall be done. [Exit.
Pro. Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil

Upon thy wicked dam, come forth!



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Which any print of goodness will not take, 352
Being capable of all ill! I pitied thee,

Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each

One thing or other: when thou didst not, savage, Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like

356 A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes With words that made them known: but thy vile race, Though thou didst learn, had that in't which good natures

Cal. As wicked dew as e'er my mother Could not abide to be with; therefore wast thou brush'd

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Pro. For this, be sure, to-night thou shalt
have cramps,
Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up;

Shall forth at vast of night, that they may work
All exercise on thee: thou shalt be pinch'd 328
As thick as honeycomb, each pinch more

Than bees that made them.

I must eat my dinner.
This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,
Which thou tak'st from me. When thou camest
Thou strok'dst me, and mad'st much of me;
wouldst give me

Water with berries in 't; and teach me how
To name the bigger light, and how the less,
That burn by day and night: and then I lov'd


And show'd thee all the qualities o' th' isle,
The fresh springs, brine-pits, barren place, and

Cursed be I that did so!-All the charms


Of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you!
For I am all the subjects that you have,
Which first was mine own king; and here you
sty me

In this hard rock, whiles you do keep from me
The rest o' th' island.

Thou most lying slave, 344
Whom stripes may move, not kindness! I have
us'd thee,

Filth as thou art, with human care; and lodg'd

In mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate
The honour of my child.


Deservedly confin'd into this rock,
Who hadst deserv'd more than a prison.


Cal. You taught me language; and my profit on't 363 Is, I know how to curse: the red plague rid you, For learning me your language!

Hag-seed, hence!
Fetch us in fuel; and be quick, thou'rt best,
To answer other business. Shrug'st thou, malice?
If thou neglect'st, or dost unwillingly 368
What I command, I'll rack thee with old cramps,
Fill all thy bones with aches; make thee roar,
That beasts shall tremble at thy din.

No, pray thee!—
[Aside.] I must obey: his art is of such power,
It would control my dam's god, Setebos,
And make a vassal of him.


So, slave; hence!

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But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell :
[Burden ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them,-ding-dong, bell.
Fer. The ditty does remember my drown'd

This is no mortal business, nor no sound
That the earth owes:-I hear it now above me.
Pro. The fringed curtains of thine eye ad-


And say what thou seest yond.
What is 't? a spirit?
Lord, how it looks about! Believe me, sir,
It carries a brave form:-but 'tis a spirit. 408
Pro. No, wench; it eats and sleeps, and hath
such senses

As we have, such; this gallant which thou see'st,
Was in the wrack; and, but he's something

With grief,-that's beauty's canker,-thou
might'st call him

A goodly person: he hath lost his fellows
And strays about to find 'em.



I might call him A thing divine; for nothing natural

I ever saw so noble.


[Aside.] It goes on, I see,

free thee


As my soul prompts it.-Spirit, fine spirit! I'll

Within two days for this.


Most sure, the goddess On whom these airs attend!-Vouchsafe, my prayer

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Soft, sir: one word more— [Aside.] They are both in either's powers: but this swift business

I must uneasy make, lest too light winning 448
Make the prize light.-[To FER.] One word
more: I charge thee

That thou attend me. Thou dost here usurp
The name thou ow'st not; and hast put thyself
Upon this island as a spy, to win it
From me, the lord on't.


No, as I am a man. Mira. There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple:

If the ill spirit have so fair a house,
Good things will strive to dwell with 't.

[To FER.] Follow me.- 456 [To MIRA.] Speak not you for him; he's a traitor. [To FER.] Come;

May know if you remain upon this island; 420
And that you will some good instruction give
How I may bear me here: my prime request,
Which I do last pronounce, is,-O you won-Sea-water shalt thou drink; thy food shall be

If you be maid or no?

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I'll manacle thy neck and feet together:

The fresh-brook muscles, wither'd roots and husks

424 Wherein the acorn cradled. Follow.

My language! heavens!I am the best of them that speak this speech, Were I but where 'tis spoken.

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Pro. How! the best? What wert thou, if the King of Naples heard thee? 428 Fer. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders


I will resist such entertainment till
Mine enemy has more power.




[He draws, and is charmed from moving.
O dear father!
Make not too rash a trial of him, for
He's gentle, and not fearful.
What! I say,
My foot my tutor?-Put thy sword up, traitor;

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Is common: every day some sailor's wife, 4 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.
Prithee, 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.

Gon. Sir,

Seb. One: tell.



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480 you should.

Gon. Therefore, my lord,—

Ant. Fie, what a spendthrift is he of his tongue!


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Alon. I prithee, spare.

Gon. Well, I have done: but yetSeb. He will be talking.


Ant. Which, of he or Adrian, for a good wager, first begins to crow?

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Seb. As if it had lungs, and rotten ones. Ant. Or as 'twere perfumed by a fen. Gon. Here is everything 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.



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