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Enter Mariners, wet.

The direful spectacle of the wreck, which Mar. All lust! to prayers, 10 prayers ! all touch'd lost !

(Exeunt. The very virtue of compassion in thee, Boats. What, must our mouths be cold? I have with such provision in mine art

Gon. The king and prince at prayers ! let So safely order'd, that there is no soulFor our case is as theirs. [us assist them, No, not so much perdition as an hair, Seb.

I am out of patience. Betid to any creature in the vessel Ant. We are merely cheated of our lives by Which thou heard'st cry, which thou saw'st drunkards.

sink. Sit down ; This wide-chopp'd rascal, would, thou For thou must now know further. mightst lie drowning,

Mira.

You have often The washing of ten tides !

Begun to tell me what I am ; but stopp'd,
Gon.

He'll be hang'd yet, And left me to a bootless inquisition,
Though every drop of water swear against it, Concluding, “Stay, not yet.
And
gape at wid'st to glut him.

Pro.

The hour 's now come ; (A confused noise within.--"Nercy on us ! The very minute bids thee ope thine ear : -"We split, we split! -"Farewell

, my Obey, and be attentive. Canst thou remember wife and children !"- Farewell, brother!" A time before we came unto this cell? -"We split, we split, we split !

I do not think thou canst, for then thou wast Ant. Let's all sink with the king. [Erit. Out three years old.

(not Scó. Let's take leave of him. TErit. Mira.

Certainly, sir, I can. Gon. Now would I give a thousand fur- Pro. By what? by any other house, or perlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground : Of anything the image tell me, that (son? long heath, brown furze, anything. The Hath kept with thy remembrance. wills above be done! but I would fain die a Alira,

"Tis far off ; dry death.

[Exit. And rather like a dream, than an assurance Scene 11.-The Island : before the Cell of Four or five women once, that tended me?

That my remembrance warrants. Had I not Prospero.

Pro. Thou hadst, and more, Miranda. But Enter Prospero and Miranda.

how is it,

(else Mira. If by your art, my dearest father, you That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou have

In the dark backward and abysm of time? Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them. Ifthou remember'st aught,ere thou cam'st here, The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking How thou cam'st here, thou may'st. pitch, [cheek, Mira.

But that I do not. But that the sea, mounting to the welkin's Pro. Twelve year since, Miranda, twelve Dashes the fire out. O, I have suffer'd With those that I saw suffer! a brave vessel, Thy father was the duke of Milan, and Whohad, no doubt, some noble creatures in her, A prince of power. Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knock Miru.

Sir, are not you my father ? Against my very heart! Poor souls ! they Pro. Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and perish'd.

She said thou wast my daughter ; and thy Had I been any god of power, I would

father
Have sunk the sea within the earth, or e'er Was duke of Milan ; and his only heir
It should the good ship so bave swallow'd, and A princess,--no worse issued.
The freighting souls within her.

Mira.

O the heavens ! Pro.

Be collected: What foul play had we, that we came from No more amazement. Tell your piteous heart, Or blessed was't we did ?

[thence ? There's no harm done. Mira. O, woe the day! Pro.

Both, both, my girl : Pro.

No harm. By foul play, as thou say'st, were we heav'd I have done nothing but in care of thee, But blessedly holp hither.

(thence ; (Of thee, my dear one! thee, my daughter !) Mira.

O! my heart bleeds who

To think o' the teen that I have turn'd you to, Art ignorant of what thou art, nought knowing which is from my remembrance.

Please you Of whence I am: nor that I am more better

further.

[Antonio, Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell, Pro. My brother, and thy uncle, call'd And thy no greater father. Mira. More to I pray thee, mark me,-that a brother should Did never meddle with my thoughts. (know Be so perfidious !- he whom, next thyself, Pro.

"Tis time of all the world I lov'd, and to him put I should inform thee further. Lend thy hand, The manage of my state ; as, at that time, And pluck my magic garment from me.--So : Through all the signiories it was the first,

(Lays down his robe. And Prospero the prime duke ; being so reLie there, my art.-Wipe thou thine eyes; have In dignity; and, for the liberal arts, (puted comfort.

Without a parallel : those being all my study,

year since,

a

ness

Pro.

The government I cast upon my brother, Ofhomage, and I know not how much tribute, -And to my state grew stranger, being trans- Should presently extirpate me and mine ported,

Out of the dukedom, and conser fair Milan, And

rapt in secret studies. Thy false uncle-- With all the honours, on my brother: whereon, Dost thou attend me?

A treacherous army levied, one midnight Mira.

Sir, most heedfully. Fated to the purpose, did Antonio open ness, Pro. Being once perfected how to grant suits, The gates of Milan; and, i the dead of darkHow to deny them; whom to advance, and The ministers for the purpose hurried thence whom

Me, and thy crying self. To trash for overtopping ; new created

Mira.

Alack, for pity! The creatures that were mine, I say, or I, not rememb'ring how I cried out then, chang'd them,

Will cry it o'er again : it is a hint,
Or else new form'd them : having both the key That wrings mine eyes to 't.
Oí officer and office, set all hearts i th' state Pro.

Hear a little further, To what tune pleas'd his ear; that now he was And then I'll bring thee to the present busiThe ivy, which had hid my princely trunk,

(story And suck d my verdure out on 't.--Thou Which now's upon us ; without the which, this attend'st not.

Were most impertinent. Mira. O good sir, I do.

dira.

Wherefore did they not I pray thee, mark me. That hour destroy us? I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated Pro.

Well demanded, wench: To closeness, and the bertering of my mind My tale provokes that question. Dear, they With that, which, but by being so retir'd,

durst not, — Oerpriz'd all popular raie, in my false brother So dear the love my people bore me,-nor set Awak'd an evil nature ; and my trust,

A mark so bloody on the business ; but Like a good parent, did beget of him

With colours fairer painted their foul ends. A falsehood, in its contrary as great

In few, they hurried us aboard a bark, As my trust was; which had, indeed, no limit, Bore us some leagues to sea'; where they pre& confidence sans bound. He being thus A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg'd, (par'd lorded,

Nor tackle, sail, nor mast ; the very rats Not only with what my revenue yielded, Instinctively had quit it : there they hoist us, But what my power might else exact, like one, To cry to the sea that roar'd to us ; to sigh Who having, unto truth, by telling of it, To the winds, whose pity, sighing back again, Made such a sinner of his memory,

Did us but loving wrong. To credit his own lies--he did believe

Mira.

Alack, what trouble He was indeed the duke ; out o' the sub- Was I then to you ! Pro. O! a cherubin stitution,

Thou wast, that did preserve me! Thou didst And executing the outward face of royalty, Infused with a fortitude from heaven, (smile, With all prerogative :-Hence his ambition when I have deck'd the sea with drops full Dost thou hear?

(growing salt, Mira. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness. Under my burden groan'd; which rais'd in Pro. To have no screen between this part An undergoing stomach, to bear up he play'd

Against what should ensue. And him he play'd it for, he needs will be Mira.

How came we ashore? Absolute Milan. Me, poor man !--my library Pro. By Providence divine. Was dukedom large enough : of temporal Some food we had, and some fresh water, that royalties

A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo, He thinks me now incapable ; confederates Out of his charity, (who being then appointed so dry he was for sway) with the king of Master of this design.) did give us; with Naples

Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries, To give him annual tribute, do him homage; Which since have steaded much ; so, of his Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend

gentleness, The dukedom, yet unbow'd, (alas, poor Milan!) Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me, To most ignoble stooping.

From my own library, with volumes that Mira.

O the heavens ! I prize above my dukedom. Pro. Mark his condition, and the event ; Mira.

Would I might then tell me

But ever see that man ! Pro. Now I arise :If this might be a brother. Mira. I should sin

[Puts on his robe again. To think but nobly of my grandmother : . Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow. Good wombs have borne bad sons.

Here in this island we arriv'd ; and here Pro.

Now the condition. Have I, thy schoolmaster, made thee more This king of Naples, being an enemy

profit To me inveterate, hearkens my brother's suit : Than other princesses can, that have more time Which was, that he, in lieu o' the premises, For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful.

(me

once

Mira. Heavens thank you for 't! And now, His arms in this sad knot.
I pray you, sir,-

Pro.

or the king's ship, (For still 'tis beating in my mind), your reason The mariners, say how thou hast dispos'd, For raising this sea-storm?

And all the rest o' the fleet.
Pro.
Know thus far forth.- Ari.

Safely in harbour
By accident most strange, bountiful fortune, Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where
Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore ; and by my prescience Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew
I find my zenith doth depend upon

From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, there she's A most auspicious star; whose influence The mariners all under hatches stow'd ; [hid : If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes Whom, with a charm join'd to their suffer'd Will ever after droop.—Here cease more labour, questions ;

I have left asleep: and for the rest o' the fleet, Thou art inclin'd to sleep ; 'tis a good dulness, Which I dispers'd, they all have met again, And give it way ;-I know thou canst not And are upon the Mediterranean flote, choose.

[Miranda sleeps. Bound sadly home for Naples ; Come away, servant, come! I'm ready now : Supposing that they saw the king's ship Approach, my Ariel ; come!

wreck'd,

(charge Enter Ariel. si come And his great person perish. Pro. Ariel, thy Ari. All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! Exactly is perform'd : but there's more work: To answer thy best pleasure ; be't to fly, What is the time o' the day? To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride (task Ari.

Past the mid season. On the curld clouds : to thy strong bidding, Pro. At least two glasses : the time 'twixt Ariel, and all his quality.

six and now Pro. Hast thou, spirit,

Must by us both be spent most preciously. Perform'd to point the tempest that I bade Ari. Is there more toil? Since thou dost thee?

give me pains. Ari. To every article.

Let me remember thee what thou hast promis'd, I boarded the king's ship; now on the beak, Which is not yet perform'd me. Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, Pro.

How now ! moody? I fam'd amazement: sometimes I'd divide, What is 't thou canst demand ? And burn in many places; on the topmast, Ari.

My liberty. The yards, and bowsprit, would I flame dis- Pro. Before the time be out? no more ! tinctly, [precursors Ari.

I pray thee Then meet, and join : Jove's lightnings, the Remember, I have done thee worthy service ; O' the dreadful thunder-claps, more moment- Told thee no lies, made no mistakings, serv'd ary

(cracks Without or grudge or grumblings : thou didst And sight-outrunning were not : the fire, and To bate me a full year.

[promise Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Nep

Pro.

Dost thou forget (trenible, From what a torment I did free thee? Seem to besiege, and make his bold waves Ari.

No. Yea, his dread trident shake.

Pro. Thou dost ; and think'st it much to Pro. My brave spirit ! Of the salt deep,

(tread the ooze Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil To run upon the sharp wind of the north, Would not insect his reason? Ari. Not a soul To do me business in the veins o' the earth, But felt a fever of the mad, and play'd

When it is hak'd with frost. Ari. I do not, sir. Some tricks of desperation. All, but mariners, Pro. Thou liest, malignant thing! Hast Plung'd in the foaming brine, and quit the

thou forgot

(envy. vessel,

(nand, The soul witch Sycorax, who, with age and Then all a-fire with me : the king's son, Ferdi- Was grown into a hoop? hast thou forgot her? With hair up-staring (then like reeds, not hair.) Ari. No, sir. Was the first man that leap'd ; cried, 'Hell is Pro. Thou hast. Where was she born? And all the devils are here.'

(empty: speak; tell me. Pro

Why, that's my spirit ! Ari. Sir, in Argier. Pro. O, was she so? I But was not this nigh shore ?

must,

[been, Ari.

Close by, my master. Once in a month, recount what thou hast Pro. But are they, Ariel, safe?

Which thou forget'st. This damn'd witch, Ari.

Not a hair perish'd ; Sycorax, On their sustaining garments not a blemish, For mischiers manifold, and sorceries terrible But fresher than before: and, as thou bad'st me. To enter human hearing, from Argier. (did, In troops I have dispers'd them 'bout the isle. Thou know'st, was banish'd : for one thing she The king's son have I landed by himsell ; They would not take her life. Is not this true? Whom I left cooling of the air with sighs, Ari. Ay, sir.

(with child, In an odd angle of the isle, and sitting, Pro. This blue-eyed bag was hither brought

tune

And here was left by the sailors. Thou, my Hark in thine ear, slave,

(vant : Ari. My lord, it shall be done. [Exit. As thou report'st thyself, was then her ser- Pro. Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil And, for thou wast a spirit too delicate Upon thy wicked dam, come forth! (himself To act her earthy and abhorr'd commands,

Enter Caliban. (brush'd Refusing her grand hests, she did confine thee, Cal. As wicked dew as e'er my mother By help of her more potent ministers,

With raven's feather from unwholesome fen, And in her most unmitigable rage,

Drop on you both! a south-west blow on ye, In'o a cloven pine ; within which rift

And blister you all o'er! (have cramps, Imprison'd, thou didst painfully remain Pro. For this, be sure, to-night thou shalt A doren years; within which space she died, Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up; And left thee there; where thou didst vent thy urchins

[work, groans

(island Shall, for that vast of night that they may As fast as mill-wheels strike. Then was this All exercise on thee : thou shalt be pinch'd (Save for the son that she did litter here, As thick as honeycomb, each pinch more A freckled whelp, hag-born) not honour'd with Than bees that made them. (stinging A human shape. dri. Yes; Caliban her son. Cal.

I must eat my dinner. Pro. Duil thing. I say so; he, that Caliban. This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother, Whom now I keep in service. Thou best Which thou tak'st from me. When thou know'st

camest first,

(wouldst give me What torment I did find thee in; thy groans Thou strok'dst me, and mad'st much of me; Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the Water with berries in't; and teach me how breasts

To name the bigger light, and how the less, Of ever-angry bears: it was a torment That burn by day and night: and then I lov'd To lay upon ihe damn'd, which Sycorax

thee, Coid not again undo; it was mine art, And show'd thee all the qualities o' the isle, When I arrivd and heard thee, that made The fresh springs, brine-pits, barren place, and The pine, and let thee out.

Igape fertile : Ari.

I thank thee, master. Cursed be I that did so!-All the charms Pro. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an Of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you ! And peg thee in his knotly, entrails

, till (oak, For I am all the subjects that you have, Tbru hast howld away twelve winters. Which first was mine own king; and here fri.

Pardon, master : you sty me I will be correspondent to command,

In this hard rock, while you do keep from me An do my spiriting gently.

The rest o' the island.
Do so ; and after two days Pro.

Thou most lying slave, I wil discharge thee.

Whom stripes may move, not kindness : I That's my noble master ! have us'd thee,

[thee Waat shall I do? say what? what shall I do? Filth as thou art, with human care; and lodg'd Pro. Go make thyself like a nymph o' the In mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate sea : be subject

The honour of my child. To no sight but thine and mine ; invisible Cal. O ho, O ho!-would it had been done! 15 esery eyeball else. Go, take this shape, Thou didst prevent me; I had peopled else Asd hither come in't: go, hence with dili-| This isle with Calibans. gence. [Exit Ariel. Pro.

Abhorred slave, Arake, dear heart, awake! thou hast slept Which any print of goodness will not take, Antie!

(well : Being capable of all ill! I pitied thee, Sara. Waking.] The strangeness of your Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee story put

each hour

savage, Nevis in me. Pro. Shake it off. Come One thing or other : when thou didst not, We'l visi Caliban, my slave, who never (on ; Know thine own meaning, but would'st gabble Yirisus kind answer.

like 'Tis a villain, sir, A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes I do not love to look on. Pro. But, as 'tis, With words that made them known : but thy We cannot miss him : he does make our fire,

good natures Fatih in our wood ; and serves in offices Though thou didst learn, had that in't which T a profit us.- What ho ! slave! Caliban ! Could not abide to be with ; therefore wast Twearth, thou ! speak.

Deservedly confin'd into this rock, [thou Cil. I'ithin.] There's wood enough Who hadst deserv'd more than a prison. within.

[ness for thee : Cal. You taught me language ; and my Pro. Come forth, I say ; there's other busi- profit on't

(you, Car, thou tortoise! when ?

Is, I know how to curse : the red plague rid Rernter Ariel, like a water-nymph. For learning me your language ! Fine appantion! My quaint Ariel,

Pro.

Hag-secd, hence!

vile race,

Fetch us in fuel; and be quick, thou wert A goodly person : he hath lost his fellows, best,

(malice? And strays about to find them. To answer other business. Shrug'st thou, Mira.

I might call him If thou neglect'st, or dost unwillingly (cramps, A thing divine ; for nothing natural What I command, I'll rack thee with old I ever saw so noble. Fill all thy bones with aches; make thee roar, Pro. (Aside.) It goes on, I see, That beasts shall tremble at thy din.

As my soul prompts it.-Spirit, fine spirit ! Cal.

No, pray thee !- Within two days for this. (I'll free thee [ Aside.) I must obey : his art is of such power, Fer.

Most sure, the goddess It would control my dam's god, Setebos, On whom these airs attend !-Vouchsafe, my And make a vassal of him.

prayer Pro. So, slave ; hence! [Exit Caliban. May know if you remain upon this island ; Re-enter Ariel invisible, playing and singing; And that you will some good instruction give, Ferdinand following him.

How I may bear me here : my prime request, ARIEL'S SONG.

Which I do last pronounce, is -- you wonder!

-If you be maid, os no? Mira. No wonder, Come unto these yellow sands, But certainly a maid.

[sir; And then take hands :

Fer.

My language ! heavens ! Court' sied when you have, and kiss'd, I am the best of them that speak this speech, (The wild waves whist,)

Were I but where 'tis spoken. Foot it featly here and there;

Pro.

How ! the best? And, sweet sprites, the burden bcar.

What wert thou, if the king of Naples beard Hark, hark !

thee? Burden. Bowgh, wowogh. (Dispersedly. Fer. A single thing, as I am now, that wonThe watch-dog's bark:

ders Burden. Bowgh, wowgh. (Dispersedly. To hear thee speak of Naples. He does hear Hark, hark! I hear

me : The strain of strutting chanticleer, And, that he does, I weep : myself am Naples; Cry, Cock-a-doodle-doo.

Who with mine eyes, ne'er since at ebb, beheld Fer. Where should this music be? i th' air, The king, my father, wreck'd. or th' earth?

lira.

Alack, for mercy ! It sounds no more ;--and sure, it waits upon Fer. Yes, faith, and all his lords; the duke Some god o' th' island. Sitting on a bank, And his brave son, being twain. (of Milan, Weeping again the king my father's wreck, Pro. [Aside.)

The duke of Milan, This music crept by me upon the waters, And his more braver daughter, could control Allaying both their fury, and my passion,

thee, With its sweet air: thence I have follow'd it, If now 'twere fit to do't :-At the first sight Or it hath drawn me rather :-but 'tis gone.

[Aside. No, it begins again.

They have chang'd eyes :-delicate Ariel,
Ariel sings.

I'll set thee free for this !-(To Fer.] A word, Full fathom five thy father lies ;

good sir ; Of his bones are coral made;

I fear you have done yourself some wrong : a Those are pearls that were his eyes ;

word.

[This Nothing of him that doth fade,

Mira. Why speaks my father so ungently? But doth suffer a sca-change

Is the third man that e'er I saw ; the gist Into something rich and strange.

That e'er I sigh'd for: pity move my father Sca-nymphs hourly ring his knell: To be inclin'd my way! Fer. O! if a virgin, Hark! now I hear thein,-ding-dong, bell. And your affection not gone forth, I'll make [Burden : ding-dong: The queen of Naples.

(you Fer. The ditty does remember my drown'd Pro.

Soft, sir : one word morefather.

[Aside. They are both in either's powers : but This is no mortal business, nor no sound

this swift business That the earth owes :- I hear it now above me. I must uneasy make, lest too light winning

Pro. The fringe curtains of thine eye ad- Make the prize light.--To Fer.] One word And say, what thou seest yond'. (vance, more : I charge thee, Ilira.

What is't? a spirit? That thou attend me. Thou dost here usurp Lord, how it looks about ! Believe me, sir, The name thou ow'st not; and hast put thyIt carries a brave form :--but 'tis a spirit. Cpon this island, as a spy, to win it (self Pro. No, wench ; it eats and sleeps, and From me, the lord on't. hath such senses seest, Fer.

No, as I am a man. As we have, such; this gallant, which thou Mira. There's nothing ill can dwell in such Was in the wreck ; and, but he's something If the ill spirit have so fair a house, a temple: stain'd

call him Good things will strive to dwell with t. With grief, that's beanty's canker, thou might'st! Pro. TTo Fer.) Follow me.-(To Mira.]

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