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The harınony of their tongues hath into bondage
Mira. I do not know
Fer. I am, in my condition,
soul speak; The very instant that I
instant that I saw you, did
Mira. Do you love me?
Fer. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound, And crown what I profess with kind event,
If I speak true; if hollowly, invert
Mira. I am a fool,
Pro. Fair encounter
grace On that which breeds between them !
Fer. Wherefore weep you?
Mira. 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 shews. 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. Fer. My mistress, dearest, And I thus humble ever.
Mira. My husband then!
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing As bondage e'er of freedom : here's my hand. Mira. And mine, with my heart in't: And now fare
well, Till half an hour hence.
Fer. A thousand ! thousand! [Exeunt Fer. and Mir.
Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be, Who are surpriz'd with all; but my rejoicing At nothing can be more. I'll to my book ;
For yet, ere supper time, must I perform
SCENE II.-- Another part of the Island.
Enter Stephano and TrinculO; Caliban following
with a bottle. 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 the 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 bis tail.
Ste. My man-monster hath drowned 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.
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?
Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my lord ?
Trin. Lord, quoth he!-that a monster should be such a natural !
Cal. Lo, lo, again ! bite him to death, I pr’ythee.
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 pleas’d To hearken once again the suit I made thee?
Ste. Marry will I: kneel and repeat it; I will stand and so shall Trinculo.
Enter Ariel, invisible.
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 his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth. .
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Ste. Mum then, and no more.-[To CallBAN.] Proceed.
Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle;
Ste. That's most certain.
Ste. How now shall this be compassed? Can'st thou bring me to the party?
Cal. Yea, yea, my lord; I'll yield him thee asleep, Where thou may’st knock a nail into his head.
Ari. Thou liest, thou canst not.
Cal. What a pied ninny's this? Thou scurvy patch! 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 shew him Where the quick freshes are.
Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.
Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing; I'll go further off.
Ste. Didst thou not say, he lied ?
Ste. Do I so ? take thou that. [Strikes him.] As you like this, give me the lie another time.
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!