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Ste. Monster, I will kill this man: his daughter and I will be King and Queen, save our Graces : and Trinculo and thy self shall be Vice-Roys." Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo ?

Trin. Excellent.

Ste. Give me thy hand; I am sorry, I beat thee: but, while thou liv'ft, keep a good tongue in thy head.

Cal. Within this half hour will he be ajeep;
Wilt thou destroy him then ?

Ste. Ay, on my honour.
Ari. This will I tell my master.

Cal. Thou mak’st me merry; I am full of pleasure;
Let us be jocund. Will you troul the catch,
You taught me but while-ere ?

Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason: come on, Trinculo, let us sing. [Sings. Flout 'em, and skout 'em; and skout '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 fame?

Trin. This is the tune of our catch, plaid by the picture of no-body.

Ste. If thou be ft a man, shew thy self in the likeness; if thou be'ft a devil, take't as thou list.

Trin. O, forgive me my fins !
Ste. He that dies, pays all debts: I defie thee. Mer-

cy upon us !

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

Cal. Be not afraid ; the isle is full of noises, (not.
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt
Sometimes a thousand twanging instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and fometimes voices;
That, if I then had wak'd after long neep,
Will make me seep again ; and then in dreaming,
The clouds, methought, would open, and thew riches


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Ready to drop upon me; that when I wak'd,
I cry'd to dream again.

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

Cal. When Prospero is destroy'd.
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 could see this taborer. He lays it on. Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow Stephano. [Exeunt.


Changes to another Part of the island.
Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Anthonio, Gonzalo, Adrian,

Francisco, &c.
BYR lakin, I can go no further

, Sir,
My old bones ake: here's a maze trod,

Through forth-rights and meanders! by your patience,
I needs must reft me.

Alon. Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
Who am my self attach'd with weariness,
To th' dulling of my spirits : sit down and rest.
Ev'n here. I will put off my hope, and keep it
No longer for my flatterer : he is drown'd,
Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks
Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.

Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
That you resolv'd i'effect.

Seb. The next advantage
Will we take throughly:

Ant. Let it be to night;
For, now they are opprefs'd with travel, they

Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
As when they're fresh.

Seb. I say, to night: no more.
Solemn and strange mufick; and Prospero on the top,

invisible. Enter several strange shapes, bringing in a banquet ; and dance about it with gentle actions of falutation; and, inviting the King, &c. to eat, they depart. Aon. What harmony is this? my good friends,

hark ! Gon. Marvellous sweet musick! Alon. Give us kind keepers, heaven! what were these?

Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe, That there are unicorns; that, in Arabia There is one tree, the phonix' throne; one phoenix At this hour reigning there.

Ant. I'll believe both:
And what does else want credit, come to me,
And I'll be sworn 'tis true. Travellers ne'er did lie,
Though fools at home condemn 'em.

Gon. If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
If I should say, I saw such islanders :
(For, certes, these are people of the island)
Who tho' they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
Our human generation you shall find
Many; nay, almost any.

Pro. Honest lord,
Thou haft said well; for some of you there present
Are worse than devils.

Alon. I cannot too much muse, Such shapes, such gesture, and such found, expressing (Although they want the use of tongue) a kind Of excellent dumb discourse.


4 Pro. Praise, in departing.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.

Seb. No matter, since
They've left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.
Wilt please you taste of what is here?
Alon. Not I.

Gon. Faith, Sir, you need not fear. When we were
Who would believe, that there were mountaineers,
Dew-lapt - like bulls, whose throats had hanging at

Wallets of flesh, or that there were fuch men,
Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find,
s Each putter out on five for one will bring us
Good warrant of.

Alon. I will stand to, and feed,
Although my last; no matter, since I feel
The best is paft. Brother, my lord the Duke,
Stand to, and do as we.

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Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy, claps

bis wings upon the table, and with a queint device
the banquet vanishes.

Ari. You are three men of fin, whom deftiny (That hath to instrument this lower world,

4 Pro. Praise in departing.) This is a farcasm. They were praising the music and attendance of this visionary Entertainment: but their commendations were too hasty, for the Banquet was prefently snatched from them : so that the music was only a prelude to a Mockery. Prospero therefore says, Stay your praises 'till you bave ended

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Praise in departing The phrase alludes to the custom of Guests praising their entestainment when they rise from the Banquet.

5. Each putter out on five for one] A Satire on the Voyagers of that time, who had juk discovered a new World.; and, as was natural, gave very extravagant accounts of the wonders of it. Their Ventures in these expeditions are alluded to in the title, given them, of putters out on five for one.



And what is in't) the never-surfeited fea
Hath caused to belch up, and on this Ifand
Where man doth not inhabit, you ’mongst men
Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
And ev'n with such like valour men hang and drown
Their proper selves. You fools ! I and

my fellows
Are ministers of fate; the elements,
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
Wound the loud winds, or with bemockt-at stabs
Kill the ftill-closing waters, as diminish
One down that's in my plume : my fellow-ministers
Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
Your swords are now too maffie for your strengths,
And will not be up-lifted. But remember,
(For that's my business to you) that you three
From Milan did fupplant good Prospero :
Expos'd unto the sea (which hath requit it)
Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed
The powers delaying, not forgetting, have
Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
Against your peace: thee of thy fon, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Lingøring perdition, worse than any death

be at once, shall step by step attend You and your ways; whose wrath to guard you from, (Which here in this most defolate Ine else falls Upon your heads,) is nothing but heart's forrow, And a clear life ensuing. He vanijbes in thunder : then, to soft musick, Enter the Jhapes again, and dance with mops and mowes, and carrying out the table.

Pro. Bravely the figure of this harpy haft thou Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction hast thou nothing 'bated, In what thou hadst to say : fo with good life, And observation strange, my meaner ministers

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