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Pray, set it down, and rest you: when this burns,
'Twill weep for having wearied you l; My father
Is hard at study ; pray now, rest yourself;
He's safe for these three hours.
Ferd.

O most dear mistress,
The sun will set, before I shall discharge
What I must strive to do.
Miran.

If you'll sit down,
I'll bear your logs the while.
Ferd.

No, precious creature:
I'd rather crack my sinews, break my back,
Than you should such dishonour undergo,
While I sit lazy by.
Miran.

It would become me
As well as it does you: and I should do it
With much more ease ; for my good will is to it,
And your's it is against.
Pros.

Poor worm! thou art infected;
This visitation shows it.
Miran.

You look wearily.
Ferd. No, noble mistress ; 'tis fresh morning with me,
When you are by at night. I do beseech you,
(Chiefly, that I might set it in my prayers,)
What is your name?
Miran.

Miranda : O my father,
I have broke your hest 2 to say so !
Ferd.

Admired Miranda !
Indeed the top of admiration ; worth
What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady
I have eyed with best regard; and many a time
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues
Have I liked several women; never any
With so full soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed,
And put it to the foil: But

you,

O

you,
So perfect, and so peerless, are created
Of every creature's best.
Miran.

I do not know
One of my sex; no woman's face remember,

2 Command.

1 When green wood is burning, it frequently emits an acid, which makes a hissing noise.

am, in

Save, from my glass, mine own; nor have I seen
More that I may call men, than you, good friend,
And my dear father: how features are abroad,
I am skill-less of; but, by my modesty,
(The jewel in my dower,) I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you;
Nor can imagination form a shape,
Beside yourself, to like of: But I prattle
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts
I therein do forget.
Ferd.

I

my condition, A prince, Miranda ; I do think, a king; (I would, not so !) and would no more endure This wooden slavery, than to suffer The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speak; The very

instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service; there resides,
To make me slave to it; and for your sake,
Am I this patient log-man.
Miran.

Do
you

love me?
Ferd. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound,
And crown what I profess with kind event,
If I speak true ; if hollowly, invert
What best is boded me, to mischief! I,
Beyond all limit of what else in the world,
Do love, prize, honour you.
Miran.

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

Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections!

Heavens rain grace
On that which breeds between them !
Ferd.

Wherefore weep you ?
Miran. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer
What I desire to give: - 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 !
Ferd.

My mistress, dearest,
And I thus humble ever.
Miran.

My husband then ?
Ferd. Ay, with a heart as willing,
As bondage e'er of freedom ; here's my hand.

1 Whatever.

Miran. And mine, with my heart in't : And now farewell, Till half an hour hence. Ferd.

A thousand! thousand !

[Exeunt FERD. and MIRAN. Pros. So glad of this as they I cannot be, Who are surprised with all ; 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 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 them : 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 ?

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. 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's not valiant.

Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster ; I am in case to justle a constable. 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 prithee.
Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head.

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.

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.

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 CALIBAN.] Proceed.

Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle ;
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.

Cal. What a pied ninny's this !
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.

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 ?
Ari. Thou liest.

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

Cal. Ha, ha, ha!
Ste. Now, forward with your

tale. Prithee stand farther off.

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

Ste. Stand farther:-Come, proceed.

Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him
In the afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain him,
Having first seized his books; or with a log
Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,
Or cut his wezand 1 with thy knife: Remember,
First to possess his books; for without them,
He's but a sot, as I am, nor hath not,
One spirit to command : They all do 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 ne'er saw woman,
But only Sycorax my dam, and she;
But she as far surpasses Sycorax,
As greatest does least.

Ste. Is it so brave a lass?
Cal. Ay, my lord.

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 thou 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.
Ari. This will I tell my master.

Cal. Thou mak’st me merry: I am full of pleasure ;
Let us be jocund: Will you troll? 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 cout '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.

1 Windpipe.

Sing gaily.

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