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Any companion in the world but you ;
Nor can imagination form a shape,
Besides yourself, to like of: but I prattle
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts
Therein forget..
Fer.

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

speak;
The very instant that I saw. you, didi
My heart fly to your service; there resides,
To make me slave to it; and, for your sake,
Am I this patient log-man.
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, on
What best is boded me, to mischief ! I,
Beyond all limit of what else * i' the world,
Do love, prize, honour you.
Mira.

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

Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections ! Heavens rain 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 shows. 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.

* Whatsoever.

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

farewell. 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 surpris’d 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 '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 his 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-andthirty 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.
Cal. As I told thee
Before, I am subject to a tyrant;
A sorcerer, that by his cunning hath
Cheated me of this 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.

* Debauched.

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 dar’st;
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 bin 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 show

him Where the quick freshest 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 ofn mynster one'n into na

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 tlis, 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!

Ste. Now, forward with your tale. Pr’ythee stand further off.

* Alluding to Trinculo's party-coloured dress. t Springs.

Ste.

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

Stand further.-Come, proceed. Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him I'the afternoon to sleep: there thou may'st brain

him, Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log : Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake, Or cut his wezand * 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 surpasseth Sycorax, | As greatest does least. • Ste.

Is it so brave a lass ? Cal. Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant, And bring thee forth brave brood.

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 ?

Ay, on mine honour.
Ari. This will I tell my master. »
Cal. Thou mak’st me merry : I am full of plea-

sure;
Let us be jocund: Will you troll the catch

* Throat.

Ste.

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