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I'll be thy second.
[Exeunt Seb. and Ant. Gon, All three of them are desperate; their great
Follow, I pray you,
[Exeunt, ACT IV. SCENE ļ. Before Prospero's cell. Enter Prospero, Ferdinand, and Miranda. Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd you, Your compensation makes amends; for I Have given you here a thread of mine own life, Or that for which I live; whom once again I tender to thy hand : all thy vexations Were but my trials of thy love, and thou Hast strangely stood the test: here, afore Heaven, I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand, Do not smile at me, that I boast her off, For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise, And make it halt behind her. Fer.
I do believe it, Against an oracle. · Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition Worthily purchas’d, take my daughter : But If thou dost break her virgin knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies may With full and holy right be minister'd, No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall To make this contract grow; but barren hate, Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew The union of your bed with weeds so loathly,
• Alicuation of mind. 4 Sprinkling.
That you shall hate it both : therefore, take heed,
Aš I hope
Fairly spoke :
Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service
Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,
Pro. Dearly, mydelicate Ariel: Do not approach,
Well I conceive.
[Exit. Pro. Look, thou be true ; do not give dalliance Too much the rein; the strongest oaths are straw To the fire i’ the blood : be more abstemious, Or else, good night, your vow !
I warrant you, sir ;. The white cold virgin snow upon my heart Abates the ardour of my liver. Pro.
Well. Now come, my Ariel ; bring a corollary *,. Rather than want a spirit; appear, and pertly. No tongue; all eyes; be silent. (Soft music.
A Masque. Enter Iris. Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and pease ; Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep, And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep; Thy banks with peonied and lilied brims, Which spongy April at thy hest t betrims, To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy
- broom groves, Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves, Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard; And thy sea marge, steril, and rocky-hard, Where thou thyself dost air : The queen o' the sky, Whose watery arch, and messenger, am I, Bids thee leave these; and with her sovereign grace, Here on this grass-plot, in this very place, To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain; Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.
: Enter Ceres.
Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate;
Tell me, heavenly bow,
Of her society
Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but in vain;
Highest queen of state,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Ceres' blessing so is on you.
M* Fer.. a wonder Paradise Ceres
To think these spirits ?
Spirits, which by mine art,
Let me live here ever ; So rare a wonder'd* father, and a wife, Make this place Paradise.
[Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris
on employment. Pro.
Sweet now, silence; Juno and Ceres whisper seriously; There's something else to do : hush, and be mute, Or else our spell is marr'd. Iris. You nymphs, callid Naiads, of the wand'ring
brooks, With your sedg'd crowns, and ever harmless looks, Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land Answer your summons ; Juno does command : Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate A contract of true love ; be not too late.
Enter certain Nymphs. You sun-burn'd sicklemen, of August weary, Come hither from the furrow, and be merry; Make holy-day: your rye straw hats put on, And these fresh nymphs encounter every one In country footing. Enter certain Reapers, properly habited ; they join with the Nymphs in a graceful dance; towards the end whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks ; after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish.
Pro. (aside] I had forgot that foul conspiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, Against my life ; the minute of their plot Is almost come.-[To the Spirits.] Well done ;
avoid ;- no more.
* Able to produce such wonders.