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Cal. When Prospero is destroyed.
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.

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SCENE III.

Another part of the island.

Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO,

ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.
Gon. By'r lakin, I can go no further, sir;
My old bones ache : here's a maze trod indeed
Through forth-rights and meanders ! By your

patience,
I needs must rest me.
Alon.

Old lord, I cannot blame thee, Who am myself attach'd with weariness, To the dulling of my spirits : sit down, and rest. Even 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. [Aside to Seb.] I am right glad that he's

so out of hope. Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose That you resolved to effect.

Seb. [Aside to Ant.] The next advantage Will we take throughly.

156. by and by, immedi. 3. forth-rights, straightfor. ately.

ward paths. 1. By'r lakin, by our ladykin, 5. attach'd, seized. i.e. the Virgin.

13. advantage, opportunity.

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Ant. [Aside to Seb.] Let it be to-night ;
For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance
As when they are fresh.
Seb. (Aside to Ant.] I say, to-night: no more.

[Solemn and strange music. Alon. What harmony is this? My good friends,

hark ! Gon. Marvellous sweet music!

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Enter PROSPERO above, invisible. Enter several

strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation ; and, inviting the King, etc., to eat, they

de part. Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens ! What

were these?
Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe
That there are unicorns, that in Arabia
There is one tree, the phoenix' 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, though 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.
Pros.

[Aside] Honest lord,
21. drollery, puppet-play.

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Thou hast said well ; for some of

you

there present Are worse than devils. · Alon.

I cannot too much muse Such shapes, such gesture and such sound, ex

pressing-
Although they want the use of tongue—a kind
Of excellent dumb discourse.
Pros.

[Aside] Praise in departing.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
Seb.

No matter, since They have left their viands behind; for we have

stomachs.
Will 't please you taste of what is here?
Alon.

Not I.
Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear.

When we
were boys,
Who would believe that there were mountaineers
Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging

at 'em Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now

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we find

Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
Good warrant of.

36. Muse, wonder at.

one, upon what he had 'put-out,' 39. Praise in departing, a

and losing all claim to it if he

miscarried. proverbial phrase, meaning :

The locus classicus Do not praise till the entertain

on the subject is in Ben Jonson's ment is over.

Every Man out of His Humour,

ii. I, where Puntarvolo proposes 44. mountaineers, savages. to 'put forth some five thousand

48. Each putter-out of five pounds to be paid me, five for for one, i.e. every adventurous one, upon the return of myself, traveller. This refers to a kind of my wife, and my dog from the Life Insurance then customary. Turk's court at Constantinople.' The traveller deposited a certain But it is incredible that so high sum before starting, receiving, a rate can have been obtained if he returned safely, repayment for less complicated risks or at a certain rate, usually five to shorter journeys. VOL. IV 465

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Alon.

I will stand to and feed,
Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is past. Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand to and do as we.

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Thunder and lightning: Enter Ariel, like a

harpy; claps his wings upon the table ; and,

with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes. Ari. You are three men of sin, whom Destiny, That hath to instrument this lower world And what is in 't, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit; you ’mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with such-like valour men hang and

drown Their proper selves.

[Alon., Seb. etc. draw their swords.

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 bemock’d-at stabs Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish One dowle that's in my plume : my fellow-ministers Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,

our swords are now too massy for your strengths And will not be uplifted. But rememberFor that's my business to you—that you three From Milan did supplant good Prospero; Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it, Him and his innocent child : for which foul deed The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,

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54. to instrument, as its instrument, or organ.
65. dowle, film of down.

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Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me
Lingering perdition, worse than any death
Can be at once, shall step by step attend
You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you

from-
Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
Upon your heads—is nothing but heart-sorrow
And a clear life ensuing.
He vanishes in thunder ; then, to soft music, enter

the Shapes again, and dance, with mocks and

mows, and carrying out the table.
Pros. Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
Perform'd, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring:
Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated
In what thou hadst to say : so, with good life
And observation strange, my meaner ministers
Their several kinds have done. My high charms

work
And these mine enemies are all knit up
In their distractions; they now are in my power ;
And in these fits I leave them, while I visit
Young Ferdinand, whom they suppose is drown’d,
And his and mine loved darling. [Exit above.

Gon. I the name of something holy, sir, why

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In this strange stare?
Alon.

O, it is monstrous, monstrous !
Methought the billows spoke and told me of it;
The winds did sing it to me, and the thunder,
That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounced
The name of Prosper : it did bass my trespass.
82. clear, blameless.

99. bass my trespass, pro. 86. good life and observation claimed my offence with its deep strange, lifelike precision and roll. rare attention.

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