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Ari. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking, So full of valour that they smote the air
For breathing in their faces; beat the ground
As they smelt music; so I charm'd their ears,
There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake
This was well done, my bird;
Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
I go, I go.
So his mind cankers: I will plague them all,
Re-enter ARIEL loaden with glistering apparel, &c. Even to roaring.-Come, hang them on this line.
PROSPERO and ARIEL remain invisible. Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet.
Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may not Hear a footfall: we now are near his cell.
Ste. Monster, your fairy, which you say is a harmless fairy, has done little better than played the Jack with us. Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at which my nose is in great indignation.
Ste. So is mine. Do you hear, monster? If I should take a displeasure against you; look you,
Trin. Thou wert but a lost monster.
Cal. Good, my lord, give me thy favour still:
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to
Shall hoodwink this mischance: therefore speak softly;
Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool
Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in that, monster, but an infinite loss.
Trin. That's more to me than my wetting: yet this is your harmless fairy, monster.
Ste. I will fetch off my bottle though I be o'er ears for my labour.
Cal. Pr'ythee, my king, be quiet. Seest thou here, This is the mouth o' the cell: no noise, and enter. Do that good mischief which may make this island Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
For aye thy foot-licker.
Ste. Give me thy hand: I do begin to have bloody thoughts.
Trin. O king Stephano! O peer! O worthy Stephano! look, what a wardrobe here is for thee.
Cal. Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash.
Trin. O, ho, monster; we know what belongs to a frippery. O king Stephano!
Ste. Put off that gown, Trinculo; by this hand,
I'll have that gown.
Trin. Thy grace shall have it.
Cal. The dropsy drown this fool! what do you mean
To doat thus on such luggage? Let's along
And do the murder first: if he awake,
From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with pinches ;
Make us strange stuff.
Ste. Be you quiet, monster.-Mistress line, is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line: now, jerkin, you are like to lose your hair, and prove a bald jerkin.
Trin. Do, do we steal by line and level, an't like your grace.
Ste. I thank thee for that jest: here's a garment for't: wit shall not go unrewarded while I am king of this country: Steal by line and level is an excellent pass of pate; there's another garment for't.
Trin. Monster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and away with the rest.
Cal. I will have none on't: we shall lose our time, And all be turned to barnacles, or to apes
With foreheads villanous low.
Ste. Monster, lay-to your fingers; help to bear this away where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll turn you out of my kingdom: go to, carry this.
Trin. And this.
Ste. Ay, and this.
A noise of hunters heard. Enter divers Spirits, in shape of hounds, and hunt them about. PROSPERO and ARIEL setting them on.
Pro. Hey, Mountain, hey!
Ari. Silver! there it goes, Silver!
Pro. Fury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there! hark, hark! [CAL., STE., and TRIN. are driven out. Go, charge my goblins that they grind their joints
With dry convulsions; shorten up their sinews
Hark, they roar.
Pro. Let them be hunted soundly. At this hour
Lie at my mercy all mine enemies:
Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou
SCENE I.-Before the Cell of PROSPERO.
Enter PROSPERO in his magic robes; and ARIEL.
I did say so, When first I raised the tempest. Say, my spirit, How fares the king and's followers?
From eaves of reeds: your charm so strongly works them
Would become tender.
Dost thou think so, spirit? Ari. Mine would, sir, were I human.
And mine shall.
Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
One of their kind, that relish all as sharply
Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art? Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick, Yet, with my nobler reason, 'gainst my fury
Do I take part: the rarer action is
In virtue than in vengeance: they being penitent,
The sole drift of my purpose doth extend
Not a frown further. Go, release them, Ariel;
I'll fetch them, sir.
Some heavenly music, which even now I do,—
Re-enter ARIEL: after him ALONSO, with a frantic gesture, attended by GONZALO; SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO in like manner, attended by ADRIAN and FRANCISCO: they all enter the circle which PROSPERO had made, and there stand charmed; which PROSPERO observing, speaks.
A solemn air, and the best comforter
To an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains,
Now useless, boil'd within thy skull! There stand,
Holy Gonzalo, honourable man,
Mine eyes, even sociable to the show of thine,
To him thou follow'st; I will pay thy graces
Thou'rt pinch'd for't now, Sebastian, flesh and blood.—-
Expell'd remorse and nature; who, with Sebastian,—
That now lies foul and muddy. Not one of them
I will discase me, and myself present
As I was sometime Milan: quickly, spirit;
ARIEL re-enters, singing, and helps to attire PROSPERO.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I;
In a cowslip's bell I lie:
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily:
Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Pro. Why, that's my dainty Ariel: I shall miss thee; But yet thou shalt have freedom: so, so, so.—
To the king's ship, invisible as thou art:
There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
Under the hatches; the master and the boatswain
And presently, I pr'ythee.
Ari. I drink the air before me, and return Or e'er your pulse twice beat.