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Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why stand you

In this strange stare?


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, pronounc'd The name of Prosper; it did bass my trespass. Therefore my son i'the ooze is bedded; and I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded, And with him there lie mudded.


I'll fight their legions o'er.


Gon. All three of them great guilt,

[Exit. But one fiend at a time,

I'll be thy second. [Exeunt SEB. and ANT. are desperate; their

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Like poison given to work a great time after,
Now 'gins to bite the spirits: I do beseech you
That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly,
And hinder them from what this ecstasy4
May now provoke them to.


Follow, I pray you.



SCENE I. Before Prospero's Cell.


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,

4 Alienation of mind.

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.


Against an oracle.

I do believe it,

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 rite be minister'd,
No sweet aspersion 5 shall the heavens let fali
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,
That you shall hate it both: therefore, take heed,
As Hymen's lamp shall light you.


As I hope For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,

With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den,

The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion Our worser Genius can, shall never melt

Mine honour into lust; to take away

The edge of that day's celebration,

When I shall think, or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,

Or night kept chain'd below.


Fairly spoke;

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Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own. -
What, Ariel; my industrious servant Ariel!

Enter ARIEL.

Ari. What would my potent master? here I am.
Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last ser-


Did worthily perform; and I must use you
In such another trick: go, bring the rabble,
O'er whom I give thee power, here, to this place:
Incite them to quick motion; for I must
Bestow upon the of this young couple


Some vanity of mine art; it is my promise,
And they expect it from me.


Pro. Aye, with a twink.


Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,

And breathe twice; and cry, so, so i

Each one, tripping on his toe,

Will be here with mop and mowe:


you love me, master? no.

Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not ap


Till thou dost hear me call.


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.



Now come, my Ariel; bring a corollary, 6

• Surplus.

Rather than want a spirit; appear, and pertly.No tongue; all eyes; be silent. [Soft Musick.

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 spungy April at thy hest 7 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.

Cer. Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;

Who, with thy saffron wings, upon my flowers
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers:
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky 8 acres, and my unshrubb'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth: Why hath thy queen
Summon'd me hither, to this short-grass'd green?
Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate;

7 Command.



8 Woody.

And some donation freely to estate
On the bless'd lovers.


Tell me, heavenly bow,
If Venus, or her son, as thou dost know,

Do now attend the queen? since they did plot
The means, that dusky Dis 9 my daughter got,
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company

I have forsworn.


Of her society

Be not afraid: I met her deity

Cutting the clouds towards Paphos; and her son Dove-drawn with her: here thought they to have done

Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Whose vows are, that no bed-rite shall be paid
Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but in vain;
Mars's hot minion is return'd again;

Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows,
Swears he will shoot no more, but play with spar-

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Highest queen of state,

Great Juno comes; I know her by her gait.

Enter JUNO.

Juno. How does my bounteous sister? Go with


To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be, And honour'd in their issue.


Juno. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings on you.

9 Pluto.

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