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To clustering filberts and sometimes I 'll get thee Young scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me? Ste. I prithee now, lead the way

without more talking. Trinculo, the king and all our company else being drowned, we will inherit here: here; bear my bottle: fellow Trinculo, 180 we'll fill him by and by again.

Cal. [Sings drunkenly]

Farewell, master; farewell, farewell ! Trin. A howling monster ; a drunken monster ! Cal. No more dams I'll make for fish;

Nor fetch in firing

At requiring ;
Nor scrape trencher, nor wash dish :

’Ban, 'Ban, Cacaliban

Has a new master : get a new man. Freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom ! freedom, 190 hey-day, freedom!

Ste. O brave monster! Lead the way. [Exeunt.


SCENE I. Before PROSPERO's cell.

Enter FERDINAND, bearing a log.
Fer. There be some sports are painful, and

their labour 176. scamels, probably some 187. trencher, Pope's emenda. kind of rock-breeding bird is tion for Ff trenchering. The meant.

But the word cannot Ff reading has been ingeniously be shown to have ever existed defended as due to his drunken except as a local East-coast name hiccough ; it is more likely to be for a bird which does not breed due to the printer's eye having in the rocks. Theobald's con- caught the -ing of the two jecture sea-mells, 'sea-gulls,' is previous lines. therefore very plausible. 179. inherit, take possession. 1. painful, toilsome.

Delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness
Are nobly undergone and most poor matters
Point to rich ends. This my mean task
Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead
And makes my labours pleasures : O, she is
Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
And he's composed of harshness. I must remove
Some thousands of these logs and pile them up,
Upon a sore injunction : my sweet mistress
Weeps when she sees me work, and says, such

Had never like executor. I forget:
But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my

labours, Most busy lest, when I do it.


Enter MIRANDA ; and PROSPERO at a distance,



Alas, now, pray you,
Work not so hard : I would the lightning had
Burnt up those logs that you are enjoin'd to pile !
Pray, set it down and rest you : when this burns,
'Twill weep for having wearied you. My father

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2. sets off, removes, assuages.

and this, with the comma before But labour may be taken as the least,


be interpreted : subject, in which case 'set off' *(these sweet thoughts inspiring has its more usual Shakespearean and animating my toil),

show to the best advan- really most busy when least tage.'

occupied.' But both the inver3. most poor matters, humblest sion of least and when, and the operations.

reference in do it to labours, are 11. Upon a sore injunction, harsh, and Shakespeare can in obedience to a grievous order hardly have written the line thus. (i.e. one sanctioned with Preferable suggestions grievous penalty).

Holt's, Most busiest, when I 15. Most busy lest, when I do do it' (i.e. when I 'forget'), it. So F1 The later Ff give and Spedding's ingenious, Most busy least, when I do it; Most busiest, when idlest.'


are 20


Is hard at study ; pray now, rest yourself;
He's safe for these three hours.

O most dear mistress,
The sun will set before I shall discharge
What I must strive to do.

If you 'll sit down,
I'll bear your logs the while : pray, give me that;
I'll carry it to the pile.

No, precious creature;
I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
Than you should such dishonour undergo,
While I sit lazy by.

It would become me
As well as it does you : and I should do it
With much more ease; for my good will is to it,
And yours it is against.

Poor worm, thou art infected !
This visitation shows it.

You look wearily.
Fer. No, noble mistress; 'tis fresh morning

with me
When you are by at night. I do beseech you-
Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers
What is your name?

Miranda. -O my father,
I have broke your hest to say so!

Admired Miranda !
Indeed the top of admiration! worth
What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady
I have eyed with best regard and many a time
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage
Brought my too diligent ear : for several virtues
Have I liked several women; never any
With so full soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed
32. visitation ; (carrying on the image of 'infected ').

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And put it to the foil : but you,


you, So perfect and so peerless, are created Of

every creature's best! Mir.

I do not know
One of my sex; no woman's face remember,
Save, from my glass, mine own; nor have I seen
More that I may call men than you, good friend,
And my dear father : how features are abroad,
I am skilless of; but, by my modesty,
The jewel in my dower, I would not wish
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
I therein do forget.

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 to suffer
The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul

speak :
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service; there resides,
To make me slave to it; and for


sake Am I this patient log-man. Mir.

Do you

love me?
Fer. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this

And crown what I profess with kind event
If I speak true! if hollowly, invert
What best is boded me to mischief! I
Beyond all limit of what else i' the world
Do love, prize, honour you.

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

46. put to the foil, foiled. 72. what, anything, aught.

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Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections ! Heavens rain grace
On that which breeds between 'em !

Wherefore weep you?
Mir. 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.

My mistress, dearest;
And I thus humble ever.

My husband, then ?
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing
As bondage e'er of freedom : here's my hand.
Mir. And mine, with my heart in’t: and now

Till half an hour hence.

A thousand thousand !

[Exeunt Fer. and Mir, severally.
Pros. So glad of this as they I cannot be,
Who are surprised withal; but my rejoicing
At nothing can be more. I'll to my book,
For yet ere supper-time must I perform
Much business appertaining.



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Another part of the island.


Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO. Ste. Tell not me; when the butt is out, we 79. die to want, die through wanting. 84. maid, handmaiden.

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