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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.
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
I needs must rest me.
Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
Who am myself attach'd with weariness,
To the dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
[Aside to Ant.] The next advantage
Will we take throughly.
156. by and by, immedi
1. By'r lakin, by our ladykin, i.e. the Virgin.
Ant. [Aside to Seb.] Let it be to-night;
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!
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 depart.
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.
I'll believe both;
If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
For, certes, these are people of the island
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet,
Their manners are more gentle-kind than of
Many, nay, almost any.
[Aside] Honest lord,
21. drollery, puppet-play.
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present
I cannot too much muse
Such shapes, such gesture and such sound, ex
Although they want the use of tongue—a kind
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
[Aside] Praise in departing.
No matter, since 40
They have left their viands behind; for we have
Will 't please you taste of what is here?
Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear.
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 we find
Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
Good warrant of.
36. muse, wonder at.
39. Praise in departing, a proverbial phrase, meaning: Do not praise till the entertainment is over.
44. mountaineers, savages.
48. Each putter-out of five for one, i.e. every adventurous traveller. This refers to a kind of Life Insurance then customary. The traveller deposited a certain sum before starting, receiving, if he returned safely, repayment at a certain rate, usually five to
one, upon what he had 'put-out,' and losing all claim to it if he miscarried. The locus classicus on the subject is in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of His Humour, ii. 1, where Puntarvolo proposes to put forth some five thousand pounds to be paid me, five for one, upon the return of myself, my wife, and my dog from the Turk's court at Constantinople.' But it is incredible that so high a rate can have been obtained for less complicated risks or shorter journeys.
I will stand to and feed,
Although my last: no matter, since I feel
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,
Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island
And even with such-like valour men hang and
Their proper selves.
[Alon., Seb. etc. draw their swords.
One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
54. to instrument, as its instrument, or organ.
65. dowle, film of down.
Against your peace.
Thee of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me
You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you
Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
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
And these mine enemies are all knit up
In their distractions; they now are in my power;
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.
86. good life and observation strange, lifelike precision and rare attention.
99. bass my trespass, proclaimed my offence with its deep roll.