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Fer.

'Twill weep for having wearied you: My father
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.
Mira.

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

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

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 against.

Poor worm! thou art infected; This visitation shews it.

You look wearily. F'er. 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!

Admir'd Miranda! Indeed, the top of admiration; worth What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady I have ey'd with best regard ; and many a time The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage

Pro.

Mira.

Mira.

Fer.

9 Command.

Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues
· Have I lik'd several women; never any
With so full soul, but some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd,
And put it to the foil : But you, O you,
So perfect, and so peerless, are created
Of every creature's best.
Mira.

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 skill-less 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
Therein forget. :
Fer.

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 I would 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 your sake, Am I this patient log-man. Mira.

Do you love me? F'er. O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound, And crown what I profess with kind event,

1 Own'd.

If I speak true; if hollowly, invert
What best is boded me, to mischief! I, .
Beyond all limit of what elsei' the world,
Do love, prize, honour you.
Mira.

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

: Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections! Heavens rain grace
On that which breeds between them!
Fer.

Wherefore weep you?
Mira. 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 shews. 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.
Mira.

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

farewell, Till half an hour hence.

A thousand! thousand!

[Exeunt Fer. and Mir. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be,

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Who are surpriz'd with all; but my rejoicing
At nothing can be more. I'll to my book;
For yet, ere supper time, must I perform
Much business appertaining.

[Erit.

SCENE II.

Another part of the island. Enter Stephano and TrinculO; CALIBAN

following with a bottle. Ste. Tell not me;--when the butt is out, we will drink water; not a drop before : therefore bear up, and board 'em : Servant-monster, drink to me,

Trin. Servant-monster? the folly of this island! They say, there's but five upon this isle: we are three of them; if the other two be brained like us, the state totters.

Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee; thy eyes are almost set in thy head.

Trin. Where should they be set else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.

Ste. My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me: I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty leagues, off and on, by this light.—Thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.

Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.

Trin. Nor go neither: but you'll lie, like dogs; and yet say nothing neither.

Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.

Cal. How does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe: I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.

Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster ; I am in case to justle a constable : Why, thou deboshed} fish thou, was there ever man a coward, that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish, and half a monster?

Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, my lord ?

Trin. Lord, quoth he!--that a monster should be such a natural!

Cal. Lo, lo, again! bite him to death, I pr’ythee.

Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head; if you prove a mutineer, the next tree–The poor monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity. ! Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd To hearken once again the suit I made thee?

Sté. Marry will I: kneel, and repeat it; I will stand, and so shall Trinculo. :

Enter Ariel, invisible.
Cal. As I told thee
Before, I am subject to a tyrant ;
A sorcerer, that by his cunning hath
Cheated me of this island.
Ari.

Thou liest.
Cal. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou ;
I would, my valiant master would destroy thee :
I do not lie.

3 Debauch'd

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