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And what does else want credit, come to.me,
And I'll be sworn 'tis true: Travellers ne'er did lie,
Though fools at home condemn them.
Gon.

. If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
If I should say I saw such islanders,
(For, certes, 9 these are people of the island,)
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
Their manners are more gentle-kind, than of
Our human generation you shall find
Many, nay, almost any. .
Pro.

Honest lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present,
Are worse than devils.

, [Aside. Alon.

I cannot too much muse, Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing (Although they want the use of tongue), a kind Of excellent dumb discourse. Pro.

Praise in departing.

: [Aside. Fran. They vanish'd strangely. Seb,

No matter, since They have left their viands behind; for we have sto

machs. Will’t please you taste of what is here? Alon.

Not I. Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear : When we were

boys, Who would believe that there were mountaineers, Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at

them

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Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men,
Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we

find,
Each putter-out on five for one, will bring us
Good warrant of.
Alon.

I will stand to, and feed,
Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is past :- Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand too, and do as we.

Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL like a harpy;

claps his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint de vice, the banquet vanishes.

Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny
(That hath to instrument this lower world,
And what is in't,) the never-surfeited sea
Hath caused to belch up; and on this island
Where man doth not inhabit; you ’mongst men
Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;

[Seeing Alon. Seb. dc. draw their swords.
And even with such like valour, men hang and drown
Their proper selves. You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of fate; the elements ,
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
One dowle2 that's in my plume; my fellow ministers
Are like invulnerable: if you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths,
And will not be uplifted : But, remember,

2 Down.

(For that's my business to you,) that you three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
Expos’d unto the sea, which hath requit it,
Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed
The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
Incens'd the seas and shores, yea all the creatures,
Against your peace : Thee, of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Lingering perdition (worse than any death
Can be at once,) shall step by step attend
You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from
(Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
Upon your heads,) is nothing, but heart's sorrow,
And a clear} life ensuing.
He vanishes in thunder: then, to soft musick, enter the

Shapes again, and dance with mops and muwes and
carry out the table.
Pro. [Aside.] 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

work, And these, mine enemies, are all knit up . In their distractions : they now are in my power; · And in these fits I leave them, whilst I visit

Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown'd,)

3 Pure, blameless.

And his and my loved darling.

[Exit Prospero from above. Gon. I' the name of something holy, sir, why stand

you

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, 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.

[Exit. Seb.

But one fiend at a time, I'll fight their legions o'er. Ant,

I'll be thy second.

[Exeunt Seb. and Ant. Gon. All three of them are desperate ; their great

guilt,
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 ecstacy 4
May now provoke them to.
Adr.

Follow, I pray you.

[Exeunt,

4 Alienation of mind.

ACT IV.

SCENE I. Before Prospero's cell., Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA.

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, 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. Fer.

I do believe it, Against an oracle.

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 fall 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, in That you shall hate it both: therefore, take heed, As Hymen's lamps shall like you.

As I hope s Sprinkling.

Fer.

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