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For tis a chronicle of day by day,
Not a relation for a breakfast, nor
Befitting this first meeting. Welcome, sir;
This cell's my court: here have I few attendants,
And subjects none abroad: pray you, look in.
My dukedom since you have given me again,
I will requite you with as good a thing;
At least, bring forth a wonder, to content ye,
As much as me my dukedom.
The entrance of the Cell opens, and discovers FERDINAND
and MIRANDA playing at chess.
Mira. Sweet lord, you play me false.
No, my dearest love, I would not for the world.
Mira. Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle, And I would call it fair play.
A vision of the island, one dear son
Shall I twice lose.
A most high miracle !
Fer. Though the seas threaten, they are merciful:
I have cursed them without cause.
[Kneels to ALON. Alon.
Now all the blessinge
Of a glad father compass thee about !
Arise, and say how thou cam’st re.
How many goodly creatures are there here !
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!
'Tis new to thee.
Alon. What is this maid, with whom thou wast at play?
Your eld'st acquaintance cannot be three hours:
Is she the goddess that hath severed us,
And brought us thus together?
Sir, she's mortal;
But, by immortal Providence, she's mine;
I chose her, when I could not ask my father
For his advice; nor thought I had one: she
Is daughter to this famous duke of Milan,
Of whom so often I have heard renown,
But never saw before; of whom I have
Received a second life, and second father
This lady makes him to me.
I am hers:
But O, how oddly will it sound, that I
Must ask my child forgiveness !
There, sir, stop:
Let us not burden our remembrances
With heaviness that's gone.
I have inly wept,
Or should have spoke ere this. Look down, you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown;
For it is you, that have chalked forth the way
Which brought us hither!
I say, Amen, Gonzalo.
Gon. Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue
Should become kings of Naples?. 0, rejoice
Beyond a common joy; and set it down
With gold on lasting pillars : In one voyage
Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis ;
And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife
Where he himself was lost; Prospero his dukedom,
In a poor isle; and all of us, ourselves,
When no man was his own.
Give me your hands :
[TO FER. and MIRA. Let grief and sorrow still embrace his heart, That doth not wish you joy! Gon.
Be't so! Amen! Re-enter ARIEL, with the Master aná Boatswain amazedly
following. O look, sir, look, sir; here are more of us ! I prophesied, if a gallows were on land, This fellow could not drown:- Now, blasphemy, That swear’st grace o'erboard, not an oath on shore ? Hast thou no mouth by land ? What is the news?
Boats. The best news is, that we have safely found Our king, and company: the next our ship, Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split, Is tight and yare, and bravely rigged, as when We first put out to sea. Ari.
Sir, all this service Have I done since I went.
My tricksy spirit ! Alon. These are not natural events; they strengthen, From strange to stranger:- Say, how came you hither?
Boats. If I did think, sir, I were well awake, l'd strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep, And (how, we know not) all clapped under hatches,
Where, but even now, with strange and several noises
Of roaring, shrieking, howling, gingling chains,
And more diversity of sounds, all horrible,
We were awaked; straightway at liberty:
Where we, in all her trim, freshly beheld
Our royal, good, and gallant ship; our master
Capering to eye her: On a trice, so please you,
Even in a dream, were we divided from them,
And were brought moping hither.
Was't well done?
Aside. Pro. Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free.
Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men trod:
And there is in this business more than nature
Was ever conduct of: some oracle
Must rectify our knowledge.
Sir, my liege,
Do not infest your mind with beating on
The strangeness of this business : at picked leisure,
Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you
(Which to you shall seem probable) of every
These happened accidents : till when, be cheerful,
And think of each thing well.— Come hither, spirit ;
Set Caliban and his companions free:
Untie the spell. [Exit ARIEL.] How fares my gracious sir?
There are yet missing of your company
Some few odd lads, that you remember not.
Re-enter ARIEL, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRIN
culo, in their stolen apparel. Ste. Every man shift for all the rest, and let no mai take care for himself; for all is but fortune: Coragio: bully-monster, Coragio! Trin. If these be true spies which I wear in my
head here's a goodly sight.
Cal. O Setebos, these be brave spirits, indeed !
How fine my master is! I am afraid
He will chastise me.
What things are these, my lord Antonio ?
Will money buy them?
Very like; one of them
Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable.
Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, Then say, if they be true:- This misshapen knave, His mother was a witch; and one so strong
That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,
And deal in her command, without her power:
These three have robbed me; and this demi-devil
(For he's a bastard one) had plotted with them
To take my life: two of these fellows you
Must know, and own; this thing of darkness I
I shall be pinched to death.
Alon. Is not this Stephano, my drunken butler ?
Seb. He is drunk now: Where had he wine ?
Alon. And Trinculo is reeling ripe: Where should they Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? How cam'st thou in this pickle ?
Trin. I have been in such a pickle, since I saw you last, that, I fear me, will never out of my bones, I shall not fear fly-blowing:
Seb. Why, how now, Stephano ?
Ste. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but a cramp.
Pro. You'd be king of the isle, sirrah?
Ste. I should have been a sore one then.
Alon. This is as strange a thing as e'er I looked on.
[Pointing to CALIBAN.
Pro. He is as disproportioned in his manners,
As in his shape:— Go, sirrah, to my cell;
Take with you your companions; as you look
To have my pardon, trim it handsomely.
Cal. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter,
And seek for grace: What a thrice double ass
Was I, to take this drunkard for a god,
And worship this dull fool!
Go to; away!
Alon. Hence, and bestow your luggage where you found it.
Seb. Or stole it, rather.
Exeunt CAL. STE. and TRIN. Pro. Sir, I invite your highness, and your train, To my poor cell; where you shall take your rest For this one night; which (part of it) I'll waste With such discourse, as, I not doubt, shall ke it Go quick away: the story of my life, And the particular accidents, gone by, Since I came to this isle: And in the morn, I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples, Where I have hope to see the nuptial Of these our dear-beloved solemnized; And thence retire me to my Milan, where Every third thought shall be my grave.
To hear the story of your life, which must
Take the ear strangely.
I'll deliver all;
And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales,
And sail so expeditious, that shall catch
Your royal fleet far off
. — My Ariel, - chick,That is thy charge; then to the elements Be free, and fare thou well! -[Aside.] Please you, draw
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have's mine own,
Which is most faint: now, 't is true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples : Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got,
And pardoned the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island, by your spell;
But release me from my bands,
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please: Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant;
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer;
Which pierces so, that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.