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Had never like executor. I forget :

So perfect and so peerless, are created But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my

Of every creature's best ! labour ; *


I do not know
Most busy felt, when I do it."

One of my sex; no woman's face remember,
Save, from my glass, mis own; nor have I seen

More that I may call men, than you, good friend, Enter MIRANDA, and PROSPERO following.

And my dear father : how features are abroad,

I am skill-less of; but, by my modesty,
Alas, now ! pray you,

- The jewel in my dower,--I would not wish Work not so hard ; I would the lightning had Any companion in the world but you ; Burnt up those logs that you are enjoin'd to pile !

Nor can imagination form a shape, Pray, set it down, and rest you : when this burns, Besides yourself, to like of. But I prattle 'T will weep for having wearied you. My father

Something too wildly, and my father's precepts Is hard at study; pray, now, rest yourself ;

I therein do forget. He's safe for these three hours.


I am, in


condition, FER. O most dear mistress,

A prince, Miranda ; I do think, a king, The sun will set before I shall discharge

I would not so !and would no more endure What I must strive to do.

This wooden slavery, than to suffer [speak : MIRA. If you 'll sit down The flesh-fly blow my mouth.—Hear my soul

The I'll bear your logs the while : pray give me that ;


instant that I saw you, did I'll carry it to the pile.

My heart fly to your service; there resides,
No, precious creature:
To make me slave to it; and for your

sake I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,

Am I this patient log-man. Than should such dishonour undergo,


Do you


love me? While I sit lazy by.

FER. O heaven! O earth! bear witness to this MIRA. It would become me

sound, As well as it does you; and I should do it

And crown what I profess with kind event,
With much more ease ; for my good will is to it, If I speak true! if hollowly, invert
And yours it is against.

What best is boded me, to mischief! I,
Pro. [Aside.] Poor worm, thou art infected ! Beyond all limit of what else i' the world,
This visitation shows it.

Do love, prize, honour you.
You look wearily.


I am a fool, FER. No, noble mistress ; 't is fresh morning To weep at what I am glad of.

Pro. [ Aside.]

Fair encounter When you are by at night. I do beseech you,

Of two most rare affections ! Heavens rain grace Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers, —

On that nich breeds between 'em !

FER. What is

? name?

Wherefore weep you your MIRA. Miranda :-O my father,

MIRA. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer I have broke your 'hest to say so!

What I desire to give; and much less take FER.

Admir'd Miranda !

What I shall die to want. But this is trifling; Indeed the top of admiration ; worth

And all the more it seeks to hide itself,
What's dearest to the world! Full many a lady The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning !
I have ey'd with best regard ; and many a time And prompt me, plain and holy innocence !
The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage I am your wife, if


marry me;
If not, I'll die

maid :

your Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues

: to be fellow

your Hare I lik'd several women; never any

You may deny me; but I'll be your servant, With so full soul, but some defect in her



will Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd,


My mistress, dearest ! And put it to the foil: but

And I thus humble ever. you,



with me,


or no.


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(*) Old text, labours.

I forget:
But these sweel thoughts do even refresh my labour ;

Most busy felt, when I do it.]
This is the great crux of the play. No passage in Shakespeare
has occasioned more speculation, and on none has speculation
proved less happy. The first folio reads, “Most busie lest, when
I doe it;" the second, "Most busie least when I doe it ;" Pope
prints, "* Least busy when I do it;" Theobald, “ Most busyless

when I do it," Mr. Holt White suggests, «Most busiest when I do it;" and Mr. Collier's annotator, " Must busy,-blest when I do it." Whatever may have been the word for which “lest was misprinted, “ Most busy" and that word bore reference, unqucstionably, not to Ferdinand's task, but to the sweet thoughts by which it was relieved. We have substituted felt as a likely word to have been mis-set " lest;” but are in doubt whether still, in its old sense of ever, always, is not preferable,

"Most busy still, when I do it." b Fellow-) That is, companion, pheer.

my lord ?


My husband, then ? Cal. Lo, how he mocks me! wilt thou let him, FER. Ay, with a heart as willing As bondage e'er of freedom: here's my hand. Trin. Lord, quoth he !—that a monster should Mira. And mine, with my heart in't: and now, be such a natural ! farewell,

Cal. Lo, lo, again ! bite him to death, I Till half an hour hence.

pr'ythee. FER.

A thousand thousand ! Sre. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your [Exeunt FERDINAND and MIRANDA sev rally.

if you prove a mutineer, the next tree Pro. So glad of this as they I cannot be, the poor monster 's my subject, and he shall not Who are surpris'd with all; but my rejoicing suffer indignity. At nothing can be more. I'll to my book ;

Cal. I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be For yet, ere supper-time, must I perform

pleased to hearken once again to the suit I made Much business appertaining.

[Exit. to thee?

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

head ;

SCENE II.- Another Part of the Island.

Enter ARIEL, invisible.

Enter CALIBAN with a bottle ; STEPHANO and

TRINCULO following.


any more in 's

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-andthirty 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 a 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. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant ;—a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.

ARI. Thou liest.

CAL. Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou ;
I would my valiant master would destroy thee:
I do not lie.
STE. Trinculo, if you

trouble him tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.

Trin. Why, I said nothing.
STE. Mum then, and no more.-[To CALIBAN.]

Cal. I say, by sorcery he got this isle ;
From me he got it. If thy greatness will
Revenge it on him-for, I know, thou dar'st ;
But this thing dare not,-

STE. That's most certain.

Cal. - Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee.

STE. HIow now shall this be compassed? Canst thou bring me to the party ? Cal. Yea, yea, my lord ; I'll yield him thee

Where thou mayst knock a nail into his head.

ARI. Thou liest ; thou canst not.
CAL. What a piedninny's this !—Thou scurvy

patch !_
I do beseech thy greatness, give him blows,
And take his bottle from him : when that's gone,
He shall drink nought but brine ; for I'll not

show him Where the quick freshes are.

Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further, and, by this



b Patch Vol. I.

See notes (b),

127, Vol. I., and (d), p. 372,

A - a pied ninny's this !) An allusion to the pied, or party coloured dress which Trinculo, as a jester, wore.

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hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.

Trin. Why, what did I? I did nothing ; I'll go further off.

Ste. Didst thou not say he lied ?
ARI. Thou liest.
Ste. Do I so? take thou that.

[Strikes TRINCULO. As you like this, give me the lie another time.

Trin. I did not give the lie :-out o' your wits,

and hearing too ? — A pox o’your bottle ! this can sack and drinking do.—A murrain on your monster, and the devil take your fingers !

Cal. Ha, ha, ha!

STE. Now, forward with your tale.—Pr'ythee stand further off.

Cal. Beat him enough : after a little time, I'll beat him too.

STE. Stand further.—Come, proceed. [him Cal. Why, as I told thee, 't is a custom with

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l'the afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain Trin. O, forgive me my sins ! him,

STE. He that dies pays all debts: I defy thee. Having first seiz'd his books; or with a log - Mercy upon us ! Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,

Cal. Art thou afeard ? Or cut his wezand with thay knife. Remember, STE. No, monster, not I. First to possess his books; for without them

CAL. Be not afeard ; the isle is full of noises, He's but a sot, as I am, nor hatlı not

Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt One spirit to command: they all do hate him,

not. As rootedly as I :-burn but his books ;

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments He has brave utensils,—for so he calls them, Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, Which, when he has a house, he'll deck withal : That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, And that most deeply to consider, is

Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, The beauty of his daughter ; he himself

The clouds methought would open and show riches Calls her a nonpareil : I never saw a woman, Ready to drop upon me; that when I wak'd But only Sycorax my dam and she;

I cried to dream again. But she as far surpasseth Sycorax,

STE. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, As great'st does least.

where I shall have my music for nothing. STE. Is it so brave a lass?

Cal. When Prospero is destroyed. CAL. Ay, lord ; she will become thy bed, I STE. That shall be by and by: I remember the warrant,

story. And bring thee forth brave brood.

Trin. The sound is going away: let's follow it, STE. Monster, I will kill this man: his daugh- and after do our work. ter and I will be king and queen, —

STE. Lead, monster; we'll follow.-I would I graces !--and Trinculo and thyself shall be could see this taborer! (2) he lays it on. viceroys.—Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo ? Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano. RIN. Excellent.

[Exeunt. Ste. Give me thy hand ; I am sorry I beat thee; but, while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head. Cal. Within this half-hour will he be asleep;

SCENE III.- Another Part of the Island. Wilt thou destroy him then ?

Ay, on mine honour.

ADRIAN, Francisco, and others.
ARI. This will I tell my master.
Cal. Thou mak'st me merry; I am full of

Gon. By’r lakin, I can go no further, sir: pleasure;

My old bones ache;' here's a maze trod, indeed, Let us be jocund : will you troll the catch

Through forth-rights and meanders! by yoor You taught me but while-ere?

patience, Str. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, I needs must rest me. any reason :-Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.


Old lord, I cannot blame thee, [Sings.

Who am myself attach'd with weariness, Flout 'em, and scout * 'em ; and scout 'em, and

To the dulling of my spirits : sit down and rest. flout 'em;

Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it Thought is free.

No longer for my flatterer : he is drown'd

Whom thus we stray to find; and the sea mocks Cal. That's not the tune.

Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go. [ARIEL plays the tune on a tabor and pipe. ANT. [Aside to SEB.) I am right glad that STE. What is this same?

he's so out of hope. Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose the picture of Nobody.(1)


you resolv'd to effect. Str. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy SEB. [Aside to Ant.] The next advantage likeness: if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list. Will we take throughly.

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(*) Old te":, cout, a By and by:) By and by, as well as presently, now implies some brief delay; but in old language they usually meant

liately. b By'r jakin,-) A contraction of By our ladykin, or, little lady. It occurs in “A Midsummer Night's Dream." See note

(b), p. 357, Vol. I.

c Ache;) This word is now invariably speltthus; but formerly, when used as a veri, it took the form of "ake," and, as a substantive, of "ache." See note (C), p. 14,

d Through fortlı-rights and meanders !) Mazes were of two kinds, rectangular and curvilinear; Mr. Knight gives a figure of one of the former."-SIXER.

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