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PROSPEROIf I have too austerely punish'd you,
Your compensation makes amends, for I
Have given you here a third of mine own life,
Or that for which I live; who once again
I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations5
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 praise10
And make it halt behind her.
FERDINANDI do believe it
Against an oracle.
PROSPEROThen, as my gift and thine own acquisition
Worthily purchased take my daughter: but15
If thou dost break her virgin-knot before
All sanctimonious ceremonies may
With full and holy rite be minister'd,
No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
To make this contract grow: but barren hate,20
Sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew
The union of your bed with weeds so loathly
That you shall hate it both: therefore take heed,
As Hymen's lamps shall light you.
For quiet days, fair issue and long life,
With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den,
The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion.
Our worser genius can, shall never melt
Mine honour into lust, to take away30
The edge of that day's celebration
When I shall think: or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,
Or Night kept chain'd below.
PROSPEROFairly spoke.
Sit then and talk with her; she is thine own.35
What, Ariel! my industrious servant, Ariel!
[Enter ARIEL]
ARIELWhat would my potent master? here I am.
PROSPEROThou and thy meaner fellows your last service
Did worthily perform; and I must use you
In such another trick. Go bring the rabble,40
O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place:
Incite them to quick motion; for I must
Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
Some vanity of mine art: it is my promise,
And they expect it from me.45
PROSPEROAy, with a twink.
ARIELBefore you can say 'come' and 'go,'
And breathe twice and cry 'so, so,'
Each one, tripping on his toe,50
Will be here with mop and mow.
Do you love me, master? no?
PROSPERODearly my delicate Ariel. Do not approach
Till thou dost hear me call.
ARIELWell, I conceive.55
PROSPEROLook thou be true; do not give dalliance
Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw
To the fire i' the blood: be more abstemious,
Or else, good night your vow!
FERDINANDI warrant you sir;60
The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
Abates the ardour of my liver.
Now come, my Ariel! bring a corollary,
Rather than want a spirit: appear and pertly!65
No tongue! all eyes! be silent.
[Soft music]
[Enter IRIS]
IRISCeres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats and pease;
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep,
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep;70
Thy banks with pioned and twilled brims,
Which spongy April at thy hest betrims,
To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom -groves,
Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,
Being lass-lorn: thy pole-clipt vineyard;75
And thy sea-marge, sterile and rocky-hard,
Where thou thyself dost air;--the queen o' the sky,

Whose watery arch and messenger am I,
Bids thee leave these, and with her sovereign grace,
Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,80
To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain:
Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.
[Enter CERES]
CERESHail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er
Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers85
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers,
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres and my unshrubb'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy queen
Summon'd me hither, to this short-grass'd green?90
IRISA contract of true love to celebrate;
And some donation freely to estate
On the blest lovers.
CERESTell me, heavenly bow,
If Venus or her son, as thou dost know,95
Do now attend the queen? Since they did plot
The means that dusky Dis my daughter got,
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company
I have forsworn.
IRISOf her society100
Be not afraid: I met her deity
Cutting the clouds towards Paphos and her son
Dove-drawn with her. Here thought they to have done
Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Whose vows are, that no bed-right shall be paid105
Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but vain;
Mars's hot minion is returned again;
Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows,
Swears he will shoot no more but play with sparrows
And be a boy right out.110
CERESHigh'st queen of state,
Great Juno, comes; I know her by her gait.
[Enter JUNO]
JUNOHow does my bounteous sister? Go with me
To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be
And honour'd in their issue.115
[They sing:]
JUNOHonour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings upon you.
CERESEarth's increase, foison plenty,120
Barns and garners never empty,
Vines and clustering bunches growing,
Plants with goodly burthen bowing;
Spring come to you at the farthest
In the very end of harvest!125
Scarcity and want shall shun you;
Ceres' blessing so is on you.
FERDINANDThis is a most majestic vision, and
Harmoniously charmingly. May I be bold
To think these spirits?130
PROSPEROSpirits, which by mine art
I have from their confines call'd to enact
My present fancies.
FERDINANDLet me live here ever;
So rare a wonder'd father and a wife135
Makes this place Paradise.
[ Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on employment ]
PROSPEROSweet, now, silence!
Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
There's something else to do: hush, and be mute,
Or else our spell is marr'd.140
IRISYou nymphs, call'd Naiads, of the windring brooks,
With your sedged crowns and ever-harmless looks,
Leave your crisp channels and on this green land
Answer your summons; Juno does command:
Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate145
A contract of true love; be not too late.
[Enter certain Nymphs]
You sunburnt sicklemen, of August weary,
Come hither from the furrow and be merry:
Make holiday; your rye-straw hats put on
And these fresh nymphs encounter every one150
In country footing.
[ Enter certain Reapers, properly habited: they join with the Nymphs in a graceful dance; towards the end whereof PROSPERO starts suddenly, and speaks; after which, to a strange, hollow, and confused noise, they heavily vanish ]
PROSPERO[Aside] I had forgot that foul conspiracy
Of the beast Caliban and his confederates
Against my life: the minute of their plot
Is almost come.155
[To the Spirits]
Well done! avoid; no more!
FERDINANDThis is strange: your father's in some passion
That works him strongly.
MIRANDANever till this day
Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper'd.160
PROSPEROYou do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:165
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,170
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:175
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,
To still my beating mind.
MIRANDAWe wish your peace.
PROSPEROCome with a thought I thank thee, Ariel: come.180
[Enter ARIEL]
ARIELThy thoughts I cleave to. What's thy pleasure?
We must prepare to meet with Caliban.
ARIELAy, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
I thought to have told thee of it, but I fear'd185
Lest I might anger thee.
PROSPEROSay again, where didst thou leave these varlets?
ARIELI told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
So fun of valour that they smote the air
For breathing in their faces; beat the ground190
For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
Towards their project. Then I beat my tabour;
At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd
their ears,
Advanced their eyelids, lifted up their noses195
As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears
That calf-like they my lowing follow'd through
Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss and thorns,
Which entered their frail shins: at last I left them
I' the filthy-mantled pool beyond your cell,200
There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake
O'erstunk their feet.
PROSPEROThis was well done, my bird.
Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither,205
For stale to catch these thieves.
ARIELI go, I go.
PROSPEROA devil, a born devil, on whose nature
Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost;210
And as with age his body uglier grows,
So his mind cankers. I will plague them all,
Even to roaring.
[Re-enter ARIEL, loaden with glistering apparel, &c]
Come, hang them on this line.
[ PROSPERO and ARIEL remain invisible. Enter CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet ]
CALIBANPray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may not215
Hear a foot fall: we now are near his cell.
STEPHANOMonster, your fairy, which you say is
a harmless fairy, has done little better than
played the Jack with us.
TRINCULOMonster, I do smell all horse-piss; at220
which my nose is in great indignation.
STEPHANOSo is mine. Do you hear, monster? If I should take
a displeasure against you, look you,--
TRINCULOThou wert but a lost monster.
CALIBANGood my lord, give me thy favour still.225
Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to
Shall hoodwink this mischance: therefore speak softly.
All's hush'd as midnight yet.
TRINCULOAy, but to lose our bottles in the pool,--
STEPHANOThere is not only disgrace and dishonour in that,230
monster, but an infinite loss.
TRINCULOThat's more to me than my wetting: yet this is your
harmless fairy, monster.
STEPHANOI will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears
for my labour.235
CALIBANPrithee, my king, be quiet. Seest thou here,
This is the mouth o' the cell: no noise, and enter.
Do that good mischief which may make this island
Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
For aye thy foot-licker.240
STEPHANOGive me thy hand. I do begin to have bloody thoughts.
TRINCULOO king Stephano! O peer! O worthy Stephano! look
what a wardrobe here is for thee!
CALIBANLet it alone, thou fool; it is but trash.
TRINCULOO, ho, monster! we know what belongs to a frippery.245
O king Stephano!
STEPHANOPut off that gown, Trinculo; by this hand, I'll have
that gown.
TRINCULOThy grace shall have it.
CALIBANThe dropsy drown this fool I what do you mean250
To dote thus on such luggage? Let's alone
And do the murder first: if he awake,
From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with pinches,
Make us strange stuff.
STEPHANOBe you quiet, monster. Mistress line,255
is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under
the line: now, jerkin, you are like to lose your
hair and prove a bald jerkin.
TRINCULODo, do: we steal by line and level, an't like your grace.
STEPHANOI thank thee for that jest; here's a garment for't:260
wit shall not go unrewarded while I am king of this
country. 'Steal by line and level' is an excellent
pass of pate; there's another garment for't.
TRINCULOMonster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and
away with the rest.265
CALIBANI will have none on't: we shall lose our time,
And all be turn'd to barnacles, or to apes
With foreheads villanous low.
STEPHANOMonster, lay-to your fingers: help to bear this
away where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll turn you270
out of my kingdom: go to, carry this.
STEPHANOAy, and this.
[ A noise of hunters heard. Enter divers Spirits, in shape of dogs and hounds, and hunt them about, PROSPERO and ARIEL setting them on ]
PROSPEROHey, Mountain, hey!
ARIELSilver I there it goes, Silver!275
PROSPEROFury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there! hark! hark!
[ CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, are driven out ]
Go charge my goblins that they grind their joints
With dry convulsions, shorten up their sinews
With aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them
Than pard or cat o' mountain.280
ARIELHark, they roar!
PROSPEROLet them be hunted soundly. At this hour
Lie at my mercy all mine enemies:
Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou
Shalt have the air at freedom: for a little285
Follow, and do me service.

The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1


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Prospero's Cave. Illustrated by Charles H. Buchel, 1904.