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I'm skilless of; but, by my modefty;
(The jewel in my dower) I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you ;
Nor can imagination form a sape, 11
Besides yourself, to like of. But I pratile
Something too wildly, and my father's precepts
I therein do forget.
Fer. I am, in my condition,

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A Prince, Miranda, I do think, a King ;
(I would, not fo!) and would no more endure
This wooden flavery, than I would suffer
The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speaks
The very inftant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service, there resides
To make me fave to it, and for your fake?
Am I this patient log-man.

Mira. Do you love me?

Fer. O heav'n, earth, bear witness to this sounds
And crown what I profess with kind events.
If I speak true; if hollowly, invert
What beft is boaded me, to mischief! 1,
Beyond all limit of what else i'th' world,
Do love, prize, honour you.

Mira. I am a fool,
To weep at what I'm glad of

Pro. Fair encounter
Of two most rare affections ! heav'ns rain graces.
On that which breeds between 'em!

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 triling; And all the more it seeks to hide itself, The bigger bulk it fhews. 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.

Fer. My mistress, dearest, And I thus humble cver.

Mira ,

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 farewel,
Till half an hour hence,
Fer. A thousand, thousand.

[Exeunt.
Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be,
Who are surpriz'd withal; but my rejoicing
At nothing can be more, I'll to my book;
For yet, ere supper-time muft I perform
Much business appertaining.

[Exit. SCENE changes to another part of the Inand.

Enter Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo.
Ste. ELL not me; when the butt is out, we will

drink water, not a drop before ; therefore bear up, and board 'em, servant monfter (21).; drink to me.

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(21). Servant-monster.] The part of Caliban has been esteemid a fagnal instance of the copiousness of Shakespeare's invention; and that he had fhewn an extent of genius, in creating a person which was not in nature. And for this, as well as his other magical and ideal characters, a just admiration has been paid him. I can't hela taking notice, on this occa Gon, of the virulence of Ben Jobnfon, who, in the induction to his Bartiemer Fair, has endeavour'd to throw dirt, not only at this fingle character, but at this whole day. “ If " there be never a fervant monfter in the fair, who can help it, (he " says,) nor a nest of anticks . He is loch to make nature afraid in ". his plays, like those that beget tales, tempefts, and such like'drolleleries, to mix his head with other mens heels." Shakespeare, as the tradition runs, was the person who first brought Juknjin upon the Mage; and this is the stab we find given in requital for such a lervice, when his benefactor was retreated from the scene. A circumstance, that strangely aggravates the ingratitude. But this surly fauciness was familiar with Ben; when the publick were ever out of humour at. his performances, he would. revenge it on them, liy being out of humour with those pieces which had beft pleas'd them.

- I'll only add, that his conduct in this was very contradictory to his cooler prof.lions, " that if men would impartially look towards the offices and “ functions of a Poet, they would easily conclude to themselves the & impoffibility of any, man's being the good Peet, without first being a.

gond nar.,

Trin. Servant monster! the folly of this island! they fay, there's but five upon. chis ifle; we are three of thein, if the other two be brain'd like us, the state totters.

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

Trin. Where should they be fet elfet he were a brave monfter indeed, if they were fer in his 'tail.i

Ste. My man-monster ohath dronnid his tongue in sack: for my part, the sea carinot drown me. I swam, ere I could recover the fore; five and thirty leagues, off and on; by this light, thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.

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

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

Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beeft 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, moft ignorant monfter, I am in case to juftle a cop itable; why, thou deboth'd fish thou, was there ever a man a coward that hath drunk fo much fack as I to-day! wilt thou tell a monstrous lye, being but half a fith, and half a monster.

Cal. Lo, how he mocks me: wilt thou lethim my Lord!

Trin. Lord, quoth he! that a monster Mould 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 mon. Ater's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.

Cal. I thank my noble Lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee !

Ste. Marry, will I; kneel and repeat it; I will Aand, and so fhall Trinculo.

Enter Ariel invisible. Cal. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a forcerer, that byhis cunning hath cheated me of the island.

Ari. Thou lieft.unia

Cal. Thou:left, thou jefting monkey, thou;
I would, my valiant maiter would deftroy thee ;
I do not lye. I advi

Ste. Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in's tale, by this band,3d will supplant fome of your teeth. Trin. Why. Ifaidi nothing. !!!

Str. Mumi thon, and no more; proceed.
Cal. I say, by forcery she got this ifle ;
From me he gotic 9 If thy greatnefs will
Revenge it on him, (fer, I know, thou dar'it,
But this thing dare not,

Ste. That's most certain.
Cal. Thou fhalt be Lord of it, and I'll ferve thee.

Ste. How' now. Ihall this be cumpal ? canst thou bring me to the party?

Cal Yea, yea, my Lord, PH yield him thee asleep, Where thou may's knock a nail into his head,

Ari. Thou lieft, thou canft not.

Cal. What a py'd ninny's this ? thou scurvy patch ! 1 do befuech thy greatness, give him blows, And take his buitle from hia ; when that's gone, He shall drink nought but brine, for I'll not Thew him Where the quick trethes are." 16:

Ste. Trinculo pun into no further danger : interrupt the monifer one word further, and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee, irin. Why, what did 11 I did nothing ; I'll go

furie thier off.

Sie. Ditft thou not say, he lyd?
Ari: Thou left. ;
Sie. Do I fo: take you that.

[Bears bim. As you like this, give me the lye another time.

Trin. I did not give thee the lye ; out o’your wits, and hearing too? A pox o'your botile! this can fack and drinking do. A murrain on your monster, aud the devil take your fingers.

Cal. Ha, ha, ha.

Sie. Now, forward with your tale; pr’ythee, ftand further off.

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

Ste. Stand further. Come, proceed.

Cal. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a custom with him I'th' afternoon to 'fleep; there thou may'tt brain him Having first seiz'd his books: or with a log Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake, Or cut his wezand with thy knive. Remember, First to possess his books; for without 'them He's but a fot, as I am; nor hath not One spirit to command. They all do hate him, As rootedly as I. Burn but his books; He has brave utensile, (for so he calls them,) Which, when he has an house, he'll deck withal. And that most deeply to consider, is The beauty of his daughter; he himself Calls her a non-pareil : I ne'er saw woman, But only Sycorax my dam, and the : But she as far furpaffes Sycorax, As greatest does the least.

Ste. Is it so brave a lass ?

Cal. Ay, Lords the will become thy bed, I warrant, And bring thee forth brave brood.

Ste. Monster, I will kill this man : his daughter and I will be King and Queen, fave our graces : and Trincalo and thyself ihall be Vice-roys. Doft thou like the plot, Trinculo ?

Trin Excellent.

Ste. Give me thy hand ; I am sorry, I beat th«: bat, while thou liv't, keep a good tongue in thy head.

Cal. Within this' half hour will he be alleep;
Wilt thou destroy him then?

Ste. Ay, on my honour.
Ari. This will I tell

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matter. Cal. Thou mak'it me merry; I am full of pleasurez . Let us be jocund. Will you troul the catch, You taught me bat while-ere ?

Ste. At thy requeft, monster, I will do reason, any reason : come on, Trinculo, let us fing. Sings.

Flout 'em, and skout 'em; and Skout 'em, and float 'em; thought is free.

Gal

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