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Fer. O most dear mistress,
Mira. If you'll fit down,
Fer. No, precious creature,
fhould such dishonour undergo, While I sit lazy by:
Mira. It would become me,
Pro. Poor worm! thou art infected ;
Mira. You look wearily.
Fer. No, noble mistress ; 'tis fresh morning with me; When you are by at night. I do beseech you, (Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers) What is
Fer. Admir'd Miranda !
Mira. I do not know
I'm skillefs of; but, by my modetty,
Fer. I am, in my condition,
Mirc. Do you love me?
Fer. O heav'n, O earth, bear witness to this found, And crown what I profefs with kind event, It I speak true; if hollowly invert What beit is boaded me, to mischief! I Beyond all limit of what else i' th' world, Do love, prize, honour you.
ivirů. I am a fool,
Pro. Fair encounter
Fer. Wherefore weep you ?
Mira. At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer,
if you will marry me; If not, I'll die
fellow You may deny me; but I'll be
your servant, Whether you will or no.
Fer. My mistress, deareft, And I thus humble ever..
: to be your
Mira. My husband then ?
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing
Mira. And mine, with my heart in't; and now farewel,
[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 land.
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 'enn, fervant monster (21); drink
(21) Servant-monfier.] The part of Caliban has been esteemid a fignal inftance of the copiousness of Shakespeare's invention; and that he had shewn an exient of genius, in creating a person which was not in nature. And for this, as well as his other magical and ideal characters, a juft admiration has been paid him. I can't help taking notice, on this occasion, of the virulence of Ben Jobrfon, who, in the induction to his Bartkimcw Fair, has endeavour'd to throw cirt, rot only at this fingle character, but at this whole play. “ If “ there te never a fervant monster in the fair, who can help it, (he “ fays,) ncr a neit of anticks? He is loth to make nature afraid in " his plays, like those that beget tales, tempefts, and such like drolle
vies, to mix his head with other men's' heels.” Shakespeare, as the tradition ions, was the person who first brought Johnson upon the Itage; and this is the stab we find given in requital for such a service, when his benefactor was retreated from the scene. A circumstance, that firangely aggravates the ingratitude. But this surly faucineis was familiar with Bin; when the publick were ever out of humour at his performances, he would revenge it on them, by being out of humour with those picces which had best pleas'd them.
I'll only add, that his conduct in this was very contradictory to his cooler pro. fljicns, “ that if men would impartially look towards the offices and “ functions of a l'oet, they would ealily conclude to themselves the “impoffiblity of any man's being the good Poet, without first being a good man.
Trin. Servant monster! the folly of this ifland! they say, there's but five upon this ifle; we are three of them, if the other two be brain'd 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 fet else? he were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
Ste. My man-monster hath drown'd his tongue in sack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me. I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five and thirty leagues, off and on; by this light, thou thalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.
Trin. Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
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 beest a good moon-calf.
Cal. How does thy honour: let me lick thy hoe; I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
Trin. Thou liest, most ignorant monster, I am in case to justle a conftable; why, thoa deboth'd fith thou, was there ever a man a coward that hath drunk so much fack as I to-day? wilt thou tell a monstrous lye, being but half a fish, and half a monster.
Cal. Lo, how he mocks me: wilt thou let him my Lord?
Trin. Lord, quoth he! that a monster should 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 monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.
Cal. I thank my noble Lord. Wilt thou be pleas'd to harken once again to the suit I made to thee?
Ste. Marry, will I; kneel and repeat it; I will
Enter Ariel invisible.
tyrant, a forcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island.
Ari. Thou liest.
Cal. Thou liest, thou jefting monkey, thou ;
in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
Trin. Why, I said nothing.
Cal. I say, by forcery he got this ifle;
Ste. That's most certain.
Ste. How now shall this be compaft ? can'st thor bring me to the party?
Cal. Yea, yea, my Lord, I'll yield him thee asleep, Where thou may'st knocka nail into his head.
Ari. Thou lieft, thou canst not.
Cal. What a py'd ninny'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 fhew him Where the quick freshes are.
Ste. Trinculo, run into no further danger; interrupt the monfter one word further, and, by this 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 ly’d?
[Beats him. 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 bottle! this can fack 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,