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  • Title: The Tempest (Folio 1, 1623)
  • Editors: Brent Whitted, Paul Yachnin
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-370-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editors: Brent Whitted, Paul Yachnin
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    The Tempest (Folio 1, 1623)

    Pro. Thou most lying slaue,
    485Whom stripes may moue, not kindnes: I haue vs'd thee
    (Filth as thou art) with humane care, and lodg'd thee
    In mine owne Cell, till thou didst seeke to violate
    The honor of my childe.
    Cal. Oh ho, oh ho, would't had bene done:
    490Thou didst preuent me, I had peopel'd else
    This Isle with Calibans.
    Mira. Abhorred Slaue,
    Which any print of goodnesse wilt not take,
    Being capable of all ill: I pittied thee,
    495Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each houre
    One thing or other: when thou didst not (Sauage)
    Know thine owne meaning; but wouldst gabble, like
    A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes
    With words that made them knowne: But thy vild race
    500(Tho thou didst learn) had that in't, which good natures
    Could not ab ide to be with; therefore wast thou
    Deseruedly confin'd into this Rocke, who hadst
    Deseru'd more then a prison.
    Cal. You taught me Language, and my profit on't
    505Is, I know how to curse: the red-plague rid you
    For learning me your language.
    Pros. Hag-seed, hence:
    Fetch vs in Fewell, and be quicke thou'rt best
    To answer other businesse: shrug'st thou (Malice)
    510If thou neglectst, or dost vnwillingly
    What I command, Ile racke thee with old Crampes,
    Fill all thy bones with Aches, make thee rore,
    That beasts shall tremble at thy dyn.
    Cal. No, 'pray thee.
    515I must obey, his Art is of such pow'r,
    It would controll my Dams god Setebos,
    And make a vassaile of him.
    Pro. So slaue, hence. Exit Cal.
    Enter Ferdinand & Ariel, inuisible playing & singing.
    520Ariel Song.
    Come vnto these yellow sands,
    and then take hands:
    Curtsied when you haue, and kist
    the wilde waues whist:
    Foote it featly heere, and there, and sweete Sprights beare
    525 the burthen.
    Burthen dispersedly.
    Harke, harke, bowgh wawgh: the watch-Dogges barke,
    Hark, hark, I heare, the straine of strutting Chanticlere
    cry cockadidle-dowe.
    530Fer. Where shold this Musick be? I'th aire, or th'earth?
    It sounds no more: and sure it waytes vpon
    Some God 'oth' Iland, sitting on a banke,
    Weeping againe the King my Fathers wracke.
    This Musicke crept by me vpon the waters,
    535Allaying both their fury, and my passion
    With it's sweet ayre: thence I haue follow'd it
    (Or it hath drawne me rather) but 'tis gone.
    No, it begins againe.
    Ariell Song.
    Full fadom fiue thy Father lies,
    540 Of his bones are Corrall made:
    Those are pearles that were his eies,
    Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a Sea-change
    Into something rich, & strange:
    545Sea-Nimphs hourly ring his knell.
    Burthen: ding dong.
    Harke now I heare them, ding-dong bell.
    Fer. The Ditty do's remember my drown'd father,
    This is no mortall busines, nor no sound

    550That the earth owes: I heare it now aboue me.
    Pro. The fringed Curtaines of thine eye aduance,
    And say what thou see'st yond.
    Mira. What is't a Spirit?
    Lord, how it lookes about: Beleeue me sir,
    555It carries a braue forme. But 'tis a spirit.
    Pro. No wench, it eats, and sleeps, & hath such senses
    As we haue: such. This Gallant which thou seest
    Was in the wracke: and but hee's something stain'd
    With greefe (that's beauties canker) yu might'st call him
    560A goodly person: he hath lost his fellowes,
    And strayes about to finde 'em.
    Mir. I might call him
    A thing diuine, for nothing naturall
    I euer saw so Noble.
    565Pro. It goes on I see
    As my soule prompts it: Spirit, fine spirit, Ile free thee
    Within two dayes for this.
    Fer. Most sure the Goddesse
    On whom these ayres attend: Vouchsafe my pray'r
    570May know if you remaine vpon this Island,
    And that you will some good instruction giue
    How I may beare me heere: my prime request
    (Which I do last pronounce) is (O you wonder)
    If you be Mayd, or no?
    575Mir. No wonder Sir,
    But certainly a Mayd.
    Fer. My Language? Heauens:
    I am the best of them that speake this speech,
    Were I but where 'tis spoken.
    580Pro. How? the best?
    What wer't thou if the King of Naples heard thee?
    Fer. A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
    To heare thee speake of Naples: he do's heare me,
    And that he do's, I weepe: my selfe am Naples,
    585Who, with mine eyes (neuer since at ebbe) beheld
    The King my Father wrack't.
    Mir. Alacke, for mercy.
    Fer. Yes faith, & all his Lords, the Duke of Millaine
    And his braue sonne, being twaine.
    590Pro. The Duke of Millaine
    And his more brauer daughter, could controll thee
    If now 'twere fit to do't: At the first sight
    They haue chang'd eyes: Delicate Ariel,
    Ile set thee free for this. A word good Sir,
    595I feare you haue done your selfe some wrong: A word.
    Mir. Why speakes my father so vngently? This
    Is the third man that ere I saw: the first
    That ere I sigh'd for: pitty moue my father
    To be enclin'd my way.
    600Fer. O, if a Virgin,
    And your affection not gone forth, Ile make you
    The Queene of Naples.
    Pro. Soft sir, one word more.
    They are both in eythers pow'rs: But this swift busines
    605I must vneasie make, least too light winning
    Make the prize light. One word more: I charge thee
    That thou attend me: Thou do'st heere vsurpe
    The name thou ow'st not, and hast put thy selfe
    Vpon this Island, as a spy, to win it
    610From me, the Lord on't.
    Fer. No, as I am a man.
    Mir. Ther's nothing ill, can dwell in such a Temple,
    If the ill-spirit haue so fayre a house,
    Good things will striue to dwell with't.
    615Pro. Follow me.