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Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch
Ste. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing. [Sings. Flout 'em and scout 'em
And scout 'em and flout 'em ;
Cal. That's not the tune.
[Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe.
Ste. What is this same?
Trin. This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody.
Ste. If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness if thou beest a devil, take 't as thou list. Trin. O, forgive me my sins!
Ste. He that dies pays all debts: I defy thee. 140 Mercy upon us!
Cal. Art thou afeard?
Ste. No, monster, not I.
Cal. Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
Ready to drop upon me, that, when I waked,
Ste. This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing.
127. while-ere, a short while ago.
136. the picture of Nobody. Several such · pictures' are
known. In the print prefixed to the comedy of Nobody and Somebody, 1600, 'Nobody' is a man with only head, arms, and legs
Cal. When Prospero is destroyed.
Ste. That shall be by and by: I remember the
Trin. The sound is going away; let's follow it, and after do our work.
Ste. Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would I could see this taborer; he lays it on.
Trin. Wilt come?
I'll follow, Stephano.
SCENE III. Another part of the island.
Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, Antonio, Gonzalo, ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.
Gon. By 'r lakin, I can go no further, sir; My old bones ache: here's a maze trod indeed Through forth-rights and meanders! By your
I needs must rest me.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
156. by and by, immediately.
1. By'r lakin, by our ladykin, i.e. the Virgin.
[Aside to Ant.] The next advantage
3. forth-rights, straightforward paths.
5. attach'd, seized.
13. advantage, opportunity.
Ant. [Aside to Seb.] Let it be to-night;
Seb. [Aside to Ant.] I say, to-night: no more.
Gon. Marvellous sweet music!
Enter PROSPERO above, invisible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, inviting the King, etc., to eat, they depart.
Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?
Seb. A living drollery. Now I will believe
If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me ?
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet,
Their manners are more gentle-kind than of
Many, nay, almost any.
[Aside] Honest lord, 21. drollery, puppet-play.
Thou hast said well; for some of you
I cannot too much muse Such shapes, such gesture and such sound, expressing
Although they want the use of tongue-a kind
[Aside] Praise in departing.
No matter, since 40 They have left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.
Will 't please you taste of what is here?
Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear.
Who would believe that there were mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em
Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find
Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
36. muse, wonder at.
39. Praise in departing, a proverbial phrase, meaning: Do not praise till the entertainment is over.
44. mountaineers, savages. 48. Each putter-out of five for one, i.e. every adventurous traveller. This refers to a kind of Life Insurance then customary. The traveller deposited a certain sum before starting, receiving, if he returned safely, repayment at a certain rate, usually five to VOL. IV
one, upon what he had 'put-out,' and losing all claim to it if he miscarried. The locus classicus on the subject is in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of His Humour, ii. 1, where Puntarvolo proposes to put forth some five thousand pounds to be paid me, five for one, upon the return of myself, my wife, and my dog from the Turk's court at Constantinople.' But it is incredible that so high a rate can have been obtained for less complicated risks or shorter journeys.
I will stand to and feed,
Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL, like a harpy; claps his wings upon the table; and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.
Ari. You are three men of sin, whom Destiny, That hath to instrument this lower world And what is in 't, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with such-like valour men hang and drown
Their proper selves.
54. to instrument, as its instrument, or organ.
[Alon., Seb. etc. draw their swords.
Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths