The Tempest: Act 3, Scene 3


  1   By'r lakin, I can go no further, sir;
  2   My old bones ache: here's a maze trod indeed
  3   Through forth-rights and meanders! By your patience,
  4   I needs must rest me.

  4                                   Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
  5   Who am myself attach'd with weariness,
  6   To the dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest.
  7   Even here I will put off my hope and keep it
  8   No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd
  9   Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks
 10   Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.


           [Aside to Sebastian.]

 11   I am right glad that he's so out of hope.
 12   Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose
 13   That you resolved to effect.


           [Aside to Antonio.]

 13                                                 The next advantage
 14   Will we take throughly.


           [Aside to Sebastian.]

 14                                         Let it be to-night;
 15   For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they
 16   Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance
 17   As when they are fresh.


           [Aside to Antonio.]

 17                                       I say, to-night: no more.

           Solemn and strange music; and PROSPERO
 **        on the top, invisible.

 18   What harmony is this? My good friends, hark!

 19   Marvellous sweet music!

           Enter several strange SHAPES, bringing in a
 **        banket; and dance about it with gentle actions
           of salutations; and inviting the King, etc., to eat,
           they depart.

 20   Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?

 21   A living drollery. Now I will believe
 22   That there are unicorns, that in Arabia
 23   There is one tree, the phoenix' throne, one phoenix
 24   At this hour reigning there.

 24                                                 I'll believe both;
 25   And what does else want credit, come to me,
 26   And I'll be sworn 'tis true: travellers ne'er did lie,
 27   Though fools at home condemn 'em.

 27                                                     If in Naples
 28   I should report this now, would they believe me?
 29   If I should say, I saw such islanders—
 30   For, certes, these are people of the island—
 31   Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
 32   Their manners are more gentle-kind than of
 33   Our human generation you shall find
 34   Many, nay, almost any.



 34                                   Honest lord,
 35   Thou hast said well; for some of you there present
 36   Are worse than devils.

 36                                       I cannot too much muse
 37   Such shapes, such gesture and such sound, expressing,
 38   Although they want the use of tongue, a kind
 39   Of excellent dumb discourse.



 39                                                   Praise in departing.

 40   They vanish'd strangely.

 40                                           No matter, since
 41   They have left their viands behind; for we have stomachs.
 42   Will't please you taste of what is here?

 42                                                                 Not I.

 43   Faith, sir, you need not fear. When we were boys,
 44   Who would believe that there were mountaineers
 45   Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em
 46   Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men
 47   Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we find
 48   Each putter-out of five for one will bring us
 49   Good warrant of.

 49                             I will stand to and feed,
 50   Although my last: no matter, since I feel
 51   The best is past. Brother, my lord the duke,
 52   Stand to and do as we.

           Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL,
 **        like a harpy, claps his wings upon the
 **        table, and with a quaint device the
           banquet vanishes.

 53   You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
 54   That hath to instrument this lower world
 55   And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea
 56   Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island
 57   Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men
 58   Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
 59   And even with such-like valor men hang and drown
 60   Their proper selves.

           [Alonso, Sebastian, etc. draw their swords.]

 60                                     You fools! I and my fellows
 61   Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
 62   Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
 63   Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
 64   Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
 65   One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
 66   Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
 67   Your swords are now too massy for your strengths
 68   And will not be uplifted. But remember—
 69   For that's my business to you—that you three
 70   From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
 71   Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it,
 72   Him and his innocent child: for which foul deed
 73   The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
 74   Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
 75   Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,
 76   They have bereft; and do pronounce by me:
 77   Lingering perdition, worse than any death
 78   Can be at once, shall step by step attend
 79   You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from—
 80   Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
 81   Upon your heads—is nothing but heart-sorrow
 82   And a clear life ensuing.

           He vanishes in thunder; then, to soft music,
           enter the SHAPES again, and dance, with
 **        mocks and mows, and carrying out the table.

 83   Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
 84   Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring:
 85   Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated
 86   In what thou hadst to say: so, with good life
 87   And observation strange, my meaner ministers
 88   Their several kinds have done. My high charms work
 89   And these mine enemies are all knit up
 90   In their distractions; they now are in my power;
 91   And in these fits I leave them, while I visit
 92   Young Ferdinand, whom they suppose is drown'd,
 93   And his and mine loved darling.

           [Exit above.]

 94   I' the name of something holy, sir, why stand you
 95   In this strange stare?

 95                                       O, it is monstrous, monstrous:
 96   Methought the billows spoke and told me of it;
 97   The winds did sing it to me, and the thunder,
 98   That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounced
 99   The name of Prosper: it did bass my trespass.
100   Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded, and
101   I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded
102   And with him there lie mudded.


102                                                   But one fiend at a time,
103   I'll fight their legions o'er.

103                                                 I'll be thy second.

           Exeunt [Sebastian and Antonio].

104   All three of them are desperate: their great guilt,
105   Like poison given to work a great time after,
106   Now 'gins to bite the spirits. I do beseech you
107   That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly
108   And hinder them from what this ecstasy
109   May now provoke them to.

109                                         Follow, I pray you.

           Exeunt omnes.