The Tempest: Act 4, Scene 1



           Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND,
           and MIRANDA.

      PROSPERO
  1   If I have too austerely punish'd you,
  2   Your compensation makes amends, for I
  3   Have given you here a third of mine own life,
  4   Or that for which I live; who once again
  5   I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations
  6   Were but my trials of thy love and thou
  7   Hast strangely stood the test here, afore Heaven,
  8   I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand,
  9   Do not smile at me that I boast her off,
 10   For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise
 11   And make it halt behind her.

      FERDINAND
 11                                               I do believe it
 12   Against an oracle.

      PROSPERO
 13   Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition
 14   Worthily purchased take my daughter: but
 15   If thou dost break her virgin-knot before
 16   All sanctimonious ceremonies may
 17   With full and holy rite be minister'd,
 18   No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall
 19   To make this contract grow: but barren hate,
 20   Sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew
 21   The union of your bed with weeds so loathly
 22   That you shall hate it both: therefore take heed,
 23   As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

      FERDINAND
 23                                                       As I hope
 24   For quiet days, fair issue and long life,
 25   With such love as 'tis now, the murkiest den,
 26   The most opportune place, the strong'st suggestion.
 27   Our worser genius can, shall never melt
 28   Mine honour into lust, to take away
 29   The edge of that day's celebration
 30   When I shall think: or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,
 31   Or Night kept chain'd below.

      PROSPERO
 31                                               Fairly spoke.
 32   Sit then and talk with her; she is thine own.
 33   What, Ariel! my industrious servant, Ariel!

           Enter ARIEL.

      ARIEL
 34   What would my potent master? here I am.

      PROSPERO
 35   Thou and thy meaner fellows your last service
 36   Did worthily perform; and I must use you
 37   In such another trick. Go bring the rabble,
 38   O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place:
 39   Incite them to quick motion; for I must
 40   Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
 41   Some vanity of mine art: it is my promise,
 42   And they expect it from me.

      ARIEL
 42                                             Presently?

      PROSPERO
 43   Ay, with a twink.

      ARIEL
 44         Before you can say 'come' and 'go,'
 45        And breathe twice and cry 'so, so,'
 46        Each one, tripping on his toe,
 47        Will be here with mop and mow.
 48        Do you love me, master? no?

      PROSPERO
 49   Dearly my delicate Ariel. Do not approach
 50   Till thou dost hear me call.

      ARIEL
 50                                               Well, I conceive.

           Exit.

      PROSPERO
 51   Look thou be true; do not give dalliance
 52   Too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw
 53   To the fire i' the blood: be more abstemious,
 54   Or else, good night your vow!

      FERDINAND
 54                                               I warrant you sir;
 55   The white cold virgin snow upon my heart
 56   Abates the ardour of my liver.

      PROSPERO
 56                                                   Well.
 57   Now come, my Ariel! bring a corollary,
 58   Rather than want a spirit: appear and pertly!
 59   No tongue! all eyes! be silent.

           Soft music.

 **      Enter IRIS.

      IRIS
 60   Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas
 61   Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats and pease;
 62   Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep,
 63   And flat meads thatch'd with stover, them to keep;
 64   Thy banks with pioned and twilled brims,
 65   Which spongy April at thy hest betrims,
 66   To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom -groves,
 67   Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,
 68   Being lass-lorn: thy pole-clipt vineyard;
 69   And thy sea-marge, sterile and rocky-hard,
 70   Where thou thyself dost air;—the queen o' the sky,
 71   Whose watery arch and messenger am I,
 72   Bids thee leave these, and with her sovereign grace,
 73   Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,
 74   To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain:

           Juno descends [slowly in her car].

 75   Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.

 **        Enter CERES.

      CERES
 76   Hail, many-colour'd messenger, that ne'er
 77   Dost disobey the wife of Jupiter;
 78   Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers
 79   Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers,
 80   And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
 81   My bosky acres and my unshrubb'd down,
 82   Rich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy queen
 83   Summon'd me hither, to this short-grass'd green?

      IRIS
 84   A contract of true love to celebrate;
 85   And some donation freely to estate
 86   On the blest lovers.

      CERES
 86                                   Tell me, heavenly bow,
 87   If Venus or her son, as thou dost know,
 88   Do now attend the queen? Since they did plot
 89   The means that dusky Dis my daughter got,
 90   Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company
 91   I have forsworn.

      IRIS
 91                             Of her society
 92   Be not afraid: I met her deity
 93   Cutting the clouds towards Paphos and her son
 94   Dove-drawn with her. Here thought they to have done
 95   Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
 96   Whose vows are, that no bed-right shall be paid
 97   Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but vain;
 98   Mars's hot minion is returned again;
 99   Her waspish-headed son has broke his arrows,
100   Swears he will shoot no more but play with sparrows
101   And be a boy right out.

           [JUNO alights.]

      CERES
101                                     High'st queen of state,
102   Great Juno, comes; I know her by her gait.

      JUNO
103   How does my bounteous sister? Go with me
104   To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be
105   And honour'd in their issue.

           They sing:

      JUNO
106        Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
107        Long continuance, and increasing,
108        Hourly joys be still upon you!
109        Juno sings her blessings upon you.

      CERES
110        Earth's increase, foison plenty,
111        Barns and garners never empty,
112        Vines and clustering bunches growing,
113        Plants with goodly burthen bowing;
114        Spring come to you at the farthest
115        In the very end of harvest!
116        Scarcity and want shall shun you;
117        Ceres' blessing so is on you.

      FERDINAND
118   This is a most majestic vision, and
119   Harmoniously charmingly. May I be bold
120   To think these spirits?

      PROSPERO
120                                         Spirits, which by mine art
121   I have from their confines call'd to enact
122   My present fancies.

      FERDINAND
122                                   Let me live here ever;
123   So rare a wonder'd father and a wife
124   Makes this place Paradise.

           Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on
           employment.

      PROSPERO
124                                               Sweet, now, silence!
125   Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
126   There's something else to do: hush, and be mute,
127   Or else our spell is marr'd.

      IRIS
128   You nymphs, call'd Naiads, of the windring brooks,
129   With your sedged crowns and ever-harmless looks,
130   Leave your crisp channels and on this green land
131   Answer your summons; Juno does command:
132   Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate
133   A contract of true love; be not too late.

           Enter certain NYMPHS.

134   You sunburnt sicklemen, of August weary,
135   Come hither from the furrow and be merry:
136   Make holiday; your rye-straw hats put on
137   And these fresh nymphs encounter every one
138   In country footing.

           Enter certain REAPERS, properly habited:
           they join with the Nymphs in a graceful
           dance, towards the end whereof Prospero
           starts suddenly, and speaks; after which,
           to a strange, hollow, and confused noise,
***        they heavily vanish.

      PROSPERO

           [Aside.]

139   I had forgot that foul conspiracy
140   Of the beast Caliban and his confederates
141   Against my life: the minute of their plot
142   Is almost come.

           [To the Spirits.]

142                           Well done! avoid; no more!

      FERDINAND
143   This is strange: your father's in some passion
144   That works him strongly.

      MIRANDA
144                                         Never till this day
145   Saw I him touch'd with anger so distemper'd.

      PROSPERO
146   You do look, my son, in a mov'd sort,
147   As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
148   Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
149   As I foretold you, were all spirits and
150   Are melted into air, into thin air:
151   And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
152   The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
153   The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
154   Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
155   And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
156   Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
157   As dreams are made on, and our little life
158   Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex'd;
159   Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled.
160   Be not disturb'd with my infirmity:
161   If you be pleased, retire into my cell
162   And there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,
163   To still my beating mind.

      FERDINAND       MIRANDA
163                                   We wish your peace.

           Exeunt.

      PROSPERO

           [To Ariel.]

164   Come with a thought.

           [To Ferdinand and Miranda.]

164                                   I thank thee.

           Exeunt [Ferdinand and Miranda.]

164                                                       Ariel: come.

           Enter ARIEL.

      ARIEL
165   Thy thoughts I cleave to. What's thy pleasure?

      PROSPERO
165                                                                           Spirit,
166   We must prepare to meet with Caliban.

      ARIEL
167   Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
168   I thought to have told thee of it, but I fear'd
169   Lest I might anger thee.

      PROSPERO
170   Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets?

      ARIEL
171   I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking;
172   So full of valor that they smote the air
173   For breathing in their faces; beat the ground
174   For kissing of their feet; yet always bending
175   Towards their project. Then I beat my tabour;
176   At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their ears,
177   Advanc'd their eyelids, lifted up their noses
178   As they smelt music: so I charm'd their ears
179   That calf-like they my lowing follow'd through
180   Tooth'd briers, sharp furzes, pricking goss and thorns,
181   Which entered their frail shins: at last I left them
182   I' the filthy-mantled pool beyond your cell,
183   There dancing up to the chins, that the foul lake
184   O'erstunk their feet.

      PROSPERO
184                                     This was well done, my bird.
185   Thy shape invisible retain thou still:
186   The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither,
187   For stale to catch these thieves.

      ARIEL
187                                                           I go, I go.

           Exit.

      PROSPERO
188   A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
189   Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
190   Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost;
191   And as with age his body uglier grows,
192   So his mind cankers. I will plague them all,
193   Even to roaring.

           Enter ARIEL, loaden with glistering apparel, etc.

193                               Come, hang them on this line.

           [Prospero and Ariel remain invisible.] Enter
           CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet.

      CALIBAN
194   Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole may not
195   Hear a foot fall: we now are near his cell.

      STEPHANO
196   Monster, your fairy, which you say is
197   a harmless fairy, has done little better than
198   played the Jack with us.

      TRINCULO
199   Monster, I do smell all horse-piss; at
200   which my nose is in great indignation.

      STEPHANO
201   So is mine. Do you hear, monster? If I should take
202   a displeasure against you, look you,—

      TRINCULO
203   Thou wert but a lost monster.

      CALIBAN
204   Good my lord, give me thy favour still.
205   Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to
206   Shall hoodwink this mischance: therefore speak softly.
207   All's hush'd as midnight yet.

      TRINCULO
208   Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool,—

      STEPHANO
209   There is not only disgrace and dishonour in that,
210   monster, but an infinite loss.

      TRINCULO
211   That's more to me than my wetting: yet this is your
212   harmless fairy, monster.

      STEPHANO
213   I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears
214   for my labor.

      CALIBAN
215   Prithee, my king, be quiet. Seest thou here,
216   This is the mouth o' the cell: no noise, and enter.
217   Do that good mischief which may make this island
218   Thine own for ever, and I, thy Caliban,
219   For aye thy foot-licker.

      STEPHANO
220   Give me thy hand. I do begin to have bloody
221   thoughts.

      TRINCULO
222   O king Stephano! O peer! O worthy Stephano! look
223   what a wardrobe here is for thee!

      CALIBAN
224   Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash.

      TRINCULO
225   O, ho, monster! we know what belongs to a frippery.
226   O king Stephano!

      STEPHANO
227   Put off that gown, Trinculo; by this hand, I'll have
228   that gown.

      TRINCULO
229   Thy grace shall have it.

      CALIBAN
230   The dropsy drown this fool! What do you mean
231   To dote thus on such luggage? Let's alone
232   And do the murder first: if he awake,
233   From toe to crown he'll fill our skins with pinches,
234   Make us strange stuff.

      STEPHANO
235   Be you quiet, monster. Mistress line, is not
236   this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line: now,
237   jerkin, you are like to lose your hair and prove a bald
238   jerkin.

      TRINCULO
239   Do, do: we steal by line and level, an't like
240   your grace.

      STEPHANO
241   I thank thee for that jest; here's a garment for't:
242   wit shall not go unrewarded while I am king of this
243   country. 'Steal by line and level' is an excellent
244   pass of pate; there's another garment for't.

      TRINCULO
245   Monster, come, put some lime upon your fingers, and
246   away with the rest.

      CALIBAN
247   I will have none on't: we shall lose our time,
248   And all be turn'd to barnacles, or to apes
249   With foreheads villanous low.

      STEPHANO
250   Monster, lay-to your fingers: help to bear this
251   away where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll turn you
252   out of my kingdom: go to, carry this.

      TRINCULO
253   And this.

      STEPHANO
254   Ay, and this.

           A noise of hunters heard. Enter divers
           SPIRITS, in shape of dogs and hounds,
           hunting them about; Prospero and Ariel
           setting them on.

      PROSPERO
255   Hey, Mountain, hey!

      ARIEL
256   Silver I there it goes, Silver!

      PROSPERO
257   Fury, Fury! there, Tyrant, there! hark! hark!

           [Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo, are driven out.]

258   Go charge my goblins that they grind their joints
259   With dry convulsions, shorten up their sinews
260   With aged cramps, and more pinch-spotted make them
261   Than pard or cat o' mountain.

      ARIEL
261                                               Hark, they roar!

      PROSPERO
262   Let them be hunted soundly. At this hour
263   Lie at my mercy all mine enemies:
264   Shortly shall all my labors end, and thou
265   Shalt have the air at freedom: for a little
266   Follow, and do me service.

           Exeunt.