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The Tempest

Act III, Scene 1

 

Before PROSPERO'S cell
 
[Enter FERDINAND, bearing a log.]
 
FERDINAND.
             ,           ,           ,        ,           ,     2->
      There be | some sports | are pain|ful; and | their lab||or
          ,          ,          ,      T    T    .   T       2->
      Delight | in them | sets^off:| some kinds of base||ness
           ,      ,      ,     .    T    T    Tx
      Are nob|ly un|dergone;| and most poor matters
        ,          T    T     T         ,     __
      Point to | rich ends. This | my mean | task
        ,     2      ,       ,         ,   2     ,
      Would be as | heavy | to me | as o|dious; but
           ,          ,         ,       ,                 ,
      The mis|tress which | I serve | quickens | what's dead,
            ,         ,        ,         ,    ,
      And makes | my la|bors plea|sures: O | she is
       T    T    T      ,           2     ,           ,
      Ten times more | gentle | than her fa|ther's crabbed,
           ,          ,          ,         ,       2    ,
      And he's | composed | of harsh|ness. I | must remove
             ,               ,     ,          ,          ,
10    Some thou|sands of / these logs,| and pile | them up,
         ,       ,        ,               ,    ,        ->
      Upon | a sore | injunc|tion: my / sweet mis||tress
        ,         2      ,         ,          ,           ,       2->
      Weeps | when she sees | me work,| and says,| such base||ness
           ,       ,       ,   ,     2   ,
      Had nev|er like | exec|utor.| I forget:
            ,                ,         ,    2    ,         ,       ->
      But these | sweet* thoughts | do e|ven refresh | my la||bors,
        ,     ,       ,               x
      Most | busy | least, when | I do it.
 
[Enter MIRANDA: and PROSPERO behind.]
 
MIRANDA.
                                              ,          ,         2->
                                            Alas,| now pray || you
            ,         ,        ,           ,     ,
      Work not | so hard:| I would | the light|ning had
             ,           ,          ,       2    ,           ,
      Burnt^up | those logs | that you | are enjoined | to pile:
            ,         ,          ,           ,           ,
      Pray set | it down | and rest | you: when | this burns
               ,         ,        ,       ,        ,      2->
20    'Twill weep | for hav|ing wear|ied you:| My fa||ther
           ,        ,        ,           ,         ,
      Is hard | at stu|dy; pray | now* rest | yourself,
             ,       2        ,       ,
      He's safe | for these^three | hours.
 
FERDINAND.
                                                      ,     ,
                                           O | most^dear | mistress,
           ,          ,        ,        ,          ,
      The sun | will set | before | I shall | discharge
           ,           ,         ,
      What I | must strive | to do.
 
MIRANDA.
                                         ,           ,
                                   If you'll | sit down,
             ,           ,          ,       T    T   .   T
      I'll bear | your logs | the while:| pray give me that,
            ,    2     2        ,
      I'll car|ry it to the / pile.
 
FERDINAND.
                                      ,    ,           ,
                                     No | precious | creature,
       2     ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
30    I had ra|ther crack | my sin|ews, break | my back,
            ,             ,        ,       ,     ,
      Than you | should such | dishon|our un|dergo,
            ,        ,     ,
      While I | sit la|zy by.
 
MIRANDA.
                                2           ,   ,
                              It would be/come me
           ,              ,   ,        ,            x
      As well | as it / does you;| and I | should do it
             ,           ,               ,    ,         x
      With much | more^ease;| for my / good will | is to it,
            ,       3  3    ,
      And yours | it is against.
 
PROSPERO.
                                          ,      ,     2    ,
[Aside]                     Poor* worm | thou art in|fected,
            ,    ,           x
      This vis|ita|tion shows it.
 
MIRANDA.
                                          ,     ,  2
                                    You look | wearily.
 
FERDINAND.
       T    Tx   T                  ,     ,     2      ,
40    No, noble mis|tress; 'tis / fresh morn|ing with me
            ,         ,        ,        ,       ,         ->
      When you | are by | at night.| I do | beseech || you
        ,           2      ,    ,        ,         ,
      Chief|ly, that I / might set | it in | my prayers,
        ,    2         ,
      What is your | name?
 
MIRANDA.
                               ,      ,       ,
                           Mi|randa,| O my | father,
       2       ,            ,        ,
      I have broke | your hest | to say | so.
 
FERDINAND.
                                             2    ,        ,      2->
                                              Admired | Miran||da,
          ,         ,        ,    ,         ,
      Indeed | the top | of ad|mira|tion, worth
               ,     3  3      ,       ,   ,         ,
      What's^dear|est to the world:| Full ma/ny a | lady
       2       ,           ,        ,         ,   2    ,
      I have eyed | with best | regard,| and ma|ny a time
           ,     ,     2         ,        ,    2     ,
50    The har|mony | of their tongues | hath into | bondage
         ,               ,    2    ,         ,   2    ,       3->
      Brought my | too* dil|igent ear:| for se|veral vir||tues
          3    ,      ,  2      ,       ,      ,
      Have I liked | several | women;| never | any
            ,     ,    ,                ,        ,
      With so | full soul / but some | defect | in her
            ,        ,         ,         ,           ,
      Did quar|rel with | the nob|lest grace | she owed,
           ,        ,         ,          ,       ,
      And put | it to | the foil. | But you,| O you,
          ,      2     ,     ,         ,      ,
      So per|fect and so | peerless,| are cre|ated
          ,  2    ,           ,
      Of ev|ery crea|ture's best.
 
MIRANDA.
                                    ,        ,
                                 I do | not know
       ,    2      ,         ,          ,      ,
      One of my | sex; no | woman's | face re|member,
        ,              ,           ,          ,        ,
60    Save from | my glass,| mine^own;| nor have | I seen
        ,            ,          ,          ,            ,
      More that | I may | call^men | than you,| good friend,
         2     ,     ,        ,   ,                 ,
      And my dear | father:| how fea/tures are | abroad,
       2      ,         ,        ,       ,     ,
      I am skill-|less of;| but by | my mod|esty
            ,      ,        ,         ,           ,
      (The jew|el in | my dower)| I would | not wish
      ,         ,       ,         ,          ,
      Any | compan|ion in | the world | but you;
       ,          ,    ,        ,        ,
      Nor can | ima|gina|tion form | a shape
          ,           ,         ,         ,         x
      Besides | yourself,| to like | of: But | I prattle
        ,      2       ,         2    ,         ,   ___
      Something too^|wildly,| and my fa|ther's pre|cepts
          ,       ,       ,
      I there|in do | forget.
 
FERDINAND.
         ,    ,   2     ,
70    I am,| in my con|dition
          ,          ,      ,        ,         ,
      A prince | (Miran|da) I | do think | a king
           ,          ,         ,          ,       ,
      (I would | not so)| and would | no more | endure
             ,      ,     ,     ,        ,
      This wood|en sla|very | than to | suffer
       .    T    T    T         ,       T   .   T    T
      The flesh-fly blow | my mouth:| Hear my soul speak.
           ,     ,         ,       ,          ,
      The ver|y in|stant that | I saw | you, did
           ,      ,             ,          ,         ,
      My heart | fly to | your ser|vice, there | resides
           ,         ,         ,               ,    ,
      To make | me slave | to it;| and for / your sake
         ,         ,        ,    ,
      Am I | this pat|ient log-|man.
 
MIRANDA.
                                      2        ,  
                                    Do you | love me?
 
FERDINAND.
           x         ,           ,        ,          ,
80    O heaven;| O earth,| bear wit|ness to | this sound,
            ,          ,        ,           ,       ,
      And crown | what I | profess | with kind | event,
       . T   T     T        ,      ,       ,
      If I speak true:| if hol|lowly,| invert
             ,        ,      ,       ,         ,
      What best | is bod|ed me | to mis|chief: I,
          ,         ,            ,    ,      2      ,
      Beyond | all^lim|it of / what else | in the world
           ,      ,     ,
      Do love,| prize, hon/or you.
 
MIRANDA.
                                   ,          ,
                                   I am | a fool
             x       ,   2       ,
      To weep at | what I am | glad of.
 
PROSPERO.
                                          ,       ,
[Aside]                           Fair en|counter
       .  T    T    T       ,          ,         ,       ,  ->
      Of two most rare | affec|tions: Hea|vens rain || grace
             ,             ,        ,        oo
90    On | that which | breeds be|tween em.|
 
FERDINAND.
        ,           ,
      Wherefore | weep you?  (pickup)
 
MIRANDA.
           ,       ,       ,           ,         ,     2->
      At mine | unwor|thiness,| that dare | not of||fer
           ,       ,         ,          ,           ,
      What I | desire | to give:| and much | less take
        ,   2         ,         ,           ,         ,
      What I shall | die to | want: but | this is | trifling,
           ,          ,         ,          ,        ,
      And all | the more | it seeks | to hide | itself,
           ,        ,         ,             ,       ,       2->
      The big|ger bulk | it shows.| Hence^bash|ful cun||ning,
             ,          ,          ,     ,     ,
      And prompt | me plain | and ho|ly in|nocence.
      ,             ,        ,          ,      ,
      I am | your wife,| if you | will mar|ry me;
          ,          ,           ,        ,         ,      2->
      If not,| I'll die | your maid:| to be | your fel||low
           ,       ,        ,          ,         ,       ->
100   You may | deny | me; but | I'll be | your ser||vant,
       ,      2      ,        ,
      Whe|ther you will | or no.  (picked up)
 
FERDINAND.
          ,           ,      2    ,         ,        x
      My mis|tress (dear|est) and I | thus hum|ble ever.
 
MIRANDA.
          ,         ,
      My hus|band then?
 
FERDINAND.
                        ,       2      ,         ,
                       Aye, with a | heart as | willing
           ,       ,         ,         ,           ,
      As bond|age ere | of free|dom: here's | my hand.
 
MIRANDA.
            ,                ,     x          ,         ,
      And mine,| with my / heart in it:| and now | farewell
             ,         ,      ,
      Till half | an hour | hence.
 
FERDINAND.
                                        ,          ,
                                  A | thousand,| thousand.
 
[Exeunt FERDINAND and MIRANDA severally.]
 
PROSPERO.
           ,         ,         ,       ,       ,
110   So glad | of this | as they | I can|not be,
           ,         ,          ,     ,    2    ,
      Who are | surprised | withal;| but my re|joicing
          ,        ,         ,          ,        ,
      At no|thing can | be more:| I'll to | my book,
           ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      For yet | ere sup|per time,| must I | perform
        T   T   T      ,     ,        oo
      Much business | apper|taining.|
 
[Exeunt]

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