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The Tempest

Act III, Scene 2

Another part of the island.
 
[Enter CALIBAN, with a bottle, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO.]
 
STEPHANO.
Tell not me:when the butt is out we will drink water; not a drop before: therefore bear up, and board 'em. Servant-monster, drink to me.
 
TRINCULO.
Servant-monster! The folly of this island! They say there's but five upon this isle; we are three of them; if the other two be brained like us, the state totters.
 
STEPHANO.
Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee: thy eyes are almost set in thy head.
 
TRINCULO.
Where should they be set else? He were a brave monster indeed, if they were set in his tail.
 
STEPHANO.
My man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me; I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five-and-thirty leagues, off and on, by this light. Thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my standard.
 
TRINCULO.
Your lieutenant, if you list; he's no standard.
 
STEPHANO.
We'll not run, Monsieur monster.
 
TRINCULO.
Nor go neither: but you'll lie like dogs, and yet say nothing neither.
 
STEPHANO.
Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.
 
CALIBAN.
            ,         ,       ,         ,          ,
      How does | thy hon|or? Let | me lick | thy shoe.
            ,           ,     ,       ,   ,
2     I'll not | serve^him:| he is | not val/iant.
 
TRINCULO.
Thou liest, most ignorant monster: I am in case to justle a constable. Why, thou deboshed fish thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half fish and half a monster?
 
CALIBAN.
 
Lo, how he mocks me, wilt thou let him, my lord?
 
TRINCULO.
Lord, quoth he? That a monster should be such a natural!
 
CALIBAN.
Lo, lo again: bite him to death, I prithee.
 
STEPHANO.
Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head: if you prove a mutineer, the next tree! The poor monster's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.
 
CALIBAN.
I thank my noble lord. Wilt thou be pleased to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee?
 
STEPHANO.
Marry will I; kneel, and repeat it: I will stand, and so shall Trinculo.
 
[Enter ARIEL, invisible]
 
CALIBAN.
As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by  his cunning hath cheated me of the island.
 
ARIEL.
Thou liest.
 
CALIBAN.
Thou liest, thou jesting monkey thou: I would my valiant master would destroy thee. I do not lie.
 
STEPHANO.
Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in his tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth.
 
TRINCULO.
Why, I said nothing.
 
STEPHANO.
Mum, then, and no more. [To CALIBAN] Proceed.
 
CALIBAN.
         ,        ,     ,       ,           ,
      I say | by sor|cery | he got | this isle;
            ,       ,         ,         ,          ,
      From me | he got | it: if | thy great|ness will
          ,         ,         ,        ,           ,
5     Revenge | it on | him (for | I know | thou darst)
            ,      T     T   T
      But this | thing dare not,
 
STEPHANO.
                                 ,           ,
                              That's most | certain.
 
CALIBAN.
             ,          ,        ,                ,     ,
      Thou shalt | be lord | of it | and I'll / serve thee.
 
STEPHANO.
How now shall this be compassed? Canst thou bring me to the party?
 
CALIBAN.
       T   T   .   T           ,           ,        ,
      Yea yea my lord:| I'll yield | him thee | asleep,
              ,            ,         ,      ,          ,
10    Where thou | mayst knock | a nail | into | his head.
 
ARIEL.
       __     ___      __     ___    ___
      Thou | liest: | thou | canst | not.
 
CALIBAN.
                 ,   ,         ,           ,        ,
      What a / pied nin|ny's this? | Thou scur|vy patch:
         ,       ,           ,          ,          ,
      I do | beseech | thy great|ness give | him blows,
            ,         ,        ,                   ,     ,
      And take | his bot|tle from | him: when / that's gone,
       ,           T     T     T      ,            ,           ,     ->
15    He shall | drink nought but | brine; for | I'll not || show him
                    ,     ,       ,    oo
      Where the / quick fresh|es are.|
 
STEPHANO.
Trinculo, run into no further danger: interrupt the monster one word further and, by this hand, I'll turn my mercy out of doors, and make a stock-fish of thee.
 
TRINCULO.
Why, what did I? I did nothing. I'll go farther off.
 
STEPHANO.
Didst thou not say he lied?
 
ARIEL.
Thou liest.
 
STEPHANO.
Do I so? Take thou that. [Strikes TRINCULO.] As you like this, give me the lie another time.
 
TRINCULO.
I did not give the lie: out of your wits, and hearing too? A pox on your bottle, this can sack and drinking do: A murrain on your monster, and the devil take your fingers!
 
CALIBAN.
Ha, ha, ha.
 
STEPHANO.
Now forward with your tale: Prithee stand further off.
 
CALIBAN.
Beat him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him too.
 
STEPHANO.
Stand farther: Come proceed.
 
CALIBAN.
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      Why, as | I told | thee, tis a | custom | with him
        2     ,      ,         ,       ,                  ,          ->
      In the af|ternoon | to sleep:| there thou | mayst^brain || him,
       ,        ,        ,           ,             2   ,
      Hav|ing first | seized his | books; or | with a log
       ,             ,          ,            ,        ,
20    Batter | his skull,| or paunch | him with | a stake,
          ,         ,         ,          ,        ,      ->
      Or cut | his we|zand* with | thy knife.| Remem||ber
        ,       2    ,           ,               ,    ,
      First | to possess | his books;| for with/out them
        ,           ,       ,       ,          ,
      He's but | a sot,| as I |am; nor | hath not
       ,     x              ,           ,         ,
      One spirit / to com|mand: they | all do | hate him
           ,     ,      ,      ,              ,
25    As root|edly | as I. | Burn but | his books;
       ,         ,      ,             ,        ,          ->
      He has | brave u|tensils |(for so | he calls || them)
         ,        2    ,        ,             ,        ,
      Which | when he has | a house,| he'll deck | withal:
            ,           ,      ,       ,      ,
      And that | most deep|ly to | consi|der is
            ,      ,         ,         ,        ,
      The beau|ty of | his daugh|ter: he | himself
        ,      2     ,      ,    3   3     ,       ,
      Calls her a | nonpar|eil: I never | saw a | woman
           ,     ,    ,        ,         ,
      But on|ly Syc|orax | my dam,| and she;
           ,        ,         ,       ,     ,
      But she | as far | surpass|eth Syc|orax
             x        T    T
      As greatest | does least.
 
STEPHANO.
                                  Tx          ,         ,
                                 Is it | so brave | a lass?
 
CALIBAN.
       T    T    T        2    ,         ,       ,        o ->
      Aye lord: she | will become | thy bed,| I war||rant,
            ,            ,      ___     ___
40    And bring | thee forth | brave | brood.
 
STEPHANO.
Monster, I will kill this man; his daughter and I will be king and queen, save our graces!and Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys. Dost thou like the plot, Trinculo?
 
TRINCULO.
Excellent.
 
STEPHANO.
Give me thy hand: I am sorry I beat thee; but while thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.
 
CALIBAN.
          ,           ,      ,             ,       ,
      Within | this half | hour will | he be | asleep;
        ,              ,          ,
      Wilt thou | destroy | him then?
 
STEPHANO.
                                           ,         ,      ->
                                      Aye on | mine^hon||or.
 
ARIEL.
        ,        2    ,        ,       o   oo
      This | will I tell | my mas|ter.   |
 
CALIBAN.
             ,         ,      ,        ,         ,        ->
      Thou makst | me mer|ry: I | am full | of plea||sure.
       ,      2    ,         ,          ,           ,
      Let | us be joc|und: will | you troll | the catch
             ,         ,      T    T   o   oo
47    You taught | me but | while-ere?   |
 
STEPHANO.
At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.
 
[Sings]
 
        ,               ,                ,               ,        o
48    Flout 'em and | scout 'em; and | scout 'em and | flout 'em:
         ,     ,     ,   o
49    Thought is | free.
 
CALIBAN.
That's not the tune.
 
[ARIEL plays the tune on a Tabor and Pipe.]
 
STEPHANO.
What is this same?
 
TRINCULO.
This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody.
 
STEPHANO.
If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy  likeness: if thou beest a devil, take it as thou list.
 
TRINCULO.
O forgive me my sins.
 
STEPHANO.
He that dies pays all debts: I defy thee. Mercy upon us!
 
CALIBAN.
Art thou afeard?
 
STEPHANO.
No monster, not I.
 
CALIBAN.
       ,    2    ,            ,         ,        ,
50    Be not a|feard: the | isle is | full of | noises,
         ,                  ,           ,        ,           ,         ->
      Sounds, and | sweet^airs,| that give | delight | and hurt || not:
        ,       2    ,         ,         ,       ,
      Some|times a thou|sand twang|ling in|struments
            ,       ,           ,          ,         ,       2->
      Will hum | about | mine^ears;| and some|times voi||ces,
            ,       ,          ,               ,    ,
      That if | I then | had waked | after / long sleep,
             ,         ,        ,          ,         ,       2->
      Will make | me sleep | again:| and then | in dream||ing
             ,          ,            ,    2      ,     ,
      The clouds | methought | would o|pen and show | riches
        ,          ,      ,          ,        2    ,
      Ready | to drop | upon | me; that,| when I waked,
          ,          ,        ,     oo   oo
      I cried | to dream | again. |    |
 
STEPHANO.
        ,           ,         ,     ,           __
      This will | prove a | brave king/dom to | me,
            ,           ,        ,    2     ,
60    Where I | shall have | my mu|sic for noth|ing.
 
CALIBAN.
      <-2      ,       ,     2     ,
         When Pro||spero | is destroyed.
 
STEPHANO.
                                          ,              ,        ,
                                        That shall | be by | and by:
       2   ,     2     ,
      I remem|ber the sto|ry.
 
TRINCULO.
                            2      ,         ,       ,
                             The sound | is go|ing away:
             ,       ,        ,      ,        ,
      let's fol|low it,| and af|ter do | our work.
 
STEPHANO.
Lead monster, we'll follow: I would I could see this taborer, he lays it on. Wilt come?
 
TRINCULO.
I'll follow Stephano.
 
[Exeunt]

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