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Safely in harbour Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew From the still-vex'd Bermoothes, 24 there she's
hid : The mariners all under hatches stow'd ; Whom, with a charm join’d to their suffer'd
Ariel, thy charge
Past the mid season. Pro. At least two glasses : The time 'twixt six
and now Must by us both be spent most preciously. Ari. Is there more toil? Since thou must give
How now! moody ?
My liberty. Pro. Before the time be out ? no more. Ari.
34 The epithet here applied to the Bermudas will be best understood by those who have seen the chafing of the sea over the rugged rocks by which they are surrounded, and whicn renders access to them so difficult. It was then the current opinion that the Bermudas were inhabited by monsters and devils.
* i. e. wave, or the sea. Flot, Fr.
Remember, I have done thee worthy service ;
Dost thou forget
I do not, sir.
forgot The foul witch, Sycorax, who, with age and envy, Was grown into a hoop? hast thou forgot her ?
Ari. No, sir.
speak; tell me.
0! was she so ? I must,
Ari. Ay, sir.
child, And here was left by the sailors : Thou, my slave,
20 The old English name of Algiers
As thou report'st thyself, wast then her servant :
groans, As fast as mill-wheels strike: Then was this island (Save for the son that she did litter here, A freckled whelp, hag-born) not honour'd with A human shape. Ari.
Yes ; Caliban her son. Pro. Dull thing, I say so; he, that Caliban, Whom now I keep in service. Thou best know'st What torment I did find thee in: thy groans Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the breasts Of ever-angry bears: It was a torment To lay upon the damn'd, which Sycorax Could not again undo : it was mine art, When I arriv'd, and heard thee, that made gape The pine, and let thee out. Ari.
I thank thee, master. Pro. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak, And peg thee in his knotty entrails, till Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters. Ari.
Pardon, master: I will be correspondent to command, And do my spriting gently. Pro.
Do so ; and after two days I wil discharge thee.
37 Behests, commands
That's my noble master! What shall I do ! say what : what shall I do? Pro. Go, make thyself like a nymph o' the sea
be subject To no sight but thine and mine ; invisible To every eyeball else. Go, take this shape, And hither come in't: go; hence, with diligence.
[Exit ARIEL Awake, dear heart, awake! thou hast slept well : Awake!
Mira. The strangeness of your story put
Shake it off: Come on :
'Tis a villain, sir,
But, as ’tis,
Cal. [Within. There's wood enough within.
for thee :
Re-enter ARIEL, like a Water-nymph.
My lord, it shall be done. [Ext Pro. Chou poisonous slave, got by the devil
23 i. e. we cannot do without him. The phrase is still common in the midland counties.
19 This is a common expression of impatience.
himself Upon thy wicked dam, come forth!
Enter CALIBAN. Cal. As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd With raven's feather from unwholesome fen Drop on you both! a south-west blow on ye, And blister you all o'er ! Pro. For this, be sure, to-night thou shalt have
cramps, Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up; urchins 31 Shall, for that vast 3 of night that they may work, All exercise on thee : thou shalt be pinch'd As thick as honey-combs, each pinch more stinging Than bees that made them. Cal.
I must eat my dinner This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tak’st from me. When thou camest
first, Thou strok'dst me, and mad'st much of me; would'st
give me Water with berries in't; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night: and then I lov'd thee, And show'd thee all the qualities o' the isle, The fresh springs, brine pits, barren place, and
Urchins were fairies of a particular class. Hedgehogs were also called urchins; and it is probable that the sprites were so named, because they were of a mischievous kind, the urchin being anciently deemed a very noxious animal. In the phrase still current, “a little urchin," the idea of the fairy still remains.
32 So in Hamlet, Act i. sc. 2, “ in the dead vast and middle of the night;” meaning the silent void or vacancy of night, when spirits were anciently supposed to walk abroad on errands of love, or sport, or mischief.