The Tempest By William Shakespeare Act III: Scene 2

CALIBAN.
Within this half hour will he be asleep;
Wilt thou destroy him then?

STEPHANO.
Ay, on mine honour.

ARIEL.
This will I tell my master.

CALIBAN.
Thou mak'st me merry: I am full of pleasure.
Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch
You taught me but while-ere?

STEPHANO.
At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any
reason. Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.

[Sings]

Flout 'em and scout 'em; and scout 'em and flout 'em:
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't 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.
Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices,
That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak'd,
I cried to dream again.

STEPHANO.
This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I
shall have my music for nothing.

CALIBAN.
When Prospero is destroyed.

STEPHANO.
That shall be by and by: I remember the story.

TRINCULO.
The sound is going away: let's follow it, and
after 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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