The Tempest

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Ferdinand, bearing a log
painful (adj.) 1 painstaking, diligent, laborious
painful (adj.) 2 suffering from pain, causing hurt
sport (n.) 2 exercise, athletic pastime


There be some sports are painful, and their labour

Delight in them sets off. Some kinds of baseness
baseness (n.) 4 lowly activity, contemptible work
set off (v.) 1 enhance, show to advantage, display by contrast

Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters

Point to rich ends. This my mean task
end (n.) 2 outcome, result, issue
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
heavy (adj.) 6 tedious, tiresome, uninteresting

The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead,
quicken (v.) 1 revive, rejuvenate, give life [to]

And makes my labours pleasures. O, she is

Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
crabbed (adj.) 2 irritable, churlish, bad-tempered
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind

And he's composed of harshness. I must remove

Some thousands of these logs and pile them up,

Upon a sore injunction. My sweet mistress
injunction (n.) order, directive, command
sore (adj.) 1 severe, harsh, heavy

Weeps when she sees me work, and says such baseness
baseness (n.) 4 lowly activity, contemptible work

Had never like executor. I forget;
executor (n.) 1 agent, doer, performer
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours,

Most busy lest when I do it.

Enter Miranda, and Prospero at a distance, unseen


                         Alas, now pray you

Work not so hard. I would the lightning had

Burnt up those logs that you are enjoined to pile!

Pray, set it down and rest you. When this burns,

'Twill weep for having wearied you. My father

Is hard at study. Pray now, rest yourself.

He's safe for these three hours.
safe (adj.) 5 safely out of the way


                         O most dear mistress,

The sun will set before I shall discharge
discharge (v.) 1 fulfil, execute, perform

What I must strive to do.


                         If you'll sit down,

I'll bear your logs the while. Pray, give me that.
while, the meanwhile, in the meantime

I'll carry it to the pile.


                         No, precious creature.

I had rather crack my sinews, break my back,
crack (v.) 1 sprain, tear, rupture
sinew (n.) 1 muscle

Than you should such dishonour undergo,

While I sit lazy by.


                         It would become me
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

As well as it does you; and I should do it

With much more ease; for my good will is to it,

And yours it is against.



                         Poor worm, thou art infected.

This visitation shows it.


                         You look wearily.


No, noble mistress, 'tis fresh morning with me

When you are by at night. I do beseech you,

Chiefly that I might set it in my prayers,

What is your name?


                         Miranda. O my father,

I have broke your hest to say so!
admired (adj.) 2 regarded with admiration, wondered at
hest (n.) command, behest, order


                         Admired Miranda!

Indeed, the top of admiration, worth
admiration (n.) 1 amazement, astonishment, wonder
top (n.) 1 summit, peak, epitome, perfect example

What's dearest to the world. Full many a lady
dear (adj.) 3 of great worth, valuable, precious

I have eyed with best regard, and many a time
regard (n.) 4 look, glance, gaze

Th' harmony of their tongues hath into bondage

Brought my too diligent ear. For several virtues
diligent (adj.) 1 attentive, heedful, ready to respond
several (adj.) 2 various, sundry, respective, individual

Have I liked several women; never any

With so full soul but some defect in her

Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed,
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

And put it to the foil. But you, O you,
foil (n.) 2 check, repulse, setback, defeat

So perfect and so peerless, are created
perfect (adj.) 10 complete, flawless, unblemished

Of every creature's best.


                         I do not know

One of my sex; no woman's face remember,

Save, from my glass, mine own. Nor have I seen
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count

More that I may call men than you, good friend,

And my dear father. How features are abroad
abroad (adv.) 1 in the outside world, freely at large, elsewhere, everywhere
feature (n.) physical appearance, bodily shape, looks

I am skill-less of; but by my modesty,
modesty (n.) 4 chastity, virtue, propriety
skill-less, skilless (adj.) ignorant, unaware, unacquainted [with]

The jewel in my dower, I would not wish
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

Any companion in the world but you.

Nor can imagination form a shape,

Besides yourself, to like of. But I prattle
like of (v.) admire, enjoy, derive pleasure from

Something too wildly, and my father's precepts
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count

I therein do forget.
condition (n.) 4 position, social rank, station


                         I am, in my condition,

A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king –

I would not so – and would no more endure

This wooden slavery than to suffer
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let

The flesh-fly blow my mouth. Hear my soul speak.
blow (v.) 2 deposit eggs [in], pollute, contaminate
flesh-fly (n.) fly that lays its eggs in dead flesh

The very instant that I saw you did

My heart fly to your service, there resides

To make me slave to it; and for your sake

Am I this patient log-man.


                         Do you love me?


O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound,

And crown what I profess with kind event,
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence
kind (adj.) 6 happy, good, favourable

If I speak true! If hollowly, invert
hollowly (adv.) insincerely, hypocritically, deceitfully

What best is boded me to mischief! I,
bode (v.) 2 promise, predict, forecast
mischief (n.) 1 catastrophe, calamity, misfortune

Beyond all limit of what else i'th' world,

Do love, prize, honour you.


                         I am a fool

To weep at what I am glad of.



                         Fair encounter

Of two most rare affections. Heavens rain grace
rare (adj.) 1 marvellous, splendid, excellent

On that which breeds between 'em.


                         Wherefore weep you?


At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer

What I desire to give, and much less take

What I shall die to want. But this is trifling;

And all the more it seeks to hide itself,

The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning!

And prompt me, plain and holy innocence.

I am your wife, if you will marry me.

If not, I'll die your maid. To be your fellow
fellow (n.) 3 spouse, husband/wife
maid (n.) 3 handmaid, servant, attendant

You may deny me, but I'll be your servant

Whether you will or no.


                         My mistress, dearest,

And I thus humble ever.


                         My husband, then?


Ay, with a heart as willing

As bondage e'er of freedom. Here's my hand.


And mine, with my heart in't; and now farewell

Till half an hour hence.


                         A thousand, thousand!

Exeunt Ferdinand and Miranda in different directions


So glad of this as they I cannot be,

Who are surprised with all, but my rejoicing

At nothing can be more. I'll to my book,
book (n.) 1 book-learning, scholarship, erudition

For yet ere suppertime must I perform

Much business appertaining.
appertaining (adj.) related, relevant, appropriate


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