The Tempest

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Enter Caliban, with a burthen of Wood (a noyse ofEnter Caliban with a burden of wood. A noise of Tem II.ii.1.1
Thunder heard.thunder heard Tem II.ii.1.2
All the infections that the Sunne suckes vpAll the infections that the sun sucks upinfection (n.)
contamination, rottenness, bad influence
Tem II.ii.1
From Bogs, Fens, Flats, on Prosper fall, and make himFrom bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make himflat (n.)
low-lying land, plain, swampy ground
Tem II.ii.2
fen (n.)
marshland, swamp
By ynch-meale a disease: his Spirits heare me,By inch-meal a disease! His spirits hear me,inch-meal, by (adv.)

old form: ynch-meale
inch by inch, little by little
Tem II.ii.3
And yet I needes must curse. But they'll nor pinch,And yet I needs must curse. But they'll nor pinch, Tem II.ii.4
Fright me with Vrchyn-shewes, pitch me i'th mire,Fright me with urchin-shows, pitch me i'th' mire,fright (v.), past form frighted
frighten, scare, terrify
Tem II.ii.5
urchin-show (n.)

old form: Vrchyn-shewes
goblin apparition, spirit vision
Nor lead me like a fire-brand, in the darkeNor lead me, like a firebrand, in the darkfirebrand (n.)

old form: fire-brand
will o' the wisp, moving light
Tem II.ii.6
Out of my way, vnlesse he bid 'em; butOut of my way, unless he bid 'em. But Tem II.ii.7
For euery trifle, are they set vpon me,For every trifle are they set upon me; Tem II.ii.8
Sometime like Apes, that moe and chatter at me,Sometime like apes, that mow and chatter at me,mow (v.)

old form: moe
grimace, pout, make mouths
Tem II.ii.9
And after bite me: then like Hedg-hogs, whichAnd after bite me; then like hedgehogs, which Tem II.ii.10
Lye tumbling in my bare-foote way, and mountLie tumbling in my barefoot way, and mount Tem II.ii.11
Their pricks at my foot-fall: sometime am ITheir pricks at my footfall. Sometime am Iprick (n.)
Tem II.ii.12
All wound with Adders, who with clouen tonguesAll wound with adders, who with cloven tongues Tem II.ii.13
Doe hisse me into madnesse:Do hiss me into madness. Tem II.ii.14.1
Enter Trinculo.Enter Trinculo Tem II.ii.14
Lo, now Lo,Lo, now, lo! Tem II.ii.14.2
Here comes a Spirit of his, and to torment meHere comes a spirit of his, and to torment me Tem II.ii.15
For bringing wood in slowly: I'le fall flat,For bringing wood in slowly. I'll fall flat. Tem II.ii.16
Perchance he will not minde me.Perchance he will not mind me.perchance (adv.)
perhaps, maybe
Tem II.ii.17
Here's neither bush, nor shrub to beare offHere's neither bush nor shrub, to bear offbear off (v.)

old form: beare
ward off, keep away, repel
Tem II.ii.18
any weather at all: and another Storme brewing, I heare itany weather at all, and another storm brewing. I hear it Tem II.ii.19
sing ith' winde: yond same blacke cloud, yond huge one,sing i'th' wind. Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, Tem II.ii.20
lookes like a foule bumbard that would shed his licquor: iflooks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor. Ifliquor (n.)

old form: licquor
Tem II.ii.21
bombard, bumbard (n.)
large leather wine jug
it should thunder, as it did before, I know not where toit should thunder as it did before, I know not where to Tem II.ii.22
hide my head: yond same cloud cannot choose but fallhide my head. Yond same cloud cannot choose but fall Tem II.ii.23
by paile-fuls. What haue we here, a man, or a fish? deadby pailfuls. What have we here? A man or a fish? Dead Tem II.ii.24
or aliue? a fish, hee smels like a fish: a very ancient andor alive? A fish! He smells like a fish; a very ancient and Tem II.ii.25
fish-like smell: a kinde of, not of the newest poore-Iohn:fishlike smell; a kind of not-of-the-newest poor-John.poor-John (n.)

old form: poore-Iohn
salted hake, dried fish
Tem II.ii.26
a strange fish: were I in England now (as once I was)A strange fish! Were I in England now, as once I was, Tem II.ii.27
and had but this fish painted; not a holiday-foole there butand had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there butpainted (adj.)
depicted, represented [as on a sign]
Tem II.ii.28
would giue a peece of siluer: there, would this Monster,would give a piece of silver. There would this monster Tem II.ii.29
make a man: any strange beast there, makes a man:make a man. Any strange beast there makes a man.make (v.)
bring success [to], prosper
Tem II.ii.30
when they will not giue a doit to relieue a lame Begger,When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar,doit (n.)
[small Dutch coin = half an English farthing] trivial sum, worthless amount, trifle
Tem II.ii.31
they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian: Leg'd like athey will lay out ten to see a dead Indian. Legged like aIndian (n.)
American Indian
Tem II.ii.32
man; and his Finnes like Armes: warme o'my troth: I doeman! And his fins like arms! Warm, o' my troth! I dotroth, good troth (n.)
exclamations, emphasizing an assertion - truly, indeed
Tem II.ii.33
now let loose my opinion; hold it no longer; this is nonow let loose my opinion, hold it no longer. This is no Tem II.ii.34
fish, but an Islander, that hath lately suffered by afish, but an islander that hath lately suffered by alately (adv.)
recently, of late
Tem II.ii.35
suffer (v.)
perish, be destroyed, collapse
Thunderbolt:thunderbolt. Tem II.ii.36
Thunder Tem II.ii.37
Alas, the storme is come againe: my best way is to creepeAlas, the storm is come again. My best way is to creep Tem II.ii.37
vnder his Gaberdine: there is no other shelter hereabout:under his gaberdine. There is no other shelter hereabout.gaberdine (n.)
cloak, cape, loose upper garment
Tem II.ii.38
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellowes: IMisery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. I Tem II.ii.39
will here shrowd till the dregges of the storme be past.will here shroud till the dregs of the storm be past.shroud (v.)

old form: shrowd
hide, conceal, shelter
Tem II.ii.40
Enter Stephano singing.Enter Stephano, singing, a bottle in his hand Tem II.ii.41
I shall no more to sea, to sea, I shall no more to sea, to sea, Tem II.ii.41
here shall I dye ashore. Here shall I die ashore. Tem II.ii.42
This is a very scuruy tune to sing at a mans / Funerall:This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's funeral.scurvy (adj.)

old form: scuruy
contemptible, despicable, wretched
Tem II.ii.43
well, here's my comfort.Well, here's my comfort. Tem II.ii.44
Drinkes. Sings.He drinks and then sings Tem II.ii.45.1
The Master, the Swabber, the Boate-swaine & I;The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I,swabber (n.)
deckhand, sailor who washes the deck
Tem II.ii.45
The Gunner, and his Mate The gunner and his mate, Tem II.ii.46
Lou'd Mall, Meg, and Marrian, and Margerie, Loved Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery, Tem II.ii.47
But none of vs car'd for Kate. But none of us cared for Kate. Tem II.ii.48
For she had a tongue with a tang, For she had a tongue with a tang,tang (n.)
sting, sharp edge
Tem II.ii.49
Would cry to a Sailor goe hang: Would cry to a sailor, ‘ Go hang!’ Tem II.ii.50
She lou'd not the sauour of Tar nor of Pitch, She loved not the savour of tar nor of pitch,savour (n.)

old form: sauour
smell, stench, stink
Tem II.ii.51
Yet a Tailor might scratch her where ere she did itch. Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch. Tem II.ii.52
Then to Sea Boyes, and let her goe hang. Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang! Tem II.ii.53
This is a scuruy tune too: But here's my comfort.This is a scurvy tune too. But here's my comfort. Tem II.ii.54
drinks.He drinks Tem II.ii.55
Doe not torment me: oh.Do not torment me! Oh! Tem II.ii.55
What's the matter? Haue we diuels here? DoeWhat's the matter? Have we devils here? Do Tem II.ii.56
you put trickes vpon's with Saluages, and Men of Inde? ha?you put tricks upon's with savages and men of Ind, ha?salvage (n.)

old form: Saluages
variant form of ‘savage’
Tem II.ii.57
Ind (n.)
[pron: ind] the East Indies, thought of as a region of great wealth
I haue not scap'd drowning, to be afeard now of yourI have not 'scaped drowning to be afeard now of yourscape, 'scape (v.)

old form: scap'd
escape, avoid
Tem II.ii.58
afeard (adj.)
afraid, frightened, scared
foure legges: for it hath bin said; as proper a man asfour legs. For it hath been said, ‘ As proper a man as Tem II.ii.59
euer went on foure legs, cannot make him giue ground:ever went on four legs cannot make him give ground;’ Tem II.ii.60
and it shall be said so againe, while Stephano breathes at'and it shall be said so again, while Stephano breathes at Tem II.ii.61
nostrils.nostrils. Tem II.ii.62
The Spirit torments me: oh.The spirit torments me! O! Tem II.ii.63
This is some Monster of the Isle, with foureThis is some monster of the isle with four Tem II.ii.64
legs; who hath got (as I take it) an Ague: where the diuelllegs, who hath got, as I take it, an ague. Where the devilague (n.)
fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]
Tem II.ii.65
should he learne our language? I will giue him someshould he learn our language? I will give him some Tem II.ii.66
reliefe if it be but for that: if I can recouer him, and keeperelief, if it be but for that. If I can recover him, and keep Tem II.ii.67
him tame, and get to Naples with him, he's a Presenthim tame, and get to Naples with him, he's a present Tem II.ii.68
for any Emperour that euer trod on Neates-leather.for any emperor that ever trod on neat's leather.neat (n.)

old form: Neates
ox, cow, cattle
Tem II.ii.69
Doe not torment me 'prethee: I'le bring my woodDo not torment me, prithee. I'll bring my wood Tem II.ii.70
home faster.home faster. Tem II.ii.71
He's in his fit now; and doe's not talke after theHe's in his fit now, and does not talk after the Tem II.ii.72
wisest; hee shall taste of my Bottle: if hee haue neuerwisest. He shall taste of my bottle. If he have never Tem II.ii.73
drunke wine afore, it will goe neere to remoue his Fit: if Idrunk wine afore, it will go near to remove his fit. If I Tem II.ii.74
can recouer him, and keepe him tame, I will not take toocan recover him, and keep him tame, I will not take too Tem II.ii.75
much for him; hee shall pay for him that hath him, andmuch for him. He shall pay for him that hath him, and Tem II.ii.76
that soundly.that soundly.soundly (adv.)
severely, strongly, dearly, in full
Tem II.ii.77
Thou do'st me yet but little hurt; thou wiltThou dost me yet but little hurt. Thou wilt Tem II.ii.78
anon, I know it by thy trembling: Now Prosper workes anon. I know it by thy trembling. Now Prosper worksanon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
Tem II.ii.79
vpon thee.upon thee. Tem II.ii.80
Come on your wayes: open your mouth: hereCome on your ways. Open your mouth. Here Tem II.ii.81
is that which will giue language to you Cat; open youris that which will give language to you, cat. Open your Tem II.ii.82
mouth; this will shake your shaking, I can tell you, andmouth. This will shake your shaking, I can tell you, and Tem II.ii.83
that soundly: you cannot tellthat soundly. (He gives Caliban wine) You cannot tell Tem II.ii.84
who's your friend; open your chaps againe. who's your friend. Open your chaps again.chaps, chops (n.)
Tem II.ii.85
I should know that voyce: It should be, ButI should know that voice. It should be – but Tem II.ii.86
hee is dround; and these are diuels; O defend me.he is drowned, and these are devils. O, defend me! Tem II.ii.87
Foure legges and two voyces; a most delicateFour legs and two voices – a most delicatedelicate (adj.)
pleasant, delightful, congenial
Tem II.ii.88
Monster: his forward voyce now is to speake well of his monster. His forward voice now is to speak well of his Tem II.ii.89
friend; his backward voice, is to vtter foule speeches, andfriend. His backward voice is to utter foul speeches and Tem II.ii.90
to detract: if all the wine in my bottle will recouer him,to detract. If all the wine in my bottle will recover him,recover (v.)

old form: recouer
revive, restore to health
Tem II.ii.91
I will helpe his Ague: Come: Amen, II will help his ague. Come! (Caliban drinks) Amen! Iague (n.)
fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]
Tem II.ii.92
will poure some in thy other mouth.will pour some in thy other mouth. Tem II.ii.93
Stephano.Stephano! Tem II.ii.94
Doth thy other mouth call me? Mercy,Doth thy other mouth call me? Mercy, Tem II.ii.95
mercy: This is a diuell, and no Monster: I will leaue him,mercy! This is a devil, and no monster. I will leave him; Tem II.ii.96
I haue no long Spoone.I have no long spoon. Tem II.ii.97
Stephano: if thou beest Stephano, touch me,Stephano! If thou beest Stephano, touch me Tem II.ii.98
and speake to me: for I am Trinculo; be not afeard,and speak to me; for I am Trinculo – be not afeardafeard (adj.)
afraid, frightened, scared
Tem II.ii.99
thy good friend Trinculo.thy good friend Trinculo. Tem II.ii.100
If thou bee'st Trinculo: come forth: I'le pullIf thou beest Trinculo, come forth. I'll pull Tem II.ii.101
thee by the lesser legges: if any be Trinculo's legges, thesethee by the lesser legs. If any be Trinculo's legs, these Tem II.ii.102
are they: Thou art very Trinculo indeede: how cam'stare they. Thou art very Trinculo indeed! How cam'stvery (adj.)
true, real, genuine
Tem II.ii.103
thou to be the siege of this Moone-calfe? Can he ventthou to be the siege of this mooncalf? Can he ventmooncalf (n.)

old form: Moone-calfe
monstrosity, misshapen creature, monster
Tem II.ii.104
siege (n.)
excrement, ordure, dung
vent (v.)
discharge, excrete, defecate
Trinculo's?Trinculos? Tem II.ii.105
I tooke him to be kil'd with a thunder-strok;I took him to be killed with a thunderstroke. Tem II.ii.106
but art thou not dround Stephano: I hope now thouBut art thou not drowned, Stephano? I hope now thou Tem II.ii.107
art not dround: Is the Storme ouer-blowne? I hid meeart not drowned. Is the storm overblown? I hid meoverblow (v.)

old form: ouer-blowne
blow over, pass away, abate
Tem II.ii.108
vnder the dead Moone-Calfes Gaberdine, for feare of theunder the dead mooncalf's gaberdine for fear of thegaberdine (n.)
cloak, cape, loose upper garment
Tem II.ii.109
Storme: And art thou liuing Stephano? O Stephano, twostorm. And art thou living, Stephano? O Stephano, two Tem II.ii.110
Neapolitanes scap'd?Neapolitans 'scaped?scape, 'scape (v.)

old form: scap'd
escape, avoid
Tem II.ii.111
'Prethee doe not turne me about, my stomacke isPrithee, do not turn me about. My stomach is Tem II.ii.112
not constant.not constant.constant (adj.)
settled, stable, steady
Tem II.ii.113
(aside) Tem II.ii.114.1
These be fine things, and if they be not sprights:These be fine things, an if they be not sprites.sprite, spright (n.)
spirit, ghost, supernatural being
Tem II.ii.114
an if (conj.)
that's a braue God, and beares Celestiall liquor:That's a brave god, and bears celestial liquor.brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
Tem II.ii.115
I will kneele to him.I will kneel to him. Tem II.ii.116
How did'st thou scape? How cam'st thouHow didst thou 'scape? How cam'st thouscape, 'scape (v.)
escape, avoid
Tem II.ii.117
hither? Sweare by this Bottle how thou cam'st hither: Ihither? Swear by this bottle how thou cam'st hither. I Tem II.ii.118
escap'd vpon a But of Sacke, which the Saylors heauedescaped upon a butt of sack, which the sailors heavedbutt (n.)

old form: But
large cask, barrel
Tem II.ii.119
sack (n.)

old form: Sacke
[type of] white wine
o'reboord, by this Bottle which I made of the barke of ao'erboard, by this bottle, which I made of the bark of a Tem II.ii.120
Tree, with mine owne hands, since I was cast a'shore.tree, with mine own hands, since I was cast ashore. Tem II.ii.121
I'le sweare vpon that Bottle, to be thy true subiect,I'll swear upon that bottle to be thy true subject, Tem II.ii.122
for the liquor is not earthly.for the liquor is not earthly. Tem II.ii.123
Heere: sweare then how thou escap'dst.Here! Swear, then, how thou escaped'st. Tem II.ii.124
Swom ashore (man) like a Ducke: I can swimSwum ashore, man, like a duck. I can swim Tem II.ii.125
like a Ducke i'le be a duck, I'll be sworn. Tem II.ii.126
Here, kisse the Booke.Here, kiss the book. (He gives him wine) Tem II.ii.127
Though thou canst swim like a Ducke, thou art made likeThough thou canst swim like a duck, thou art made like Tem II.ii.128
a Goose.a goose. Tem II.ii.129
O Stephano, ha'st any more of this?O Stephano, hast any more of this? Tem II.ii.130
The whole But (man) my Cellar is in a rockeThe whole butt, man. My cellar is in a rockbutt (n.)

old form: But
large cask, barrel
Tem II.ii.131
by th' sea-side, where my Wine is hid: How now Moone-Calfe,by th' seaside, where my wine is hid. How now, mooncalf?mooncalf (n.)

old form: Moone-Calfe
monstrosity, misshapen creature, monster
Tem II.ii.132
how do's thine Ague?How does thine ague?ague (n.)
fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]
Tem II.ii.133
Ha'st thou not dropt from heauen?Hast thou not dropped from heaven? Tem II.ii.134
Out o'th Moone I doe assure thee. I was theOut o'th' moon, I do assure thee. I was the Tem II.ii.135
Man ith' Moone, when time was.Man i'th' Moon when time was.time was, when
once upon a time
Tem II.ii.136
I haue seene thee in her: and I doe adore thee: / MyI have seen thee in her, and I do adore thee. My Tem II.ii.137
Mistris shew'd me thee, and thy Dog, and thy Bush.mistress showed me thee, and thy dog, and thy bush. Tem II.ii.138
Come, sweare to that: kisse the Booke: I willCome, swear to that. Kiss the book. I will Tem II.ii.139
furnish it anon with new Contents: Sweare.furnish it anon with new contents. Swear! (Calibanfurnish (v.)
provide, supply, possess
Tem II.ii.140
anon (adv.)
soon, shortly, presently
drinks) Tem II.ii.140.2
By this good light, this is a very shallowBy this good light, this is a very shallowshallow (adj.)
naive, gullible, lacking in depth of character
Tem II.ii.141
Monster: I afeard of him? a very weake Monster: / Themonster! I afeard of him? A very weak monster! Theafeard (adj.)
afraid, frightened, scared
Tem II.ii.142
Man ith' Moone? A most poore creadulous Monster:Man i'th' Moon? A most poor credulous monster! –  Tem II.ii.143
Well drawne Monster, in good sooth.Well drawn, monster, in good sooth!sooth (n.)
truth [in exclamations, emphasizing an assertion]
Tem II.ii.144
draw (v.)

old form: drawne
drink deep, drain
Ile shew thee euery fertill ynch o'th Island: andI'll show thee every fertile inch o'th' island, and Tem II.ii.145
I will kisse thy foote: I prethee be my god.I will kiss thy foot. I prithee, be my god. Tem II.ii.146
By this light, a most perfidious, and drunkenBy this light, a most perfidious and drunkenperfidious (adj.)
treacherous, unfaithful, disloyal
Tem II.ii.147
Monster, when's god's a sleepe he'll rob his! When's god's asleep, he'll rob his bottle. Tem II.ii.148
Ile kisse thy foot, Ile sweare my selfe thy Subiect.I'll kiss thy foot. I'll swear myself thy subject. Tem II.ii.149
Come on then: downe and sweare.Come on then. Down, and swear! Tem II.ii.150
I shall laugh my selfe to death at this puppi-headedI shall laugh myself to death at this puppy-headed Tem II.ii.151
Monster: a most scuruie Monster: I could finde inmonster. A most scurvy monster! I could find inscurvy (adj.)

old form: scuruie
contemptible, despicable, wretched
Tem II.ii.152
my heart to beate heart to beat him –  Tem II.ii.153
Come, kisse.Come, kiss. Tem II.ii.154
But that the poore Monster's in drinke: AnBut that the poor monster's in drink. An Tem II.ii.155
abhominable Monster.abominable monster! Tem II.ii.156
I'le shew thee the best Springs: I'le plucke thee / Berries:I'll show thee the best springs. I'll pluck thee berries. Tem II.ii.157
I'le fish for thee; and get thee wood enough.I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough. Tem II.ii.158
A plague vpon the Tyrant that I serue;A plague upon the tyrant that I serve! Tem II.ii.159
I'le beare him no more Stickes, but follow thee,I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee, Tem II.ii.160
thou wondrous man.Thou wondrous man. Tem II.ii.161
A most rediculous Monster, to make a wonderA most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder Tem II.ii.162
of a poore drunkard.of a poor drunkard! Tem II.ii.163
I 'prethee let me bring thee where Crabs grow;I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow;crab (n.)
crab-apple, sour apple
Tem II.ii.164
and I with my long nayles will digge thee pig-nuts;And I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts,pignut (n.)

old form: pig-nuts
variety of edible nutty root, earth chestnut
Tem II.ii.165
show thee a Iayes nest, and instruct thee howShow thee a jay's nest, and instruct thee how Tem II.ii.166
to snare the nimble Marmazet: I'le bring theeTo snare the nimble marmoset. I'll bring theemarmoset (n.)

old form: Marmazet
type of small monkey
Tem II.ii.167
to clustring Philbirts, and sometimes I'le get theeTo clust'ring filberts, and sometimes I'll get theefilbert (n.)

old form: Philbirts
Tem II.ii.168
young Scamels from the Rocke: Wilt thou goe with me?Young scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me?scamel (n.)
[uncertain meaning] type of bird or fish
Tem II.ii.169
I pre'thee now lead the way without any moreI prithee now, lead the way without any more Tem II.ii.170
talking. Trinculo, the King, and all our company elsetalking. – Trinculo, the King and all our company else Tem II.ii.171
being dround, wee will inherit here: Here; beare mybeing drowned, we will inherit here. Here, bear my Tem II.ii.172
Bottle: Fellow Trinculo; we'll fill him by and by againe.bottle. Fellow Trinculo, we'll fill him by and by again. Tem II.ii.173
Caliban Sings drunkenly.(Caliban sings drunkenly Tem II.ii.174
Farewell Master; farewell, farewell.Farewell, master! Farewell, farewell! Tem II.ii.174
A howling Monster: a drunken Monster.A howling monster! A drunken monster! Tem II.ii.175
No more dams I'le make for fish, No more dams I'll make for fish, Tem II.ii.176
Nor fetch in firing, Nor fetch in firingfiring (n.)
firewood, fuel
Tem II.ii.177
at requiring, At requiring,requiring (n.)
demanding, requesting as a right
Tem II.ii.178
Nor scrape trenchering, nor wash dish, Nor scrape trenchering, nor wash dish.trenchering (n.)
plates, platters, serving dishes
Tem II.ii.179
Ban' ban' Cacalyban Ban, Ban, Cacaliban Tem II.ii.180
Has a new Master, get a new Man. Has a new master – get a new man! Tem II.ii.181
Freedome, high-day, high-day freedome, freedomeFreedom, high-day! High-day, freedom! Freedom,high-day (n.)
day of celebration, festival day, holiday
Tem II.ii.182
high-day, freedome.high-day, freedom! Tem II.ii.183
O braue Monster; lead the way.O brave monster! Lead the way.brave (adj.)

old form: braue
fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
Tem II.ii.184
Exeunt.Exeunt Tem II.ii.184
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