The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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STEPHANO

No, monster, not I.

STEPHANO

No, monster, not me.

CALIBAN

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
130Sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again. And then, in dreaming,
135The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again.

CALIBAN

Don’t be scared. This island is full of noises, strange sounds and sweet melodies that make you feel good and don’t hurt anyone. Sometimes I hear a thousand twanging instruments hum at my ears, and sometimes voices that send me back to sleep even if I had just woken up—and then I dreamed of clouds opening up and dropping such riches on me that when I woke up, I cried because I wanted to dream again.

STEPHANO

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

STEPHANO

This’ll be a wonderful kingdom to live in, where they play music for free.

CALIBAN

140When Prospero is destroyed.

CALIBAN

As soon as you kill Prospero.

STEPHANO

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

STEPHANO

That’ll happen soon enough. I remember the plan.

TRINCULO

The sound is going away. Let’s follow it, and after do our work.

TRINCULO

The sound is going away. But let’s follow it, and then do our dirty work afterward.

STEPHANO

Lead, monster; we’ll follow. I would I could see this taborer. He lays it on.

STEPHANO

Lead us, monster; we’ll follow. I wish I could see this invisible drummer. He really plays well.

TRINCULO

Wilt come? I’ll follow, Stephano.

TRINCULO

I’m right behind you, Stephano. Are you coming monster?
Exeunt
They all exit.