The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

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STEPHANO

Ay, on mine honor.

STEPHANO

Yes, I swear.

ARIEL

(aside) This will I tell my master.

ARIEL

(to himself) I’ll tell my master this.

CALIBAN

Thou makest me merry. I am full of pleasure.
115Let us be jocund. Will you troll the catch
You taught me but whilere?

CALIBAN

You make me so happy. I’m full of joy. Let’s be light-hearted. Will you sing the tune you taught me just a little while ago?

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.

STEPHANO

I’ll do anything you ask, monster, anything reasonable.—Come on, Trinculo, let’s sing. (he sings)
Dismiss 'em and ziss 'em
And diss 'em and dismiss 'em.
Thought is free.

CALIBAN

120That’s not the tune.

CALIBAN

That’s not the tune I had in mind.
ARIEL plays the tune on a tabor and pipe
ARIEL plays the tune on a drum and a pipe.

STEPHANO

What is this same?

STEPHANO

What’s this song?

TRINCULO

This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody.

TRINCULO

That’s the melody, played by Nobody.

STEPHANO

If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness. If thou beest a devil, take ’t as thou list.

STEPHANO

(to the invisible musician) If you’re a man, then let us see what you look like. If you’re a devil, then go to hell.

TRINCULO

125O, forgive me my sins!

TRINCULO

Oh, forgive all my sins!

STEPHANO

He that dies pays all debts.—I defy thee!—Mercy upon us!

STEPHANO

Dead men have to pay their debts.—I challenge you!—God help us.

CALIBAN

Art thou afeard?

CALIBAN

Are you scared?