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Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Tempest



SCENE, The Sea, with a Ship: afterwards an uninhabited Island.


SCENE II. (cont’d)—Another part of the Island.

This is a scurvy tune too: But here’s my comfort.

Cal. Do not torment me: Oh!                 [Drinks.

Ste. What’s the matter? Have we devils

here? Do you put tricks upon us with savages,

and men of Inde? Ha! I have not ‘scaped

drowning, to be afeard now of your four legs;

for it hath been said, As proper a man as ever

went on four legs cannot make him give

ground: and it shall be said so again, while

Stephano breathes at nostrils.

Cal. The spirit torments me: Oh!

Ste. This is some monster of the isle, with

four legs: who hath got, as I take it, an argue:

Where the devil should he learn our language?

I will give him some relief, if it be but for that:

If I can recover him, an keep him tame, and

get to Naples with him, he’s a present for any

emperor that ever trod on neat’s leather.

Cal. Do not torment me, pr’ythee;

I’ll bring my wood home faster.

Ste. He’s in his fit new; and does not talk

after the wisest. He shall taste of my bottle:

if he have never drunk wine afore, it will go

near to remove his fit. If I can recover him,

and keep him tame, I will not take too much

for him: he shall pay for him that hath him,

and that soundly.                              [wilt

Cal. Thou dost me yet but little hurt; thou

Anon; I know it by thy trembling;

Now Prosper works upon thee.

Ste. Comeon your ways’ open your mouth:

here is that which will give language to you,

cat; open your mouth: this will shake your shak-

ing, I can tell you, and that soundly: you cannot

tell who’s your friend: open your chaps again.

Trin. I should know that voice: It should

be—But he is drowned; and these are devils:

Oh! defend me!—

Ste. Four legs and two voices; a most delicate

monster! His forward voice now is to speak

well of his friend; his backward voice is to

utter foul speeches, and to detract. If all the

wine in my bottle will recover him, I will help

his argue: Come—Amen! I will pour some in

thy other mouth.

Trin. Stephano,—

Ste. Doth thy other mouth call me? Merry,

mercy! This is a devil, and no monster: I will

leave him; I have no long spoon.

Trin. Stephano!—if thou beest Stephano,

touch me, and speak to me; for I am Trinulo;

—be not afeard,—thy good friend Trinculo.

Ste. If thou beest Trinculo, come forth; I’ll

pull thee by the lesser legs: if any be Trinculo’s

legs, these are they. Thou art very Trinculo

indeed. How cam’st thou to  be the siege of this

moon-calf? Can he vent Trinculos?

Trin. I took him to be killed with a thunder-

stroke:—But art thou not drowned. Is the

I hope, now, thou art not drowned, Sephano?

storm over-blown? I hid me under the dead

moon-calf’s gaberdine for fear of the storm.

And art thou living, Stephano? O Stephano,

two Neapolitans ‘scaped!

Ste. Pr’ythee, do not turn me about; my

stomach is not constant.            [sprites,

Cal. These be fine things, and if they be not

That’s a brave god, and bears celestial liquor:

I will kneel to him

Ste. How didst thou ‘scape? how cam’st

thou hither? swear by this bottle, how thou

cam’st hither I escaped pon a butt of sack,

which the sailors heaved overboard, by this

bottle! which I made of the bark of a tree,

with mine own hands, since I was cast ashore.

Cal. I’ll swear, upon that bottle, to be thy

True subject; for the liquor is not earthly.

Ste. Here, kiss the book: Though thou canst

swim like a duck, thou art made like a goose.

Trin. O Stephano, hast any more of this?

Ste. The whole butt, man; my cellar is in a

rock by the sea-side, where my wine is hid.

How now, moon-calf? how does thine argue?

Cal. Hast thou not dropped from heaven?

Ste. Out o’ the moon, I do assure thee: I

was the an i’ the moon, when time was.

Cal. I have seen thee in her, and I do adore


My mistress show me thee, and thy dog and


(On 8/01/14 – We will continue with “The Tempest)

The Tempest

Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

Akal Takhat, also spelled Takht (Punjabi: “Throne of the Timeless One [God]”), shrine facing the GOLDEN TEMPLE in AMRITSAR, the most sacred religious site of SIKHISM. The origin of the Akal Takhat is traditionally associated with Guru HARGOBIND (1595-1644, Guru 1606-44), the sixth Sikh GURU. He is believed to have held court at this spot, executing his responsibilities as the temporal leader of the Sikh community. During the 18th century the Akal Takhat served as the place for Sikh leaders to gather and discuss issues confronting the community.

With the Punjab Gurdwara Act of 1925, the management of historic Sikh GURDWARAS (temples) came under the newly created SHIROMANI GURDWARA PRABANDHAK COMMITTEE (SGPC). Since then the Akal Takhat has functioned as the primary place from which to announce decisions of the SGPC. A hukamnama (“order”) issued from the Akal Takhat is considered mandatory for all Sikhs. In the 1980s, under the leadership of the charismatic SANT JARNAIL SINGH BHINDRANWALE, Sikh militants working for the creation of KHALISTAN, an independent Sikh state, mae the Akal Takhat their base. Sant Bhindranwale was killed in a battle between his followers and Indian army troops in 1984. In this confrontation, the Akal Takhat was irreparably damaged; it was demolished and a new one was constructed in its place. Some within the Sikh community have felt that the Akal Takhat should be taken form the control of the SGPC, so that the moral authority of the Akal Takhat would be uncompromised by any sectarian or political agenda.

(Comeback on 8/01/14 and continue to learn about religion. Tomorrow you’ll read and learn about “Akbar“.


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