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Sle. At thy request, monster, I will do reason, any reason : Come on, Trinculo, let us sing.

[Sings. Flout 'em, and

skout 'em; and skout 'em, and flout 'em; Thought is free. Cal. That's not the tune.

(Ariel plays the tune on a tabor and pipe. Ste. What is this fame?

Trin. This is the tune of our catch, play'd by the picture of No-body.?

Ste. If thou beest a man, shew thyself in thy likeness: if thou beeft a devil, take't as thou lift.

Trin. 0, forgive me my sins !
Ste. He that dies, pays all debts: I defy thee :-Mercy

upon us !

Cal. Art thoù a feard ?8
Ste. No, monster, not I.

Cal. Be not afeard ; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, 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 wak'd after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again ; and then, in dreaming,
7 he clouds, methought, would open, and thew riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d,
I cry'd to dream again.

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

Cal. When Prospero is destroy'd.
Ste. That shall be by and by: I remember the story.

Trin. The sound is going away : let's follow it, and after, do our work.

Ste, Lead, monster; we'll follow. I would, I could fce this taborer : he lays it on. Trin. Wilt come? I'll follow, Stephano.9 [Exeunt.

SCENE 7 A ridiculous figure, sometimes represented on signs. MALONE.

The allufion is here to the print of No-body, as prefixed to the anonymous comedy of " No-body and Some-body;" without date, Reed. 8 To affear is an obfolete verb, with the same meaning as to affray.

STEEVENS. 9 Wilt seme? I'll follow, Stepbar.o.] The first words are addrefled to


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Another part of the island.

ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.
Gon. By'r lak in,? I can go no further, Sir;
My old bones ache : here's a maze trod, indeed,
Through forth-rights, and meanders! by your patience,
I needs must reft me.

Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
Who am myself attachd with weariness,
To the dulling of my fpirits : fit down and rest.
Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it
No longer for my fatterer : he is drown'd,
Whom thus we itray to find; and the sea mocks
Our frustrate search on land : Well, let him go.
Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope.

[ Afide to SEBASTIAN.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose

resolu'd to effect.

The next advantage
Will we take thoroughly.

Let it be to-night;
For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
As when they are fresh.

I say, to-night: no more.
Solemin and strange mufick; and PROSPERO above, invisible.

Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet ; they
dance about it with gentle a&tions of Jalutation ; and, invit-
ing the king, &c. to eat, they depart.
Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, hark !
Gon. Marvellous sweet mufick!

Alon. Caliban, who, vexed at the folly of his new companions idly running after the musick, while they ought only to have attended to the main point, the dispatching Prospero, feems, for some little time, to have staid behind.

HEATн. The words Wilt come? should be added Stephano's speech. · I'll follow, is Trinculo's answer. Ritson.

2 The diminutive only of our lady, i, e, ladykia. STEIVING


Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these ?

Seb. A living drollery :} Now I will believe,
That there are unicorns; that, in Arabia
There is one tree, the phenix' throne ; one phenix
At this hour reigning there.

I'll believe both;
And what does else want credit, come to me,
And I'll be fworn 'tis true: Travellers ne'er did lie,
Though fools at home condemn them.

If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
If I should say, I saw such islanders,
(For, certes,+ these are people of the island,)
Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
Their manners are more gentle-kind, than of
Our human generation you shall find
Many, nay, almof any.

Honeft lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present,
Are worse than devils.

(Afides Alon.

I cannot too much muse,s
Such shapes, fuch gesture, and such found, expressing
(Although they want the use of tongue,) a kind
Of excellent dumb discourse.

Praife in departing.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.

No matter,

since They have left their viands behind ; for we have ftomachs. Will't please you taste of what is here? Alon.

Not I. Gon. Faith, fir, you need not fear : When we were boys,

Who 3 Shows, called drolleries, were in Shakespeare's time performed by puppets only. From these our modern drolls, exhibited at fairs, &c. tooks their name.

STEEVENS. A living drollery, i. e. a drollery not represented by wooden machines, but by personages who are alive. MALONE.

4 An obsolete word, fignifying certainly. STEEVENS.
5 To mufe, in ancient language, is to wonder. STEEVENS.

• Do not praise your entertainment too soon, left you should have reaLon to retract your comm:ndation. STIEVENS.

Who would believe that there were mountaineers,
Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at them
Wallets of Aeth? or that there were such men,
Whose heads stood in their breafts ?8 which now we find,
Each putter-out on five for one, 9 will bring us
Good warrant of.

I will stand to, and feed,
Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is paft :-Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand too, and do as we.
Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy ; claps his

wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.

Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny
(That hath to inftrument this lower world,
And what is in't) the never-surfeited fea
Hath caused to belch up; and on this island
Where man doth not inhabit ; you ’mongst men
Being moft unfit to live. I have made you mad;

[Seeing Alon. Seb. & c. draw their fwords.
And even with such like valour, men hang and drown
Their proper felves. You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of fate; the elements
Of whom

swords are temper'd, may as well

Wound 7 Whoever is curious to know the particulars relative to these mountaineers, may consult Maundeville's Travels, printed in 1503, by Wynken de Worde ; but it is yet a known truth that the inhabitants of the Alps have been long accustom'd to such excrescences or tumours.

Quis tumidum guttur miratur in Alpibus ? STEEVENS. 8 Our author might have had this intelligence from the tranllation of Pliny, B. V. chap. 8. The Blemmyi, by report, have no heads, but mouth and eies both in their breasts." STEEVENS.

Or he might have had it from Hackluyt’s Voyages, 1598: "On that branch which is called Caora are a nation of people, whose heads appear not above their shoulders. They are reported to have their eyes in their shoulders, and their mouths in the middle of their breasts.” MALONE

9 Each putter-out, &c.] The ancient custorn here alluded to was this. In this age of travelling, it was a practice with those who engaged in long and hazardous expeditions, to place out a sum of money on cindi. tion of receiving great interest for it at their return home. STEEVENS.

2 i. e. that makes use of this world, and every thing in it, as its inftrum ments to bring about its ends. STEEVENS.




Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs

Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
? One dowle that's in my plume; my fellow-ministers

Are like invulnerable : if you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths,

And will not be uplifted : But, remember, * (For that's my business to you,) that


three kather From Milan did supplant good Prospero;

Expos'd unto the sea, which hath requit it,

Hiin, and his innocent child : for which foul deed
* Av The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
✓ Incens’d the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,

Against your peace: Thee, of thy fon, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Ling'ring perdition (worse than any death
Can be at once,) shall step by step attend
You, and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from
(Which here, in this most desolate isle, elle falls
Upon your heads,) is nothing, but heart's sorrow,
And a clear life 3 ensuing.
He vanishes in thunder : then, to foft mufick, enter the Shapes

again, and dance with mops and mowest and carry out the

Pro. [-Aside.] Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
Perform’d, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring :
Of my instruction haft thou nothing 'bated,
In what thou hadft to say: so, with good life, s.

And 3 Pure, blameless, innocent. JOHNSON.

4 To moch and to mowe, seem to have had a meaning somewhat similar; i, e. to insult, by making mouths, or wry faces. STIEVENS.

s Wüb good life may mean, with exott presentation of their several cha. rafters, wirb obfervation frange of their particular and distinct parts. So we say, he acted to the life. Johnson.

Good life, however, in Twe'tib Nigbt, seems to be used for innocent jollity, as we now say a bon vivant : Would you (lays the Clown) have a love song, or a song of good life? Sir Toby answers, « A love song, a. Tove song ;"_" Ay, ay, (replies Sr Andrew) I. care not for good life.It is plain, from the character of the last speaker, that he was meant to mistake the sense in which good life is used by the Clown. It may therefore, in the present instance, mean, boneft alacrity or cheerfulness.


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