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Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.
so out of hope.
Seb. The next advantage
Ant. Let it be to-night;
Seb. I say, to-night: no more.
visible. Enter several strange shapes, bringing in a banquet ; they dance about it with gentle actions of falutation ; and, inviting the king, &c. to eat, tbey depart. Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, hark! Gon. Marvellous sweet musick! Alon. Give us kind keepers, heaven! 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 phoenix At this hour reigning there.
Ant. I'll believe both; And what does else want credit, come to me, And I'll be sworn 'tis true. Travellers ne'er did lie, Though fools at home condemn 'em.
Gon. If in Naples I should report this now, would they believe me? If I should say, I saw such inanders, (For, certes, these are people of the island) Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
* A living drollery... ] Shows, called drolleries, were in Shakespeare's time performed by puppets only. From these our modern drolls, exhibited at fairs, &c, took their name.
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
Pro. Honest lord,
[Afide. Alon. I cannot too much muse, Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing (Although they want the use of tongue) a kind Of excellent dumb discourse. Pro. 9 Praise in departing.
[Afide. Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
Seb. No matter, since They have left their viands behind ; for we have fto.
Alon. Not I.
were boys, Who would believe, 'that there were mountaineers, Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em Wallets of Aesh? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now, we find, * Each putter out on five for one will bring us Good warrant of.
Alon. I will stand to, and feed,
· Praise in departing.) i.e. Do not praise your entertainment too soon, left you should have reason to retract your commendation. It is a proverbial saying. Steevens.
in that there were mountaineers, &c.] Whoever has the curiosity to know the particulars relating to these mountaineers, &c. may consult Maundeville's Travels, printed in 1503, by Wynken de Worde. Steevens.
. Each putter out, &c.] This passage alluding to a forgotten custom is very obscure : the putter out must be a traveller, elle how could he give this account? the five for one is money to be received by him at his return. Mr. Theobald has well illuftrated this passage by a quotation from Jonson. JOHNSON.
The best is past. Brother, my lord the duke,
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 instrument this lower world, And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit, you ’mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with such like valour men hang and drown Their proper selves. [Alonso, Sebastian, and the rest Ye fools ! I and my fellows [draw their swords. Are ministers of fate; the elements, Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well Wound the loud winds, or with bemockt-at stabs Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish 2 One down that's in my plume : my fellow-ministers
The ancient custom was this. In this age of travelling, it was customary for those who engaged in long expeditions, to place out a sum of money on condition of receiving great intereit for it at their return home. So Puntarvolo (it is Theobald's quotation) in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of his Humow. “ I do intend, this year of jubilee coming on, to travel ; and “ (because I will not altogether go upon expence) I am de" termined to put forth some five thousand pound, to be paid “ me five for one, upon the return of my wife, myself, and my “ dog, from the Turk's court in Constantinople." STEEVENS. · Enter Ariel like a burpy, &c.] Milton's Par. Reg. B. z.
" with that “ Both table and provisions vanish'd quite, “ With sound of harpies wings, and talons heard." At fubite horrifico lapsi de montibus adfunt Harpyiæ, & magnis quatiunt clangoribus alas
Diripiuntque dapes. Virg. Æn. 3. STEEVENS. 2 One down that's in my plume :] The player-editors, who, in their preface, boast much of the corrections they had made, exhibit this passage chus: is One dowle that's in my plumbe.”—
Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
He vanishes in thunder :. then to soft musick, enter the
· Bailey, in his Dictionary, says, on the single authority of this typographical blunder, that dowle is a feather, or rather the single particles of the down. Steevens.
3 - clear life —] Pure, blameless, innocent. JCHNSON.
4 — with good life,] This seems a corruption. I know not in what sense life can here be used, unless for alacrity, liveliness, vigour, and in this sense the expression is harsh. Perhaps we may read, with good lift, with gocd will, with fincere zeal for my, service. I Mould have proposed, - with good lief, in the same fenfe, but that I cannot find lief to be a substantive. With good life may however mean, with exact presentation of their several chara&ters, with observation frange of their particular and distinct parts. So we say, he acted to the life. JOHNSON.
Their several kinds have done. My high charms work,
[Exit Prospero from above, Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why ftand
Alon. O, it is monstrous ! monstrous !
Exeunt. Gon. All three of them are desperate ; their great
5- bass my trefpcfs.] The deep pipe told it me in a rough bass sound. JOHNSON
6 Like poison given, &c.] The natives of Africa have been fupposed to be pofleffent of the secret how to temper poisons with such art as not to take effect till several years after they were administered, and were then as certain in their effect, as they were subtle in their preparation. STEEVENS,