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Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows,
Cer. * High queen of state,
Jun. Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,
Long continuance and increasing,
Juno sings her blessings on you.
Barns and garners never empty;
. High queen of state,] Mr. Whalley thinks this passage in The Tempeji,
* High queen of state,
Great Juno comes; I know her by her gait, a remarkable instance of Shakespeare's knowledge of ancient poetic story; and that the hint was furnished by the Divum incedo Regina of Virgil. : John Taylor, the water-poet, declares, that he never learned his Accidence, and that Latin and French were to him Heathen Greek; yet by the help of Mr. Whalley's argument, I will prove him a learned man, in spite of every thing he may say to the contrary : for thus he makes a gallant address his lady; « Most inestimable magazine of beauty! in whom the port and “ majesty of Juno, the wisdom of Jove's braine-bred girle, " and the feature of Cytherea, have their domestical habita6c tion.” FARMER.
3 Earth's increase,- ) All the editions, that I have ever seen, concur in placing this whole fonnet to Juno ; but very absurdly, in my opinion. I believe every accurate reader, who is acquainted with poetical history, and the diftin&t offices of these two goddesses, and who then seriously reads over our author's lines, will agree with me, that Ceres's name ought to have been placed where I have now prefixed it. THEOBALD.
Spring come to you, at the farthest,
Fer. This is a most majestic vision, and 4 Harmonious charmingly : may I be bold To think these spirits ?
Pro. Spirits, which by mine art
Fer. Let me live here ever ;
Pro. Sweet ; now silence :
[Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on employment.
brooks, With your sedg'd crowns, and ever harmless looks, 6 Leave your crisp channels, and on this green land Answer your summons; Juno does command : Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate A contract of true love; be not too late.
4 Harmonious charmingly :-) Mr. Edwards would read,
Harmonious charming lay :For though (says he) the benediction is sung by two goddesses, it is yet but one lay or hyinn. I believe this passage appears as it was written by the poet, who, for the sake of the verse, made the words change places; and then the meaning is sufficiently obvious. STE EVEN 3. s w andring brooks,] The modern editors read winding brooks. The old copy-windring. I suppose we should read wandring, as it is here printed. STEEVENS.
6 Leave your crisp channels, - ] Crijp, i.e. curling, winding. Lat. crispus. So Hen. IV. Part 1. A& i. Sc. 4: Hotspur speaking of the river Severn, " And hid his crisped head in the hollow bank.” Steev.
Enter certain nymphs. You sun-burn'd ficklemen, of August weary, Come hither from the furrow, and be merry ; Make holy-day : your rye-straw hats put on, And these fresh nymphs encounter every one In country footing. Enter certain reapers, properly habited: they join with
the nymphs in a graceful dance ; towards the end whereof Prospero starts suddenly, and speaks ; after which, to a strange, bollow, and confused noise, ibey vanish heavily.
Pro. [ Afide.] I had forgot that foul confpiracy Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates, Against my life: the minute of their plot Is almost come. - (To the spirits.] Well done ;
avoid :- no more. Fer. This is most strange ; your father's in some
Mira. Never till this day
Pro. You do look, my son, in a mov'd fort,
? Leave not a rack behind! -- " The winds" (says lord Bacon) “ which move the clouds above, which we call the rack, and are not perceived below, pass without noise."
As dreams are made on; and our little life ,
The word is common to many authors contemporary with Shakespeare. So in the Faithful Shepherdess : "
shall I ftray
“ The failing rack.”Sir T. H. instead of rack, reads arbitrarily track. To rack, in this sense, is sometimes used as a verb. So in the old play of The Raigne of King Edward III. 1596.
“ like inconstant clouds,
STEEVENS, 3- Sir, I am vex'd;
Bear with my weakness ; my old brain is troubled :] Prospere here discovers a great emotion of anger on his fudden recollection of Caliban's plot. This appears from the admirable reflection he makes on the insignificancy of human things. For thinking men are never under greater depression of mind than when they moralize in this manner; and yet, if we turn to the occasion of his disorder, it does not appear, at first view, to be a thing capable of moving one in Prospero's circumstances. The plot of a contemptible Javage and two drunken sailors, all of whom he had absolutely in his power. There was then no apprehension of danger. But if we look more nearly into the case, we shall have reason to admire our author's wonderful knowledge of nature. There was something in it with which great minds are most deeply affected, and that is, the fenje of ingratitude. He recalled to mind the obligations this Caliban lay under for the instructions he had given him, and the conveniencies of life he had taught him to use. But these reflexions on Caliban's ingratitude would naturally recall to mind his brother's ; and then these two working together, were very capable of producing all the disorder of passion here represented. That these two, who had received at his hands the two best gifts mortals are capable of, when rightly employed, regal power, and the use of reason; that these, in return, should conspire against the life of the donor, would surely afilict a generous mind to its utmost bearing. WARBURTON.
Fer. Mira. We wish you peace.
[Exeunt Fer. and Mira. Pro. Come with a thought : - I thank you: Ariel, come. Prospero comes forward from the cell ; enter Ariel to
Ari. Ay, my commander: when I presented Ceres,
Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these varlets? Ari. I told you, Sir, they were red hot with drink
. ing; So full of valour, that they smote the air For breathing in their faces; beat the ground For kissing of their feet; yet always bending Towards their project. Then I beat my tabor, At which, like unback'd colts, they prick'd their ears, 5 Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, As they smelt musick; fo I charm'd their ears, That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd through
4 to meet with Caliban.) To meet with is to counteratt; to play stratagem against stratagem.-The parfon knows the temper of every one in his house, and accordingly either meets with their vices, or advances their virtues.
Herbert's Country Parson.
JOHNSON. s Thus Drayton, in his Court of Fairie of Hobgoblin caught in a Spell :
" But once the circle got within,
" For as he thus was busy,