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Lys. Less than an ace, man; for he is dead; he is nothing.
The. With the help of a surgeon he might yet recover, and prove an ass.
Hip. How chance the Moonshine is gone, before Thilby comes back and finds her lover?
Hip. Methinks, she should not use a long one for such a Pyramus : I hope, she will be brief.
Dem. A moth will turn the ballance, which Pyramus, which Thilby is the better.
Lys. She hath spied him already with chofe fweet eyes.
This. Asleep, my love ?
Tongue, not a word;
Bot. No, I assure you, the wall is down that parted their fathers. Will it please you to see the epilogue, or to hear a bergomalk dance, between two of our company ?
The. No epilogue I pray you, for your play needs no excuse. Never excuse; for when the players are all dead, there need none to be blam'd. Marry, if he, that writ it, had play'd Pyramus, and hung himself in Thisby's garter, it would have been a fine tragedy: and so it is, truly, and very notably discharg'd. But come, your bergomalk; let your epilogue alone.
[Here a dance of
as. The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve. Lovers to bed; 'tis almost Fairy time, I fear, we shall out-Neep the coming morn, As much as we this night have over-watch’d. This palpable gross play hath well begạild The heavy gait of night-Sweet friends to bed. A fortnight hold we this folemnity, In nightly revels and new jollity.
[Exeunt. SCENE III.
Now the wasted brands do glow
Whilft the screech-owl, shrieking loud, Puts the wretch, that lies in woe,
In remembrance of a shroud. Now it is the time of night,
That the graves, all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his spright,
In the church-way paths to glide; And we Fairies, that do run
By the triple Hecat's team,
Following darkness like a dream,
Enter king and queen of Fairies, with their train. OB. Through this house give glimmering light,
By the dead and drowsy fire,
Hop as light as bird from brier;
QUEEN. First rehearse this song by rote,
OB. Now until the break of day,
So fhall all the couples three
'Puck. If we shadows have offended,
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The Notes not in Dr. JOHNSON's Edition are marked with
an Aperison [ * ] thus.
HE TEMPEST has rather more of the novel in it
than THE TAMING OF THE SHREW : but no one has yet pretended to have met with such a novel, nor any thing else, that can be suppofed to have furnished Shakespeare with materiais for writing this play; the fable of which muft therefore pass for entirely his own production, till the contrary can be made appear by any futur: discovery. Dr. Warburton, after observing, that the persons of the drama are all Italians, and the unities all regularly observed in it, a custom likewise of the Italians) concludes his note with the mention of two of their plays, IL NEGROMANTE, di L. Ariosto, and IL NEGROMANTE PALLIATO di Gio. Angelo Petrucci; one or other of which, he feems to think, may have given rise to THE TEMPEST: but he is mistaken in both of them; and the last muft needs be out of the question, being later than Shakespeare's time.
CAPELL, These two firft Plays, The TEMPEST and The MipSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM, are the nubleft efforts of that sublime and amazing imagination peculiar to Shakefpear, which soars above the bounds of nature without ferfaking feafe; or, more properly, carries nature along with him beyond her established limits. Fletcher seems particu. .