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Was in the wreck; and but he's something stain'd
With grief, that's beauty's canker, thou might'ft call him
A goodly person : he hath loft his fellows,
And strays about to find them.
Mira.

I might call him
A thing divine; fur nothing natural
I ever saw so noble,
Pro.

It goes on,

Afide. As my soul prompts it:--Spirit, fine fpirit, I'll free thee Within two days for this. Fer.

Most sure, the goddess
On whom these airs attend !— Vouchsafe my prayer
May know, if

upon this ifland
And that you will some good instruction give,
How I may bear me here : My prime request,
Which I do last pronounce, is, 0
If you be made, or no?
Mira.

No wonder, fir;
But, certainly a maid.7
Fer,

My language ! heavens !-
I am the best of them that speak this fpeech,
Were I but where 'tis spoken.
Pro.

How! the best ?
What wert thou, if the king of Naples heard thee?

you remain

you wonder!

Fer.

7 Nothing could be more prettily imagined, to illustrate the fingularity of her character, than this pleasant mistake. She had been bred up in the rough and plain-dealing documents of moral philosophy, which teaches us the knowledge of ourselves; and was an utter stranger to the Aattery invented by vicious and designing men to corrupt the other sex. So that it could not enter into her imagination, that complaisance, and a desire of appearing amiable, qualities of humanity which she had been instructed, in her moral lessons, to cultivate, could ever degenerate into such excess, as that any one should be willing to have his fellowcreature believe that he thought her a goddess, or an immortal.

WARBURTON Dr. Warburton has here found a beauty, which I think the author never intended. Ferdinand asks her not whether she was a created being, a question, which if he meant it, he has ill exprefled, but whether the was unmarried; for after the dialogue which Prospero's interruption produces, he goes on pursuing his former question :

6 0, if a virgin,
6. I'll make you queen of Naples." JOHNSON.

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Fer, A single thing, as I am now, that wonders
To hear thee speak of Naples : He does hear me ;
And, that he does, I weep: myself am Naples;
Who with mine eyes, ne'er fince at ebb, beheld
The king my father wreck's,
Mira,

Alack, for mercy!
Fer. Yes, faith, and all his lords ; the duke of Milan,
And his brave son, being twain.8
Pro.

The duke of Milan,
And his more braver daughter could controul thee, 9
If now 'twere fit to do't : At the first fight
They have chang'd eyes:- Delicate Ariel,
I'll set thee free for this SA word, good fir;
I fear, you have done yourself fome wrong: a word,

Mira, Why speaks my father fo ungently? This
Is the third man that e'er I saw; the first
That e'er I ligh'd for: pity move my father
To be inclin'd my way!
Fer.

O, if a virgin,
And your affection not gone forth, I'll make
The queen of Naples.
Pro.

Soft, fir; one word more.
They are both in either's powers: but this swift business
I must uneasy make, left too light winning

[Afider
Make the prize light.-One word more; I charge thee,
That thou attend me: thou dost here usurp
The name thou ow'it not; and hast put thyself
Upon this island, as a spy, to win it
From me, the lord on't.
Fer.

No, as I am a man.
Mira. There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple :
If the ill fpirit have so fair an house,
Good things will strive to dwell with't.

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Pro.

8 This is a fight forgetfulness. Nobody was lost in the wreck, yet we find no such character as the son of the duke of Milan, THEOBALD.

9 Confute thee, unanswerably contradict thee. JOHNSON.

2 I fear that, in asserting yourself to be king of Naples, you have uttera ed a falshood, which is below your character, and consequently injurious to your honour. STEEVENS.

No;

Pro. Follow me.

[T. Ferd. Speak not you for him ; he's a traitor. Come. l'll manacle thy neck and feet together; Sea-water shalt thou drink, thy food shall be The fresh-brook muscles, wither'd roots, and husks Wherein the acorn cradled: Follow.

Fer.
I will resist such entertainment, till
Mine enemy has more power.

[He draws, Mira.

O dear father,
Make not too rash a trial of him, for
He's gentle, and not fearful.3
Pro.

What, I say,
My foot my tutor!--

Put thy sword up traitor;
Who mak'ta shew, but dar'ít not strike, thy conscience
Is fo possess’d with guilt: come from thy ward ;4
For I can here difarm thee with this stick,
And make thy weapon drop.
Mira,

father!
Pro. Hence; hang not on my garments.'
Mira.

Sir, have pity;
I'll be his surety.
Pro.

Silence: one word more
Shall make me chide thee, if not hate thee. What!
An advocate for an impoftor ? hush!
Thou think'st, there are no more such shapes as he,
Having seen but him and Caliban : Foolish wench!
To the most of men this is a Caliban,
And they to him are angels.
Mira.

My affections
Are then most humble; I have no ambition
To see a goodlier man.

Pro.

Beseech you,

3 Fearful signifies both terrible and timorous. In this place it may mean timorous. She tells her father, that as he is gentle, rough usage is unneceflary; and as he is brave, it may be dangerous. STEEVENS.

Do not rafhly determine to treat him with severity, he is mild and hormless, and not in the least terrible or dangerous.” Ritson. 4 Delift from any hope of awing me by that posture of defence.

JOHNSON.

Pro.
Come on ; obey :

(To Ford.
Thy nerves are in their infancy again,
And have no vigour in them.
Fer.

So they are :
My spirits as in a dream, are all bound up?s
My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
The wreck of all my friends, or this man's threats,
To whom I am subdu'd, are but light to me,
Might I but through my prison once a day
Behold this maid; all corners else o' the earth
Let liberty make use of; fpace enough
Have I, in such a prison.
Pro,

It works :-Come on.
Thou bait done well, fine Ariel !-- Follow me.-

[T. Ferd. and Mir, Hark, what thou elsc shalt do me. Mira.

Be of comfort;
My father's of a better nature, fir,
Than he appears by speech; this is unwonted,
Which now.came from him.
Pro.

Thou shalt be frica
As mountain winds : but then exactly do
All points of my command.
Ari.

To the syllable,
Pro. Come, follow; speak not for him. (Exeunt.

[To Ariel.

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ACT II. SCENE I.

Another part of the Island. Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, GONZALO,

ADRIAN, FRANCISCO, and others.

Gon. 'Beseech you,

fir, be

merry : you have cause (So have we all) of joy; for our escape

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Ş Alluding to a common sensation in dreams; when we struggle, but with a total impuiffance in our endeavours, to run, itrike, &c.

WARBURTON.

woe

Is much beyond our lofs : Our hint of
Is common; every day, some failor's wife,
The masters of some merchant, and the merchant,
Have just our theme of woe: but for the miracle,
I mean our preservation, few in millions
Can speak like us : then wisely, good fir, weigh
Our forrow with our comfort.
Alon.

Pr'ythee, peace.
Seb. He receives comfort like cold porridge.
Ant. The visitor 8 will not give him o'er so.

Seb. Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

Gon. Sir,-
Sėb. One : -Teil.

Gon. When every grief is entertain'd, that's offer'd,
Comes to the entertainer

Seb. A dollar.

Gon. Dolour comes to him, indeed; you have spokea truer than

you purpos’d. Seb. You have taken it wiselier than I meant you should. Gon. Therefore, my lord, Ant. Fie, what a spendthrift is he of his tongue! Alon. I pr’ythee, spare. Gon. Well, I have done : But yet Seb. He will be talking..

Ant. Which of them, he, or Adrian, for a good wager, first begins to crow?

Seb. The old cock.
Ant. The cockrel.
Seb. Done: The wager?
Ant. A laughter.

Seb.

6 Hint is that which recalls to the memory. The cause that fills our minds with grief is common. Dr. Warburton reads-Aint of woe.

JOHNSON. Hint seems to mean circumstance. STEEVENS.

7 The owners of a merchant's ship, or the officers to whom the navigation of it had been trusted. STEEVEN S.

8 Why Dr. Warburton should change visitor to 'viser, for adviser, I cannot discover. Gonzalo gives not only advice but comfort, and is therefore properly called The Visitor, like others who visit the sick or distrefied to give them consolation. In some of the Proteftant churches there is a kind of officers termed Consolators for the fick. JOHNSON,

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