Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

Fran. They vanish'd strangely.
Seb.

No matter, since They have left their viands behind; for we have

stomachs. Will't please you taste of what is here? Alon.

Not I. Gon. Faith, sir, you need not fear.

When we were boys, Who would believe that there were mountaineers Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging

at them Wallets of flesh ? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now we

find,
Each putter-out of five for one 8 will bring us
Good warrant of.
Alon.

I will stand to and feed,
Although my last : no matter, since I feel
The best is past. - Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand to, and do as we.

8 A sort of inverted life-insurance was practised by travellers in Shakespeare's time. Before going abroad they put out a sum of money, for which they were to receive two, three, four, or even five times the amount upon their return; the rate being according to the supposed danger of the expedition. Of course the sum put out fell to the depositary, in case the putter-out did not return. Davies has an epigram of some point on this practice :

“ Lycus, which lately is to Venice gone,

Shall, if he do return, gain three for one;
But, ten to one, his knowledge and his wit
Will not be better'd or increas'd a whit.”

« whose heads stood in their breasts,” were probably the same that Othello speaks of:

“ The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads

Do grow beneath their shoulders." Knight suggests that the report of “ mountaineers dew-lapp'd like bulls" may have sprung from some remarkable cases of goitre, seen by travellers, but not understood.

The men,

H.

Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL like a harpy ;

claps his wings upon the table, and, by 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;

[Seeing AloN. SEB. foc. draw their swords.
And even with such like valour, men hang and drown
Their proper selves. You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of fate: the Elements,
Of whom your swords are temper’d, may as well
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
you

three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero ;
Expos’d unto the sea, which hath requit it,
Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed
The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
Incens’d the seas and shores, yea all the creatures,
Against your peace: Thee, of thy son, Alonzo,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Lingering 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, else fall

9 Bailey, in his Dictionary, says that dowle is a feather, or rather the single particles of the down.

Upon your heads,) is nothing, but heart's sorrow, And a clear life ensuing.

He vanishes in thunder : then, to soft music, enter the

Shapes again, and dance with mops and mowes, and carry out the table.

Pro. [Aside.] Bravely the figure of this harpy

hast thou Perform’d, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction hast thou nothing 'bated, In what thou hadst to say: so, with good life,10 And observation strange, my meaner ministers Their several kinds have done. My high charms

work, And these, mine enemies, are all knit up In their distractions : they now are in my power; And in these fits I leave them, whilst I visit Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown'd,) And his and my lov'd darling.

[Erit PROSPERO from above. Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why

stand you

In this strange stare ?
Alon.

0, it is monstrous ! monstrous !
Methought, the billows spoke, and told me of it;
The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder,
That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounc'd
The name of Prosper : it did bass my trespass.
Therefore my son i' the ooze is bedded; and
I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded,
And with him there lie mudded.

[Exit.

10 With good life, i. e. with full bent and energy of mind. Mr. Henley says that the expression is still in use in the west of England.

Seb.

But one fiend at a time, I'll fight their legions o'er. Ant.

I'll be thy second.

[Exeunt SEB. and ANT. Gon. All three of them are desperate : their

great guilt, Like poison given to work a great time after," Now 'gins to bite the spirits. I do beseech you, That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly, And hinder them from what this ecstasy May now provoke them to. Adr.

Follow, I pray you.

[Exeunt.

11

12

ACT IV.

SCENE I. Before PROSPERO's Cell.

Enter PROSPERO, FERDINAND, and MIRANDA.

Pro. If I have too austerely punish'd you,
Your compensation makes amends; for I
Have given you here a thread of mine own life,
Or that for which I live; whom once again
I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations
Were but my trials of thy love, and thou

11 The natives of Africa have been supposed to possess the secret how to temper poisons with such art as not to operate till several years after they were administered. Their drugs were then as certain in their effect as subtle in their preparation.

12 Shakespeare uses ecstasy for any temporary alienation of mind, a fit, or madness; as in Hamlet :

“ That unmatch'd form and feature of blown youth,

Blasted with ecstasy; and

6. This bodiless creation ecstasy
Is very cunning in.”

[ocr errors]

Hast strangely stood the test : here, afore Heaven,
I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand !
Do not smile at me, that I boast her off,
For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise,
And make it halt behind her.
Fer.

I do believe it,
Against an oracle.

Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition Worthily purchas’d, take my daughter : But If thou dost break her virgin knot' before All sanctimonious ceremonies may With full and holy rite be minister'd, No sweet aspersion ? shall the heavens let fall To make this contract grow; but barren hate, Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew The union of your bed with weeds so loathly, That you shall hate it both : therefore, take heed, As Hymen's lamps shall light you. Fer.

As I hope For quiet days, fair issue, and long life, With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den, The most opportune place, the strong'st sugges

tion Our worser Genius can, shall never melt Mine honour into lust; to take away The edge of that day's celebration, When I shall think, or Phæbus' steeds are founder'd, Or night kept chain'd below. Pro.

Fairly spoke;

3

| The same expression occurs in Pericles. Mr. Henley says that it is a manifest allusion to the zones of the ancients, which were worn as guardians of chastity before marriage.

? Aspersion is here used in its primitive sense of sprinkling : at present it is used in its figurative sense of throwing out hints of calumny and detraction. 3 Suggestion here means temptation or wicked prompting.

« ZurückWeiter »