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I have done nothing but in care of thee,
More to know
'Tis time I should inform thee further. Lend thy hand, And pluck my magick garment from me.-So;
[Lays down his mantle. Lie there my art.2_Wipe thou thine eyes; have com
fort. The direful spectacle of the wreck, which touch'd The very virtue of compassion3 in thee,
not that the crew had escaped, but that her father thought differently from her, and counted their destruction no harm. Johnson.
8 — more better -] This ungrammatical question is very frequent among our oldest writers. So, in The History of Helyas Knight of the Swan, bl. 1. no date, imprinted by Win. Copland: “ And also the more sooner to come, without prolixity, to the true Chronicles,” &c. Again, in the True Tragedies of Marius and Scilla," 1594 :
“ To wait a message of more better worth.” Again, ibid: “ That hale more greater than Cassandra now.” Steevens.
- full poor cell,] i. e. a cell in a great degree of poverty. So, in Antony and Cleopatra : “I am full sorry.” Steevens.
1 Did never meddle with my thoughts.) i.e. mix with them. To meddle is often used, with this sense, by Chaucer. Hence the substantive medley. The modern and familiar phrase by which that of Miranda may be explained, is-never entered my thoughts never came into my head. Steevens.
It should rather mean-to interfere, to trouble, to busy itself, as still used in the North, e. g. Don't meddle with me; i. e. Let me alone ; Don't molest me. Ritson. See Howell's Dict. 1660, in v. to meddle ; “ se mesler de.”
Malone. 2 Lie there my art.] Sir Will. Cecil, lord Burleigh, lord high treasurer, &c. in the reign of queen Elizabeth, when he put off his gown at night, used to say, Lie there, lord treasurer. Fuller's Holy State, p. 257. Steevens.
virtue of compassion -) Virtue ; the most efficacious part, the energetic quality ; in a like sense we say, The virtue of a plant is in the extract. Fohnson.
I have, with such provision in mine art,
You have often
The hour's now come ;
Certainly, sir, I can.
that there is no soul —] Thus the old editions read; but this is apparently defective. Mr. Rowe, and after him Dr. War. burton, read--that there is no soul lost, without any notice of the variation. Mr. Theobald substitutes no foil, and Mr. Pope follows him. To come so near the right, and yet to miss it, is unlucky: the author probably wrote no soil, no stain, no spot ; for so Ariel tells :
Not a hair perishd;
But fresher than before. And Gonzalo, The rarity of it is, that our garments being drenched in the sea, keep notwithstanding their freshness and glosses. Of this emendation I find that the author of notes on The Tempest had a glimpse, but could not keep it. Johnson.
- no soul —] Such interruptions are not uncommon to Shakspeare. He sometimes begins a sentence, and, before he concludes it, entirely changes its construction, because another, more forcible, occurs. As this change frequently happens in conversation, it may be suffered to pass uncensured in the language of the stage. Steevens. 5 not so much perdition as an hair,
Betid to any creature in the vessel, -) Had Shakspeare in his mind St. Paul's hortatory speech to the ship's company, where he assures them that, though they were to suffer shipwreck, “ not an hair should fall from the head of any of them?” Acts, xxvii. 34. Ariel afterwards says, “ Not a hair perishid.” Holt White.
6 Out three years old.] i. e. Quite three years old, three years old full-out, complete,
So, in the 4th Act:-“ And be a boy right out." Steevens.
Pro. By what? by any other house, or person?
'Tis far off;
Pro. Thou had'st, and more, Miranda : But how is it,
But that I do not.
Sir, are not you my father?
O, the heavens !
Both, both, my girl:
abysm of time?) i. e. Abyss. This method of spelling the word is common to other ancient writers. They took it from the French abysme, now written abime. So, in Heywood's BraZen Age, 1613:
“ And chase him from the deep abysms below.” Steevens. 8 Twelve years since, Miranda, twelve years since,] Years, in the first instance, is used as a dissyllable, in the second as a monosyllable. But this is not a license, peculiar to the prosody of Shakspeare. In the second book of Sidney's Arcadia are the following lines, exhibiting the same word, with a similar prosodical variation :
“ And shall she die ? shall cruel fier spill
“ Those beames that set so many hearts on fire ?” Steevens. 9 A princess ;-no worse issued.] The old copy reads" And princess.”. For the trivial change in the text I am answerable. 'Issued is descended. So, in Greene's Card of Fancy, 1608 : “ For I am by birth a gentleman, and issued of such parents,"
O, my heart bleeds
Pro. My brother, and thy uncle, call's Antonio,
manage of my state; as, at that time,
Sir, most heedfully.
teen -] is sorrow, grief, trouble. So, in Romeo and Juliet:
to my teen be it spoken.” Steevens.
whom to advance, and whom -] The old copy has who in both places. Corrected by the editor of the second folio.
Malone. 5 To trash for over-topping ;] To trash, as Dr. Warburton observes, is to cut away the superfluities. This word I have met with in books, containing directions for gardeners, published in the time of queen Elizabeth.
The present explanation may be countenanced by the following passage in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, B. X. ch. 57: " Who suffreth none by might, by wealth or blood to over
topp, “ Himself gives all preferment, and whom listeth him doth
“ Go thou, and, like an executioner,
“ That look too lofty in our commonwealth.”. Mr. Warton's note, however, on—" trash for his quick hunt. ing,” in the second act of Othello, leaves my interpretation of this passage somewhat disputable.
Mr. M. Mason observes, that to trash for overtopping, “ may mean to lop them, because they did overtop, or in order to pre
Or else new form’d them: having both the keys
vent them from overtopping. So Lucetta, in the second scene of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, says:
“ I was taken up for laying them down,
“ Yet here they shall not lie, for catching cold.” That is, lest they should catch cold. See Mr. M. Mason's note on this passage:
In another place (a note on Othello) Mr. M. Mason observes, that Shakspeare had probably in view, when he wrote the passage before us, “the manner in which Tarquin conveyed to Sex, tus his advice to destroy the principal citizens of Gabii, by striking off, in the presence of his messengers, the heads of all the tallest poppies, as he walked with them in his garden.” Steevens.
I think this phrase means “ to correct for too much haughti. ness or overbearing." It is used by sportsmen in the North, when they correct a dog for misbehaviour in pursuing the game. This explanation is warranted by the following passage in Othello, Act II. sc. i :
“ If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trash
“ For his quick hunting" It was not till after I made this remark, that I saw Mr. Warton's note on the above lines in Othello, which corroborates it. Douce.
A trash is a term still in use among hunters, to denote a piece of leather, couples, or any other weight, fastened round the neck of a dog, when his speed is superior to the rest of the pack; i. e. when he over-tops them, when he hunts too quick, C. See Othello, Act II. sc. i. Steevens.
both the key -] This is meant of a key for tuning the harpsichord, spinnet, or virginal; we call it now a tuning ham
Sir F. Hawkins. 7 of officer and office, set all hearts -— ] The old copy reads" all hearts i' th' state," but redundantly in regard to metre, and unnecessarily respecting sense; for what hearts, except such as were i' th' state, could Alonso incline to his purposes?
I have followed the advice of Mr. Ritson, who judiciously proposes to omit the words now ejected from the text. Steevens.
8 And suck'd my verdure out on't.) So in Arthur Hall's translation of the first book of Homer, 1581, where Achilles swears by his sceptre: “ Who having lost the sapp of wood, eft greenenesse cannot
drawe.” Steevens. 9 I pray thee, mark me.] In the old copy, these words are the beginning of Prospero's next speech; but, for the restoration of metre, I have changed their place. Steevens.