Old lord, I cannot blame thee,
Who am myself attach'd with weariness,
To the dulling of my spirits : sit down and rest.
Even here I will put off my hope, and keep it
No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd
Whom thus we stray to find; and the sea mocks
Our frustrate search on land : Well, let him go.
Ant. I am right glad that he's so out of hope.

[Aside to SEBASTIAN. Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose That you

resolv'd to effect. Seb.

The next advantage
Will we take thoroughly.

Let it be to-night;
For, now they are oppress'd with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot, use such vigilance,
As when they are fresh.

I say, to-night: no more.
Solemn and strange music; and PROSPERO above, invisible.

Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they
dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, in-
viting the King, góc., to eat, they depart.
Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, hark !
Gon. Marvellous sweet music!
Alon. Give us kind keepers, heavens! What were these?

Seb. A living drollery: Now I will believe
That there are unicorns; that in Arabia
There is one tree, the phenix' throne; one phonix
At this hour reigning there.

I'll believe both;
And what does else want credit, come to me,
And I'll be sworn 't is true: Travellers ne'er did lie,
Though fools at home condemn them.

If in Naples
I should report this now, would they believe me?
If I should say I saw such islanders, a
(For, certes, these are people of the island)

a Islanders. The original has islands.

Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
Our human generation you shall find
Many, nay, almost any.

Honest lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present
Are worse than devils.

[Aside. Alon.

I cannot too much muse
Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing
(Although they want the use of tongue) a kind
Of excellent dumb discourse.

Praise in departing. [Aside.
Fran. They vanish'd strangely.

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 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. Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy ;" claps

his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.

Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny (That hath to instrument this lower world,

a This is the reading of the original-of five for one. Malone reads, of one to five ; Steevens, on five to one. The putter-out is he who, being about to encounter the dangers of travel, deposits a sum of money to receive a larger sum if he returns in safety. Five for one appears to have been the rate for a very distant voyage. Five for one was therefore the technical term applied to a putter-out. He puts out at the rate of five for one.

And what is in 't) the never-surfeited sea
Hath caus’d to belch up you, 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., 8c., draw their svorils.
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 dowleb that's in my plume; my fellow-ministers
Are like invulnerable: if you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy


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, Alonso, They have bereft ; and do pronounce, by me, Ling’ring 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 falls 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 moves, and carry out the table.

Pro. Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou
Perform'd, my Ariel ; a grace it had, devouring:
Of my instruction hast thou nothing ’bated,

a You is omitted in all modern editions.
b Dowlea feather-a particle of down.
c Mops. In the original, mocks,

In what thou hadst to say : so, with good life, a
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, while I visit
Young Ferdinand, (whom they suppose is drown'd,)
And his and my lov'd darling. [Exit Pro. from above.

Gon. I'the name of something holy, sir, why stand you
In this strange stare?

O, 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 seck him decper than e'er plummet sounded,
And with him there lie mudded.

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

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 ecstacy May now provoke them to. Adr. Follow, I pray you.



a Good life-alacrity--energy-spirit.



1 SCENE II.—The picture of Nobody." NOBODY was a gentleman who figured on ancient signs; and, in the anonymous comedy of "Nobody and Somebody,' printed before 1600, he is represented as above. 2 SCENE III.

Here's a maze trod, indeed,

Through forth-rights and meanders ! Mr. Hunter says that forth-rights here evidently means no more than straight lines. The passage is explained by the fact of the allusion being to an artificial maze, sometimes constructed of straight lines (forth-rights), sometimes of circles (meanders). The engraving exhibits a maze of forthrights.

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