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Since I came to this ifle : And in the morn,
I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples,
Where I have hope to see the nuptials
Of these our dear beloved solemniz'd;
And thence retire me to my Milan, where
Every third thought shall be my grave.

Alon. I long
To hear the story of your life, which must
Take the ear strangely.

Pro. I'll deliver all;
And promise you calm seas, aufpicious gales,
And fail so expeditious, that shall catch
Your royal fleet far off.— My Ariel;- chick,
That is thy charge : then to the elements J
Be free, and fare thou well l Please you, draw near.

Exeunt omnes.

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NOW my charms are all oerthrown,

And what strength I have's mine own,
Which is most faint : now, 'tis true,
I must be here confin'd by you,
Or sent to Naples : Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got,
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island, by your spell;
But release me from my bands,
3 With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours, my fails
Muft fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please: Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant :
* And my ending is despair,
Unless I be reliev'd by prayer,

Which 3 With the help, &c.] By your applause, by clapping hands.

JOHNSON. Noise was supposed to dissolve a spell. So twice before in this play:

" No tongue; all eyes ; be filent.” Again : " huh! be mute,

« Or else our spell is marr'd." STEVENS. 4 And my ending is despair,

Unless I be reliev'd by prayer ;] This alludes to the old stories told of the despair of necromancers in their last moments, and of the efficacy of the prayers of their friends for them.


Which pierces so, that it assaults :
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free!

It is observed of The Tempeft, that its plan is regular; this the author of The Revisal thinks, what I think too, an accidental effect of the story, not intended or regarded by our author. But whatever might be Shakespeare's intention in forming or adopting the plot, he has made it instrumental to the production of many characters, diversified with boundless invention, and preserved with profound skill in nature, extensive knowledge of opinions, and accurate observation of life. In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy fpirits, and of an earthly goblin. The operations of magick, the tumults of a storm, the adventures of a desart island, the native effusion of untaught af. fection, the punishment of guilt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our passions and reason are equally interested.



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