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Drop on you both! a south-west blow on ye,
I must eat my dinner.
Caliban's Exultation after Prospero tells him-He
sought to violate the Honour of his Child, has something in it very Arikingly in Character.
Oh ho, oh ho,—I wou'd it had been done, Thou did'ft prevent me, I had peopled else This isle with Calibans.
Prof. Abhorred ilave; Which any print of goodness will not take, Being capable of all ill! I pity'd thee, Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour One thing or other: when thou could' it not, savage, Show thine own meaning; but would't gabble like A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes With words that made them known: but thy vile race
Though the malignity, of his purposes; but let any other being en tertain the same thoughts, and he will find them easily isa Lue in the fame expressions."
Though thou didft learn, had that in't which good
Cal. You taught me language; and my profit on't
Full fathom five (12) thy father lies,
of his bones are coral made;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
Into something rich and strange.
(12) Full fatlom five, &c.] Gildon, who has pretended to criticise our author, would give this up as an insufferable and fenfeless piece of trifling. And I believe this is the general opinion concerning it. But a very unjust one. Let us consider the business Ariel is here upon, and his manner of executing it. The commission Prospero had entrusted to him, in a whisper, was plainly this ; to conduct Ferdinand to the sight of Miranda, and to difpofe him
Amiable Simplicity of Miranda on first View of
Prof. This gallant which thou feest Was in the wreck: and, but he's something stain'd
to the quick sentiments of love, while he, on the other hand, prepared his daughter for the same impressions. Arieł sets about his businels by acquainting Ferdinand, in an extraordinary manner, with the afflictive news of his father's death. A very odd apparatns, one would think, for a love fit. And yet as it appears, the poet has fhewir in it the finest conduct for carrying on his plot. Prospero had said,
I find my zenith doth depend upon
Will ever ajter droop. In consequence of this his prescience, he takes advantage of every favoarable circumstance that the occasion offers. The principal affair is the marriage of his daughter with young Ferdinand. But to secure this point it was neceffary they Mould be contracted before the affair came to Alonzo, the father's knowledge. For Prospero was ignorant how this storm and Mipwreck, caused by him, would work upon Alonzo's temper. It might either soften him, or increase his aversion for Prospero as the author. On the other hand, to engage Ferdinand, without the consent of his father, was difficult. For, not to speak of his quality, where such engagements are not made without the confent of the fovereign, Ferdinand is represented (to fhew it a match worth seeking) of a most pious temper and disposition, which would prevent him contracting himself without his father's knowledge. The poet therefore, with the utmost address, has made Ariel persuade him of his father's death, to remove this remora. Thus far W. J. adds, “ The reason for which Ariel is introduced thus trifling is, that he and his companions are evidently of the fairy kind, an order of beings to which tradition has always ascribed a sort of diminutive agency, powerful but ludicrous, a humourous and frolick controlment of na. ture, well expressed by the songs of Ariel.”
With grief, that beauty's canker, thou mights call
Mir. I might call him
Fer. Most sure the goddess
Alir. There's nothing ill can dwell in such a tema
ple : If the ill fpirit love fo fair a house, Good things will strive to dwell with't.
A Lover's Speech. My (13) spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up; My father's loss, the weakness which I feel,
(13) My, &c.] The following fine fimile from Virgil, will be a good comment on S. Æn. 12. v. 908.
Ac velut, &c.
Dryden. Tajo, in his Gierusalemme Liberata, has finely imitated this fimile, C. 20. S. 105,
Come vede talor torbidi, &c.
In their unquiet sleep, and flumber short,
The wreck of all my friends, or this man's threats,
Yet feel their limbs far flower than the stream
Of their vain thoughts, that bears them in this sport, And oft wou'd speak, wou'd cry, wou'd call or shout, Yet neither found, nor voice, nor word sent out.
Fairfax. The following part of the speech is greatly exceeded by another of the same fort in the Second Part of King Henry VI. Act 3. which see and n. There is too in the Midfummer Night's Dream, a thought of the fame kind, though rather too quaint.
Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company:
Act 2. Sc 30 Sir J. Suckling, in his Goblins, Act 4. has a similar palfage.
Witness all that can punish fallhood,
Confin'd within the walls.We may observe the character of Reginella, in that play, is an imperfect copy of Miranda in this.
Mafinger, in his Guardian, Act 5. Sc. 1. has an expression like S's.
These woods, Severino,