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And to my state grew stranger, being transported,
Sir, most heedfully.
O good sir, I do.
8 To trash for over-topping ;] To trash, in old books of gardening, is to cut away the superfluities. It is used, also, by sportsmen in the North, when they correct a dog for misbehaviour in pursuing the game. A trash, among hunters, denotes 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.
See Othello, Act. II. sc. i.
9. both the key-] This is meant of a key for tuning the harpsichord, spinnet, or virginal; called now a tuning hammer.
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.
· Like a good parent, &c.] Alluding to the observation, that a father above the common rate of men has commonly a son below it. Heroum filii noxæ. Johnson.
A falsehood, in its contrary as great
Mira. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness,
O the heavens !
If this might be a brother.
Who having, unto truth, by telling of it,
To credit his own lie, ] There is, perhaps, no correlative, to which the word it can with grammatical propriety belong. Lie, however, seems, to have been the correlative to which the poet meant to refer, however ungrammatically.
* He was the duke ; out of the substitution,] The reader should place his emphasis on—was. STEEVENS.
5 So dry he was for sway)] i. e. So thirsty.
I should sin
Now the condition.
Alack, for pity!
it o'er again : it is a hint,
Hear a little further, And then I'll bring thee to the present business Which now's upon us; without the which, this
story Were most impertinent. Mira.
Wherefore did they not That hour destroy us? Pro.
Well demanded, wench; My tale provokes that question. Dear, they durst
not; (So dear the love my people bore me) nor set A mark so bloody on the business; but
6 To think but nobly-] But, i. e. in this place otherwise than.
7in lieu o' the premises, &c.] In lieu of, means here, in consideration of; an unusual acceptation of the word.
-a hint,] Hint is suggestion. 9 That wrings mine eyes.] i. e. squeezes the water out of them.
With colours fairer painted their foul ends.
Alack! what trouble
0! a cherubim
How came we ashore?
deck'd the sea-] To deck the sea, if explained to honour, adorn, or dignify, is indeed ridiculous, but the original import of the verb deck, is to cover ; so, in some parts, they yet say deck the table. This sense may be borne, but perhaps the poet wrote fleck’d, which I think is still used in rustic language of drops falling upon water. Dr. Warburton reads mock’d; the Oxford edition brack'd. JOHNSON.
To deck signifies in the North to sprinkle ; and degg'd, which means the same, is in daily use in the North of England. When clothes that have been washed are too much dried, it is necessary to moisten them before they can be ironed, which is always done by sprinkling; this operation the maidens universally call degging.
An undergoing stomach,] Stomach is stubborn resolution. 3 Some food we had, and some fresh water, that
A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo,
Rich garments, linens, stuffs, and necessaries,
'Would I might But ever see that man! Pro.
Now I arise :Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow. Here in this island we arrived; and here Have I, thy school-master, made thee more profit Than other princes can, that have more time For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful. Mira. Heavens thank you fort! And now, I
pray you, sir,
Out of his charity, (who being then appointed
Master of this design,) did give us ;] Mr. Steevens has suggested, that we might better read-he being then appointed ; and so we should certainly now write : but the reading of the old copy is the true one, that mode of phraseology being the idiom of Shakspeare's time. Malone.
I have left the passage in question as I found it, though with slender reliance on its integrity.
What Mr. Malone has styled “the idiom of Shakspeare's time,” can scarce deserve so creditable a distinction.
The genuine idiom of our language, at its different periods, can only be ascertained by reference to contemporary writers whose works were skilfully revised as they passed through the press, and are therefore unsuspected of corruption. A sufficient number of such books are before us. If they supply examples of phraseology resembling that which Mr. Malone would establish, there is an end of controversy between us. STEEVENS.
4 Now I arise : ] Perhaps these words belong to Miranda, and we should read :
Mir. 'Would I might
Pro. Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.
-may signify, “now I rise in my narration,”—“now my story heightens in its consequence,” I have left the passage in question undisturbed. We still say, that the interest of a drama rises or declines. STEEYENS.