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(For still 'tis beating in my mind,) your reason
Pro. Know thus far forth.-
choose.— [MIRANDA sleeps.
Come away, servant, come: I am ready now ;
Approach, my Ariel; come.
Ari. All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I
To answer thy best pleasure; belt to fly,
Pro. Hast thou, spirit, Perform'd to point” the tempest that I bade thee?.
Ari. To every article.
: Now my dear lady, i. e. now my auspicious mistress.
*—'tis a good dulness, J Dr. %. rightly observes, that this sleepiness, which Prospero by his art had brought upon Miranda, and of which he knew not how soon the effect would begin, makes him question her so often whether she is attentive to his story. Johnson.
* On the curl’d clouds;] So, in Timon—Crisp heaven.
s and all his quality.] i.e. all his confederates.
* Perform'd to point —j i. e. to the minutest article; a literal translation of the French phrase—a point.
VOL. I. C
I boarded the king's ship, now on the beak,
Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune
Pro. My brave spirit! Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil Would not infect his reason 2
Ari. Not a soul But felt a fever of the mad, and play'd Some tricks of desperation: All, but mariners, Plung'd in the foaming brine, and quit the vessel,’ Then all a-fire with me: the king's son, Ferdinand, With hair up-starting (then like reeds, not hair,) Was the first man that leap'd ; cried, Hell is empty, And all the devils are here.
*— now on the beak, The beak was a strong pointed body at the head of the ancient gallies; it is used here for the forécastle, or the boltsprit. Johnson. * Now in the waist,) The part between the quarter-deck and the forecastle. Johnson. 3 Sometimes I’d divide, And burn in many places;] Burton says, that the Spirits of fire, in form of fire-drakes and blazing stars, “oftentimes sit on ship-masts,” &c. Melanch. P.I. § 2. p. 30. edit. 1632. WAR.Ton. * Yea, his dread trident shake.] st the metre should appear defective, it is necessary to apprize the reader, that in Warwickshire, and other midland counties, shake is still pronounced by the common people as if it was written shaake, a dissyllable. FARMER.
* — and quit the vessel,] Quit for quitted.
Pro. Why, that's my spirit!
But was not this nigh shore?
Ari. Close by, my master.
Pro. But are they, Ariel, safe?
Ari. Not a hair perish'd; On their sustaining" garments not a blemish, But fresher than before: and, as thou bad'st me, In troops I have dispers'd them 'bout the isle: The king's son have I landed by himself; Whom I left cooling of the air with sighs, In an odd angle of the isle, and sitting, His arms in this sad knot.
Pro. Of the king's ship, The mariners, say, how thou hast dispos'd, And all the rest o' the fleet?
Ari. Safely in harbour Is the king's ship; in the deep nook, where once Thou call'dst me up at midnight to fetch dew From the still-vex'd Bermoothes,’ there she's hid: The mariners all under hatches stowed; Whom, with a charm join'd to their suffer'd labour, I have left asleep: and for the rest o' the fleet, Which I dispers'd, they all have met again; And are upon the Mediterranean flote,” Bound sadly home for Naples; Supposing that they saw the king's ship wreck'd, And his great person perish.
6 sustaining—I i.e. their garments that bore them up and supported them; or their garments which bore, without being injured, the drenching of the sea.
* The epithet here applied to the Bermudas, will be best understood by those who have seen the chafing of the sea over the rugged rocks by which they are surrounded, and which render access to them so dangerous. It was in our poet’s time the current opinion, that Bermudas was inhabited by monsters, and devils.-Setebos, the god of Caliban’s dam, was an American devil, worshipped by the giants of Patagonia. HENLEY.
*—the Mediterranean flote, Flote is wave.