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(For still 'tis beating in my mind,) your reason
Know thus far forth. By, accident most strange, bountiful fortune,
dear lady,' hath mine enemies Brought to this shore: and by my prescience I find my zenith doth depend upon A most auspicious star; whose influence If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes Will ever after droop.—Here cease more questions ; Thou art inclin'd to sleep ; 'tis a good dulness, And give it way ;-I know thou can'st not 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; be’t to fly,
Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to pointo the tempest that I bade thee?.
Ari. To every article.
3 Now my dear lady,] i. e. now my auspicious mistress.
'tis a good dulness,] Dr. Warburton 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.
7 On the curld clouds ;] So, in Timon-Crisp heaven. 8 — and all his quality.] i. e. all his confederates.
9 Perform'd to point - 1 i. e. to the minutest article; a literal translation of the French phrase--a point. VOL. I.
I boarded the king's ship, now on the beak,
O’ the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary And sight-out-running were not: The fire, and
cracks Of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune Seem'd to besiege, and make his bold
waves tremble, Yca, his dread trident shake.* Pro.
My brave spirit!
Not a soul
- now on the beak,] The beak was a strong pointed body at the head of the ancient gallies; it is used here for the forecastle, or the boltsprit. Johnson.
* Now in the waist,] The part between the quarter-deck and the forecastle. Johnson.
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. WARTON.
Yea, his dread trident shake.] Lest 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.
Why, that's my spirit!
Close by, my master.
Not a hair perish'd;
Of the king's ship,
Safely in harbour
6-sustaining-] 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 cur. rent 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 ware.