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Delight in them fets off: some kinds of baseneis
Eniter Miranda ; and Prospero, at, a distance unseen.
Mira Alas, now pray you,
for having wearied you i my father,
(20) Leaft busy when I do it.] This reading, I presume, to be Mr. Pope's; for I do not find it authoriz’d by the copies : The two firft folio's read;
M} busy leafl, when I do it. 'Tis true, this reading. is corrupt; hut the corruption is so very little remov'd from the truth of the text, that I can't afford to think well af.iny own fagacity for having discover'd it,
Fer. O most dear mistress,
Mira. If you'll fit down,
Fer. No, precious creature,
Mira. It would become me,
Pro. Poor worm! thou art infected ;
Mira. You look wearily.
you are by at night. I do beseech you, (Chiedy that I might set it in my prayers) What is your name?
Mira. Miranda. O my father,
your heft to say so.
Mira. I do not know
, And my dear father; how features are abroad,
I'm skilless of ; but, by my modefty,
Fer. I am, in my condition,
instant that I saw you, did My heart fly to your service, there resides To make me flave to it, and for your
fake Am I this patient log-man.
Mira. Do you love me?
Fer. O heav'n, O earth, bear witness to this sound,
Mira. I am a fool,
Pro: Fair encounter
Fex. Wherefore weep you?
maid : You may deny me; but I'll be
your Whether you will or no. Fer. My mistress, dearest,
Mirfram. And I thus humble ever.,
: to be your fellow
Mira. My husband then ?
Fer. Ay, with a heart as willing
Mira. Acd mine, with my heart in't; and now farewel,
[Excunt. Pro. So glad of this as they, I cannot be, Who are surpriz'd withal; but my rejoicing At nothing can be more. l'll to my book ; For yet, ere fupper-time muft- I perform Much bufiness appertaining.
[Exit. SCENE changes to another part of the Ifand.
Enter Caliban, Stephano, and Tripculo.
bear to me.
up, and board 'em, servant monfter (21); drink
(**). Sermont-monfer.] The part of Caliban has been estrem'd a ágnal inftance of the copiousness of Shakespeare's invention ; and that he had thewn an extent of genius, in creating a person which was not in nature.
And for this, as well as his oiber magical and ideal characters, a just admiration has been paid him. I can't help taking notice, on this occasion, of the virulence of Ben Johnson, who, in the induction to his Barriemew Fair, has endeavour id to thro:* dirt, not only at this single character, but at this whole day. "If
there be never a fervane mcrfter in the fair, who can help it, (he " says,) nor a neft of anticks ?' He is loto to make nature afraid in
his plays, like those that beget tales, tempefts, and such like drolle" beries, to mix his head with other mens heels." Shakespeare, as the tradition runs, was the perfon who first brought Juhnfin upon the stage ; and this is the stab we and given in requiial for such a tervice, when his benefactor was retreated from the icene, A circumsance, that ftrangely aggravates the ingratitude. But this furly faucineis was familiar with Ben,; when the publick were ever out of humour at his performances, he would revenge ji oni them, by being out of humour with those pieces which had best pleas'd them.
-I'll only add, that his conduet in this was very contradictory to his cooler proo s frons, “ that it men would impartially look towards the offices and " functions of a Poet, they would eafiy conclude to themselves the "? impesibility of any man's being the good Poet, withour first being a good man,
Trin, Servant monster! the folly of this issand! thay fay, there's but five upon this ide; we are three of thein,. if the other two be brain'd like us, the state totters.
Ste. Drink, servant-monster, when I bid thee; thy cyes are almost fer in thy head.
Trin. Where should they be set eller he were a brave monster indeed, if tbey were set in his tail.
Sie. My man-monster hath drown'd his tongue in fack: for my part, the sea cannot drown me, I swam, ere I could recover the shore, five, and thirty leagues, off and on; by this light, thou shalt be my lieutenant, monster, or my.
standard. Trin, Your lieutenant, if you lift; he's no ftandarch Ste. We'll not run, monsieur monster.
Trin, Nor go neither: but you'll lye like dogs, and yet fay nothing neither.
Ste. Moon-calf, speak once in thy life, if thou beest a good moon-calf.
Cal. How does thy honour? let me lick thy Thoe ;; I'll not serve him, he is not valiant.
Trin. Thou. liest, most ignorant monfter, I am in case to justle a constable; why, thou debosh'd fish thou, was there ever a man a coward that hath drunk fo much fack, as [, to-day! wilt thou tell a monstrous lye, being buţ half a fish, and half a monster.
Cal. Lo, how he moeks me: wilt thoulethim my Lord!
Trin. Lord, quoth he! that a monster should be such a natural!
Cal. Lo, lo, again; bite him to death, I pr'ýthee.
Ste. Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head ; if you prove a mutineer; the next treenathe poor mon Iter's my subject, and he shall not suffer indignity.
Cali I thank my noble Lord. Wils thou be pleas'd to hearken once again to the suit I made to thee?
Sie. Marry, will 1; kneel and repeat it, I will ftand, and so fhall Trincula.
Enter Ariel invisible. Çal. As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a forcerer,that byhis cunning hath cheated me of the islande