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Being lass-lorn; thy pole-clipt vineyard,
And thy sea-marge steril, and rocky hard,
Where thou thyfélf do't'air; the Queen o'th' sky,
Whose wat'ry arch and mefienger am I,
Bids thee leave thcse; and with her sov'reign grace,.
Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,
To come and sport; her peacocks fly amain :
Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain,

Enter Ceres.
Cer. Hail, many-colourd messenger, that ne'er
Do't disobey the wife of Yupiter :
Who, with thy faffron wings, upon my flowers
Diffuseft honey drops, refreshing showers ;
And with each end of thy blue bow do't crown
My boky acres, and my un hrub'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy Queen
Summon'd me hither, to this fort-grass green?

Iris. A contract of true love to celebrate,
And some donation freely to estate
On the bless'd lovers.

Cer. Tell me, heav'oly bow,
If Venus or her son, as thou do'st know,
Do now attend the Queen : since they did plot
The means, that duky Dis my daughter got;
Her and her blind boy's scandal'd company
I have forsworn.

Iris. Of her society
Be not afraid ; I met her deity
Cutting the clouds towards Paphos, and her son
Dove-drawn with her; here thought they to have done
Some wanton charm upon this man and maid,
Whose vows are, that no bed-right shall be paid
'Till Hymen's torch be lighted ; but in vain
Mars's hot minion is return'd again ;
Her waspith-headed son has broke his arrows;
Swears, he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows,
And be a boy right-out.
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Cer. High Queen of state,
Great Juno, comes ; I know her by her gate.

[Juno defcends, and enters. Jun. How does my bounteous fifter?

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To bless this twain, that they may prosp'rous be,
And honour'd in their issue.
Jun. Honour, riches, marriage blefling.

Long continuance and encreasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you ;

Juno fings her bleffings on you:
Cer. Earth's increase, and foyfon-plenty, (25)

Barns and garners never empty,
Vines, with cloftring bunches growing,
Plants, with goodly burthen bowing ;
Spring come to you, at the farthest,
In the very end of harveft :
Scarcity and want shall fun you ;

Ceres's blessing fo is on you.
Fer. This is a most majestic vifion, and
Harmonious charmingly: may I be bold
To think thefe fpirits?

Pro. Spirits, which by mine art
I have from their confines call'd to enact (26)
My present fancies.

Fer. (25) Eartb*s Increase.) All the editions, that. I have ever seen, concur in placing this whole fonnet to Juno: but very absurdly, in my opinion. I believe, every accurate reader, who is acquainted wish poetical history, and the distinct offices of these two goddesses, and who then ferjousy reads over our Author's lines, will agree with me, that Ceres's name ought to have been placed where I have now prefix'd ir.

(26) I have from all their confines ] This all is obtruded upon Us by the nice ears of our modern editors, who were for helping the verse, upon a supposition that the accent in confines must needs be upon the first fyllable. But the practice of our Poet is againg them; and therefore I have restor'd him to his own reading.

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like it. Act 2. Sc. I.
And yet it irks me, the poor dappled fools;
Being native burghers of this desart city,
Should, in their own confines,

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Fer. Let me live here ever ;
So rare a wonder'd father, and a wife,
Make this place paradise.

Pro. Sweet now, filence :
Juno and Ceres whisper seriously;
There's something else to do; hush, and be mute,
Or else our spell is marr'd.

Juno and Ceres whisper, and send Iris on employment.
Iris

. You nymphs, call’d Nayads, of the winding brooksja
With your fédgd crowns, and ever harmless looks,
Leave your crisp channels, and on this greenland
Answer your summons, Juno does command:
Come, temperate nymphs, and help to celebrate
A contract of true love; be not too late.

Enter certain Nymphs.
You fun-burn'd ficklemen, of August weary,
Come hither from the furrow, and be merry ;:
Make holy-day; your rye-straw hats put on,
And these freh nymphs encounter every one.
In country footing.

K. Joba. AX 4.

This kingdom, this confine of blood and breath,. And Hamler. Act 1. Sc. 1.

Th' extravagant and erring spirit hyes

To his confine.
And in his poem entitled, In Praise of his Love.

In whose confine immured is the store,

Which should example where your equal grew. And, again, in his poem call’d, A Lover's Complaint.

O most potential love ! vow, bond, nor space, .

In thee hath neither iting, knot, nor confine: And in his Amorous Epistle of Paris to Helen.

Shipping myself from the Sigaan shore,

Whence unto these confines my course I bore. And, I believe, in every other passage throughout his works, where? be has used this word, the accent is constantly on the last syllable,

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Enter certain reafers, properly habited; they join with the

nymphs in a graceful dance ; towards the end whereof,
Prospero ftarts suddenly, and speaks; after which, to a
strange, bollow and confused noise, they vanish heavily.

Pro. I had forgot that foul conspiracy
Of the beast Caliban, and his confed'rates,
Against my lise; the minute of their plot
Is almoft.come. Well done, avoid ; no more.

Fer. This is strange; your father's in some paflion
That works him strongly.

Mir. Never 'till this day
Saw I him touch'd with anger, fo diftemper'd.

Pro. You look, my son, in a mov'd sort,
As if you were dismay'd; be chearful, Sir :
Our revels now are ended : these our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air ;
And, like the baseless fabrick of this vision,
The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The folemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all, which it inherit, fhall diffolve ;
And, like this infubftantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind ! we are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a fleep. Sir, I am vext; (27)

Bear (27)

Sir, I am vext; Bear with my weakness, my old brain is troubled :] There is the appearance of something very extraordinary, in this great emotion of anger so discoverable in the behaviour of Prospero, on the sudden recollection of Caliban's plot : And the admirable reflection, which he makes, upon the insignificancy of human things, fully thews it : for thinking men are never under greater oppreffion of mind, than when they make such kind of reflections. And yet, if we turn to the cause of this disturbance, there is nothing that one could imagine, at firft view, could occafion it: the plot of a contemptible savage, and -Two drunken sailors, whom he had absolutely in his power! It could be no apprehenfion of danger then, that could cause it. But, reflecting more attentively, we shall find, (agreeably to our Poet's wonderful knowledge of nature, there was something in the case, with which great minds are most deeply affected ;, and that is, the resentment of

ingratitude

Bear with my weakness, my old brain is troubled :
Be not disturbed with my infirmity;
If thou be pleas'd, retire into my cell,
And there repose; a turn or two I'll walk,
To fill my beating mind.
Fer. Mira. We wilh your peace. [Exe. Fer. and Mir.
Pro. Come with a thought;

I thank you:
Ariel, come.
Prospero comes forward from the Cell; enter Ariel to him.

Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to ; what's thy pleasure?

Pro. Spirit,
We must prepare to meet with Caliban:

Ari. Ay, my commander; when I presented Ceres,
I thought to have told thee of it; but I fear’d, :
Left I might anger thee.

Pro. Say again, where did ft thou leave these varlets ?

Ari. I told you, Sir, they were red hot with drinking i So full of valour, that they smote the air For breathing in their faces; beat the ground For kisling of their feet; yet always bending Towards their project. Then I beat my tabor, At which, like unbackt colts, they prick'd their ears, Advanc'd their eye-lids, lifted up their noses, As they smelt mufic; fo I charm’d their cars, That, calf-like, they my lowing follow'd through Tooth'd briars, sharp furzes, pricking gols and thorns, Which enter'd their frail Thins: at lait † left them ingratitude. He recall'd to his mind the obligations this Caliban lay under for the inftructions he had receiv'd from him, and the conveniences of life he had taught himn to use. But these retieétions of Cao liban's ingratitude would naturally recall to mind his brother's : and then these two, working together, were very capable of producing all the disorder of passion here represented. That these t30, who had : receiv'd at his bands the two best gifts that mortals are capable of, when rightly apply'd, regal porver and the use of reason; that these, in return, should conspire against the life of the donos, would cera tainly affitt a generous mind to its utmost bearing,

As these reflectiens do so much honour to that surprising knowledge of human nature, which is so apparently our Author's masterpiece, it cannot, sure, be thought unnecesiary to let them in #proper light. Mr: Warburten.

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