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To ease the anguish of a torturing hour ? I read as much, as from the rattling tougue
Call Philostrate.

of saucy and audacious eloquence. Philost. Here, mighty Theseus.

Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity, The. Say, what abridgment. have you for this In least, speak most, to my capacity.

evening? What mask what music! How sball we be

Enter PHILOSTRATE. guile?

Philost. So please your grace the prologue is The lazy time, if not with some delight?

addrest. Philost. There is a brief, t how many sports The. Let bim approach. are ripe ;

(Flourish of Trumpets. Make choice of which your highness will see first. (Giving a paper.

Enter PROLOGUE. The. (Reads.] The battle with the Centaurs, Prol. If we offend, it is with our good to be sung,

will, By an Athenian eunuch to the harp.

That you should think, we come not to of: We'll none of that : that have I told my love,

fend, In glory of my kinsman Hercules.

But with good will. To show our simple The riot of the tipsy Bacchanals,

skill, Tearing the Thracian singer in their rage. That is the true beginning of our end. That is an old device ; and it was play'd Consider then, we come but in despite, When I from Thebes came last a conqueror. We do not come as minding to content you, The thrice three Muses mourning for the Our true intent is. All for your delight, death

We are not here. That you should here Of learning, late deceas'd in beggary.

repent you, That is some satire, keen, and critical,

The actors are at hand ; and, by their show, Not sorting with a nuptial ceremony.

You shall know all, that you are like to A tedious brief scene of young Pyramus,

know. And his love Thisbe ; very tragical mirth. The. This fellow doth not stand upon points. Merry and tragical 1 Tedious and brief ?

Lys. He hath rid bis prologue, like a rough That is, hot ice, and wonderous strange snow. colt, he knows not the stop. A good moral, my How shall we find the concord of this discord ? lord : It is not enough to speak, but to speak Philost. A play there is, my lord, some ten true. words long;

Hip. Indeed he bath played on this prologue, Which is as brief as I have known a play ; like a child on a recorder ; t a sound, but not But by ten words, my lord, it is too long; in government. Which makes it tedious : for in all the play The. His speech was like a tangled chain; There is not one word apt, one player fitted. nothing impaired, but all disordered. Who is And tragical, my poble lord, it is;

next > For Pyramus therein doth kill himself. Which, when I saw rehears'd, I must confess,

Enter PYRAMUS and THISBE, WALL, MOONMade mine eyes water ; but more merry tears SHINE, and Lion, as in dumb show. The passion of loud laughter never shed.

Prol. “Gentles, perchance, you wonder at The. What are they, that do play it ?

this show; Philost. Hard-handed men, that work in “ But wonder on, till truth make all things Athens here,

plain. Which never laboured in their minds till now; This man is Pyramus, if you would know ; And now have toil'd tbeir unbreath'd me- “This beauteous lady Thisby is, c táin. inories

“ This man, with lime and rough-cas. doth preWith this same play, against your nuptial.

sent The. And we will hear it.

" Wall, that vile wall which did the lovers Philost. No, my noble lord,

budder; It is not for you : I have heard it over,

“ Aud through wall's chink, poor souls they're And it is nothing, nothing in the world ;

content Unless you can find sport in their intents, “To whisper ; at the which let no man won. Extremely stretch'd and cona'd with cruel pain,

der. To do you service.

“ This man, with lantern, dog, and bush of The. I will hear that play ;

thorn, For never any thing can be amiss,

“ Presenteth moonshine: for, if you will When simpleness and duty tender it.

know, Go, bring them in :-and take your places, “ By moonshine did these lovers think no scoru ladies.

(Exit PHILOSTRATE. “To meet at Nious' tomb, there, there to Hip. I love not to see wretchedness o'ercharg'd,

“ This grisly beast, which by name lion hight, I And duty in bis service perishing.

“ The trusty Thisby, coming first by night, The. Why, gentle sweet, you shall see no " Did scare away, or rather did affright: such thing.

And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall; Hip. He says, they can do nothing in this “ Which lion vile with bloody mouth did kind.

stain: The. The kinder we, to give them thanks for “ Anon comes Pyramus, sweet youth, and tall, nothing.

And finds his trusty Thisby's mantle slaia : Our sport sball be, to take what they mistake : “ Whereat with blade, with bloody blameful And what poor duty cannot do,

blade, Noble respect takes it in might, not merit. “ He bravely broach'd bis boiling bloody Where I have come, great clerks bave purposed

breast; To greet me with premeditated welcomes ;

“ And, Thisby tarrying in mulberry sbade Where I have seen them sbiver and look pale,

“ His dagger drew, and died. For all the Make periods in the midst of sentences,

rest, Throttle their practis'd accent in their fears, " Let lion, moonshine, wall, and lovers twain, And, in conclusion, dumbly bave broke off, “ At large discourse, while here they do re. Not paying me a welcome : Trust me, sweet,

main," Out of this silence, yet, I pick'd a welcome ;

(Exeunt PROLOGUE, TIISBE, LION, and And in the modesty of fearful duty

• Short account.

• Ready.
| Pastime.
* Unexorcised.
A musical instrument.

* Called,


Never mole, bare-lip, nor scar,

Puck. If we shadows have offended, Nor mark prodigious, such as are

Think but this, (and all is mended,) Despised in nativity,

That you have but slumber'd here, Shall upon their children be.

While these visions did appear. With this field-dew consecrate,

And this weak and idle theme, Every fairy take his gait; +

No more yielding but a dreann, And each several chamber bless,

Gentles, do not reprehend; Through this palace with sweet peace :

lj you pardon, ae will mend. E'er sball it in yfety rest,

And, as I'm an honest Puck,
And the owner of it blest.

If we have uncarned luck
Trip away ;

Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
Make no stay,

We will make amends cre long :
Meet me all by break of day.

Else the Puck a liar call.
(Exeunt OBERON, TITANIA, and So, good night into you all.

Gite me your hands, if we be friends,

And Robin shall restore anends, • Porte otous, Ws


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THB supernatural agency which forms so leading a feature in this fanciful play, is built according to Mr.

Warton) on the peeuliar tenets of the Rosicrucian philosophy; the name of Ariel being derived from
the Talmudistic mysteries with which the more learned Jews connected that science. It was one of
Shakspeare's latest productirns, and probably founded on some Italian novel. Warburton considers it

une of the noblest efforts of his sublime and amazing imagination:" a negative species of praise, since the pleasure which it creates arises from a boundless diversity of invention, from a continued succession of supernatural occurrences, devoid of application and destitute of moral, because the end is ostained by means beyond the ordinary compass of belief. In representation it is greatly dependent on the scenery and mechanism. The language, however, is throughout most forcible, and much of the sentiment chaste and magnificent. Caliban is an original creation ; whimsical, monstrous, and impressive : but

hat meu, saved as it were by miracle from death, should immediately plot the destruction of their companions, to obtain dominions which there was no probability of their uver re-visiting, is a suggestion et variance with nature, and inconsistent with the spirit of the piece. Johnson says of The Tempest--- “In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy spirits, and of an earthly goblin. The operations of magic, the tomults of a storm, the adveatures of a desert island, the native effusion of untaught affection, the punishment of guilt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our passions and reason are equally interested.”

ALONSO, King of Naples.

Master of a Ship, Boatswain, and Mariners.
SEBASTIAN, his Brother.

MIRANDA, Daughter to Prospero.
ANTONIO,'his Brother, the usurying Duke of ariel, an Airy Spirit.
PROSPERO, the rightful Duke of Milan.

FERDINAND, Son to the King of Naples.

GONZALO, an honest old Counsellor of Naples.



} Lords.

CALIBAN, à savage and deformed Slave.
TRINCULO, a Jester.
STEPHANO, a drunken Butler.

Other Spirits attending on PROSPERO.
SCENE—The Sea with a ship : afterwards an uninhabited Island.


Boats. I pray now, keep below.

Ant. Where is the master, boatswain?
SCENE 1.-On a Ship at Sea.

Boats. Do you not hear him? You mar onr
A Storm, with Thunder and Lightning.

labour! keep your cabin ; you do assist ine


Gon. Nay, good, be patient.
Mast. Boatswain,-

Boats. When the sea is. Hence ! What care
Boats. Here, master : what cheer?

these roarers for the name of king? To cabil : Mast. Good : Speak to the mariners : fall to't silence : trouble us not. yarely, * or we run ourselves aground : bestir, Gon. Good; yet remember whom thou hast bestir.

[Trit. aboard. Enter MARINERS.

Boats. None that I more love than myself.

You are a counsellor; if you can command Boats, Heigh, my hearts; cheerly, cheerly, these elements to silence, and work the peace of my hearts; yare, yare : Take in the top-sail; the present, we will not hand a rope more : use Tend to the master's whistle.- Blow, till tbou your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you burst thy wind, if room enough!

have lived so long, and make yourself ready in Enter ALONSO, SEBASTIAN, ANTONIO, Ferdr- your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it NAND, GONZALO, and others. 80 hap,-Cheerly, good hearts.-Out of our way,

(Erit. Alon. Good boatswain, have care. Where's Gon. I have great confort from this fellow : the master Play the meu. +

metbwks, he bath no drowning mark upon bin ; • Readily.

+ Act like men his complexion is perfect gallows. Siand fast

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