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ACT II. SCENE I.
Resignation and. Gratitude.
Description of Ferdinand's swimming ashore.
their backs: he trod the water, Whose enmity he flung aside: and breasted The surge moft swol'n that met him; his bold head 'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oar'd Himself with his good arms in lusty strokes To th' fhore; that o'er his wave-worn basis bow'd,
As (14) Our bint of woe. ] Hint is that which recalls to the memory
• The cause that fills our minds with grief, is. (15) I saw, &c.] The reader is desired to compare this with a similar passage of Julius Cæsar, Act. 1. affer's description of his preserving Belvidera, is very noble.
When instantly I plung d into the sea,
Venice Preserv'd, Act 1. Sc. Iv Buffeting the billows, is quite S's expression, and the whole patlage is worthy that great master,
As stooping to relieve him; I not doubt
Too fevere Reproof, animadverted upon.
Satire on Utopian Schemes of Government.
(16) Foison.] Or foizon, signifies plenty, ubertas. Ed. wards.
(17) Do not, &c.] Dr. Young, begins his Night Thoughts with a parody of this.
It feldom visits forrow; when it doth,
A fine Apofiopifis. (18) They fell together, all as by consent, They dropt as by a thunder-stroke. What might Worthy Sebastian--o, what might----no more. And yet, methinks, I see it in thy face, What thou should it be: th’occasion speaks thee, and My strong imagination fees a crown Dropping upon thy head.
SCENE VII. Caliban's Curses. All (19) the infections ihat the fun fucks
And lights on lids unsullied with a tear.
(18) There is not a more elegant figure than the Apokopesis, when in threatening, or in the expression of passion, the sentence is broken, and something is left to be fupplied. S. excels greatly in it (as indeed he does in every poetical beauty), of which, the passage before us is a itriking example. There is a very excellent one in Lear, Act 2. Sc. 12. and the note. (19) All, &c.] So king Lear says,
You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
Fright me with urchin-thews, pitch me i' th' mire,
trille are they set upon me ;
A Satire on the English Curiosity.
Some (20) Moe.] i. e. make mouths. So in the old verfion of the Psalms,
Making moes at me.
Of mapping and moeing.
(21) Make a man.] i. e. a man's fortune.
(22) A dead Indian.] Probably fome allusion to a particular occurrence, now obfcured by time. In Henry VIII, the porter asks the mob, if they think--some strange Indian is come to court. St. Mrs. G. observes in juí
Some of the Sailor's Remarks on Caliban.
is to creep under his gaberdine ; there is no other shelter hereabout. Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows.
Four legs, and two voices ;
a most delicate monker. His forward voice now is to speak well of his friend; his backward voice is to utter foul speeches, and to detract.
By this good light, 'tis a very shallow monster ;I afraid of him? (23) a very weak monster : - The man i' th' moon ?-a most poor credulous monster.
tification of her country from the sarcasm above, that nation on the globe is more distinguithed for charity, humanity, and benevolence, than the English at present. And this must always have been their characteristic: for manners may refine, but cannot create virtues. Polishing may give taste, but feelings come from nature.”
(23) I afraid of him, &c.] It is to be observed that Irinculo the speaker is not charged with being afraid : but it was his contciousness, that he was so, 'which drew this brag from him. This is nature. W.