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Seb. He receives comfort like cold porridge.
Şeb. Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
Gon. When every grief is entertain'd, that's offerid, Comes to the entertainer.
Seb. A dollar.
Gon. Dolour comes to him, indeed; you have spoken truer than you purpos’d.
Seb. You have taken it wiselier than I meant you should.
Gon. Therefore, my lord-
Ant. Which of them, he, or Adrian, for a good wager, first begins to crow?
Seb. The old cock.
3 The visitor-] Why Dr. Warburton should change visitor to 'viser for adviser, I cannot discover. Gonzalo gives not only advice, but comfort, and is therefore properly called The Vifitor, like others who visit the fick or diffrested to give them confolation. In some of the Protestant churches there is a kind of officers termed consolators for the fick. JOHNSON.
Adr. It must needs be of subtle, tender, 4 and delicate temperance.
Ant. * Temperance was a delicate wench.
Seb. Ay, and a subtle ; as he most learnedly deliver'd.
Adr. The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
green in't. Ant. He misses not much. Seb. No; he doth but mistake the truth totally.
Gon. But the rarity of it is (which is indeed almost beyond credit)
Seb. As many vouch'd rarities are.
Gon. That our garments, being, as they were, drench'd in the sea, hold notwithst.nding their freshness and glosses; being rather new dy'd, than stain'd with salt water.
Ant. If but one of his pockets could speak, would it not say, he lies ?
Seb. Ay, or very falsely pocket up his report. Gon. Methinks, our garments are now as fresh as when we put them on first in Africk, at the marriage of the king's fair daughter Claribel to the king of Tunis.
Seb. 'Twas a sweet marriage, and we prosper well in our return.
--and delicate temperance.] Temperance here means temperature. STEEVENS.
* Temperance was a delicate wench.) In the puritanical times it was usual to christen children from the titles of religious and moral virtues. STIEVENS.
5 How lufi, &c.] Lush, i. e, of a dark full colour, the oppofite to pale and faint. Sir T. Hanmer.
Adr. Tunis was never grac'd before with such a paragon to their queen.
Gon. Not since widow Dido's time.
Ant. Widow ? a pox o'that: how came that widow in ? 6 Widow Dido!
Seb. What if he had faid, widower Æneas too? Good lord, how you take it!
Adr. Widow Dido, faid you ? you make me study of that: she was of Carthage, nor of Tunis.
Gon. This Tunis, Sir, was Carthage.
Ant. What impossible matter will he make easy next?
Seb. I think he will carry this isand home in his pocket, and give it his fon for an apple.
Ant. And Towing the kernels of it in the fea, bring forth more islands.
Gon. Sir, we were talking, that our garments seem now as fresh, as when we were at Tunis at the marriage of your daughter, who is now queen.
Ant. And the rarest that e'er came there.
Gon. Is not my doublet, Sir, as fresh as the first day
Ant. That fort was well fish'd for.
Alon. You cram these words into mine ears, against
Widow Dido !] The name of a widow brings to theis minds their own shipwreck, which they consider as having made many widows in Naples. JOHNSON.
My son is lost: and, in my rate, she too;
Fran. Sir, he may live :
Alon. No, no, he's gone. Seb. Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss; That would not bless our Europe with your daughter, But rather lose her to an African ; Where she, at least, is banish'd from your eye, Who hath cause to wet the grief on’t.
Alon. Proythee, peace,
Seb. You were kneelid to, and importun'd otherwise By all of us, and the fair soul herself Weigh’d, between lothness and obedience, at Which end the beain should bow. We have lost your
fon, I fear, for ever : Milan and Naples have More widows in them of this business' making, 7 Than we bring men to comfort them: The fault's your own.
7 Than we bring men to comfort them :] It does not clearly appear whether the king and these lords thought the ship loft. This paffage seems to imply, that they were themselves confident of returning, but imagined part of the fleet destroyed. Why, indeed, should Sebastian plot against his brother in the following scene, unless he knew how to find the kingdom which he was to inherit! JOHNSON.
Alon. So is the dearest o`the loss.
Gon. My lord Sebastian,
Seb. Very well.
Gon. It is foul weather in us all, good Sir,
Seb. Foul weather?
Gon. I'the commonwealth, I would by contraries Execute all things : for no kind of traffick Would I admit; no name of magistrate ; Letters should not be known; riches, poverty, And use of service, none; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none ; No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil : No occupation; all men idle, all, And women too, but innocent and pure : No sovereignty.
Sob. And yet he would be king on't.
Ant. 8 The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning
Gon. All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour. Treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine, Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,
& The latter end of bis commonwealth forgets the beginning.] All this dialogue is a fine fatire on the Utopian treatises of government, and the impraciicable inconistent schemes therein recommended, WAREURTON,