Our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go.
Ant. [Aside to Sebastian.] I am right glad that he's

so out of hope.
Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose

resolv'd to effect. Seb. The next advantage Will we take throughly.

Ant. Let it be to-night;
For, now they are oppress’d with travel, they
Will not, nor cannot use such vigilance,
As when they are fresh.

Seb. I say, to-night: no more.
Solemn and strange mufick; and Prospero on the top, in-

visible. Enter several strange japes, bringing in a banquet ; they dance about it with gentle actions of Salutation ; and, inviting the king, &c. to eat, they depart. Alon. What harmony is this? my good friends, hark! Gon. Marvellous sweet musick! Alon. Give us kind keepers, heaven! What were

these? Seb. * A living drollery. Now I will believe, That there are unicorns; that, in Arabia There is one tree, the phenix' throne; one phoenix At this hour reigning there.

Ant. I'll believe both; And what does else want credit, come to me, And I'll be sworn 'tis true. Travellers ne'er did lie, Though fools at home condemn 'em.

Gon. If in Naples I should report this now, would they believe me? If I should say, I saw such islanders, (For, certes, these are people of the island) Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet, note,

* A living drollery.) Shows, called drolleries, were in Shakespeare's time performed by puppets only. From these our modern drolls, exhibited at fairs, &c. took their name.


Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of
Our human generation you shall find
Many, nay, almost any.

Pro. Honest lord,
Thou hast said well; for some of you there present
Are worse than devils.

[ Afde. Alon. I cannot too much muse, Such shapes, such gesture, and such sound, expressing (Although they want the use of tongue) a kind Of excellent dumb discourse. Pro. 9 Praise in departing.

[Afide. Fran. They vanish'd strangely.

Seb. No matter, since They have left their viands behind; for we have sto.

Will't please you taste of what is here?

Alon. Not I.
Gon. Faith, Sir, you need not fear. When we

were boys, Who would believe, 'that there were mountaineers, Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em Wallets of Aesh? or that there were such men, Whose heads stood in their breasts? which now, we find, * Each putter out on five for one will bring us Good warrant of.

Alon. I will stand to, and feed, Although my last; no matter, since I feel



· Praise in departing. ) i.e. Do not praise your entertainment too foon, left you should have reason to retract your commendation. It is a proverbial saying. STEEVENS.

that there were mountaineers, &c.] Whoever has the curiosity to know the particulars relating to these mountaineers, &c. may consult Maundeville's Travels, printed in 1503, by Wynken de Worde. Steevens.

* Each putter out, &c.] This passage alluding to a forgotten caftom is very obscure : the putter out must be a traveller, else how could he give this account ? the five for one is money to be received by him at his return. Mr. Theobald has well illustrated this passage by a quotation from Jonson. JOHNSON.


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The best is paft. Brother, my lord the duke,
Stand to, and do as we.

Thunder and lightning. Enter Ariel like a harpy; claps

his wings upon the table, and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.

Ari. You are three men of sin, whom destiny, That hath to instrument this lower world, And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit, you ’mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with such like valour men hang and drown Their proper selves.

[Alonso, Sebastian, and the rest Ye fools ! I and my fellows [draw their swords. Are ministers of fate; the elements, Of whom your swords are temper’d, may as well Wound the loud winds, or with bemockt-at stabs Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish ? One down that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers


The ancient custom was this. In this age of travelling, it was customary for those who engaged in long expeditions, to place out a sum of money on condition of receiving great intereit for it at their return home. So Puntarvolo (it is Theobald's quotation) in Ben Jonson's Every Man out of his Humou. “ I do intend, this year of jubilee coming on, to travel; and '(because I will not altogether go upon expence) I am de-“ termined to put forth some five thousand pound, to be paid

me five for one, upon the return of my wife, myself, and my dog, from the Turk’s court in Conftantinople." STEVENS. · Enter Ariel like a burpy, &c.] Milton's Par. Reg. B. 2.

“ with that “ Both table and provifions vanish'd quite, “ With sound of harpies wings, and talons heard." At fubitæ horrifico lapsu de montibus adjunt Harpyiæ, & magnis quatiunt clangoribus alas

Diripiuntque dapes. Virg. Æn. 3. Steevens. 2 One down that's in my plume :) The player-editors, who, in their preface, boait much of the corrections they had made, exhibit this passage thus: i One dowle that's in my plumbe."

Bailey, 'Their

Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
Your swords are now too mafiy for your strengths,
And will not be up-lifted. But remember,
(For that's my business to you) that you three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero :
Expos’d unto the sea, which hath requit it,
Him, and his innocent child : for which foul deed
The powers, delaying not forgetting, have
Incens’d the seas and

Thores, yea, all the creatures,
Against your peace. Thee, of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me,
Ling’ring perdition (worse than any death
Can be at once) shall step by step attend
You, and your ways; whole wrath to guard you from
(Which here in this most desolate ille elle falls
Upon your heads) is nothing but heart's forrow,
And a 3 clear life ensuing.
He vanishes in thunder : , then to soft musick, enter the
shapes again, and dance with mops end mowes, and
carry out the table.
Pro. [Afide.] Bravely the figure of this harpy hart

Perform’d, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring :
Of my instruction halt thou nothing ’bated,
In what thou hadît to say: fo 4 with good life,
And observation strange, my meaner ministers



Bailey, in his Dictionary, says, on the single authority of this typographical blunder, that dowle is a feather, or rather the single particles of the down. Steevens.

clear life —] Pure, blameless, innocent. Johnson,

with good life,] This seems a corruption. I know not in what sense life can here be used, unless for alacrity, liveliness, vigour, and in this sense the expression is harsh. Perhaps we may read, with good lift, with good will, with fincere zeal for my, service. I should have proposed, - with good lief, in the same fenfe, but that I cannot find lief to be a substantive. With good life may however mean, with exact presentation of their several characters, with observation frange of their particular and distinct parts. So we say, he acted to the life. JOHNSON.

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Their several kinds have done. My high charms work,
And these, mine enemies, are all knit up
In their distractions: they now are in my power;
And in these fits I leave them, whilst I visit
Young Ferdinand (whom they suppose is drown'd)
And his and my lov'd darling.

(Exit Prospero from above, Gon. I'the name of something holy, Sir, why ftand

In this strange ftare?

Alon. 0, it is monstrous ! monstrous !
Methought, the billows spoke, and told me of it;
The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder,
That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounc'd
The name of Prosper : it did 5 bass my trespass.
Therefore, my son i'the ooze is bedded; and
I'll seek him deeper than e’er plummet founded,
And with hiin there lie mudded.

Sib. But one fiend at a time,
I'll fight their legions o'er.
Ant. I'll be thy second.

(Exeunt. Gon. All three of them are desperate ; their great

guilt, © Like poison given to work a great time after, Now 'gins to bite the spirits. I do beseech you That are of fuppler joints, follow them swiftly; And hinder them from what this ecstasy May now provoke them to. Adri. Follow, I pray you.

[Exeunt. bass my tre pofs.] The deep pipe told it me in a rough bass found." JOHNSON.

Like poison given, &c.] The natives of Africa have been fupposed to be posteret of the secret how to temper poisons with such art as not to take effect till several years after they were administered, and were then as certain in their effect, as they were subtle in their preparation. STEEVENS,


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