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Gon. All three of them are deperate; their great guilt,
Like poison givine
There is no room head of Life is a phrase most frequent with him."

I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet sounded,
And with him there lie mudded.

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


16**, ;! Now 'gins to bite the spirits. I do beseech you, ?116

That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly; Uli
And hinder them from what this ecstasy
May now provnke them too.
Adri. Follow, I pray you.

13101 A C T IV.

Rewlich won ti SCENE, Profpero's Cell.°333!! A

vir my Enter Prospero, Ferdinand, and Miranda : 1

9.1. PRO'S PER O.

;;';9.492 F I have too aufterely punish?d you,

Your compensation makes amends; for I 108 ?I Have giv’n you here a thread of mine own life'; (24) 2A (24)

NTT for I Tave gia'n you here a third of my cawn life,] Thus all the im-11 pressions in general; but way is the only a tbird of his own life? T He had no wife living, nor any other child, to'rob her of a share in his affection: So that we may reckon her at leaf balf of himself, Nor could he intend, that he lov'd himself twice as much as he did A her; for he immediately subjvins, that it was $be for whom be liv'dot In Othelio, when Iago alarms the Senator with the loss of his daughter, v he tells him, 8! 52 Your heart is burst, you have loft balf your foul.

ngis And dimidium animæ meæ is the current language on fueh" occafrons.

doubt, but I have restor’d to the Poet his true reading; and Co in K. Henry V.

And let not Bardolfe's vital tbread be cut
With edge of


cord. , Henry VI. had not churchmen pray’d, His ebread of life had not so soon decay'd,

2 Henry

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Or that, for which I live; whom once again
I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations
Were but my trials of thy love, and thou

Haft ftrangely stood the test. Here, afore heaven,
I ratify this my rich gift ; O Ferdinand,
Do not smile at me, that I boast her off;
For thou shalt find, she will outstrip all praise,
And make it halt behind her.

Fer. I believe it,
Against an oracle.

Pro. Then as my gift, and thine own acquisition
Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter. But
If thou doit break her virgin-knot, before
All fanctimonious ceremonies may
With full and holy rite be minifter’d,
No sweet afperfions Mall the heav'ns let fall
To make this contract głow: but barren hate,
Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord shall bestrew
The union of your bed with weeds ro loathly,
That you shall hare it both: therefore take heed,
As Hymen's lamps shall light you.

Fér. As I hope
For quiet days, fair issue, and long life,
With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den,
The most opportune place, the strong'it suggestion
Our worser Genius can, fhall never melt
Mine honour into lust; to take away
The edge of that day's celebration,
When I shall think or Phoebus' steeds are founder'd,
Or night kept chain'd below. verdere . * .22

Pro. Fairly spoke.
Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own.
What, Ariel; my industrious fervant, Ariel-

Enter Ariel.
Ari. What would my potent mafter here I am.
2. Henry VI. Argo, their tbread of life is spun.

I'm glad, thy father's dead;
Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief.
Shore his old bread in twain.




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Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last fervice:
Did worthily perform ; and I must use you
In such another trick ; go, bring the rabble,
O'er whom I give thee power, here to this place :
Incite them to quick motion, for I must
Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
Some vanity of mine art; it is my promise,
And they expect it from me.

Ari. Prefently
Pro. Ay, with a twink.,

Ari. Before you can say, Come, and go,
And breathe twice; and cry, fo, foi
Each one, tripping on his toeg.:
Will be here with mop and mow),
Do you love me, maker? no?..

Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel; do not approach, 'Till thou dost here me call.

Ari, Well, I conceive,

Pro. Look, thou be true ; do not give dalliance
Too much the reiu ; the strongest oaths are straw.
To th' fire i'th' blood : be more abftemious, put. A
Or else, good-night, your vow! Lit

Fer. I warrant youl, Sir ;
The white, cold, virgin-fnaw upon my heart... i li
Atates the ardour of my liver.

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Pro, Well.
Now come, my Ariel ; bring a corollary,
Rather than want a spirit; appear, and
No tongue;

eyes į
be filent. [To Ferdinand

[Soft Mufica

Enter Iris, 9non gusal

Iris. Ceres, most bounteous Lady, thy rich leas?
Cf wheat, rye, barley, fetches, oats, and pease ;
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibling theep,
And fat meads thatch'd with ftover, them to keep;
Thy banks with pioned, and tulip'd brims,
Which spungy Aprihat thy hef betrims, [groves,
To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom-
Whose Ohadow the dismissed batchelor lover,


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Being lass-lorn; thy pole-chipt vineyard,
And thy sea-marge sferil, and rocky hard,
Where thou thyself do'st air; the Queen o'th' sky,
Whose wat'ry arch and messenger am 1,
Bids thee leave these; and with her foy'reign graces
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-colour'd messenger, that ne'er:
Do'st disobey the wife of Jupiter: 1!??
Who, with thy faffron wings, upon my flowers.
Diffuseft honey drops, refreshing Mhowers;
And with each end of thy blue bow do'st crown
My bosky acres, and my unthrub'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy Qiseen
Sonnon'd me hither, to this thort-grass green->

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

Cer. Tell me, heav'nly bow,
If Venus or her son, lastbou do'st know,
Do now attend the Queen : since they did plot
The means, that dulky 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 is dit
Mars's hot minion is return'd again ;

1st bra
Her waspish-headed fon has broke his arrows; VIT
Swears, he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows,
And be a boy right-out.



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Ger. High Queen of state,
Great Juno, comes ; I know her by her gate.

[fono defcends, and enters: · Jun. How does my bounteous fifter?

with me
To bless this twain, that they may prosp'rous be,
And honour'd in their iffue.
7.n. Honour, riches, marriage blessing.

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

Jung hings her bleflings on you :
Cer. Earth's increase, and foyfon-plenty, (25)

Barns and garners never empty, .
Vines, with cluftring bunches growing.
Plants, with goodly burthen bowing;
Spring come to you, at the fartheit,
In the very end of harvest;
Scarcity and want shall phun you ;

Ceres's blessing so is on you.
Fer. This is a moft majestic vision, and
Harmonious charmingly: may I be bold
To think these spirits?

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

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

(26) I bave from all their confines ] This all is obtruded upon us
by the nice ears of our modern editors, who were for helping the
verke, upon a supposition that the accene in confines must needs be
upon the first syllable: But the practice of our Poet is against them;
and therefore I have restor’d him to his own reading.
Sec As you like it.

At 2. Sc. 1.
And yet it isks me, the poor dappled fools ;
Bein; native burghers of this desart city,
Shouldy in their own confines,

K Jabat.

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