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Our king and company: the next, our ship, 1 Trin. If these be true spies which I wear in
Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split,- my head, here's a goodly sight.
Is tight, and yare, and bravely rigg’d, as when Cal. O, Setebos, these be brave spirits, indeed !
We first put out to sea.

How fine my master is ! I am afraid
ARI. [ Aside to Pro.] Sir, all this service He will chastise me.
Have I done since I went.


Ha, ba ! Pro. [Aside to ARIEL.] My tricksy spirit ! What things are these, my lord Antonio ? ALON. These are not natural events ; they | Will money buy them ? strengthen, [hither? Ant.

Very like; one of them From strange to stranger.—Say, how came you Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable.

Boats. If I did think, sir, I were well awake, Pro. Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, I'd strive to tell you. We were dead of sleep, Then say if they be true. This mis-shapen knave,And-how, we know not—all clapp'd under His mother was a witch, and one so strong hatches,

[noises That could control the moon, a make flows and ebbs, Where, but even now, with strange and several And deal in her command, without her power. Of roaring, shrieking, howling, jingling chains, These three have robb'd me; and this demi-devilAnd more diversity of sounds, all horrible,

For he's a bastard one—had plotted with them We were awak'd ; straightway, at liberty:

To take my life: two of these fellows you Where we, in all her * trim, freshly beheld Must know and own; this thing of darkness I Our royal, good, and gallant ship; our master Acknowledge mine. Capering to eye her : on a trice, so please you, CAL.

I shall be pinch'd to death. Even in a dream, were we divided from them, ALON. Is not this Stephano, my drunken butler? And were brought moping hither.

SEB. He is drunk now : where had he wine ? ARI. [ Aside to Pro.] Was't well done? Alon. And Trinculo is reeling ripe: where PRO. [Aside to ARIEL.] Bravely, my diligence.

should they se Thou shalt be free.

(trod; | Find this grand liquor that hath gilded 'em ?Alon. This is as strange a maze as e'er men How cam'st thou in this pickle ? And there is in this business more than nature Trin. I have been in such a pickle, since I saw Was ever conduct of: some oracle

you last, that, I fear me, will never out of my Must rectify our knowledge.

bones : I shall not fear fly-blowing. Sir, my liege,

SEB. Why, how now, Stephano ? Do not infest your mind with beating on

STE. O, touch me not; I am not Stephano, but The strangeness of this business; at pick'd leisure, / a cramp. Which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you— Pro. You'd be king o’the isle, sirrah ? Which to you shall seem probable—of every I STE. I should have been a sore one, then. These happen'd accidents : till when, be cheerful, ALON. This is a strange thing as e'er I look'd And think of each thing well.—[ Aside to ARIEL.] on.

[Pointing to CALIBAN. Come hither, spirit;

Pro. He is as disproportion'd in his manners Set Caliban and his companions free:

As in his shape.-Go, sirrah, to my cell ; Untie the spell. [Exit ARIEL.] How fares my Take with you your companions; as you look gracious sir?

To have my pardon, trim it handsomely. There are yet missing of your company

CAL. Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter, Some few odd lads that you remember not. And seek for grace. What a thrice-double ass

Was I, to take this drunkard for a god, Re-enter ARIEL, driving in CALIBAN, STEPHANO, And worship this dull fool ! and TRINCULO, in their stolen apparel.


Go to ; away!

Alon. Hence, and bestow your luggage where STE. Every man shift for all the rest, and let

you found it. no man take care for himself; for all is but for

SEB. Or stole it, rather. tune !--Coragio, bully-monster, Coragio !



(*) Old text, our.

His mother was a witch, and one so strong

That could control the moon,-) So in Act II, Sc. 1, Gonzalo says, " You would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in it five weeks without changing." Thus, too, in Beaumont and Fletcher's piay of "The Prophetess," Act II. Sc. 3,

" the pale moon Pluck'd in her silver horns, trembling for fear That my strong spells should force her from her sphere."

Douce quotes a marginal note in Adlington's translation of Apuleius, 1596, 4to. which says, “ Witches in old time were supposed to be of such power that they could pul downe the moone by their inchantement." The classical reader will remember,

" Cantus et è curru lunam deducere tentat;

Et faceret, si non ære repulsa sonent."
Of Tibullus; and Virgil's

Carmina vel cælo possunt deducere lunam:" &c.
b And deal in her command, without her power.) That is, beyond
her power. See note (b), p. 371, Vol. I.

Pro. Sir, I invite your highness and your train

To my poor cell, where you shall take your rest
For this one night; which (part of it) I'll waste

Spoken by PROSPERO.
With such discourse as, I not doubt, shall make it

Now my charms are all o'erthrown, Go quick away,—the story of my life,

And what strength I have's mine own,And the particular accidents gone by,

Which is most faint: now, 't is true, Since I came to this isle: and in the morn

I must be here confin'd by you, I'll bring you to your ship, and so to Naples,

Or sent to Naples. Let me not, Where I have hope to see the nuptial

Since I have my dukedom got, Of these our dear-belov'd solemnizèd ;

And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell And thence retire me to my Milan, where

In this bare island by your spell; Every third thought shall be my grave.

But release me from my bands, ALON.

I long With the help of your good hands. To hear the story of your life, which must

Gentle breath of yours my sails
Take the ear strangely.

Must fill, or else my project fails,
I'll deliver all;

Which was to please : now I want
And promise you calm seas, auspicious gales,

Spirits to enforce, art to enchant ; And sail so expeditious, that shall catch

And my ending is despair, Your royal fleet far off.--[Aside to ARIEL.] My Unless I be reliev'd by prayer, Ariel,—chick, —

Which pierces so, that it assaults That is thy charge; then to the elements !

Mercy itself, and frees all faults. Be free, and fare thou well !—Please you, draw

As you from crimes would pardon'd be, [Exeunt.

Let your indulgenee set me free. [Exit.






3d Position.

3d Position. Down with the topmast! * The gale encreasing, the topYare ; lower, lower! Bring her mast is struck, to take the to try with the main-course! weight from aloft, make the

ship drive less to leeward, and bear the mainsail under which the ship is laid-to.

4th Position.

4th Position. Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set The ship, having driven near her two courses ! off to sea the shore, the mainsail is hawl. again; lay her off!

ed up; the ship wore, and the two courses set on the other tack, to endeavour to clear the land that way.

(1) SCENE I. - We split, we split! The following observations on the maritime technicalities in this scens, are extracted from an article by Lord Mulgrave, which will be found at length in Boswell's Variorum edition of Shakespeare, 1821 :-.

“ The first scene of The Tempest is a very striking instance of the great accuracy of Shakspeare's knowledge in a professional science, the most difficult to attain without the help of experience. He must have acquired it by conversation with some of the most skilful seamen of that time. No books had then been published on the subject.

"The succession of events is strictly observed in the natural progress of the distress described; the expedients adopted are the most proper that could have been devised for a chance of safety: and it is neither to the want of skill of the seamen, or the bad qualities of the ship, but solely to the power of Prospero, that the shipwreck is to be attributed.

“The words of command are not only strictly proper, but are only such as point the object to be attained, and no superfluous ones of detail. Shakspeare's ship was too well-manned to make it necessary to tell the seamen how they were to do it, as well as what they were to do.

"He has shown a knowledge of the new improvements, as well as the doubtful points of seamanship; one of the latter he has introduced, under the only circumstance in which it was indisputable.

“The events certainly follow too near one another for the strict time of representation: but perhaps, if the whole length of the play was divided by the time allowed by the critics, the portion allotted to this scene might not be too little for the whole. But he has taken care to mark intervals between the different operations by exits.

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(2) SCENE II.-ARIEL.] According to the system of witchcraft or magic, which formed an article of popular creed in Shakespeare's day, the elementary spirits were

Ontary spirits were divided into six classes by some demonologists, and into four,-those of the Air, of the Water, of the Fire, and of the Earth,-by others. In the list of characters appended to “ The Tempest” in the first folio, Ariel is called “an ayrie spirit.” The particular functions of this order of beings, Burton tells us, are to cause “many tempests, thunder, and lightnings, tear oaks, fire steeples, houses, strike men and beasts, make it rain stones, &c., cause whirlwinds on a sudden, and tempestuous storms." But at the behest of the all-powerful magician Prospero, or by his own influence and potency, the airy spirit in a twink becomes not only a spirit of fire-one of those, according to the same authority, which “commonly work by blazing stars, fire drakes, or ignes fatui ; * * * counterfeit suns and moons, stars oftentimes, and sit upon ship-masts"but a naiad, or spirit of the water also: in fact, assumes any shape, and is visible or unseen at will.

For full particulars, de operatione Demonum, the reader may consult, besides the ancient writers on the subject,

1st Position. Fall to 't yarely, or we run ourselves aground.

1st Position. Land discovered under the lee; the wind blowing too fresh to hawl upon a wind with the topsail set.-Yare is an old seaterm for briskly, in use at that time. This first command is therefore a notice to be ready to execute any orders quickly.

2d Position. Yare, yare! Take in the topsail! Blow, till thou burst thy wind, if room enough!

2d Position. The topsail is taken in.Blow till thou burst thy wind, if room enough.' The danger in a good sea-boat, is only from being too near the land: this is introduced here to account for the next order.

# The striking the top masts was a new invention in Shakspeare's time, which he here very properly introduces. Sir Henry Manwaring says, “It is not yet agreed amongst all seamen whether it is better for a ship to hull with her topmast up or down." In the Postscript to the Seaman's Dictionary, he afterwards gives his own opinion: “If you have sea-room, it is never good to strike the topmast." Shakspeare has placed his ship in

the situation in which it was indisputably right to strike the top| mast, when he had not seu-room.

on the imme distinctly,

who are legion, Batman uppon Bartholome his booke Del of his company about hym, he was greatly amased, and proprietatibus rerum, 1582 ; Scot's “Discoverie of Witch- made signes, holdyng up his hande to heaven, signifying craft," &c., 1584 ; « The Demonologie” of James I. ; , thereby, that our men came from thence. This giant was “ The Anatomie of Sorcerie" by Mason, 1612; and so byg, that the head of one of our men of a meane Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy,” 1617.

stature came but to his waste. He was of good corpo

rature, and well made in all partos of his bodie, with a (3) SCENE II.

large visage painted with divers colours, but, for the most

parte, yelow. Uppon his cheekes were paynted two The yards, and bowsprit, rould I flame distinctly,

hartes, and red circles about his eyes. The heare of his Then meet, and join.]

head was coloured whyte, and his apparell was the skynne

of a beast sowde togeather. This beast, as seemed unto This, as Douce remarks, is a description of the well-known

us, had a large head, and great eares lyke unto a mule, meteor, called by the several names of Saint Helen, Saint

with the body of a camell and tayle of a horse. The feete Elm, Saint Herm, Saint Clare, Saint Peter, and Saint

of the giant were foulded in the sayde skynne, after the Nicholas. “Whenever it appeared as a single flame, it

maner of shooes. * * * The captayne caused him to eate was supposed by the ancients to be Helena, the sister of

and drynke, and gave him many thinges, and among Castor and Pollux; and in this state to bring ill-luck from

other a great lookyng glasse, in the which, as soone as he the calamities which this lady is known to have caused in

sawe his owne lykenesse, was sodaynly afrayde, and the Trojan war. When it came double, it was called

started backe with such violence, that hee overthrewe two Castor and Pollux, and accounted a good omen."

that stoode nearest about him. When the captayne had Hakluyt's collection of the “Voyages, Navigations,

thus gyven him certayne haukes belles, and other great Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation,” fur

belles, with also a lookyng glasse, a combe, and a payre nishes an interesting account of this meteor, as seen

of beades of glasse, ho sent him to lande with foure of his during the “Voyage of Robert Tomson Marchant, into

owne men well armed.” Nova Hispania, in the yeere 1555 :”—

“I do remember that in the great and boysterous (6) SCENE II.storme of this foule weather, in the night, there came

As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd upon the toppe of our maine yarde and maine maste, a

With raven's feather from unwholesome fen, certaine little light, much liko unto the light of a little

Drop on you both! a south-west blow on ye, candle, which the Spaniards called the Cuerpo santo, and

And blister you all o'er /] saide it was S. Elmo, whom they take to be the advocate of sailers. * * * This light continued aboord our ship Wicked, in the sense of baneful, hurtful, is often met about three houres, flving from maste to maste, and from with in old medical works applied to sores and wounds. top to top: and sometime it would be in two or three “A wykked felone,” i.e. a bad sore, is mentioned in a places at once. I informed myself of learned men after tract on hawking, MS. Harl. 2340. An analogous use of ward what that light should be, and they said, that it was the word, fierce, savage, is mentioned in A Glossary or but a congelation of the windo and vapours of the sea Provincial Words used in Herefordshire, 1839, p. 119, as congealed with the extremitie of the weather, which, still current. -HALLIWELL. flyinge in the winde, many times doeth chance to hit on The following passage in Batman uppon Bartholome his the masts and shrowds of the ships that are at sea in booke De proprietatibus rerum, 1582, folio, will not only foule weather. And in trueth I do take it to be so: for throw considerable light on these lines, but furnish at the that I have seene the like in other ships at sea, and in same time grounds for a conjecture that Shakespeare was sundry ships at once."-HAKLUYT, III. 450, ed. 1600. indebted to it, with a slight alteration, for the name of

Caliban's mother, Sycorax the witch. “The raven is (4) SCENE II. The still-ver'd Bermoothes.] Shake

called corvus of CORAX , ... it is said that rareas speare's first knowledge of the storin-vex'd coast of the

birdes be fed with deaw of heaven all the time that they Bermudas, was probably acquired from Sir Walter

have no black feathers by benefite of age," lib. xii. c. 10.

The same author will also account for the choice which is Raleigh's “ Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana," 1596, wherein, after speaking of the

made, in the monster's speech, of the south-west wind. Channel of Bahama, the author adds, -" The rest of the

~ This southern wind is hot and moyst. ... Southern Indies for calms, and diseases, are very troublesome; and

winds corrupt and destroy; they heat and maketh men the Bermudas á hellish sca, for thunder, lightning, and

fall into sicknesse," lib. xi. c. 3.-DOUCE. storms." (See Chalmers' Apology, p. 578.) Or he might have derived his information from Hakluyt's Voyages,

(7) SCENE II. - It would control my dam's god, Setebos. ] 1600, in which there is a description of Bermuda, by

The same work, Eden's History of Travayle, contains a Henry May, who was shipwrecked there in 1593.

curious notice, showing that Setebos was a mythological personage in the creed of the Patagonians :

“The captayne retayned two of these [giants] which (5) SCENE II.-CALIBAN.] It has been surmised that the idea of this marvellous creation was derived from the

were youngest and beste made. He tooke them by a

deceite in this maner,—that givyng them knyves, sheares, subjoined passage in Eden's “ History of Travayle in the West and East Indies," 4to., London, 1577-a book

looking glasses, bells, beades of crystall and suche other

trifles, he so filled theyr handes, that they could holde no from which it is exceedingly probable that Shakespeare

more; then caused two payre of shackels of iron to be put borrowed the naines of some of the principal characters

on theyr legges, makyng signes that he would also give of this piece, as Alonso, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Gonzalo,

them those chaynes, which they lyked very wel, bycause Antonio, &c.

they were made of bright and shining metall. *** When “ Departyng from hence, they sayled to the 49 degree

they felte the shackels faste about theyr legges, they and a halfe under the pole antartike; where being wyn began to doubt; but the captayne dyd put them in comtered, they were inforced to remayne there for the space fort, and bad them stand still. In fine, when they sawe of two monethes : all which tyme they sawe no man, how they were deceived, they roared lyke bulles, and excepte that one day by chaunce they espyed a man of cryed uppon theyr great devill, Setebos, to helpe them. the stature of a giant, who came to the haven daunsing *** They say, that when any of them dye, there and singyng, and shortly after seemed to cast dust over appeare X or XII devils, leaping and daunsing about the his head. The captayne sent one of his men to the shore, odlie of the dead, and seeme to have their bodies paynted with the shyppe boate, who made the lyke signe of peace. with divers colours, and that among other there is one The which thyng the giant seeyng, was out of feare, and seene bigger then the residue, who maketh great mirth came with the captayne's servaunt, to his presence, into a and rejoysing. This great devyll they call Sotebos."-P. little ilande. When he sawe the captavno with certavne


o caused two peones that he was wel. bycause


(1) SCENE I.

- but nature should bring forth Of it own kind, all foizon, all abundance,

To feed my innocent people.] Among the most treasured rarities in the library of the British Museum, is Shakespeare's own copy of Florio's Montaigne, 1603, with his autograph, “Willm. Shakspere," on the fly-leaf. This work, intituled, “ The Essayes, or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses, of Lo: Michaell de Montaigne, Knight," was evidently a favourite of the poet, and furnished him with the materials for Gonzalo's Utopian commonwealth. The passage he has adopted occurs in the thirtieth chapter of the First Book, and is headed, Of the Caniballes :"

“Those nations seeme therefore so barbarous unto mee, because they have received very little fashion from humane wit, and are yet neere their originall naturalitie. The lawes of nature do yet commaund them, which are but little bastardized by ours. And that with such puritie, as I am sometimes grieved the knowlege of it came no sooner to light, at what time ther were men, that better than wee could have judged of it. I am sorie, Licurgus and Plato had it not: for me seemeth that what in those nations we see by experience, doth not onlie exceede all the pictures wherewith licentious Poesie hath prowdly imbellished the golden age, and al hir quaint inventions to faine a happy condition of man, but also the conception and desire of Philosophie. They could not imagine a genuitie so pure and simple, as we see it by experience; nor ever beleeve our societie might be maintained with so little arte and humane combination. It is a nation, would I answere Plato, that hath no kinde of traffike, no knowledge of Letters, no intelligence of numbers, no name of magistrate, nor of politike superioritie; no use of service, of riches, or of poverty; no contracts, no successions, no dividences, no occupation but idle; no respect of kinred, but common, no apparell but naturall, no manuring of lands, no use of wine, corne, or mettle. The very words that import lying, falshood, treason, dissimulation, covetousnes, envie, detraction, and pardon, were never heard of amongst them."

endes, of which the Willow, Byrche, or long Hazoll are best, but indeed acording as the Country will afford, so you must be content to take

“Thus being prepared and comming into the Bushy or rough ground where the haunts of Birds are, you shall then first kindle some of your fiers as halfe, or a third part, according as your prouision is, and then with your other bushy and rough poales you shall beat the Bushes, Trees and haunts of the Birds, to enforce them to rise, which done you shall see the Birds which are raysed, to flye and out t and flames of the

is their nature through their amazednesse, and affright at the strangenes of the lightt and the extreamo darknesse round about it, not to depart from it, but as it were almost to scorch their wings in the same : so that those which haue the rough bushye poales may (at their pleasures) beat them down with the same, and so take thở. Thus you may spend as much of the night as is darke, for longer is not conuenient; and doubtlesse you shall finde much pastime, and take great store of birds, and in this you shall obserue all the obseruations formerly treated of in the Lowbell ; especially, that of silence, vntill your lights be kindled, but then you may vse your pleasure, for the noyse and the light when they are heard and seene a farre of, they make the birds sit the faster and surer.

« The byrdes which are commonly taken by this labour or exercise are, for the most part, the Rookes, Ring-doves, Blackebirdes, s'hrostles, Feldyfares, Linnets, Bulfinches, and all other Byrdes whatsoeuer that pearch or sit vpon small boughes or bushes."

(3) SCENE II.--They will lay out ten to see a dead Indian.] Some verses written by Henry Peacham, about the year 1609, give a curious list of most of the popular exhibitions then to be seen in the metropolis, together with a few notices of some of the sights of the country :

(2) SCENE I.- We would so, and then go a bat-fowling.) The instructions for Bat-fouling in Markham's “Hunger's Prevention," &c. 1600, afford an accurate description of the way in which this sport was pursued in former times :

* For the manner of Bat-fowling it may be vsed either with Nettes, or without Nettes: If you vse it without Nettes (which indeede is the most common of the two) you shall then proceede in this manner. First, there shall be one to cary the cresset of fire (as was showed for the Lowbell) then a certain number as two, three, or foure (according to the greatnesse of your company), and these shall haue poales bound with dry round wispes of hay, straw, or such like stuffe, or else bound with pieces of Linkes, or Hurdes dipt in Pitch, Rosen, Grease, or any such like matter that will blazo. Then another company shall be armed with long poales, very rough and bushy at the vpper.!

" Why doe the rude vulgár so hastily post in a madnesse,

To gaze at trifles and toyes not worthy the viewing?
And thinke them happy, when may be shew'd for a penny,
The Fleet-streete mandrakes, that heavenly motion of Eltham,
Westminster monuments, and Guild-hall huge Corinæus,
That horne of Windsor (of an unicorne very likely),
The cave of Merlin, the skirts of old Tom a Lincolne,
King Johas sword at Linne, with the cup the Fraternity drinke

in ;
The Tombe of Beauchampe, and sword of Sir Guy a Warwicke;
The great long Dutchman, and roaring Marget a Barwicke,
The Mummied Princes, and Cæsars wine yet i' Dover,
Saint James his Ginney Hens, the Cassawarway moreover;
The Beaver i'the Parke (strange beast as er'e any man saw)
Downe-shearing willowes with teeth as sharpe as a hand-saw.
The Lance of John a Gaunt and Brandons still i'the Tower:
The fall of Ninive, with Norwich built in an hower!
King Henries slip-shoes, the sword of valiant Edward ;
The Coventry boares-shield, and fire-workes seen but to bedward.
Drakes ship at Detford, King Richards bedsted i' Leyster,
The White Hall whale-bones, the silver Bason i' Chester:
The live-caught dog-fish, the Wolfe, and Harry the Lyon,
Hunkes of the Beare-garden, to be feared, if he be nigh on."


* Wolfe, aned, if he be n. 1. 327.


(1) SCENE II.-The picture of Nobody.] “No-body” was a ludicrous figure often found on street signs, and of which à representation is prefixed to the comedy of “No-body and Some-body," 1600. The following verses form the be


ginning of a popular old ballad, called “The Well-spokon Nobody," the unique copy of which, in the Miller collection at Britwell-house, supplied Mr. Halliwell with a curious engraving, showing a floor all bestrewed with domestic


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