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Our king and company: the next, our ship,
Trin. If these be true spies which I wear in
How fine my master is ! I am afraid
Ha, ha ! 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,“ make flows and ebbs, Where, but even now, with strange and several And deal in her command, withouther 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 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. PRO.
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
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 !
[ Exeunt CALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO.
(*) Old text, our.
That could control the moon,-)
the pale moon Plucked in her silver horns, trembling for fear That my strong spells s
rong spells should foice her from her sphere."
Douce quotes a marginal note in Adlington's translation of
"Cantus et è curru lunam deducere tentat;
Et faceret, si non ære repulsa sonent."
“ Carmina vel cælo possunt deducere lunam:" &c.
Pro. Sir, I invite your highness and your train
Spoken by PROSPERO.
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.
With the help of your good hands. To hear the story of your life, which must
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please : now I want
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, near.
Let your indulgence set me free. [Exit.
(1) SCENE I.-We split, we split!] The following ob- 1
3d Position. servations on the maritime technicalities in this scene, are
Down with the topmast ! * The gale encreasing, the topextracted from an article by Lord Mulgrave, which will Yare ; lower, lower! Bring her mast is struck, to take the be found at length in Boswell's Variorum edition of to try with the main-course! weight from aloft, make the Shakespeare, 1821 :
ship drive less to Jeeward, and
bear the mainsail under which " The first scene of The Tempest is a very striking
the ship is laid-to. 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
4th Position. it by conversation with some of the most skilful seamen Lay her a-hold, a-hold! set The ship, having driven near of that time. No books had then been published on the
her two courses ! off to sea the shore, the mainsail is hawl. subject.
again; lay her off!
ed up; the ship wore, and the
two courses set on the other “The succession of events is strictly observed in the
tack, to endeavour to clear the natural progress of the distress described; the expedients
land that way. 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
5th Position. solely to the power of Prospero, that the shipwreck is to We split! we split !
The ship, not able to weather be attributed
a point, is driven on shore." “The words of command are not only strictly proper, but are only such as point the object to be attained, and Do superfluous ones of detail, Shakspeare's ship was too (2) SCENE II.-ARIEL.] According to the system of well manned to make it necessary to tell the seamen how witchcraft or 'magic, which formed an article of popular they were to do it, as well as what they were to do.
creed in Shakespeare's day, the elementary spirits were “He has shown a knowledge of the new improvements, divided into six classes by some demonologists, and into as well as the doubtful points of seamanship; one of the
four,—those of the Air, of the Water, of the Fire, and of latter he has introduced, under the only circumstance in the Earth,- by others. In the list of characters appended which it was indisputable.
to “The Tempest" in the first folio, Ariel is called “an "The events certainly follow too near one another for ayrie spirit.” The particular functions of this order of the strict time of representation: but perhaps, if the whole beings, Burton tells us, are to cause “many tempests, length of the play was divided by the time allowed by the
thunder, and lightnings, tear oaks, fire steeples, houses, critics, the portion allotted to this scene might not be too
strike men and beasts, make it rain stones, &c., cause little for the whole. But he has taken care to mark in whirlwinds on a sudden, and tem pestuous storms." But at tervals between the different operations by exits.
the behest of the all-powerful magician Prospero, or by
his own influence and potency, the airy spirit in a twink lat Position.
becomes not only a spirit of fire-one of those, according Fall to 't yarely, or we run Land discovered under the to the same authority, which “commonly work by blazing ourselves aground. lee; the wind blowing too fresh
stars, fire drakes, or ignes fatui ; * * * counterfeit suns to hawl upon a wind with the
and moons, stars oftentimes, and sit upon ship-masts"topsail set. Yare is an old seaterm for briskly, in use at that
but a naiad, or spirit of the water also: in fact, assumes time. This first command is any shape, and is visible or unseen at will. therefore a notice to be ready to For full particulars, de operatione Demonum, the reader execute any orders quickly. may consult, besides the ancient writers on the subject,
if room enough.' The danger
* 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 topmast, when he had not sea-room.
who are legion. Batman uppon Bartholome his booke De 1 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 mean Burton's “Anatomy of Melancholy,” 1617.
stature came but to his waste. He was of good corporature, and well made in all partes of his bodie, with a
large visage painted with divers colours, but, for the most (3) SCENE II.- on the topmast,
parte, yelow. Uppon his cheekes were paynted two The yards, and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly,
hartes, and red circles about his eyes. The heare of his
head was coloured whyte, and his apparell was the skynne Then meet, and join.]
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, he 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 ricked dew as e'er my mother brush'd upon the toppe of our maine yarde and maine maste, a
With raven's jeather from unuholesome fen, certaine little light, much like 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, flying 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 of but a congelation of the winde 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 weatber. 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
indebted to it, with a slight alteration, for the name of sundry ships at once."-HAKLUYT, III. 450, ed. 1600.
Caliban's mother, Sycorax the witch. “The raven is
called corvus of CORAX. ... it is said that ravens (4) SCENE II.-The still-vex'd Bermoothes.) Shake
birdes be fed with deaw of heaven all the time that they speare's first knowledge of the storm-vex'd coast of the
have no black feathers by benefite of age," lib, xii. c, 10. Bermudas, was probably acquired from Sir Walter
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.
“ This southern wind is hot and moyst. ... Southern Channel of Bahama, the author adds,-"The rest of the
winds corrupt and destroy; they heat and maketh men Indies for calms, and diseases, are very troublesome; and
fall into sicknesse,” lib. xi. c. 3.-Douce. the Bermudas a hellish sea, for thunder, lightning, and storms." (See Chalmers' Apology, p. 578.) Or he might
(7) SCENE II. - It would control my dam's god, Setebos.] have derived his information from Hakluyt's Voyages,
The same work, Eden's History of Travayle, contains a 1600, in which there is a description of Bermuda, by
curious notice, showing that Setebos was a mythological Henry May, who was shipwrecked there in 1593.
personage in the creed of the Patagonians :
“The captayne retayned two of these [giants) which (5) SCENE II.-CALIBAN.] It has been surmised that
were youngest and beste made. He tooke them by a the idea of this marvellous creation was derived from the
deceite in this maner,--that givyng them knyves, sheares, subjoined passage in Eden's “History of Travayle in the
looking glasses, bells, beades of crystall and suche other West and East Indies," 4to., London, 1577-a book
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 names 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 xil devils, leaping and daunsing about the his head. The captayne sent one of his men to the shore, bodie 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 Setebos.”—P. little ilande. When he sawe the captayne with certayne 434,
(1) SCENE I.
endes, of which the Willow, Byrche, or long Hazell are — bat nature should bring forth
best, but indeed acording as the Country will afford, so Of it oren kind, all foizon, all abundance,
you must be content to take. To feed my innocent people.]
“Thus being prepared and comming into the Bushy or
rough ground where the haunts of Birds are, you shall then Among the most treasured rarities in the library of the first kindle some of your fiers as halfe, or a third part, British Museum, is Shakespeare's own copy of Florio's according as your prouision is, and then with your other Montaigne, 1603, with his autograph, “Willm. Shakspere," bushy and rough poales you shall beat the Bushes, Trees on the fly-leaf. This work, intituled, “ The Essayes, or and haunts of the Birds, to enforce them to rise, which Morall. Politike and Militarie Discourses, of Lo: Michaell
done you shall see the Birds which are raysed, to flye and de Montaigne, Knight," was evidently a favourite of the play about the lights and flames of the fier, for it is their poet, and furnished him with the materials for Gonzalo's nature through their amazednesse, and affright at the Utopian commonwealth. The passage he has adopted strangenes of the lightt and the extreame darknesse occurs in the thirtieth chapter of the First Book, and is round about it, not to depart from it, but as it were almost headed, “Of the Caniballes :"
to scorch their wings in the same : so that those which “Those nations seeme therefore so barbarous unto mee, haue the rough bushye poales may (at their pleasures) beat because they have received very little fashion from humane them down with the same, and so take the. Thus you wit, and are yet neere their originall naturalitie. The may spend as much of the night as is darke, for longer is lates of nature do yet commaund them, which are but not conuenient; and doubtlesse you shall finde much paslittle bastardized by ours. And that with such puritie, as time, and take great store of birds, and in this you shall I am sometimes grieved the knowlege of it came no sooner obserue all the obseruations formerly treated of in the to light, at what time ther were men, that better than wee Lowbell ; especially, that of silence, vntill your lights be could have judged of it. I am sorie, Licurgus and Plato kindled, but then you may vse your pleasure, for the noyse had it not : for me seemeth that what in those nations we and the light when they are heard and seene a farre of, see by experience, doth not onlie exceede all the pictures they make the birds sit the faster and surer. sherewith licentious Poesie hath prowdly imbellished the The byrdes which are commonly taken by this labour golden age, and al hir quaint inventions to faine a happy | or exercise are, for the most part, the Rookes, Ring-doues, condition of man, but also the conception and desire of Blackebirdes, Throstles, Feldufares, Linnets, Bulfinches, and Philosophie. They could not imagine a genuitie so pure and all other Byrdes whatsoeuer that pearch or sit vpon small simple, as we see it by experience: nor ever beleeve our boughes or bushes." societie might be maintained with so little arte and humane combination. It is a nation, vould I answere Plato, that katk no kinde of traffike, no knowledge of Letters, no intel
(3) SCENE II.-They will lay out ten to see a dead Inligence of numbers, no name of magistrate, nor of politike
dian.) Some verses written by Henry Peacham, about the süperioritie; no use of service, of riches, or of poverty; no
year 1609, give a curious list of most of the popular exhibi. contracts, no successions, no dividences, no occupation but
tions then to be seen in the metropolis, together with a idle; no respect of kinred, but common, no apparell but
few notices of some of the sights of the country :naturall, no manuring of lands, no use of wine, corne, or mettle. The very words that import lying, falshood, treason,
" Why doe the rude vulgar so hastily post in a madnesse,
To gaze at trifles and toyes not worthy the viewing? dissimulation, cocetournes, envie, detraction, and pardon,
And thinke them happy, when may be shew'd for a penny, tere naer heard of amongst them.”
The Fleet-streete mandrakes, that heavenly motion of Eltham,
Westminster monuments, and Guild-hall huge Corinæus, (2) Scene I.- We would so, and then go a bat-fowling.)
That horne of Windsor (of an unicorne very likely),
The cave of Merlin, the skirts of old Tom a Lincolne, The instructions for Bat-fowling in Markham's “Hunger's
King Johas sword at Linne, with the cup the Fraternity drinke Prevention," &c. 1600, afford an accurate description of the
in; way in which this sport was pursued in former times :
The Tombe of Beauchampe, and sword of Sir Guy a Warwicke; "For the manner of Bat-fouling it may be vsed either The great long Dutchman, and roaring Marget a Barwicke, with Nettes, or without Nettes : If you vse it without
The Mummied Princes, and Cæsars wine yet i’ Dover,
Saint James his Ginney Hens, the Cassawarway moreover; Nettes (which indeede is the most common of the two) you
The Beaver i'the Parke (strange beast as er'e any man saw) shall then proceede in this manner. First, there shall be
Downe-shearing willowes with teeth as sharpe as a hand-saw. one to cary the cresset of fire (as was showed for the Low
The Lance of John a Gaunt and Brandons still i'the Tower: bell) then a certain number as two, three, or foure (accord The fall of Ninive, with Norwich built in an hower! ing to the greatnesse of your company), and these shall King Henries slip-shoes, the sword of valiant Edward ; hane poales bound with dry round wispes of hay, straw, or
The Coventry boares-shield, and fire-workes seen but to bedward,
Drakes ship at Detford, King Richards bedsted i' Leyster, such like stuffe, or else bound with pieces of Linkes, or
The White Hall whale-bones, the silver Bason i' Chester : Hurdes dipt in Pitch, Rosen, Grease, or any such like
The live-caught dog-fish, the Wolfe, and Harry the Lyon, matter that will blaze. Then another company shall be
Hunkes of the Beare-garden, to be feared, if he be nigh on." armed with long poales, very rough and bushy at the vpper
HALLIWELL, I. 327.
(1) SCENE II.-The picture of Nobody. ] “No-body” was ginning of a popular old ballad, called "The Well-spoken a ludicrous figure often found on street signs, and of which Nobody," the unique copy of which, in the Miller colleca representation is prefixed to the comedy of “No-body | tion at Britwell-house, supplied Mr. Halliwell with a curious and Some-body," 1600. The following verses form the be- engraving, showing a floor all bestrewed with domestic VOL. III. 49