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We wish your peace.
( Exeunt, Pro. Come with a thought :- I thank you :
Ari. Thy thoughts I cleave to :3 What's thy
pleasure ? PRO.
Spirit, We must prepare to meet with Caliban. * Ari. Ay, my commander : when I presented
Ceres, I thought to have told thee of it; but I fear'd, Left I might anger thee. Pro. Say again, where didst thou leave these
varlets ? Ari. I told you, sir, they were red-hot with
, Fer. Mir. We wish your peace. Pro. Come with a thought :
I thank you :
Ariel, come.) The old copy reads 16 - I thank thee. » But these thanks being in reply to the joint wish of Ferdinand and Miranda, I have fubstituted you for thee, by the advice of Mr. Riifon.
STEEVENS. 3 Thy thoughts I cleave to : ) To cleave io, is to unite with closely. So, in Macbeth:
« Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould. ?? Again :
- If you ihall cleave to my consent.» STEEVENS,
to meet with Caliban. ) To meet with is to counteract; 'to play stratagem against stratagem. The parfon knows the temper of overy one in his house, and accordingly either meets with their vices, or advances their virtues. HERBERT's Country Parfon. JOHNS So, in Cynthia's Revenge, 1613 :
So full of valour, that they smote the air
thorns, Which enter'd their frail fhins : at last I left them
Advanc'd their eye-lids, &.ị Thus Drayton, in his Mymphidia, of Court of fairie :
" But once the circle got within,
- For as he thus was busy,
Against a stubbed tree he reels,
" Alas, his brain was dizzy.
“And through the bushes fcrambles,
the briers and brainbles. JOHNSON. - pricking gofs, ) 1 know not how Shakspeare dilinguished go/s from furze ; for what he calls fuze is called gofs or gorse in the midland counties. This word is used in the first chorus to Kyd's Cornelia, 1594 : " With worthless gorse that, ycarly, fruiulets dies.
STELVENS. By the latter, Shakspeare means the low sort of gorse that only grows upon wet ground, and which is well described by the name of whins in Markham's Farewell to Huillondry. It has prickles like those on a rose-tree or a gooseberry. Forze and whiris occur together in Dr. Farmer's quotation from Holinihed. TOLLET.
l' the filthy mantled pool ? beyond your cell,
PRO. This was well done, my bird :
I go, I go. (Exit.
7 I' the filthy mantled pool —-) Perhaps we should read-filthymantled.- A similar idea occurs in K. Lear:
" Drinks the green mantle of the standing pool." STEEVENS. & For ftale to catch these thieves.) Siale is a word in fowling, and is used to mean a bait or decoy to catch birds. So, in A Looking glass for London and England, 1617:
66 Hence tools of wrath, Stales of temptation! A gain, in Green's Mamillia, 1595 : that she might not strike at the stale, left she were canvassed in the nets. STIEVENS.
Nurture can never flick ; ) Nurture is education. Steevens.
all, all loft, ) The first of these words was probably introduced by the carelessness of the transcriber or compolitor. Wc mright safely read-are all loft. MALONE. 3. And as, with age, his body uglier grows,
So his mind cankers : Shakspeare, when he wrote this description, perhaps recolle&ed what his patron's most intimate friend, the great lord Eflex, in an hour of discontent, faid of queen Elizabeth ;----" that she grew old and canker'd, and that her mind was become as crooked as her carcase: --a speech, which, according to Sir Walter Raleigh, coit him his head, and which, we may therefore suppose, was at that time much talked of. This play being written in the time of king James, these obnoxious words might be safely repeated. MALONE,
Prospero and Ariel remain invisible. Enter
ÇALIBAN, STEPHANO, and TRINCULO, all wet. Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole
may not Hear a foot fall : we now are near his cell,
Ste. monster, your fairy, which, you say, is a harmless fairy, has done little better than play'd the Jack with us.
Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse-piss ; at which
nose is in great indignation. STE. So is mine. Do you hear, monster ? If I should take a displcasure against you;
look you, —
TRIN. Thou wert but a loft monfter.
Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour ftill : Be patient, for the prize I'll bring thee to Shall hood-wink this mischance: therefore, speak
softly; All's hush'd as midnight yet.
Trin. Ay, but to lose our bottles in the pool.
Ste. There is not only disgrace and dishonour in that, monster, but an infinite loss.
Trin. That's more to me than my wetting: yet this is your harmless fairy, monster.
the blind mode may not Hear a foot fall : ) This quality of hearing which the mole is supposed to possess in so high a degree, is mentioned in Euphues, 40. 1581, p. 64, " Doth not the lion for strength, the turtle for love, the ant for labour, excel man? Doth not the eagle see clearer, the vulture smell better, the moale heare lightlyer ?” REED.
- has done little better than play'd the jack with us. ) i. e. He has played Jack with, a lantern; has led us about like an ignis farums, by which travellers are decoyed into the mire, JOHNSON,
STE. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er
Trin. O, ho, monster; we know what belongs
6 Trin. 0 king Stephano ! O peer! 0 worthy Stephano ! look
The old ballad is printed at large in The Reliques of ancient
we know what belongs to a frippery : ) A frippery was a
Beaumont and Fletcher use the word in this sense, in Wit with-
is As if I were a running frippery."