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Since I came to this ifle : And in the morn,
Alon. I long
Pro. I'll deliver all;
NOW my charms are all o’erthrown,
And what strength I have's mine own,
Which 3 With the help, &c.] By your applause, by clapping hands.
JOHNSON. Noise was supposed to dissolve a spell. So twice before in this play:
" No tongue; all eyes ; be filent.” Again : " huh! be mute,
« Or else our spell is marr'd." STEVENS. 4 And my ending is despair,
Unless I be reliev'd by prayer ;] This alludes to the old stories told of the despair of necromancers in their last moments, and of the efficacy of the prayers of their friends for them.
Which pierces so, that it assaults :
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
It is observed of The Tempeft, that its plan is regular; this the author of The Revisal thinks, what I think too, an accidental effect of the story, not intended or regarded by our author. But whatever might be Shakespeare's intention in forming or adopting the plot, he has made it instrumental to the production of many characters, diversified with boundless invention, and preserved with profound skill in nature, extensive knowledge of opinions, and accurate observation of life. In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy fpirits, and of an earthly goblin. The operations of magick, the tumults of a storm, the adventures of a desart island, the native effusion of untaught af. fection, the punishment of guilt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our passions and reason are equally interested.