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A dozen years; within which space she died,
Ari. Yes ; Caliban her son.
Pro. Dull thing, I say fo; he, that Caliban, Whom now I keep in service. Thou best know'st What torment I did find thee in : thy groans Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the breasts Of ever-angry bears ; it was a torment To lay upon the damn’d, which Sycorax Could not again undo; it was mine art, When 'l arriv'd, and heard thee, that made
gape The pine, and let thee out.
Ari. I thank thee, master,
Pro. If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak, And
peg thee in his knotty entrails, till Thou hast howld away twelve winters.
Ari. Pardon, master :
Pro. Do so; and after two days
Ari. That's my noble master!
Pro. Go make thyself like to a nymph o' the sea :
[Exit Arieh Awake, dear heart, awake! thou hast Nept well; Awake!
a nymph o' the sea.] There does not appear to be fufficient cause
why Ariel should assume this new shape, as he was to þe invisible to all eyes but thofe of Prospero. STEEVENS.
Mira. 9 The strangeness of your story put
Pro. Shake it off : Come on;
Mira. 'Tis a villain, fir,
Pro. But, as ’tis,
What ho! flave! Caliban !
Cal. [Within.] There's wood enough within.
Come, thou tortoise ! when ?
Enter Ariel like a water-nymph.
[Exit. Pro. Thou poisonous Nave, got by the devil hin
self Upon thy wicked dam, come forth !
9 The strangeness -] Why should a wonderful story produce fleep? I believe experience will prove, that any violent agitation of the mind easily subsides in Number, especially when, as in Prospero's relation, the last images are pleasing, JOHNSON.
The poet seems to have been apprehensive that the audience, as well as Miranda, would fleep over this long but necessary tale, and therefore strives to break it. First, by making Profpero divest himself of his magic robe and wand; then by waking her attention no less than fix times by verbal interruption; then by varying the action when he rises and bids her continue fitting : and laitly, by carrying on the business of the fable while Miranda sleeps, by which she is continued on the stage till the poet has occasion for her again. WAKNER.
Enter Caliban. 'Cal. As wicked dew, as e'er iny mnother brush'd With raven's feather from unwholsome fen,
· Cal. As wicked dew, as e'er my mother brush'd
With raven's feather from untuholfome fen,
Drop on you both!] Shakespeare hath very artificially given the air of the antique to the language of Caliban, in order to heighten the grotesque of his character. As here he uses wicked for unwholfome. So fir John Maundevil, in his travels, p. 334. edit. Lond. 1725. at alle tymes brennethe a vesselle of cristalle fulle of bawme for to zeven gode smelle and odour to the emperour, and to voyden awey alle wYKKEDė eyres and
corrupciouns. It was a tradition, it seems, that lord Falkland, lord c. J. Vaughan, and Mr. Selden concurred in observing, that Shakespeare had not only found out a new character in his Caliban, but had also devised and adapted a new manner of language for that character. What they meant by it, without doubt, was, that Shakespeare gave his language a certain grotesque air of the lavage and antique ; which it certainly has. But Dr. Bentley took this, of a new language, literally; for speaking of a phrase in Milton, which he supposed altogether absurd and unmeaning, he says, Satan had not the privilege as Caliban in Shakespeare, to use netu phrase and dittion unknown to all others
practise distances is still a Caliban Aile. Note on Milton's Paradise Loft, 1. iv, v. 945. But I know of no such Caliban stile in Shakespeare, that hath new phrase and diction unknown to all others.
WARBURTON. Whence these critics derived the notion of a new language appropriated to Caliban, I cannot find : they certainly miltook brutality of sentiment for uncouthness of words. Caliban had learned to speak of Prospero and his daughter, he had no names for the sun and moon before their arrival, and could not have in. vented a language of his own without more understanding than Shakespeare has thought it proper to beltow upon him. His diction is indeed somewhat clouded by the gloominess of his temper, and the malignity of his purposes ; but let any other being entertain the same thoughts, and he will find themn casily issue in the same expressions. Johnson.
As wicked dew,-) Wicked; having baneful qualities. So Spenser says, wicked weed; fo, in opposition, we say herbs or medicines have virtues. Bacon mentions virtuous bezoar, and Dryden virtuous herbs. JOHNSON. So in the Booke of Haukyng, &c. bl. 1. no date.
" Ifa wycked fellon be swollen in such maner that a man may hele it, the " hauke shall not dye,” STEEVENS.
Drop on you both! a south-west blow on ye,
Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up; urchins : Shall, 3 for that vast of night that they may work, All exercise on thee: thou shalt be pinch'd
archins,] i.e. hedgehogs. Urchins are enumerated by Reginald Scott among other terrifie beings. -to fold thyself up like an urchin."
Chapman's May Day, 1611. Again in Selimus Emperor of the Turks, 1638.
" What are the urchins crept out of their dens
“ Under the conduct of this porcupine !". Urchins are perhaps here put for fairies
. Milton in his Mafque speaks of “ urchin blafts," and we still call any little dwarfish child, an urchin. The word occurs again in the next act. The echinus, or sea hedge-bog, is itill called the urchin. SreeVENS. .3 for that vast of night that they may work,] The vast of night means the night which is naturally empty and deserted, without action; or when all things lying in neep and filence, makes the world appear one great uninhabited waste. So in Hamlct;
". In the dead waste and middle of the night.” It has a meaning like that of nox vafta.
Perhaps, however, it may be used in a fignification somewhat different, in Pericles Prince of Tyre, 1609.
“ Thou God of this great vast, rebuke the surges.”. Vastum is likewise the ancient law term for waste uncultivated land; and, with this meaning, vaft is used by Chapman in his Shadow of Night, 1594.
When unlightsome, vast and indigest “ The formeless matter of this world did lye.” It should be remembered, that, in the pneumatology of former ages, these particulars were settled with the most minute exactness, and the different kinds of visionary beings had different allotments of time suitable to the variety or consequence of their employ'ments. During these spaces, they were at liberty to act, but were always obliged to leave off at a certain hour, that they might not interfere in that portion of night which belong'd to others. Among these we may suppose urchins to have had a part subjected to their dominion. To this limitation of time Shake. speare alludes again in K. Lear. He begins at curfew, and walks till the second cock. Steevens.
As thick as honey.combs, each pinch more stinging Than bees that made 'em.
Cal. I must eat my dinner. This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tak ft froin me. When thou camest first, Thou stroak’dst me, and mad'st much of me; would'It
give me Water with berries in't ; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night : and then I lov'd thee, And shew'd thee all the qualities o'the isle, The fresh springs, brine-pits, barren place, and fertile; Curs'd be I, that I did lo!
-All the charms Of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you ! For I am all the subjects that you have, Who first was mine own king: and here you sty me In this hard rock, whiles you do keep from me The rest of the island.
Pro. Thou most lying slave, Whom stripes may move, not kindness : I have us’d
Cal. Oh ho, oh ho !-wou'd it had been done!
Pro. 4 Abhorred slave; 4 Abhorred Nave ;) This speech, which the old copy gives to Miranda, is very judiciously beitowed by Mr. Theobald on Prospero. JOHNSON
The modern editions take this speech from Miranda, and give it to Prospero ; though there is nothing in it but what the may speak with the greatest propriety; especially as it accounts for her being enough in the way and power of Caliban, to enable him to make the attempt complained of. The poet himself thews he intended Miranda should be his tutoress, when he makes Caliban say, “ I've seen thee in her, my mistress shewed me thee " and 'thy dog, and thy bush ;" tó Stephano, who had just assured the moniter he was the man in the moon. Holt.