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live in der him, he water,

Who is so far from Italy remov’d,
I ne'er again shall see her. Othou mine heir
Of Naples and of Milan, what strange fish
Hath made his meal on thee!

Fran. Sir, he may live;
I saw him beat the surges under him,
And ride upon their backs; he trod the water,
Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted
The surge most swoln that met him : his bold head
'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oar'd
Himself with his good arms in lusty stroke
To the shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bow'd,
As stooping to relieve him : I not doubt,
He came aliye to land.

Alon. No, no, he's gone.

Seb. Sir, you may thank yourself for this great loss; That would not bless our Europe with your daughter, But rather lose her to an African; Where she, at least, is banish'd from your eye, Who hath cause to wet the grief on't.

Alon. Prythee, peace.

Seb. You were kneel'd to, and importun'd otherwise By all of us; and the fair soul herself Weigh’d, between lothness and obedience, at Which end the beam should bow. We have lost your

son, I fear, for ever : Milan and Naples have More widows in them of this business' making, 7 Than we bring men to comfort them : the fault's Your own.

Alon. So is the dearest o' the loss.
Gon. My lord Sebastian,
The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,

? Than we bring men to comfort them :) It does not clearly appear whether the king and these lords thought the ship loft. This paffage seems to imply, that they were themselves confident of returning, but imagined part of the fleet destroyed. Why, indeed, should Sebastian plot against his brother in the following scene, unless he knew how to find the kingdom which he was to inherit? JOHNSON.


the commonwek; for want of would I do?

And time to speak it in : you rub the fore,
When you should bring the plaister.

Seb. Very well..
Ant. And most chirurgeonly.

Gon. It is foul weather in us all, good fir,
When you are cloudy.

Seb. Foul weather ?
Ant. Very foul.
Gon. Had I the plantation of this ifle, my lord, --
Ant. He'd sow't with nettle-feed.
Seb. Or docks, or mallows.
Gon. And were the king of it, What would I do?
Seb. 'Scape being drunk, for want of wine.

Gon. I the commonwealth, I would by contraries
Execute all things : for no kind of traffick
Would I admit; no name of magistrate;
Letters should not be known; riches, poverty,
And use of service, none; contract, succession,
Bourn , bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none :
No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil: .
No occupation; all men idle, all,
And women too, but innocent and pure :
No sovereignty. .

Seb. And yet he would be king on't.

Ant. 9 The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning.

Gon. All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour : treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine', Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,

8 Bourn, bound of land, &c.] A bourn, in this place, fig. nifies a limit, a meer, a land-mark. Steevens.

The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning:] All this dialogue is a fine satire on the Utopian treatises of government, and the impracticable inconfiitent schemes therein recom. mended. WARBURTON.

any engine.) An engine is the rack. So in K. Lear.
" like an engine, wrench'd my frame of nature

“ From the fix'd place.” It may, however, be used here in its common signification of instrument of war, or military machine. STEEVENS,


Of its own kind, all 2 foizon, all abundance
To feed my innocent people.

Seb. No marrying 'mong his subjects ?
Ant. None, man : all idle ; whores, and knaves,
Gon. I would with such perfection govern, fir,
To excel the golden age.

Seb. 'Save his majesty !
Ant. Long live Gonzalo!
Gon. And, do you mark me, fir ?

Alon. Pr’ythee, no more; thou dost talk nothing to me.

Gon. I do well believe your highness; and did it to minister occasion to these gentlemen, who are of such sensible and nimble lungs, that they always use to laugh at nothing.

Ant. 'Twas you we laugh'd at.

Gon. Who, in this kind of merry fooling, am nothing to you : so you may continue, and laugh at nothing still.

Ant. What a blow was there given ?
Seb. An it had not fallen flat-long.

Gon. You are gentlemen of brave metal; you would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.

Enter Ariel, playing folemn musick. Seb. We would so, and then go a bat-fowling, Ant. Nay, my good lord, be not angry. Gon. No, I warrant you; I will not adventure my

2 all foizon,-) Foison or foizon fignifies plenty, ubertas, not moisture, or juice of grass or other herbs, as Mr. Pope says.

EDWARDS. Forfan is pure French, and signifies plenty. So in Warner's Albion's England, 1602, b. xiü. ch.78.

“ Union, in breefe, is foyfonous, and discorde works decay." Mr. Pope however is not entirely mistaken, as foifon, or fizon, sometimes bears the meaning which he has affixed to it. See Ray's Collection of South and East Country words. STEEVENS.


discretion so weakly. Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy ? Ant. Go, sleep, and hear us.

[Gonz. Adr. Fra. &c. Seepa Alon. What, all fo foon asleep! I wish mine eyes Would, with themselves, shut up my thoughts: I find, They are inclin'd to do so.

Seb. Please you, sir,
Do not omit the heavy offer of it :
It seldom visits sorrow; when it doth,
It is a comforter.

Ant. We two, my lord,
Will guard your person, while you take your reft,
And watch your safety.
Alon. Thank you : Wondrous heavy-

All seep but Seb. and Ant..
Seb. What a strange drowsiness possesses them?
Ant. It is the quality o' the climate.

Seb. Why
Doth it not then our eye-lids fink? I find not
Myself dispos’d to sleep.

Ant. Nor I; my spirits are nimble. -
They fell together all, as by consent;
They dropp'd, as by a thunder-stroke. What might,
Worthy Sebastian ?-0, what might ?-No more:-
And yet, methinks, I see it in thy face,
What thou should't be: the occasion speaks thee; and
My strong imagination fees a crown
Dropping upon thy head.

Seb. What, art thou waking ?
Ant. Do you not hear me speak ?

Seb. I do; and, surely,
It is a sleepy language; and thou speak'st
Out of thy sleep : What is it thou didst say ?
This is a strange repore, to be asleep
With eyes wide open ; standing, fpeaking, moving ;
And yet so fast asleep.
Ant. Noble Sebastian,


Thou let'st thy fortune sleep, die' rather ; wink't
Whiles thou art waking:

Seb. Thou dost snore distinctly;
There's meaning in thy snores.

Ant. I am more serious than my customn: you
Must be so too, if heed me; which to do,
Trebles thee o'er.

Seb. Well; I am standing water.
Ant. I'll teach you how to flow.

Seb. Do fo: to ebb,
Hereditary sloth instructs me,

Ant. O,
If you but knew, how you the purpose cherish,
Whilst thus you mock it! how, in stripping it,
You more invest it! Ebbing men, indeed,
Most often, do so near the bottom run,
By their own fear, or sloth.

Seb. Pr'ythee; say on :
The setting of thine eye, and cheek, proclaim
A matter from thee; and a birth, indeed,
Which throes thee much to yield.

Ant. Thus, fir :
Although ? this lord of weak remembrance, this,
(Who shall be of as little memory,
When he is earth’d) hath here almost persuaded,
( For he's a spirit of persuasion, only


2 —this lord of weak remembrance,-) This lord, who, being now in his dotage, has outlived his faculty of remembering; and who, once laid in the ground, shall be as little remembered himself, as he can now remember other things. JOHNSON

3 For he's a spirit of persuasion,] Of this entangled sentence I ean draw no sense from the present reading, and therefore imagine that the author gave it thus :

For he, a fpirit of perfuafon, only

Profelles to persuadea Of which the meaning may be either, that he alone, who is a Spirit of persuasion, profelles to persuade the king; or that, He only profiles to persuade, that is, svithout being so persuaded himself, be makes a show of persuading the king. Johnson. Vol. I. E


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