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live in der him, he water,
Who is so far from Italy remov’d,
Fran. Sir, he may live;
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.
? 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,
Seb. Very well..
Gon. It is foul weather in us all, good fir,
Seb. Foul weather ?
Gon. I the commonwealth, I would by contraries
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.
“ 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
Seb. No marrying 'mong his subjects ?
Seb. 'Save his majesty !
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 ?
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,
Ant. We two, my lord,
All seep but Seb. and Ant..
Ant. Nor I; my spirits are nimble. -
Seb. What, art thou waking ?
Seb. I do; and, surely,
Thou let'st thy fortune sleep, die' rather ; wink't
Seb. Thou dost snore distinctly;
Ant. I am more serious than my customn: you
Seb. Well; I am standing water.
Seb. Do fo: to ebb,
Seb. Pr'ythee; say on :
Ant. Thus, fir :
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