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Nurture can never stick 4; on whom my pains,
[Prospero remains invisible. Enter Ariel loaden with glistering apparel, &c. Enter
Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo, all wet. Cal. Pray you, tread softly, that the blind mole
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 s Jack with us.
Trin. Monster, I do smell all horse.piss; at which my nose is in great indignation. Ste. So is mine.
Do you hear, monster? If I should take a displeasure against you ; look you.
Trin. Thou wert but a loft monster.
Cal. Good my lord, give me thy favour still: 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.
Ste. I will fetch off my bottle, though I be o'er ears for my labour.
Cal. Pr'ythee, my king, be quiet : See'st thou herë, This is the mouth o' the cell ; 110 noise, and enter :
4 Nurture can nerur flick;] Nurture is education. STEEVENS.
s He has play'd Jack svith a lantern] Has led us about like an ignis Satuws, by which travellers are decoyed into the mire.
Do that good mischief, which may make this ifland
phano! Look, what a wardrobe here is for thee!
Cal. Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash.
Trin. Oh, ho, monster ; ? we know what belongs to a frippery :-0, king Stephano !
Ste. Put off that gown, Trinculo; by this hand, I'll have that gown.
Trin. Thy grace shall have it.
And • Trin. O king Stephano ! O peer! o worthy Stephano
Look, what a wardrobe here is for thee?] The humour of these lines consists in their being an allufion to an old celebrated ballad, which begins thus : King Stephen cvas a worthy peer-and celebrates that king's parsimony with regard to his wardrobe.-There are two stanzas of this ballad in Othello. WARBURTON.
The old ballad is printed at large in The Reliques of Ancient Poetry, vol. i. PERCY.
we know what belongs to a frippery :-) A frippery was a shop where old cloaths were sold. Fripferie, Fr.
Beaumont and Fletcher use it in this sense, in Wit without Money, act II :
" As if I were a running frippery." So in Monsieur de Olive, a comedy, by Chapman, 1606 : “ Paffing yesterday by the frippery, I spied two of them hanging out at a stall with a gambrell thrust from shoulder to shoulder.
The person who kept one of these shops, was called a fripper. So again in Monsieur de Olive, 1606 :
“ Taylors, , frippers, brokers." Again, ibid : “ What is your profession, I pray !--Fripperit, my lord.” Again : “ Farewell fripper, farewell petty broker."
Strype, in the life of Stowe, says, that these frippers lived in Birchin-lane and Cornhill. STEEVENS. & First edit. Let's alone. JOHNSON.
And do the murder first: if he awake,
Ste. Be you quiet, monster.-Mistress line, is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin' under the line : Now, jerkin, you are like to lose your hair, and prove a bald jerkin.
Trin. Do, do; We steal by line and level, ando like your grace.
Sté. I thank thee for that jeft; here's a garment for’t: wit shall not go unrewarded, while I am king of this country: Steal by line and level, is an excellent pass of pate; there's another garment for'r.
Trin. Monster, come, 'put some lime upon your fingers, and away with the rest.
Cal. I will have none on't : we shall lose our time, And all be turn'd - to barnacles, or to apes With foreheads villainous low.
Let's alone may mean-Let you and I only go to commit the murder, leaving Trinculo, who is so solicitous about the trah of dress, behind us. STEEVENS.
under the line :] An allusion to what often happens to people who pass the line. The violent fevers, which they con. tract in that hot climate, make them lose their hair.
EDWARDS' MSS. Perhaps the allusion is to a more indelicate disease than any peo culiar to the equinoxial. So in The Noble Soldier, 1632 :
“ 'Tis hot going under the line there." Again, in Lady Alimony, 1659 :
-Look to the clime
" Yea, there goes the hair away.” Shakespeare seems to design an equivoque between the equia noxial and the girdle of a woman. STEEVENS. - put some lime, &c.] That is, birdline. JOHNSON,
-10 barnacles, or to apes) Skiuner lays barnacle is Anfer Scoticus. The barnacle is a kind of thell-fish growing on the bottoms of ships, and which was anciently supposed, when broken off, to become one of these gecfe. Hall, in his Virgedemiarum, lib. iv. fat. 2. seems to favour this fuppofition : VOL. I.
Ste. Monster, lay to your fingers ; help to bear this away, where my hogshead of wine is, or I'll turn you out of iny kingdom: go to, carry this. .
Trin. And this.
3 A noise of hunters heard. Enter divers Spirits in mape
of hounds, hunting them about ; Projpero and Ariel
their joints With dry convulsions ; shorten up their finews
- There are,
" The Scottish barnacle, if I might choose,
" That of a worme doth waxe a winged goose,” &c. So likewise Marston, in his Malecontent, 1604 :
like ýour Scotch barnacle, now a block, “ Instantly a worin, and presently a great goose.”
(says Gerard, in his Herbal, edit. 1594. page 1391) " in the north parts of Scotland certaine trees, whereon do growe shell-fishes, &c. &c. which, falling into the water, do become fowls, whom we call barnakles ; in the north of England brant geeje; and in Lancashire tree geefe,” &c.
This vulgar error deserves no serious confutation.' Commend me, however, to Holinshed, (vol. I. p. 38.) who declares himfelt to have feen the feathers of these barnacles " hang out of the thell at least two inches.” And in the 27th song of Drayton's Por lyolbion, the fame account of their generation is given. Again, in Valentinian, by B. and Fletcher:
- not till barnacles " Breed in my fides.” Collins. 3 A noise of hunters heard.—) Shakespeare might have had in view“ Arthur's Chace, which many believe to be in France, and think that it is a kennel of black dogs followed by unknown huntsmen with an exceeding great found of horns, as if it was a very hunting of fome wild beast.” See a Treatise of Spieires translated from the French of Peter de Loier, and published in quarto, 1635. Dr. GRAY,
With aged cramps ; and more pinch-spotted make
them, Than pard, or cat o' mountain.
Ari. Hark, they roar.
Pro. Let them be hunted foundly: At this hour Lie at my mercy all mine enemies : Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou Shalt have the air at freedom : for a little, Follow, and do me service.
A CT V. SCENE I.
Before the cell. Enter Projpero in his magick robes, and Ariel. Pro. Now does my project gather to a head : My charms crack not; my spirits obey ; 4 and time Goes upright with his carriage. How's the day?
Ari. On the sixth hour; at which time, my lord, You said our work should cease.
Pro. I did say fo,
Ari. Confin’d together
and time Goes upright with his carriage.-) Alluding to one carrying a burthen. This critical period of my life proceeds as I could win. Time brings forward all the expected events, without faultering under his burthen, STEEVENS.