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Or that for which I live ; whom once again
I tender to thy hand: all thy vexations
Were but my trials of thy love, and thou
Hast strangely stood the test : 3 here, afore Heaven,
I ratify this my rich gift.

rich gift. O Ferdinand,
Do not smile at me, that I boast her off,
For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise,
And make it halt behind her.
FER.

I do believe it;
Against an oracle.
Pro. Then, as my gift, and thine own acquia

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Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter: But
If thou doft break her virgin knot' before
All fanctimonious ceremonies 6

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3 strangely flood the test :) Strangely is used by way of coma mendation, merveilleusement, to a wonder ; the fame is the sense in the foregoing scene. JOHNSON. i. e. in the last scene of the preceding act:

- with good life
16 And observation strunge-". STEEVENS.
4 Then, as my gift, and thine own acquisition --;) My guest, fort
folio. Rowe first read-gift. JOHNSON.
A similar thought occurs in Autory and Cleopatra :

bil send him
" The greatness he has got." STEEVENS.

Lher virgin kuot---) The same expresfion occurs in Pericles
Prince of Tyre, 1609 :

Untide I still my virgin knot will keepe." STEEVENS. 6 If thou dost break her virgin knot before

All fanctimonious ceremonies, &c. ) This, and the passage in Pericles Prince of Tyre, are manifest allusions to the zones of the ancients, which were worn as guardians of chastity by marriageable young women.

66 Puellæ, contra, nondum viripotentes, hujufmodi zonis non utebantur : quod videlicet immaturis virgunculis nullum , aut certé minimém, a corruptoribus periculum immineret : quas propterea vocabant 'apítges, nempe discinclase'

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With full and holy rite be minister'd,
No sweet afperfion? shall the heavens let fall
To make this contract grow; but barren hate,
Sour-ey'd disdain, and discord, shall bestrew
The union of your bed with weeds fo loathly,
That

you shall hate it both: therefore; take heed, As Hymen's lamps shall light you. FER.

As I hope For quiet days, fair issue, and long life, With such love as 'tis now; the murkiest den, The most opportune place, the strong's suggestion Our worser Genius can, shall never melt Mine honour into lust; to take away The edge of that day's celebration, When I shallthink, or Phæbus' steeds are founder'd, Or night kept chain'd below. PRO.

Fairly spoke: Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own. What, Ariel; my industrious fervant Ariel!

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Enter ARIEL.

Ari. What would my potent master ? here I am. Pro. Thou and thy meaner fellows your last

service Did worthily perform; and I must use you

There is a passage in NONNUS, which will sufficiently illustrate
Profpero's expreflion.

Κέρκς δ' εκγύς έκανε και τρέμας άκρον έρύσσας
Δεσμόν ασυλήτριο φυλάκτορα λύσαιο κίτης

Φειδομένη παλάμη, μη παρθένον ύπνG, εάσση. HENLEY. 7 No sweet aspersion>] Afperfion is here used in its primitive fense of sprinkling. At present it is expressive only of calumny and detra&tion. STEEVENS.

3 Fairly spokoi] I airly is here used as a trisyllable. STEEVENS.

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In such another trick : go, bring the rabble,
O’er whom I give thee power, here, to this place :
Incite them to quick motion; for I must
Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
Some vanity of mine art;' it is my promise,
And they expect it from me.
ARI.

Presently?
Pro, Ay, with a twink.
ARI. Before

you

can fay, Come, and go,
And breathe twice; and cry, so, so ;
Each one, tripping on his toe,
Will be here with mop and mowe:
Do you love me, master? no.

Pro. Dearly, my delicate Ariel: Do not ap

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proach,

Till thou dost hear me call.
ARI.

Well I conceive. ( Exit.
Pro. Look, thou be true; do not give dalliance
Too much the rein ; the strongest oaths are straw
To the fire i'the blood : be more abstemious,
Or elle, good night, your vow!
FER.

I warrant you, fir; The white-cold virgin snow upon my heart

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9 -- the rabble , ) The crew of mcaner spirits, JOHNSON,

? Some vanity of mine art ; ) So, in the unprinted romance of EMARE, quoted by Mr. Warton in his dissertation on the Gefia Romanorum, ( a Prefix to the third Vole of the History of Englilla Poetry. )

The emperour faid on hygh, 6. Sertes, thys is a fayry,

« Or ellys a vanite. »
j. e. an illusion. STEEVENS,

Come, and go,
Each one, tripping on his toe,) So, in Milton's L'Allegro, v. 33:

Come, and trip it as you go
“On the light fantastic toe. » STEEVENS.

my liver.

Abates the ardour of
PRO.

Well.
Now come, my Ariel ; bring a corollary,
Rather than want a spirit; appear, and pertly,
No tongue;

all
cyes;

be filent. (Soft mufick.
A Mafque. Enter Iris.
Iris. Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats, and peale;
Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep,
And flat meads thatch'd with stover, 6 them to keep;
Thy banks with peonied and lilied brims,'
Which spungy Aprils at thy hest betrims,

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bring a corollary, ) That is, bring more than are fuffici ent, rather than fail for want of numbers. Corollary means surplus. Corolaire, Fr. See Cotgrave's Di&ionary. STEEVENS.

No tongue ; ) Those who are present at incantations are obliged to be ftri&ly filent, « elle» as we are afterwards told, « the spell is marred. · JOHNSON. 6

thatch'd with ftover, ) Stover ( in Cambridgeshire and other counties) signifies hay made of coarse, rank grass, such as even cows will not cat while it is green. Stover is likewise used as thatch for cart-lodges, and other buildings that deserve but rude and cheap coverings. The word occurs in the 25th Song of Drayton's Polyolbion :

« To draw out sedge and reed, for thatch and stover fit. 19 Again, in his Muses' Elyzium : • Their browse and stover waxing thin and {cant. »

STEEVENS, 7 Thy bank with peonied, and lilied brims, The old edition Teads pioned and twilled brims, which gave rise to Mr. Holt's conje&ure, that the poet originally wrote

with pioned and tilled brims. » Peonied is the emendation of Hanmer.

Spenser and the author of Muleasses the Turk, a tragedy, 1610, use pioning for digging. It is not therefore difficult to find a meaning for the word as it stands in the old copy; and remove a letter from twilled, and it leaves us tilled. I am yet, however, in doubt whether we ought not to read lilied brims; for Pliny,

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To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy

broom groves, Whose shadow the dismissed bachelor loves,

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B. XXVI. ch. X. mentions the water-lily as a preferver of chasity; and says, elsewhere, that the Peony medetur Faunorum in Quiete Ludibriis, &c. In a poem entitled Tho Herring's Tayle, 4to. 1598, “the mayden piony'' is introduced. In the Arraignement of Paris, 1584, are mentioned

" The watry flow'rs and lillies of the banks." And Edward Fenton in his Secrete Wonders of Nature, 4to: B. VI. 1569, asserts, that the waterlily mortisieth altogether the appetite of sensualitie, and defends from unchafte thoughts and dreamies of venery."

In the 20:h song of Drayton's Polyolbion, the Naiades are re. presented as making chaplets with all the tribe of aquatic flowers; and Mr. Tollet informs me, that Lyie's Herbal says, “one kind of peonie is called by some, maiden or virgin peonic."

In Oviil's Banquet of sense, , by Chapman, 1595, I meet with the following fianza, in which twill-pants are enumerated among flowers :

" White and red jasmines, merry, melliphill,

"Fair crown imperial, emperor of flowers ; “ Immortal amaranth, white aphrodill,

" And cup-like twill-pants strew'd in Bacchus' bowers." If twill be the ancient name of any flower, the old reading, pioned and twilled, may stand. STEEVENS.

Mr. Warton, in his notes upon Milton, after filently acquiescing in the subftitution of pionied for pioned, produces from the ARCADES "Ladon's lillied banks,' as an example to countenance a further change of twilled to lillied, which, accordingly, Mr. Rann hath foisied into the text. But before such a licence is allowed, may it not be asked-If the word pionied can any where be found ? or (adinitting such a verbal from peony, like Milion's lillied from lily, 10 exin) —On the banks of what river do peonies grow ?--Or (if the banks of any river should be discovered 10 yield them) whether they and the lilies that, in common with them, berrim those banks, be the produce of spungy April?–Or, whence it can be gathered thai Iris here is at all speaking of the banks of a river ? -- and, whether, as the bank in question 16 the property, not of a water-nymph, but of Ceres, it is not to be considered as an objeđ of her care?-Hither the Goddess of lIusbandry is represented as resorting, because at the approach of spring, it becomes needful to repair the banks (or movuds) of the slai meads, whose grass not only shooting over, but being more fucculens

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