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Certainly, sir, I can. Pro. By what? by any other house, or person 1 Of any thing the image tell me, that Hath kept with thy remembrance. Mira.
. 'Tis far off ; And rather like a dream than an assurance That my remembrance warrants : Had I not Four or five women once, that tended me ? Pro. Thou hadst, and more, Miranda: But
how is it, That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time? If thou remember'st aught, ere thou cam’st here, How thou cam'st here, thou may’st. Mira.
But that I do not.
Sir, are not you my father ? Pro. Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and She said — thou wast my daughter ; and thy
O, the heavens !
Both, both, my girl .
© Abysm was the old mode of spelling ubyss; from its French original abisme. This line is usually printed thus :
“ A princess ;- no worse issued :" which might indeed be admitted, but that there is no authority for it in the original; nor any need of the change, the sense being clear enough without it.
By foul play, as thou say'st, were we heav'd thence
0, my heart bleeds To think o' the teen that I have turn'd you to, Which is from my remembrance! Please you, fur
ther. Pro. My brother, and thy uncle, call’d Antonio -I pray thee, mark me, – that a brother should Be so perfidious! — he whom, next thyself, Of all the world I lov'd, and to him put The manage of my state ; as, at that time, Through all the signiories it was the first, And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed In dignity ; and, for the liberal arts, . Without a parallel : those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother, And to my state grew stranger, being transported, And rapt in secret studies. Thy false uncle — Dost thou attend me ? Mira.
Sir, most heedfully. Pro. Being once perfected how to grant suits, How to deny them ; whom to advance, and whom To trash' for overtopping ; new created The creatures that were mine, I say, or chang'd them, Or else new form'd them : having both the key Of officer and office, set all hearts i' the state To what tune pleas'd his ear ; that now he was The ivy, which had hid my princely trunk,
Teen is grief, sorrow, 9 To trash mears to check the pace or progress of any one The term is said to be still in use among sportsmen in the North, and signifies to correct a dog for misbehaviour in pursuing the game ; or certopping or outrunning the rest of the pack. Trashes are clogs strapped round the neck of a dog to prevent his over speed. Todd has given four instances from Hammond's works of the word in this sense : « Clog and trash"-"encumber and trash" -" to trash or overslow” — and « foreslowed and trashed'
Andó suck d my verdure out on't. — Thou attend'st
I pray thee, mark me.
Mira. Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.
Pro. To have no screen between this part he play'd And him he play'd it for, he needs will be
10 The sense is here rendered somewhat obscure by the brevity of expression. The meaning seems to be: “ Which would have exceeded all popular estimate, but that it withdrew me from my public duties ;” as if he were sensible of his error in getting 30 “ rapt in secret studies” as to leave the State a prey to violence ard usurpation.
H. 11 Alluding to the observation that a father above the common rate of nen has generally a son below it.
1It here refers to lie in the second line below. So that the meaning is: “Who, having made his memory such a sinner to truth by lying, that he came to believe his own lie.” In like manner Tacitus says of certain men, fingebant simul credebant
Absolute Milan : Me, poor man ! — my library
O the heavens !
I should sin
Now the condition.
Alack, for pity!
12 In lieu of the premises ; that is, " in consideration of the premises," &c.
14 Int is here used for cause or subject. Thus in a future passage we have: “ Our hint of woe."
Hear a little further, And then I'll brug thee to the present business Which now's upon us; without the which, this story Were most impertinent. Mira.
Wherefore did they not 'That hour destroy us? Pro.
Well demanded, wench :
Alack! what trouble
O! a cherubin 'Thou wast, that did preserve me! Thou didst smile, Infused with a fortitude from heaven, When I have deck'do the sea with drops full salt; Under my burden groan'd; which rais'd in ine An undergoing stomach,' to bear up gainst what should ensue. in Quit was commonly used for quitted.
13 There is a good deal of doubt as to what sense this word is here used in, - whether it be to udorn, or to cover ; of which the former seems inappropriate, and the other altogether forced. Some goud editors think it should be degg'd; a word sull used in the north of England for to sprinkle. This sense is so much better than either of the others, that we cannot help thinking it the right oue.
17 Slemach is here used in its old sense of courage. A