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To the fire i'th' blood : be more abstemious,
liver. Vanity of human Nature. Prof, Our revels now are ended: these our actors (As I foretold you) were all spirits, and Are melted into air, into thin air : And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea all'who it inherit, shall diffolve (33): And, like this infubftantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack (34) behind! We are such stuff
I do know,
Lends the tongue vows, &c.
Nat'ral rebellion done in the blaze of youth,
O’erbears it, and burns on. (33) Shall disolve.] “This," says Upton," is exactly from scripture," 2 Peter iii. 11, 12. “ Seeing then that all these things shall be disolved, &c. the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements thall melt with fervent heat.” And Ifaiah xxxiv. 4. “And all the host of heaven shall be diffolved.” See Observations on Shake/pear, p. 224.
(34) A rack.] i. e. No track or path. See Upton's observations, p. 212. “ The winds," says Lord Bacon, ** which move the clouds above, which we call the rack, and are not perceived below, pass without noise.”
As dreams are made of; and our little life
Drunkards inchanted by Ariel.
(35) See Anthony and Cleopatra, Act 4.
The fringed curtains of thine eye advance. Act 1.
But once the circle got within
For as he thus was busy,
Alas, his brain was dizzy.
And through the bushes scrambles,,
Among the briars and brambles.
l'th' filthy mantled pool beyond your cell, There dancing up to the chins.
Profi- A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
Light of Foot. Pray (37) you, tread softly, that the blind make
may not Hear a foot fall.
Trin. Do, do: we steal by line and level, and't like your grace,
Ste. I thank thee for that jest ; here's a garment for’t: wit Thall not go unrewarded, while I am king of this country :
«°Steal by line and level,” is an excellent pass of patę: there's another garment for't,
ACT V. SCENE I.
Fine Sentiment, of Humanity on Repentance.
(37) Pray, &c.] -Thou found and furm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Macbeth, Act 2. Sc. 2. See the whole passage.
His tears run down his beard, like winter drops
Prof. Do'st thou think so, fpirit?
Prof. And mine fhall.
Fairies and Magic. (40). Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and
groves (38) Palion] is a verb in S. “ I feel every thing with the same quick sensibility, and am moved by the fam parfrons as they are. So in the Gentlemen of Verona,
Madam, 'twas Ariadne pasioning
For Theseus, &c.
St. (39) See Measure for Measure, Act 2. Sc. 7. &c,
(40) S. is in nothing confessedly more inimitable than in his fairies and magic, of which, this play and the Midsummer Night's Dream are striking proofs. How inferior is Ovid to him, when he makes Medea, the most celebrated forceress, speak thus,
Stantia concutio cantu freta, nubila pello,
Vipereafque rumpo verbis & carmine fauces;
Ei mugire folum, manesque exire sepulchris.
Tate. Viva faxa, & mugire solum, are as strong as graves wak'd their sleepers in our author, which every true reader of S. will immediately acknowledge the genuine reading; it is indeed extremely bold, and for that reason, the more likely to be his: yet it may be juitified by the usage of other poets, as Theobald has obferved. Beaumont and Fletcher, in their Bonduca, ipeak of the power of Fame, as waking graves ;
Wakens the ruin'd monument, and there
Informs again the dead bones. And Virgil speaking of Rome, as a city, says, It surrounded its leven hills with a wall.
Scilicet & rerum facta eft pulcherrima Roma,
Trapp, G. 2. at the end. But the reader will find, in Measure for Measure, an expression of S's, equally bold with this in question. See p. 137. and n. 46. The reader is desired to turn back to the 234th page, Midfummer Night's Dream.