The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 138 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Be poisonous too, and kill thy forlorn queen. Is all thy comfort shut in Gloster's tomb ? Why, then dame Margaret was ne'er thy joy: Erect his statue then, and worship it, And make my image but an alehouse sign. Was I, for this, nigh wreck'd upon the sea; ' And twice by aukward wind 5 from England's bank ' Drove back again unto my native clime ? What boded this, but well-forewarning wind Did seem to say, ?Seek not a scorpion's nest, Nor set no footing on this unkind shore ? What did I then, but curs'd the gentle gusts 6, And he that loos'd them from their brazen caves; And bid them blow towards England's blessed shore, Or turn our stern upon a dreadful rock ? Yet Eolus would not be a murderer, But left that hateful office unto thee: The pretty vaulting sea refus'd to drown me; Knowing, that thou would'st have me drown'd on shore, With tears as salt as sea through thy unkindness: So that he hath the wordes wayved, And thus his eare is nought deceived. Shakspeare has the same allusion in Troilus and Cressida: Have ears more deaf than adders, to the voice Of any true decision. Steevens. s ? awkward wind?] Thus the old copy. The modern editors read'adverse winds. Steevens. The same uncommon epithet is applied to the same subject by Marlow in his King Edward II.: With auirutard winds, and with sore tempests driven To fall on shore'. So, in Dray-ton's Epistle from Richard II. to Queen Isabell: And undertook to travaile dangerous waies, Driven by awkward winds and boisterous seas. Malone. 6 What did I then, but Curs'd the gentle gusts-, ] I believe we should read? but curse the gentle gusts.'' M. Mason. VOL. XVIII. S The splitting rocks cow'rd in the sinking sands 7, And ...