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And humming water must o'erwhelm thy corpse,
2 Sail. Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches, caulk'd and bitumed ready.
Per. I thank thee. Mariner, say what coast is this? maining, if it be right, must mean air-hung, suspended for ever in the air. So as Mr. Steevens observes to me) in Shakspeare's 21st Sonnet :
“- those gold candles fix'd in heaven's air. In K. Richard II. right-drawn fword, is used for a sword drawn in a just cause ;-and in Macbeth we meet with air-drawn dagger. Perhaps, however, the author wrote aye-remaining. Thus in Othelio:
“Witness the ever-burning lights above”- MALONE. The propriety of the emendation suggested by Mr. Malone, will be increased if we recur to our author's leading thought, which is founded on the customs observed in the of ancient sepulture. Within old monuments and receptacles for the dead, perpetual (i. e. aye-remaining) lamps were fupposed to be lighted up. Thus Pope in his Eloisa:
" Ah hopeless, lasting flames, like those that burn
“ To light the dead, and warm th' unfruitful urn!"! I would, however, read,
iind aye-remaining lamps, &c. Instead of a monument erected above thy bones, AND perpetual lamps to burn near them, the spouting whale shall oppress thee with his weight, and the mass of waters Mall roll with low heavy murmur over thy head. STEEVENS.
ink and paper,] This is the reading of the second quarto. The first has taper. Malone.
9 Bring me the fattin coffin :) It seems somewhat extraordinary that Pericles should have carried a coffin to sea with hin. We ought, I think, to read coffer. MALONE.
Sattin coffer is most probably the true reading. In a subsequent scene, this coffin is so called :
Madam this letter and some certain jewels
Lay with you in your coffer. Our ancient coffers were often adorned on the inside with such costly materials. A relation of mine has a trunk which formerly be. longed to Katharine Howard when queen, and it is lined throughout with rose-coloured fattin, most elaborately quilted. STEEVENS.
TYRE: 2 Sail. We are near Tharsus.
Per. Thither, gentle mariner, Alter thy course for Tyre'. When can'st thou reach it?
2 Sail. By break of day, if the wind cease.
Per. O make for Tharsus. There will I visit Cleon, for the babe Cannot hold out to Tyrus; there I'll leave it At careful nursing. Go thy ways, good mariner ; I'll bring the body presently.
SC E N E II.
Ephesus. A room in Cerimon's house. Enter Cerimon, a Servant, and some persons who have
been shipwrecked. Cer. Philemon, ho !
Enter Philemon. Phil. Doth my lord call ?
Cer. Get fire and meat for these poor men; It hath been a turbulent and stormy night.
Ser. I have been in many ; but such a night as this, Till now, I ne'er endur'd .
Cer. Your master will be dead ere you return; There's nothing can be minister’d to nature,
Alter thy course for Tyre:] Change thy course, which is now for Tyre, and go to Tharsus. MALONE.
I have been in many ; but such a night as this,
“ Hath trifled former knowings." Again, in K. Lear :
16 Since I was man,
" Remember to have heard:” MALONE. Vol. II,
. That can recover him. Give this to the 'pothecary', And tell me how it works.
Enter two Gentlemen.
1 Gent. Sir, our lodgings, standing bleak upon the sea,
2 Gent. That is the cause we trouble you so carly; 'Tis not our husbandry.
Cer. O you say well.
having s Give this to the 'pothecary, ] The recipe that Cerimon sends to the apothecary, we must suppose, is intended either for the poor men already mentioned, or for some of his other patients. The preceding words shew that it cannot be designed for the master of the servant introduced here. MALONE. 4 Shook as the earth did quake:) So in Macbeth:
the obscure bird
“ H as feverous and did shake,” MALONE.
And all to topple; ] The principals are the strongest rafters in the roof of a building.–The first quarto, which is fol. Towed by all the other copies, reads, I think corruptly-principles. If the speaker had been apprehensive of a general diffolution of nature (which we must underland if we read principles), he did not need to leave his house: he would have been in as much danger without, as within.
All to is an augmentative often used by our ancient writers. It occurs frequently in the Confcffio Amantis. - The word topple, which means tumble, is again uted by Shakspeare in Macbeth, and applied to buildings :
• Tho' caitles topple on their warders' heads.” Again, in King Henry IV. Part 1:
Shakes the old beldame earth, and topples down
Rich tire about you', should at these early hours
Cer. I held it ever,
• Rich tire about you, &c.] Thus the quarto 1609; but the sense of the passage is not sufficiently clear. The gentlemen rose early, because they were but in lodgings which food exposed Dear the sea. They wonder, however, to find lord Cerimoni ftirring, because he had rich tire about him; meaning perhaps a bed more richly and comfortably furnished, where he could have flept warm and secure in defiance of the tempest. The reasoning of these gentlemen should rather have led them to say such roswers about you ; i. e. a house or castle that could safely refilt the asfaults of weather. They left their manfion because they were ng longer secure if they remained in it, and naturally wonder why hé hould have quitted his, who had no such apparent reafon for defertiog it and rising early. STEVENS. * Virtue and cunning] Cunning means here knowledge.
"O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
• Than to be thirsty after tottering honour,
Or tie my pleasure up in filken bags, To please the fool and death ?. 2 Gent. Your honour hath through Ephesus pour'd
Enter two Servants with a Chest,
Cer. Set it down, let us
2 Gent. 'Tis like a coffin, sir.
Cer. Whate'er it be,
2 Gent. It is so, my lord.
the sea Caft it up?
9 To please the fool and death.] The Fool and Death were principal personages in the old 'inoralities. They are mentioned by our author in Measure for Measure :
merely thou art death's fool,
" And yet run'st toward him still.” Malone. · How clofe 'tis caulk'd and bottom'd.] This, which is the reading of all the copies, is evidently a corruption. We had before “ Sir, we have a chest beneath the hatches, caulk'd and bite tumed ready." MALONE,