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It is a good constraint of fortune, that
'Tis fo, my lord.
CER. How clofe 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd !—
Did the sea caft it up?
SERV. I never faw fo huge a billow, fir,
As tofs'd it upon shore.
Come, wrench it open;
Soft, foft!-it smells moft fweetly in my sense. 2 GENT. A delicate odour.
CER. As ever hit my noftril; fo,-up with it. O you most potent god! what's here? a corfe! 1 GENT. Moft strange!
CER. Shrouded in cloth of ftate; balm'd and en
With bags of fpices full! A paffport too!
[Unfolds a Scroll.
It is a good constraint of fortune, that
It belches upon us.] This fingular expreffion is again applied by our author to the fea, in The Tempeft:
"You are three men of fin, whom destiny
(That hath to instrument this lower world, "And what is in't,) the never-furfeited fea "Hath caused to belch up!" MALONE.
How clofe 'tis caulk'd and bitum'd!] Bottom'd, which is the reading of all the copies, is evidently a corruption. We had before:
"Sir, we have a cheft beneath the hatches, caulked and bitumed ready." MALONE.
7 As ever hit my noftril;] So, in The Merry Wives of Windas ever offended noftril." STEEVENS.
•Apollo, perfect me i'the characters ] Cerimon, having made phyfick his peculiar ftudy, would naturally, in any emer
Here I give to understand,
(If e'er this coffin drive a-land,')
This queen, worth all our mundane1 coft.
She was the daughter of a king :2
The gods requite his charity!
If thou liv'ft, Pericles, thou haft a heart
That even cracks for woe !3-This chanc'd to
2 GENT. Most likely, fir.
Nay, certainly to-night;
gency, invoke Apollo. On the prefent occafion, however, he addresses him as the patron of learning. MALONE.
(If e'er this coffin drive a-land,)] This uncommon phrase is repeatedly used in Twine's tranflation: "Then give thanks unto God, who in my flight hath brought me a-land into your coftes." Again: "certaine pyrats which were come a-land."
—mundane-] i. e. worldly. MALONE.
Who finds her, give her burying,
She was the daughter of a king:] The author had, perhaps, the facred writings in his thoughts: "Go fee now this curfed woman and bury her, for she is a king's daughter." 2 Kings, ix. 36. MALONE.
The following, in Twine's tranflation, are the first words of Lucina on her recovery: 66 -touch me not otherwise than thou oughteft to doe, for I am a king's daughter and the wife of a king." STEEVENS.
That even cracks for woe !] So, in Hamlet:
"Now cracks a noble heart."
Even is the reading of the fecond quarto. The firft has ever.
For look, how fresh fhe looks!-They were too
That threw her in the fea. Make fire within ;
Enter a Servant, with Boxes, Napkins, and Fire.
Well faid, well faid; the fire and the cloths.——
The vial once more ;-How thou ftirr'ft, thou block?
I have heard-] For the infertion of the word-have, which both the metre and the fenfe require, I am responsible.
-nine hours lien dead,] So, in the lxviiith Psalm : though ye have lien among the pots." STEEVENS. Well faid, well faid; the fire and the cloths.] So, on a fimilar occafion, in Othello, A& V. fc. i:
O, a chair, a chair!
O, that's well faid, the chair ;-
7 The rough and woful mufick that we have,
Caufe it to found, 'befeech you.] Paulina in like manner in The Winter's Tale, when the pretends to bring Hermione to life, orders mufick to be played, to awake her from her trance. So alfo, the Phyfician in King Lear, when the King is about to wake from the fleep he had fallen into, after his frenzy:
"Please you draw near ;-Louder the mufick there!"
The mufick there.8-I pray you, give her air :-
This queen will live: nature awakes; a warmth
8 The vial once more ;-How thou firr'ft, thou block?"
The mufick there.] The firft quarto reads,―the viol once more. The fecond and the fubfequent editions-the vial. If the first be right, Cerimon must be supposed to repeat his orders that they should again found their rough and woeful mufick. So, in Twelfth-Night:
"That train again !"
The word viol has occurred before in this play in the sense of violin. I think, however, the reading of the fecond quarto is right. Cerimon, in order to revive the Queen, firft commands loud mufick to be played, and then a fecond time administers fome cordial to her, which we may suppose had been before administered to her when his servants entered with the napkins, &c. See Confeffio Amantis, p. 180:
this worthie kinges wife
"Honeftlie thei token oute,
Little weight is to be laid on the spelling of the first quarto, for vial was formerly fpelt viol. In the quarto edition of King Richard II. 1615:
"Edward's feven fons, whereof thyself art one,
"Were feven viols of his facred blood."
Again, in the folio, 1623, ibidem :
"One viol full of Edward's facred blood."
Again, in The Tragical Hiftory of Romeus and Juliet, 1562: "She poured forth into the vyoll of the fryer
- a warmth
Breathes out of her ;] The old copies read-a warmth breath out of her. The correction was fuggefted by Mr. Steevens. The fecond quarto, and the modern editions, read unintelligibly : Nature awakes a warm breath out of her. MALONE,
Above five hours. See, how fhe 'gins to blow
Into life's flower again!
The heavens, fir,
Through you, increase our wonder, and fet up
She is alive; behold,
Her eyelids, cafes to thofe heavenly jewels i
Begin to part their fringes of bright gold ;2
Appear, to make the world twice rich. O live,
O dear Diana,
THAI. Where am I? Where's my lord? What world is
In Twine's translation it is to Cerimon's pupil Machaon, and not to Cerimon himself, that the lady is indebted for her recovery : "-he pulled the clothes from the ladies bofome, and powred foorth the ointment, and beftowing it abroad with his hand perceived fome warmth in her breaft, and that there was life in her body.-Then went Machaon unto his master Cerimon, and faide: The woman whom thou thinkeft to be deade is alive," &c. STEEVENS.
cafes to thofe heavenly jewels-] The fame expreffion occurs in The Winter's Tale: -they feem'd almoft, with staring on one another, to tear the cafes of their eyes."
Her eyelids, cafes to thofe heavenly jewels-] So, in Sidney's Arcadia, Book III: "Her faire lids, then hiding her fairer eyes, feemed unto him fweet boxes, rich in themselves, but containing in them far richer jewels." STEEVENS.
Begin to part their fringes of bright gold;] So, in The Tempest:
"The fringed curtains of thine eye advance,
"And fay what thou fee'ft yond?" MALONE.
What world is this ?] So, in the Confeffio Aman