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cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,” &c. which has been so often quoted, that every school-boy knows it by heart; the other is that which Prospero makes in abjuring his art.

“ Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves, And ye that on the sands with printless foot Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him When he comes back; you demi-puppets, that By moon-shine do the green sour ringlets make, Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime Is to make midnight mushrooms, that rejoice To hear the solemn curfew, by whose aid (Weak masters tho’ye be) I have be-dimm'd The noon-tide sun, callid forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azur’d vault Set roaring war; to the dread rattling thunder Have I giv'n fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak With his own bolt; the strong-bas'd promontory Have I made shake, and by the spurs pluck'd up The pine and cedar: graves at my command Have wak'd their sleepers; oped, and let them forth By my so potent art. But this rough magic I hero abjure; and when I have requir'd Some heavenly music, which even now I do, (To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for) I'll break my staff, Bury it certain fadoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound, I'll drown my book."

We must not forget to mention among other things in this play, that Shakespear has anticiputed nearly all the arguments on the Utopian

Gonzalo. Had I the plantation of this isle, my lord-
Antonio. He'd sow it with nettle-seed.
Sebastian. Or docks or mallows.
Gonzalo. And were the king of it, what would I do?
Sebastian. ’Scape being drunk, for want of wine.

Gonzalo. l the commonwealth I would by contraries
Execute all things: for no kind of traffic
Would I admit; no name of magistrate ; ;
Letters should not be known; wealth, poverty,
And use of service, none ; contract, succession,
Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none;
No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil;
No occupation, all men idle, all,
And women too; but innocent and pure :
No sovereignty.

Sebastian. And yet he would be king on't. '
Antonio. The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the
· beginning.

Gonzalo. All things in common nature should produce
Without sweat or endeavour. Treason, felony,
Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine
Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,

Of its own kind, all foizon, all abundance !!!;! /:D!! - To feed my innocent people! .. .? Po ,

Sebastian. No marrying 'mong his subjects ? ?
Antonio. None, man; all idle ; whores and knaves.

ritis Gonzalo. I would with such perfection govern, sir," To excel the golden age. : ti :64%

Sebastian. Save his majesty!”; ristit olisive phen cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,” &c. which has been so often quoted, that every school-boy knows it by heart; the other is that which Prospero makes in abjuring his art.

“ Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves,
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
When he comes back; you demi-puppets, that
By moon-shine do the green sour ringlets make,
Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime
Is to make ridnight mushrooms, that rejoice
To hear the solemn curfew, by whose aid
(Weak masters tho' ye be) I have be-dimm'd
The noon-tide sun, callid forth the mutinous winds,
And 'twixt the green sea and the azur'd vault
Set roaring war; to the dread rattling thunder

Have I giv’n fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak
· With his own bolt; the strong-bas’d promontory
Have I made shake, and by the spurs pluck'd up
The pine and cedar: graves at my command
Have wak'd their sleepers ; oped, and let them forth
By my so potent art. But this rough magic
I here abjure; and when I have requir'd
Some heavenly music, which even now I do,
(To work mine end upon their senses that
This airy charm is for) I'll break my staff,
Bury it certain fadoms in the earth,
And deeper than did ever plummet sound,
I'll drown my book.”—

We must not forget to mention among other things in this play, that Shakespear has anticipated nearly all the arguments on the Utopian

Gonzalo. Had I the plantation of this isle, my lordAntonio. He'd sow it with nettle-seed. Sebastian. Or docks or mallows. Gonzalo. And were the king of it, what would I do? Sebastian. 'Scape being drunk, for want of wine. Gonzalo. I the commonwealth I would by contraries Execute all things: for no kind of traffic Would I admit; no name of magistrate; Letters should not be known; wealth, poverty, And use of service, none; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none; No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil; No occupation, all men idle, all, And women too; but innocent and pure : No sovereignty.

Sebastian. And yet he would be king on't. si
Antonio. The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the
· beginning.

Gonzalo. All things in common nature should produce
Without sweat or endeavour. Treason, felony,
Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine
Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,
Of its own kind, all foizon, all abundance
To feed my innocent people!

Sebastian. No marrying ʼmong his subjects ?
Antonio. None, man; all idle ; whores and knaves.
Gonzalo. I would with such perfection govern, sir,
To excel the golden sge.

Sebastian. Save his majesty!”: ,

THE

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

Bottom the Weaver is a character that has not had justice done him. He is the most romantic of mechanics. And what a list of companions he has—Quince the Carpenter, Snug the Joiner, Flute the Bellows-mender, Snout the Tinker, Starveling the Tailor; and then again, wbat a group of fairy attendants, Puck, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed! It has been observed that Shakespear's characters are constructed upon deep physiological principles; and there is something in this play which looks very like it. Bottom the Weaver, who takes the lead of

“ This crew of patches, rude mechanicals,
That work for vread upon Athenian stalls,"

follows a sedentary trade, and he is accordingly

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