The liquor (when alive) whose very smell 20 I did detest, did loathe -- yet, for the sake Of Thomas Thumb, I would be laid therein.
KING. Ha! said you?
GHOST. Yes, my liege, I said Tom Thumb,
Whose father's ghost I am -- once not unknown
To mighty Arthur. But, I see, 'tis true, 25 The dearest friend, when dead, we all forget.
KING. 'Tis he -- it is the honest Gaffer Thumb.
Oh! let me press thee in my eager arms,
Thou best of ghosts! thou something more than
GHOST. Would I were something more, that we
Might feel each other in the warm embrace.
But now I have th' advantage of my king,
105For I feel thee, whilst thou dost riot feel me.
KING. But say, 106thou dearest air, oh! say what
Important business sends thee back to earth? 35
GHOST. Oh! then prepare to hear -- which but
Is full enough to send thy spirit hence.
Thy subjects up in arms, by Grizzle led,
Will, ere the rosy-fingered mom shall ope
The shutters of the sky, before the gate 40 Of this thy royal palace, swarming spread.
107, So have I seen the bees in clusters swarm,
So have I seen the stars in frosty nights,
So have I seen the sand in windy days,
So have I seen the ghosts on Pluto's shore, 45 So have I seen the flowers in spring arise,
So have I seen the leaves in autumn fall,
So have I seen the fruits in summer smile,
So have I seen the snow in winter frown.
KING. D--n all thou'st seen! dost thou, beneath
the shape 50
Of Gaffer Thumb, come hither to abuse me
With similes, to keep me on the rack?
Hence -- or, by all the torments of thy hell,
108I'll run thee through the body, though thou'st
GHOST. Arthur, beware! I must this moment
hence, 55 Not frighted by your voice, but by the cocks! Arthur beware, beware, beware, beware!
Strive to avert thy yet impending fate;
For, if thou'rt killed to-day,
To-morrow all thy care will come too late. 60
KING. Oh! stay, and leave me not uncertain thus!
And whilst thou tellest me what's like my fate,
Oh! teach me how I may avert it too!
Curst be the man who first a simile made!
Curst ev'ry bard who writes! -- So have I seen 5 Those whose comparisons are just and true, And those who liken things not like at all.
The devil is happy that the whole creation
Can furnish out no simile to his fortune.
QUEEN. What is the cause, my Arthur, that you
Thus silently from Dollallolla's breast?
Why dost thou leave me in the 109dark alone,
When well thou know'st I am afraid of sprites?
KING. Oh, Dollallolla! do not blame my love! 5 I hoped the fumes of last night's punch bad laid
Thy lovely eyelids fast. -- But, oh! I find
There is no power in drams to quiet wives;
Each morn, as the returning sun, they wake,
And shine upon their husbands.
QUEEN. Think, oh think! 10
What a surprise it must be to the sun,
Rising, to find the vanished world away.
What less can be the wretched wife's surprise
When, stretching out her arms to fold thee fast,
She folds her useless bolster in her arms. 15110Think, think, on that. -- Oh! think, think well on that!
Thou may'st as well grasp water, or fleet air,
As think of touching my immortal shade.
Cyrus the Great [ BANKS].
Conquest of Granada [ DRYDEN].
I've heard something how two bodies meet, But how two souls join I know not.
So that, till the body of a spirit be better understood, it will be difficult to understand how it is possible to run him through it.
I never durst in darkness be alone.
Ind[ian] Emp[eror] [ DRYDEN].
Sophonisba [ THOMSON].