Notes on the Text
The Spectator a British weekly magazine first published on 6 July 1828. and still (2009) going strong; also the name of a series of essays by Addison and Steele which appeared in 1711 and 1712. See “The Propagation of Knowledge”, (Debits and Credits, pp. 286, line 4 and 289, line 27
[Title] Shakspere William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet. The spelling used by Kipling, SHAKSPERE was popular in the later 19th Century, but eventually the accepted spelling became SHAKESPEARE as in most of his printed work.
In 1609, appointed Admiral of the Virginia Company’s Third Supply Fleet, he sailed in the flagship for Jamestown, Virginia. The fleet ran into a storm and his ship began to take in water and was in danger of sinking, so he put her ashore on what turned out to be Bermuda. All hands (and a dog) survived. Some believe that this incident was one of the inspirations for Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”.
Sebastian says to Antonio Characters in “The Tempest”. Sebastian is brother to the King of Naples. Antonio has usurped the title of his brother Prospero, Duke of Milan. Both have been cast away on the island.
The isle is full of noises
Sounds and sweet airs….
[Act 3, scene 2]
prickly heat see Dr. Gillian Sheehan’s notes on “Kipling abd Medicine.”
a bombard was an early form of cannon.
The Historye of Aurelio and Isabelle, Daughter of the Kinge of Scottes
… Entered to Edward Aggas, November 20, 1588.
Stokes, however, (Francis Griffin Stokes, Who’s Who in Shakespeare, Bracken Books 1924, page 315) maintains:
no play or novel can be indicated as the source of “The Tempest”. In minor details, however hints are clearly traceable.
waiting on his demon waiting for inspiration from what Kipling called his ‘Personal Daemon’. See Something of Myself p. 208, and an article in The Spectator of 28 July 2003, quoted in KJ 299:
Chaucer was one of the four inexplicable geniuses of English literature, along with Shakespeare, Dickens and Kipling: that is, he had a daemon which enabled him to create works
of stunning originality that sprang from nothing, with
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