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Ant. He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
Lep. What, Mall I find you here?
Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
O&. So you thought him;
Ant. Oétavius, I have seen more days than you :
Oč. You may do your will ;
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and, for that,
3 - damn bim.) i.e. condemn him. So, in Promos and Cajardra, 7578:
« Vouchsafe to give my damned husband life." Again, in Chaucer's Kingbres Tale, v. 1747.
by your confeffion
- as tbe ass bears gold,] This image had occurr'd before in Mere fure for Measure, Aa lij. ic. i:
like an ass whose back with ingots bows,
And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so;
How 5 - one tbat feeds
On objets, aris, and imitations;] It is easy to find a reason why that devotee to pleasure and ambition, should call him barren-spirited who could be content to feed his mind with objects, i.e.specularive knowledge, or arts, i. e. mecbanic operations. Lepidus, in the tragedy of Antery and Cleopatra, is represented as inquisitive about the structures of Egypt, and that too when he is almost in a state of intoxication. Antony, as at present, makes a jest of him, and returns him unintel. ligible answers to very reasonable questions.
Objets, however, may mean things obje&ted or thrown out to him. In this sense Shakspeare uses the verb to objeet in another play, where I have given an instance of its being employ'd by Chapman on the same occafion, A man who can avail himself of neglected hints thrown out by others, though without original ideas of his own, is no uncommon character. STEEVENS. Theobald, in the rage of innovation, reads-On abje&t arts, &c.
MALONE. 6 Our best friends made, our means Atretcb'd to the utmost;] In the old copy by the carelessness of the tranfcriber or printer this line is thus imperfeâly exhibited:
Our best friends made, our means stretch'd ;-
Our best friends made, and our best means stretch'd out. This emendation, which all the modern editors have adopted, was, like almost all the other corrections of the second folio, as ill conceived as pollible. For what is best means ? Means, or abilities, if fireccb'd cui, receive no additional strength from the word beft, nor does means, when confidered without reference to others, as the power of an india vidual, or the aggregated abilities of a body of men, seem to admit of a degree of comparison. However that may be, it is higbly improbable that a transcriber or compositor should be guilty of three errors in the same line; that he should omit the word and in the middle of it; then the word beft after our, and lastly the concluding word, It is much more pro
How covert matters may be best disclos'd,
Oa. Let us do fo: for we are at the stake?,
diers: TITINIUS and PINDAR US meeting them.
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
(Pindarus gives a letter to Brutus. Bru. He greets me well. --- Your master, Pindarus, In his own change, or by ill officers 8,
Hath bable that the omission was only at the end of the line, ( an error which is found in other places in these plays ;) and that the authour wrote, as I have printed :
Our best friends made, our means stretch'd ro rbe ut meff, So, in a former scene :
" — and, you know, his means,
“ If he improve them, may well freteb so far,--". Again, in the following passage in Coriolanus, which, I truft, will justify the emendation, now made:
for thy revenge, “ Wrench up your power to the big best." MALONE. 7- at ibe fake.) An allufion to bear-baiting. So, in Macbetb, At V:
“ They have chain'd me to a flake, I cannot fly,
" But bear-like I must fight the course.” STIEVENS. 8 In his own change, or by ill officers,] Dr. Warburton, without any necessity, reads-By his own cbarge, &c. that is, “ieither by those under his own immediate command, or under the command of his lieutenants, who had abused their trust." MALONI.
Brutus could not but know whether the wrongs commited were done by those who were immediately under the command of Callius, or those under his officers. The answer of Brutus to the servant is only an act of artful civility; his question to Lucilius proves, that his suspiciun ftill continued. Yet I cannot but suspect a corruption, and would read:
Hath iven me some worthy cause to with
Pin. I do not doubt,
Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius ;
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough;
Bru. Thou haft describ'd
Luc. They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter'd;
[March within. Bru. Hark, he is arriv'd :March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius, and Soldiers,
In bis own change, or by ill offices,That is, either changing his inclination of bimself, or by the ill offices and bad influences of others. JOHNSON.
Surely alteration is unnecessary. In the subsequent conference Brutus charges both Cassius and his officer Lucius Pella, with corruption.
STEVENS. Brutus immediately after says to Lucilius, when he hears his account of the manner in which he had been received by Caffius,
“ Thou haft describ'd
« A bor friend cooling." That is the change which Brutus complains of. Mason. VOL. VII.
Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies?
Caf. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
Bru. Caffius, be content,
Bru. Lucilius, do you the like; and let no man
Within the tent of Brutus.
Enter Brutus, and CASSIUS.
Bru. You wrong'd yourself, to write in such a case.
Caf. In such a time as this, it is not meet
- your griefs--] i. e. your grievances. See Vol. IV. p. 50, 8. jo and Vol. V. p. 237, n.9. MALONE.
every nice offence] i. e. small trilling offence. WARBURTON, So, in Romeo and Juliet, Ad V:
« The letter was not nice, bue full of charge,