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Boy. Sir, my Lord would instantly speak with you.
Pan. Good boy, tell him I come. I doubt, he be hurt. Fare ye well, good niece.
Cre, Adieu, uncle.
That the belov'd knows nought, that knows not this;
6 At your own house, there be -the foul's joy lies in doing.
unurms bim.] These necel. & That fine-) Means, that sary words added from the quarto edition.
Pope. 9 Then though-] The quarto The words added are only, reads, thin; the folio and the i bere he unarms him.
modern editions read improperly, 7 — joy's foul lies in the doing:] that, So read both the old editions, for --my heari's content - -] which the later editions have content, for capacity. poorly given,
Changes to Agamemnon's Tent in the Grecian Camp. Trumpets. Enter Agamemnon, Neftor, Ulysses, Dio
medes, Menelaus, with others. Agam. RINCES,
What grief hath set the jaundice on your
cheeks? The ample proposition, that hope makes In all designs begun on earth below, Fails in the promis'd largeness. Checks and disasters Grow in the veins of actions highest rear’d; As knots by the conflux of meeting fap Infect the found pine, and divert bis grain Tortive and errant from his course of growth. Nor, Princes, is it matter new to us, That we come short of our Suppose lo far, That after sev'n years' siege, yet Troy-walls stand; Sith every action that hath gone before, Whereof we have record, trial did draw Bias and thwart; not answering the aim, And that unbodied figure of the thought That gave 't surmised shape. Why then, you Princes, Do you with cheeks abalh'd behold our Works? And think them shame, which are, indeed, nought
elle But the protractive trials of great Joue, To find persistive constancy in men? The fineness of which metal is not found In fortune's love ; for then, the bold and coward, The wife and fool, the artist and unread, The hard and soft, seem all affin'd, and kin ; But in the wind and tempest of her frown, Diftinction with a broad and powerful fan, Puffing at all, winnows the light away;
2 Broad, quarto; the folio reads leud,
And what hath mass, or matter by itself,
Neft. 3 With due observance of thy godlike Seat,
3. With due observance of thy mises that he will make this ap
goodly Seat.] Goodly is an plication; but we find nothing epithet carries no very great like it. He only 'repeats Agacompliment with it ; and Nejlor memnon's general observation, and seems here to be paying defe- illuftrates it by another image; rence to Agamemnon's state and from whence it appears, that pre-eminence. The old books Shakespear wrote, have it, to thy godly Seat; god- -Nestor shall suPPLY like, as I have reformd the text, Thy latest words.seems to me the epithet design'd; And it must be owned, the poet and is very conformable to what never wrote any thing more in Æneas afterwards says of Aga. character. Neftor, a talkative old
man, was glad to catch at this Which is that God in office, common-place, as it would turguiding men!
nish him with much matter for So godlike Seat is here, State su- prate. And, therefore, on prepreme above other commanders. tence that Agamemnon had not
THEOBALD. been full enough upon it, he This emendation Theobald begs leave to supply the topic might have found in the quarto, - with some diversified Aourishes of which has,
his own. And what could be -the godlike feat.
more natural than for a wordy 4-Neitor hull APPLY old man to call the repedition of
Thy latest words.) What the same thought, a supplial. We were these latest words? A com- may observe further, that accordmon-place obfervation, illuftrated ing to this reading the introduc. by a particular image, that oppo- tory apology, sition and adverfory uere useful to
With due obfervance of thy try and distinguish between the va. goodly Seat, liant man and the coward, the is very proper : it being a kind wife man and the fool. The ap- of infinuation, to the prejudice plication of this was to the Greeks, of Agamemnon's facundity, that who had remained long unsuc- Nestor was forced to supply his cessful before Troy, but might speech. Whereas had the true make a good use of their misfor reading been a ply, the apology tunes by learning patience and had been impertinent: for in such perseverance. Now Neffor pro- a case we must have fupposed,
How many shallow bauble boats dare fail
[To Agamemnon. this was a preconcerted division -ancient breaft. of the argument between the two 6 the thing of courage,] Ic orators.
WARBURTON. is said of the tiger, that in torms I suppose the reader is long and high winds he rages and since contented rather to take ei- roars most furiously. HANMER. ther word than read the argu- 7 Returns to chiding fortane. ] ment. Nefor applies the words for returns, Ha mer reads replies, to another instance,
unnecessarily, the sense being the 5-atient breafi,–] The fame. The folio and quarto have quarto, not so well,
And thou, most rev'rend for thy stretcht-out life,
(To Neflor. I give to both your speeches; which were such, As Agamemnon and the hand of Greece Should hold up high in brass; and such again,
Uyl. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
The speciality of Rule hath been neglected;
8-Speeches; which were such, him on the one side, and Greece As Agamemnon and the hand on the other, to thew the union of Greece
of their opinion. And Nefior Should hold up high in brass; ought to be exhibited in filver, and such a ain,
uniting all his audience in one As venerable Neftor, hatch'd mind by his soft and gentle eloin filver,
cution. Brass is the common Should-krit all Greeks ears emblem of strength, and silver
To his experienc'd congue:-) of gentleness. We call a soft Ulises begins his oration with voice a silver voice, and a persuapraising those who had spoken be- five tongue a filver tongue. fore him, and marks the charac. I once read for hand, the band teristick excellencies of their dif- of Gree, but I think the text right. ferenc eloquence, strength and To hatch, is a term of art for sweetness, which he expresses by a particular method of engraving. the different metals on which he Hacher, to cut, French. recommends them to be engraven 9 Agam. Speak, &c.] This for the iostruction of pofterity. speech is not in the quarto, The speech of A amemnon is such 'The speciality of Rule] The that it ought to be engraven in particular rights of fupreme aubral, and the tablet held up by thority.