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Enter Boy.

Boy. Sir, my Lord would instantly speak with you.
Pan. Where?
Boy. At your own house, there he unarms him.

Pan. Good boy, tell him I come. I doubt, he be hurt. Fare ye well, good niece.

Cre, Adieu, uncle.
Pan. I'll be with you, niece, by and by.
Cre. To bring, uncle-
Pan, Ay, a token from Troilus.
Cre. By the same coken, you are a bawd.

[Exit Pandarus.
Words, vows, gifts, tears, and love's full facrifice,
He offers in another's enterprize ;
But more in Troilus thousand-fold I fee,
Than in the glass of Pandar's praise may be ;
Yet hold I off. Women are angels, wooing;
Things won are done; ? joy's soul lies in the doing:

That the belov'd knows nought, that knows not this;
Men prize the thing ungain'd, more than it is.
8 That she was never yet, that ever knew
Love got, so sweet, as when Desire did sue:
Therefore this maxim out of love I teach ;
Archievement is Commard; ungain'd, beseech.
9 Then though 'my heart's content firm love doth bear,
Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear. [Exit.

W017!n.

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,

WARBURTON. SCENE

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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

And what hath mass, or matter by itself,
Lies rich in virtue, and unmingled.

Neft. 3 With due observance of thy godlike Seat,
Great Agamemnon, + Nestor shall apply
Thy latest words. In the reproof of Chance
Lies the true proof of men : the Sea being smooth,

How

memnon ;

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
Upon her s patient breast, making their way
With those of nobler bulk ?
But let the ruffian Boreas once enrage
The gentle Thetis, and anon, behold,
The strong-ribb’d Bark thro' liquid mountains cut,
Bounding between the two molt elements,
Like Perseus' horse. Where's then the saucy boat,
Whose weak untimber'd fides but even now
Co-rival'd Greatness or to harbour fied,
Or made a toast for Neptune. Even so
Doth valour's fhew and valour's worth divide
In storms of fortune ; for in her ray and brightness,
The herd hath more annoyance by the brize
Than by the tyger; but when splitting winds
Make flexible the knecs of knotted oaks,
And fiies get under shade; why then the thing of

courage,
As rowz'd with rage, with rage doth sympathize;
And, with an accent tun'd in self-fame key,
? Returns to chiding fortune.

Uly]: Agamemnon,
Thou great commander, nerve and bone of Greece,
Heart of our numbers, soul, and only spirit,
In whom the tempers and the minds of all
Should be shut up, hear, what Ulifjes speaks.
Besides th' applause and approbation
The which, most mighty for thy place and sway,

[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,

retires, corruptly.

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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,

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As venerable Nestor, hatch'd in silver,
Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-tree
On which heav'n rides, knit all the Grecians' ears
To his experienc'd tongue : yet let it please both
Thou great, and wise, to hear Ulyses speak.
Agam. Speak, Prince of libaca, and be't of less

expect
That matter necdless, of importless burden,
Divide thy lips; than we are confident,
When rank Ther sites opes his mastiff jaws,
We shall hear musick, wit and oracle.

Uyl. Troy, yet upon her basis, had been down,
And the great Heator's sword had lack'd a master,
But for these instances.

The speciality of Rule hath been neglected;

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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.

And

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