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That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
ACT IV. SCENE VIII.
The character of king HENRY V. by his father.
He is gracious if he be obferv'd;
He hath a tear for pity, and a hand
SCENE IX. On FORTUNE.
(7) Will fortune never come with both hands full, But write her fair words ftill in fouleft letters ?
(6) As flaws. The meaning of the word in this place feems to be, the small blades of ice, which are ftruck on the edges of the water in winter mornings and which I have heard called by that name. Edwards. See canons of criticism, p. 71.
(7) Will, &e.] This obfervation is no lefs common than true. Ovid fays,
Nulli fincera Voluptas,
Sollicitique aliquid lætis intervenit.
Met. 1. 7.
No mortal bleffings ever come fincere,
She either gives a ftomach and no food,
Reflections on a Crow.
O polish'd pertubation! golden care!
(8) As he, whofe brow, with homely biggen bound,
Snores out the watch of night. O majesty!
When thou doft pinch thy bearer, thou doft fit
And in Plautus his Ampbytrion there is a like remark,
How fhort, how trifling are the joys of life
(8) As &c.] The word biggen fignifies properly a cap or coif of linnen, worn by children, and here any meaner kind of nighteap. The poets abound with complaints of the miseries of greatnefs: In one of the chorufes of Seneca's Hercules Oetaus, they fing
Ofi pateant, &c.
Oh were the minds of great ones feen,
Let others infolent and great,
Like a rich armour, worn in heat of day,
(9) How quickly nature
Falls to revolt, when gold becomes her object?
Have broke their fleep with thought, their brains with care,
Their bones with induftry: for this engroffed
Our thighs are packt with wax, our mouths with
We bring it to the hive; and, like the bees,"
ACT V. SCENE III.
The chief justice to king Henry V. whom he had imprisoned.
If the deed were ill,
Be you contented, wearing now the garland,
(9) How &c.] If the miseries of greatnefs be fo univerfal a topic, we have one before us that is ftill more fo: Shakespear perhaps has excelled any writer on the fubject in this place and other parts of his works, but more particularly in Timon of Athens. (which fee A. 4. S. 3, &c.) It would he easy to quote numberless fimilar paffages, but the univerfality of the topic, and every reader's obfervation must render it tedious and unneceffary.
That guards the peace and fafety of your perfon.
The Life of HENRY V.
For a mufe of fire, that would ascend
Crouch for employment.
Confideration, like an angel, came,
(1) O for, &c.] Milton, who was a zealous admirer and studious imitator of our author, feems to have had the fine opening of this prologue in his eye, when he began the 4th book of his Paradife Loft.
O for that warning voice! which he, who faw Th' Apocalyps, heard cry in heav'n aloud, Then, when the dragon put to fecond rout, Came furious down to be reveng'd on men, Woe to th' inhabitants of earth. (2) And whipt, &c.] Shakespear enriched himself, and greatly improved his incomparable genius from the scriptures, that end