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That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ?
ACT IV. SCENE VIII.
He is gracious if he be observ'd ;
SCENE IX. On FORTUNE. (7) Will fortune never come with both hands full, But write her fair words still in fouleft letters ?
(6) As flaws.1 The meaning of the word in this place seems 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, &c.] This obfervation is no less common than true. Ovid says,
Nulli sincera Voluptas,
She either gives a stomach and no food,
in health ; or else a feast, And takes away the stomach: such the rich That have abundance and enjoy it not.
Scene X. Reflections on a Crow.i.
And in Plautus his Ampbytrion there is a like remark,
• Satin parva, &c.'
Anony, (8) As &c.] The word biggen fignifies properly a cap or coif of linnen, worn by children, and here any meaner kind of nightcap. The poets abound with complaints of the miseries of greatness : In one of the choruses of Seneca's Hercules Detæus, they sing
O fi pateant, &c.
Like a rich armour, worn in heat of day,
(9) How quickly nature Falls to revolt, when gold becomes her object> For this, the foolish over-careful fathers Have broke their sleep with thought, their brains
Their bones with induftry: for this engrossed
ACT V. SCENE III. The chief justice to king Henry V. whom he had
If the deed were ill,
(9) How &c.] If the miseries of greatness be.so universal a topic, we have one before us that is ftill more fo : Shakespear perhaps has excelled any writer on the subject in this place and other parts of his works, but more particularly in Timon of Athens. (which see A. 4. S. 3, &c.) It would he easy to quote numberless fimilar passages, but the universality of the topic, and every reader's obfervation must render it tedious and unnecessary.
That guards the peace and safety of your person.
(1) For a mule of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention !
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the part of Mars ; and at his heels, (Lealht in, like hounds) should famine, sword, and
fire, Crouch for employment.
Consideration, like an angel, came, (2) And whipt th' offending Adam out of him ;
(1) O for, &c.] Milton, who was a zealous admirer and studious imitator of our author, seems to have had the fine opening of this prologue in his eye, when he began the 4th book of his Paradise Loft.
O for that warning voice! which he, who saw
THEOBALD. (2) And whipt, &c.] Shakespear enriched himself, and greatly improved his incomparable genius from the scriptures, that end