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That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
ACT IV. SCENE VIII.
He is gracious if he be obferv'd;
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 fmall blades of ice, which are struck 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 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! That keep'ft the ports of flumber open wide To many a watchful night: fleep with it now! Yet not fo found, and half fo deeply sweet, (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 short, how trifling are the joys of life
Anony, (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 O fi pateant, &c.
Oh were the minds of great ones feen,
And fcourge their fouls; the Brutian fea
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 safety of your person.
Hear your own dignity fo much profan'd:
The Life of HENRY V.
For a mufe of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention ! A kingdom for a ftage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Affume the part of Mars; and at his heels, (Leafht in, like hounds) fhould famine, fword, and fire,
Crouch for employment.
Confideration, 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, 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 saw
(2) And whipt, &c.] Shakespear enriched himself, and greatly improved his incomparable genius from the fcriptures, that end