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Leaving his body as a paradise ;
King Henry V. His Perfections.
Hear kim but reason in divinity,
less source of true knowledge and sublimity : this Mr. Upton has judiciously observed, who remarks on this paffage, that " cording to the scripture-expressior, the old Adam, or the old Man, maratos avogW 7805, fignifies man in his unregenerated, or gentile state : and the new man, is man in his regenerated and chri. ftian state. See Rom. vi. 6. Ephef. iv. 22. Colon. iii. 9,"
(3) Har him, &c.] I have purposely avoided any historical remarks, or characters of persons in this work, as it would swell it much beyond the intended compass : however, the English reader will find no small satisfaction in comparing the historical plays of Shakespear with the genuin history, and more particularly if he is happy enough to read that fine history of England, which doth honour to the nation, and is superior to all the encomiums I can give it, compil'd by Mr. Gutbrie, to whom our author likewife is particularly obliged for his judicious and incomparable Elay on Tragedy,
SCENE II. The Common-wealth of Bees.
(4) So, &c.] That Shakespear, in this place, really and delignedly imitated Virgil, and took the chief hints from him, I cannot but believe ; however, it would be endless to quote from Virgil, and other authors, the many passages fimilar to it : the subject of Virgii's 4th Georgic, and the agreeable manner in which he treats it, is known to almost every one, that reads I fhall only quote a few lines from Dr. Trap's translation, and refer those who desire to see more, to the original. See verse 180.
Of all the mute creation, these alone
The aged fires
Their legs, with thyme full-laden, &c.It is worth remarking how much Shakespear makes any thing his own, and how truly an original, his judicious manner renders that which is really an imitation. Vanier ; in his Prædium R:ficum, hath many pretty and new things on this subje:t, in that book, where he treats of Bees,
Ruling, Warb. vulg. Rule in. VOL. II.
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad :
ACT II. SCENE I.
(5) Now all the youth of England are in arms,
(5) Now, &c.] See the beginning of Richard the third ; I know not a finer image in all Shakespear, than that of expeet ation in the subsequent lines : Milton too has made a person of expectation in the 6th book, and ver. 306. of Paradise Loft; but though truly sublime, he must submit very much to our daring and admirable poet.
Two broad funs, their fhields,
In horror. Mr. Warburton observes of the passage in the text, that “ Expectation fitting in the air, designs the height of their ambition and the sword, hid from the hilt to the point with crowns and coronets, that all lentiments of danger were lost in the thoughts of glory."
For now fits expectation in the air,
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SCENE II. Falfe. Appearances. Oh! how thou hast with jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance ! Thew men dutiful ? Why so didft thou : or seem they grave and learned Why so didit thou : come they of noble family? Why so didit thou : 'feem they religious ? Why so didit thou: or are they fpare in diet, Free from gross passion, or of mirth, or anger, Constant in fpirit, not swerving with the blood, Garnish'd and deck'd in modeft compliment, (6) Not working with the eye without the ear, And but in purged judgment trufting neither? Such, and so finely bculted didst thou seem. And thus thy fall hath left a kind of blot :
* 0, &c.] See the last paffage in king John.
(6) Not, &c.] i, e. not trusting to either, eye or ear only, but using both on every occafion, and trusting neither but in purged judgment, with well-weigh'd deliberation. Mr. Warburton's emendation, which is adopted by Mr. bcobald, needs only be mentioned to Thew it is not Shakespear's, Not working with the car, but with the eye.
To mark the full-fraught man, the best endu'd,
(71 Suppose, that you have seen
ACT IV. SCENE I.
Description of Night in a Camp.
(7) Suppose, &c.) On this subject we might reasonably expect Shakespear fhould stand unrivalled by the writers of every other country, as here his country juftly, boasts herself unrivalled. Milton in Sampson Agoniftes, says beautifully enough of Dalila, the
Like a stately ship,
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