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There is so hot a fummer in my bosom,
Poison'd, ill fare! dead, forfook, cast off ;
Drink, drink, drink, colder, colder
See Act. 5. S. 26 But, in another play of theirs---- A wife for a month, is a poison ing scene, which better deserves to be compar'd with this of our author, and which Mr: Seward observes, every reader of tafte will acknowledge superior to it.” Alphonso, long a prey to: melancholy, is poison'd with a hot, brenning potion, and in the midst of his tortures, raves thus.
Give me more air, more air, air : blow, blow, blow,
And none of you will bid the winter come
Rug. Hold him fast, fryar,
Oh how he burns !
Upon the altar lay my willing body,
Consuming flame : stand off me, or you're alhess
Set me there, friends
'Twixt the cold bears, far from the raging lion, was read, (before corrected by Mr. Seward)
Betwixt the cold bear and the raging lion.
Scene X. England, invincible, if unanimous.
England never did, nor ever shall Lye at the proud foot of a conqueror, But when it first did help to wound itself. Now these her princes are come home again, Come the three corners of the world in arms; And we shall shock them.-Nought shall make us rue, If England to itself do rest but true.
Caffius, in Contempt of Cæsar. I was born free as Cæfar, fo were you ; We both have fed as well, and we can both
(1) What, &c.] “How agreeable to his stoic character, does Shakespear, make Brutus speak here? Cicero de Fin. iii. 16. Quid enim illi AAIA OPON dicunt, id mihi ita occurrit, ut indifferens dicerem. One of the great divisions of things among the stoics was into good, bad, indifferent : virtue, and whatever partook of virtue, was good: vice, bad: but what partook of neither virtue, nor vice, being not in our power, was indifferent : such as honour, wealth, death, & c. But of these indifferent things, some might be esteemed more than others; as here Brutus says, I love the name of honour, more than I fear death. See Cicero de Fin. iii. 15. 16. The ftoics never destroyed choice among indifferent things.This being premised, let us fee Brutus's speech.-" If it be aught (says he) towards the general good, (argos To ολον προς την πο 210) as I am a part of that whole, a citizen of that city: my principles lead me to pursue it : this is my end, my good : whatever comes in competition with the general good, will weigh nothing: death and honour are to me things of an indifferent nature : but however I freely acknowledge, that of these indifferent things, honour has my greatest esteem, my choice and love: the name of honour I love, more than I fear death."
very Objervations on Shakespear, p. 314.
93 Endure the winter's cold, as well as he. (2) For once upon a raw and gusty day, The troubled Tyber chafing with his shores, Cæsar says to me, “ dar'ft'thou, Caffius, now Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point?"Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plunged in, And bid him follow ; so, indeed, he did. The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it With lufty finews; throwing it aside, And ftemming it with hearts of controversy. But ere we could arrive the point propos’d, Cæsar cry'd, “help me, Caffius, or I sink." I, as Æneas, our great ancestor, Did from the fames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tyber Did I the tired Cæsar : and this man
(2) For once, &c.] It is too well known that swimming was a usual exercise with the hardy and noble Romans, to infist upon it here: Horace makes it a mark of effeminacy to neglect it: and complains to Lydia, that she had enervated Sybaris, by making him afraid even to touch the yellow Tyber's stream-..Cur timet flavum Tyberim tangere ?
See ode 8. 1.1 Julius Cæsar was remarkable for his excellence in swimming Beaumont and Fletcher, in their False one, thus nobly describe one of the most illuftrious incidents of his life--
But got near the sea,
See the latter end of All go The reader is desired to refer to the jogth page of the itt volume.