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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.
ACT I. SCENE III.
(1) WHIf it be'aught towards the general good,
Caffius, in Contempt of Cæfar. 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 AAIAQOPON 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 Cice-o de Fin. iii. 15. 16. The ftoics never destroyed choice among indifferent things.This being premised, let us see Brutus's speech.-" If it be aught (says he) towards the general good, (trgos To ολον προς την πο dur) 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 very name of honour I love, more than I fear death." Upton's Objervations on Shakespear, p. 314.
Endure the winter's cold, as well as he.
And swim to yonder point?"-Upon the word,
And bid him follow; fo, indeed, he did.
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
(2) For once, &c.] It is too well known that swimming was a ufual exercife with the hardy and noble Romans, to infift upon it here: Horace makes it a mark of effeminacy to neglect it: and complains to Lydia, that he 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 Cæfar was remarkable for his excellence in swimming: Beaumont and Fletcher, in their Falfe one, thus nobly defcribe one of the most illuftrious incidents of his life--
But got near the sea,
In which his navy anchor'd, in one hand