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What plagues, and what portents ? what inutiny ?
Oh, suhen degree is mak'd] I would read,
So when degree is shak'd. JOHNSON, o The enterprizem-] Perhaps we should read, Then enterprize is sick! JOHNSON.
brotherhoods in cities,] Corporations, companies, confraternities. JOHNSON,
* That by a pace goes backward, with a purpose
Neft. Most wisely hath Ulysses here discover'd
Agam. The nature of the sickness found, Ulysses,
Ulys. The great Achilles-whom opinion crowns
Thy topless deputation he puts on;
* That by a pace-] That goes backward step by fep. Joans.
with a purpose It hath to climb. -] With a design in each man to aggrandize himself, by flighting his immediate superior. Johns.
bloodless emulation. An emulation not vigorous and active, but malignant and sluggith. JOHNSON.
? Thy TOPLESS deputation--] Topless is that has nothing topping or overtopping it; fupreme ; sovereign. JOHNSON.
He acts thy greatness in: and when he speaks,
age Muft be the scene of mirth; to cough and spit, And with a palsy fumbling on his gorget, Shake in and out the rivet : and at this sport, Sir Valour dies; cries, “ O!-enough, Patroclus ; “ Or give me ribs of steel! I mall split all “ In pleasure of my spleen.” And, in this fashion, 4 All our abilities, gifts, natures, shapes, Severals and generals of grace exact, Atchievements, plots, orders, preventions, Excitements to the field, or speech for truce, Success, or loss, what is, or is not, ferves As stuff for these two 5 to make paradoxes.
Neft. And in the imitation of these twain, (Whom, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns
as near as the extremest ends, &c.] The parallels to which the allusion seems to be made are the parallels on a map. As like as Eaft to West. JOHNSON. 4 All our abilities, gifts, natures, shapes,
Severals and generals of GRACE EXACT,
Atchievements, plots, &c.] The meaning is this, All our good grace exact, means of excellence irreprehenfible. Johns.
s to make paradoxes.] Paradoxes may have a meaning, but it is not clear and distinct. I wish the copies had given, to make parodies. JOHNSON,
With an imperial voice) many are infect.
Ulys. They tax our policy, and call it cowardife;
Neft. Let this be granted, and Achilles' horse Makes many Thetis sons. [Trumpet sounds.
Agam. What trumpet! look, Menelaus.
bears his head In such a rein, -] That is, holds up his head as haughtily. We ftill say of a girl, she bridles.. JOHNSON.
How rank foever rounded in with danger.] A rank weed is a high weed. The modern editions filently read, How hard soever JOHNSON.
- and know by measure Of their obfervant toil the enemies' weight ;-) I think it were better to read,
and know the measure, By their observant toil, of th' enemies’ weight. Johxs. Vol. IX.
Enter Eneas. Aga. What would you 'fore our tent? Æne. Is this great Agamemnon's tent, I pray you? Aga. Even this.
Æne. May one, that is a herald and a prince, Do a fair message to his 9 kingly ears ?
Aga. With surety stronger than ' Achilles' arm, 'Fore all the Greekish heads, which with one voice Call Agamemnon head and general.
Æne. Fair leave, and large security. How may ? A stranger to those most imperial looks Know them from eyes of other mortals ?
Àne. I ask, that I might waken reverence,
Aga. This Trojan scorns us; or the men of Troy Are ceremonious courtiers.
Æne. Courtiers as free, as debonair, unarm’d, As bending angels; that's their fame in peace : But when they would seem soldiers, they have galls, Good arms, strong joints, true swords, and, Jove's
accord, Nothing so full of heart. But
But peace, Æneas;
kingly ears ?] The quarto,
Achilles' arm.] So the copies. Perhaps the author wrote,
Alcides arm. JOHNSON. 2 A ftranger to those mot imperial looks) And yet this was the seventh year of the war. Shakespeare, who so wonderfully preserves character, usually confounds the customs of all nations, and probably supposed that the ancients (like the heroes of chivalry) fought with beavers to their helmets. STEEVENS.'
bid ite cheek--) So the folio. The quarto has,